March 31, 2015

Prep for Less: Dressing on a Budget

 
Preppy to me means dressing in a clean, classy, sophisticated manner. A huge misconception about dressing preppy is that it has to be expensive, and that's actually not true. Yes, you can shop at Lilly, J.Crew, and Vineyard Vines, but a lot of people just can't do that or don't want to spend $250 on one dress, and I completely understand. The trick to dressing preppy + saving your wallet is knowing where to look!
A great way to get those preppy trends in your closet for less is to buy all you basic must have pieces at cheaper stores and then splurge on the accessories or statement pieces. For example buy all your basic striped tee's at Old Navy and then splurge on a statement necklace at J.Crew. You still achieve that preppy look but for less and you can get more for your money.

J.Crew & J.Crew Factory- I love J.Crew, they have great quality clothes but it is are a ridiculously expensive store. Instead of buying all your clothes there just get those splurge items such as jewelry or a Chambray top. A great alternative is J.Crew Factory, they have the current products but for less.

Old Navy- This is a great store to find your basic preppy basics. It's also an ideal place to experiment with preppy trends without spending a ton of money.

H&M- I LOVE this place! I got my very well loved and used black pencil skirt here + they have the cutest tops. This is also a great place to score some awesome deals on a more professional attire.

Rue La La- This is similar to Hautelook. Everyday they pick a different designer and display a bunch of their items for some pretty great deals. They sometimes have a lot of  discounted Lilly products which is awesome because a regular Lilly shift dress is like $200 which is crazy. So you can pretty much find some great deals on Rue La La!

Forever 21- I love shopping for dresses and accessories at F21. They are a reasonable price and you can find some great trendy styles here.

Target- You can always find a lot of classic items here for a pretty reasonable price. Oh anddd speaking of Target, starting April 19th they will be opening up a Lilly Pulitzer line! Ahh! Imagine getting a $250 Lilly shift dress for $30! Um YES please!

Thrift stores- Yes I am bringing up thrift stores. A lot of people detest the idea of buying clothes that someone else has worn, but really all you have to do is wash it when you get home and it's as good as new. This is an AWESOME option for finding flannels, button-ups, and cable knit sweaters. You can also find a lot of high end brands for like $5, which again means you can get more for your money. 


The most important tip to dressing preppy for less is to invest in key pieces.  For instance instead of buying a pair of rain boots that might only last one winter go invest in a pair of Hunter boots that will last pretty much your entire life.


"S t y l e isn't just about what you wear,
it's about how you l i v e." 
-Lilly Pulitzer 

If you have any tips for me, please leave them in the comments! 


Holy Week









Take a look now at Calvary. Jesus has died and there is as yet no sign of his glorious triumph. It is good time to examine how much we really want to live as Christians, to be holy. Here is our chance to react against our weaknesses with an act of faith. We can trust in God and resolve to put love into the things we do each day. The experience of sin should lead us to sorrow. We should make a more mature and deeper decision to be faithful and truly identify ourselves with Christ, persevering, no matter what it costs, in the priestly mission that he has given every single one of his disciples. That mission should spur us on to be the salt and light of the world. 
-St. Josemaria Escriva, Christ is Passing By



March 23, 2015

A Day In The Life


 Welcome to My Day

7:15-7:30AM -My day usually begins when my music alarm goes off (currently set to play "Open Hands" by Ingrid Michaelson). Then I head downstairs to get some coffee and have some "me" time which consists of morning prayer + reading.


8:30AM -I'll then head to the kitchen to get some breakfast. My menu options are always changing as I can't ever have the same thing. If there is leftover rice then I'll cook an egg over easy, slice up some avocado, and mix those with the warmed rice, then drizzle some soy sauce over top. For some reason I love Asian recipes for breakfast. :)
After I get my breakfast I'll then catch up on social media + emails.


9:00AM -Now I can go back up stairs and get dressed, maybe put some makeup on (depends what I'm doing that day), and try to do something with my hair. After I feel somewhat put together I'll head to my room and see what's on my agenda which will most likely be blog stuff & school.

12:30-1PM -I've made it through the morning and now it's lunch time. Usually lunch consists of ham & cheese panini.

1:30-3PM -More school, working on blog posts, or just whatever is next on the agenda.

3:30-4PM -I try to get some exercising in during this time but let's be real, most of the time I fail.

Around 6PM -Dinner is usually taken at this time. After that I'll do some reading, or watch a movie, or peruse Pinterest. I also like to turn of some soft evening music to just decompress myself.


10PM -After I'm finished binge pinning while watching some YouTube I'll do my night routine then hop in bed and maybe read a little on the kindle. Then it's goodnight for me. Zzzz...

Okay, so that was a pretty typical for me. Some days have more hiccups and surprises than others.

"The sun loved the moon so much, 
he died every night to let her breathe."




March 22, 2015

Sunday Brights || OOTD







Cable knit  pull over //Burlington
Button up // Burlington
Pencil skirt // H&M
Heels // Nine West
Purse // Coach (I got it at a Church fundraiser, so no I didn't pay full price)
Earrings // Amazon
Watch // XOXO
Nail polish // Sally Hansen in Pep Plum

Happy Sunday friends!

p.s. check out my post about the music artist who I linked at the top of this post :)


March 19, 2015

Cherry Blossom Time || OOTD

 


 




Vest // Burlington?
T-Shirt // Old Navy
Scarf // Plato's Closet
Jeans // a gift
Flats // Plato's Closet
Watch // XOXO
Earrings // Amazon


Spring Fashion | Polyvore Picks

Okay, so Spring begins on March 20th! I cannot wait for those sunny days where I can wear shorts, sandles, and maybe even get a little tan. Hmm maybe...
It seems like everybody is sharing their favorite Spring looks, so I thought I would jump on in share some recent Polyvore outfits that I've created.


Summer Evening Stroll


Floral

Floral by graceaquinas featuring a skater dress
Warmer weather definitely calls for flowy floral dresses 

A Little Kendra & Lilly

A Little Kendra & Lilly by graceaquinas featuring a white shirt
And of course a Summer outfit wouldn't be complete without a little Lilly Pulitzer ;)



Red Summer


Maxi


Mint Bows


Coral Accents

Which one is your favorite Spring look?

March 16, 2015

Spring Liebster Award

Recently I got nominated by Blaze Ann from Proverbs 31 Beauty for the Liebster Award. I have already been nominated in the past, but since it's been a while I thought it would be fun to do this one. The Liebster Award is presented to bloggers with less than 200 followers as a way to welcome them into the blogging community and to help their blog get known.

 Here are the rules:

1. Link back to the blogger that nominated you- (Proverbs 31 Beauty)

2. Answer the 11 new questions

3. Nominate other bloggers (however many or few as you'd like)

4. Create 11 new questions

5. Notify the new nominees of their award
 ♡♡♡
1. What is your favorite quote or verse and why?
 "You will never influence the world by trying to be like it." 
Basically this quote is a reminder that God made each one of us to stand out and that we are blessed with a one-of-a-kind uniqueness and it would be a waste to try to become a copy of something or someone else.

2. What do you see yourself doing ten years from now?
Hopefully putting my degree to work in the social media field, be a published author, and living out my vocation to the fullest.

3. Who is your favorite style icon?
Kate Middleton & Blair Waldorf 


4. What is the scariest thing you've ever done?  
 Taking the SAT!!!!

5. What are your top five fashion staples?
Statement necklaces, dangle earrings, leopard scarf, gold watch, & large pearl earrings

6. What is a fact that not many people know about yourself?
 I can get pretty weird and really expressive late at night. (just ask my fam)

7. What is your favorite book(s)?
Father Elijah: An Apocalypse & the Bailey Flanigan series by Karen Kingsbury

8. Which Disney Princess would you like to be?
Cinderella

9. When is your birthday?
May 2 <3

10. Any favorite TV shows?
Sherlock, JAG, GG, Downton Abbey

11. If you could drop everything and travel to 3 specific places, where would you go?
Charleston, South Carolina - Amalfi Coast, Italy - L.A. California 

Thank you so much for nominating me Blaze Ann! It was so much fun answering them! 

Here are my questions:
  1. Favorite ice cream flavor?
  2. Who is your favorite style icon?
  3. Three qualities you look for in your future spouse?
  4. Who is your favorite Youtuber?
  5. If you could only shop in 1 store for the rest of your life what would it be?
  6. Would you rather live near the mountains or the ocean?
  7. Biggest online pet-peeve?
  8. What Disney movie would you like to be in?
  9. What is your favorite go-to summer accessory?
  10. Favorite music album?
  11. If you could drop everything and travel to 3 specific places, where would you go?
I nominate:  

If the above blogs feel so obliged to accept this award then just follow the rules listed at the beginning and have fun!



March 13, 2015

What Fashionista Inspires Me || Lauren Conrad


Welcome to the third post of What Fashionista Inspires Me! Today's fashionista is boho-chic, Lauren Conrad. She has such a flawless fresh style, between her hair, makeup routine, and clothes. And we can't forget her style + beauty books which are packed full of every beauty tip imaginable. I highly recommend checking those books out.

Casual
 I love that even for casual days she still looks presentable and makes sure to add in a fun pattern or chic shades. Her casual style is definitely one for me to adopt.

Dressy

I love all of Lauren's cute fit & flare dresses. They are such a fun, flirty style option that is great for the upcoming Spring & Summer months.

 Lauren always rocks the cutest hair styles, whether that be a milk-maid braid or some beach waves.

This girl can definitely pull off a winged eye!

Check out my LC Pinterest board for more inspiration.