Valentine Puns

I love a good pun, so when I found cute rubber ducks at Target, I knew I had to incorporate them into some candy free Valentines!

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I used a sharpie to do some fake calligraphy! It is super simple; all you do is write out a word in cursive, and then add volume to certain sections. I love pairing fancier lettering with something more casual like all caps!

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To hold the duckies in place, I taped them to the card and then put washi tape over them for a fun (and sort of functional) adhesive.

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Another really easy idea is to cover a card in stickers and write “Let’s Stick Together” or “I’m Stuck On You”. Simple and clever!

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I used a bunch of Lisa Frank stickers that I had from a sticker book to make super girly cards. They could also be perfect for Galentine’s Day cards!

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And if you still want more ideas, CRAFT has a ton of non candy Valentines for kids and adults!

Valentine’s Day: Ready to Fla-mingle

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, so I put together a sweet treat party inspiration featuring table wear from Target.

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The Pink Metal Tray, Floral Plates, Striped Napkins, and Glitter Champagne Flutes are all from Target! Everything was so colorful and fun, but also not dripping in hearts. They also have other patterns to choose from and many more decoration options! I was unable to find these pieces at target.com, but they should be with the other party supplies in your local store!

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I had previously bought the paper straws and the flamingo stirrers. Drink accessories are always a great thing to have on hand. The tassel garland is also from Target’s regular party line, and I had it hanging in my dorm room. The hearts are foam stickers, and I also tried my hand at some floral arranging!

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I hope this inspires your next V-day event! Whether it’s a girls night in or a flirty date, it’s sure to be sweet!

New Year’s Glamour

The boyfriend and I decided to forgo the partying this New Year’s and have a fancy dinner at home! I’ve been setting up all day, so I can start cooking while he’s on his way from work.

I got a whole bunch of fancy table decorations at Target and Party City, and a lot of it on clearance.

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The plates, placemats, and metallic shred are from Party City. I didn’t want to get too cheesy with the New Year’s decor so I opted for a kind of Kate Spade inspired color palette instead. The glassware, sunglasses, and the Nate Berkus tray are from Target, which I got on clearance.

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These cupcakes from Wegmans added the perfect touch of sweetness to the table. And a little (or a lot) of champagne never hurt anybody!

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I turned the napkins into bows by pinching them in the middle and tying them with a bit of ribbon. To make it a little more glamorous, I made napkin rings of card stock that I had, which matched my color scheme perfectly. I wrote out 2015 in an Art Deco style and added some glitter glue for sparkle.

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Now it’s time to get ready and get cooking before Jack gets here!

 

Target Style

Just a short post for today because I’ve been running around preparing for New Year’s Eve! The boyfriend and I aren’t big partiers so we decided to make a fancy dinner and tablescape (which I will post about tomorrow) and watch the countdown in our jammies.

I popped into Target to get some decorations, and even though it’s not even New Years yet, I found the cutest Valentine themed mugs!

I got one for Jack and one for myself.

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His says, “I Woof You” with a puppy, and mine says, “You Are Magical” with a unicorn! They also have ones with cats and coffee beans.

We made some Teavana Youthberry Tea and snuggled on the couch. I really do woof him!

The mugs are not listed on the Target website, but they also have cute travel mugs with sweater cozies!

Holiday Parties Galore

A great thing about being a part of different organizations in college is the excuse to go to multiple holiday parties!

DZ always has a holiday party with ATO the week before finals, and this year it was a ton of fun! I love getting dressed up in ugly sweaters and Christmas gear and just looking silly.

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Here’s my Little and my Little Little! I got my Christmas bear sweatshirt at Love Saves the Day in New Hope, PA. It’s an 80’s original and super sparkly. I picked up a santa hat headband from Target, and wore leggings and some red lipstick.

I also hosted the Writing Center tutor party at my apartment. Of course I needed to decorate so I ran to Wegman’s and picked up a tiny christmas tree, and outfitted it with a bow and a felt bucket from Target. I also got some other sparkly and festive decorations!

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Here are my fellow Lead Tutors and our Assistant Director!

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Here are a couple recipes from the night! I made Holiday Mocktails, and one of the other tutors, Iana, made Spinach and Feta Quinoa Bites; both were a big hit.

Holiday Shirley Temple Recipe

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1/4 cup orange juice, 3/4 cup sprite, 2 tbsp grenadine, garnish of choice

pour the orange juice and sprite into a glass, and then pour in the grenadine, letting it sink to the bottom. I recommend adding a straw so you can stir the drink together once you’ve admired the cool effect of the grenadine sinking to the bottom!

Spinach and Feta Quinoa Bites Recipe

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1 cup uncooked quinoa, 2 cups chicken broth or water, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 4 big handfuls of fresh spinach (about 1 cup cooked), 1/2 medium onion finely chopped, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 4 oz crumbled feta, pinch of salt and pepper, 3 eggs lightly beaten

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Cook quinoa according to directions, let cool

3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute onion until softened. Add spinach in batches until completely wilted

4. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, spinach, garlic powder, oregano, feta, sal and pepper. Add egg to quinoa mixture and incorporate

5. Spray mini muffin tin with nonstick spray. Spoon quinoa mixture into tin, gently patting it down

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then remove

Makes about 36 quinoa bites

The last party I went to was for my dance team! We do a secret santa exchange every year, and this year, one of our team members cooked us all a beautiful meal. We had chicken and pasta, salad with multiple types of carrots, and fresh berries with homemade whipped cream for dessert! As if that wasn’t enough, she sent all of us home with an adorable rice krispy treat snowman!

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My co-captain was my secret santa and she got me three amazing pairs of socks and nail polish! Here is the snowman treat; isn’t it adorable!?

Finals are done – time to catch up!

Now that my finals are finally over and my grades have come out, I can get back to blogging.

Obviously way late, but here is my boyfriend and I on Thanksgiving!

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I wore a grey sweater tunic with leggings, a big red scarf and (not shown) my Frye riding boots. Jack wore the sweater I got him from Target for his birthday! He’s not really into fashion, so I know that the simple, but quality staples I can get him at Target will always go over well.

Over Thanksgiving Break I upgraded to the iPhone 6, which I love after having a 4s for so long. I’ve received a lot of compliments on my Modal phone case so I thought I’d share it!

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Jack and I also went to New Hope, PA where we had his birthday lunch and did some Christmas shopping.

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It really is a magical little town! We even accidentally went on the same day as the town Christmas tree lighting ceremony!

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Gloomy Day

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Today was such a gloomy day, so while I was hanging around in my pj’s and watching trashy tv (don’t judge me) I had a cute cup of lemonade to brighten up the day.

All it takes is a little whimsy to make a gray day pink!

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The straws are from Michaels, the mason jar cup and flamingo stirrer are from Target, and a friend sent me the confetti in a letter! Who doesn’t love flamingos?!

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Make a Statement

I don’t usually wear a lot of jewelry so if there’s one thing I love it’s a statement piece. One really great looking piece is, in my opinion, much more elegant and eye-catching than loading on a ton of bling.

I had been looking at a particular necklace from BaubleBar for-EVER, but I wasn’t sure if it was worth it’s original price. I found it the other day for only $17 so I had to get it! Unfortunately since it was on sale, it is no longer on the website but you can find similar necklaces at other stores.

This was my first Bauble Bar purchase (even though I’ve wanted everything on the site for a while!) so they sent my bauble in really cute packaging with a handwritten note!

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They even included a free gift, Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish in Dive In.

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I paired this necklace with a neutral outfit so it wouldn’t be overwhelming.

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What I’m Wearing

Shirt: Target

Shorts: Abercrombie & Fitch

Necklace: Bauble Bar

Bracelet: Kate Spade (Similar)

Espadrilles: Etienne Aigner (Similar)

I also love statement earrings! Most of the time I just wear them on their own, especially if they are as big as the ones I received as a free gift from Lilly Pulitzer.

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I haven’t worn these out yet because they are definitely a statement, and they’re a little heavy so I wouldn’t want to wear them for too long. Hopefully my boyfriend will take me to a nice dinner soon 🙂

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Earrings: Lilly Pulitzer Free Mystery Gift

Lipstick: NYC Expert Last (Forever Fuchsia)

Sorry for all the selfies, the worst part of being a fashion blogger is when no one is around to take your picture!

 

Beach Babes

Sorry I haven’t been posting lately, I started working again and have been settling into my new house!

This coming week I will be heading to Beach Haven with my boyfriend’s family so I thought I would do a post on three different beach looks. It is so easy to have a different feel or style depending on your suit and the accessories you use!

The Girly Girl

Think pink with this bright suit, a fun sun hat, and a summer read!

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Bathing Suit: Old Navy Clearance

Sun Hat: Lilly Pulitzer Gift (Similar)

Book: Love and Summer by William Trevor

The Wild Child

Stand out with prints instead of color!

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Bathing Suit: Target (Top) (Bottom)

Headband: Forever 21

Sunglasses: C. Wonder

The Laid Back Beauty

Be cute but casual with a simple mix and matched suit and a cap… Every Day Should Feel This Good!

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Bathing Suit: Target (Top) (Bottom)

Hat: Vineyard Vines

 

In My Bag

As I was getting out of my car the other day, I realized that my tote was awfully heavy. What could I possibly have in here, I thought, as I searched for my house key. I finally found it among a vast sea of receipts, multiple lip glosses, and even a couple leftover shopping bags.

As MTV Girl Code’s Shalyah brilliantly put it,

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So with that thought, I cleaned out my bag and left only what I actually need… or what I think I might need in some kind of emergency that will never happen… maybe I should clean it out again!

Anyway, here’s what’s in my bag whether I need it or not!

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C. Wonder Tote (Similar)

I bought this bag earlier in the spring after winning C. Wonder’s Instagram contest. (Now you know why I have so much from there!) This is the perfect bag for going to class or running errands. I like to keep a lot of stuff with me, and if my bag is too small I end up juggling everything in my hands. The cork is such a great neutral and the gold flecks are really eye catching.

Target Wallet

I bought this wallet a while ago to use as a wristlet, but my usual Lilly Pulitzer Carded ID Wristlet was too gross to photograph (oopsies). This one has plenty of room, but I think I might get another Lilly wristlet to replace my DZ one.

Sephora Blotting Films (Mattifying)

As I’ve said before, I have very oily skin. These sheets clean my skin right up and leave me feeling refreshed without messing up my makeup

5 Gum (Cobalt) 

I am always terrified of having bad breath, so gum is always in my bag. I love 5 Gum because the flavor is strong and lasts for a pretty long time. Cobalt is a strong mint flavor.

Lilly Pulitzer Umbrella (Chin Chin)

This umbrella puts a pop of color into my rainy days. It opens and closes very easily and has a comfy handle. Perfection.

C. Wonder Sunglasses 

These mirrored glasses are just the right amount of cool. They’re a little big, but I have a really small head!

Lilly Pulitzer Sunglass Case

I received this case last summer as a free gift with purchase. I love the print and it is super soft for my glasses. Lilly has the best gifts, so be on the look out for them.

Band-Aids 

I like to keep 4 Band-Aids in my bag just in case the shoes I’m wearing start to hurt.

Opti-Free Rewetting Drops

Since I wear contacts I have to be careful of not letting them dry out. A little bottle of eyedrops is all I need to be prepared.

Sniff Tissues

Again with the being prepared! These little piggies help me catch sneezes and spills.

Clinique Almost Lipstick (Black Honey)

I love this lipstick because it gives me a dash of color without having to put on real lipstick. Perfect for when I suddenly make lunch plans.

Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment

This chapstick makes my lips super soft and the slight lemon scent is amazing. It also has SPF 15 to protect me from the sun.

The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín 

I am currently halfway through this book about an Irish judge and his affectionate reflections on his past. I am attempting to write an Honors Thesis on another Irish author, so this is “research” (English Major nerd).

Earbuds

Because you never know when you’re going to be sitting next to someone who doesn’t use their indoor voice on the train.

Lilly Pulitzer Agenda (Peelin Out)

This is the newest addition to my bag! I love love love Lilly agendas; I actually don’t know what I would do without mine…. probably forget everything!