Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Seersucker in Class

J.Crew Shirt (old) | Vineyard Vines Shorts (similar) | Longchamp Tote | Jack Rogers Sandals | Illesteva Sunnies 

Even though this was an outfit I wore while I was with Caroline and Fran back in July, it's also very typical of what I would wear to class during the school year. With yesterday being my first day of class for sophomore year, I figured it was fitting that I share some school outfit inspiration! I feel like picking outfits that are good for class, but still comfortable is a little tricky, which is why an eyelet shirt and comfortable shorts is the perfect combo.

Sorry for the quick post! We are in the middle of recruitment for my sorority and things are super hectic, so I might be a little MIA until next week, but I am going to try my best to keep up on social media so make sure you are following along! 

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Easy Summer Dresses Under $25

I've never really been one for fast fashion, but I'm also not the kind of girl who can easily say no to an amazing deal on super cute dresses. I recently came across the site SheIn and though at first I was a little bit skeptical of it, I was pleasantly surprised by how many affordable cute options I found! The clothing is all well priced to begin with, but they also always have really great sales going on that make the pieces even more of no-brainers. I looked through all the different categories on the site was able to find things I loved for pretty much every category, but I especially fell in love with the dresses. With the end of summer fast-approaching, I don't want to spend too much on new summer clothes, so this site is the perfect alternative. Check-out nine of the adorable dresses I found all for under $25! 

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Although I'm only showing day-time dresses in this post, I know I'm going to be using this site as a resource for going-out clothes this year! I love that the clothes are priced so that I don't really have to worry if they get ruined or anything. 

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Denim and Gingham

This is another one of the outfits I wore while I was with Caroline back in Wisconsin! (I can't believe it's already been two weeks since I was there!) I wore my first full day there popping in and out of stores and exploring some of the adorable towns. It was pretty cloudy out and a little bit rainy and this outfit was perfect for that weather. The denim jacket was a great light layer!

This bag is the best bag ever. I remember when I got my first one (I was in eighth grade) and it's still the one I use the most today! The quality is extraordinary and the nylon makes it lightweight and easy to tote around. 

We are officially on our way to Hawaii today for some much needed R&R before I head back to school next Friday and I can't wait! I can't guarantee a post will be up every day while I'll be gone, but you can stay up to date with everything happening on Instagram and Snapchat (add me as preptista)! 

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Preppy Girl's Guide to: Packing Clothes for College

One of the hardest things for me during my freshman year was clothing. I felt like I had casual day-time wear down pat, but, when it came to going out, I was totally lost. Though I still would not consider myself an expert, I felt like I got much more comfortable with dressing as the year went by. 

As a favor to you all, I've compiled a list of all the clothing essentials you might need for every type of scenario at school. Since USC obviously does not have cold weather, I did my best to guess what you might need, but take this as a warning that there might be cold weather necessities I did not include. 

Like with my dorm packing list, you can download a printable PDF version of the list here

Be on the lookout for another post about going out clothes later this week. 

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Lovely Links


Well, another week has gone by, which means I'm only a little over two weeks from heading back to school! I can't believe how fast the summer has flown past me. I started my internship back in May and today is my last day... crazy. I remember, when I first started, July 29 seemed so far away and now it's finally here! I definitely feel like this internship was a learning experience for me in so many ways and I am so excited to share a little bit more about that with you in the future! This weekend is going to be pretty busy because I have to get everything ready to head back to school before our trip to Hawaii on Wednesday since I move back in two days after we get back... pray for me. I hope everyone has a great weekend! 

Wearing: Aside from my double strap Jack Rogers, which you all know I can't stop raving about, I have been toting this bag from J.Crew around everywhere! I got it the other day when I went out with my parents and it has been perfect for carrying everything I need for work. I know it will be super handy when school rolls around too. I may even use it as a carry-on for my trip! 

Watching: Confession - Last night I watched four episodes of Gilmore Girls on Netflix after "sitting down to watch one while eating dinner." #sorrynotsorry Anyone else dying of excitement for the Gilmore Girls revival

Wanting: I've been seeing these adorable straw bags all over the internet lately and needless to say I am OBSESSED. Everything from the bright monogram color options to the hand done weave is simply perfection. I wish I could have gotten one in time for my trip this week! 

Listening: I've had the song 'Brand New' by Ben Rector on repeat lately. It's so catchy and fun to sing along too!

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Love this NY Times Hamptons Summer Guide!

All these Pinterest quotes are hitting way to close to home lately. 

Did you see the downloadable binder covers I designed? 

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Why I love My Fitbit Alta

A couple years ago, when I got my first Fitbit, I wrote this post. I had just gotten my Fitbit Flex and I was obsessed with it. It motivated me, and I found it so convenient! When I got to USC last fall, my Fitbit got lost in the mess of unpacking my dorm and so I ended up going the full year without it. This summer, I've been trying to refocus my energy on taking care of myself and my first step for that has been to regain control of my eating and activity level. Getting my new Fitbit Alta (find the light pink leather band here) has been essential in making that possible. 

At first I kind of wavered between getting the same Fitbit I already had, or getting the new Fitbit Alta, but, after doing my research and talking to Caroline, I decided the Alta was the way for me! When I first got it, I  was super excited, but I surprisingly love it even more than I expected too! The most crucial thing that sets it apart from my old one is that it has a screen to display the time, my steps, my calories burned, and any other stats I choose. Before, if I wanted to know those numbers, I would have to open the app in my phone, but now I can access them at just the flick of a wrist! The other thing I really love about it is the fact that I can hook it up to my phone's bluetooth so that it gives a little buzz if I am getting a text or phone call. This is great for the times when my phone is across the room or on silent, so I can make sure I never miss anything important. Additionally, it allows you to set your general "active hours" and will send a little buzz 10 minutes before each of those hours ends if you haven't walked at least 250 steps in those 60 minutes. This has come in handy at the office especially. When sitting down all day, I sometimes forget to get up and move, so these little buzzes remind me to take a loop around the office, go check the email, or walk to the bathroom for a little stretch break. 

Having a Fitbit again has allowed me to keep better track of my fitness goals, my caloric intake, and my sleep, which has ultimately led me to easier and more productive days. If you're debating investing in a Fitbit or not, I highly highly suggest it! 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Binder Cover Free Download

Part of why I started this blog three (coming up on four) years ago, was because of my love for creating things. Growing up I was a Play-Doh master and in school, art was always one of my favorite classes. Now, with more serious academic challenges, Preptista is my place to freely create and do whatever I want. Two years ago, I made these downloadable binder covers and to this day I still get requests on how to make them or where I found them. Since I noticed their continued popularity, I thought it was time I gave you guys something a little more fresh and new. I hope you like them! 

In order to start using them, just click the link above for the cover you want, download the PDF and open it in either Word or Photoshop to customize them! (Hint: If you're using Word, type inside a textbox to get the writing right where you want it.) The font I used on mine is called Didot, and you can download it here if you don't already have it. I've shown them above as academic binders, but they would also be perfect for work or to organize recipes and such around your house! 

If you end up using the covers, send me a pic or tag me on Instagram. I'd love to see what you do with them! Also, feel free to email me if you need help or have any questions. 

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