November 17, 2017

Easy Gift Ideas for Your Sister

Of all the people to shop for, sisters can be the most fun...or the most stressful.

On one hand, sisters know each other best, making it easy to know their sense of style and what they like. On the other hand, sisters can also be one of the gifts on your list that you really don't want to mess up because you know them so well.

Regardless, I've compiled a list of five things that would make wonderful gifts for a sister as they're all gifts that are easy to tailor to their style. Take the idea of the gift, and go out to find something that really looks like them!

1. Wallet // 2. Cardigan // 3. Handbag // 4. Jewelry Tray // 5. Necklace
{left to right from top to bottom}
      As you might already know from my Kate Spade Stacy wallet review, I LOVE this wallet. It's the perfect size and so helpful when it come's to grabbing something and throwing it in your bag. I waited way too long to get a nice, useful wallet, and since I didn't want my sister to make the same mistake I did, I took the liberty of getting one for her as a birthday gift last year in one of her favorite colors, which she uses almost every day to this date!

November 15, 2017

Murad Skincare Review - Clarifying Cleanser, Oil-Control Mattifier, and Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment

  It seems as if whenever anyone's referencing the "skincare greats," Murad's name is nearly always on that list. While I've always been horrible about following skincare routines {my entire skin care routine consists of this face wash once a day, maybe this moisturizer once or twice a month if I'm feeling it, and a couple drops of this serum every three to four months if I'm feeling like my skin really needs help}, I decided to give Murad a try, and this is how I felt:


  Allow me to preface this by saying that this cleanser is designed to help people with acne, and I've never once suffered from maybe more than two pimples on my face at one given time in my entire life. This may be why this cleanser realllyyyy didn't work for me. As a matter of fact, I think it gave me more breakouts than I would've ever had before using it. It also tried out my face a ton to the point that between this cleanser and the Rapid Relief treatment, my skin was peeling a little, which I've never ever had a problem with previously, and which since I stopped using this cleanser has stopped. From other reviews, it seems to work really well for people with acne and oily skin, which is exactly why I have three theories as to why things went so horribly wrong for me:

November 13, 2017

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas You Can Wear All Winter Long

 Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving seems to be the one that I used to struggle with dressing for the most. How casual is too casual and how dressy is too dressy? Unlike the 4th of July's casual sundresses or Christmas' luxe velvet, Thanks
giving seems to be something of a happy medium for most people, like a formal casual.

  Now that I've finally figured out the balance of the holiday that officially kicks off the holiday season, I've gathered together pieces that are perfect for Thanksgiving, easy to dress up and down, and that can be paired with other pieces well after the holiday's over {because a neutral-toned sweater with the prettiest details shouldn't be limited to wearing one day a year}!

Think rich tones and classic styles with trendy elements such as flowing bell sleeves. Dress them up with a statement necklace and heels or down with booties and a cardigan.

November 11, 2017

Weekend Sale Roundup: Cold Weather Layers You Won't Want to Miss

    Sure, it's easy to say to throw on a coat in the winter months, but what about inside the office? At school? At dressier functions? The perpetual downfall of dresses and skirts is that try as they might, they're not always best suited for weather under 50 degrees fahrenheit. That being said, the right cardigan can make it simple to stay warm and look classy and cute at the same time, which is why I've rounded up a plethora of inexpensive options here!

-This is my all time favorite cardigan, and it always gets made in tons of different bright colors that rotate year round! It’s also a fantastic weight for the colder or warmer states and it comes in xxx-small to xx-large, and the original version, wool, and cashmere are all on sale!

November 8, 2017

Traveling NYC: Uber vs. Lyft vs. Juno vs. Uber -- What's the Difference and Which is Best?

  From the moment I stepped into my first Uber in NYC, I was confused. My Uber driver immediately began rambling off different rideshare services that I had never heard of before. Sure, I knew Uber and Lyft, but Juno? Via? I think not.

  After living here for a few months, I've managed to completely grasp the confusing methods of getting around NYC, and I'm hear to clarify all of that for you!

  Arguably the most popular of all these services, Uber is reliable, and quick {you'll likely never have to wait more than maybe five minutes tops for a car if you're in Manhattan}. The greatest downside to Uber in the city is that it's the most expensive of all the rideshare services, and unlike in the suburb of Minneapolis where I grew up, drivers are quick to give you a low rating for the smallest things, including not tipping or making them wait more than 10 seconds for you when they're the one that parked a block away from your pickup point. Uber in NYC does offer UberPool though, which allows you to bring the cost down of your normal Uber ride by riding with a few other people. If you're not already signed up for Uber, do so here to get a discount off of your first ride, or use the code "evap1241ue"

November 6, 2017

7 Essential Types of Handbags Every Girl Needs

As someone who's bought way too many handbags in their lifetime, I've managed to buy a few I thought I needed and rarely use, and has had several I was missing in my collection that I could've desperately used sooner. Once again, my mistakes are your gain, as I've gotten the perfect handbags every woman could use in her life down to a science.

Rebecca Minkoff | Tory Burch | Michael Kors | Kate Spade | Gucci | Badgley Mischka | Gucci Soho

{Listed from left to right, going down, starting at the top left}
1. The Small Yet Spacious Crossbody
    There's two main problems with crossbody handbags in this world: they're ether flat and barely able to fit an iPhone, or they're so big that they cold fit an entire math textbook. By having something that's a happy medium, you'll have a bag that's big enough for everything you need, but small enough that it doesn't feel like you're dragging around more handbag than you are actual items in your bag.

October 31, 2017

15 Things that Scare Me More than Halloween Ever Will

  Halloween, the time of the year when goblins, ghosts, and ghouls come out of the shadows {the storage bins in your neighbor's basement} and into the light {your neighbor's front lawn}. Regardless, with the season of Halloween brings the things in life that are supposed to scare us speechless.

  Now don't get me wrong, I scare very easily. All of that typical Halloween stuff? Gets me every time. Don't even bother trying to watch a scary movie with me, I get scared enough trying to watch Pretty Little Liars by myself at 1 am.

  That being said, since I do scare easily, there's a whole list of things that scare me wayyy more than Halloween ever will such as:

1. Getting lost in the middle of nowhere

      I'm already directionally challenged, so the thought of getting lost in the middle of nowhere with no service and a broken down car is ah -- not ideal

October 27, 2017

Hairfinity Nourishing Botanical Oil, Gentle Cleanse Shampoo, and Balanced Moisture Conditioner Review

  Anyone who knows me personally could tell you time and time again that I am the absolute worst when it comes to beauty and makeup routines. Sure, I'm obsessed with lipstick, but besides that, I've never really paid attention to how I was taking care of my skin or my hair. I wash my face once a day and use the same type shampoo and conditioner for years at a time if I can get away with it.

  That being said, my laissez-faire method of haircare was starting to catch up to me. Sure, it may have worked when I was in elementary school, but now I use hot tools on my hair nearly every day, and as much as I hate to admit it, those things will burn the ends of your hair to a crisp.

October 25, 2017

Black Tap Burgers and Beer NYC Review + the Craziest Milkshake You'll See

If I had a nickel for every time I saw one of Black Tap Burgers and Beer's extravagantly over-the-top milkshakes on Instagram, I'd probably be able to buy another one of these.

  Colorful, candylicious, and filled with enough sugar to make you run in circles for hours, these milkshakes are a Instagram foodie's dream.

  I discovered these milkshakes well before I moved to New York, yet I didn't get around to actually giving them a shot before my lovely friend Annie of Annie Wears It and her husband, Robin, came to the city after I moved here for Fashion Week.

October 9, 2017

{Fall}ing in Love With Embroidered Skirts for Fall

  Fall's arrived, and with that, so has the return of darker colors {I refer to them as the "Bold" Crayola marker pack}. Being someone who generally dresses like it's spring year round, the thought of having to wear brown, or even worse, black, makes me want to slightly cry. Luckily, one trend in particular is making it just too easy to keep color in your wardrobe, even in the colder months!

  That's right, embroidered skirts, and well, clothing in general, have been taking over the markets, and I'm not mad about it.


September 25, 2017

Thrift Shopping in NYC: Your Guide to the City's Hidden Inexpensive Vintage Gems

Moving to New York meant a lot of new things: $9 fresh pasta just a few blocks away from me, the urgent feeling to hand sanitize after getting out of every single subway station, and being able to find vintage designer items at insanely low prices.

  That's right, for my last month living in the City, I've been running across town in search of the best thrift stores. Whether it's $3 vintage earrings or highly-desirable vintage Chanel pumps for just $25, I've found them, and I'm ready to share my findings with you!

September 22, 2017

How to Perfectly Distress Any Pair of Jeans Yourself

  I know, I know, I'm late. I didn't really get into the distressed jeans trend until maybe a month ago, but in my quest to find the perfect distressed jeans, I kept getting frustrated. Jeans with "knee rips" didn't actually fall on my knees and holes were either too big and looked ridiculous or small and placed in the strangest locations.

  Aside from my issue with how my jeans actually looked, I kept noticing that a decent pair of distressed jeans at really any store would be anywhere from $10-$50 more than the "clean" pair. Um $30 extra for jeans that are just going to keep ripping anyway? No, thank you.

  In true DIY blogger style, I set out to figure out how to distress a pair of jeans exactly how I wanted them, AND at a price that wouldn't make me feel guilty when the holes just kept ripping or they ended up getting trashed while I'm running around the streets of New York {because um hello? The subways are not a germaphobe's friend}.

September 20, 2017

Lilly Pulitzer Binder Covers 2017 -- Free, Cute, Printable Binder Covers!

A little late {but hopefully well worth the wait}, and better late than never! I'm back again with more Lilly Pulitzer binder covers to make your life at school, work, home, etc. just that much brighter!

September 18, 2017

NYFW S/S 2018 Day 3 OOTD

Day 3: aka one of my craziest, most stressful days of NYFW to date! Between the madness of the shows, I managed to get a few shots of one of my favorite outfits for the week.

September 11, 2017

NYFW S/S 2018 Day 2: A Childhood Shawl and Eight More Miles in my Stilettos

It's that time of year again, when all of a sudden thousands from the fashion area flock from all around the country to run around New York in more sequins and feathers than a craft store.

  That's right, New York Fashion Week is upon us and in the madness I forgot to recap my OOTD from Day 1 {although you can see it on Instagram by clicking here}. Nevertheless, day two I took a completely different direction for my look, jumping out of my comfort zone.

July 24, 2017

Getting Nauti in Lilly Pulitzer Shorts

  If there's any summer wardrobe essentials I can't live without, Lilly Pulitzer shorts, gold wedges, and white tops with the perfect details are at the top of that list. Those three items make it easy when I haven't the haziest as to what to wear I'm trying to run out the door because I'm already running late the who knows what.

Shorts {shop similar}

July 23, 2017

Currently on Repeat: Week of July 23rd, 2017

  If there's one thing I love about summer, it's my playlist. Since I haven't done a music update in a while, I figured I'd take a moment to share some of the songs that have been the soundtrack to my summer!

  If you'd like to play all of this music nonstop {like I've been} click this link to play through this entire list on one nonstop playlist!

1. Mura Masa - Mura Masa {the entire album, but especially "What if I Go? featuring Bonzai"}
      This album. Released just over a week ago, Mura Masa strikes again with the perfect chill EDM album and I've fallen in love.

2. "Slow Down Love featuring Chelsea Cutler" - Louis the Child
      This is currently my most played song at the moment. It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Louis the Child and although some of their most recent releases haven't been my favorite, this song is no disappointment.
      "Slow it down, love, it's too bright out there | Out there | Hold on, love, you're walking thin air | Thin air"

July 18, 2017

I Don't Love Myself, but I'm Trying -- and Here's Why

 It's a strange feeling to admit to yourself that you don't love yourself.

  So often we look at ourselves in the mirror and critique. We pick ourselves apart citing any reason we possibly can find as to why we look less than perfect: our waist, the length of our hair, our dark circles, our eyebrows. Maybe it's all at once, maybe it's just spread out, but for me, I never realized just how often I do until I started thinking about it, because it's constant, and I don't actually think I can look at myself in a mirror without finding a plethora of things that I just don't like about myself.

  So often, we look back at past conversations and things we did and just ask ourselves "why?" Why couldn't we have been better, why couldn't we have been less awkward, why didn't the other person like us as much as we liked them, why did he leave me on "opened" or "read," why didn't we get the promotion instead of the other person, the list goes on.

  So often, the answer to all of those questions is "us." We're convinced that we were left on read or didn't catch someone's interest because we are the problem.

July 17, 2017

Travel Hacks: Why Jewelry Rolls Are a Travel Must with Shorebags

  Too many times when traveling I've opened up my bag to find one of the most tedious problems possible: my necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc. playing some sort of version of Twister meets Tetris meets a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.

  I've tried several solutions: keeping jewelry in it's separate dust bags, wrapping or folding it different ways, and even tying it up with ribbon, to name a few. Somehow none of my DIY solutions managed to hold up to luggage being tossed around in airplanes or in car trunks. Even though I knew jewelry rolls existed, I was never quite a believer that I'd be able to fit all my jewelry in one or that it wouldn't take too much space in my suitcase.

July 12, 2017

S'well Bottle Review

A couple months ago, if someone asked if I'd ever pay $40 for a water bottle I would've laughed. Sure, I know not all bottle is build equally and it's important to make sure you're not buying something with BPA in it and all of that stuff, but $40 when I could get a perfectly fine Camelbak or Nalgene for under $20? No thank you.

  Then, of course, Lilly Pulitzer went and collaborated with Starbucks to release a 4 style line of S'well bottles and after seeing how cute they were, I had to have one. After 5 states and over 14 Starbucks, my friend in San Francisco on a chance happening managed to find one for me and I found myself handing over $40 for the bottle.

July 11, 2017


At some point in my life I learned that change can be good,

Change is necessary,

and in this case, change is happening right now.

July 10, 2017

Airport Essentials for Any Flight

Of all the things that can make traveling go wrong, being uncomfortable at the airport or on a flight seems to be at the top of that list.

 Luckily, before you make the same mistakes I have, you can learn from mine! I've compiled a short list of items that can make long flights and even longer layovers much more bearable.

July 4, 2017

Last Minute Fourth of July Style

  If there's anything that I'm *really* good at when it comes to holidays, it's not knowing what I'm wearing for them until last possible moment

Shirt: Vineyard Vines {similar} {similar} | Shoes: Sperry

June 20, 2017

Embracing Embroidery + The Porcelain Romper

My style may lean towards classic, but if there's anything I now about trends right now, it's that it's all about the details. From off the shoulder, to ruffles everywhere, and pretty prints, embroidery seems to be another trend dominating that list.


June 16, 2017

Summer Nights in Stripes

Summer's just begun and I certainly am not mad about it. While shorts, sundresses, and crop tops are ruling the summer days, I'm opting for toned down nights as the sun sets.

 Recently, I've been loving this mock turtleneck bodycon dress from Tobi, which is comfortable, a little dressy, and still casual at the same time.

Dress: Tobi Pettra Stripe Bodycon Dress

April 17, 2017

The Perfect Spring and Summer Off the Shoulder Top

  Off-the-shoulder is undoubtedly my current favorite trend. Whether it's fitted, flowy, or cropped, chances are I own it and wear it constantly.

  Of all the off-the-shoulder pieces I own and love, this seersucker 3/4 length sleeve top has to be my ultimate favorite. Surprisingly flattering and incredibly versatile, I can't wait to pair it with every single bright color! Unfortunately right now it's only warm enough to be paired with jeans, going into summer I'll be pairing it with allll the bright shorts, and of course some statement jewelry!

Shoes | Bag | Sunglasses

April 13, 2017

Why You NEED a Layover in Reykjavik + Iceland Travel Tips

I love to travel. I travel a lot and I have a long list of places I absolutely want to travel to. Of those places, never in a million years did I think Iceland would make the list. It's not that I had anything against Iceland, I heard that Iceland was gorgeous from some of my friends, but it never really struck me as an actual travel destination.

  Thanks to some reasonably priced airfare from IcelandAir {my new favorite airline} from MSP to London that included a 10 hour layover in Iceland, I found myself in Iceland for the first time.

  Faced with the dilemma of going to the Blue Lagoon {more on that later}, or heading into downtown Reykjavík, I decided that I needed to get acquainted with the city, and headed into Reykjavík.

March 29, 2017

Keeping it Short for Spring + Channeling my 90's Britney

  As I recently stated in an Instagram post {@Eva_Phan, for those of you wondering}, most of the time, my style is middle-age soccer mom summering in Nantucket, sometimes I dress like a basic 18 year old, and occasionally I dress like this: some combination of Britney Spears in the "... Baby One More Time" video, a preppy 90's throwback, and Cher from "Clueless."

Shoes: Sperry

March 27, 2017

Sperry 7 Seas Review!

  Sperry has quite the reputation for making and inventing the classic leather boat shoe, so somehow "athletic footwear" just doesn't come to my mind when I hear the brand come up.

  Yet, Sperry just released the 7 Seas, a new waterproof performance shoe that is supposedly their shoe of the summer.

  Skeptical that Sperry could actually make a performance shoe I liked, I gave it a try and...

March 21, 2017

Dreaming of Summer in Lilly Pulitzer {Replicating the Lilly Pulitzer Parfait Set}

  It's currently 28 degrees Fahrenheit in Minnesota. Yes, really. Yet, here I am trying to wear a two piece set. Typical.

  Despite my refusal to actually "dress for the weather" for once, as soon as I made this set I was in love with it, and knew that I just had to wear it.

 {Side note: I really need to start picking days with better forecasts to shoot. My hair was in perfect loose curls in the morning, really.}

  Here's what happened:

March 10, 2017

Sephora Caudalie Birthday Gift 2017 Review

Y'all. I'm having my paycheck divided evenly and deposited directly to Lilly Pulitzer, Chanel, and Sephora. Seriously.

 Between liquid lipsticks from Huda Beauty and Ciaté nail polish, it's rare for me to walk out of Sephora without wanting to buy something.

  Even if shopping at Sephora isn't something you'd usually {or ever} do, signing up for Sephora's Beauty Insider program gives you a free makeup gift on your birthday, even if you don't make a purchase {granted that you redeem it in-store}!

  This year, the choice came between a Tarte gift with their Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit and Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty, or a Caudalie skincare gift featuring their Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet and Vinoperfect Serum.

March 8, 2017

Where I Stand Now - Week of March 5th

  I been informed as of recently that I never update you all as to what's actually happening in my life, so I'm launching this series in an attempt to remedy that. I'll post a little update for you every Wednesday, it'll probably be fun, probably be a little sarcastic, and sometimes a little too ponderous.

  So without further adieu, here's the life of E:

CURRENTLY -  Sitting in the Minneapolis Central Library typing to you all. The stacks at this library are my happy place {because they have Vogue issues dating back to January 1966 and spanning through the present day}. The only thing that could possibly be better is finding an archive/stacks that had every issue of Vogue dating back to 1892-1905.  Until then, I'm perfectly happy with my favorite little study spot in these stacks.

WATCHING - New Girl, obviously. Until this season ends, you better bet that's what I'll be watching every Tuesday/Wednesday. I call it the updated version of "Friends."

WONDERING - What in the world the Dior Fall/Winter '17 show was. Please bring me Raf Simons or Christian Dior himself to fix this situation.

March 6, 2017

Wearing my Spring Wardrobe in the Cold + My Favorite Spring Wardrobe Hacks!

 Living in one of the coldest of the 50 states in the United States of America, when spring comes around, my wardrobe reaches a state of clothing purgatory.  The thick scarves and warm chunky sweaters? Yeah, those are a little too frigid for the warming weather and spring feeling. The chiffon tops and lace miniskirts? A little too cold for the weather still {although let's be real: I wear mini skirts in the winter and just choose to ignore the cold complain about how cold I am}.

  Yes, the first months of spring become quite confusing. Too cold for a spring wardrobe and too warm for a winter. So instead, I choose to combine them.

March 3, 2017

How I Learned to be a Teen #GirlBoss + How You Can Too!

The honest truth: starting things is hard.

  It's much easier for us to accept that we're confused, accept it, and move on instead of trying to figure out how we can accomplish it.

  For years, I lived by this mentality. I was happy, I was content, but I wasn't going anywhere.

  Dreaming is easy, but procrastination is easier, lovelies.

  My procrastination tendencies worked really well for me for a while, until one day something changed.

February 20, 2017

NYFW Vlog February 2017--Travel With Me!

You asked, so I'm answering. As requested, I've *attempted* vlogging and *attempted* capturing the unforgettable week I had in New York!

  I wish I could've shared more, but I got caught up in happy reunions with long-distance friends, meeting and making new friends, and running from meeting to meeting.

  Now I know for next time. ;)

  Out of all the designers I saw, Dan Liu was my unexpected favorite, his collection was definitely something I could've seen Blair Waldorf wearing, so unsurprisingly, I wanted almost every piece.

  One of my longtime favorites, Leanne Marshall, did not disappoint. Her collection, albeit darker than usual, was still filled with gorgeous detail and lots of sparkle.

  To see my full trip and all my hilariously hectic adventure, watch below!

Love and Stay Preppy,
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February 17, 2017

Tips and Tricks for Travelling Miami's Wynwood Walls- Wynwood Walls Travel Guide

Ever since I first wen to Miami in 2015, I've been obsessed with Wynwood Walls. The neighborhood of bright colors and interesting, larger than life street mural installations never failed to surprise and delight.

  From the time of my first visit, Wynwood has only increased in popularity, becoming a hot spot for tourists, bloggers, and photographers alike.

Although the walls are constantly changing, I've picked up a few tips and picked out some of my favorite walls for all of you looking to travel to the area!

February 14, 2017

New York Fashion Week {NYFW} Fall/Winter 2017 Street Style Day 1

It's been said once, it's been said a million times by every blogger that has the opportunity to attend NYFW. I haven't been able to say it, until now: getting invited to NYFW was a dream come true.

  When I first started blogging four years ago, I had no idea that bloggers could make any money off of blogging, or that I could have the opportunity to work with companies or photographers, or what SEO optimization and engagement even was, I certainly didn't consider getting invited to events like NYFW were even in the realm of possibility. I was just a girl who genuinely just wanted to talk fashion, and I figured that whoever would read it would read it.

  I thought that 1,000 page views would be a lot in four years, I didn't think it was possible for that to happen in an hour.

  Yet, here I am, and naturally all of the above things were really exciting moment for me, until I received my first NYFW invitation and I really kind of freaked out.

  I'm an aspiring designer, getting invited to NYFW was a childhood dream.

  This isn't why you're reading this post. I'll move on to the actual subject now, promise.

January 23, 2017

Kate Spade Cedar Street Stacy Wallet Review

  If there's one thing you need to organize your life, your purse, and your finances, it's a wallet. For years, I never quite realized the importance of having a really nice wallet, and somehow tried to get by by throwing all of my cash, IDs, cards, and receipts into something like a single compartment wristlet or an ID case. The issue?  I absolutely never knew where anything was. Cash and cards were hidden between layers of receipts, change fell straight to the bottom, and don't even get me started on trying to find my IDs, because it would probably take me at least five minutes to do so.

  Now don't get me wrong, wristlets are absolutely fantastic when you're running around on the go, or going to an event, really. Just not so much when they're your primary form of organization, at least, not for me {if it works for you, I'm very jealous}.

January 19, 2017

Five High End Makeup Products You Need in Your Makeup Bag

  We open on a girl who is only mediocre at makeup. Yes, this means that all of these products are good enough that even someone as mediocre as myself can somehow make myself look okay using them, minimal makeup wipes required.

  With so much makeup out there, whether it be drugstore or high end, the options can be overwhelming. I don't usually buy drugstore makeup {I have super sensitive skin that has disagreed with a few of my drugstore purchases} I find that it's usually easier to try out a drugstore product when you're only spending a few dollars on it. People {myself included} tend to be more hesitant when purchasing high end makeup because it's much more of an investment.

  That's why this list is here!  Here's to no more beauty flops.

1. MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam I
     This is my tried and true, must-have, wear all the time lipstick. If you're looking for the perfect deep red, look no further because this is it. It's a beautiful and easy color to transition from day to night.

January 16, 2017

Organize Yo' Self 2017: How to Keep Your Purse Clutter-Free

  Begrudgingly, I'll admit that at one point, a long time ago, I was guilty of my purse being a complete mess, with me throwing everything and everything in there and always forgetting to clean it out or take out the things I no longer needed. I mean, it may have been July and 80 degrees, but what if I happened to find myself at an indoor skating rink and needed the winter gloves?

  What can I say?  It was a dark time.

  Now I can never even imagine my purse being that cluttered again, and here's why:

January 12, 2017

Lilly at the Library of Congress

  Yeah okay, I was definitely kicking myself when I saw that the outfit I wore the day before this matched PERFECTLY with the murals and colors of the Library of Congress, but that doesn't take away from the stunning beauty of the library.

Dress: Custom Eva Phan Collection message on Etsy for details | Belt: Lilly Pulitzer

January 9, 2017

Organize Yo' Self 2017: The Beauty of a Binder

  Hello lovelies!  I'm back again to help you get 2017 in order, this time focusing in on the best way to keep track of your schoolwork!

  High school and college students these days are busier than ever, and it seems to be rare to find someone not constantly on the go between school, clubs, activities, and volunteering. If you're anything like me, going from place to place leaves a lot of room for items to kind of just disappear in the transportation black hole.

  For a while, I did try to do the whole notebook and folder for every class thing, but I found that my notebooks and folders tended to get slightly destroyed, or I'd have to carry around several because my notebooks would quickly get filled up. Plus, having so many separate notebooks and folders left a large possibility for me to grab the wrong notebook or folder on accident. If you've never done that, don't. Running to a class and finding out you grabbed all the wrong notes is not a good feeling.

  Can you say "insert binder here?"

  When buying a binder, it's of course tempting to buy the binder with cute patterns, but I recommend buying a fun solid colored binder with a plastic sleeve in the front. These are usually much more durable and allow you to change out the binder cover.

January 5, 2017

My 4th Blogiversary, My Birthday, and 18 Things I Want to Accomplish in 18 Years

  Hello Prepperinas {how's that for a throwback opener?}!  The date is January 5th, 2017, and that means three things:


2. It's my 18th birthday.

3. It's the day I promised that I would share 18 things I wanted to accomplish in 18 years.

Yesterday I shared 18 things I learned in 18 years, so here's looking to the future.

January 4, 2017

18 Things I Learned in 18 Years

Tomorrow I turn 18 {which is weird and strange and crazy all in one} so I thought I'd take a moment to reflect on the crazy and somewhat silly life lessons I've learned in my 18 years of life.

1. Treat Yo' Self is a very real thing and is underappreciated. Usually there's no reward for hard work, but small treat yo' self splurges are the perfect pick me up. Use in moderation.

2. If you're going to travel. Travel like a local. Tourist attractions may get the publicity, but the only way to say you've really been in a city is to stay in it like you live in it. Some of my favorites spots in the world have been found this way.

3. Don't let people criticize you for prioritizing work over relationships. Own it. Very few are willing to hustle and if you're one of them, you're one of the lucky ones.

4. Spend the extra dollar for avocado on your salad. It makes it that much better and the health benefits are worth it.

January 2, 2017

Currently on Repeat: Week of January 1st, 2017

  It's 2017, and in my opinion, that means new year, new music. NEW THIS TIME: I created a Spotify playlist with all 12 of these songs {plus two secret songs!} to make it easier for you guys to listen through these! Click here to access to playlist. Here's what's been playing on repeat since my last update:

*Note: Some {not most, but a few} of these songs include explicit language not appropriate for certain demographics. If you're listening with your baby sister, don't say I didn't warn you.*

January 1, 2017

Organize Yo' Self 2017: Become a Sticky Note Tab Addict

  According to my very scientific {no math was used in the making of this} calculations based on Instagram posts, tweets, and current events, 2016 was a mess so bad it wasn't even hot for 95% of the population. In a dire attempt to ensure that 2017 does not end up even remotely as bad as the not at all funny joke that was 2016, I'm introducing a new series to the blog: "Organize Yo' Self 2017" {like treat yo' self except in this case the incentive to organize is that once your life is somewhat organized you can treat yo' self. Ya feel?}. I'll be posting my tips every Monday in January and maybe February {we'll see}, 2017 needs to be organized quickly to make sure we're giving it the best chance for success.

  To open this series, I'm starting with one of my favorite organizational tactics--sticky note tabs.

  When I actually started using these instead of just buying them to stick in the books I read for school, it was a game changer.

  While I was originally introduced to these by one of those serious planner obsessed people {you know who I'm talking about, and if you are one of those people, I'm jealous of your cute kawaii style and ability to organize absofreakingeverything}, I've found that the sticky tabs ware wayyy more useful outside of the planner or assigned reading.

  I've found that the absolute best use for these little tabs is in note-taking binders, or notebooks,

BEFORE WE GET STARTED: Sticky note tabs are most effective when you have them in several colors, styles, or prints {just so that they're different from each other}, and when they're paper and more like an actual Post-It {so that you can write on them} instead of the plastic/tape ones. If you're trying to buy them cheap, the Target Dollar Section almost always has cute ones, otherwise sometimes I just cut up normal sticky notes into thirds when I'm in a pinch. My current favorite sticky notes are Lilly Pulitzer, because well, Lilly Pulitzer, but I've also gotten really cute ones from Vera Bradley in the past {plus Vera Bradley runs tons of sales, so it's easy to find them relatively inexpensive there as well!}.

  The binder is useful all on it's own, but we'll get to that in a future post. Until then, here's how I use sticky note tabs to further organize my binder.

-I devote one sticky note tab color to each of the following categories and write the label on the allocated color: homework; lecture notes gets a color, but the chapter and/or section is what's written on the tab; book notes gets a color, but again, only the chapter and/or section is what's written on the tab. These categories vary by class so tailor them to meet your needs!

-I label the corresponding tabs with the pages in my binder. When doing this, I stagger the tabs so that they look more like the tabs from binder dividers instead of one giant pile of sticky tabs. A good rule of thumb is to dedicate 2-3 lines from the loose leaf to a section. For example: I know my homework tab will always go on lines 1-2 and the tab for all my lecture notes will always go on lines 3-4. This makes it easy to quickly go through and find all the tabbed sections.

Now you may be asking, "Eva, what is honestly the point of going through and tabbing all these papers?  Why not just rearrange them so they're together or put them in binder dividers?"

Here's my logic: By leaving notes in the order you take them and homework in the order it's assigned, it makes it way way easier to go through and find all your corresponding notes and assignments when it's time to review for a test. There's no time wasted flipping back and forth between the divided sections trying to locate where things are and less chance of papers getting lost. I also put several subjects in one binder so I don't have to worry about keeping track of so many separate notebooks and folders, so having 15 different binder dividers for three or four different classes in one binder would get really confusing!

  As mentioned before, I prefer a binder for school over notebooks, but I am actually quite a bit of a notebook lover, and use them all the time for organizing lists, my blog, and other miscellaneous things! Sticky notes just make it easier for me to find things in the creative mess that are my notebooks.

  The organization for my notebooks is much less intense than my binder. Instead of devoting colors for categories and tabbing the page to category, I simply use the tabs to highlight my most important pages at the time, the page I left off on, and the pages I know I want to come back to. For example, in my favorite, all-purposes notebook, I tab my current to-do list, my current shopping list, an upcoming scheduled day {you know, the ones where from 9 to 5 you're probably going 20 places so you have to schedule each stop at a specific time to make sure you can fit them all in}, my ongoing list of favorite movies, you get the idea. A lot of the pages I tab in my notebooks are pages that I later remove the tabs from, the tab from a completed to-do list gets removed or moved to the tab of a new to-do list. The tab from a day schedule gets removed when that day's been completed. The only tabs that usually never move are those for permanent ongoing lists such as my favorite movies, songs, etc. {it may sound weird that I write those things down, but think about it, how many good movies or songs have you seen or listened to that you just can't seem to remember the name of?!}

  Momentary sidetrack: Notebooks can be a great organizational tool in and of themselves. While they don't have to be perfectly organized, writing down ideas and lists can help you to remember what you need to get done and stay organized regardless.

With design school application deadlines approaching quickly and and allll of them requiring portfolios, being able to navigate through my sketchbooks quickly is a must. I organize my sketchbooks fairly similarly to how I organize my binder.

-I use one type of sticky note tab in multiple colors to label sketches that fit either a specific collection or theme. For example: yellow for Art Deco, pink for shirtdress revamp, gray for Mad Men, etc.

-I use a different style of sticky note tab to label all the sketches that I am considering for use in my final portfolio. This makes it easy for me to find my favorites without having to flip through all of them.

That's a wrap on my sticky note tabs, come back next Monday to see how I organize my binder!

Love and Stay Preppy,

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