guess what?

hello there everyone! i cannot even begin to explain how much my life has changed in the last few weeks! the week of graduation was such a whirlwind with multiple celebrations and parties that filled up most of the last two weeks for me. i had so much fun toasting to champagne and relishing with my fellow grads just how much we would miss seeing each other weekly, in the two years we spent in the program we became close friends.

then before i knew it, christmas was upon us. i had to pack for disney and make the rounds to all of my family since the bf and i were planning on spending this christmas together in disney. i was so excited to share in the holiday spirit in one of my favorite places ever that we woke up christmas day before 8am to exchange gifts and guess what i got for christmas.....an engagement ring.



MANIC MONDAY [meggan of lila grace]

happy to introduce meggan of lila grace with a fantastic diy...

Hi there! My name is Meggan and you can find me at my blog, Lila Grace, where I write about fashion, food, design, and much more! I am so excited that Jen asked me to guest post for her today. As a fellow Florida blogger, I am a huge fan of Jen's blog like all of you are!

Today I wanted to share my most recent DIY project with you. A few weeks ago, my super creative sister sent me a link to these gorgeous gold leafed paper mache bowls (picture found here).  
I fell in love immediately with them and wanted to try and make my own. I think they are such a cute gift or bowl to hold jewelry or other trinkets. The project brought me back to elementary school art class with the paper mache, but it was fun and easy!

- Paper mache ingredients: flour and water
- 1 balloon 
- Small bowl or cup
- Scissors
- Several sheets of thin computer paper or newspaper
- Gentle sand paper or nail buffer
- White acrylic paint
- Gold leaf paint
- Paint brush
- Acrylic spray or sealant 
- Polyurethane spray

1) Blow up your balloon and place it in a small bowl or cup with the tie facing down. Make your paper mache by mixing flour and water in a saucepan and bringing to a boil. I used a 1:3 ratio of flour to water because I live in a humid climate, but those of you in dry climates may need a 1:4 ratio. Your paper mache should look like a clumpy paste when it is ready. Transfer into a a bowl. 

2) Cut thin strips of paper or newspaper. I used white computer paper because I wanted to paint the outside of my bowl white. If you wanted to paint it a darker color, you could definitely use newspaper. 

3) One strip at a time, dip the paper strips into the paper mache and wipe off any excess paper mache to avoid bumps. Overlap each strip until you have covered the bottom half of the balloon. Add 1-2 more layers of paper mache. 

4) When you have covered the bottom half, cut about 10 sheets of paper/newspaper in a circular shape (mine were about 3 inches wide). Layer each circle on top of one other with paper mache. Add to the top of the balloon and add longer strips of paper mache to cover it and smooth out the edges.  You can also use the top of a small plastic container instead of cutting circles from paper. 

5) Allow the bowl to completely dry before popping the balloon. I allowed mine to dry for about 36 hours but it also takes longer here in the Miami area because it is so humid. Just ensure that the paper feels dry before popping the balloon. Pop the balloon and remove all pieces of the balloon. This is what mine looked like after the balloon was popped. 

6) Cut the top area off of your bowl to make it your desired size. Don't worry about making the top of the bowl completely even. An uneven top makes it look more architectural. 

7) Sand down the major bumps if you would like a smoother look. I could not find sand paper in our house so I used an old nail buffer (:

8) Using acrylic paint, paint the outside of the bowl. I used two thin coats. 

9) Once the paint is dry, spray the inside of the bowl with a clear acrylic spray to protect the gold leaf from leaking through the paper. I found the spray that I used from Michaels. 

10) Once dry, start to paint the gold leaf all over the inside of the bowl brushing it in one direction with a paint brush. 

11) When the gold leaf has dried, spray the entire bowl with polyurethane to seal the paint completely. Although the bowl is sealed, it is purely decorative and could not be used for eating and can not hold liquid. 

Here is the finished product! 

I haven't decided if this is going to go here in my living room, or in the bedroom to hold jewelry! 

Thank you again to Jen for letting me guest post today! I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and that you have a fabulous Monday! 
xoxo Meggan


sunday truths [thirty-eight]

only one week until CHRISTMAS...make sure to keep spreading your christmas cheer!




today i graduate and i cannot express how happy i am. i feel like all the hard work i have done over the last two years is finally paying off. i never took a break between my undergrad and masters, which is another reason i am over the moon about graduation. i have technically been in school non-stop since pre-k. now underneath all of the happiness, i must admit a part of me is a ball of nerves. yea i have a steady job, a place to live, a supportive family and the best boyfriend ever but the only constant in life is change, isn't it? what if all that begins to change now that i am done with school and get to add those three little initials [MBA] behind my name? the world is a big and scary place sprinkled with love and happy moments, so i guess i just have to keep my chin up and keep smiling.

happy graduation to any and all graduates of the class of 2011.


sunday truths [thirty-seven]

on the sunday before my graduation, all my thoughts are on life and things we want out of it.



MANIC MONDAY [ftashion]

i am so very excited to have these two talented ladies joining us today. their creative style really makes them so very unique, i hope you enjoy them as much as i do!

Hello friends of Jen! We are Ashley and Fang Ting, the two Singaporean friends behind ftashion. We are very happy to be doing a guest post for Jen today! Since Christmas is just round the corner, we decided to share two simple DIYs inspired by Christmas angels with all of you. We thought it will be fun to choose the same inspiration (Christmas angels) and see how we interpret it differently in our DIYs. We both wanted simple DIYs that could possibly make a difference to someone's Christmas this year. Think of it as a "gift" from both of us to all of you!
Though we never discussed about our projects, we had similar project inspiration, ANGEL WINGS! (Psst, talk about telepathy). The DIYs projects are really simple so we shall just let the photos do the talking!

Angel wings earrings by Ashley

Homemade wings on tshirt by Fang Ting

Hope you like our Christmas angels inspired DIYs. We'll be thrilled if you hop over to ftashion and check out our other Christmas-related posts! An advance Merry Christmas to all!

Ash and Ft


sunday truths [thirty-six]

enjoying disney but sad that i have to come home today. so i leave you with a few wise words on dreaming...



friday fancies [twenty-nine]

hello friday! i am so excited for today because i am leaving to DISNEY after work. i know i go so often, but this weekend we will be celebrating my brother's 15th birthday. i cannot believe he is already 15 years old, i remember the day he was born as if it was yesterday. i am also excited about going to disney because it will actually be sweater weather [yay]!! not to mention because of the holidays who knows when i will be back, so i am going to make sure and live it up this weekend.

this week {av} has inspi (red) us to all think about the world aids crisis. i remember when the first set of inspi (red) shirts came out in the GAP i was all over them. i think i bought every design they had and even gave them out as gifts, so i am more than happy to join in on shinning a light on this issue that affects more and more people daily. so this week, if money were no object, i would wear a cute little outfit like this for my day enjoying disney.

james perse - vintage sweatshirt [$135] - i first fell in love with james perse because we share the same initials but then i grew to love the simplicity and comfort behind most of his items. i love wearing simple sweatshirts and dressing them up with fun/colorful accessories.
dsquared2 - slim jeans with colored waistband [$670] - these jeans are just adorable. i love the worn look of them and of course the colored waistband is so fun. i thought they would be the perfect pair to wear with colorful accessories on a day enjoying the fun and liveliness of a disney park.
kate spade - grove court blaine shoulder bag [$448] - i love red, it may not be my favorite color but it is most definitely a close second. add to that a fabulous and classic kate spade design and this girl is hooked! i could easily make this bag my holiday bag wearing it through the holidays until valentine's day.
marc by marc jacobs - miss marc pendant necklace [$68] - i think all things miss marc are too cute. i have a few miss marc accessories and always feel they add fun and flair to any ensemble. the colorful chevron stripes went perfectly with the colored waistband on the jeans i selected. and with both those items i think this makes for a pretty fun combination.
shop (red) converse - i am a converse girl at heart and even though i may not wear sneakers too often i definitely have more than three pairs of converse in my closet. the best part about these sneakers is that 10% of the price will be donated to the global fund. so go ahead and splurge!

what are your plans for this weekend?


hello, december

i cannot believe it is already december, but boy am i glad it is! today marks twelve days until graduation and i simply can't wait. i have been procrastinating quite a bit on the last few assignments i have due and it has resulted in me having tons of tabs open on my laptop of different little videos i have found this and well i feel compelled to share them with you. some i have found through friends or fellow bloggers like the lovely jo, but just in case you need some fun to get you through today here they are...

love laughing at how cute and silly cats are? 
then a cat hiding in a bag will definitely make you giggle

have the new iphone 4s or heard about how helpful siri can be? 

need a super easy way to do cat eyes? this is seriously the best video EVER