January 31, 2015

Life in Square Photos 5/52

It's been a bit of a crazy/ busy week and I haven't had the time or energy to create posts oops. I've come up with a new plan of attack to manage my time a little better but I promise I'm not going M.I.A. again (at least not this week).
 Last Saturday, Kyle and I woke up to snow but I had to get out of the house (plus we had no food since I still hadn't gone grocery shopping). We made a Chipotle and Target trip-our favorite (okay, maybe Target is just my favorite)
 I woke up Monday morning to no school, and Tuesday to a two hour delay which gave me a little time to play catch-up and reorganize my Student Teaching binder  (more on that later). 
 Am I making any of you want to live in a college house yet? Our front door broke last weekend but at least the deadbolt still works.
 This week was my personal driving nightmare.
Wednesday, I sat in traffic for 20 minutes with no gas before I decided to hit the detour option on my GPS. All was going well until I realized I was driving into Bethlehem city (I have a phobia of driving in cities especially in the dark) and I immediately started panicking. It was going well at first, until I got distracted by a beautiful, retro McDonalds and accidentally stayed in the right lane, which turned into a right turn only lane. I couldn't find a safe spot to turn around because the side roads weren't clear. I ended up in an area where the signs were no longer in English and eventually made it back past the McDonalds and onto the highway. By the way, my GPS was freaking out this whole time and telling me to turn onto one way streets the opposite direction and when I wouldn't, she would try to have me make a u-turn. sigh.
Yesterday, traffic was moderate, but the weather changed five times on my journey which made it a nightmare. First, it was bright and sunny, then it got dark and started flurrying, then it got bright again , then it was bright and snowing heavily, then it stopped again and the sky was a little darker. My usual route was stopped miles back from my exit and I didn't want to sit and wait for the snow, so I took a turn onto the back roads, which were fine at first. Then, all of the sudden, it started snowing so heavily I could barely see the cars or fields around me and the roads were becoming snow-covered and slick. I slid off the road, and fishtailed a few times trying to make it around curves or not hit the person who decided to pull out right in front of me/ slamming on their breaks. 
I was so relieved when I made it home every day this week, but I definitely think I need to hire a driver, at least for the rest of the semester.
 When I left for school Thursday morning, the temperature gauge read 4 degrees, it fluctuated on my daily commute. When I arrived at school it read -6 degrees, if it's going to be this frigid there should've at least been a little snow, right?
 This week in the field, I got to do one of my favorite things, set up a display of student work. I love love love setting up displays and it was so great to see students stopping by to look at their peers and their own work (and their excitement!). This space was a little challenging because there is a column blocking the work behind it. You can, however, see the full middle section from an angle or as you're walking towards the room.
After talking to my mom the day before, I expected to wake up to snow and have to clean off my car. I set my alarm and left a little bit earlier but cleaning off my car took maybe two minutes. Since I was running so early, I decided to treat myself to a lap picnic of McDonald's breakfast.

How was your week? Any crazy stories?
xo

January 26, 2015

Blue and White

In honor of today's snow day I thought I'd share these pictures from a few weeks ago when we got a little dusting of snow. I always love a monochromatic look and I'm a huge fan of the blue on blue trend this season. I had this brilliant idea to style an outfit that would play off the winter landscape.
 I wear these boots a lot and wore all the traction down on them which makes me slip on nearly every surface. I stepped too close to the edge of the slope in our yard and slid down and had to stop myself from falling into the brush/snow. 
Then I was stuck at the bottom of the slope pleading for her help... she just laughed and snapped more pictures. 
Shirt: Max Studio // Dress: Garage // Thigh Highs: Francescas // Boots: Naturalizer 
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Have a Great Week! xo

January 24, 2015

Life in Square Photos 4/52

It's been a crazy week, and it flew by so quickly I could barely keep track of the day. As I've mentioned, I began student teaching this week so I'll need to figure out a new blogging schedule in my free time. I'm so excited to start lesson planning and already started making samples for possible projects. I'll be sure to share updates for those of you who are interested.
 This week I've really been trying to focus on enjoying the little things. Last Saturday I took a few moments to sit outside in the below freezing temperatures to watch the cotton candy sky change.  
I already miss these vultures watching me eat every bit of food.  

I also miss this stalker guilting me into shutting my computer every time I'd try to be productive.
I was welcomed back to school by a broken lock and a good laugh.
 We were instructed to make a name tag that showed our teacher self on the outside and our personal self on the interior. I immediately thought the best way to show myself as a teacher was to show a few of my favorite tools. Before college I always saw myself as a strictly photography person that would occasionally throw in a pretty decent sculptural piece. Through my time dedicated to the arts and educating I found that I am an artist of all trades and can't imagine limiting myself to one specific technique or medium. Making this name tag really helped me to continue developing my teaching philosophy which I will end up sharing later.
I was always anti bulky phone cases... until I found these gems.
Marc Jacobs Dog (Similar) // Moschino Fries (Similar)
I tried to do the "responsible" thing and clean off my car when it stopped snowing so I wouldn't have to do it in the morning before school. This only validated that my future  home must have a garage- I'm far too short to clean off the whole roof of my car.
Tee: Free People // Blender: Hamilton Beach // Monogram: Mountz (Similar)
 Thursday was an unexplained excruciating migraine day.  The only cure was a nap and a strawberry smoothie with a heart shaped straw (and lots of pink). 
I took a shower yesterday and the drain was so clogged that the water was pooling around my ankles. gross (and dangerous for a klutz like myself) I looked down and saw the culprit. I pried the drain cover off with the backend of a hammer and low and behold, a rat-shaped hairball was hanging beneath the cover. EW. I swear, the amount of these I've pulled out of the drain, we should all be bald.

Hope I didn't ruin your Saturday with the gross visuals but consider it part of the #UneditedLifeProject

Happy Saturday! Have a Great Weekend! xo

January 21, 2015

Black and Blue

Sorry for the delay between posts. As I mentioned in my last Life in Square Photos post, I had been studying for the Praxis (PA Educator Test) and-if you didn't already see on Instagram-I passed! I also came back to school yesterday and have this rule where I can't do anything until I unpack (otherwise I'll just keep putting it off). I planned to write this post Monday night but I got too caught up in reorganizing my closet.. oops.. Anyway, today is my first day as a student teacher and I am so so excited to have the opportunity to put everything I've learned into use in the classroom. 
I assure you, this is not what I wore to school today- it's way too cold for this little number. Bailey and I shot this outfit last weekend and I was styling anything but winter outfits.
Denim Shirt: Thrifted (Similar) // Dress: Nasty Gal // Boots: Target // Clutch: Free People (inner pouch of the bag)
Have a Great Week! xo

January 17, 2015

Life in Square Photos 3/52

I can't believe how quickly this week has gone. I go back to school Monday and I'm not even a little prepared, though I am super excited to begin student teaching and bringing back Teaching Style posts! Here's a few pictures since the last LiSP post! 
 Macey was groomed at the end of last week and she always thinks she's all that with her fresh new doo.
 Shouldn't every Saturday begin with donuts? (and not have any consequences!)
Last Saturday temps were below freezing, so, of course, I had to have a frappucino.
 I had to get creative to be able to hold my milkshake and take pictures at the Farm Show.
 I've tried a lot of masks but this DIY honey and cinnamon mask is by far my favorite.
Honey: a natural antibacterial, great for acne treatment and prevention, is full of antioxidants, extremely moisturizing and soothing to boost a natural glow and it clarifies pores.
Cinnamon: helps to dry acne and plumps skin by bringing blood to the surface of the skin.
Nutmeg: helps to remove and heal acne, antibacterial qualities help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  
1tsp honey
1tsp nutmeg
1tsp cinnamon
Mix until it makes a thick chocolatey paste.
Leave on for about 30 minutes.
I usually make it 3-4x this at once in one of the squatty mason jars and do it twice a week at school
 I've been very busy trying to get outfit posts together in preparation for going back to school and not having access to a photographer all the time. Lily, however, was more interested in laying on my computer for cuddles.
 I found this shirt at Target and kept forgetting I had it!
Kimono: TJ Maxx //  Tee: Target // Jeans: Guess
When I got home from work, we styled Bailey in my outfit for the night. ;)
 It's been a busy, busy few weeks of studying for the Praxis. I get horrible test anxiety.
Glasses:Warby Parker (Violet Magnolia) // Top: Band of Gypsies

My Warby Parker glasses came yesterday! I'm so in love and for the first time, actually want to wear my glasses...everywhere. (I only need them for night driving and seeing the board/distance)

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! xo

January 15, 2015

PA Farm Show

It's that time of year again, what my sister and I joke to be the most wonderful time of all, PA Farm Show! If you're not familiar with the farm show, I shared a little bit it about this time last year, and the website is also pretty informative. If you haven't been before, I highly recommend you make the trip. Yes, it stinks, especially to people going for their first time. But the food, oh the food, it's all so good and there isn't a thing I've tried there and haven't loved (I don't go too far out of my comfort zone though). I also love seeing all of the animals, this year there were signs (I forgot to photograph) that said "Livestock is for viewing, not touching" which, of course, only made me want to touch them more.
I make a point to go with Megan, one of my best friends from high school, every year and we always have a blast. I hope she knows we're still continuing the tradition when we move. We don't see each other often so I don't know what I would do without our annual trip! Special thanks to her for capturing the pictures of me.
I had the hardest time narrowing down the hundreds of pictures from the two days I was there, it's so hard to capture the essence of the Farm Show without going for yourself, but there are also tons of pictures on Instagram and Twitter that you can follow using the hashtag #PAFarmShow. I'm sure you'll notice the overwhelming cow theme below.. I don't know what it was with me and cows this year, but I took a lot of pictures of and with them (and even had a longhorn sweatshirt on the first day).  
The pigs were killing me, they were too cute and reminded me so much of  Lily.
"So, you come here often?"
I love the chicks, especially when they stumble around trying to get used to their bodies outside of the egg and follow your finger around and peck at it. too cute.
There was a serious stare-down going on with these two.
As a future art educator, color-coordinating holds a spot near and dear in my heart. 
The butter sculpture is always amazing and has such great detail (this picture doesn't do it justice). 
In case you were wondering, it used to be completely constructed out of butter but now they use wood/ metal armatures. When the Farm Show is over, the butter is converted into an energy source to help power a local farm. 
Now for the cows-I swear I don't remember there being cows this tall in the past but they sure make me feel short. 
Then I started trying to pet the cows and this girl was not having it. Her eyes got huge and she started stepping on her neighbor- message received.
Then I walked up to this beaut and she was mooing and sliding to the side so I moved along. 
Then, this sweet girl (with awesome gold caps) had no problem with me petting her so I took full advantage. 
I was going to pet her neighbor, but she was laying in her poop.. I couldn't get over it. 
As horrible as it is, after we went and saw the adorable animals, we went and got the most delicious bacon. This is Megan's I love bacon face.
My I love bacon face was too derpy so here's me taking my first bite instead.
The next day I went back with my family and we (Bailey, dad and I) had even more bacon. I swear, it's the perfect amount of crispy and chewy and so flavorful. I'm salivating thinking about it. 
Naturally, I took more pictures of cows.
This one in particular was mooing and I was "mooing" back and she did not find me amusing. 
What I Wore: (Day One) 
Sweatshirt: Cotton On // Flannel: Thrifted // Jacket: Old Navy // Jeans: American Eagle // Boots: Target
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(Day Two)
Jacket: Guess // Flannel: Thrifted // Tee: Cotton On // Jeans: American Eagle // Boots: Target
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