a night at indigo octopus

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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!

 

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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.

 

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& 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.

 

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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) !!

 

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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

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spotlight app review: Over

Hello! This week I will be doing something different here on four floors up – A Spotlight App Review! I will be sharing one of my favorite apps with you – “Over.” Keep reading if you are interested in learning more about this great app available for purchase in the App Store.

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What is Over?

Essentially, “Over” is a design app in which you can add text, graphics, and clip art to your photos. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch products.

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Some Interesting Tid-Bits…

  • There are 10,000+ graphics, fonts, & images available for use in “Over”

 

  • You can create fun and unique posts for any celebration with birthday and holiday graphics

 

  • Check into “Over” every day to collect free artwork and graphics

 

How Do I Use Over?

“Over” is definitely one of my favorite apps on my iPhone. I use it countless times every week, from creating birthday posts for friends to cover photos for my blog posts.

 

If you ever wondered how I create my blog graphics, “Over” is the answer! These are some of my favorite creations that I have made with “Over”…

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If you decide to download “Over,” check out this awesome step-by-step “Over” walkthrough. I have had the app for a few years and still found myself amazed to learn more from this tutorial. “Over” also has several other tutorials on Vimeo, such as, “How to make a Transparent PNG in ‘Over.’”

 

Also, I wanted to make it clear that I do not have the PRO version of “Over.” I have not felt the need to purchase the PRO version ($7.99 per month), although I do buy new artwork and font packages within “Over’s” Store from time to time. You can find the Store by clicking the upper right icon on the home screen in “Over.”

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My Favorite Things About Over…

Fonts, fonts, fonts

One of my favorite things about “Over” is the app’s broad font selection. Some of my favorites are Nexa, Hello Beautiful, Lulo, Sheepman, & Papercute.

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Simple Design & Interface

I think I love creating graphics within “Over” so much because of the app’s simple and clean design. Over’s sleek interface makes it possible to create your own graphics within minutes!

 

Cute & One of a Kind Graphics

The graphics that “Over” offers are adorable and unique for any occasion. I know I mentioned this before, but always check into the “Over” store to see what graphic packages are available for free! I snagged this adorable free graphic for Father’s Day and created this collage for my dad.

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The Gallery

Once you download “Over,” you will notice that the app saves all of your previous creations in your own personal gallery. So, if you ever want to go back and revisit one of your creations, feel free to do so!

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Photo Selection

Suppose you feel as though you don’t have any photos to create designs in “Over.” No problem. When creating a new project, “Over” provides the option to use some of their professional photos under the, “Unsplash” tab.

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If “Over” sounds like the app for you, download it from the app store! It is my go-to for creating countless designs and unique creations in a few simple and easy steps. If you are interested in learning more, check them out in the app store or read some of the awesome reviews they have gotten, such as the review they received from companies such as Brit & Co.

 

Join the “Over” movement and start creating today! Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about “Over” – I am always here to help.

 

xoxo,

madauer

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