Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Blue and White Dresses Under $25

It should come as no surprise when I tell you that blue and white is my favorite color combination (navy blue and pink come on close second). It's something I've expressed multiple times around here and, honestly, I don't see that changing anytime soon. (Even despite my somewhat changing fashion taste). I've been on the hunt lately for some easy spring and summer dresses that won't break the bank. Since I my internship this summer (more on that soon) is a little more fun than last and my dress code was defined to me as "cute casual," fun dresses and tops and going to be on constant rotation in my wardrobe all summer long. 

These dresses all seem perfect for warmer temps and most can be dressed up or down! The embroidery ones are super fun and a little bit different in my opinion! I'm planning to order a couple of these as it gets warmer to wear both for class and to work once that starts in a few weeks. 

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ruffle and a Bell Sleeve

I bought this top in a cute boutique while I was in San Francisco last week and I fell in love with it the minute I caught a glimpse of the giant ruffle hanging on the rack. I've said this before and I'll say it again, but I'm not one that usually goes for trends. So, when I do, I try and wear it in a way that feels natural with my personal style - these bell sleeves are no exception. It should come as no surprise that I can't resist a good ruffle and I really like the way the bell sleeve was small enough for the effect of both to not be too overwhelming. I really think it adds a fun flare! 

(peep Daffy behind me in the yard)

I even tried to get a little bit more out of my comfort zone by mixing navy and black, which before today was something I never would have tried. Thank God my mom encouraged me to try it because I loved the way they looked together! 

Unfortunately I couldn't find this same top online and I'm so bummed because it's so fun, but I made sure to include a few other bell sleeved and ruffle off the shoulder tops in the widget at the bottom! 

This bag has quickly become my go-to accessory. It's so neutral, easy to carry, and it's the perfect size. Also, that giant tassel just make me so so happy!

Doe & Rae Top (similar) | Prada Sunnies (similar) | Banana Republic Jeans | Gucci Bag | Tory Burch Sandals 

On another note, I wore this outfit for a date night with my dad to go see Beauty and The Beast! Boy was that movie amazing. It gave me chills and even had me tear up at certain points. I've been listening to the soundtrack on repeat ever since. Have any of you seen it yet? Let me know what you though about it in the comments!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Day in My Life - Spring Break Edition

As both a blogger and a blog reader, I always love to read about how other people spend their time and what they do during the day. Though it may seem mundane, for some reason I find it so interesting. I've had this kind of post requested for a while now, but each time I've wanted to write it I've forgotten to keep track of what I did with enough detail to create a whole post. 

After Caroline left LA, I had to get back to reality and get myself into full gear before heading back to school in a few days. Though I enjoy sleeping in whenever I can, I don't like to let myself sleep in too much during break so that it's not harder to wake up during school. I started my day with a little bit of self-care at Soulcycle and Olive & June before visiting my grandma, running errands, and doing some work.

If you liked this post and would be interested in a school day version of this post, let me know in the comments! 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

San Francisco for the Weekend

As I mentioned in last week's outfit post, I spent my first few days of Spring Break in San Francisco with my friends! It was so much fun getting to have my own little vacay before Caroline came to visit me in LA for the week! Before this trip I had already been to San Francisco a few times, but my friends had not, so we did a good mix of touristy and less-touristy stuff while we were there. I loved getting to explore the neighborhoods and try all the food. (I seriously think I gained 20 pounds that weekend #noregrets.) 

I thought it would be fun to share some of the pictures I took while I was there of places we went, things we did, and foods we ate! Sorry for the photo overload, but I just loved them all so much. 

Day 1: 
We started our first day with coffee at Wrecking Ball Coffee before grabbing brunch at Rose's Cafe. I had heard great things about both of these places from reading up online and the did not disappoint in the slightest.  Following brunch we wandered up and down Union Street and walked down to Chestnut Street popping into boutiques, doing a little shopping, and exploring the neighborhood. After a little bit of exploring we walked down to the water and towards the Golden Gate Bridge to snap a few pics. No trip to San Fran is complete without it in my opinion. Because our feet were pretty tired from all the walking, we took an uber from the Marina to Alamo Square to see the Painted Ladies. Afterwards, we went back to Union Square and walked through some of the shops before returning to out hotel to rest before heading to Fisherman's Wharf for dinner! We had Clam Chowder in Bread Bowls at Boudin's and a Brownie Fudge Sundae at Ghirardelli's. 

Day 2: 
Our second day kicked off with Breakfast at Farmerbrown just a couple blocks from our hotel. After breakfast, we did some shopping along Market Street including going to the huge Nordstrom in the Westfield Mall and popping into other stores we liked as we passed them. After a thorough amount of shopping walking, we caught an uber to the Ferry Building to get coffee and snacks! We may or may not have indulged in more than our fair share of goodies. We kept walking around for a bit after the Ferry Building, but eventually opted to just go back to the hotel to rest before getting ready to go to dinner with a friend who goes to school near the city. We went to the most delicious taco place called Nick's Crispy Taco's, grabbed some frozen yogurt and wandered around Chinatown for a bit! I decided not take my camera with me this day because I didn't want to lug it all around the city, so I have less pictures -- just some snaps I caught on my iPhone! 

Day 3:
Unfortunately this was the day we left, so we only had time for one thing... MR. HOLMES! I've been to the Los Angeles location before, but going to the San Francisco one has been on my to do list for longer than I can trace back. The on here in LA is pretty good, so I had pretty high expectations of the the one in SF and let me tell you it exceeded them all! Everything was so so good and there were so many options. If you're ever in the city, this is definitely a must. The line wasn't even very long! 

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Black and Leopard in San Fran

If you've been keeping up with me on Snapchat or Instagram (@preptista), you definitely know by now that I've been in San Francisco for the weekend with two of my best friends! I've had the best time and can honestly say I have fallen in love with this city. I've been here plenty of times before and have always loved it, but this time I've seen it through a whole new lens. We've spent most of our time here wandering around, doing some shopping and checking out all the cute and fun places to eat in each neighborhood. I'll have a trip recap on the blog soon, but for now I wanted to share the outfit I wore for our first day of adventuring on Saturday! (Also just couldn't help but share this adorable pink SF house in Pacific Heights!)

I'm sad that our time in San Francisco came to an end so quickly, but I am so excited that I get to spend the rest of the week with Caroline when I get back! We already have so many exciting plans for the week starting with brunch at the Ivy at the Shore tomorrow morning! We're even going to have a girl's day with both of our moms! Seriously cannot think of anything more fun. 

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Getting Personal - Turning 20

Yippee!!! Yesterday officially marked the beginning of my birthday month! I'm so excited because I get to celebrate and officially take my self-proclaimed title of "Birthday Princess." Is it bad that I love celebrating my birthday? I don't know, but either way I'm not going to stop doing it! It's crazy for me to think that this Sunday I am going to be turning 20 years old. I realize that 20 isn't necessarily a monumental birthday, but for some reason it feels like a big deal to me. I'm not a teenager anymore! 20 just sounds so much older than 19 to me. 

I wanted to take this opportunity to do a little bit of self-reflection and kind of keep you all in the loop of where I am right now in every sense - personally, academically, health-wise, blog-wise etc.  Just warning you now this post is long, but please bear with me. 


School: I would be lying if I said school was easy. As a business major, I have a lot of math-heavy classes that I need to get through because they're required and let me just say they are not my cup of tea. Last semester was really challenging for me. Let me just say it was one of the only times in my life I've just been praying to pass a class rather than striving for an A. I couldn't get organized and my old organization methods just were not working anymore, I couldn't get myself to study the way I used to be able to, and I was just overall feeling really unmotivated. This semester I've had major progress though which I'm really happy about. I've successfully come up with an organization method that totally works (blog post maybe?), my classes seem to be somewhat easier, and I'm a little bit more interested in my classes. I'm also really excited about a new minor I've applied to add to my course plan that's called Communication Design. It's an interdisciplinary minor where you take classes the arts, communications, and business school and I could not be more thrilled!

Personal Life: I've always been the type of person who doesn't like being alone. My kind of alone time is being in my room by myself with my family just outside my door in another room. Other than that I've always pretty much hated it. The thing about being in college though is there really is no such thing as a lone time and you don't really realize how much you love it until it's gone. Unless you're lucky enough to have an apartment to yourself you live with roommates/apartment mates and your friends are always around to soak up your extra free time. I've definitely grown to like alone time a lot more, but when I'm home with my family I try to spend as much time as I possibly can right by their side. That's another thing - I've been going home more often than I did last semester. People always say that you shouldn't go home when you're in college or that it's not a "real college experience." I have to disagree. Just because I decide to go home for the weekend instead of staying on campus doesn't mean I am missing out on any crucial experiences. Quite honestly, the only thing I'm missing out on is sub-par food and a weekend of fraternity parties, which I will happily pass on. 

Health: Managing my weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is something I have struggled with for the majority of my life. For as long as I can remember, I've always felt like "the chubby girl" of the bunch. When I first came to college I lost a little over 10 pounds and was feeling really good about myself, but by the time I finished off my freshmen year I had gained it all back and then some. (The Freshman Fifteen is real guys. No joke.) I've always been a major foodie - living in LA it's hard not to be - so it's never been a matter of me constantly eating junk food or fast food, but it's more a problem of portion control and knowing when I should and shouldn't indulge rather than just treating myself to what I want when I want it all the time. I think it got to the point where I was just discouraged from "trying to lose weight," but not seeing results and eventually I gave up trying. Giving up is never a good thing and it's never too late to make changes to live a healthy lifestyle. "If Khloe Kardashian can do it, so can I!" I'm even kicking off my journey to a healthier me by giving up fried foods and going low-carb for Lent! Hopefully the low-carb diet is something I'll be able to stick to once Lent is over too. Luckily, the one thing I have down pat is drinking water. I drink water constantly, so that's never been a problem for me.  Please don't get me wrong though guys - I absolutely love myself and everyday I am grateful that I have a healthy, strong, and abled body. I just know it could be better and I'm hoping I'll be able to take this more seriously when I'm "another year wiser."

Friendships: My favorite part about college by far is the friends I've made. I love that I have friends in and out of my sorority and in all the different groups I am involved in on campus. Each of these friends brings different value into my life and I am so grateful for each and every one of them. I have my super close core people (you know who you are), but what's even better is that I've branched out to have so many different circles of friends. I've been able to get closer to girls in Gamma Phi since living in the house, which has been especially great as well. I'm grateful that I've mostly been able to maintain my friendships from home as well. My best friend since pre-school is even going to be home from college to celebrate my birthday with me this weekend! 

Blog: Though it might not really seem like it lately, there are few things I love in this world more than this blog. When I started it almost four years ago (crazy how time flies!) I never imagined anyone would read it let alone would I have thousands of followers. It amazes me every single day. Despite how much this blog means to me and how fulfilled I feel when I sit down and write for it, one of the things I've struggled with the most since being at school is prioritizing this. I think this might go hand in hand with having less alone time and me not managing my time well enough. Honestly, it makes me really sad when I think about how I've kind of neglected this corner of the internet over the past couple months. I'm not going to promise that I am going to blog everyday starting now, but I will promise that I am going to try my best to prioritize it more than I have been. 

Love and Relationships: This section is kind of weird to be writing about because it's something I've never really talked about with you guys. I've had boyfriends in the past, but I don't currently have one and I haven't had one since I graduated high school. To be completely honest though, I don't really want one right now either. I mean do I get a little jealous when I see other cute couples around campus? Of course, it's natural. I just don't think a relationship is the right thing for me at the moment, so I don't want to look for one. I have so many other things I need to get in order (like getting back into blogging for starters) before I can make that a priority. If something happens out of the blue, I'm open to the opportunity, but again I am not pursuing anything. Finding a relationship in college, especially at USC, is really hard too because of the strong hookup culture, which is so. not. me. Quite frankly, I find it a little appalling the way some girls throw themselves at guys in college. So there's that, we probably won't talk about this topic again until something serious happens. 

Style: When I started my blog I was literally the embodiment of the word preppy. My closet consisted of mostly Vineyard Vines, Lilly, J.Crew, and Ralph Lauren. I used to scoff at the idea of wearing black ever opting for navy blue instead and my idea of branching out in terms of style was buying something with vertical navy and white stripes instead of horizontal. While, I haven't completely abandoned those traits, I will say I've become a lot more open to different things and I've branched out a bit. I've been open to prints other than stripes and I've even come to love the color black. (I truly never thought I'd see the day that happened.) It's been kind of fun trying different things (like ripped jeans LOL) and seeing how I can mix them in with my tried and true favorite pieces. I'm still drawn to simple and classic pieces, but I'm not as afraid of experimenting anymore either.

If you've made it this far, congratulations and thank you for reading! I know that was a ton of information that quite frankly most of you probably don't really care about. I just felt like I needed to get all of that out there and out of my brain. That's why I started this blog in the first place anyways - to be able to say whatever I want completely unfiltered.  I hope you guys enjoyed this little life update and for those of you who have been around here for a while, you have no idea  how much your support means to me. I love you all so much! 

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I just love all the pink, red, and white decorations and all the love that's in the air (I can't help it, I'm a hopeless romantic!). Growing up, I used to always get so into Valentine's Day handing out valentine's to my whole grade and sporting bright pink converse with my school uniform. In high school I used to love making handmade cards for all of my friends! Plus, I mean who's going to say no to a holiday that revolves around giving giant boxes of chocolates (#notme). 

I mentioned this in my Instagram post yesterday, but I've been obsessed with blush lately and thanks to Valentine's Day being two weeks away that hue is everywhere to be seen! These Hunter Boots are absolutely to. die. for. and I can only imagine how cozy it would be to cuddle with this pillow!

Shop the products above and a few extras using the widget below: 

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