Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12.12.12: 12 Holiday Gifts

Happy 12.12.12 everyone! In honor of the last repetitive date in history, I wanted to share the cutest 12 holiday gifts any girl would love to receive. The featured gifts range in price so there's something on this list for any price range. Enjoy!
1. I'm loving the initial bangles from C.Wonder. If you've never been to C.Wonder, check out the website. It is a whimsical store of preppy perfection. Any fan of anthropologie or J.Crew is sure to love anything from the website.

2. Burgundy is so in right now - especially for winter. Gift the gift of beauty in a tube with this Bobbi Brown matte lipstick.

3. Does anyone you know always end up tipping at Starbucks because they hate keeping coins? Maybe they'll think twice with this cute coin purse by Kate Spade.

4. Cute pajamas will make anyone's day. These Liberty of London printed pjs are to die for.

5. Thank you notes are so much easier to write with cute stationary. Plus, you'll get a cute letter in the mail for gifting the cards!

6. Animals are SO in right now - who wouldn't want to rock a bulldog on their neck? This necklace is just too cute.

7. J.Crew makes the cutest accessories, and I'd love to have this bow keychain jangling along with my car keys.

8. Tory Burch makes a foxy phone case that any girl would love. A bit preppy but still has that jewel tone.

9. I've never tried julep nail polish but I've read rave reviews. Plus, I'm totally looking to add a deep blue to my nail polish collection. You definitely want to get compliments on your new nail job, and whoever you gift this set to is sure to!

10. Add some spice to the bedroom with a preppy pillow. I'll cuddle up in bed now please and thank you.

11. BaubleBar has the best statement necklaces. I'm loving the rosegold chain link trend.

12. If you don't own a Tervis tumbler you're missing out. Give the gift of hydration to a friend. 

What do you think is a cute holiday gift?


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

4 Preppy Footwear Essentials

Any preppy girl would love to have the following staples in her wardrobe. I'm especially lusting over the Stubbs & Wootton slippers... in my dreams.

1. Flats are so versatile - they can look great paired with skinny jeans for a night out on the town plus they are great for the office.

2. L.L.Bean Duck Boots - Great for rainy and wet days when you don't want to wear knee high Hunters.

3. Stubbs & Wootten Slippers - I will one day add these to my wardrobe, however the priceline ($400) is definitely out of my current collegiate budget.

4. Riding Boots - Wear them with skinny jeans, tights and a skirt, tights and shorts, or even a sundress. What's not to love?

What are your footwear essentials?


Monday, December 10, 2012

Give Yourself A Break

Finals week can be one of the most stressful weeks during a collegiate's career as an undergrad. This year I've planned ahead so I don't have to cram - and I'm loving it so far. Sure, I do have a fair amount of pre-test jitters, but not total "the world is ending" anxiety for my upcoming exams. I am in no way slacking on studying and have spent a majority of my time awake in the library for the past few days. After coming home from a long day of mental activity, all I want is a break.

Today I indulged myself with a fresh coat of nail polish in the Sephora by OPI shade "Almost Famous". It is a brownish gold polish which glistens in the sun - but isn't a glitter polish (so it won't wreck your nails). I also enjoyed a package of seaweed. Seaweed gives you the crunchy, salty taste that your taste buds are craving, but is is SO much healthier than a bag of Lays potato chips. A package of 12 sheets of seaweed is only 35 calories! As my mom would say, "BONANZA!" While I waited for my nails to dry I also found a new website - which I can tell is going to be an obsession - Unabashedly Prep (Props to @collegeprepster for tweeting the link)! The site features prep fashion looks from young men and women. Right now, Carly Heitlinger of College Prep is on the front page, go check it out.

What do you do to reward yourself for hard work?


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Currently Obsessed: KIND Bars

So today I think I spent a combined total of 10 hours in the library today. What's great about U of M is that the Law Library is actually so pretty that I don't mind studying in it - plus it gives me a great reminder of what I want to do when I'm older (which is law!) The Law Library is the quietest on campus and is always packed during finals week, so I knew that when I left that I was going to have to give up my seat. But what happens when hunger strikes?
No fear! KIND bars are here. Not only do they meet my dietary needs (gluten free), but they are made out of all natural ingredients and are very tasty. These are not a meal replacement, but they are good when you can't go and get food for a while (like I was stuck in the library). Today I had an Apple + Cinnamon Fruit & Nut Delight KIND bar and it definitely hit the spot. This bar was a healthy option and gave my brain the protein it needed to keep working. I'm going to try and eat very healthy for the next two weeks - hopefully the extra brain power from healthy eating will show on my exams!

What are your favorite finals week snacks?