Monday, January 16, 2017

January 2017 Playlist

Even though it's already halfway through January, I felt especially inspired this weekend to create a playlist of the songs I've been listening to lately. Some are new, some are oldies but goodies, and some are just new to me, but I think they're all pretty fun and they get me in the mood to be happy and kick 2017 in the butt! 

I've never really considered myself to be a "music person" because although I love to listen to music and sing and dance, I've always had a hard time "discovering" new songs, you know? I feel like I'm always just a tiny bit behind on the music bandwagon. I really want to know about more music though and have a wider array of music that I listen too, so send me your recommendations in the comments! 

You can listen to the playlist embedded below or access it here

What are your favorite songs right now? Please leave me your song recommendations! 

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Looking at 2017

The new year is a funny thing. Heading into it, you builds up huge expectations for what the year will be like and what you want to do and change by creating resolutions. The thing is people are rarely able to stick to them. Deciding to make change is a good thing, but I think it's more effective to think of these changes as more of making minor improvements than changing your entire lifestyle.


When I try and come up with my goals for the new year, I usually reflect on any mistakes I made in the previous year as well as things I think I could have done better. This past year, especially my fall semester of school, I felt myself slipping in pretty much every area of my life and I couldn't really figure out how to fix it. I felt like I was drowning. I was losing control of my personal life, my blog, and my academics, and it was kind of a domino effect - once I felt one thing slip, it all just came crumbling down. To put it lightly, this was not a good semester for me. I've spent a good amount of time beating myself up for it, but in the end I think the only thing that did was make it harder for me to correct my mistakes and get things back in order. So, I've decided with the new year I'm going to take this fresh start as an opportunity to start over again, and work towards achieving my full potential. 

Here's a look at some of the goals I have for this upcoming year: 

+ Manage my time better
I think a big reason I struggled so much this past semester was that I was really bad at budgeting my time. I'm generally the kind of person who works well when I have a lot of things to do, but the problem was that I just wasn't plotting my time appropriately and therefore I wasn't getting the things I needed to do done. This semester I really want to get better about putting everything in my planner to make sure everything gets done and that I still have time for the fun stuff.

+ Do one active thing every day
I feel like I can get into kind of a rut when it comes to my fitness routine. The rut being that I don't really have one. I feel like maybe by making it simpler and just saying that I want to do one active thing per day might make it easier for me to maintain some kind of routine. Whether it's going to the gym, taking a fitness class, or even just doing a stretch or floor workout in my room, I just want to be active.

+ Keep an open mind
This semester I will be moving into my sorority house, which will be such a different experience from living in my dorm or apartment. I'm really excited for the opportunities to make new friends in the house as well as opportunities to do new things. I really want to focus on keeping an open mind to meeting new people and trying new things that I maybe wouldn't have necessarily tried before.

What are your goals for the new year? 

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Last Minute Gift Idea

I know I've been pretty MIA recently, and with the new year coming up fast, I was trying to plan a good comeback, but I just couldn't let the holiday pass without at least trying to help the last few of you who are still struggling with gift ideas! Any other year I would have bombarded you with gift guides and whatnot, but this year I decided to sit it out and take a little breather. Pottery Barn Teen recently sent me these awesome bluetooth headphones though, and guys, they are way too good to pass up.

The first thing I have to rave about the headphones is how cute they are! I love the shiny gold around the ear part and the gold leather that goes around your head. It makes them just as stylish as they are functional! As you can see in the picture below, they also have gold polka dots on the ear piece to give them a little extra flair!

When I tried them on for the first time I was also really impressed by the sound quality and comfort given the price! They sounded amazing and are priced so well (and on sale now too!) - practically a no brainer.

I think the key feature to these headphones though is definitely the fact that they are wireless. Especially considering that my new phone doesn't have a headphone jack, the bluetooth capability is crucial! (And if you buy them as a gift, you won't have to worry about the recipient not being able to use them if they get the new iPhone for Christmas too.) I can take the headphones anywhere I want or put them on and walk around without worrying about any cords or anything! I'm seriously obsessed with them.

Even though Christmas is only a couple days away now, you can still pick up a pair of these headphones for a daughter, friend, or girlfriend at a local Pottery Barn Teen and I guarantee they won't be disappointed with them! Or, you know, you can just pick a pair up for yourself ;)

I hope you all have a very safe and happy holiday! Now that I'm back, I'm going to try not to leave you guys hanging again, so look out for more of me on here soon!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Current Coat Crushes

I've talked about my love for coats before here (one of my favorite posts I've written to this day), but honestly it's more of an obsession than just a love. I seriously can not contain my excitement when fall rolls around and store windows are filled with color coordinated outfits topped with the perfect coats! One of the stores that I think nails the outerwear category better than anyone is J.Crew. Seriously, my heart flutters a little when I open their website during the fall.

I love how easy it is to make any statement you want through the coat you pick. You can go blow with a bright color, or more subtle and sophisticated in a simple navy wool coat or trench. There are so many options and each one can tell a story.

 Checkout all the coats I'm loving right now using the widget below (if it doesn't work in email, try opening the post in your browser!): 

J.Crew is also having a major sale right now! You can get 30% off when you spend $200+ and 25& off when you spend $125+! Use code 'SHOPMORE'.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Blue Mirrored Sunnies {Giveaway!}

My favorite part about staying in Los Angeles for school is that on the weekends I've been able to explore the city so much more than I ever did before. This weekend, my big and I decided to go on a homework date to Alfred Tea Room on Melrose! She had been for the first time last week, but since I had never been before and we didn't want to do homework at home, we thought it would be fun to go together!

Shein Dress c/o | Ilymix Sunnies c/o | Tory Burch Purse (similar) | Jack Rogers Sandals 

I always like to dress up a little bit when I go on adventures around LA and this was the perfect outfit for exploring and studying! The dress and sandals were super comfortable while still looking put together.

I received these sunglasses from Ilymix not too long ago and I have been wearing them nonstop ever since they came in the mail. I love how lightweight they are on my face. When it gets super hot, heavy sunglasses can be a little too much and end up sticking to my nose (does this happen to anyone else??), but these are perfect. The quality is also really great considering the price - they're only $20!

I also love how the blue mirrored lenses pop with the outfit. It's the perfect accessory to add a little color without being too bold. They're too pretty to keep inside my bag  but fit perfectly sticking out of the side pocket! They're so eye-catching, I don't even have to be wearing on my face in order to add a little "somethin-somethin" my outfit!

I'm super excited because not only is Ilymix generously offering all my readers 20% off with the code  'preptista', but they are also GIVING AWAY a pair of sunglasses to one lucky reader! You can enter the giveaway using the widget below. The giveaway will end Friday at midnight. Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

P.S. Thank you so much to everyone who filled out my survey last week! I was seriously overwhelmed by the amount of responsesI received! I am still accepting responses in order to win a $20 Amazon gift card though, so if you haven't already filled it out, please go do it now

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Help Me Make Preptista Even Better!

Between my schoolwork, student government, and sorority life, I'd be lying if I said it hasn't gotten at least a little more difficult to balance everything than it was over the summer. The fact that I've had to shift my focus from my blog to my academics definitely does bum me out because I absolutely love love love blogging, but obviously my schoolwork has to come first. As a result you've  probably noticed that I've reduced my posting frequency by a lot and I want to try and get a better feel for how I should approach the blog for the rest of the school year. 

My posting lately has been pretty sporadic partly due to the fact that I haven't made any kind of blogging schedule or plan and partly because I haven't really been budgeting my time in the most efficient way. I thought I would be able to make it all work by "just doing it," but clearly that hasn't been working out very well.

Going forward, I plan on reducing my posting to three days per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) with the occasional super hectic weeks where it may be closer to one or two. Since my posting schedule is going to be reduced though, I want to make sure I am really focusing on producing the content that you guys want. I am absolutely so grateful to have readers who are loyal and engaged and I truly do not know where I would be if it weren't for all of you helping to make my dreams come true. To ensure my posts are more fine-tuned to all of your interest, I've made a short survey (shouldn't take more than three minutes) for you to complete! I know not all of you will be able to fill it out, but you have no idea how much I would appreciate your feedback. It's thanks to all of you that I get to do what I love and I want to make sure you keep coming back for more.

As a little extra incentive, I will be giving away a $20 Amazon gift card to a random reader who fills out the survey! I'm so excited to read all of your input! 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fall Wishlist

Despite LA's triple digit temperatures these past couple days, I am officially in a fall state of mind. While I'm forced to roam campus in shorts and dresses, all I can think about is jeans, booties, and cable knit sweaters. I've been going nuts looking at all of the adorable new fall arrivals, so I decided I would share a condensed version of my Fall Wishlist! 

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine | ten | eleven | twelve

What items are you lusting after this fall? 

Note: I've made a super quick and easy form to get a better idea of what you all want to see on the blog and I'd love it if you would just take a few minutes to fill it out, so I can better cater to your wants and needs! Thank you so much! Click here to get to the form

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