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The Secrets to Scrapbook Stardom

It is my belief that in this digital age, people do not look through photo albums as often as they should with Facebook right at their fingertips. Because I have a 1 month break from NYU, I decided to scrapbook my entire life (skipping middle school, obviously). I’ve decided to share the best scrapbooking tips I have! Firstly, the key to a great composition is layering to the point of simulated 3-Dimension. By cutting out people, cakes, and other cute images and putting them on top of each other, a beautiful display is created. Secondly, I was at first daunted by the price of scrapbooking paper and stickers. Michael’s always has 40% off coupons, however, for Jollee’s 3D stickers. I also recommend buying a complete scrapbook with paper, which can be found at Outlet stores. I found mine at Marshall’s for $10 each. I made 3 scrapbooks (high school, freshman year, and sophomore year) for $45, so roughly $15 each including stickers. For photo prints, I recommend just going on Snapfish.com and connecting to Facebook. …

(1995)

~ Happy 2015! It is my prediction that 2015 fashion will be all about The Nineties.  I decided to pay homage to a simpler time 20 years past with inspiration from Taylor Swift’s Times Square New Years Eve performance (only with, well, my birth year). And let’s be honest, also because Friends just made it’s way onto Netflix. My first look features some cat eye sunglasses, $6 from Forever 21, a $15 sweater-dress from Marshall’s, and a vintage 90’s bedazzled denim jacket from Artists and Fleas in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for $30. The second look is perhaps the most authentic with a 1995 Banana Republic mint jacket, a plain white forever 21 white tea pinned in the back, and an admittedly overpriced American Apparel skirt at $50. The third features a black velvet dress, $8 at Macy’s, and a Kate Spade fur scarf. Turtlenecks, knee highs, denim, and matching tops & bottoms, the 90’s are a seriously underrated decade for fashion. Not pictured, but my best friend also just made me a beautiful choker out of stretchy string. Welcome, 2015! xo, …

Confetti and Champagne

It is not uncommon knowledge that sparkling, champagne-like glitter is the most beautiful adornment on any New Year’s Eve outfit. The first dress pictured is found at Macy’s for $20, cappuccino colored and deliciously embroidered with delicate sparkles. The second pink dress is a more fun, bridge-and-tunnel 1 OAK-y kind of look. The $19 Macy’s dress doesn’t take itself too seriously paired with a glass clutch. The third dress, a local find of crushed blue velvet, was purchased for $12 and becomes infinitely more glamorous when paired with a deep gold-and-chocolate clutch, $30.00 at Marshall’s. The brown silk brings out the bright blue tones of the dark velvet. The last dress would make even Daisy Buchanan blush with decedent admiration. The glass, silver clutch brightens up all outfits by being playfully over-indulgent, celebrating the holiday’s craving for excess, piled on jewels, and bubbly champagne kisses. As for me, I will be wearing the blue velvet dress with the chocolate brown and gold clutch when ringing in the already blooming 2015. Have an amazing New Year! xo, Julia P.S., Feeling beyond …

DIY Fairytale Canopy

Mes lecteurs, A DIY glitter canopy is a really simple way to add glamour to an otherwise dull bedroom. I started out with a mosquito net from Sear’s (they range from $15-25) and pulled back the opening with old clip-on earrings. I found fake flowers ($2 at Michael’s) and sewed them into the mosquito net. I tied ribbons to the base of the net so they would cascade down, adding depth to the colors. I tied a bow (from a Christmas gift basket) and a flower crown on different sides. Really anything goes! Try to reuse gift ribbons, earrings, and fabric. I even took the hem of my golden dress and turned it into a ribbon! I found that it adds a really magical touch to the bedroom. Happy New Year et bonne chance! xo, Julia

Cookie Carnival

        Bonjour mes amis! And happy holidays! Celebrate with 2 new variations of Christmas cookies and serve with champagne over tangerine or pomegranate sorbet. To decorate cookies, section off vanilla cookies and color. Use colored dough to create christmas trees and candy canes. Cover dark chocolate cookies with powdered sugar! I will post DIY gifts tomorrow, and thanks to winter break, I’m cooking up homemade bath concoctions out of household ingredients! Joyeux Noel! xo, Julia