My favorite Christmas Craft

 Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hope y'all are having a great holiday! I am enjoying spending time with my family on my christmas break. 

I just wanted to post one of my favorite new holiday crafts.... the super simple paper stars.


These paper stars are easy to make and decorate any space. You can make them in a variety of colors and sizes and even turn them into ornaments! You can make them christmas colors or even for Hannukah depending on the paper used. Regardless these are great little crafts to have under your belt.


Hope y'all enjoy your Holidays!

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Thred Up Thursday: Lululemon

 Thursday, November 20, 2014

Good morning! Hope y'all are having a wonderful day.

These past couple weeks I have been pushing myself to go to the gym every "school day" (M-F) for at least 45 minutes. Normally, I find it hard to go to the gym because I hate feeling sweaty or wearing gym clothes as opposed to looking nice in everyday wear. Often, it is when I am in the shower that I realize I should've gone that day!

So, in order to combat my internal struggle to put on gymwear and go to the gym, I've decided to purchase new gym clothes! When I look good to the gym I am more likely to go. But, gym clothing is expensive! I am all about brand names like Lululemon but not about the price tag. 

Luckily, you can find some Lululemon and Lucy brand activewear on Thred Up. I've highlighted some of my favorite items on Thred Up right now in the activewear segment.






Active by Old Navy Tank $8.49


I love Thred Up and if you use this link you can get $10 off your first purchase! Happy Thursday!

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Memebox Colorbox #3 Review

 Friday, October 3, 2014

Hey everyone. Hope you had a great week. This summer I got a Memebox to review and it looks like the post never published- opps! Better late than never!

Memebox is the #1 Korean beauty online retailer in the world. The company selects the best Korean beauty products and curates them into theme boxes. I was sent the Colorbox #2 Blue for review. First of all, I got really into Korean beauty products this summer so I was so excited to get the opportunity to review the best Blue products! 




The Memebox came in a branded pink bubble sleeve. It was nice to know right away what the package was and something about the brand. The box itself looked like a present and I always love a company that embraces bright pink packaging. 

The Blue Colorbox retails for $15.00 and comes with four full size products. Its quite a value! 



The first item I got was the magic lipstick. The lipstick was the most expensive item, retailing at $30. The color is blue but once on changes! I loved the purple/pink shade that it went on as. I will definitely be wearing this. The only downsize to this product is the packaging which is a little awkward to hold.



The next product is this beautiful blue nail polish that retails for just $3. I love this "Hawaiian Blue." The ocean blue eyeshadow retails for $10 and is super pigmented. Overall its very high quality for the price.



Lastly I received a gel eyeliner in Aqua deep blue. This is also really great quality for the $10 retail. Unfortunately, I rarely use a blue liner or else Id use this more!

Overall I was really impressed by this Colorbox. At only $15 + $6 shipping it was quite a steal ($53 retail!). I love the color changing lipstick and the eyeshadow and would definitely purchase cosmetics at Memebox.


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Dean's List VoxBox

 Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hey everyone! Long time no post! 

Yesterday I arrived home from classes to receive a package from Influenster. I got the Deans List Voxbox! I received: SinfulColors No Text Red Nail Polish, Airheads Bites, Pilot FriXion Clicker 2-pack, KISS Looks So Natural Lashes, Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation, Softlips Cube and Playtex Sport Fresh Balance.




First of all I love Influenster's packaging. The box always comes stuffed with surprises and I get so excited whenever I qualify for a Voxbox. 

Now to the fun stuff- the products!



The first thing I did was try the Airheads bites. Curse you sweet tooth! I have to say I wanted to like these more than I did. Some flavors (Blue Raspberry, Cherry, Orange and Lemon) were stronger than others and I did not like the orange flavor. They were also harder to chew then I would have liked them to be. They do taste Airheads so I think if you like these flavors of Airheads you'd like this product. 

I LOVE the Softlips Cube I received. Ive owned several chapsticks from Softlips but this is my favorite. Its supposedly 5 in 1. The product claims to hydrate, replenish, smooth, protect and shine. Im not sure how much it does of each but it was felt nice and nourishing. It applies like EOS and is a bit bulky for me to carry around but I will definitely be using this product. 

Before getting this Voxbox I already owned SinfulColors products. The red I got is called "No Text Red" and came with a little card that read, "Paint your thumbnail red as a reminder to not text and to drive safely." I think its a really great campaign but at the end of the day SinfulColors are a value nail polish and not my favorite to apply. I might share this one with a friend!

I have not yet used my KISS eyelashes and so cannot comment. I am terrible with putting on false eyelashes so I might need a friend to help me apply these. 


When it is my time of the month I usually use Playtex Sport so I was excited to get a free box of Playtex products. The tampons I got are Fresh Balance. They have odor shield techology to neutralize odors. I dont know how I feel about scented tampons but why not!

The covergirl foundation seems to be a good quality but not my exact match. Thats the shame with foundations- if its not perfect, I have no use for it. 

My favorite item from this box were the two FriXion pens I got. They are gel and erasable. I am obsessed! I want more! These are so easy to write with and I love the blue gel color. 

Note: I received all of these products free from Influenster

Hope y'all have an amazing weekend!

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Review:: Rocksbox, FREE MONTH Subscription!

 Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Monday everyone! I hope y'all had an excellent weekend. I was able to spend some time with my family and to really enjoy Cali. Now I'm back to the grind and work with a little more than a month left at my internship. 

I've been noticing how nice everyone dresses in my area of California. The most popular looks is simple but very expensive clothing items and pieces, like a silk top and some leather pants. To keep these minimalist outfits from being boring the ladies here wear a lot of nice jewelry.

I really love jewelry. My problem is that the pieces I love tend to be very expensive. Who wants to wear gold plated when you can buy 14K? Unfortunately, I can't afford my exquisite taste so I end up with either costume jewelry or holding off until the day I can have the real thing. The other problem is that I tend to buy jewelry only to realize I have nothing in my closet to wear it with. I like bold and printed clothing and the same when it comes to picking jewelry which is problematic because they don't work together. What's a girl to do?

Look at Rocksbox of course! Rocksbox is a jewelry subscription box that differs from other jewelry subscription companies. With Rocksbox you spend $19 a month and get three designer pieces of jewelry!



The Rocksbox comes in a super cute little white box with pink ribbon.



So the way Rocksbox works is simple. Every month a designer chooses three pieces of jewelry for you that retail wayy over the $19 cost. At the end of the month you can buy the jewelry items at a discounted Member Price or send it back and get another three the month after!



The first of my three pieces was a pair of Neon and Navy Enamel Earrings from the brand Isharya. This was the most expensive of the jewelry items I received, retailing at $128. Although I like these earrings I had no use for them this month. They are quite long and a bit heavy for my taste. Although I find them beautiful they were too formal for work and I didnt have any formal occasions this month. 




The next piece I got was a House of Harlow 1960 Aztec Bangle in Black. This retails for $48 and you can buy it through Rocksbox for $38.40. I mentioned to the stylist that I had a bit larger than average sized wrists before receiving my box. This bangle was huge! You can see how low it goes on my arm! I like this bangle and could tell it was well made. The aztec pattern reminds me of arrows which I liked because of my sorority Pi Phi. This bangle goes with a lot and I'll be sad to see it go. 



The last piece is actually my favorite. This taner bar large necklace from Gorjana is simple and beautiful. Its a delicate gold bar that retails for $70. I'm seriously considering buying it for the members price at $56. when I took it out of the box I thought it was a shorter necklace but this is actually very low sitting at right below my chest. It looks expensive and is good for everyday and formal occasions.

Overall I was very satisfied with my first Rocksbox. The pieces all felt and looked expensive and at $19 a month I was excited to borrow such exquisite jewelry!

Have you tried Rocksbox before? You can use this link to get your first box free! What are you waiting for!

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Coupon code! $20 to thredUP!

 Thursday, July 17, 2014

Okay, so I'm kind of a creature of habit. Every day I drink coffee, charge my phone before bed, and recently- I check thredUP

Thred up has quickly become one of my favorites on my google chrome web browser. My computer knows that I love to look at the largest online resale shop but specifically I like to hunt for Lilly Pulitzer items. I have the Lilly branded search as my go to start whenever I browse the website. thredUP usually prices Lilly around 75-85% off which is incredible.


Recently I was able to score this beautiful Lilly Maxi for only $29.49! Its the Marlisa Maxi Dress and it originally retailed for $188. thredUP labeled this dress as "Practically New" and since I know that the site is incredibly picky in what they accept I know this is coming to me in great condition. I am so excited to score a new lilly for 85% off!






I also bought this NWT Collective Concepts blouse for $18.49. I am a proud Pi Phi and when I saw the arrow print I had to have it! I love the simple black sleeves with the busier front print. This will definitely carry me from fall-winter and Im excited to wear it to pledge class bondings!






Lastly I bought a pair of lucky brand flats in a purple color. I own these in black and paid way more than the $16.49 so I know Im going to love these. The color is fun and will add a pop of color to any plain outfit. I destroy flats so I am always on the lookout for a new comfortable pair.
I usually refuse to buy shoes at a thrift or consignment type store but at least I know that when I get these they have been thoroughly inspected and I know they'll be ok to wear!



That was my most recent order at thredUP! Have you bought anything from them recently? If you haven't tried thredUP yet- you're missing out. Sign up with this link and you can even get $20 off your first purchase!!

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Review:: Your Bijoux Box

 Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I certainly did! I explored Los Angeles and made it out to a couple different festivals and concerts. LA has really secured my love of Boba and I am determined to try as many flavors as I can before going back to school in the fall.


This is going to be a very exciting week here at The Preppy Student. I have three new subscription boxes to review. I am so pumped to share my goodies with you, my lovely followers.



I am so enthusiastic about this first box: Your Bijoux Box.




Your Bijoux Box is a jewelry subscription box! Every month you will receive three beautiful pieces of jewelry hand curated by two of the company's owners: Shana and Dorota. The box itself is only $35 with shipping and the value of the jewelry alone is over $100! The jewelry that will come is a surprise but rest assured it will be something trendy and beautiful.

Do you love surprises? Are you obsessed with jewelry? Do you like knowing how to style your new items? If you answered yes to any of those then maybe you should try Your Bijoux Box! (Don't I sound like an ad?)


The truth is, I am not that good with surprises. I like to know that I am spending my money wisely so subscription boxes are a gamble for me. I have to say that this box, Your Bijoux Box, really exceeded my expectations.








The box itself is a beautiful teal color and inside you will find pouches. Each pouch holds one of the jewelry items and a card telling you the names and styles you have in your box.






The first item I got was the Adeline Pearl Collar. These pearls are a nice cool white color. The necklace is adjustable and I am sure I will be rocking this a lot this fall. This is a simple but trendy necklace and I love the Your Bijoux Box clasp. It's a simple detail but makes me feel like I am receiving something special. I think this necklace would easily go for $35+ so I am happy to make the investment if I would get a piece like this alone. 




The next item was the Camille Coral Necklace. This is probably the only piece out of the three I don't know if I will get much use out of. It is simply beautiful but will be hard for me to find things to wear it with in my closet. The necklace is very delicate and Your Bijoux Box suggest wearing it casually with a navy racerback top or out with maxi dress and clutch. 



Finally, the Gigi Earrings were the third item I received in this box. I really like these earrings. The size is great on my ear and they shine a lot. I was afraid they would look too much like costume jewelry but these turn a simple dress into something much more formal. I am so excited to add these to my jewelry collection.


Overall I really love this box. It definitely makes me excited to see what Your Bijoux Box will send out next month. The value of $100 for the price of $35 is a great deal and the site has amazing customer service. I'd definitely recommend the box- even for someone who doesn't like surprises like me! 



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Shopping alert:: Theorem Preppy Event

 Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy Monday my lovelies!

Today I am excited to let you all know about a preppy shopping event that is new, innovative, and has some of my favorite new brands. 



Shop Theorem is a new shopping website that brings new exposure to new and emerging brands and allows the customer to "name your own price." It's a new kind of sample sale that has value to both the consumer and to the merchant. I am intrigued by the concept to say the least! Naming your own price sounds like a game so immediately it make shopping a bit more fun for me.

As you probably know by the name of this blog, I adore "preppy" fashion and clothing. When Adam Roberts (one of the two entrepreneurs who started Theorem) reached out to me about a preppy fashion boutique I was so excited. This particular boutique has new brands like Carrie Dunham, Sail to Sable, Lisi Lerch, Persifor, Poverty Flats, and so many more. To be honest I only knew about three brands on the list of 15+ but that kind of made it more fun. Im sure in a year or so more of these brands will become mainstream so its very cool to learn about them on a site like Theorem. 

Each brand gave 10-20 products and the Preppy event will have over 350 products to choose from! The products will be spanned across all styles of preppy, from Southern, New England, and Midwest. 


I absolutely love Sail to Sable tunics!

The VIP opening was today but the full public opening is tomorrow! Sign onto Theorem today to get access to the event! The preppy event will close on the 12th and we will find out whether or not our offers were accepted. 

What do you think of this new kind of sample sale? Have you bought anything on Theorem?

Since I am such a bargain shopper I know that the prices I'll be bidding will be a lot below retail but thats just how I shop. I don't expect to win a lot (or anything) from the event but it will be fun to see what everything goes for! 

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Review and Monday Must Have:: thredUP

 Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy Monday lovelies!

If you are an avid reader of this blog you'll know my love of the website thredUP. ThredUP is one of the largest online consignment shops for women and children. The eCommerce website has a variety of different brands and styles and they are all priced very affordably. Up until recently I had just been a shopper at thredUP. With my most recent order, of a Rebecca Minkoff bag, I asked for a clean out bag. I went through my closet and found some things I didnt wear and shipped them to thredUP. The postage was all paid for which was great considering I shipped them several lbs of clothes.

About two weeks after sending the bag I got an email saying that I got $75 upfront and can make around $100 more in consignment! How cool! The whole process of selling on thredUP was super simple and I like the fact that whatever they wouldn't buy (which luckily didn't happen to me) would be donated to goodwill. 



Have you explored thredUP yet? I created a personal style shop! You can even shop the choices I chose on their website through The Preppy Student collectionI chose a whole bunch of different preppy items that you can check out here!

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Friday Fancies: Summer Weddings

 Friday, June 27, 2014

It's summer! You know what that means: flip flops, ice cream, excruciating heat and of course....

Summer Weddings!

For many couples summer is the ideal time to get married so it is not surprising that many of my friends have weddings to attend in these next few weeks. Although I am not quite at the age where my friends are getting married, I love that Long Distance Loving chose the theme of this week's Friday Fancies to be about summer weddings.

Here are some outfits I put together for this week's challenge.


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For an outdoor daytime wedding, I am loving this turquoise Shoshanna dress. The gold Michael Kors wedges will not sink into grass the way heels do making them the perfect outdoor shoes. The metallic coloring is still formal and the gold dangle earrings are a nice pair. I love the simple elegance of the white nails and they have the added bonus of making your hands look super tan!


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For a wedding that is in the evening but indoors I love this Alice + Olivia yellow lace dress. The yellow color is very "summer" but the black accessories and kate spade heels make it an evening ensemble. 

Have you been to a wedding yet this summer? What would you wear to a summer wedding?

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Review and Giveaway:: Adam Block Design

 Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Okay, I'll admit it. I am a total sorority girl. Not only I am proud to call myself a sister of the wine and blue but I am currently president of my chapter of Pi Beta Phi. Over the last three years, I have acquired my fair share of Pi Phi swag but I don't think I'm done quite yet. i am still always in search for the next sorority item from t shirts to fanny packs. 



There are a couple online retailers that specialize in sorority apparel and I love to peruse and browse them for fun. One of my favorites? Adam Block Design. I would consider Adam Block Design, or ABD, to be one of the more innovate companies for sorority apparel. They have awesome screenprinting designs and high quality clothing options.

Just searching by organization you are able to see tons of designs that other chapters have made through ABD. The minimum at Adam Block Design is 24 and it is very easy to customize or design your own product. Right now I am loving the sorority backpacks and might work with ABD to get a quote for our chapter!




ABD was actually kind enough to send me some samples to review. I received this orange Keep Calm and Go Greek womens cut crop top. Although I am not the biggest fan of shorter style shirts this tee is SO comfy! It is seriously one of the softest sorority shirts I have ever gotten. I love the Panhellenic support of this top and will wear it proudly in the fall. I think it will look extra cute paired with a maxi skirt. The top is by the brand bella and the screenprint is very good quality. I dont think it will crack or fade in the was.


ABD also sent me this extremely cool tie headband. Its called a "Breaker" and the one I got was rainbow. I love the material of the tie and will wear it for spirit events and Derby Days.

I love some of ABD's designs. Just look at how creative, trendy, and awesome they are:









Do you have a favorite ABD design? I love all the Lilly prints. I also love the fact that Adam Block Designs are all official licensed greek products so you know they are not illegally using trademarked greek symbols and letters. There's a little pop up chat box when you browse the site so you are always connected to an associate if you have any questions.

My chapter will most likely be using Adam Block Designs this fall for our formal recruitment shirts. They gave us a good price and were easy to work with! 



This is also the 2nd week of ABD's Great Greek Giveaway. Don't forget to enter to win some of your sorority product's!


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