Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sephora Sale: My Favorites + Items I'd Love To Try

My knowledge of makeup is MINIMAL. While I like hearing recommendations from others about what products they use, I am not always the best about trying new things for myself despite wanting to. I laugh every time I get a PR package in the mail from a beauty brand since I don’t feel like I do the products justice. Another struggle is my fear of deciding to try a product, biting the bullet to spend money on it, and then trying it and not liking it especially since it seems like nice beauty products rarely go on sale. Fortunately, Sephora is having a sale currently that has up to 15% off of the products on their site. This is the excuse you’ve been looking for when it comes to trying out those products you’ve heard other people rave about but have been too hesitant to try.

 Since I am the type of person to stick to a product once I have discovered one that works I thought it would be fun to share some of those items with y’all while also giving you a look at what products I’ve been interested in testing out. To shop the items, all you have to do is click on the item directly in the image below.  If you have any beauty must haves definitely let me know so I can look into them. I'm always more likely to shop with a recommendation! 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

32 White Graduation Dress Ideas

If you read yesterday's post then today's post really doesn't need much of an introduction. I think part of the reason that I struggle to find dresses in the Spring is due to the number of options out there. Although I haven't exactly narrowed it down for you by sharing 32 different white dresses that would be perfect for graduation, hopefully I've helped you to discover a few that you love. If you're still not sure whether you want to stick to a color or white, I walked you through some decision making solutions for that yesterday. In order to not be too redundant, I'm leaving this brief and reminding you that to shop a dress you can click on it directly in the image below.

For those of you graduating, I'd love to hear whether you plan to wear a color or stick to white!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

40 Colorful Spring Graduation Dresses {Perfect for Weddings & Parties too}

On Monday, I took a poll on Instagram (@prepinyourstep) to see which y’all wanted to see first, Graduation Dress Ideas or Graduation Gift Ideas. Although it was a close race, graduation dresses won out. For those of you hoping for graduation gift ideas don’t worry though because I’ll have that up for you soon as well (if you need some ideas now, check the post I did last year here).

Last year when I graduated from college, I really struggled with finding the perfect dress for graduation. I have to laugh at that now because you can only see my dress in about two of the photos taken on the day of because of my cap and gown. I’ll graduate with my Master’s Degree in August and wouldn’t be surprised if I overthink my dress yet again. When you have a big event, it’s hard to not prioritize wanting to look nice even if no one else will see what you’re wearing. This year, by sharing some graduation dress ideas with you now, hopefully I won’t feel the same time crunch I did last year.

Before you really start shopping for your dress there are some things you may want to consider. The first of those is whether or not you will be in a cap and gown and if so what color those are. In high school for instance, we wore white caps and gowns, which meant that the girls were expected to wear white dresses. For baccalaureate, I pushed the rules a tiny bit by wearing a pastel Lilly dress, but for graduation, I knew I needed to be in all white. Come time for my college graduation, our caps and gowns were black meaning that it really didn’t matter what color you wore. Since I had worn white in high school, I knew I wanted to wear a fun color. I ended up debating between two different pink dresses and chose the brighter one (which added some cheer to the fact that it rained the night of graduation and we had to have our ceremony inside).

The next thing to consider is the length of your dress. If you aren’t required to wear a cap and gown this isn’t as much of a big deal however if you are, it may look a bit off if you choose to wear a dress longer than the length of the gown itself. This may be personal preference, but based on what I’ve seen keeping the dress out of view when the gown is zipped up looks the most “uniform.” I know a few colleges in the South that have girls wear long dresses but since that isn’t the norm, I didn’t include any of those (although if you let me know, I’d be happy to share some).

Below I have gathered up a number of dresses that would be perfect for graduation. Today's post only includes colored dresses (40 of them to be exact), but later this week I'll be sharing an almost identical number of white graduation dresses. If you’re not graduating or attending graduation this year, many of these dresses would be perfect for other springtime events like weddings, showers, or other parties. To shop my picks, hover your mouse over the dress you are interested in and then click.  I so hope that you’re able to find the perfect dress from these picks, and congratulations in advance!

And if you're looking for even more posts centered around graduation, I've included some from last year below for you.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Beach Bag Worthy Books

It's not a Novels with Nell week but that doesn't mean we can't talk books, right? We had a bit of a cold snap yesterday which is ironic since the lounge chairs have just made their way back out by my apartment's pool. On Saturday we had a quick taste of the weather that will hopefully eventually be consistent, and I couldn't help but picture myself stretched out by the pool with a book in hand. 

I have a tendency to read more in the summer and I think that is due to being by the pool or bay. When I was younger, my family would move down to my parents beach house (about 40 minutes from my house) for the whole month of July. While I'm sure we came back home on occasion, we spent pretty much every day and night there. We have never installed wifi there which is why I always think of it when I think of summer reading (both for pleasure and not back in high school). After being in the sun all morning, we'd have a designated rest time during which there really was nothing else to do other than read or nap. My brother and I fought it when we were younger but now I love using going to the beach as an excuse to unplug. 

I think those memories from my childhood are part of the reason I don't love looking at my phone while I am by the pool. Here in Greenville it is the closest reminder that I am going to get of the beach and those rest time reading sessions resurface while sitting by the pool. With that said, I can mow through a book a lot faster in the summer since I'm not distracted by my phone. Since warmer weather is on its way and pool/beach time will be on the horizon soon, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my recent favorite books that would be classified as beach bag worthy. I will warn you, I tend to gravitate towards psychological thrillers and inspirational/self help style books. As I discover new favorites I'll be sure to let you know, but if you're ever looking for what I'm currently reading I share that in the "lately" section of my Monday  Step Into My Week posts! 

Here are a few books that I've recommended to numerous friends because of how much I enjoyed them. I've included a short snippet of what amazon has to say about each since they have a way of making them sound more appealing than I do!

Shop the books below and be sure to leave me your recommendations for what I should put in my beach bag this summer! 

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