Best Friends Forever

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From the moment I met R, I knew we were going to be best friends. She is wise beyond her years, and is always inspiring me to be the best version of myself. During college, she shared this quote with me. Not surprisingly, she came up with it, herself. Reading it always resets my perspective on what it means to have confidence. I hope it can do the same for you.

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A Good Time

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One of my friends recently posted this quote on Facebook. I had to share it with you guys (in the form of a graphic... of course!) because I love the message it has behind it. We all go through tough stuff in life, and even though it can be easy to forget, there is always room for optimism and positivity.

Have a great weekend!
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Orange Inspiration

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In the fall, we tend to see a whole lot of orange, whether it is in pumpkins, leaves, or the flames of a cozy fire. Here are my favorite picks for this season's star color:


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1. Color Hit Nail Polish in 'Trick or Treat' via Sephora $5
2. Quay Eastside Shades via Nasty Gal $40
3. Leather Bracelet via H&M $13
4. Gloriosa Bowl via Anthropologie $14
5. 4-Pack Pumpkin Spice Candles via Target $39.99
6. Mercury Glass Votive Holder via Kirklands $4.99
7. Orange Ammunition Earrings via Jewel Mint $40
8. Geometric Leather Necklace via Etsy $44

Fall-Themed Festivities

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Because of our different schedules, my friends and I typically try to designate at least one weekend out of each month to hang out. Last weekend, we threw a fall-themed party, and followed up with a crafternoon the next day. Our fall-themed party consisted of a trip to the pumpkin patch, a baked potato bar, homemade caramel apples, and the best baked seeds I have ever tasted. Last year's October get-together was fun, but this one, without a doubt, takes the cake.

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Lunch Date Attire

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The beginning of fall is one of my favorite times of the year to dress for. The temperature is just perfect, with it not being too cold or too hot. Pictured here is an outfit I wore to lunch with my friends K and K. I opted for a leather bomber, with a breezy peplum top, and incredibly comfortable jeggings.

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leather jacket: Sparkle and Fade via Urban Outfitters //peplum top: Lush via Nordstrom B.P. //jeggings: STS Blue via Nordstrom B.P. // necklace: Nordstrom B.P. //nail polish: 'And a Cherry On Top' SEPHORA by OPI

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Bunting and Confetti

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These days, I'm feeling a lot like Jess Day from New Girl. Being unemployed, I can only spend so much time applying to jobs, and when I'm not searching the web for openings, or running errands, I'm at home, making "weird art". Well, I guess it isn't as weird as a scrap fabric portrait of your roommates (remember that, from season 1?), but you get the point. Here's a custom wedding card I created earlier this week for a request I received on Confetti Splendor.

Have a great weekend!

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Nail Tutorial: Flower Child

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red: 'Mr. Right Now' by SEPHORA by OPI //white: 'White On' by Sally Hansen (Xtreme Wear) //yellow: 'Mellow Yellow' by Sally Hansen (Xtreme Wear) //cat ring: Brandy Melville

My favorite nail art tool is the bobby pin, because with one in hand, anyone can come off as a pro. Even though it's painfully simple, if you're interested in learning how to use one, read on for a tutorial:


TOOLS: dark red, yellow, and white nail polish, a bobby pin, and a piece of scrap paper

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Paint your nails with a base color and let dry. I used my favorite fall shade, dark red.
2. Dab small amounts of the yellow and white polish on to your scrap paper.
3. Dip the bobby pin into the yellow polish and dab small dots on to your nails. These will be the center of your daisies.
4. Wipe off your bobby pin and dip it into the white polish. Create five small dots around each yellow dot.
5. Wipe off your bobby pin once more, and dab a bit of yellow polish in the center of your flowers for a second yellow coat. This will create a more opaque center.
6. Optional: Apply a top coat. (**Use caution with this step, as some top coats are known to smear the polish they go over.)

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Penny Pincher: The Benefits of Having a Student ID

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Being a student can be stressful, but it has it's perks. Did you know, that with a valid student ID, you can receive discounts at hundreds of shops and restaurants? Check out a few of my favorites:

RETAIL
-- Amazon: register for an account with your student email and receive a free Prime Membership trial.
-- AMC Theaters: discounts for students every Thursday
-- Ann Taylor: 20% off
-- Ann Taylor LOFT: 15% off
-- Apple: 8% off online and in-store
-- Banana Republic: 15% off
-- Charlotte Russe: 10% off
-- J.Crew (both regular and factory): 15% off
-- Jo-Ann Fabrics: 10% off (must register online first)
-- Juicy Couture (both regular and factory): 15% off
-- Madewell: 15% off
-- Steve Madden: 10% off
-- The Limited: 15% off
-- Topshop: 10% off
-- Urban Outfitters: varies by location, but some places will give you 20% off

FOOD
-- Buffalo Wild Wings: 10% off
-- Chipotle: receive a free drink
-- Dairy Queen: varies by location, but some places will give you 10% off
-- McDonalds: 10% off
-- Subway: 10% off

*Most discounts are in-store only.

Who Is Confetti Splendor?

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After months of preparation, I'm excited to finally announce the grand opening of Confetti Splendor, my paper goods Etsy shop! Since before I can remember, I've had a deep love for design, paper crafts, and being creative. With the encouragement of a few close friends, I made the decision to invest in an outlet that would allow me to give a little piece of what I love doing, to the world.

Currently in the shop, you'll find a selection greeting cards. Each one was painted/hand-drawn and designed by me. They come in a variety of styles, ranging from vintage, to modern, to girly, and everything in-between. I'm working on new inventory as we speak and there will also be a giveaway either this week, or next week, so keep your eyes peeled!

To all the readers out there: thank you so much for your support. My blog and passion for what I do wouldn't exist without the interest and involvement of all of you. I appreciate your companionship, whether you have been with me since 2010, or yesterday.

XO,
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Blog Design for Dressed by NORA

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I'm excited to share with you today a project I finished recently: a blog re-design for Dressed by Nora. Since I'm not an expert on html and CSS (yet!), I mostly focused on designing graphic elements to help the blog better reflect the personal styles of each of the writers.

I created two interchangeable banners, diamond social media icons, and a vintage photo-inspired profile picture with washi tape detail. For the actual page layout, I used the Pink Cupcake template by Kendra of The Darling Blog, and changed a few things to better match my vision for the design. The overall themes were being young, carefree, and feminine.

Interested in a new banner, a social media set, or blog profile picture? Please contact me at sweatshirtdressshirt@yahoo.com. Questions and comments welcome!

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