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2108 Goals!

So I am sure you are seeing this post everywhere on social media but I couldn’t resist to hop on the band wagon as I am excited to get the new year going. I have done a lot of thinking the past few weeks about my own goals and how to go about accomplishing them. I think the biggest tip that I’ve learned is its all in the mindset. If you want change in your life thats the only way you are going to go about making it happen for yourself. Something to remember while creating your own resolutions is, your goals don’t have to be these big huge, life-changing things. If you break down your goals and make them more attainable you’ll be rewarded in the long run. Whether its a small change or a big change, any change brings you one step closer to where you want to be. You have to start where you see fit.

I think back to where I was at the start of 2017 and I am so impressed with the changes that I see in myself now. This year was a good one as far as my goals go. I for the most part stuck with them and see great improvement in myself. This year is about keeping things going, making little changes and increasing the momentum of things.

I narrowed it down to five goals..

1.Blogging Schedule: I have grown my blog in the past year and created higher quality content and for that I am grateful. I truly have learned so much this past year. It hasn’t been easy but its rewarding to look back on where you once were and see how far you’ve come. This year for me, is about creating more of a set schedule so that I don’t fall off the planet every so often. Life can be hectic, adding some structure will do me a world of good. There is just so much behind the scenes work in trying to grow your brand that readers don’t get to see, all of it can be hard to keep up with at times. Props to the bloggers who have awesome, authentic engagement and daily posts while managing a day job and other obligations. Teach me your ways haha…

I am going to focus on setting a daily social media and engagement routine as well as a set schedule for blog posts. I think if I pin point it all down to who I am going to be engaging with on a daily basis on instagram, facebook, pinterest, and twitter I can know where I am headed for the day and get the task done more efficiently. One of the bigger things that goes into this goal is sitting at my desk to get things done as opposed to laying in bed typing away. Day one and so far so good!

2. Fitness: 2017 was about figuring out that I enjoy going to the gym and I actually like working out. I remember some of my hardest days mentally were turned around by a great workout. My boyfriend Nick pushed me to go when I wasn’t feeling well and I thank him for that. I saw myself getting stronger physically and mentally. Towards the end of the year I have definitely fallen out of the routine of going to the gym. I think a lot of that was no longer having someone to go with as consistently now that my boyfriend and I are both out of college. I haven’t been feeling confident enough to go on my own so 2018 is about getting back in there and learning more so that I can feel confident enough to work out alone. Having a workout buddy is great but I don’t want to have to rely on another person’s schedule to get a work out in.

Another goal that I have set for myself within fitness is to use the app headspace and Meditate daily. I suffer from anxiety and I get overwhelmed easily. Though it is much better than it used to be I still have flare ups from time to time. I have tried meditation in a stress management class in college and I honestly hated it.. but I am going to give it another go. I have heard wonderful things so I think its time to try it out for myself.

3. Reading at least once a day/night: I have a love for audio books so I want to set time aside to either listen before bed or the car and/or physically reading a book. I am someone who mainly reads in the summertime, I blame school for that but now that school is done I want to take advantage of the extra time spent not doing homework to read more. Follow along on Goodreads to keep up with books I am reading!

4. Save Money: I have an issue with buying too many clothes. I think blogging feeds into that bad habit because as bloggers there is this pressure to share relevant things with readers. This year I am going to try to break the habit and wear what I have. A lot of my pieces are classic and timeless enough that I don’t need the newest version etc. I know I won’t be able to cut out buying clothes altogether but limiting myself to only the pieces I truly need like once a month is a good place to start!

5. Get a FULL TIME job: this goal is self explanatory. For those of you who don’t know I don’t have a full-time job yet since graduating college. It is something that weighs heavy on me because I don’t really know where to even begin. I know I don’t need to have things altogether right away so this year is about finding the right fit in the job department. Fingers crossed!

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Outfit Series: Apple Picking

You guys asked for it, I am going to do my best to deliver! Weekly posts on Thursdays. This Thursday I am going to share my beloved apple picking experience. Its probably my favorite post of the year to be honest. Apple picking, in my life, is something that’s really important to me. I think because fall is my favorite season and its kind of like the beginning marker for fall so I get really into it.

This year was the hottest October to date so it really threw the experience for a whirl. I pushed going with Nick until I knew that if I pushed it off any longer there would be no apples left, so we went! It was a cooler day but still so hot to layer as much as I would’ve liked so I settled on a sweater, jeans, and hunter boots. Key tip when apple picking: wear rain boots. It can get really muddy and dirty so I find that boots are the way to go. I threw on my Barbour jacket for added warmth as it was chilly earlier in the day. Needless to say I “did it for the blog” because I was sweating so much during my shoot. I was not a happy camper.

insert photo of behind the scenes misery…

Once the photos were done we brought the cameras back to Nick’s truck and shredded our layers there and went to explore the orchid. It was so huge that we drove from place to place to ensure we hit all of the apples on our list. I am actually pretty impressed that my house is blowing through the apples I picked. We’ve already eaten about half the bag within the week.  I’m impressed.

My favorite part of the day were the animals, obviously. If you know me in real life you’ll know that I love animals so so much. I was in awe of the cows, they were just the cutest!

For you gentlemen out there we’ll go through Nick’s outfit. Like I said earlier it was so hot out so he wore a simple flannel with jeans, and some Tims. He also wore his Barbour classic wax jacket over top during the chillier moments (and for couple shots).

I ended up having a really great time once we put away the cameras. Exploring and trying different apples was so much fun. Hanging out with Nick is always fun too, he’s my best friend. Our first time really spending the day together was when we went apple picking three fall’s ago with some friends. It’s kind become our little tradition. I’m sad it came and went but I am already excited for next year!

I’ll have outfit details for both Nick and my outfits below.

 

 

September iPhone Wallpaper

There is something about the seasons changing that puts me in a good mood. I really enjoy the fall, i’d say that its my favorite time of year. Im not so excited about putting most of my bright colors away in my summer wardrobe but I’m definitely super excited to wear my sweaters!

One of the things I wanted to throw on here was my love for a neat iPhone. I know, random right? There is something about an organized phone that keeps me sane. I am constantly changing the look of my phone to give me sort of a refresher and part of that is looking for cute iPhone wallpapers each month to give myself something new to look forward to while getting the month started.

Here are some of my September favorites:

(Disclaimer: I get most of them off of Pinterest. Every once and a while I take a great shot that I deem worthy of my screen background which I am trying to do more of! Tap and hold down on the image in order to save to your phone. Enjoy!)

On My Radar: August

I feel like there are so many things going on right now. Some great and some not so great but thats life, am i right? I wanted to share some things going on as well as some things on my radar to keep you guys in the know.

First, I am pondering lots of new ideas for things here on Prepster Ange. I have hit some writers block recently and think its due to feeling as if I am being too repetitive with what I am writing about. I want to open it up to more lifestyle type posts. Don’t get me wrong, I love fashion but my life is so much more than that! I want this to be my outlet for sharing things that I love with people who choose to read along so I don’t want to limit myself with my content. And now that my schedule has changed without school I am looking into a reading schedule to keep things more consistent. I look forward to scheduling different content creator’s blog posts, or youtube videos on the days I know they post into my daily routine. I have some great things coming soon that I am very excited about so I want to have a nice foundation set up for that as well!

Life Update

So finally post-grad and employed! It was very important to me to find a job that I loved. I had a job right after graduation in the spring but it was something that was sucking the life out of me and fast. My commute was horrible. My day dragged on because I felt I wasn’t working to my full potential and it was making me miserable. I didn’t want to do anything after work, like go to the gym or do anything fun because I was so concerned about my homework, my meal prepping, making sure everything was always ready for the next morning because I don’t like waking up before 6 am…Circumstances (fate I guess you could say) led me to leave. Best decision I have ever made.

It was scary to not feel secure with what I was going to do next but life always has a way of working out. I now work at a senior living facility in the activities department and I have never loved a job more in my entire life. The residents have become such a central part of my life and they make coming to work everyday such a joy. I have learned the art of things like bingo (did you know there are SO many different bingo games you could play), the community you share at that age, and just the fact that life doesn’t stop once you get old. You do what you can to make the day bright and you make the best of the hand you were dealt in life. I am extremely blessed to have this experience in my life.

On My Radar

Some things on my radar lately that I want y’all to know about:

Lilly Pulitzer APS: The After Party Sale has been announced and I AM SO EXCITED. It begins in-stores and online the 28th-30th with a newly added preview to the sale this Sunday at 3pm. Some tips that I have for the sale are:

  1. learn to set aside money twice a year for this, I used to work at Lilly so getting Lilly discounted wasn’t an issue for me. Now I set aside money specifically for the sale because when you see something you want you can’t wait, you just have to go for it before its gone.
  2. Wake up a half hour before the sale begins. I sit there plopped in bed with some tea and breakfast and set up my computer so I am ready to get in the virtual line at 8am
  3. Have Fun! Make sure to keep checking back throughout the three days when you have some free time. They are always adding new goodies.

Tuesdays With Morrie: Now that I have no homework to do I have been reading more. I even renewed my library card and got myself a Kindle to make reading more “smart”. I love turning the pages of a book so we’ll see how the kindle works out but I have no where to store books so I have been meaning to make the switch for a while. Renewing my library card gives me the best of both worlds! I picked up this book at work and began reading when I had some down time one day. I had heard of it but never read it and found myself unable to put it down. I know that this is something that will one day be relatable to me in my line of work. I am with my residents during their final years of life and learning how to make the most of that experience for them as well as for myself was something inspiring to me. I highly recommend this book, it could change your perspective on how to live and what really matters in life. Follow along on Goodreads to see what I am reading next!

Instagram Lately

I am squeezing the last bits of summer out of my wardrobe and wanted to post some of my looks for some Sunday of Summer Inspiration!

Life Update: Graduating College

Today is the day I have been waiting for all summer and I can not believe it is finally here. As many of you saw if you follow me on social media, I graduated college in May. What you probably didn’t know is that I didn’t technically graduate as I had a summer full of classes ahead of me. I remember thinking at the beginning of Summer about how all of my friends are going to be just done with school but I’ll have to figure out how to balance a full-time job and being a full-time student this summer. I thought, what a long summer this was going to be. Boy… was I wrong. The summer flew by and today I can finally say that I am officially a college graduate.

Those of you who know me personally know that this was a very, very hard time in my life. College was a long road for me. I had things happen to me in my personal life that really set me back as far as graduating on time. I can admit that I whole-heartedly shut down at points and have wanted to give up on school but so thankful I didn’t. What I can say now is that I have learned so much about myself and am so grateful for the path I am on, today. I used to get so down on myself for being in college two extra years… How could I let this happen? And yet as time kept creeping up on me I began to feel sad about closing this chapter of my life. I think back to where I was on my first day of college, ever. The little girl I knew back then is so much different now. I have known loss and I have known true happiness during this time frame in my life.  I have learned who I am through each year that has passed me by.

To the bad things that happened to my life in 2011-2013, thank you. To the people who never stopped supporting me through some of the hardest challenges I have ever had to face, thank you. I couldn’t have gotten through it without you. To the beauty that is my life now, thank you. I am grateful for the wisdom this journey has given me. And I find myself very sad today as I close this chapter of my life. There were times when I thought I would never see this day and yet here it is. I am officially a college grad!

Mom and Dad, I did ittt!!!! (finally lol…)

Here’s a recap of my college experience:

(then)

(now)

(rest in peace to one of my best friends, Will)

 

Nordstrom Sale 2017

So to be honest this is the first year I have actually paid attention and had the opportunity to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I usually forget or don’t care that much about what they have. I am a Nordstrom card holder so I was granted early access to the sale and I don’t know, for some reason this year I have been loving the selection.

I put together a few outfits for fall with the pieces I did pick out and I will leave everything linked below.

Basics

Some of my favorite basics in the sale are s’well bottles. This was a big one for me. I use a s’well almost everyday so I am definitely using this opportunity to stock up. I have been loving the smaller 9 oz. size as it fits so perfectly in my purse/tote and they only come out to $15!!!! That’s such a great price. They also had a lot of cute shoes for fall ranging from booties to tennis shoes/trainers. I then had a chance to pick up a Nordstrom basic tee, everyone seemed to be talking about what high quality they are and they were right. I am obsessed with this tee, it is so flattering on.

Sweaters

I got one of the BP cardigans which are super comfortable (btw). I love the longer look with jeans and a tee in the fall. You could easily throw on any shoe and the look will still look so timeless and chic. Another sweater I got was this gray bell sleeve sweater. I saw one of my favorite bloggers post it in her try on haul and I immediately went for it. I can’t wait to style it for y’all soon!

Handbags

Now this was a hard section for me. Everything was just so cute. I almost got the expandable long champ tote (linked below) because its such a great price but I have so many long champ totes already that I don’t know if its really worth it. I did however get this sole society bag! I kept reaching for it during my shopping trips…yes trips… and I couldn’t give it the green light. I have been seeing it everywhere on social media and knew that It would be a great piece to have. I have been using it already and its amazing. It fits EVERYTHING. I am obsessed.

Boots

To justify this last purchase, I have wanted a pair of Tory Burch riding boots my entire life LOL. I actually like them this year as they have a classic and basic logo to them that I had to at least try them on. Now what happens next I am going to blame on my boyfriend, Nick. He talked me into buying them. My boyfriend…who hates shopping…told me I needed them. Nows the time to buy them, he said so in agreement I finally pulled the trigger. The whole way home he asked me if I regret the purchase and honestly, I didn’t one bit. Riding boots are something I wear every day in the fall and winter time. These are going to last me years and I got them at such a great price!

Outfit One:

Outfit Two:

So thats a wrap…I hope…I am excited for my new wardrobe pieces and I think I am going to hang up my shopping shoes for a while.

I’d love to know what you picked up from the sale so feel free to leave a comment down below! Happy Nordstrom Sale!

Recap: Victory Cup Polo Match!

If you follow me on social media you know I attended the Victory Cup Farm Bash over the weekend in Patterson, NY. I was the winner of a giveaway on Instagram through The Richmond Prepster’s Blog. I was gifted two VIP Golden Mallet tickets to the event and I was thrilled to attend.

I have been to horse races in the past but never a polo match so I was excited to see what it was all about. There were many sponsors at the event so there was lots to do aside from watching polo. My boyfriend, Nick was super excited about the car show that was being held across the field. He’s super into cars so I was happy he got to see some cool ones.

I think my favorite part of the event was getting to pet the horses in-between matches. Horses are such beautiful animals. There were also a lot of vendors selling all your derby/preppy essentials. Among them were big derby hats, woven belts, and my favorite, the Zach Ryan Clothing Booth. I picked up one of his super cute solids tees as seen in my Instagram: here. Stay tuned to see how I styled this cute tee soon!

I met some pretty cool people at the event and I was so grateful for the experience. I was a little out of my comfort zone because there were so many of my favorite bloggers/entrepreneurs attending that I felt a little overwhelmed but everyone I met was super kind and really motivating. They really inspired me to keep at this whole blogging thing if its something I am really passionate about and to not be so hard on myself. Patience is key. I am grateful for the new friendships that came out of this weekend and I am excited to see where I’ll be for next year’s farm bash. It was truly the best party of summer!

Pictured: @culleycommittee and @therichmondprepster

Summer Hobbies + How to Stay Productive During Summer

Hello everyone! Today were going to talk about something that strays away from the usual outfit post/life update. These are things that have been inspiring me and helping me to have an organized summer and I hope these tips motivate you as well. Summer can be a trying time whether you are a student on break from school or an adult trying to grasp as much daylight as physically possible in-between working. The key is to stay productive. I know how hard that can be, summer is the season for forgetting what day it is and being lazy. Its hard not to get lost and let the season pass you by. Here’s a few minor things you can incorporate into your daily routine to help make the most of this great time of year.

  1. Make your bed each morning: I do this anyway (most days) I find that when I don’t I usually decide to lay in it all day. Once I make the bed in the morning I feel so much better about tackling the day and making the most out of my time. Its as if it sets me free and makes me feel organized and motivated to get things done.
  2. Set a small goal each day: Summer can come with a lot of time off/down time. It is important to make sure that you utilize that extra time to the fullest. A great way to keep yourself on track is to strive to achieve something you would like to get done each day. A great way to do this is to keep a running to-do list of all the things you have been meaning to do but the hustle and bustle of the rest of the year has prevented you from completing. I always feel like having a list is more incentive to get things done because who doesn’t LOVE to cross something off a to-do list, am I right?
  3. Play sports: There is something about going outside and having a catch or heading down to the town’s track/tennis courts to have a fun time with family or friends. It is a way to get a workout in while doing something different. I find that it keeps things interesting when you switch things up like this. Plus its so much fun, I have been loving taking full advantage of the weather even if its just a catch outside after dinner, with my boyfriend.  Any excuse to be outside works for me!
  4. Form Healthy Habits (ex. go to the gym, read/listen to a book): Consistency is key with this one. Its important to keep at your weekly routine. Things like going to the gym and reading really cleanse your body physically and mentally. They keep you healthy. I just recently finished a show on Netflix so now I am taking a break from TV. I feel so much more productive during my day. I hook my iPad up to my speaker and listen to an audio book while I lounge around in my room. It’s a great way to unwind.
  5. Bake/Make a treat: One thing that is on my to-do list for next week is to take the time to make more treats for myself. Whether it be a batch of brownies or a special homemade juice that you love, its always nice being able to have a little treat prepared for yourself during the week. Next week I am making homemade popsicles to try out the trend. Its a great, healthier alternative to ice cream and I can’t wait to show y’all how they turn out. Definitely stay tuned for that!
  6. (last but not least…) Have a morning and nighttime routine: Keeping at these routines will help you stay on track during the summertime. They start and end your day, in a healthy way, that incorporates the things you view as important to you into your daily routine.

I hope you were able to take something along with you on your journey from today’s post. I have been so motivated to give myself a healthy routine now that I have less structure as I have finished college. These small changes make all the difference whether you are someone who works full-time or is enjoying summer break. I find that these little changes that I strive to make each day make all the difference when it comes to my mood and how much I accomplish. Summer is too beautiful to be passed by. Make the most of the time you have!

Remain True to Your Goals


I have finally made my transition to working full-time and it is kicking my butt. Thankfully, we had a three-day weekend in observance for Memorial Day and I was over-joyed for the extra time to get things done around my house.

With this transition being so hard, it has really opened my eyes to just how much productivity matters. I went from having a lot of free-time to do all the things I need to get done to having almost no time at all. Needless to say I have been researching ways and downloading apps to keep myself in check. If you know me, you know that I get stressed out very easily. It is very important to figure out ways to keep my stress levels low.

One of those things being making time for the gym. I was no gym-bug to begin with but going to the gym was something that I was enjoying. I can’t let myself lose sight of that goal I set because I’m too tired all of a sudden. Not to mention the importance of physical activity when working a 9-5 desk job. One of the goals through working on my productivity throughout the week is going to be making it to the gym at least twice a week, working my way up from there.


My favorite sports bra while working out is this one pictured from Victoria Secret. It is long enough to where  you can wear it as a cropped top with leggings and has a high enough neck line that it is not too revealing. I loved it so much that when they went on sale I got all the colors I could find. I paired the outfit with my Gymshark Fit Leggings and I really love the look. I have worn this top with high waisted leggings as well and I like that look even more. I am not one who likes to show a lot of skin but these tops show the perfect amount!



I hope y’all are doing well with the goals you have set for yourselves in early 2017. Were just about at the half way mark, the perfect time to re-motivate yourselves and keep pushing towards your goals no matter what changes in life have occurred. Leave a comment below letting me know how your weekend was, I’d love to hear all about it!

The Gift of Time for my Graduate

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently graduated college. It has been a long road for me because I didn’t finish in the normal four years. However, I ended up being extremely grateful for the extra time. It really gave me a chance to continue to learn about myself and what I wanted for my future.

When Jord Watches reached out to me a little over a month ago, I thought, what perfect timing! Not only was I extremely honored to work with this company, but I was able to relate to Jord’s present Mother’s Day/Graduation campaign on a personal level, as a graduate. I know I would love a timeless gift like this for my own graduation and with a huge thank you to Jord, I now have one.

I spent time learning about the product and I am genuinely impressed with the beautiful details of the time piece. It is such a unique watch and the trend seems to be taking over across social media. This company has beautiful watches for both men and women. I had loads of fun styling mine. I found that this watch went with any occasion. I wore mine in a beautiful sun-dress on a gorgeous day or just running around, doing my errands/attending classes for the day.

I have the  Koa & Rose Gold, Cora Series and I absolutely love it. I have gotten so many compliments on it. It really is such a cool watch. The face is rose gold with beautiful swarovski crystal time markers and my favorite feature, an open back so you can see the beautiful make-up of the watch. My boyfriend, Nick was very jealous! I’ll definitely be back to shop around for him one day. Having my own Jord, I can attest to the quality of the piece and I believe it is something you can keep forever. And who doesn’t love the wood?! I love the look.

Jord Watches was kind enough to hold a contest for my readers that ends tonight at 11:59 PM. I know I have posted about it quite frequently already via  instagram but there is still time to enter for the chance to win $100 gift code towards your own perfect time piece. It can’t hurt to enter as everyone who enters gets their own $25 gift code and I highly recommend that you take full advantage of this fun giveaway!!

Link to enter: Click Here!



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Thank you Jord Watches for sponsoring this post!

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