Friday, June 27, 2014

DIY Polka Dot Shorts

Remember that time way back when I posted an outfit with my DIY tribal shorts, and I mentioned maybe posting how to's in the future? Well, here it is! A couple of weeks ago, I got together with one of my friends and we had a craft date. She made a ton of dorm decor, and I found a pair of old jeans and turned them into shorts. It's a very simple DIY - read on to see how I made them!

Old jeans / shorts
Optional: needle and thread, iron / hair straightener, ruler, box cutter / razor blade
The first thing I did was put on my pair of old jeans, and roughly marked how long I wanted my shorts to be. Remember not to cut it too short - you can always cut more, but you can't go back once you've cut too much!
Make sure both pant legs are even, and just snip off the legs with your scissors. I left enough length so that I would be able to roll the ends.
Next, I made my stencil. I had some cardstock from an old project that I recycled. I punched out a circle, and voila - you have your stencil!

Brush wise, you should probably use an actual stencil brush, but I found that the flat end of a cheap foam brush works just as well. I made a couple of mistakes, but you can always go back over it with a smaller brush. I squeezed some paint onto a plate, loaded the flat end of my brush, and dabbed it over my stencil.
Try not to paint it on, because that will cause paint to go under your stencil and ruin your pretty circles.
If you want to be precise, you could use a ruler to measure where your polka dots go, but I just eyed it, and it turned out fine!
About half way through, my stencil became soggy because of all the paint. Just punch another hole in your paper, and you've got a brand new, dry stencil!

After I got my first row of polka dots
You can always fix rough spots with a smaller brush.
And there you have it, your very own polka dot shorts! Depending on your style, you could fray the ends with a razor or box cutter, roll it and sew it, or leave it as it is. I ended up rolling mine and sewing the seams on the side so that it doesn't become unrolled. I'm way too lazy to actually use an iron, so I used my hair straightener to crease the ends. Practical, yes?

Do you ever make your own shorts? Stay tuned to see how I style mine!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Meet Emily, Planner Enthusiast

Well, it's been a while! Blogging had to take the backseat for a while - I think it's safe to say that Spring 2014 was my busiest semester yet! I have a lot of plans for Crazy Scarf Girl, but whether or not they'll be executed is highly debatable since all I do is sit around and watch Supernatural.

It's good to be back, though, because today, I present you a very pressing matter: what is your favorite planner?

In case my URL didn't give it away, I'm actually crazy. One of the things I'm crazy about is planning. If I don't write something down, I will forget. As a result, I've developed a sense of what works and what doesn't, and I know exactly what I want in a planner.

This year, I'm comfortable with investing more in a planner since I use it every single day. (Seriously. Without my planner, I'm lost.) After I narrowed it down to four options, I came up with a list of questions. If you're on the same journey as I am, go ahead and answer the following with your favorite planners:
1. Does it contain the academic year (July 2014-July 2015), or the regular year (ending in December 2015)?
2. Is it lined, or unlined?
3. Is it split into morning/day/evening?
4. Are the Saturday/Sunday blocks the same size as weekdays?
5. Does the planner contain a folder?
6. Does each week have a 2 page spread?
7. How much does it cost?
(I may or may not have made an Excel spreadsheet for this.)

Because I'm a student, I prefer the academic year. To me, the year starts in August and ends in May, and I don't really have a need to plan my summer (yet).

I also like unlined, morning/day/evening blocks. With my old planner from Target, I would write all of my meetings for the day, but it would be out of order. Not gonna lie, I may or may not have missed a meeting because of this. Luckily, the morning/day/evening sections will solve this problem for me!

My favorite planners are from Erin Condren, Plum Paper Designs, May Designs, and Sarah Pinto. My real struggle? Choosing between Erin Condren and Plum Paper Designs. Maybe you can help me out!

Erin Condren Life Planner
$45 with coupon, originally $55

I'm sure you've heard of it - Erin Condren is all over the blogosphere. I absolutely adore the layout and customization, but the only thing holding me back is the price and the fact that I have to purchase more months in order to get the academic year. That, and I would have to purchase a new one starting in January - ugh! That would seriously throw off my flow.

To help with the price, you can sign up with any referral link (mine is here, if you fancy). You get $10 off, and the referrer (me) gets $10 in credit if you make a purchase. Even though I absolutely love it, the cheapskate inside of me doesn't know if I can handle dishing out $45 + shipping on a planner, you know?

Pros: adorable designs, customized cover, unlined, morning/day/evening blocks, can be used longer, includes a bunch of extras
Cons: expensive, kind of bulky, not the academic year, narrow daily sections


My favorite thing about this planner is that you can customize the 7 different sections. I'd split mine into morning, day, evening, to-do, and leave the remaining 3 for school organizations. Unfortunately, this planner is lined. I've used lined planners in the past, but I feel like it's restricting. And I'm picky. However, if you don't care about whether or not it's lined, this is a great choice if you want to customize your sections!

Pros: adorable designs, customized cover, customized sections, academic year
Cons: expensive, kind of bulky, lined, narrow daily sections

May Designs Planner

$16.50, Summer Sale

Of my four options, May Designs has the most designs to choose from, and it's the cheapest. This is definitely something I'd use in high school. It's smaller so you can toss it in your purse, but since I rely so heavily on my planner, it doesn't make the cut this year. I'd recommend this one if you want something cute and convenient!

Pros: adorable designs, incredibly customized cover, convenient size, unlined, inexpensive, academic year
Cons: small daily sections, not divided into morning/day/night


This is another one I'd use in high school. It's a convenient size, and it looks like something you'd find at Target. Unfortunately there are only 3 designs, but I like the layout of the weekly spreads. Like the May Designs Planner, I'd recommend this one if you want something convenient.

Pros: convenient size, unlined, academic year, inexpensive
Cons: no customization, not many design choices, not divided into morning/day/night

Phew - that was a lot of analysis, and I still haven't made up my mind! Help me out here - which is your favorite?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday: Kate Spade & Jonathan Adler

The other day, I was browsing through the supply store we have on campus. I wasn't shopping for anything in particular, just passing the time. But lo and behold, I found the cutest designer things ever: phone cases and stationery! I especially loved all the little sticky notes and notepads (as if I need any more sticky notes).

The majority of what they had was Kate Spade and Jonathan Adler. I'd never really looked into JA stuff, but I love it! It's more affordable than Kate Spade, but still just as cute. They even had designer things on clearance! Surprisingly, almost everything I saw was cheaper in my store than online.

After stumbling upon these adorable notebooks and phone cases, I browsed the desk accessories section of each website. Here are more of my favorites:

wishlist wednesday - stationery

The bow push pins are so adorable - but I think anyone could definitely DIY them. It's going on my to do list!

So next time you're studied-out, check out your university's supply store! It's probably full of goodies like these, in addition to overpriced textbooks.

What are your favorite things from Kate Spade and Jonathan Adler?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Busy Week

This week was quite a hectic one. I still don't really know why, it was just busy. Whenever I have weeks like these, I forget that sometimes, it's just best to cut my losses and relax a little. For lack of a better metaphor, it's no use beating a dead horse, which I tend to do when it comes to studying.

So, to compensate, my friends and I watched 27 Dresses on Friday and spent Saturday morning lounging on the quad. It was totally worth it.

Friday's Outfit
black & white striped sweater - thrifted | scarf - michael's | dark wash jeans - jcpenney | shoes - converse
I swear I don't wear this sweater and scarf as often as it seems. Okay, maybe I do, but I always seem to get outfit photos when I'm wearing the same things. I'll work on that!

Saturday Morning

This semester is the first time I've ever held an officer position in an organization, so I guess you could say that's a contributing factor to my stress levels. Not that I've actually done anything yet, but being held accountable for a group of people is something new to me. I know it will pay off in the end, so it's worth it!

If you're having a stressful week, I highly recommend taking an hour or two to just relax. Coming from a perpetually stressed out, wannabe-overachieving student, it's safe to say that it definitely helps.

Well, good thing it's a new week - I hope you have a great one!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

OOTD: DIY'd Tribal Shorts

crop sweater - forever 21 | cardigan - american eagle outfitters | shorts - diy, goodwill | combat boots - madden girl | glasses - | necklace - forever 21
I actually wore this outfit a few weeks ago when we had a couple of warm days, but I never got around to uploading it until now. My favorite part of this outfit is definitely my shorts!

These were originally jeans from Goodwill. Using some scissors, a razor to fray the edges, and Tulip fabric paint, I turned them into tribal shorts! The project took about 2-3 hours and only cost me $4. Needless to say, I don't plan on buying shorts for more than $5 in the near future!

My inspiration came from these shorts from Pacsun. I saw them in stores and knew I needed them, but then I looked at the price tag... $40? "Uh, no thanks. I bet I could make those!" So I did some research on Pinterest (as usual) and emerged victorious!

I really like the look of the half-printed shorts! via Pinterest

This summer, I want to make American flag shorts and maybe try dip dying or ombre. We'll see! I also want to write a tutorial next time I DIY clothes from Goodwill.

Have you ever done a DIY like this?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Loves

Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I thought I'd do a roundup of some things I've been loving this past week.

Music: Frozen's "Let It Go" Covers
As if you haven't heard enough of them. But seriously, how could you not love this song? It's beautifully written and performed, and there are so many different takes on it.

How is she able to belt this sitting down? The world may never know.

This is my favorite male cover. His range is incredible!

If you haven't heard this one - I would highly recommend it. Highly. It's really unique!

Reads: NYFW

If you're in need of a little inspiration, I would suggest this article! Especially since the new season is rolling around - don't buy things that aren't you. Buy what you want and what you would wear, not what others want to see you wear!

Dunkin Donuts Travel Mug

$12.99 mug. $0.50 refills. Need I say more?
But seriously, this is probably one of the best investments I have ever made. I love it so much! It's incredibly convenient, and it's cute. I'm saving the environment and drinking coffee cheaper than a K-cup - what more can I ask? You can get one here!

I hope you've had a great week!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

J. Crew Inspired

So, there's this necklace from J. Crew that I am obsessed with. Sarahbelle93x posted a video about it a long time ago, and I've been in love with it ever since. Unfortunately it's not available anymore, but this is what I'm talking about:

via J.Crew Tumblr
I'd never shell out $128 for a necklace, but I love it so much! (But there is an "alternative" here on Etsy!)

I wore this outfit last week, and it's heavily inspired by said necklace. I always see people wearing it with chambray or polka dots, so why not try both?

chambray shirt - old navy | polka dot pants - belk | red statement necklace - charming charlie
The necklace I'm wearing is one from Charming Charlie, which I got in a dirty Santa gift exchange. It came with earrings, and the set was $10! It's not an exact alternative to my favorite J. Crew necklace, but you can't beat the price.

My polka dot pants feel like dress pants, but fit like leggings. They're awesome, and I got them for $10 on sale at Belk!

It was quite a preppy day - I think the only thing that would make this outfit more preppy would be a black or white puffer vest, haha. (Yeah, I don't really understand my style, either - I go from extremely preppy to wannabe hipster to kind of vintage...?)

via Pinterest

Do you like love this necklace? How would you wear it?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Obligatory Valentine's Day Post

Happy (late) Valentine's Day! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, regardless of relationship status. I actually did receive a gift - my best friend loves me and got me a big, heart shaped box of chocolate! (Probably because I've been complaining about it and planning to get discounted candy since January.) But it's awesome, and she's the best.

And of course I had to dress for the occasion. Thursday night, my roommates had to deal with me trying on at least four different outfits, before I finally settled on this one.

dress - target | cardigan - target | scarf - michael's | combat boots - madden girl
Our plans for Friday didn't really pan out the way we thought they would - the Indian restaurant was closed, and there was an hour and a half long wait at the bowling alley. Typical. Instead, we went to an even better Chinese restaurant and hung out at a friend's house. Who needs bowling when you can play with a cat named Sherlock?
roast duck with cabbage and rice - actually the best meal I've had in ages

Overall, a great day! How did you spend your Valentine's Day?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday: Valentine Edition

February 14th is right around the corner! I, in fact, do have special plans: my friends and I are dressing up, getting delicious Indian food, and going bowling. Afterwards, we plan on baking cookies and buying discounted chocolate, because what would Valentine's Day be without chocolate?

I'll be sure to take photos of our lovely V-Day outing!

(I also just got the hang of Polyvore - it's so easy and fun!)

Wishlist Wednesday: Valentine's Day

I love watching Bethany Mota's YouTube videos, and ever since she released her clothing line at Aeropostale, I've been eyeing this striped skater skirt. I love skater skirts, and you could wear this one with anything!

I used to be completely against designer items, because I didn't believe in paying 3x the amount of money when I could find a cheaper alternative (I'm actually the biggest cheapskate in the world). Unfortunately, Kate Spade is changing me - I love literally everything. All of her bags are perfect! I'm thinking about saving up for one like this.

Like I said, you can't have Valentine's Day without chocolate. Not that I'd ever be able to justify $50+ Godiva or Lindt chocolate, but I don't mind settling for discounted Russell Stover at a grocery store. What's your favorite brand?

Do you have any big plans for Friday?

Monday, February 10, 2014

How to College: Planning

Before I came to college, I would always read blog posts and watch YouTube videos about preparing for college. I love seeing how other people organize things, decorate dorms, all of that kind of stuff, so I figured I'd start my own series! I plan on writing about dorm decor, academic/study tips, and other college related things. If there's anything specific you'd like to see, let me know!

So without further ado, here's the first post in my How to College series (because "college" is definitely a verb). Stay tuned for my next post about my studying tips!

I don't know about you, but I am infinitely more busy in college than I was in high school. Routines are different than they were in high school since class schedules are different every day. Staying organized and planning ahead is really important if you don't want to get behind. That, and I am a lot more relaxed if I have a set game plan for the week.

The Planner/Agenda
I've been using a daily planner since the 6th grade. I literally have no idea how I'd survive school without it! I use it mainly for academic tasks, like homework and studying for tests. (I also color code it, because who doesn't like colors?)

Michael's has cheap sticky notes in the dollar bins!
Sticky Notes
Okay, these aren't really a necessity, but I have a weird obsession with sticky notes. If I have other things to remember that aren't academic, I jot it on a sticky note and put it in my planner for the week. It's nice for me to keep academics and everything else separated. I like to purchase mine at Michael's or the dollar store, but sometimes it's fun to splurge!

because I definitely didn't have enough sticky notes to begin with?
Virtual Sticky Notes - Evernote
Evernote is a cool app that lets you sync notes to a cloud, so you can access them anywhere. If I don't have a pad of actual sticky notes, I use Evernote on my phone! You can make checklists, bullet lists, and other random list-y things. In my app, I have separate notebooks for my blog, organizations, and groceries.

I didn't start using Google Calendar until my senior year of high school, but let me tell you, it is amazing, and definitely a must have for college! I separate events into different calendars - one for classes, tests, projects, meetings, and social things. The best part is that you can sync it to your phone and make reminders!

Sometimes if I'm on a really tight schedule, I plan out my day hour by hour - I might be a little over the top, but if I have a 8am - 9pm day, I don't like to waste time!

How do you plan your week?