Saturday, March 8, 2014

I've Moved!

Hey friends! I know it has been silent around here lately, but with good reason! Today I'm unveiling the brand new! Come join me by following the link!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Happy Weekend!

Happy weekend friends! I must admit I am so glad that it is Friday. This past week was full of tests and papers, and I am in need of some rest. I've decided to compile some photos from my week, as well as a roundup of links I've loved this week.
Left to Right 
-The weather warmed up, so I broke out my favorite teal nail polish: Slapper by Butter London. 

-I've been loving my desk calendar from Target, as well as these cute bike note cards. 

-I had some great luck at Ross finding these two adorable dresses...I also bought myself some oxford flats from ModCloth. Shhhhhh. 

-English Breakfast tea from my floral Anthropologie mug has made me more awake today. 

-I recently discovered Mollie Makes. If you are a crafter and you are not reading it, you are missing out!

Lovely links to visit!
1. Are you guys on Luvacracy? It is basically a Pinterest you can purchase from directly and earn rewards on!

2. I am seriously crushing on all the delightfully feminine accessories available from Ban-do.

3. A Daily Dose of Pretty has a great post on organizing your blogging life.

4. Ashley from Bramblewood Fashion posted an adorable outfit today...check out her awesome blog!

5. Ashley from MakeupTIA is my favorite youtuber of the moment. Check out her will be glad you did!

Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Casting On | Knitting 101

Welcome to Knitting 101! Today I'm covering the first essential step in knitting: casting on. Practice casting on as many stitches as you can until you are comfortable. Once you have mastered this step, you will be ready to move on to the basic stitches.

Choose a fairly large needle size. I recommend US size 8 for beginners. Weather you use circular or strait needles is up to you. Either will work for learning. 
In this series I'm using size 8 circular needles.

Choose a cotton washcloth yarn to begin with. I find that is it really easy to use when you are just starting out with knitting. I got mine at Wal-Mart for less than two dollars.

Let's get started!

 The first step to casting on is tying a simple slip knot. I'm not going to go into how to tie one, since I have a feeling most of you already know how to. If not, turn to Father Google!
 Once you've tied your slip knot, slip it onto one of your needles. Pull the yarn to tighten. Thread the yarn through the fingers of your left hand, under your pinky, over your ring finger, and so on.
 Now things are going to seem a little tricky, but I promise you can do it! Hold the needle with your right hand, and the yarn in your left. Press down on the yarn in your left hand with your thumb. You will notice a loop of yarn appear between your thumb and pointer finger.  
Put the needle through that loop. You will notice a second loop appear between your thumb and the needle.  Flip the needle back through the new loop.
 This twists the yarn into your first stitch!
Pull on the yarn to tighten.

Practice makes perfect! Cast on as many stitches as you can, and you will be well on your way to becoming a knitter!

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

For the Record: The Lumineers

One of my favorite and first records is The Lumineers debut album. I love the folksy 1970s inspired sound. The Lumineers is one of those bands that just sounds better on vinyl. 

Some of my favorite songs include Stubborn Love, Classy Girls, Flowers in Your Hair, and Flapper Girl.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Julep Box: Classic with a Twist

It's a beautiful drizzly day out, so I'm staying curled up inside this afternoon. I thought I would show you guys my first Julep box today. Julep is a monthly beauty subscription, specifically for nail polish, and your first box is free with the code FREEBOX. 

My box is 'Classic with a Twist.' It included two nail colors,a nail/cuticle treatment, and a little nail buffer. I am very pleased with all of the items I got!


The first color I received is called Zora. It's a beautiful pinky pearl color.

 I also got Myrtle, a gorgeous creme red.

Also, you can tell from these pictures that I need that cuticle treatment...they are suffering.

I hope you are all having a great weekend so far!

Monday, January 27, 2014

finding space, making time

One of the biggest lessons I have learned since I came to college is to give myself room to breathe. So many people think they need to constantly be doing something "productive" or have social plans to live a happy and meaningful life. When you are a freshman in college, of course you want to take advantage of the many opportunities that come your way, but it is important to know where to draw the line.

During my freshman year I overloaded myself with work and activities which led to exhaustion and burn out. This semester, however, I feel like I have learned how to make time for myself. 

I read a book for a class I took last year called Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives written by Richard Swenson, and it seriously changed the way I think about how I live each day. The concept of the book is that we all need margin in our lives: empty space that surrounds activity. Our culture glorifies busyness, causing us to believe that the only way to be productive is by constant activity. I've found at least for myself, however, that giving myself time with zero plans actually makes me more productive in the long run. 

So what does this look like for me on a daily basis? I'm still learning, but one thing I've tried to do is stop all homework or practicing by 10:00 PM, giving myself from then  until 11:30 to read my Bible, journal, drink tea, and watch TV. For me taking that time for myself makes me sleep better, feel less stressed and anxious, and makes my actual work time much more productive. 

Do you have a habit of giving yourself space? Let me know you thoughts in the comments!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

hiking adventures

Hey guys! I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend! I'm spending my Sunday afternoon listening to The 1975 before I head to get some homework/practicing done. 

Yesterday, Brynna came up and we took advantage of some of the great hiking trails around here. I love hiking, especially when it's near water.  The weather warmed up and we had an absolutely perfect day for trekking through the woods.

 We came by a cute little rustic bridge over a tiny stream of water, which meant I had to play around with focus and get some delicious sparkly pictures.  Indulge me.

Don't I have the most beautiful best friend? 

 And let's all just ignore the state of my hair...;)

How's the weather where you are? I'm taking advantage of these few warm days!