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I feel like the past couple weeks have been a complete whirlwind. I have been running around like a crazy person studying for comps, filling Etsy orders, starting exciting new projects, and completing grant applications, all while trying to eat better and workout more... phew! So I thought I should take a moment and update you on the "goings on."

top (similar) // sweater (similar) // skirt // monogrammed necklace 

My biggest priorities right now are my comps prep (a.k.a comprehensive exams... a.k.a. a torturous right of passage) and my research grant applications. This comprehensive exam is my last major step before I transition to focusing solely on writing "the dissertation." After I (hopefully) pass this 3-day written exam, I will return to Italy to continue researching. That's where the grant proposals come in. I am applying to extend my stay in Italy so I can have the time I need to research extensively and write, write, write! No pressure, just the future of my career dangling on whether or not an anonymous committee selects my application from a huge pile of other incredible applicants (you can read more about how to craft a successful personal statement here)! But all I can do is present my work and hope for the best (fingers crossed)!

denim jacket // tee  // pants (on sale!) // sandals

In addition to school work, I have been desperately trying to keep up with my Etsy orders (not complaining, I am SO grateful!) while also trying to come up with some new prints! Fortunately my latest kitchen project and recent clothing purchases have inspired me. Expect lots of gingham, leopard, and pink, as well as some fun fashion illustrations in the next release! And don't forget, I love to see what you do with your Preppy Printshop prints. Make sure you hashtag #preppyprintshop and tag me @historyinhighheels on Instagram.

Surprisingly, despite my heavy school load, my workouts have not suffered. But that is really thanks to Britt. Working out and cooking with my bestie has made all of the difference when it comes to sticking to my new healthy routine (I am telling you, don't go it alone!).

tee // shorts (old) // sandals // bag

I don't know about you, but I am very excited for the return of TV this week. I have definitely OD-ed on Netflix binge-watching, but it has been a fun month of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (#nojudgement). The shows I am looking forward to the most are The Mindy Project, The Blacklist, Scandal, Big Bang Theory, and New Girl. What shows are you excited to watch?

In just a couple of weeks I have to go to the Italian consulate in Miami to apply for my Visa for the spring. Since I have to go, I figured why not make it a mini vacation? Britt and I have booked an adorable boutique hotel and we are looking forward to a fun long weekend soaking up all the sun, surf, nightlife, and great food Miami has to offer. But mostly I am excited for the Cuban coffee!

In other big news (well kind of), I was so excited to discover on Sunday that Buzzfeed featured my Ikea barcark hack! It was pretty exciting to see my post as I scrolled through Buzzfeed! You can check out the article, which is full of great Ikea hacks, here.

Thanks for checking in!

Ashley B
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  1. Couple thoughts on this post: 1) Good luck on your exams! 2) Looking forward to seeing the new prints you've been designing 3) They opened a Ladurée in Miami, in case you didn't know or are interested 4) While you obviously love J. Crew, do you feel they are very good quality and worth their prices, even for their basic cotton T-shirts, etc.? I'm thinking about getting the painter tee but I feel like I could find something like that at a cheaper price.

    1. Thanks Al and very excited to hear about the Ladurée! I think their Ts are definitely worth it. They wash well and rarely shrink or fade. I would get one and see how you like it. I think you will be addicted ;)

  2. I am loving how you paired polka dots with houndstooth above! Very chic - I just might have to try it out myself. Good luck with your exams and enjoy your time in Miami!

    Sweet Spontaneity

  3. Busy lady!! Good luck with your exams!!

  4. You are totally superwoman, you manage so much and still look fab!

  5. Good luck on your grant applications! I just moved back to the USA after living in Italy for the past three years. I love the houndstooth and polka dot pattern play! I can't wait to see the new prints you come up with, I just bought a new house and have lots of decorating to do!

  6. I want to join in Miami!! Puedo ayudar con los hombres guapos ;).

  7. I'm a big fan of The Mindy Project as well, so ready for fall tv to return! Looking forward to seeing your new prints from the print shop. Also you will totally do great on your exam and will def get the grant (positive vibes!).

  8. So excited for New Girl to start tonight and Mindy to start later this week. And I have been watching Dancing with the Stars because there are so many awesome people on it this year! Wishing you all the best with your graduate work stuff, if anyone deserves the success it's you. <3


  9. saw your bar cart in buzz feed! love love love the idea! xx V


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