Tuesday, January 31, 2012

18!!


Have a great day!!

xoxo, Hannah

Monday, January 30, 2012

Birthday Party!!

Hi y'all!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had my 18th birthday party on Saturday night, and I wanted to show y'all a few pictures from the evening's festivities!! 

The "Goodie-Bags"


My mother found wonderful monogrammed cosmetic bags for the guests. 


Each bag had a Benefit gift card...


...a sparkly cocktail ring...


...and Lindt chocolate!! 


My mom hilariously themed the party to be all about Disney Princess, so everything was wrapped in pink Princess bags!!



Here was the finished product!! They were also the place cards for the seating arrangement at the restaurant!! 


The Cake



Here is my adorable cake!! It was so good, it was yellow cake with whipped cream icing!! My family and I are slowly but surely chowing down on it every night!! It is absolutely huge!!

The Party






I had such a great time and I'm so excited for my actual birthday tomorrow!!

Have a great day!!

xoxo, Hannah

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Equestrian Inspired Fashion

I absolutely adore any and all things equestrian inspired. I wrote a post a looong time ago called "Equestrian Style" and it featured editorials and advertisements with horseback riding outfits, but I'd like to show y'all the basics to creating your own equestrian inspired outfits!!

Tops

Ralph Lauren Buchanan Cabled Patch Crewneck
I looooove sweaters with "gun patches" on the shoulder. One of my favorite RL sweaters has one, and I wear it all of the time!! They're kind of an addiction in my family. Ralph Lauren is the only brand I've come across that has them, but to be honest, they're the best you can buy anyway. 

Bottoms

Ralph Lauren Palmero Suede Patch Jodphur

If you want to get really into the equestrian look, buy some jodphurs!! Above, the RL jodphurs are so pretty. They're the more expensive and less authentic option...the "fashion" choice. 

Devon-Aire All Pro Hipster Riding Breeches
The alternative is real jodphurs from a horseback riding outfitter website. I have a riding store 5 minutes away from me which is great for all of my equestrian inspired needs. I used to wear black "winter jodphurs" from Kerrit, which were basically thick, fleece, black leggings with suede patches. I don't know what the best brands for jodphurs are, though, but I can always ask my equestrian best friend, hDb!!

Accessories

Ralph Lauren Leather Stirrup Wrap Bracelet
This is an extremely pricey bracelet, but I had to include it. It's so pretttyyyy. 

Ralph Lauren Silk Equestrian Scarf
RL has great equestrian themed scarves available on their website!!

Boots

Etienne Aigner Chastity Boots
I absolutely adore these boots. I like how they're two toned!! 

Ralph Lauren Stara Equestrian Boot
Finally, these boots have the classic RL equestrian print on them!! It's so cool!! 


Have a great day!! I have my birthday party tonight and I'm super excited!!

xoxo, Hannah

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lilly Pulitzer Spring 2012!!!!!!!

LILLY'S HERE!

Adelson Shift

This is my favorite dress ever oh my goodness I'm dying I love it....wow...

Mariana Dress 

Lottie Dress

Marianna Dress
This is so pretty! Ahhhh!!


Tate Skirt

Roslyn Skirt

Prom??




Graduation??


Prom again??



Okay, so obviously y'all can tell I'm very very happy about the new line of Lilly. What do y'all like? Let me know!!

Have a great day!! My birthday party is tonight and I can't wait!!

xoxo, Hannah

Friday, January 27, 2012

Obsession: Gel Manicures

I don't know about y'all, but I have to have my nails done no matter what. I have had my nails consistently painted since I was 11 years old. I have my regular salon very close to my house, so I can always sneak in and get my nails done if I'm short on time and don't want to drive very far. 


A couple of days ago, I didn't have much homework so I went after school to get my nails done. My favorite manicurist has been begging me for months to try the new OPI gel manicure, and I finally gave in after seeing the wreck that my French manicure had become since the last time I had them done. 



When you get a gel manicure, it's not very different from a regular French manicure (with the exception that after every layer I would put my hards under a LED light).  They give you a base coat, then the pale pink layer, but when my darling manicurist started to apply the white polish, I was amazed!! She had an actual paintbrush and was forming the white line with it! I thought it was so cool. Then she finished off the manicure with the 2nd pink layer and a top coat. After about 5 minutes of my hands under a LED light, there's spraying and moisturizing and other nail salon goodies going on, but all in all it didn't take any longer than a regular manicure!! 



It's supposed to last for 2-3 weeks, which is LOVELY considering I usually mess up my nails the day after I get them done. I don't know how they take off the gel polish, though...I'll keep y'all posted!!

Have y'all gotten a gel manicure done before? Let me know!!

Just as a little plug, I'm thinking of doing the vlog this weekend so if you have any last minute questions you want me to answer, comment on this post with them! Thanks so much!!

Have a great day!!

xoxo, Hannah

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wake Forest Gear!!!

Next on my list of college gear posts is the 2nd to last school that I'm waiting to hear back from!! Wake Forest is a great school that is currently my top choice, but I have to wait until April to get their response!! Here are my favorite WF themed clothes and accessories:


I've already done a Pennington and Bailes post, but here is their ADORABLE khaki skirt with the WF logo!!


NORTS!



I love the print of the mug and the koozie shown above!! 



I love T-shirts....


I really like this Nike windbreaker!


Love this!! I love stuffed animals!!

Lastly, these croakies are perfect!!

Have a great day!!

xoxo, Hannah

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

To vlog or not to vlog...

Hello!! Sorry I haven't posted anything since last Friday. I had a rough, sick weekend and I'm finally getting back on track with everything. But, I do have a HUGE case of "senioritis"so get ready for a lot of posts from now until graduation!! 

I have only seen Kappa Prep's vlog from a couple of months ago, but I have read posts elsewhere about vlogging and I think I want to do it!! But, I can only do it if y'all give me questions for me to answer. Comment on this post with your ideas!!

Have a great day!! I am so excited for my birthday party on Saturday!! I might change my dress (same print, different dress so not that much of a change) but who knows!! 

xoxo, Hannah

Friday, January 20, 2012

Prepping for my birthday!!

Hello!! My birthday is coming up at the end of the month, and since it's my 18th birthday, I've decided to have a party!! I didn't have one last year (I don't know why...) so I'm super excited for this year. I'm going to have a dinner party with some of my close friends and then we're going back to my house for birthday cake and a sleepover!!

I'm going to totally shamelessly promote Paperless Post, but honestly, it's the best. I first used the website to send out my Secret Santa invitations from December, and I didn't hesitate using them for my birthday invitations!!! Here is the invite that I sent out:


Of course, I photoshopped this picture above and took out the place and address (for obvious privacy reasons) but there's a lot of room to put any details you want to add. They're super cute and they have so many options. I also adore how on the example versions of the invitations, they have the parties be "hosted" by Ernest Hemingway, Clarissa Dalloway (ironic since I just finished Mrs. Dalloway in my AP English class), Shirley Temple, and my ultimate favorite, Grace Kelly. The invitation I chose had Grace Kelly on it, so of course I had to choose it!!


I just had the epiphany to wear this dress!! I remember deciding between this dress and another pink Lilly dress for last year's Winter Formal. I haven't worn it yet, but I absolutely love it. The print is so pretty and it's pink.....and Lilly Pulitzer....so it makes perfect sense that I wear it on my 18th!!



I believe that I'm having a pink and green cake...of course...and my mom is putting in the order for it today!! It won't look like the cake shown above (obviously)!

Even though it's next Saturday, I promise to take a ton of pictures of the planning process and the actual party!! 

Have a great day!! I am in a "theater showcase" this weekend at my school which will be a ton of fun. It's all student written/directed/acted plays and this is my first year being a cast member! I can't wait!! I'm also getting my stitches taken out today from my foot surgery.

xoxo, Hannah

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Preppy Style 101

In the past couple of weeks, I have gotten a lot of messages on Tumblr about the fundamentals of preppy style for women. So, here is my master post of everything I can possibly think of that relates to dressing the part of a preppy woman!!

I think of preppy as being split into 2 major seasons: fall/winter preppy and spring/summer preppy. Fall/winter is the more traditional "northern" stereotype, full of androgynous and classic pieces rather than the "southern" spring/summer preppy where Lilly shift dresses and Jack Rogers are in abundance. 

Fall/Winter


In the fall, I find myself to be in a constant blur of navy. Everything is navy, or close to it. It is the ideal "prep" color in the colder months. As well as navy, hunter green, camel, burnt orange, and slightly off-white are heavily emphasized through the abundance of thick, cable-knit sweaters from Ralph Lauren or Rugby. My favorite items are: my Rugby dark green cable-knit crewneck sweater, my Ralph Lauren orange cable-knit crewneck sweater with the suede gun-patch, and my classic navy Ralph Lauren cable-knit crewneck sweater. As y'all can tell, the classic preppy sweater is the cable-knit crewneck, whether it be wool, cashmere, or cotton. Otherwise, I am a huge fan of the L.L. Bean Norweigan sweater as well as the L.L. Bean Fisherman sweater. I usually just go straight to the mens section on the L.L. Bean website since their sweaters are the best (and reallyy classic prep).

Tartan is the essence of fall preppy. I have my favorites, as everyone does, but I'm going to list the most popular/well-known tartans in case y'all don't know them.


1. Black Watch


2. Campbell


3. Gordon Dress


4. Macdonald

5. MacLachlan



6. Royal Stewart


7. Mackenzie


8. Gordon


9. MacFarlane



10. Morrison


11. Stewart Black



12. Stewart Dress



13. Stewart Green

These tartans can be found in blouses, some dresses, scarves, coats, and skirts. I love, love, love tartan and there honestly can never be enough in the preppy fall wardrobe (as well as interior decorating)!


For the bottom half, corduroy pants are usually the way to go in terms of pants. Leggings aren't preppy (even though I find myself constantly wearing them due to how comfortable/easy they are), and jeans aren't either...but let's be real, it's impossible to not wear jeans. When wearing them, make sure they are in a dark rinse and that they aren't distressed, ripped, or bedazzled (haha). The simpler the better!! Also, you can wear traditional skirts such as the J. Crew wool miniskirt and corduroy skirts (in grey, black, and navy).

via Matchbook Mag
L.L. Bean Boots and equestrian inspired boots are the typical classic footwear. It's pretty hard to get Bean Boots this time of year, though, because they're usually on back-order due to their popularity, but Sperry also makes a suitable alternative. The perfect riding boots are hard to find (trust me....it's taken me 4 years to find my ideal boots), but they are so, SO worth it. You can always go the authentic riding boot route, but be warned: they are very expensive. So, in order to save your wallet and your sanity, check out places like J. Crew, Madewell, and Frye. My favorite pair are from Madewell. 

Spring/Summer
via Unabashedly Prep
As much as I like fall/winter clothes, I find spring/summer clothes to be much easier and much more fun. Pink and green! Finally! Obviously I love pink and green (hence, the Pink and Green Prep)...but there are other colors that can be worn besides this dynamic duo. Springtime is the time to bring out the pastels (light pink, yellow, light blue, pale green) and after memorial day, white!! 

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The Lilly Pulitzer shift dress. Possibly my favorite article of clothing. EVER. I love it so so so so much. Darling Lilly has made the preppy world a brighter place through this dress. Vintage is always better, and I find past seasons of Lilly much more classic in terms of the shift dress. Head on over to Re-Lilly on Facebook as well as eBay to find marked down, older Lilly dresses to make your closet happy. The Lilly shift dress is ideal for the preppy woman's wardrobe. 

via Vineyard Vines
On top, depending on the weather, you can wear polos (from Ralph Lauren, Lilly Pulitzer, or Vineyard Vines), oxford button downs (from Ralph Lauren or Rugby), cardigans (from Lilly Pulitzer), or cotton cable-knit crewnecks/v-necks (from Ralph Lauren or Vineyard Vines). The combinations are endless!!

via Just Madras
In summer, we switch tartan for madras, yet we still wear it in abundance. I love Just Madras for their skirts and dresses. The nice thing about having a madras skirt is that there is an abundance of outfit options in terms of sweaters, polos, and oxford shirts. I have a madras skirt from Just Madras that is navy, pink, green, yellow, and white. I can wear a trillion different things with this skirt and never get bored!! Also, madras Bermuda shorts are very cute!!

via J. Crew
If you're not up to the ultra-girlishness of the Lilly dress, you can always switch the shift for the chino shorts!! J. Crew has made fantastic chino shorts (in 3 different lengths) for years, and they are honestly the best. The must-have colors are navy, khaki, white, and pink...bonus points if you have the old J. Crew critter chino shorts!! Besides J. Crew, Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines have great shorts. 

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Footwear in the spring and summer is typically the Jack Rogers Navajo sandal or the Sperry Topsider. I've also heard that there are monogrammed Jack Rogers....YES. This is also the perfect segway to the importance of the monogram: if there is any possibility that a sweater/bag/polo/button down/headband/ANYTHING can be monogrammed, have it done. Just do it. 

Jewelry/Accessories

Pearls are the essential piece of jewelry for the preppy woman. Pearl earrings, pearl necklace, pearl bracelet. All day, every day. Besides pearl earrings, though, diamond studs are a great alternative. Kiel James Patrick sailor bracelets are good, as well as Tiffany charm bracelets. The main thing is to keep it simple. Necklaces should be pearls or a monogrammed chain necklace. Other jewelry/accessories include signet rings, A. Tierney ribbon watches, leather watches, ribbon belts, and needlepoint belts.

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Tote bags (especially from Lilly Pulitzer, L.L. Bean, Vineyard Vines, and Vera Bradley) are great. Bermuda bags are perfect purses for spring/summer, too.

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HEADBANDS. Love them to death. They are very classic and lovely and are definitely a staple in the preppy girl's wardrobe. My favorite brands are: Kiel James Patrick, J. Crew, High Cotton Ties, Southern Proper, and Lotus and Lilly.

Beauty (Hair/Makeup)


Hair and makeup is low maintenance and very clean looking. Makeup should be minimal (or minimal looking) for every day use. Nothing fake looking...nothing cakey or too heavy. Hair should look natural...now, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't fix it if you don't have naturally perfect hair. But, over-curled and over-straightened hair isn't really ideal. Hair color shouldn't look fake either. If you color your hair, natural is better!!

I hope I haven't forgotten anything!!

Have a great day!!

xoxo, Hannah