Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How to: Cooler Painting

I recently wrote an article for Her Campus Wake Forest about cooler painting for beach weekends and off-campus formals.  I have beach weekend on the brain because I am going to dirty Myrtle in a couple of days, so I thought I'd repost the article for y'all!

The end of the spring semester brings along much anticipated beach weekends. While the actual weekend is a ton of fun, the time leading up to the event can definitely be stressful!
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Wake Forest tradition relies on painting a personalized cooler for your date to hold all the drinks and food. But everyone knows what’s in the cooler is much less important than how it looks on the outside! So, get your creative juices flowing and start preparing for painting your beach weekend cooler!
The prep work isn’t as time consuming as the actual painting, but it can be difficult deciding what designs to put on your date’s cooler. I like to think of five main categories for each specific side: (1) the fraternity, (2) the event, (3) his name, (4) his favorite drink and (5) where he’s from. Pinterest and The Cooler Connection on Facebook have so many great ideas for what to paint. I definitely spent a lot of time browsing both of those sites to see what other people put on their coolers. The Cooler Connection also has a list of fraternity sayings that you could borrow as well.
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Some ideas include:
  • Put “Beach Weekend” on a license plate for the state you’re going to be in.
  • Paint the state flag of where he’s from.
  • Anything America themed!
  • Paint a beach scene.
  • Paint his fraternity crest.
When it comes to actually prepping and painting the cooler, don’t freak out! It seems so crazy and hard but it’s really not at all.
First, go buy the cooler. If they don’t have one at Walmart, check Target, Home Depot or Sears.
Second, prime it. I like the spray primer because it gives you really even coverage. I have also heard of people sanding the cooler surface down to make it smoother. Note: I have not personally done this, and unless you are really invested in the cooler painting process, I don’t think it’s necessary!
Third, draw everything out and paint! The last step in the painting process is to seal it. I used a Modge Podge spray and it dried super quickly.
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In order to get the letters exact (I’m a perfectionist when it comes to crafting), I printed out the words I wanted in the fonts that I wanted to emulate and then traced everything out onto the cooler in pencil. It really made my letters look precise and clean! The Cooler Connection has a page full of links for specific fonts for brands (like Vineyard Vines, Heineken, etc) so you don’t have to spend a lot of time searching the Internet for the right font.
I hope that this helps all of the lucky girls who were asked to beach weekend lessen their stress about cooler painting! My roommate and I literally would just watch Netflix while painting to make it a little less boring. At the end of it all, you’ll definitely have a cooler to be proud of!
Have a great day!

xx, Hannah

Monday, April 21, 2014

Obsession: White Chucks

Hello hello! I found this image on Pinterest and I must say that I really like the white converse. They're perfect for spring and summer! 


I usually wear blue Chucks to go out (a Wake Forest sorority tradition), but the white are more versatile and great for daytime wear.

Have a great day!

xx, Hannah

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Obsession: ASOS + Giveaway!

One of my favorite online shopping websites of all time is ASOS. It literally has everything, I'm not kidding. I have bought dresses from ASOS for date functions/formals, tailgates, class, and not to mention their awesome tops and shorts for going out! I could pretty much stock up my closet with the clothes from ASOS. So, I am very happy to say that I am having a giveaway for a $50 voucher to ASOS online!


Here is an ASOS top that I wore to a party once!


And an ASOS dress that I wore to  President's Ball last October!


Lastly, the black dress that jAk is wearing is an ASOS dress she borrowed from me! 

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Have a great day!

xx, Hannah

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Last Week Recap

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't posted that often lately. I've been quite busy and haven't really gotten around to writing/scheduling posts. Here are some pictures from last week and weekend!


I had Informal on Wednesday, and the theme was "Down by the Bayou"...so lots of Mardi Gras beads were involved!




Thursday was a huge event for Sigma Chi's Derby Days! We had a dance competition with the other sororities and it was so much fun!


On Friday, my brother came down to NC to visit for the weekend! 


Saturday, Tri Delta had our annual softball fundraiser for St. Jude!


And lastly, Saturday night was Formal! My brother was my date which made the whole asking-process a ton easier!



Phew! Too busy!

Have a great day!

xx, Hannah

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Top 5 Favorite Sandals

It's finally getting warm enough outside to wear springtime and summertime clothes! I am quite sick and tired of riding boots, as much as I hate to say it, but now I get to break out my favorite sandals. Here are my top 5 favorites.


(1) McKims are the most comfortable sandals ever

(2) Tory Burch makes great logo-sandals in so many different colors.

(3) These Vineyard Vines flip flops are perfect for going to the beach!

(4) Jack Rogers are the classic summer sandal, perfectly paired with Lilly! Also try the monogrammed version!

(5) These Kate Spade wedge sandals are pretty much the only heels that I can walk in. They are super comfy and can be worn casually or with a nice dress! I plan on wearing them to formal!

What are y'alls favorite sandals? Let me know!

Have a great day!

xx, Hannah

Friday, April 4, 2014

What I'm Wearing: Sorority Formal

Formal is quickly approaching, and I am beyond excited to wear the Preen Dress from the summer 2013 collection from Lilly Pulitzer! It was an unexpected purchase from last summer, but it looks amazing on and it's so much fun. Formal should be a great time!



Have a great day!

xx, Hannah

Friday, March 28, 2014

Skirtin' Around with J. Crew

I am so done with this weather. It literally was snowing on Tuesday after being 70 and sunny last Friday. It's confusing and annoying and for goodness sake it's almost April! Until the weather finally stabilizes and is warm, I will resort to online-stalking spring and summer clothes. 

I have recently been loving the J. Crew Factory skirts. I have a navy eyelet one, and it's such a nice alternative to my usual Lilly dress. If anyone has been watching my Pinterest lately, y'all know that half of what I pin are outfits with the skirts shown below!


You can't go wrong with these skirts. Pair them with a tank and cardigan, chambray shirt, or gingham button down!

Hope y'all have an awesome day!

xx, Hannah