Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How To Organize a Planner From Frannie of The Blonde Prep

Hi Peachy Keen readers! I'm Frannie from The Blonde Prep, and today I'm sharing my tips for organizing a school agenda!

For school I use the Day Designer, and I absolutely love it. It's big, organized, and so cute. I've found that the inside pages help so much when I'm doing homework or running a bunch of errands. Unlike other agendas, the Day Designer list has little boxes you can just check off when you finish something. Here are my tips for organizing your agenda...

Color Code | I write all of my assignments in pink, errands in blue, and things that are subject to change or not very important in pencil. I've found that this method really works for me so I can always tell what it is I have to get done.

Mark System | For assignments, I always check them off in their little box when they are completed. For long term assignments that I haven't done yet, I cross them off with a squiggly line, and for things I don't need to do or I can forget about, I just cross them off. This helps remind me what still needs to be done, and what I have complete.

What are your tips for organizing your agenda?

Hey all, Caroline here. I know we're all a bit into the school year now, but I always love to get settled with class and schedule organization by the end of September. Having everything on your mental to-do list written down is so important during the school year. I"m juggling Dressometry, classes, and traveling this semester so my planner has been my best friend. I love Frannie's idea of color coding and am definitely going to try it out this fall! Thanks so much Frannie for sharing your tips!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Outfit: Little Black Boxes

eShakti top c/o // American Eagle jeans // Steve Madden sandals

Just because Labor Day has passed doesn't mean you can't still wear your white jeans! While I did wear this outfit before Labor Day I always wear my white jeans well into September. I know look at me breaking all the rules (#rebel). 

But now on to my top because really it's much more exciting. I was contacted by eShakti a while ago and asked to try out their customization services. I picked out this perfect summer-to-fall top and then customized the size of it so it would fit me perfectly. I love shopping online, but I hate waiting days for something I ordered only to find out it's the wrong size. So the fact that I knew this top would fit perfectly when it arrived made me even more excited as I waited for my package to come. The prices on eShakti are great and there are customizable pieces for everyone's style so I definitely suggest checking it out! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Get to Know Peachy Keen

Last week Dana from Pink Champagne problems nominated me for a Get to Know tag and since I loved reading her post I thought I would answer her questions! I've already passed around the Liebster tag before so I'm not going to nominate people again, but if you read this and want to continue with the questions let me know so I can read your post!

And here we go...

How did you come up with your blog name?
To be honest my blog name came from a lot of brainstorming to find something that would work for me. When people say ‘Everything is peachy keen’ it can have so many meanings and having lived in the Southeast and in New England I’ve seen both the sweet and sarcastic side of the phrase. At the time I started my blog I loved the way the phrase encompassed the very sarcastic blunt northern side of me and the sweeter easy going southern side at the same time. (I know, I know it’s a long explanation). 

What's your ultimate go-to outfit?
For fall my go-to is always  dark skinny jeans (preferably gap), a striped tee or sweater, and ankle boots. Once it gets chilly I love to throw on a leather jacket too. 

Top three blogs to read?
Definitely Corals + Cognacs for fashion (and those NYFW recaps) , Amy Stone’s blog for the best NYC spots, and Sequins & Stripes for personal style and shopping inspiration. 

If you could work for your dream company, what would it be and what would you be doing?
I have so many dream jobs right now and luckily I'm still at a stage where it's ok to experiment (three more years until I graduate!), but I do know I would absolutely love to be on a digital marketing and social media team at a brand like J.Crew or at a fashion/tech start up.  

What are some of your favorite posts you've written on your blog?
I personally love looking back at posts I’ve written at exciting moments in my life. Two of my favorite posts are about my acceptance to NYU and finishing up my freshman year

Name the one item you don't leave the house without, and why?
This is so cliche, but definitely my iPhone. Between using apps like instagram, checking/responding to emails, and organizing my schedule I’m always on it. Studying abroad and only being able to use wifi on my iPhone has also made me realize how much I love the ease of looking up where to go on google maps. 

It's almost Fall: What's on your wish list?
It is about a million degrees in Madrid so I’ve been thinking all about loose tops and shorts recently, but once it cools down I’ll be all about fall. Chunky sweaters, colored leather, and loafers are high on my wish list. Plus, when I get back to NYC I won’t ever stop wearing my over the knee boots (I’m regretting leaving them at home already!). 

Who is your style icon?
I’ve never really had a style icon because I love to pull elements of what I love from everywhere and make it my own. I find I’m inspired by numerous bloggers and business women in the fashion industry who not only have incredible style but incredible lives. Reading magazines and websites like Who What Wear and Refinery 29 constantly inspired me to try new styles and pieces I never thought I would like. 

Is there one day you wish you could relive over and over?
I don't know if there is one specific day, but I would love to relive any of the amazing days I had with friends exploring NYC (favorite place + favorite people = the best days). This past Easter was my first holiday away from my family, but my friends and I had a particularly amazing day between brunch and exploring uptown and central park, so maybe I'd pick that day.

If you had to pick a decade to live in, which one would it be?
I would have to say now (even though I love the 20s). I think the climate we live in now is an exciting one. Maybe it’s just because I’m finally old enough to understand everything that is going on in the world (or most everything), but I feel like the 2010s are going to be (and already are) huge time for change in terms of how we live our lives.

What's your ultimate goal for your blog?
My ultimate goal for Peachy Keen is really for me to just keep writing. I really love getting to sit down at the beginning of end of a day to put together something creative that I can share with people who have the same passions as me. I have plenty of career goals that don't involve blogging, but my hope is that throughout my life Peachy Keen will be there.

Thanks for nominating me Dana! Going through and really thinking about how to answers these questions truly inspired me. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Outfit: Puppy Love

Banana Republic dress (similar) // Steve Madden sandals // Rebecca Minkoff bag // Old Navy sunglasses

I searched for a long long time to find the perfect tshirt dress. Dresses with little to no shape never look good on me, so when I found this tshirt dress at a Banana Republic outlet for only $20 I knew it was coming home with me. The boat neck and cinched waist make for the perfect tshirt dress. The dress has been great in the hot weather (both at home and here in Madrid), but once fall comes I can't wait to add layers and boots to it. And while I took these pictures almost two weeks ago the moment I brought them up on my computer I changed back into this dress to wear today. 

Also, if you follow my instagram you've seen plenty of pictures of my puppy Melody (or MelBell as I call her). She's absolutely adorable and I am missing her like crazy right now. From the pictures my parents have sent me I can tell she's already grown too much since I've been gone I was sad to leave home and know that when I get home in December she'll barely look like a puppy anymore (aka I won't be able to pick her up to snuggle on the couch). 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Study Abroad: Segovia

Happy Monday all! Today is my first day of class in Madrid and I have to say I'm incredibly excited to get back on a schedule. This past week has been crazy between all of the things I've had to get done on my own and our orientation events. 

Getting back on a schedule also means getting back on a schedule for blog posts! I loved having Gracey guest post for me last week (I've definitely been using some of her insta tips), but now I'm excited to finally share some of Spain with you all. Last Friday we the whole group took a day trip to Segovia and I fell in love. Picture a quintessential European town with a 2000 year old aqueduct running through it and beautiful rooftop views of the Spanish countryside (or just look at my pictures). We spent the day wandering the city and learning the history of the changing cultures throughout Spain. If you can't tell by now I'm basically in love with this country.