tickled pink: paper + petals

Did I ever mention that I love pink?

Oh yeah, quite a bit. Not often to wear, but very commonly in pretty paper goods and fresh flowers (reason #100-something to hate winter in the Northeast). I’m also an avid pinner, so you can only imagine the excitement when I get to mix the two. For new DIY inspo, I turned to my tried-and-true shade for a little start of the week/end of the weekend pick-me-up. Plus, there will be time to actually do them over break next week…stay tuned!


This pretty dip-dyed stationary is first on my list of DIY to-dos. How sweet is this vibrant shade? The original says for Valentine’s Day, but this would definitely work for any time of year.

dipdiyedstationerySee stationary DIY steps from Poppytalk here.


There’s nothing like a fresh bouquet of flowers. Even better? A neatly + prettily wrapped bouquet. This simple wrapping guide makes gift giving a breeze – the paper is so perfect that I’m tempted to do it just for myself!


Floral wrapping guide via Piece of Cake. Peace of Mind.



blog planner printable

I feel there are a scarce few things more satisfying than getting organized, whether lists or schedules. Also, who doesn’t love a good free printable? After endless “pinspiration” of other bloggers showcasing their blog panners, I decided to design my own. Feel free to download for your own personal use (see PDF link below).

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Thoughts + suggestions definitely welcome!

download printable here.

weekend snaps



(Above) Dinner tonight back in town – chicken pot pie mac + cheese at Our House in Winooski. Definitely recommend!

Having a long weekend at home is probably one of the best mid-semester refreshers. Though not quite long enough, there was shopping, coffee, wonderful food + plenty of catching up on sleep. Hopefully amidst the rest of this semester’s craziness, there will be time to enjoy the last of the autumn weather here in BTV as well. It’s been beautiful!

& check out more snaps on Insta!

desktop designs

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My laptop backgrounds have almost always been a photo I’ve taken of a locale or experience overseas. Not that it isn’t a good choice, but I’ve been looking for something new and fresh to start my day with (because I won’t deny how often I’m on this thing). These designed typography/graphic wallpapers are fabulous and totally free! See links above to download images from the designers’ sites. Right now, I’m using #1, because…coffee. What inspires you?

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And an extra favorite, go get it…Getitgirlretina_zpsc0157f08

(above) via Northern Belle Diaries


10608830_10152413506878634_241732243_nIt’s been the craziest start to the semester; maybe because it’s senior year, maybe because my list of involvements never seems to dwindle (yet, I’m not really complaining). From newspaper duties to internship afternoons and more, work that involves passion doesn’t really seem like work at all (for the most part). Thankfully, there has also been time for retail therapy and downtown BTV outings with coffee and the crisp fall air; it’s truly hard to come across anything more wonderful and calming than a beautiful Vermont autumn day.

4 tips, 4 bloggers

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When it comes to blogging and social media presence, I feel there is always more to learn. At the #HerConference on Saturday, I had the opportunity to sit in on a panel consisting of four incredible (& inspiring, obviously) lifestyle bloggers  – The College Prepster, Design Darling, Bows & Sequins, Corals + Cognacs.

Take a peek at some of my tweets from the conference (above) with a few of their tips. I can honestly say that I learned much more than I expected from this session and have already started to implement some of their suggestions. My favorite? Write about your own life experiences, not just the items you’re blogging about. Tell a story! Your content will have an interesting/more meaningful element behind the pretty pictures.

For a more complete tweet overview of the conference, check out my Storify of the event here!

lifestyle: two extremes

No, this post is not about style or beauty, but it is about a lifestyle with two very different sides, and the beauty of a country and its people even with the insurmountable number of problems that exist within its borders.

I’m often conflicted during my days here in Stellenbosch. This wealthy little South African town has a plethora of beautiful shops, delicious cafes and an extremely laid back yet upscale vibe…it’s made me realize that I love the lifestyle of constant sunshine and afternoon lunch or drink outings with friends.

However, there’s also the poverty. South Africa has the highest rate of inequality within racial groups in the ENTIRE world. I volunteer in Kayamandi, a nearby all-black township, on Fridays with the preschool children, which I know has changed my perspective on life forever. I still love shopping and spending as much as the next person, but there’s so much more to life than just indulgence. There’s helping, there’s caring, there’s thinking about the world and the people…now I don’t know if Cosmo is my ultimate career goal, or if there’s something more meaningful to do with my journalism major…

I have yet to decide how to balance my love for fashion and all that goes along with my home lifestyle with my newly found desire to partake in something meaningful and for the good of people in the situations I’ve seen here, but until then, here’s a glimpse of the two sides of my South African lifestyle…

There’s one side…

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Then, there’s the other side…


a shack in Kayamandi. photo by Makeeva

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4 weeks, 4 words

I’ve been in South Africa for 4 weeks now, and in all honesty, I never want to leave. For a complete look at all of my adventures, check out my other blog here! But for now, I’ll sum up my experience thus far in 4 words…

1. Friends. Everyone in my AIFS program and all of the others we’ve met have been so incredibly nice, which makes this whole study abroad experience just that much better.


2. Wine. The Stellies/South Africans love their wine, and I’m beginning to enjoy it more and more.

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3. Inequality. I won’t go into the details (read more on my other blog), but the inequality within and among racial groups here in South Africa is actually the worst in the world. It’s shocking and confusing to constantly see this, even just walking across town.


4. Sunshine. The sun is always always shining – which makes for a slight sunburn but a lot of constant smiles.


“business” cards

I recently came across an article on the Intern Queen‘s website about making student business cards (check out the article here for great tips). I decided to order from Moo.com and am absolutely in love with the finished product!

The cards are thicker than average business card paper (matte laminate) AND I had the option to add a QR code (I used Kaywa to generate the code).

I linked the code to my about.me page, which includes links to my LinkedIn, twitter, etc. DSC_0999edit

There are 10 of each color in the 50 pack of business cards. Also, they came in a little carrying case so you don’t have to worry about them getting crushed in your bag/desk/etc. Love it!


Here’s the QR code I made on Kaywa.com. The best part is that if you decide to change the linked site, all you have to do is log into your account and update the link for that specific QR image. So basically, you won’t have to order 50 new cards with an updated QR code. Awesome!