Why I Joined Reese’s Book Club

For a while, I was bored with books.

I really like reading but nothing I tried was grabbing me. I had a few recommendations that fell flat and I even reread some of my favorites just to have something to open.

For Easter, Mom bought me Reese Witherspoon’s new book Whiskey In A Teacup, which despite being a coffee table book, I loved anyways. Her southern upbringing shines through, from her stories of front porch sittin’ to the magnolia print inside the cover.

The book lead to her media brand Hello Sunshine, a platform dedicated to showcasing women of all backgrounds making a positive difference in the world. It was there that I found Reese’s Book Club and started looking through her picks, all with female authors.

I took a chance and checked out Daisy Jones and the Six from the library. I ended up finishing it in 2 days and haven’t questioned the advice of Reese since.

I’ve already read three on the list and I’m halfway through my fourth if that gives you any idea of how much I have enjoyed the books she has selected. None of them are alike, since she picks books across genres, which makes for an interesting and engaging variety to choose from.

Here are the books I’ve read, why I liked them, and a little insight to their story so you can decide if you should add to your own reading list.

Daisy Jones and the Six:

I had to check (more than once) to make sure this was indeed a fiction novel. Daisy Jones and the Six takes the reader back to California in the 1970s to tell the story of how The Six formed and it’s front woman came to be its icon. Daisy Jones, a Stevie Nicks-esc vocal powerhouse with wicked talent, rises to fame along side them, but despite topping the charts and reaching stardom, the band mysteriously breaks up after a concert in Chicago, never to play together again. Written through a series of interviews with both members of the band and the people closest to them, the book reads quickly, matching the fast pace of events told in the story.  This fictional biopic sets to discover what caused them to unplug their guitars for good, but not without some good ole drugs, sex, and rock ‘n roll along the way.

As I said before, I was glued to Daisy Jones. I have never read anything quite like it before. Reid’s voice is incredible. All of her characters are different and distinctive from each other and the story unravels in a gripping and sobering way. Once I finished, my only wish was that I could download their fictional album and listen to it for the rest of the summer.

If you like Fleetwood Mack, books that you can finish in one sitting, California summer vibes, or powerful female characters that command your attention, this is the one for you.

Little Fires Everywhere

Finishing this, I let out a huge sigh. A little bit of relief and little bit of disappointment.

Set in the perfectly planned neighborhood of Shaker Heights, this novel introduces us to the Richardson Family, the gold standard of what being a Shaker Heights resident is meant to be. Each of their lives change once Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl move into the Richardson’s rental property on the outskirts of the neighborhood. A wandering artist with a mysterious past, Mia is the antithesis of Elana Richardson, a mother and wife born and raised the Shaker way. Slowly, Mia and Pearl get closer and closer to each of the four Richardson children, disrupting their household order and causing chaos.

We begin Little Fires Everywhere with the end, then the rest of the story unravels, taking you through the year the Warrens lived in Shaker Heights. Set in the late 90’s, the novel deals with race relations, family and class dynamics, all wrapped up in an innocent story. I was not expecting to be so moved and rethink so much about my own beliefs.

If you like women of mystery, politics of the 1990’s, coming of age, or novels that make you question your own philosophies, this is a good one for you.

The Proposal

Now listen, I have never been one for modern day romance novels. Are romantic comedies from the 2000’s my guilty pleasure? Absolutely. Do I love a good period drama on Masterpiece Theater? Oh, so much. But I tend to roll my eyes at Sarah Dessen novels and saucy beach love stories.

The Proposal, is so much more than a romance novel.

After dating her pretty but plain actor boyfriend for a mere 5 months, Nikole Patterson was not expecting to get proposed to on the Jumbotron of the Dodgers Stadium during a game. In fact, she was pretty sure she was going to break up with him later that week. Yet, a proposal comes and a rejection soon after, embarrassing Nik in front of a crowd of disappointed and judgmental baseball fans. Before further humiliation can ensue from a blood thirsty camera crew, Carlos Ibarra and his sister Angela intervene and take Nik to safety. This sparks a friendship between Carlos and Nik that has the potential to become something even more at the encouragement of her two best friends Courtney and Dana. (Did I mention that Carlos is also a nice, attractive, and sensitive pediatrician? Well he’s that too.)

I was in need of something warm and fuzzy after finishing Little Fires Everywhere and The Proposal was the perfect remedy. The diversity of characters in the novel was also refreshing. Our main character Nik is a black woman who does freelance writing, Courtney, a plus sized cupcake shop owning Korean American and Dana, an aspiring actress, is a black lesbian (who in my opinion had the best love plot of the whole book). Each of them have their own voice that come to life on the page and prove to be true friends to Nik both in times of laughter and crisis. Their interactions felt so sincere and real, just like how my friends would answer a group chat or respond to eating cupcakes late at night (YES!).

If you’re looking for a lighthearted read, a steamy and juicy love story, a girl power book or something to take to the beach, I highly recommend The Proposal.

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Something In The Water

I have yet to finish Something In The Water, but after reading the first chapter, I was hooked. I will report back once I finish, but it feels already like it’s building up to something huge. (In just the first page, the main character is burying a dead body…yikes!) I don’t usually read suspenseful, vengeful, mystery novels but I am looking forward to diving into this one!

As you can see, I have been in the company of good books so far this summer, all written by women. Yay!

What I love most of all about Reese’s Book Club is that on the website, there are articles about the author and opportunities for discourse with other readers. That means even though the book is over, you can dive a little deeper into the story by watching interviews or reading some of the inspiration behind the characters.

My next book will be Where The Crawdad’s Sing but my reading list includes Americanah, From Scratch, The Great Believers, The Night Tiger, and Educated. If you have any recommendations, I would LOVE to hear them! Comment them below or on my post!

Happy reading!
xx Macy


Hatteras Island

I wish I could’ve stayed in Rodanthe for the rest of the summer.

There is something wonderful about going outside each morning to hear the ocean crash while drinking your coffee. And something even more wonderful about having to do absolutely nothing for a week…

My improv troupe’s annual beach vacation was just what I needed after a busy semester. Our house was at the entrance of Hatteras, which meant the hustle and bustle of Nags Head was further away and the beaches were much less crowded. Plus, the seafood? I wish I could eat it every day.

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Our home for the week

Being in the company of my favorite friends was wonderful in itself, but after a few days,   a few of us wanted to get out of the house and see something new. That’s when a drive along Highway 12 turned into a road trip to Cape Hatteras Light House.

And I’m so glad it did.

Owned by the National Park Service, the 3 lighthouses that line the shore on Hatteras Island are amazing, both in their hight and when considering the time of their construction. Plus, when you have a Coastie mom like I do, any museums that have to do with the ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’ are instantly worth visiting.

I cannot recommend going to see them enough and though it seems like a drag to have to pay to go up the stairs inside the lighthouses, Gil and Sean both agreed that it was worth the $8 ticket and the climb.

Bodie Island Lighthouse

On the northern end of Hatteras sits this beauty.

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It’s hard to believe that this was completed in 1872 and has stood there ever since. The only modifications have been repainting the exterior and electrifying the beautiful Fresnel lens to signal to oncoming ships.

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With cooler weather gracing us the morning we went, I wore these J. Crew white denim pants with this shirt, also from J. Crew. (similar here)

As for my wicker round bag…you’ll never guess where I found it: Target.

I had been eyeing this one by Bird on the Bay for a while but I couldn’t bring myself to splurge on it. Luckily, this one is much more affordable and worth every penny. I  get so many compliments when I wear it and I use it all the time.

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If you go, be sure to stop inside the lighthouse keeper’s museum and if you brought kayaks, there’s a landing dock across from the lighthouse that take you into the Pamlico Sound.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Just a 45 minute drive away from our beach house was the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

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I mean, c’mon.

We learned so much about the hard work lighthouse keepers went through each day to maintain the tower and lots of cool maritime history facts thanks to friendly park rangers both on the ground and at the top of the tower.

As it turned out, we were visiting on the 20th anniversary of the tower moving from its original location to where it is now, a truly impressive feat. In June 1999, engineers moved the 5,000 ton tower 29,000 ft over 23 days. Phew!

After hearing all of this, we figured we had to make the climb to the top, despite learning that it’s the tallest brick lighthouse in North America just before we took our first steps.

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But unsurprisingly, the view was incredible.

We stayed there in admiration for about an hour before taking all 269 steps down.

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For this adventure, I decided to wear my new gingham dress that I found earlier with Zoë and Emily in J Crew Factory. It was almost 90 that day, so the dress was an excellent choice. I paired it with my favorite pink sunglasses and my white Birkenstocks. (these are a slides version that are cheaper and still cute)

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I am already looking forward to next year and would like to plan to see the Ocracoke Lighthouse. Even though you can’t climb to the top like the two we visited, I’ve heard great things about the island.

Let me know if you make it down to the Outer Banks this summer and have a chance to visit one of the Lighthouses! Which one is on your bucket list?

xx Macy

Spring Clothes Under $50



While I can’t call myself a true online shopper, I must admit that I am one to look online before actually visiting one of my favorite stores. To me, nothing is better than going to a store and feeling the fabric myself but I also like knowing what styles and colors to expect when I go.

My trip to Disney has caused me to start looking for some new clothes to wear to the parks (and also it has sparked a closet clean out of what I don’t wear or doesn’t fit anymore…yikes!) and I noticed how expensive everything was in some of my favorite stores now that spring styles have come out.

But, I found a pink linen tunic from Free People and a pink bridesmaid dress for formal at the thrift store last Friday and together, they were less than $10!

If only I could find cute NEW clothes for spring new without spending all my money!

Inspired by my frustration, I searched for spring outfits that are each under $50 to inspire your next shopping trip. I love what I found not only because of the price, but they are really versatile pieces that would transition into summer well. Some shorts are $12, earrings under $5, and jumpsuits for around $30! I hope that maybe this guide will give you a good idea of where to go to look for spring clothes next!


Pink Stripes w/a Bow // Camel Two Piece // Floral Button Up


Sleeveless Chiffon Bow // Yellow Eyelet // White Button Down Blouse


Giraffe Embroidered Shorts // Daisy Embroidered Skirt // Paper Bag Stripe Shorts


Yellow Wicker // Marble Drop // Scallop Hoops


Woven Mules // Blue Suede Shoes (also in pink and taupe!)


Pink Bow Bag // Blue Round Bag // Sage Whipstitch Cross Body // Yellow Round Bag


4 Outfits To Wear While Transitioning Into Spring

After a cold and wet winter, I am so ready to welcome spring to Williamsburg. Seeing the daffodils starting to pop up around campus and catching the scent of the tulip trees in bloom is so refreshing after 3 months of bare branches. I want nothing more than to start wearing soft pinks and greens again.

The only problem is: how do you dress for a 45 degree 9 am class when it’ll be 72 degrees by the afternoon without going back to your room to change clothes?

Most people would say the key is to layer, but that’s just half of it. Sure, you could take off or add a layer at a time, but I think every good spring outfit has three pieces that when combined, keep you warm enough through the whole day without sweating through.

These are my top four outfits that I wear during the spring in this seasonal transition.

Jean Jacket + Button Up + Skirt

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Jean Jacket // Similar Button Down // Skirt // Similar Shoes

Lots of friends that tell me they have no idea how to wear a skirt without feeling over dressed or uncomfortable. The truth is, it all depends on the fit of the skirt. I like this tulip shaped one much more than a tight pencil skirt, since it gives me room to move my legs in but also a clean shape. This J Crew classic also matches just about anything and bonus: it has pockets! I found this same one on Poshmark for $25!

I already raved about how my jean jacket has been my go-to this spring in my  last post but I have to plug the one I bought in high school from Kohl’s again because it is the most comfortable jacket to pull on. The denim is worn in but hasn’t faded over time. I love the way the denim looks with the camel skirt and it’s just enough to keep me warm during the day.

Button up shirts are probably the thing I wear the most in my whole closet. They add an extra layer for warmth and provide an extra dimension to an outfit when you wear a crewneck sweatshirt or sweater on top. Pink is my favorite color and I love this shirt that I thrifted at Goodwill because it’s wrinkle proof, meaning no matter how crammed my closet gets, it always looks freshly pressed and clean.

Head Band + Shift Dress + Button Up

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Button Up // Shift Dress // Shoes

Some people think that Lilly Pulitzer prints can can only be worn in the summer and I am here to say that a sunshine state of mind can be pulled off any month of the year.

Nothing beats the shift dress, with a Lilly print on it or not, for its simple but feminine shape. Spring, however, can sometimes be too cold for this kind of style and I would hate to cover up the print with a cardigan. This is why the button down saves the day by going underneath. Since the shift dress has a higher neck, the collar of the button up matches nicely. Plus, if it gets too hot outside you can roll up the sleeves or just take it off!

My white headband is my secret weapon. I used to feel like Alice in Wonderland every time I wore one but now I have embraced the behind the ear look for the better. It keeps my hair out of my face but still lets me wear it down.

Cardigan + Camisole + Light Wash Jeans

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Similar Cardigan // Similar Camisole // Similar Jeans // Similar Bag // Shoes // Bracelet // Similar Necklace

Outfits that look cute but are soft and comfortable are what make my heart sing. The beauty of this outfit is every piece can worn so many different ways. The camisole is light and flowy, making it perfect for cute patterned shorts in the summer but also pretty with a cardigan for spring. I also love how it matches the Cinderella blue color of the bag that I got for Christmas.

I wear cardigans over t-shirts, button ups, dresses…just about everything. I love the unique buttons on this one and the little pockets on the side. This was an exciting TJ Maxx find on a rack of several neutral toned sweaters but I thought that the oatmeal color could be worn as both spring and a fall color.

Light wash jeans are a subtle but fun change from the normal dark wash color we’re so used to wearing and look great with pastel colored tops. I have basically worn my Lucky Brand pair every other day this week to class and I get a lot of compliments on the cut off leg at the bottom. It looks great with all different kinds of shoes too!

Sweatshirt + Quilted Jacket + Baseball Hat

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Similar Hat // Similar Jacket // Sweatshirt // Similar Jeans // Loafers

When its a little colder, this outfit keeps me warm enough so that I don’t have to pull out something quite as heavy as my wool coat. There’s not much too it, but the key to making a sweatshirt and jeans look put together is through color coordination. I did this with the yellow humming bird hat I found in San Fransisco last year and my green quilted jacket from Costco. Sometimes matching colors together becomes too “matchy” which is why the texture of your layers also helps to keep your outfit interesting.

These leather loafers also add a causal air to the outfit, and the best part is, they’re only $27 at Target! I think I wear out a pair of leather loafers to the soul every 6 months since they are so comfortable and match everything. Not only do I wear them all the time but they make me feel a little bit more like Nancy Drew when I have them on.

If you know me well, then you’d know that this is one of many William and Mary sweatshirts in the collection I’ve been curating over the years. This crewneck is one of my favorites (behind a big old green sweatshirt with holes in it that Granddad gave me in the 3rd grade after I told him I wanted to go to W&M. He said I would grow into it one day.) The heather grey seems like a boring color, but if you added a flannel underneath, a jean jacket on top, or even shorts if it gets cold at night again, it almost becomes fashionable.

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I hope one of these outfits inspired you to try something new while you wait for the warm rays of summer to stay permanently!

Special shout out to my friend Amaris for taking the raw photos for me on this beautiful afternoon!

Her website with her (lovely) editing is here! http://amarismills.com/


Friday Feelings: A Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday!


It honestly feels so good to say that.

Truthfully, the week started off kinda spoiled…literally. Sean and I got food poisoning after eating, of all things, raw oysters on the half shell together at dinner. I suppose that just serves as proof that even the things you love the most can hurt you too…ugh.

That being said, this week sprinkled in some pick-me-ups that set everything straight.

My improv troupe does workshops with local Williamsburg schools during the spring semester and this past Tuesday I had a BLAST teaching improv to middle school age kids. They come up with some of the most ridiculously funny ideas when we play games with them. They not only make me laugh super hard but also challenge me to think outside the box during our own shows. The opportunity to go to the schools strengthened my love I.T and improv, I cannot wait to go back for the elementary schoolers in April.

My friend (and now Delta Gamma sister!!) Lauren Cohen convinced me to go with her to Hip Hop Cardio Dance Thursday evening and we had so much fun. Seriously, I cannot recommend going to a class (also…this is my promise to Kamila Mehdi that I WILL find a way to be at your cycling class!) That being said, I was SO sore this morning! I’ve been pretty consistent about going to the gym to run on the treadmill but even though I feel ‘in shape,’ I was amazed at how switching up the routine just once worked out different parts of my body and make me feel even better! I can’t wait to go back with her next week!

And the most stressful thing on my brain was studying for two back to back exams on Thursday. I am relieved to say that they both went smoothly. Special thanks to Swemromas, Thin Mints, and my Passion Planner for a well deserved victory.

See? Even though the week didn’t start off as well as I would’ve liked, by focusing on the positives, I had a much better attitude by the end. Which made me think a Friday Feelings blog post might be a fun way to end the week and to keep me accountable by posting.

I’ll share with you some things I found at the thrift store, an article I read, a fun video someone sent me, or some items online that I think are particularly cute.

Without further ado, here are this week’s Friday Finds:

1. bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

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To celebrate my Thursday exam marathon going well, I biked over to Marshall’s and just looked around for a while. PSA: there’s an adorable medium black and white polka dotted Kate Spade raincoat on the rack there right now that is WAY too expensive but still definitely necessary. While I couldn’t snag the dots, I did find this foundation in my skin tone and I just love it. bareMinerals has yet to do me wrong but their products are kind of an investment. Luckily, this $30 tube was only $7.99 at Marshall’s so for a drug store price, I felt like I was practically stealing! Just 4 baby drops on my sponge give me medium coverage and wow…what a difference it makes. I got compliments today on my skin and I knew that made it worth the purchase.

2. Kitbull

Little known fact about me: I love PIXAR movies.


Just kidding. But maybe more so, I love PIXAR short films. Recently, PIXAR started a program called ‘SparkShorts’ to encourage animators in the company to discover new animation techniques and tell unique stories. I have been following some updates and watching progress videos through PIXAR’s Instagram account but it wasn’t until this week on Facebook that I saw ‘Kitbull,’ and boy…let’s just say, the minds of PIXAR never dissapoint.

Warning: you will cry!


3. Hercules Cup Cross Body Bag

I treasure Zoë Bowen Smith in my life. Not just because she found the most perfect accessory for my trip to Disney World with Mom this April (EEP!) but also because she is always the first person I call to grumble and the only person I want to eat ice cream late at night with. I am forever grateful for our friendship, but in the meantime, please look at how FUNNY this Hercules Cup purse is!


4. Levi’s Blue Jean Jacket

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To combat the fickle weather, I have reached for my blue jean jacket all week and was reminded again of how much I love the Levi’s one I have (if you click the link, this one at Kohl’s is on sale right now in 7 colors and patterns!) Not only will it keep you warm but it also looks great with some of my crew neck sweaters and hoodie sweatshirts. Plus, it serves as the perfect canvas for embroidery or pins.

5 – The 23 Most Unforgettable Last sentences in Fiction (With Art by Julia Rothman)

I’m a sucker for a good illustration (as my friend Caroline Katz knows…I have loved seeing her tags in different art posts this week 🙂 so when I found this article on Washington Post combining my other love of classic novels, I felt like it was written for me. In all honesty, it made me even more excited for spring break, when I’ll have time to finish a couple more books that have been sitting on my list for a long time. Plus, the art is beautiful!

Can you guess which ending line is my favorite? I’ll give you a hint:


Thanks for reading! I hope you feel inspired and I am looking forward to doing some more shoots this coming weekend, hopefully with friends!




5 Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

It’s no secret: I love pink.

My relationship with pink started out as a love/hate, since I thought it would make people take me less seriously. But now, that’s exactly why I wear pink so often. Not only am I presenting professionally, but I’m doing it in a pink dress too.

And then, there’s my second love: Valentine’s Day.

I think it’s easy to fall into some traps here. Of course this commercialized day of love wants to encourage heteronormativity and all that jazz, but I say, embrace it as an opportunity in pink to tell your friends and loved ones how much you love them.

Making and giving Valentine’s is one of the most fun activities during the year. If the last Valentine you made was in elementary school, get out some construction paper and start cutting hearts TODAY!

Written notes of love and encouragement for your friends, family, and especially, the staff in your life who make things easier and your day brighter is as easy as it is rewarding. If you’ve been meaning to say thank you a little more than just a text message or if you really want to tell someone they’re appreciated, a note goes a long way

And of course, if a furry creature could go with your note, why not?

I love this sweet little guy mom found for me at Walmart!

This post wasn’t just meant to persuade you to share the love today, I’ve also put together some fun easy outfits you could wear while giving your handmade creations out.

Fitting to start with this all pink look but let me just say, do not be afraid of monochrome!!

Pink skirt? Pink stripes? And for me, matching earrings? If they’re similar in tone, it’s a look.

To really nail a monochromatic outfit without looking too much like a crayon, play with texture.

My (thrifted) linen J Crew striped shirt looks fresh with my (also, thrifted) J Crew denim skirt. Earrings or other jewelry pieces can add a pop of texture and sparkle.

Also, that cute felt envelope was a Target dollar bin find!

I’m here to set the record straight: pink and red can MATCH!

As proven here.

Mom and I were doing some post Christmas shopping at the outlets when I found this adorable Kate Spade red and pink Pom Pom set. And the best part, is together, they cost about $35 (70% off sales are what make my heart sing).

The set inspired me to pair my (thrifted) pink J Crew button up with my favorite bright red sweater.

I love how cheery the colors look together and perfect to wear today!

Red or magenta lip stick really completes the outfit.

Ok, how fun is this?

I found these leather pants for $20 at a thrift store in NYC with Sean’s family and I love wearing them. I found a similar style here!

Paired with stripes for pattern and a pop of red for color, I love this outfit so much.

I feel like it could also be dressed up with a black blazer for date night too.

This is another example of how earrings and a great shade of lipstick can really go a long way. I love my bauble earrings! Unfortunately the Charming Charlie’s I found them in has since closed but here’s a fun pair from Lulu’s to try! Plus any opportunity to take my Christmas present bag out is one I’ll jump to.

Never be afraid to go bold with color, especially in black leather pants.

A sorority sister of mine in DG, Leigh Plasil inspired me to wear this look.

There’s no match for comfort in well loved light wash jeans and a cosy sweater. But dress it up with some leopard print shoes and some gold jewelry and you’ve got yourself a classy casual fit.

I’ve practically worn those flats to the soul. They’re so comfortable and look cute with jeans! I bought these from J Crew a long time ago, but Lulu’s has a pair on sale now for $25 dollars!

Also, the Virginia State necklace is a Kate Spade item I found at T.J. Maxx! $15! With my pearl earrings, you can find me wearing it just about every other day.

It’s a well kept secret among William and Mary students that there’s a Marshall’s amidst all the construction down Richmond Rd.

But that my friends, is where a pot of gold lies at the end of a rainbow (of construction? Idk just trust me.)

This dress was marked down from $250 to $35 at Marshall’s!! I love the print and think it’s perfect for a dinner date or while seeing a play!

My now famous amongst my friends pink coat was another fun find with my grandmother over Christmas. From where? I’m sure you can guess by now: J Crew.

I love how the two go together in an almost springy combination.

Find the bold prints in your own closet and pair with a solid cardigan or coat to really stand out!

I hope I inspired you to revisit pink or inspire you to paint your nails the happy shade.

Share with my your Valentine’s Day creations, whether it’s a card or an outfit!



The Virginia Prepster

A Fresh Start

Hello again friends, it’s been a while.

Let me explain:

Sophomore year began with the whirlwind of being an Orientation Aid and then the grind never really stopped because of the great evil that is Organic Chemistry II (ugh). This meant that The Virginia Prepster started to become the last thing on my to do list.

But as soon as the semester ended, I began to notice that TVP was the one thing I missed doing the most.

I missed writing posts, coming up with shoot ideas with friends, and sharing my latest thrift store finds. Blogging was such a fun way for me to do my favorite things: write and be creative about fashion.

And most heartwarming of all, I was shocked by how many people told me they liked and missed my posts!

So, with the encouragement of my friends and all the pinks and reds of Valentine’s Day to inspire me, I decided that I would start blogging again!

Surprise! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Who knows how often I’ll post and what the content of them will be. All I know is, I really enjoy this platform to share some pieces of myself with you and I hope you won’t mind me doing so.

Thank you for supporting me up until this point and I can’t wait to share more content with you in the future!


Macy C

(The Virginia Prepster)