my social media cleanse

s o c i a l  m e d i a …

 

What do you think of when you hear those words?

 

When I think about social media, all of the good things always come to mind first. I love being able to meet other bloggers through Instagram and I have always enjoyed seeing what other people are doing through their stories and posts. Since I love photography, I love editing my photos in VSCO & being able to post them on Facebook, Instagram, or any other apps that are popular at the time.

 

girl sitting on beach

 

Plus, being a communications major, social media is kinda my thing. (lol) As strange as it may sound I feel a slight pressure from my major alone to be up to date with the latest features of these apps, and know everything from when it’s the best time to post or how to upload stories to Instagram.

 

But social media is so complex. Sometimes I think about the bad / negative aspects of social media: comparing my life, looks, clothing, material possessions, or what I am spending my time doing with what other people are doing. Like, for instance, you are scrolling through snapchat and see that someone is working out. IDK if I am the only one, but for a split second don’t you think, “hm, maybe I should work out?” Of course, the immediate answer is always, “nahhh”

 

 

Comparison sucks, but for some of us it is so hard to help but compare what we have or where we are in life when we are constantly taking in what other people are doing through social media.

 

Sometimes it is hard to remember that no one wants to share a low point in their life via Snapchat or Instagram.

 

Sometimes it is hard to remember that no one wants to share a low point in their life via Snapchat or Instagram. We aren’t gonna post about the bad grade or the things we are self-conscious about. We always want to post positive content, good vibes only – the posts that show us at our best. I am guilty of it, and I think that this realization is the first step in conquering social media, because it is something that I believe we all do.

 

girl laughing on beach

 

like…this is the reality of taking photos on the beach with the wind…

 

wind blown hair

 

Recently I read an article on Facebook. I guess it was fate that I even found this article in the first place. Also it’s super ironic that I found an article on social media that led me to enter a social media cleanse. It just shows how complex social media truly is.

 

Basically, this article made me think about how much time I was spending on social media. I will admit, I enjoy some platforms more than others. While I love Instagram, I was beginning to hate Snapchat, but I always felt obliged to check through every story and maintain each streak with my friends. When I was going places or hanging out with friends, I would actually begin to experience a feeling of obligation to Snapchat my location and show everyone where I was. (And let’s not forget about that one person you have to check and see if they watched your story once it is uploaded.)

 

The whole thing was just getting out of hand, so about 4 weeks ago I decided to enter a social media cleanse. When I say “social media cleanse,” I stopped checking a select group of apps, one of them being Snapchat. I chose the ones that were causing me to feel anxiety, stress, unhappiness, or compare my life to others.

 

An added plus, I feel even more in the moment when I go places, since I no longer feel like I have to snapchat everywhere I go.

 

Instead of deleting these apps, I decided to place them in a folder called “cleanse.” I guess I have a decent amount of self-control because I haven’t checked them since I put them in my folder. Surprisingly, Snapchat has been the easiest to completely cut ties with. I haven’t felt the least amount of curiosity about what other people have been doing this summer. An added plus, I feel even more in the moment when I go places, since I no longer feel like I have to snapchat everywhere I go.

 

very happy girl

 

I don’t want anyone to think that I am against social media as a whole, because I am not. I still use Instagram and probably check it way too much, but I am just trying to declutter my life and eliminate some of the sources that weren’t bringing me happiness anymore. I can truly say that I love Instagram because it not only connects me with my family and friends, but allows me to talk with other bloggers and form my own lifestyle blogging community.

 

Who knows, I will probably end up opening the apps in my cleanse folder again, but for now I am feeling content with my decision to leave them unopened.

 

If you related to anything I said in this article, or feel called to declutter your notifications inbox a bit, I challenge you to enter a social media cleanse. I think you will be amazed at how much more time you will have to focus on the more important things in life. Even if you cleanse yourself of only a couple of apps like I did, I believe you will notice a difference.

 

I kept a mental note of the things that I was able to accomplish with this time. These are just some of the things that I had more time to do…(note: I was able to do these things without checking and refreshing the apps in my folder ~ Snapchat, Facebook, VSCO, etc.)

 

  • watch my favorite movie EVER (Devil Wears Prada) ~ this may sound dumb, but haven’t you ever sat down to watch a movie & realized halfway through that you were refreshing instagram or snapchat for a majority of the movie???
  • more time in meaningful conversation with friends / family
  • saved on DATA!! (say whaaatt? – we run out of data just about every month, so my mom was super happy about this)
  • reading other blogs / organizing my own blog
  • making bracelets & starting madauer beads
  • hosting a bracelet giveaway
  • relaxing on the beach
  • eating healthy / successfully making a smoothie every morning for breakfast
  • exercising more
  • taking a bike ride with my dad every morning at the beach

 

One of my favorite vloggers / bloggers, Indy Blue, also wrote an awesome blog on the subject of social media / vulnerability – you can read it here. It’s amazing to read about vulnerability from the perspective of an extremely talented social media influencer like her.

 

If you decide to enter a social media cleanse / already have, let me know! I would love to hear about your experience or what you found most challenging about your cleanse.

 

thnx for reading ♡

xoxo,

madauer

// PS: there is still time to order a bracelet before heading back to school! DM / message me if you are interested in ordering. I accept venmo & ship! madauer beads all over the worldddd 🙂

up close detailed shot of bracelets

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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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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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my first year experience

hello from…NOT four floors up,

 

"my first year experience" text over photo of girls

 

It’s weird, I know, trust me – I am no longer four floors up! I am currently back home in Maryland and feeling sentimental that my freshman year is officially over. However, I am so happy that I have been able to share my first year experience with you through four floors up. I hope that my blog will continue to inspire and spread good vibes in the future.

 

BUT you may be thinking, “okay so she was four floors up, but now what?” No need to worry – I will be continuing to blog throughout the summer and feature my daily lifestyle advice and inspo, such as trips to NYC and summer style. When I return back to school in the fall, I will also continue to post about ~ apartment style ~ décor and all things college lifestyle inspiration. Since my blog originated when I was living four floors up in Villiger, I will be keeping my name as four floors up (whew!)

 

Now that I have updated you all, I want to skip to the more important subject – my takeaways from freshman year / inspiration for my future college readers! Keep reading to learn more…

(ALSO shout out to my fourth floor girls – I could not have survived freshman year without you)

 

group of girls sitting on picnic table

 

BE OPEN // TRY NEW THINGS

I managed to figure this out pretty quickly into my freshman year. After moving in and participating in an early move in program where we volunteered throughout the Philadelphia area, I understood the importance of being open to trying new things. You never know what you will really enjoy / click with until you try it. This tip applies to both trying new things and meeting people. I am looking forward to further trying this in the future. There are so many activities, clubs, and trips that my school offers that I want to get involved in, as well as many people that I have still yet to meet.

 

DON’T RUSH IT

I think that there is a certain hype around freshman year and a rush to make new friends and meet as many people as possible. While you should be open and passionate about getting involved, don’t rush into things and get overwhelmed. The same goes for making friends – don’t feel rush or obliged to have your squad of best friends set by the second week of school. Making friends takes time and you shouldn’t worry if you feel like you haven’t clicked with anyone in the beginning of the semester.

My advice – take advantage of the various events your RA plans for your floor. I was lucky enough to have Greta (our 4th floor RA). She planned floor events for us to get to know each other, such as team bonding and road trips.

 

EXPLORE YOUR SCHOOL & CITY

Once you feel comfortable with your school’s campus and buildings, begin to explore and find your favorite parts of campus. I love walking around St. Joe’s campus and exploring all the different areas.

This didn’t happen for my friends and I until second semester, but once you feel confident enough, take trips into the city / surrounding areas around your school! After getting lost and taking about 2 hours to get to the city of Philly (all for Hibachi) my friends and I were a little scared to try Philly transportation ever again. However, I think we have now conquered Septa transportation and make city trips almost every weekend. It’s important to get away from campus, if only for a few hours. If you are planning to go to school in Philly, check out Rittenhouse Square or Suburban Square – just some of our fav areas.

 

ALONE TIME IS IMPORTANT TOO

As an introvert, I know that I need time throughout the week to spend alone / reflect on whatever has happened in my life. College was vastly different for me, as it involved constant social interaction, something that I was not used to. If you ever feel overwhelmed or feel like you need time to yourself, find a relatively quiet spot on campus. Everyone needs time to refocus, recharge, and center their thoughts and feelings.

 

IT’S OK TO FEEL HOMESICK

It’s okay, really! It’s natural for you to miss your parents, family, or dogs at home. After move in, all I could think about was going home and seeing my parents. However, after I got busy and my schoolwork began to increase, I forgot about how much I missed my home. If you are feeling consistently homesick, I would suggest getting more involved in activities that your school offers. For me, the busier I was, the less time I had to think about how much I missed my family / home / friends.

 

STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF

I also realized this pretty quickly into my freshman year. There are certain qualities and characteristics that you possess that some people may not like. However, these qualities make you who you are as an individual and differentiate you from the rest of your class. People will be naturally drawn to you for who you are, so don’t try and be something different.

 

girls sitting on picnic table

 

Now…special shout out to my fourth floor girls. I mentioned you guys earlier, but I really appreciate everything ~ all of the laughs, memories, and stories that we all shared this year. I cannot imagine living doors away from anyone else. I know that you guys are going to kill it this summer and I can’t wait to reunite soon.

Greta – thank you for being an amazing RA. You were the best neighbor and our floor could always count on you to be there for us. You were always down for a dance party or to listen to our problems, whatever time it may be. I can’t wait to see everything you accomplish and where the world takes you in the future. Can’t wait to see you super soon and talk about your trip to España!

 

xoxo,

madauer

// PS – stay connected with me this summer through my instagram accounts (linked in the side bar) – @madauer & @fourfloorsup //

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complete spring look book

Hello from four floors up & happy spring!

 

I don’t know about you, but I am so excited for spring – warmer weather, longer days, and of course, spring style. Part of the reason why I love spring is because it is the perfect time to take a step back, look at your wardrobe, and consider parting ways with some of your older clothing items. This is exactly what I did when I went home for spring break, thus opening up space in my closet for some spring essentials!

 

In this post, I will be linking to a range of products, all of which will complete my “spring look book.” These items will range from clothing to accessories to home décor. Keep reading for some spring inspiration…

 

 

 

CLOTHING

 

madewell jeans

One of my favorite looks for spring will definitely involve pairing these Madewell 9″ high-rise skinny crop jeans with other items in my closet. These jeans have a classic blue hue that will complement any outfit. Also, they are extremely comfortable and pair great with slip-ons or your favorite pair of sneakers.

 

 

If you happen to check out these jeans or any other Madewell denim, be sure to read about their Denim Donation Program. (see small infographic below)

 

sweatshirt

Even though spring brings warmer weather, you still need a sweatshirt to stay warm on those chilly nights. I am loving this new Love Your Melon Sweatshirt. I purchased mine in the color light gray (of course) but there are several other colors available, such as red, dark gray, navy, and purple.

 

 

SHOES

 

adidas stan smith

I am so very excited about this next item – the Adidas Stan Smith sneakers! I have been looking at the different Adidas shoes, trying to figure out if I should go with the classic or the Stan Smith collection. Finally, after trying them on, I went with the Stan Smith Adidas. I am looking forward to pairing these with cut-off jeans and a tee for the spring.

 

 

ACCESSORIES

 

calvin klein denim cap

For those super sunny days, it’s always nice to have a baseball cap on hand. For me, I love this Calvin Klein Baseball Hat. Its classic denim material and simple logo make it easy to pair with any outfit.

 

 

opi nail polish

Looking for a great spring color for your nails? Check out my favorite OPI color at the moment, the perfect nude pink!

 

DÉCOR

 

succulent

For me, succulents are always in style, but if there is an essential time to invest in a succulent, spring would have to be the time. Brighten any space with a small succulent. Some of my favorite places to purchase fake yet life-like succulents are Target, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx. I recently purchased this real succulent from a farmer’s market in Philly, but you could easily recreate your own succulent habitat.

 

 

SPRING ACTIVITY

 

hammock time

One of my goals this spring is to spend as much time outside as possible. On campus, my friends and I love spending time on the quad in our hammock (shout out to Luke.) We are definitely looking to invest in a hammock soon so we can spend even more time out on the quad.

 

bullet journaling

Bullet journaling has been one of my goals for this year. Bullet journaling takes time and dedication, but I have started to treat my bullet journals as list makers, helping me to check items off of my to do lists.

 

 

 

One of my favorite bullet journalists is @journalbeanie. I aspire to create a bullet journal similar to hers. Check out her Instagram feed (linked above) for some serious bullet journal inspo.

 

SPRING TIME SNACK

 

healthy eating

Usually, the warmer months inspire me to get creative with my snacking and consider the healthier options. For me, a staple to warmer months is fresh fruit. If you’re a college student, always grab some fruit before leaving your dining hall. My favorites have been pears and clementines!

 

I hope that this post inspired you with some new ideas for this spring. Spring is the perfect time to start fresh. Whether it’s cleaning out your closet, reorganizing your room, or eating healthy, this spring time is full of new opportunities.

 

xoxo,

madauer

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