Wednesday, April 17, 2013

To Gild The Lily Review and Giveaway

I recently upgraded from my 4 year old iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5 and could not be happier with it! Talk about a big jump! One of the most fun parts about getting a new phone is getting to pick out a new case and I turned to To Gild the Lily because of their wide range of personalized cases! With around 400 cases to choose from it definitely took a while to decide but I am loving my pink coral and tiffany blue striped case!

Not only is the case precious but it is also really sturdy! It is hard plastic and the back design has a bit of shine! Interested in winning your own iPhone case from To Gild the Lily? Enter below!

Good Luck!


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Libby Monograms: Monogrammed Wristlet

Need to find a perfect all in one bag that you can carry alone or stick in your purse? Look no farther than Libby Monograms on Etsy for her fabulous monogrammed wristlet!

This bag is not only personal and sleek but it is also incredibly practical and spacious!
The wristlet has two separate compartments, a zippered coin pocket, and room for all of your cards! This bag can easily fit a smartphone with plenty of room to spare. If you choose to carry it on its own you can attach the wrist strap and you are good to go!

I use one of the large compartments for cash, the middle coin pocket for loose change, and the card slots for gift cards and credit cards!

The other compartment is the perfect size for my phone and is spacious enough to store other items as well!

I chose the grayish colored wristlet with a white monogram in the classic font! but there are so many options to choose from that will surely satisfy your desires!

You can also get this wristlet in cross body form! 


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Smart Girl's Guide April and Giveaway

To begin, wishing The Smart Girl's Group a happy first birthday is in order! I can not believe it has been a complete year since we launched our first issue! I remember talking with Emily all about the idea and watching it come to life over the past year has been amazing! I am so proud to say that I have been a part of this amazing group since the first day and can't wait to continue my involvement!

For those of you who don't know, I write a monthly organizational column and I just started interning for the magazine. My internship role involves reaching out to companies and finding shops willing to host giveaways for the Smart Girl's Group. If you follow the group on Facebook or check The Loop, the smart girl's blog, often then you probably noticed the wonderful Lifeguard Press Lilly Pulitzer USB giveaway going on right now! As you may have guessed, my new role is going well and I love sharing what the Smart Girl's Group is all about with companies!

This months issue truly reached a place so far beyond my expectations of the future of the Guide. I always knew that the concept and creation of this monthly magazine was brilliant but I would've never imagined it looking so professional! All of the spreads are carefully designed and the content and pictures seem so professional. It is truly amazing what a committed group of girls can accomplish when they put their heads together to "Be smart and share smarts."

Our Guide has come a long way since its early days and I could't be any more excited to see where it goes!

This is our cover image for this months guide! Please go check it out and let me know what you think!

Happy Birthday SGG!


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Advice for High School Sophomores

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Remember friends, I am no professional when it comes to giving advice and these are just some of the things I would tell sophomores in high school if they were looking for advice! I will have a junior and senior advice post too at some point but these posts take a while to complete so look for those in the future.

If you haven't seen my Advice for High School Freshman post then click here!

Advice for High School Sophomores

(1) Don't take the easy way out:

School would be easier if you took the easy classes however, challenging yourself is good practice for the year to come as well as your college resume. If you can handle the AP and Honors/Advanced classes then take those courses. Our college counselor, who is amazing, always tells students to take these courses because it looks better to colleges if you have an A in an AP rather than an A in a college prep course. She is trying to be clever when she says that because an A isn't attainable for everyone but colleges do look at your course rigor. Course difficulty looks good so work hard and try to sprinkle in some of those advanced classes.

(2) Get your sleep:

Your course load may be a bit harder but sophomore year is a great year to get rest! This sounds silly but it is super important to start to build good sleep habits when you can! Don't procrastinate because then you will be going to sleep even later. I know I always want more sleep so set a time each night when you turn off your computer, TV, etc and do your very best to get to bed at that time. This will cause you to get things done quicker with hopes of getting to bed at that time.

(3) Have school spirit:

Who doesn't love dressing up and getting into theme nights! I don't know how it works at all schools but we often have themes for peprallys, football games, and basketball games and it makes it more fun when people get involved and get into it! Spirit week/ Homecoming week is another time when it is fun to show your school spirit by dressing up. The more people who dress up the more fun it becomes.

(4) Continue your involvement:

During freshman year you probably began to realize what clubs and extracurricular you really liked. Sophomore year is a great time to decide which activities you would like to continue participating in. By deciding which are worth your time hopefully you will be willing to continue your involvement throughout your time in high school.

(5) Take on leadership roles:

Along the same line as continued involvement, it is great to take leadership roles in activities you enjoy. Becoming secretary of student government or historian of your key club is a great way to truly show your interest. By beginning to look into leadership roles sophomore year, you will be able to start off with a less demanding position and work your way towards vice president or even president if you please!

(6) Summer activities:

Participating in summer activities is a great way to clarify what you may want to do later on in life. In my area, we have great programs that allow high school students to have hands on experience with different professions. Be sure to look into these different programs and consider applying to take part in these programs!

(7) Research colleges:

It is never to early to start researching colleges and sophomore year is a great time to begin since you have no pressure to make a decision! My favorite place to look into different aspects and characteristics of colleges is on College Prowler. On that site you are shown a grade A+ through F on different aspects of the school based on student reviews!

(8) Learn how to take notes:

While I wish there was a clear cut formula on how to take notes, this is really something you have to practice with in order to perfect it. Many of the details in taking notes deal with personal preferences causing you to have to discover what works best for you! By discovering your best note style sophomore year, you will be much better off junior year!

I hope you find these tips useful! I will have junior and senior tips up later on but these posts take quite a while to do so it may be a few weeks!


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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Senior Prom Picture Overload

Last Friday night I attended my Senior Prom. Lots of you may be thinking March 29th is super early to have prom but when my last day of school is May 9th then it really isn't that early! So lucky enough for y'all I am now going to share a bunch of my prom pictures with y'all!


So with hopes to not bore you to death, I will stop the pictures there. I was super pleased with the way my dress looked and I was so comfortable in it which is always a plus! For my hair I did a twist/braid thing into a pinned up bun and for makeup I went a little more formal than usual. In all, I was super happy with the way things turned out and I had such a fun time with all of my friends!

I am always interested to hear if your school does or did long or short dresses?


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