DIY: Monogram Wallpaper via Photoshop

One of my more popular posts on my Tumblr was this picture of my laptop. I love monograms and I think Lilly Pulitzer prints are super fun and summery so this is perfect for my summer wallpaper!

I had lots of requests for a tutorial, so I made a video and posted it to YouTube! 
If you have Adobe Photoshop and want to try to make one of these, it's your lucky day!

Please excuse my voice and my mispronunciation of Lilly Pulitzer... 

If I'm not clear enough, or you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! 

And if you'd like for me to make a monogram wallpaper for you, I'd love to! Just comment below :)

Top Five Tunes

I'm always listening to music, and it's always different (presets on my satellite radio are The Highway-country, Hits One-pop, Coffee House Rock-acoustic/indie, Sinatra-jazz, and Broadway-show tunes). I've amassed a pretty large iTunes library since I got my first iPod on my twelfth birthday. Seven years and two iPods later, I still love Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney, but my musical horizons have broadened. 

My Top 5 Right now include: 

Honorable Mentions: Florida Georgia Line and Ed Sheeran.

Do yourself a favor and check out some of this music if you haven't already. 

What are some of your favorite songs right now? 

Dorm Excitement!

I've been living the lazy girl's dream this summer. Even though I love going on adventures and doing exciting things (trips to NYC and the beach were particularly fun this summer), I'm also perfectly content to sit on my queen-sized bed and watch movies all day. Side note- The only thing I'm not looking forward to is switching to a twin-sized bed.

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But all good things must come to an end, and, between you and me, this summer is starting to get a little boring anyway.

So in exactly 18 days, 16 hours, and 35 minutes, I'll be moving into a little dorm room, meeting my roommate for the first time, and starting the next chapter of my life. My goodness, that sounds rather exciting, doesn't it?

These last few days have been filled with dorm shopping, too! I've already bought a bedspread (seersucker, my favorite!), sheets, towels, a hamper, a shoe organizer, and some other neat essentials.

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 I've even painted some cute pictures to hang (with command strips I guess?)! My city love is showing again...

The dorm I'll be living in is fairly new, private (as in my roommate and I share a bathroom and a hallway, but have our own doors to separate rooms) and it even comes with a mini fridge and microwave right in our room! Another plus is that my house is only ten minutes from campus so I can visit home as often or as little as I want.

I follow Carly of and she's got some great tips and stories, plus her site is so cute!

Is there anything that you think I should get to make dorm life a little easier or more fun? Any advice?

If I lived in the city...

 I lived in the city, I would probably live in an apartment smaller than the average hotel room. I would never complain.

If I lived in the city, I probably wouldn't have my silver Jeep Wrangler anymore. I'd be so fit from walking everywhere.

If I lived in the city, I'd ride the subway. I'd never let the magic of being underground wear off.

If I lived in the city, I'd know how to properly hail a taxi.

If I lived in the city, I would get fresh produce from little grocery stores or street vendors.

If I lived in the city, I'd wake up every snowy winter morning and marvel at how beautiful the city is. I wouldn't complain about slush, ever. I'd have a nice pair of bean boots and a thick wool coat. I'd wear cashmere sweaters.

If I lived in the city, I'd go to a broadway show as often as I could afford to. Maybe I could get a job working at one of the theaters backstage. Maybe even on stage!

If I lived in the city, I'd probably still teach Sunday school at church, but at a church like St. Malachy's.

If I lived in the city, I'd go to the Jersey Shore or the Hamptons or something like that in the summertime for a weekend.

If I lived in the city,  I'd go to Central Park every chance I got.

If I lived in the city, I'd be a part-time nanny.

If I lived in the city, I'd read fancy periodicals like The New York Times or The New Yorker on my iPad.

If I lived in the city, I'd occasionally go to the ballet and the opera.

If I lived in the city, I'd have to get a boyfriend or a dog because I hear city life can be lonely.