Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday's Fancies: Go Pats!

I am soo late posting this today, but this week has been INSANE. Anyways, loving the football theme especially since I love my Pats. I never really got the thrill of the sport until I moved to football country and had a multitude of Badger and Pack fans to deal with.

play: {shoes}{bag}{top}{bottom}
day: {top}{bottom}{bag}{shoes}

Go Pats!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday's Fancies: Fall Lust!

My life is crazy lately, so my Friday's Fancies is a little bit late!

Sweaters & Vest: J. Crew, Tote: Kate Spade, Flats: Gap, Pumps: Zara

Sweaters, vests, and colder weather... oh my! Love, love, love the fall.

I've been dying for a puffy vest and some smoking flats, so those are on my lists for sure!

Life is so hectic to write up too much, but I wanted to attempt to stay consistent with FF!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Treat to Try: Strawberry-Watermelon Juice

My mom's friend, Elizabeth, made this PHENOMENAL juice a few weeks ago during my last few days at home. It was a hot and sticky day, and Tessa (her daughter) and I were about to head out for dinner, but had a drink first with her momma! (And my creative mentor!)

Fast forward to now, and I had been jammed all day with work and school. When I saw watermelon at the grocery store, I just had to make myself a batch!

You Will Need:


Play up whichever taste you enjoy the most! I love a lot of tang and a decent amount of sweet, so I blend in some chopped up lime.... and garnish with lime as well. Too much? 

1. Chop up all your delicious fruit and try not to eat too much while you're at it.

2. Throw all of the fruit in the blender, with some lime, and puree until your desired consistency!

3. Enjoy!
inhaled this 60 seconds after snapping this pic!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DIY: Tassel Love (Part II)

Yesterday I professed my newfound love for making tassels. I know, I'm a craft nerd.

So, I made them into a necklace! I did a longer necklace than the example I showed yesterday, and while fabulous and bright orange, they probably needed to be spaced farther apart the next time I try it out, but this was my first dabbling in jewelry!

I used gold rings, hooked onto the top thread of the tassels, and used pliers to attach each tassel separately onto the chain. 

My next project is to place the tassels on the end of a long strand of beads. We'll see how it goes... 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

take note.

Don't watch this if you cry easily in public places. Do watch it at some point, because it is beautiful.

DIY: Tassle Love (Part I)

I read this post months ago, and over the summer decided to try it out. However, before I could try out the necklace (which I will post tomorrow, since I did things a little differently), I had to make me some tassels!

I headed to Jo Ann's and more or less went hog wild, coming up with countless combinations of ombre (and metallic as seen above and below..) of tassels. Of course, I had to pare it down, which I did do... to five combos. Casual.

When I got back home, I took the embroidery floss, a piece of cardboard the size of a Post-It note, and some scissors and headed down to the beach to soak up the sun and whip out some tassels. I'm not going to lie, it was a little tricky at first, but quickly became a cathartic process. I know, I'm weird.

Sidebar: Remember when I wanted to make {this}? Well, now I know how to make all of the tassels! I have yet to accomplish punching grommets, and I still need to make a field trip to Mood to pick up some sturdy canvas (there wasn't anything of the sort in Jo Ann's), but that will be Christmas break's project.

Anyhow, here's how you can make your own tassels to do just about anything with! (I already have a mental list of bracelets, earrings, blankets, camera straps, pillows, etc!!)

You Will Need:

1 skein of embroidery floss per tassel
Cardboard cut to the size of a post it

{I promise this is easy}

To Do:

1. Cut two pieces of embroidery floss, one about 4-5 inches, and one about 8 inches. Put these aside, you'll need them in a bit.
2. Wrap the rest of the skein around the cardboard until the skein ends.
3. Slowly and carefully wiggle the floss off of the cardboard.
4. Taking the smaller piece of floss, tie a knot around the center of bundle. Snip the loops on both ends.
5. Fold the bundle over and wrap the longer piece of floss around the tassel consistently, then knot it.
6. Trim the tassel and you're done!

You'll end up with a few of these:



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Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall Fashion Favorites

I love summer. I really, really love summer.

That being said, if I can't be sitting on the beach, and I must move on, then I would prefer if it started to cool down! Sweaters! Vests! Boots! Bring them on!

These are just a few of the items I am craving...

Denim shirts ~ Madewell
Hat ~ J.Crew
Vests ~ J. Crew
Cords ~ Target (can you imagine??)
Loafers ~ GAP (and I want them all. now, please.)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday's Fancies: Back to School

I mentioned last week that last Monday was my last first day of school (for the fall, anyways!), so this Friday's Fancies was perfect! I picked something slightly dressier, since this semester I am interning at a museum two mornings a week, so those two days I tend to come to class looking like quite the professional! :)

Here's what I would love to wear!

Top ~ TopShop
Cords~ J. Crew
Leopard Pumps~ J. Crew Collection

I am loving peplum tops. For my height (and lack of waist), they are perfect for defining the figure. I also cannot appropriately express my love for J. Crew corduroys, and this color is phenomenal- I saw them in J. Crew last week and almost died of happiness for fall fashion being upon us. Leopard is pretty much self-explanatory. Everything is better when leopard print! 

last first day!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Happy Menocal

Despite my tendency to lean towards the classic, preppy, and leopard print details in fashion and interior design, my weakness is most definitely the "perfectly imperfect" and funky design aesthetic.

The latest designer to join the "how are you so fabulous slash I want your life" club is the artist Happy Menocal, most recently featured in the September issue of my {online bible}. 

I would die a thousand deaths for the lobster print on her home page! 

Here are a few other faves!!

{found here}

{visit me here}

You can visit the whole portfolio of work, as well as find information on Custom Heraldry (how fabulous that sounds) and Pet Portraits (Merry Christmas Mom....) {here} at Happy Menocal's site. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

OBSESSED: SwellCaroline

Matchbook Magazine readers may recognize SwellCaroline from their ads in the fabulous online mag, but if you are not an obsessive reader who clicks on the links of literally every page of that mag and reads it front to back at least once a week, well, let me introduce ya!

I'm sorry, their own tagline is, "Addictive Costume Jewelry" .... how can one not be intrigued?

My Pinterest was quite literally invaded by my obsessive pinning of their beautiful baubles and addicting accessories {here}, but below are a few of my faves!

{buy me here!}

{click here to see more options}

{because everyone needs an monogram, find me here}

{i understand i'm a pretty fabulous belt. and i'm right here}

Seriously, these are only a few of the unbelievably affordable and fabulous options at SwellCaroline, so show them some love and check the whole selection {here}