• Fashion,  School School School

    My Favorite Planners

    Sorry for the quietness around here. We’re finally back at school, and for all the planning I did for THAT, I neglected to do enough planning for here on the blog so I could have some posts scheduled. I knew I wasn’t going to have time this first week to write new content, but I guess I just couldn’t bring myself to actually admit it and plan for it. My bad. But we’re back today with the last of the Back to School Week posts! Which is, ironically, about planners! I’m very picky with my planners. If I don’t like it enough, I simply won’t use it. There have been…

  • Fashion,  School School School

    It’s Back to School Week!

    Welcome to “Back to School” Week here at Magpie! I’m dedicating this week of posts to that amazing and exciting (or dreadful, depending on who you are…) feeling of the ever-approaching first day of school. We’ll kick this week off with a discussion of… BACKPACKS. Yes, backpacks. I love them. I’m out of grad school for 4+ years now, and I still haven’t transitioned away from them. They’re just so much more functional, and so much easier on my back than the more adult messenger bags, or having to carry several totes around in addition to a purse. They’re seriously great. Now, I’ve been using the same backpack for going…

  • Fashion,  Life

    So Yesterday I Got Contacts

    Sunglasses Love by magpiemakingdo featuring a wayfare   My eyes are weird. I’m near-sighted in one eye, far-sighted in the other, have a focusing problem in one, and an astigmatism in the other. My glasses are SUPER expensive as a result, and since losing my vision coverage (turned 26 and aged out of my mom’s super awesome benefits) I have been terrified to go to the eye doctor for fear my prescription changed and I would have to get a new pair of glasses, which in the past have run (WITH insurance help) anywhere from $500 – $700 dollars. Yuck, right? However lately I’ve been getting some pretty bad headaches…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials and Tips

    DIY Adjustable Wire Charm Bracelets

    One of the (non-career related) benefits of teaching college students – adjunct though I may be – is that it helps keep me on top of fashion trends. Some I’ve by far already aged out of (apparently midriff shirts are a thing again?). But others I’m totally still young enough for, and the wire charm bracelets I’ve been seeing everywhere are right up my alley. Bonus, they are TOTALLY DIYable. Which is great for me, since most of the actual brand name bracelets are hella expensive (for my budget anyway) at about $30 a bangle. That said, the actual bangles (I do own one – Jim bought me one for…

  • Fashion,  Links,  Lists,  Nail Polish Love

    The 12 Beauty Products That Keep My Routine Quick and Simple

      12 Beauty Products That Keep My Routine Simple by magpiemakingdo featuring Urban Decay So I certainly do not claim to know what I’m doing when it comes to makeup or skin care, or really anything that’s traditionally “girly.” In fact, most traditional trappings of “girly” tend to just be a major pain in the ass for me – I’m honestly a major tomboy at heart. Give me jeans, a band or university tee, and sneakers over nice clothes any day of the week. That said, as I’ve gotten older I have found myself wanting to, well, not look like I’m still 16. So despite my best efforts, over the…

  • Fashion,  Life

    I Have a Sweater Problem…

    …A very big sweater problem. And it’s just a tad out of hand, as you can see. While I must admit that some things are a little tighter around the middle area than they used to be, I’ve been relatively the same size on top for about a decade now and my taste really hasn’t changed that much. I’ve never been really daring when it comes to trends, so most of the items I go for are pretty classic (or as more than one person has put it “boring”… I like classic better) kinds of styles. As a result, nothing really gets purged unless it shrinks or felts in the…

  • Fashion

    Getting Gutsy with Emerald Jeans

      Emerald Jeans by magpiemakingdo on polyvore.com Yet another Playing with Polyvore Pop Jeans feature – this time with my Emerald Jeans. I bought these last year when Emerald was the Pantone color of the year, and just never really got around to wearing them. After playing around a bit on Polyvore, I feel really silly for neglecting them, because of all my color pop jeans, I feel like these work with color blocking the best! So many outfits I could have worn! I could have actually been on trend for the first time in my life! Ah, C’est la vie… I guess I’ll just have to rock them this…

  • Fashion

    Attempting to Style Light Purple Jeans

    Purple Jeans by magpiemakingdo on polyvore.com Next up in my Playing with Polyvore series are a bunch of ideas for my light purple jeans. Again, I stuck with pieces that I own something similar to and as you can see, I got a little more daring with color this time by including some mint and emerald-green. Purple has been my favorite color for almost as long as I can remember, so I’m a little more confident in terms of what other colors look good with it. But as you can see, I still stayed pretty neutral with most of the outfits. It became clear to me that I probably should…

  • Fashion

    Wearing Coral Jeans

      Coral Jeans by magpiemakingdo on polyvore.com I’ve been getting a little better at using polyvore.com, and I’m finding it an excellent resource for experimenting with what to wear with what. Specifically, I have a number of color pop jeans that were gifted to me that sadly spend most of their time hanging in my closet. Not because I don’t love them, but because I have NO CLUE what to wear with them. I’ll pull them out in the morning, look desperately from them, to my closet then to the clock, and ultimately swap them out for my regular non-colorful jeans. Now, I teach in jeans more often than not.…

  • Fashion,  Links

    Exploring Ployvore

    Exploring Polyvore for the first time by magpiemakingdo featuring gold earrings I’ve been out of the blogging game for a while. The last time I blogged regularly was before Pinterest hit the scene, and coming back to this world has admittedly been a big adjustment… the game has changed significantly since. There are so many new tools available, so many “collection” websites that bloggers can use to curate their favorite things. And as it seems from Pinterest, one of the most popular ways to do that now is through Polyvore.com. I’ve been playing around with it for the last few days, and to be honest it’s kind of overwhelming. It’s…