Saturday, August 31, 2013

It's That Time

It's that time y'all, time for new tennis shoes, jeans, backpacks, lunch boxes, and of course, a new box of 64 count Crayola Crayons. As I've gotten older, my love for school supplies has never waned, but my attention had turned from my once favorite, new Crayola Crayons, to Lilly Pulitzer Agendas. 

This is my second year with a Lilly Agenda and I have to say I'm never going back. They come in a variety of sizes, and of course a variety of the famed, always bright, cheery, and spectacular Lilly prints. 

This year I went with a large agenda in the print "Let's Cha Cha" and of course, I love it. I love the tons of Notes pages, Dates to Remember, months pages, and the weekly page has more than enough room to write everything down, but probably my most favorite part, besides the amazing cover, is the page of stickers with something for every Holliday and event. You just can't help but be happy when you write it in, so of course I highly recommend everyone get one! 

Here's mine! 

Friday, August 30, 2013

{OOTD}



So I'm really putting more effort into a classy-sophisticated-Maggie look, realizing my days of a college student are (very) numbered. And I am so in love. I like to call this "comfy chic," perfect for class and the classroom. 

Top: Target
Pants: The Limited 
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Charming Charlie 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Lilly Pulitzer Endless Summer Sale

One of my favorite times of the year has come. And gone, the Lilly Pulitzer Endless Summer Sale. This time I was more determined than ever, partly because it was my last day before classes started and I could devote my entire day to it! Unfortunately (as always it seems) the site crashes and problems galore. These are the lovely things I had my eye on and unfortunately I was unable to get the gorgeous navy dress (you should see the back), but I snagge all the rest! I ordered it Monday and they got to my house yesterday! I couldn't believe it, quickest turnaround ever! And of course I couldn't help but wear my shorts today, especially since the rest of the semester calls for classroom appropriate attire! 

Inna Dress 

Delia Dress 

Gingham Buttercup Shorts

Unfortunately this is the dress I missed out on! The Calissi Dress






Did you buy anything from the Lilly sale? Do you love it?! I do! I can't wait to share my pieces will y'all, I wanna hear from y'all, what did you get?? 


Thursday, August 22, 2013

{OOTD}






Again, with the classy-chic look, I decided to test drive this look picking Jason up from the airport. I have to say, definitely comfortable enough for a day in the classroom. 

Top: The Limited
Jeans: Gap
Blazer: Michael Kors
Shoes: Michael Kors
Necklace: Charming Charlie 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Where Did My Hair Go?

I never cut my hair. It's always long and has no shape, but, I love it anyway. Regardless of how many times my mother tells me to cut it or how awful the ends look, (#whatevs) you can't have long hair if you cut it, therefore, I never cut more than a couple inches off twice a year.

This was until, last semester, in one of my education classes, a current Student Teacher came to talk to us about Student Teaching, answering questions, etc., but all I could concentrate on was her super long, lifeless, somewhat..stringy..hair. #GirlNo Longer than mine of course, but it was at that moment I realized I didn't want to be that girl. 

So I gave myself the summer with my long hair, it's so easy in the summer with braids, buns, and such, and I would cut it right before school started.  I'm one of those girls with forever long hair that wants to (sometimes does) cry after cutting a couple inches off, but I guess it doesn't seem so bad after preparing yourself for months. #InsertBreathingExercises 

So...I did it. I cut it off. 6 whole inches...maybe plus some. But I did it. And although I really miss it, I love it! I'm still not sure what I'm supposed to do with it, (yes, I know, dumb, don't judge me) since I can't even remember the last time it was this short. (Short to me) So, if you have any tips, tricks, or styles for me to try, please share! 

Before 



After




I think it makes my current color look even better, now, I'm debating on keeping it up or going darker for fall...oh my... #WhiteGirlProblems



Monday, August 12, 2013

{OOTD}


Dress: J. Crew 
Cardigan: Talbots 
Shoes: Charlotte Russe 

Friday, August 9, 2013

{OOTD}


I love this. I just wish I ha discovered sooner, and I wish others would now, that short shorts really aren't cute. I love my 5in. shorts and my favorites come from Lilly Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines, and as shown, J. Crew.

Top: Old Navy
Shorts: J. Crew
Shoes: My most favorite Sperry's in the world. 6 years and still goin' strong. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Garden Fresh and Southern Cooking

There is nothing better then fresh veggies from your own (or parents) garden, and if you've ever experienced this, you know what I'm talking about. Tomatoes, corn, squash, purple hull peas, green beans, pepper, watermelon, and the list goes on. I've always been blessed that my dad puts out a huge garden every year and so does my father-in-law, so it's rare that I leave either house without veggies to take home when the garden comes in. 

Vegetarian meals in the summer were and are a regular occurrence with my family during the summer and this meal was no different. Fried squash and green tomatoes from the garden, and I baked some zucchini, which didn't make it to the garden this year so they came from the grocery, please don't hate me. But seriously, there's nothing better.  

In case you've never fried veggies, here's what you need:
Frying pan (we prefer cast iron)
Canola oil
Corn meal
Salt
Pepper
And of course which ever veggies you choose.

Heat the frying pan with the oil. You know the oil is ready to use when you sprinkle some corn meal in it and it fizzles or bubbles.  Just mix the salt and pepper in the corn meal to taste. Slice up your veggies, according to the thickness you prefer. 


Cover the slices in the corn meal, the natural juices in e veggies will be enough to make it stick, and then they're ready for the frying pan! 

Juicy green tomatoes!

Yummy Summer or Yellow Squash!


I wish I could tell you a time to cook for on each side, but unfortunately it's just something you have to watch and experiment with. The cornmeal should be a little brown on both sides, and you can test by tasting after they cool to make sure the slices are cooked through. 




When done, place the slices on a plate covered with paper towels to drain the extra grease off, wait till cool, and enjoy! 


Are there other veggies you like to fry up or different coatings you use? Do you grow a garden every year or grow interesting fruits or vegetables? 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Mason Jar Candle Holders

I'm sure you've probably seen these on Pinterest but I decided to give them a try and document the process! I haven't put candle in them yet, but I can't wait to! 


I'll show the process for the jar on the right, the one with glitter on the inside of the jar. 

I bought an entire box (12 jars), seems extreme for crafting but they can be a $2 a piece individually and I got the box for around $8! 

For this you'll need Elmer's glue (doesn't have to be clear), a cup, and paintbrush. Put a bit of water in the cup and add glue and mix. You can see there's little in my cup and it already has glue in it. 


Then, after it's mixed, it should still feel gluey but thinner. Then paint the inside of the jar with the mixture. Paint however high or low you like, I like to turn the brush sideways above my "glue line" so the glitter will look like it's "creeping up the sides." 

Then pour some glitter in, this is iridescent but I also did some with gold. I would like to try this with a more dust-like glitter instead of this kind, I think of it as the "sequine-y kind." 

Roll the jar until all the glue is coated. I then turn it upside down and give the jar a few good whacks to knock the extra glitter out. 


And voilĂ ! Let it dry before you put a candle in it, and you may just put a flameless candle in it to be on the safe side. 

Jar number 2! 

Obviously, start with a jar. 

Then, with painter's tape, find where you want the glitter to stop, and carefully, keeping a straight line, wrap the jar. 

It doesn't matter that the top isn't covered, unless you think you're going to be really messy with the adhesive spray. 

You'll need an adhesive spray, or you could just smear Elmer's over it but it will take a little more time to coat and dry. You'll also need a clear coat to seal the glitter, unless you don't mind some stray glitter. The sealer I used is a gloss, I thought about getting the matte, I think it could be interesting. 

Then, over a safe surface, spray the bottom of the jar, but make sure your glitter is near by and ready to go, you'll only have about 15 seconds before it becomes a temporary adhesive, but read your spray for specific directions! 

I pour the glitter on over a paper plate, makes clean up much easier! And make sure to cover the entire bottom. If you miss a spot, just spray the adhesive again and cover again with glitter. Then let it sit for a minute or two to dry. 

Take the sealer spray somewhere very open, the smell is completely offensive. Just give the bottom of the jar a good coat, once it's dry you can give it another. 

After a couple minutes and before it's completely dry, I peel the tape off, slowly. 

And there you are! I've seen others where the top of the jar has been painted and if you decide to do this, I would spray paint the jar before the glitter. I'm not sure how well the glitter would stick to the paint so you could give it a shot or tape off the bottom of the jar. 

Here are some other jars I did with the glitter on the inside, I didn't use the iridescent for the outside but I might do that next! 

Photo cred goes to my mom. Thanks Mom, couldn't have done it without you! 

Have you done anything like this before? If so did you do anything differently or maybe you have a totally different idea altogether, I'd love to hear your ideas or advice! 





 
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