Friday, April 18, 2014

nineteen

for 19
Yesterday was my nineteenth birthday. I can't believe how quickly this past year has gone by, and so much has changed since last April. I made a list of things to do/things to live by for 19, to make sure I have an amazing last year as a teenager.

Remember my 18th birthday post last year? I decided to do a similar post to document this birthday.

birthday ootd
First, my outfit of the day. I wore my favorite dress and layered a bunch of dainty necklaces. Luckily it was warm enough for me to wear this, it had been raining all week but the sun came out yesterday!

quad
When I woke up, I walked out of my bedroom to find dozens of balloons scattered around my dorm. Then there was breakfast and coffee waiting for me on the dining table, made by my lovely roommate!

After my last class of the afternoon, I met a few of my friends to play frisbee on the quad. Little did I know this was actually a ploy to keep me busy and away from my dorm.

invitation
After frisbee, Josh pulled out an envelope and handed it to me. I figured it was just a birthday card, but I opened it and found an invitation to a teaparty at my dorm!

balloons
Ashley and Sheela had put together a surprise teaparty for me; complete with little desserts, lots of tea, and pretty decorations!

After the lovely teaparty, I ended the festivities by going out to dinner with a few friends. Food and good company always make a perfect evening.

Thank you to all my friends and family for the birthday wishes, and an extra thanks to my friends who made my birthday super special!

Cheers to 19 ♥

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

springtime mail

pastel letter
I have been loving my morning walks to class lately; everything is turning green and blooming and looks beautiful against the bright blue spring sky. This week has been lovely so far, I'm enjoying my last few days of being 18! Today was no exception, I got a pretty, pastel letter in the mail from my pen pal Sarah!

letter
It was all so springtime-y and charming, lots of florals and light, pretty colors!

macaron note
This little macron card is adorable!

letter from sarah
I love all the pretty stationery!

envelope detail
Thank you so much Sarah, your letters always make my day! ♥

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Druid City Arts Festival

creative co-op
Last weekend I spent my Saturday in downtown Tuscaloosa at the Druid City Arts Festival! It was my first time selling my art at a festival, and I loved it! I'm lucky to be part of an organization at my university called Creative Co-op, which is a group of student artists who get together to sell their work. We had two tents for our group, among dozens of tents of other local artists.

stellaire
Here is a closeup of my setup! I made that business card holder the night before out of an Altoids tin. It ended up being perfect because it was a windy day and the tin kept the cards from blowing away!

john & jacob
All day there were different music performances. My favorite was probably this band called John & Jacob.

creative co-op
I really loved DCAF, and I'm looking forward to doing more art festivals in the future!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

keep moving forward {ootd}

ootd
I don't remember the last time I did an outfit post, but yesterday morning the light was beautiful and I had spare time before class, so I decided to photograph what I was wearing!

This is my favorite, mustard high-waisted skirt, and I paired it with a white, embroidered tank top and a cropped peach cardigan.

keep moving forward
I love the aesthetic of simple, delicate tattoos- so I doodled one on my arm (don't worry mom, I didn't get a real tattoo).

necklaces
I layered two of my favorite necklaces and braided my hair.

braid
I'm growing my bangs out for summertime, and they're finally long enough for me to clip back!

sushi
And some sushi, because I love it (and the colors matched my outfit).

Skirt: Loft | Cardigan: Gap | Tank: American Eagle

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

paper bead bracelet {DIY}

stellaire bracelet
The past couple weeks have been a whirlwind of making and photographing and packaging jewelry and other crafty things to sell at an upcoming art festival! This paper bead bracelet is one of the pieces I'll be selling, and I thought I would do an updated tutorial on how to make the beads! (You can see my past tutorial here). It's actually simple enough that you don't really need a tutorial, but maybe these photos will inspire you to try this DIY!

magazines
I have a stash of old clothing catalogs (and an abundance of UO ones for some reason), so I pulled out a few that had pretty colors.

supplies
Tear out some pages for the beads, and gather together your other jewelry supplies.

paper beads
Cut out thin triangles from the magazine pages. Mine were about 1/4inch wide, and I just free handed them (but you could create a triangle template to trace onto the the pages too). Spread a little glue along the paper strip, and roll it around a toothpick.

beads
I combined my paper beads with a few glass beads and gold accents.

paper bead bracelet
I chose a simple lobster clasp closure for my bracelet, but you could thread your beads on elastic thread if you don't want to have to attach a closure!

If you're in the Tuscaloosa area, you should come out to Druid City Arts Festival on Saturday! I will be there all day! :)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

vinyl bowl DIY

vinyl bowl diy
I went thrifting the other day and came across a huge stash of vintage records, so I bought a few to do something crafty with. I've seen these vinyl bowls all over the web, so I decided to try making them myself! I put together a mini tutorial to show you what I did.

record
First, find some records with pretty labels (I chose this one because I liked the light blue color). Thrift stores are the best place to find old records; these were only 25 cents each!

making
Heat your oven to 225°F. Place the record on top of a glass bowl, and put a glass jar in the center to hold it down.

making
After 5 to 10 minutes, the edges of the record will begin to ripple and it should be pretty malleable. Push the glass jar into the record so it forms a bowl shape. You can put it back in the oven for a few minutes and pull it out to reshape it even more, if you need to.

vinyl bowl
When you have the shape you want, let it harden (this happens very quickly) and pull it out of the glass bowl. That's all there is to it!

vinyl bowl
I put my vinyl bowl on my nightstand to throw in my keys and wallet at the end of the day. You could also use them to store yarn, or other crafty things. And these would be a super easy gift to make for that one hipster friend we all have (you know who I'm talking about). So if you're feeling crafty one afternoon, run to the thrift store and try making a few of these vinyl bowls!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

french rose macarons

rose macarons
My dream is to sit outside a cafe in Paris on a beautiful spring afternoon, sipping an espresso and enjoying macarons picked up at a nearby pâtisserie. But at the moment I am stuck in a small town in Alabama, so I will just have to settle with baking these French macarons in my own kitchen and daydreaming about my future Parisian travels.

macarons
Macarons are tricky to make. For every good batch I've made, I've probably had a dozen past failed attempts (slight exaggeration, but you know what I mean). I've learned to go into baking them without expectations of perfect, Ladurée-worthy pastries.

macaron
My favorite flavor is rose. I love the light floral essence paired with the delicate cookie and airy filling, c'est parfait! The secret ingredient is a little rose water added to a basic macaron recipe.

rose water whipped cream
The filling is heavy cream whipped with a dash of rose water and a few spoonfuls of confectioners sugar (not too much, just enough to add some slight sweetness).

macarons
I swoon for beautiful, frilly macaroon edges. Look how pretty they are!

macarons
I think the best way to learning how to bake the perfect batch is going through trial and error. But if anyone is interested, I could do a tutorial on baking macarons and include a few tips I've learned along the way!

I wish I could invite you all over for tea and macarons, but instead I'll just have to send you a virtual batch. I hope everyone is have a lovely week! ♥