25 Gifts for the Girl in Her Twenties

The first of the many gift guides to come is here! I love making gift guides for y'all. It's one of the things that makes Christmastime blogging so much fun. I love excessive online shopping and what I love even more is when my friends at school text me and say they sent my gift guide to their mother 😂. The first gifts guide this year is 25 both useful and affordable gifts for the girl in her twenties. Girls in their twenties are either just finishing their college career or figuring out their professional career. They are finding their personal style, making new friends, furnishing and decorating their first homes or apartments, and just trying to figure out how to "adult" while still gras

Outfits for Your Christmas Cocktail

With Thanksgiving behind us, now it's time to think about the holidays. I already have a few Christmas parties on the calendar, one of them being my annual favorite, Christmas Cocktail. Every year Alpha Delta Pi has their holiday cocktail and I love dressing up for it. To me it's the last event before finals and a celebration of making it through the semester. Most sororities, fraternities and organizations have their Christmas events early in December so that's why I want to share plenty of outfit options in November. When it comes to dressing for Christmas events, vibrant reds, plush velvets, shiny sequins and unique silhouettes are absolutely acceptable. Pairing any of these options with

Best of Black Friday

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are enjoying time with your family, or maybe your close friends that you consider family today! I'm honored today, and every day, that you chose to spend a little time of your day with me. I want to sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for all your support, encouragement, love and involvement in shaping Daily Dose of Prep. Thanksgiving always reminds me to pause and remember how lucky I am and so on today of all days, I just want to express my gratitude for you and let you know how grateful I am that you allow me to be a part of your life. Today is Thanksgiving which means in a few hours, we'll be taking to the stores to tackle the best that Black

Weekly Skinny: November 21

This might be my favorite week of the year. Something about Thanksgiving break just gets me really excited about the Christmas season. It's the week where my family starts decorating the house and I start planning Christmas posts and my holiday shopping. I also love this week because it's the first week in the past 13 that I have no school responsibilities. The fact that I can go to bed before midnight on a regular basis while on Thanksgiving break is the greatest thing. Last week, was a crazy week and lacked a weekly skinny post because of that. I ended up writing four papers in three days last week, and blog posts just weren't on my mind. I always feel really guilty when I don't get posts

Outfits for Every Thanksgiving

Something about Thanksgiving gets me really excited. Every year I always start to feel the holiday spirit kick in around this time. Thanksgiving in the Smith household is a pretty casual affair. It's been the same routine for 24 years now and even though we've moved houses, gone to college, and taken on new jobs we all still manage to make our way back to the table to count our blessings on Thanksgiving. My mom spends all of Wednesday and Thursday cooking the most delicious meal. My immediate family enjoys that meal for lunch and then all of us promptly fall asleep two hours later. Around 4:00 p.m. we then pile into the car and head to my paternal grandparent's house to break bread with the

November 30 Under $30

It's time to stock up on for outfits for Thanksgiving and the rest of the Christmas season! It's never too early to start shopping, so today I'm sharing 30 items under $30 to cater to all of your holiday season outfit needs. Everything from sweaters, to dresses, skirts, and pants are below and I even added a few accessories below so you can complete your look. Everything is linked down below too, so you can instantly shop from this post! | one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine | ten | eleven | twelve | thirteen | fourteen | fifteen | sixteen | seventeen | eighteen | nineteen | twenty | twenty one | twenty two | twenty three | twenty four | twenty five | twenty six | tw

Heels + a Casual Outfit

These Chanel sling back dupes have been everywhere recently. I kept seeing them on my Pinterest feed last winter and finally found a great affordable pair back in July. Ever since, I've been styling them with all kinds of outfits I've determined that they're the second-best heel to keep in your closet, behind a classic pair of black pumps. My pair is the Ivanka Trump Liah sling back block heel, and is the comfiest heel I own. I've worn this shoe dressed up to church and formal events, but have also worn them to countless job and organization interviews. They're an appropriate heel for all four seasons and aren't too tall to where they're uncomfortable to be in all day. The great thing about

November Wishlist

A week in and it's already all Christmas music and holiday commercials. As much as I love seeing so many gift guides already published on several of my favorite blogs, I'm not quiiiite there yet. That being said, I do want to share a few of the things on my wish list this month. November is a month of saving, saving, saving. Although easier said than done, I really need to keep an eye on my savings because with the holidays coming up, there just isn't too much money to spend frivolously with so many gifts to buy for people! Who knows, if anything, maybe this list can be some help to a specific someone who keeps asking me for a Christmas list (😉 hello, mother). As far as clothing goes, if I'

Shenandoah Lake in November

In a pinch to take photos the other day, I started researching fall trails in the Shenandoah Valley that I could quickly visit to snap a few fall photos. As I was searched I ended up finding a result for Shenandoah Lake, which actually wasn't a trail in the Shenandoah Valley. Instead, it's a 35-acre plot of state-owned land located in the middle of a neighborhood only 10 minutes from me. This beyond beautiful lake just down the street complete with canoe racks, fishing docks, a classic red barn and the most beautiful fall foliage you will ever see is just another perfect example of how God's creation is surprising, breathtaking, and perfect in every single way. I loved taking a quick adventu

November Backgrounds

Beginning of the month means new computer and iPhone backgrounds. These are a little late in the month, but there's still plenty of time to put them to good use. This month's theme is fall foliage and giving thanks. After all, Thanksgiving is three weeks away! #fallbackgrounds

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