Friday, August 31, 2012

Stina Stitches

My mom loves to needlepoint so when we found kits for needlepoint key fobs on etsy we quickly placed an order! Stina Stitches on etsy is definitely the place to go for these kits since she has tons of designs to choose from. These will probably be what I give out for graduation and I can't wait to choose the different images! I will be ordering another one for myself too since she cam out with one that is a Lilly inspired dress...I die!

This is the one my mom did for me and I love it! She did such a great job and finished it the same day she started it! My mom said that the kit came with great directions and plenty of thread to complete the key fob!

Here is a close up of the owl and my moms handiwork! 

I really want this one too, so I'll probably order it when I order a bunch of the kits for graduation gifts but I won't give it to anyone and instead sneak it off to college. How does that sound mom? Hehe!

Here are other ones I will be ordering and love!

Which one is your favorite?

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Monogram Princess Review and Giveaway

Nope this isn't my nickname (although sometimes I think it should be :) but instead this is a precious Etsy shop with Lilly Pulitzer, Monograms, and More! The Monogram Princess sells a variety of items with Lilly Pulitzer fabric monograms, pockets, and letters all customized to fit your style and preferences!

Lacey, the owner creates super cute Lilly pocket t-shirts, pillow cases, tote bags, and more! She so kindly sent me a t-shirt with my monogram on it in a fun pink and green print! She can also do greek letters and her shirts would be cute for big/little gifts for all you greek girls! 

Mine is on a white pocket shirt (size M, I like my t-shirts roomy) with the pink and green monkey pattern. On my The Monogram Princess Wishlist is something with the light blue, multicolored patchwork pattern!

The shirt is really soft and I love the way the monogram looks on it!

In most of the pictures I took you can't see how bright and fun the fabric really is but in the photo above it is easier to see the actual colors! And how cute are her business cards! A Lilly pattern and a monogram are the perfect way to draw my attention

So y'all could see the cards better I put the card on my Lilly Shift Dress Painting (This was done by me, if you are interested in one email me!). All in all my experience with Lacey has been great and she has so generously offered one of my readers the chance to win their very own Monogrammed Shirt AND a choice of a monogrammed pillow case OR hand painted letter! The winner will get two prizes, what a lucky duck!

Enter Away!

Good Luck!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Prep In Your Step Art For Sale

On my few days off from school I have been doing a lot of painting. Painting is something I love to do but haven't had time for in a while. I have decided that it is something that I am going to make time for on the weekends since I really enjoy it. Since I had time to do A LOT of painting I decided it would be fun to offer some of my art to my readers. I have looked into opening an Etsy shop but am not sure if that is the way I want to go yet. 

This is a preview of some of the paintings I have worked on! I think these would look so cute in a dorm room, closet (dressing room), bathroom, or anywhere. But I am biased :)

Each of my paintings is on an 8'' by 11'' canvas but if you are searching for a larger or smaller size that can also be arranged. Each one is done entirely by hand. Also, each has enough room for your name to be put on the bottom if that is something you desire.

If you are interested in a painting but want to choose your own colors I am completely open to doing a custom painting. You choose the subject and the colors and I will get it to you as soon as I can. For custom projects it can take up to two weeks for me to complete it but I will be sure to email you about the time frame. 
A custom 8"x 11" canvas is $30 

Email me at if you are interested in purchasing any of these items and I will send you a paypal invoice.

Longchamp Le Pliage Tote
Turquoise and yellow.
Room for your name at the bottom if interested.

Lilly Pulitzer Shift Dress with Pearls - SOLD
Hot Pink and Lime Green.
Room for your name at the bottom if interested.

Lilly Pulitzer Shift Dress with Pearls
Navy Blue and Hot Pink.
Room for your name at the bottom if interested.

Lilly Pulitzer Shift Dress with Pearls
Light Purple and Dark Purple.
Room for your name at the bottom if interested.

Jack Roger's 
Light Pink and Light Blue.
Room for name at the bottom if you are interested.

Hunter Rain Boots
Red and Navy Blue.
Room for name at the bottom if interested.

I hope y'all like my artwork and I'll be working on different subject matter in the near future.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these canvases please email me at

And don't forget about my May Books giveaway in the post below!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

May Books Review and Giveaway

As many of you already know, I love school supplies and love them even more when they are cute! Back to School Basics ringing a bell? Well here is where my new favorite place to purchase notebooks comes into play! Enter May Books!

May Books allows you to completely customize notebooks, planners, calendars, and meal planners! How great is it that you won't ever get your notebook confused with other peoples because of their personalization options!

This is the navy ikat pattern with my monogram in pink. I chose the lined pages and love the way it turned out. The cover is durable and the notebooks are eco-friendly! I find myself on the site far too often designing different notebooks and adding them to my overflowing cart!

Here are some of my favorites!

Now that you've seen several of my designs I hope you are just as excited to design your own! Maybooks has been kind enough to allow me to give away a notebook to one of you!

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Good Luck!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Hurricane Isaac

A little too close for comfort in my opinion! Hurricane Isaac is headed my way, YIKES! I am out of school today, Tuesday, and Wednesday as this hurricane draws near to my home! I am unsure of whether or not we are evacuating but if the power goes out I am sure we will. 

I am hoping there is just a lot of rain and no damage but that may just be wishful thinking since there is no way we wouldn't get hit. Please keep the area in your thoughts and hope that damage is minimal.

Stay Safe!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Gigi New York

I don't know about y'all but I love discovering new websites and shops whose products I fall in love with. One of these shops is Gigi New York. If you've never heard of them then you are in for a treat! They are the sister site of Graphic Image so you know from the get go that the quality is going to be amazing!

The packaging was amazing!

 It even came with its own dust bag!

 The bag I chose was the pink All In One Bag with my initials embossed onto it. Here is a close up:

 Here is the bag in all of its glory. I love the tassel and the fact that I can use it for so many different things. It can be a clutch or a bag to separate things in your purse, the opportunities for use are endless.

 The fun tassel zipper!

Right now I am using the bag to hold my mom's kindle to transport it from home to school. We were required to read one of our summer reading books on an electronic reader and by storing the kindle in this I actually wanted to read just so I could get this pouch out!

 Here is a height comparison of my iPhone to this clutch. Once I got it I attempted to put all the contents of my cross body purse into it and all of the contents fit! (Phone, Ray Ban soft case, ID holder, and Hobo Wallet)

Thanks Gigi New York for such a cute clutch and well made products!


Don't forget about my monogram clutch giveaway and that today starts Lilly Pulitzer's Endless Summer Sale!

Monday, August 20, 2012

LA Plates

One must have that is easily forgotten when heading to college are some plates and silver wear so that your night time study snacks aren't strewn across your desk. As most of you know I love anything that is monogrammed or personalized! The perfect mix between college strength dining plates and monograms is LA Plates. They offer the cutest designs and color options for personalized melamine plates! Another great things about these plates is that you can go for that mismatched look with differing patterns but if you use similar colors the differences look precious together!

The customer service on this site is amazing and my plates came super quickly. Quicker than it took me to decide which two I wanted! 

I finally decided on the squares plate and the ikat plate and I love the way they turned out!

I love how although the plates are so different, the pink ties them together allowing them to work together cohesively!

Have any of y'all ever ordered from LA Plates? What styles are you loving?


Friday, August 17, 2012

Senior Year First Week Photo Recap

At 2:30 today I will have completed my first week of senior year. And let me start by saying it has been a great week. So far I am loving being a senior and loving my schedule even more!
Here are a few pictures from my week (mainly first day photos):
Can't believe we made it from this to this. Don't know what I would do without kPe!

Seniors, Junior, and Sophomores

Once we are seniors we are allowed to wear light blue shirts instead of the regular white!

So lucky to have such great friends to spend the year with!
Do any of y'all have uniforms?


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Monogram Clutch Giveaway

Today I am so excited to bring you a spectacular giveaway! This monogrammed clutch should be a staple in every girls wardrobe and I am thrilled to be giving away one of the winners choice from Preppy and Pink.

Oh how I wish I could win my own giveaways because I have been lusting over these clutches since I first saw them.

Monogram Clutch Giveaway

These are just a few of the fun colors that your clutch could be!

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Good Luck!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

DIY: Preppy Monogrammed Binder Covers

DIY: Preppy Monogrammed Binder Covers

As I promised yesterday, today I want to share with y'all how to create your own monogrammed binder covers. Sadly, I can't take full credit for this easy process, although I wish I had come up with it on my own. All I did was choose my color scheme, type in my initials, print, and voila you have a cute cover insert. I will at some point share how I make more personalized binder covers if y'all are interested. 

I went to the website For Chic Sake to get these covers and the process couldn't have been simpler! They have three different options for the printable monograms so I used one of each!

I wish there was more to elaborate on but simply follow the directions given on the site (read them carefully) and it is easy as that!

Hope your binders get a face lift!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Perfectly Preppy and Incredibly Organized School Supplies

I am positive that this is my most looked forward to post of my back to school basics series! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed writing it and I hope this will inspire your school supply organization! Feel free to pin any of these images if you feel so inclined!

I got all of my supplies yesterday and couldn't be more pleased with the way the organization turned out. I know I will be satisfied all year long since there is no way any of my assignments should ever be misplaced since there is literally a place for everything!
Here are my three binders which have all of my subjects split up inside! This is the first year I have combined classes into the same binder and so far I don't think it will be a problem! I bought one 2" (the blue one) and two 1 and 1/2" binders (the navy and the green ones). Size wise I purchased what I knew would work best with the subjects they would contain. I am so pleased with the way my binder covers turned out as well and they may give you a hint as to what tomorrows post is all about!

This binder is for my government/economics class and my AP literature class. The way I chose how to pair my classes was by looking at my schedule and choosing two or in some cases three classes that were back to back so that there is no need for me to go to my locker between every class. I find it efficient to label the spine of each of my binders so that when I am looking in my locker grabbing my books it will be easy to remember which binder goes with which class.

Inside of this binder I have my government and economics supplies in the front and my AP literature supplies in the back. To divide the two classes I purchased a plastic poly folder that sticks out farther than my dividers and I then labeled it as well. For my government/economics class I used eight dividers and placed college ruled notebook paper between each section. I labeled these dividers with ch.1, ch.2, all the way up to ch.8. I like dividing my notes this way because all of my information for each different test is between one set of dividers which makes exam studying easier for me. Behind the plastic poly folder that separates the two subjects, I have three dividers with college ruled notebook paper between them but they are not yet labeled.

My next binder is for three classes which may seem like a little much but two of the classes will not have too many notes to go along with them. This binder is navy with a pink color and contains my adv. calculus, peer counseling, and photography supplies. I labeled the spine of this binder the same way I labeled the previous one.

Here you can see that I have two plastic poly folders separating the different subjects and all of those folders color coordinate with the binder in case I decide to remove them I still know which binder they belong with. 

For my math dividers I labeled one notes, one homework, and the other graph paper. This is how I kept my math binder last year and I felt like it worked efficiently so I decided to stick to the same strategy!

My third and final binder is for AP french and AP environmental. This too is labeled on the spine in the same way as the others. Also, on the front of all of my binders I put a label with my name on it in case something were to happen to it.

Here is a better image of the separation of chapters I was discussing earlier about my government/economics dividers. I used the exact same strategy for AP environmental and highly suggest it to anyone who is looking for a new organizational technique.

There is no reason to have dull school supplies when there are so many fun ways to personalize them! These are a few other odds and ends from my backpack that will ensure my year is productive and organized. Pictured is a Lilly Pulitzer agenda, a TI-84 plus silver edition calculator with a DIY decorated faceplate, Lilly Pulitzer sticky notes, one of my binders, a Lily Pulitzer pencil pouch, and colorful pens to make note taking and agenda organizing lively!

I hope you enjoyed my tips and if you have any of your own please share them with me!

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