August 29, 2016

Boston- A Travel Guide to the Popular, and the Hidden Secrets

Boston oh Boston. I don't think I could've chosen a better city in America to live in for five weeks. While Boston is home to some of the oldest and most meaningful monuments from Colonial America, I managed to find some newer areas that while may not have the same history, are definitely worth going to.

August 26, 2016

Classic Stripes Take a POP

Ever since I made this skirt, a little over a year ago, it's easily become my favorite piece in my entire closet.  After being frustrated for over a year as to what the perfect thing to pair with it was, I finally found the perfect shirt, at H&M of all places!

August 24, 2016

Twirling in Ted

  It may be clichĂ©, but being a ballet dancer, I tend to gravitate towards things that resemble well, ballet costumes.  I stumbled upon this Ted Baker dress while wandering down Newbury Street and into Ted Baker while I was in Boston and absolutely could not resist.

Shoes: BCBG

August 22, 2016

Currently on Repeat- Week of August 22nd

I am such a music person.  I love music, it calms me down, it lifts me up, and there's basically music to fit every mood. I also love singing, but I feel like if you asked any of my friends or family members, they might have a different opinion on my singing. What these random facts about Eva are leading to is the announcement of a new weekly {or maybe every other weekly} feature on The Preppy Ballerina, where I bring to you all of my must-listen to songs of the week!


August 19, 2016

It's Casual Friday -Back to School Series 2016

We're back in {style} class once again for the final look of Back to School Style Week!  We're wrapping up the week with the most casual of this week's looks, as it is Casual Friday!  I don't know about all of you, but for me, just because it's Casual Friday doesn't mean you can't still look cute and classy.

TOP: H&M {Available in stores only} shop similar

 WHY IT WORKS: This shirts is soft and so so stretchy making it casual, but the classic boatneck and gold button detail gives it cute detail and makes it a little classier!

JEANS: Hollister Super Skinny Jean in Rinse

SHOES: Freed of London Jennifer Flat

WHY IT WORKS: Flats are much more comfortable and casual than wearing heels, but these flats are Blair Waldorf worthy with  the tan and black contrast and cute bow detail reminiscent of a pair of actual ballet shoes.

NECKLACE: Dry Goods {On sale in store} shop similar
WHY IT WORKS: This necklace is the perfect finishing touch on this outfit!  It adds interest to the plain stripes and a pop of color in the otherwise neutral outfit.  A little sparkle never hurt anybody.  ;)

What is your go-to Casual Friday outfit?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Love and Stay Preppy,

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August 17, 2016

A Casual Dressy School OOTD- Back to School Series 2016

The title of this post may deem this outfit "casual dressy," but trust me, this is the most comfortable outfit- ever. It's zero thinking required, so comfortable, and trust me, everyone will think you made an effort

We open on a girl in the softest knit shift in the world.

DRESS: French Connection Cotton T-Shirt Stripe Dress | BELT: Lilly Pulitzer Bow Belt (no longer available)
 WHY IT WORKS: This dress is great for so many reasons. While it has a simple t-shirt dress shift shape, instead of being made with a typical thin knit like a t-shirt, it's made with a heavier weight knit that although still incredible soft, stretchy, and comfortable, still makes the dress a little more formal. The black and white stripe makes it interesting, yet is still basic enough to have endless accessory opportunities. So yes, you'll look like you made somewhat of an effort without actually making an effort.

SHOES: Sperry Topsider Mesh Angelfish (no longer available) shop similar here
 WHY IT WORKS: Sperrys are so unbelievably comfortable and perfect for running around buildings or campus, but the classic boat shoe design makes them still really cute!  This pair is a white, light pink, and lavender tri-color, which is a perfect contrast to the plain black and white in the dress.

NECKLACE: Kate Spade Moon River Bow Pendant (no longer available) shop similar
WHY IT WORKS: Bows and pink are my thing, so it comes at absolutely no surprise as to why I bought this. The bow is a cute detail, and the light pink ties into the light pink from the Sperrys, which are pulled from the same color palette as the aqua belt. Although none of my accessories are the same color as my dress, because they all follow the same color scheme, they look coordinated instead of random.

This is definitely an outfit that's the perfect go-to everyday outfit!  There's so many places where this would work, and it's easy to dress it up by simply changing the shoes from Sperrys or flats to a nice pair of heels!

Come back Friday when I post the final {and most casual} look of Back to School Style Week!

Love and Stay Preppy,

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August 15, 2016

Dressy for School OOTD - Back to School Series 2016

Yup, it's that time of year again when everyone starts freaking out over what they're wearing for the first day of school.  Why, you ask?  The answer is simple: everyone wants to make the best second first impression after not seeing each other for three months. For me, it's not just the first day of school, but every single day after that.  That's why I'm bringing you three outfits this week that are easy to work into your school wardrobe at any given time!

Of course, to kick off the week I have to start out with the "dressiest" of the three looks, as a figurative first day of school (or back to school week).

DRESS: Available here in navy. Raspberry no longer available online but in some stores.

WHY IT WORKS: The heavy lace gives it a casual vibe due to the simple design and cotton weight, but keeps it dressy.  As an added bonus, the jewel-toned raspberry is the perfect fall color!

SHOES: Jack Rogers Regina Flat in Platinum

WHY IT WORKS: I'm not going to lie, I love pairing this dress with my favorite pair of black stilettos, BUT it also looks fantastic with these flats!  The flats are obviously way more appropriate for climbing stairs and getting from class to class, but the bow detail and metallic gold make them better than your average plain flat.

 Yup, all my jewelry is Rose Gold.  I'm a firm believer that if you're wearing a metal, all your accessories must be that metal.  I broke that ever-important rule for the flats, and I continue to break it for my favorite pair of silver diamond earrings.

EARRINGS: Ted Baker Stormm Crystal Chain Drop Earrings (or check your local Nordstrom Rack ;))
 WHY IT WORKS: Sometimes it's just fun to wear fancy jewelry in a casual setting.  Try it sometime.

NECKLACE: Marley Lilly Monogrammed Simply Sweet Pearl Necklace

WHY IT WORKS: This necklace is deceptively small, making it the perfect necklace to wear as an everyday piece, and also a necklace that's easy to pair with everything!

This outfit is not only a little dressy and cute for school, but it's also simple to put together and add your own twist to!  Toss in a statement necklace, belt, or cute pair of wedges, and wear the same dress again!

Love and Stay Preppy,

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August 8, 2016

Preppy Goes Back to School a Fourth Time - Lilly Pulitzer Binder Covers 2016!

Lovelies I have a confession: I'm entering senior year of high school and I still feel like at the beginning of last year I was a scared little freshman.  It's a weird feeling knowing that you used to look up to the grown-up high school kids who seemed to have such fun lives, when in reality now you're them and I personally couldn't be more confused about nearly everything in my life right now.

That being said, here starts the Preppy Ballerina Back to School series!  I'm here for all your back to school needs from DIYs to outfit ideas to "What's in My Backpack?" to binder covers {obviously}.

I release my binder covers every year for you loves free as a thank you for being such amazing readers!  All I ask is that you make sure to give me credit when pinning, or sharing on social media.  The last two year I saw a lot of pins and Instagram posts that weren't and it was a little frustrating, just because it takes me several hours to find prints in the right dimensions, edit, save, and upload all of these.

This year I'm releasing the binder covers early, in my opinion. If it were up to me, September 1st would be the earliest date for any and all posts relating to back to school and anything fall related. Yeah yeah, I know, fall wardrobe shopping and back to school planning needs to start before fall and before fall actually begins {Also, to those of you who start school in the beginning of August, I am so so sorry.  If I were you I would have probably switched schools}.

Moving past my little ramblings and midnight musings, here is the new set of binder covers!  I did kind of a blend of older and newer prints with one Kate Spade mixed in there (I know, not Lilly, shocking!). I'm thinking about releasing a second set at either the end of August or halfway through the school year, so if you have any print requests, leave them in the comments below and I'll try to accommodate as many as possible!  I'm limited by print pixel dimensions, but I'll try my best.  You can stay up to date with all that by following me here on Blogger, on Instagram, orrrrrr on Snapchat (I'm now on Snapchat guys!  My username is PreppyBallerina)!

If you'd like to see the binder covers from the last three years, click here for 2013, right here for 2014, and all the way over here for 2015! I promise the quality gets better as the years progress.  I learned.

If you don't already know how to customize these binder covers, my tutorial is right here!

Otherwise, enjoy this year's collection!

August 6, 2016

E Spotted on the Steps of the Met: XOXO, The Preppy Ballerina

  If you haven't already guessed by the title, I'm slightly in love with Gossip Girl. Okay, I'm actually very in love with Gossip Girl to the point where I ask myself why I'm not yet Blair Waldorf.

  Despite my obsession with the series, I hadn't actually ever been to New York before!  As fate came to have it, I ended up finding myself in New York just a couple weeks ago for just 24 hours.  Although my trip may have been short, I of course had to fit in a few of my must-see places!

The Steps of the Met
  This was #1 on my list.  Not "Go to the Met," specifically "Sit on the steps of the Met."

Sprinkles Cupcakes
  No, this isn't specific to New York.  No, this wasn't started in New York.  Yes, this is my ultimate favorite cupcakery and yes, this also happens to be one of the few that won't ship cupcakes so yes, I naturally had to go.

Lilly Pulitzer Madison Ave
  Being an avid Lilly Lover myself and having seen some of my fellow Lilly Lovers take photos on the iconic print staircase, I had to go!  We don't have any corporate Lilly stores in Minnesota, so I always make sure to go to them in other states!  This was my fourth, following Tampa, Miami, and Tyson's Corner!

Vineyard Vines 3rd Ave
  The big logo mural painted on the side of this store was of course something I had to go see. We also don't have Vineyard Vines in Minnesota (at least not for a few more months) so this definitely made the list!  While the outside and inside of the store was adorable, I have to say that I was thoroughly disappointed with the stock. It seemed as if they were out of all XXS, XS, 00 apparel which was kind of frustrating!

The Flatiron Building
  This building has intrigued me ever since before I new what it was called or the stories involving it.  I would have loved to stay there longer, but unfortunately it started pouring!  If you're ever in the area, I'd highly recommend ObicĂ  Mozzarella Bar for dinner!

 Thus concludes the highlights from my first trip to New York!  I just got back from a second trip a few days ago, so look for New York Part Two sometime next week!

Love and Stay Preppy,

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