Monday, June 29, 2015

This Year

I don't know what it was that drove me to post after almost exactly a year. Maybe because there are a lot of new things happening and I wanted to share them, or maybe because I really miss the people I've connected with through this blog. One thing I know for sure is that I really miss talking to everyone. Anyway, I'm here now, and this is what happened this past year.


  • This spring semester, I finished my math minor! I've tossed around the idea of a possible double major, but it's still just an idea.
  • I've added an advertising minor.
  • I'm taking the GMAT this summer and will be applying for graduate school in the fall.
  • Campus involvement is my specialty. That's probably why I stopped blogging - my commitments begin around a month before the start of the semester, so July. Working 2 jobs in retail while preparing for school is a lot of work, and instead of making time to blog, I put it on the backburner. I really wish I hadn't.


  • I no longer work at The Limited (did you know I worked at The Limited?). I loved it, and I would love to be able to style people again.
  • I no longer work at Michaels, technically. After 4 long years, I will no longer be on the payroll. I could be, but I'm hardly ever home anymore, and it's not fair that I take hours away from others. I worked when I went home for holidays and such. Here's to new adventures and opportunities!
  • I am interning in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas! Right now, I'm working on a data science project. I never expected to be doing data science work, but it's very interesting.


  • I tried to microwave an egg this morning, and it exploded. Protip: don't microwave hard boiled eggs for more than 30 seconds at a time.
  • Since I'm interning in the DFW area, I have a studio apartment for the summer. It's small and not as chic as one you'd find in NYC, but I love it! 
  • I saw Jukebox the Ghost (my all-time favorite band) and Ingrid Michaelson live! A Summer Night Out Tour was my second concert. I can't believe it's taken me this long to start going to concerts.
  • I'm moving into a house next summer with 3 wonderful people! I'm excited to be off campus and in a real home.
  • I went to Cabo San Lucas this summer, and it was nothing short of amazing. Shout out to my best friend and her family for taking me.
  • I've been trying my hand at cooking lately. Quinoa and kale are my favorite staples right now.
  • I really want to upgrade my Nikon D5000 to a full frame DSLR. Endgame: the beautiful D750! I haven't really showcased any of my photography here, but I'm working on my portfolio (see below).
This year, I've been a lot better at remembering to take photos. My external hard drive is full of memories, and I've finally got a system to organize them all.

I would love to start blogging again, but I would have to change this blog's direction. I'm still passionate about personal style, but I feel jaded by posting the same things over and over again. I want to incorporate more lifestyle, photography, decor, and travel posts. When I first started blogging, I also invested a lot of time into advertising and doing those "1xx Things to Do to Succeed in Blogging!!!" rather than blogging about what I loved. Mistake #1! Write about what YOU love - Otherwise, why are you even writing?

I've purchased a domain ( - it's not done yet!) to be my professional portfolio and resume other than LinkedIn, and I can't decide if I want to link this blog or not. Another option would be to create a new blog under my domain, or rename Crazy Scarf Girl. On the pro side, it shows my personality, but on the con side, I feel like "crazy scarf girl" isn't the most professional vibe. My domain name is also hard to spell, so that's another factor to consider. I think my inner conflict is whether or not I care that Crazy Scarf Girl doesn't sound professional. If you don't like that I am a crazy scarf girl, then don't hire me, right? 

If I continue blogging, I will most definitely be converting to WordPress. I don't know why I thought Blogger's convenience would outweigh WordPress's functionality.

If you'd like to follow me where I update regularly, check out my Instagram (@emilykimhuynh) or Twitter (@emilykimhuynh).

Until next time,

Friday, June 27, 2014

DIY Polka Dot Shorts

Remember that time way back when I posted an outfit with my DIY tribal shorts, and I mentioned maybe posting how to's in the future? Well, here it is! A couple of weeks ago, I got together with one of my friends and we had a craft date. She made a ton of dorm decor, and I found a pair of old jeans and turned them into shorts. It's a very simple DIY - read on to see how I made them!

Old jeans / shorts
Optional: needle and thread, iron / hair straightener, ruler, box cutter / razor blade
The first thing I did was put on my pair of old jeans, and roughly marked how long I wanted my shorts to be. Remember not to cut it too short - you can always cut more, but you can't go back once you've cut too much!
Make sure both pant legs are even, and just snip off the legs with your scissors. I left enough length so that I would be able to roll the ends.
Next, I made my stencil. I had some cardstock from an old project that I recycled. I punched out a circle, and voila - you have your stencil!

Brush wise, you should probably use an actual stencil brush, but I found that the flat end of a cheap foam brush works just as well. I made a couple of mistakes, but you can always go back over it with a smaller brush. I squeezed some paint onto a plate, loaded the flat end of my brush, and dabbed it over my stencil.
Try not to paint it on, because that will cause paint to go under your stencil and ruin your pretty circles.
If you want to be precise, you could use a ruler to measure where your polka dots go, but I just eyed it, and it turned out fine!
About half way through, my stencil became soggy because of all the paint. Just punch another hole in your paper, and you've got a brand new, dry stencil!

After I got my first row of polka dots
You can always fix rough spots with a smaller brush.
And there you have it, your very own polka dot shorts! Depending on your style, you could fray the ends with a razor or box cutter, roll it and sew it, or leave it as it is. I ended up rolling mine and sewing the seams on the side so that it doesn't become unrolled. I'm way too lazy to actually use an iron, so I used my hair straightener to crease the ends. Practical, yes?

Do you ever make your own shorts? Stay tuned to see how I style mine!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Meet Emily, Planner Enthusiast

Well, it's been a while! Blogging had to take the backseat for a while - I think it's safe to say that Spring 2014 was my busiest semester yet! I have a lot of plans for Crazy Scarf Girl, but whether or not they'll be executed is highly debatable since all I do is sit around and watch Supernatural.

It's good to be back, though, because today, I present you a very pressing matter: what is your favorite planner?

In case my URL didn't give it away, I'm actually crazy. One of the things I'm crazy about is planning. If I don't write something down, I will forget. As a result, I've developed a sense of what works and what doesn't, and I know exactly what I want in a planner.

This year, I'm comfortable with investing more in a planner since I use it every single day. (Seriously. Without my planner, I'm lost.) After I narrowed it down to four options, I came up with a list of questions. If you're on the same journey as I am, go ahead and answer the following with your favorite planners:
1. Does it contain the academic year (July 2014-July 2015), or the regular year (ending in December 2015)?
2. Is it lined, or unlined?
3. Is it split into morning/day/evening?
4. Are the Saturday/Sunday blocks the same size as weekdays?
5. Does the planner contain a folder?
6. Does each week have a 2 page spread?
7. How much does it cost?
(I may or may not have made an Excel spreadsheet for this.)

Because I'm a student, I prefer the academic year. To me, the year starts in August and ends in May, and I don't really have a need to plan my summer (yet).

I also like unlined, morning/day/evening blocks. With my old planner from Target, I would write all of my meetings for the day, but it would be out of order. Not gonna lie, I may or may not have missed a meeting because of this. Luckily, the morning/day/evening sections will solve this problem for me!

My favorite planners are from Erin Condren, Plum Paper Designs, May Designs, and Sarah Pinto. My real struggle? Choosing between Erin Condren and Plum Paper Designs. Maybe you can help me out!

Erin Condren Life Planner
$45 with coupon, originally $55

I'm sure you've heard of it - Erin Condren is all over the blogosphere. I absolutely adore the layout and customization, but the only thing holding me back is the price and the fact that I have to purchase more months in order to get the academic year. That, and I would have to purchase a new one starting in January - ugh! That would seriously throw off my flow.

To help with the price, you can sign up with any referral link (mine is here, if you fancy). You get $10 off, and the referrer (me) gets $10 in credit if you make a purchase. Even though I absolutely love it, the cheapskate inside of me doesn't know if I can handle dishing out $45 + shipping on a planner, you know?

Pros: adorable designs, customized cover, unlined, morning/day/evening blocks, can be used longer, includes a bunch of extras
Cons: expensive, kind of bulky, not the academic year, narrow daily sections


My favorite thing about this planner is that you can customize the 7 different sections. I'd split mine into morning, day, evening, to-do, and leave the remaining 3 for school organizations. Unfortunately, this planner is lined. I've used lined planners in the past, but I feel like it's restricting. And I'm picky. However, if you don't care about whether or not it's lined, this is a great choice if you want to customize your sections!

Pros: adorable designs, customized cover, customized sections, academic year
Cons: expensive, kind of bulky, lined, narrow daily sections

May Designs Planner

$16.50, Summer Sale

Of my four options, May Designs has the most designs to choose from, and it's the cheapest. This is definitely something I'd use in high school. It's smaller so you can toss it in your purse, but since I rely so heavily on my planner, it doesn't make the cut this year. I'd recommend this one if you want something cute and convenient!

Pros: adorable designs, incredibly customized cover, convenient size, unlined, inexpensive, academic year
Cons: small daily sections, not divided into morning/day/night


This is another one I'd use in high school. It's a convenient size, and it looks like something you'd find at Target. Unfortunately there are only 3 designs, but I like the layout of the weekly spreads. Like the May Designs Planner, I'd recommend this one if you want something convenient.

Pros: convenient size, unlined, academic year, inexpensive
Cons: no customization, not many design choices, not divided into morning/day/night

Phew - that was a lot of analysis, and I still haven't made up my mind! Help me out here - which is your favorite?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday: Kate Spade & Jonathan Adler

The other day, I was browsing through the supply store we have on campus. I wasn't shopping for anything in particular, just passing the time. But lo and behold, I found the cutest designer things ever: phone cases and stationery! I especially loved all the little sticky notes and notepads (as if I need any more sticky notes).

The majority of what they had was Kate Spade and Jonathan Adler. I'd never really looked into JA stuff, but I love it! It's more affordable than Kate Spade, but still just as cute. They even had designer things on clearance! Surprisingly, almost everything I saw was cheaper in my store than online.

After stumbling upon these adorable notebooks and phone cases, I browsed the desk accessories section of each website. Here are more of my favorites:

wishlist wednesday - stationery

The bow push pins are so adorable - but I think anyone could definitely DIY them. It's going on my to do list!

So next time you're studied-out, check out your university's supply store! It's probably full of goodies like these, in addition to overpriced textbooks.

What are your favorite things from Kate Spade and Jonathan Adler?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Busy Week

This week was quite a hectic one. I still don't really know why, it was just busy. Whenever I have weeks like these, I forget that sometimes, it's just best to cut my losses and relax a little. For lack of a better metaphor, it's no use beating a dead horse, which I tend to do when it comes to studying.

So, to compensate, my friends and I watched 27 Dresses on Friday and spent Saturday morning lounging on the quad. It was totally worth it.

Friday's Outfit
black & white striped sweater - thrifted | scarf - michael's | dark wash jeans - jcpenney | shoes - converse
I swear I don't wear this sweater and scarf as often as it seems. Okay, maybe I do, but I always seem to get outfit photos when I'm wearing the same things. I'll work on that!

Saturday Morning

This semester is the first time I've ever held an officer position in an organization, so I guess you could say that's a contributing factor to my stress levels. Not that I've actually done anything yet, but being held accountable for a group of people is something new to me. I know it will pay off in the end, so it's worth it!

If you're having a stressful week, I highly recommend taking an hour or two to just relax. Coming from a perpetually stressed out, wannabe-overachieving student, it's safe to say that it definitely helps.

Well, good thing it's a new week - I hope you have a great one!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

OOTD: DIY'd Tribal Shorts

crop sweater - forever 21 | cardigan - american eagle outfitters | shorts - diy, goodwill | combat boots - madden girl | glasses - | necklace - forever 21
I actually wore this outfit a few weeks ago when we had a couple of warm days, but I never got around to uploading it until now. My favorite part of this outfit is definitely my shorts!

These were originally jeans from Goodwill. Using some scissors, a razor to fray the edges, and Tulip fabric paint, I turned them into tribal shorts! The project took about 2-3 hours and only cost me $4. Needless to say, I don't plan on buying shorts for more than $5 in the near future!

My inspiration came from these shorts from Pacsun. I saw them in stores and knew I needed them, but then I looked at the price tag... $40? "Uh, no thanks. I bet I could make those!" So I did some research on Pinterest (as usual) and emerged victorious!

I really like the look of the half-printed shorts! via Pinterest

This summer, I want to make American flag shorts and maybe try dip dying or ombre. We'll see! I also want to write a tutorial next time I DIY clothes from Goodwill.

Have you ever done a DIY like this?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Loves

Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I thought I'd do a roundup of some things I've been loving this past week.

Music: Frozen's "Let It Go" Covers
As if you haven't heard enough of them. But seriously, how could you not love this song? It's beautifully written and performed, and there are so many different takes on it.

How is she able to belt this sitting down? The world may never know.

This is my favorite male cover. His range is incredible!

If you haven't heard this one - I would highly recommend it. Highly. It's really unique!

Reads: NYFW

If you're in need of a little inspiration, I would suggest this article! Especially since the new season is rolling around - don't buy things that aren't you. Buy what you want and what you would wear, not what others want to see you wear!

Dunkin Donuts Travel Mug

$12.99 mug. $0.50 refills. Need I say more?
But seriously, this is probably one of the best investments I have ever made. I love it so much! It's incredibly convenient, and it's cute. I'm saving the environment and drinking coffee cheaper than a K-cup - what more can I ask? You can get one here!

I hope you've had a great week!