August 25, 2011

Wear it while its hot.

Although the weather definitely has not been showing any signs of autumn's approach, all my favorite clothing store's have clearly traded all their summer wear with new fall inventory.  And it is oh so tempting to ditch all my summer clothes for loafers, flare jeans, and silk blouses but I'm going to force myself to stick it out and get as much wear out of my summer pieces as possible.  Lets face it- by next summer, they are sure to lose their oomph.

Summer staples to capitalize on before fall hits:

1. Everything coral/orange
2. That fedora that I never wore
3. Bright nail polishes
4. White shoes, jeans, bags, etc.  (Remember: "No white after labor day!")

Note: there are definitely exceptions to the white rule ; )

August 17, 2011

Power Food.

Today was grocery shopping day so I thought I'd give you a glimpse into what a run to our local produce market looks like.  Believe it or not, my family (dad, mom, and me) will eat all these fruits and vegetables in about a week.  Georges Deli, where we buy all our produce, so far exceeds your ordinary chain grocery store.  No frills- just delicious, ripe, and locally grown food.  We've been going here for years and the ladies who work at the cash register know us by name.  We even met George, the owner, on our last visit! 

This cucumber salad is one of our latest creations made from veggies from George's.  Its light and tangy and perfect for summer!

I recently discovered my love of dill herb.  Its the perfect addition to garden salads, giving a unique flavor.

August 15, 2011

DIY: Flower Headband

I've been on the hunt for a cute headband to spruce up plain outfits for about a year now.  I always admire the ones at Urban Outfitters that are ridiculously expensive (and I think to myself- "I could totally make that!").  And so I did.  I simply took an old plastic headband and covered it in fabric and then used this tutorial for the flower.  The only sewing involved was to attach the beads to the flower but even this could have probably been done with the hot glue gun.  By fall, I may just have made one of these in every possible fabric combination that my craft closet can produce!

By the way, summer is going a little too fast for my liking!  I bought textbooks for fall quarter today... Eww!  Luckily, I have a little over a month until classes start.  I've got to savor these last days of summer.

August 11, 2011

August, September, School...

Back To School

Zipper top, $68
Hurley backpack bag, $40 Texas Instruments Inc. TI-84 Plus Silver Edition Pink..., $139
Product: Canvas Palisades Vulc, $42
Move Collective® bobble - Blue - BOBBLE - GNC, $9.99
Homegrown Monogram Mug, $8

As a kid, I always loved going back to school.  Mostly because it meant back to school shopping.  That fresh pair of kicks and new clothes somehow made the return to homework and long days in class much more bearable.  And while back to school shopping no longer includes of a box of Crayolas and Lisa Frank folders, it is no less exciting.  These are some age appropriate goodies to get me in the "back to college" shopping mood.

August 9, 2011

Fashion Meets Interiors.

The styles that we see walk down the runway will often be repeated in interior design trends shortly after.  I love looking to my closet to find inspiration for decorating a room.  Finding unique color combinations used in fashion and then translating them into a room through accent pillows, vases, and other accessories, is an easy and affordable way to update a room.

Trend: Mustard yellow paired with other neutrals.

Trend:  Plaid and blues paired with charcoal grays.

Trend: Coral and Creme. 

August 8, 2011

Issues with my Issues.

So, I have a bit of a confession to make.  Something that no one other than my family knows about me.  For the last 6 years I've been collecting something.  It started off as just stashing a few of these on an empty shelf in my room.  And then slowly, month by month, the stack grew and grew.  While cleaning my room this past week, I decided it was probably time to tackle this little hoarding problem, regain some much needed shelf space, and shed what I have been collecting for oh so many years.  I'll just say it- My name is Hillary and I own (ed) every Teen Vogue magazine since their February 2006 issue.  I am proud to say that as of August 2011, I only own 5 Teen Vogue magazines - the September issue of each year to keep as a memento of what has been such a big part of my youth.  

Here is the evidence:

Last month my very last Teen Vogue mag came in the mail and my subscription has finally ended after 6 years.  I think its time to graduate to Vogue anyways.  And while, I am slightly embarrassed that I let my passion for fashion get a little out of hand, I realize that these magazines have helped me to discover my style and have given me loads of inspiration.  

Thanks Teen Vogue!

August 3, 2011

Not of this World.

"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world."   C.S. Lewis

August 2, 2011

Clean up.

Today the summer bedroom organization begins.  Funny what 3 moves in 2 months can do to a normally neat and tidy room...  I have a feeling this may take a few days.  I'm thinking possibly some before and after pictures may be in order.  We shall see.  In the mean time, here are some genius organization ideas for the home that are helping me to stay inspired.

Organized jewelry from Twig Home.
 Organized bathroom from
Organized work space from Belle Maison.
Organized closet from Nesting Place.

August 1, 2011

San Diego.

La Jolla Beach - Stephanie, Kathleen, me.
This past Friday I finished up my very last week of work for the summer.  Woot woot!  I kicked off this second phase of my summer with a weekend in San Diego for a long overdue reunion with two friends from high school.  Besides catching up on life and reminiscing over old times, we packed in a whole lot of adventures in the 29 hours that we were there.  We explored La Jolla, browsed the streets of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, caught some rays at the beach and, of course, ate some very tasty food.  Here are some highlights from the trip.

Downtown La Jolla.
Giant Red Chair at UCSD.  Best. Thing. Ever.
Bet ya never saw a dining hall view that looked so good!
 Sprinkles Cupcakes - Salty Caramel.  Amazing!
And of course, what would a vacation be without stopping at the local farmer's market?!