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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

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summer update: what i’ve been up to…

h e l l o !

 

 

I am so sorry that I have been slightly MIA on here for the past couple of weeks. If you follow along with me on Instagram, you know that I have been spending pretty much every weekend at the beach. BUT, I’ve also been working on a bunch of other things, which will be the topic of this post. So, let’s get into what I’ve been up to so far this summer… (I apologize in advance for the hodge podge of photos)

 

collage of summer photos

 

While at the beach, I’ve been working a lot on my bracelets. Side note: if you would like a bracelet please let me know! I charge about $15 per bracelet, depending on the size of the bead. See the photos below for some of my beaded creations.

 

beaded bracelets

 

beaded bracelets

 

Lately, my bracelets have been getting a lot of love, especially from my beach friends. I have loved making these little beaded creations and getting in touch with my creative side. I even created some cute business cards to hand out with my bracelets, which should be arriving by next week (fingers crossed!)

 

collage of bracelet photos

 

Most of my mornings at the beach have been filled with bike rides in Fenwick with my dad. I have been working on getting back in shape this summer – mostly through staying active and eating healthy. I try to keep my days simple – morning shake with fresh fruit, salad for lunch, and fish / meat for dinner. (A lot different from college food) – this is so ironic because as I type this I have been snacking on chocolate sooo obviously I still splurge. But as they say, everything in moderation!

 

I can’t believe I am typing this but I haven’t even started to shop for our apartment this year! I am going to re-use basically everything from last year since it is all in perfectly good shape, but I also want to pick up a couple of new things. But, don’t worry – I have been shopping for notebooks and stationary all summer! I love finding unique notebooks at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, & Target.

 

With all this planned (& spontaneous) shopping, it’s a blessing that I have a fun internship this summer! My friend Jenny and I intern at our high school, Mount de Sales, during the week. Jenny is studying Graphic Design at school, so she focuses more on the design aspect of the job, while I work on more of the social media / communications tasks. For instance, I may work on website updates or write articles. My favorite part of the week is Thursdays, when Jenny and I work together. (see photo below) We get to take-over the Instagram and explore the school, featuring our finds on the MDSA Instagram Stories.

 

internship photo

 

I hope that you have been having a great summer too, whether it has been filled with beach trips, adventures, or simply relaxing. Make sure to stay in touch with me through my insta!

xoxo,

madauer

 

PS – please enjoy these other random photos from summer…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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travel series: nyc

Hello & happy summer! Hopefully, if you are reading this, you are already done with school or almost finishing up with finals.

 

photo with text that reads, "travel series: nyc"

 

If you follow along with my personal insta account, you know that I have been doing quite a bit of traveling (a lot for me, that is). We recently went to new york city for Memorial Day Weekend. We spent four days in the city and explored various areas, such as brooklyn and soho.

 

I decided I would make this post more photo based, because, what better way to show our explorations on this trip than through photos! This post is the first of a travel series, as I will continue to share my favorite spots / moments after various trips.

 

Keep reading to see more of my trip to nyc…

 

D A Y  O N E

ballerina sculpture

// we practically walked into this sculpture. This awesome art installation is in Rockefeller Center. Read more about it here. (We didn’t have much time to explore our first day since our train got in later that afternoon)

 

D A Y  T W O

pressed juicery storefront

// day two was spent exploring the streets of soho. Pressed Juicery is a quaint and trendy shop with yummy pressed juices. Two words = fresh and simple.

 

up close of bulb lights

// it’s basically inevitable that we end up eating at Shake Shack at least once during our trip. However, my brother and tour guide in one led us to Soho Park – a hip, trendy, and delicious burger find. Better yet, they are much cheaper than Shake Shack!

 

ivy and lights strung in walkway

// if you’re looking for the perfect photo-op, head to Nomo Soho. This hip and trendy hotel has the coolest spots for photos. Their archway is ~ magical ~

 

mirror pic of girl with peace sign

// I always love going to Brandy Melville, so I had to include this pic! They are pretty strict with taking photos in the store so I snapped this mirror pic instead. Head to their online store to see their clothing selection.

 

soho buildings

// always love the buildings of soho

 

girl taking photos in crowded side street

// shoutout to mama auer for taking this shot! One of our favorite parts about soho are the unexpected finds within the side streets. There are so many photo-ops if you just remember to look up at the buildings.

 

storefront - by Chloe.

// before leaving soho we stopped in by Chloe for a quick bite to eat. I had been wanting to go here for so long because all of my bloggers and youtubers always rave about this place. It’s hip, trendy, and has plenty of healthy options to choose from. My dad isn’t the biggest fan of vegan style foods so he got a smoothie while my mom and I got avocado toast. TBH I enjoyed my dad’s smoothie more than the avo toast. The toast came with seasonal veggies on top, which happened to be peas and pickled onions. It wasn’t even photo worthy (and that says a lot!) The morale of the story is, I wish I had opted for a smoothie or one of their other options, but it was still tasty. I will def try again…

 

D A Y  T H R E E

girl walking on brooklyn bridge

// this is the second time that I have walked the Brooklyn Bridge, and it seems like each time just gets better and better. It was an overcast day, but the views were still breathtaking.

 

FEED storefront

// this coffee shop – FEED – was basically my mom’s dream store. She had been looking at it on insta and was so excited that we happened to find it. Check out their site (linked above) to learn more about their mission and story.

 

One Girl Cookies window

// my DREAM – One Girl Cookies…literally so good – if you happen to go here while in Dumbo, try one of their whoopie pies. They are delicious and totally worth every calorie. Of course, you can get coffee too, or a cupcake…or one of each! 🙂

 

whoopie pies and cupcake

// nyc eats at One Girl Cookies

 

D A Y  F O U R

the high line

// we spent our last morning in the city walking the High Line. It has plenty of photo ops and awesome spots to sit and relax.

 

// views from the High Line…

 

madewell storefront

// almost immediately after walking across the High Line, we managed to find Madewell! I always love Madewell’s décor and storefront, but this particular store was amazing. I think I was focused more on the interior of the store than the clothes!

 

seflie

// selfies !

 

I hope you enjoyed this post ! Let me know about your thoughts on the layout of this post. I wanted it to be more of a travel diary with a greater focus on the photos and less on the text.

 

ALSO check out my friend Maddy’s blog! She recently started it and I loooove it. Seriously so cute.

 

xoxo,

madauer

ps – you should really check out Glossier. I went to their showroom while in soho and it was one of the coolest experiences. All of my youtubers (it should be noted that “my youtubers” = beauty and fashion vloggers / bloggers) rave about Glossier. Also, their packaging is beautifulllll. Probably gonna blog about them soon.

 

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how to be more positive

Happy Friday from four floors up!

 

how to be more positive

 

After reflecting on my life and the past three months (thanks Chinese takeout fortune cookie), I have decided to switch it up and offer some advice on how to incorporate positivity into your life.

 

If you are curious about my fortune cookie and what it said to cause me to reflect on my life (who knew fortune cookies could be so inspiring?) – it said this, “Remember three months from this date. Good things are in store for you.”

 

Instead of throwing away my fortune cookie like I usually do, I decided to pin it to my bulletin board with the special date written on the back – February 21, 2017.

 

Since I received this fortune cookie three months ago, numerous blessings and amazing opportunities have entered my life. I think it is so important to always remember to reflect on our lives. It is so easy to get caught up in our routines and, as a result, we forget to stop to be thankful for all of the blessings we have received in our lives.

 

I have noticed that I have become more positive since my awareness of the blessings and opportunities that I have encountered in my life. One bad day of negativity and disappointment does not compare to the amazing opportunities we have. All that it takes is an open heart and positive vibes.

 

In light of this new found positivity and openness, here are some things that I am especially thankful for and happy about…

 

Beautiful Weather

Recently, it has become increasingly warmer in Philly. This past weekend, with temps in the 70’s, students headed outside to hang on the quad and spend time in the sunshine. Just being outside in the beautiful weather seemed to lift my spirits. I am looking forward to the arrival of spring and warmer weather.

 

Photography

Three months ago, I never thought that photography would become such a constant part of my life. I have loved having the opportunity to shoot at the SJU basketball games, as well as have photoshoots with my friends. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for my photography.

 

Friends

This semester, I have loved getting to know and bond with my fourth floor girls! From Wednesday work out sessions to movie nights and face masks, I know that we will always have a good time when we are together.

With new classes and being involved in different activities, I have also loved getting to know a wider range of people across campus.

 

Music

Since coming to college, I have definitely listened to more and more music. Some of my favorite artists are Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and Colbie Caillat. Check out my feel good playlist on Spotify for some artists that radiate good vibes.

 

Four Floors Up

And of course, how could I forget about this platform, four floors up! I never imagined that I would enjoy blogging when I first created this blog as part of my Communications class in the fall. Not to mention I never thought that people would be interested enough to read what I have to say! I am so thankful for this blog and my readers – thank you 🙂

 

If you are feeling in need of some inspiration, check out some of my favorite inspo quotes taken from Pinterest. For even more, head to my inspire to be Pinterest board.

 

your worth is far beyond what you know.

bad days build better days

it's a beautiful day to start.

esteemed, valued, set apart, chosen, pursued, loved.

 

Hope you all enjoyed this post and have an amazing weekend!

 

xoxo,

madauer

P.S. – If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out my feature on Her Campus SJU

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unique ways to get involved on campus

Hello from four floors up & happy Friday!

 

cover photo with unique ways to get involved on campus text

 

I hope that you enjoyed my last post – how to spend your snow day! Make sure to check it out for some awesome winter inspired activities.

 

Second semester has been filled with so many surprises and new experiences. I cannot believe that I am close to being done my freshman year of college! Time flies…

 

Today’s post is going to be a bit of advice mixed with some personal stories and experiences. My main theme for this post is focused on finding unique ways to get involved on campus. Keep reading if you are interested in learning more about how I have gotten involved on campus at St. Joe’s!

 

Love Your Melon

First, Love Your Melon. If you have not heard of LYM, head over to their site and check out their amazing mission and story. Created by two college students, LYM donates half of their proceeds to pediatric cancer research. They have awesome knit beanies, caps, and apparel, so I highly suggest checking them out and supporting their cause! I have about 4 beanies and still looking to buy a 5th, so you could say that I am obsessed.

 

LYM cap

 

One of the amazing aspects of LYM is the opportunity to get involved with their Campus Crews. If you are in college, do some research and see if your campus has a LYM crew. If not, consider creating a LYM crew at your campus! Once involved, you have the opportunity to promote LYM on your campus and collect points online. Essentially, when someone makes a purchase from LYM, they have the option to select a campus crew to support. For every purchase made, more points are added to your crew. After reaching 100 points, my SJU LYM crew received a Start-Up Bundle Kit, including LYM stickers and keychains. Visit the site linked for even more information about SJU LYM campus crews.

 

LYM - three laughing girls

 

Also, shoutout to Dylan Eddinger for taking these awesome photos of my friends and me for the LYM crew on our campus. We had so much fun taking these photos to promote LYM on National Love Your Melon day during the fall.

 

Getting Crafty

This next one isn’t so much a club as it is simply learning how to promote yourself and sell your product! College is the perfect place to sell products if you enjoy crafting or creating something special. For me, I love creating beaded bracelets and considered selling them during high school. Now, I am really interested in selling my bracelets and received such positive feedback after posting about it on my Instagram.

 

I will definitely be dedicating a post to the promotion of my beaded bracelets in the future, so make sure to check back for that! I recently created a madauerbeads Instagram account where I will be keeping followers up to date on new designs and sales of my creations.

 

bracelets on wrist

 

A huge inspiration to me in this area of craftiness is my RA, Greta. She recently started selling her hand-knit beanies. Visit my last post for more info on Greta’s awesome beanies! There is something special about creating a one of a kind product and then seeing others wear it with pride.

 

laughing girl from behind looking back

 

On-Campus Newspaper

This semester I decided to get involved with The Hawk, the on campus newspaper at SJU. As Assistant Social Media Manager, I update the various social media platforms with feature stories.

 

If you enjoy editing, writing, or promoting various stories related to school events, consider joining the newspaper team on your campus! As social media manager, I have already gained immense experience promoting stories and live-tweeting events. If I was not on the newspaper, I would have never had these experiences.

 

Sports Photography

As part of my position on the Hawk newspaper, I have had the opportunity to shoot at the basketball games. This has by far been one of my most favorite and memorable experiences at SJU.

 

There is something so exhilarating about shooting among other professional photographers in a packed arena. Not to mention sports photography is a whole other realm of photography, requiring a quick eye and precision.

 

collage of two St. Joe's basketball players

 

If you enjoy photography and are interested in capturing photos at sporting events, ask around on campus to see what opportunities are available for you to shoot at. Be curious and see what potential events you can get involved in to photograph, whether they be sports, news, or lifestyle events.

 

basketball player, number 15 from behind

 

I hope that you were able to take something away from this post! I think it is super important to always be curious and constantly look around your campus. Really think outside the box to consider what is missing at your campus. Think, “how can I make my college experience my own and share my unique qualities and talents with those around me?” Don’t be afraid to create a new club or share your vision with others. ALWAYS BE YOU.

 

xoxo,

madauer

 

P.S. – I hope you have a fantastic weekend and spread continuous good + positive vibes

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