Teen Vogue:: Dream Prom Issue

Did you all see?!  The April edition of Teen Vogue is out and it’s their Dream Prom edition.  They have some great dresses in the issue and a section on the “Do’s and Don’ts of Men’s Formalwear!”  Let’s face it, the guys love getting dressed up too (even if they are reluctant to show it), but most of the time they don’t know what in the world they are supposed to do when it comes to “getting their fancy on”!  My favorite tip?!  Recommend he forgo the tux rental and wear a suit.  And if he purchases a suit, he will get WAY more use out of it.  Pair it with a funky bow tie that fits his personality, and PRESTO…we have style!  And let’s face it, girls think bow ties are adorable!  So check out the latest issue of Teen Vogue and grab some more great tips!

And so all the information is in one spot for you, here is a summary of my Prom Blog Series!

Check out the links to make sure you have an amazing prom night…it’s just around the corner!

What to Wear:: Finding the Perfect Dress

Dinner Ideas and Photo Tips

What to do After Prom | Fun Facts about My Prom

Prom Photo Shoots

Stay Fearless,

Wanna See My Bucket List?!

I fully believe on living life with intent…intent to experience everything this great world has to offer and live with no regrets!  We all have one shot at life, and I believe we need to make it count!  So I thought I’d share my bucket list with you!

A bucket list sounds sort of morbid at first, and then it sounds totally inspiring!  It’s a list of everything you want to experience in your lifetime…basically, what do you want to do before you “kick the bucket”?  Well, I’m a girl that likes to have fun, so I created a list so I can hold myself accountable!  It’s SO easy to make one!  Simply go on Pinterest, and start pinning away!  You’ll be inspired going through countless boards and have your own bucket list ready in no time!

Click on the photo below and it will take you to my board!  Which one do you like best?!  Oh please do tell…:)

And if you enjoy putting a bucket list together, you will want to stay tuned…I have an Intentional Living/Goal Setting class that I’m in the midst of writing for you all RIGHT NOW!  Because let’s face it…smart girls live with purpose and intent!



Stay Fearless,




The Proper Way to Ask For a Letter of Recommendation.

I was on Facebook the other night when my friend Christie posted…

“I find it extremely frustrating when students want letters of recommendation from me for college but lack the maturity to come and ask me themselves. Instead I get emails from their parents. Whatever will these kids do once they get into college??”

And I immediately thought, SERIOUSLY?!  So I thought I’d write a post on the ins-and-outs of asking for a letter of recommendation!  It never hurts to make sure your manners are in tip-top shape when it comes to your teachers!

  1. Go in person and ASK.  Yes, I know an email would be so much “easier”, but that is not going to fly with a teacher.  If you want them to take time away from their families, you need to face them eye-to-eye and ask!
  2. Provide the teacher with typed out specific instructions to help guide them.  They need to know their audience when writing, so let them know the following: What school it is for? What department? Who is the recipient of the letter? What is the purpose of the letter (admission, academic scholarship, etc.)? Where does the letter need to be mailed to?  Does it need to be sealed and signed on the back?  Don’t forget any important detail!  You want to give it all to them upfront.
  3. The more time you can give them the better…and by time, I don’t mean days, I mean weeks!
  4. A week out from the due date, kindly stop by and thank the teacher again and ask if there was anything else they needed from you.  It’s a nice way to stop by and give a friendly reminder and to check-in with them to see if they feel stumped because they are missing some key information.
  5. Once you receive the letter of recommendation, you write a thank you note THAT NIGHT!  Yep, a good old fashioned hand-written note.  Emails are not as authentic to teachers! 😉  And give them a good old handshake…for real! (It may sound funny, but your teacher’s jaw will probably fall on the floor and they will love you even more.  Teachers dig manners and will totally want to write another letter for you…for crying out loud, if they see you do this, they will want you as their own child!)

Whatever you do, don’t get mom or dad to ask the adult for the letter of recommendation!  And DON’T ask for a letter of recommendation via email.  HUGE no-no’s and I’m pretty sure there will probably be no extra effort put forth in your letter!  Teachers prefer face-to-face interaction, so go with it!  Let’s face it, their letter could be the deciding factor on the “ACCEPTED” stamp or “PASS” stamp.  Be genuine, grateful, and helpful every step of the way.

Good luck with those scholarship applications this year!

Be Fearless,




I Put WHAT In My Hair?!

So my mom was visiting and she told me that she put Coconut Oil in her hair overnight, as a deep conditioner, and it worked like a charm. I may have been slightly nervous, considering…

When I was in high school, I tried putting mayonnaise in my hair like a magazine article suggested and it was TRAGIC.

When I say tragic, I mean my hair looked greasy for a good month. I.COULD.NOT.GET.IT.OUT.

But when I saw my mom’s hair was not a disaster, I decided to give it a shot. I simply put a little in the length/ends of my hair (not all the way up at the roots like the wonderful mayonnaise solution). A little coconut oil goes a long way (I wish they told me that in the mayonnaise article…can you tell I’m still bitter about it?!). And to give you an idea, I treated it like I was putting a pomade in my hair. I pulled my hair back in a pony tail while sleeping that night and washed it out in the morning (I shampooed twice). And I have to say, it really conditioned it well. So if your hair is suffering the effects of the cold winter, you might want to consider giving it a shot!

Stay Fearless,

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