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Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in Review

I can't believe that 2012 has come to and end. At some points during this year - I didn't think I would make it with my sanity intact, but here I am! 

2012 was filled the many changes for me. I really started to take control of my life and figured out what roles certain things should take in my life and what sorts of things I don't need in my life. This year end, I'm starting to feel more content with everything as a whole. I have a bit more confidence, and I'm not as scared to deal with unpleasant situations anymore. I don't actively seek validation from others anymore, and most importantly know where to draw the line when something just isn't working out.

I started of the year by learning how to survive on my own in the big city, and saying goodbye to (so-called) friends who were bringing me down. A pretty huge blowout between myself and someone I was close too - really changed the way I approached confrontation, and I stopped being terrified of it. Along the way to 2013 I learned that I don't need to strive for perfection in every area of my life - and for the first time felt content with the way things were and didn't wish for things to be better. 

I did my very best to "go with the flow" but I am a natural control freak and it was really hard for me not to have every inch of my life planned and organized. It's something I'll continue to work on in the new year (even though many people are blown away by my organization skills...)! 

I'm not big on resolutions - but for 2013 I've identified some areas in my life that need some re-vamping.

1. Friendships. 
I've met some really great people at school, but I didn't put much energy into these friendships. I was stuck putting energy into friendships from my hometown, even though some were toxic - because they were familiar and 'comfortable'. I hope in 2013 I can step out of my comfort-zone and build some new friendships! 

2. Love
Touchy subject here. I don't really talk much about it on the blog, and it will probably always be that way. I've never really paid much attention to building relationship relationships and when I have friends who are around my age getting engaged, I think it's about time that I start. 

3. Future Plans
I'd really like to plan further ahead so I have some direction to proceed in throughout the next few years. I have a '5 year plan' but I made it when I was in high-school and I'm a much different person now so it's about time I revisit that.

That's all for now! A lot can happen in one year - so we will definitely revisit these three areas, and maybe even focus on new areas! I'm excited to kick off 2013 and can't wait to see what it has in store. 

Thank you for reading The Preppy Scientist for the last little while. I'm just getting started and can't wait to share more with you!

xo


Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday Favourites: December

It's the last Friday of the month which means it's time for Friday Favourites! 
I've had quite a few favourites this month and as always I'm so excited to share!

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I hope you had a magical December!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

#red

A little while ago I wrote about how I was feeling inspired by the colour red, but this is not a re-post. I've been listening to the new Taylor Swift album a lot - and I really love it. I've always been a fan, but I really think her writing style has matured on this album! 


My favourite tracks are:

State of Grace
Begin Again
Stay Stay Stay
Red

Check them out when you have the chance!

xo


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boxing Day!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day! If you're wondering why there is no post here today - well it's because I'm shopping my life away for Boxing Day! In short, Boxing Day is like the Black Friday of Canada.  I only have my sights set on a couple of things - so hopefully I can get them!

Shopping is therapeutic.

xo


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I hope you have a wonderful day filled with family, friends and fun! 

Christmas



Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve

I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas Eve! Some of my favourite things to do this day is meet up with family and friends, and attend midnight mass! I've made the decision to unplug for the next few days - so The Preppy Scientist will be quieter than usual! 


I hope you're enjoying what the season has to offer.

xo



Friday, December 21, 2012

On Repeat



I can't get enough of this song!



Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Cutest Stocking Stuffer

I think these J. Crew portable battery packs are the perfect stocking stuffer! How many times do you wish that you had extra battery power for your device when out and about? These are super adorable and affordable! Perfect for your always-plugged-in friend/family member!
Printed backup battery for iPhone
Printed backup battery for iPhone
Printed backup battery for iPhone

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gotta Have It: Kate Spade Birds

I don't think it's a secret that I love Kate Spade. Well, I was perusing the website a few days ago and stumbled upon a bird patterned dress. From there I saw a few other bird patterned items - and fell in love!

birds georgette dress

birds teresa top

birds gavin skirt

birds over arches scarf

birds over arches bon shopper

songbird short necklace

birds over arches ipad folio

I'm obsessed!

All available on Kate Spade

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Shop Update

Head on over to The Shop and check out my new favourites!

Some include:

Tippi sweater in polka dot





                

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Cards

Ask anyone I know and they'll tell you that I always look forward to cards with any gift! I just love reading the personalized message and hanging onto the cards to look at during future holidays. 

There are so many great Christmas cards out there that are worth sharing!

"Peace On Earth" Dove Flat Wood Card by Night Owl Paper


Do you look forward to receiving Christmas cards?

xo

Edit: This post was queued prior to the recent events in Newton, CT. I would like to send my deepest condolences to those affected by the tragedy in Connecticut. I send all of my love and prayers - and hope for a future where something like this doesn't happen again.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Home

I'm headed home for Christmas break! I apologize for the lack of "real posts" - but they will come back on Monday!


travel

xo

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Friday Eve


And I have an exam...
See you on the other side!




Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Currently Reading

It's no secret that I love Lauren Conrad. The girl can do no wrong in my eyes! I was ecstatic when I received a copy of her newest book Beauty. Time was not on my side - and I'm just getting to read it now, and I love it!

Lauren Conrad Beauty

"Whether she's in front of the camera or behind the scenes, style icon Lauren Conrad has spent years learning from the pros and perfecting her look, and now she's sharing all her beauty secrets. In her first guide dedicated exclusively to beauty, Lauren covers everything you need to know to maximize your own beauty potential. From tips for creating a strong foundation and maintaining healthy skin and hair through diet, exercise, and all-around wellness to everyday makeup techniques and tricks of the trade for special-occasion looks,Lauren Conrad Beauty provides the advice you've been waiting for. Lauren's personal anecdotes and illustrated step-by-step lessons for makeup, hair, and nails will have you looking great for day or night."

How great! For someone like me who is not well versed in the beauty department - I really love this book!

Buy it here and here


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Decorate Me: Holiday Candles

It's been a while since we've seen a Decorate Me post, so today we're back! I think that candles are a great addition to any space. Not only can they be very pretty, once lit - they make your room smell great. I have a love affair with Bath and Body Works candles and always look forward to their wonderful Holiday scents.  

My personal favourite scents are:
Cinnamon Frosting 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body WorksMerry Cookie 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body WorksPeach Bellini 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body Works
Cranberry Pear Bellini 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body WorksTwisted Peppermint 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body WorksWinter Candy Apple 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body Works

and don't forget about those stylish holders

Silver Ornament Pedestal 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle Sleeve - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body WorksSilver Icing Pedestal 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle Sleeve - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body WorksSilver Snowflake Pedestal 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle Sleeve - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body Works

All available at Bath and Body Works


Do you enjoy candles?

xo