Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mary Jane and T-Strap Trend

I am loving the Mary Jane and T-Strap trend I am seeing this fall.  They are seriously two of my favorite shoe styles because of their classic style and timelessness, plus they pair so well with the school girl look.  Here are a couple pairs that I am loving!
Mary Jane and T-Strap Trend

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I also featured the Seychelles ballet flats because they definitely fit the bill!  I think they are so cute and great flats for fall!

What is your favorite shoe trend this fall?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Anthropologie Picks

Anthropologie is one of my go-to stores.  I always make Seth stop in with me when I go to the mall because I just love being there!  The atmosphere is so comforting, unique, and, for some reason, makes me feel at home.  I also love Anthropologie's selection of clothing, accessories, shoes, and knick knacks.  They have such a huge selection and there is always some little hidden wonder each time I go to their store.

This fall, I am totally loving their new (and old, but still amazing) items!  Here are a few of my picks!

Anthro Picks

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Aren't the ballet flats just the cutest?  They are perfect for the school girl trend this fall and would definitely be a staple in my wardrobe, thus I might be investing in a pair.

The hand lotion I picked is also fantastic.  I picked it up in the store a few weeks ago for my purse, and I love it.  The scent is amazing and my hands always feel so great afterwards!

Do you love Anthropologie?  What are some of your picks from their site?
 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Where Have I Been?


What an exhausting past five days!  I was at camp Wednesday through Friday and then had the CSO opening night gala that Saturday.  It was definitely hectic, but totally worth it; however, I didn't enjoy camp quite as much as I thought I would.  I got almost no sleep, was sore from nonstop hiking, and by the end, was just completely exhausted-- not to mention, I got the weirdest sunburn ever on the back of my legs!  Even though I didn't love camp, it made me realize just how much I love home, shopping, Seth and his family, my family, and everything else I could possibly be thankful for.


After getting through three days at camp, I came back for a glamorous night at music hall with the CSO (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra).  We got hear great performances from Miri Ben-Ari and Lang Lang.  They are both such amazing people and I loved reading a little bit more about Lang Lang's achievements.  He is seriously today's Bach or Beethoven.  Besides the performances, there was great food, company, and dancing.  Seth and I were there till almost 1:00 AM and we were so ready to crash once we got home.

Sunday was just a relaxation and catch up day for me, so I don't have much to report, but I would like to give a HUGE thanks to Anna, Natalie, Katelyn, Alex, and Victoria for helping me out this week.  I honestly don't know how I would have been able to post, so it was great have some of my best blog friends fill in while I was gone.  If you haven't checked out their guest posts, please do!  I loved every single one :)

What have you been up to lately?

 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tips for the College App by Victoria

Hey, y'all! My name is Victoria and I blog over at Memphis Made. You might remember me from a linkup Hunter & I did together at the beginning of August.

Today I want to talk to you about my tips for nailing the best college essay possible. I am a freshman in college now, and know that I wouldn't be here if it weren't for the essay I wrote my senior year of high school.

If you are applying to college, you are likely dealing with either the Common Application or a school-specific application. I personally had both, and I know lots of you do as well!


1. The word limit is not flexible at all.
On the Common App, if you go even one word over, it will be cut out of your essay, and although you may have submitted 651 words, the school only sees 650. Following the word limit also shows that you are capable of reading and following simple instructions, and if you can't do that, most colleges will wonder if you are capable of handling more complex guidelines.

2. Peer edit.
I'm sure you can see why it's so imperative that your grammar and punctuation be correct. A misuse of their/they're/there can make a school think that you didn't care enough about your essay to proofread it. This is where your friends/teachers/parents come in - they can read your essay for mechanics, and pick up on something you might have missed.

3. Choose your words carefully.
Chances are, you'll have less than 750 of them no matter which application you are working on. The purpose of the essay is for a college to get to know you more as a person while also canvasing your communication skills. The key is to be concise and be careful not to repeat yourself. Again, peer editing can help you make sure you aren't rambling by the end!

4. Relate to the prompt.
Interject a few personal anecdotes throughout your essay or use a personal story and then relate it to the prompt. It's important that you reflect a little bit of yourself in your essay. The school wants to get to know you on a more personal level than your activities resumé, so take the opportunity to show them.

5. Revise. And then revise again.
I started my essay for the Common Application towards the first of September. I wanted to make sure that I would have plenty of time to work on it, and as we all know, good writing takes time. Your first draft will not be your final product, and that's perfectly ok. You will go over that essay again and again until you are absolutely sick of it, but you'll know when it's finally perfect.

If you are a senior in high school, remember to relax and have fun. There's more to senior year than the giant storm of college looming on the horizon!

 xx, Victoria
 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Summer to Fall by Alex

 Hi Guys! My name is Alex from Monster Misa and I will be filling in for Hunter today while she is out of town. Although Labor Day has come and gone we still technically have a couple more weeks until the end of summer. This is always a weird transition period for me because I'm putting away my white linen and sun dresses but it's still too hot to break out the sweaters because that summer sun is still hot! So finding the perfect transition pieces are crucial to beating the heat but still looking appropriate for this time of year.

For the outfit I designed, I picked out a silk cut out tee in black--the material and cut-outs say "it's still summer" but the color says "hello fall". Pairing that top with a pair of boyfriend jeans that can be rolled at the ankle, white converse (which work no matter what the season), and a great magenta cross-body bag (a great fall color) and you have an outfit that works well into October!


What are your go-to summer/fall transition pieces?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fall Essentials by Katelyn

Hi there! I’m Katelyn and I blog over at A Sprinkle of Kate! I’m so excited to guest post for Hunter today! I had the luck to meet Hunter while at the Smart Girls Summit in New York City and we were fast friends! Today I’m going to be sharing with you my fall essentials! I know it’s only September, but I know how much a lot of us love fall! I’m so excited and I seriously can’t wait until the weather cools down. Although it is difficult to say goodbye to summer, it’s exciting to look forward to fall football games, pumpkin patches and apple picking! These are my fall essentials! 

Fall Essentials


Boots // Every girl needs a fab pair of boots in her life. Whether they be classic riding boots, combat boots, bean boots or Hunter boots they are essential for fall! I just bought a pair of Frye riding boots and I’m obsessed with how versatile they are! 

Button Up // These are perfect for fall! I cannot stress how many ways you can wear these! Under a jacket or vest or just on it’s own it is the perfect everyday piece for fall. J.Crew Factory has super cute button ups (along with a gingham one that is now in my closet!). 

Military Jacket // In the fall the weather tends to be pretty mild, but it does get chilly in the evenings and a military jacket is the perfect way to keep warm. I bought one from Gap last year and I have worn it so much! 

Scarf // Scarves are the perfect way to accessorize without making a huge statement. I recently found a burgundy scarf from Forever 21 for only $5 (what a steal)! It’s the perfect scarf for the fall. These can be worn over sweaters, shirts, button ups even! They also add a fun touch over a vest! 

Quilted Vest // Unless you’ve been living under a rock you probably know how much we bloggers love the J.Crew quilted vest! I bought a navy one and I’m obsessed! I’m wishing for cool weather just so I can wear it! 

What are your fall essentials? If you like what you just read be sure to check out my blog A Sprinkle of Kate for more! 

Xo, Kate

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dorm Favorites by Natalie

Hi Prep On A Budget Readers!

My name is Natalie and I blog over at The PDX Prepster, Its nice to meet you all via this guest post. Hunter is one of my favorite people ; )

But enough about me, you probably want to know what qualifies me to give advice about dorm living. Well I spent this past year living in a shoebox. The tiniest of tiny dorm rooms, and had to make the absolute most out of my space. Funny how an apartment can feel like such a palace when just 3 months ago my "kitchen" was in my office that was below my bed. You get the idea, here were 4 little dorm things that helped me get through my year. 

1. An area rug- Ultimate necessity if you want your dorm room to feel more like home. Dorm floors are usually cold and hard. Do your self a huge favor and grab yourself an area rug. Your mornings will go 100% better.

**Split the cost of an area rug and other large items with your roommate to slim down on spending, allows you to splurge on other dorm goodies!** 

2. A few dishes- People will often say bring paper plates instead or don't bring anything at all but I found that a mug or two and a few utensils didn't hurt. I was always very popular when a pizza was delivered due to the fact that I had plates.  #win

3. Jars, bins and containers- You don't have a ton of space to work with, any little thing with storage will help you store all the extras. Bobby pins, nail polish, cotton balls, Chapstick, earrings, rings, headphones. All of these things need a place to go so think about what you can use to store them.

4. A Keurig- Or any coffee maker really. My Keurig not only saved me money (I'm an avid latte connoisseur) but it saved me time. Running late to class? Brewed my own coffee and took it to go. Stuck in a snowstorm with my friends? Instant hot cocoa bar. Working late at my desk? Decaf brewed in 5 minutes. So so helpful.

Best of luck with the new school year! 

xo, 
Natalie

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

More Info on Undeniable by Anna

Hey everyone!

It’s Anna from Undeniably Anna, and since Hunter is away and so kindly asked me to do a guest post, I thought that there would be no better topic than our big project, The Undeniable Report!

I have been getting a lot of emails lately, with readers continuously asking me things like when are we going to launch? how can I get involved? and what exactly is Undeniable now?

Well, I’m here to give you some answers and some updates on whats in store.

What exactly is Undeniable now?

For those of you who have read the fabulous issues of Undeniable that came out in May, June, and July, you know that we were an interactive online magazine. After Hunter would edit each article, she would send them to me and I created each layout in a word document. It was extremely tedious and time-consuming and I really started to resent it (after the night before our last launch date the entire file got deleted and I had to start from scratch and didn’t even sleep that night). But as time went on, the more and more we grew. One week we got over 10,000 views! I quickly realized that continuing on as a magazine was not going to cut it. I went to my dad for some advice, and since he has been in the magazine and digital publishing business his entire life, he knew exactly what needed to be done. That was the end of Undeniable Magazine, but it was also the beginning of The Undeniable Report. The Undeniable Report is going to be a website dedicated to stories on lifestyle, fashion, beauty, business, and more. There will be plenty of awesome features I can’t talk about just yet, but I promise it will all be awesome! (How could it not be with Hunter’s help?!)

When are we going to launch?
 
 
Initially, we were scheduled to launch on September 1rst, but then I realized it just wasn’t going to happen. So you can look forward to seeing the site up and running on October 1rst! Mark your calendars everyone!

How can you get involved?

 We truly have a place for everyone at Undeniable. So, if you are interested in writing, managing a social media account, working with sponsors, etc send an email to anna@undeniablereport.com and I can get back to you as soon as I get it!

I think I can speak for Hunter and I both when I say that I am so excited, not only to be working on this project but to be working with such an amazing team of girls. This really has so much potential to grow even more, and we couldn’t do it without you readers, and all of our writers.

xo
Anna

Monday, September 8, 2014

I'm Off to Camp

Since I am senior, I get to be a counselor at a local camp for the 6th graders.  I have such fond memories of going to camp in 6th grade myself, so I really can't wait to be back again.  It is kinda funny though because I am definitely not an outdoors person.  To be honest, camping kind of freaks me out.  It has to do with the heat and the insane amounts of mosquito bites I get-- it seems they just swarm me whenever I go outside; however, it looks like it is going to be pretty cool this week, so it won't be too bad.  Because I have a specific packing list for camp I thought I would share what I'm taking in my duffle!
Off to Camp
Also, since I will be at camp, I will have some great guests posts throughout the week!  I can't wait for you to read all of them :)
 
What do you take camping?  Any suggestions for me?
 
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