When it Rains, It Pours

This morning was gray, wet, windy and cold all the makings of a perfect skip classes and sleep in day. However, Tuesday is my busy day as I have Art, Philosophy and History so skipping was not an option. Especially considering the fact that I needed to make up my Philosophy mid-term and I have a History test on Thursday. So I bundled up in my favorite cold weather wear (my highchool sweat pants (Generals!), under armor turtleneck (so very, very warm), Georgetown t-shirt, and my north face jacket. Well my bus was 30min late meaning I was waiting outside for 40min in the rain and the wind freezing my booty off. Not a good thing when you have gotten sicker and not better from yesterday. In any event I have spent the whole day trying to not fall asleep during class and eating the cafeteria's chicken noodle soup which was suprising delic! In any event I'm ready to go home, curl up in my bed and watch whatever reality TV show Bravo has in store for me. Hopefully tomorrow will bring a nicer day and a healthier College Prep.

P.S. anyone else counting down the days until Black Friday? One month and one day today!!


The Holiday is Starting Already!

So yesterday was out store's 'get ready for the holidays' meeting. It was an absolutely blast and I am now sufficiently excited to start holiday shopping and getting ready to decorate.

Last night on of our managers was suffering from a 24 hour bug and I think she passed it to me and Hanson Fan because I didn't wake up til 2pm and I felt miserable the moment I opened my eyes and when I checked Facebook Hanson Fan said she was a sick puppy too. So since I'm stuck curled up in my bed I have been trolling around the internet quite a bit; checking up on some blogs, doing some early holiday shopping, stalking people on Facebook.

My mom used to always send Christmas card when we were little, (she always went with ones with the Virgin Mary on them, which I never liked) however, her mother passed away around Christmas a couple years ago and ever since she hasn't been able to send cards. This year I am hoping she will be able to since so many things have changed in her life since her mother passed (divorce, new house, engagement, her children are grown up) and I'm thinking we should break from the Virgin Mary cards and do something a little more fun. So today I found these uber adorable and uber prep holiday cards. They may not be red and green but I think it will be a refreshing change from the slew of red and green cards that are delivered to everyones house. I know whales aren't the standard choice for holiday cards but they are very cute and express a very traditional holiday greeting. For $22 you will get 10 cards and 11 envelopes (a good thing for someone like me who inevitably screws up someone's address or addresses two envelopes to the same person) plus the cards are made from 100% recycled paper so no new trees had to be harmed in the making of your cards :) Besides the basic holiday/Christmas card use how fun would these be for a holiday party invite?

Well, I'm off to scrounge up some soup and crawl back into bed, I need to be better by tomorrow so I can take my makeup Philosophy midterm. Wish me luck! Ciao for now!


"It's for work" or my Mantra for the Day

So today was a little interesting.... Picture this for a moment... a suburban mall on a busy Saturday the week before Halloween. A girl rushing to Starbucks. In a 1950s sailor girl costume.
Now what would you if presented with this situation?
a. Smile and have a giggle
b. Make a logical assumption that given the fact the girl is wearing a name tag that it is for work
c. Look at her weirdly and respond 'suuurree' when she responds to your look with 'this is for work'
d. Compliment her ass

Now I am fine with choice a. I admit it was probably an amusing sight. I am in love with choice b given that it utilizes both logic and common sense, two things I am a HUGE fan of. Option c slightly annoys me given the disbelief and un-approval-ness (its a word if you can say it) in his tone. As though my choice in costume had somehow offended him. Well, with regards to choice d quite a few young men barely lived today. As with any girl I liked being told im pretty, beautiful, or even cute. I do not like having someone yell 'nice ass' or catcall me accross a mall. Seriously, who raised these boys?

In any event tomorrow is the last day of Hooky Spooky and while my friend L and I were 'precounting' (read: sneaking a peek at) the votes for 'Best Costume' I have determined that it is between me and A for the $25 Starbucks gift card. A was THE CUTEST little bunny I have ever seen. She painted a black nose and whiskers and little bunny ears, a little furry bow tie and a little bunny tail. For actual clothing she had jeans at a tee shirt. But she bunny hopped all over the store today and made little bunny faces and wiggled her tail.

Luckily though she doesn't work on Sundays so I have gotten rid of my biggest competition.
Everyone else had a super amazing costume too.

Manager Fun: was a super incredible wizard. He was boiling hot all day under his robe while all the girlies were freezing.
Manager Sarcasm: was a moon witch. She has the best cackle ever. (though completely sweet normally)
Short Muffin: Jessie from Team Rocket (some sort of Pokemon thing) she looked really cute and had awesome boots. Plus she made her own costume.
Hanson Fan (yes they still exist): a tap dancer. She had a sparkly top hat!! AND tap shoes which she danced in, really well.
Smiles: She was the 'A' from above. Bunny!
Manager Fix it: A goddess. It was beyond fab. The dress was all white and gauzy which stood out really well against her dark skin. Plus some totally fierce 4 in stilettos (she worked an 8 hour shift)
Quiet girl: a fairy. Brown satin-y dress with sparkly wings. plus 4 inch heels because 'Manager fix it was way taller then me yesterday so I had to wear heels'

Sorry for the long post I was just soo excited about today! Ciao for now!
New link tomorrow I swear!


Hooky Spooky or Why I Love my Job

So I work at what I guess I would classify as a toy store. 'Toy store' makes me think of something just for kids and a decent amount of our customers are adults. Its a very fun store for sure and I adore working there. Seriously, I almost left it for Jcrew a little while ago but then I realized how much I would miss the silly stuff that only comes with working in a 'toy' store.
Our store/company has many many fun things we do together as a whole store and one of my favorites is Hooky Spooky. Either the weekend of Halloween (if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday) or the weekend before Halloween (this year) everyone ditches their uniform (not prep) and puts on their Halloween costume!! I <3 Halloween.
Of course, working in a kids store means their are some rules on what you can wear. Most of them I wouldn't break even in the real world. The three rules are no sexy costumes, no super scary costumes, and no odd costumes (I think this rule was directed solely at me and my best work friend.) So this year I have two costumes one for work and one for my friends birthday/Halloween/Hot tub party next weekend.
My work costume is adorable, I am trying to win the costume contest, I'm being a 1950s Navy girl. Its a navy blue pleated skirt with little gold chains around the waist and a white top with the sailor collar and a big red bow on the front. Plus a Sailor hat and little cuffs with anchors!
My party costume is something I am rather proud of because its pretty clever, at least in my opinion. At the party we are watching scary movies projector style outside so I need to be able to stay warm since it has gotten freezing in Baltimore at night. So my costume is me in regular casual clothes (jeans, argyle sweater, and uggs) with a sign that says 'nudist on strike' I'm immensely proud of myself I have to admit.... I'll post pictures later... Sorry for no link, but you got one earlier today.... Ciao for now!

A Day with my Nieces

So today my day was a little out of the ordinary. Rather then sleeping in, catching up on school work, going to the mall, or *gasp* maybe even going to my internship I spent the day with my nieces. Anna is 5 and Bonnie is 20months. My soon to be step-sister is in Ireland (lucky) hanging out and possible running the Dublin Marathon.
When I got to their house this morning Anna was moving very slowly which was driving her father insane. Well to make a long story short it all came to a head when she was told her hair needed to be brushed. She was not a happy camper her list of excuses was extensive, "you're pulling, my hair is too short to brush, I brushed it yesterday, and (the best on of all) my mommy doesn't make me brush my hair" In all honesty the only way it got better is when I had to switch to the pink dolls brush after misplacing the real brush in the chase to get her to sit still.
So I believe I have found what Miss Anna is getting for Christmas....
How cute is this? It even has a nifty ribbon handle to hang up on a hook or doorknob. Its $14 so its a little pricey for a hairbrush but what other hairbrush is this cute?? So worth it. I have bought from Liza Byrd before (shes a local designer who used to come to my school craft shows) and everything she sells is amazingly cute and really great quality. That's all for now! Ciao for now!


Hooky Spooky with a 5 Year Old

This morning I was in my Aunt Kathy's kitchen making a snack and in walked my sister with a bag full of Halloween toys. Barrels of goo, pumpkin parachute men, gummy frogs, and best of all candy chemistry set. Everything was in blacks, oranges, purples, and lime greens so very festive. I hadn't spent much time with a 5yr old boy in a long time so I forgot how much disgusting=awesome. We had a fun day of dropping the goo in potted plants and then having to wash it out. Mixing 'chemistry' (pure sugar.) So I am on a bit of a Halloween kick tonight. I had found these buckets a little while ago but was waiting until closer to Halloween to bring them out. They are super cute and they can monogrammed!!! Soooo cute!

They come in different prints and monogram styles. They are $28. Perfect for a teachers desk, a candy passing out bucket or of course for a little trick or treater and after the 31st pop them up in the attic and pull 'em down for next year. Click on title for the link. Its dinner time so I've got to run. Ciao for now!

A Little Practicality in a Time of Joy and Sorrow

As my sister mentioned over on her blog, www.diaryofafanaticfoodie.com, our Uncle Jim passed away after a fierce battle with cancer last week and we have been down with our family in NC for the past week. It has been good to spend time with my cousins and my family and try to deal with this together. Today was the funeral and after the mass (we are Catholic) we had family and family friends over for a party (that word has always seemed not right when speaking of a funeral) but it something struck me as I was throwing away more plastic wine glasses and loading glass wine glasses into the dishwasher, people were definitely using more the one glass.
Of course this could be that people changed drinks midway through the evening and didn't want to put red wine into a glass that held white wine but, I also think people putting their glass on a table and forgetting which was theirs and then just getting a new one was to blame. Now I am very into the idea of reducing our carbon food print on this world and also I hate loading and unloading the dishwasher :)
So tonight after we spent many hours recounting all of our favorite Uncle Jim stories (and their are a lot) and talking about how great of a person he was (he fathered 4 AMAZING sons and had the type of marriage I hope to one day have) I got on my laptop and tried to solve the problem of too many glasses. I am still working on the plastic cup problem but I have found a way to solve the wine glass problem.How cute are these? They sell them in every theme imaginable, horses, doctor, dancer, lawyer, banker, everything. The Irish are just really appropriate given that this side is the Irish side and we have a lot of Irish pride. While these are super cute and relatively cheap at $14.95 I definitely think that if you have a touch of crafty-ness you could make them yourself with a charm, some beads, a pair of pliers, and a little wire. That might just be my new craft project... Well I must get back to watching my cousin play Call of Duty 4.... oh boys... Click the title for the link. Well Ciao for now!


Think of the Planet, but Stay Cute

Everyone today is very into being 'green' and I absolutely love this. Taking care of our Mother Earth is awesome and a worthy cause. I feel like it everywhere I go reusable shopping bags are being sold. Though, a lot of reusable bags are rather... ugly... which is so not prep. If you look hard enough you can find cute bags enter in this cutie,Its great for grocery shopping, farmers markets, a trip to the mall, or even as a school bag. It is a little pricey at $24 per bag but, if you make a commitment to use the bag for all your little errands it because totally worth it considering how many trees you will save and how much less plastic you will waste. Click the post title to go check it out! Happy shopping and Ciao for now!


Pink for a Reason

So just in case you didn't know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month which means getting to buy fun, cute, and pink things for a good cause! How fun is that? So I was stumbling around google looking for a pencil case because I feel like an idiot having to pull everything out of my bag in class to get to the pens that seem to live at the very bottom. I never buy something called a 'pencil case' I only buy 'cosmetic bags' for multiple reasons. They last longer, are more fashionable, and you have way more choice in pattern. I found an adorable bag that also donates money to providing mammograms to women who cannot afford them.

It is little and pink plus it has a handle and a super cute poodle on it. Tres chic! As a girl on a budget I love cute for cheap so at $15, totally worth it. Plus when school is out it becomes a makeup or jewelry bag. A multitasker! Click here to go check it out. Ciao for now!

My First Post!

So my sister started her blog (a cooking/baking one) this past March and I love reading it. (www.diaryofafanaticfoodie.com) Just like most little sisters I feel a fierce need to compete with Heather (SAT scores are not to be mentioned in my house) and I prefer to win so of course I needed to start my own blog. While I really love to cook and bake and I am fairly good at it I will never be as good a cook as my sister, probably because I would prefer to spend my free time at the mall, perusing the web for some fun accessories or customized coffee mugs. So, I knew I couldn't have a foodie blog so the next type was fashion! I am an avid blog reader and love stumbling upon a nice preppy blog with tons of fashion blogs but one thing I have noticed is that there aren't many for my age group. There are tons of blogs written by preppy mommies (my future goal) and even some by prep blogs by late 20s girls but none (that I have found) by 18-22 yr old college girls. So walla the College Preppy was born! Its mainly about my prepalicious fashion finds, fun events but occasionally it will just be a thought I had that I needed to share ;) Well I should probably figure out if I have a test in Art today so Ciao for now.