Friday, August 29, 2014

Lilly Pulitzer Murfee for Sale

Hey, y'all! I'm selling a brand new (still in plastic wrapping w/tag) Lilly Pulitzer Murfee scarf in the Show Me Some Skin print, like the above scarf. It retails for $118, I'm selling it for $35 shipped. PayPal only, no returns. Email me at misssouthernprep [@] gmail dot com to purchase! If I don't receive a buyer by tomorrow at noon, I will be listing it on eBay. 

*Image via Google

{Monogrammed} Hostess with the Mostest

As soon as I graduated, I became even more obsessed with interior design and collecting classic pieces that will grow with me as I move out, get married, buy my first house, etc. One thing I am absolutely obsessed with is the look of monogrammed linen napkins--both dinner napkins and cocktail napkins. I want some so badly! However, I obviously don't need them since I'm not planning on having any dinner parties any time soon and I don't even live on my own yet haha! But here are some of my inspiration images: 

I love the solid colors, but I think prints would look so great! I'd love to find somewhat of an understated Lilly print and have them made into napkins, then monogrammed! Do you love monogrammed napkins as much as me? Have a wonderful weekend! 

Miss Southern Prep 
*Images via Google and Pinterest 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Decorating on a Budget: DIY Upholstered Headboard + Thank you

First, I want to thank all of y'all who commented on my post yesterday! I really appreciate all of your sweet words and reassurance! It really means a lot to me! 

Today, I wanted to share an easy, inexpensive DIY with y'all. I mentioned that I am redoing my room at home, because I'll most likely be living here for the next 1-2 years. I am very grateful that my parents are allowing me to make me childhood bedroom more grown-up! One thing I knew I wanted was a DIY headboard. Here were a few of my inspiration images: 

I looked through tons of DIY tutorials, but the easiest I found was on Thrifty Decor Chick. I followed her supply list, but then my mom and I kind of figured it out on our own. Instead of buying batting for the upholstery under the fabric, we bought a cheap mattress pad at Target (on sale for $13). I bought a queen size, and that was more than enough. 

I bought this shower curtain at Target to cover it. This is a much cheaper alternative to fabric (it was only $20). I honestly don't know how much fabric you'd use, but my headboard was for a full bed, and there was extra material left over. 


Step 1: Cut the shape. 
My dad injured his shoulder about 4 months ago, so he was unable to cut the shape of the headboard (due to the weight of the plywood), so my mom had our painter cut it one day! It took him maybe 10 minutes. He attached legs to the frame so I could add it to a metal bed frame, as opposed to the wall. I wish I had taken a picture when he first cut it, but he cut it in the Belgrave shape. It looked like the above photo. 

Step 2: Attach the mattress pad with a staple gun. 
We kind of just figured this out as we went and made sure there wasn't any crumpling that would show through the fabric. We also cut excess fabric off of the back and were very liberal with the staples. Please excuse this iPhone photo--the window behind me was making the lighting weird!

Step 3: Attach the fabric with the staple gun. 
Once again, we kind of just figured this out as we went. The tighter it's pulled, the better. My mom stapled, as I stood in front and pulled the fabric tighter and made sure the fabric was flat. 

Step 4. Touch up any loose pieces, cut any extra fabric, etc. 
We just used regular scissors for this! It doesn't need to be pretty if no one will be seeing that side! 

Voila! That's it! After you're done, you can attach it to the wall or bed! 

My headboard legs, ready to be attached to the bed frame. 

-Have a good staple gun. We already had one, but I know some sell for as little as $20 at Lowe's. 
-Have scissors handy to trim and cut fabric. 
-When attaching the fabric, we fitted the top first, then the edges, then the sides, and finally the bottom. 
-The more intricate the headboard shape, the more difficult it is. This is obvious, but just be prepared to get frustrated with sharp/rounded corners. 
-Solid fabrics are more forgiving than patterns, in my opinion. 
-Have someone help you! I could not have done this alone. 
-It takes much longer than expected. I would say it took us around 45 minutes to cover it. I thought it would take 15 haha! 

This project was very inexpensive, as well! I think the total was $68 ($35 sheet of plywood, $20 shower curtain, and $13 mattress pad)! If any of y'all try this, let me know how it goes! I'll make sure to do a room update as soon as everything is ready. 

What was your latest DIY attempt? Have a terrific Thursday! 

Miss Southern Prep 
*Images: 1-3, 4

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blogging Frustrations

This post has been sitting in my drafts for a while now, but I haven't felt ready to publish it until now. I've been blogging for about four years now, and overall, I've really loved it. I've loved having a creative outlet during the stress of college to talk about things I actually enjoy, college tips, etc. Miss Southern Prep has always been all about myself and what I want--it wasn't a school assignment that had guidelines or a set topic, which is something I really appreciate.

However, blogging has changed a lot, and I'm not sure how I feel about it, or whether I'll continue to blog for much longer. I hate that the majority of blogs have become about shopping and making money. I know not all blogs are like this, but I have become frustrated with affiliate links and blogs always hawking products. Do I review products and accept sponsorships? Yes, of course! But I do not use affiliate links, and I really don't like the idea of someone profiting off a link that I click because I want to know where they got their shoes. I don't mind it if the blogs are upfront, but a lot of them aren't, and I almost feel like I'm being tricked.

Also, I feel like I'm running out of topics to post about. Sometimes I'm surprised at what little feedback I get from topics that I've been asked to post about or what little feedback I get when I ask readers what they'd like to see. Of course I'm not mad at y'all, I just wish I knew how to make my blog better!

Honestly, I'm not sure if I'll continue Miss Southern Prep much longer. I'll definitely continue it through the year, but who knows what 2015 will bring. Sorry for venting today, but I just needed to share my frustrations!

Have a fabulous day!

Miss Southern Prep 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


In my Fall Wish List post, I mentioned that I'm currently looking for the perfect crossbody bag. The one I used during college has stains and is pink, so I'm looking for something a little more grown-up. I've wanted a Tory Burch crossbody for almost two years, but I never took the (expensive) plunge. However, I think I've finally convinced myself that I need one. But while I was browsing Nordstrom's online collection, I came across several alternatives at a variety of price points, so I thought I'd share!

Crossbody Bags
{Black Quilted Bag, Pink Kate Spade, Black Envelope Crossbody, Green Fossil Bag, Gold Halogen Bag, Silver Rebecca Minkoff Bag}

What kind of crossbody bag do you have? Have a fabulous Tuesday!

Miss Southern Prep 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Randoms

I have a jumble of thoughts for today, so bear with me!

Younique Mascara 
Have any of y'all tried the 3D Fiber lashes mascara? I've heard great things about it from other bloggers, but I haven't taken the plunge. Is it worth it? 

I love these flats so much. Aren't they perfect for the holidays?! 

Lilly Purchases 
I have five Lilly packages (oops) on the way to me, but two still haven't shipped! I'm getting a little impatient. I also ordered this "Mystery Murfee" for only $24 during the sale. You don't find out the print until it arrives (it's one they pulled from the vault), but I'm sure I can sell it on eBay if I don't like it! 

Essie After School Boy Blazer 
I love this color I picked up at Target yesterday! It's the best navy color for fall. 

DIY Upholstered Headboard 
I'm in the middle of a room redo, and I'm making my own upholstered headboard. I will share a DIY as soon as I finish!  

Pumpkin Spice Lattes 
I don't know if y'all have seen the "game" online to release PSL early, but of course I've been following along. I know some people think it's crazy to be drinking pumpkin drinks in August, but I am SO ready for fall, so I cannot wait! 

What have y'all been up to? Have a great weekend! 

Miss Southern Prep
*Headboard pic via and PSL via Starbucks

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Giveaway: Lilly Pulitzer Headband via AnnieX4

Did y'all scoop up everything you wanted in the Lilly Pulitzer sale? Even if you did, you have an opportunity to continue the After Party today with this awesome giveaway sponsored by the Etsy shop AnnieX4

AnnieX4 is an Etsy shop full of preppy Lilly Pulitzer items, including skirts, keychains, shorts, and much more! The owner, Annie, was sweet enough to send me one of her shift keychains

Isn't it so cute?! I can't wait to add it to my Smathers and Branson key fob!

Here are some of my other favorites from the shop: 

AnnieX4 is offering one of my lucky readers a gorgeous bow headband. The bow headband can double as a headband or a wrap bracelet and comes in several patterns! 

Don't y'all love these? If you want to win your own, just fill out the Rafflecopter widget below: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck, y'all! Have a wonderful Thursday!

Miss Southern Prep 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I'd like to see ____ posts on Miss Southern Prep.

Let me know what you'd like to see on Miss Southern Prep in the future! Hint: you'll get 10 entries into an upcoming giveaway if you leave a suggestion! 

Have a wonderful day! 

Miss Southern Prep 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lilly After Party Sale

I know y'all are probably tired of hearing about it, but if you haven't checked out the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale, you must head over now! The prices are insanely great, and there are SO many items included in the sale! I'll probably go back for more later, but here are the pieces I've gotten so far: 

Popover in She She Shells 

Eliza Dress in Hotty Pink Get Crackin 

Eliza Dress in Let's Cha Cha 

What did you pick up during the sale? Have a wonderful Monday! 

Miss Southern Prep 

Talbots Love

Talbots has always been the place where my aunts, mom, and grandma shop. But I went in with my aunt this weekend, and they had some really cute pieces, plus a great sale section. Some of the dresses would need to be hemmed (so they don't look dowdy), but I still loved them! Here are some of my favorites:

Rhinestone Flats

Striped T-shirt Dress

Crosshatch Print Dress

Striped Tee



What are your thoughts on Talbots? Have a wonderful day!

Miss Southern Prep 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Where to Dress for Less: Fall Dress Edition

I get a lot of emails about where to find cute dresses at a good price point. I tend to stick to a few stores when shopping, but I'm always open to new suggestions! Here are some of my fall favorites for work, casual wear, or parties. And they're all under $100: 

Nordstrom Fall Picks
ModCloth Fall Picks

Old Navy Fall Picks
Old Navy
[Pink dress, Shift dress, Black dress, Blue dress]

Where do you find cute dresses for fall? Have a great day!

Miss Southern Prep 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life Lessons from Freshman Year of College

I cannot believe my freshman year of college was four years ago. Sometimes it's hard for me to remember everything that happened that year, but I do remember some of the "big" things I learned my freshman year, and a lot of those "big things" were life lessons that helped me grow as a person. Here are some of my big ones: 

Not everyone has the same background as you. 
You'll meet SO many different people your freshman year of college, and not everyone will have the same background as you. My high school was small (around 1,200 people), and everyone knew everyone and their families, so it was like a bubble. My parents went to high school with most of my friends' parents, most of us went to kindergarten together, and 98% of us came from middle-class, two-parent homes. When I started college, it was very different. I was in classes with people who grew up in subsidized housing, whose parents had private planes, people who had single moms, people whose parents let them spend crazy amounts of money every month, and people who were there on full scholarship. It's important to realize that not everyone has the same background/manners/family that you have, so try to appreciate these differences. 

Know your limits.
I'm not just referring to alcohol, though that is important, as well. Make sure you know limits in all areas. We've all seen that girl (or guy) that's a mess at a party, and it's not cute. I've definitely been guilty of drinking too much at times, but it's important to learn your limits and not be that mess all of the time. This lesson also refers to knowing your limits when it comes to guys, going out (don't go out every single night of the week!), and the amazing food at the cafeteria. 

Actually go to class. 
This seems like an obvious one, but it's so tempting to skip classes, especially if they don't have attendance policies. Attending class is essential to getting good grades! 

Learn to study. 
I had to study for my AP courses in high school, but it was never a lot. In college, I had difficult courses that required more study time. I found that flashcards work best for me (see my study tips here), but I had other friends that preferred rewriting notes or reading over the text again. It's important to learn what works best for you, because you have five or more classes each semester, which can be a lot! 

Find an organization system that works for you. 
I live by my agenda, to-do lists, and wall calendar (see this post and this post). Without these tools, I would never be efficient! However, my system may not work for you. Explore different organization options and find out what works for you, then stick to it! 

Failing is not the end of the world. 
Failing stinks. Honestly, I don't know if there's a feeling quite as bad as failing. I am a perfectionist, so I still have a hard time with this lesson, but I've learned a lot about failing since freshman year. If you're not doing well in a class, talk to your teacher about how to improve or grade. Or ask your advisor if the university allows you to take the course again and replace your bad grade. I promise, there is always a way to fix something! It's not easy, but you can make up for that failing grade/class/test/quiz.

Manners and thank you notes are important. 
Most of y'all know I transferred from a small private university to a larger school after my freshman year. I won't say much about my first school, but it's known in the area for having rude, demanding students that treat faculty like hired help. It was an eye-opener for me and made me appreciate my manners more. Every semester since freshman year, I've written most of my professors thank you notes and given it to them at the end of the course. One professor told me she cried when she read my note, because no student has ever thanked her for all that she's done. I promise please, thank you, and thank you notes go a long way! 

Your parents are the best.
I've always been close with my parents, but seeing so many different ways people were raised (and I don't mean that in a bad way), I am so thankful for my parents. I'm thankful for the lessons they taught me, my strict curfew during high school, and their support. College made me love them so much more. 

What are some big life lessons you learned during college? Have a fabulous day! 

Miss Southern Prep