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My Favorite Artists

I am officially an art school student. Which is funny looking back because in middle school I was one of the only students in my class to get a B in 8th art class. My perfectionist tendencies always got to me and I was my own worst critic.

Despite my struggles in 8th grade art, I've always been a super creative person. Not so much in a painting or drawing way, but in a more organized digital way. I love love love graphic design and I like to joke that all my artistic skills are limited to the computer.

I'm excited to get older and start collecting pieces of art and photography that I truly love. It's my dream to own a big print of this photo one day! I've had a major crush on it for years now and I actually saw it in person in an art store on Worth Ave on Palm Beach. It was even prettier in person! One day...I'll have it hanging in my house.

I don't necessarily need to own pieces that are thousands and thousands of dollars or one of a kind pieces I just want art that makes me happy!

If it's not evident by everything else I do I love color!!!!! The brighter the better. I have a few favorite artists that I always go back to and I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you.

1. Evelyn Henson

Evelyn is my favorite print artist! Everything she does is so colorful and overall so happy. She is also a fellow Furman grad so she has a special place in my heart. She graduated the year I came so our time never overlapped but I actually got to meet her in Charlotte one time. I love everything she does and have many of her prints hanging all over my apartment!

2.  Megan Carn

I'm a sucker for bright animal paintings and that's exactly Megan's specialty. I love everything about Megan's style of painting. Her Flamingo paintings are my absolute favorite but everything she does is to die for. She lives in Columbia, SC so I got to meet her last year at Columbia's signature Lilly store. She is the sweetest person ever which makes her paintings that much more special!

3. Gray Malin

I think just about everyone has a love affair with Gray's famous beach photography. Gray Malin is most known for his many colorful aerial photographs of beaches around the world. I love seeing all the colorful umbrellas and beach towels. I don't own any of his photographs but his coffee table book is one of my favorites!

4. Inslee

A NYC based artist and illustrator, Inslee's work is stunning. I have 2 of her prints (including the one above) hanging in my living room and I'm obsessed with how they look. She paints everything from fashion to butterflies to flowers!

5. Shelby Dillon

A more recent find, Shelby Dillon is basically the painter version of Gray Malin! She has beautiful aerial paintings of big colorful beach umbrellas that could brighten up any room! They are all stunning and I'm dying to add one to my collection!

Who are your favorite artists?




Packing Checklist!


As type A as I am and love control, routines, and schedules, I surprisingly love love love traveling (especially in Europe).  I really discovered my love of traveling as early as 5th grade. We received military orders to Germany when I was 10 and luckily my parents decided to use our three years there as an opportunity to travel. 

We used every long weekend or time off of school as a chance to go see a new place. Whether it was a small weekend trip to a walled city in Germany or spring break in Egypt, we were always adventuring. I loved every second. 

I didn't realize how good I had it until I moved back to the states after 7th grade and realized we couldn't take a 4-hour car ride to Paris. My travel bug never went away. As I started to look for college the first question I would always ask on tours was about their study abroad programs. I knew I had to get back to the continent I loved so much and would do anything possible to make it a reality.

I ended up studying abroad for a semester in Italy during the Fall of my junior year! It was a dream a long time in the making and I cherished every second of jumping from country to country every weekend. 


So after all that travel experience, you'd think I'd be good at packing, right?! WRONG.

I'm terrible. I'm the worst over packer ever and get extremely anxious that I am going to forget something. And then when I do forget something, I get so angry at myself and wonder how the heck I could forget it!

I created a checklist on my phone a while ago that I check before I leave on a trip anywhere. It has all the small little things on it that I would commonly forget. I decided to share it with you all that way you can visit it before you head out on a fun adventure. 
Pin this picture for later so you can always easily reference it!





It's officially my last weekend of summer...and I'm spending it unpacking! Super fun right?!

I start school on Monday and I know that once I start it will just get busier so I'm trying to get as organized as I can before classes start. While I'm excited to start this new journey, I know it will just be non stop from here on out.

Now it's back to unpacking and organizing for me!

1. You can help the Hurricane Irma relief by buying Lilly!!
2. We watched the full story of this USC football player this week and I sobbed.
3. Soooo what does everyone think of the new Iphone?!
4. Did you hear the big news about Chip and Jo? So excited!!
5. Okay I think this is brilliant.
6. Super pretty monogrammed purse for fall.
7. Curious about this reverse wand.
8. This purse is such a deal.

Happy happy Friday!!




A Look Back At My Dorm Rooms

Today I finally move into my new apartment. It seems like the moving process has lasted forever since we were all packed up and ready to go this time last week when Irma decided to change our plans. 

I'm hoping I packed everything I need and if not, that's what Amazon Prime and Target runs are for, right?! 

I'm using a fair amount of things I already had (like my bedding) but there were also things like a couch that I had to purchase because I didn't have one before. So after a summer of all of it sitting in our bonus room and attic, I'm so excited to finally see all the furniture together and in the space. 

I'm definitely not interior designer but I like to think I've watched enough HGTV shows (mostly Chip and Jo) to kinda know what I'm doing. It's funny to look back on my rooms from the last 4 years and see how much style changed. I thought in honor of moving into my graduate apartment today I thought it would be fun to take a little walk down memory lane!

P.S. If you have any questions where anything is from feel free to comment on this post and I will reply, visit the original post to see if I previously linked it, or email me directly (prepavenue@gmail.com)!

Sophomore Year

Junior/ Senior Year




Under $50

Today we're spending a large portion of the day packing up so we can get an early start to Savannah on Thursday! A week after I was originally supposed to move in I am finally making the trip down and will be in my apartment tomorrow night! Ekk! Make sure you're following along on instagram to get some sneak peeks.

I thought I would round up a few cute pieces under $50 today. I'm always on the hunt for a good for a good bargain but for some reason I always seem to fall in love with the more expensive pieces. But there are some great pieces out there right now that are under $50!

Remember, xoxo


Pink Gingham + My Most Embarrassing Moment!!

You had me at pink gingham.

I'm obsessed with this shirt. I ordered it kinda on a whim and I was honestly surprised how much I liked it! I paired it with my favorite pair of white jeans shorts and added a bow to my hair to keep it out of my face. Oh and I think I may have forgotten to mention the best part about the shirt, it's under $30!!!!

Long story short, I will be wearing this shirt for as long the weather in Savannah allows me. 


Now to the fun part of this post. I wanted to share a funny little story to brighten up everybody's Tuesday. I remember the little embarrassing moment sections of my favorite magazines and how my friends and I would always gather around and read them all together. It was always my favorite part of any magazine and I would turn right to them the second a new magazine came in the mail.

So I thought I would share with you all my answer to the question, "what is your most embarrassing moment?" The truth is I have more embarrassing moments than I can write about but this one is definitely at least in the top three.

Rewind to the summer between junior and senior year. I had lived up in Raleigh for a year now and decided to drive back to where I used to live on the East Coast of North Carolina for the weekend to go visit my best friend Danee.

Danee's family had just received orders and were moving to Hawaii for her senior year. While it was hard enough to be two hours away now we were going to have thousand of miles between us and not to mention a 6 hour time difference that would made talking daily more difficult. We were both devastated about the move so I drove down to spend a weekend with her before she hopped on the airplane.

It was my last day down there with her and we were trying to squeeze in every moment together. We both knew it was going to be a bad day but I had no idea it was going to be a bad day in so many ways!

My bad luck started first thing in the morning when I lost my favorite ring in the middle of a field covered by tall weeds and grass. We wanted to take some fun pictures together before we left and we were posing for a picture when I dropped my favorite ring deep into some thick grass. Not soon after, my legs started itching and I realized I was having a slight allergic reaction to all the grass (I'm allergic to just about everything in nature).

Not a great way to start my day.

That afternoon the inevitable happened and it was time to say goodbye. With tears in our eyes, I hopped in my car to make the 2-hour drive back to Raleigh. Of course within seconds of getting in my car I realized the gas light was on. As a panicked new driver, I called my mom freaking out I wouldn't even make it to the gas station. I was so upset already and was now convinced I was going to run out of gas before I even made it off of the military base.

By no surprise, I made it to the gas station without even cutting it close but was still very flustered by everything that had happened in such a short amount of time. I grabbed the gas pumped and pressed the button farthest to the left (assuming it was regular) and attempted to put the gas pump in my tank. Not thinking, I held there letting that gas pour into my tank even though the nosel didn't fit perfectly in my car. I was already in tears and just figured it was my fault that I couldn't get it in.

I went on my way and got about a half a mile down the road before I could tell something was wrong. My car started shaking violently and I looked in my rear view mirror and all I saw was black smoke!!! I was not even off base yet when I had to pull over and try to figure out what was happening.

It didn't take my mom long to figure out exactly what I did. I HAD PUT DIESEL IN MY CAR. Yepp, despite the pump being labeled and in a different color, I had put diesel gas in my car.

Before I knew it a tow truck was on its way and I was standing on the side of the road mortified of what I had just done. I was standing on the side of one of the biggest intersections just praying that I wouldn't see anyone I knew. Whichhhh of course I did.

To add to the embarrassment a young marine who I knew through Danee's family saw me and pulled over and was nice enough to wait with me until the tow truck came.

The original plan I had was to stop for lunch on the way home. Since that was now impossible with no working car, I was now starving with no way home. The young Marine who had stopped to help me was luckily the nicest person ever and offered to drive me half way home and to drive me through Starbucks on our way.

Here comes my next mistake. I got a strawberry smoothie. I'm not a big coffee drinker so I figured a smoothie would be safe. WRONG.

Well, of course, something in that smoothie did not sit well with me and I spent the first half of the two-hour trip feeling so sick to my stomach yet desperately trying to make small talk.

Luckily my mom was waiting at the half way point and my bad luck ended there, at least for the day.

It was quite the day and I can't believe I was stupid enough to put diesel in my car. It's always my go to story when people ask what my most embarrassing moment is.

So when you're at the gas station and see the bright green diesel pump think of me, and DON'T USE IT.

What's your most embarrassingg moment?




The Most Amazing Tweed Jacket

Is it weird that I'm looking forward to the work world just to dress up every day and put together fun work appropriate outfits? I know after a while it will probably get old and I'll miss my leggings but I can't wait to wear things like tweed jackets and blazers. 

This tweed jacket is the kind of pieces I'm talking about. I fell in love with this navy tweed jacket after seeing it online and decided the J.Crew gift card sitting on my night stand was the perfect excuse to pull the trigger. The bow details is what really sold the jacket for me. Obsessed.

Right after I put on this jacket I felt like a corporate executive ready to walk into an important meeting...lol. Until I finish up grad school though this jacket will just have to be used for important presentations and interviews. But there's no doubt I'm definitely looking forward to the day I can wear things like this into an office!


And I don't want to forget to recognize all the American men and women who lost their lives on this day 16 years ago. I'm so thankful for all the service members (including my dad!) who put their lives on the line every day to continue to protect our country. 

As a military family, 9/11/01 was a day I'll never forget. My dad was deployed to Iraq just a year and a half later so there's no doubt that we felt the effects. I'm praying for all the families that lost loved ones today and hope that we can remember this day as a day that America came together and fought for our country. 

God Bless America!