Thursday, July 31, 2014

#FridayFinds: Amazing Artist Alexa Meade


This Friday Find is absolutely amazing. Alexa Meade is taking a new wildly innovative approach to art by first selecting her topic, then painting it. Literally. She is an artist based out of L.A who is painting directly onto the human body making humans seemingly 2D canvases. This is what PBS said about her inspiring works, 

"In some ways, artist Alexa Meade is a traditional figure painter. But she works on an unusual canvas: the actual human body. And she takes a classical concept — trompe l'oeil, the art of making a two-dimensional representation look three-dimensional — and turns it on its head. Her aim is to do the opposite, to collapse depth and make her living models into flat pictures."

Take a look at these next few pictures, all from her website {Alexa Meade Art}. Also click on any of them to be redirected to her site! 





Her artwork is truly breathtaking. What do you think of Alexa Meade?

Emily




Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Emily's July Favorites!!


I really can't believe it's the last day of July. To say that this month absolutely flew by is such an understatement. Fortunately, I can say that I squeezed so much into this rapid month and I definitely feel like I got the best of it (such a great feeling). Also looking back, I have some favorites that really stood out to me!

White & Eyelet // I swear every other piece of clothing I have bought this summer has been either white or eyelet or both like {this J.Crew shirt}! A simple white shirt on top of denim jeans or cutoffs just feels  so simply chic and the eyelet puts such a sweet spin on the whole look! I hope this trend sticks around forever! Although it's a little summery, I'm hoping to stretch out these white shirts into the fall season with some darker sweaters and cords. Post to come!

Summertime Shower Gel // This one might seem a little random but, oh well! I've always thought that fruity shower gel was essentially useless in comparison to any general body wash that you could buy on the shelves of Target but boy was I wrong! A few weeks ago while I was on a citrus soap haul at Bath and Body Works I threw this {Hello Sunshine Shower Gel} in my bag right before I checked out. What a great decision it was! I'm in love with this stuff! I definitely have an addiction to citrus smells and this shower gel makes me feel so fresh and clean when I step out of the shower. And yes, I said it clean. I now take back all of my assumptions about shower gel, I'm hooked to this stuff!

iPod Nano // The iPod Nano that I have a now is a super old school 6th generation which is the exact same shape as the new iPod shuffle except with a teeny-tiny touch screen. The reason this is in my July favorites is because my running addiction has been at an all time high recently and I can't go anywhere without this little guy attached to me. Literally! My iPod, as well as the iPod shuffle, has a clip in the back of it so that it easily attaches to your running bra or shorts and you don't have to carry around a clunky phone to hear your music. It also has Nike+ already programmed so your workout time, pace,  route and calories burned is all recorded! I love this little gadget and if you want the similar {iPod shuffle} it's only $50. If you love having music on your workouts, take the plunge and treat yourself!

Softlips //  Let's be serious, Softlips could be on my favorites every month but in July when the southern heat is really raging it's a must. Sunburned and chapped lips are the worst. I keep these in my purse, pencil case, desk drawer, everywhere! I was never a chapstick person until I found these. This brand is never gunky and I can hardly feel it on my lips. One secret tip of mine is that I always slip a layer under my lipstick to keep my lips moisturized all day long under that dehydrating color!

Emily Giffin // I can't say enough about these books. Besides running, I've also been on a reading kick! Summer is the perfect time to get in any of those books that have been sitting on your reading list for months. All of my friends have at least one Emily Giffin book sitting on their bookshelf at home so I picked up her first book, {Something Borrowed}, and read it in a day. A day! They're so easy to read and I promise you, you won't put it down! They're the perfect book to read by the pool or laying out on the beach. I'm already on to her fourth book in two weeks! Love. Them.

A.J. Morgan Sunnies // It is absolutely horrible that my favorite vintage store is on my route home from work because of the amount of times I decide to just "stop by and look" after I get off. While my pay check is having a little trouble getting all the way home I've picked up some great pieces on my pit stops like {these Titanic sunglasses}! Did I mention they were $12?! Although I picked them up at  a vintage store, they are not actually vintage but they are great quality and have a lot of different quirky frames for a tiny price tag. I like throwing these yellow babies on with a simple white tee and denim shorts to add a pop of color. They have also made the perfect accessory at summer concerts! Head over to the {A.J. Morgan Website} and check out more of their cute and reasonable sunnies!

What do you think of these July favorites? Did anything similar make your list this month?

Emily

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Emily's Super Easy Guide to Centering Your Blog Header!


I'm back at it again, giving you a few little tips and tricks to make your blog shine! Coding is so important for a chic and streamlined blog design however sometimes it can be a real hassle and cause a lot of stress to make sure that you get everything working just perfectly! I've posted before about {how to create a custom Pinterest hover button} to help some of you deal with a bit of this tricky coding. I know a lot of people had success with my first tutorial so I decided to give it another whirl! Today is all about one simple line of code that can make a huge difference in the appearance of your blog! I'm going to teach you in THREE super easy steps how to center your blog header!

Once again, this only applies to those using the blogger platform! I promise, if you could follow along with the Pinterest hover button tutorial, this is going to be a piece of cake! Here we go!

One, Upload File

Go ahead an upload your blog image as you would regularly by going to Edit Template, Header and then Choosing a File. You have the option to choose your preferred placement of "Behind Title and Description", "Instead of Title and Description" or "Have Description Placed After the Image". I chose to have one solid header image "Instead of Title and Description" but it's all up to you. Click Save and we'll keep rolling!

Two, Pick Your Code

Based on what placement you chose for your image (in the step above) you're going to have a different code. The options are below:

Instead of Title and Description // #header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important;} #header-inner {text-align:center !important;}

Behind Title and Description // #header-inner {background-position: center !important; width: 100% !important;}

Three, Put it all Together!

Go back to your Blogger Dashboard and open TemplateCustomizeAdvanced, and then Add CSS. Here, paste the code that you decided on above. Hit the Enter key after you have pasted this snippet and then Save and Apply your changes.

Head back to your blog and see your newly centered masterpiece! Hope this tutorial helped you all! Let me know if you had any success or if there are any other blog tutorials that you would like me to show!

Emily

Monday, July 28, 2014

What's on the Agenda?

What's on the agenda?

It's that time of year again. You're starting to scour through the heaven that is the Target school supplies aisles, searching for your first day of school dress and most importantly looking for the new year's agenda. Cherry. On. Top. Despite how silly it may sound it really is a big decision!

I'm a big list person. Everything I do has to be written down. I always have a handful of random journals on me to keep track of homework, errands, things to remember and important dates however my agenda is where it all comes together. I combine all of these little scribbles in my other notepads onto a much cleaner and much easier to visualize layout. I carry my agenda with me everywhere and it's one of the first things I look at when I wake up and one of the last things I put down when I go to bed. To say that my agenda is this important in my life sounds utterly pathetic but it's really always around. And that, is why this silly-sounding difficult agenda decision is, well, not so silly. 


For the past few years I was a tried and true Lilly agenda owner. I loved the doodles and quotes on the inside but I decided to change it up this year. I went for the {Large Kate Spade Bella Bookcase} Agenda. I did this for a few reasons. For one, my Lilly agenda seemed almost too-preppy for my taste (as hard as that is to believe). I wanted something a little more toned down and a little more grown up. The bookcase cover is so cute with some of my favorite books actually drawn on the shelves! I also liked the fact that this hard cover encased the pages providing a little more protection against a year of toting's wear and tear. This time I also opted for the Large size as opposed to the Medium. I originally ordered the smaller size and upon arrival I decided to trade up. The Kate Spade Medium pages are slightly smaller than that of the Lilly and I like a lot of room to write. The several inches larger do not make the planner any less convenient to carry around and the extra space was worth the few extra dollars. All in all, I'm super excited on my decision and I'm already shocked that the August calendar is already filled. Yikes!

To help some of you all out on your quest for the oh-so-perfect-agenda I provided a few links {click on the image above} to some adorable designs with great page layouts. A cute agendas is a little way to spice up a boring stack of books in your backpack as well as keep everything super organized!

What agendas are you liking for this school year?

Emily

            

Prepping for Fall with Boden!

Prepping for Fall with Boden

The {Boden} catalogue showed up on my doorstep a week ago and ever since I saw the front cover I've been seriously lusting. I've been a fan of Boden from afar for years, mainly because I always thought the clothes were too Mom-y for me and also because of the price tags, but after this new Fall catalogue I'm going to have to take the plunge!

To me, Boden is the grown up version of my childhood closet. It's all the knitted prints and patterns I wore as a child with older silhouettes and hemlines. Gosh it's all so cute and they have so many amazing transitional pieces. All of their styles are simple statements that ooze that easy British style. The catalogue definitely has me craving London right now!

Currently, on my list of wants are one of their printed trenches as well as {these} pumps. I never thought I'd say it but these Leopard print Mary Janes are replacing the J.Crew Etta pumps on my Christmas List. (*gasp) This is only the tip of the iceberg for my list of bookmarked favorites for my Back to School wardrobe.

Have you heard of Boden before? What pieces are you lusting after?

Emily

                              

Friday, July 25, 2014

Girls Weekend Recap + Random Happy Things!


Originally this post started out as a recap of the girls weekend in Charlotte {post here} however in reviewing the past week there are so many more things that I have to be thankful for as well. So essentially the SparkNotes version of what this post is about is: The little things that made Emily happy over the past few days. Here we go, rewinding to last Friday and… go!


Swedish Hasbeens, hooray!

Quite literally ten minutes before I was heading out the door to leave the mailman rang the doorbell with a package. One of my absolute favorite things in the world is mail so of course I dove right into the box and what was it? Ah! My Swedish Hasbeens. I've been eyeing these sky-high clogs for forever and I finally found these babies for a steal and had to have them.  After clunking around the backyard for a bit (and creating blisters in .5 seconds) I took a few pictures threw them back in the box and hopped in the car on the way to Charlotte!


Hello Lake!

Is a weekend catching up with your best friend you haven't seen in months ever not fun? But seriously, I arrived to Izzy's lake house a little past dinner time and the first stop: queso. From there it was a laid back few days with not great weather but plenty of things to do. It's always good to have one of those friends that even when it's been a while, as soon as you start talking it feels like you picked back up a conversation from yesterday. Tubing, wining and hot-dogging were all great additions to a great view and some great laughs.


Milkshakes from Heaven.

Monday we headed back to her house in Charlotte and spent the day "bopping around town" at the cute little boutiques and awesome restaurants in the city. Before jumping on the highway we grabbed milkshakes from CookOut and let me tell you, they are addicting. I shamelessly grabbed another Oreo shake on my way home and never regretted a sip.


The worst concert photo ever taken

We planned the trip around a Dave Matthews concert that Tuesday. Little fact about Emily: Dave Matthews is my favorite band. The lyrics, the vibe, the dreads, the man himself, I truly could go on for days about this group but I'll save you all. Here's links to my some of my multitude of favorite songs if you're itching to hear more {Ants Marching, Grey Street, Crush}! This is definitely one of the worst photos I've ever taken to remember a concert however it still makes me smile looking at it. I unfortunately cut out the man behind us who jokingly told us he was determined to photo bomb every photo we took (and he succeeded). Oh, happiness is a Dave concert. 


Summer Reading

We said goodbye for a few more weeks and I can't wait to be back! I was greeted at home with a mailbox full of two of my favorite catalogues. Ah the little things. 


"There are always flowers for those who want to see them" Matisse

On the steps up to my summer job, these flowers were growing. Another fact about Emily: the key to my heart is through flowers. Sometimes they can take your breath away or simply put a little pep in your morning. You might have already seen this on my Instagram but if you don't follow me already, check out my personal Instagram {here}!



There's no fun in "Eh"

After work one day this week I stopped into a few stores just to "look around". That's always a funny joke when I end up coming out with a bag from Anthro but I'll blame it on the summer! This sign caught my eye outside of the bookstore. 


Actual Summer Reading

I stopped into Joseph Beth to grab some more books since I've been whizzing through my collection from this summer. I picked up the first book of Emily Giffin, Something Borrowed and I'm probably going to be heading back there today to pick up another one of hers. My summer books are sure to show up in a post shortly! Stay tuned for that!

Hope you liked checking out some of the little things that made me smile this week. Hope yours was equally as enjoyable! What made you smile this week?

Emily


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Friday Finds: Blake Lively is the Best!


If you know me you'd know that I am a Gossip Girl addict. (And that's an understatement...) Blair Waldorf has been my spirit animal since high school but her blonde sidekick Serena always had me drooling over that Upper East side confidence. Gosh she's just so cool both on and off the show! Blake Lively has that it factor. She oozes easy elegance and so much charisma.

She recently sat down with Vogue to answer 73 snap questions and it made me fall in love with her even more. She answered everything from favorite holidays, to her fashion icons and decorates cupcakes while she's at it. Sold yet? In 6 short minutes you hear about her mom bringing a child home from a yard sale and she shows off some amazing "everlasting gobstoppers" pumps. Killer.

I'm telling you, I'm obsessed. Take five (or six in this case) and swoon over Blake in this adorable interview. If you didn't love her already at the beginning, I'm sure you will by the end!


Also on this lovely Friday I'm unveiling a little bit of exciting news in the life of Emily and Dot! I recently got invited to be a part of the HerCampus Blogger Network and I am super super excited! It's such a great opportunity to connect with bloggers around the country! I'm having a great time seeing where my little corner of the web is taking me. Thanks so much HCBN for this next step!



Happy, happy Friday!
Emily

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Introducing: My Happy Place




Lately I've gotten into a new morning routine. Yes, yes of course I get up, check my emails, wash my face blah, blah, blah but this one's a bit different. I've been waking up a little early on my days off to go hiking. There's a nature conservatory near our new house (near is a relative term…) and I've been starting off my mornings with a 4 mile hike.

The trails are a bit of a drive but absolutely absolutely worth it. I've been feeling a little down in the dumps lately. Especially with a few weeks off this summer without any sort of schedule, I end up getting in a rut of well, doing nothing. Staying at home, wandering around the house, reading a book, watching a movie, and catching up on mind numbing tv shows has seriously been rotting my brain! Don't get me wrong. It's been great to relax however it just feels so redundant and fruitless.

I've come to learn over the past few years that I'm one of those people that cannot merely sit. Sure I can relax but about a day of doing nothing is my max. I've got to get up and go! It's crazy how much a day inside really affects my mood! Everything just feels dull, and time moves by way too slowly. Running is a great way that I break this monotony but I'm trying to really take advantage of the summer and do some things I don't have time to enjoy while I'm at school in the city.

These morning hikes have really been keeping me very grounded. Hiking and camping has always been one of my favorite things to do. With most of my best friends out of town this summer with jobs and internships the camping trip hasn't materialized however taking time to do this by myself has been even more rewarding. It's about a two hour walk, just me and nature - as cheesy as that sounds but gosh, it's so great. It really gives you time to think, sweat a little bit and breathe in some fresh air.

Summer is such a great time to find those things that really make you happy.






With a view like that it's hard to not think about just how great life is. Coming here allows me to sort through those little worries and stressers and just breathe some fresh air. 

This is my happy place. What is yours?

Emily

Plucked from Pinterest

Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest! It's a serious addiction of mine {past post here}. Whenever I have some free time (or need quality procrastination) I head on over and start scrolling through the endless supply of style, art, quotes and general inspiration! Here are some of the few things that have caught my eye this past week!


One // I'm absolutely drooling over {this} polka dot dress! It's by a brand I've never heard of but for $16 who cares?! Unfortunately they're out of my size but snatch this up if you're a 2!


Two // I love {these} weavings by Rachel Denbow! They'd be a great addition to a mixed gallery wall!


Three // {This} is such a great idea for nail polish storage! I currently throw all of my Essie's into a makeup bag but this would allow me to display those beautiful white topped colors in a gorgeous way!


Four // Gosh {this} picture makes me want to grow my hair out. I've been watching Mad Men lately and am digging all of these 50's styles of bows and midi skirts. Swooning!


Five // {This} photo is my fantasy right now. That dress. That view. Everything about it has me longing for a vacation to the sea. Hey, a girl can dream!


If you don't already, you should follow me on Pinterest at this {link here}!! You'll be sure to spot a few Emily and Dot posts here and there as well!

Let me know if you liked any of these bits of inspo!
Emily

Monday, July 21, 2014

Surviving Community Showers in College


Community showers were one of the major things that I was dreading when I first came to college. Just everything about it seriously gave me the creeps. Freshman year I was lucky enough to get a suite-style dorm room and live the high life for a year before getting the appalling news sophomore year that I was going to be slumming it in the community stalls. Yuck! As surprised as I am to say this: It really isn't that bad…

In honor of the summer slowing down and all of the new freshmen girls' nerves gearing up I thought I'd put together a few tips on how to survive community showers in college:

1. Shower Shoes! Shower Shoes! Shower Shoes!
I really can't say it enough. I wouldn't want to know the types of bacteria that are on the floors of those showers. Yuck! Make sure shower shoes are on your Back to School checklist because you're going to want them! Old Navy has super cheap flip-flops in a variety of colors. Pick out some cute ones because you're going to be seeing them every day! I switched mine after the first semester in an effort to stay on the safe side!

2. Get a shower caddy!
A shower caddy is another necessity. In my dorm we all keep our toiletries on shelves in the bathroom but we still need something to drag our shampoo from the shelf to the shower! I would recommend getting a cloth shower caddy. I'm not into having to bend down to grab my conditioner! A cloth caddy allows you to hook the handles onto the knobs of the shower and thus, no more bending over! Another tip is to shake the shower caddy before you set it back down for the day. Try to get rid of any excess amounts of water sitting in the bottom in order to prevent the cloth from molding! Toss it in the laundry every once in a while and it'll last all semester!

3. Nice Shampoo is a blessing!
Obviously shampoo is a basic necessity however I have two sets of shampoo that I like to use. I have a daily shampoo that I use during the weekdays. It's for the early mornings so that I can throw it in my hair and wash it out quickly knowing that it is going to get my hair nice and clean in time for that 8 AM class however, when I have a little extra time, usually on the weekends, I use a nicer more expensive shampoo. On a college kid's budget I don't have the money to be paying for Aveda every other week but I can treat myself every once in a while and Sunday mornings are those perfect occasions.

4. Invest in a robe!
After I get out of the shower I hardly ever take the time to really dry myself off. Once I'm done in that community room I scurry out as quickly as possible! This basically means that by the time I get back into my room I'm absolutely freezing! I like to be able to throw on a good quality bath robe or wrap that will soak up some of the extra water while I'm starting to get ready!

5. Microfiber towels = time saver!
These towels are such a lifesaver when I'm running late in the morning! I keep my hair wrapped up in a small microfiber towel for as long as I can while I'm picking out clothes and putting on makeup. I know the rule that you're supposed to put your makeup on last but I try to squeeze out any extra minutes I can to let my hair dry on it's own!

6. High quality towels are worth it!
I thought my mother was totally insane when she insisted on buying me five bath towels for my room but I am so thankful that she did. It allows me, more or less, to use a different towel every day. There's nothing worse than having to dry off with a damp, mildew-y towel! Lots of stores have discounts on towel sets starting in July so take your time and pick out ones you like. Check the quality to make sure they will stand up in those industrial washer and dryers at school! Also remember to get one long enough that will keep you covered and confident when you're walking through the halls of your co-ed dorm to your room!

7. Pump up the heat!
This is a personal tip that made my early mornings much more bearable! Every morning I would turn the heat up in my room right before I headed off to the showers. By the time I showered, got out and took the hall-and-a-half trek back to my room through the icy hallways I was welcomed into a semi-toasty room! If you can control the temperature in your room look into doing this!

8. Makeup remover. Trust me.
Here's another tip I learned from experience! Use a bit of makeup remover before you jump in the shower. I once spent 10 minutes talking to a girl in the hallway after I had gotten out of the shower and as soon as I got back to my room and looked in the mirror I found out that I had black makeup dripping all down my face! Needless to say I was absolutely HORRIFIED! Swipe a bit of eye makeup remover across your eyes before you head out into the hall and you'll be glad that you did!

Hope some of these tips will help you out when dealing with those icky community showers! Do you have any tips from your dorm-life experiences?

Emily

Sunday, July 20, 2014

HELP! To Grow or Not to Grow, That is the Question!


SOS! I'm enlisting your help for a question that's been bugging me now for weeks! Early this spring I chopped all my hair off. I was ready for a change and decided to go for it, cutting it into a bob. Now it's getting towards the end of summer, I'm in need of a haircut and now the inevitable question comes up, 

"keep it short or grow it out"?!

I like how different a bob seems among the rest of my college-aged peers. It always looks styled and put together. It is a tad easier to get ready except for the fact that my wavy hair makes it so I have to blow dry it every morning. To me, long hair is able to look more elegant and there are a lot more ways to style it. Plus a pony-tail is always a positive! Ahh I'm stuck!

A plus for me is that my hair grows fairly quickly. In a year it would be as long as the photo on the right, however the part that I absolutely hate is that awkward stage! You know what I'm talking about! It's when the bob is starting to look outgrown, barely reaching your shoulders and even curling, waving and straightening still looks, well, awkward!

These photos below are giving me a little hope of overcoming that awkward stage with some style. But I'm still stuck, grow it out or keep it short?






What do you think I should do? Grow it out or keep it short?!

SOS,
Emily