Casual but Cute

Comfort is key when I'm trying to pick an outfit. While I try not to dress down too much to school, some days after a late night it is necessary to thrown on more casual attire.
This is such a perfect casual but cute outfit for school. I think the next most comfortable items in my closet are pajamas. The spirit jersey is basically a lightweight sweatshirt which is perfect. For a chilly school or hot day outdoors, this outfit works. These Lauren James shorties are so fun and so soft. They are great for sitting all day.

Do you have a go to casual outfit?


Trip to Vineyard Vines

I absolutely love Vineyard Vines.  A few stores I shop carry a small inventory of the whale-appointed clothes.  So an entire store filled with Vineyard Vines clothes sounds like a wonderland.  Until last fall when Shep and Ian opened a pop-up location, that experience wasn’t available in Chicago.  In the spring, a friend and I took the train downtown and went the Vineyard Vines store on Michigan Avenue!  We walked in the door…instance happiness.  So many different bright colors and preppy styles, not on my iPad screen or a catalog page, but right in front of me.

We went just a couple weeks before the Kentucky Derby and I loved seeing their adorable collection for the Derby.  There were so many cute items in the collection.  Dresses, shirts, scarves, just what you would need to be perfectly dressed for a Derby celebration!

I live in my vintage whale pocket tee and fell in love with all the different colors the store had available.  Decisions, decisions.  In the end, I selected a classic navy long-sleeved pocket tee with a pink whale on the back for my preppy cousin.  My friend and I both also purchased whale coozies.  They are just too cute.  The store gave us a special treat--the large foam whale hats that I see on Pinterest all the time.  I was so excited to get my own!

We happily wore our whaley fun new hats as we walked to Pizzeria Uno to eat some delicious classic Chicago deep dish pizza.  The looks we received were fantastic and so many people asked us where the store was located. We even had someone ask us if they could borrow a hat to take a picture.  Once at the restaurant, we, of course, used our coozies.

Sadly on May 26, Vineyard Vines closed their Chicago location.  But good things come to those who wait, a location is set to open in spring of 2015.  The new flagship store will be located at 940 N. Michigan Avenue and will be one of the largest Vineyard Vines retail locations.  It will be more than twice the size of the Vineyard Vines Chicago store.  I have a feeling this new store will be whaley amazing.  Can spring come any sooner?!

Have you ever been to a Vineyard Vines store?




How to Follow Me

Happy Friday! Hope you all had a great week. Today I will be sharing how you can follow me outside the blog. Make sure to follow me to find out when I have posted and to see what I am up to!

Instagram: @letsgetpreppy_

Twitter: @letsgetpreppy

Pinterest: letsgetpreppy

Bloglovin': Let's Get Preppy
What're you up to this weekend?


School Bag Organization

As the summer slowly but surely comes to an end, I thought I would share how I organized my school bag last year. Ultimately, everyone has to organize their school bag in the way that works best for them, however I thought it may be helpful to some if I shared how I organize my own bag. Remember, the best way to succeed is to do whatever works best for you!

To begin with, I use a large, black Longchamp Le Pliage tote bag for my school bag. This bag is honestly my Mary Poppins bag. It fits everything. No matter how heavy the homework load is, I can almost always fit everything in there. In my bag, I carry two folders, one I use to keep my homework for my morning classes and one to keep my homework for my afternoon classes. I also keep a notebook, book, Lilly Pulitzer agenda, iPad, and Vera Bradley makeup bag containing pencils, pens, highlighters, and a calculator.
I have learned that using one folder for morning homework and one folder for my afternoon homework is what works best for me. I have folders for my individual classes that contain any worksheets and notes I will not need for that night’s homework. If I think I may need it for my homework, I put it in my homework folder. This is how I feel organized because all my notes and worksheets don’t get mixed together and it makes things easier to find.

The notebook in my bag is a Vera Bradley composition notebook that I use to write down any blog post ideas I have during school, any random notes for class if I don’t have a notebook for that class with me, or anything else that I need it for during the day. It is easier to write things down as they pop in my head then to forget them and frustrate myself later! I keep track of my assignments in a Lilly Pulitzer agenda. There is so much room to write everything down and I have found it very, very useful! My iPad is for my school classes and I take it everywhere. I really enjoyed having it last year. As I said earlier, I use a Vera Bradley makeup bag to hold my pencils, pens, post-its, and everything else that is too small to lay by itself in my bag. I have the medium sized makeup bag and it fits everything I need.

Again, it’s most important to organize your bag in the way that works best for you! I organized my bag in this way last year and I plan on doing the same for this year. Organization, as I have learned, is extremely key in school and I am glad I have finally found what works best for me!

How do you organize your school bag?



My Plane & Car Ride Necessities

Vacation season is upon us! It feels as though everyone I know is traveling during the month of August to try to get a little more summer fun in before school starts. Whether you are driving or flying, there are a few items that are really great to have to help pass the time!

1. Book-When I have to sit for hours and can't get anything done, reading is a great thing to do! Time for summer reading is quickly coming to end so reading on my way to vacation is a perfect time. I just started Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Have you read it?

2. Agenda-Another productive yet low-key activity is working on your agenda. Now that it is August, it is a perfect time to put those dates on the calendar!

3. Coffee-Great for early morning or late night trips. A little caffeine can be much needed after hectic packing or for when I reach your destination!

4. Sweater/Sweatshirt-Planes are always cold. I seem to always need a sweater and if I don't end up needing it, it can easily serve as a pillow or blanket!

What are your travel necessities?



My Five Most Used Apps

Happy Friday! I cannot believe it is already August! How did that happen? This summer is flying by.

Today I thought I would share the apps on my phone that I use on a daily basis. Other than messages, phone, and email, these are the ones I most oftenly use. All of these apps are fun to use and I love having them on my phone.

1. Instagram- I love Instagram. I find it so fun to post pictures and follow other people. It's a great way to connect with people all over. I also love taking pictures and enjoy sharing them!

2. Pinterest- To say that I have a slight addiction with Pinterest is an understatement. I go on it at least once a day. There are so many great ideas and I like how you can pin things and always have them to come back to later.

3. Bloglovin'- This app is seriously great. I love being able to follow all the blogs I read and have them all in the same place. It makes reading blogs a quicker experience and I always make time to go on it to read the newest blog posts.

4. My Fitness Pal - I recently tried this app out and I really like it! It really helps me monitor what I am eating and shows me if I need to eat more or less of a certain type of food. 

5. Twitter- Probably the best place to hear about sales and giveaways from my favorite stores. Although I do check my email, I probably check Twitter more often throughout the day. It's also a great way to hear when some of my favorite bloggers have recently posted!

What are the apps you use on a daily basis? I would love to hear!


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