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I was reading one of my favorite blogs and I saw a post that was really cool and fun to read as a viewer and a blogger. It seemed like a lot of fun, but finding the time to do it was very hard. I know it’s summer and I should have all the time in the world, but I just don’t. Anyway, the post was a “Girls’/Summer Night In,” which could easily be a tag, as it’s very fun to do and customize. So I present to you… My summer night in!
To Wear: PJ Top (Forever 21 Girls)//PJ Bottoms (xhilaration)
While I’m rocking out to some of my favorite songs I like to be nice and comfortable so I put on my loosest attire… Pajamas! The shirt is not actually from Los Angeles, though I have been there, and I miss the hot weather. It’s actually a really loose t-shirt. Cute, right? The pants are absolutely adorable, I mean come on, there’s polka dots. Plus, they’re cotton, so it’s perfect for cooler summer nights.
To Apply: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser//3-in-1 Acne Treatment//Acne Defense Face Lotion//Oil-Free Moisture//Power-Cream Wash//Baby Lips Sunscreen//EOS Passion Fruit Lip Balm
I have quite an intense skin care routine. It involves quite a variety of masks, moisturizers, facial washes, lotions, and lip balms. Right now I really like the Baby Lips Sunscreen Chap Sticks. They’re perfect for the pool. But when I’m not using that I’ve been loving my EOS Passion Fruit Lip Balm. Trust me, they may be expensive, but they’re worth every penny. To keep my face soft and acne free I really enjoy the Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Set. It really does do everything it says.
To Do: Strathmore Sketchbook//Sharpie Fine Point//Bic Mark It Ultra Fine Point
I’ve been seeing these quote/lyric art pictures all over the internet now, and I decided to try some of my own. I used my fancy smancy sketchbook from Christmas, and used the words from songs I’ve been loving. And of course, you can’t use just any markers. I had to use my favorite Bic markers. They have a super thin point, perfect for drawing and outlining, making them my favorite markers ever. And when I get tired of that I like to use transparent pictures and banners from Tumblr to make collages. That’s how I made my header and the picture above.
To Read: The Fabulous Girls’ Book//Twelve O’ Clocke
I’ve always loved this book, even though I got it for Christmas when I was younger. Maybe 2 or 3 years ago. It has a bunch of DIYs, crafts, style tips, and advice. It’s a fun read if you’re looking for something to do on a lazy Sunday. It even has projects for a girls’ night in. But if I’m not in a book reading mood, I like to read blogs. Particularly Gabrielle Noone’s Twelve O’ Clocke. It’s what inspired me to start embroidering. If you’d like to see a post about that, comment below.
See you soon!
Somehow every night I end up the last one awake, and it makes no sense, because I can go to bed at 1:30 (thanks to watching my new favorite 8-season TV show Bones, on Netflix) and still get up at 9:30. Which is really weird because it’s summer and I don’t have to wake up early, but I did anyway.
That’s pretty off topic. So I go downstairs, running as fast as I can, because I watch so many murder investigation shows, that walking alone at night scares me. Especially since the ceiling lights went out in my room, so I have to get that fixed.
And I don’t know how to use my mom’s K-cup, fancy coffee machine, you know what I’m talking, about, the one everyone has. Well she didn’t teach me how to use that, and I would get in a lot of trouble if I broke it, so I use the old-fashioned method, of a microwave, and some water, and a little package of powdered hot chocolate that you rip open.
Then you’re gonna think I’m weird if you don’t already, but I put cinnamon in my hot chocolate, because it just smells like Christmas. And yes, I know Christmas doesn’t have a set smell, but it just smells like really wintery, and Christmassy, and holiday timey.
Sometimes when I wanna get really fancy I’ll sneak around like a ninja in the kitchen, to find cinnamon sticks. I don’t do it too often, because I don’t really end up doing anything with them. They kinda just sit there for photo taking opportunities, to make me look all fancy smancy. Also, it wasn’t really midnight, it was like 10 o’clock, but midnight hot chocolate sounds a lot better than 10 o’ clock hot chocolate runs. So… Um…. I kinda lied, but 10:30ish is around midnight. Not really, but whatever.
So yeah, it always starts out like that, with me just sitting in my bed reading a book, or watching Netflix, wondering how I’m ever going to get through 8 seasons of 45 minute episodes before the summer is over. And that was the book I just got that day, “Paper Towns” by John Green, he’s
also the guy that wrote the “Fault in Our Stars,” which was totally over-rated, but that’s for another time.
So I just keep drinking and drinking, because I’m not one of those people who likes ‘cold chocolate.’ Yet, I really hate burning my tongue, so I get some crushed ice out of our water, ice, fridge, dispenser thing, and dump that in the mug before I drink it. That’s so I can repeatedly sip, without repeatedly burning my tongue.
And by the end of the night, there’s always a ton of marshmallows left because instead of getting the mini fake marshmallow things my dad brings home from work, I get real marshmallows, and they don’t really dissolve in warm beverages, like the fake ones do.
I quite enjoy my
bug mowl, mowl bug, mug bowl, I can’t talk today, it has little dogs on it, and I have ones with cats too. It’s really big and shallow, but it’s really wide, so it’s like a combination 2-in-1 thing. So tell me if you have midnight snacks, or hot chocolate runs, or coffee runs. They’re probably really bad unless you need to stay awake. Tell me what you are doing at midnight or right before you go to bed.
-XO Style Stalker
So… My first brand collaboration… Not exactly what I expected, but I’ll go with the flow. Recently Bonobos, a men’s apparel brand contacted me and asked me to do a Summer Style post working around their newest collection of suits. At first I was hesitant, because this is primarily a girl’s blog, me being a girl and all, but I was so excited to finally get to work with a brand I agreed.
I wasn’t quite sure what to do for this post, but I do love the Spangled brand, so I know I had to incorporate something from their collection in here too. I present to you the “his and hers summer collection” featuring some jewelry from Tory Burch
How to Find the Perfect Fit
- The shoulders should fit snuggly but not be too tight
- If the shoulders fit anything else can be fixed
- Cup the bottom of the suit with your arms at your side
- Have a 1/4 of an inch of your shirt cuff showing
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-XO Style Stalker
I know it may seem crazy you can have too many hangers and not enough clothes, because that rarely happens to me. In fact, quite often it is the other way around, where I have too many clothes and not enough hangers or room in my closet.
But because there are some people who only buy the necessary, there might be a lot of extra plastic, wire, or maybe even for the luxurious fabric covered wire in your closet. And since I’m always looking for DIYs, I thought I’d show you a few of the uses I’ve found for spare hangers.
1. Display Your Favorite Magazines
I know I have magazines I’ve love to have hanging in my room or maybe even in my closet. This is especially helpful if you leave them open to your favorite outfit or makeup tutorials for when you just don’t have ANYTHING to wear (even when you most definitely do) for easy access and instant inspiration.
2. Make a Scarf Display
I know they make hangers just for this, but who wants to spend money when you can make one yourself?! These are cute, affordable, and nice enough to hang out in the open.
3. Make a Jewelry Tree
I have a jewelry cake tier for rings and bracelets, and hooks on wooden letter spelling out my name for necklaces, but I certainly don’t have this. Easy as pie, and as shown here, ready in 60 seconds, this is an easy project, for the “artistically challenged.”
4. Display your Photos
This is another easy solution for your spare hangers. This looks pretty minimalistic in the picture but depending on the hanger, pictures, and binder clips you use, you can make this as creative, or plain as you want.
5. Make a Coat Rack
Another creative use from scraphacker.com, only this one is slightly more challenging (ok, a lot more challenging). This is perfect for renovating your mudroom on a budget, and it looks really nice too.
6. Embrace your Inner Bookworm
Not everyone wants to take up tons of space with a fat, clunky bookcase, unlike me. But there is a way to keep books in your life, and your room, long after school is out. This easy book rack looks easy, and fun, perfect for me, because I have too many books, and not enough bookshelves.
7. Organize your Shoe Collection
If you don’t already have your shoes on display like me, and really don’t have the space for it, then this may be the project for you. From now on you can keep those skinny shoes (flats and flip flops) hanging on your extra hangers.
8. Make a Chandelier
While I do not need a chandelier, nor do I particularly want one, you might. So enjoy this complex DIY for the experienced from scraphacker.com.
9. Hang your Glasses
I can’t see well without glasses, which is the understatement of the year, so I guess you could say I have a lot. Well, I used to. But getting your prescription changed every time your vision gets worse I expensive, so I donated 3 pairs of glasses to children in need. Now I have my nerdy glasses from Ray Ban, and some smaller ones from Converse. But I’d love for everyone to see them while I sleep at night, because that’s pretty much the only time I take them off. Don’t want to crash into walls or anything.
10. Make a Ribbon Rack
I have lots of craft materials and ribbon is one of them. I’d love the be able to take them out of the box I stuff them in. Don’t worry, it’s a pretty fabric box. Now I finally can.
I really don’t have room for all this on my walls, but I can’t choose just one. Can you? Tell me in the comments your favorite, or favorites;)
-XO Style Stalker
I don’t really know what t call the situation I’m in. I think you could call it blogger’s block. I don’t know what to write, and when I do it seems really bad. Plus, the only place I’m going to is to the gym and home, so it’s not like I have any reason to dress particularly inspiring.
If you have any preferences for types of posts, ideas for posts, or anything of the sort, leave a comment below.
-XO Style Stalker
Everyone thinks fashion blogging is this great whirlwind of free stuff and guest appearances on talk shows. Well guess what, it’s not. No one ever tells you about the downsides to fashion blogging. Well, no one but me.
If you build it they may not come. Just because you have unique content, helpful information, and outstanding pictures doesn’t mean you will be an overnight success. Unless you are this blog, in which case you are VERY, very lucky.
No one wants to hear about you unless you show them an OOTD (Outfit of the Day). People stay on your blog because they want advice, tips, and inspiration. Most posts that are about what YOU want have a lower page view count. Posts that relate to bloggers or help them have a MUCH higher view count.
It takes a lot more work than you think. People think fashion blogging is super easy, take a picture of your outfit, write wear it came from, and create a catchy title. EASY! Except it requires so much more than that, quality time and effort to develop a following and figure out what people want from you.
There are always people who will grow faster than you, get more comments than you, spend so much less time, yet get so many more viewers. You may write a lot more interesting content, but they just have a natural way with people.
What’s one thing no one told you about fashion blogging? Or any blogging in general? Tell me in the comments!
-XO Style Stalker