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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: Thanksgiving with The Paper Store

Growing up Thanksgiving was always the holiday hosted at my home so I loved getting to eat and then immediately changing into PJs while I relaxed for the rest of the night. Nothing beats the crisp fall air, town football in the morning, and catching up with extended family for the day. I see my extended family frequently, but I see them the most in a short span of time during these next few months. Its always nice to catch up with them.

I am always in a rut about what to wear for Thanksgiving. Do I dress up? Is it not that big of a deal? I feel as though I am one who enjoys dressing the part so any excuse for a cute outfit I typically go for it. This year, I chose this cozy sweatshirt dress from The Paper Store as I love the color. It screams fall and its so warm. It was perfectly paired with over-the-knee boots which I will have linked for you below. The combination is one I am going to start wearing more as I can’t stand tights. Investing in a pair of these boots is well worth it and a great alternative for the person who can’t stand to freeze but won’t wear the tights. The boots kept my legs warm during the photos, I was super happy about it.

I must say that I love the quality of clothing I have gotten from The Paper Store this season. This dress was so flattering on and it really did a great job of keeping me warm. The detailing on their pieces really gets me. They add such simple, yet elegant, feminine details to each piece, like, this simple oversized sweatshirt (if you will). You can wear this piece out and about or even in the office if you wanted. In my opinion, the perfect option for those who love wearing dresses in the fall and winter time.

This time of year always flies by so quickly. I can not believe we are already half way through November! Be sure to check out The Paper Store as they have some hidden gems this season. It is always such a pleasure getting to work with them. You can shop online or stop in if you have one in your area.

Fall Staple Pieces with The Paper Store

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic Thursday, the weekend is just around the corner and i couldn’t be more excited. It finally feels like fall outside and I have been breaking out my flannels and sweaters…about time, its only November (no biggie!)

Today I am sharing with you some of my fall staple pieces this season. I am someone who doesn’t really invest in trends. If I find a piece that is trendy but fits well into my classic style i’ll add it to my closet but I really try to stick to those versatile pieces that will last me season after season. One of my biggest things this season is quality over quantity. For me, working in fashion as well as having a blog, I easily get caught up in wanting to buy everything all the time. I clearly don’t have that kind of budget so I am really trying to focus on limiting myself to only the pieces that will give me so much wear.

The first item that I would say to invest in is good Denim

I get most of my denim from J.Crew or Express. I am not really sure about the quality of Express Denim yet. I like it but I don’t love it, J.Crew’s Denim is amazing though. Denim is timeless and something that can be worn season after season. I find myself living in Denim in the fall and wintertime. I’d say a good pair of jeans is definitely part of my signature look.

Flannels

For fall, I love a cozy flannel thats why when I found this one at The Paper Store, I fell in love. It is so soft and comfortable. I love the longer cut which makes it wearable with leggings. The accents on this shirt add the perfect touch of chic to a classic oversized, boyfriend look. When I wear this top I feel cozy and feminine. I cannot recommend this piece enough. A flannel in the fall is something that will never go out of style and they can be dressed up as well as dressed down so easily. Its a go-to for me when I have a lazy day. I just throw on a flannel and jeans and I am good to go!

Statement Shoes

So this is where I get a little bit trendy. Slides are really in this season. I hoped on the band wagon because they really have a crisp, timeless look thats similar to a Loafer which I love. But another thing thats in this season, that you will see more of on the blog in the upcoming months is statement shoes. A simple outfit mixed with a pair of shoes that really make a bold entrance is something that just looks so good. Leopard shoes are easily paired with other patterns that they’re basically a fun neutral so when I saw these slides from Francesca’s Collection I couldn’t resist.

Statement Jewelry

A trend that certainly not going anywhere anytime soon. whether it be giant earrings or an oversized necklace, fashion jewelry has a way of making an outfit feel so put together. I am not the biggest collector of statement jewelry but I do love those pieces that are neutral, classic, while still adding a pop to my outfit. I layered two classic J.Crew statement necklaces to give the outfit a nice glow. I was certainly ready to take on my day!

I would love to hear what your favorite pieces for fall are. I am always looking for fashion inspiration, plus I love chatting about clothes. Comment below or find me on Instagram here. Let’s be friends!!

 

A Preppy Outfit!

Good Morning Lovelies!

Hope everyone is having a great week so far. I am enjoying the warm weather so much!

One of the things I am trying to do more of is have a consistency of long and short pieces in my outfits. I find that I am great when it comes to picking out pieces for a hot summer as well as during the winter but the fall/spring are always more of a challenge for me. Its that in between, sometimes hot, sometimes cold, both in one day kinda weather that can get pretty confusing. The trick is to wear one long piece with one short piece to keep you comfortable throughout the day. This spring, for me, is mixing shorts with long sleeve tops. and the fall incorporates more pant options.

Even though its mid June and tomorrow is the official first day of summer, we have had more colder days than hot this season. It is said that should change soon but either way, a balance in your clothes makes for great options of summer outfits if you’re spending most of your day indoors!

This outfit is completely Vineyard Vines. I got this outfit last summer. I popped into VV and saw all the girls wearing something similar and I had to have this color combination. I thought an outfit like this was a staple for the spring and summertime on colder days/nights but then as the summer came and went, I never reached for it in my closet. I was lazy. It is so easy to just throw on a dress or romper and some sandals and go. An outfit like this takes more planning. The details of your day, whether or not your spending your day mostly outside or not determines if you can wear an outfit like this. This season I tried to be more organized when it came to my spring outfits. Sure enough,  I reached for it!

An oxford button down and some shorts are perfect as a classic outfit in your wardrobe. It has a timeless look that can be recreated in various different color and brand combinations!

A Spring and Summer Look!

I love the spring  and summer time because I can just throw on a dress, some cute sandals to go with it and I am out the door. Dresses are my go-to in the warmer months, I just feel more comfortable in them.

I got this dress from J.Crew Factory last summer. Their shift dresses are always super cute and I love stripes so when I saw this one I had to have it. I pulled it out again this summer when I got this crossbody bag from Talbots. This bag is one of the cutest straw bags I have ever seen. They are such a trend this season and I was happy about that because I already had a few but I was so excited to add this one to my closet. I love the pop of color from the leather straps but the aspect of the bag that sold me was the gingham interior! It just seemed as though it was a match made in heaven.

An outfit like this is so versatile, you can wear it with flat sandals for a casual day or some wedges if you are heading into the office. I accessorized with some pearl drop earrings from bauble bar. These earrings are heavy the first time you wear them but like a shoe, once you break them in they don’t bother you anymore. I love these earrings. The drop earrings are one of my favorite trends this summer because I feel like they are such a staple piece that pulls any outfit together. Pearls are a staple of mine already so these were absolutely darling. I am so happy with them!

 

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!

© 2017 PREPSTER ANGE BY ANGELA PORCARO

OTS for Spring and Summer!

I am officially hopping on to the OTS bandwagon. I think these types of tops look super flattering on and I can not wait to experiment more with this trend. I can’t believe its the beginning of May and we are still experiencing some cold days here, up north. I am not complaining just yet because my room is the only room in the house that gets hot in the summer for some reason and I have yet to set up my portable air conditioner but other than that at this point in the year I would like to go outside without some sort of jacket on. We’ll get there eventually I’m sure though…

For trying out this trend I went to my trusty place, Old Navy. I honestly wasn’t sure if I would like this top so I figured might as well not break the bank for something that might not fit me well. I was wrong and I absolutely love it! I just want to take a second and give some love and appreciation to Old Navy, job well done on some of your pieces this year. I know I have been enjoying them as well as so many others! They really up’d their quality and I am no longer scared to shop there as a result.

I paired my top with some blue jeans as its still breezier some days. I wore statement earrings from J.Crew Factory because with a top like this earrings are an essential piece that pull the outfit together. It gives the outfit a more dressed up/put together look. Finally for my heeled sandals, they are also from Old Navy. Decent price point and they’re my go-to right now because they’re such a comfortable heel.

I am super excited for summer to arrive. I think that OTS is so flattering and cute for the warmer months. I can’t wait to play around with this trend some more. It’s SO cute!!

Outfit Details: OTS Top | Block-Heel Sandals

Gingham is My Staple

I must say that I really enjoyed taking these photos for the blog. I got to pose in front of my boyfriend’s truck and it was so much fun. I loved the look of everything, it screamed winter with snow on the ground. I was freezing but it was well worth it. I am beginning to discover what bloggers have to endure in order to get the shot. Hence, why my hands stay kept in my pockets in most if not all of these pictures.

One piece that did keep me warm was my beanie from Love Your Melon. I love the company’s cause so much I couldn’t resist getting myself something. 50% of the proceeds are donated to help fight against pediatric cancer. I find it so inspirational. I am not one who usually wears a beanie but I love the quality of this one so much. It looks so cute. The pom-pom at the top actually detaches if you like. Funny story: I thought I accidentally had broken it when the pom fell off once but then I noticed it was detachable and was like ‘phew.’ I would’ve been so upset if I ruined it.

If a pattern had to be a staple of mine, i’d say it’d be gingham. Behind stripes of course. I was packing for my last semester of college the other day and I noticed that like all my long-sleeve tees were solid or striped, it’s like you’d think I was Waldo or something. Anyway, its a tie between stripes and gingham, but gingham has a special place in my heart. It’s so neutral and timeless and y’all know I love pieces that seem as though they never go out of style. My version of the puffer vest is from last season at J.Crew Factory and this season’s is sold out online so if you come across it at your local J.Crew, grab it!!

Another thing I have been loving lately is my hunter boots. I have been switching on and off between red and navy everyday. But I will say that my toes nearly fell off while taking pictures for this post because it was so cold out and the rubber makes the cold worse so I really need to invest in a pair of Hunter Boot Socks. I am trying to decide which color would be the best one to get.

I hope you guys enjoyed the snow for the little time we had some! I just wanted to let you know that I am going to try my best to stick to new schedule of posting three times a week throughout the semester but I have been so busy this week and next, so bear with me! I have a lot of new stuff coming soon and I am so excited to share it with all of you. Hope you have a great weekend!

Stay Preppy,

Prepster Ange

Necklace: KJP

Feeling Adventurous

I swear, this outfit makes me want to go on an adventure. I am ready for anything that comes my way as long as I got my Hunter rain boots and my L.L.Bean Quarter Zip. For Christmas, (I think I have mentioned this before) my family does a family-wide grab bag. My cousin, Victoria had me and got me a super cute pandora charm for my bracelet and and L.L. Bean gift card (my favorite place)! Thanks Tori if you’re reading. I LOVE it!

Nick and his older brother, Mike also got L.L Bean gift cards for Christmas so the three of us went shopping together to pick out some goodies. Nick got some new work boots and Mike got an All-Season 3-in-1 Jacket and  this Flannel-lined Shirt Jacket. Everyone was super happy with their new stuff. I seriously could stay in that store forever, I love everything so much. Everything you get is such great quality, it’ll last you a lifetime. We are very lucky to be able to have a store so close by!

For this outfit I layered my sweater with a gingham flannel from J.Crew underneath. I loved the look of it mixed with the color-block on the pullover. The combination went well together. I wore it with Jeans and my navy matte Hunter boots. No Jacket needed and it was pretty chilly out that day. I was so warm!

I love these pullovers, I have a few already and I love them so when I saw the color-block, I new I would get a lot of use out of it. It is a men’s pullover but they have unisex sizing. I held a women’s small up against a men’s and there wasn’t much of a difference, if any at all, so I went for it!

Hope you have a great weekend! See you Monday!

xx,

Prepster Ange

Crazy For Pineapples

Pineapples have become an unwritten preppy symbol. Needless to say that I am obsessed, when Lilly Pulitzer released their Flamenco I could not resist adding a shift to my collection. Although in recent years I have been trying to incorporate Lilly pieces into my fall and winter wardrobe, Lilly season is FINALLY upon us and in full swing. The energy of the beautiful colors and patterns are simply contagious. In this post I am wearing the Mila Shift which is a nice flattering fit. I have some other Mila shifts in the cut from last spring and summer (2015). The fit is a bit more updated/flattering. The old cut was a little on the short side… Now, tall people (like me) can rest assured because this updated version adds some length. I wore it with my Marbella mid wedges, any jacks are pretty much my go to shoe choice once the weather gets nice. Links Below.

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Mila Shift Dress | Marbella Wedge | Folding Wayfarers

Also have you checked out Lilly Pulitzer’s new wallpapers for summer?! All you need to do is register at lillypulitzer.com, click on MY ACCOUNT and they provide and update them for you per collection. My favorite is most definitely southern charm!

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