Todays Outfit: Fall colors

Actually this outfit was from earlier this week. Who knew keeping up with school, work, a social life and a blog would be so time-consuming? Life gets so busy sometimes it’s unreal. I’ve been trying hard to keep up with everything and I’m learning it’s impossible. Before I talk about my outfit I just wanted to talk a little about handling my crazy life and some of my little ways to lessen the stress!

I will be honest I am not a very organized person. My room is almost always a mess and my mind matches. With all the things I have been doing lately I have had to make my mind at least a little more organized, here are a few of my tips:

Use a planner: My planner is my life. I write everything down in it, literally everything and I look through it every night to make sure it all gets done. There are so many cute ones in so many different formats and sizes, I purchased mine for about $8 at Target but Lilly Pulitzer has the cutest ones around.

Sticky note it: Along with my planner I always carry a pack of sticky notes in my bag. You can write extra little reminders to put inside your planner, or to stick where you will see them (on your bathroom mirror, in your car, on your desk).

Carry a BAG not a purse: Being constantly on the go I have found that those cute little cross bodies are not for me, I can never fit everything I need. Carrying a larger purse or bag allows room for everything and room to keep those little extras always in your purse (i.e.: gum, pain killers, extra makeup bag, planner, etc).

Onto my outfit! Fall is among us and so is fall fashion. I picked up this dress from Forever 21 earlier this week and fell instantly in love with its color and its material. This style of dress has been popping up everywhere and so have the booties, which I am obsessed with by the way. I got this pair at (where else…) Target for around $35. For heels they are easy to walk in and comfortable.

Enjoy the Autumn weather!

See you soon.

XX,

Shannon

Target Booties

Forever 21 Thermal Dress

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Making Your Monogram

I have recently fallen completely in love with the monogram phenomenon. Having you initials on everything, how cute is that!? I think it is completely adorable and I truthfully want everything I own to be monogrammed. But I don’t want to pay to steep prices to do it. I’ve searched the sites that will do it for you, simply provide them your initials and they will ship monogrammed things to your house, but they are expensive! Also I have researched the DIY route, there are many sites that will create a monogram for you, but they often also require a purchase. Being a savvy spender and also an avid DIYer I was determined to find a way to monogram my things on my own, and I have finally found it!

Monogram text download

The link above is to a website that allows you to download a monogram font to Word for free. In the many DIY monogram tutorials I have watched they typically require programs such as Adobe Photoshop, something most household computers do not have. This tutorial is for Microsoft Word and can be done on any Mac computer (I have not tried it on Windows).

First and foremost download the Monogram text link above to your computer. Simply click the download button in the right hand corner and open the downloaded folder on your desk top. Click and open the 2nd document in the folder, called: “Monogram kk sc.” A small box will pop up with an install button, click it and open Microsoft Word. Search the font name “Monogram kk sc” in your fonts and it should be there!

The trick to making monograms with this font is to use separate text boxes, you can more easily move the letters and position them how you please. When creating a monogram remember the order is: First initial, last initial, middle initial. You want you last initial to be in the middle and typically largest. I made my middle letter 300 pt. and my outer letters 260 pt.

​Also screen-shotting is your best friend when making monograms. On a Mac simultaneously hold down Shift+Command+4. Tutorials on screen-shotting can quickly be found online when searched in google.

You can easily add cute shapes and borders to your monograms in Word as well. Click the Shape menu in the right hand corner under the Home tab to create a shape. I like the “Plaque” shape, but simple circles and rectangles are also great for a border. After you have created a shape copy and paste (Command+C) your monogrammed letters into the shape one by one, and re-position as desired. Make sure to put a text wrap on your monogram, In Front of Text will place the monogram in front of the shape. You can also use the re-order tool to position it in front of the shape.

You can fill your shape with a color or add a border to it by clicking Fill and Line under the format tab. It also gives you options to change the weight of the line, this will make it thicker. Along with filling and changing the color of the shape, you can do the same to the monogram. Simply change the color with the button on the left hand side under the Home tab, like you would change any other text. Add a border to text by clicking the blue/white outlined A on the left side of the Home tab, then under Outline click “more lines.” You can change the weight, gradient and color of the border with the options listed.

Simply add a background behind your monogram and screenshot it to create fillers for binders, a computer background, notebook cover, etc. I searched Lily Pulitzer backgrounds in google images and loved the turn out! (Remember whenever searching for photos in google images use the search tools to change the size the Large, this will ensure you find the highest quality images that can easily be cropped/altered.)

Enjoy!

XX,
Shannon