My Lilly Pulitzer Picks

Recently, I hadn't been loving Lilly as much has normal. The prints underwhelmed me, and I wasn't too crazy about the style of the dresses, but this season? I am obsessed with almost everything. I'm a huge sucker for blue prints and trapeze dresses, which this collection is all about. Very into it. Definitely going to Phipps this weekend to try on everything

Out of these latest arrivals, what is your favorite?
xoxo, jKm


DIY: Minimalistic Binder Covers

This week on Bloggers go Back to School... DIYs!

For the past three years, I've made monogrammed Lilly Pulitzer binder covers, but for my senior year, I've decided to change it up a bit. I wanted to go on a more minimalistic route. I showed what my binders looked like in my school supplies haul.
These binder covers are inspired by Sammy and hers from last year! 

Step 1: For these covers, I wanted the white edges to be smaller, so I made the square go past the "boundary" lines that are on Publisher. The dimensions I used are 10.51" x 7.5". (HxW) Make sure it's all centered and everything. 

Step 2: Remove the outline of the shape, and choose a fill color. Publisher offers Pantone colors which in my opinion is seriously amazing. I picked a base color in the wheel and then I would go up or down on the shading to pick a color. What's nice is you can find Pantone colors you like on the internet and then search them on Publisher to use them. (Like how cool would it be to have ones with Fall 2015 colors? Or Spring 2015?)

Step 3: Draw another box that will act as the white bar. Once again remove the outline and make the fill white. For size, it's 2.04" high, and I just stretched it across the page because it's white, and you won't notice whether it's the same length as the other stuff. 

Step 3.5: I didn't put the bar in any specific place. Just decide what you like best! 

Step 4: Draw a straight line and instead of worrying about making it the same length as the box, just go to the Drawing Tools format and make it 7.5". For weight, I made mine 16 pt. Then I made the line navy and copied it, so I had two lines. 

Step 5: Select everything excluding the white bar and align them. 

Step 6: Insert a text box and type in the class name. For the font, I downloaded and used Glass Antiqua. For font size, it depended on how long the class name is. Like for AP Euro, I used size 72 pt, but for AP Bio and AP Lit, I used 100 pt. Like the lines, I made the font navy. 

Step 7: Then just duplicated the page for all the rest of the classes and change the background color and the name on the bar and the size of the font! 

I did this for my notebooks as well using Lilly patterns that go with the color of the binder cover. #ColorCoordinateOrDie

If you any questions, comment down below or email me!
xoxo, jKm
(I changed the dimensions, so follow along with the text dimensions and the not the ones in the pictures!)


Enlances con SDS

Happy, happy Friday! This week has felt so long, and I haven't felt great. Physically or mentally. But I am so excited for the weekend because I am using it to get everything back on track. I'm getting organized, and hopefully I will feel better after that. 

Just a little fun thing for today! (via)

Look at how cute this hat from Vineyard Vines is. This was definitely just added to my wishlist.

For everyone taking economics right now, there's a Crash Course series for that, which I'm pumped about.  

This necklace from Packed Party is perfect for someone who is going to college or moving! P.S. Dorothy has a discount code.

I've been loving the new arrivals from Lilly! Particularly this dress because trapeze dresses are my fav. I need to go to Phipps, so I can find a dress for homecoming. 

Hope y'all have a good Friday and an amazing weekend!
xoxo, jKm


Sea La Vie // Spartina 449

Y'all, when I visited Savannah, I went to the Tanger Outlets that are right outside the city, and I found the cutest store ever! Spartina 449 is the most amazing store ever, and I could actually live inside of one. It's an incredibly beachy brand that's based on Hilton Head Island. The aesthetic of the brand is seriously so on point. I'm very into the beach-y aesthetic (but not really the beach), and everything the have is so colorful and happy, which I am all about.. They have patterns based off of different areas and people, and I love, love, love the Tybee Island one. Plus their jewelry is amazing. The items can definitely be pricier, but everything is such a nice quality, and there's such a large range of products than you can find something in your budget. 

Also how cute is this???
I've picked out some of my favorite pieces for y'all! 

xoxo, jKm


What a Week...

I am proud to say that I've successfully completed a whole week (5 days) of my senior year, and boy, it was a whirlwind. Going back to school always has me feeling excited and annoyed. Excited because now I am definitely closer to graduating. Annoyed because I have to wake up earlier. From the first five days, I like most of my classes, but like the rest of seniors in the country, I am ready to be done. Probably not a good thing? I'll wait until I'm done with college applications to be done. 

My memory card that I used that morning screwed up, so enjoy the only pictures I have from the first day until I figure it out! 5 days done, 170 some odd days to go....

xoxo, jKm

Blog posts should be back on schedule next week. 


My High School Advice

Taking a break from Back to School fashion with some throwbacks and advice!

Transformation Thursday? First Day of Freshman Year to "First Day" Senior Year. 

As y'all are reading this, I'm celebrating my last first day of high school. I shared my Unofficial Start to Senior Year with y'all in May, and today it is #real. I'm feeling a mixture of excitement and sheer terror, but I think that's something everyone goes through at some point. Since it's my first day as a senior, I wanted to reflect all the way back to freshman year. The internet didn't even really know me then since I started my blog at the end of that year, and I cannot believe how much I've grown yet stayed the same since then. I mean, I'm wearing the same shorts in those pictures. I think this Taylor Swift quote sums up the past three years: I will never change, but I will never stay the same either. I hopefully have become a better version of myself.

I was honestly trying to remember what I was like at the beginning of freshman year, and I couldn't, so naturally I went to my Tumblr archives. I really wished I hadn't. I was incredibly awkward when I was 14, but hey, for some reason, I had some really awesome friends, which means even if you think you're the lamest person on the Earth, there will be people who like you. When I was 14, I had lots of opinions, yet I didn't have enough experience to express them. I was still trying to find what my style was, so my clothes didn't exactly fit me every day. I hadn't found out how to be quiet yet... Despite all that, I still had and still do have kick ass friends whether they were freshmen or seniors, so for upcoming freshman, don't worry if you haven't exactly found who you're supposed to be. There will be people who are willing to help you figure it out and deal with your awkward 14 year old self.

As a freshman, I also worried. A lot. About my grades, my friends, and myself, but nothing about that was healthy. I've talked about having an anxiety disorder on here before, and freshman year was the start of it being really bad. During freshman year, my anxiety was constant. I was having anxiety attacks probably two to three times a week, which is clearly incredibly unhealthy. I was constantly comparing myself to others and trying to be the best of the best, which is definitely the mindset implemented by my high school. News Flash: It's not worth it. My anxiety disorder heightened all these feelings, but even people without one feel like this during high school. It's okay to worry because that means you care but don't let worrying consume you. High school doesn't last forever. Thank the Lord. These four years will not be the best four years of your life because there are so many more years ahead of you, and this is only a small chunk in the bigger scheme of things. It will be over before you know it, trust me, so it's not worth obsessing over every single detail. Save yourself some tears and focus on getting better, not your mistakes.

Here's the rest of my advice for high school in general:

-Learn to balance friends and school. It's important to study but also to make memories. You probably won't remember your grade in 10th grade English, but you will remember the time your high school beat the rival school for the first time in football.

-99.99% of the time boys (dating in general) aren't worth it. High school boys are the worst. Maybe you will find a good egg, but don't spend your time looking and worrying. Just let things happen.

-Start thinking about standardized tests sooner than you think you need to. I really wish the first time I took the SAT wasn't the November of my Junior year. I wish I had taken in sophomore year, so I had more time to prepare, and I knew what I needed to work on sooner.

-Be friends with your teachers. School is so much easier if you have teachers by your side. They'll write your recommendations, give you advice, and let you hide out in their room before/after school when life is just a little too rough. Teachers aren't out to get you, and some of them are pretty cool. 

-Don't do illegal things!! Especially on school property. Don't put your future at risk!! In my opinion, it is just not worth it especially when you're a freshman/sophomore. Be careful with everything you do. 

-Find friends who will not only be there for your successes but for your failures. The greatest people in your life will be there for you when you get a 5 on your AP exam, but they will also be there when you fail a test or have a rough break up or something awful happens. I'm so thankful I have the group of friends that I do because I know that I could go to any of them with a problem or success.

So freshmen, welcome to high school. It's gonna be rough and sometimes pretty awful, but I think y'all will get through it. I believe it.
xoxo, jKm


Morning + Night Routine

Hey y'all! Today I wanted to share with you guys my basic morning and night routine that I do in the summer. Earlier in the summer, I shared with y'all my favorite hair and skincare products, but that's changed just a little bit since then especially since I did dye my hair, which y'all probably can't tell, but I did! 

Morning Makeup Routine

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Okay so this might seem super long, but I promise you it isn't. It takes 10 minutes max if I do everything, and sometimes I'll skip a step. Usually I'm always wearing primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. Everything else depends on if I wake up on time and what condition my skin is in to be honest. I've been using all these products for over three months, and I absolutely love all of them, especially that Nudes palette. Perfect dupe for Urban Decay, and you don't want to spend $50 on eyeshadow. Plus everything is from Target, so it's relatively cheap, which I am all about. I will only splurge on NARS Audacious lipsticks. 

Night Routine

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I love this new cleansing micellar water. My sister got it, and it's super gentle on your skin. We both have pretty sensitive skin, so that's super important to us. Plus it removes makeup really well. I've talked about the Neutrogena' Stubborn Acne line before, and I've yet to be unimpressed. I have loved every product I've tried, and it really does help control acne. 

Whenever I dye my hair, I use the Garnier Fructis Color Shield Line. I'm not sure how it compares to other color shield shampoos and conditioners, but I like it. Tell me if y'all like something better thought! And again, I've talked about OGX's Moroccan Argan Oil. I still am obsessed with it, and I clearly need a new bottle. I'm a sucker for Argan Oil. 

What do y'all's routine look like?
xoxo, jKm


Back to School Haul - Supplies

So the lovely Cathleen and Nicole are hosting a month long back to school link-up called Bloggers go Back to School! I'm so excited to be a part of this because y'all know I love BTS so much. Definitely contact them for more information because it's going to be so fun. :)

This week on Bloggers go Back to School... Fashion!
Some of y'all right now are thinking Julianna, school supplies is not fashion. I would like to fight you on that statement. Do you remember the elementary school days where what character was on your folder was the biggest dilemma? Or who was on your lunchbox? Or did you have glitter pens or not? These problems don't stop after elementary school, people! They evolve. Do you use a school issued agenda or do you buy your own? Do you buy Staples brand binders? Do you have cool pencil case? Trust me, buying school supplies is a stressful process. Or maybe it's just me? Tell me I'm not alone!

This year I decided to do something a little different. For all my classes, except math, I decided to have a notebook along with a binder. This was so that all my hand-written notes stay in one place, and I've done this before with usually only one class, so I think it will work for four. (My Econ/Gov notebook isn't here because I kept messing up the cover.) All my notebooks are from Mead Five-Star, and I either got one or three subject depending on how often I think I'll be taking notes. Once school starts, I will do an organization post about how I take notes and everything.

Again this is a little different than what I normally do. This year I got a 1.5" binder for each class. Normally I get two binders and split my classes up, but I think this system will work out especially since of how my schedule is laid out. I always get my binders from Staples because they hold up super well during the school year. And don't worry about how to make the binder covers! I have a post coming up in two weeks. :)

Lastly, I wanted to show y'all this adorable pencil case I got from Staples. It's by the brand Paperchase, and I absolutely love it. I'm a sucker for anything involving anchors, so I knew I had to get this for my senior year. Everything from their Anchors Ahoy line is too perfect. Definitely be sure to be on the lookout for it at your Staples.

Obviously, I got paper and pencils and all the jazz, but this was all the fun stuff I wanted to show y'all!
xoxo, jKm