Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DIY: Rustic Drink Name Tags

Rustic Drink Name Tag DIY - DC Girl in Pearls
Are you ready?
But actually, are you ready? Do you have a coffee/PSL/chai tea in hand right now? Because this week is gonna be a par-tay on DC Girl! I played hostess last Sunday for a fall get-together and I’ll be sharing my decor DIYs, cocktails and recipes this week on the blog. As easy as it would be to pretend to be the perfect hostess from behind my computer screen, I’m going to be upfront with you. I was behind schedule and when my guests arrived, I was sans makeup and my hair was only halfway dry. Emily Post would have run screaming from my building. Super attractive. Totally together.
But I’ll get to that part soon enough.
I was digging around Target’s $1 bins on a Friday because you know, I live on the wild side and I can’t be tamed because I’m like Miley. I found these glass milk bottles (2 for $3) and immediately grabbed them because they 1.) were too perfect for a autumn shindig and 2.) scored a perfect 10 on the Pinterest scale. Winner winner chicken dinner. Add some twine and an old-timey tag and we’re in business for a rustic drink name tag DIY.
Rustic Drink Name Tag DIY - DC Girl in Pearls

Supplies

Twine
Milk Bottles
Scissors

Directions

Write your guests’ names on the hang tags, allow about 5 minutes to ensure thorough drying.
Cut the twine to about an arm’s length. For these hang tags, only one line of twine could fit but if the holes of the tags are bigger, you might want to double or triple up. Think of how impressive your bow will be!
String the hang tag through the twine.
Wrap the excess twine around the bottle and tie into a bow.

Rustic Drink Name Tag DIY - DC Girl in Pearls

Rustic Drink Name Tag DIY - DC Girl in Pearls

Rustic Drink Name Tag DIY - DC Girl in Pearls
Rustic Drink Name Tag DIY - DC Girl in Pearls

Written by Lauren Anne of DC Girl in Peals

Monday, October 13, 2014

How To Cure The Travel Bug Without A Trip

If you're like me, you always have the travel bug.
it doesn't come and go, it resides permanently inside 
you. but - due to jobs, finances, & responsibilities, etc - 
sometimes it's not possible or realistic to go on an 
exotic trip in the near future.. so, what do we do? 

here are some simple tips:

1. try a new restaurant: it's easy to get in routines and eat at the same place over and over -- we do it too! but picking a new restaurant to try can feel like a mini vacation and something different you haven't experienced before. if you're REALLY craving a trip, pick an exotic restaurant with a type of food you haven't tried before! {peruvian, anyone?}

2. walk/bike/drive down a new road: there are times in the city where i look around and think: "i have NEVER walked down these street before!" i love seeing new buildings, corner stores, and just a new road. every week when we walk to church i make us take a little different route so we can walk a new road we haven't been on...chase is nice to put up with this :)

3. watch the sunset somewhere new: sunsets always connect me with a place and make me appreciate this world and how it's linked together. find a good view and watch the sunset and realize how lucky we are to be on this earth!

4. go OUTSIDE: sometimes we have the travel bug because we're spending too much time inside -- at work, in the car, at the movies, at the store, at home...it can be draining and dull! make a point to go outside -- even if you work outside for an hour, read outside, or go exercise you'll feel a lot happier and more adventurous :)

5. go see something you haven't: i can PROMISE you there is something in your town/city that you haven't seen. even if it's small, or odd, go see something new. of course i feel like we've done all the major SF sites so many times, but there are millions of new things and places to see! look things up online and you're bound to find plenty of uncovered gems in your own city.

6. book a tour where you live: this is one of our favorite things to do. as fun as it is to tour and learn about new places, shouldn't we know just as much about the place we live? we love learning and knowing all about where we live and feeling more connected to it.

7. read a new book about somewhere far away: one of the reasons i always loved books growing up is that they took me to other worlds when i couldn't. look up books that are set in the next place you want to go, and let that book take you there in your mind! sometimes imagining it is even more fun :) this is a good one that took me all over, especially paris + the french riviera...i wrote about it a little bit here.

8. bring a destination to you: this one sounds cheesy, but it's the best. plan a little themed dinner party or date night around a destination! if we're craving hawaii, we go get plate lunch at L&L with our favorite hawaiian sun guava juice and some pineapple. if i'm missing paris, we have a crepe night with friends and listen to carla bruni. i love being taken somewhere new in my mind!

9. write / paint / create something new: one of the draws of travel is that it allows us to feel creative and refreshed. we crave the newness of it that lets our soul loose. bring this energy in a different way but creating something of your own! i am not too crafty and i definitely can't paint, but i love to write, make books of our travels, or work with chase to make something for our place. create a travel wall, paint a wall a new color, do something to feel that creative energy!

10. plan your dream trip: even if you can't book it right now, do some research and plan details of your dream trip -- so when you book it, you know all about it! this also gets the creative juices flowing and helps you explore a place even if it's just online :)

11. learn a new language: craving a new culture? learn something new! take language classes online, a pasta-making class, or something that will connect you with another place.

12. re-live past vacations: part of the reason i love documenting our adventures is that i get to re-live them later! i can't tell you how many times i have gone back and watched this video or gone through pictures from past trips and remembered experiences. travel stays with you and that's why we love it! don't let the memories fade!

14. scrapbook: when you want to focus on adventures and travel, create a book from one of your vacations. this always puts my mind in a vacation mode as i permanently document a trip in a photo book.

15. photograph your home/hometown/ simple things. there's beauty to be found everywhere, and especially in the familiar! i walk around SF with our big camera all the time because as much as i love documenting new places, i love documenting the simple things in our everyday life even more. that's what i have the most fun looking back on because it's our real life in between all the big trips and events. so document what you love where you live.


Those are a few of my tips for easing the travel bug
when it's not possible to take a trip soon.

What are your temporary cures?
(because there is no CURE, only temporary remedies :)


Written by Emi of The Well Traveled Wife


Sunday, October 12, 2014

DIY: Monogrammed Pumpkins


Love carving pumpkins? Hate the mess? 
This DIY is perfect for you! 
Skip the traditional carving route and opt for painting your very own monogrammed pumpkin!  

Step One - Gather Your Supplies!
First things first, you need a pumpkin! Head to your local grocery store or pumpkin patch (can you say photo op?) to pick out the perfect little pumpkin! You'll also need Acrylic Paint, Elmer's Glue, Glitter (optional), Paint Brushes, a photo of your monogram and your creative cap! 

Step Two - Pencil On Your Monogram
Using a photograph or an item with your favorite monogram, draw your monogram on your pumpkin using a pencil or pen! We used the Marley Lilly Monogram Wallpaper App for ours!

**Keep in mind this does NOT have to perfect! 
You can always cover up your mistakes in the next step!**


Step Three - Trace your Monogram with Glue
Carefully trace the outline of your monogram with Elmer's Glue! If you made a mistake with pen or pencil, you can cover it up here! We found using this type of glue was easier because it takes a little longer to dry! You will have plenty time to trace the whole monogram before applying the glitter!


Step Four - Glitter Party
Dump glitter all over your monogram! The more the merrier! I might suggest doing this outside because glitter gets everywhere. (EVERYWHERE!) Plus, it's pretty hard to clean up! If you do decide to this this inside, we would suggest using lots of newspaper to cover the area before you start dumping the glitter on!


Step Five - Clean It Up
There will be some places with extra glitter! You can clean these off using a clean, dry paint brush! Just brush them off or sweep them to the side into another part of the monogram!

Step Six - Go To Town Painting
Now it's time to get really creative, paint the rest of your pumpkin with stripes, polka dots - the possibilities are endless! 

Step Seven - Instagram It!
If you didn't post the finish product on Instgram, did it really even happen? We want to see YOUR pumpkins! 

Need some additional inspiration? 
Here are our pumpkins from last year!


While we still love carving pumpkins, we realized that painting was faster, cleaner, safer and more kid friendly (ie. there were no sharp objects involved and no sticky, pumpkin seed messes to clean up!) We did use trash bags to protect the table from paint, and even though we did all of our glittering outside, we are still finding glitter EVERYWHERE!  

After you're done searching the Internet for every possible DIY pumpkin inspiration (I dare you to type in the word "pumpkin" in your Pinterest search bar....mind boggling), head to your local Starbucks and reward yourself with a Pumpkin Spiced Latte!

How are you planning on using pumpkins this fall? 

Peace, Love & Monograms
ML Staff

Friday, October 10, 2014

FF: Plaid Meets Glam












Top | Express 
Jeans | Dittos c.o 
Booties | Marshalls c.o 
Bracelet | Ily Couture c.o 
Necklace | Accessory Concierge c.o 
Watch | Michael Kors 
Sunglasses | Ray Ban 
Earrings | BP 
Photos | Dominique Viglas 


Everyone is mad for plaid this season! Being the "I want to stand out" kind of girl, I knew this express flannelwould be a hit! It's the perfect mix of causal meets glam, the sequin touch gives it that party in the back suprise detail which I love. 


Written by McKenna of McKenna Bleu

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Turn Bad Days Into Lessons

I'll admit that I had a really bad day yesterday. Like probably one of the worst days I've had in a while. It would be too long to go into details, but here is a summary of what happened.

one // I'm pretty sure I literally got a 0 on my AP English pop quiz because we were allowed to use our notes that we took on the article we read, but the notes had to be separate from the article and not on the actual article itself. I had spent an hour the night before reading the 17-page article, highlighting important information, and writing notes on the sides of the papers. I had no idea we couldn't do it on the actual article, so I had no notes to use and therefore could not retain any information about the article. Luckily I wasn't the only one who did this.
two // The last time I had Spanish before yesterday was on Tuesday. We had a Spanish test scheduled for yesterday, but my teacher said on Tuesday that he didn't think the test would end up being on Thursday and that he would push it back. So I didn't study at all on Wednesday night because I was planning on studying Thursday. Guess what happens? I walk into class yesterday and have to take the test, EVEN THOUGH HE SAID HE DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD BE ON THURSDAY!!!, and didn't feel that prepared. Great.
three // The period before I had Spanish was study. I was planning on spending that whole time studying for Spanish, not knowing the test was going to be that day, but then I got a pass to go to guidance because my counselor wanted to talk to me about colleges. I ended up only having 15 minutes of study because the rest of my time was spent in guidance, which means I barely got to study for my test. Great.

So yes, it was a really bad day. And yes, my boyfriend felt really bad so he ended up buying me an iced coffee and a donut before his football practice after school (he's awesome!). Anyway, I'm usually a super optimistic person, so I started thinking to myself, How can I learn from this and make sure it doesn't happen again? And I came up with great plans for all three of my bad situations.

one // From now on, don't take notes directly on an article/piece of literature you're assigned for a class. Always take notes in a separate document on your iPad or in a notebook. You never know when you might get a pop quiz on the info and will be able to use your notebook!
two // Even if a teacher says the test will be pushed back, still study for it as if it will still be on the original day. In fact, start studying subjects right as you get information so you will be prepared for any test and any quiz at any time.
three // Don't rely on your study/free period to get assignments done because you never know if you're going to have an interruption. Get the majority of your homework done at home, and do what you can't do at home in your study. Or even better, donext week's assignments in study after you finish the assignments for this week!

I think that we are all able to take any bad situation, no matter how much it sucks, and learn a good lesson out of it. Turn your mistakes into tips and make your past your companion.

How do you learn from bad days?


Written by Ashley of Private School Prepster

Friday, October 3, 2014

FF: White Jeans + Leather Details

sweater / jeans (on sale!) / boots (old, similar) / sunnies 

Fall is here, my friends, and I could not be happier! It seemed like everything changed in an instant and summer has quickly disappeared behind us, leaving the weather crisp and and the leaves changing to vibrant hues. One of the many reasons I love fall is the fact that I can bring out all my sweaters and wear them without sweating to death. Sunday, for example, was one of the first cooler days, so naturally I whipped out my new tunic sweater (it's even better in person, let me tell you) to wear. Since it's still the beginning of September, I paired it with my white skinny jeans to brighten it up a bit. But, I couldn't resist and ended up taking out my favorite riding boots to throw on as well. Maybe I'm biased because it's my favorite season, but this has got to be my favorite outfit post yet! It's a super simple look but still makes you feel dressed up and put together. 

Are you so excited to start wearing fall clothes too?


Written by Caroline of Citrus & Style

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How To Get A Fab Internship

I get questions all the time asking about my internship last summer when I interned in a fashion showroom in NYC. Ranging from how I got the internship to how they can get internships. Once you enter college, I strongly believe that summer’s should be used to do something fun and beneficial. It’s 3 or 4 months without the stress of school work, so the worst thing you can do is sit around and watch TV. It’s time to be productive and get experience. It will help TREMENDOUSLY if you have some kind of experience on your resume when you’re looking for a job after college. Whether it’s an internship, summer job, or taking summer classes, there’s so many ways you can make the most of your time off.
This summer I completed my second internship at Moon and Lola. It was a fabulous experience and totally different than last summer (but in a good way!). Interning at a small company can allow you to be more hands on and learn more about the industry you’re interning in. 

1.    Start Early
With so many people looking for internships, it’s smart to think about it early and get ahead. Start emailing companies to ask about internship opportunities and their application process. The worst thing you want is to miss an application deadline, because you inquired about an internship too late! I would say that right near the new year is a good time to start looking.  While it may seem far out, Spring semester always seems to fly by and it’s always better to be early than late! The early bird always gets the worm ;)

2.    Apply to as many people as possible     
It’s important not to put all your eggs in one basket. Things happen and sometimes internships fall through, so it’s a good idea to have a backup. Similar to applying to college, it’s competitive and you never know where you’ll get accepted, so apply to a bunch! It can’t hurt!

3.    Go for it
Companies are weird about interns. Some look for students majoring in certain things, or coming from certain schools. Honestly you just never know what they are looking for in an intern. Some companies like to have a variety of interns who are good at an array of things! So even if the chances are slim, you honestly never know! I think it’s smart to have one (or a few) reach internships that you apply to.

4.    Know what you want
Know what kind of companies you are interested in when looking for an internship. If you are completely unorganized, then your search will be all over the place. Knowing what you want can help you narrow down the list of companies you want to send applications to.

5.    Ask questions
If you are unsure about what your tasks will be, the hours, their expectations; the best thing to do is to ASK. So many people are scared to ask questions when corresponding with the company, or even in an interview and this can come back to haunt you. It’s crucial that you know what you’re getting into before you accept a position.

6.    Do your research
Before you even apply, and definitely before you interview, do extensive research about the company. Know their corporate culture and what they do! This helps you market yourself because you know what they are looking for and to top it off, you appear prepared! If they are a marketing company, make sure to emphasize your graphic design skills and people skills. You must be able to sell your skills to them !

7.    Make connections
Connections can get you everywhere. As unfair as it seems sometimes, connections can get you a job, an interview, or even an internship. If someone comes to speak at your school who is in the industry you’re interested in, go up and talk to them after. Ask for their business card and email them and thank them for speaking.  Connections like these can make all the difference when you’re looking for your internship.

8.    Have a resume
I know you might feel too young to have a resume already, but when applying for internships the first thing employers are going to ask you for is a resume. As daunting as the task sounds, they really are not that hard to make! I’m in the process of updating mine now and Levo League’s resume builder is heaven sent. All you have to do is plug in your information and they format it for you! Literally amazing. 

9.    Branch out
Don’t limit yourself to only one kind of company. It’s important to have a variety of internships so you can see all aspects of the industry. Even if you are set on being a physical therapist and a chiropractor offers you a summer internship, I wouldn’t cross it off the list! Exposing yourself to all kinds of businesses will ultimately help you decide what you want to do. You may find something you’re passionate about!

10. Emphasize enthusiasm

Sound excited about this opportunity! You’re not going to be wanted there if you don’t want to be there! Tell the company how excited you are for this opportunity and how much you appreciate their time. Enthusiasm is crucial. A company would rather hire someone who is passionate and excited about the position than someone with a perfect GPA.

I hope this helps!


Written by Shannon of Prep Avenue