Friday, October 20, 2017

Currently... Vol. 3

Happy Friday, friends! I'm so excited to be sharing my next volume of "Currently" with y'all. You seemed to all really like it, and I enjoy writing it, too, so I'm glad I decided to make it a reoccurring series here.


If you're new to Live The Prep Life, welcome! Every Friday I do a fun post where I update y'all on my life. Today I'm sharing what I'm currently eating, loving, reading, etc... let's hop right in!

Eating... all the pumpkin spice things! Trader Joe's has been killing it lately. Pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin butter... the list goes on. I'm pretty sure my blood is at least 53% pumpkin spice by this point... #cantstopwontstop. Oh, and I also had my first PSL of the season the other day, too (pictured above)!

Reading... I picked up Anna Kendrick's memoir from the library, but it surprisingly wasn't that good and I honestly couldn't even finish it. I did, however, love Abby Wambach's memoir - I'm almost finished with it and her soccer journey was a really interesting story.

Watching... do I even have to say??? Grey's Anatomy for the win!

Listening... My current favorite songs are Dear World by Ecosmith, High School by Kelsea Ballerini, and Hitchhiker by Demi Lovato. As I write this, I hear Taylor Swift's new song is supposed to be released tomorrow, so I can't wait for that, too!

Wearing... all the fall sweaters! Sweater weather is finally upon us, my friends, and I couldn't be happier! I just shared this sweater in a blog post, ordered this cardigan last week, and have my eye on this cozy pullover... are we sensing a theme here??

Wanting... I want this top from SheIn (how perfect would it be with the cardigan I linked above?!), but even though I've had success from there before, I'm still kind of hesitant to order from them. I also have my eye on this top and this jacket, but I'm hesitant about pulling the trigger...

Thanks for reading - be sure to let me know what you've been loving currently in a comment below. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ruffle Sleeve Sweater

We finally had the first real day of fall in Texas this weekend! It was so nice outside, which meant it was officially time to pull out the sweaters! It's no secret that sweater weather is my favorite time of year, and sweaters like this one are the main reason why. This light pink sweater is such a beautiful color, and the fun ruffles on the sleeves really play into this season's trends.










Sweater (almost identical) // Necklace (similar here & here) // Jeans // Boots

I wore this outfit while going to a Greek food festival near me. It takes place at a church near us every October, so my family and I always go! They have so much delicious food (I ate a ton of spanikopita & baklava) and a bunch of people singing and dancing. It's such a fun, lively event, and I love going each year. The church is gorgeous, so of course I had to take some pictures!

This sweater is sadly sold out, but I've seen so many cute similar ones lately! I've included a ton of my favorites in the widget below - happy shopping!



What fall trends have you been loving lately?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Life Lately Vol. 29

Happy Friday, friends! Today was a short week, because I had Monday off and I took the PSAT on Wednesday, so it doesn't feel like Friday to me. I'm not complaining, though, because this means I get to sleep in for the next two days! My sisters' elementary school is hosting their fall carnival this weekend, and I get to go volunteer at that which will be really fun. Their elementary school hosts so many fun events, and I love going to them because they make me feel so nostalgic!



My sister (aka my amazing photographer!) celebrated her tenth birthday last week. We went out to her favorite restaurant to celebrate, and I think it's safe to say she had a great birthday! I still remember when she was born - it makes me sad to think that she's already ten years old.


Since we had a Friday off last week, my family and I went to go tour SMU. It's such a gorgeous campus, and I really enjoyed our visit there. We got to walk around, tour the journalism building, and grab lunch at the best pizza place right off campus. I wrote an entire blog post about my day there + what I wore, so click here to read that!
my favorite taco place near me

click here to see how I read the Bible
truth... am I right?!

While I'm thinking about it, you should definitely go follow me on Instagram! Although I haven't been posting as many pictures, (it's hard finding time to shoot outfits during the school year, hence the lack of outfit posts lately) I've been posting a ton of stories that provide insight into my daily life! 99% of them are about food... but at this point are we even really surprised?

It got cold here in Texas earlier on in the week, so I wore a sweater for the first time this season and I was over the moon! Sadly, it's back in the 90's now, but the cool temperatures gave me a little taste of fall and left me craving more!

Thanks for reading - have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall Hues At SMU

Last weekend, I went with my family to walk around the gorgeous campus of Southern Methodist University! We visited a bunch of interesting buildings on campus: the journalism building, the business building, and the fine arts center, to name a few. This was my first time visiting SMU, and it is simply beautiful! I love all of the red brick buildings and greenery everywhere - it's definitely the prettiest college campus I've ever visited.

After walking around for a few hours, we went to a little pizza place called Olivella's that was right off campus, and it was amazing - their dough and sauces are all handmade, and the pizzas taste so fresh and delicious. After that, we went to Society Bakery for dessert, and I had the best cupcake I think I've ever had. The bakery is so cute, and they have all of their beautifully frosted cakes on display. I was in a food coma by the end of the day, but if you're in the Dallas area, I definitely recommend both places.
















Fall is my favorite season, but in Dallas it's just so hard to wear fall clothes due to the weather. It was around 85 degrees when we went, but there was a cool breeze, so I was able to wear jeans without getting too hot. One of my favorite ways to wear fall clothes in hot weather is to incorporate darker, more subdued colors into my wardrobe. This top from Francesca's is the best because it's short-sleeved and super thin but the color is perfect for fall, and lace-up necklines are so trendy right now. I actually stole it from my mom, haha, but it was the perfect shirt to wear!

It might not sound like the best idea to wear heeled boots while walking around a college campus all day, but these are actually really comfortable! My feet didn't hurt at all, even after walking around for five hours. I've worn them while walking through Dallas before, and they've never let me down. I also wore my one of my favorite pairs of jeans (these are my favorites but the ones I'm wearing are a close second... Francesca's never lets me down!) and some simple gold jewelry to finish off the look.

Overall, it was such a fun day - I loved getting to tour SMU and could definitely see myself going there one day. Thanks for reading!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Link Love Vol. 28

I couldn't be happier that it's finally Friday. My school gave us a four day weekend in honor of Columbus Day, which means no school for me today! My family and I are going to go tour SMU today - I'm so excited because I hear the campus is beautiful, and it will be fun to see what a traditional day at college is like, since the students will still be going to class today. Stay tuned for lots of pictures - it's bound to be a fun day!
Celebrating my sister's birthday earlier this week!
Since I introduced a new series on the blog last week, it's been a while since I've shared a link roundup, so I have quite the compilation of links for y'all today! Grab a snack (I suggest something pumpkin flavored from Trader Joe's) and enjoy!

1 // Caitlyn's pantry is basically my life goal... I've never seen anything so organized!

2 // I've always wanted to go to Santa Fe, and I absolutely love Kate's travel guide to the beautiful city.

3 // Dorothy's blue & white classroom is the prettiest thing EVER. I so wish I could've had a classroom like that in elementary school!

4 // Being a fashion blogger is by no means easy... and Cathy's post pretty much proves it

5 // Lauren talks all about how to get out of your comfort zone when it comes to style, something I really want to start doing.

6 // No fall wardrobe is complete without an arsenal of vests - I'm loving Kelly's picks!

7 // Cristina's fall essentials have me so excited for all things autumn!

8 // Blanket scarves are another fall necessity, and I love how Lauren has been styling them lately.

9 // I keep seeing pictures of the Museum of Ice Cream, and it seems like so much fun! I loved watching Aspyn's vlogs and reading her blog posts about the experience.

10 // The Color Factory is another cool exhibit that I keep seeing, and all of Molly's colorful snapshots of it radiate with happiness!

11 // Helene shares fifteen easy travel poses you can do to keep your Instagram looking great while on vacation.

12 // Okay, this is really random... but I stumbled across this grill the other day while online shopping, and while I have zero use for it, I can't bear to close the tab on my laptop...

13 // I think this top would be perfect for fall and winter, especially paired with these jeans!

14 // It can be really hard to find cute burnt orange clothing, but Brighton's got you covered as to what to wear for the Texas-OU game!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

How I Study The Bible | Supplies, Methods, & More



I first tried to study the Bible on my own around three summers ago. I was young, had no idea how to study the Bible or where to begin, and I honestly didn't like it because I made it too confusing for myself. I started out by reading Exodus and just went from there. I went in numerical order, page by page; I would read half a book or so per night and would write down anything I thought was important. I had no plan, no devotional, nothing. I was confused by all the big words and got lost very easily.

Fast forward to earlier this year, and I really started to enjoy reading the Bible. I downloaded a free Bible app on my phone, and it had a ton of free devotionals that really helped me comprehend the Bible and I grew a lot closer to God. 

And now... we enter present day, where I'm doing the most thorough, comprehensible study of the Bible I've ever done and I couldn't be happier! My sweet friend Ashley made me this incredibly gorgeous handmade Bible for my birthday, and it fills me with overflowing joy every time I look at it, let alone open it. Today I thought I'd share exactly how I study the Bible, since it is definitely intimidating (I think we've established that already) but is so crucial in your faith journey.



// ABOUT MY BIBLE //

My Bible is a journaling Bible, which means it has margins on every page for you to write notes or verses that speak to you. I've seen Bible journaling on Pinterest for the longest time, and I think it is such a creative way for you to express your faith! I'm definitely not the most artistic person, but my skills get better with every verse I do and I truly love sitting down to draw out a verse that really inspires me.



// STUDYING //

Basically, I still use the Bible app on my phone since it has a great selection of free devotionals that allow me to study whatever topic I choose. I will pull up whatever devotional that I am currently reading, and find the verses in my physical Bible. I write down all of the verses that are part of my devotional or verses that speak to me in a notebook. Then, I will write down the significance of that verse / what my takeaway is from that verse. After that, I write a sentence on how I can apply it to my daily life. I also read the verse of the day in my Bible app and write down my takeaway from that verse and how I can apply it to my life. If there's a verse that really stands out to me, I will take about twenty minutes to journal it out in the margins of my Bible (I'll go more into detail about that later on in this post).


When I'm finished studying my Bible for the night (I usually study the Bible right before I go to bed) I will say a prayer encompassing all of the verses and topics I studied, and then I put my supplies away and put my Bible back onto my nightstand!


I also have this cute little book of verses that I bought a few years ago at Walmart, of all places. I love flipping through it to discover new verses.





// SUPPLIES //

As far as writing in the Bible, I have a few supplies and methods that I like to use. My favorite journaling supplies to use are the Faber-Castell Gelato Sticks. I did a lot of research as to what supplies I should get, and I'm really glad that I finally settled on these! They are the perfect mixed media tool and I love the ways they can be used. Whenever I'm journaling a verse, I will write it in the margins with a pen (these are my favorite, but they smear sometimes so I will typically use these instead) and then highlight it with the Gelatos. If I'm drawing something, I will also color it in with the Gelatos. I love the watercolor look it creates, but the Gelatos are so easy to use (think of them like lipsticks that you can color with).



I'm still figuring out the best ways to study the Bible, so my methods will probably grow and improve over time, but I really wanted to share this post with y'all. I would love to start doing more faith-related blog posts in the future, so if you have any ideas or suggestions for faith-related posts, leave them in a comment below! I would also love to hear how you study the Bible, so if you have any suggestions on other ways to study the Bible, leave them in a comment below too!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Currently... Vol. 2

Happy Friday, friends! I feel so bad for not writing a blog post earlier on in the week. This week is homecoming week at my school, and it's been fun, but I've been pretty busy between that and schoolwork so I just felt like a little mental break was necessary. However, I'm back with some exciting news - I'm starting a new series here on the blog!



If you've been a longtime reader, you know that every Friday I either write a Link Love blog post or Life Lately blog post. I love writing both of those, and I'm not planning on stopping any time soon, but I felt it was time for a new Friday series! I did a "Currently" post a while back, and y'all really seemed to like it, so I thought it was about time that I make it a weekly thing. I'll be doing this post every three weeks, so get excited!

Eating... lately I've been really obsessed with peanut butter. This is nothing new, because I've always been obsessed with it, but in the past few weeks it's become a daily essential in my after-school snacks. I love putting it on a banana and topping it with chocolate chips, putting it on an apple and topping it with chocolate chips, putting it on Trader Joe's plantain chips, spreading it on top of homemade granola bars, putting it on a spoon and eating it... you get the idea. I'm addicted. But it's sogood and at least it's somewhat healthy, right?!

Wanting... fall weather to come! I'm just so excited for fall but clearly Mother Nature is not - it's still 90ish degrees in Texas :/

Wearing... Nike shorts and t-shirts. I've basically given up on my school wardrobe. I'm so over summer fashion, but like I said, it's so hot here, so I've resorted to wearing comfy clothes to school every day. It's just so much easier to get dressed when I don't have to put on jeans...

Watching... the new season of Grey's Anatomy! It just premiered last night, and I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but I'm planning on watching it when I get home from school today & I can't wait!

Reading... I haven't had any time to read books of my choice, which makes me so sad, but my soccer team is currently doing two book studies and I really love both of the books we're reading! We are reading The Hard Hat and The Power of Positive Leadership, both by Jon Gordon, and they are both so inspiring and eye-opening. If you're part of a team or organization of any sort, I recommend checking either one of these books out as I feel that they both have really good lessons in them. I also picked up Scrappy Little Nobody from the library, but sadly, it's not as good as I'd expected :(

Listening... to Thomas Rhett's new album. He devoted an entire album to how much he loves his wife, and if that isn't true love, then I don't know what is. My favorite songs off the album are Life Changes and Sixteen, but they're all so good!

Thanks for reading - I hope you're loving this new series! I love to hear from y'all, so leave me a comment below telling me what you've been loving as of lately. Have a great weekend!