We’re making progress over here, slowly but surely. Oddly enough, the portion of the apartment that feels the most complete is the balcony. I’ve still got some planting to do, but I’m really happy with the amount of greenery out there already. I’m thinking about planting some herbs in the hanging planter, since it doesn’t get as much sun. My mom gave me some cherry tomatoes (in the planter to the left) and I’m so excited to see if they turn out!
Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform and I'm constantly finding inpsiration through it. Here are a few of my favorite Instagramers as of late!
1. JOYTHEBAKER: sweet, salty, crunchy, ooey, gooey goodness. and some cat pictures to top it all off.
2. ANNARIFLEBOND: owner and creator of rifle paper company, this lady has got an eye for floral patterns and all things design.
3. SARAHSIROKY: love her style of photography.
4. BLEUBIRD: my very favorite lifestyle blogger. documentation of nashville goodness and her sweet kids.
5. JORDANACLAUDIA: great documentation of a great city.
6. WITANDDELIGHT_: my current favorite designer who happens to live in my favorite city.
7. PINCHOFYUM: a more recent IG discovery- you can catch me drooling over her food posts ever since.
8. DEARWHIMSY: love her weekend fix-up projects.
9. ALASKAFROMSCRATCH: pictures that make me wonder why I don't live in Alaska.
All time favorite coffee spot. ^ Partially for their coffee, but mainly for their double chocolate muffins.Still loving/laughing at this mural. His (left): Gyro pizza & Hers (right): Truffle mushroom pizza with a soft egg Loved this colorful aquarium....But the jellyfish were my favorite. Debatably the only reason I wanted to go to the zoo.Just look at them! I could've stared for hours. And last but not least, Manchester Orchestra. Such a good show!
Drew surprised me with tickets to see Manchester Orchestra and Balance and Composure last weekend and it was so much fun. It was the perfect way to celebrate his new job as well as the conclusion of my junior year. We’ve made a habit of having extraordinary weekends whenever we visit each other, and I’m all for it. On Friday we went to our favorite coffee shop, grabbed drinks with some friends, and went to a new restaurant for wood fired pizza. Saturday we spent the whole day at the Omaha zoo before heading to the show. What did you do this past weekend?
The inspiration ^^^ by Lisa Garcia
I’ve been admiring the work of Lisa Garcia for a couple months now and I finally got around to making an inspired piece. Can’t wait to hang it in the new apartment!
You will need:
+ 2 shades of yarn
+ Wooden skewer sticks
Step 1: Bind three wooden skewer sticks together by tying two small pieces of yarn around the outer edges.
Step 2: Cut (roughly) a 2 feet piece of yarn; set aside. This piece will be used to measure the rest of the fringe.
Step 3: Cut additional pieces the same size and set aside.
Step 4: Take a single piece of yarn that you’ve cut and tie it in a knot around the binded wooden skewers. Once you’re happy with the placement, double knot.
Step 5: Continue this process with each strand of yarn. Once you’ve hit the 1/3 mark, switch to your second color of yarn.
Step 6: Once the skewers are no longer visible, cut the fringe into an upside-down “V” shape (so, ^) by measuring the center of the fringe and cutting towards that.
I’m not quite sure what it was about the month of April, but I finished significantly more products than usual. Maybe it was my subconscious saying “Hey, you’re going to be moving in a month, why don’t you get rid of some shit?” Whatever it was, I’m not sure I like it. These have been some of my favorite products I’ve tried. Start with the “Oceane” eau de toilette (that’s French for perfume.. it’s made in France), for example. I got this before our trip to Charleston last summer because I wanted a new summery scent and well, what’s more summery than smelling like an ocean? Kidding. It doesn’t really smell like an ocean, but it does smell really fresh and clean. The scent stays with you all day and for only 20 bucks that’s pretty darn good.
Also pictured is a little sample size of the Exuviance Night Renewal Hydragel. I was hesitant to try this because the scent is quite strong and I have sensitive skin, but it didn’t irritate it at all. A little goes a long way and it is sooo hydrating; it was my holy grail this winter. I ran out of this a little while ago and had to switch back over to my Cetaphil Night Crème and instantly wanted to go buy a full size Exuviance crème… but it’s a little more than I’m willing to spend right now.
I also finally finished the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation that I have a love/hate relationship with. This foundation had a really nice, natural finish, but for someone with oily skin it might be a little greasy. I found that when I tried setting it with a powder, it looked a little cakey. But, for the winter it was great.
And of course my beloved Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I can’t count the number of times I’ve purchased this because it’s JUST THAT GOOD. It provides a natural, perfectly opaque finish on any dark circles or blemishes. It layers nicely, too if you aren’t happy with the coverage after the first application.
After hearing a lot of hype about the Sally Hansen “Hard as Nails”, I had to get it. I love this stuff. It’s made my nails so much stronger and it even looks good on its own.
And last, but not least, the Lorac Natural Performance Foundation. A lady at Ulta recommended this foundation for me and I absolutely love it. It provides the perfect amount of coverage and makes the skin look naturally flawless. It is pretty expensive, but it’s totally worth it and it lasted a really long time.
Chocolate peanut butter chia pudding... I need you. (ps~ this blog is so, so good.)
To make this summer- rhubarb raspberry streusel tart with lavender whipped cream... IS there a more succulent sequence of words? Love this blog, as well. Great content based out of a great city :)
I'd love to make one of these for my apartment.
Why am I so obsessed with this kitchen
As the weather gets warmer, this CC cream has become a staple in my daily routine. *A CC cream is a color correcting cream, similar to a BB cream or beauty balm. They're often times lighter than your typical foundation, and much more moisturizing. What I really like about this particular CC cream is the natural finish it leaves. Since I struggle with red, easily irritated skin, I just don't feel 100% comfortable not wearing anything on my skin. I've found this tinted moisturizer to be perfect on days I don't want to wear makeup, but still want to eliminate redness. When combined with a little concealer, the cream makes the skin look dewy and natural- perfect for warmer months.
This product is quite expensive, but Studio Gear has provided readers with a 15% off discount code. Reader Discount Code: bloggercc
I'm no makeup expert, but I do consider myself mildly makeup-obsessed, so I really enjoy hearing and reading product recommendations.
Tonight was Portfolio Night! It was really awesome seeing so much talent in one place. Hard to believe the year is coming to an end with just one full week of school remaining. I learned how much I love screenprinting this week; there's something mighty satisfying about designing something on a computer only to print it through a massive mesh screen with a squeegee. Digging it. Hope you're having a good week!
Most of last week was celebrating the big 2-1 and I'm happy to have spent it with my closest friends and family. Friday was probably the best day I've had in awhile for two main reasons- 1. I got some exciting news at work. 2. I was able to finally celebrate my 21st with my loving boyfriend.
Feeling like this lately.This inspiration journal is such a great idea!
This makes me happy just looking at it ^