Thursday, July 31, 2014

Things I'm Loving

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1. Blueberries

I don't know if it's just my area or what, but blueberries have been dirt cheap and absolutely amazing lately. I eat them by the pints, no joke. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, whatever meal it may be, I need to have them. There is not a doubt in my mind that I will do everything in my power to have them down at the beach with me come next week (ah, seven days until Delaware!).

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2. Lean In

I only started reading this book a few days ago, but Sheryl Sandberg is really doing it for me. I grew up with my mom having a more "prestigious" job than my father (my dad is a great guy, don't get me wrong), so it never really occurred to me that there was a pretty big injustice in the workplace until somewhat recently. My mom wasn't, and still isn't, a stay at home mother and both my brother and I have turned out fine. I just think it's unfair that women still aren't treated equally in some workplaces, despite what studies and statistics show about our work ethic.



3. Statement earrings

I went from loving simple earrings, to hating them and not wearing them for a solid few years, to kind of liking them, to all of a sudden love them. It's been a rocky road to get to this point, but I've developed into a total earring junkie. I only have a couple of pairs of statement earrings (both from J. Crew), but they're perfected with simple hair and an understated outfit.

4. Back to school shopping

I LOVE SCHOOL SUPPLIES. There, I said it (again). Shopping for them over the past week has been super exciting and stressful at the same time. I start school again four weeks from now and I'm getting more nervous as the days pass. I took a lot of gen-eds my first year, and now I'm completely delving into my majors. What if I'm not good at journalism or Spanish? I can't do anything else! It's definitely going to be a stressful few weeks, but at least I'll have cute school supplies to get me through it.



5. Headscarves

I blame Harry Styles, for everything, but mostly my obsession with wearing scarves in my hair. This also might have something to do with Blair Waldorf, but I'm not entirely sure yet. I digress, I've love using scarves as a hair accessory, mostly to assure that my second day hair doesn't get too out of control.

6. Working at the market

The past two Fridays (and this coming Saturday), I've worked at a farmer's market with my best friend because his family needed help with some shifts. I've had an absolute blast meeting people traveling through New York state. I love chatting with strangers and seeing where people are from and just meeting really nice people. My friend always says I'm being too polite, but it makes sales apparently and gets me tips (which I refuse, but still). It's been really nice to pick up some extra work, but it also gives me time to spend with my friend. He's going off to college this fall too! And even further than I am in the opposite direction. Boo :(



7. Provence Garden candle

I'm trying to burn through my candles before I go back to school because I obviously can't do so there. I smelled this back in Cleveland around finals time and told myself that I would get it when I could use it back at home. It smells so fresh. It's not super strong, but once you burn it for long enough it can carry through a room.

What have you been loving lately?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stocking Up For Your Dorm


If you don't have a car on campus or a convenient location of grocery stores, sometimes it's hard to get what you need for your dorm when you really need it. Trips to stores need to be conveniently planned, so if you run out of a necessity, getting it the second you need it is almost impossible with a busy schedule. That's why I always have to keep a certain stock of my absolute necessities just incase I run out and I can't get to a store right away.

What I always kept stocked in my dorm...

1. Q-tips You never think that you're going to go through an entire 250 count box of q-tips, until you realize that what you have in your room becomes your roommate's suite mate's, and floor mate's.

2. Band-aids For those times where you knick yourself with a razor whilst shaving for the first time after winter or for those pesky burns on your curling iron.

3. Ibuprofen Or any sort of over-the-counter pain reliever. You will need them in bulk, trust me. Whether it's that time of month, a splitting headache from your roommate talking loudly to her father about physics for two f-ing hours, or your sore legs after a stupidly hard Pinterest workout on the elliptical.

4. Reusable water bottles and thermal mugs They're nice to have to bring to class or keep full of water in the back of your refrigerator. And again, what is yours generally becomes everybody else's.

5. Tupperware Takeout in copious amounts is best kept in your own tupperware and it's always better to have more than less in this category. Less dishes for everybody, yay!

6. Hair ties and bobbypins Every girl knows that bobbypins mysteriously disappear in mass amounts and every girl with thick hair knows that hair ties don't last very long without stretching or snapping.

7. Plastic shopping bags For your smaller garbage cans, of course.

8. Chocolate I'd be lying if I said I didn't always have some sort of chocolatey goodness hanging around my room. It was a nice treat after a long day…or for getting myself out of bed after only hitting snooze once…or curling my hair in record time.

What I wish I had stocked up on...

1. Cold medicine You will get sick in college if you are dorming. You are around sick people on your floor, in your building, and in your classes. Even if it's a short little stint, it's always better to have medicine on hand than having to scramble out to CVS last minute, only to pay an astronomical amount because holy sh*t it's expensive to buy medicine sometimes.

2. Sprite or ginger ale Stomachaches happen along with the sickness. It was midnight, everything on campus was closed, and I had the world's most horrendous stomachache, to the point where I was too nauseous to walk. I had to wait for it to pass and promptly called my mom to tell her how I wished she was there to go out and get me some soda, despite the time.

3. Blister bandaids The transition from comfortable riding boots in the winter to boat shoes and flats during the spring is sort of the worse, especially when it's a long winter and you spent a good six to seven months wearing the boots. Blisters are going to happen and it's better to have them before you wear your shoes rather than after you already have the worst blisters probably ever.

4. Sandwich bags I would've killed for some sandwich bags to bring around some goldfish crackers to classes or for studying in the basement of my dorm.

5. Paper towels We always had a roll of paper towels at least once or twice a semester, but once those ran out, we were sort of screwed in that department. They were so useful to have, so I will no doubt have a stock of those under my sink come the end of August.

6. Batteries Always useful for remotes and calculators. I scrambled trying to find batteries for my calculator at least twice my first year of school.

What do you have to have in your room at all times?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Good Reads

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1. Watercolor Wednesday: Be Gentle With Yourself  Words to live by.

2. Why We Can't Stop Talking About…  I especially like the Kanye West and Clueless bits.

3. Our Favorite TV Shows To Binge-Watch This Summer Gilmore Girls is my kryptonite.

4. 10 Empowering Yoga Poses to Start Your Day Seems simple enough! Making yoga part of my weekly routine is on my 2014 To Do List.

5. Career Spotlight: Samantha Steen, Cami NYC Seriously, career spotlights are my favorite. It's always nice to see successful women doing their own thing.

6. Chiltern Stripes Never thought I'd say I loved a pair of palazzo pants, but I love those pants. 

7. The Psyche of a Shopper Alternatively titled The Story of My Life.

8. On Confidence So so so important.

9. Interview with Fashion Entrepreneur Taylor Ivey  Killer jackets made by a great woman.

10. New and Old Such beautiful sentiments here.

11. Questlove on the Iggy Azalea debate: 'Hip-hop is a contagious culture' I respect Questlove on every level. This was definitely an interesting read.

12. What I Instagrammed Vs. What Was Really Happening, Or My Entire Life Is A Lie Definitely made me LOL.

13. Tour College Student Augusta Dayton's Dorm Room Filed under rooms that I wish my dorm looked like. 

14. Playing Tourist I think I might need this shirt.

15. The Purge: Lip Drawer Edition This inspired me to do my own makeup collection purge.

16. The Definitive Ranking Of The Men On "Gilmore Girls" It's not a good post until Gilmore Girls is mentioned not once, but twice.

What have you been reading lately?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Back To School Shopping: Stationery & Supplies

*loose leaf credit

School supplies are the greatest things to ever grace this earth, besides Zayn Malik's eyelashes and like…Chris Hemsworth's abs. The end of July/beginning of August are the happiest times of the year, not just because it's summer, but because of the back to school sales and shopping. I was always less interested in the clothes aspect (#CatholicSchoolProblems) and far more interested in shopping for pens, pencils, notebooks, cases to put my pencils in, scented highlighters, and the list goes on and on.

My love for school supplies has not changed throughout the years and I've become increasingly more picky. Case in point, my favorite pens ever were the Bic Ultimates pens with the colorful glittery outsides. Even though they are literally the same as the ones with the regular tube, I was (and still am) convinced that the glittery ones wrote better. AND THEY DISCONTINUED THEM (and I can't find them online). I haven't found a pen that I've liked since, which is really irritating. Have my notes suffered? Probably not. But my emotions have!

All jokes aside, I have convinced myself that the more aesthetically appealing my school supplies are, the more organized I am, which (hopefully) increases productivity, which should increase my grades. It's a long process, but it works, so I don't plan on stopping anytime soon.

I got a little head start on school shopping this year because I didn't want to miss any of the good sales and best stock before the end of the summer hits and everybody is scrambling. I mean, I'll inevitably be scrambling for something. This is all I've picked up so far.


I decided to get a desk calendar this year. I always forget to look at the large calendars in my agenda, so this should be a fool-proof way to avoid forgetting important dates.



I'm a child and bought glittery folders. What more can I say? They were adorable, on sale for a dollar each, AND THEY ARE GLITTERY. I'm a child at heart, sue me.


These were the only two notebooks that were up to my color standard. I need college ruled notebooks, and Target had no two subject notebooks. I made an exception for these two though. I also picked up three stacks of large post-it notes and a multicolor stack of smaller ones. True Life: I'm Addicted To Post-It Notes.


I got a new package of Bic mechanical pencils and highlighters, because in my opinion, you can never have too many. A couple of weeks back I also picked up this package of thank you cards because 1. They're precious and 2. You never know when you're going to need one!



And last but not least, what I plan on using for every class next semester…I'm kidding, I swear, but I couldn't pass up this notebook/folder combination. They're all so handsome. I'll find some use for it somehow, but will most certainly not be whipping these out during my lectures (or in public in general).

What I still need:

+ Agenda (I can't decide between a Lilly Pulitzer or Kate Spade agenda!)
+ Pens
+ 2 subject notebooks (I find that 3 subject is too much, but 1 subject isn't enough. But those pink ones were too cute to pass up!)
+ Textbooks
+ A small journal to carry around in my purse for random spurts of inspiration

What's your favorite part of back to school shopping?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Earrings Are the New Black?



At least, for me. Oh, who am I kidding, nothing will ever be the new black for me. But I will say, earrings are slowly consuming my accessory game.

I got my ears pierced when I was young, probably around the age of 4 or 5 (my mom would confirm if she weren't sleeping right now). Other than the earrings that Claire's (super glamorous, I know) used to pierce my ears, one of my first pairs was a pair of gold cats. You heard me right, golden cats on my ears. They were really nice earrings, a gift from my godmother, and I adored them. Looking back at my collection of older earringsincluding a pair of sea lion earrings, turtles, and spidersI seemed to enjoy eclectic and zanier pieces, which explains a lot. 

At some point in elementary school, around Halloween, I was sporting a pair of spider earrings. I normally slept in my earrings because taking them out was a pain and a half. Thinking nothing of it, I fell asleep wearing my spider ears and woke up in a panic during the middle of the night when I couldn't remove my head from the pillow. After a lot of tears and struggling, my mom managed to untangle the spider legs from my pillow case and I vowed never to wear earrings ever again. 

The next time I wore earrings it was for my brother's wedding, part of the bridesmaids ensemble. I wore them for one day and didn't put in earrings again until my junior year. I went through a stint my junior and senior year of wearing earrings, but I usually found it annoying because I had to take them out for soccer and softball anyways. I didn't want to lose my earrings, as I had nowhere to put them, so I just didn't wear them during the fall and spring.

My mom doesn't wear earrings at all, so she generously gifted me her pearl earrings, which remain my favorite pair of earrings. Those sparked my new found obsession with earrings. I now feel incomplete when I'm not wearing a pair. I play with my earrings as a nervous habit, which is a lot less annoying than picking my nail polish and constantly touching my hair. 



As much as I like my simple, more understated earrings, statement earrings have slowly been creeping up on my radar for a while now. I never thought my ears could handle heavier earrings, but after getting my first pair of J. Crew statement earrings a few weeks back, I can't get enough of them. I recently ordered a pair online from J. Crew that I am so excited to get in in the mail! Let's just say they involve tortoise shell, blue, and crystals. 

I'm not much of a bracelet or ring person (they bother me when I'm taking notes or typing on my computer!), so earrings have definitely taken over my whole jewelry game. I really only wear one necklace, a Kate Spade one that my parents got me for Christmas this past year. All hail the earrings!

Where's your favorite store to shop for earrings? 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Why I Am No Longer Embarrassed That I Can’t Swim Very Well

Me, being really hot in Syracuse. Also, that's a pond. I didn't swim in it. That would be gross. And really, really weird.
I will admit it: I can't swim. Or, at least I would most certainly die in any dire situation. I can sort of swim a lap and then promptly have to take about a five minute break to feel like my lungs aren't going to collapse. I'm more of a doggie paddler, and even then my head staying above water is a bit iffy. I hate going under water because 1. I still have to plug my nose and 2. the water gets stuck onto my eyelashes. This may not seem like a big deal, but it's really depressing when you are swimming with your 9 year-old cousin (this was last summer) and she has to teach you how to go under water without your nose plugged…and you still almost choke on water. And the eyelash part is really annoying when you're wearing contacts and, you know, want to see?

Growing up I was best friends with a swimmer. Like…a real swimmer, the kind that goes to college for swimming and breaks a sh*t ton of records and such. If you've never experienced being the world's worst swimmer at an amazing swimmer's house…let me try to put it into words for you. Let's just say I learned to love sunning myself at a very young age.

Flashback to elementary school…I'm swimming in said friend's pool because, duh, it's hot out and I don't feel like sweating profusely from every single inch of my body. Even at that age I knew that sweating was vile and that I should avoid it at all costs. If you're on a swim team, you have swim friends. Swim friends go to each other's houses and swim. Also, most older elementary school kids can swim, aside from me. Another thing to note was that I was probably 5 foot something at this point because I was a f**king massive child, in the height sense. I wasn't morbidly obese or anything (…right mom?). The pool was about 4 feet deep or so.

Me, being super sexy again in a camouflage skirt (WHERE'S MY LOWER TORSO/UPPER THIGHS?) and rainbow bikini top. Judging by my face, I must have known how embarrassed I would be of this picture a short 8 years later. I've vowed never to share this picture…until now. ENJOY, CHUMMIES. 
I must have gotten bored of swimming, AKA walking around in the pool and splashing around trying to make it look like I was having a grand old time even though I was secretly pissed that I was a moron and couldn't swim or do cool flips under water or have a bathing suit that wasn't heinously ugly, because I decided to relax on a massive raft in the pool. Innocent enough, right? So I'm relaxing, probably daydreaming about one of the Sprouse boys or something (was Suite Life even on the air yet? The world may never know) when my life flashes before my eyes. It was about 500 times more dramatic during the moment because I had no sense of humor, was a total baby and literally cried about everything, and panicked immediately. My friend's father had decided to flip the raft because WHAT CHILD THAT AGE CAN'T SWIM? In all actuality, I probably only swallowed like…a tablespoon of water and could stand up almost immediately because, as I said, I was a whopping 5 foot something. Still, to this day, I refer to it as the time that my friend's father almost drowned me. And I mention it almost every time I see him because I'm a horrible person who grudges.

At my young age of 18, I'm not so embarrassed that I can't swim anymore. This is mostly because I almost always refuse to go into the water. I'm terrified of bodies of water that I can't see the bottom in AKA everything besides a pool and the very few feet off the shore of a beach. I don't like water sports (jetskis, tubing, the whole nine yards) and boating makes me nauseous. If I'm near a pool, there's a 120% that I'm tanning off to the side rather than getting my hair wet, which in turn makes it two distinct knots and nearly impossible to comb out. 

So in conclusion, I cannot swim and that's okay. Want to know why? Because I can do loads of other stuff, like identify a picture of Liam Payne (from One Direction) based solely on his abs and play the first 30 seconds of "i giorni" on piano (it's a six minute piece) and spend entirely too much money on things that I don't need and drive semi decently (nobody has gotten hurt yet).

Friday, July 25, 2014

Francesca's Focus: Harry Styles' Headscarves (And A Wearable Version)

It is not unlike me to center a post around a boyband, hence why I am spending my Friday (err, Thursday night) writing about a certain British boyband member who has recently had an affinity for wearing massive scarves around his head to keep his overgrown messy curls under control. His hair has become a problem over the past year or so, seeming to never get a haircut despite the wonderful hair stylist they have (Lou Teasdale, read her book). I shouldn't be so passionate about a strangers hair, but Jesus Christ have you seen it? If you haven't, I will include more than enough snaps of it to prove my point that it has to go. Because the opinion of an 18-year-old nobody means the world to an international popstar.

The first spotting of the infamous head scarf for me was during a scene in This Is Us, in which the boys are singing a reggae version of "Last First Kiss" and during the camping scene, meaning this would have been during the Take Me Home tour spanning from February 23 of 2013 until November 3 of 2013. I wish I could say that this was the last sighting, but as you could figure from the point (yes, there is a point. well sort of) of this post, it wasn't. There are various photos of Harry wearing a scarf around his head in various clips from TMH tour videos.

    

        



My timeline may be wrong (because I usually am), but according to my tumblr tag (/harry+styles, 20 pages going strong), but it seems that the consistent headscarf wearing Harry Styles emerges somewhere around the end of November, around the release of their third studio album Midnight Memories. Mr. Styles can be seen sporting an olive green scarf, the first to his (presumably) vast collection.

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The headscarf became part of his tour uniform for there current Where We Are Tour dates, spanning world wide. His massive and completely unnecessary-if-he-would-just-cut-his-f**king-hair collection of scarves can be best displayed through photos from the tour.

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Brief intermission to remind you that I am not completely insane (note: the keyword here is completely). Please disregard any blatant creepiness and read on to see me Harry Styles inspired wearable headscarf that won't make you look that much like an idiot (but people still might stare) (it's okay just ignore them. They're just jealous).

Better options to tame the wild beast that is the hair of Harry Styles: a beanie, a snapback, A F**KING HAIRCUT, a fedora (he is one of the few people that doesn't look like a complete douche wearing one. The list also includes Joe Jonas and Justin Timberlake).

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Honestly, anything but the man-bun.

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Onward with the seriously easy way to make a head scarf. First things first, I'm the realest. Dammit Iggy.

1. Obtain scarf, preferably a thin one unless you want to look exactly like Harry Styles. If this is the case, grab the largest scarf you have, wrap it haphazardly around your head, and secure with a knot and some bobby pins. You will end up looking like this:



2. If you listened to my original advice and grabbed a thin scarf, put it on like normal then lift the ends so that the center is at the nape of your neck where your hair meets the skin. Tie it into a knot on the top of your head.

3. Bring the ends back down behind your neck and tie them into another knot.

4. You can either leave the excess ends out or you can tuck them under the rest of the scarf. Pin these places securely to ensure that none of the ends/tassels will be visible at any point. Use bobby pins liberally to keep the scarf in place.

5. Grab a microphone, ripped skinny jeans, and a shirt in which you only button up half way. Get some tattoos if you really want to commit to the look.




Who is your favorite boy band?


* i sincerely hope this was taken with a grain of salt.*

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Things I'm Loving

1. Blueberry + frozen banana + vanilla yogurt + almond milk smoothies

It's honestly so simple. I discovered this creation last week when I realized the only fruit we had in our house were some frozen bananas and about 1/4 a pint of blueberries. I was pretty hungry so I decided that add the bottom half of my YoCrunch vanilla yogurt and used some almond milk to make it blend easier (as juice would have probably been pretty gross with the yogurt). It ended up being so good. The texture was great and it was a lot thicker than my normal runny smoothies. I'll definitely be making these more often.



2. 5 Seconds of Summer's debut album

5SOS's debut self-titled album finally came out in the United States on Tuesday and it is everything I could have ever wanted from them. They're such a fantastic group of lads (and 4 Aussie hotties) who make great rock music. My favorites on the album are "Beside You", "Amnesia" (shocker), "Mrs All American", and "Voodoo Doll".



3. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

I am so heart broken by what happened to Marina Keegan (you can read about it here) a couple of years back. Such a bright young girl with an ending that came too soon. Some of her brilliant works, fiction and nonfiction, have been compiled into this book of essays that came out in April of this year. The beginning essay, with the eponymous title The Opposite of Loneliness, was eye opening and resonated with me on so many levels. The rest of the essays following contain the same amount of poignant, entertaining, and overall incredible pieces.

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4. 4 Years of One Direction

Yesterday was the 4 year anniversary of One Direction after being put together by chance on the X Factor. No shame in being excited about this. They've come so far and have so much more to conquer in the music world.



5. This chocolate chip cookie recipe

As yesterday's posts would have hinted to, I've been a bit obsessed with trying to perfect this chocolate chip cookie recipe. It took a botched 3 dozen batches and a lot of perseverance to create the almost perfect cookie, but I think they turned out fairly well. The best part? They are so easy to make.

6. Being off of work

My uncle has been on vacation for a week and I have been enjoying my time off more than I probably should. I'm still watering their plants (which takes hours as they seriously have a f**king nursery in their backyard) and worked a day at my friend's market, but I had two entire days to work on my tan and read. It's going to be a rude awakening when I have to go back to work on Monday, but at least my trip to Delaware is a short 2 weeks away!

What have you been loving lately?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Round Two)

Monday night, around 10 PM, I got extremely bored. It was the sort of bored that not even a book (right now, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak) or a Gossip Girl marathon could solve. I racked my brain for other things to do, but I was too lazy to work out and a movie was out of the question. I had already gone through Pinterest one too many times. Where did that leave me? Searching through the pantry for ingredients. Apparently, when I get bored, I bake. We had no mixes in our cupboards but more than enough dry ingredients to make some kind of treat. Upon discovering a bag of semisweet chocolate chips, the answer to my boredom was found.

The first batch I made on Monday night were too flour-y as I wasn't used to the texture of the dough and thought that it had to be thicker. Boy, was I wrong. The first three dozen were absolutely vile. I was determined to get it right, so I used the same recipe last night (a little different than the Tollhouse recipe) and tweaked it a bit. They came out fabulously, if I do say so myself. 

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Makes approximately 44 cookies

+ 2 cups of flour
+ 1 teaspoon of baking soda
+ 1 teaspoon of salt
+ 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened (not melted)
+ 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
+ 3/4 cup of brown sugar, packed
+ 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
+ 2 eggs
+ 1 bag of semisweet chocolate chips *

* My family likes their cookies very chocolatey, but you can use however much you like. The cookie itself is delicious.



DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

2. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt into a separate bow.

3. Combine the sugars (brown and granulated), vanilla extract, and sticks of butter into a big mixing bowl. After mixing them together, add the eggs one by one.

4. In increments, mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. It's less messy to add the flour/baking soda/salt little by little. 

5. On a pan, arrange a dozen tablespoon sized balls a couple of inches apart from each other. Bake for 8 minutes and let them cool before transferring them elsewhere. Bonus: I like to let them set on a brown paper bag so the grease absorbs.

It's honestly a simple recipe, but nothing beats a homemade batch of chocolate chip cookies.


What's your favorite thing to bake? 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Good Reads



1. Know Your Labels: Rodebjer Super interesting read about a pretty chill designer.

2. Weekend Recap Can we please talk about that hot pink birdcage chair?

3. Summer Uniform I adore the different color combinations going on (white, green, denim, red, and grey!) and that jacket is amazing.

4. Chick Chat -- What Your Starbucks Order Says About You I LOLed reading this. Super funny read about Starbucks drinks.

5. Insta Lately  I'm all about Instagram and pretty pictures posted on there. Obviously, these were no expect ion.

6. La Mode & Moi: Weekend Edition Those pants look uber comfortable. I've been debating on whether I should get a pair!

7. Whale Tail Sarah Vickers never looks bad. I don't think that woman could ever be anything but put together.

8. Gemstone Silk Tee I've really been loving tees lately and this crazy printed one is right up my alley.

9. On Our Radar: Matching Separates I've always been super intrigued by this whole matching separates trend.

10. Weekend Reading This is such a creative way to display weekend reads!

11. Lou & Grey Concept Store Everything looks so comfortable!

12. Rome, Italy I want to go to Italy so bad! This post definitely did not help my wanderlust at all.

13. The Man Repeller Guide to the Best Iced Coffee in NYC I'll have to take this into consideration the next time I make a trip to the city.

14. The Marwood's Coffee Shop This coffee shop looks utterly delightful. So bright, so fun! I love Zoe's photos.

15. Free People Dress The print on this dress is amazing. Bonus because it's black and white (aka my favorite).

16. 3 Sweet & Savory Popcorn Recipes I'm really interested in trying the first recipe!

What interesting reads have you discovered lately? 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Color Schemes

It's that time of year where department stores and the Mother Land (AKA Target) start putting out their dorm bedding and accessories, catering to those college students who need to decorate on a budget (or in the case of Anthropologie, not on a budget). I remember the excitement that came with planning out my first dorm room. It all started with one pillow I picked up 50% off at the Polo Ralph Lauren outlet. It was a quilted kelly green body with a white trim and in the bottom right hand corner were two navy blue stripes and an embroidered emblem with gold and pink detailing. I based the entire theme of my room off of this pillow. For this year, I wanted something different from my navy/white/green theme and made this list for anybody trying to find something new for their second year or for those lost on what to do for their first dorm! There are plenty of color schemes out there, these are just a few. You can get creative with them too! Mixing and matching is the best part.

NEUTRAL
tan, white, with red accents

bedding from urban outfitters
pillow from urban outfitters
woven fringe blanket from urban outfitters
poster from urban outfitters


PREPPY
navy, white, kelly green, and rose pink

bedding from macy's
throw pillow from pier 1
elizabeth mayville top knot print from design darling

ROSE GARDEN
hot pink, light pink, green, with gold accents

bedding from bed, bath, and beyond
throw pillow from urban outfitters
print from bouffants and broken hearts

BEACHY
light blue, pale yellow, and light gray

bedding from target
whale watercolor print from littlecatdraw's etsy store
throw pillow from pier 1
starfish throw from anthropologie

MODERN
black, white, with metallic accents

bedding from kohl's
throw pillow from macy's
typewriter print from joss & main


BOHEMIAN
peach, olive, black, yellow

bedding from urban outfitters
moon phase print from urban outfitters
throw blanket from anthropologie
throw pillow from urban outfitters