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?

(larger images below)

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And an extra favorite, go get it…Getitgirlretina_zpsc0157f08

(above) via Northern Belle Diaries

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ivy style

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Jacket: F21 (old) | top: Project Social T @ UO | jeans: AE | scarf: UO (old, similar here in grey) | sunnies: Ray-Ban | shoes: Sperry | bag: Steve Madden

Call me biased, but Vermont is probably the most stunning place during the (short-lived) autumn months. St. Mike’s has perfected the ivy-covered, fall-leaf natural allure, which calls for equally seasonal attire. This gold-embroidered army green jacket is just the right thickness for keeping warm during chilly walks to class, but not overheating when the sun decides to peek through (typical indecisive Vermont weather). This geo-patterned scarf is from the men’s section at Urban Outfitters & it never loses its body like so many scarves do – honestly, UO is my only reliable scarf source thus far.

P.s. – how beautiful is this lighting? My lovely friend Lauren Carter has been killing it with my blog photos – check out her site here!IMG_2552IMG_2566IMG_2559IMG_2561IMG_2576IMG_2543

BDG plaid & shades of blue

DSC_0472Scarf: BDG at UO | sweater: Brandy Melville (only available in oatmeal) | jeans: AE | shoes: Sperry | sunnies: Ray-Ban | watch: Fossil

Scarves can be tricky. Sometimes a tad too short, often not fluffy after their first wear – unless  you opt for oversized. My last two scarf purchases, both from UO, look rather long and overly plush at first, but when worn naturally, they take the perfect shape. This “brushed plaid” fringe-edged blanket scarf can be wrapped around once or twice to be worn long & dramatic or thick & cozy. I fell in love with the deep gem tones, just bold enough for brisk-weathered perfection. I paired it with a thin, light blue Brandy Melville sweater, black jeans and my classic Sperrys – daring to brave the chilly weather in lighter layers, but a solid mix of similar hues.
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soft stripes

softstripes5top: UO | jeans: AE | shoes: Toms | bag: Rebecca Minkoff | sunnies: Ray-Ban

It’s always refreshing to find an hour or so in the week to get downtown and [window] shop along Church Street. Overly-packed schedules and running from class to class can be draining, but the energy & quirkiness of Burlington is the best way to refocus and feel like an actual part of society again (in opposition to stowing away in the dark corners of academic buildings for hours on end. Not real life.)

This grey striped Project Social T top from Urban is without a doubt the softest tee I’ve ever come across – so much so that I was compelled to buy a second in a super light shade of brown (the perfect shade for brunettes, when otherwise I try to steer clear of brown altogether) – I wore it in an Insta post yesterday. The striped version paired perfectly with my leopard burlap cordones from Toms – a subtle mix of prints that isn’t too overpowering.

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happenings

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.
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Strut! show & sweater weather

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Sweater: Silence + Noise | jeans: AE | sandals: Mossimo | backpack: Urban Outfitters | watch: Fossil

Another fall in Burlington means the return of the annual Art Hop, the weekend-long arts festival showcasing all things art/eccentric/Vermont. Last year we spent an evening walking through a bunch of galleries and indulging in the always-essential Ben & Jerry’s, but this year’s trip to the Art Hop had more of a direct purpose. Lauren, Cara and I attended the Strut Fashion Show to film for a multimedia to be featured in the first issue of our college newspaper, The Defender. The vibe of the whole event is really the best part, though – so perfectly Vermont.

The afternoon was a (thankfully) chillier than the 90 degree weather we’ve been enduring for the last few days, so I was thrilled to break out this new camel knit sweater – the MOST comfortable & will definitely be a favorite this fall.

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DIY feather garland

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With just a little over two weeks until I move back to St. Mike’s for the last time, I’ve been trying to put my Pinterest to use with DIY crafts & decor for our townhouse. Adding to last year’s patterned flag garland, I decided to tackle this gold-dipped feather garland project first – super simple and covers quite a bit of wall space.

What you’ll need:

gold (metallic) spray paint | gold glitter (I used extra fine glitter) | large white feathers | string | glue gun |scissors

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First, spray paint the tips of the feathers and sprinkle enough glitter to cover the painted area while it is still wet. I then let them sit out to dry for an hour or so after applying the glitter, just to be sure that nothing would rub off. Finally, use the glue gun to attach the feathers along the string. Done!

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mid-week pinspiration

say yes to things

 

I’m an avid pinner. Honestly, there are few things better than sitting down after a long day with a cup of coffee to browse and pin to all of your favorite categories. (Well, maybe besides actually doing some of the things you pin…) But really, where else can you find the very best images & inspo in everything from style to food, all in the same place?

Starting with today’s post, I plan to pick out my favorites from each week for a bit of a mid-week encouragement on Wednesdays. Kicking things off with one of the most simple yet powerful quotes, “say yes to things.” My semester in South Africa taught me more than anything else that the best parts of life are when you take chances, no matter how small or how drastic, and say yes to new experiences; life becomes all the more exciting and enriching.

5b863f403dedb297678de9cf56501dd0Blogger Sincerely, Jules rocks these distressed denim shortalls, and I’m dying for some of my own. Admittedly, I ordered myself a pair of white shortalls, but they ended up looking like some sort of painter’s jumpsuit (you know, in a trendy way, kind of) and it was not as flattering as the original denim would have been. Still on the hunt for the perfect pair, suggestions?

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Coffee & pink flowers wrapped in brown paper. No explanation needed, just perfect.

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I’m starting to gather ideas for DIYs to decorate my townhouse for this upcoming school year (my last year as a college student. WHAT?) Last year’s DIY decor was absolutely perfect for my little room in the suites, but now there’s much more space to fill. I’m in love with the idea of using wire hangers to display old magazines – a “lazy” DIY project, but perfect for covering lots of bare wall space and actually putting those already-read magazines to good use.

sources: quote | style | coffee | DIY

don’t sweat it

DSC_0742top: AE | sandals: Steve Madden (similar here) | sunnies: Ray-Ban | bag: Deena & Ozzy (old)

Sweaters in the summer are nearly impossible, much to my disappointment. Hot, humid days in the northeast call for light & airy fabrics, which means putting off all of those perfect chunky knits until fall. BUT when I found this knit sweater tank on clearance yesterday, I knew it would be the perfect mix of both – breezy enough for the sticky summer days while still channeling my favorite season’s staple (autumn & sweaters, of course).

This morning I paired the tank with my go-to black jeans and new white Steve Madden sandals to grab breakfast with my mother and Lola in Lake George. Luckily, my chocolate chip pancakes and iced coffee managed to stay off all of the white pieces – success! (PS – Cafe del Lago has THE BEST chocolate chip pancakes I’ve ever tasted. Honestly. If you’re ever in Lake George village, it’s a must).

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edgy inspo

 

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I’ve been somewhat unintentionally opting towards darks and black leather touches in my summer wardrobe, an edgier vibe that I would ordinarily tie with a crisp autumn day. However, I’m definitely not opposed to this look for the hot summer months (though obviously with a bit less material…sorry, leather jackets, you’ll have to wait it out).

Yesterday I paired a green & leather-trimmed vest with a simple draped white tank and my new, bright white Steve Madden sandals (half off at TJMaxx – IN LOVE). Full outfit post to come soon, but in the meantime, I’ve pulled some of my top inspo (above) from Pinterest…are you feeling it for the summer? Thoughts?