Thursday, December 14, 2017

What to Do When You're Having a Crazy Day

Ok, this week has been so crazy. I haven't been feeling 100% myself and I've had so many tests in school. I really can't complain because of all the college students taking finals, but no one (no matter their age) likes to be swamped with work. I wasn't feeling the most inspired to write and get a post up on Tuesday, but now that I'm back, I'm realizing how much blogging serves as a stress-reliever for me. 

It's so important to me to really make sure I'm taking care of myself even when I feel like I don't have the time. It doesn't really go over well when I study all evening and never give my mind or body a break - I start to lose my focus, I get frustrated, and I'm more tempted to just stop altogether. I've thought up all my favorite things to slow down the madness of a crazy week/day.




Take a hot shower  //  Play some music through a speaker and get in the shower. Even though I have to do it every night, this helps me relax and wind down when I'm really stressed. When you get out, start fresh!

Go for a run  //  I definitely prefer running outdoors, but even just hopping on the treadmill when things are hectic clears your mind. I always get really into my run and it becomes my primary focus, which takes my mind off of all other things.

Check your phone  //  I always try to put my phone away when I'm studying or doing homework, so taking a little break to check social media and answer all my messages from friends is a nice little break. I hate knowing that I have unread messages, which I kind of hate myself for, but getting to check in to make sure everything is opened (why am I like that?!) makes me feel so much more content.

Snack break!!  //  I went downstairs to have a little bowl of popcorn to break up my studying last night and I swear I was a new person when I returned. I don't think eating while working plays out very well, (I seem to feel rushed) so taking a break to fuel up helps me go back into things with a new focus. 

What do you do when you're having a crazy day and need to take a breather? 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

5 Christmas Movies You Need to Watch This Holiday Season

I'm a Christmas-movie-watching machine. Hallmark movies, classics, new ones - I've seen them all. My good friend came over last weekend with cookies and her Santa slippers to watch a Christmas love story with me and I was in heaven. (That's definitely a fun activity to do with friends or family if you're looking for something to do together without having to get all dressed up.) 

I watched two Hallmark movies in one day yesterday (oops), so I got really inspired to share all my favorite holiday movies! In no particular order, here are 5 movies you need to watch before Christmas!




Elf  //  If you haven't seen Elf by now, I don't know where you've been. This movie makes me laugh so hard and I really enjoy watching it with my family year after year... I never get sick of it!

With Love, Christmas  //  Big shoutout to my dad for always watching cheesy Christmassy movies with me and never complaining about them having the same plot! This movie, however, switched things up a bit and was really, really cute. My heart was so happy at the end of it that I thought it was going to explode - in a good way.

Christmas With the Kranks  //  I LOVE this movie!!!!! I don't know why it's always been my favorite, but it has been and (I think) will always be.

Window Wonderland  //  Another Hallmark special that starts with hatred and ends with love - what more can you ask for? Oh, and the characters were so special and well-developed! 

Home Alone  //  You should hear my little siblings laugh at this movie... they think it's the most hysterical thing ever. If you're looking for a good chuckle, Home Alone won't disappoint! 


What are your favorite holiday movies?


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Frigid Day in a Flannel

Scrolling through Twitter, I feel like everyone's tweeting about how they got all their posts done for the next few weeks, and I'm kinda jealous. I wish I could just sit down at my computer and type away all day long. Though I haven't had all the time in the world to blog, I've started off the second term of school strong, I started running on the treadmill more often, and I feel like I'm getting to spend a lot more quality time with my family. (Hallmark Christmas movies really bring us all together. 😛) I'm a happy camper with nothing to complain about!

While I was in New Hampshire for Thanksgiving this past week, my mom, sister, and I took a walk down to the lake to take some pictures and enjoy the beautiful scenery! This outfit is such a classic - a cable knit sweater, flannel, and jeans. I'm all for layering to try to keep warm in the colder months, so this cozy outfit is one of my favorites in my closet. I won't bore you with a tremendous amount of detail about what I wore, so here are some pictures... Oh, and you can shop my outfit at the end of the post! :) Happy almost weekend!










Sweater (similar)  |  Flannel Shirt  |  Shoes (similar)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Stocking Stuffers Under $15

I think it's fair to say that every single blogger on planet Earth has constructed some type of gift guide this season, whether it be for children, women, men, dogs, you name it. I think they're genius (seeing as I recently put one up), but it kind of got me thinking...no one ever mentions stocking stuffers. Stockings are my favorite thing to open - it's like 20 gifts all in one. Not to mention they're all yummy smelling creams and random trinkets - totally up my alley. Granted what really ends up in there are new pairs of socks and toothpaste, it's fun to think of new little items to pop in there! I've rounded up my favorite gifts for a stocking that are all under $15, even though most of them are under $10! 


Fuzzy socks  //  Vineyard Vines lanyard  //  To-Do notepad  //  Bath bomb - this one is great too  //  Hand cream  //  Mascara




Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gifts for Her

I'm breaking my rule about no Christmas related anything until after Thanksgiving by posting this gift guide, but the holiday season starts in only two days, so I'll let it slide. Gift giving is my favorite thing ever - I always look forward to seeing people's faces when they open a present! It can be so hard to pick out the perfect gift, so I've rounded up a few of my favorite items. (I could've added like 42867239862626 more items to this list if time allowed, so if you need any more suggestions, feel free to contact me.) Whether you're searching for a friend, mom, sister, or are adding things to your own wishlist, these gifts are all fairly affordable (under $100) and are ideal for most ages! I hope this helps to spark some ideas!





L.L.Bean pullover  //  I have this pullover in a different pattern and I wear it all. the. time. It's so warm and comfortable, and this grey one would look so cute with a pair of jeans for a casual day! 

Pom Pom hat  //  I hate bundling up for the winters, as I'm pretty sure almost everyone else does as well, but I don't think this hat would make you look like an Eskimo... and it's also really cute! Double whammy!! 

"Toucan do it" mug  //  I swear I show my mom a different piece of Evelyn Henson's work every single day, and I still can't get over how talented she is! Her paintings are so cheery and she uses the most clever sayings  - just like this one! For all coffee and tea lovers that enjoy bright colors, you need this mug.

Striped Shep Shirt  //  This is like my dream sweatshirt in real life. 

Hair tie  //  I think bows in hair are the cutest thing right now! They add a little something special to any outfit, and this J.Crew one comes in so many different colors!

Amazon Echo Dot  //  I still can't believe that we have the technology to make these devices. I went to a friend's house and her parents just yelled out a song request that then came on, and I couldn't stop asking questions about it the whole time after. It blew my mind and can surely come in handy! 

Flannel shirt  //  My dad bought me this flannel and I wear it like 5/7 days of the week (just a slight exaggeration). It's the thickest, best quality material and can be worn so many different ways.

Slip-on shoes  //  Adorable!!!

Pearl ring  //  Kiel James Patrick jewelry will forever be my favorite, and this pearl ring is such a classic!

Bandana scarf  //  I will admit that until just a few months ago, I thought that wearing bandanas as scarves were the weirdest thing, but they've really grown on me. I love the pattern on this particular one! 

Watch (15% off and free shipping with code MEGPOM2"  //  Port of McCall does such a great job at keeping their pricing low and quality high. My watch has worked great and I love that the straps are interchangeable!

Sneakers  //  Everyone needs a nice pair of sneakers to wear - either out and about, taking a walk, or going to the gym. 

Vest  //  This Patagonia vest is on my own personal wishlist - it looks so warm and perfect for the colder seasons!

Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Going Back to My Original Intentions

I started blogging because I love to write and I think it's so neat to be able to share all the random little thoughts that go through my head and all the things that I love, but as I sit here staring at a blank post, having no idea what to write about, I'm realizing that I've strayed really far from those original intentions. What I truly love more than anything else in the whole world are my friends and family, but I don't think I've ever mentioned them before. I keep asking myself: If practically my whole world revolves around the people that are special to me, am I really writing about all the aspects of my life?! And the answer is no... absolutely not. Up until a few days ago, I hadn't directly told any of my friends about my blog, and I'm pretty sure that was so wrong of me... they deserve to know. Now that I've leaked what once was my biggest secret, I feel so relieved and, in a way, free. Don't get me wrong, the primary focus of my blog will still remain about fashion, but I think it will be a lot more relatable and enjoyable to read if I bring in some other real people, so meet these incredibly special individuals:

Family

Dad // Anyone that personally knows him knows that he's a total goof. He's the one to go to when you want a laugh or any football statistics (go Pats!!), but he's pretty great at just being a friend, too. I truly think that I was blessed with the best dad on the planet (sorry guys) and wouldn't trade him for the world.




Mom // She's behind the camera, in the kitchen, on the sidelines, and pretty much anywhere else you can imagine. She always listens, is the family cheerleader, and serves as my best friend (until she has to parent, that is). My mom is the bomb.




Molly // Thank God for older sisters... Molly has been my best buddy since day one. She is ridiculously athletic and cares so much for others - two of the things I admire the most.




Andrew // I don't even know where to start with this little dude. Some days I spend playing with him for hours and other days he makes me want to rip my hair out. I think it's the fact that we're so alike that makes it harder for us to always get along, but we make things work. We get closer and closer the older we get. Hopefully he'll grow out of his football obsession soon so he won't constantly ask me to play - that causes major controversy.


POPCORN JUNKIES SINCE DAY ONE!!!!!


Emily // Everyone that sees her adorable little face becomes instantly obsessed. My sweet Emmy is the so precious, sweet, and feisty. I could snuggle with her all day long.




Friends

Morgan // Morgan found my Instagram account and blog without me even telling her, and now that she knows I feel so much better. She's so supportive and sweet and is someone I'll always know I can count on!




Samantha // Sam is one of the smartest people I know, both in academics and in social situations. She always has the best advice to offer when I'm in need of a second opinion, but she doesn't act like too much of a mama bear. I could spend hours talking to her about the deepest conversations and then go play outside like little kids, so I always treasure my time with her.




Liv // Liv is the goofy friend. She's crazy good at sports, loves to crack jokes, and never fails to make me laugh. She's one of those people I can wear sweatpants around, and that's important. Oh, and she's embarrassingly taller than me - I'm going to need to hit five feet to even have a chance.




I do have a few other close friends that either didn't want to be mentioned individually or have yet to find out about Prepster in Pearls, but I think that even just having these people on board will really make blogging that much more fun for me (even though I love it as is) and bring on some new possibilities!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Peek Into My Week

I'm so excited to be writing this post right now that I think I could make it like six pages long. I've sort of been staying away from personal posts lately because it seems kind of boring to read about my life lately; consisting mainly of school, early bedtimes, and lazy weekends. This week, however, I feel like I have so many random things to share, from my excitement for the holidays to the items I've been eyeing lately.

1. I only have a 3 1/2 day week this week - a half day today and no school tomorrow. I've taken so many tests and done so many projects that this short break is much-needed. I'll admit that I actually do like going to school and being productive, but this week I felt overwhelmed by all the tests I had on material that didn't want to stick with me. I studied hard, drilled everything into my brain, and am now done with work for the next three days! Woohoo!!

2. I'm so torn between going into full-on Christmas mode or waiting for Thanksgiving to pass before I start getting into the spirit. Is anyone else having this dilemma, or is it just me? I'm so proud of myself for not listening to one single Christmas song yet or asking my mom to buy candy canes, but every day I feel the urge to more and more. The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of year, so I start celebrating the second after the Thanksgiving dinner dishes are cleaned up. I try to always enjoy my Thanksgiving without worrying about Christmas just yet so I can fully embrace everything the two different occasions have to offer. (That sounds so corny.) All my other friends that are holding off on celebrating - we can do this!!

3. You may have already seen on my Instagram story on Tuesday, but I just got a new haircut! I cut a few inches off and had it layered to get rid of the shaggy look...finally. My hair feels so light and healthy! 




4. I just ordered this new Shep Shirt from Vineyard Vines, and I don't think you can get any better. Navy and stripes? Yes, please!

5. This L.L.Bean flannel scores a 10/10 in my book. I've seen so many bloggers wearing it, and it looks just as good in person, if not better than it does in their photos and on the store website. The quality is incredible, and I got so many compliments while wearing it.


6. Playbuzz quizzes have been taking up wayyy too much time in my life right now. I mindlessly scroll through Pinterest and come across a pin for one, so, I mean, why would I not want to know what my best character trait is or what pet type is meant for me?! I really need to stop... there are so many more productive things I could be doing. But hey, they're a fun way to kill time if you're bored.

Have a great rest of your week and weekend!