Evergreen

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Well, the summer heat has made its way to Wisconsin. The constant rain has stopped, leaving us with sunny skies. Though summer has come late this year, I fear mine is getting closer to the end. With a little over a month left until I have to head back to school, I’ve been hitting up the stores for some new stuff for my dorm. After learning the ropes of dorm life, it’s a lot easier to decide what you actually need to make living there easier. Besides dorm decor, my food stock pile is ever-growing with tons of comfort foods I just can’t live without. Though living in a dorm is not my favorite, I must admit I am much more excited for it this year. With a new roommate, we’ve already been planning how we’re going to decorate our room. Though I love being home, the anticipation to go back to school is growing.

Overall Dress: Topshop
Shirt: Thrifted
Oxfords: Century21
Flower Headband: Tilly’s

Better Late, Then Never

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Although I would like to blame my infrequency of posts solely on the rainy weather. But to be honest, I haven’t been able to motivate myself to go out and take some photos. The word that I would use to describe how I am feeling would be frustrated. Frustrated that I didn’t get the job I was working towards, frustrated that some long time friendships are coming to an end, and just frustrated at how I have been doubting myself lately. Since being home I’ve become stuck in some old habits that I have worked hard to get rid of. And not wanting any of this affect my writing on here or bore you all with rants about a few bad days, I decided to take some time for myself. I really wanted to make sure I was in a better place before I posted again. The past couple weeks I’ve been investing time into several projects and just spending a lot of time with my family. As the summer progresses and the time comes when I return to school, I can only hope that these feelings will be long gone.

Dress:Forever21
Bag/Belt:H&M
Hat:CharloutteRousse
Shoes:Kohl’s

DIY- Jewelry Stand

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Lately I have really been into Pinterest and have been looking at lots of DIY projects. I’m always looking for new, interesting ways to change-up my room. Sadly I am not the tidiest when it comes to my room, meaning I have lots of clutter. To help decrease some of that clutter and get more organized, I decided to make my own jewelry stand. It’s extremely simple, only taking about ten minutes to make.

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Materials
(3) Plates: (Small, Medium, & Large) I found all these at the thrift store for about $6, but you could also buy them at Target or Wal-Mart if you want all your plates to match.
(2) Candlesticks: I also found these at my thrift store for around $3.
Hot Glue/Super Glue: You can use either, just make sure your glue gun is hot enough or it won’t work. I found the super glue to be easier.

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Once you have all your cleaned materials set out, you’re going to start off with your largest plate and one of the candlesticks. Place glue around the rim of the smaller end of the candlestick and place it in the center of the large plate. After the piece is set, place glue around the larger end of the candlestick. Then you place the medium plate on top, making sure it’s on center.

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When the glue has set, you begin the process again with the other candlestick and the small plate. If you’re worried about your plates not being centered, you can measure and mark off the correct placement.For myself, I chose to wing it and it turned out alright. If you do decide to wing it, I suggest standing above your plates. It will make it more noticeable if you’re plates are not aligned.

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After this, you’re ready to display your jewelry. It’s such a practical DIY, but still cute! There are many ways to change this up and make it your own. If you want, you could add another tier or exchange a plate for a bowl. If you don’t like the patterns on the plates, you could spray paint them different colors. If you are really artistic, you can buy some white plates and paint your own design. Anything to make this project show your own style.

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I really enjoyed making this tutorial. So If you guys liked this, let me know and I’ll be sure to put together some more.

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Collegiate

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So, I know this month I’ve completely disappeared from the blogosphere. But with finals and moving out of my dorm room, I’ve really had to put all my focus into school at the moment. Finals week at Stout seemed to drag on forever, but now that it’s done, I can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic. My freshman year of college is over. It’s hard to believe that it was almost a year ago that I was graduating high school and packing up all my stuff for my dorm. Since then, I’ve realized how much I’ve changed. Not so much what I look like, but how I feel about every aspect of my life. I’ve also discovered new things that I love about myself, and things that I may also need to work on. So much has happened in such a short amount of time that it’s slightly overwhelming.

But my college experience thus far, has made me want to set higher expectations for myself. To start making goals, to work to achieve something. This year has really helped me sort out my priorities and what I want to accomplish. This summer I’m hoping to dedicate a lot more time to the blog, starting some new projects and coming up with new ideas. This blog and the readers mean so much to me, that I want to put more time into creating what I’ve always dreamed it to be.

Dress: DRJays
Sweater: Forever21
Loafers: JCP
Satchel: H&M

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