I Guess We Clean Up Nicely 

Helly darling! This post is a little bit different from my typical blog post. I love when bloggers give me a little glimpse into their lives, so I figured I’d do the same for you guys. The other week my college put on a little shindig for English major, members of our college magazine and newspaper, and the online publication Her Campus. Since I’m an English major and part of Her Campus I decided to go with my lovely friends.

 

Sadly, the only details I have on dresses are my friend Courtney’s dress and my dress (pictured above). Courtney’s dress and shoes were found at Nordstrom Rack a day prior to this event. I’m obsessed with the beautiful floral pattern on her dress.

My bright red dress was found at Urban Outfitters in September. Sadly they do not sell it anymore. It has this funky strappy back that I feel head over heels for. I might be super annoying for even saying that because I don’t actually have a picture of that detail. The necklace is a J.Crew Factory classic. It is currently on sale for $24.50 so buy it while it is on sale! I’m also obsessed with this similar necklace that is also on sale. Last but not least, my adorable, eye-catching shoes are from Off Broadway. I ended up getting a size up (I’m normally a 7.5 but I got an 8) because they were a little snug. You’ll be seeing these shoes more as the senior events progress (I have a senior formal next week! Eeek. How time flies).

I hope you have a great rest of  your day! What is your favorite semi-formal look?

As always,

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Sunday Snapshot: Last of Winter break

Hello darlings! I had yet another week of only going to the gym and watching Netflix. The only thing that has changed is… I started getting ready to go back to college. That translates to me dragging around stuff in my basement and trying to figure out what I need and don’t need. I had to get kitchen stuff for this semester because I’ll be living in a townhouse! Woo. What an upgrade. I’m incredibly excited to be able to cook meals and tell you about them. Can you tell I went for a “blue” theme for kitchen supplies?

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We were cleaning them before they get used. I’ll post better pictures of all the goodies next week, I promise.

I went out to dinner to Bricco with my parents. For non Connecticut citizens, Bricco is an Italian restaurant in West Hartford. It was my first time going and it was lovely. It was interesting seeing the differences between Italy and America restaurants. The calamari was fantastic and their chicken parmigiana special was even better.

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What is a Sunday Snapshot post in Connecticut without a lovely picture of Butch. We were cuddling while watching Pretty Little Liars… yes, it’s a guilty pleasure.

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I’ve also posted an About Me section on my blog. It’s incredibly witty if I say so myself. If you feel like checking it out click on this fun link. 

Today, I’m heading to Massachusetts to celebrate my Granddaddy’s 90th birthday. All but one of my family members are going. It’s going to be grand. On Monday, I’ll be heading up to school and Tuesday I start classes. It’s certainly going to be strange going back to normal life. Is that weird to say? I mean going to classes and not flying to another country the next day. Is it weirder to say I’m super excited to just be a normal college student? Up to you to decide!

Since I’m going back to school, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post three times a week. I might start only doing Sunday Snapshots and maybe a post on just Thursday/Wednesday. Just until May. I haven’t decided yet, but I’ll be sure to let you guys know. I have a few fun projects in mind in the upcoming months, so I hope you keep an eye out.

If you’re a college student, have you already gone back?

As always,

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DIY College Sweatshirt

Hello darling! There is something about making yourself stand out in a sea of people wearing the same thing. When I go to the Siena basketball games, I want to stand out. That is how I thought the crazy idea… why not revamp my college sweatshirt?

Everyone at my college loves wearing Siena sweatshirts. I mean why wouldn’t you? They’re comfy, soft and super cute. My bookstore was selling this sweatshirt for a wild $15. I’m such a big spender aren’t I? I ended up buying beads in Siena’s green and yellow colors for about $5 and then white beads for the boarder for about $5. You can find similar beads at Michael’s and they have them in so many different colors.

Advice: Buy beads in different shapes and colors so the final product had as an interesting texture to it. However, make sure the bead opening is still the same size or might be difficult to sew on.

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To attach the beads you’re going to need a toooooooon of string. I put all of the different beads in one big ziplock bang shook it up. That way when I put on the beads it was randomized. I then sewed on a couple of beats at a time and stuck them on directly to the sweatshirt.

Advice: Make sure you’re not sewing too many beads on at once! If you do you’re going to have to go back and fasten them on more carefully by stitches over them vertically. The heavier the strand is the more likely it is to droop. Try sticking to 2-4 beads at a time.

Once you are done sewing on all of the letter beads make a boarder! The boarder makes a huge difference! I recommend a basic color like white, black, or navy for this. The boarder will definitely make the colors pop!

P.S. It is a very time consuming project so watch TV while you do this, do it while traveling in a car, or even at the beach. Just know that it does take a very, very long time. (I hope your college doesn’t have more than 5 letters like Wesleyan, Roger Williams, or Lafayette).

Let me know if you try out this awesome project! I’d love to see pictures of the final out come!

As always,

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