Happy Halloween

    | 2 comments
Happy Halloween, Everyone! For those who are planning to go out tonight, stay safe!

XO,
SWEATshirt DRESSshirt


25 Ways to Wear a Scarf

    | 7 comments


I was totally going to make a tutorial on how you could wear a scarf, several different ways. That is, until I came across this video. Though it gets a little repetitive towards the end, a lot of the styles are actually pretty cool, and worth trying out!

Sweet Things

    | 2 comments

For each month we have been dating, my boyfriend has gotten us a cupcake to share. I remember our very first one, 'The Hummingbird': made of banana pineapple coconut cake with cream cheese frosting. It's hard to believe we celebrated our 7 month-a-versary last week, because it seems like just yesterday where I was writing this post, asking you guys for advice.

(Hop into the SWEATshirt DRESSshirt time machine, and read about how I asked him out, here!)


Shades of Fall

    | 3 comments
shirt: Madewell //tank: CABi //necklace: Nordstrom B.P. //jeggings: American Eagle //boots: Nordstrom //nail polish: OPI 'Conquistadorable Color'

After several months of deliberation, I finally caved in, and bought the blouse of my dreams. I will admit, it doesn't have the prettiest price tag, which is why I was so hesitant to call it "mine" in the first place. But, with much convincing from my BFF, R, a $50 gift card (also courtesy of R), and a 15% off student discount**, I decided that this deal was as good as it was going to get. I can't wait to wear it out!



**That's right. If you shop at Madewell or J. Crew, be sure to flash your student ID card to get 15% off your entire purchase!

Moving On

    | No comments
For those of you who didn't know, Taylor Swift made the announcement earlier this month, that her next album will be out by next December! The general theme is supposedly revolved around the concept of 'moving on'. Call me crazy, but I can already tell that I'm going to love it.

Real life is a funny thing, you know. In real life saying the right thing, at the right moment is beyond crucial. So crucial in fact, that most of us start to hesitate, for fear of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. But lately what I’ve began to fear more than that, is letting the moment pass with saying anything. I think you deserved to look back on your life without this chorus of resounding voices saying, I could of but it’s too late now. So there’s a time for silent, and there a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say. You’ll know it. I don’t think you should wait. I think you should speak now.” -Taylor Swift

Fall Things

    | 3 comments

After having dinner with my BFF, R, yesterday, I came home to my roommates watching Bridesmaids. They had a fire going, and the entire house smelled like pumpkin spice and popcorn. It felt like the perfect fall night.


Awkward Moments

    | 2 comments
R, and her dream dress from Anthropologie

Earlier today, I got to hang out with my BFF/old roomie, R, who I haven't seen since the beginning of September. Though I have talked about her before, I probably never told you guys that she's one of those people who are hilariously funny, without even trying.

While partaking in our tradition of sharing a great meal of Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) and shopping near our old stomping grounds, she asked if she could tell me a "gross" work story. At first, I wanted her to wait until we were done eating, but I just couldn't resist.

R: So there's this guy at my work, who's kind of annoying. The other day, he was leaning over the walls of my cubicle, talking to me, and all of a sudden, a drop of spit traveled in a projectile motion from his mouth... to my bottom lip. I sat there nodding, acting as if nothing was wrong. When he left, I immediately took a pump of hand sanitizer, and rubbed it all over my mouth. It stung like crazy, but I was just too grossed out to care.

Oh, R. You are a character.

In Your Hands

    | 3 comments
Have you ever heard part of a song, while shopping in a store, for example, and just had to know the name of it? Yeah, that happened to me today with 'In Your Hands' by Kara Della Valle. This song reminds me of something Taylor Swift would write, which is probably why I like it so much. I highly recommend you all listen to it!


As of now, the only place that has an un-interrupted version of the song is in this tutorial on YouTube. Fast forward to 0:50 seconds. It's also on iTunes, but if you want to listen to it for free, I would check out the tutorial!

Pastries, and Some Type of Sweater

    | 1 comment


One of the first bloggers I got hooked on, and continue to obsess over, is Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Her creative mind and love for all things pretty has gained thousands of readers riding on her coat-tail of inspiration. While browsing YouTube one day, I found this exclusive interview that had been posted a few months back.

If you are a fan of Emily's, I highly recommend you watch this interview, as you may pick up a few words of wisdom from this successful blogger.

The Help

    | 1 comment


“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”  
-Kathryn Stockett, The Help

The Letter T

    | 1 comment


So, I have a few things I would like to share with you all.

1. Taylor Swift's 'Journey to Fearless' DVD was released on Tuesday. You should all go check it out! My boyfriend surprised me with it today, but we didn't get a chance to open it because I had to study. It's now past midnight, and I am really tempted to pop it in the DVD player. You know, just to see the first 2 minutes. Though, I promised him I wouldn't watch it without him.

2. While coupon hunting yesterday, I came across Target's printable coupon page. I never even knew it existed! You can find the page here. Some of the deals are actually really good, like a free 8x10" portrait.

3. I went grocery shopping at Trader Joe's today, and tried their Spiced Apple Cider for the first time. It's amazing, and I highly recommend it!

*No, neither Taylor, Target, nor Trader Joe's asked me, or are paying me to mention these things. Though, I think it would be super cool if Taylor Swift contacted me, because I am convinced that we'd be BFFs.

Traditions

    | 5 comments

This past weekend, my two friends, E, B, and I went to a pumpkin patch. The three of us used to go together every year, until B went off to an out-of-state college. Now that he's back, we are getting to experience traditions, like this one, once again (yay!). Other traditions of ours include: seeing the new Harry Potter and Twilight movies when they come out, celebrating New Year's Eve and 4th of July, and exploring Downtown Seattle via bus at least twice a year.

Do you share any traditions with your friends?




Candy Corn Nails

    | 9 comments

Coordinating my nail polish with holidays is something I love doing. Since Halloween is just around the corner, I decided to that there was no better design to use for inspiration than that of a candy corn. The secret to this tutorial is painter's tape.

What you will need
Painter's tape (this works best, but any kind will do)
Scissors
Yellow, Orange, and White nail polish
Optional: Black polish, or another really dark color

Directions
1. Paint the nails you want the candy corn design to be on, yellow.
2. As you wait for the yellow polish to dry, cut out a few small strips of tape.
3. Once the yellow polish is dry, take a strip of the tape, and cover the bottom 1/3 of your nail.
4. Paint the part of your nail that is not covered with tape, orange.
5. Once the orange polish is dry, remove the tape, and repeat step 3. However, instead of covering the bottom 1/3 of your nail, you will want to cover the bottom 2/3.
6. Repeat step 4 with white nail polish.








The Dark Side

    | 6 comments

Something I tend to do every now and then is coordinate my nail polish color with the weather/season. You know, dark colors for the fall/winter, and lighter colors for the spring/summer.

This one is for you, Ally!

left: 'OPI Ink' //right: F21, color name unknown

Fall Boots 101

    | 5 comments

One of my favorite things to wear during the fall: leather boots. If you are like me and wear them 24/7, investing in a good pair is important. They don't necessarily have to be expensive, but they need to be durable.

Here are 3 questions you can ask yourself to guarantee a good purchase:

1. Do the boots have a thick sole (about an inch or more) with a small heel?

2. Are they made of durable material? Natural materials like leather or suede will outlast anything man-made. That said, spending extra money for the real thing will be worth it!

3. And of course, do they fit nicely? If you're going to be wearing your boots all the time, make sure you can walk in them comfortably.



*Edit: for those of you wondering, I got these boots during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. They're by the brand, Frye.

Always In

    | 2 comments

Something I've been loving lately is graphic tees. They've been around forever, and depending on the style, have the ability to look "vintage" after years of wear and tear. They're are also versatile in that they can be worn on the most casual of days, or paired with a blazer for dressier occasions.

I got these two tees at a Quicksilver store when I went to California a couple weeks ago, courtesy of my boyfriend's grandmother.


It Could Still Be Simple

    | 4 comments


Erin, of Erin's Lucky Stars recently posted this YouTube video of a guy proposing to his girlfriend at Disneyland. I couldn't help but to pass it on to you all. It got me thinking about all of my friends who have gotten engaged this year, and how much we have all grown up.

When I was a kid, various elements of media (movies, books, etc.) gave me the notion that my life would unfold in the following manner: I would complete all my years of primary and secondary education, go to a big college where I would have the time of my life for 4 years, get married after getting my degree, and somehow, instantly become successful. Granted, it works out that way for a handful of people. For the rest of us, it's a little more complicated than that.

I don't know. I feel like I'm at a point in my life where I'm still trying to figure things out. Where do I want to be in 5 years? Who do I want to be in 5 years? I'm not ready to be married yet, and am not even close to establishing a solid career. As I think about where some of my friends from high school are now, it makes me want to slow down time. My BFF from 6th grade, T, recently got engaged, my other BFF, B, is working off his student loans at his 2nd dream job (Starbucks!), N is taking the time to explore her options as a post-grad, and R is currently setting herself up to rule the world (you go, girl!).

I suppose it's not that time moves fast, it's the fact that I may not have paid enough attention to what was going on around me. From now on, I'm making a goal to enjoy more of the little things in life, like quiet evenings with my roommates, getting to know the people in my cohort, and my ever-changing "favorite song" of Taylor Swift's. Because before I know it, I'm going to be the proud owner of 50 cats, and spending my days knitting sweaters for my grandkids... in a giant rocking chair. Although that sounds really great, I'm just not ready for it yet.

Chevron Tip Nail Tutorial

    | 8 comments
chevron tip nails, chevron nail design, navy polish

For my birthday this year, my good friend N got me a nail decorating kit that came with 3 skinny-brush polishes, and two styles of french tip guides. In the process of moving from my parent's house to my new apartment, I forgot a few things. One, being the french tip guides.

I've been wanting to try the chevron style for quite some time now, and since I was desperate, I decided to freehand it. The design was extremely simple to re-create, and didn't come out looking too badly in the end.

You will need:
2 colors, one being a skinny-brush polish. Tip: colors that contrast look the best.
A steady hand

Directions:
1. Paint your nails with a color of your choice.
2. With your skinny-brush polish, paint an X at the top of your nail. Make sure the lines at the top of your X are closer together than the bottom ones (see picture below).
3. Fill in all sides of the X, except for the bottom.
4. Repeat these steps on your other nails.

chevron tip nails, chevron nail design, navy polish

chevron tip nails, chevron nail design, navy polish

chevron tip nails, chevron nail design, navy polish

pictures taken and edited by SWEATshirt DRESSshirt, edited on Picnik