Monday, September 22, 2014

A Weekend in Syracuse

 Best friends!
 This is my new friend, Luke. Luke wanted to pose for a picture.
 Hogwarts is alive and well.

Syracuse: a place for truly excellent waffles and black squirrels. This weekend I went to Syracuse with my friend Nelly to visit our friend Joelle at school. After walking around Syracuse University's campus, I think we all have a bit of school envy. It's the kind of campus that makes you feel smart and motivated to learn just because the architecture is so cool. The frat houses are something straight out of a movie and make me want to go back to college. We ate at Funk 'n Waffles, which we all highly recommend, followed by a trip to Yogurt Land and Insomnia Cookies. We walked off our feast at Destiny USA (a four story mall in Cuse) and rounded out our evening with a viewing of The Fault In Our Stars.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Vintage Velvet Dress ReStyle

I thrifted this dress last week and knew that with some minor tweaks it would be a great addition to my Fall wardrobe. I liked the initial length of the dress, but I'm more comfortable styling shorter dresses for myself so I took about a foot of fabric off the bottom and created a new hem line. Nothing complicated here. I just folded the cut edge up about a 1/2 inch and used a zigzag stitch to prevent fraying.  You can see in the 'after' picture that I didn't do the best job at making the sides even so I need to go back and fix that. Besides the dress length, I removed every other gold button with a seam ripper. Fortunately for me, the buttons were purely decorative (no button holes) so it was an easy fix. There are loop holes in the back of the dress for cinching which create a nice option for adding a ribbon and giving the dress a more fitted look. This was an easy restyle and I'm excited to have a long sleeve dress to play with for Fall!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Frozen Strawberry Peach Smoothie

You will need:
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen peaches
1/2 cup old fashioned oats (optional)
1 cup yogurt
3-4 tablespoons of milk
a drizzle (or two) of honey

Combine everything in the blender with the frozen fruit on the bottom. Blend until smooth and well combined. You may need to adjust the amount of milk (or water or juice) to get a consistency that works for you. I made this smoothie the other day and had some left over so I decided to make it into a popsicle! If you go the frozen route, just pour the smoothie mixture into a paper cup, set a popsicle stick in the center and freeze for several hours until solid.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

White Washed

For someone who is pretty driven by bright and bold colors (my room is lime green and blue with a rainbow of accents) I've been really drawn to white washed spaces lately. I love how clean the white looks, plus it allows for limitless design options and makes any plant life pop. I like the idea of doing white rooms with bold, unexpected accents, like brightly colored furniture or a crazy patterned rug.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Brotherly Love Suited Up

I love my brothers. We are hardly ever all home at the same time anymore so I'm extremely grateful for those family occasions, like weddings and holidays, that bring us all back together again. You might have noticed that we're not camera shy. When we're together we like to take as many ridiculous photos together as possible. We have quite a fun collection developing.