Tuesday, January 17, 2017

My Word For 2017: Determined

I've been talking about 2017 a lot lately. I know y'all are probably sick of hearing about it, and I promise that I'll continue doing my typical posts again next week, but I really wanted to share my word for 2017 with y'all!

I've noticed a lot of people choosing a mantra for 2017 - basically a quote that sets the tone for your year and motivates you to make 2017 great. However, I couldn't find a quote that suited the upcoming year, so I chose a single word instead: Determined.

I chose determination because I am determined to make 2017 the best year yet. I want to head into this year with the intent of doing well. I want to be driven, focused, and motivated throughout the year. I've always been somewhat of a procrastinator, but I am determined to manage my time well this year and complete everything that I need to do.

I am determined to complete my goals and resolutions, and become the best possible person I can be.

I am determined to do well in school, extracurricular, blogging, and all other aspects of my life.

I am determined to overlook the bad things, and focus on the positive side of life instead of the negative.

There are so many things that I am determined to do in 2017 - it's going to be the year of growth, development, and improvement, but also the year of success. I can already feel it!

I purchased this bracelet from MudLove so I could wear this daily and have a constant reminder of my goals for 2017. I find that I do well when I am constantly motivated and reminded to work hard, so hopefully this bracelet will help me do so! Not only is it really cute, but MudLove supports a great cause, too. 

2017 has only just begun, but I can already tell that it is going to be an amazing year full of possibility and opportunity. I'm so excited for everything it has in store!

I encourage all of you to come up with a word for 2017! I feel like this word is really going to motivate me throughout the year and I'm glad to have it drive me to be the best version of myself.

What is your word for 2017? Leave a comment letting me know!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Life Lately Vol. 13

Happy Friday! These past two weeks have felt really long - it's been hard to get in a consistent routine for the second semester of school, and I'm so relieved that I have a three day weekend to relax and unwind. I know I say that every Friday, but it's true - weekends are my favorite!

Snow // Last week, it snowed in Texas for the first time in two years! We didn't get a ton of snow, but we did get a nice dusting that was enough to completely cover the ground. This was my bunny's first time in the snow, and she absolutely loved it! I also took a couple pictures of my sisters, and while their hair is a tangled mess and their lips are chapped, they're pretty darn adorable.

Sunglasses // I bought my first pair of sunglasses over winter break! I've never owned a pair before, since I wear glasses and therefore can't wear sunglasses unless they are prescription sunglasses. I saw these Kate Spade sunglasses at a local glasses store, so I got these with my glasses prescription in them. They are sold out, but here's a similar pair. I can't wait to feature them in outfit posts! (Psst... I posted this on my Snapchat, so make sure you follow me at livethepreplife so you don't miss out on any more snaps!)

Reader Survey // I know I've been promoting my reader survey a lot lately, but I would really appreciate it if y'all would take five minutes to fill out this reader survey! I want to make this blog the best it can be, and I need your help to do that!

Movies // So many good movies have come out lately! My dad, sister, and I went to see Rogue One over winter break, and we saw Moana last weekend. Rogue One confused me for the majority of the movie, but it all came together at the end and I found myself in tears because it was so. good. Moana was even better, though - Disney movies are my absolute favorite, and this one was no exception! I found myself wanting to travel to her island and spend all day in the crystal clear waters. Of course, I cried a little, too... because what's a Disney movie without tears? :)

Overall, it's been a pretty good start to the year, even if I'm already counting down the days until school gets out for Spring Break. Leave a comment letting me know how your week was - I love to hear from y'all!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My Best Moments of 2016

You're probably sick of all of the New Year's related blog posts by now. I don't blame you - it seems like everyone is writing some sort of 2016 recap. However, I wanted to jump on the trend and share some of my favorite moments from 2016. It was an incredible year filled with adventure, fun, and opportunity, so I wanted to share some of the best parts of it with y'all!

These events are in no particular order - I honestly just wrote them down in the order that I thought of them. I'm really indecisive when it comes to ranking things, so all of these items are tied for 1st place. :)

Going to Palm Beach // I have always wanted to go to Palm Beach, and I was so excited to get to go this summer! My family and I had so much fun shopping, eating, and spending time on the beach. I wrote two whole posts on it, which you can read here and here.

Going to Beaver Creek // I also went to Beaver Creek over Spring Break! I love skiing, and this was my first time skiing when it was actually snowing. While I was freezing at the time and couldn't feel my legs, I had a lot of fun in Colorado and I'm so glad I got to go! Read my recap here.

Becoming a Soccer Referee // Over the summer, I took a course to become a certified soccer referee. I started refereeing games during the fall, and I really enjoy doing so. It's my first real job, and I like it because I can pick my own schedule and I get to watch little girls and boys discover the game of soccer. I'm excited to continue refereeing in the spring when soccer starts back up!

Christmas // I included Christmas in this list because I get so excited about Christmas and so into the Christmas spirit. Christmas is easily one of my favorite days of the year, and this Christmas was definitely the best one yet, between receiving my camera, eating delicious food, and getting to see family that I'd never met before.

Getting Cocoa // The day my sisters and I received our bunny, Cocoa, was also one of the best days of the year! We received her on Easter, and it was a complete surprise. I was definitely not expecting a real live Easter bunny to hop out of my Easter basket! She is the sweetest thing ever, and I love her beyond words - I'm so thankful to have her!

Becoming a Jadelynn Brooke Rep // Jadelynn Brooke has always been one of my favorite brands, which is why I was thrilled to become a representative for them! I've gotten so many amazing opportunities through working with them, and I am beyond excited to continue repping them in the upcoming semester. You can use my code BBHS16 for a 15% off discount.

Getting my cast off // While breaking my arm wasn't exactly the highlight of my year, getting my cast off was an incredible moment. I'm thankful that my wrist wasn't broken too badly, and I only had the cast on for three weeks. The whole experience made me realize how grateful I am for two working hands, and you can read the blog posts I wrote on it here and here.

Running my first 5k // I've always liked to run, but I never imagined myself running a 5k. My sister and I spontaneously decided to run a 5k in November, and I'm so glad we did. It was actually really fun, and it made me want to do a lot more races in the future.

Turning 14 // I turned 14 in September, and it was my best birthday yet! I had a Lilly Pulitzer themed party, and I love how it turned out, from the cake to the decorations. I wrote a recap of my entire birthday here, so make sure you check that out!

2016 was an amazing year, and there were so many other amazing moments that I didn't include in this list, because this post would have gone on forever if I included every amazing thing about 2016. 2017 definitely has some big shoes to fill - I'm so excited for everything it has in store!

I would also appreciate it if you could take my reader survey. Your support means a lot, and I want to make this blog be the best it can be!

What were your best moments of 2016? Let me know by leaving a comment!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Link Love Vol. 12

I am beyond glad that it's finally Friday. It's been a rough start to the new year so far, and while I'm remaining optimistic for the future weeks to come, I'm relieved that the week is finally over and I can relax and unwind a little bit. Reading blog posts is one of my favorite ways to unwind, which is why I love to share the posts I've been loving with y'all. Happy reading!

Side note - it snowed this morning! It never snows in Texas, so the few flurries we got were a big deal! This is a completely random fact and really has nothing to do with the post, but I'm quite excited so I felt like sharing it!

2 // I just got some Kate Spade sunglasses that are really similar to these and I can't wait until they arrive!

4 // The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is still going on... did you buy anything?

8 // I'd really appreciate it if y'all would take this reader survey - your support means a lot!

10 // I loved reading Mary Kate's Utah recap!

I hope you all have a great weekend! Leave a comment below letting me know how your 2017 is going - I'd love to hear from y'all!

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year's Resolutions + 2017 Blogging Goals

Happy New Year! I know I've said this a ton, but I'm so excited to see everything that 2017 has in store for me. I know that it's going to be an amazing year, and I'm going to make it the best one yet.


Drink 8 glasses of water per day // When it comes to drinking water, I'm not the best at remembering to do so. I really want to focus on drinking more water, especially when I'm at school. I have several cute water bottles from Jadelynn Brooke, Swell, Lauren James, and Lilly Pulitzer, and I'm hoping that if I drink water out of those I will be more inclined to stay hydrated.

Unplug from social media // I spend wayyy too much time on my phone and laptop. While a lot of my media usage is due to schoolwork and blogging, I also spend a lot of time checking social media and watching Netflix. This year, I resolve to spend less time on my phone, and fill my free time with creative projects, exercise, and time with friends and family.

Grow in my faith // I really want to grow closer to the Lord this year. I want to spend more time reading the Bible, and I am going to commit to going to church more often. Kindness comes along with this resolution. The church service I saw for Christmas inspired me to be a kinder person, to be a light in the midst of the cruel darkness of this world. I hope to become an all-around better person in this year by following the Lord.


Purchase a domain name // This was the only goal I had last year that I failed to complete. The only thing holding me back is my blog name. I don't want to commit to being Live The Prep Life for the next two years - a part of me wants to change my blog name into something that is broader and less restricted to doing preppy posts. I want to do lifestyle posts too, and showcase clothes that aren't necessarily preppy.

Collaborate with more bloggers // I did some fun collaboration posts last year, and I hope to do even more of that in the next year. I would love to do more giveaways, collaboration blog posts, and get to know more bloggers! If you want to collaborate with me, shoot me an email at livethepreplife@gmail.com!

Improve my outfit posts // I love doing outfit posts, and I want to continue to do them. However, I want to improve the photography of my outfits, as well as the general structure of my outfits. I hope to share looks that are more than just a top and jeans - I want to add accessories and scenery to make my outfit posts more interesting and unique.

Reach 5k Instagram followers // I fully believe I can reach this goal. I have around 3,200 followers right now, so I know if I work hard to take high quality pictures and keep up a constant theme, I can turn this goal into a reality. I would really appreciate it if y'all would follow me @livethepreplife!

I would also really appreciate it if y'all would take five minutes to take this reader survey. I want to make Live The Prep Life the best it can be, and I need your help to do so!

What are your New Year's resolutions? Let me know by leaving a comment!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Life Lately Vol. 12

I haven't done a Life Lately post since the beginning of December, so I'm glad to be writing another one to share with y'all today! The last two weeks have been filled with fun activities while on winter break, and I have some exciting pictures to share with y'all.

Cookie Decorating // A couple weeks ago, I had my friends Sarah and Ashley over to decorate cookies and celebrate the end of finals/the beginning of winter break. We had a lot of fun, even if we aren't the best cookie decorators in the world. We also livestreamed the entire cookie baking process on Instagram, so thank you to everyone who watched even if we were really weird and boring!

Christmas // My Christmas this year was the best one yet, so I thought I'd share some pictures from it! I really enjoyed getting to spend time with my family and celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Photography // If you saw my post on what I received for Christmas, you'll know that I received a DSLR camera! Forgive me for talking about it a ton, but I'm really excited about it. I have been taking tons of pictures lately, and I hope you'll notice a change in my blog & Instagram pictures as I learn how to use my camera more and get better at editing pictures. Since it's winter break, I've had a ton of time to look up videos and I've become somewhat familiar with the camera, but I'm still learning! :)

I'm headed back to school on Tuesday, and I'm not exactly thrilled, but I'm ready to see my friends again and I'm all prepared for a great second semester!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this peek into my Christmas break, and I hope your Christmas break was fantastic!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

What I Got For Christmas 2016

As sad as I am to say this, the Christmas season is finally over. This Christmas was by far the best one yet, which is why I'm so sad that the month of December is coming to an end. I had a lot of fun celebrating Christmas during the past month, and I'm sad that I'm writing my last Christmas blog post of the year.

I wasn't planning to do a post on what I got for Christmas, because I feel that posts like this are better to do on a YouTube channel, but a lot of y'all requested this post. When I asked you on Twitter and Instagram Live what format I should do it in, y'all said to write a blog post on it, so I decided to share the gifts I received with y'all.

Please note that I am not trying to brag in any way. I am beyond thankful for everything I received, as well as the people who gave me these amazing gifts. I am simply writing this post because it was highly requested. I know that presents are not the true meaning of Christmas, and that it's so much more important to focus on the birth of Jesus, but I always enjoy seeing what other people got for Christmas.

First of all, in my stocking I found a few little beauty goodies. I received some makeup remover, nail polish remover (as featured in my August Favorites), my favorite conditioner, a headband, EOS, lip balm, and some much-needed hair ties.

My ears are very sensitive to earrings, meaning I can't wear certain earrings such as my Kendra Scott and Kate Spade earrings for a prolonged period of time. While I have James Avery earrings that are sterling silver, meaning I can wear them frequently, because they don't hurt my ears, I don't have a pair of good quality gold earrings that I can wear all the time. I received these seashell earrings from Ross Simons, and I am so excited to wear them!

My sisters got me this adorable Vineyard Vines stuffed whale, and it looks so cute next to my Lilly Pulitzer pillow from My Pink and Green Garden that I featured in this post. I had been dropping hints about this whale ever since Vineyard Vines released it, and I was thrilled to find it wrapped up in a Vineyard Vines box under the Christmas tree. My mom said that our local Vineyard Vines store only got three of these whales in stock, so I feel very fortunate to own one!

While we're on the topic of Vineyard Vines, I received this gorgeous shep shirt from my grandparents! It was one of the two items on my Christmas Wishlist, and I'm so glad to finally own one of these iconic pullovers. I have so many plans on how to style this, and y'all will probably see it featured in a blog post soon.

My grandparents also bought me these cute turquoise sheets from Pottery Barn Teen. PBTeen's pool blue color is the main color in my room, and these sheets will match perfectly with my bedding. They are a nice change from my boring white sheets, and I'm so excited to switch things up with these sheets.

My grandparents also bought me this incredibly soft Vera Bradley robe, which is perfect for the winter months. I'm so excited to wear this with some cozy pajamas and fuzzy socks.

Last, but not least, my grandparents bought me a cute book filled with quotes, and some Christmas-themed stationery for Thank You Notes. My great-aunt and great-uncle also bought me this really cute notebook, and I'm excited to write ideas for future blog posts in it. Lastly, my step-grandmother gave me this fun Vera Bradley coloring book, which I'm excited to use.

I also received three pairs of fuzzy socks from various people (because I have a slight obsession) and I'm so excited to wear them!

My biggest gift this year was my new camera! I've been wanting one for a while now, and I am beyond excited to use this! All of the pictures in this blog post were taken on my Canon EOS Rebel T5, and I can't wait to shoot some outfit posts and tons of other blog posts with it. My mom and stepdad got this for me, and I am beyond thankful for it.

My two sisters and I also received some joint gifts such as a soccer goal and Wii games, but I forgot to take pictures of them and I'm at my dad's house now so I can't take pictures of the joint gifts. I've enjoyed using them, though!

Now, I'm going to show y'all what I got at my dad's house! We did Christmas morning a couple days after Christmas, which is why this post didn't go up until now.

My dad and I were at Sam's Club a few weeks ago, and I saw the cutest, softest Disney pillows. He got me a Dory pillow, because I'm five years old at heart, and it is the coziest thing ever. I'm obsessed with it! I'm pretty sure they're meant for little kids... but I fell in love with it, and Finding Nemo is one of my favorite Pixar movies, so I'm happy with it. :)

I also got this pretty Ivory Ella t-shirt. I love the fun design on the elephant, and it's over sized so I'm excited to wear it with leggings and Nikes.

I pinned these plaid monogrammed gloves on Pinterest a while back, and my stepmom noticed so she got me these gorgeous gloves from Marley Lilly! It's pretty warm in Texas right now, so unfortunately I can't wear them yet, but I'm looking forward to styling them once the weather turns cool again.

My dad went to India over the summer, and he brought back a couple Christmas gifts for my sister and me. We each got a stack of these really cool bracelets, as well as this gorgeous marble chess set! These gifts were so cool and unique, and I'm excited about them.

I also got an Echo Dot! We have one in the kitchen that we all share, but now I have one that I can keep in my room. I love Alexa so much, and I've already started using this.

My sister and I also got these fun charger wraps to put on our iPhone chargers. They're so cute and funny!

I also received these adorable monogrammed seersucker pajama shorts. I've wanted a pair like this for a while now, and I'm glad I have some. I love the little ruffle at the bottom, too!

 My sister and I each got some monogrammed soap for our bathroom. Not only is it the cutest thing ever, but they also smell amazing.

I also got even more fuzzy socks - because you can never have too many, am I right?!

My step-cousins got me this Lilly Pulitzer tumbler and matching sunglasses straps in one of my favorite prints, Lover's Coral. I love Lilly tumblers, and I've never owned their sunglasses straps, so I can't wait to use those when summer comes around.

My dad also got me two sports books - a running one and a soccer one, since those are my favorite sports. I haven't started reading them yet, but I'm looking forward to reading them.

We also received some big items like a soccer tennis net and a Playstation, but I didn't take any pictures of them because they've already been set up.

I'm sorry if this post was really long and disorganized. It's not that easy to do a "haul" type blog post, because you have to photograph every item and that takes up a lot of space, but I still wanted to write this post nonetheless!

I hope that each and every one of you had an amazing Christmas filled with family and festivities! Merry belated Christmas to all of you!