Sorority Gift Ideas (4/9/2019)

Hey everyone, considering that I am graduating soon this will be one of the last times I will be able to write a post on sorority life. I wanted to do a post on sorority gift ideas for those that have just been induced into a sorority or those who just got their first little!


These are some of the super cute ideas I pound on Pinterest and I hope they helped you with choosing what to give your sorority sister! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Comment down below what your favorite idea was.

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Free Smartphone Wallpapers (3/3/2019)

Hey everyone! I wanted to drop in and share some wallpapers that I had made specially for smartphones. Not all smartphones are alike, especially when it comes to wallpaper sizes. So, I made them specifically for iPhone but they can be adjusted for other phones as well. Enjoy these free wallpapers!

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DIY Jewelry Tray Gift (2/25/2019)

Hey y’all! I hope you’re all having a great day today. I wanted to drop in and share an awesome DIY project that I had done recently. As I am preparing for Ryan’s 21st birthday, I wanted to give him something special aside from other extravagant gifts. Sometimes you need a little sentimental to balance materialistic things. This is the perfect gift to do just that and it takes less than 20 minutes to make!


• 1 Wooden Tray (I got mine at Michaels for $1)

• Mod Podge (They sell small bottles at the Dollar Tree)

• A paint brush (Also purchased from Dollar Tree)

• A printed picture on regular printer paper

• Scissors

Step 1:

Take your wooden tray and measure the inside square. Next, print out the picture you want in the tray. Cut the picture to the measured size.

Step 2:

Take the mod podge and apply a thin layer of mod podge to the bottom (inside) of the tray. Make sure the product is evenly spread and reaches all corners.

Step 3:

Take printed photo and place the photo inside of the tray with the photo facing outwards. Press the photo down completely in the tray and make sure to press down the corners. Insure there are no air bubbles. Next, apply mod podge on top of the photo in the tray.

Step 4:

Spread the mod podge on the bottom of the tray with the paint brush. Make sure to do this step evenly and let dry for at least a couple of hours before using. Mod podge usually dries quickly but the picture might still be too soft to be used.

Finished Product:

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Galentine’s Day Must Haves (2/10/2019)

“What is Galentine’s Day!? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas.” -Leslie Knope, Parks and Rec S02 E16.

Of course I celebrate Galentine’s Day, most specifically because I love my gal pals but also because I am a huge fan of Parks and Rec and Leslie Knope. So why celebrate Galentine’s Day? Well, if you want to have a special day for just you and your girl friends celebrating friendship– this is it. It’s the perfect time to kick back and have fun with your amazing best girl friends.

There’s a recipe for success when it comes to a Galentine’s Day party and I have some of the ingredients that will make it even better.

Girls Night Out Table Topics

These are cute questions to get the party started. Some are fun and some are deep but one thing they definitely are is cheap! (Yes, I’m in the rhyming mood today). You can grab these beauties online at Francesca’s

Assign Secret Admirers

Assign secret admirers (like secret Santa) and this will keep things fun but also will cut the costs of gift giving! Set a spending limit and give each attendee a Galentine to secretly admire. You can print cards or make mobile card through the app Poster Maker: Poster Maker App

Be My Galentine Banner

Make your Galentine’s Day party pretty with these banners from Amazon:

Galentine’s Day Banner

Xoxo Banner

For other decor like table cloths, cups, paper plates etc. just pick up some pink or red items from your Dollar Tree.

Galentine’s Day Party Favors

Grab these cute Galentine’s Day themed tote bags and a bottle of wine (if you’re of age) and give them as cute party souvenirs. You can get them here:

Galentine’s Tote Bag

Prosecco Pong

A perfect drinking game for you and your gal pals! Use champagne or apple cider if you don’t/ can’t drink. You can get this here:

Prosecco Pong

Prize Table

For each game you play have one prize set aside for the winner. It makes the games much more fun and competitive. Here are some ideas for prizes under $20:

Opal House Candle

Kate Spade Tumbler

Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Zoella Bath and Shower Milk

Fun Printable Valentines

These will definitely have everyone laughing out loud! Just search on Google Images: “Funny Valentines” and you will find some good ones! I searched Funny Parks and Rec Valentines and Funny Star Wars Valentines for my examples. As a game throw one of these Valentines in a random gift bag and whoever finds it in their bag wins a prize!

Inflatable Unicorn Horn Toss Game

This would be a perfect game to play and win a prize for at your Galentine’s Day party! You can get it here:

Unicorn Horn Toss

Printable Game

Get this super cute printable game for your party at EmmyDoesDesign Etsy Shop

These ideas will definitely make your Galentine’s Day party one to remember! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Comment down below what your favorite idea was!

-Stay Chic,

Quick and Easy Last Minute Costumes (10/22/2018)

Hey everyone! With Halloween just a week away it seems a little to late to order a costume online and there’s probably slim pickings at the costume stores. So I complied a list of last minute costumes that would be perfect for anyone to throw together! They are easy to throw together so don’t worry if you don’t have a costume yet, you might have an idea after this post!

1. Cat Burglar

You can totally be a burglar for Halloween. All you’ll need is a black and white striped shirt, black jeans, black gloves and you can DIY a mask by buying black felt or even using an old black tank top and cutting holes for eyes!

2. Minnie Mouse

Take out those Minnie ears (OR DIY THEM WITH FLET AND A DOLLAR STORE HEADBAND) and throw on a red shirt, white gloves and black jeans. If you have colored ears from Disney (I have the rose gold pair) you can even throw together a unique Minnie outfit according to the ears you have. I am rose gold Minnie this year for my quick costume.

3. Farmer

I took this idea last year and wore a flannel and a pair of overalls with a straw hat and Ryan wore a flannel tucked in his shirt and a hat as well. This is easy to throw together and you can find these items just about anywhere.

4. Loofah (and Soap)

This one you’d definitely need to break out the hot glue gun but a friend of mine and I had dressed up as loofah and soap. I already had everything to make the outfit so it took me a total of 5 minutes to throw together. I threw on a pink dress and took thick waxy braided string I got from the Dollar Tree and tied it across my body. One string was tied across my chest, the other was around my ribs and the other was around my hips. I then took large wired pink tulle I had previously purchased from Michael’s and weaved it around the string. I then took more string and loosely tied all of the string together on each side of my body (front, back, and sides) and then I took a white piece of yarn and made a loop around the first waxy string that was around my chest and made it long enough to tie behind my neck. I then took a real matching pink loofah and hot glued it to a head band. If you have another person they can be bubbles and tie white balloons around two sets of strings around their hips and wear a white shirt, slippers and hot glue a rubber duck to a headband.

5. Winnie The Pooh

Get a mustard yellow skintight dress and a red crop top and throw the red shirt over the dress. Then go to the dollar store for a headband and grab some mustard yellow felt and cut ears out and glue them onto the headband. I do this by drawing the ears onto the felt and folding the felt in half and cutting out the felt ear while it’s folded. Make sure to not cut off the mirrored ear and glue the ear together on the headband.

6. Hippie

Grab a pair of your bootcut jeans and a tie dye t-shirt and wear that with a pair of round sunglasses and an elastic headband around the top of your hair. This is the perfect hippie costume for a quick thing to toss together.

7. Cat

Of course I will mention the cat because it’s a classic last minute go-to costume. All you need is a pair of cat ears which can either be DIY or bought from the dollar store if they still have some left and an all black outfit. You can even go further by drawing on a nose and whiskers.

8. Unicorn

Unicorns are so in right now and it’s a quick outfit that can be made in an instant. Wear an all white outfit; I suggest a white shirt and white jeans. Then make a unicorn horn which can be made out of construction paper or glittery scrapbook paper by simply cutting out an equilateral triangle and rolling it into a horn, hot glue it and you can decorate it with ribbon, pompoms or anything else you want.

9. Deer

All you have to do for this costume is wear an all tan outfit and a tan fur vest and do your makeup like a deer. Instead of antlers you can put your hair in two buns like ears.

10. Tooth Fairy

All you need for this outfit is a white dress a DIY star wand and a DIY crow with a tooth on it. Such a cute costume and so easy to put together!

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below what your thoughts are on these costumes.

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Cheaper Ways To Send Fall Greetings (10/12/2018)

Hey everyone! It’s that time of year where you’ll be sending family, friends and co-workers seasonal and holiday greetings cards. These can become super pricey– especially if you get the pictures done professionally and you buy their cards! It becomes too expensive and it’s such a hassle. Luckily I’m here to help, I really wanted to find a cheaper way to do this and I have a few options!

Option #1: Walgreens-

This is cheaper than the professional cards and you can use phone photos (which can look just as professional) for a quarter of the price. Walgreens has an app where you can pick from a template and just print them to a local Walgreens store for pickup and usually they have an online code to take off a certain percentage which will make it that much more affordable.

Option #2: FreePrints-

FreePrints is an app that can be downloaded on both Apple and Android products. When you sign up with an account you get up to 80 free prints per month. If you spend some time making the photo with graphic apps like PhotoGrid, PhotoShop and PicLab you can print a bunch of free and/or discounted photos on this app. If you are interested in downloading this app feel free to use my referral link for five extra free prints:

Option #3: Shutterfly-

Shutterfly is a website where you can use their templates to make seasonal and holiday cards (even wedding save the dates, engagements etc.) for a pretty affordable price. Shutterfly also sometimes has coupons that can be used for a discount.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below what your thoughts are on these seasonal and holiday cards! What did or do you use?

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

DIY Brandy Melville/ Victoria’s Secret College Cropped T-Shirt (8/8/2018)

I’ve seen the trend of cropped college shirts everywhere! I personally had seen them through different social media influencers but once I googled cropped college t-shirts I saw that they were being sold through Victoria’s Secret and Brandy Melville! I decided I didn’t want to spend the $30-$40 on a college t-Shirt so I wanted to share my DIY for this!


– Measuring Tape

– Scissors

– Chalk

– College T-Shirt

Step 1: Put the t-shirt on and measure where you would like the shirt to end. Mark it with chalk.

Step 2: Make a light straight line with the chalk or mark the chalk on each side and cut along the line.

Step 3: Try the shirt on to make sure it’s a good length and that it’s straight and trim accordingly.

Step 4: Pull and stretch the bottom of the shirt so the cut isn’t as harsh.

Final product: Viola you have a cropped college t-shirt!

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Stephanie Russell

DIY Graphic Tees (7/2/2018)

Graphic tees have made yet another comeback but sadly they are still overly expensive. So how do you get the cute look of a graphic tee without the cost? I have an easy fix and it has to do with a little DIY-ing and some patience.

What you will need:

– T-Shirts you want to turn into graphic tees. I usually get mine from Target because they are inexpensive. I got the striped shirt for $12 and the yellow shirt for $8! You can probably go to places like Primark, Old Navy or Forever 21 to find cheaper shirts too.

– Go out and buy some transfer paper. This is how you are going to transfer any desired image onto your shirt. The transfer paper is $10 at Joann’s with a coupon! This is a really awesome investment because it comes with multiple sheets of transfer paper which means you can make multiple shirts. You can also make bags, hats, socks etc.

– Get some embroidered patches (this is optional)!

Step 1:

Grab your embroidered patch and clothing item (if you are choosing to do this one)! You can do a shirt, a jean jacket, a backpack, a pair of jean pants/shorts, shoes, a hat and more! I am doing a strawberry on this shirt. I read the directions carefully and i places the strawberry with the sticky backing on the shirt and ironed it on for 2 minutes! This part is super easy!

Step 2:

Print your desired image onto the shirt. I recommend getting the transfer paper where the image has to be reversed because this type goes on cleaner and better. Make sure to size and reverse your image before printing because you only have one try (you can do a test print on normal printer paper to check)! Cut out the printed image and follow the directions that come with the transfer paper (directions vary)!

Finished Product:

These shirts look super cute and it only took me a matter of ten minutes to do each shirt. I’ve done tons of transfer paper shirts in my lifetime so if you don’t have much experience, make sure to take your time and follow the directions to the point.

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-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

DIY Ripped Hem Jeans (5/5/2018)

Seeing the trend of the ripped hem jeans, I totally was obsessed with the rugged look. But I haven’t been looking to purchase a pair by myself because I already have so many pairs of jeans. I also didn’t want to purchase any jeans when it’s going to be summer soon! So I figured I would rip the hem myself and skip the spending money part.

What you’ll need:

• Old Pair Of Jeans (Not Super Skinny)

• Sharp/Heavy Duty Scissors

• Chalk

• Seam Ripper, or Razor, or Tweezer

• Needle

• Ruler

Step 1:

Try your pants on and see how much you want to cut and measure. I could get away with 1/2 inch! Measure with your ruler and mark it with your chalk.

Step 2:

Making sure your pants are even on both sides, cut along the marked line you drew the chalk on. The scissors have to be sharp or heavy duty otherwise it will be a messy cut.

Step 3:

Take your seam ripper, razor or tweezer (I used tweezers) to rough up the bottom. You do this by pulling on the threads sticking out.

Step 4 (Optional):

If you only want the hem ripped/torn, then stop at Step 3 above! If you want more rips in them, cut a horizontal piece out of the jeans (keep the edges attached).

Step 5:

Take a safety pin or needle and separate the threads by running the needle through the threads vertically.

Step 6:

Use the tweezer to pull out the blue threads (or vertical threads) out from the jeans. Be careful to not rip the white threads because this will give you the ripped jeans look!

Finished Product:

You can make the rips larger or smaller, and make more rips if you’d like too! I hope you enjoyed this DIY post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content!

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Stephanie Russell

DIY Date Night (4/30/2018)

Date night doesn’t always have to consist of going out and spending money. You can have a date night at home without the large cost. I’ve had a DIY date night plenty of times and it’s even better than going to a restaurant to eat.

What you’ll need:

• An On Demand movie

• Your favorite dinner to cook together

• Snacks

– Optional –

• Tapered candles and candle holders (Dollar Tree has this)

• Fresh flowers

First, you can both cook together your favorite meal. My boyfriend and I love making chicken pesto pasta together, so that is our go-to. We then go outside either on the terrace or down at the gazebo and set up the table with a table cloth, fresh flowers in a vase, lit tapered candles, the food, drinks, and some desserts to snack on later (s’mores and skittles).

We then pick a movie and watch it on the projector screen outside (we use amazon fire stick to do this but you can be inside and watch it on your TV On Demand/ on Netflix). We then eat our snacks and watch the movie together by the fire pit.

We do this a lot instead of going out because it’s more romantic and intimate than going to a loud restaurant. We like to be on the terrace or at the gazebo because we like to decorate the walkway with streamers and balloons and also both places have string lights which set the romantic mood. You don’t have to be THAT extra but sometimes it’s nice to have a little date that costs you next to nothing!

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Stephanie Russell