Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bathroom Re-Do

I did some simple renovations on my bathroom lately and I wanted to share them with all of you! 

These are the Bekvam Spice Racks from Ikea. I spray painted them white. They fit all of my beauty products and even 2 rows of nail polishes. It's a simple way to store all of your products without having to put them all under your sink. 

This frame is from Ikea, also and I spray painted it navy. I framed it with some matching fabric to my  stool. I bought the mason jar at Hobby Lobby and glittered it with silver glitter.







My dad and I made this stool following this pattern. The fabric is from fabric.com and I lined it with white fabric to cretae a laundry basket. 

In the end these were some very simple projects that overall really improved how my bathroom looks!



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Bright Winter













Vest: J. Crew Factory, Shirt: Loft, Pants: American Eagle, Shoes: Marshalls(Adam Tucker),Watch: Kate Spade

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share one of my favorite outfits. I love it, because I feel like it really brings a lot of color to bland winter outfits! A coral vest paired with a denim tunic is fun and chic. Adding some simple black pants and gray flats that really accentuate the bright colored vest. Plus I had lots of fun playing with the leaves to create a super fun yet simple outfit. 












Monday, January 12, 2015

My Experience with Summer Programs

I have recieved many emails lately about summer programs from different companies and colleges, and while I am not planning on doing one this summer, I wanted to share my experience with them in case one of you is considering it. I did Summer Discovery UCLA the summer after my freshaman year. It was a truly life changing experience for me that I am so thankful I did. I want to give you a brief overview of what a summer program is and what I did. It is a pre college enrichment program in which you usually focus on a specific subject or two and get to attend in essence college. You live in the dorms, eat at the cafeteria, go to classes with college professors, and get to experience the city you are in. For me I really wanted to go to California and so I instantly picked UCLA for 3 weeks and while there I took a class in marketing and an SAT Prep class.  
Top 10 Tips/Things I learned:
1) Do it for you and think about the cost! College Programs are expensive, so don't feel like it is a necessary thing for you to do if your family can not afford it. If you are going only, because you think you must to get into your dream school and can't afford it don't go. Colleges want to see that you made god use of your summer, which could be anything(a job, internship, community service) do what you are passionate about.
2) Go a place you may want to live/go to school. I thought my whole life I wanted to go and live and California, but as soon as I began t spend time there I realized it was not of me and that I felt I fit in and belonged on the East Coast and didn't want to be that far from my family.. So go to a place you really think you may want to live, because it gives you a great trial run to see if you like it. It's even better if you know what school you want to go to and attend a program there to get a sense of what it's like there in the dorms, the food, the activities, and the people. 
3) Don't go to early! Honestly sometimes I think I went to early sometimes I think I had perfect timing. I would wait to go until you have a good idea of a future career, so then you can do a program that really matters and will help you! But going can also you figure out your future career, that's what it did for me! Also, make sure you can be away for that long. I struggled toward the end missing my parents and friends, but you do learn to think and act for yourself.
4) Do everything! Go on every trip possible that they offer and experience and submerge yourself in the city. Even if your friends aren't going, go anyway and make new friends! Things that sound boring are sometimes actually the best trips; museums, observatories are full of history and facts that may captivate you and influence your life completely. Plus I got to know a lot of the councilors by going on the trips and they give you lots of tips for college and the future! 
5) Be Open! Talk to everyone and be friendly. You'll most likely meet people from all over the world. Hear what it's like to live in their country and understand how different it is there! Tell them about America. Just talk and get to know and become friends with as many people as possible, because they complete the experience. 
6) Don't go for too long! I went for three weeks which I personally believe is the perfect length. You have plenty of time there to experience and enjoy everything there, but you still have time when you get home to do all the other things you want to do with your friends and family. Plus 3 weeks is a good length if you have never been away from home before; I had been at camp for a week before and felt 3 weeks was a good stepping stone from there. 
7) Study and work hard in your classes! Even though it's a summer program don't goof around and ignore your classes. Take them serious, because you can really learn a lot from them. Work hard to do your best and make an impression on your teachers. You may not get a grade at the end, but knowledge is power always remember that. 
8) Be close with your roommate. Your roommate will be your best friend throughout this. I can't tell you how thankful I am to have met the girl that was my roommate. We had so many great meaningful discussions that have taught me a lot. Even though we were opposites, we clicked and she was there to support and encourage me. So dig deep with your roommate, because trust me you become fast friends when your living together.
9) Go for your interests! Go to do what you love. Don't go and take classes that don't interest you. If you can't find a program that interests you at your school of choice then look somewhere else or do something else. Go for the program, not the school or town. I made this mistake and if I could I would go back and do a more focused program on something I really care about even if it wasn't in my top location.
10) Be smart, but take chances! You have to have balance. You should take chances and experience things and figure out who you are, because this is the prime time to do it. You should not break rules or do anything illegal. You should behave, but submerge your self in self discovery. Allow yourself to be free and do the things you may have never done before. Let yourself fly. 

I hope this helped! Feel free to comment bellow, contact me on social media or email me(thelonelyprep@gamil.com) if you have questions! I would be happy to answer. I definitly recomend Summer Discovery if any of you are looking for a program to do. It was so great; the perfect balance of fun and learning!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Purple and Camel: Winter OOTD














Sweater: Lands End, Shirt: Lands End, Scarf: J.Crew Factory, Jeans: Levi, Boots: Gap Outlet Store(Not available online),Watch: Kate Spade

Happy Friday! It's almost the weekend and I wanted to share one of my favorite outfits from this week with all of you. I planed this outfit around this adorable scarf my mom gave me for Christmas.  It's been getting very cold, so I paired it with my favorite cable knit cardigan. Simple blue jeans and brown boots add to the simple classic look of the outfit! And of course I'm wearing my daily gold jewelry.




Thursday, January 8, 2015

Life Changing Moments

I think everyone has moments in their life that change them and make them realize their worth. I think these moments are crucial in having a productive and fulfilled life. Without these you may get stuck in a rut with no where to go. I've had three major life changing or guiding moments in my life that I can remember. The first came the summer before I went into 3rd grade, I moved from Florida to Georgia and left my friends and family behind. This move made me realize that family is my rock, my safety net that I can always rely on. It also taught me that some friends are temporary and others will stand by you through everything and that you can't expect people to treat you any different than they treat you. The second is probably the most monumental for me and came when I went to California for 3 weeks by myself for a summer program. This probably taught me the most important lesson of all, to put myself first, to spend time doing the things I love, that it's okay to spend time by yourself, and that I am special. It also showed me who I wanted to become and led my life on the path to success. It taught me I can survive on my own without anyone's hep. But most importantly it gave me the confidence to take on the world. The third came this school year with finding my dedication to community service. I realized how desperately I wanted to make a difference in this world and how hard I was willing to work to make a difference. I think everyone has these moments and if you look at them you realize how perfect its timing was and how great it was in leading you right as you were going astray. Take chances, live your life so you have as many life changing moments as you can. Realize your worth and you dreams and never let them go. 
Let me know what your life changing moments are and what they have taught you!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Go To Winter Outfit

Sweater: J. Crew Factory
Necklace: Bijoux Box
Boots: Target
Every season I have a go to outfit, one that when I'm in a rush or running late I can throw on and know it will look great! I got this baseball style sweater from J. Crew Factory and I have been wearing it all the time. It is comfy yet stylish. I pair it with some simple black jeans, a tortoise statement necklace, my favorite camel colored boats, and a fun red coat! It creates a look that is fun yet sophisticated and not too dressed up. The sweater is so simple that you can style it with many different colors and patterns. I love having pieces like this in my closet that I can wear all the time! 

What is your go to winter outfit? Let me know in the comments below. 


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Making a Difference & Doing Good

One of the things I am most passionate about is community service. I love to help people and make a difference. I never realized how much I loved it until I became Vice President of my school's Key Club. I loved going out every weekend and volunteering and it became one of my main interests and focuses in life. I also loved leading people and getting people excited about helping those in need. I think community service can be so versatile, because there are so many different places and ways you can volunteer. You can devote time, donate resources, or lend support. Any way you help makes an impact on people's lives. I suggest all of you to try  and go out and volunteer somewhere or join a service club at your school. It's a great thing to do with your friends and family, while helping those who are less fortunate. Some of my favorite places to volunteer are the nursing home, a local place that prepares meals for those in need, and I love doing things for the teachers in my school. You may not want to do it all the time, but when you do find the time to go out there you will realize you unlocked a new key to your heart. This key opens up a new part of your heart and you will feel a type of love you have never felt before. So next time you are wondering what to do consider volunteering at any place that inspires you.
If you are not sure where to volunteer near you check out volunteermatch.org. It is a great website to define your interests and help you find places to assist that match your interests.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Let's Get Organized

Lately I have been working to organize many of the different areas of my life. I have been working on my desk drawers and to do list to go along with my planner. I have the Kate Spade planner and I feel like I don't have enough room to write everything I have to do in it, so I wanted to create a subsidiary page to use. 
My Planner Sheet:

I will be using this daily to organize my thoughts and to dos. It's fun colors(my favorite: pink and navy) and made to fit the needs I feel I have everyday. I can create a to do list, write my top quote for the day, how much water I drink, my fitness goals, events that day, and any blog ideas or other inspiration that hits me. If any of you would like to use it you can download the PDF above.

My Drawer Organizers:
My Left Drawer:



My Right Drawer:



I used this tutorial from I Heart Organizing. You use cereal and snack cardboard boxes to create organizers that are a perfect fit for your drawers. I made them in coordinating colors to my room. This is a super easy project you can do any time.

Thank you all for reading! I love DIY projects so there will be sure to be more projects just like this. Use the new year to get your life organized.