Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Take A Leap

Okay, I have a slight obsession with England and France. I've been to both once before, with my momma, where we had the time of our lives. Although I didn't know it at the time, this one trip would leave such a deep impact on how I view the world, myself, and really my whole life. Anyone who knows me can tell you all about my obsession with Europe. Now, I was sitting in my room, just lying on my bed, when the thought suddenly came to me, if I love it so much, why am I not there? Sure there are reasons such as money and that I am currently enrolled in school here. But really, why am I not making my dream come true? That's why I have decided, no matter what it takes, I am going to study abroad once I transfer to university. I want to feel and experience! I want to go to museums, eat macaroons, explore charity shops, make new friends, discover who I really am.  I could probably blab on about it for hours, I'm just so inspired right now. I see my dream, I know I can achieve it, and that's a greet feeling!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Smitten Saturday

Hope everyone is having a fun filled weekend, unlike me. I signed up for drawing class this semester thinking how wonderful and relaxing it would be. Somehow it has turned into a nightmare, even worse than my statistics class, and I hate math! I think since moving out of my parents house I've grown a little OCD about things. Now whenever I am drawing it has to perfect. I just spent probably a good 6-7 hours drawing and outline of a few random items. It's so miserable! The worst part is I still have to paint it, ugh.

On a better note here are some street style outfits that have been inspiring for me!



Sweet dreams darlings!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

In A Galaxy Far Far Away...

... I found this most perfect dress!

{Brogues: Bass -- Tights: Charming Charlie -- Belt: Forever 21 -- Dress: Rusty Cuts

One day I am browsing through Etsy, which is quite a normal occurrence. When suddenly I was struck by this marvelous idea to search for Star Wars paraphernalia. And what did I find? This adorable dress! You can check out the shop, and perhaps even buy yourself something nice at Rusty Cuts. The shop owner, Judith, is seriously one of the nicest ladies I have ever talked to. I had a few specifications I needed, due to my height, and she was so obliging! I was a bit worried since I've never bought anything handmade, but this is true quality! Plus it fits like a glove, I'm seriously geeking out over here. 

I also want to quickly mention that I wasn't asked to talk about where I got this dress or even link to it. I am pretty sure Judith has no idea I own a blog, but I really want you guys to know how awesome she and her shop are.

Any who, I am at a really good part in Memoirs of a Geisha, and it's calling out my name! 

P.S. Thanks for all the well wishes with eating healthy and exercising, it means a lot to me! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Watch Tower

{Sandals: DSW -- Tights: Target -- Dress: Dahlia -- Cardigan: Forever21 -- Jacket: Forever21 -- Scarf: H&M}

{photos by Zach}

One of the best parts of living in the country, besides the peace and quiet, is all the lovely place you can take pictures at! These ones were shot at a dam, only a five minute drive from my house. Not only was it nice to have a new backdrop for outfit pictures, but it was so soothing to listen to the water flowing beneath me and the fresh wind blowing through my hair. I must admit I've become quite accustomed to the slower pace of life out in the middle of no where and, when the time comes, I have to move on, I'll truly miss this place. 

One place I will miss the most is probably our bike trail, which is a path running through the woods and next to a creek, it once was railway tracks. I can't wait till spring and I'll by riding my bike through the heavily shaded trail and stopping for picnics and even perhaps pictures!

I don't believe I have mentioned it on here yet, but I've started running. Now I've never really enjoyed running, in the past I've always viewed it as a punishment. But my boyfriend's sister and mom have truly inspired me. They ran the half marathon at Disney in December and I was so awe struck by how empowered they felt after the race, how happy. I wanted to feel that too! Since I have started I feel much happier on a regular basis and it also seems that I can get more done than before. And now running has inspired me to even start eating healthy, which I believe is a large contributor to my new found joy in life. Everything feels right and I couldn't be more delighted. 

I hope you are having as good a week as I am!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

DIY: Heart Shaped Elbow Pads

Yep, another DIY! I've had all these wonderful ideas running through my head and I want to share them with y'all. This one was inspired by all the hearts going around for Valentine's Day, and the best part is they will be cute all year round! 

Here is what you will need:
  1. Scissors
  2. An old sweater/cardigan
  3. 1/2 yard of felt (any color you wish!)
  4. Thread and a needle
  5. Sewing pins

I chose this sweater I got from Urban Outfitters last year. Although it's super comfy and a wonderful tan color it has been less than inspiring for me lately. What better way to vamp it up then dark brown elbow pads? I bought 1/2 a yard of felt, which is probably way more than you will actually need. Just better to be safe than sorry! 

Next I pulled on the sweater and used a washable marker to show were my elbows hit. I realized it would have been much easier to just use pins to mark it because I tried it on again and my elbows were in a different place! Like my daddy says, measure twice cut once, so make sure you pull it off and then back on again and make sure the mark is still where you want it. After getting the correct elbow placement I measured the width of the sleeve where my mark was, 14 centimeters.

Now, for cutting the hearts I took the felt and folded it over. I put a pin at 7 inches (half the width of the sleeve). The pin is to ensure I didn't cut my heart wider than the sleeve is. 

Here is what your heart should look like after you cut it out. Doing the halfway heart trick ensures that both sides are perfectly even. 

I put the heart on the sleeve to make sure it was the size I wanted.

To cut the second heart just trace cut around the first heart.

Next you pin the hearts over the elbow mark you made earlier. Then I measured from the bottom of the heart to the end of the sleeve. You want this measurement to be even on both sides. 

(my kitty trying to help!)

Lastly you are going to stitch on the hearts! The reason I hand stitched is because I don't know how to use a sewing machine properly. Plus I think the little hand stitches are more cute anyway! :)

After you finish sewing you run outside and take cute outfit pictures:

I want to quickly mention that Star Wars 3-D was amazing. I hope they do it with the other ones too! Also that I have probably consumed more than two pounds of chocolate this week, seriously one of the best chocolate holidays. Zach, on top of all the chocolate, bought me flowers and a really cute teddy bear. The best part though, were these adorable little handmade coupons. One is for a 20 minute back scratch and another is for outfit photos, etc.. Hehe, was so sweet. I bought him a really gnarly snake book, which he absolutely adored. Have I mentioned my boyfriend has a snake addiction? 

Sorry for not posting all week, really I did go out and take outfit pictures twice, but the background didn't match my outfit and the lighting was bad and blah. Didn't like them!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

{Oxfords: Modcloth -- Tights: Target -- Dress: Modcloth -- Cardigan: Forever 21 -- Purse: Cambridge Satchel Company -- Scarf: Gift From Daddy ♥}

Hope you all have a lovely Valentine's Day! I'm lucky enough to be going out to dinner with Zach and then seeing Star Wars 3-D! So excited. Have any plans for today?

Oh, if you were curious, these pictures were taken by Zach {a little pre-valentine gift}, hence why they are so lovely! Thanks baby 

P.S. Check out this post on the Teen Vogue website!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

DIY: Bleached & Studded Shorts

Hey darlings! Good news here, I have another DIY for y'all! The last one I did, Glitter Shoes, received a lot of positive feedback, so I'm really excited to see how much you'll like this one. Enjoy!

First off, here is the pair of shorts I have been drooling over for a while now.. 
You can buy these shorts at Runway Dreamz for $152.00

Just a quick side note -- I went into this thinking that was a completely ridiculous price, but now after making a pair I completely understand why they would charge so much. It must have taken forever to get these frayed so wondrously! 

So here is what you will need to make these shorts!
1. And old pair of high waisted shorts/jeans
2. Bleach
3. Scissors {depending on how much you want to fray, sandpaper would be nice too!}
4. An old bucket
5. A yard stick {or something to hold the shorts over the bucket}
6. Gloves
7. Distilled White Vinegar
8. Studs

I went to the thrift store and found these shorts for $3.00

I opted for a pair that was a little bigger than my size, that way they will be more comfortable while wearing. If you want to take a pair of old jeans and make them cut offs, just make sure you cut below the end of the crotch. {Made that mistake once!}

Here is what you will need next...

I super recommend doing the bleaching process outside because the fumes can be really harmful for you! If you're outside they dissipate quicker and don't stay around your room.. Also please wear the gloves while handling the bleach. An apron is probably a good idea also.

I put my stick through the belt loops to hold them up during the bleaching process. That way only half my shorts were getting bleached. I used the whole can of bleach and then poured in some water to raise the level. I didn't really measure anything, just eyed it. After letting it sit for a half hour I brought them to my laundry room. 

I put them in the sink here, filled with half water and half distilled white vinegar. This part is really important because it stops the bleaching process. After this part the bottom of the shorts should be nearly white. I let them sit in the sink for 10 minutes and then threw them in the wash on a delicate cycle. Make sure you don't wash anything with the shorts for the first few times. Once they were done in the dryer, they looked like this:

Now here comes the fun part! I bought 100 small pyramid studs off of Ebay, I am pretty sure they cost $5.00 with shipping. I would definitely recommend you buy bigger studs, for I didn't quite know how little these were going to be. The bigger the stud the less work you have to do!

You can stud wherever you want on the shorts, I chose to do the back pocket and on the little pocket in the front.  

I unthreaded the left side of the pocket and pulled it down so you would be able see studs underneath. 

To ensure the studs on the back didn't get caught on tights or undies I hand stitched a piece of scrap fabric on the inside of the pocket. I distressed my pair a little bit by pinching the fabric and cutting a hole. Then I frayed it a bit, washed again, and voila! 

If you have any questions about this DIY, don't be afraid to shoot me an email!