my back to school essentials

Seriously, where has this summer gone? As sad as I am that this summer is coming to an end, I am feeling pretty excited to head back to school and start this school year!

 

Instead of writing a blog post about my back-to-school must haves, I thought it would be fun to make a video for you guys! (Thanks iMovie web show days for helping me out with this editing.)

 

If you want to hear me talk about some of my back to school essentials / what I can’t wait to use this school year, head over to my video (and maybe give it a like?) Click the image below to view my video!

 

 

Let me know what you think or if you want to see more videos in the future. I will have everything I talk about linked in the description box beneath the video. 🙂

 

If you are heading back to school soon, or are already back, let me know what your school essentials are!

 

xoxo

– madauer

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a night at indigo octopus

h e l l o .

 

a night at indigo octopus

 

This past Friday, one of my favorite stores, Indigo Octopus, hosted their first #indigodays event. The night was filled with plenty of denim, delicious food, and beautiful flowers.

 

I was super excited to shop the store’s newest denim / fall collection and meet up with the awesome people who work behind the scenes at Indigo. Michelle & Skip have always been some of my biggest supporters, encouraging me with my bracelets and boosting my confidence. I loved getting to see them, as well as see my bracelets on display in the store!

 

bracelets

 

Michelle’s eye for picking clothing and décor for the store is spot on. Everything is so aesthetically pleasing and appealing to the eye. I loved her new product, especially for its soft blue and indigo hues.

 

clothing

 

& can we just talk about these flower arrangements for a sec? My mom and I could not stop looking at these creations from thurmanandfigfloral. Go check out their website for more flower inspo. Carly, the owner of Thurman & Fig, also created beautiful plant hangings behind the counter / cash register of the store. Her flower arrangements could be found throughout Indigo, perfectly matching the indigo / grey aesthetic.

 

floral company

flower arrangement

 

A fun addition to the night was the free bandana / monogramming station. I picked out a navy denim bandana from Donni Charm that was then monogrammed with my insta name, @madauer. I absolutely love it and I can’t wait to display it in my apartment this year.

 

bandana with madauer monogram

 

The food of the night was from One Coastal, a farm to table restaurant steps away from Indigo – literally it is next door! Everything was so fresh and delicious. From a cheese and cracker / fruit table to a flatbread pizza table, everything was amazing. My mouth is watering just thinking about the food from that night. My mom and I both tried one slice from each flatbread pizza. The first was a goat cheese, peach, and olive oil pizza – it was unlike anything I have ever had – SO good. The second was a prosciutto, arugula, and mozzarella pizza. Both = YUM

 

food display of cheeses and fruit

 

Once my mom and I finished our shopping and photo extravaganza, we headed outside to the storefront. Michelle decorated the whole outside of the store with lights, lanterns, and potted flowers. So cute! I couldn’t help but take a couple photos with our new thurmanandfig floral!

 

store front

 

potted flowers

 

I loved everything about this night and I am so thankful that we were able to attend the event. It was also super cool to see my bracelets on display in the store. Huge thanks to Michelle and her team at Indigo for being so welcoming and encouraging.

 

If you haven’t already, definitely check out Indigo Octopus. Also, head over to Thurman & Fig and One Coastal. Next time you’re in Fenwick, these are all places you will want to check out.

 

xoxo,

madauer

 

also be sure to enter my giveaway! head over to my insta to see allll the details about how to enter my bracelet giveaway – I will be picking a winner this Friday (August 11) !!

 

screen shot of giveaway post

 

 

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all about madauer designs

h e l l o  &  h a p p y  t u e s d a y !

 

beads

 

I have been wanting to dedicate a post to my beaded bracelets for a while, and now seems like the perfect time to finally sit down and get to it.

 

I started making my bracelets about three years ago (shout out to my snack bar squad!) During shifts, we would make beaded bracelets in the snack bar. Eventually, this turned into a hobby for me and I would make bracelets for my family and friends as birthday & thank you gifts.

 

Once I arrived on campus at SJU, I started to get questions about my bracelets – where they were from, how I made them, and especially, if I was selling them. After interest increased from friends, I decided to start selling them on campus.

 

I began doing custom orders, but I soon realized that it is much easier to create a set collection and have buyers choose from those designs. This summer, my bracelets have taken off. I now have a set collection of designs (that’s not to say that I won’t add more in the future) and some of my beaded creations are in a store in Fenwick, Indigo Octopus! This relatively new store opened this summer, stocked with adorable clothing, jewelry, and unique home décor.

 

I am always so flattered when someone contacts me and wants to purchase a bracelet. It honestly means so much to me that others are interested in my work! I hope that I am able to support myself with the things that I truly have a love and passion for in the future.

 

Since I receive a lot of questions from customers about what bracelet designs I have available, I figured this would be the perfect place to showcase my designs at the moment.

 

beaded bracelets
from left to right: white with brown rustic, white with black rustic, long distance west coast, long distance east coast, sand drift, ocean drift, waves, driftwood, and denim

 

two photos of bracelets

 

Also, shout out to Vistaprint for the awesome & reasonable business cards! I was able to design them on their site, view a PDF Proof, and receive them within 2 weeks of making them! YAY

 

upclose view of business cards

 

business card

 

If you are interested in buying a bracelet, feel free to DM, text, or message me through either my Instagram or Facebook.

 

Also…here are some FAQs that I usually receive:

  • Q: Do you ship?
    • A: No, at the moment I do not ship my bracelets. I am looking into it, but for now I am delivering them by hand to my customers!
  • Q: Do you use venmo?
    • A: No, similar to shipping, I am looking into it because I understand that it is more convenient. Personally, I hardly ever carry cash with me, so venmo would come in handy!
  • Q: How much are your bracelets?
    • A: Depending on the size of the bead and cost of product, it can fluctuate. Most bracelets are $15.
  • Q: What size will my bracelet be?
    • A: I make most of my bracelets to the size of my wrist (6.5 inches). However, before making a bracelet for someone, I usually ask them what size their own wrist is. If you would like your bracelet to fit snug to your wrist, you can measure it and send me your wrist size!

 

xoxo,

madauer

#madauerdesigns

 

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