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If there is one thing I have learned in my many, many years of school it is that you learn just as much outside the classroom as you do inside the classroom. For me, the key to surviving the mental rigor of grad school has been my extracurricular creative pursuits -- this blog and my Etsy store. Without these outlets I can guarantee I would not have made it! The importance of creativity and self-expression has been the greatest lessons I have learned outside the classroom.

In addition to revolutionizing your note taking game, Wacom's line of smartpads and styli can help you unleash your creative side! While I create most of my Etsy prints in Photoshop with digital watercolor brushes, my first step is always old-school sketching my design or idea. There is just something about the feeling of pen and paper that Photoshop cannot reproduce. Starting with a sketch however, means that you somehow have to digitize said sketch. This can be time consuming and often lowers the quality of the sketch. Enter my new Wacom Bamboo Folio. I can still sketch with pen and paper, but my creation is instantly digital and stored in the Inkscape cloud. It is the best of both worlds and means I don't have to give up my love of men and paper.

From the cloud, I can import my sketch directly into the Bamboo Paper App on my iPad and start painting with my Bamboo Stylus Duo. The app simulates realistic drawing and painting with a variety of brushes that respond to the pressure of your hand and stylus. I can also import it into Photoshop and paint with my Wacom Intuos Pro and my favorite set of watercolor brushes (available here). 

My latest project is recreating a fabulous vintage Vogue magazine cover from 1926. With Wacom there are endless possibilities to express and explore your creative side. You can create and design art for your personal blog or classroom project, and you could even create custom gifts for the holidays. Maybe you want to take a stab at designing your own art prints? What ever it is, make sure you take the time to express yourself and your creativity outside the classroom. And don't feel guilty about taking time away from your studies to be creative and have a little fun. As stressful as the end of the semester can be, being creative will not only give you the necessary outlet to recharge, but it will also actually improve your ability to think critically and focus.

What is your favorite creative outlet?

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Wacom and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.

Remixing Pink + Burgundy

jacket (similar here) // blouse (last seen here) // skirt (on sale!) // hat // bag // shoes

Pink and burgundy is basically the fall/winter version of my favorite color combo, pink and red. Two hues of the same color always make for an interesting and fun outfit.

I have the bad habit of always looking for something new and exciting. I love an item when I first purchase it, I wear it like crazy, and then I get bored of it. Call it fashion ADD. This of course is a terrible mindset and causes me to purchase new clothing more often than I should. To combat the urge for something new, I often force myself to go back into my closet to mix older items in new and exciting ways. This outfit was the product of one such session. While I loved each of these pieces separately, I think they are even better together!

I love items that are academic looking, but still playful. This skirt manages to combine both with its traditional houndstooth pattern done in youthful pink and burgundy palette. It is also currently on sale! The a-line cut is universally flattering and even though it is wool, the light pink means you can wear this well into spring (it is also lined). It is also versatile. Pair it with a solid burgundy cardigan for work (or archiving), a denim shirt for weekends, or for a little more fun, play with patterns and mix it with a floral top

If you're ever feeling bored with your wardrobe I highly recommend playing around with color and patterns. You can read more of my tips for playing with patterns here.




Holiday Gifts from the Preppy Printshop

Ok, brace yourself for some shameless self promotion. But in my defense, Preppy Printshop prints, mugs, and pillows make great and affordable holiday gifts (IMHO).

If you are looking for a gift under $20, look no further than a 8x10 inch print. And the best part, I am currently offering a holiday BOGO on all 5x7 and 8x10 inch prints. That means you can give double the gift, or you can get one to give and one to keep! Simply purchase your print and then leave the name of the free print you would like in the note to seller box at check out.

Looking for something for the chic jet-setter? Try a poster print of this Gray Malin-esque print. Or for your Paris obsessed friend, give a print of one of Paris's famed doors in pink, blue, or light pink. You could also go more classic Parisian with a print of the Eiffel Tower or Laduree.

Need something for your trendy friend? How about a print featuring foil balloons? There is one of the Beverly Hills Hotel and of the Palais Royal.

Finally, who doesn't love peonies? This is especially true for the kind that live all year, never need watering, and brighten anyone's decor. The Preppy Printshop offers peonies and stripes, peonies in a hat box, and peonies on a cute bike.

I could go on and on, but basically the Preppy Printshop is your one stop shop for great gifts! Shop my favorites below or visit my Etsy shop here.

Oh, and if you are looking for an easy DIY that makes a fabulous gift, check out this one.

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