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June 1st Update!

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I feel like I've been away from the blog for a while. Posts have been published thanks to scheduled posting, but I haven't had much time in the last few days to check in. (I had over 400 posts waiting for me on Google Reader this evening!)

It's been a busy weekend. It started off with a bang on Friday: girls' night with one of my long-time friends (we go all the way back to 2nd grade!)... we had Applebee's and caught Sex and the City 2. I worked all day Saturday and then relaxed with the bf at night. We watched crime shows and drove around for a while. :) Then came Sunday and my brother graduated! After the graduation ceremony and hanging out at his party, I watched Dear John with my lovely cousins.

And if that weren't busy enough... I have a busy summer ahead! I work during the days. I'm taking a handful of online courses. And I'm in a play. :) A really funny play called Luau for King Lear in which I get to play the "chic director of a fine arts council."

But don't worry... Lovely Undergrad shall not fall by the wayside! I've got lots of posts on the schedule and lots of goodies to come... (things like guest-bloggers, reviews, and giveaways!). So stay in touch this summer. ;) I've also received an astonishing number of surveys. Thank you to those who filled 'em out. I really enjoyed getting to know you. To those of you who haven't yet... fill out the survey when you have a few minutes. I'd love to get to know you, too. :)

Let's have a beautiful June, shall we? Lounge by the pool. Sit around a campfire. Soak up some sun. Take a long walk at sunset. Enjoy all those summerly things, but don't forget to drop by LU, too!


P.S. Want to know something very cute and incredibly mushy? On Saturday night my bf and I got Chinese take-out. I opened my fortune cookie and it said: "You and your mate shall be happy in your life together." I thought, "Aww cute!" and then begged the bf to open his. And guess what his said?! "You and your mate shall be happy in your life together." We couldn't believe it! Haha. It must be meant to be, huh? ;) Anyway... I kept those two fortunes and they're going in a scrapbook soonly.



DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done.
I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.