Insta-obsessed

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In the past few weeks that I've had a smart phone, Instagram has become one of my favorite apps. For those of you who don't have access, here is a brief recap of the pictures I've taken recently. The pictures include:

1. My favorite phone case... ever.
2. A white chocolate raspberry bread pudding R and I shared the other night.
3. A lily from my neighbor's garden.
4. Pink lemonade from Trader Joe's. It comes in the prettiest bottle!
5. My favorite nail polish: 'Big Apple Red' via OPI
6. A sunflower cupcake from a bakery I passed last week.

Black and Yellow

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skirt: Urban Outfitters

I'm not a pro when it comes to styling neons, but a tip I have for beginners like me is to keep it simple. If you want to wear neon, but are unsure of what complimentary colors go with your statement piece, try nudes, blacks, or whites-- 3 shades you can never go wrong with.

Overtly Orange

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image via tumblr.com

Pantone, a popular color-matching company, named a shade in the orange family, 'Tangerine Tango' 2012's color of the year. As I always say, what better way to be festive, than with your nails?

Out With the Old

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This week has not been the most fun. With roommate drama, a presentation, and finishing up summer classes, life has been beyond stressful. To get my mind off of things this afternoon, I decided to re-do my fashion rack.

The neon yellow skirt you see above, I have been eyeing for weeks. After snagging it for $5 (made possible by a clearance sale+gift card) this past weekend at Urban Outfitters, I knew it was meant to be. I decided to revolve the entire rack around it, with neutrals, blacks, and denim-- the perfect color palette to celebrate mid-summer.

Change of Heart

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top: Lush via Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Lately, I've been experiencing a lot of long days, and if you personally know me, you will have seen this first hand through my attire. These days, I've been resorting to jeans/jeggings, and very basic tops. As I think back to high school, and how I would dress up every day, I envy my 18-year old self, as the old me had much more motivation to get up at 5:45am to look good for school.

In an attempt to salvage what I have left of my motivation to look more polished, I've been in search of fancier tops that I can pair with the comfortable bottoms I already have. Here is one I found the other day.

Denim Days

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denim jacket: Paris Blues via TJ Maxx $16 //striped shirt: Banana Republic //leggings: HUE //nail polish: 'Big Apple Red' via OPI //watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom

In 8th grade, one of my favorite things to wear was a Roxy wool-lined denim jacket. I eventually grew out of it, style wise, and stowed it in my closet to remain as a keepsake. From then on, I never thought I would be as obsessed with another denim item (besides jeans) ever again. That is, until this past year, where I fell in love with the look all over again after learning about how jean jackets could be incorporated to my style as an adult.

The Ex Files

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This day in age, social media has become a large part of our lives, and as much as we may not want to admit, Facebook isn't "just Facebook" anymore. Liking someone's status, picture, or comment can mean as much as "I really care about you, and am paying attention to what is going on in your life", or as little as "oh hey"; sending someone a friend request can be interpreted as "I want you in my life", or "I want to creep on you"; and deleting someone can either initiate a cut-off, or the mere farewell of an old acquaintance. As you can see, when it comes to Facebook, a lot of big emotions can come from very small gestures.

Earlier this week, I found myself answering this question: My ex (edit: from 5 years ago) sent me a friend request on Facebook. Should I accept it?

It was clear that I had the choice to do one of two things: accept or deny. Being the type of person I am, I began to look into the situation more than I needed to. I figured that even though this person and I were clearly no longer friends, I didn't really have a good reason to deny the request. But then again, I didn't really have a reason to accept it either. So, in the end, I just left it. As my wise friend, N, says: "[leaving the request alone] will give him one of the following two impressions: 1. You didn't see the friend request, or 2. You're thinking about it." So there we go, ladies and gentlemen. No one was hurt, and no unwanted interactions were made. LIKE A BOSS.

Have any of you experienced a similar situation with an ex boyfriend, or even an old friend/classmate from the past? How did it turn out for you?

Summer Entertaining

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I have always admired the talent of my friends K and K, and their ability to turn ordinary things into something amazing. When I attended their birthday party yesterday, I was, to no surprise, thoroughly impressed. They had planned the entire thing themselves, and did a fantastic job combining just the right amount of nature's beauty with manmade materials. There were brightly colored carnations, vibrant fruits, glitter, and various vintage inspired items. It was like I had stepped into a pretty Pinterest board... but better.

Tissue Paper Flowers

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Two of my friends, who are twins, are having their birthday party later today. I've had a lot of fun in the past wrapping their presents in creative ways, and couldn't help but to continue the tradition this year.

I knew I wanted to incorporate tissue paper flowers, but couldn't find any tutorials, where I absolutely loved the end result. That said, I decided to create my own. Here is what I came up with:

1. Take a piece of tissue paper, and fold it in half over and over, so that there are about 8 layers.
2. Cut a flower out of the folded paper, and put a staple in the middle.
3. Fluff and crinkle the tissue as much as you want, and voila! You've got a tissue paper flower.

An American Manicure

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What better way to sport your patriotism on Independence Day, than with a few fresh coats of America's two favorite colors, plus gold, on your nails?