Skaneateles in Crochet and Pleats

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Today, my mother and I decided to take a trip up to Skaneateles, NY to meet up with some of our former neighbors for lunch. Going up there is always such a treat because the lake is just so gorgeous. Definitely a place I will aspire to buy a cottage in when I am rich and famous and such :P . We met up at the Blue Water Grill where I enjoyed a delicious salad. The trip ended up being a feast for both my eyes and stomach heheh.

I did manage to take some quick pictures by the waterside. Some people came right down next to the place I was posing…. After almost my 40th post, it is still soooo nerve-racking to take pictures around people. Unfortunately, the pictures came out super exposed or bright or contrasted or some other Photoshop words to make me sound like I know what I’m doing. I fiddled around with different things but putting my pictures under “warm” under the section “curves” was the best I could do. I really thought I was getting the hang of my camera but sometimes, it still likes to play tricks on me. It definitely has a mind of its own, I can tell you that.

Have a super weekend and be sure to answer this week’s Celebration Comments below!

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Celebration Comments: Floral Crowns. Have you ever made a floral crown or know a great DIY tutorial?

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Celebration Comments: Weekend Away

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This past weekend, I spent my days chilling at my uncle’s cottage in Nova Scotia. It was with my Canadian Clan where they say “eh” and “are you feeling peckish” and cute things like that. In honor of my cottage escape, I based my Celebration Comments on just that: A Weekend Away. I try to be a light packer by bringing a lot of clothes to mix and match. This time, I was convinced I would go out and take pictures for my blog so I brought a couple of extra outfits. (It didn’t happen.) Other than that, I made sure I had jeans and a fleece for those chilly nights and just your basic essentials. (That kind of didn’t happen either…) Anyway, here are what some other people thought about the topic!

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Jiyy from Petite Yeoja “…I personally quite bad at packing, tbh! Haha. Actually, I’m not going to bring a lot of clothes, maybe 2-3 pieces (that you sure you always can mix it up), one shoes for all. I believe you’ll shop and back with more clothes on your lugage lol…”

Amber from The Lacuna Stitch  “…As for your question this week, I’m really glad you asked this one, because I just got back from vacation! When I was packing, I was trying to keep the amount of stuff I packed to a minimum. My reason I do this is not because I don’t like to over pack (it’s always good to be prepared!), but rather because I like to have as little stuff to keep track of. So, when your packing, I’d recommend trying to find shoes/accessories that will go with every outfit that you brought. Also, it would be helpful to write two checklists (one for when your packing and one for when you leave) to make sure you don’t forget anything…”

Stephanie from Sartorial Diner “…To answer your question of the week, I’m horribly disorganized when I pack for trips. I’ll try to grab an even amount of shirts and pants and call it a day. Part of the fun of traveling for me is to not worry about looking great all the time. I’d rather focus on the sights, as opposed to being seen…”

Nikkie from Chic Nikkie  “…I just try to formulate mostly what I need, putting them down on a list so I can easily check off what I have packed and what I need to buy. Here’s an example of my before and after: BEFORE: 3 pairs of skirts, 2 pairs of shorts, 5 dresses, 2 hand-sanitizers (1 for home and one for when going out)..
AFTER: some cardigans, a few pairs of socks, loads of sweaters…”

Mindy from Broken Eggshells “… For my trip, I had to pack for a month which was so hard especially since they told me to pack light haha! I think packing is very hard for girls since we always have so many “what if” items we must bring!..”

Lily from Imperfect Idealist “…As for weekend getaways, I don’t have any planned, but if I were to pack, I always start with the essentials. So for me, that’s running gear, socks and underwear (I mean, you have to have it haha), toiletries, and then some versatile pieces. Like for example, my pajamas are often a t-shirt and shorts I can go running in, but fashion-wise, I pack basics that I can dress up–like a plain red long-sleeved shirt. And then I finish it off with a pair of shoes that go with everything, like keds or oxfords!…”

Mariah from Theatricality by Mariah“…If I had to pick a weekend vacation, it would probably be to Myrtle Beach and I would obviously pack a swim suit, shorts, a flowy tank, and loose fitting maxi…”

LUXESSED “…The shorts look great! I always pack light whenever I’m travelling – just in case I find nice things to buy when I’m away…”

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Thoughtful comments on my other posts:

Christine from Beyoutiful Hope “…One think I have found to love is upcycling- it takes time and is fun and feels better at the end and also is better for the environment. I have found some really cute things from Salvation Army that I have upcycled…”

Brittney from Another Beautiful Thing “…Oh, not only was jacket-tying a thing in my middle school, but there was a wrong and right way to do it (middle school politics, I know)…”

Stella from Sugar Pop Fashion “…Lol! I guess it’s the same with my dungarees! In the 90s it was soooo cool tying your sweater around your hips but then it was only embarrassing and now?! Everything came back and looks good all of a sudden!…”

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I’m so happy about the positive feedback I’ve gotten from both the series and the topics! It’s actually quite exciting to hear about what people have to say. Make sure to keep an eye out to see if your comment is up next week!

This week’s topic is Flower Crowns: Is this trend nay or yay for you?

Love, Olivia

Floppy Hat and Graduation Dress

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted a yellow dress to wear to graduation. Yellow seemed like a suitable color to begin my departure of being a green and gold bear. But it was a day before my graduation ceremony and no yellow dress. I guess a sensible person would have gotten into her car and headed to the mall to find that dream dress. But I like to do things the hard way and instead, I got into my car and headed to Jo Ann Fabrics. And *technically* for my last day as a high school student, I spent it behind my sewing machine making a yellow floral dress. It’s funny because after all that work, no one could actually see my dress under my robe. Oooh well! On the plus side, I came out with a pretty dress in a gorgeous floral yellow that has gotten a lot of use!

Anyway, my sincerest apologizes to all as I have been out of town. I’m a little behind on a few posts and commenting. But I’m on my way to getting caught up! I should be A-Ok by the end of the week! Hang tight:)

Love, Olivia

PS-For the people who I’ve recently commented on, I’ve been adding weird sign offs. Some of my favorites have been: “Here’s to always having loving ways and perfect days”, “Yours Until The Hersheys’s Kisses”, and “May the god of dance smile upon your feet”. No reason except a way to make commenting a little less tedious:P

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graduation floral yellow dress forever 21 floppy hat red revlon lipstick wedge heels

I know I haven’t posted about last week’s celebration comments but they’ll be up tomorrow. In the mean time, if anyone wants to comment on this week’s topic it is:

Floral Crowns. What are your thoughts?

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That Jacket Tying Thing

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Back in the good old days of my youth, jacket tying was a thing. A practical way of holding your jacket when you became too warm to wear it. But then, I grew older and all of a sudden, tying my jacket around my waist was super shunned. I wouldn’t be caught dead or alive styling one around my waist. No-sir-ee-bob! Not unless I wanted to be pegged as a giant loser or something.

That thought lasted for many years until a couple of weeks ago when I was doing my usual cruising through blogs. Someone had worn  their plaid flannel around their waist and man did they look really cool. And BAM! Once again, jacket tying became a thing and I wanted try it. So on my and Ryan’s 2 and a half year anniversary (Long time! ;P) I decided to wear this outfit. I have already worn this pink crochet dress (Happy Easter) but I loved the white button-down-jacket-shirt-thing tired around my waist. I think it makes the look more casual and cool but still captures the pretty effects of the dress! It’s so funny how different fashion trends go in and out of style :) !

I’m in Canada right now, probably wifi-less. Hang tight, ladies (and the occasional gentlemen (I’m talking to you Ryan!)). I will be back soon! In the mean time, check out my instagram (@oliviamonopoli) to follow the latest with the greatest. I’m currently into making videos via Lightt or Cameo which have been pretty fun. The first/only one features a nice date night. Kinda lame but still makes me smile.

Love, Olivia

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Celebration Comments: Weekend Away. What is your favorite weekend away? What did you pack for it?

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pink crochet dress tied white jacket necklace sneakers

Distressed Denim Dreams

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Every summer since I don’t even remember when, I’ve been dying for a pair of high-waisted distressed denim shorts. Just the idea of distressed denim shorts reminds me of summer. I associate a pair of worn in shorts with great memories of road trips, bon fires, and friends. Like I said, I’ve been wanting a pair since forever! But I’m a super cheap person and ironically, destroyed denim shorts are $$$$$! I finally gave in and went to Pac Sun to buy the shorts I have been dreaming about. Yes, kind of pricey for the new “broke college kid” but I know that they will be a staple in my summer wardrobe. I can’t wait to make some memories in these babies:)

So I apologize for my neglected blog :(. As said in the previous post, which went live before I could actually finish it, life has been busy! I lost my remote for starters which meant taking pictures became a lot harder. By the time I ordered a new one, it was the end of the week and another obstacle had risen: my grad party. Family all the way from Canada came down and getting ready for it was busy busy busy. But I had a blast! Now that it’s over, I can finally get back to my bloggy blog. Thanks for the patience guys:)

Love, Olivia

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distressed denim shorts high waisted satchel heart necklace bracelets stacked heart sunglasses white crochet lace crop top

This week’s Celebration Comments topic: A Weekend Away. Has anyone or will anyone be taking any weekend trips away? How did you pack for it?

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