Thursday, May 28, 2015

Neutral and Girly || Outfit of the Day


I think that there's a big misconception that "girly" things need to be all pale pink and shimmery, but this shirt is a great example of how neutral colors, paired with a flattering cut can be super girly as well! This dress is fairly old, I actually purchased it at Delia's, but I decided to wear it yesterday for a presentation that I had. The conservative neckline and hem, as well as the semi-muted color scheme (which matched my powerpoint i might add) made it perfect for the occasion. I paired it with a gold statement necklace to add a little bit of texture, as the dress is all one pattern. My gold and cork Jack Rogers went perfectly with the ensemble.

The waistline of this dress hits at the perfect spot for make, making the dress especially flattering. I also love the double tiered skirt, it's a fun detail that makes the dress stand out from similar styles.

 





Dress - Delia's (old)
Necklace - Kohls (old)
Shoes - Jack Rogers

Although my dress is no longer available, I love the cut of this dress and the pattern of this one, both somewhat similar to the one I'm wearing.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Done

Study Snacks
I've given my last presentation and turned in my last paper. Academically speaking, I'm done with high school. Beside the honors and awards assembly and a last few days of classes filled with signing yearbooks and watching Netflix, I'm done.

When I started this blog my freshman year, it was hard for me to imagine my graduation and the year 2015. I had no idea where I would attend college, what I would major in, or who I would be friends with, and now here I am, just over a week away from graduating high school.
Although I'm not a terribly emotional person, I am starting to feel nostalgic about high school and all of the things I've done over the past four years. I'm so happy that I started this blog my freshman year and have so much of my time in high school documented. I can't wait to see what the next four years bring for me and North Shore Proper.

As I'm now done with actual learning in school and am only required to attend a few presentations, I will be spending a lot of my time working, spending time with friends, and of course working on my blog!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Summer Lilly Pulitzer Favorites

There are so many cute things right now on LillyPulitzer.com! Besides all of the gorgeous summery dresses, they have a ton of cute bottoms and tops as well! And that tote bag? Adorable!








What are your favorites?

Summer To-Do List

I have a huge tendency to sleep my summers away. I'm a night owl and would much rather stay awake until 5am working on my blog or watching Netflix and sleep until 11am. Needless to say, I really need to get my sleep schedule under control. This sleep schedule also doesn't allow for very much activity during the day, especially the days that I work, so here I am, making my to-do list.


+Take up Yoga
+Take up Tennis
+Take up Golf
(Are you seeing a theme yet?)
+Learn how to parallel park
+Read 7 books
+Spend more time in the sun
+Go to the beach more
+Craft for my dorm
+Craft for my friends dorms
+Run a consistent 8:30 mile (from my 19before19 list)
+Get in a consistent sleep schedule
+Organize my room
+Paint my room
+Go School Clothes Shopping
+Meet my roommate
+Queue up blog posts for the first few weeks of school
+Visit the Wisconsin State Fair
+Go to a concert

As you can see, this is a pretty lengthy to-do list, but I think it's pretty manageable. So of these things of course, I have to do before I leave for school. (I move in August 15th!! How crazy is that!!)
What's on your summer to-do list?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Prom Details

As promised, here are the details of what I wore to prom!



















earrings (similar) - necklace - hair clips
dress (similar) - shoes
lip colors {lipsitck (in rikugien - lipgloss (in majesty)}
blushes {1(in plumberry glow) 2(in mocha)}

5 Lilly Pulitzer Graduation Dresses

So if you're also a senior in high school, we probably have the same thing on our minds: graduation. All I can think about is the end of high school, the start of summer, and of course, what dress I'm going to wear for it. Lilly pulitzer has some amazing options this year, and I included a Sail to Sable shift as well for good measure.

Lilly has an entire page dedicated to white dresses, which seems to be the traditional choice for  graduation dresses. I'm looking at a couple of white dresses still, but need to decide soon, as graduation is in 16 days!!

Personally, I like the look of a solid color against graduation gowns, and necklines can be tricky as well, so I would recommend something with a wider/ lower neck to accent the neckline of the gown if you're wearing one. Our gowns are navy blue, so I think white, turquoise, or coral would look gorgeous with them!

I posted about spring wedges last week and some of them would be perfect for graduation!

What will you be wearing for graduation?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The College Process: Visiting Schools - The Questions

Questions to ask when on a college visit.

I know it can be awkward to ask questions that may seem silly, but it's very important to have all of your questions answered. You're choosing your home for the next four years after all!


Questions for the Tour Guide:
What has been your favorite class?
Is it easy to get ahold of professors?
Where does everyone hang out?
Is it easy to find a quiet place to study?
Do you feel safe on campus?
Do people stay on campus over long weekends/breaks?
Is it easy to get to downtown?
What is your favorite part of the school?

General Questions:
Is laundry free?
What percentage of the student body goes greek?
What is the yearly student retention rate?
What is the 4 year graduation rate?
What is the proportion of commuters vs. on campus students?
Is there campus-wide wifi?
Are all of the dorms the same layout?
Do all of the dorms have AC/Heat?
How many classes does the average student take each semester?
How are freshman schedules created?
Recommendations for restaurants/hotels

Most of these questions can probably be answered either online or in the information session. I'd say the most important thing is to take advantage of your tour guide and really ask them anything you want to know. They have a fresh and honest opinion of the school and can tell you their first-hand experiences.

Warm Weather Workout Wear

I'm extremely proud of that alliteration.

After seeing everyone in their bikinis in their Prom lakehouse pictures, I must say, I'm a little more motivated to get my butt in gear. I've really been slacking off in the exercise department recently. I think I've been to 4 gym classes in the last 3 weeks. Not good. Not good at all.  The easiest motivation? Cute workout clothes. It's been getting pretty warm here in Chicago, so my usual crop leggings and oversized t-shirts aren't going to cut it.

Here are a few outfits I love! (From left to right)


I think that new workout clothes are such a great motivator to weather you are working towards new workout clothes, or use them to motivate you to wear them (and actually sweat in them instead of just wearing them around the house).

The purple/turquoise shoes in the middle row are the newest version of my favorite pair of gym shoes. The Brooks PureCadence (I've talked about them before here) are super comfortable for not only running, but cross training too. I definitely plan on purchasing another pair when mine wear out!
[Huge shoutout to Katie at Keep Calm and Carry On for first blogging about these shoes and introducing them to me]

Also, if anyone want's to buy me that white lululemon skirt, just let me know ;).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PROM

Long time no blog! This weekend was prom at my school, as well as senior ditch day on Monday, so I've been busy having fun with my friends and making the most out of my last few days in high school *gasp!*

I can't believe prom has already come and gone! I had so much fun not only at the dance, but over the weekend as well! I thought I would share a couple of pictures, and then share outfits details later on in the week!






Thursday, May 14, 2015

Current Obsession: Vanderbilt MDs

So I'm definitely a TV show person. I love watching Netflix and finding new shows to follow. My recent find has been on Xfinity ONdemand and it's Vanderbilt MDs. It was originally aired on USA in the fall and I just started watching it last week but I love it!
I've never been interested in becoming a doctor, but I still find this show really interesting. The show follows seven doctors in their residency (I believe, I'm still trying to figure out all of the lingo) and their trials and tribulations in the hospital at Vanderbilt.


You can watch the first half of the series here on Hulu!

I'm only a few episodes in, but I think my favorite character is Train, the surgeon. I feel like if I wasn't so incredibly squeamish when it comes to internal organs - I'm fine with blood and bones - I could be a surgeon. I'm really excited to finish the season, and I hope they make a second season!

Of course my other favorite show right now is Southern Charm on Bravo on Monday nights.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Paper Agendas: The Pros and Cons

I love my Lilly Pulitzer Agendas. It's not a secret. I'm almost finished with my third school year of using a Lilly Agenda and I couldn't be happier.


I know we're living in a very technological age, but I really do prefer to use my paper agenda. My parents love coordinating my brother's various Hockey practices and games, tech-crew rehearsals and Track and Field meets coordinated and easily accessible, however I find entering in each event to be a bit of a hassle and confusing when looking at it. There are a lot of pros and cons to using paper agendas:

PROS:
  • more finite
  • easier to use/ color code
  • easy to flip between pages
  • writing it down 
  • asthetically apealing
  • very customizable
  • can be used as one-stop for a lot of notes/reminders
CONS:
  • not portable 
  • possibility of losing it
  • not as "shareable"
  • finite stop date
I personally love using my paper agenda just because it's easier for me, visually. I can't wait for the new Lilly Pulitzer designs to come out for the next school year (they typically release them sometime in May!).

What do you prefer? Paper or electronic calendars? Tell me in the comments below!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Jack Rogers: The low-down


If you've been reading my blog for a while, it should come to no surprise to you that I love Jack Rogers. I pretty much wear a pair every day in the summer and I have no regrets about it.






When I was purchasing my first pair of Jacks (shown in the first picture above) I had a lot of questions.

Are they durable? Do they stretch? Do they run true to size? Do they take a while to break in? Are they worth the price?

Well, I want to answer all of these questions.
I also have a 20% off code you can use on CountryClubPrep.com which is where I've purchased 2 out of my 3 pairs of Jacks. 20% off and free shipping is such a great deal!

Are they durable?
I would say yes. I've gotten mine wet, worn them to the beach, and worn them almost everyday for three months straight and they're still going strong. I've had my gold/cork pair for 2 summers and my white pair for 1. I just ordered a pair of wedges and am (im)patiently waiting for them to arrive!

Do they stretch?
They stretch slightly, enough to fit to your foot, but not a ton. If you have wider feet and are worried about them fitting, I would probably go with the wider version available on their website. That being said, I have fairly normal width feet, and the "regular" fit me fine after a little bit of wear.

Do they take a while to break in?
Yes. I'd say about a solid two weeks of regular wear with the result of some nasty blisters on the top of your feet, but after those two weeks, man are they COMFORTABLE. They are definitely worth the pain because the length of time they last.

Are they worth the price?
Yes. Especially after 20% off, they are worth it. They can be dressed way up and way down and last forever. I would recommend every girl have a pair in their wardrobe for summer.

If I had to choose one color to purchase, I think I would choose the white just because they are so versatile. If you want a metallic I would probably choose gold just because I love how shiny and bright they are as opposed the the platinum. My first choice would be white though.

For 20% off of Country Club Prep's entire website, e-mail me at NorthShoreProper@gmail.com

If you have any more questions, feel free to email me or hit me up on social media!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day Flowers

Hi guys! Today I just thought I'd share the gorgeous flowers that I picked up this weekend for my Mom and Dance Teacher. I felt really inspired by the bright colors of the flowers and they just make me ready for spring and warm weather!

As you can see, it was pretty rainy on Saturday and Sunday, but I'm hoping the weather improves for Prom this weekend!

The printables I used were from this Pin! I also used one of the cards for my mom yesterday!
Side note: I've become obsessed with printables as you can see from my recent pins on Pinterest. Make sure you're following me to keep up with what's I'm loving!





For these, I just wrapped some yellow tulips in blank butcher paper from a grocery bag and a pink ribbon. I added the Mother's Day tag for a personal touch.





For these I just put the purple and yellow tulips in a milk pitcher vase with a ribbon and a tag!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Spring Wedges

As promised this morning, a fashion post! This week is going to be so fun just getting ready for Prom and AP tests, and no, that's not sarcasm, I love being hyper-organized for things like AP testing and Prom. If there's an event, there's an itinerary! I get so Type-A sometimes, it gets scary.

Example A: Me during math class yesterday creating numerous to-do lists, and a study plan.
moving on: shoes. I'm on the hunt for the perfect pair of wedges for graduation and grad parties. Believe it or not, I don't have a pair of wedges! My favorites and the ones I think will be the most versatile are the Jack Rogers wedges. I treat myself to a pair of Jacks every spring, and I think these might be the perfect splurge this year! {e-mail me for 20% any order at CountryClubPrep.com!}


I love the two pairs of bright blue espadrilles as well! I think they would be gorgeous pops of color with a white dress in the summer.

The College Process: Colleges I applied to

I thought I'd start off  my college series by talking about what colleges I applied to, that way, when you're reading my other posts, you'll have a frame of reference to what I'm talking about!





I'm not sure if I'm weird for doing this, but I visited all (with one exception) of the schools I applied to before Senior year. I'll talk more about college visits in a future post, but for now, I'll just go over which colleges I applied to, and a some of their stats.

School: Public/Private - LA (if applicable) - Religious affiliation (if applicable) - city - enrollment- acceptance rate (both according to US News and World Report)

Bellarmine University: Private - Liberal Arts - Catholic - Louisville KY - 3,609 - 86.10%
Carthage College: Private - Liberal Arts - Lutheran - Kenosha WI - 2,902 - 70.20%
Miami University of Ohio: Public - N/A - N/A - Oxford OH - 15,462 - 66.76%
North Central College: Private - Liberal Arts - Naperville IL - 2,797 - 63.60%
University of Kentucky: Public - N/A - N/A - Lexington KY - 21,441 - 68.61%

{For reference I was accepted into all 5 schools}

As you can see, I applied to a handful of schools, but didn't go overboard. Some of my friends applied to over 15 schools!! When applying, I knew I wanted to keep my options fairly narrow, so I wouldn't be overwhelmed when it came to making my final decision.

I'm happy with my choices in schools I applied to and am ecstatic to be attending Bellarmine next year!

Stay tuned for more college posts! But don't worry, I won't forget about fashion, beauty etc.