October 2014The Preppy Scientist: October 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Weekend Links

Happy Halloween! I always use Halloween as an excuse to buy lots of candy and hoard it for weeks on end. I personally don't have any Halloween plans, but I'd love to know what you are doing to celebrate!

Here are your weekend links!



Skeleton Make-Up Tutorial - Lo Bosworth
I love this tutorial by Lo Bosworth! If you need a last minute costume you could easily whip up this skeleton makeup and sport a chic black and white ensemble! People will think that you spent weeks planning your costume!


Queen of Hearts Makeup - Nicole Guerriero 
This is another great tutorial for fun Halloween makeup! What I like about this is that the makeup is super elaborate so your outfit doesn't have to be! A great option if you're like me and don't want to spend much on a costume! 



Hold On, We're Going Going Home cover
I LOVE this cover by The Arctic Monkeys. They put a really cool 80's spin on this song and I think it works really well. 

Moon and Stars

Kate Spade x GAP Kids
The new collection at GAP Kids is finally out! I had pretty high expectations for this line and I must say that they have been met. Classic Kate Spade design meeting Gap pricing is a win-win for everyone! 

Have a great Halloween and weekend!
xoxo

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Emma Roberts x Bauble Bar

I've loved Emma Roberts since her Unfabulous and Nancy Drew days. She has since gone on to star in more 'adult' roles - but my love for her stays the same! Emma was recently announced as a guest bartender for Bauble Bar, and I was really excited to see the collection! I knew the collection would be super chic since Emma does have a great sense of style! I wasn't disappointed! The collection is definitely true to Emma's feminine yet edgy style!

Most of the items classify as 'statement pieces' and are sure to spice up your outfit! 

 







All images via: Bauble Bar

Some of my favourite pieces from the collection: 

Head on over to Bauble Bar to shop the collection! 
xoxo

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

1989

Taylor Swift's new album is out and based on my mini freak out on Twitter - you can assume that it's awesome! I was unsure if she would be able to top RED but she did! I love the pop sound that she went for in this album and the songs are just so good. Her writing skills are impeccable and I was able to relate to every song in some way. 


My favourite songs so far are: Wildest Dreams, New Romantics, Blank Space and Style. I highly recommend buying the album either on iTunes or at Target (the Target version has a bunch of bonus features!) 

Which song(s) from 1989 are your favourite(s)?
xoxo

Monday, October 27, 2014

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xoxo

Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekend Links

I can't believe that this is the last full week of October! Halloween is coming up quickly and I still don't have a costume or plans, but I'm not too worried since I'd much rather stay in anyway! There has been a lot of craziness happening this week, so I figured that I'd keep the Weekend Links nice and light! Enjoy! 



Dear Kitten: Regarding The Dog
This video is so cute! Animal videos are my weakness! I really want to get a dog and I hope my cat remains this calm when that happens!


20 Questions for Anna Kendrick
I'm really excited for the Holiday season! Many of my favourite companies are also excited as they are beginning to launch their campaigns! This video with Anna Kendrick is part of the Kate Spade 2014 Holiday campaign! Anna Kendrick is awesome and I love her answers to these questions!


The Perfect Proposal
A friend of mine shared this on Facebook and I knew that I had to post it! I love how much thought went into this proposal with it coming across as super over the top. You can see the love these two have for each other and I'm really interested to see their wedding video! 


Glowy Zoey
This is the most adorable thing! Zoey's dad comes up with an awesome LED Halloween costume for her every year. This year he's created a Minnie Mouse costume! It looks so cool when everything is lit up! I think little Zoey has the best dad ever! 

Have a great weekend!
xoxo

Thursday, October 23, 2014

L(ive). L(ove). Bean.

L.L Bean is my favorite outerwear company. Why? Because they are committed to selling quality products and providing excellent customer service all while keeping a majority of their products made in the USA. I really admire companies who manage to stay true to their original vision in an ever changing world. My Bean boots are the only shoe you will catch me in during the Winter season. I love the classic design, the chain link sole that keeps you upright on the slipperiest of days and how comfortable they are! 

L.L Bean boots
My 6 inch boots!

As I start to switch over to my cold weather wardrobe - I'm really excited to break out my L.L Beans. I highly recommend the 6 or 8 inch boot for snowy weather. I personally have the 6 inch boot and I quite like that length because I have really short legs and it doesn't snow that much where I live. If you live in a snowier area, I'd recommend the 8 inch boot! If you don't live in a snowy area, the moccasin and gum shoe are great for cooler days or rain! Definitely listen to the sizing guide on the website when ordering to ensure the perfect fit! 


 

I think everyone should own a pair of these shoes! They are so durable and can even be resoled for a small fee - which means that one pair can last you a lifetime! 

Do you own a pair of L.L Bean boots?


xoxo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bobbi Brown Holiday Sets

If you like to start Holiday shopping early (like me) then consider Bobbi Brown's Holiday collection. There are a handful of gift sets available, which is great because I love options! My personal favourites are the deluxe lip and eye set, travel brush set and nail polish set! The gift sets are a bit pricier and are limited edition so this gift would be more appropriate for someone who really loves and collects makeup! 
Deluxe Lip & Eye Palette
Nail Polish Trio

Have you started Holiday shopping yet?
xoxo

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kate Spade for Gap Kids

There hasn't been a time where I've wanted my own children until now.  I totally wish that I could still fit into kid's clothing! The Kate and Jack Spade lines for Gap Kids are beyond cute. If you have a younger sister, niece, nephew, daughter or son - you need to get them clothing from this line. The clothes are definitely a great mix of Kate Spade design and Gap pricing. The release date is set for October 30 and the collection will only be available for a couple of weeks, so get it while you can!

Look how cute the clothes are:



     


All images via: Gap

How adorable? Perfect for the holidays! 
xoxo

Monday, October 20, 2014

Say No to Pickle Juice

Okay...I have a small confession. I love YouTube. It has almost replaced television for me! I was doing some casual browsing when I came across this Tyler Oakley video:


Now this post may seem rambly, but this video really spoke to me!
I hate that I'm learning life lessons from Nicki Minaj but she has a point. As I get older I find that so many people around me are settling (myself included). Settling for mediocre things in order to just get by. I find that we also accept mediocrity from others, even though it isn't the best thing to do. I definitely need to stop drinking the pickle juice and start doing more and expecting more for myself! Sometimes it's hard because we become tired or lazy, but at the end of the day - if we don't stop drinking pickle juice then we can't complain when things in our life aren't where we want them to be. 

But when we say no to pickle juice and demand more for ourselves, then naturally we will seek out those who also want more and things can get better. I definitely agree that it's important to say no to being average and surround yourself with like minded people! They are the ones who will challenge you and ensure that you strive for more. I'm sure we can all think of a person (or two) who is our pickle juice partner (I made that up) and it's time to move on. 

Bottom line - pickle juice is gross and we should always be striving for something better (champagne perhaps..?) Life is far too short to let mediocrity be our legacy when we have the potential and opportunity to be doing amazing things. I hope you understand what I'm trying to say here!

Put down the pickle juice.
xoxo

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekend Links

This week was (mostly) great! It was Thanksgiving and Fall break all in one so I had extra time away from school. I spent most of the week in the library catching up on work and relaxing! Sadly the calm didn't last, as yesterday I managed to completely shatter my phone screen. Luckily I had insurance and my brand new phone is on it's way as we speak!

Here are your weekend links!


Taylor Swift - Out of the Woods
I'm not ashamed to admit that I love this song. This is hands down one of Taylor's best storytelling songs. I definitely felt the frantic feeling that she was going for in this song. Since it's release, I've listened to Out of the Woods at least 30 times! Give it a listen!


Teen Vogue - Home Face Mask
I love this short review on at home masks! I really want to try one of these! 


Chanel - The One That I Want film
This film is stunning, just stunning. Gisele looks fabulous, the music is perfect and I love the romantic story line! Baz Luhrmann has a very unique style and that definitely shines through in this video. I only wish it were longer! 


I am a huge fan of coffee table books including the newest one by Kate Spade! This book is all about travel and consists of great photography and inspirational quotes! This book would make a great gift for travel and fashion lovers alike!

Have a great weekend!
xoxo

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Essie Winter 2014 Collection

I cannot believe that I'm talking about Winter right now - but I couldn't resist the temptation when I saw the Essie Winter collection! I'm sure will forgive me when you see how pretty the collection is. 

The shades are beyond perfect for Winter/ the holidays and I cannot wait until they hit shelves! If you are planning ahead like me - then think of how cute these would be as stocking stuffers or small gifts for girlfriends/sorority sisters/co-workers. 


jiggle hi, jiggle low - metallics by essiejump in my jumpsuit - reds by essietuck it in my tux - sheers by essie

From Left to Right: Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo, Jump in My Jumpsuit, Tuck in My Tux

double breasted jacket - reds by essiebump up the pumps - pinks by essieback in the limo - sheers by essie

From left to right: Double Breasted Jacket, Bump Up the Pumps, Back In the Limo

Um, HOW dreamy are these shades? I love them so much! My favourites are Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo and Bump Up the Pumps! 

Which shade is your favourite?
xoxo

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

30 in 365 Update


Today I have an update on my 30 in 365! I set out to read 30 books this year, which may seem like a small number but it's huge for me. Reading is one of my favourite past times, but my schedule just doesn't allow me to do it very often. Setting out to ready 30 books this year was definitely a challenge. I would try to sneak reading in during my commute, before bed, or in between classes. I read some huge books, (Gone With the Wind, Hard Choices) some tiny books (Paper Towns, The Engagements) and some crazy books (Where's You Go Bernadette). I had such a great time doing this challenge and I'm really happy that I saw it through to the end! 

Here are some of my favourite books that I read!


 



Have you read any of these books? Do you read for fun?
xoxo

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Style Trend: Capes

Capes are back in right now and I can see why. They are a great option for this time of year since the weather is often cool in the morning and evening but fairly warm throughout the rest of the day. You can throw a cape on when it's chilly and since it's not as bulky as a coat - you can carry it with you when it's warm. There are a lot of chic cape options out right now that can work with just about any style or budget!

Olivia Palermo In NYC - THE OLIVIA PALERMO LOOKBOOK

Olivia Palermo looks fab in her cape!
Here are some great high and low options that will get you through Fall!
xoxo

Friday, October 10, 2014

Weekend Links

It's a long weekend here (Happy Thanksgiving!) so there won't be a new post on Monday. We also have a Fall break right after the weekend, and I'm excited to relax and catch up on schoolwork. I also have a very long to do list going on right now - so having some extra time to get through everything will be awesome. 

Here are your weekend links: 


73 Questions with Reese Witherspoon
I love this series on Vogue's YouTube channel! It's an interesting way to get to know celebrities on a different level! This interview with Reese Witherspoon is really fun and I loved her answers to everything! 


Addition Elle Meet My Love
I am obsessed with this campaign by Addition Elle. They are a plus sized clothing company based here in Canada! I loved seeing all of the couples interact with each other but what I loved even more was how Addition Elle showed that anyone can find love no matter what! 


Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Oh my goodness I am OBSESSED with this video. Ed Sheeran is so wonderful because he really does not care what people think of him and tries new things! Usually everyone ends up loving him anyway! The dancing in the video is incredible and I love this song!

That's right! J. Crew is having a sale! Get 40% off of final sale items with the code SOSWEET

Have a great weekend!
xoxo

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Preppy Scientist Playlist (No. 17)

I haven't done one of my playlist posts in a while and I missed it. Spotify came to Canada, so I've been discovering new songs and making fun playlists for just about every occasion! I put together a Fall type playlist with all of the songs I've been loving at the moment. The songs are pretty random because I listen to pretty much every genre!  I hope you enjoy! 


You can listen to and download this playlist on Spotify!

PS: I'd love be friends on Spotify! My username is: shontalcargill
xoxo

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

STEM Spotlight: Brittany

I really enjoyed the first STEM spotlight, so today I'm back with another! This time I'm speaking with Brittany who is one of my little sisters in Delta Zeta! 




Name: Brittany Postma
Age: 19

Field of STEM: Nursing


Describe yourself in three words?
Determined, independent, creative

What sparked your interest in your field?
Incorporating knowledge, in particular about the human body, into giving back to others. I love to learn but also serve. There are also so many different paths I can take in this career.

What would your dream job be?
 My dream nursing job has changed a lot in the past few years, but right now I am really interested in oncology and hope to one day be a nurse practitioner.

What are the best and worst parts about being a woman in STEM?
In general, it is a little difficult to be a woman in any science/math/technology because there are many men in these fields and many people see these types of careers as a man’s specialty. I am lucky however to be in a program that has many females and some wonderful male students. The best part of being a woman in a position of knowledge, power, or even an unexpected position in general, is proving to everyone that we are capable.

Who are your biggest supporters?
My family are my biggest supporters (or they call themselves number one fans), as I am the first person in the family to pursue this career. On the other side of the spectrum, I have very close friends in my program that keep me motivated every single day.

What advice would you give to girls who are intimidated to pursue a career in STEM?
 Never feel intimidated by being different in anything you do. Use it as a reason to stand out from others, and be noticed by peers and even future employers. One day they will be a role model to someone else and it is a great feeling.

When will you know that you’ve made it?
There are two sides to this. 1- I feel like I have made it. I am pursuing a career that is in demand and keeps me engaged at all times, I have made connections and friends that I never thought I would, I am always learning and feel more happiness than disappointment. However, 2- I will never feel like I am done. There is always more to do, see and learn. “I am proud but never satisfied.”

Thanks Brittany! 
You can check out my first interview with Eileen here

xoxo

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Kate Spade New Arrivals

I'm back from my day off with an exciting post! Kate Spade has brand new arrivals and they are to die for! Everything is super chic while remaining fun. My no spend October may be in jeopardy.....




Shop the new collection!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Day Off

I hate to do this but I'm taking today off. Sometimes I hit a wall when it comes to content creation and I'd much rather take a day off than produce something mediocre! I hope you'll understand! 


xoxo

Friday, October 3, 2014

Weekend Links

This week has been pretty awesome! I scored really well on a test that I was worried about and I finally feel like I'm settling into a routine at school! Sometimes life can get pretty crazy, but I think it's always super important to put things into perspective and to remain level headed. Just remember that your life is a work in process! 

Here are your weekend links: 
2015 Travel the World Wall Calendar
I'm super excited about this collection! It's no secret that I love stationery so every time new stationery collections are released I just want to buy everything! The wall calendar is really pretty and I also love the map prints! 


Kerry Washington on Jimmy Fallon
Let me preface this by saying that I love Kerry Washington. Scandal is one of my favourite shows and I watch it religiously. I love this game that she plays with Jimmy Fallon! It's super hilarious and it makes me love her even more. 


I love this trench by Alice and Olivia. I love the silhouette and colour of this coat and could definitely see myself wearing it for many seasons!


Does My Voice Really Sound Like That?
I can't be the only one who hates hearing their voice on film. I find that my voice always sounds so much deeper in a video than I think it does in real life! This video explains why your voice sounds different when you hear it played back to you! It's really interesting and a fun! 

I hope you have a great weekend!
xoxo

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hey It's Okay!

I haven't done one of these posts in a while so I thought I would bring it back!
1. To be on a first name basis with the pizza delivery guy
2. To count carrying your heavy backpack around campus as a workout 
3. To drink three iced coffees in one sitting
4. To buy five pairs of the same shoe in different colours
5. To monogram every inanimate object you own 
6. To redo your liquid eyeliner until it's totally totally perfect 
7. To put your iPod on shuffle only to skip every song until your favourite song comes on 
8. To play around on Tinder instead of studying 
9. To stalk your mailman to see if your Starbucks gold card has come
10. To sit in the darkness and binge on YouTube

xoxo

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

No Spend October

I've noticed that throughout September, I became completely dependent on takeout when it comes to meals. I've also fallen victim to those sneaky flash sale e-mails that always seem to be invading my inbox. This is definitely because it is the more convenient (albeit more expensive and less healthy) option. So for this month I have decided to give the old debit and credit card a rest and take on a no spend month. I have food in my fridge and the knowledge plus ability to cook it - so spending money on food is actually quite ridiculous.

"Whoever said money doesn't buy happiness, didn't know where to shop." -Blair Waldorf

I am certain that there will be challenges keeping up with this because I am a relatively busy person - however I am also hoping that I will learn better time management skills and become more of a minimalist. Learning that it's okay not having a huge fancy dinner or lunch every night and that the convenient option isn't always the best option are important things to realize and I'm sure I'll see that clearly. 

So for this month of October flash sales, no takeout, no spending! Ah! Wish me luck!
xoxo