Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hello There...

Hi friends!  I've neglected this little old blog and I'm okay with that but I miss this place!  This semester has been a rough one.  I lost my precious grandmother on Halloween, which has been a long time coming.  I miss her dearly but I know she is in heaven and pain free.

School has been difficult this semester too.  I think I have junior-itis.  The thought of school disgusts me and I am lacking any motivation whatsoever.  But there is a light at the end of the tunnel because after this Friday I am DONE for almost a month and a half.  It will be glorious!  Oh and did I mention that I turn 21 over winter break?!  Hellz yeah!

Well, I just wanted to stop in and say hi...  I have been keeping up with y'alls blogs so don't think I've totally abandoned everything but hopefully I'll be able to get back onto a regular blogging routine!

xoxo

Thursday, August 15, 2013

End Of Summer $100 Walmart Giveaway

Welcome to the "End of Summer Giveaway Event" sponsored by Tip Hero and featuring some wonderful bloggers. With summer soon drawing to a close (unfortunately), we thought a great big giveaway event would be the perfect pick-me-up!


There are some great opportunities to score deals at the end of the summer. One lucky winner will win a $100 Walmart gift card to potentially use while shopping those end of the season sales. This giveaway begins on August 15th and will run until August 29th at 11:59pm US Eastern time. It will be open to residents of the US only, 18+. Use the PromoSimple form below to enter, and make sure that you take advantage of the many entries you can gain. Also, be sure to come back daily for more chances to win. Best of luck!

$100 Walmart Gift Card

Disclosure: Elle is not responsible for prize distribution. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to kira@tiphero.com. All entries are optional, but if the winner task is a task that you did not complete, a second winner will be chosen. Winners will be notified via email. If a winner does not respond within 48 hours of the time when the email is sent, another winner will be chosen.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

$100 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway!

Hey y'all!  Long time, no talk!  I'm still alive and enjoying my last few moments of summer.  But I am oh so excited to move back to school and see all of my Alpha Phi sisters!

Anyways... I am just letting y'all know about this fabulous $100 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway.  I know I could use the extra money for school supplies and such!  It will run from August 15th - August 29th.  Participants must be 18 or older and live in the U.S.

Good luck to everyone!  I will be updating soon, I promise!

xoxo

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How To: Wooden Glitter Monogram

Y'all, this is one of my favorite DIY projects I have ever done.  It was easy, inexpensive, and SO DANG ADORABLE!  I recently posted about my newest shopping addiction, Very Jane, and this is where I found the wooden monogram.

I looked all over Pinterest to find a tutorial but everything I found was on Etsy and it was already made.  I had the basic idea on how to do it but I decided to message one of the Etsy sellers and Inscribed Monograms graciously gave me some great tips!


Supplies:

-Unfinished Wooden Monogram (Mine was 12 in. but you can use any size)
Like I said, I purchased mine from Very Jane but the deal is over.  I have seen them on their site since but I am sure you can easily buy this online somewhere.
-1 Can of White Spray Paint (or any other color. It will be visible on the sides)
-Mod Podge
-Extra Fine Glitter (My color was called Raspberry and the brand was Recollections)
Michael's had so many more options than Hobby Lobby for colors. I was told that Martha Stewart brand was good too.
-Clear Enamel
-Paint Brush


The directions are below.  I have taken a pictures of the steps and you can find them following the directions.
  1. Spray your monogram with the spray paint.  The spray paint will only show on the sides of the monogram so make sure the sides are well covered.  I only needed to do two coats without sanding.  There were little pieces of wood on the edges that I just picked off.
  2. Once the spray paint is dried, paint the mod podge on the top of the monogram.  I did this in sections or else the mod podge will dry before you can apply the glitter.
  3. Pour an ample amount of glitter on the section of mod podge.  You can immediately knock the loose glitter off.
  4. Continue until the entire monogram is covered in glitter.  You will have to go back and touch up the spots where the glitter didn't stick to the mod podge.
  5. Let dry for 24 hours.
  6. Spray with the clear enamel.  This sets the glitter so any loose pieces don't fall off.  I sprayed the sides as well.
  7. Find a cute ribbon and tie a loop around the top and hang with a nail on the wall!
This is the wooden monogram before I spray painted it.

I did the mod podge and glitter in sections.
This is the spray enamel I used.
The finished product!  The ribbon I found is perfect to hang it up!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or comment on this post.  I will do my best to help you!  Also, if you decide to try it out, send me a link to your finished product!  I would love to post it on this post!  Good luck. :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Very Jane

Hi friends!  Hope everyone is having an excellent summer!  I have been spending my days nannying, hanging at the pool, and staying up entirely too late with my sweet friends.  It has been wonderful and I am definitely dreading mid-August when I have to go back to school.

Anyway, enough about school!  I am here to share with y'all one of my newest shopping obsessions...


For those of you that are unfamiliar with Very Jane, they are a website that features Daily Boutique Deals.  So basically Groupon for SUPER cute boutique items.  Typically, each deal lasts a few days.  I have found that most everything is priced super reasonably.  And did I mention that their stuff is so.dang.cute?!



I recently received this darling short Chevron dress from Style Me Beautiful.  I have been looking everywhere for a Chevron dress and this is definitely a winner!  I've seen these in Maxi dress form but I am so tall that I find that Maxi dresses often hit my feet at a weird length.  With that being said, this dress, albeit short, is not too short to be un-lady like. :)


Excuse the selfies in the bathroom mirror.  A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do...


Not only are their deals too good to pass up, but they have made it super easy to purchase these items.  I usually just use PayPal and after a few clicks, it is on its way to my house.  Sometimes that can be dangerous though!  I may or may not have had six Very Jane deals on my doorstep last week. :)

Although this deal has expired, you can check out their website for their new deals every day.  They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!  And if you ever need to get in contact with the folks at Very Jane, their customer service is top notch!  That, my friends, is always a plus in my book!

Well, what are you waiting for?!  Go get addicted sign up for Very Jane.  You will not regret it and that is a promise! 

Have a great week friends!

P.S. I have a tutorial that will be up sometime in the future.  I will give you hints...  It involves a 12" wooden monogram from a Very Jane deal and glitter.  Lots and lots of glitter!

**This item was provided for me at no cost.  All opinions are my own.**

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday Randoms

Whaddup friends?!  I'm blogging on the weekend.  WAIT. HOLD UP!  Is that even legal?!  Hehe I kid.  The weekends are the only time I have to actually sit down and crank out a post.  Let's be honest here...

Anyways, here are some random thoughts from my blonde head.


  • My mom asked me if I wanted to go to the mall today.  Is that even a legit question?!  OF COURSE I DO! 
  • I also planned a family outing tonight to go see The Heat at Fork n' Screen.  Kinda really excited about that!  I've only been to Fork n' Screen once and I didn't order anything because it's so dang expensive and it was a midnight showing.  Ain't nobody got time for that!
  • Today marks the last six months of living as a minor.  This will undoubtedly be the longest six months of my life.
  • I am really tan this summer.  And I'm not saying this in a vain way at all.  Every summer I tan pretty easily.  It was just the skin God gave me and I am grateful for that.  But here's the thing... This summer it happened SUPER fast, like faster than any other summer.  I am going to blame it on our Spring Break trip to Florida.  I'm guessing that it helped the process along even though when Summer hit, my tan from Florida had already faded.  Anyone else experience this?  Oh and p.s. I always use sunscreen.  Sometimes I feel judged because people are like "Whoa girl, you're tan.  You know that's not good for you?"  I'm sorry but I didn't ask you and for the record, I always use sunscreen so back off! 
  • I was at the pool yesterday with my friends little girl and this dad came up to me and this is how the conversation went...
    • Him: "Hey, I think I've met you before! What's your name again?" (We had met last summer while my mom and I were walking my dog)
    • Me: "My name is Elle.  We met last summer!"
    • Him: "Oh yeah!  So are you here babysitting?"
    • Me: : "Yep, that's pretty much my life." :)
    • Him: "Well this is my wife _____ and we could definitely use a babysitter sometime!" 
    • Me: "I'd love to!"
    • Him: "You should stop by our house sometime and give us your number!"
There was more to the convo but hello?  That's really weird... I'm not just going to stop by your house and give you my number.  I would have given it to him right then but we were in the pool so neither of us had our phones and I didn't have any paper to do it the old fashioned way.  Any suggestions?  

  • Our neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods have become infested with foxes.  The other night I saw a fox slowly following a cat down the street.  The cat was oblivious to the fox but when the fox started slowly getting closer, I started freaking out.  I ran after the two and I kid you not, the fox was about 10 feet away from the cat about ready to go in for the kill.  I started screaming and running toward the fox and thankfully, it ran away.  It has become a problem though because these foxes are fearless.  They could easily kill small dogs or cats.  Although, I've never understod letting your cat roam the neighborhood.
  • I have this super cute DIY post that I can't wait to share with y'all!  It is probably one of my favorite things I have ever made.  And guess what!  I made it up as I went because I couldn't find anything about it on Pinterest.  How original can you get?!
  • I feel like I have so much more to share with y'all but I've already posted it on Instagram.  Anyone else feel like social media is killing the blog scene??  That makes me sad. :(
Happy Sunday, friends!  Enjoy your day and remember to be happy!  All this hate and sadness in the world is depressing but remember that you have the power to change that just with your attitude.  

"Kindness is never wasted.  If it has no effect on the recipient, at least it benefits the bestower." -S H Simmons

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Darling Prepster's Birthday GIVEAWAY!

Hey friends!  One of my favorite bloggers, Ashliegh at The Darling Prepster, is having a huge birthday giveaway and you have a chance to win it all!  Wish her a happy birthday and enter to win all of these fabulous prizes!  Good luck! :)

Since today is my birthday, I've rounded up my favorite bloggers to give YOU some fabulous gifts! There are over $150 in gift cards, a ton of ad space for all you bloggers, and some beautiful jewelry being given away!

I'm giving away a $25 Forever 21 Gift Card as well!


Taylor at Anchored is giving away one month ad space on her blog and these beautiful green earrings from Poppy Style!



Dani from Love Me Dani Marie is giving away a $15 gift card to Target!


Brenda at From Me, With Love Designs is giving away $40 to her Etsy shop


A Southern Brunette is giving away the Pearl Akoya Bib Necklace from BaubleBar! 




Shontal from The Preppy Scientist is giving away a $25 e-gift card to Etsy! 


Ashley at Purple and Pearls is giving away $25 Amazon E-Gfit Card!


Rachael at Pretty in Pink is giving away a 1 month subscription to Birchbox! 


Semirah at Sound of Charm is giving away Ad space!


Val at Summer and Wine is giving away a Starbucks gift card!


Ally at Sunny Sweetheart is giving away $15 Sephora Gift Card!


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Elle at The Princess Diaries is giving away ad space!


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