Monday, February 20, 2017

Charleston Snaps

This past weekend I headed to one of my favorite places...Charleston! I'm obsessed with the pastel colored houses, the southern charm, the horse-drawn carriages, and the proximity to the water. It's all so perfect. 

I think I decided the first time I visited Charleston (back in high school when I was touring colleges) that one day I would live in Charleston. It's the perfect little southern city with so many picturesque streets and quaint coffee shops. It's big enough that it feels like a city, but not overwhelmingly big. I haven't exactly decided when or how I'm going to live there just yet but I'm determined to one day make it happen. 

My younger brother is a freshman at College of Charleston so it makes for the perfect weekend trip. Nick is now a Charleston expert so it's also convenient that I now have a built in tour guide. We had perfect 70 degree weather and although it wasn't super sunny we were just happy to spend some quality time together and wander around the city! 

I didn't get in until around lunch time so we grabbed a quick lunch before heading a little farther out of town to do some quick errands (Nick doesn't have a car at school so when we're visiting we try to get some of his errands that he can't walk to done!). We spent the other half of the afternoon wandering/ shopping on King Street, going to the market, taking pictures in front of Rainbow Row, hanging out in Marion Square, and eating dinner. After dinner we decided to go to one of the Charleston Sting Ray hockey games and it ended up being soooo much fun. Nick loves hockey so he was overjoyed that we could get tickets at the last minute! We capped off the night with ice cream before calling it a night.




sweater // jeans // hair bow // camera bag (did a post on it here!)

It was so much fun and I never wanted to leave! Unfortunately, I had to leave early Sunday morning to make it back in time to get homework done and big little reveal (more on that later)! I am so glad I made the trip because we really did have a blast together. I would have been fine staying so much longer.


I'll be back to Charleston in April for Emory's formal and you know I'm already counting down the days! Thanks for the fun visit Nick! 

Remember,

xoxo

S
  

Friday, February 17, 2017

FriYAY + Where I'm Road Tripping This Weekend & V-Day

Anddddddd another week of my senior year rolls by. The weeks are starting to dwindle down. Many of my friends are finalizing their plans for next year (my plans to come so stay tuned), spring break is just 2 weeks away, and the emails about graduation details have started coming. CRAZY. 

Time is flying. Last weekend we had Emory's semi formal on Saturday night at a brand new venue in Greenville. We had a great time and it was fun to get some quality time together. Before the function the two of us had a nice dinner downtown and then went to a cute dessert place and split a cinnamon roll. It was so much fun to spend an evening together and then go to a function with all of our friends! 

I wore an old Kate Spade Saturday dress which turned out to be the perfect dancing dress. With so many functions under my belt, I have learned that the best dresses for functions are the ones where I don't have to worry about pulling it up every 3 minutes in fear of flashing people and ones that are fun to twirl in! Not the best picture but we were rushing out the door to dinner and we quickly snapped this iphone picture on my apt balcony. Can you believe that's me standing next to Emory in 3 inch heels!


The rest of this week was filled with pretty normal school things. Poor Emory was pretty sick on Valentine's Day so we decided to stay in and have a casual night just hanging out. Tonight I have my function! Our theme is "You Are What You Netflix" and to be completely honest we haven't decided on what we're wearing. We're usually so good at costumes (we've been a Taco and Belle, a pizza and a delivery guy, and our most recent, cool whip and a horse for whip and nae nae!!) but this time we're really slacking. We'll probably pull something together last minute, but either way I know we'll have a blast dancing the night away.

I'm waking up early Saturday morning to go visit my younger brother who goes to College of Charleston! I haven't been able to visit him since I helped move in him in the fall so I'm pumped to spend some quality time with Nick especially in one of my favorite cities. Stay tuned for lots of instas, I seem to get a little camera happy in Charleston. 

I'll head back on Sunday morning to fit in some homework and make it back just in time for big little reveal! Last Sunday my sweet grand little found out who her little is! She has been sending her little notes and treats all week and then reveal will be this Sunday. Stay tuned for pictures. Words cannot contain my excitement!

It will be a busy, but fun weekend and I'm really looking forward to it. 


Now for what's on my radar this week:

Such a feel good video!

Was anyone else an American Girl Doll fan growing up?! This week they announced a new Nashville doll AND a new boy doll!!! Big things for American Girl!

Grey Malin released his new Bon Voyage series! So much fun.

Julia from Lemon Stripes announced she's having a girl. Ekk!

Mackenzie is closing down her shop. Use the code: FIVE to get 40% off everything until Monday.

The J. Crew new Party Collection is what dreams are made of.

Lilly also has some cute new arrivals. Spring Break is just around the corner ;)

I thought this interview with the Art Director of Tory Burch was really well done and super interesting to read.

What's on your radar this week?!

Remember,

xoxo

S

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Currently Loving

Spring is right around the corner, I can feel it! There are even some trees on campus blooming which always makes it feel more real. It's crazy because typically February is our coldest month, but this month has been surprisingly warm. I'm not complaining one bit as I am do terrible in the cold. The only way the cold is worth it to me is if I have skis on my feet and a warm ski lodge waiting at the bottom with fresh french fries. Only then am I okay with the cold!

All the companies are putting out their spring lines and I'm drooling over all the pastels and bright colors. I currently have a million tabs on my computer open right now of everything I have my eye on so I thought I'd put it all on here so I can finally close those tabs and still know what's on my wishlist! Anyone else do that?! I have such a hard time closing a tab after finding something I love. 

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine

Isn't all of it just so pretty?! I'm having a hard time resisting. Once the warm weather really hits I have a feeling I will have my eye on even more sun dresses and shorts. What do you have your eye on this year? Anything in any of the new spring lines that's a must have for you??

Remember,

xoxo

S

Monday, February 13, 2017

How to Make Your Own Monogram (Without Photoshop!!)

I know I'm not the only girl who sees something plain and is tempted to stick her monogram on it just to claim it as mine! After I got my license I would drive my parents crazy because I was constantly asking to borrow one of their cars to go see friends. Shortly after my dad went on a deployment and his car was all mine (for the time being at least)! I ordered a pink vinyl monogram and stuck it on the back window hoping he wouldn't care too much ;) Luckily when he got back my parents officially handed that car over to me (partially because my dad refused to drive a car with a pink monogram on the back) and it still has the pink monogram on the back of it today!

 Monograms are such a classic look that most likely are never going to go out of style. Before I became familiar with photoshop I was determined to make everything using PowerPoint. I quickly discovered little tricks that help you make almost everything you can make on Photoshop using PowerPoint. Although I switched over to using Photoshop for almost everything now, I realize that most people don't have that program so I wanted to make a tutorial about how you can make your own customized monogram using a program that's available to most people.
I have provided step by step instructions on how to make both a script and circle monogram. These are perfect if you want to add them to business cards you're making, resumes, blogs, binder covers, or anything you wish to really! Comment if you have any questions and I will try my best to answer all of them.

I also took screenshots to try to help you through the process. I have a mac so it may be a little different for you if you are working on a pc. 


I love the script monogram look. It's so classic and in my mind it can be added to most anything and look tasteful. This monogram is pretty simple to make in PowerPoint and then you can add it to any fun projects you're making or print it out to hang on your bulletin board! 

1. Download this font

I could honestly spend hours on free font sites like this one. I get so overwhelmed by all the beautiful fonts that I end up downloading a million just for fun! Press the Download button in the right-hand corner (circled below). 


2. Continue to Download

Once you press the download button it will either be downloaded to the little downloads bar at the bottom of your browser (if you're using Chrome) or to your downloads folder. Click on the file you have just downloaded to open it up.  


3. Open the downloaded font

Once you have opened the file it should bring you to the font's folder that you just downloaded. In the folder will be the license and the font file. Click on the font file to install, the .tff file! 


4. Install Font

Once you have pressed on the font file, a window similar to this should pop up and you just need to click "Install Font"!


The font book should open up and show your downloaded font in your font book! Feel free to close this window. Your font is now successfully downloaded!



5. Switch to PowerPoint

Start with a blank slide template and put your three initials in 3 different text boxes. Remember to make your first and middle initial lowercase and then your last name, which will go in the middle, uppercase. For reference, mine were in font size: 287. 

Traditionally the order of a monogram goes first, last, middle. So for example, my name is Shannon Patricia Hessen. But my monogram is: sHp (with my last name in the middle).  


6. Change the font & the color (if you want to!)

Now highlight the letters one by one (or all at once) and change the font to the font you just downloaded, "Monogram kk sc." If for some reason it doesn't show up in your font selection on powerpoint, type in the name ("Monogram kk sc") and it should work. You can also change the color to whatever you chose to!


7. Move close together to make a monogram

Move the two outside initials inside to overlap with the middle letter. Typically in a script monogram the outside letters overlap significantly with the middle letter. 


8. Chose what you're going to use it for, and save it!

If you're going to paste it on top of something else (like a picture or background of some sort) you will want to save just the monogram with a transparent background. To do this, draw a box around the 3 textboxes with your mouse until all of the boxes are selected. Or click on one, hold down shift, and select the other two. Once you have all the text boxes selected, right-click on the picture, and press "Save as Picture." Select where on your computer you want it saved and it will save as a picture with a transparent background! 


If you want to make a circle or box behind your monogram to put on a document, you will first need to draw the shape you want using the shape tool on powerpoint and place that shape behind the monogram. In this example I placed a navy circle behind my monogram. 


Once you have the shape you want, highlight all the objects (3 textboxes + your shape). You can do this by drawing a box around the 4 objects with your mouse until all of the boxes are selected. Or click on one, hold down shift, and select the other three things. Once all are selected right click over your selected objects and press "Save as Picture." Save your picture to your computer and it's ready to be put on anything you want!


Final results:

                      Without Background                    With Circle Background                       





I love the look of the circle monogram! It's a little more modern and clean than the script version. This tutorial is a bit harder but don't worry because I'm going to walk you step by step through it all! 

1. Download this font

If you read through the script monogram steps, the process of downloading the font is going to be the exact same. First, you are going to press the download button in the right-hand corner to start the process of downloading the font. 


2. Continue to download the font

Once you press the download button it will either be downloaded to the little downloads bar at the bottom of your browser (if you're using Chrome) or to your downloads folder. Click on the file you have just downloaded to open it up.  


3. Open the downloaded font + press install 

 Click on the font file, it should be in a .tff file! Click install. Once you click install, it should open up to your font book. You can close out of that when you're done!


4. Open up PowerPoint

Start with a blank slide template and put your three initials in 3 different text boxes. For this fond you will need to make all your letters lowercase. For reference, mine were in font size: 287. 

Traditionally the order of a monogram goes first, last, middle. So for example, my name is Shannon Patricia Hessen. But my monogram is: sHp (with my last name in the middle).


6. Change the font & the color (if you want to!)

Now highlight the letters one by one (or all at once) and change the font to the font you just downloaded, "MONOGRAMOS." If for some reason it doesn't show up in your font selection on powerpoint, type in the name ("MONOGRAMOS") and it should work. You can also change the color to whatever you chose to!


7. Save each text box as a picture 

This is where it gets a bit complicated! Now you will need to select each text box individually, right click, press "Save as Picture," and then save each textbox to a folder you can easily locate. Do this for every text box (so three total).


8. Clear your textboxes & Insert Photos

Once you have saved each text box as it's own individual picture you can delete each of the text boxes (so now your slide should be blank again). 


Now go to "Insert" in the top tool bar, "Photo," and then "Photo from File." Now you're going to insert the 3 photos you just saved back onto your slide.


9. Crop Photos

Now you are going to individually crop each photo so it will be ready to make into a monogram! Double click on each picture and press crop in the toolbar (circled below). Crop out the last two letters in your first initial, crop the first and third letter our of your middle initial, and lastly crop out the first two letters in your last initial. 


10. Move pictures together to make Monogram

Your letters should now look something like this. Cropped so each photo only has one letter. 


Move each letter together to form the circle monogram.


11. Chose what you're going to use it for, and save it!

If you're going to paste it on top of something else (like a picture or background of some sort) you will want to save just the monogram with a transparent background. To do this, draw a box around the 3 textboxes with your mouse until all of the boxes are selected. Or click on one, hold down shift, and select the other two. Once you have all the text boxes selected, right-click on the picture, and press "Save as Picture." Select where on your computer you want it saved and it will save as a picture with a transparent background! 


If you want to make a circle or box behind your monogram to put on a document, you will first need to draw the shape you want using the shape tool on powerpoint and place that shape behind the monogram. In this example I placed a navy circle behind my monogram. 



Final Results:

                  With Background:                            Without Background:                  
Yay!! Hopefully it worked for you! If you have any questions at all feel free to comment and I will try to answer everything! 

Now go monogram everything!

Remember,

xoxo

S


Friday, February 10, 2017

FriYAY + Where I Traveled To This Week!

The weeks are flyin' by! Which isn't necessarily a bad thing! Bring on the warm weather, sandals, and sun dresses! The weather has been in that weird limbo between warm and cold. It's typically pretty warm in the mornings when I head to class and then by the time lunch time rolls around I'm ready to ditch my jacket and get comfy in jeans and a long sleeve shirt. 

If it could just stick with super cold or warm weather that would really be just dandy. 

This week was nothing superrr out of the ordinary, but I did get to escape campus on Tuesday for a quick day trip to Columbia! I don't have class on Tuesdays and Thursdays this semester (#secondsemestersenior) so it worked out perfectly. Emory recently got accepted into University of South Carolina's law school (so proud!!) so I got to tag along as he toured the school! He hasn't made a final decision and is still considering a few different options, but it was fun to explore the campus and town with him. We made a day of it and got lunch in Columbia and walked through the downtown a bit before heading back to Furman. 

The rest of my week was pretty much filled with class, homework, and a few scattered meetings. For the next 3 weekends though I have a formal event which I'm sure will make these next few weeks fly by. This weekend we have Emory's semi-formal so be sure you're following me on insta to see what I wear! The next weekend we have my sorority winter's function and our theme this year is "You Are What You Netflix" so if anyone has any suggestions for funny couple costumes please help a girl out.


Becuase donuts (especially pink iced ones) really do seem to make everything better. 


Now for what's on my radar this week:

I ordered this dress and can't wait to try it on! Under $100 too! I'm thinking it will be great for Spring Break. 

So if you're into podcasts, I've heard this one is super fun and interesting to listen to!

Okay does it feel like all of a sudden everyone is expecting a baby?! So excited for Julia, Kelly, and Amy!

The funniest Galentine's DIY

Don't forget about this cute DIY for Valentine's I made!

But let's be real...this is what I'm hoping for V-Day....anyone else??

Did you guys hear?! Lilly partnered with Swell and made Lilly patterned Swell bottles that can be bought at select Starbucks! Has anyone see them yet?? People are already selling them on Ebay

There's a Kate Spade Surprise Sale going on right now! I have my eye on on this dress, this crossbody, and this umbrella. I also feel like this would be great for traveling!

PSA PSA PSA:: Barbour is on major sale on Nordstrom's website!! I love this jacket and this one too! Barbour never seems to go on sale so get it while you can!

And in case you need a laugh...I was dying of cuteness watching this video.

What's on your radar this week?

Remember,

xoxo

S







Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Best Camera Bag EVER

The night before I moved into my freshman dorm room, my parents and I were hanging out in our hotel in Greenville getting ready for bed and the big day ahead. My dad said he had something to give me to celebrate this exciting time and he reached in his bag and pulled out a camera!! 

Up until then I had always used my parents nice camera for all my events in high school. It didn't even cross my mind that I no longer would be able to use theirs. Thankfully, it had crossed my parents mind and they gave it to me as a great move in gift so I could be sure to capture all my new college memories!

Since freshman year I have always been the designated photographer for just about every event. I love playing around with my camera and bring it to just about every big occasion. I loved having it, but hated the ugly black camera bag I would have to constantly tote around with it to hold my camera and my extra lens.  On top of that I also had a purse and it was always just too much to carry. 

For Christmas my parents got me this Lo and Sons camera bag! It fits a full size camera, an extra lens, and has slots for memory cards-- and not to mention is a super cute cross-body that looks like a stylish purse! It comes in a few different colors but I went with the classic brown leather look.

I've gotten so many compliments on it and I can't suggest it enough!  


As you can see on the inside it has a separator that can be moved based on how big or small your camera is and then has enough room to put a lens next to it. It also has plenty of room to throw in chapstick and a small wallet on top if you want to use it as your purse for the day. The memory card holders in the front are life savers because my old case didn't have a designated pocket for them so I had them in a ziplock bag (lol) that I would just throw in. 


The bag is definitely a bit of an investment, but in my opinion it's 100% worth it if you use your camera a lot. The divider in the middle comes out as well so you can also transform it into a cross-body when you don't need your camera. 


Remember,

xoxo

S






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