2017 Prom Recommendations

Even though it's only January, prom will be here before you know it! Prom is such a fun part of high school because it gives you an occasion to dress glamorously, take photos, and be with your best friends. This post is highly requested every year, and I have rounded up my picks in just about every category, with prices in every range!

Hopefully these recommendations are a help, but if anyone specifically needs more, do not hesitate to email me or comment below :)

A Spring Day in January

Today was absolutely stunning. It has been cloudy for a solid week or so with weird temperatures, but the sun finally peeked through and made it so pleasant. It feels like a mid-March day, which is incredible for the beginning of January. I decided to wear my favorite flats in the whole world that I often forget exist, and I picked out my entire outfit around them. I usually throw on shoes last based on what I am wearing, so it was interesting for me to do it opposite.

I usually do not wear this much black, but I got a ton of compliments while walking around town today. This leather jacket is from last year, but I linked another from the same brand that is very affordable!

Cozy Sweater Dress

This dress that I got for Christmas has been the perfect lounging/errands dress. it's so comfortable, and perfect for southern days that are colder in the morning and warmer as the hours pass! I would probably never pick something like this out in the store after seeing it on a hanger, but the cashier at Urban Outfitters was wearing it and she made it look so cute!

Dancing Into 2017

In total honesty, I went to bed at 10:30pm sharp on New Year's Eve. I was tired, had no plans, and I welcomed drifting off to the sound of fireworks and celebratory gunshots (not kidding). Tonight, we are having our family NYE dinner a few days late, and this is what I am wearing. I purchased this skirt over the summer and couldn't find a top to pair with it, but ended up wearing this crop top with it. I am extremely pleased with how the two pair together!

A Brand New Year

Day 1/365–– The first Selfie of 2017, complete with unintentional family matching!

Wow, am I glad for it to be 2017. I have always loved a fresh start, and seventeen is one of my lucky numbers. I have so much ahead of me this year (I am graduating in May) and I am so excited to see how everything pans out, even if I am a little terrified at the same time. As I have stated on my tumblr (new tumblr URL btw), I personally don’t believe in setting specific New Years resolutions as much as I believe in just doing your best and really applying yourself to your future, work, and career. Specificity often leads to goals not being fully completed or leads to the abandonment of them all together.

As long as I am doing my best, I will be happy with myself! That being said, I do have some areas I want to work on, broadly and not specifically speaking:

Be healthier–– physically and mentally. I would love to start making a commitment to eating healthier and being more active, and I would love to stop being so engrossed in social media/technology. I need to learn to unplug for a day and just chill.

Focus less on how many likes I am getting, and more on what I like–– When you run a monetized blog, it's easy to obsess over how many likes and views every post is getting. It gets to the point where you are taking photos not because you want to post them, but because you think they will perform well. This year, I would love to throw that out of the window and post more genuine moments and outfits that make me happy.

Appreciate everything more–– Appreciation is so underrated. Nothing makes my parents' day like telling them how much I really value what they do for me, and I need to tell them more how much of a positive impact they have made on my life. I wouldn't be anywhere today without them. They are my greatest support system.

Do one thing every month that scares me–– As they say, comfort zones are a great place, but nothing great ever grows in them. I need to take more risks with the blog/life in general, even if it means ultimately failing and learning from my mistakes.

Write a little more and take more photos–– I love my life and I would love to document it more, especially during this pivotal time in my life. I'm about to end a chapter and start a new one, and it would be really cool to have physical (as opposed to digital) memories to look back on years from now.