Out of the Notebook and into the blog

Friday, October 17, 2014

S.O. Rad - College Looks on a College Budget $100 Kohls Gift Card Giveaway!

Have you watched Youtubers MakeupbyMandy24 and LiaMarieJohnson?  They teamed up with Kohls to create the S.O R.A.D collection, which I happen to think is pretty amazing!  

Youtube wasn't even a thing a few years ago, and now you tubers that are in college/high school are teaming up with huge brands like Kohls to create styles that are more perfect for you and me!  Kohls sent me these picks from the collections.  They are cozy and definitely have that autumn style, which is perfect for this time of year.  Seriously though, who else is holding on to the hope that winter never comes?!

I'm also giving a way a $100 Kohls Gift Card to celebrate!  Enter in the little box below :) 

Humbled Grave

I shot these by myself at a lonely cemetery in St. Paul yesterday.  The lighting was beautiful and the cemetery was very humbling.  I wanted to capture a quite feeling of longing and imperfection in my photos and I am pleased with the results.  

I often look to other photographers for inspiration, and when I see an idea that I love, I get really excited about trying it out myself.  However, I then feel afraid that my image will come out looking like a "copy" of theirs, what's the purpose of that?  This has never happened though.  I have an idea in my head, often inspired by someone else, but then it changes as I'm shooting or get to the location.  It is when I am actually shooting that I realize what I am creating is completely my own, though I did take inspiration originally from someone else, I morphed it into something that is unique to me, my feelings, and the photo that I'm trying to create.  

Also the dress I'm wearing is Brandy Melville, which is an amazing 1 size fits all brand (I know right!), hello loose, flowy, dainty dresses!

How do you deal with a world full of inspiration?  How do you create work that is unique to you and only you? 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Scared Shrekless - For Us Preppy College Kids

All right.  Last week was a big exam week at UST - Micro-economis exam, Accounting exam, Theology exam, and management exam.  Of course, I also got scheduled a ridiculous amount at Red Lobster, and was run ragged all week.  

What does that call for?  A night at home, cuddled up in a cozy quilt, doing art's and crafts and watching netflix.  I watched the most wonderful little show on Netflix tonight, called Scared Shrekless. Raise your hand and admit it - you love Shrek too :)  He must be the best animated show ever, his humor is unbeatable and his sarcastic/not always happy personality is relatable!  Plus, it has a halloween twist that is perfect for the season.  

What are you watching on Netflix right now? Leave a comment and let me know! 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Apartment Walls - DIY Faux Brick Wall

I stumbled on this amazing faux brick wall tutorial over at AKA Design and Life and had to share it.  It is absolutely perfect for those dreary looking walls in random corners.  Plus, faux brick paneling only costs around $50 at Lowes! 

What are your weekend projects?

Monday, September 29, 2014

First 4 Weeks at the University of St. Thomas

One of the hard parts about being at the University of St Thomas is that I am a transfer student living off campus, who also has a serving job and 15 hours of ballet every week.  It has been struggle to have a social life (and to meet new people), while having a job and studying.  I'm really hoping that it starts to quite down a lot and that I am able to find a better balance.  

The social life is so completely different than the small community college I transferred from.  Keep in mind, UST is an expensive private college (thanks scholarships!!).  I've found that it's a lot more challenging to find peers that aren't super stuck up, which sounds bad, but is so true!  There is also a bigger pressure to be perfect because everyone at UST is…perfect grades, enough money, and perfect clothes all the time.  

Do you think it's a good idea to have a job during college?  Or do you think it's better to fully immerse yourself in the social life and academics?  Let me know in the comments!  Even a simple yes or no will do just let me know what's buzzing around in your head!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Yoga/Dance Wish-list + A College Hack

Somedays at college, I just want to be cozy.  I love to dress up and where pretty dresses and nice sweaters, but one those really cold days, or the drizzly rainy days, I just want to be warm.  Especially since I have to park my car a mile away from college haha, College Do: Buy a parking pass (at least if you live in chilly Minnesota).

Free People just released an amazing collection of Movement clothing, they also have a Dance collection which is stunning as well.

I love these pieces because not only can you wear them to cozy up your outfits but they also double as great yoga/dance/workout clothes.  I am IN love with our cardio room at the University of St. Thomas for practicing ballet because it has an amazing easy to use sound system, gorgeous hard wood floors, and mirrors all around.  However, our yoga options are limited.

I've found that if you want to take yoga at a college, they usually charge for those classes (aren't we already paying enough for tuition?!).  Here's a little hack for you - typically you can find many studios that are right around your University, there are probably 7 within a 2 mile radius of St. Thomas.  They typically will offer 1 week free trial classes, which saves you money, allows you to try out different yoga techniques, and after your 1 week  is up, the prices are still usually cheaper than taking yoga classes at your college.  Win win!

The "Coolest" Kickstarter Campaign

The Coolest is truly one of those "inventions" that makes you wonder why you hadn't thought of it.  The basic cooler has been around for ages and ages, never with an improvement of any kind to be made.  Just a basic old blue cooler.  This guy, he events the Coolest and the standards for a cooler are completely changed!  A smoothie maker, a plug in for your iPhone, a bluetooth, LED lights, strap ons so you can haul more luggage, and thick wheels for rolling around in dirt!  Brilliant!

Not only is his product amazing, but his campaign is equally impressive.  He shows how to do a Kickstarter campaign right, with details on every question anyone could ever have about the Coolest, details on the process of development, incentives that are hard to beat, and an overall wonderful campaign.  If you have ever thought about starting a kickstarter, check out his

Would you buy this coolest cooler?