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 - coastal.com | 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?

Monday, February 10, 2014

How to College: Planning

Before I came to college, I would always read blog posts and watch YouTube videos about preparing for college. I love seeing how other people organize things, decorate dorms, all of that kind of stuff, so I figured I'd start my own series! I plan on writing about dorm decor, academic/study tips, and other college related things. If there's anything specific you'd like to see, let me know!

So without further ado, here's the first post in my How to College series (because "college" is definitely a verb). Stay tuned for my next post about my studying tips!

I don't know about you, but I am infinitely more busy in college than I was in high school. Routines are different than they were in high school since class schedules are different every day. Staying organized and planning ahead is really important if you don't want to get behind. That, and I am a lot more relaxed if I have a set game plan for the week.

The Planner/Agenda
I've been using a daily planner since the 6th grade. I literally have no idea how I'd survive school without it! I use it mainly for academic tasks, like homework and studying for tests. (I also color code it, because who doesn't like colors?)

Michael's has cheap sticky notes in the dollar bins!
Sticky Notes
Okay, these aren't really a necessity, but I have a weird obsession with sticky notes. If I have other things to remember that aren't academic, I jot it on a sticky note and put it in my planner for the week. It's nice for me to keep academics and everything else separated. I like to purchase mine at Michael's or the dollar store, but sometimes it's fun to splurge!

because I definitely didn't have enough sticky notes to begin with?
Virtual Sticky Notes - Evernote
Evernote is a cool app that lets you sync notes to a cloud, so you can access them anywhere. If I don't have a pad of actual sticky notes, I use Evernote on my phone! You can make checklists, bullet lists, and other random list-y things. In my app, I have separate notebooks for my blog, organizations, and groceries.

I didn't start using Google Calendar until my senior year of high school, but let me tell you, it is amazing, and definitely a must have for college! I separate events into different calendars - one for classes, tests, projects, meetings, and social things. The best part is that you can sync it to your phone and make reminders!

Sometimes if I'm on a really tight schedule, I plan out my day hour by hour - I might be a little over the top, but if I have a 8am - 9pm day, I don't like to waste time!

How do you plan your week? 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Black & Red

utility jacket - Forever 21 (here) | black & white striped sweater - thrifted | burgundy skater skirt - Rue 21 | socks - Target | necklace - DIY | bag - Forever 21

Going off of my last post, this is what I wore the next day! The only thing that would complete this outfit would be thigh high socks, haha. 

I also feel pretty thrifty when I wear this sweater - it was only $3 on the first Saturday of the month at Goodwill! Gotta love 50% off everything. I made the necklace with a charm and some chain from Michael's; it probably cost around $3-$4 total.

My friend, Keegan (who I like to call my spirit animal whether he's aware of it or not), took these photos. He started a blog over here; give it a click! Look at how stylish and adorable he is.

we wore matching shoes!
Also, I'm going to start a series of posts about college soon - How to College. Not "How to: College", but How to College, because college is most definitely a verb. 

Come back later this week to see the first installment!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday: Stripes, Skirts, & Socks

Alright, so I have a problem. I like shopping, but I don't like spending money. That's a little bit of a problem. Once, a friend of mine told me, "You get the same satisfaction in saying something as you do in actually doing something." I don't always agree with this, but maybe, if I blog about things I want, it'll be the same satisfaction as actually buying them? (wow, there are so many things wrong with this)

Basically, I want too many things, and I'm preventing myself from spending money by living vicariously through writing about things I like. If anything, I'll know what I need and what I don't need next time I go shopping, right? So without further ado, here's my first Wishlist Wednesday.

I just really want to wear an outfit like this, okay?
striped top 1 - 2 - 3 | skater skirt 1 - 2 - 3 | over the knee socks 1 - 2 - 3

If I were to pick only one thing, I'd go for the socks. I thrifted a black & white striped sweater a while ago, and I already have a burgundy skater skirt. I wouldn't mind a black one, too, though.

You can wear over the knee socks with dresses, skirts, and shorts, and it always looks cute. I've been stalking Pinterest lately, and literally every time I pin something, I think, "This would look SO GREAT if I had those socks!" Some of my friends don't really like them, but I think they're quirky and adorable and perfect. Because they are.

Would you wear over the knee/thigh high socks? How would you style them?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Crafts: Arm Knitting

It's no secret that I really love to craft. The problem is, I'm also really impatient. Luckily, I've found the perfect solution to my addiction and impatient ways - arm knitting!

When I first try to explain it to people, the typical response is, "What?" with a really confused expression. And they look at me like I'm crazy. It's literally what it sounds like - knitting with your arms, and your arms act as the needles. This way, the stitches are a lot bigger, and you get results fast.

This is a scarf that I made as a Christmas present! It took me probably an hour and a half, only because I had to figure out the technique first. After making the first one, I can finish a scarf in about 30-45 minutes. It got a lot of compliments, and she loved it (unless everyone was lying just to make me happy). 

Here are some tutorials that I used.

These tutorials recommend that you use 2 skeins of yarn at once. You don't have to, but if you want a fuller looking scarf, I would suggest it. I also recommend using different colors! I used Loops & Threads Country Loom from Michael's (don't forget your coupon!), but Homespun and other thicker yarns would work great, too. With two skeins of Country Loom, I made two complete scarves that loop twice.

Happy crafting!