Monday Mix: The Container Store College Sale

Happy Monday! I cannot believe that we are in the final stretch of July... it feels like it was just the Fourth of July. Is anyone else's summer flying by?!

Though I hate to think of summer ending, stores are ready for back to school. The Container Store's sale is one to look through if you're going to college this fall. Whether you're moving in a dorm or need a little more organization than last year, it's a great time to shop storage solutions on sale. For 20% off your purchase, text COLLEGE to 22922 or sign up online here.

Today's Monday Mix contains items I have used in my dorm and sorority room the past two years and would recommend. You can see all the items in action in my freshman and sophomore room reveals. Any or all the items work easily in a dorm room no matter your style.  

I love this necklace stand as a way to display my jewelry and easily find the piece I'm looking for. I use it for more than necklaces and hang earrings and sunglasses on the branches too. It's a great way to see all your pieces rather than having to dig through a drawer, bag, etc.

I can echo all of my comments about the necklace holder for the matching bracelet holder. The two pair so well together and take up minimal room on a shelf.

The acrylic trays are what I'll be picking up from the sale. My earring collection has grown (oops), and I can no longer fit my earrings on both displays. The acrylic trays are a clean and easy way to store my extra pairs. I like that the dividers in the trays are moveable so you can design the trays to fit your need.

My hot tool holder is an item I've had for years and highly recommend. I use it for my hair dryer, straightener and brushes. I like that these items have a place to go and cool after I'm done using them rather than melt a surface and have cords laying everywhere. It can sit on a surface itself or hook onto a towel rod making it easy to use in a variety of spaces.

The Poppin desk organizer is another item I've used both before and during college. I think my love for desk organization dates back to the first grade, ha! I am a big fan of how the tray cleanly holds different desk supplies all in one place and doesn't take up too much workspace on the desk or in a drawer. You can also buy the pieces separately too.

This rolling cart is an item I've used two different ways. In my freshman year dorm, it slid under my bed and held cleaning supplies, extra contact solution, etc. Last year in my sorority room, the first shelf was a mini workstation and held all my hair supplies by the mirror where I did my hair. Underneath I held extra supplies again. The wheels make the cart easy to move around and the shelves hold so much. You can really use the cart however you see the need and it looks clean on its own or tucked away.

Let me know if you find any great items from The Container Store sale!


Nordstrom Sale Items I Own + Recommend

The Nordstrom Sale opens to the public today, and I wanted to share a few items included in the sale that I use frequently as a college student. I personally only shop the sale for investment pieces and items I know will last me for years to come. All the pieces in this roundup are either items I own or similar. 

My biggest recommendation for the sale is to stock up on Zella leggings and pants. My Zella leggings have held up much better than my Lululemon ones over the years, and I think the quality is incredibly similar if not the same.

I have the full length high waisted leggings, 7/8 leggings and the Plank pants. The high waisted full length are thick and are great for sucking everything in, ha! I love the 7/8s for warmer days and they are great for changing it up a bit. The Plank pants have a slight flare to them and are likely my favorite. The flare just makes them a bit more fun than traditional leggings. All the pants are under $30 (!!!) and the Plank pants are over 50% off. It's a great time to stock up on quality pants for the fall and winter. I wear leggings almost every day during the colder seasons, and these prices aren't likely to return during that time.

My next set of recommendations is investing in a few staple shoes college students are likely to wear year round. 

I ordered ankle rain boots after a rainy spring this year and liked them much more than anticipated. Walking around campus in knee high boots made for a long day, and I found them to be very heavy. Weather can be unpredictable too, so if I left the house when it was pouring but it was sunny an hour later, I was stuck wearing my heavy boots all day. The ankle boots are lightweight and keep my feet dry — great for wearing for long periods of time.

Though I love my new ankle rain boots, they don't keep my legs quite as dry as the knee high ones did. One of my least favorite things is being wet from the rain and sitting in a cold, air-conditioned classroom. It can be a long hour of being chilly and uncomfortable. The knee high boots are great for campuses full of puddles like Alabama and those days where it down pours the entire day. 

Having both pairs, I can't recommend one over the other. I think it's totally a personal decision based on how you'll be wearing them. The prices on the Hunter boots are lower during the sale, and I would recommend investing in a good pair of rain boots before heading to college.

The third pair of shoes I recommend are neutral slip ons. I have multiple pairs of neutral slip ons because I wear them so frequently. I love them because they're so easy to dress up or down. I can wear these to my on campus job dressed up or to go out on the weekend with a more casual look. The neutral color makes them easy to go with a number of outfits, and choosing a comfortable shoe is key to go from day to night.

My final set of recommendations is centered around tops. There are a few items in the sale that are great prices for how frequently I find myself wearing them.

I have a few fleece pullovers and even though I don't like cold weather, I love getting to pull them out  every year. This $50 cream pullover would easily go with a number of wintry outfits, and the fleece is sure to keep you warm. It's a comfortable staple piece that could be worn year after year.

Along a similar line is this Patagonia vest. I wear oversized t-shirts frequently at school, and a vest is a great layer to throw on over during those cooler days. I've had my fleece vest for years and wear it all the time during the cooler months.

I recently got a pink athleisure top and prefer it to oversized t-shirts for a bit more put together even in my casual outfits. I love the pop of pink year round, too! This $30 tank comes in the prettiest pastel colors and the fit is a bit more relaxed. Throw on a jacket and it transitions so easily for fall.

What are you eyeing from the Nordstrom sale?


Sorority Recruitment Bag Essentials

Sorority recruitment is just around the corner, and I cannot believe it was almost two years ago that I was a potential new member! One of my most read blog posts is what I wore for sorority recruitment, so I thought I would share what I put in my recruitment bag this year. As I wrote in that post,  I do not want any of my recruitment posts to come across like I am some sort of coach, but I found these types of posts helpful when I was going through recruitment. 

For my bag during recruitment, I chose a medium sized pink Kate Spade tote that I had had for years. It truly does not matter what kind of bag you use — you won't bring it inside any of the houses, so it doesn't need to be a reflection of your style. All bags will sit outside the houses under tents and are watched by Rho Chis or Rho Gammas. I recommend using something that is practical and you don't mind setting on the ground. 

Additionally, I recommend not overfilling your bag. Once you determine what you'll put in it, I would not recommend adding other random items you're unlikely to use. It is a long day and depending on transportation, you do not want to carry an unnecessarily heavy bag on a long walk back to your dorm after a long, hot day. 

While my list is what worked for me in August in the South, there are countless lists of other items I may have missed. A quick search may give you more ideas. Now onto what I put in my bag...

Refillable Water Bottle - It's so important to stay hydrated all day long in the heat. Panhellenic will likely have water stations, so a refillable water bottle is crucial for staying cool and refreshed on the long days.

Hand Towel - On days later in the week, the parties you are invited to may be far apart. Depending on where your parties are, you may have to sit on the sidewalk, the grass, or wherever is available. I even sat in a parking garage for an hour during a rain delay! I recommend bringing a hand towel to sit on so your outfits don't get dirty.

Flip Flops - While I just talked about sitting down between parties, you'll likely spend most of the day on your feet. There is nothing worse than sore or blistered feet on a walk back to the dorm, so sticking in some flip flops are an easy way to provide comfort between or after parties.

Personal Fan - This was my holy grail during recruitment. It is HOT, especially in the South. Having a fan kept me cool between parties and on my breaks. I personally think this is the most important item on this list.

Pen and Notebook - Remembering names, conversations, and how you felt about each house and experience is incredibly important for voting, but it can be difficult to do at the end of the day. I recommend carrying a small notebook with a pen to jot down any thoughts after every house that you can look back on at the end of the day or week. Panhellenic may provide a booklet for notes and that is a great item too!

Portable Phone Charger - It is a long day, and though you won't be on your phone much during the day, I'd recommend a portable phone charger just in case. If you have a long break between parties or are keeping notes on your phone, it's nice to have the charger should you need it.

Blotting Wipes - The fan kept me cool, but blotting wipes helped keep my face from getting oily in between parties. I definitely recommend them for trying to hold your make up all day. 

Make Up - This is a personal choice, but I kept mascara, powder and eyeliner with me during the day in case I needed a touch up. I recommend a lip gloss over a lipstick — the lipstick may melt in the sun, and you don't want it getting all over your bag!

Brush and Hair Tie - After my last party of the day, the first thing I did was put my hair up. It was so nice to have it off my neck and away from my face in the heat. These are two lightweight items that aren't necessary, but I was thankful I had them. 

Snack - Sometimes lunch can feel so far away, or if a rain delay occurs in the afternoon, voting may not end until way after dinner time. I kept a snack bag of Goldfish and a granola bar in my bag in case I got hungry during the day. I wouldn't recommend anything with chocolate — it'll melt!

Mints - If you have a snack... you're going to want a mint afterward. I had mints all the time during recruitment because I was talking all day. I would highly recommend mints over gum. You don't want to forget to throw out your gum and be chomping on gum while talking to a potential sister.

Band Aids - It's a long week on your feet, and a blister is likely to occur at some point or another. I recommend throwing a small pack of band aids in your bag so you're ready if/when you need them.

Kleenex - These are just a good item to have on hand regardless. Can't recommend them for any reason other than the convenience.

Hand Sanitizer - Going to lunch with grimy hands is the worst feeling. Throw in a travel size hand sanitizer and you're set for eating with clean hands all week.

Current sorority members, have I forgotten anything?! 

If you are going through recruitment this fall, best of luck and remember to be yourself! I hope this post helps you pack your perfect recruitment bag.


Monday Mix

Happy Monday! Can you believe we're halfway through July?! It seems crazy to me how fast this summer is flying by. I'm trying to soak up summer as much as I can and am so happy it's supposed to be another warm week here in Chicago.

I got these navy scallop leggings this spring and they are by far my favorite pair that I own. They feel like butter and the scallop detailing is just too cute.

PJ sets are one of my favorite things, and I love this pink striped set. Perfect for keeping cool on a summer night.

Rattan seems to be all the rage this summer, and these $8 earrings would make a summery addition to any outfit. 

If you follow me on Insta, you know that these seersucker mules have been my go-to. They are comfortable and are so easy to dress up or down.

This white ruffle top just screams summer. Its $22 and also comes in black. Throw on some jeans or shorts, add some fun statement earrings and you're good to go!


Monday Mix

Happy Monday and welcome to a new series on Let's Get Preppy! I'm excited to kick off my Monday Mix: a roundup of my favorite items I've seen or been using that week. Expect affordable pieces with an occasional investment splurge thrown in, and all things fun and colorful.

This week features a few personal summer staples. I have been wearing statement earrings nonstop recently, and this pair is so fun.  

I'm loving Target's accessories recently, and this crossbody is towards the top of my list. The detailing and neutral color are perfect for wearing all summer long.

Ruffle swimsuits are in this summer, and this J. Crew factory suit combines that with pink seersucker — a match made in heaven. 

My favorite sweater during the summer months is a navy and white one that's easy to throw on and style with a variety of outfits. This one is less than $20 and is such a staple.

Cute and comfy slip ons have been my go-to this summer, and I've been eyeing this gold pair that's only $10 right now. 


June Favorites

As June comes to an end, I thought I'd share my favorite products that I've used this past month. This collection is a little random, but I've found a few favorites that I know I will continue to be a fan of throughout the summer.

I have used Jergens every summer for a few years now to help add a little summer glow to my look. The daily lotion and after shower lotion have been my tried and true favorites, but I began using the mousse after my roommate had success this spring. It's easy to apply with a mitt and lasts for several days so it doesn't require daily maintenance like other products I've used in the past. The color looks natural and it dries quickly which is a huge plus. I still use the lotions occasionally to help keep the color, but I was surprised by how much I liked the mousse.

To continue my summer beauty glow, I've been using Sun In, a heat-activated hair highlight product. This helps my hair look like I've been out in the sun all summer when in reality I am sitting in the office most of the time, ha! I wash my hair at night, spray it on after my shower and blow dry. The change isn't instant, but I have noticed it lightening over time. I would definitely recommend if you are looking for an inexpensive way to add some color to your hair this summer.

I read on the train ride to work each day and finished the Crazy Rich Asians series in June. I loved the movie last fall, and the books do not disappoint either. Each book is highly entertaining and a great light read. If you're looking to add to your summer reading list, give these a try. It was bittersweet finishing such a fun series!

If you're a college student, you're likely familiar with the necessity of a phone pocket. Whether it's using my student card to get into buildings or wanting to go out without worrying about a purse, I love how a phone pocket doesn't require me to worry about having all the necessary cards on hand. I've been using this iridescent pocket I found on Amazon and am a big fan of its sturdiness. I've found it lasts longer than the rubber pockets and the neutral color compliments any fun colored phone case.

I'm a huge fan of ice cream during the summer, but really, who isn't. I love ending my day or meal with a sweet treat, and these Trader Joe's mini ice cream cones are the perfect size. They are great to have in our freezer at home and it feels like I am always wanting to restock. They're just so good!

One of my New Year's Resolutions was to always have my nails painted. Anyone else feel more put together by just having their nails done?! My favorite color to wear is light pink nail colors, and Essie's Fiji has been my go-to this summer so far. The shade is just right, but if you're looking to add to your summer collection, I rounded up my favorite summery colors in this post.

What have your go-to products been this month? Let me know and I may give them a try in July!


Fourth of July Sale Roundup

Happy (almost) Fourth! I hope you're long weekend is off to a great start and you're decked out in red, white and blue.

There are a few great sales this weekend that I wanted to share. Whether you're looking for a few new pieces for the summer or stocking up on staples, I've pulled together a variety of items that I think are at a great price.

Happy shopping and enjoy your looooong weekend!

30% off sale items

Markdowns on sale items

Up to 60% off everything

20% off everything + free shipping with code FIREWORKS

60% off summer styles with code HBDUSA

60% off new arrivals + extra 60% off clearance

30% off with code SAVEMORE


Classic Navy for the Fourth

One of the many reasons I love the Fourth is the fun colors. Red, white and blue are all colors I can find in my closet regardless of the time of year, and I find putting together outfits for the holiday easy because of this.

With the holiday just around the corner, I wanted to share a look that is both festive and fun for the Fourth. This Sail to Sable dress is such a classic. The navy is perfect for the Fourth, and the white detailing makes it a staple I know I can pull out for countless occasions all summer long. I added a little red to the mix with these ball drop earrings I found at Target last year. Paired with white Jack Rogers sandals, this look is so easy to put together and comfortable to wear all day long in the summer heat.

What will you be wearing on the Fourth?!


Fourth of July Shopping

Can you believe the Fourth of July is next week?! The Fourth is one of my favorite holidays and I can't wait to celebrate it at my grandparent's house. Each year is full of traditions: sparklers, the parade, enjoying the sunshine on the back porch, and delicious food.

I have been loving all of the clothing that's come out for the Fourth this year. From comfortable summer dresses to fun earrings, there is such a great variety to choose from. I've pulled together some of my favorites that I've found thus far in hopes it may help you put together your festive look. I've been eyeing all of these items and think they all would be perfect for the holiday!


Lloving Paperless Post

Fun fact: my little and I met through Let’s Get Preppy! One of the many reasons I love being in a sorority is the friendships I’ve made with my “family.” I was so excited about finding a little after my big and I became such close friends my freshman year. Little did I know the perfect addition to our family would come through the blog!

Last year when I posted what I wore for sorority recruitment, a follower messaged me on Instagram saying how helpful it was. I could tell she was going to be a freshman at Alabama based on her bio, but because of Panhellenic’s no contact period before recruitment, I couldn’t reply to her. I remembered her name as I wanted to see which house she picked. On the morning of Bid Day, I helped prepare welcome signs, and sure enough, Daisy’s name was on our house’s new member list. I was so happy I got to welcome her home to Gamma Phi as her Bid Day Big and we connected instantly.

Just a few weeks later, my grandbig, big and I added Daisy to our family. Daisy always makes us laugh, loves a good Target run, and is always down to watch a Netflix movie (with snacks, of course). So many of my best memories of sophomore year include her, and I can’t wait for the next two years too. Daisy is the perfect addition to our family, and I’m so thankful the blog connected us a year ago!

One of the many common interests Daisy and I have is a love for llamas. Whether it was dressing up as a llama and Taco Mama (our fav restaurant in Tuscaloosa) for a Rhyme Without Reason party or decorating for Christmas with llama decorations, we love how fun and colorful they are. Daisy is a camp counselor this summer, and her cabin’s theme is llamas. How cute is that?!

When Paperless Post reached out to me about collaborating, I knew just who I wanted to send a card to. While my big also lives in Chicago and I get to see her during the summer, Daisy is at camp in North Carolina. I miss seeing her every day and wanted to send her something to let her know I was thinking of her. I love sending handwritten cards, but I was excited that I could send her something instantly and personalized to her style. Paperless Post has an assortment of cards that are great as invitations, cards or any event that should be celebrated. I quickly found this llama card that I knew would be perfect to send to Daisy. 

Though the card was originally intended as an invitation, the cards are completely customizable and I was able to turn it into a “just because” sort of message. After selecting the card, I changed the background to pink (our favorite color) and personalized the text with my note. Picking out the card was fun, but changing the details to make it right for Daisy was so special. Whether it was the color of the text, the interior of the envelope, or the stamp outside, there were so many options to choose from and it easy to change the design. In the end, I was so happy with how the card turned out, and the whole process was stress-free. I added a subject line, sent it via email, and she texted me that she got the card instantly. 

With the vast variety of cards, I know I will be using Paperless Post again in the future. Between birthdays, holidays and those “just because” moments, I love the idea of making someone’s day by sending a personalized card. I was so impressed by how easy it was to put the card together and how fun it was to design it too. 

I can’t wait to see Daisy in August and loved being able to send her a llamazing card to stay in touch over the summer. Who knows, maybe I’ll be sending a card to my grandlittle next summer!


Summertime Gingham

Nothing says summer quite like gingham, and I am almost always in dresses during the summertime. When the Vineyard Vines and Target collection included this gingham shirt dress, it was the first item on my list. I have a similar dress from Vineyard Vines in a light blue that I got years ago and it is easily one of the most worn items in my closet during the summertime. I have a feeling this navy number will be too.

The material is so comfortable and soft, and I was happily surprised by the quality of dress. I don’t think you would have any idea this isn’t a traditional Vineyard Vines piece. The classic style is easy to wear for a number of occasions, and is there anything better than a navy and gingham combo?!

While this dress is sold out, I’ve found a few alternatives that are so cute (and many on sale!).


Happy National Wear Your Lilly Day

Happy National Wear Your Lilly Day! Though it was a gloomy day here in Chicago, I can't think of a better way to celebrate the summer solstice than in a bright print. Lilly Pulitzer is my favorite brand all summer long — no matter the occasion. Lilly brings effortless color and fun with any piece.

Today I wore one of my favorite shift dresses in the classic Pink Lemonade print. I am loving all of Lilly's current prints and have linked a few dresses perfect for summer below. 

How are you celebrating National Wear Your Lilly Day?!


Endless Summer Eyelet

top (c/o) | jeans | shoes (old, similar) | bag (old, similar) | earrings | bracelet

These past few days in Chicago have been overcast and chilly and this part-time southerner has been cold! I am dreaming of sunny days and warm weather. Despite dressing to stay warm in the the cooler temperatures (think below 75), I’ve been doing my best to keep my outfits looking summery.

Eyelet is such a great summer fabric and makes such pretty effortless clothing. This eyelet Haley and The Hound top is one of my new favorites with its bell sleeves and versatility. I wore this outfit on Father’s Day when the temperatures were in the high 50s. Paired with jeans and fun slip ons, I felt summery and comfortable despite the temperatures. I love the eyelet and feminine details of the tie in front of the top. 

I know I’ll be wearing this top all summer, too. Whether with white jeans or pink shorts, it is an essential for the summertime and can be easily dressed up or down. It will be a go-to for a variety of occasions.

Do you have a go to top for the summer?


Summer Earrings under $25

It feels like summer is in full swing and the bright colors are here! The perfect way to add a pop of color to any outfit this summer is with a great pair of earrings. I love how they are such a simple accessory but can be interchangeable with countless outfits. My favorite accessory, that’s for sure!

I’ve rounded up my favorites that I’ve seen so far this summer. Each pair is under $25 and is so versatile. Whether you are heading to the office or grabbing dinner with friends, earrings are such a way fun to add to your look and a great addition to any jewelry collection. 


Father's Day Gift Ideas

Can you believe Father’s Day is almost here?! I’ve been searching for the perfect gift for my dad and thought I’d share some of my favorites I’ve found. Whether your dad is a football fanatic or a grill master, here are a few items that would make a great gift for dads.


National Nail Polish Day

Hooray for June! If it didn’t feel like summer before, it certainly does now. Between warm weather and everyone breaking out their summer wardrobe, it feels like summer is in full swing.

One of my favorite parts of summer is all the bright colors. Whether its clothes, décor, or practically anything on shelves, everything seems just a bit more colorful. This includes nail polish, and I’ve been eyeing so many fun colors that have come out this spring and summer. 

Essie has declared June 1 National Nail Polish Day. To celebrate, Essie products are $2 off today only at Walgreens. What better day to pick some pretty colors for this summer?!

I’ve put together a collection of my favorite colors I’ve seen this season. There’s definitely a trend in my color scheme, but I think all of these colors are perfect choices for the summertime.

What nail polish color is your favorite?


Spring 2019 Favorites

It's surreal to me that summer is right around the corner. Since I've been home for the summer, I thought back to a few of my favorite items I've used throughout the semester. Each item is one I use frequently and all are products I know I will continue to use throughout the summertime as well.

One of my New Year's resolutions was to drink more water, and who knew a tumbler could help me with this goal?! I received this light pink Swig Tumbler in my Christmas stocking and not a day has gone by since that I have not used it. The size is perfect for carrying around on campus, and it keeps my water cold all day. The removable straw is great for using at home or taking out for using on the go.

With Starbucks located right across the street from my sorority house, it can be easy to make a quick errand whenever I'm in the need of a caffeine kick. However, I have loved picking up this Starbucks refrigerated mocha from Target and keeping it in my fridge. It tastes just like the actual iced mocha at Starbucks, and the whole jug is equivalent to one grande. It's a cheaper alternative to one of my favorite beverages and is almost always on my Target shopping list.

I have worked on growing my earring collection this spring, and these hoops are one of my favorite new additions. The navy and pink detailing go with many of my snappy casual outfits. They are lightweight, which makes them easy to wear all day long.

Whether it is a second day hair kind of day or the Tuscaloosa heat getting to me, I find myself putting my hair up semi frequently. These Teleties were a gift from my mom and I have fully converted from traditional hair ties. They are so comfortable to wear and don't leave a crease in your hair after wearing. They make a cute bracelet, too, if I want to wear it just in case.

I included these in my summer beauty favorites post last year, but these face masks have continued to be a go-to for me. Whether it was putting one on while watching a movie or even while doing homework, the masks help keep my skin hydrated and refreshed. There are three different types that I would rotate through. The best part is that my skin feels so smooth for days to come.

I may have saved the best for last. These pink mules were a steal and I never thought I would wear them as frequently as I do. They are easy to dress up or down and add the perfect pop of color to a variety of outfits. They also come in navy and seersucker, and I am too tempted to purchase those too. Bonus: they are incredibly comfortable and easy to wear.

What have your favorite items been this spring?

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