Windbreakers & Rainkeepers

     I haven't shopped at Hollister or Abecrombie & Fitch in months, but back in middle school they used to be my favorite stores in the world! Go in, see some cuties, buy some adorable clothes (on sale, ofcourse. i learned to be a super shopper), and the music is just so much fun! I've slowly drifted away from my Hollister days to new favorites, but I won't ever forget the good ole days.

     The stores hadn't crossed my mind in a while, but today I decided to go on their sites and see if there was anything I'd maybe like to get. And thats when it happened.......I fell upon the most gorgeous jackets and windbreakers I've seen in ages! I've been looking for a windbreaker or a jacket that's both warm and colorful, and I think I've found one of them! Though they are sort of pricy, there's some in all price ranges which is great. Here are some jackets & windbreakers from Abercrombie and Hollister that I really love, especially the Caily rain coat in yellow! It's so classic, so fun, and adorable! Perfect for spring and whatever run-arounds I have to do. If I end up getting it, it'd definitely be a splurge but I think it's worth it! Or maybe i'll wait for a sale!Windbreakers & Rainkeepers

Spring Has Sprung!

     Teen Vogue has always been one of my favorite magazines, and I cannot explain how many butterflies I get the moment we get the mail and I see an issue in its plastic cover! Though there are no plastic covers involved, while browsing the internet I found the March 2012 issue of Teen Vogue, and I must say I love it! The lovely Kendall & Kylie Jenner are gracing the March cover, and honestly I think they're perfect choices for the cover!

     Kendall and Kylie are absolutely gorgeous, they both have an amazing sense of style, and the cover is really refreshing! I think this issue is the perfect spring bringer-upper, and it honestly makes me wanna get out onto the tennis court and work out. I love the green and pink colors, and its just perfect. What do you think?

To Hold & To Style

    Last week was exam week for me, and it left me completely exhausted. Sitting for two hours twice and reading, calculating, or questioning really took quite a toll on me. But I loved the challenge, and I think I did really well especially since I'm taking high level classes. So what do I do to relax? I played some lacrosse and I made some fashion sets!
     My favorite thing about Polyvore and making sets is that I get to be really creative and I get to style tons of clothes, put them together in combinations I like, and come out with some really amazing outfits! There are so many pictures I can use for inspiration, and a million clothes too. It's like having my very own dream closet in the palm of my hands. Though I may not have the clothes to hold, I have them to style! Here are two sets I recently made with outfits I styled. Leave your links in the comments, I'd love to follow you!The Man Who Can't Be Moved

       I've always really loved maroon! And how cute is that sequin collared shirt?! I also really like those riding boots, they're absolutely gorgeous!

Be Blue To Yourself

     I'm in love with those pointed toe flats! I really like how they're so simple and girly, but the studs add a creative and edgy touch to them.

Loveless & Clark

A Case of The Mondays

Stories of Grace
Lost In You

Undercover Sister

     For some reason, I've fallen head over heels in love with camo. Now, it's nothing bad, nothing bad about it at all, but a while back I'd just turn my head from it and keep walking. Now whenever I see someone wearing a camo hoodie or hat, I'm quick to tell them that I really like it! I mean come on, when was the last time you ever saw personalized camo?

     Though I don't really see myself going on a hunting trip anytime soon, there's no reason for me not to express my new found love. I absolutely adore the idea of playing around with patterns and fashion trends, so camo is the perfect next step. I may sway a little from straight up camo to maybe just something olive or something with a print thats close enough to camo, but I think it all works out. Here are a few camo/close-to-camo clothes I absolutely love, and I honestly think I'm gonna snag that Forever 21 chiffon shirt sometime soon! I really like it because it sleeveless, and I think I'm starting my own sleeveless-chiffon-shirt club! (It'll become the sister to my star print chiffon shirt from dELiA's.)
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     My favorites from above are definitely the abstract print chiffon shirt from Forever 21, the camo vest which I think is absolutely gorgeous and would go so well with chinos, the olive green wellies, and the really cool iPhone case! What do you think of camo? The linen pants are really nice too, I love the belt! I like the tribal-esque pattern of the knitted sweater, but I can't choose between the two camo jackets as to which is my favorite! The one from Buckle  has a really nice belt, but the Barbour jacket is cool too and I really like the colors.

Give A Little

     I shared a picture of this outfit in a previous post, but I love it so much I wanted to share more. I've always been a huge fan of chinos! I love how classic they are, and how they really can go with anything! So while looking around at Jack Wills, I came across this army green pair and I fell in love! I think they go perfectly well with stripes and a sweet puffy vest. It's basically my version of the go-to not-too-cold-out outfit. Peep the ear-muffs, how cute are they?! Oh, and I'm in love with the brogues too. They're so stylish and so comfortable!

{Jack Wills Birchfield Gilet, Jack Wills Claverton Tee, Jack Wills Cheriton Skinny Chino, Jack Wills Glenthorne Brogue, Forever 21 Socks}

Bright Ideas

     Sometimes I feel bad for winter. Does that sound weird? Well, let me explain why. I feel like winter's sometimes dubbed as the boring season, when everyone just runs inside and shoos it away. Slowly, winter is emerging as what I consider as one of the most fashionable seasons ever! For some reason, we all break out the crazy prints and colors during winter! Might it be because they look absolutely amazing against a white backdrop? I'm not really sure. But what I do know is that I really want to rock more colorful items this winter!

     I especially draw colorful inspiration from Blair of Atlantic-Pacific, and I'd like to say a special thank you to her for inspiring me to bring out my bright ideas! Blair's fashion sense is absolutely amazing, and she just comes up with the most beautiful outfits! Seeing her outfits gives me a few ideas of what I'd like to try next, and it's just so much fun! Here are some bright yet stylish clothes I'm loving now, and wouldn't mind putting on.
Bright Ideas!

Yellow Blazer: I absolutely love this blazer! The color is just gorgeous, and it's shape seems so fitting.

Colorful Sperry Top-siders: I finally got my pair of boat shoes, and I couldn't be happier! They are so comfortable, and because of their neutral color they go with everything. But, I really like these colorful Sperrys just as much! They're gorgeous, and the colors are beautiful. They're so fun and playful, which I like a lot.

Cut-out Red Dress: Since it's cold out, you may have to layer up when you put on this dress, but it's so pretty! I love the color, and the fact that the red is just so vibrant.

Bright Yellow Jeans: I've always been a fan of colorful jeans, and these make the cut! They remind me of lemons, and they're just sweet.

Hot Pink Hunter Boots: So apparently these Hunters were only $ come I wasn't notified of this? They already sold out! But how gorgeous are they? The pink is just a gorgeous color, and they look so fun and cute! I would probably pick this pink pair over any gray or black pair anyday!

Colorful Satchel Bags: How cute are these satchels?! They turn a cool classic into an even cooler and more fun accessory! I'd absolutely love one of these for school, and I think it matches my personality perfectly.

Bright Green Tunic Dress: My favorite thing about this dress is its simplicity. It's not too much, but it's just enough to get the ball rolling. It would be perfect with a pair of leggings to keep the cold away, and any additional pieces to go along with it.

Bright Printed Shoes: I love all the crazy different prints of these two pairs of shoes! The closed toe wedges are adorable, but I think my favorite pair would have to be the open toe wedges! The prints are gorgeous, and they'd be the perfect party or dinner shoes.

Go Find Yourself.

     The one quote I hear the most whenever I'm listening in is "be yourself.". If someone had said that to me when I was little, I would've looked up from my Barbie coloring book and said "myself? i'm already me! who else can i be?". But as I trek through high school, gigantic Vineyard Vines tote and all, I'm starting to realize exactly what that means. When someone tells me or others to "be yourself", it's almost like they're begging you to stay true to who you really are and what you believe in because you're amazing just that way..

     For a few days, I was on this wild mission to really discover myself. I'm always on these crazy missions, may it be to stop being boy-crazy, to study more for chemistry, or to eat less candy. But the one that's bugged me the most is the finding myself thing. Maybe it's because I just do exactly what I do everyday! I'm still the same girl who wakes up 30 minutes late, the one who chooses the necklace with the glass on it because it reminds me of Cinderella, and the one who prefers to use the neon colored paper for projects instead of just plain white.

     I've realized that just as much as I love going downtown and hanging out with my friends, I like staying in and spending time readings my favorite fashion blogs just as much. So maybe my missions to find myself may fail, but it may be because i'm perfectly okay with where I am right now. I'm 15, and I'm here to enjoy it. I don't wanna grow up too all. I just want to enjoy being where

    I've realized that I will always be quirky, I will always say ridiculous jokes (that only I laugh at), I will always make wishlists, and I will always try to make new friends everyday. But guess what? I'm okay with that! Before, I thought I had to change myself and fit in with everyone else.....but not anymore. In school, there's pressure for perfect grades, perfect hair, perfect boyfriend, perfect everything. In life, there's just pressure for everything. I feel like everyday, I slowly learn a little bit more about how to deal with the push and pull of things.

I am me. I am myself. And like I'd say when I was 5, how could I ever be anyone else?
Beautiful People

Citrus Crush

     As I said in one of my posts from a while ago, I absolutely love citrus colors! Especially orange. It just makes me so happy! And while looking through my Polyvore items (aka my dream closet), I realized that I recently saved tons of citrusy orange colors, peachy colors, reds, and items with shimmer too! So, here are some of my favorite items at the moment (some citrusy, some neutral, all favorites), which I wish I could just run, grab, and keep as mine forever.
     My favorites from below would have to be the Upwardly Mobile Satchel in Neon Orange from Modcloth (it's absolutely gorgeous!) and the Givenchy Gold Cap ballet flats! They are so cute, and maybe I'll even find a "save" pair since I sadly can't shell out $505 for them. Click the collage for a full list & links to all the items!

Citrus Crush

Home Is Wherever I'm With You

     The minute I saw Amanda Brooks' gorgeous rustic cabin house on Unabashedly Prep, I was in love! The cabin is absolutely gorgeous, and the interior alone is absolutely amazing. It honestly left me close to speechless, and the backdrop of snow just set it off perfectly! I love the colors, especially the large amount of browns, reds, and greens! And I really like how there's a lot of patterns in the furniture (especially the rugs & pillows), but it's not too much.

     My favorite part about her home is just how simple everything is, yet how it works together so well! I think everything comes together and just has this amazing in-the-woods effect in the end, and it's just purely beautiful.  I think this would be the perfect place for a winter escape, but take a peek for yourself! Oh and btw, her outfit is amazing!

L.L. Bean Boots

      I never shy away from looking at new trends to see if there's anything I might want to test our, or something I may decide to pass on. Though the idea of dying the tips of my hair purple and pink has been passed, one trend caught my eye a while ago and it hasn't completely been let go since! What am I talking about? I'm talking about Bean Boots. I'm not too sure when the first time I saw them was, but I think I was browsing through Tumblr when I laid my eyes upon them. They were simply worn, with dark skinny jeans, an over-sized sweater, and a navy pea coat to match it. I was in love.

     Fast forward a few weeks, and the beloved boots were popping up everywhere! I finally caught wind of their name, and they became an instant bookmark in my favorites. The Bean Boots, by L.L. Bean, are absolutely perfect. They're so simple, they are made from the finest material, and they just have this amazing preppy simple vibe that I love! It's like.....they're not flashy, they're just those shoes you want to kick the snow with, but wipe off and wear with something that sparkles or maybe something that's simple as well. From what I've heard, they're perfect for sleet, snow, and rain. Bonus! And the rubber mocs are just as nice too. Though I'm only beginning to learn about their long history, I wouldn't mind having a pair of them right by the door! And even if they're coming out with new wild colors (I heard hot pink and blue boots were next), I'd want to keep it simple with a gorgeous pair of 6" boots in tan and navy! Now if only I could stop being an avid shopper, and save up $89 to snag a pair! Could it be done? I think yes. I do have a pair of snow boots that are somewhat close to the bean boot, but mine are really heavy! I think the boots would be so much lighter!
Bean Boots

My good ole' snow boots, which may act as a Bean Boot substitute.


     Happy New Year everyone! I can't believe it's already 2012! When 12am hit, I sat on the couch for a minute and really thought about the past years. I don't think I've mentioned it before, but my family and I moved from Zimbabwe to the United States in 2004. I can remember that day driving to our new home from the airport, I can remember my first day in an American school, and I can remember all the first friends I made! Thinking back, the past 15 years of my life have gone by so fast and I really wish I knew where time went.

     I hope that in 2012 I can accomplish all the goals I set for myself, and I will never ever back down. In 2012, I really want to try my hardest, but also focus on school and on the two sports I love the most. Oh, and of course blog now & again ;). In 2011, I lost friends, I gained friends, I cried, I laughed, I got to do some pretty amazing things (like write for Prep Talk) and I really started to grow up. I feel like I'm slowly inching my way into the grown up world where excuses don't fly, but where the rewards are bigger. I can't wait to see what 2012 brings to me, can't wait to try new things, and thank you all for your amazing support in 2011!♥

{Here's a little look back at some of my favorite trends of 2011, in collage form}

The Girls of Cambridge
The Breaks
The Wolf - Fever Ray
An American Beauty

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