July 29, 2015

August Playlist

So July just flew by!!! I'm posting my August tunes a few days early because I'm going to be out of town this weekend. I'd have to say that this playlist is my favorite by far! Without further ado here are my recent tunes to get you through this month!

Listen here >> // Spotify //

 Happy listening!

July 24, 2015

How I Edit My Insta Photos


Before I even take the picture and start editing it, the most important step to the perfect picture is LIGHTING. You want to make sure there is enough light in the picture, that way the editing is easier AND you get a consistent Insta theme. Thumbs up for an "on-fleek" Insta. Hehe, sorry I had to say that. ;) Okay now on to the editing steps. I use an app called Afterlight for ALL my editing. I believe it's 99 cents.


 Step 1 || Saturation. I usually turn the saturation up a tad to make the photo look a little more alive.


Step 2 || Brightness. Love this part! I will almost all the time do it to 100% and sometimes a tad more. I like my pics bright and fresh looking.


Step 3 || Sharpening. This is an important step if you want you pictures looking clean and fresh. It will do exactly as it says, sharpen the picture surface.




Step 4 || Light clouds. This (like all the others steps) is super important to getting that bright fresh look to your photos. I always use filter #4 & 12 on my photos. Adjust it to whatever softness you want.



Step 5 || White frame. The last step that in my opinion will enhance your already bright and fresh photo is adding a white frame. You don't even have to leave the app because Afterlight has that ability as well. Pretty snazzy I know!

Okay so those are the steps I do all the time for my Insta feed. I hope you enjoyed getting to know the secrets to my feed. Just kidding there's not really any secrets. ;)


July 18, 2015

Summer Whites + Floral









Happy Summer!
Since I just got my first pair of white jeans I had to do a fashion post showing them off. ;) They are SOO soft and comfortable, seriously who knew they could be so comfy. Needless to say I love them. They are perfect for the warm summer weather and are really fun to come up with different ways of styling them.

Jeans // NYDJ
Blouse // Lauren Conrad
Flats // old
Watch // Amazon
Belt // from another dress
Black sunnies // Charming Charlies
Aviators // Amazon



July 17, 2015

Happy In Heels || Guest Post

Today I have a new post for you today..written by a guest blogger! Please welcome Margaret from Happy in Heels blog
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Hi! My name is Margaret and my fashion blog is 

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I think that one of the most common problems people have when it comes to dressing is comfort. 
Everyone wants to be comfortable in their clothes but few people think about feeling comfortable, or confident, in their clothing. 
The way that you feel in your clothing is reflected in how others see you. 
When you feel beautiful and confident, most likely others will see you as beautiful and confident.
Once someone told me "I would think that those heels would really hurt your feet, but you look so comfortable!" 
I would never want someone to look at my shoes and say,
“Oh my! They look so comfortable!”
But I laughed because I did feel comfortable! 
Ok, maybe my feet would have felt better in a pair of sneakers, but when I put on a pair of heels I feel like I can do anything, and to me that is far more important than my feet feeling like they are at the spa!

Thank you Margaret!
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July 16, 2015

Preppy Girl Tag

What's your definition of preppy? Classy, put together, and mature!
What's your all time favorite brand? J.Crew! Though I rarely own any J.Crew pieces. Kate Spade is another brand that I adore! 
What is your favorite Lilly print? Lets Cha Cha and First Impression
Favorite preppy YouTuber? Sarahbelle93x, of course! I first learned of the "preppy lifestyle" from her! Also I adore Brooke Miccio! 
Jack Rogers or Sperrys? I don't own either BUT I would have to choose Jack Rogers. 
Jeans or Khakis? Jeans for sure. I just got myself a pair of white jeans.
Duck Boots, Riding Boots or Hunters? Ah it's so hard to choose! I'm just going to list them in order of my favorites. First is Hunters, Riding Boots, finally Duck Boots. 
Navy or Black? I'm honestly not much of a navy girl. I think black is much more classier.

On a scale of 1-10 how much do you love J.Crew? Umm like 11!!!
Favorite Ralph Lauren clothing item? I actually don't own anything from RL, but I guess the Oxford shirts are my favorite.

Pearls or bows? Pearls all the way! I love wearing pearls with everything, from dresses to exercise clothes. 

I would love to see some of you do this, so I'm going to tag a few people!

Shannon - Prep Avenue
Samantha - Preptista
Maggie - MaggieRoyce
Cathleen - Classy Cathleen 
Gracie - Gracie In Prep


July 2, 2015

June Favorites

It's July, which means time to share my random June favorites!

Accessory // Cat-eye sunglasses from Charming Charlie's.
 Film // Blue Bloods & Gilmore Girls. I love mystery so BB definitely took care of that PLUS they are a Catholic family. And come on, how can you not love Gilmore Girls. It's a winner from the town, to the people, to all the COFFEE!

Beauty Item // Naked palette. I got this as a graduation gift, and it's been so fun experimenting with the different shades.


Music // My "Country" Spotify playlist! It isn't Summer until Country music is played!

Shoes // Champion sneakers. I got these a few months ago but have been wearing them a lot this month to go on hikes + walks.



Read // The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. I haven't finished it yet but oh my goodness! I just love it! I cannot wait to watch the movie when I finish the book!

Blog // The Quirky Conservative. Mandy is literally the sweetest gal! She is living out her dream right now at High Point University! Also, I guest blogged for her recently which you can read here. :)

Social Media // Instagrammer @haileydevine Seriously family goals! 

Drink // Iced coffee of COURSE!! every.single.day

Prayer // 54 Day Rosary Novena. This is my second time praying this novena and boy does this novena mean business! I am praying it this time for all the Benedictine Freshmans + a special little freshie who is starting college on the same day as me!

Memories // Graduation of course!!! Plus time with friends and family! I also went to a priest friends first Mass, which is always a blessing! My family also attended vows of two sisters! Seriously a Catholic fan-girls kinda month! ;)

Cheers graduates!


Post grad selfie with SARAH!! Love ya girl!
My grad board!
Newly ordained Fr. Tim!
Father's Day
My brother and I at the Summer dance at Church
Quote // 
This quote was used by my school's commencement speaker and I thought it was an appropriate quote to share with you.

"Courage is not speaking or living in front of those who agree with us one way and those who differ from us another. We must break free from our comfortable lives and speak words of Truth, Love, and God’s Goodness to all we encounter. We are not called to be comfortable"
 -Rebekah Chiew of Students For Life