August 30, 2015

Life in Square Photos 34&35/52

The weeks have been flying by and it's been a blast settling in and shopping for my new home. 
 The many faces of Bay. One of the books from my summer reading list, Art for Breakfast, encourages creation every day no matter where you are or how busy you are. While I haven't been following the every day very well, I have been taking opportunities to make quick drawings of my surroundings.   
 Ending the last night of summer on the docks with a blow pop and my little sis.
 Always ready for an adventure, as long as she can hold the leash.
 IHOP, dinner of champions.
 "You didn't leave any room for me but this should do."
I've been settling into my position feeling very welcome and grateful for this opportunity.

Links to Love, Watch, and Procrastinate:
Because some teachers just know how to make students laugh while learning.
This epic 87 year old woman who has always been a rebel.
Chances of booking a field trip to Dismaland before it ends? Slim, but it's certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Have a Great Week! xo

August 26, 2015


In honor of National Dog Day, I'm sharing exciting news of a fundraiser for a cause near and dear to my family's hearts. As I mentioned earlier this month, my family rescued Lily a little over a year ago from Speranza Animal Rescue. We love Lily and the wonderful rescue that gives dogs an opportunity for a life full of love that have not been afforded this opportunity otherwise. We wanted to find a way to give back and help more of the dogs in the rescue so I talked to the owner of Spritz and Splatter (I shared about my wonderful experience there in this post) about hosting a fundraiser for the pups.

The painting for the evening is a take on New Orleans Artist George Rodrique's Blue Dog:
Save the Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015 @6:00 PM
The event is $40
A portion of the fee will be given to the rescue.
In addition, we will be collecting toys, blankets, cleaning products, and treats (must be made in USA).

Click Here for more information and to register for the event

I hope to see you all there!
Thank you for helping to support a local business and rescue. 

I'm Back!

After another brief hiatus due to internet unavailability/moving/preparing for the school year,  I finally have internet installed in my apartment, am almost completely unpacked, and ready to meet my students tomorrow. 

Now, when I say moving... I've simply taken things out of boxes and put them in their new homes but I still have a lot to do furnishing and decorating-wise. I'm excited to find and create pieces for my new space-I never realized how empty a living room looks without, oh, somewhere to sit besides the floor. I'll be posting pictures of my new home as I think it's complete, but in the mean time you can check out some sneak peeks using the hashtag #AptCharp on Instagram or in the Life in Square Photos posts right here.

Thank you for bearing with my inactivity and following along during this exciting period of growth and change.


August 17, 2015

Life in Square Photos 32&33/52

I'll start this post off by apologizing for being M.I.A. but I promise its with good reason(s). Last Wednesday I was offered a position as a Long Term Sub for Photography at a high school in Reading. So, what does that mean? Well, I'll find out all of the details this week in orientation but what I do know is that I will be creating and teaching lessons for multiple levels of digital and film photography for the entire school year. I'm so thankful for the opportunity and ecstatic to start my teaching career in the area (photography) that drove my desire to become an educator. Special thanks to my high school teachers who inspired me through their passion for education and their lessons,  encouraged creative thinking, and have been kind enough to keep in touch after graduation and share lessons and tips they've picked up along the way.
With this news comes another announcement, I'm moving! Rather than making the almost hour and a half commute to school and back everyday-which would be bad news considering my extreme hatred of driving-I will be moving into my own townhouse-style apartment this week. I'll be sure to post pictures of the progress/finished product of the space right here.
One final announcement, yesterday marked one month until my parents, Kyle and I leave for France and Norway (don't worry, I've already gotten it covered by the school-I'll have the same sub the eight days I'm away). I can't wait to see the art and architecture I've studied in my Art History courses while taking in a different culture. Oh, and why Norway? Well, my senior year of high school we had an exchange student stay with us the entire year and it was like finding my long lost blonde twin and we're making a little pit stop on the way home to visit her and her family. My heart is already bursting with joy.
The next couple of months are going to be busy, busy, busy but I can't wait to stop and share some photos and stories along the way with all of you.
Now, here are some photos from my camera roll the last two weeks:
 A blurry photo of  Lily's happy snarl face that I love so much- she gets so excited and can't stop moving when she does it and this is the best photo of it I've gotten. What am I going to do without these two sleeping next to me every night?!
 That one day I got a funnel cake when I was wearing a black shirt and miraculously didn't get powder all over myself.
 That one time I threw my jean jacket in the car and it looked like it was sitting..
A close-up of the massive congratulatory flowers Kyle sent me.

Now, back to trying to get everything packed
Thanks for Stopping by! xo

August 11, 2015


It's hard to believe that it's already/only been one year since my family brought Lily home. Not much has changed since the beginning, besides her size and that now, instead of sleeping in her cage in the basement, she  sleeps sprawled out on my bed. She's still the crazy, energetic pup who makes us say really?! or you know better! When she pulled mom's rug into her cage and shredded it while we're at dinner, or she got bored and destroyed Macey's beds and blankets, or, more recently, when she pooped in my parent's bedroom because dad ignored her nudging. Regardless of all the destructive, ridiculous things she does you have to love the way she demands your attention with her big puppy eyes, happy little snarl, relentless kisses, or when all else fails, her Michael Jordan jumping abilities. 
In case you're wondering, Macey still tolerates Lily despite the fact that Lily tries to steal any ounce of attention Macey may get along with destroying all of her toys.
 Neither of them had any interest in taking pictures for this pupdate...but I was determined.
 "Does she really think grass is a treat that will keep my attention?"
Hat (Similar) // Chambray Top // Emoji Pants // Heels


August 10, 2015

Autumn Transition Pieces

I've rounded up eight pieces to help the transition from summer into fall that can be worn now and throughout the season. 

What pieces are your favorite fall transition pieces?

August 6, 2015

Life in Square Photos 31/52

This week has been crazy with so many people being off for vacation it's been really exhausting but it has definitely made the week go by faster. I'm ready for the weekend and (hopefully, finally) finishing the last details of my room. Fingers Crossed.  
Macey's feeling the rough week and ready to relax.
 I know it's a little hard to see in the picture but Lily decided that insulation was up to no good and chewed holes in it. 
 Last weekend we went to a cute, little town called Milford and had a delicious lunch at Hotel Fauchere. We checked out a few of the shops and I was overly excited to find an antique store that sold vintage clothing stocked with designers like Betsey Johnson, Christian Dior, Burberry, Versace, and Chanel, just to name a few. Oh how I wish any of it would have been my size. Sigh. 
 My mom and I took Lily for a ride on the golf cart and passed a sign that said "Free" with bins and boxes of fun finds. A box set of The Chronicles of Narnia, an Andy Goldsworthy book, and an assortment of faux flowers (for an upcoming project). 

Links to love and procrastinate with:
Have you gone on the epic ride through music history yet?
Because sometimes you realize you just can't adult.
The happiest little swimmer.
He's always been gorgeous so this should come as no surprise.



I love to buy some of my clothes over-sized, especially boyfriend jeans and tees, because they're so comfy and a little bit more socially acceptable than the marshmallow sweatsuit I sometimes wish I could wear. I found a new obsession with harnesses because they allow me to wear over-sized tees while adding some shape with a fun and different accessory. As I've mentioned before, I'm in love with back details and this is a great way to add one to a simple tee. I've fallen in love with all of the options at Free People and Urban Outfitters and am tempted to buy (at least) one of each! 
Side note: Urban Outfitters is offering free shipping all month long, so take advantage! Also, if you're a college student you can sign up for MyUniDays to get 10% off your purchase at Urban and other great stores!

Shop Some of My Favorites:

August 4, 2015

Many Hats...

I don't know if it's just me, but there's always been one thought I have ingrained in my mind as we enter August, back to school. As a tribute to these feelings, I will (finally) be sharing much of what I did during my student teaching experience
During student teaching, we had weekly journal prompts to help us reflect on our experiences as well as develop the type of teachers aspire to be. One of our prompts that was initially one of the more challenging ones for me, ended up being one of the prompts I got the most invested in creating. 
The prompt was: An art teacher wears many hats...
What hats did your co-op wear? What hats did you wear? What hats would you like to wear in the future?
While I answered all of the questions in my journal, the one I illustrated and will focusing on here is 
What hats did you wear? 
I started answering the question by jotting down a few words I felt described "the hats" I was wearing (Side Note: I still feel I wear these hats).
Artist. Blogger. Brainstormer. Colleague. Creative Thinker. Lifelong Learner. Problem Solver. Student. Teacher.
Then I began imagining a a cartoon wearing a teetering stack of various hats. I thought about how I could create hats symbolic of as many of these words as possible that would all be recognizable and fit together.
I knew the "blogger" hat would be the easiest to illustrate as all I would need to do was find the right picture of me in one of the outfits I've shot with a hat (one of the shots not chosen for this post, actually).
I also knew a graduation cap would easily illustrate the student and life long learner.
I reminisced about elementary school when "put on your thinking caps" was a common phrase used to spark our imaginations. I came up with my own personal thinking cap that represents five hats/ traits in one (artist, brainstormer, creative thinker, problem solver, and teacher).
Finally, I chose to hang and baseball cap off of my thinking cap to show colleague.

What does your stack of hats look like?

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