Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Resort Review

Hello lovelies, and happy hump day to you!

On Monday, Lilly unveiled their resort 2013 line on their website and I was obsessed to say the least. I have been seeing little sneak peeks from my Instagram friends that work for Lilly, so I was beyond excited to finally get a first full look! I love all the bright and tropical prints, and they remind me of some of my old favorites from Lilly. The new print "Bright Navy Bubbly" reminds me of the older print, "Touchy Feely," 
and "Multi Lulu" also reminds me of the past print, "Booty Caw." Its so great that these two old favorites of mine have been recreated somewhat, I just adore it! So without further adieu, here are my resort 2013 faves!

1. Rogan Top in "Multi Lulu"

2. Emmett Maxi Dress in "Chic Pink Sway"

3. Daylin Dress in "Bright Navy Bubbly"

4. Ember Shift in "Aqua Trippin and Sippin"

5. Stephani Dress in "Iris Blue Mai Tai"

6. Middleton Palazzo Pant in "Crystal Water Island Cocktail"

7. Marielle Sweater in "How Long Till Summer Intarsia"

Have a fab weekend!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall Essentials: Sweaters

Happy Monday!

Today I am continuing my series on fall fashion {see my earlier post on skirts here}. This weekend I was bursting at the seams with excitement to finally be able to talk about my current obsession: sweaters. While the oversized sweater has become very popular, I still love the classic sweater fit. When it comes to sweaters, the motto "tight enough to show that you're a woman, but loose enough to show that you're a lady" applies very well! I have been loving patterned sweaters for this fall, and I finally have an excuse to start stocking up. I will most definitely be going to college somewhere where fall is an actual season {unlike here in south florida} so I have a total reason to grab all the adorable styles!

C. Wonder

Lilly Pulitzer

That's all for now! Stick around for more fall favorites to come! 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall Essentials: Skirts

Happy Monday Lovelies!!

Living in South Florida, fall is sort of a relative term. It tends to mean "that one awkward week when it gets cold." So, I try to embrace fall looks with the Florida temperature touch! I reach toward warmer colored dresses, skirts, and shorts, and of course the white jeans keep going past labor day! As for this post, I am dedicating it exclusively to the fab skirts of fall!


J.Crew Factory

1. Factory Tweed Gold Mini Zip

2. Factory Pleated Mini in "Hthr Acorn"

Kate Spade

I really don't even know where to begin. They are all so fabulous and even choosing my top three was so immensely difficult! But I had to...

That's all for now! While I adore skirts, you can't go through all of fall on skirts alone! Stay tuned for more of my fall faves!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Bittersweet Milestones

Today marks the end of the first quarter in school. This not only means that the semester is half over, but that I am offically a fourth of the way through my senior year. I have been attending the same school for fourteen years, since I was four years old. I feel like the teachers are practically my family, and especially because I am so involved, I feel as though the school is my second home {I'm literally there more than my own home}.

So in honor of being a quarter of the way through my last year, I thought I'd share my top tips for underclassmen, or people who have yet to enter high school.

1. Challenge Yourself

I know that it is so tempting to take easy classes, or to only take classes that halfway challenge you. It is appealing because you know that you'll have free time, and that you'll be able to get "perfect grades." I think the best choice I ever made in high school was to push myself. Now obviously not everyone can take a schedule stuffed with AP classes like I did, but you should explore what your full potential is. Never let the fear of too much work stop you from experiencing a class. I have learned much more about myself while taking difficult classes than I ever learned about the particular subject. So basically, take a risk. Take the class that you know you will probably not get an ideal grade in, you may even discover that you can handle it better than you thought.

2. Break Out of the Mold

In high school this is easier said than done, and I totally understand that, I'm living in it. But the one thing that I have learned in my high school experience so far is that people are almost never who you think they are. That quiet kid in the corner could be hilarious, sweet, and outgoing, but he just feels uncomfortable in the setting of your school. That girl who you think is extremely superficial could be the most genuine person you've ever met, and she just happens to have a lot of material things. I try to remember that I would want someone to get to know me, because obviously first impressions and sterotypes aren't always {they're actually almost never} correct. So take your time to get to know that person who you think you'd never like in a million years, because you really never know.

3. Look at the Big Picture

I am so guilty of this one. I get caught up in my day-to-day stuggles and priorities. I think that getting a not-so-ideal grade on my test is the end of the world. I think the fact that someone gave me a not-so-friendly look in the hallway is the worst thing to happen that day. Then there are those days when you feel like you just can't do anything right, that everything is falling apart and going wrong. The biggest thing I'm learning is that those days, weeks, and months, all pass eventually. Have you ever thought about all the "bad days" you've had this month so far? Chances are you can't remember many of them. Why? Because it got better, you moved on, you had a good day. Just try to remember that no matter how bad things get, things will eventually get better. 

4. Pray, A Lot

My faith is what got me through high school, no doubt. It is so hard, but I try to utlimately just trust God in everything. My grades, my future {aka college applications/acceptances}, my friends, my love life, everything. I don't know where I'll be in ten years, who I'll be friends with, or what I'll be doing, but God does. Just trust him. 

I hope that y'all have a great weekend! I hope you'll find some time to do something meaningful and special. Try to cherish the little things and the moments.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Back to Blogging!

Hey Y'all!

I feel like it has been about a million years since I posted...oh wait, that's because it has been! I am so sorry for my absence and that's about to change! It has been over two months and so much has happened in my life!

As a high school senior, the big thing that has been on my heart lately has been college! I have finally finished {almost} all of my applications and I am so relived. After much prayer and talking to friends and family I have finally narrowed down my college choices. I think Vanderbilt, Furman, and Elon are my top choices currently, but who knows where my heart will be leading me come April! I also sent in applications to Rollins, Clemson, and Auburn. As an organizational-obsessor, it is so hard for me to put things in other people's hands - especially when my future is concerned. I am trying not to lose sleep or stress too much while I await responses from the schools, but it is so very hard for me. This verse has been really close to my heart lately, and it is found in Proverbs 16:9, "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."

Also since school has started I have been crazy blessed and crazy busy while being the editor of my school's newspaper. I really have been pouring my heart into this paper, and wow! It is really paying off. The school principal actually approached me and said that she believes it is the best paper we have ever produced! What an encouragement! We had a rocky start when the advisor left just before the beginning of school, leaving both me and the new advisor clueless about how anything was supposed to run! I have felt helpless at times but it is really coming together.

Homecoming week happened! It was so fabulously fun! Some of my best friends made it on to homecoming court and I loved watching them and listening to their speeches {how we do it at our school!} Two of my close friends actually mentioned me in their speeches which was so sweet, I totally loved it!

For "theme day" my class had Disney as a theme, so I of course dressed up as Minnie Mouse! It was so much fun!

Lastly, for powderpuff, I coached the boys' cheerleading and they were so great! They dressed up as lion cubs and were so hilarious! The seniors won both the football game and the cheerleading so it was such a great night overall!

I have also been doing lots of cheerleading, and as my last year {after 7 years!} its bittersweet and hard to believe it is almost over. As much as I am excited to have more free time, it is sad to have this part of my life come to a close! I have so many wonderful memories cheerleading and I am so happy that I did it for all of these years.

It has been a busy but amazing start to my senior year, and I can't wait for all the memories that have yet to come!

Expect many more posts coming this month! Three cheers for being "back to blogging"! Ha!