Today’s Outfit: Blanket Scarves

A short message on my blogging absence:

Needless to say it’s been a while. When I started this blog I was one of those girls who “wasn’t going to fall into blogging ruts.” I have so many ideas, so many new blog topics bubbling in my brain in a daily basis, how could I go days or weeks without posting? I was so nieve. I have so much respect for the many bloggers I follow who post on a daily basis with marvelous photos and flawless text, how do they have the time? And honestly, how do they have the motivation? I think I lost a little bit of myself in the first weeks, maybe months I began scratching the surface of the blogging world. I want to have a blog like her or her or her I would tell myself, and in that I started to forget why I started blogging in the first place.

I started blogging to express myself and share my life with others to hopefully benefit them in some way or another. But right now, looking at what I have accomplished so far I’m not sure to what extent I have done that. So here comes another change, I’m going to try to focus on making my posts a little more me. I know I can still get there someday, so don’t give up on me yet. Those million blogging ideas in my brain, they are still there and I am going to write about them all.


Before I mention anything about myself, my day or my outfit I want to take a moment to address the series of attacks in Paris this evening. My heart is broken as I read the latest statistics reporting that well over 100 people have been killed in the attacks. Social media is blowing up with the hashtags #PrayforParis and #PeaceforParis. Please take a moment to send the citizens of Paris your thoughts and prayers in this horrific time and also to thank God for the many blessings of life. In the midst of such heartbreaking events I can’t help but think about how completely blessed I am.  In the wise words of Albert Einstein: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

For me personally today was a wonderful day. Yes, I know it is Friday the 13th, the oh-so-spooky superstitious day known for horrible things, but my day was great despite the clouded skies and chilly breeze. I spent my evening out with my boyfriend getting sushi at my favorite restaurant, singing in the car to extremely loud rap songs and finally coming home to my warm bed feeling so blessed.

My outfit today I feel reflected this mood. I simply wore a light wash pair of skinny jeans with my new knee high boots, a warm white sweater and of course my new, most favorite blanket scarf ever. I’m completely obsessed with the blanket scarf fad and can’t wait to purchase more in every plaid color combination possible! They keep me so warm and cozy, plus can be worn many many different ways. They are the perfect piece for this chilly season.

What made you feel blessed today?
XX,

Shannon

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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

Lady Antebellum Concert

First of all I want to apologize for my absence this week. I just started school and my life has been crazy! But from now on I will be posting a lot more, I have some fun DIY posts planned so be on the look out for those in the coming week.

Anyway, last weekend I went to the Lady Antebellum with Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt at Tinley Park in Chicago, and I was completely blown away. My best friend and I actually purchased the tickets minutes after they went on sale so we were able to get pit tickets for an extremely good price. We left the house hours before the gates opened for parking and waiting in line on the side of the road and ended up getting 2nd row!! My excitement was unreal and their talent was even more unreal.

There were tons of memorable moments from that night, of course there was this nasty girl behind me who insisted on pushing me to try to jump on stage for Sam Hunt. (Some people these days have no self-control or manners…) But besides that I cried during Hunter Hayes’ performance and again when Lady A came out for a second encore to sing “Landslide” by The Dixie Chicks (AKA: my favorite song since I was 7). But the most amazing and memorable moment was when Charles got off stage to huge a beautiful girl with down syndrome standing next to us celebrating her sweet sixteen. The link to the video on my twitter is below! (*Warning: It may make you tear up a little!)

XX,

Shannon

Charles hugs girl celebrating sweet 16

My all time favorites

Since I’m new here and so are you I figured my first (non-D.C.) post should be something to help you get to know me a little better, and what better way to get to know a girl than through her favorite beauty products (and maybe a few other things too)!

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

I have spent what seemed like endless dollars and time searching for the perfect eye liner. Every liner I have tried ends up smeared down  my eye lids after just a few hours of wear, or completely wiped off. But by the end of the day, through watery eyes and sweat, my Stila liner is almost always untouched. My favorite part about this liner, besides the fact it actually stays on my eyes, is how precise the thin felt tip is. You can achieve the thinnest of lines for perfect top liner or elegant wings.

Ulta: $20

Lorac Pro Palette

I have been a Naked girl for a while now, so when a friend of mine showed me her Lorac palette I was naturally a little leery, but also curious. With all the hype around Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes I did not buy the Lorac palette thinking I would love it more than my Nakeds, but I did and I really do. Unlike other shadows I have tried, the shadow in this palette is extremely soft, almost creamy (but it is NOT a cream shadow!). The seemingly dark colors blend out very nicely into much softer tones, and the lighter ones of the bunch are perfect for simple everyday wear. My top favorite shades include: Cream, Champagne, LT Bronz, Pewter and Mauve.

Ulta/Kohl’s: $42

Elf’s Clear Brow and Lash Mascara

If you have wild and bushy eye brows like mine this product will be your savior. I have been using this product consistently in my makeup routine for several years now. Simply brushing the clear mascara through my brows keeps them in place all day, I love it! There are a few downsides I have found throughout my use, but the price keeps me buying. When applying this product always make sure to do it at the end of your routine, or at least after foundation, concealor and powder. If applied before these products small, skin colored, gooey lumps form in your brows.

Target: $2

Redken Frizz Dismiss 

My hair is not curly, it is not wavy, it is not thick, but my hair is extremely frizzy. I have tried pretty much every product I could find that claimed to defrizz my locks, but nothing has worked quite as well as the Redken Frizz Dismiss products have. There is a handful of products to choose from in this defrizzing collection, I currently use the shampoo and conditioner as well as several leave in products. What I like most about this collection is the frizz protection factor (FPF) the leave in products employ. I have products that range from FPF 10 to FPF 40, so on more humid days I choose a higher number, and on sunny days I go for a lower one.

Ulta: Frizz Dismiss Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner $15.99, Frizz Dismiss Rebel Tame (40 FPF leave in cream) $22, Frizz Dismiss Instant Deflate (30 FPF leave in oil/gel) $22, Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force (20 FPF leave in spray), Frizz Dismiss Fly-Away Fix (10 FPF finishing sheets) $25

St Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub

I have had pretty nasty acne since I was about nine years old, I have tried various scrubs, washes and cleansers typically still resulting in occasional blemishes. Throughout this time of trying many products I have always held a special place in my heart for this simple scrub. Unlike other washes I love how clean this product makes my skin feel. I love to use it after a run or an extra sweaty day, it really opens up my pores and smells great too! (If used to often it can dry out your skin, so be careful when starting use. I typically use mine every other day!)

Target: $3.36

Other favorites

Despicable Me or Anything Minion: My boyfriend and I bought tickets a week before the Minion movie came out and saw the early showing.

Target: I’ve mentioned Target as my store of choice for several of the products above, well typically it’s my store of choice for everything. 

American Flag Anything: I consider myself to be pretty patriotic and with this I own about six American flag shirts, two pairs of shorts, two hats, a scarf, a purse, a backpack and who knows how many other things.

Sushi: I am a huge eater (but I also weigh 107 lbs so I don’t know how that works). I can list on one hand all the foods I don’t  like, that’s how much I love eating. Sushi is the food group on the top of my list though.

XX,

Shannon