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!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

J. Crew Inspired

So, there's this necklace from J. Crew that I am obsessed with. Sarahbelle93x posted a video about it a long time ago, and I've been in love with it ever since. Unfortunately it's not available anymore, but this is what I'm talking about:

via J.Crew Tumblr
I'd never shell out $128 for a necklace, but I love it so much! (But there is an "alternative" here on Etsy!)

I wore this outfit last week, and it's heavily inspired by said necklace. I always see people wearing it with chambray or polka dots, so why not try both?

chambray shirt - old navy | polka dot pants - belk | red statement necklace - charming charlie
The necklace I'm wearing is one from Charming Charlie, which I got in a dirty Santa gift exchange. It came with earrings, and the set was $10! It's not an exact alternative to my favorite J. Crew necklace, but you can't beat the price.

My polka dot pants feel like dress pants, but fit like leggings. They're awesome, and I got them for $10 on sale at Belk!

It was quite a preppy day - I think the only thing that would make this outfit more preppy would be a black or white puffer vest, haha. (Yeah, I don't really understand my style, either - I go from extremely preppy to wannabe hipster to kind of vintage...?)

via Pinterest

Do you like love this necklace? How would you wear it?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Obligatory Valentine's Day Post

Happy (late) Valentine's Day! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, regardless of relationship status. I actually did receive a gift - my best friend loves me and got me a big, heart shaped box of chocolate! (Probably because I've been complaining about it and planning to get discounted candy since January.) But it's awesome, and she's the best.

And of course I had to dress for the occasion. Thursday night, my roommates had to deal with me trying on at least four different outfits, before I finally settled on this one.

dress - target | cardigan - target | scarf - michael's | combat boots - madden girl
Our plans for Friday didn't really pan out the way we thought they would - the Indian restaurant was closed, and there was an hour and a half long wait at the bowling alley. Typical. Instead, we went to an even better Chinese restaurant and hung out at a friend's house. Who needs bowling when you can play with a cat named Sherlock?
roast duck with cabbage and rice - actually the best meal I've had in ages

Overall, a great day! How did you spend your Valentine's Day?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday: Valentine Edition

February 14th is right around the corner! I, in fact, do have special plans: my friends and I are dressing up, getting delicious Indian food, and going bowling. Afterwards, we plan on baking cookies and buying discounted chocolate, because what would Valentine's Day be without chocolate?

I'll be sure to take photos of our lovely V-Day outing!

(I also just got the hang of Polyvore - it's so easy and fun!)

Wishlist Wednesday: Valentine's Day

I love watching Bethany Mota's YouTube videos, and ever since she released her clothing line at Aeropostale, I've been eyeing this striped skater skirt. I love skater skirts, and you could wear this one with anything!

I used to be completely against designer items, because I didn't believe in paying 3x the amount of money when I could find a cheaper alternative (I'm actually the biggest cheapskate in the world). Unfortunately, Kate Spade is changing me - I love literally everything. All of her bags are perfect! I'm thinking about saving up for one like this.

Like I said, you can't have Valentine's Day without chocolate. Not that I'd ever be able to justify $50+ Godiva or Lindt chocolate, but I don't mind settling for discounted Russell Stover at a grocery store. What's your favorite brand?

Do you have any big plans for Friday?