Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Umm, really?

Since when do charitable organizations decide your donations aren't worthy of taking? We (meaning my mother) are in the process of getting new furniture for our living room because having a cloth sofa is simply impossible when you have three canines who shed all the time. Long story short, she decided to donate our 1) sofa, 2) older vacuum cleaner (that still works really well and was VERY expensive when purchased), 3) arm chair, 4) set of dining room chairs, and 5) two bathroom vanity mirrors to the Habitat for Humanity re-store. We put it in plain sight of the road as they asked us to since neither of us were able to be home when they came yesterday. She worked until 6, I worked and had class until 6:45, we met for dinner... eventually we got home around 8:15, when it was almost completely dark outside. I pulled into the driveway first, and got the sickest feeling when my headlights hit the pile of furniture still. sitting. in. our. driveway. We thought perhaps the pickup day had been changed. Until I found the donation receipt taped to our back door... So not only did they NOT pick anything up, but they left a receipt implying they had so that WE could commit tax fraud. Thank you, reputable charity.

So I called this morning to ask what happened. I was told they "didn't find anything that [they] could accept to sell in the store." Now, I'm the daughter of a woman who loves restored furniture and doing it herself - so I KNOW what kind of things find their way to the re-store. I know that our (high-quality) donations would easily have sold, even though they may have needed a little restoring. Is that not what most of the materials there need? Our sofa could have been reupholstered (I mean, it is a few years old, but we used it until a week ago) but was still structurally fine... the only reason we didn't keep it was because we decided we needed leather with the canines and we couldn't exactly justify reupholstering it with leather. The chairs could have had new fabric on the seats and been very cute. I would've kept them for myself if I didn't already have too much furniture in storage.

Dear Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in Augusta, GA,
You have hurt my feelings. I hope Goodwill appreciates our donations more, both now and in the future.
Sincerely,
Miss Preppy in Pearls

It's sad to me that when trying to do a good thing and help an organization such as this that you can be turned away.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Student Teaching Preview

So the last dress didn't make it in yesterday, but since I have a busy week (homework, class, more homework, class, student teaching an hour away, work at some point, 2 tests, a presentation), I am going to save my dress post for later in the week. I will, however, preview my outfit for tomorrow. I was originally going to wear a black beaded necklace but I think it kind of overwhelmed the shirt. Please forgive the un-made bed, the only full length mirror in our house is not in my room. :)


This is without the flash. The purple is really more vibrant, like in this next picture:


Top and pants, both Banana Republic. Black heels will most likely be Nine West since my Cole Haan's haven't arrived yet.

I think this is a good outfit because it's not too boring, but it isn't form-fitting and a distraction. Both the pants and the top are super-comfortable (hoping my shoes don't kill me tomorrow, I'm used to wearing my New Balances, Shox, or Rainbows all day, every day!). Plus, the total cost of my outfit is less than $50 for the top, pants, and shoes.

**Bargains from this weekend:
-Purple and Black RL Polo Cable Long Sleeve Sweaters ($29.99 each, thanks Marshall's)
-Light Tan Lauren RL Heels ($18.99 in the discount store I HATE but thankfully was dragged to... Ross)
-Black Bandolino Heels ($10.00 at Marshall's)
-Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Shakers ($7.00 at Marshall's, for Mama's Christmas)
-Eiffel Tower Stone Coasters ($4.99 at Marshall's, for Mama's Christmas)
-Fleur de Lis Wine Collar ($2.99 at Marshall's, for Mama's Christmas)
-Presents for my Preppies' Christmas and Birthday presents... pity I can't share them with my readers because my loves do read the blog

Friday, September 18, 2009

Newest Obsessions...

I have a few new obsessions... I'm trying to go on a spending freeze (food and gas excluded) after this weekend. Namely because Victoria's Secret is putting several things I LOVE on sale, plus I have my nice coupons and Angel VIP card rewards to use. I am looking toward Christmas though, so my thoughts are the following:

Mama:
*Pandora Silver Bracelet with these charms:
-Present
-Pink Ribbon Glass Bead
-Breast Cancer Awareness
-Shamrock
-Safety Chain

*Coach or Dooney & Bourke Bag

... and I just realized I can't post about anyone else's gifts because they all read the blog. Humph. Be back soon with a better post.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Asking for your help...

Y'all may remember that I posted about Shellie Rushing Tomlinson's book, Suck Your Stomach in and Put Some Color On! in this post. I am a follower of her blog and love her website. She is asking for donations to Life Today's Water for Life. It will drill a well for a community whose current water sources are contaminated. Please go to her blog here and follow the links to donate if you are at all able. Any little bit helps... I am a struggling college student and I am donating. More donations are especially needed because the cost of the well has gone up from $2400 to $4800... Please, please help.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Oops...

Before I leave (in however long since I only got up about twenty minutes ago, you see where my priorities are), I wanted to show you some incredibly adorable ornaments (yes, ornaments. I LIVE for the Christmas season.). I have been collecting the Hallmark Gone with the Wind ornaments since the first year, there are a couple I don't have but I'm working on those. I've been collecting Hallmark ornaments in general since before I was born... my grandmother worked a Hallmark store and always got everyone a huge shopping bag full or ornaments at Thanksgiving, and then gave more after Christmas. After she passed away Mama and Daddy volunteered our house to separate those she had in storage among all the children and grandchildren and they covered every surface of the first floor in our 3000 square foot house (and the second floor only had two bedrooms and a bathroom, so just think about how many stinkin' ornaments that is!). Mama loves Christmas (more so because it's also my birthday) so we are always fully decorated by the end of Thanksgiving weekend... but that's another story for another post. I'm here to show you ORNAMENTS!



Here is the link to this adorable ornament. There's a button you press to hear the infamous "Frankly, my dear..." line. It's $24.00 and apparently (they may have always done this but if so I'm out of the loop), Hallmark has layaway. I'm taking advantage of this with other ornaments because 1) they are going to be presents and I don't want them seen, 2) I don't even have our Christmas things close to being out yet so I don't want to misplace them, and 3) I want to make sure I get all the ones I want so I'm shopping early.

I saw another Gone with the Wind ornament in the store a few weeks ago, but it's not listed online. As soon as I can get a pic I'll put it up.




Who doesn't love "A Christmas Story?" I keep the 24-hour marathon on TBS on in the background for almost all of Christmas. This ornament also has dialogue from the movie. You can buy it or see it closer here. It is $16.50.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Birthday Celebrations!

Tonight I'm going out for sushi with 9 other girls for Polka Dot Preppy's birthday, then to one of our favorite spots for a Journey cover band (Polka Dot Preppy, Palmetto Preppy, and I go waaay back with our Journey obsession). I can only stay for a little while since I have to drive to my condo that's two hours away (yes, try paying a mortgage on a residence that you haven't lived in in over a year with no rental income... it's fabulous) first thing in the morning because I have a potential buyer! I still have to pack up all of my kitchen (I moved back home so I didn't have a reason to do that yet) and some other small pieces of furniture. The big pieces (my bedroom set, a computer armoire, an entertainment center, and my dining room furniture) will have to wait until Mr. Preppy can go and help me load things. Sadly, Pensecola Preppy will not be in town for me to see her tomorrow because she'll be at a student government retreat all weekend.

I'm very excited to give Polka Dot Preppy her gift... I feel like I have yearly themes for gifts because I've given the same type of present for her graduation, my co-worker's graduation, Mother's Day, and my mama's birthday. I'm a big fan of gift-giving. I like receiving things (what girl doesn't?), but I LOVE LOVE giving gifts. I usually can't wait until the actual day (birthday, Christmas, whatever) to give someone their present, so I'm very happy I've managed to wait this long.

I probably won't post again until Sunday since I'll be out of town until late tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Anxious Much?

So in my to-do list the other day, I forgot to list the RESEARCH PAPER THAT WAS DUE AT 4 THIS AFTERNOON... I woke up at 5am today, sat straight up in bed, and started freaking out because I couldn't remember when it was due. Yeah. Great feeling. Looked it up and started to panic.

But can you tell me who, thanks to a great part time job and slow workday, managed to scrape up four sources and write up her "philosophy of education?" If you guessed moi, you would be correct. I. Rock.



**Sorry, some days I have to encourage myself. Ego will be back to normal by the time I wake up tomorrow. I'm off to bed because it has been a long, anxiety-ridden day. Have a wonderful night readers!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Teacher Clothes?

As I may have mentioned, I'm closing in on college graduation. I am a Political Science/ Secondary Education major and this semester is the first of three with serious in-school lab hours. The third semester (Fall 2010) is my LAST semester of college as well as my apprenticeship semester, which is what most people think of when they think of student teachers. Anyway, I am going to a rural school this semester for 90 lab hours, in addition to my other 12 hours of class AND work this semester (I'm actually taking an 18 hour schedule this semester but we don't have our Education classes during the lab window) and I'm trying to figure out what to wear. I've ordered A LOT of new dresses (like... 8... in addition to the 50+ already living in the closet in my guest bedroom), thanks to eBay. When Mr. Preppy and I went to Charleston about a month ago I scored big at the GAP and Banana Republic outlets (not to mention it was the Get and Give or Give and Get weekend so I got an extra 30% off everything!). At GAP I got a red jersey dress and two pairs of semi-casual pants, one in dark khaki and the other in navy which will both be good on casual Fridays. At Banana Republic I got a royal blue shift dress and three pairs of pants (one basic black, one light grey, one medium grey plaid-ish) and two tops. I've ordered another top as well, so we'll see how everything goes together when it all gets here.

I've been told by my professor that any dresses must be knee-length (check) and we have to wear pantyhose/tights underneath. I don't know the last time I owned a pair of pantyhose or tights, so I'm going to need some advice. I live in GEORGIA, so it's as hot as the surface of the sun well into October. What kinds are the best to purchase? Do people still wear nude colored ones, and if so, do they still look as bad? Is it weird to wear sheer black now, and if so, is solid black going to look odd? I'm so out of touch with this particular undergarment. I just realized that doesn't sound very classy, but I generally stick to pants in the winter and it's simply too hot the other 11 1/2 months of the year. ;)

I'll take and post pictures of all the dresses when they get here. Any other advice will be greatly appreciated!!

Beauty Regime, Part I

This is the first of a series I'll do on my beauty products. This covers makeup, next will be skincare, last will be hair (I take my hair seriously. You'll probably die laughing at me when you see that post.). As you'll see, I don't believe you have to spend tons of money to get quality products, but I do believe in investing in products when they work the best.


I use MAC Prep + Prime Face blended with Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer with SPF 15. I thought about using MAC Prep + Prime with SPF but even the girls who work at the MAC counter advised against it. Apparently it doesn't work nearly as well.



I don't use foundation every day. I'm prone to breakouts even with all oil-free, dermatologist-approved, etc. makeup. However, for nights when we go out and I want smudge-proof lasting makeup, this is the best invention EVER. It really doesn't come off until you wash your face. Plus it blends really well.





If I have any blemishes, I use Physician's Formula Green Gentle Cover Stick. It really neutralizes redness. I always use Physician's Formula Yellow Gentle Cover Stick under my eyes. It helps with the dark circles and blends easier than most.



Next it's Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder. I've found that it matches my skin tone the best and is really does cut down on the shine throughout the day.



I then lightly dust with Victoria's Very Sexy Secret Mosaic Bronzer (cheekbones, bridge of nose, chin, lightly above eyebrows... where you would naturally start to tan). If I'm going out I usually layer Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Mosaic Blush in Love Story over that. During the day I generally don't. They decided to redesign their line of makeup, so I stocked up on these products. Hopefully they'll have something similar in the new line, I haven't checked yet.





I have very, very, very light eyebrows. Mr. Preppy's mother (who is a hair stylist) usually colors them darker for me so I don't have to use anything to get them to show up. However, when that fades I start with Cover Girl Brow Pencils in Honey Blonde and follow with Clinique Eye Shaper powder in the lightest blonde shade (I can't remember off the top of my head the exact name). I've heard great things about both of these products in darker shades as well, but I KNOW they work wonderfully together for those of us with fair brows.




I usually stay pretty neutral during the day, so my go-to favorite eyeshadow is Jane Eye Zing in You're Golden. It blends well with most skin tones and has a little shimmer to help brighten your eyes. For a night look I usually do smokey eyes in grey or brown tones, depending on the time of year (when I'm tan, brown tones look better, when I'm not grey does). This is almost always my go-to base for those eyes too. Lately I've had to find subsitutes because Wal-Mart (ugh) in my area don't carry this shade anymore and neither does Target. I haven't seen that it's been discontinued, so if anyone knows where to find it, let me know!






What's in store that day or night determines which eyeliner I use. I typically use the Lancome Le Crayon Kohl in Black Coffee during the day and the Jane Be Pure Mineral Gel Eyeliner at night. However, during my long days (when I go to work at 8 and don't get home until 12+ hours later due to class) I use the gel liner because (on me at least) the Lancome can start to smudge and give you the black eye look. For nights out that don't require smokey eyes I still usually layer a darker shadow over whichever liner I use so that it's guaranteed to stay.






I have sensitive eyes, so Maybelline waterproof mascaras usually work best for me. Whatever look I'm going for determines which one I use. The Lash Discovery is my typical daytime look. It gives a lot of length without a lot of clumpiness or too much volume (I think too much volume during the day just looks odd.).

As you can tell, I'm a Maybelline junky. I think they have great products for people who are sensitive to other makeup. Stay tuned for a real post that will (hopefully) be up later tonight, followed by the other Beauty posts in the next week or so. Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Some Accomplishments

Brief for Con Law
Flashcards/ Study for Con Law
•Reading for US Congress - I have a 2 1/2 hour break between classes when I can read this tomorrow and actually have a hope of understanding it.
•Reflection for Education Class - I realized this isn't due for another week, so I decided not to worry about it quite yet. It is only a 250 word article critique.
Print GA Educator Code of Ethics - You can be convicted of assault, DUI, and CHILD ABANDONMENT and not have to report it when you apply to teach CHILDREN, but you have to tell someone if you’ve ever written a bad check… hmm. This seems more appropriate for administrators than teachers.
Print Global Policy LectureBy the way, this “lecture” is just an article on the healthcare issue. How it applies to Global Policy (which, per the syllabus, is US Policy on Iran, Separatist Movements, Darfur, etc.), I will never understand. Nor will I understand how this professor can correct my grammar when his email subject was, not kidding, “helth care articl”
•Finish Beauty Routine post
Clean my bedroom
Laundry - I’m not quite half finished with laundry. I’m too tired and achy to try to fold clothes tonight.

In the Midst of the To-Do List

Dear fellow group member who is overly-familiar in emails,

It is difficult for me to take you seriously when from day one of our class together you begins emails with "hey hun" and "hay sweeti" (not joking). The three months remaining in this class will be much less painful if you begin to conduct yourself as an adult. Even just "insert Miss Preppy in Pearls' real name here, I have looked the case over and..." would work for me. Also, I will not be doing all of preparation for these group presentations myself. My major is secondary education, not higher education. I plan to teach 11-18 year olds -- NOT students taking a senior level Constitutional Law class. Apparently you are either on my major track (secondary education/ political science), or you are preparing for law school since you are taking this class. I don't think you will achieve the latter (and I will do my best to ensure you never teach my children if it is the former) with such a degree of informality. Clean it up.

Hugs and Kisses,
Miss Preppy in Pearls

Tonight's To-Do List

•Brief for Con Law
•Flashcards/ Study for Con Law
•Reading for US Congress
•Reflection for Education Class
•Print GA Educator Code of Ethics (so you can be convicted of assault and not have to report it when you apply to teach CHILDREN)
•Print Global Policy Lecture
•Finish Beauty Routine post
•Clean my bedroom
•Laundry

I still feel horrendous so I’m going to take a nap then tackle as much of this as I can get to tonight…
I've seen several bloggers do skincare/makeup routine blogs, as well as the standard outfits and such. I'm going to work on some of those, so stay tuned!

"I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that loving is the best calorie-burner. I believe in kissing. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day... and I believe in miracles." -Audrey Hepburn

Monday, September 7, 2009

Hunting Dog, continued...


Preppy Pup with her new obsession last night... and 18 hours later she's back in the same position!

... And no, my bed is not made and does not have its comforter on it. It takes a full day of drying cycles to get the summer-weight one dry (don't even get me started on the winter-weight one) so it'll be back on later today. Yes, that is a Bojangle's cup on my nightstand. I needed hangover food a quick breakfast yesterday.

New Design

I love this new background... working on a new banner. If anyone knows how to help, please feel free!

Meet.... ME

Or at least the Meez.com version of me...



I will edit to add that I do not have dark eyebrows... they aren't very forgiving with the faces you must choose to get blonde eyebrows. I also couldn't add Preppy Pup. :(

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Hunting Dog



This Preppy Pup has a new favorite toy, thanks to Mr. Preppy and his hunting habits:




She's hoping to be a hunting dog. I think she can track a deer over 15 times her weight. Don't you?