Monday, August 19, 2013

|My Last First Week of High School|

Ahhhh! So this past week has been so incredibly busy and stressful. Just to quickly recap this past week: 
•I started my senior year of high school (EEK!)
•I've been on a psycho monograming spree 
•I went thrifting on National Thrift Day (Saturday)
AND
•I'm officially on season 7 of Grey's Anatomy
Deciding what to wear for the first day of school is superrrrr hard! I always want to start the year off fresh and vibrant. I chose this skirt because it's so bright and fun! Plus I can't help but remind myself how much of a steal this skirt was! $2?! Couldn't pass it up!  I paired it with a white V-neck and metallic sandals. I love these super fun anchor earrings! My goal for this school year is to put an effort into my outfits, even on stressful days. I always find that looking put together makes me feel better. Do you agreee?
My monogram obsession is getting insane! 
Monogrammed planner
Monogrammed binder
Monogrammed folder
Monogrammed Laptop sleeve
Monogrammed button-down 
Monogrammed necklace 
And I ordered 10 Monogrammed stickers! I literally look at things now and want them monogrammed! It's becoming a habit! 
AAAANNNDDDD Today, I kept it simple and wore jeans, a tank and a cardi. I picked both the cardigan and tank up on Saturday! OF COURSE I had to go thrifting on National Thrift Day! Unfortunately I didn't find very much when I went but I did pick up this adorable lime New York & Company cardigan, along with this flowered tank I love the brightness of the lime cardigan! The tank is actually rather warm, which was nice since its been super chilly lately. I'm so ready for fall! Bring on Chili, boots and football season! 
XoXo
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

| DIY: Gold Chain Bracelet // 3 for $12|

Happy Monday! I woke up this morning and felt the urge to do a DIY project. I wanted something easy and fun. I saw this chain at Hobby Lobby. They were selling a yard for $7.99. I instantly knew I could make a bracelet out of it! Here's the supplies I used:
I made two different types of bracelets and three bracelets in total.
I used each type of these pliers. I can't explain in detail which one I used for which part because I changed it up for each one. 
For the one above, I used 13 links with a metal ring on each end and a clasp. I chose to use a silver clasp, although I think I may go back and get gold ones. I made two of this type.
For this one, I simply used 17 links of chain and a metal ring to put the ends together.
I spend around $12 and made 3 bracelets. Plus I have 4 rings and 2 clasps left over. If I had planned correctly, I could have had 6 extra links. I think I may go back to Hobby Lobby and get some type of other chain or link of pearls to tie to the last bracelet.
XO
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Friday, August 2, 2013

| Columbus, Ohio: Home of The Buckeyes |

Mom and I drove up to Columbus, Ohio to meet up with some family friends. They showed us around the Ohio State campus, took us to some amazing restaurants and showed us where they thrift shop! Food and thrifting are my two favorite things! Columbus definitely has the best of both worlds! 
We went to an delicious chicken restaurant called Canes.
They only have for things on their menu: 1. chicken fingers, Texas toast, fries and slaw, 2. chicken fingers and fries, 3. chicken finger sandwich with fries and 4. plain chicken fingers.
I got the first option since it allowed me to sample all the food on the menu. Their fries were the most incredible fries ever! We also ate at a gyro restaurant where I had a delicious Greek gyro salad.
Y'all, I can't believe they really do call soda, "pop" up north!
For dinner we ate at an Amish restaurant, which was by far my favorite. I'm a sucker for some good home cooked meals, and let me tell you the Amish are SPECTACULAR cooks! It was such a great experience!  
This my new 2000lb friend! I'm sucker sucker for animals! I really wanted to take this big guy home!
  While on campus, I got a picture with Brutus the buckeye.
If you didn't know, Ohio states mascot is a nut. Which just proves that their fans are crazy. Every where around campus sells buckeyes. Plain buckeyes. Buckeye necklaces. Buckeye bracelets. Buckeye earrings. If you can dream it, some store in Columbus sells it.  I personally think the mascot is a little weird. But hey, some people probably think having an elephant as a mascot is weird. Whatever, Roll tide. 
Here are some pics of campus:
Ohio State has an 11 story library with over 1,800 seats. The first floor is tiled with etched tiles, each representing a different language of a book available in their library. {This includes Elfin and Klingon, the official languages of Lord of the Rings and Star Trek respectively}
Look familiar? It's the high school in Pretty Little Liars! And an academic building on Ohio State's campus.
See that tree in the middle? It grew from one of the four seeds given to Jesse Owens [one for each of his Gold Medals] by Hitler during the Berlin Olympics. Fun fact: Jesse Owens is from  Sweet Home Alabama!
Oh and they have an Urban Outfitters right across the street. {Curse you overpriced cute clothing!}
   I was so glad that I got to thrift while I was in Columbus! Our friends are just as into thrifting as Mom and I are so it was perfect. We didn't feel rushed or have a time constraint. Where I'm from, there isn't a Volunteers of America. There store was really big and had a lot of great clothing. Their prices were extremely reasonable which is always something I look for when thrifting. The second store was called Ohio Thrift. It was super organized but a bit pricey. I ended up with a bunch of cardigans and some dresses. {I'll be making a post soon of all my purchases} In total I spent $100 which is more than I would normally spend at home, but I mostly got items that are necessary wardrobe staples. Both stores had 25%, 50% and 75% off certain tags. As fate may have it, none of mine were marked down. 
All in all, I loved Columbus. Even though I didn't get to see the greater majority of the city, I really liked the city. I can't wait to come back and visit!  
OH AND DID I MENTION THEY HAVE TIM HORTONS UP HERE?!?  Their coffee is the ONLY coffee I will drink! 
{I may have gone for a midnight run...}
Anyway,
Stay tuned to see what I purchased in Ohio! 
XOXO 

P.S. This weekend is the longest yard sale! Anyone going? 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

|Army Green Inspiration|

This week I have been cleaning out my closet and doing a lot of reorganizing. I've been finding pieces of clothing that I have totally forgotten about and/or have never worn. I've also taken a huge chunk of clothing out to sell/give away. I found an Army green cardigan that I haven't worn in years. After checking my bloglovin account earlier this week, I was inspired to use this piece. I love the material of this cardigan because it's so flowy and soft. I paired it with a black body con skirt embellished with gold studs to give it more of an edgy feel. I wore a green patterned top (another piece I just found in my closet) to tie in the skirt and cardigan. For shoes I wore some simple metallic sandals.
Excuse my awkward hand
Here's how other bloggers styled their Army Green this week:
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This past week I've been participating in Alison from Get Your Pretty On's Summer Hair Challenge. It's been a real struggle for me not to put my crazy curly hair into a bun every morning, but I've really embraced my curls and learned to not hate them so much. I never wear my hair down curly because, due to being mixed races, part of my hair is really curly part is straighter. As a kid, my hair was all curly. As I got older it morphed into this mess of half straight, half curly hair. I figured out this week that I can just pin the straight hairs in the front back and no one would notice. I even got a few compliments this week. 
Tuesday: Half up, half down
Wednesdayday: Down
Thursday: Pony tail
Friday: Down
Saturday: Down
Sunday: Braided
Monday: Down

I mainly used these six products:
Bumble and Bumble Defrizz| 
Garnier Fructis Style- Curl Calm Down| TRESemme- Mega Firm Control|
Nuvelle- Foam Wrapping lotion|
Avlon- Leave in Conditioner| 
Conair Brush|


From left to Right:
Bumble and Bumble Defrizz| Garnier Fructis Style- Curl Calm Down|
TRESemme- Mega Firm Control| Nuvelle- Foam Wrapping lotion|
Avlon- Leave in Conditioner| Conair Brush

XOXO
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

| Thrifty Thursday |

Happy Thursday y'all! In case anyone was wondering, I'm currently at home in bed watching Grey's Anatomy while the rest of the world is doing somewhat productive things [hopefully]. Ever since returning from vacation [as in literally the second I walked into my house] I've been sick. Nothing serious. Just a cold and an ear infection. Which constitutes that, in my opinion, I can act as if I have the plague until further notice. Yes, a bit dramatic, I agree, but regardless, the sickness must go on. {Really this is more of my way to cope with the recovery of my sanity after a week with the relatives}  
Any-who, I had to run to the store yesterday to get  DayQuil and my car may or may not have autopiloted itself to my favorite thrift store. {What can I say? This is called confessions of a thrift-a-holic for a reason} I didn't have a chance to thrift while out of town so I just had to stop by. 
I went in knowing that I didn't want to stay long since at the moment I have the cough of a 85 year old chain smoker. So I capped my spending at $20 and gave myself 30 minutes. 
I ended up buying 5 items for a total of $20.36 
1. Little Black Lace Skirt- Pictures don't do this skirt justice. It's super comfy. Not to mention out of the ordinary. Oh and did I mention it has POCKETS?! It's perfect! I can't wait to wear this!| $3.99

2. Yellow Purse-  I love this bag! It's so fabulous! No scratches, no marks. Only the little dis-coloring of the metal makes me think this could be old. Even the inside is clean! I couldn't pass this up! And its yellow. I hate yellow, but I can totally see myself using this purse!| $3.99

3. Orange Ralph Lauren Blouse- I love the way sleeveless button downs show off the arms and can be dressed up or dressed down. I don't wear many bright colors [Im a neutral colors kinda person for the most part] but I love this vibrant orange! And I love stepping out of my comfort zone occasionally!| $3.99

4. Pink skirt- Yet another color I rarely wear. This pink skirt caught my eye. I love the small pattern! It's such an eye catcher.| $1.98

5. Lemon Yellow/ Mint Wedges- So I still haven't decided whether or not these are lemon or mint color. Regardless they are super comfy and I love the brass studs!| $4.99

All in all I think I did a pretty well in half an hour! I'm excited to style these new pieces! Follow me on bloglovin! Feel free to leave a comment to let me know how I'm doing and leave any tips or blog advice! I'd love to get some advice from fellow bloggers and check out some new blogs! 

XOXO