Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lace Pumpkin DIY


I've been wanting to make a lace pumpkin for a while now and while it may not be the most traditional of pumpkin decor, it sure does look pretty! It's fairly easy to pull together too! Instructions after the jump...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Autumn in Cork


Since Autumn is in full swing, I thought I'd share a few more photos from my study abroad in Cork, Ireland in 2012. Autumn is such a beautiful time in Cork! I loved spending time in the park, taking walks by the river, and strolling down the tree-lined streets. I wish I could beam myself back there right now!







Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nude Dot Manicure


I love brightly colored manicures but sometimes I think neutral colors can be really pretty as well! To create this look, I first painted my nails with two coats of nude polish (Sand Tropez by Essie) and let it dry completely. Then I dipped the end of a dull pencil in the black polish and placed 3 black dots on the edge of each nail (using Licorice by Essie). 





Monday, October 13, 2014

This Week

I'm back in North Carolina! This week consisted of...


Lazy cats...
Lots of rain (I love it!)...
This little lap dog (at my sister's house)...
And New York style cheesecake made from this amazing recipe! (since both Jake and I had birthdays this week!) I was a bit disappointed that it cracked despite my following the recipe's instructions to prevent it. Anyone have any tips?

Hope your week is off to a wonderful start! I've got some fun Autumn DIY projects coming up so stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Quiet in the City


Although the noises of the city have their own charm, sometimes it's nice to find some peace and quiet. That's easier said then done in NYC, but there are a few spots in Central Park in which you might momentarily forget that you're in the most populous city in the U.S. 


The dirt paths in The Ramble offer an opportunity to stroll through the woods with few other people around. In fact, I've never seen more than two other people on these paths. 



Shakespeare Garden is another peaceful place to explore. It's generally a bit more crowded than The Ramble but still provides a fairly quiet retreat. I love the stone paths and wooden fences. 






Friday, October 3, 2014

Blinding Noise

Photo of Volcan Pacaya in Guatemala (2010)
This completely blew my mind. Apparently the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano in 1883 was extremely loud. So loud, in fact that it could be heard 3000 miles away. When we think of how something that loud would effect humans, loss of hearing would probably be the first thing to come to mind. That's not the only thing that would have happened, though. The sound pressure alone would have rendered people (within 100 miles) unable to see or breathe. Absolutely unbelievable. Read more here

Thursday, October 2, 2014

6 Fall Wardrobe Staples

Now that it's finally October (!), I've been pulling out my Fall clothes more often than not (even though it's still a bit warm outside). Here are 6 wardrobe staples that could be worn over and over again this Autumn...