Monday, June 30, 2014

Beach Bag Must Haves {Packing the Perfect Beach Bag}

In the summer I love nothing more than being a beach bum! While I adore my time at camp I always head home looking forward to and lusting after my time on the beach and by the water! This year I am lucky enough to leave camp and head straight to the beach to soak up some sun and spend time with my family. Between the ample time I have spent at the beach, the pool, and on the boat I've gotten packing the perfect beach tote down to a science!
(Check out last years version of this post here)

Nothing is worse than realizing that you've forgotten something super important once you get all the way to the beach and then you are stuck either without the item or purchasing an overpriced version of the same thing at beach side shops! I am making it super easy for you though with an extended list of anything you may need while lounging about. 

For starters you are going to need an awesome beach bag or tote (check out tons of versatile options that can go seamlessly from the sand to the shops a little less obviously in my post here!) and a few of your favorite swim suits (tons of great & affordable options here!).


bright and extra large tote // huge beach towel (how adorable is the one above!?)  // coverup // flip flops (on super sale) // hat // water bottle / sunnies // fun beach read // sunscreen // chapstick // small bag for inside your tote (it's a game changer, try it next time you are at the beach for your smaller items) // phone + cute case // headphones //

Fill your tote bag with all the necessities!



Friday, June 27, 2014

Fourth of July Outfit Inspiration

The fourth of July has always been a semi big deal with my family! We tend to spend time together at the beach shooting off fireworks and eating lots of food! As y'all know, I am at camp so this isn't exactly what I'll be wearing considering we have a carnival and son cones all day long however if I were at home this is exactly what I would want to be wearing!



What do you wear for the fourth of July and what are your typical plans?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

ASOS Sale

Asos is having a huge sale going on right now that has a lot of their fabulous products half off!

Check it out here

Comfortable and Casual

There is something about seeing people wearing dresses where I automatically think that they look so put together. And they usually do but until I  put a dress on myself I forget how effortless that can be! A dress gives you an easy choice when getting dressed in the morning because you don't have to worry about two separate pieces matching. When I am running errands or getting lunch with friends I never think to stray from my typical chinos and a top but I think a dress is equally as suitable!

Especially when it is Lilly! All of my light weight cotton dresses are comfortable but Lilly just takes the cake! Cute print and comfort beyond belief, you will hear no complaints from me!









dress (old, lots similar here) // monogram necklace // bracelets (DY classic, DY pearl, cutout monogram) // ray bans //

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blog Q & A {If you're nosey this is a must read}

Confession, I originally thought that having y'all ask me questions and me answering them would be easy peezy! Boy was I wrong but that may have been my own fault by encouraging y'all to ask oodles of questions and oodles of questions were asked. Over 75 comments on this instagram post and here I am realizing that the post I originally had planned would have been a walk through the park!


Being the nosey person I am I ADORE reading these sorts of posts so I hope you enjoy learning a bit more about me courtesy of these random questions asked by my instagram followers! Also shootout to my funny friends for scattering in a few funny questions within the mix (@prepinyourstep on instagram to see those).

AND SO IT BEGINS…

When / Will you be putting up another youtube video?
This question is asked so frequently and I am not sure how to approach this. Youtube for me is a supplement to blogging but my blog will forever come first. With that being said, it is hard enough sometimes to keep up with my blog with my crazy schedule so youtube video filming and posting hasn't exactly been on my radar or my top priority! If my wifi at home was faster I may be more likely to post but uploading videos takes SO long and when I am at home the upload usually fails which is incredibly frustrating. So there you have it, two reasons why I have not been uploading videos. That is not to say that once I get back to school I won't get back into it but this summer I wouldn't hold your breath on seeing videos so hopefully my written posts will suffice!

What colleges did you apply to and what influenced your final decisions?
Ahh, such an exciting time. I actually have a whole weeks worth of posts dedicated to the decision time here!

What is your most recent purchase?
I am pre-posting so things will be going up while I am away so this is the most recent thing I've purchased as I am typing this and it's this adorable bathing suit top!

What are your favorite Lilly items?
 They change with the release of new products but here are some of them!

What is your best advice for someone starting a blog?
I did a post a month or two ago with my best advice for beginner bloggers! I think it would have been really helpful to know this when I started so I hope you enjoy!

Places in American and the world you want to visit?
Oh goodness, this could go on and on! I really want to travel and I have done some travel but sadly my passport has never been stamped! London, Paris, Italy you name it I would go there!

What encouraged you to start blogging?
I was looking for a creative outlet during a stressful workload junior year of high school. I really wanted to be productive while being creative and blogging was the perfect way to do that. Now, I can't imagine not blogging!

What is your favorite thing about blogging and what has been the most rewarding experience?
I love interacting with readers and making posts. I love it when I get super excited for a post to go up and hear what y'all think of the post! The most rewarding experience so far has been reaping the benefits of blogging in regards to my visit to the Lilly Pulitzer showroom over spring break. I would not have had that opportunity if I weren't a blogger!

What's your favorite brand?
I adore Lilly Pulitzer but J.Crew Factory is my go to! Nordstrom also rocks although it isn't a singular brand!

What's a trend you dislike?
This may be really unpopular but I am not a fan of Jack Rogers with nike shorts and a t-shirt. I think that looks kind of funny but to each is own!

Favorite foods to make and eat?
I like baking more than just cooking! Brownies, cookies, cupcakes haha no complaints with any of those!

What do you eat on a normal day?
I am not consistent enough to have a normal day food consumption list! I do love my cereal in the morning and hummus is always a welcome addition!

How do you balance school and all of the fun preppy social media and clothes and stuff?
It takes a lot of time management and prioritizing! I'm glad you think I am balancing it because behind the scenes it doesn't always look that way!

What are some things you are hoping to cross off your bucket list this sumer?
Hmm…I wish I had a summer bucket list but beach going would probably be one of them!

How do you stay motivated to blog?
I get motivated by reading other blogs and scrolling through my instagram feed and usually that leaves me motivated and inspired a great combination when blogging!

What were some factors in deciding on rushing for a sorority?
I knew that I wanted greek life to be a part of my college experience! It wasn't uncommon in my family, my grandparents were involved in greek life as were my mom and my dad and their stories always seemed like a lot of fun so I decided to join!

What's the best advice you can give someone going into college?
Don't put off fun ideas until later in the year because you will run out of time! Study a lot but know when to take time to do something fun. You aren't going to look back on the hours you spent in the library with an IV of coffee but you will look back fondly on those spontaneous times with friends!

Where is your favorite place to shop?
Can online be the answer to this? I know that doesn't really count but scrolling through pinterest is where I find tons of fun clothing pieces!

What do you want to name your future children?
I'm not entirely sure but I like the idea of using family names!

Where do you get your monogram stickers?
Etsy! Just search monogram decals!

What are some preppy staples?
Chino shorts, oxfords, jack rogers!

Favorite pair of Jack Rogers and how long did it take to break them in?
I adore my platinum pair and I never remember Jacks being too torturous to break in!

Favorite part of college?
Living with/ near my best friends!

Did you enjoy high school?
YES!

Favorite and most used apps?
Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, VSCOcam

Favorite part of being a camp counselor?
I love working with kids so that is a definite perk! I also love that I am able to impact campers and play at camp with them!

How did you choose which camp to work at?
I work at the camp I went to! 9 years going strong!

Who are some of your favorite instagrammers?
I have a super fun post coming up about that!

Favorite handbag you own?
I have a super great Tory Burch tan cross body bag that is so practical and I adore that I would have to consider my favorite!

How I stay motivated with a long to-do list?
I try to reward myself along the way and I don't like having tasks linger which causes me to speed along the process!

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Hopefully married with kids teaching school somewhere! Maybe still blogging, who knows!

Did you ever think you would become this successful?
Honestly no! And thanks for thinking that I am successful, my visual success is dependent on all of y'all  but I think I would probably still be blogging if only 10 people read because I genuinely enjoy it!

How do you keep coming up with genuine post ideas?
I write them down as I think of them and I get inspired by pinterest!

How was your high school experience?
It was good! Mine was not filled with crazy drama or any of the dramatics that TV shows try to make it out to seem but I enjoyed my four years!

What was the most memorable thing that happened to you in high school?
I can't necessarily think of a single most memorable thing that happened because lots of awesome things happened in high school (like the creation of my blog)!

What program do you use to create graphics for your blog?
I use powerpoint!

Favorite book of the moment?
I still can't get over how great The Fault In Our Stars was and I read that over Christmas!

Where would you want to visit for your honeymoon?
Depends on the season but I think somewhere tropical could be fun! I also think a European excursion could be great!

Do you diet or work out?
Yes to work out nope to diet! 

How do you stay in shape in college?
I am glad y'all think I'm in shape haha! I go to the gym and just try to remain active.

Do you ever miss out on experiencing a big school for college?
I don't think so! I am excited to go visit some friends at Alabama and Ole Miss this upcoming school year but I think a weekend of big school living will be more than enough to suffice and I assume that I'll gladly return to my small school lifestyle!

How do you handle an overwhelming amount of questions?
Somehow I did but I'm honestly not sure how!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Paisley Perfection

If you can't tell by now then I am sure it is becoming clearer and clearer by each outfit post, I love chinos and a simple shirt! My mom and I loved this print so much last year that we both ended up with clothing in the print! (And I thought I only had to worry about matching my roommate).





top (old, similar) // shorts (old, love these) // necklace // bracelets (DY classic, DY pearl, cutout monogram) //

Monday, June 23, 2014

Infatuated With Embroidery

The title says it all, I am infatuated with embroidery! While many probably think of it as a trend of the past I can't help but love the look of embroidery especially on blouse like tops! I posted the photo below to instagram and I had forgotten how much I absolutely adore this flawy embroidered top until I got my summer clothing out of their storage! My dad even complimented me on my top (hey dad!) it seems as though embroidery may be timeless (ok that may be pushing it)!

While this look is a bit more edgy compared to some of my typical outfit choices it is such a fun summer look! My embroidered blouse + chinos + these beauties is my personal perfection of a combination between preppy and whatever embroidery may be classified as!


This top was one of my awesome Forever 21 finds last summer and it inspired me to check out some similar embroidered options offered out there online! To my pleasant (or peasant matching the trend of my top, too far? Oops) surprise I found a plethora of fanciful options for embroidered tops that I couldn't help but add to my online shopping cart!

If you want to join me in taking on these tops that seem to scream fiesta check out all of these amazing options below! P.S. I didn't even mention the best part, they are all under $30, so go ahead and buy two!

Also, I know they may look a bit edgy on the models but it really is all about how you choose to pair and accessorize them, happy shopping!


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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy National Wear Your Lilly Day! {You Gotta Regatta}

It's the Summer Solstice! Which for all of us Lilly lovers means National Wear Your Lilly day! Not that you need any excuse to wear Lilly it sure is fun to have an excuse to purchase some Lilly! Obviously, I had to put on my absolute favorite Lilly dress for the occasion and I can't help but love the comfort and cuteness this dress provides!






(ignore the fact that the bay looks a bit gross, we have had A LOT of rain which makes it look a bit icky)









Treat yourself to some Lilly today!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Must Do / Eat / See in NYC as a First Timer

Although this past time in New York was not my first I was able to accomplish a lot of super fun tourist activities! It was so fun to have free reign of the city with my friends for spring break and if you want to see our daily itinerary (I slaved over this) along with pictures check out the posts here ( day one | day two | day three | day four )

We had an absolute blast and I have been receiving some requests to share some of my tips and must dos / sees for first timers!

If you need an excuse to take a last minute excursion then go to the Smart Girls Summit! I am so jealous that I can't attend but I know it will be a blast!

to see…
The Statue of Liberty
Broadway Shows ( I adored Cinderella and Matilda)
Empire State Building or Top of The Rock
The Plaza (hello Eloise, rawther exciting!) + Market downstairs in the Plaza

must eat…
Laduree (I am macaron obsessed b/c of NYC)
Magnolia Bakery
Serendipity
Ellen's Star Dust Diner
Rosie O'Gradys
Juniors

shop…
Anywhere in NYC is good to shop!
But especially-
Upper East Side
SoHo
Flat Iron
Madison, Park, and Fifth of course!

tips…
* you will get a lot more out of your trip if you plan out your days in advance
*figure out the subway before getting down there and use it instead of taxis #somuchcheaper
*have a map, who cares if you look like a tourist  if it gets you to where you need to go
*make reservations for restaurants

Add any tips or must do / see / or eat below!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Workout Tanks

As you have probably been able to tell from my Camp Must Have and Typical Days Camp Attire posts it is very clear that workout tanks are a staple in my summer attire.

While I definitely love my lulu lemon tanks they can be rather pricy! Below I have listed a wide range of great workout tanks that are sure to keep you cool all summer long!



Where are your favorite places to get workout tanks?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Elephant In The Room

I have a tendency to gravitate towards shorts that have some sort of pattern on them especially if that pattern has fun animals on them! Don't get me wrong, I love my plain colorful chino shorts but it is fun to mix things up sometimes too! I had never worn this outfit together before but I have a feeling it will be resurfacing frequently! I love how bold royal blue can be especially when complimented with black.  The surprise detail of the bows on the back of this silky tank is such a fun detail and I definitely think this outfit could transition from day to night with the addition of wedges, a cute statement necklace, and a different hair style.




 






| Shorts: Bannan Republic (w/ Milly, sold out) | Tank: Online Boutique (similar) | Monogram Necklace | Ray Bans | David Yurman Bracelets (classic & pearl) | cut out monogram bracelet | Jack Rogers |

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Perfect Summer Totes

I wish that my purse collection was as plentiful as my tote bag collection. Seriously though, I have so many beach bag style totes! I fully blame the fact that I live so close to the beach and everyone has the mentality that you can't ever have too many beach totes! 

Below I have put together many of my most favorite totes and bags for summer that can translate seamlessly between the beach and the town! While having beach totes is great they aren't exactly discreet to be used as traditional bags when you don't have sand surrounding you! 


bottom left (under $40 and reversible) // bottom middle // bottom right

What are your favorite summer totes?

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Perfect Beach Coverup

One thing that I miss about being gone most of the summer is that I no longer spend ample majority of my time at the beach and the pool. Fortunately, before I left for camp I spent a bit of time at both places and I plan to head to our beach house right when I finish up in July! I also have another beach weekend in Watercolor planned with my best friends from school in August!






fishing shirt (love this one) // hat

When I am at the beach or pool I honestly don't really care about my appearance, especially when I am drained from the sun! Having cute cover up clothing gives others the allusion that you are put together and care when you really don't which is exactly what is exemplified by this outfit! A baseball hat and a light weight monogrammed fishing shirt are the perfect coverup clothing! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

What I've Learned From Camp

Camp has been my home away from home for years now. I honestly can't imagine a summer where camp is not in my agenda complete with a countdown. As a camper for six years and now into my third year as a counselor I have learned a lot from my summers of fun! My age-out (last year I could be a camper) year we were all asked to write a quick 30 minute blurb about what camp means to us. Here is what mine says, (I took my camps name out of it so many of the camps in it were replaced with it's specific name).

"As I complete my final year as a camper here I realize how much camp really means to me. As upset as I am to finish my career I am reminded of the amazing experiences and friendships that my summers here at camp have brought about. I met 3 of my very best friends here at camp and have been influenced by campers, counselors, and Christ during my time here. Here I have learned confidence, responsibility, and compassion that I may not have found elsewhere. I hope that camp impacts each and every one of you in the same positive way it has impacted me. Take advantage of your years here at camp and cherish each moment because it really is over before you know it."


Camp has allowed me to branch out and step out of my shell. I have gained skills necessary in life such as working with others, making friends, and becoming a team player. Many of my fondest memories were made at camp. Through my experiences at camp I have become independent and confident and each summer am given a chance to step away from the real world and fully immerse myself into the "camp bubble" that I know and love.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

{Sea}Horsing Around

I am generally a very indecisive individual. One thing that I can be decisive on quickly, however, is that a cheerful button down and chino shorts can be made into an outfit with ease! My pink chinos pair with just about anything and so many of the outfits I wear are dependent upon these bright shorts. I adore the way they look with this seahorse button down and am quite confused as to why I haven't tried the combo sooner! To spice it up a bit (I know, super creative…) I decided to tie the shirt at the bottom instead of tucking it in or just leaving it be. Sometimes, little details like this can drastically change an outfit. While I don't necessarily see that being the case for this outfit, I think it can be a fun way to change around an ordinary button up!





(the angle of the next two photos look a bit distorted but this gives a good look at the outfit all together!)

  



shorts // shirt // shoes // bracelets (DY cable, DY pearl, cutout monogram) // monogram necklace

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