Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gallery Wall: On a College Budget

For my apartment this year, I somewhat of a gallery wall, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money on it. Ideally I would buy prints from Amanda Catherine Designs, Stephanie Sterjovski, Design Darling, etc. frame them all, maybe add a wooden monogram, and a tassel garland. Instead I've made some of my own prints, and used some freebies from History in High Heels, (she also has ones available for purchase on her Etsy shop!) and iPhone wallpapers from College Prepster! I just put them into a program called GIMP, and made them 8x10 format. I used the same program to make the prints I made myself. I also used the flag banner I made from my Lilly Pulitzer agenda pages I talked about in, this recent post. I used Washi tape that I got from Michael's to "frame" the prints as well! So I already had in my house the paper I used for the banner, and the ribbon I strung them together with. I bought card stock for the prints, printed them with my printer at home, and bought 3 rolls of Washi tape, totaling about $15! Here is how it turned out :)
Confession: this is probably one of few times I will make this bed

The bottom two I made myself

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Crafting with Old Lilly Pulitzer Agendas

Most people who own an Instagram, Tumblr, or Pinterest probably see on the first of every month the divider for each new month of a Lilly Pulitzer agenda. If you haven't, here is an example! But what do you do when the year is over and you don't use your old agenda? People are so creative with DIYs for the dividers from each month, it's always interesting to see how these pieces of Lilly paper are used. With my past planners, I have made a monogram collage, and this year I made a paper flag banner for my apartment! But there's so many great ideas on how to use them, here is what I've done with mine and some of my favorites others have done!
I did this for my freshman year dorm, I took 2 old agendas and I put all of the squares onto a poster board and put a ribbon to hang it from. I made the monogram with a program called GIMP, printed it, cut it out and just glued it on top of the squares!
This year I cut a triangle from the divider pages from my past 2 agendas, hole punched them on either side and ran a ribbon through each banner!
I'm going to include more details about the prints on the wall in a future post!
Here are some other great DIY ideas:
Got an old Lilly Pulitzer agenda? Use the pages with some mod podge to make cute crafts and gifts!
Important semester dates on a bulletin board using Lilly agenda paper (: Different than anything else I've seen!!
sunshineandalittlepink:  massachusettsprep:  Just made about 30 of these adorable clothespins for hanging up pictures! I love reusing my old agendas  I NEED TO DO THIS
I have no clue what I’m going to do with them but they are super cute! 🐳
Lilly does love green! [coasters made from lilly agenda pages]
Made this with pages from an old Lily Pulitzer agenda and some mod podge!
DIY Lilly Pulitzer print frame
Modge Podge old Lilly planner pages to wooden letters. Cute monogram to hang on wall!
massachusettsprep:  pinkandgreenlivingthedream:  My sister made me these Lilly Pulitzer mirrors for my dorm out of an old Lilly agenda!!  I was just about to do this!!
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer 2014 Recap

This weekend I'm making my way back up north for my junior year of college! I kind of can't believe I'm a junior but I'm excited see all of my friends again and move into a new apartment! Anyways here is just a recap of my summer at home, it wasn't the most exciting but it was fun!
It was peony season when I first came home!
Spent lots of time with family, this is my little brother
and my boyfriend

 and my dogs!

I got my first car!
I spent 2 and a half weeks at ballet, ending with a performance of Balanchine's Serenade, that I've wanted to perform since I was 10 years old
I've become one of those people that takes pictures of their food before they eat it...
I got a new iPhone 5S
And managed to crack the screen in only 4 weeks
I got to spend a week in beautiful Destin, Florida
And I had a lot of fun blogging!

I hope everyone else had a fun summer!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Skirt Made Just for Me by eShakti!

eShakti is an online store that sells sizes 0-36W and the best part about it, you have the option to customize anything! Being 5'2" I'm always getting things hemmed, whether its pants, skirts, or dresses, they always seem to be too long for me, or just fall too far down my legs. When they contacted me, I was so excited to work with them! A lot of their styles are very classic and some are more of a retro/vintage style, they remind me a lot of styles seen on, a website I have always really liked. You can put in your measurements, your height, and how you want the garment to fit, like where you want the skirt to fall on your leg, which I think is a great option! I chose this red color block stripe skirt, and this is how I style it :) I will hopefully have an internship this fall when I get back to school, and I know I'll be wearing this a lot!
You can use code "caralinastyles" for 10% off your order at eShakti until September 16th!  

Did I mention it has pockets?!

Skirt: eShakti c/o, Chambray shirt: Madewell (old, similar), Pearls: J. Crew Factory, Sunglasses: Anthropologie, Bracelets: C Wonder (sold out), Kiel James Patrick, Earrings: Kate Spade outlet (retail version), Shoes: Vince Camuto (via TJ Maxx for $20!)

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