My New Home…

Hello, lovelies! Please visit me at my new home here. Please update all links to that site.



Changes a comin’…

Hey guys – I’m moving back to my old host. is great, but doesn’t give me the flexibility I am looking for. I am in the process of exporting and setting up the new site. Once it’s done, I’ll leave a link here for you to follow.



My Grown-Up Life

In case you haven’t noticed, the majority of my blog entries have been all about grown-up things.  I’m really enjoying not only being a young adult, but finally being recognized as one.  Maybe it’s just me, but I really like being an adult.  As such, I’m trying to embrace it as much as possible.  Choosing a home style, getting married, getting my big-girl job, etc.  In this, I’ve become obsessed with finding my adult style and my adult make-up style.  Well folks – I think I’ve found it.

I’ve always adored classic things – when I start posting pictures of my wedding style, you’ll see that.  If it screams new-vintage, it’s all me. I’ve also always been known as the girl with the pearls, the cardigan, and with the flowery, big, headband (and you don’t even want to know how many scarves I own…).  So as I go though and re-vamp my wardrobe (which still has pieces from middle school… I hope Stacy and Clinton don’t stumble upon this blog!) I am looking to someone with the same style – someone who the whole world is obsessed with – Kate Middelton.


The main difference between Kate and myself is well, Kate is gorgeous. She pulls off everything she tries. I swear, she could wear a paper bag and still look incredible. The next major difference – I am currently unemployed (I am in the pre-offer letter stages of a pretty awesome job though – keep your fingers crossed) so spending $400 on a dress is just not feasible for me.  I realize that it’s chump change for many celebrities and royalty, so I applaud her effort to tone it down, especially with her re-wearing pieces. Ahh, love.

So anyways – I’ve hit eBay. Hard.  Hopefully some new pieces come out of the attempts.  I’m also thinking about listing pieces I have to counter-act the spending I will inevitably spend. But, eBay and other sites charge listing fees and such.  Do you know any sites online that are swap sites? I’ve heard of them, but don’t know anyone who has used them before. Any advice?

Another question I have is this – how do you guys decide what to wear? Do you have your closet packed full of outfits, or do you have your pieces separately? I have all my stuff separately, but I always seem to wear the same things despite the options that exist in my wardrobe. Maybe I have too many pieces? What’s your closet style, ladies?

Sorry for the randomness of this blog – I’m sure you’ll live. 🙂 Happy Monday!

Flip Flop Birthday Card

As I mentioned yesterday, we went to dinner last night to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Well, said friend likes is obsessed with flip-flops.  To commemorate her obsession, we not only got her a flip-flop gift, but I made her this card to go with it:

I promised I would write tutorials for my DIYs that worked, and here is the first one. 🙂 Yay! It wasn’t a total disaster! Don’t worry, I will wait for you to applaud….

Ready to begin? Okay – first, you’ll need to print off this template. I found it through a Google search, then I just took a print screen of it and changed it to different sizes to experiment with.

Next, decide the colors and all that jazz.  I found that what works best is actually using card stock for the sole of the flop, then paper for the thong portion.  I used solids for the soles and patterns for the thongs.  I found that punching the holes for the thong portion was easiest before you make any cuts – that way it doesn’t leave any little creases in the flippies.

See? Then after you cut everything out, start assembling.  Your thing should make a “y”. Take the bottom, straight part and stick through the hole towards the toe. Then stick each side of the “v” portion of the thong through the back holes.  I secured them with tape on the under side. Repeat this to make as many as you need – I needed four for my project. When your flippies are done, decorate them however you want.  I went with glitter, gems, and flowers. But you can adorn with whatever you like.

While I waited for the flippies to dry, I decorated the card part.  I used a DCWV embossed card that I picked up from Michaels in a 40 pack last week. It’s a great thing to have on hand if you like to make cards.  To decorate the card, I used the Sweet Treats cricut cartridge and cut out “Happy Birthday!” on a 1” setting (not real dial size) and glued the letters on the card. Then, I sprayed that sucker with glitter.

“So much glitter!”

I decided to spray it outside so I didn’t cover my office in glittler. The Mr. wouldn’t have been too happy about that.  When it was all glitter-fied, I then sprayed it with hairspray to hold the glitter in place. The hairspray made the card curl a little, so I just flipped it upsude down and set my computer on it for a while to flatten it back out. (It turned out that the hairspray didn’t actually hold that much extra glitter in place, so you can skip this if you want.)

After that, I commenced gluing the flippies on. I used hot glue and set them down gently.  I put a little strip of glue down each flop’s underside. I like the 3D effect that the hot glue gives. Just my preference.

And…voila! You have a cute, beautiful summery birthday card.  And glitter covered hands. But it’s sooo worth it. How cute is this card:

And of course, I couldn’t have done it without the help of my fabulous assistants, Spotify and Penny.

Isn’t she cute? She was under my desk the whole time to keep me company. 🙂

Good luck if you decide to make the card! I definitely want to make it again. So cute and so summery – perfect for someone who I spent the whole summer on the beach with. 🙂

Happy Friday, folks. Have a kick-butt weekend! I’ll reply to the home decor comments on Monday.

Also – Makeup Diary is doing an AWESOME Sephora giveaway! You DEF. need to check this out! 🙂

How did you decide on a home theme?

Hello, loves.  As many of you know, along with weddings comes wedding presents.  Future Mr. tGC and I have decided to go with a wedding registry for this purpose.  My family will basically hunt you down for a Christmas present list, so we figured it’d be the best option for us. The two of us, though, have lived together part-time since I got a summer job in his college city, and full-time since we went to graduate school at the same place.  Needless to say, we have everything we need household wise.

So, we were stumped as to what to register for.  A friend gave us a suggestion that we’re going to run with. She said “Upgrade!” I figured, why the heck not. So that’s what we’re doing.  We are registering for things we’d like to upgrade – including our home decor. Since we’re both pretty young, our apartment shows it.  It’s cute, but a lot of our things were purchased for practicality, not because they were our favorite pieces.  No we’re stuck – how do we make our rooms look cohesive?  Do we pick one thing as the basis, then go from there? What do you think?

That, above, is the major piece we like for the living room.  It’s from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  It looks much more vibrant in person. The Mr. is totally in love with it, which I think is too cute. The dark frame matches our coffee table, but nothing else in our entire living room. This is why I need your suggestions. Do we need to get new picture frames? Or will black ones work (that’s what we have)? Where should we put photos? Ahhh… so many things to think about.

Many of you replied to the categories for my cookbook, and I greatly appreciate that. I’ve decided to go with the following:  Appetizers, Entrees, Sides, Desserts, Miscellaneous.

And since you guys were so awesome, I’ll give you a sneak-peak into the recipes that I’ve decided on so far. Some are my own, some are my family’s recipes, and others are my favorites.

  • Appetizers: Buffalo Chicken Dip, Spinach, Artichoke, and Parmesan Spread
  • Entrees: My Hungarian Stroganoff, Kathi’s Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese, Mushroom and Brie Bisque, Grilled Chicken Pasta in a Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Sides: Pasta Salad, Cauliflower and Onion Tart
  • Desserts: Hawaiian Wedding Cake, Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins, My Peanut Butter Pie
  • Miscellaneous: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Overnight Cinnamon Roll

As you can see, I still have a few gaps.  The Mr.’s co-workers are also excited about this because I’ve vowed to send the dishes to work with him. That way, they can be our taste testers and I don’t have to eat all of it myself and go over my wedding-prep calorie allowance. It’s an all-around win. 🙂

Okay – now I am off to make a birthday card for a celebration tonight.  I have an awesome idea for it in my head! If it goes well, I’ll post a tutorial tomorrow.  Happy Thursday!

My DIY Wedding

For those of you who don’t know, I am planning my wedding.  Exciting, right?? Future Mr. GC asked in April on my first ever trip to the Outer Banks, NC.  It was perfect – the perfect spot, the perfect man, and of course – the perfect ring!

Yep – that’s right. That’s my beauty.  I actually took that picture, too. </bragging> Hehe. 🙂  I’d consider myself a crafty person, so I wanted to use my wedding as an opportunity to do 2 things: 1. show my guests a fantastic time that they won’t soon forget and 2. showcase our personal flair for a unique, one-of-a-kind, didn’t cost $1 million dollars day.

“1 million dollars!”

That being said, we’ve been searching practically the entire world for the perfect everything.  A lot of the perfect things though, we just haven’t stumbled on.  So myself and my awesome BFOTB (I love anyone who gets that reference…) maid of honor have decided to make the wedding a DIY affair.  It’s going to save us a bunch of money, and everything will be exactly how we want it.  Hopefully, as the time gets closer and a lot of the DIY projects get finalized, I’ll be posting them to showcase their awesomeness (hopefully not because they suck, haha).  We are doing pretty much everything aside from the catering and DJing ourselves, so we have a pretty big project ahead of us.  My other bridesmaids are 100% behind this, and were crazy enough to volunteer to help.  Little do they know what they are in for.. muahahaha :D.

As a way to thank them, I am doing what every bride should do for her fabulous five – getting an awesome assortment of bridesmaids gifts.  I plan on getting each girl an item of jewelry, a Yankee candle jar, something personal to each girl, their bridesmaid bouquet (I am making each one myself – I’d like to take this time to thank my Mommy for letting me work in her floral shop for 3 years), and lastly – a cookbook.  But not just any cookbook – it’s going to be one I make myself.  Hopefully they find it awesome and not totally lame. That aside, I found this awesome website, Blurb, where you can basically put anything you want into a book. The book is going to include recipes of my own, my favorites, and family recipes.  I hope to make it look like a fancy-schmancy cookbook with nice photos and everything.

Much like this awesome photo, from Smitten Kitchen.

Here comes the point where I need you.  I’m hoping to make the have somewhere around 20 recipes.  What categories should I include? I’m a nut for organization, so simply placing the recipes all hodge-podge in the book is simply not an option. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Another point of advice I need is this – how the heck do I make food look so awesome in pictures? My Nikon D3000 and I haven’t had the best luck of getting delectably delicious photos. Thanks for the help, loves!

I would also like to apologize in advance for the ridiculous number of posts you will have to endure relating to my wedding. It’s safe to say that I am completely mildly obsessed. 🙂

Welcome to tGC!

Hello, and welcome to The Graduate Chronicles. This is a new blog that chronicles my life after graduation.  A recent Ram, and now a new Virginian, I have been desperately looking for a place to post things to help me sort out my thoughts.  It might be a rough read, but if you stick it out, I promise I’ll pay you the same courtesy. 🙂

First – I’ll introduce myself.  My name is Jo and this is my 3rd blog site.  I closed each of my last two after becoming too busy with school, life, and other things.  I’m hoping this one won’t have the same, sad fate.  I went by Julie before, so don’t get confused. Along with my new blog, I wanted a new name. I’ll be honest, it’s totally to make this so people who know me offline can’t track me down.  I will promise you that it is a variation of my real name, so I’m not lying… I swear. 🙂 I am currently unemployed and am searching for a job that allows me to put my skills to use.  If that doesn’t work out, maybe my love of candles will make me a good candidate for Yankee Candle? Discounts… anyone?

Now, let me introduce you to my blog – this blog is going to chronicle pretty much anything I want.  That really narrows it down, right? Don’t worry – it just means you can come back all the time and have different things to read about! Are you excited? Please be? Please? Anyways, potential topics include all my loves – my upcoming wedding (and all the fabulous details that go into that), scrap booking, cooking, getting my weight under control before the best day of my life, finding a job, and everything else that comes with being a newbie in the big, bad world.

That being said, feel free to comment, explore, and check back for my daily ramblings. Happy Monday!

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