October 2014 - Prep Essentials





College & Post-Grad

College & Post-Grad
College & Post-Grad

November Lilly Pulitzer Calendar!

These calendars are a constant reminder for me about how quickly time is flying, especially now that I am a senior. I do absolutely love November, though. It is the start of the holiday season and all of my favorite traditions, decorations and festivities that come along with it!

Unfortunately, it also means more homework and exams, with finals just around the corner. To make organizing all of those decorating activities and assignments, here is my November Lilly Pulitzer Calendar template! Just download it from this link:

Print it out, and fill it out to your heart's content!


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Playlist: Fall Has Arrived

Maybe it is because Oxford is one of the most beautiful places in the world during this time of year, but I can't stop smiling these days. The leaves have changed, there is a slight chill in the air, and fall has officially settled over my adorable little college town. 

It disappointingly dawned on me last week that this will be my last fall in Oxford, and rather than cry (I swear I'm not crying...I just have something in my eye *sniff*) I resolved to enjoy it as much as I possibly can before frozen winter takes its place. 

One of the top things on my to-do list has been to take a few scenic drives with my friends on some of the incredible country roads surrounding Oxford, especially those back near Hueston Woods where there is nothing but trees and leaves. 

And what scenic drive would be complete without the perfect fall playlist?! There are a couple different moods on this one, but it is definitely for the most part upbeat and perfect for a sunny fall day! These songs have pretty much been on constant repeat for me in my car and walking to class. Enjoy!

Here are the links to their youtube videos as well in case you want a quick listen!

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I'm Alright On My Own, But With Them I'm Much Better

Yes, this is a shameless post about my sorority sisters - but not for the typical reasons one might expect. I know there are a lot of stereotypes and some stigma associated with sororities, but some recent events and the fact that it is my senior year has really caused me to think about what this incredible group of women has meant to me over the past few years and this semester in particular.

I have watched pledge classes leave, and new ones arrive - I have tearfully hugged them goodbye, and tearfully welcomed new ones home. One thing that has always remained constant among the girls in my home away from home is that no matter who it is - we always have each other's backs. I could rant on and on for weeks telling you countless stories of different ways these girls have inspired me, but I won't. 

Being a senior, it is true that I'm not stuck right in the middle of everything; I'm on my way out. I'm still involved and hold a position within the chapter, but my role will continue to shrink as I work my way towards graduation - and that's okay. What has truly amazed me is that no matter what grade, sophomores, juniors, or seniors - even the ones I haven't been fortunate enough to truly get to know well yet - every single girl in this chapter has found some way this semester to let me know that they are there for me. 

My family received some devastating news about a month ago, and we have all been processing it in our own way. Most girls likely don't even know the details of my family's situation - but that hasn't mattered. Every girl in my chapter has reached out to me in some way, offered a listening ear, a warm hug, or a welcome distraction, whether it's driving to the nearest mall or getting ice cream uptown late on a Monday night. I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support and love I have received from all of my sisters, and I am eternally grateful. 

I wish stories like this were as relevant as the occasional scandals that seem to make national news, but that is not the nature of the media. I just wanted to make sure that I could find some way to let my sisters know how grateful I am for all of their support, and let anyone else who reads this blog know  - especially those that are considering going Greek - that sororities are so much more than what meets the eye.

I'm alright on my own, but with them I am so much better. 

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Fashion Find: World's Greatest Leggings!

I have officially found the greatest pair of leggings - ever. I know, everyone has their tastes and there are tons of different types I love, including Lululemon and my go-to pairs of ultra-thin cotton leggings from White House Black Market. But trust me when I tell you, this pair is the best (and cheap!)

I actually ordered these by accident online when I was trying to replace one of my ripped pairs of cotton leggings from White House Black Market. I received them in the mail today and I was pretty upset to realize these leggings were much thicker, heavier, and a slightly different fabric. I started to furiously stuff them back into the back before I retreated to looking up their return policy when I realized these could actually be exactly what I need.

These leggings are significantly warmer, a little tighter and more form-fitting like my Lululemon pair, and they have lines in the back to make them look like a pair of riding pants (similar to these leggings from J.Crew) which my housemate Kendall pointed out made them a much better option for nicer shirts and sweaters because it gives them a cleaner look. 

After trying them on, I fell in love. They're thicker, warmer, cheaper, and tighter...they look nicer and resemble the feel of my Lululemon's without looking like athletic gear either. Essentially...they're perfect! And the best part is they're only $48, but they are always having sales on their leggings so check back regularly! (I'll be sure to post about them whenever I get emails as well!) They're awfully similar to the ones from J.Crew, except personally I find these significantly more comfortable and they just feel better.

You can find these magical leggings here, they are the 'Signature Leggings'!

Has anyone else worn these or found a pair of leggings they're really loving lately?

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Road Trip: Pittsburgh, PA

This past weekend I ventured out to Wexford, PA just outside of Pittsburgh with the boy to see his family and his adorable dogs for a short fall break from Oxford. 

My instagram feed was filling up all weekend with pumpkin patches and people's younger siblings heading off to Homecoming Dances (ahh...high school - I don't miss you one bit). Our weekend was essentially the exact same thing (what can we say, we're basic) but I had a blast!

It was so nice to get away from school and just relax and enjoy some of this beautiful fall weather we've been having, plus I even convinced the boy to come to the pumpkin patch with me and actually pretend to be as amused as I was! In exchange, I agreed to let him teach me how to play hockey - no judging my form! 

By far the highlight of the weekend was going shopping in a real mall! No offense to Oxford, but we are seriously deprived in our little town surrounded by corn fields. Plus I found a giant bean boot!

How was everyone else's Fall Breaks?

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We Were Liars

All I can say is - Wow. 

I literally only seconds ago just put down the book We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, and I am stunned. Per usual, I devoured this book in only two short days, but it fascinated me in a different way than usual.

I was gripped with the story, watching a mystery unfold right before my eyes, but it was told in such a serene and eloquently written way that it so incredibly rare. This is by far one of my favorite books I have ever read and most definitely my favorite book I have read in a very long time. I picked it up because it was recommended for those who loved Gone Girl, which I read a long time ago and re-read recently before the movie came out (I'm so excited to go see it!)

Even if you haven't read Gone Girl, you absolutely must read We Were Liars. 
I don't want to give away a single bit of it - truthfully I never even read the description which made this all the more fun. 

But for those of you who can't invest in a book without at least feeling certain that you will enjoy it, here is the description from Amazon:

"A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE."

This story is beautiful, captivating,  and devastating all rolled into one. You won't regret it!

Let me know what you think - I'd love to hear from you!

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Obsessing Over Essie

The leaves are changing, my boots (and blisters) have once again been taken out of their temporary retirement, and that beautiful fall *smell* has returned to my gorgeous campus in Oxford, OH. While the return of fall means the return of pretty much all of my favorite things, I think anyone who has been reading this blog for a little while knows that there is pretty much nothing I love more than new Essie nail polish colors!

This fall collection has to be my favorite collection yet - I'm seriously going to buy all of them this time!

I have to say, I am definitely partial to that gorgeous dark red color, called Dress to Kilt. I swear, even if there is a color I'm a little on the fence about, a perfect and clever name will make me buy it every time. 

I'm also really loving the theme of all of these names. Is anyone else as excited to start wearing fall nail polish colors as I am? (I've been trying to hold off until it gets a little colder, so I've been sticking to more neutral colors like Take It Outside, but I want my dark reds now!

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October Lilly Pulitzer Calendar!

I know, I know, I've been seriously slacking on these! But I just made a bunch for the rest of the semester, so I promise they'll be up from now on at the start of each month! Enjoy this free printable calendar to make getting organized a little bit more "Lilly!" 

To download it, just click on this link!

Happy October everyone!

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