October 31, 2014

Hunter Hayes: Tattoo (Your Name) Tour

A few months ago, my mom and I found out that Hunter Hayes was coming to University Park (through Bailey freaking out and telling us- she's a HUGE fan). Conveniently, one of my best friends goes to PSU so the plotting began. We kept it a secret for a little while before finally let her in on it by sending her a picture of the tickets. So after a few weeks of building her anticipation, we were off to see Hunter Hayes (with The Railers and Dan + Shay) Thursday night. 

Now to be honest, I've never really listened to Hunter Hayes aside from Tattoo. I love a good show though and it really was great- it was such a talented group of artists. Not to mention we had great seats (thanks mom and dad/ J!).

 Such a dramatic entrance, and those twinkling lights are our wristbands. It was an incredible way of making the audience part of the show and I was in complete awe. You can read more about the interactive wristbands here.
 No show is complete without massive amounts of confetti (or pyrotechnics).
I got home and still couldn't turn my wristband off so I had to pull it apart to take apart the battery.
But one of the great things about the wristband is that you were encouraged to download the Hunter Hayes app to register it. Before the tour officially began, the artists performed for the USO and their families. The tour is focused around giving back to those who give their lives for our freedom and you can donate directly through the app. 
You can see additional tour dates and information about the tour on the official site.

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October 29, 2014

A New Medium: Landscapes

I'm so excited to announce that it is finally time to share the collection of landscapes I've been working on this month!

This morning we critiqued our landscapes by choosing the best of the class work to display in the hall in small groups. We then worked together as a class to jury a group of about 65 paintings down to the 30 best. We then selected a few additional as necessary when hanging the display. I absolutely love hanging work to create gallery walls so it was a great way to start the day. Three of my paintings are in our final display and I added pictures of them in their groupings below. 

We worked with a variety of sizes which are listed below the painting, all of these are acrylic on masonite. I promise when I re-shoot these for my professional portfolio they will NOT be featuring the distracting backdrops.
As always I'd love your feedback.
Acrylic on Masonite, 13"x10"
Acrylic on Masonite, 8.5"x11"
Acrylic on Masonite, 11"x13"
Acrylic on Masonite, 8.5"x11"
 Acrylic on Masonite, 6"x8"
 Acrylic on Masonite, 13"x10"
 Acrylic on Masonite, 8.5"x11"
 Acrylic on Masonite, 16"x20"
 Acrylic on Masonite, 16"x20"
 Acrylic on Masonite, 6"x8"
 Acrylic on Masonite, 8.5"x11"
 Acrylic on Masonite, 16"x20" 
Acrylic on Masonite, 16"x20" 

Have a Great Day! xo

October 27, 2014

Teaching Style: RWB

 This past week was my field placement's homecoming which means I was able to participate in a day of Spirit Week! My teacher texted me to tell me it was Red, White, and Blue day and I immediately put this look together in my head. 

I always loved participating in our spirit week in high school because it really showed a sense of community when a vast majority were a part of it. I really didn't think I had any red, because despite this wish list, I rarely feel bold enough to buy/wear it. I was in luck though because I found this little red bodycon (similar) at Cotton On earlier this semester. Once again, the ruffle slip came in handy for adding a bit of length and fullness. To add some blue, warmth, and coverage, my favorite thrifted denim button down was the perfect solution.
You may notice when I belt my waist that I don't actually use the holes. There's never enough holes to appropriately belt my waist and instead of punching my own, I came up with a simple alternative. I simply slide the belt through the loop on the front (if there is one)-completely ignoring the buckle-then when I have it as tight as I'd like, I use two clear elastics tied together to secure the tail in the back. 
Button Down: Thrifted // Ruffle Slip // Dress (Similar) // Tights // Booties (Similar)
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October 24, 2014

Teaching Style: Layer Up!

 You may recognize (most of) this outfit from this post not too long ago. Well after my last teaching style outfit, I really wanted to wear another dress because they are just so comfortable and effortless. It's much cooler than the last time I styled this dress so I had my favorite task of layering to make this dress warm (and appropriate for school).

You may recall from the last time I wore this dress that it doesn't have the most coverage around the chest, to remedy this issue and make it more school appropriate I threw on this tank underneath. For warmth, I added on one of my favorite Urban Outfitters cardigans from a few years ago, tights, and one of my favorite sock and boot combos.

No matter how you style this dress, I swear you always feel so fabulous in it. I constantly want to twirl when I wear it and have seriously been considering my other color options. 

Dress // Cardigan: Urban Outfitters (old) // Tank // Bib Necklace // Tights // Socks // Boots (Similar)
Have A Great Weekend! xo

October 22, 2014

Oversized Pearl Bracelet

You may recognize this outfit from this post a few weeks back. Well, this outfit post was actually put together in preparation for this DIY (which was misplaced until last night oops). Today, I'm going to show you a super simple way to make your own oversized pearl bracelet!

This DIY is seriously so quick and easy, the most difficult part is actually waiting long enough for the glue to dry. Believe me, it's so hard. I kept trying it on before it was 100% set and dry but take my word for it- it's better to just wait.  
You can find all of the supplies you'll need at Walmart and/or craft stores.
 (I found mine at Hobby Lobby.)
1.  In a well ventilated area (super important-read the label for scary threats),
place a small dot of glue on one of the bead's openings.
2. Use your tweezers to place the crystal firmly into the glue. 
It's okay if a little extra glue oozes around. 
Once completely dry, I was able to carefully pick it off.
Repeat Steps 1& 2 on second bead.
3. Use the wire snips to cut the clasp off both ends of the bangle.
4. Put glue on the other opening of the bead and fit one end of the cuff into the hole.
Repeat Step 4 on the other end of the cuff.
Let dry completely (time varies based on glue).
 I let mine sit for about 10 hours (the third time I did it).
That's it! That's all you have to do to create your own oversized pearl cuff.
The same technique could be applied to create a choker and any oversized bead could be used for limitless possibilities!

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**Please try to look past the less than wonderful quality and small size- I shot this DIY when Bailey was in France and had to use my point and shoot. **
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