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Rebrand

I have moved for the third and final time to a new site for my blog. In fact, I’ve rebranded completely and moved back to Blogger. I’ve just been so restless lately but still love blogging. I don’t know what I’m doing…just bear with me! Sunday Brunch is the name and blogging more regularly with more enthusiasm is the game! Please don’t hate me for this; follow the link here to explore the new blog!

❤ Ashley

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Getting Restless Again

Remember a few months ago when I moved my blog from Blogger to here on WordPress? Yeah, I am getting that rootless feeling again. I still do not think that this is my blog home and I am not as motivated to log into WordPress to edit posts. Needless to say, I am working on moving it somewhere else. I know that this is a bit tiring–I understand! I can be a frustrating individual; just ask anyone who made the decision to be friends with me. Just know that if and when the site does move, I promise to make it as smooth a transition as possible!

Thank you for at least pretending to be patient with me, I appreciate it!

❤ Ashley

Am I the only one who gets this way? Any other restless spirits out there?

An Update

Yeah I know…I’ve been quiet. I did have this big, fun plan to post every single day–my editorial calendar actually had a post for every single weekday! Then I got busy. September is a big birthday month in my friend group–though I don’t think October will be much better–so this past weekend we celebrated one of my roommates birthdays and this weekend we are throwing a joint party for her and one of my other roommates whose birthday is the 25th. Jeez, right?! With the busy weekends also comes schoolwork overload. I’m pretty sure my professors have gotten together and agreed to assign me everything at once. Thanks, guys! I also started my campus job yesterday…so there’s that.

I am recalibrating my blog plan now though! I wanted to post every evening during NYFW and give you updates about what designers showed that day but that plan is pretty dead. I think what I will do is finish out this impromptu break I’m taking, wait until NYFW is over and give you a post of trends that showed through the whole week. Good plan? Good. 

❤ Ashley

How do you keep sane when there is so much to do?

September Letter

 

Happy Labor Day and happy first of the month, everybody! I must say while I appreciate the month of August, I felt the month kind of dragged a little bit. I am happy to be back in Pittsburgh and settled into my classes. I can honestly say that I am quite comfortable with all of my classes (this is first semester that I can say that!) and am very enthusiastic about what this year will bring to me. 

But before I can even think about the long term, there is so much to look forward to in the month of September. We have a few birthdays among the roommates, so there will be much celebrating, baking and eating. Football season will be kicking off–I will be spending next Sunday at the Steelers opening day game–which means Sundays will be very lazily spent in front of the TV. However, it has been brought to my attention that we can expect an early drop in temperatures here in Pittsburgh…during this month. Boo! I have not even begun to think about my fall wardrobe because I have been so enamored by how beautiful and not scorchingly hot it has been this summer.

Fashion is the name of the game this month on All That Glitters. I will be collecting and sharing my fall inspiration, favorite trends for the season, my little bits of wishful thinking and of course Fashion Week updates! That’s right, NYFW is coming up in a matter days and I am getting ready for all of the Instagram and Twitter updates. My eyes will be glued to the fashion week tags and I will be gathering (read: trying to keep up with) what happens each day to share here. I hope you are all as excited as I am for September!

❤ Ashley

What are you looking forward to this month?

In the Details

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Hope you’re all having a great day! 

❤ Ashley

 

Back-to-School Blogger: Patty’s Dorm Organization Plan

Happy Friday everyone! Today is the third and final installment of the Back-to-School Blogger Series. Our guest blogger today is Patty from A Lifestyle Blog 2014. I have followed Patty since I started All That Glitters and I love all of the tips and ideas that she shares. Similar to our first blogger this week, Patty is getting ready to move into her first dorm and is sharing her organization plan with us!

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First, I want to explain a little my dorm story. It will be my very first time staying in a dorm room. My semester starts this October, the last two weeks of September I am going to have an internship in a school which they recommend to have when studying for a teacher’s degree. Hence I might start moving my stuff in the first weeks of September, will stay at home during my internship and will then go back to the town my university is located without having to stress because all my stuff is already in my dorm room. At least all the huge, bulky things!

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I have been collecting some bits and pieces of decoration for my future room over the last few months because I don’t want to spend like everything at once. I don’t know if I am going to be strict with my colour scheme but for now I am going to stick with the colours yellow/green/violette.

  1. I’ll bring my candles and room scents, because candles help to calm me down. Especially, while studying! I have a candle buring on my desk because it helps me to stay focused. Probably, because of the calming aspects the candle begets.
  2. I am going to bring a lot of storage bins. My room comes with a lot of shelfs already but I do bring some bins to store some little pieces in that might make look the room cluttered very easily.
  3. This little green heart-shaped plate my Mom bought for me along with the candle holder/room scent thing I talked about first. I am going to use this to put my golden cross necklace on once I am in my room or go to bed.
  4. The white heart-shaped bowl/plate I bring to store some extra bits and pieces in. Probably, my keys or anything like that that I can keep near my door and/or something I have to have on an easy reach.
  5. This mug is super cute and also do match those little things perfectly. It is also from my Mommy and I either use it as a mug (obviously!) or use it to put my pencils or makeup brushes in.
  6. The crown of roses I got to my First Communion and since I am attanding a catholic university I do want to bring it for like personal issues and memories. I do also have a rosary that I once made myself at school many, many years ago.
  7. I’ll be bringing some hanging shelfs to go in my closet, similar to the pink ones on the picture but like not round. This way I can also fold some of my clothes and create extra storage!
  8. This book is a simple lined book by paperblank that I have started to use as a cookbook. I am writing all the recipes down that I like and want to save. Moreover, this is hopefully helping me for keeping up with my healthy eating as good as it gets.
  9. I do bring my own mattress just because my landlords and caretaker recommends it to do so. Plus, I know that it is clean. 😉
  10. I will bring my beach cruiser, because I rather will go by bike to uni and Co. than by car. It is definitely more eco-friendly and does something good for one’s fitness. Last but not least…
  11.  I obviously bring my school supplies, but that is worth a seperate post.

I am super excited for starting with University and cannot even wait any longer. I might sound like a complete nerd here but I do love school, studying and all that jazz. Maybe that is why I want to become a teacher, because I want to encourage others that studying and learning is a good thing, that it is fun and helps someone grow as a person.

Hopefully, you had liked this post, I know it only covers a hint of what to need for college or university but this is actually my first year so I don’t know what it is really important and what is not.

Nonwithstanding, many thanks to Ashley for having me write today on her blog. It was a pleasure and got me an excuse for thinking about life at university and studying.

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Goodbye and good luck!
Patricia

Many thanks to Patty and the rest of the bloggers who participated in this year’s Back-to-School Blogger Series. I hope that this has helped those readers who are getting ready to move into their dorms for this year!

❤ Ashley

How do you keep organized in such a small space?

Back-to-School Blogger: 10 Things Every Girl Needs in Her Dorm

Happy Hump Day everyone! Today is the second installment of the Back-to-School Blogger Series. Today’s post is by Harriet from FlamingoPink.com and highlights those dorm essentials that aren’t so much for class but rather all that other time you spend outside of class (you know…a majority of your time.)

Hi Guys!

The countdown is on for you guys going back to school, which, by the way, weirds me out, because we’re in the middle of winter and half way through our school year – yep, I’m Aussie. And you should probably also know that I’m the editor of PinkFlamingo.com, a massive tea lover who is a liability in a kitchen… and it’s lovely to meet you!

Anyway, Ashley has asked me to do a post on my ideal dorm space, but when I got to writing that, I realised I couldn’t because it’s something I’m still figuring out – I moved into my new apartment six months ago and I still don’t have a TV/clock/couch cushions, all of which things I think are essential to a dorm.

So I thought I’d do something different and draw up a list of the 10 items I wish someone would have told me how much I’d need. Sure you need the practical stuff like pens, notebooks, iPads, music… but these 10 items are for outside college hours. These are the essentials every girl HAS to have in her dorm if she plans on having a male visitor, especially if his name is Zac Efron.

Because let’s not forget college is as much about learning and writing essays as it about having a good time!

Enjoy, and come over and say hi sometime to me and the Flamingo Pink girls!

 Xo Harriet

You can click to buy all of the items, too.

1. Killer heels–After schlepping around campus in flats, a pair of heels transforms you from student to Part Time Victoria’s Secret model. Grab a pair in a nude shade to make your legs look longer than Candice Swanepoel’s.

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Schutz Nelly – Oyster

2. Lipstick–Lipstick isn’t for everyone (my friend and beauty director at Cosmopolitan magazine Australia hates lipstick – says she always worries she has it on her teeth!) but the point is, you need something on your pout. Yes, lipstick screams siren, but good old gloss works too. Or Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment. Every Australian girl (and celeb/model/it girl) worth her bikini knows this stuff is THE BEST.

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MAC Lipstick Lady Danger

3. Lingerie–You need one special set that makes you feel amazing, and that you know a guy would also want to rip it off you (not literally, that shit’s expensive!) Our tip: Steer clear of red, which can look trashy if not worn carefully.

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Elle Macpherson

4. Candles–While guys can get in the mood in approximately 0.3 seconds, unfortunately for us girls, it takes a bit longer, and starts with emptying our minds (nothing is more of a buzz kill than thinking about how you forgot to give those notes to Cindy from study group!) Candles – or anything that helps you relax – is a good starting point. Just don’t forget about it and set the fire alarms off.

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Diptyque Baies candle 

5. Perfume–Smell is one of the most powerful senses you’ve got, so use it to its full advantage and invest in a signature scent. (Side note: After a sleep over at his place, I have been known to spray Chanel Chance on his pillow when he wasn’t watching so he went to bed that night and smelt me. Is that a bit weird?!)

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Bulgari Rose Essentielle

6. Sex book–This’ll make a nice change from all those History notes, right?! A good sex book will change your life. Read it, be inspired, and then do it.

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The Everything Great Sex Book : Your Complete Guide to Passion, Pleasure, and Intimacy

7. Diary–To put all them feels down. Or the name of your latest conquest. Whatever.

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Kate Spade New York Large Journal 

8. Cute pjs–Look, Arial from The Little Mermaid might be your spiritual leader, and you should defs wear her pjs, but if a guy comes round, step it up a notch. Daisy’s are cute, but not so junior he’ll think you’re on advanced placement from the 8th grade.

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Topshop Daisy pjs

9. Beach body oil–This stuff is what heaven smells like. It’s light, absorbs easily and makes your skin shimmer like you’ve bathed in diamonds. Wear this stuff on your shoulders, décolletage and down the front of your shins to catch the light (we really want to be lame here and add… and his eye, but we won’t.)

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Bobbi Brown Beach body oil 

10. Illuminator (& Dry Shampoo)–The two products that will SAVE YOU after a big night. The first will make you look like you slept 8 hours and stopped drinking after the third tequila shot, and for the second… Toss your head upside down, spray this stuff in with as much enthusiasm as a One Direction fan. Then massage it into your scalp and scrunch in (still with your head upside down.) Toss your hair back up and voila! Your DIY blowdry you didn’t have to leave your dorm room for!

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NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator

Big thanks to Harriet for putting together this great post today! Also, head on over to Flamingo Pink and check out what’s up. There are some pretty great articles, ladies!

❤ Ashley

What are your non school-related essentials?

Back-to-School Blogger: Kendra’s Dorm Essentials

In one week I will be moving into my new dorm at school which means this week is all packing and running around! In order to keep up with content on the blog this week, today kicks of the Back-to-School Blogger Series here on All That Glitters! This year the bloggers will be sharing their dream dorms and dorm essentials with us. Today, Kendra from It’s a Bug’s Life is getting ready to move into her freshman dorm and what details she is planning on using in her own dorm!

Hello, my name is Kendra, and I’m from It’s a Bug’s Life !

Today I’m going to be sharing my dream dorm room with you guys, which is something I have thought about very much recently, as I will be starting college this fall! Every year I pass the dorm aisles at the store when I’m buying mundane school supplies, so it’s crazy that this year I’m the one buying dorm room essentials! As per usual, I flocked to the internet for some ideas and here’s what I found and loved:

Lights

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I love the idea of having fairy lights all over my dorm in order to have softer lighting than the harsh ceiling lights. I prefer dim lighting so my dorm will be covered with these lights! I think they make a dorm feel more like home, so there really is no way to go wrong with them. All of the shapes you can make using fairy lights are also so cute and fun as well. I adore the cloud light as well, and actually found a tutorial of it on Pinterest.

Bed Canopies

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Sheer fabrics used as bed canopies are so pretty, and provide some sort of privacy in a shared dorm room. I used to have one when I was younger and I loved it – it of course made me feel like Sleeping Beauty, but it really does look pretty over a bed, especially with lights added in.

Lofted Beds

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Although lofted beds are more difficult to get up on, they allow so much more room everywhere else. I plan to do this in my own dorm, and put my desk and extra storage crates underneath. I love how there is a little loveseat under the bed in the first picture, though, so I might get a small chair to put under as well, but one that folds up like a camping chair.

Wall Decals

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Wall decals are such great ways to really personalize your dorm – especially since you can’t paint the stark white walls! There are so many today, and you can find them both online and in stores. Most are also easy to put on and take off, so they are definitely dorm-friendly.

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Since your dorm is your home away from home for a year, it’s a great idea to have pictures of loved ones everywhere! I love all these different ideas of hanging the photos instead of buying a bunch of picture frames, or simply sticking them all to the wall. I will be doing this in my dorm this year, and a lot of the photos will feature my cats and dogs (who I will miss very much!)

All of these ideas and pictures add up to my dream dorm – a space where I am comfortable in, and am able to relax from the hectic college life. I’m stoked about putting all of these ideas together in my dorm, and I hope you got some inspiration! Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful day!

How great are these photos! I will definitely be looking here for inspiration when it comes to hanging my lights and photos next week. 🙂

❤ Ashley

What are your dorm essentials?

Hello, August

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Good morning, world!

Today is the first day of August. -insert obligatory “summer flew by so quickly” comment- But really…it did. Most of it was spent working with just a few occasions with family and friends sprinkled in. In just over two weeks I will be moving back to the ‘Burgh with my wonderful roommates in our wonderful campus provided apartment (not trying to pay rent just yet!)

It is only fitting then that I continue my tradition of making August a themed month: back-to-school! This month I will be posting first day outfit inspirations, dorm decor that I love and recipes for the dorm when you just don’t feel like leaving your room (Pittsburgh in the winter!) Also this month I would love to get some guest bloggers on board to share some of their favorite dorm design ideas! So whether you are starting college, already in college, or already done with college but are feeling nostalgic, please feel free to email me at arizzardo.atg@gmail.com with your interest and we can talk!!

I look forward to sharing with you this month!

❤ Ashley

What are you looking forward to this month?

To Whomever It Interests…

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So I am spending this Sunday night discovering (finally!) Sherlock on Netflix, listening to records and beginning my planning for August on All That Glitters. August is typically back-to-school month and that is the theme I have kept the past two Augusts that ATG has existed. One thing that I did last year which I thought was great and which got a lovely response was having a week–usually the one before I head back to school since I am so busy getting ready!–dedicated to guest bloggers. Last year I had selected some of my favorite ladies to style their favorite back-to-school looks (check them out herehere and here.)

This time around I would like to invite bloggers to share their dream dorm decor. If you have any interest in writing and curating a nice dorm design post here on All That Glitters please e-mail me at arizzardo.atg@gmail.com and we can talk about the finer details. The week that I am looking to have these posts for is Aug. 11-15. This opportunity is open to everyone: perhaps you are heading into college and need an excuse to look for inspiration, you enjoy interior design, or you are already through with college and would like to share your design tips and maybe what you would have done differently. EMAIL ME! I would love to chat with you!

❤ Ashley