Monday, September 1, 2014

On My Hook: Summer Garden Afghan

After finally finishing my second chevron afghan, I have been itching to start another huge project. I love always having something fun to work on, especially when the end result is bound to be beautiful. The anticipation just makes me work faster and longer until I final have my finished project. Since I now have completed three afghans during my knitting career, my sister decided it was time for her to have her own, made by me of course. I told her as long as she bought the yarn, I'd be happy to provide my services. Little did I know she'd pick out a completely adorable color scheme that I fell in love with as soon as I made the first square. 

My sister decided she wanted a Summer Garden Granny Square Afghan, which is the same exact pattern I used to make my very first crocheted afghan. We went to JoAnn's together to pick out the colors and I brought the project to school with me. Over the long Labor Day weekend, I've been working away on my squares through countless episodes of Gossip Girl. I'm making some good progress considering it took an entire year to finish my last afghan. I'm hoping to finish this project before Thanksgiving- just in time for the cold weather! If I don't steal the blanket for myself, that is…

Is anyone else working on a fun project? I love to see what other people are working on so that I have inspiration for what to make next. Going to my knitting club always gives me so many ideas that I know I'll never have enough time to complete. But a girl can dream! As soon as I finish this afghan, that is.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sweet On Sunday #20

1. OH MY GOSH. It's a cat. And pink yarn. As a shaker set. I need this now!

2. You can't get more adorable than this Critter-cal Mass Bag in Fox
3. I love Marilyn Monroe. Add in pastel colors and I'm absolutely obsessed. I definitely need this sweatshirt!

4. I normally don't wear skirts that often, but this pleated chiffon skirt caught my eye. 

5. I'm loving a light pink/blush color right now, so of course I fell in love with this Sending My Love Dress

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What I Wore: Back to School

Shirt- Primark || Shorts- Gap || Shoes- Macy's || Watch- Macy's

First, let me apologize for my open closet in the background. I completely didn't notice it until I was uploading the pictures and saw the mess glaring at me from the background. Since it's on display… do you like my sweater collection? That's the mess on the top shelf of the closet. And all of my shoes hanging up and piled on the floor? Yeah, sometimes a girl just needs a bigger closet. 

Anyways, onto my outfit. For the first couple of weeks of school, I always carefully plan out my outfits so that I can impress my new classmates and teachers. Haha, in my dreams. In reality, I like it when I like my outfit because that always puts me in a better mood. And being flung back into classes, homework, papers, and readings, it's always more manageable when I'm in a good mood. 

I rarely wear tank tops, but the weather has been absolutely ridiculous this past week. The temperature has been in the high 80s, which wouldn't be too bad if I didn't have to walk at least 20 minutes to and from class every single day. By the time I got home to my apartment after my first day of classes, I was sweating so much and just wanted to collapse on my bed with a tall glass of lemonade and never move. I decided to plan better for the second day and wore this tank that I got from Primark when I was in London. It was super cheap and I loved the horseshoe pattern and chain connecting the collar. It made for the perfect outfit to make the heat a little more bearable. 

ps. Don't you love the colors of my room? When we first looked at this apartment, I knew that this was the room I wanted. The walls already matched half of the furniture I own and I could already see how amazing it would look with my pink and blue christmas lights hung up around the room...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekend Plans [8/29-8/31]

Wow, what a week. I'm always excited for the first week back at school, but I tend to forget what always comes with that: Homework. I've been back for five days and I already have a ton of reading and writing to do. Good thing I'm in a major I love because my classes really aren't that bad, so the homework is interesting, just time consuming. Thankfully, though, I have a nice four day weekend ahead of me to work on my classwork while still having some fun of my own. And by fun I mean crocheting, watching movies, and reading some books. 

Plan My Life My brother and his fiancĂ© bought me and my sister Lily Pultzer planners for our birthday and I am in love. My entire life is in this planner and I am obsessed with writing down every little detail of my life in it. And just look at how cute it is! How could I not love it? 

Read The Virgin Suicides One of the classes I was most excited to begin is my class on contemporary fiction. I've known what books we were going to read this semester for about a month, which made me even more excited for the class. The first book we're reading is The Virgin Suicides and I absolutely love that book (I read it last year on my own). I can't wait to see how our discussion goes on Wednesday. 

Crochet a Granny Square Blanket After finally finishing my chevron afghan, my sister told me she wanted a blanket too. Being the amazing sister that I am, I told her if she gave me the yarn and the pattern, I'd make her the blanket. I've only finished four squares, but I'm already in love with the colors she's chosen. It's going to be so hard to part with this blanket when I'm done. 

Write to My Sister Going back to school is always hard because that means being 4 hours away from my sister. We were used to being together 24/7 during the summer, so it always feels a bit lonely when we head our separate ways to school. I love to writer her letters to remind her how much I miss her and love her. 

Plan Jane Austen Book Club This past Wednesday, my school's Mega Fair took place and I had a table for both my knitting club and my book club to recruit Freshman to join. Next week are our information meetings and I hope people come! We get to plan our semester of knitting and reading and I couldn't be more excited to meet new people who love those two hobbies as much as I do. 

Watch Movies Of course, as soon as I moved into my apartment I had to stop by the local library. I picked up about 6 movies to watch this weekend and An American In Paris was one of them. After seeing Sunday In New York, I've had this itch to watch other old movies. Hopefully it's a good one!

As my first full weekend as a college senior, I think I've got enough to keep me occupied until Tuesday!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Jesse McCartney Concert (aka the best night of my life)

For the past 10 years, Jesse McCartney has always been one of my favorite singers. From the good old days of Beautiful Soul to the more recent Superbad, I have obsessed over all of his songs. I've had the same poster of him in my room since 6th grade and couldn't even dream of ever taking it down. When I saw that he was coming to Cincinnati in August, less than an hour drive from where I go to school, there wasn't a question in my mind that I wasn't going to go. My sister and I bought our tickets and waited for the day that I would finally hear Jesse sing in person. 

My sister and I waited for an hour and a half in line so that we could get as close to the stage as possible. While we weren't right up against the stage, we had decent spots about six people back. And since so many girls are fans of Jesse as opposed to guys, everyone in the crowd was about as tall as us, so we rarely had an issue with seeing Jesse on stage. The only problem? The place was hot. Super hot. Seriously, I think that the air conditioning was broken because everyone was drenched in sweat and the two opening acts and Jesse said that heat was just killing them. Their clothes were completely drenched too, but that didn't stop them from giving an amazing performance. 

A band called The Heydaze were the first to perform and they were pretty good! I love boy bands, so I really enjoyed their songs. A girl named Guinevere performed next and her voice kind of reminded me of Gwen Stefani. She was pretty good too, but I was dying to see Jesse and get out of that unbearably hot room. Finally, Jesse came on around 9:45 and the moment he stepped on stage, I knew that the heat and hours of waiting were totally worth it. 

Having been a fan of Jesse for ten years, I know pretty much every single one of his songs. I was so excited when he came out singing both old and new releases, most of which were my favorites. And when he sat down at the piano to sing The Other Guy, which is my absolute favorite song from his new album, I about died of happiness. For most of his songs, Jesse had two backup dancers to dance with him as he dazzled the crowd with his adorable smile and flirtatiously knowing looks. He was on stage for a good hour and it felt like 10 minutes had passed. Seriously, I could have watched him sing and perform forever. And when he sang Beautiful Soul at the end? I literally got goosebumps. I don't go to concerts that often, but I couldn't pass up the chance to see Jesse. And I fell even more in love with him than my 14-year-old self ever was. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sweet On Sunday #19

1. I am obsessed with the color of this Sweet Smile Face Bag. They have a light pink one that's just as fabulous. 

2. How cute is this jewelry stand

3. I already have some cat flats, but these Stroke of Genus Flats are so cute. Since pandas are one of my favorite animals, these shoes are calling my name. 

4. This Can't Wait to Celebrate Dress seems like it was made for me with the adorable lace and fun bright pink color. 

5. An R2D2 Bathrobe? How cool is that?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Let It Go…And Cuddle Up In Bed

Ever since I made my apartment wish list, I could not get the Disney Frozen throw I had found on Target's website out of my head. My sister and I had already planned on going to Target on Wednesday as a last hurrah before leaving for school, so I decided to check out their Disney throws and fell in love. This one isn't on their website and I found it wedged behind all of the other ones, but as soon as I saw this blanket, I knew that it was the one. Not only is it super soft, but I love the purple color and how it includes both Anna and Elsa's names next to their images. Oh, and did I mention that it was only $15? Yeah, I wasn't going to pass that up! 

Ever since I got my blanket, I have curled up with it on my couch almost every night. It's so, so soft and it's the perfect size. They had blankets that were "twin size" that were $20, but I couldn't imagine needing a blanket even bigger than this one. Can you tell I love my new blanket? Now if you don't mine, I'm going to snuggle up with my blanket and fantastic steampunk novel that I hope on finishing tonight…if I don't fall asleep first!

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