Monday, July 15, 2019

Marco Island Beach Vacation Featuring my NEW ASOS Shorts

I just had the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation.
It has been two years since I went down to my summer house in Marco Island, Florida. After Hurricane Irma in 2017 took a direct hit on Southwest Florida, the tiny white sand beached Island was destroyed.
The apartment that I spent years playing cards and playing with puzzles and with toys was in need of a major overhaul after the front door to the balcony had flown off with the 185mph winds from the hurricane.
For the past two years my parents had flown down many times to meet with the contractors, take apart the unit and then rebuild it.
Two years later and it is finally done, and my little house is back to being my second home.

I always feel so at peace when I am down there. Life is so relaxed, so quiet and stress free. Time slows and you are forced to wear casual clothes, wear your hair natural and sit in a bathing suit all day. Life down there on the small island is so different from life up on the big island of Manhattan or Long Island.

I had the best vacation with my family. I did not study (even though I lugged my LSAT book all the way down with me). I answered emails and worked on some blog collaborations. I chatted with friends. But mostly, I sat on the beach in a bikini with my family catching up on Vogue and Cosmopolitan.

Before I flew down, I knew I was going to be wearing shorts for the week. I went through my closet and was not amused by my choices. I stepped back from my closet, sat down at my desk, and realized that my shorts did not excite me anymore because they were tight, uncomfortable and not flattering. I have come to realize that a lot of my clothes are ill fitting, as I discuss more in this blog post.

I figured out that I will not wear clothes that are uncomfortable or not flattering because they sit in my closet. My J.Crew 3-inch chino shorts that I wore all throughout high school and three years of college are no longer my go-to summer staples.
They are super preppy and cute, don’t get me wrong, but being a really tall person, they cut my legs off at a weird spot. They stop right at my inner thigh, a place where I carry my weight.
They are also tight around my butt and are super uncomfortable to sit down in.
I realized the only shorts I do wear in my closet are high waisted and flowy and look more like a skirt than anything else.

J.Crew navy blouse | ASOS orange linen shorts ON SALE | Rocksbox Tess+Tricia seashell earrings | Jack Rogers white sandals

So, after a quick browse on Zara and ASOS, I found the most flattering and comfortable high waisted flowy shorts.
They all make my waist look tiny and flow out, giving me that hour glass look every woman desires.
They make my legs look über long and lean.
The shorts are a bit retro but I kind of love that. They are classic and still preppy, just way more flattering than my chinos.

I am selling my chinos (some literally have only been worn 2x over on my Poshmark account @tallandpreppy). Just because they are not the shorts for me anymore, does not mean they will not be a great addition to your wardrobe. :)


Friday, July 5, 2019

Tall and Preppy Four-Year Anniversary: Letter to my Younger Self

Dear Elizabeth, 
When you started Tall and Preppy, you were going into your senior year of high school. It was a scary yet exciting time. You loved high school and were afraid to leave the comfort of your routine and the house you had lived in for the past 17-years, but you were excited for a change. You will be happy to know that you met some of your best friends in high school and the good friends will continue to be in your life for a very long time after you leave home and move to North Carolina. You are so excited to go to college, but you are so nervous for the next chapter in your life. You will soon find out that college is so much better than high school and you will have the best years of your life!
Four years later, you will later find yourself in the same situation that you were in when you started your blog, going into your senior year of school and graduating. Both times are scary yet exciting.
You will fall in love with your university even though you were a bit skeptical at first.
You have never liked change, but it comes easier to you over time.
You will mature in more ways than you can describe.
You will learn to not get involved in drama.
You will learn to be nice to everyone, even if you do not like them.
You will figure out your passions, your strengths and your weaknesses a little more each day.
You will learn that college is way different than high school and it is okay to not be a complete overachiever and take 17 hours of credits your first semester.
You will meet some amazing people in college.
You will see that being social is fun and going outside your comfort zone is important!
You will see that it is okay to eat breakfast and lunch alone!
You are going to have so much fun meeting new people and experiencing new ideas! Embrace it all and enjoy it!
You will see that rejection sucks and always will, but you will believe a little more every day that everything happens for a reason.
You will learn that there are more good people in the world than bad.
You will learn that you have to be flexible but there is nothing wrong about having a plan whether that be in life or while on a trip.
You will quickly realize that you are going to have to kiss a lot of toads to find your prince.
You will fall in love with France and Europe even more than you already did.
You will become braver every day.
Cliché- but remember to learn from your mistakes and analyze how to not do the same ones again in the future.
You are going to find a workout or workouts that you love, and you are going to stick to them.
You will also learn that life is too short to not eat dessert, pasta and bread. And you are just as beautiful as you were before you ate all the carbs and sweets, as well as after.
You do not always have to say yes to everything but remember to have a little fun every day.
You will learn to not be afraid of people who will make fun of you and laugh at you. Be confident and do not care about what people think! It sounds impossible, but I promise it gets easier over time.

Finally, make sure you call you parents and grandparents and the rest of your family.
Do not give up on your dreams whatever they are.
Continue to be true to yourself.
Listen to your heart and your head.

You are going to turn out to be a wonderful, successful and strong woman.

Life is not always easy or fair but every mistake or disappointment that happens in your life will only make you stronger.

You got this!



Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Empower Your Job Search and Your Adult Life

Anyone else sacred about being an adult?
*Adult= Pay a mortgage, and/or don’t live at home with your parents and/or have a 9-5 job.
Or if you are an adult, are you struggling to create your personal brand and are you looking for a new job?

I just took the BEST online course to help solve all of our problems.

MillenniAlli is a fellow blogger and fellow Long Islander that helped me craft my resume, gave me interview tips and gave me lots of downloadable resources.

This 15-hour online video course also taught me:

·      How to look for a job with a job search outline
·      To look at my personality by taking a personality assessment and figure out what kind of job I would like to have in the future
·      How to identify my hard and soft skills
·     How to create a purpose statement: the what, how and why
·     How to update my resume with examples
·      How to make business cards
·      The importance of a personal website
·     How to create/update my LinkedIn profile
·      How to track job applications
·     How to write a cover letter with examples
·      How to craft a narrative for interviews
·     How to negotiate salaries
·     How to figure out what to wear to an interview

My sister’s office is very causal, so this is the outfit I wore to work the other day.
I am wearing a t-shirt, but I still looked pulled together and professional with this adorable snakeskin skirt from Banana Republic Factory.

These skills are valuable for young college grads, young professionals and working adults who want to change their job and need a little help.

I completely transformed my resume and cover letter writing skills with the help from Alli.
Even though I am not applying to jobs at the moment, I still need a strong resume to apply to law schools.
I feel much more confident in my interview skills as well.
Alli's course was fun and made me want to work on my resume and LinkedIn page.
She also has great downloadable templates and forms that I found really useful.

I would highly recommend checking out Alli and her course to teach you how to be the best job candidate and young professional.


Monday, July 1, 2019

The Ultimate "Any Destination" Packing List

I asked on my Instagram stories during T&P Thursday’s two weeks ago, as I was packing for the Hamptons, if you wanted to see my amazing packing list that I use for EVERY single trip I have ever gone on!
I made this list years ago when I was packing to go down to my summer house in Florida, and it works for every trip, any destination (even living abroad), regardless of the climate.
So here it is!

P.S. If you want an Ultimate College Packing List click HERE

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