simply put i am obsessed with the olympics. since i’ve been able to watch them and understand what i was viewing i couldn’t get enough. my top three events to watch are swimming, gymnastics and beach volleyball (basketball is another favorite)! quick side note, i have a special place in my heart for michael phelps… i saw him for the first time at sydney but was so young and then when he emerged again at athens, i bought a fake engagement ring at claires and have saved it ever since. the delusional mindset of a fifth grader has faded, but my superstitious beliefs haven’t let me get rid of the ring. i still wear it whenever he swims (it reemerged during beijing), but don’t worry it isn’t on my ring finger (it’s moved over to the middle…)!
i had to put together a small olympics party with some themed food, tea sandwiches and mini hotdogs and then apple pie cheesecake for dessert, which is one of my new favorites. the decorations were easy to make, and i think i’ll have to save them!
do we look ready for the olympics? because i think we do…
- an amazing pair of headphones (there will be times you need to study, but it’s not quiet enough. you can use noise canceling headphones, or as i do, play “peaceful” music on my beats. you literally won’t be able to hear ANYTHING other than your own thoughts. ps SHOUTOUT to the big cousin will, i wouldn’t have been enlightened on this essential without you.. )
- a super SUPER comfy sweater (an essential for late night study sessions)
- an enormous calendar (for scheduling and organization. you may or may not become dependent on this)
- set of plateware/silverware (you won’t have a kitchen now, so finding a plate won’t be as easy..)
- planners galore (you may use one, but i have a few for different classes, activities, etc. i also make way too many to-do lists…)
- reliable pair of boots (a pair of boots that is comfortable and can go from classes to nights out is a necessity.)
- first aid kit (it may seem boring, but it’s oh so necessary)
- a throw blanket for your bed (if you’re power napping it’s easier to climb out from under a simple blanket, compared to getting under all your covers.. i learned this the hard way..)
- a really good room spray (aerie has one that smells HEAVENLY!)
- room décor (this may seem obvious, but i loved decorating my dorm room, because it made it seem more like home.. I treated my side of the room like a little nook/getaway.
- an overnight bag (use a bag like this for weekend trips back home. when you’re lugging bags to your school for move in weekend it’s easy to forget a smaller piece of luggage!)
- a makeup bag to carry your makeup into the bathroom (it’s not just a shower you’re sharing with other people, its mirror space too. the alternative to this is a mirror for your desk, which works too!)
- door hooks for your closet door (saves a TON of space! i hung hats, button downs and maxi dresses on these, along with a towel and robe. you’re going to need as much space as you can get
- vitamins (i may sound like a mom, but vitamins are an essential. i can’t even begin to tell you how many people got sick in the beginning of the year. living on the same floor basically contains the illness to surrounding areas so sickness spreads fast.)
- a set of tools (i promise they will come in handy!)
- an extra pair of sheets (this is something that is easily forgotten… i almost did, but thank god for my mom. when you’re doing laundry, or on the other hand don’t have time, it’s good to have backup sheets!)
- a pair of slippers that aren’t truly slippers (this may seem obvious for some people, but it wasn’t to me. i didn’t bring a pair with me and regretted it when having to go to the bathroom and not wanting to put “proper” shoes on. i wear ugg moccasins which are the comfiest shoes ever (you can easily find cheaper alternatives though).. i even wore them to a test or two when I was too nervous/preoccupied to put real clothes on)
- a book or two (i may be solo on this one, but i love to read, and hated how I lost time to read books that I wanted while away at school. that’s something i plan on changing next year.. pack a book or two – i recommend a favorite so you don’t get sick of them- to flip through when you need a break from assigned reading. I brought fun style books such as lauren conrad’s, derek blasberg’s, a french style book which is a favorite, and a new one that I can’t wait to bring.
- a pot and pan (if you have a common room, use it! if you can’t cook take these last few weeks to teach yourself some basic recipes.. after eating dining hall food you will without a doubt crave a homemade meal. my favorite college recipe is an egg cup with bacon. so easy to make, but so, so good)
- something to remind you of home (whether it be pictures, a poster that involves a saying, anything. living on your own for the first time is fun, but also daunting and there are those little moments that make you homesick. like when you want to run to the deli to get your favorite sandwich or run downstairs and play with your dog (personal experience).)
College is a whole new world and while you may be a bit nervous, it’s so fun and so worth the work of getting in, so enjoy it!
today was a bit rainy and i had off from work so i decided to lay low and play around with some jewelry. i took a very inexpensive necklace i got from forever21 and separated it into different sections so i could make different projects.
i love the combination of rhinestone costume jewelry with friendship bracelets and string, so i decided to try out my own take on it. the results were better than i hoped for, and i already have a few outfits planned out with this necklace as the center! (i also realized that if dory from finding nemo were to wear a necklace, this might be it!)
piece of costume jewelry (if you have a full necklace use pliers and wire cutter to separate it!) // two different colors of string with four strands and 20 inches in length // sharpie matching one of the string colors
weave one section of the colors throughout the necklace until its completed. if you need to string them through each opening and are having trouble, use a bobby pin to help!
once the weaving has been done, braid the strands together. (i did this with the yellow!)
one the other side i attached the blue strings to the costume jewelry by tying them around a hook and then doing chinese staircase.
i finished off the necklace by drawing some of the necklace’s diamonds in with blue sharpie.
that’s it! so simple, inexpensive and stylish!
i am an absolute fanatic of diy projects. the blog stripes and sequins has served as a serious inspiration for me, and has given me the push to do more diy projects. if i see something i love and know i can make, and for a lot less money, i jump at the chance to make it. this happened recently with sam edelman’s holmby clutch. as soon as i saw it i fell in love and knew i had to try making it, and i couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
basic leather clutch (i got it from forever 21) // studs, spikes and diamonds (browsed around etsy) // krazy glue // rubber gloves (to protect hands from glue)
1. begin by applying krazy glue to the bottoms of the studs and apply directly to the clutch, holding in place for thirty seconds. be careful not to get glue on your fingers! if you do rub nail polish remover on the glue until the bonds dissolve and then rinse in water.
2. continue with the other spikes and diamonds, and apply all over the flap. as you go along you can figure out your own pattern, but i just tried to balance all the different studs, spikes and diamonds with each other.
every day i love waking up and checking my daily blog list. whenever there’s a new post that i love i make sure to save the photo and find similar inspiration in my own closet. these are a few of my favorite looks from this week:
yesterday i popped into madewell after work (like i almost always do) and started talking to some of the employees about the fall 2012 line. i was allowed to take a peak at the upcoming window displays, and let me tell you, it was amazing. the shoes alone are out of this world and i am counting down until this collection is released in stores. head over to madewell.com for a sneak peek at their fall collection. i promise you won’t be disappointed! (all photos courtesy of madewell)
there is nothing I love more than a fun diy project, so when I saw this picture of an american flag, I knew I needed to make something out of it.
white t-shirt // red fabric paint // blue fabric paint // paintbrushes // scissors
cut off the sleeves and the collar of your t-shirt at the seams. it’ll look like a muscle tee, but that’s what you want!
paint the stripes in a messy sort of pattern. keep the lines straight, but keep dragging the brush down to get that worn in feel. next draw in your stars, and luckily they don’t need to look neat.
ta-da! the finished product!
and i can’t forget the obligatory instagram shot…
I love everything about the fourth of july, and count it as one of my favorite holidays. This year in fashion stars and stripes have been all the rage. From star-printed dresses to nautical striped tops, they’re everywhere. The color combination of red and blue hasn’t just been reserved for the fourth, but has made its appearances in many a fashion line. Go check out J.Crew’s website and you’ll know what I mean. I love “patriotic fashion” and these following bloggers have some of my favorite takes on this look: