Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Teddy Bear Coat

When I stumbled upon this coat while shopping, I initially wasn't sure if I liked it or not. It's definitely trendier than the clothing I typically gravitate to, but when I tried it on, I fell in love. Not gonna lie, I felt kind of silly in it, but I convinced myself that I needed it since I didn't actually own a coat, it was so warm, it was reversible, and it reminded me of something Kenzie Elizabeth would wear (and don't we all want to be her??)

Teddy bear, sherpa, wubby, shearling... whatever you call it, there's no denying that it's one of the most popular trends of the season! Today I'm sharing how I style mine - enjoy!

Sweater // Coat (almost sold out, similar here) // Jeans // Boots (similar) // Beanie // Necklace

I wore this outfit out to brunch with my family yesterday. We went to Breadwinners, and my banana bread french toast was delicious! I thought it was going to be really cold, but it ended up being around 60, and here I was wearing a coat and sweater... whoops.

I wanted the coat to be the main focal point; so I kept my outfit fairly simple: a sweater, necklace, jeans, and boots. I also added my favorite accessory at the moment: a white pom-pom beanie! I actually bought it on Amazon, and it's so cozy and warm!

I've linked a bunch of similar coats in the widget below - happy shopping!

Have you tried the teddy bear trend yet? What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My 2018 Mantra | Count It All Joy

A few weeks ago when reading the Bible, I stumbled upon a phrase that really resonated with me. I knew instantly that I wanted it to be my mantra for 2018; it was the perfect mantra to live my life by and summed up how I wanted 2018 to be.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. ~ James 1:2-3

While I love this whole verse, the part that I kept repeating over and over in my head was count it all joy. I want to live a life full of joy and jubilance, no matter the circumstances.

This year, I want to find the joy in all situations, big or small, good or bad. I want to live in the moment and find the joy in each and every day, because I know that a few years from now I'll look back on 2018 and miss it. I want to enjoy my time in high school, my time playing soccer, my time with my friends and family, my time going places, because one day it will all be over and these moments will have turned into distant memories. Even though I may dread waking up early for soccer each morning or spending long nights doing notes for AP Human, I want to find the good in those situations and focus on being positive.

I want to live a life full of joy, of spontaneity, of happiness. Even through all the trials and tribulations I will face this year, I want to find the joy in the moment and make each day one to remember.

What is your mantra for 2018? Let me know in a comment below!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Link Love Vol. 32

Welcome to the first Link Love of 2018! I hope you've had an amazing first week of the new year (and, if you're back at school/work, I hope your first week back wasn't too rough.). Today I'm sharing some of my favorite links that have been floating around the web recently - enjoy!

1 // Eight little phrases you really need to stop saying this year

2 // Here's exactly how long it would take you to binge-watch your favorite TV show

3 // I'm (possibly) headed to Maui this summer and I fell in love with the photography in this travel guide

4 // I thought that the best celebrity social media fails of 2017 were pretty funny, tbh

5 // I had my first acai bowl the other day and fell in love, so I really want to make some more this year! Alexa has some great ideas for all sorts of toppings you can put on your smoothie bowls.

6 // I loved hearing all about Brighton's best purchases of 2017.

7 // Gabby's travel bucket list has me feeling all sorts of wanderlust vibes! (Also, I think this is such a fun blog post idea, so let me know if you want me to do one!)

8 // I always love Aspyn's travel vlogs/photos so I enjoyed scrolling through her 2017 recap.

10 // Dani's 2017 reflection was so inspirational!

11 // You can never go wrong with some good NYC brunch, and Ashley's brunch snapshots from her trip have me drooling!

I currently have some peanut butter bread in the oven, so I'm going to wrap this post up now and go check on it. :) Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Snapshots

2017 was such an amazing year, so I thought today I would reflect back on it and share some of my favorite snapshots and memories of the year. Enjoy!

My word for 2017... determined!

My sweet bunny turned O-N-E on Valentine's Day!

I spent Spring Break in Park City with my dad and sister!

Skiing at Deer Valley in Park City - my favorite ski trip yet!

Happy Easter!

Celebrating Sarah's birthday with popsicles!

Mother's Day in Lilly

My little sister graduated preschool!

Saying goodbye to middle school at my 8th grade banquet
My best friends and I kicked off summer by shopping until we dropped!

My most liked Instagram of the year

Celebrating Father's Day with an amazing brunch

I spent a long weekend at the most beautiful resort ever and took some gorgeous pictures!
My family and I spent a week in Austin where I got to visit UT and a bunch of other cool Austin spots!

On top of Austin at Graffiti Park!

Probably the best picture I took this year

I got to go to Chicago and watch my favorite soccer team, Real Madrid, play live.
Without a doubt, my favorite picture of the year... on top of Chicago!

Celebrating my 15th birthday with a dinner at my favorite restaurant...

... and brunch with my friends the next day!

I got a Bible for my birthday, which really helped me grow my faith and become closer to God.

I joined YoungLife!
I toured SMU in October!

My sister and I visited the state fair!
As much as I hate football, I went to my school's rivalry game and had tons of fun!

I participated in my school's color run to support human trafficking victims

Celebrating Ashley's birthday with cupcakes!

I toured TCU over Thanksgiving Break!

For Thanksgiving, my sisters and I each made our own pies!

I held a Christmas cookie exchange filled with sweet treats, great friends, and cute pictures

Another cookie exchange picture :)

I got a MacBook for Christmas!!
Here's to an amazing 2017 and an even better 2018!

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Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 New Year's Resolutions + Blogging Goals

Happy New Year! I'm kicking off 2018 by sharing everything I hope to accomplish in the upcoming year! I was pretty good about following through on last year's resolutions, so let's hope this year will be equally as productive!


Stop saying "like" // I'm so guilty of saying this word constantly, and that's become apparent to me whenever I edit my YouTube videos and hear myself saying it over and over. I really want to focus on eliminating this word from my vocabulary.

Run 200 Miles // I just picked this as a random number, so I honestly have no idea if this goal is easily achievable or basically impossible. I like to run, but I want run more in order to focus on endurance and speed.

Cut Back On Dessert // As a dessert lover, I hate to add this one to the list, but I've recently noticed that every time after eating dessert, my stomach hurts to the point where I can barely stand up straight. Needless to say, that's not fun, so I should probably limit my dessert to two or three times a week.

Take a Picture/Video Every Day // I really want to focus on capturing the moment more. I plan on taking a picture or video every day so I can look back on 2018 a few years from now and see what a great year it was. I want to do a video where I film a second each day for the entire year and put it all together at the end - I think that would be so fun!


Hit 5k on Instagram // This past year was such a slow year for me when it came to Instagram growth. I barely gained 500 followers, and my engagement decreased significantly. I attribute most of that to the new algorithm and the business accounts, so I've switched back to a personal account in hopes to increase engagement.

Rebrand // I've talked briefly about this before, but I feel like Live The Prep Life isn't me anymore. I want to create a new blog name, but I've been thinking about this for six months and have yet to come up with a name I could see myself using and loving in the long run.

Improve My Video Editing Skills // I just got a MacBook for Christmas, and with that comes so many great editing softwares! I have no clue how to use them, but I'm eager to start learning and improve my video editing skills.

Learn To Shoot In Manual Mode // I hoped to do this last summer, but never quite got around to it. While intimidating, I want to learn how to shoot in manual mode on my camera so I can have better quality pictures.

I also hope to complete a few more items on my 101 in 1001 list - it ends this September!

Lastly, I would really appreciate it if you could take the time to fill out this reader survey to help me better plan content for y'all in the upcoming year. Your support is greatly appreciated!

What are your resolutions?