Sunday, April 6, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Hey y'all,

It has been a strange day so I am just getting around to post this but today is my mom's birthday!! I think my Mom is the best. She constantly encourages and inspires me and I know for a fact without her my life would be completely different. I mean, I doubt I would have a love for reading if it wasn't for her taking me and my siblings to the library every week when we were young and always encouraging us to imagine, be creative, and live in this world but have adventures through reading, music, and dance. Pretty much she is one amazing lady and I can't wait to celebrate with her on Tuesday! 

Happy Birthday MOM!


ps. celebrate my Mom's birthday by entering my 200 follower giveaway HERE
pps. Have a wonderful start to your week!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

200 Follower Giveaway!

Hey y'all,

I just wanted to thank all of you for being my followers with a little gift of some of my favorite things! I wish I could gift all of you or give out Jack Rogers but this girl is on a budget and student loans make that impossible. So to brighten your day, one of you will win a lovely necklace from Caroline G Shop. I think this turquoise color is gorgeous! Plus, there will also be a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble so you can grab a book or two since we all know I am a huge reader! Also, my two favorite spring OPI colors Strawberry Margarita and A Rose at Dawn...Broke by Noon. And last but not least, who doesn't love some eos lip balm. That is a prize worth over $70!

Thank you all so much for reading along on my daily life/struggles and good luck! Enter below through the Rafflecopter until 12am on 4/10!


200 Follower Giveaway

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Good luck & thank you for following!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Getting to Know YOU, Getting to Know All About You

Hey y'all,

I hope that I didn't just make this song get stuck in your head but after reading Carly's post yesterday I thought, what a great idea to get to know all of your followers and since tomorrow I am posting my 200 follower giveaway why not get to know all of you today. *Don't worry, Top 5 Tuesday will be up later today as well so YAY for two posts today.

So Carly's questions were the following and I thought I would share my answers:

How old are you?
Where do you live and/or where do you go to school?
What's something that you've always wanted to learn?
If you had to pick one word to characterize yourself, what would that word be?
Who in your life inspires you the most?
If you had to wear one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Favorite & least favorite food?
Early bird or night owl?
Favorite book, movie, and TV show?
Do you have any weird "quirks"?
... anything else you feel like sharing!

*I'm 24!
*I can't believe I graduated from UNC (almost) two years ago but I stuck around the area (Durham, NC) working.
*As far as something I always wanted to learn it would probably be finance/actually sticking to a budget for a full year. It's my struggle but I am trying.
*My one word will probably be "bookworm" since I think everyone knows me as the girl who always has at least one book on me.
*My mom will always be my inspiration. She is just someone who loves unconditionally, is always looking to help/volunteer her time, raised 4 kids but knows who she is, and is also always reading/learning. She is pretty fantastic.
*If I only had one thing to wear I think it would have to be a little black dress. I mean it would work in almost every situation: fancy, casual, work. Other than that I would say PJs if they were socially acceptable to wear 24/7.
*Favorite food: My mom's Beef Stroganoff (It is a tomato cream sauce and not a gravy) Least favorite food: cooked vegetables
*Night Owl. I am slowly converting to an early bird with my work schedule but if I could choose I would always stay up reading until 2am and sleeping until 11am.
*Favorite Book: Too many to count. Movie: Pride and Prejudice (2005) TV Show: Right now I am loving House of Cards & Reign
*Weird Quirks: Hmmm....I think a lot of my quirks are food related. I really do not want my food to touch on the plate. I zone it all.

So here are my questions:

1. How old are you?
2. What has been your favorite place you have ever lived?
3. If you could eat any food without any consequences what would  you order?
4. What is your favorite book or book series?
5. If you only had one piece of jewelry to wear for the rest of your life what item would you pick?
6. Netflix or Hulu?
7. If you could pick any time period to live in what time would you choose?
8. In everyday life, what is your number one pet peeve?
9. What is one skill or job you wish you had?
10. Anything else you would like to share?

Thanks for letting me get to know you a bit more!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Clinique Skin Care Diagnostic

Hey y'all,

I have some exciting news thanks to Macy's and Clinique! I have been a big fan of Clinique for a few years using the 3-step system and then I currently use either the Even Better Foundation or the Acne Solutions Foundation whenever I have any special events. I have sensitive skin since I am allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide and with my blemishes/acne that means that I am always looking for great skin care! 
Well it is your lucky day since Clinique is great and known for their skin care. Typically you would go to the counter and they would have you take a quiz in order to determine your skin type for the best type of skin care but now the Clinique Skin Care Diagnostic is not just at your beauty counter but you can access it on your own online. This quiz is packed with all the knowledge of a beauty consultant. Of course you can still head to Macy's Clinique counter to see a beauty consultant if you need more assistance but you can check out the simple quiz here.

Also, not only can you check out which skin care is best for you, Clinique's Bonus Days are running from March 31-April 19. You receive a free 7-piece gift with any $27 Clinique purchase through Macys.com. I mean, now that you know what to order, why not get a free gift?  I am currently debating trying out the BB or CC Cream. If you have tried them let me know! The gift with purchase includes free makeup valued at $70 available only through Macy's so head on over there!

Have you tried any Clinique products?
Any makeup or skin care items you reach for most during the Spring months?
What is your favorite skincare brand?
  
*I was contacted about the Clinique Skin Care Diagnostic for Macy's and given the images but I have been a Clinique user for over 4 years and all opinions are my own.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Desk Darling

Hey y'all,

So sorry for the late post! Today was a bit crazy but I was able to find a dress for Formal on Saturday and I currently have banana bread in the oven so I call the day a success. I am really excited to link up with Rebecca, Dorothy, and Carlee for the #ShowUsWhereYouWork link-up.

I actually have two work spaces. The desk in my apartment for blogging, fiddling around on the internet, and life things and then my desk at work. I figured though that you guys care more about my desk at home. I actually want to paint and change my desk to match my bedding more and I am thinking some thing along the lines of this pin and Shannon's desk.

I just got this bulletin board so I have yet to hang it and I can't find the push pins I have so the board is not complete. Right now it has some of the Save the Dates/Invitations for the Weddings this year, some of my Senior Year photos and then a couple of things I need to get done.
 Where is your favorite workspace located?
While in college I loved heading to the library and grabbing a table so I could spread out all my work or find a table in a study lounge. Now that I am post-grad, my desk is in my room and I am either there, or I might move my laptop to the kitchen table or work on the couch.
 Do you prefer a sleek desk or are you an "organized chaos" person?
My desk drawers can be "organized chaos" but the top of the desk has to be clean since I love to spread out with my planner on one side, my to-do list, and then my work.
 What is your favorite kind of writing utensil?
I am a pen and pencil snob. I am just really picky. For my planner I use Sharpie Pens but I also like Papermate Flair markers. For everyday writing I like these pens and these ones.
Show us your calendar/agenda:
I love my Kate Spade Agenda!

What are you looking forward to most about spring?
I am looking forward to warm weather and spending nights reading on the porch.

What does your workspace look like?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Off to the Races

Hey y'all, 

Today marks the 82nd Carolina Cup races! While I am not off enjoying people watching and betting on horses I thought it would still be fun to make a few outfits that I would wear since I know there are plenty more races at Keeneland, Foxfield and Churchhill Downs this season.

As far as dressing for the event a lot of girls automatically look at Lilly. While I love Lilly and they make wonderful sundresses for occasions like theses, for this post I decided to go a bit out of the box. I mean, do you really want to be wearing the same dress as 20+ other people? I checked out the Vineyard Vines' Kentucky Derby Collection as well as Belk (and found some cute ones for under $100). Remember to find a dress you are comfortable in and is your personality. Do not shy away from color or pattern and have fun, but remember you are will be outside all day as well! Here are some of my favorites:
Off to the Races: Dresses

Off to the Races: Dresses by postgradprep featuring a pink dress

Now that you have found the perfect dress, it is time for accessories. Since today is pretty rainy and gloomy, I thought I would go with some practical choices. Yes, there are so many sun hats that will be worn but it is okay to go outside the box. You do not have to wear a hat. You could wear a nice big bow or headband, or a baseball cap with the rain. I also added some coats to protect your fine frock you purchased and boots while they might not look the best with your dress are practical if the fields are wet and muddy. I mean do you want your jacks covered in dirt? I do not recommend heels for the event ever since you are going to be doing a lot of standing and walking. 
Top It All Off

Top It All Off by postgradprep featuring a grey jacket

Did I forget anything? 
Do you have advice for race go-ers? 
Are you headed to the Cup?

Friday, March 28, 2014

5 on Friday

Hey y'all,

I caught a weird stomach bug/fever thing so the past few days have been a blur. Yay for a short work week though since I sequestered myself at home in my room to stop the germs. As usual, here are 5 things that I am loving this Friday!

one. The new season of musicals have come out for the DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) and I am possibly getting season tickets with friends from work! I mean, it is a lot of money but Phantom of the Opera, Dirty Dancing, Cinderella, and more are all coming this next season!

two. Caitlin tweeted this Buzzfeed article of the 53 thoughts Every Girl Has While Shopping at Target and I thought it was spot on! 

three. Wednesday was Phi Beta Chi's Founder's Day! I am so grateful that 36 years ago a sisterhood was born that truly transformed my college experience.


four. this dress from Old Navy looks like the perfect dress for Easter/Spring!
Strapless Floral-Print Dress

five. Planning all my blog posts for next week. I think sometimes the reasons I do not blog daily is the lack of inspirations for my posts but I have already written out my posts for the next week and I thought I would share them to add in some accountability/get y'all excited for the first week of April (yes we are already in April starting next week!).


Tomorrow: My thoughts on Divergent and Derby Dresses
Sunday: Sunday Sayings & Link-up to Show Off Your Workspace #showuswhereyouwork
Monday: My Favorite Make-up/Skincare
Tuesday: Top 5 Tuesday Linkup
Wednesday: 200 Follower Giveaway!
Thursday: Book Reviews
Friday: 5 on Friday
Saturday: Formal Fun
Sunday: Mama D's Birthday!

What are you loving this Friday?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Book Club Friday {Accidental Series}

Hey y'all,

So I realized I never reviewed the Accidental Series I have been reading. So if you have been following along you know that my main book genres are young adult, 19th century British novels (think Jane Austen), paranormal romance stories and then historical romances. I hadn't read a good historical romance in a while but I am back on the bandwagon this week with Michelle Willingham's Accidental Series. I read the series a bit out of order but I am all ok now. So let's get started with my review:

Emily Barrow once dreamed that she could marry Stephen Chesterfield, the Earl of Whitmore, and be saved from her dreary life. Then Stephen's father sent him away, leaving Emily broken-hearted...
Now Stephen has returned to find Emily destitute and alone. He has vowed to help her without compromising her honor...but Emily has other ideas. She doesn't want his charity, but she does long to know what it would be like to take him as a lover, even if marriage is out of the question. Confined to close quarters with their passion burning as brightly as ever, will Stephen be able to resist the temptation and rescue her, or give in to his desire and completely ruin her?

My Opinion
So this book is the prequel of the series but I actually read it last. Whoops. I liked having the glimpse of the character's pasts and how they got together because the Accidental Countess alludes to the past of Emily and Stephen but the story line leaves their past murky. It was a really short story but I enjoyed it and it made me love Emily as a character better. 

When Stephen Chesterfield, the Earl of Whitmore, awakes to find a beautiful woman berating him, he knows he is in trouble! He cannot recall the past three months of his life, never mind having a wife! What's more, someone is trying to silence him before his memory returns....Emily Chesterfield is trapped in a marriage of convenience with a man who doesn't remember her. Stephen clearly thinks she is the most unsuitable countess, but she is falling for her enigmatic husband.... Can they find trust and love before it is too late?

My Opinion
Back in January I found The Accidental Countess at the beginning of the year through the North Carolina Digital Library and thought, why not. It is a really interesting tale with some mystery involved trying to figure out Stephen and Emily's love story as well as what happened to Stephen and Emily's brother. It was a great story which led me to the next book...

FROM DUTIFUL DEBUTANTE
Lieutenant Michael Thorpe is a forbidden temptation for Lady Hannah Chesterfield. Etiquette demands Hannah ignore the shivers of desire his wicked gaze provokes, but he's the only man to recognize her restless spirit, and her unawakened body is clamoring for his touch ...
TO PASSIONATE PRINCESS!
Thrown together by scandal, a defiant Hannah joins Michael on an adventure to uncover the secret of his birth --- is this common soldier really a prince? If so, will the ordinary man who has taught Hannah the meaning of pleasure now make her his royal bride?

My Opinion
While some of this story was predictable, I mean we are talking romance novels, I really liked this tale of Lady Hannah, Stephen's sister. While there was a random country no one had ever heard of and some murder attempts it ended up having a really sweet romance story. Let's all be happy that we no longer live in times that spending a few hours with a guy alone during a migraine meant that you were ruined and no husband for you.


Up next is The Accidental Prince which just came out last month!
What are you reading this week?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Things I'm Loving Thursday

Hey y'all,

I thought I would compile a list of ten things I am loving today. I know that sometimes we get so bogged down it is great to have a reminder of all the good things.

I'm loving...

...today is the start of Spring! Bring out the sundresses, sandals, Claritin and open the windows to enjoy fresh air and sun.

...speaking about Spring today's weather is beautiful! It is currently 59 degrees outside and I just want to go lay on the quad and enjoy the day.

...lunch dates with Katie Perk. I loved that I was able to catch up with this sweet girl. We enjoyed some McAllister's sweet tea and talked about all things movies, books, tv shows and life. I call that a great lunch hour.

...Divergent the film comes out tomorrow (well technically tonight at 8pm). I am currently trying to find time that my roommate and I can find to go see the film together.

...bridesmaid dress shopping for jCm is today! I am so excited to be Jenn's MOH and today myself and the other bridesmaids are going to check out some dresses.

...it's Big/Little week! While my family is not expecting a new addition it was still fun to go to chapter and enjoy the serenading boys while the little's got flowers from their bigs.

...these PJ pants from Old Navy are my favorite and some of them are on sale! I am trying really hard not to buy them all but they are the best!

...The NCAA tournament is underway! Do you have your bracket ready? Who are your final four?

...starting a new book. I started Love Starts with Elle the other day and I think I will be finishing it up shortly. I loved Once Upon a Prince and A March Bride, so I think this book will keep me occupied before I can find Princess Ever After at the library.  

...getting to see my baby sister kDi Saturday, possibly. My baby sister went home for her spring break last week and my parent's sent her back with a book and some Vera Bradley accessories my Mom grabbed at the Outlet that matched the duffel I got for my birthday. I think matching travel accessories are the best and while I have no travel plans in the future I am ready to have my set all together.


What are you loving today?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Top 5 Tuesday {Top Netflix Binge TV Shows}

Hey y'all,

I am so excited for this week's Top 5 Tuesday theme. I remember my very first binge TV watching experience was Grey's Anatomy back in December of 2007. I had just gotten into watching Grey's and so I binged on seasons 1 and 2 over two days during winter break with a friends DVDs. Thanks to Netflix and Hulu I have lots of opportunities to binge on TV shows especially during the winter when no one wants to go outside.


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House of Cards. I started this show after a lot of friends recommended it to me based on my love of Scandal. I think that Kevin Spacey does a phenomenal job playing Frank Underwood but the show does wonder about Congress and I think I would lose some faith in our government if any of it was actually real. I am not big into politics if you are worried about that aspect don't be, most of the show is trying to figure out how all the chess pieces are in play and moving. Season 2 has had so many crazy moments and I am trying to make it last so I still have about 3 episodes since it came out on Valentine's Day.
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Greek. ABC Family produced this gem during my high school and early college days. I loved Casey and Cappie together and it was a nice show although not representative of greek life completely. I mean, Casey taking Rebecca as her little out of spite is not very sisterly. I mean I love my littles! It is a fun show to watch especially during the summer.
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Gilmore Girls. I might have the entire series of Gilmore Girls on DVD and have watched them all in order a few times. I mean, who didn't love Lorelei and Rory. I also back in High School loved that ABC Family would re-run the episodes whenever I came home from school. I must say though, the last season is not my favorite and I will always be a Jess fan over Logan.
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Say Yes to the Dress. I think we all need to watch some fluff every now and then and I love watching all of the SYTTD shows whether Kleinfeld's or Bridals by Lori this is the perfect show to put on and clean your room to or spend a Friday night eating ice cream with your friends and discussing your perfect dream wedding even if you have no Mr. in sight.


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The Tudors. I have always loved English History and when HBO started the Tudors I knew I had to watch it. I loved the show and yes it can have its graphic moments but I love all the costuming and getting out of our modern world for an hour or two. I think this is also why I love Reign on the CW even though it is not the most accurate of shows.
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Lost Girl. #6 but I stumbled upon this show over Christmas and became obsessed. I watched all three seasons on Netflix pretty quickly. The fourth season is currently airing in Canada and on Syfy so I am trying to wait patiently but that really means I have been buying episodes on iTunes. The show is about a succubus named Beau and her journey of finding her self and navigating the fey world. There are a lot of paranormal creatures which is interesting but like the Tudors there are some more graphic bits and she is a succubi so just to warn you.


Other shows I love: Gossip Girl, Better Off Ted, Switched at Birth, Sherlock and Scrubs. 
Just Peachy
What shows do you recommend?