My Favorite Park in Savannah

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Photos By: Sean Touton

If you have ever been to Forsyth Park, it is easy to see why it is my favorite park in Savannah. It is famous for it's gorgeous white fountain in the center. My favorite part of the park is all of the many sidewalks and old trees. Surrounding the park are tons of old buildings (my favorite is the old Armstrong building that is currently being restored). 

Yesterday was actually the first real day that it felt like fall here. I was actually slightly chilly when I wore this outfit, but it was fun anyway. For this post, I wanted to keep the outfit simple and have fun with the accessories! I was so excited when I found this neck scarf  for only $7! It is the perfect accessory this fall and matches so many of my outfits. This one and this one are also on my wish list. I also love these mules. Mules are the hottest shoe this fall and I know I'll be wearing them constantly.

I hope you all enjoyed! Happy Wednesday :)

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How to Get Good Grades in College

Monday, October 16, 2017

I decided to add a new section to Pretty as a Peony titled College Tips. I get a TON of questions asking about my major and other college tips, so I wanted to make a more accessible section of my blog with all types of information relating to college.

 To introduce this section, I wanted to talk about How to get Good Grades in College. This question gets asked a lot, because isn't that one of the biggest struggles in school is maintaining your grades? And this is true across all majors.

So to begin, to have a successful semester, you need a strong foundation. This begins as soon as you receive your syllabi, bringing us to tip #1...

#1: BUY A PLANNER, as soon as you get your syllabus, fill in all important dates

This means assignments, projects, quizzes, tests, EVERYTHING. In a lot of the upper level computer science classes, our syllabi do not have dates on them, they get announced in class. This just means I have to listen carefully and fill them in as soon as they are announced. This brings us to #2...

#2: Take notes on your syllabi during syllabus week
  
I say this for a very specific reason. During this first week, professors will announce these great things such as I DROP YOUR LOWEST QUIZ GRADE and not so cool things like THERE ARE NO OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE UP MISSED HOMEWORK. These are not always in their syllabus, so I always write them down on the syllabus. Trust me, you will forget them. 

There are a few methods of doing the next tip, however I prefer to have one large notebook with dividers for each class. This way if I am commuting or don't want to carry a lot, I easily have all of my notes in one place. A lot of people, however, prefer to have one notebook per class and that works great for them too! 

 #3: Handwrite your notes

There are a lot of studies linking handwritten notes and memory retention. I have tried both typing my notes and writing them and definitely have better results when I write them. Also, write everything. Don't skip class. Ever. You will miss something important and it's totally not worth it.

#4: Find a study group

This is so so useful. I have both a friend group and a study group. Most of my friends are some sort of education major or a nursing/medical major, while I am computer science. This means we study very differently and very different material, so I had to find people in my major or with a more similar major for study help. This has been so incredibly useful. By meeting people in your major, you open up so many doors and different perspectives on class and test material. It also let's you meet people who may have already taken a class you may be currently struggling in. There are just so many benefits to it. 

A lot of campuses also have study halls or study rooms for specific majors. I feel as though I am the most productive when I am surrounded by other people in the computer science department. I highly recommend finding out where your major's study hall is. This kind of brings us to tip #5

#5: Know where your tutoring center is

Most colleges offer free tutoring at some sort of tutoring center. Usually this includes help for core classes, however some offer tutoring for upper level classes as well. On the flip side of this, most of the tutors are students who have met certain class requirements. If you are looking for an on campus job, this is useful info as well.

#6: Don't Procrastinate

Everyone says this and there's a reason. If you procrastinate an assignment or an exam, you will not do as well. This is where the handy dandy planner comes in. Use it to schedule out study times and plan ahead with papers.

#7: TAKE BREAKS!

Blogging for me is one of my study breaks. Sometimes I go walking around different parks in Savannah, or I go antiquing. Try to make it something unplugged to give your mind a break. Taking frequent breaks has actually been proven  to help with memory retention. If you don't have much time for a break, grab a quick coffee and get back to studying.

#8: Make flashcards

This doesn't work for everyone, however I have found that making flashcards helps me remember terms and equations much easier. I love that you can just tie a rubber band around them and carry them around in a purse or notebook to study on the go.

I hope you all found these tips useful!! No matter what your major is, college can be tough and the way you manage time can make all the difference.

Let me know in the comments any more questions you may have and check out my college Pin Board: Pretty as a Peony College Prep Pin Board

Traveling with Sloane Ranger

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Photos By: Sean Touton 
 SKIRT: J. Crew old (similar) | DUFFLE c/o | FLATS: Tory Burch old (similar)TOTEWATCH | TEE: (similar)SUNGLASSES

Happy Wednesday everybody! Today I am sharing with you guys a collaboration with Sloane Ranger. I was so excited when they reached out to me and I saw their collection of duffle bags! I go on a lot of road trips and camping trips and my favorite way to pack is in a duffle bag! I try to not bring too much with me, so this bag was the perfect size!

Typically when I travel, I pack t-shitrs, leggings, maybe one cute outfit, and my Bean boots or Chaco's. In the 4th photo, you can see my travel buddy Sean, who also happens to be my photographer (and the best boyfriend ever). We are currently planning a couple of trips near the end of the year that I can't wait to share with you all!

On another note I just finished my midterms yesterday! I am so excited to be through them and to have a little more time to share with you all some more posts!

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Jekyll Island Adventure

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Photos By: Sean Touton
TOP: J. Crew: Similar | Jeans | Shoes | Bag | Watch

So far, this week has been a little hectic. It is midterms for me, so all of my classes have exams this week. I cannot wait for this weekend to be done with it all! That being said, I wanted to share with you guys some photos from Jekyll Island. I studied in the morning last Friday, and as a break, I decided to spend some of the afternoon there. It was gorgeous! I didn't really dress up, but this outfit was super comfy!
I hope you guys enjoyed reading, and I'll be getting lots of outfit photos this weekend!

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Dockside Date

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Photos by: Sean Touton
 
Similar Skirt | SWEATER: Land's End Similar | SHOES: Forever 21: Similar | Watch | BAG: Michael Kors: Similar

It's Friday!! My favorite day of the week, I usually go on some sort of adventure when I am not in class and then have a family dinner.  I wanted to share with you all this look I wore earlier this week. As a date between classes, my boyfriend and I went for a stroll to a very pretty little dock. It was very relaxing, especially with it being midterms. I have spent most of my week studying and catching up on homework, so it was really nice to get outside.

I hope you all enjoyed this look!

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October Wish List

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


I have had my eye on these shoes since Sam Edelman released them a month or so ago. Slides are definitely in this season and make the perfect fall shoe. I love that they are a neutral and a classic shoe, so that they will extend well beyond this year. 

I also LOVE Longchamp. They were my very first 'real' purse that I purchased. It was actually the exact one I have linked. I am currently using a slightly larger maroon one because it perfectly fits my textbooks and laptops. It is such a classic piece and extremely durable.

I just saw Mackenzie Kendall post about this tank top. I love how simple it is and would pair it with a skirt and mules, or simple pants and a pullover.

These Keds are my FAVORITE shoes. I got them as a birthday gift and wear them with everything. I originally had a pair of the original keds however, I like these better because they look different without being obnoxious and add a little height (which never hurts).

Navy Jumpsuit

Monday, September 25, 2017

Photos By Sean Touton


I hope everyone is as excited for Monday as I am! Today I am sharing with you guys a collaboration that I LOVE with The Mint Julep Boutique. I started ordering from them my freshman year of college. I was drawn to them by their wide selection of dresses and accessories at a very reasonable price. My first sorority formal dress was actually from them (It looked very similar to this jumpsuit !)
When The Mint Julep Boutique reached out to me, I fell in love with this jumpsuit. It's like a whole outfit in one! I bought these wedges almost a year ago and hadn't worn them yet, so this outfit was the perfect opportunity. I kept my accessories minimal for a simple a classic (yet slightly modern) look.

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