Friday, August 30, 2013

Barbour Loving

 
I am in love with the Barbour Beadnell and want one so badly! It never stays "fally" for too long here in SC, though, so I'm thinking it might be one of my splurges after I return home next fall! It's such a classic, I feel like I'll wear it forever.
 
Do you have a Barbour jacket? Happy Friday!
 
Miss Southern Prep

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Under the Weather

I've been fighting a cold all week, thanks to recruitment. Today, I'll be snuggled in my bed, hoping I'm feeling better for the game tonight. Here are some of my sick essentials:
 
Under the Weather

Have a terrific day!
 
Miss Southern Prep

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Home Sweet Home


I've seen these Richard Rothstein pillows in a few different homes lately, and I'm LOVING them. I'm thinking a Virginia one will most definitely be in my future home some day. Maybe a South Carolina one, too!
 
 
Happy Tuesday!
 
Miss Southern Prep

Monday, August 26, 2013

Wardrobe Classics

I've said this many times, but I tend to gravitate towards classic pieces that will never go out of style. Here are some wardrobe classics I think are essential to any wardrobe! These are all pieces I own or am hoping to own one day:
 
Wardrobe Classics


Wardrobe Classics Pt. 2

What are some of your wardrobe classics? Have a fantastic day!
 
Miss Southern Prep

Friday, August 23, 2013

Is it fall yet?

Dear Mark and Graham,
I'll take an "N" on this. It's perfect for fall!
Thanks,
Miss Southern Prep

Thursday, August 22, 2013

My Last First Day

 
Today is my last first day of school, and I can't believe it! I definitely haven't had the college experience I imagined when I began this journey 3 years ago, but I am looking forward to making the best of my senior year! Good luck to anyone starting classes today!
 
Miss Southern Prep
*Photo: 1

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bamboo

One of my recent design inspirations has been bamboo. We have a huge bamboo mirror in the sorority house, and every time I pass it, I think about how much I love it. Lately, I've been pinning some bamboo pieces on to my design inspiration board, and I've fallen in love with painted bamboo chairs. Here are some of my inspiration images:
 



Love this bright yellow-green color!
 
This bright turquoise is gorgeous, too!

 
How do you feel about bamboo pieces? Have a fantastic day!
 
Miss Southern Prep
*Photos: Pinterest

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: Hazel and Marie


I was recently sent a gorgeous strand of pearls from Hazel and Marie Pearls, a jewelry company whose pieces reflect the heirloom pieces passed down by the founder's grandmother. Katie, the co-founder, caught the entrepreneurial while living in Shenghai. She says:

"While balancing a full time Marketing Director position, I began Hazel & Marie Pearls. The first designs were recreated vintage favorites with real pearls. Today, Hazel & Marie has changed the way that we wear pearls.Always preppy and classic, our pearl accessories can take your look from office to evening, from the beach to the opera. We have three core collections with each piece inspired by traditional quality and everyday wearable style."

 
I received the Pearl Signature Twist Necklace, and it is even more gorgeous than the picture! It is made up of 5 strands of pearls, with different sizes of pearls in each strand.
 
 
One thing I love about this strand of pearls is that it is so versatile! You can dress it up or down, and I'm looking forward to wearing it to class, chapter, and any other occasion I can find! Here are some ways I see myself wearing my Hazel and Marie strand:
 
3 Ways to Wear Hazel and Marie
 
I also think these necklaces would be gorgeous for a wedding! Here are some of my top picks:

Simple and delicate Pearl Float Away with Me Necklace
  
Pearl Ivy Wreath Bracelet

 
Traditional Pearl Studs
 
1, 2, 3, or 4 Pearl Rope Natural Strand

What's your favorite piece from Hazel and Marie? Have a wonderful day!
 
Miss Southern Prep

Monday, August 19, 2013

Thankful for the Life I've Chosen

I always struggle with how much to share about my personal life on here, but after reading Carly's "The Supposed Tos" post the other night, I've been inspired to share more. I think I cried the entire time I read Carly's post, because it was just so nice to be able to relate to someone's experience. It also brought back a lot of the feelings and emotions I felt 2 years ago, during a really difficult period in my life. I've probably scheduled this post four or five times, not knowing whether or not to actually post it, but I think sharing my experience will be somewhat cathartic.
 
Your Life
 
My entire life, I felt the need to be the "best" at everything. I put quotes around best, because to me, the "best" was a definition I made up, which was basically a set of unrealistic expectations I made for myself. If I didn't succeed in achieving these goals, I would beat myself up SO badly. I HAD to have a perfect GPA in high school, I had to be a homecoming princess, I had to get a certain number of distinction seals on my diploma, I had to get a certain score on my SATs, and I had to get into the college that had been chosen for me before I was even born. None of these "successes" brought me any joy, though. I would just move on to the next goal on my checklist, because I wasn't living life for me.
 
I was a homecoming princess my senior year, got the SAT scores I wanted, finished high school with the GPA I had only dreamed of freshman year, got in early decision to the school my parents had dreamed about me going to, and graduated with honors. These accomplishments are great, but they weren't really for me. Were they what I even wanted, or were they goals that I had set for myself because these were the distinctions that others deemed "perfect"? I look back and am so proud of everything I accomplished during those years, but realize that I wasn't really living for myself.
 
Happiness

The summer before my freshman year of college, I dreaded going to school. All of my friends were SO excited to leave home and make their way to the schools THEY had chosen for themselves, but I was going to the school my parents had chosen. I honestly went into freshman with the best attitude possible and prayed that everything would work out, but it just didn't. My school was really tiny, and everyone knew everyone. That environment works for some people, but it wasn't for me. I had a hard time making friends, because I felt like I didn't click with anyone there. Of course, there were some fun times there, but I was never truly happy.

I went to this school for 1.5 years and it was miserable. All of my friends were having the time of their lives, and I cried every day...literally every day. By sophomore year, I was going home every weekend, and I was really depressed...like actually depressed. I don't remember one night that I didn't cry myself to sleep because I was so miserable. I felt so alone, and all I wanted to do was get through college. Then at the beginning of second semester, I decided to leave school. It was the hardest decision I had ever made, but I was so unhappy, I just couldn't stand it any longer. The connection my family has to the school--family members work there, relatives have gone there, and I literally have baby pictures of me in onesies with the mascot on it--made the decision even more complicated. I took spring semester off and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I don't regret it at all--I worked and took time to figure out what I wanted.
 
Destiny
 
After that semester, I went six hours from home and began my college journey at USC. It definitely wasn't a completely smooth transition, but it has been amazing. I love South Carolina, USC, my sorority, and all of the friends I've made here. I decided on the major I wanted, joined the sorority I wanted, and now make all of my decisions based on what I want. It's crazy seeing dreams I had years ago unfold each day, and I thank God every day for all of the blessings he has given me. My life changed so much after I decided to live it for myself, and I am SO much happier. I learned that I am in control of my own destiny--no one else.

 Thanks for listening to my story. Remember, live YOUR life.

xoxo,

Miss Southern Prep


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Calling all college girls!

Last year I hosted a dorm room showcase and am hoping to do one again this year! I'm hoping to do it on my blog the first or second week of September, so email me or comment on this post with your email if you're interested in participating! I can't wait to show off some other cute, preppy dorm rooms!
 
Miss Southern Prep

Friday, August 16, 2013

Tortoise, please!

I am DYING for this BaubleBar necklace, but of course there's a wait list. Wouldn't it be the perfect fall accessory?
Have a great day, y'all!
Miss Southern Prep

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Preppy Pup

My dad is really particular about the collars our two dogs wear, because he doesn't want either of them to look too girly. I've tried to put both boys in preppy collars, but he hasn't found any that he's deemed "manly" enough for them. I've been searching for a collar we can both agree on and have come across a few adorable, preppy collars I just had to share:

 
 
 
 
 
 
How do you prep out your pup? Happy Thursday!
 
Miss Southern Prep

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Gallery Wall Inspiration

Although it will be a while before I have my own place, I've been pinning tons of decorating ideas. I know one thing I want for sure is a gallery wall, but one with more than just pictures. I definitely want to frame my initiation certificate from my sorority and add a few pictures, like the one I got from Southern Grace Photography:

 
 
Here are some of my inspiration images:






 
Do you have a gallery wall? Hope you have a wonderful day!
 
Miss Southern Prep
*Photos: Pinterest

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

My College Essentials

There are a few items that I just don't think I could survive college without. Here are the products that are essential to my well-being at school haha:
 
My College Necessities

What are your college essentials? Have a great day!
 
Miss Southern Prep

Monday, August 12, 2013

A Monogrammed Life

A Monogrammed Life is the name of my monogram board on Pinterest, and I'm taking that quite literally. I plan to have anything and everything I can monogrammed. Heck, I probably already monogram almost everything I own, but I digress. There are some things I never even thought about monogramming, but now must have at some point, like...

A monogrammed reading chair,

monogrammed napkins,

a monogrammed tissue holder,

monogrammed coasters,

monogrammed stemless wine glasses,
 
lots and lots of monogrammed pillows,

monogrammed rocking chairs,

a framed monogram,

monogrammed hot pads,

monogrammed silverware (NEW OBSESSION),
 
and a monogrammed welcome mat.

Do y'all have any other monogram ideas? Hope your week is going well! 

Miss Southern Prep