Month: August 2013

Star Spangled Shorty

My first DIY involving clothing and let me tell you, it was a challenge for me. Took about 2 days for me to finish due to my hectic schedule, but I am some what pleased with them. I am definitely packing these with me when I go to Orlando this weekend. I’m so Patriotic!


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DSC_0782Try on your jeans and use your pen to mark how short you want to cut them.


Use a razor or box cutter to distress your shorts. You can distress them as much as YOU want. Have fun!

Be careful not to cut the areas where you will place your bandana.



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Grab your fabric glue and outline around the seams with glue. It’s ok to put dabs of glue in the middle on the side you will put the stars since it will not show through as much.

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Cut the stars section from your bandana and place it on the shorts and press down gently. I let it dry over night just to be safe.


Once dry, grab your scissors and cut the edges of the bandana as close to the seams of the short as possible.

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Now you are ready to do the other side. Just repeat the same steps for this side.

I had to double up on my stripes side because the glue was showing through.

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Super Cute!

I will be sure to post how I styled them for your guys!

Please do not use a REAL FLAG.

I purchased the Bandana and Fabric Glue from my local Craft store.



Fall Fashion Trends

WOW! I can’t believe how fast the summer is going by.  Fall is literally right around the corner. I’m not looking forward to packing up my cute summer dresses, shorts and sandals, but fall shopping is always fun! It’s Bittersweet.

Here are some of my favorite fall trends this year.



Back-to-School Survival Tips: College Edition

school-books-1It’s almost time to say bye-bye to the beaches and sunshine and hello classrooms and textbooks. Heading back to college can be bittersweet. You will meet back up with your friends, hang out at your favorite spots on and off campus and participant in sports or other organization activities. College can also be very stressful. Me personally, I have had some rocky moments in undergrad and grad school so I can relate what you will be going through. Here are some of my Back-to-School Survival Tips: College Edition.


-Managing your time is so important. Plus, you can get whatever you have to get done in a timely fashion if you manage your time properly. Back in undergrad I was a major procrastinator and as I look back, I wouldn’t have been so stressed out if I’ve only gave myself enough time to do things. In both undergrad and grad school I worked all throughout school. (You can imagine how busy I was). It is probably a maturity thing, but in grad school I was way more organized than in undergrad.

-What really helped me out was getting a PLANNER. You can always download some cool organizing app, but I found sometimes I would forget I had it or rarely used it at all. Actually seeing my planner around made me remember to check it, write important dates and assignments in it etc. It was just as important to me as my textbooks. It really helped keep me on track.

-Every week I would sit down and figure out what assignments were due, what events I had going on and my work schedule. Also, when you first get your syllabus put it in your planner and set up reminders in your phone for what days you will study, work on assignments and when assignments are due. It’s good to set goals for yourself as well. If you have an assignment due in perhaps two weeks, set a date you want to have it fully completed before the due date. Waiting until the last minute adds stress and you want to be able to present your best work.

-If you do work and go to school, try getting work done or studying during your lunch hour or breaks. This will help prevent you from having to stay up late at night after work trying to do assignments.


-Get your rest! I cannot stress this enough. Sleep is important because you will be able to concentrate. If you’re staying up all night or hanging out you won’t be fully alert during the day. Get adequate sleep so that you are refreshed and your brain will be able to function in and out the classroom. With me working and going to school, I would sometimes eat my lunch and then take a 30minute nap just to recharge. I have had plenty of moments where I was sitting and doing an assignment and next thing I know I woke up with my face in my book (literally). Your body knows when it is tired and will shut down on you.


-Exercising helps eliminate stress. I’m not saying you have to go out and get a gym membership (it’s nice to have), but just going for a walk, swim or any type of physical activity is good to do when you are feeling overwhelmed. Exercising takes your mind off of the things that are stressing you out.

4. Get Out!

-I worked A LOT in undergrad and grad school. I remember in grad school I didn’t have any days off from work or school for almost two months! I missed my friends, family, and events I would have liked to have attended. School is important, but make time for fun and yourself. You have goals and are on a mission to complete school but Keep your life balanced.


-Last and certainly not least, Pray. This was the main reason I got through college. I prayed…..A LOT. College is fun but it is a stressful time in your life. You have freedom now and are making decisions on your own. You will encounter many challenges and obstacles that you may not know how to get through alone. Pray. Ask for guidance and wisdom and you will be fine J

I hope these tips will be helpful to you. Please feel free to share them with others.
Have a Great School Year!

I’m such a Tourist

I stayed in my area this weekend and took in the beautiful sights of Washington DC. This city has so many extraordinary sights and hidden treasures. I’ve lived here practically my entire life, and I am still discovering new things. People travel from all over the world to see the memorials, museums and culture of DC. It’s crazy how some people who live here take it for granted. I think DC is a beautiful and amazing city, you just have to get out and explore what it has to offer. And trust me, there’s A LOT!

For Sunday Funday as we like to call it, I visited the National Museum of Natural History and the Museum of American History. Then I walked around the National Mall, from the Monument to the World War II Memorial (My favorite memorial and thinking spot), down the Reflecting Pool and to the Lincoln Memorial. It was such a nice day for walking and enjoying the sights. Check out my pics from the day!

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Wear in the World: Floral Fancy Free!

This past weekend felt like FALL paid Maryland an early visit. That didn’t stop me from busting out a cute pair of shorts to go out and enjoy the day. It wasn’t too chilly out, but just to be safe I wore my favorite denim vest to add some layers to my look. I hit the mall with my cousin and then we grabbed a bite to eat at Langston’s in DC. I’m still having flashbacks of the delicious fried pork chop I devoured. Mmm Mmm 🙂

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It’s a Celebration! TheStylishDork Turns 1!

DSC_0523I am SO EXCITED to be celebrating 1 year of blogging! YAY! I have learned so much about myself since I started my blog. I’ve discovered my passions, likes and dislikes and even discovered some of my hidden talents. Blogging has really helped to get my creative juices flowing. I am simply amazed at what I have accomplished and the new skills I have developed. I have always been a creative person and one to think outside the box, but since I’ve been blogging light bulbs continuously pop up over my head!

My blog is not just a hobby or just my brand….It’s ME! It’s my life on display for the world. You see my life, what I like, my friends, family and my thoughts. I’m no psychic, so I can’t predict right now as to where this will take me, but right now it is simply an INSPIRATION to me. This blog is my baby and I am so very proud of it! My first blog ever (last I checked) had only 329 page views, to date! TheStylishDork blog has around 15K! What a blessing to have people from all over the world interested in something you have a passion for.

I am truly grateful for ALL my SUPPORTERS and those of you who check out my blog regularly. I am looking forward to sharing with you my new posts, ideas and thoughts. Be Sure to Check out my “Reach me @” page and connect with me! I love hearing from my viewers and supporters.


Happy Anniversary THE STYLISH DORK BLOG!

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My 1st Year Blogging in Pictures

I have been blogging for a year now and decided to go ahead and use a new platform and purchase my domain name.  Take a trip down memory lane with me and check out some of my post from my 1st Year Blogging!

If you’d like to check out more of my older post. You can access my old blog at


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Legends of the Summer Tour

photo 1 (3)You can imagine how EXCITED I was to attend this concert! Jay-Z is my Favorite rap artist and I have been a fan of JT since his N’Sync days. These two on stage together was simply AMAZING! The concert was held at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Even though it rained on our parade a bit, I still had a great time. Funny thing about the rain was that it started as soon as Justin started to sing “Cry me a River” LOL.

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Check out my Outfit of the Night. It was a Beyoncé’ inspired look. Chill, Chic and Sexy. You know, the kind of outfit you would see Bey in while she is in the crowd watching Jay perform 😉

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Here’s some footage from the concert.

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Glittered Jars for Make-Up Brushes

So, I saw these cute jars on PINTEREST and I couldn’t wait to give it a try myself. I normally have my make-up brushes all over the place or in a boring plastic bin. These jars add some glitz and glamour to your make-up vanity. You don’t have to just use them as a home for you make-up brushes. You can also store your lip and eyeliners, pens and pencils or just about anything you want!

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DSC_0763Feel free to decorate your jars any way you want! Be Creative!

Motivational Mirror

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall……

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

I am sure we all point out our favorite features and our flaws. We may even talk to ourselves in the mirror. Or just stare at the reflection looking back at you, thinking about where you came from and where you’re going. The mirror can be our friend and worst enemy. As the saying goes, “You can be your worst critic.”

I decided to make my mirror my friend. Instead of looking in it and having tons of thoughts run through my head, I put some of my favorite motivational quotes on paper and taped them to my mirror. So, every morning and every night I see those quotes to help put me in a positive mind-set. You have to be your own BIGGEST FAN, so Root for YOU!

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How I Did It

1. Type your favorite quotes in a word document

2. Print out the document on your construction paper. (You can use any type of paper you want, color or pattern. This is your project. Have fun with it!)

3. I used my fun cutting scissors to cut the quotes out of the paper. 

4. I used my Border Stamp to add a little design to the cut outs. Just to make it pretty. Again you can do whatever you like with your own

5. I put two pieces of scotch tape on each cut out and placed them randomly on my bathroom mirror. 

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