The Friday 5: v.11

The Friday 5 is a weekly feature highlighting interesting, controversial, heart-wrenching, inspirational, and/or creative content worth reading and sharing. I always find the best blog posts, articles, outfits, and inspiration from other bloggers, so I hope I can do the same for you. Here’s to hoping something will make a difference in your weekend!

The Friday 5

  1. 14 Features You Didn’t Know About Your iPhone: Even I didn’t know about #1 and #14!
  2. How fierce does Jessica from Here&Now look in this outfit? Her new “sidekick” might be pretty gorgeous, but I think it is second to her own beauty.
  3. Elizabeth is on fire now that she has rebranded her blog October June. She recently shared some Sunday Inspiration that really hit close to home.
  4. Most well-written blog announcement ever.
  5. Growing your blog can be tough and there are so many little changes you can make. I’m going to make it a point to try to start adding alt tags to my images, thanks to Jen from Boone & Owl and her helpful and easy-to-follow post.

And in case you missed it on the blog . . .

  1. Did you enter in the Plaid Infinity Scarf giveaway? It’s not too late!
  2. Valentine’s Day is coming up. Here are some inexpensive dating anniversary (or V-Day) ideas.
  3. Refashion a too-short dress into a skirt.
  4. Remember when Pittsburgh had a famous duck in town?
  5. So, colorblocking is a thing.

Blog So Hard + GIVEAWAY

I’m kind of embarrassed about how old these pictures are. You can tell because there’s no snow in the background, my hair is a different color, andddddd I had just received my Blog So Hard t-shirt.

That’s right, you heard me. Back in November, Whitney from I Wore Yoga Pants (IWYP) debuted her exciting new business of selling amazing blog-related t-shirts each month, offered  for a two-week period only and then sent off to your lovely mailbox. I jumped on the chance to receive her first ever t-shirt and preordered. When I received it, Whitney also sent along a fabulous drink koozie (coozie? coozy? koozy?) and a really nice note. Check out this beauty:

Plaid Infinity Scarf Blog So Hard Tee Skinny Jeans Navy Blazer Boots 2

Plaid Infinity Scarf Blog So Hard Tee Navy Blazer Skinny Jeans Boots 1
Plaid Infinity Scarf Blog So Hard Tee Skinny Jeans Boots 3

T-shirt: IWYP
Blazer: Forever 21 (similar)
Scarf: Handmade by me
Jeans: LOFT
Boots: Macy’s (very similar)

I’m a major fan of soft gray tees because I think they can be paired with pretty much anything. I wear this J.D. Eicher & the Goodnights tee weekly. This navy blazer instantly makes the tee dressier and topping it all off with a fun plaid scarf pulled the entire look together. This outfit was a no-nonsense, no-stress outfit and I love that about it.

Check out December’s and January’s IWYP t-shirts and be on the lookout for February’s announcement! I would highly suggest sizing up, as this was really snug on me (it’s a size small).

On another note, as you all know, I am a big fan of plaid infinity scarves. I kind of went on a sewing spree back in November and made a bunch of them. Check out the other handmade plaid infinity scarf I wore earlier this winter. And during this ridiculous Polar Vortex (part deux), I’d love to make sure someone else is staying WARM in style! SO, I am giving away the scarf I am wearing in this post! Not only will we match (twinsies!), but hopefully you can show me how you’ve styled it yourself and I can feature you on the blog!

Plaid Infinity Scarf

The giveaway is only open through the weekend, so get your entries in. No need to jump through a bunch of hoops to enter, either! Best of luck! I’ll announce the winner on Monday so stay tuned. Oh, and while you’re at it, consider purchasing an ad spot for 50% off using the promo code THEMODERNAUSTEN!

Note: This giveaway is open to continental U.S. residents only.

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Sponsorship Opportunities + 50% off Ads

I am so excited to announce that I am FINALLY offering ad spots again! I’ve totally revamped my Advertise page to include a new Media Kit and some awesome options for expanding your blog or shop’s reach. If you’re a small or medium-sized blog or shop and looking to grow but don’t want to get lost in the shuffle of sidebars, The Modern Austen is the place for you. I have spent the last year researching the best sponsorship options and I think I’ve compiled a good set of options for all types of bloggers and shops.

It took me awhile to commit to opening up sponsorships again because I don’t make promises I can’t keep. I’ve finally set up and organized everything on my end so that YOU can get the best sponsorship experience. I am committed to blending your content in seamlessly with mine so that readers will be attracted and interested in what you have to offer. The best part is that I’ve set my prices so that they are reasonable, especially for those who are just starting out.

I had a lot of fun putting together my ad options and I’ve, naturally, named them all after Jane Austen’s novels (except for Northanger Abbey. Poor NA, always forgotten! I thought six options would be a little excessive . . .). I hope you’ll find one that fits what you’re looking for!

Sponsorship Options

And to celebrate this exciting new change, I’m offering a promo code for 50% OFF ALL ADS for the first 10 people to sign up! Just enter THEMODERNAUSTEN in the Promo Code box when you go to purchase an ad. That means you could get the top spot, the sponsor of the month–Pride & Prejudice–for only $9 this month! And the smallest paid option–Emma–for only $2.50! I hope you’ll consider joining me!

Literary Decor for Bibliophiles

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I don’t think you can ever take a bibliophile’s love of literature away from her. Just as she needs air to breath, she needs books to keep her alive. Not just physically alive, but truly alive. There’s just something magical about opening up a book, leafing through the crisp pages, and diving in. Even if one is not an avid reader, being surrounded by books, such as in a library, is one of the most calming environments in which we are our most thoughtful and creative.

Even if I decide not to teach English ever again, or if I make a career of it for the rest of my life, nothing will ever take away my passion for reading. I will never become sick or weary of it, bored or eternally frustrated with it. Every book  leaves us with something to grasp hold of and never let go–even if we don’t particularly enjoy the book.

So I’ve made it an unconscious goal of mine to add elements of literary decor in my humble bedroom in my apartment–just bits and pieces of the written word to bring beauty and relaxation to the space. If you’re a self-proclaimed bibliophile, you may need to incorporate these beauties if you haven’t already:

Literary Decor 1

Literary Decor 2

Literary Decor 3

Literary Decor 4

Literary Decor 5

Literary Decor 6

Remember that yellow record cabinet I got for free and spruced up with my dad’s help? I used it as a TV stand in my last apartment, but now it’s been upgraded to a bedside table. I think it looks lovely when the light pours in from the windows, especially underneath a stack of go-to books to choose from. Books alone can be works of art. Carefully stacking them, whether by size, color, genre, author, or all of the above, is an art in itself, even. 

Using practical items like a literary mug for more than just sipping tea is another way to display your love of literature in a small, but special way. I received my mug as a Christmas present, but you can purchase it from Cafepress, along with an assortment of amazing literary gifts.

The two prints hanging above my bed are also Christmas presents and I adore them. They’re called litographs and they’re made up of tiny words that form images. The print on the left is using the text Emma by Jane Austen (naturally) and the one on the right is of the New Testament of the Bible. They’re just stunning works of art both close-up and from afar. My prints were purchased from Litographs among a long list of other classic works. Last year, I bought The Great Gatsby print for my friend Elizabeth, but it was hard for me to choose from their other goodies: tote bags and t-shirts.

Lastly, Ashlie purchased this Barnes and Noble quote throw for me for Christmas (and then she bought herself one) so we snuggle up in them every night in front of the TV, basking in our literary awesomeness (okay, I’m slightly kidding . . . but only slightly). They’re soft and lovely and pretty to look at, making it one very useful piece of literary decor.

Have you incorporated some literary decor into your home? If so, what do you proudly display to declare your bibliophile status? 

*By the way, I was not contacted to promote or compensated for sharing these products. In fact, none of these are even affiliate links. I just like to share items that I personally love and recommend!*