Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pumpkins With Style

Typically I'm not usually a fan of anything with "bling" but I had to make an exception for this adorable fall decorating idea -- and just in time for Halloween! Undecorated pumpkins will always be a classically recognizable decor item for Halloween and fall, but could benefit from a bit of added personality. Carving a pumpkin is fun every once in a while, but if you ask me it's not worth the sticky mess. Instead of carving, gather a few fun crafting items to easily add a little extra style to your pumpkins. Use stick-on gems, glitter, buttons, or lace to create a custom design. Check out the inspiration below and get bling-ing!

Photo: Good Housekeeping
Photo: Gordon Gossip
Photo: Oopsey Daisy
Photo: Wild Ink Press

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Casual Weekend Outfit

Anyone who as ever gone shopping with me knows that I usually shop with one thing in mind... comfort. If something is not comfortable it'll end up sitting in my closet unworn until I reluctantly get rid of it. And by comfort I don't mean that you should be wearing sweatpants and a hoodie all the time (well sometimes, but not always!). In my opinion, for clothing to truly be comfortable, it should flatter your figure, contain as much natural material as possible, and never, ever be too tight. Your wardrobe should be something that makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Here's an example of my ideal, casual weekend outfit.

Casual weekend outfit

J Crew long sleeve shirt
£120 -

J Crew t shirt
$35 -

J Brand chino pants
£78 -

Sperry boat shoes
$50 -

Marc by Marc Jacobs leather tote
£470 -

Rag Bone straw fedora
$125 -

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fun Photo Framing

Personal photos are a great, easy way to make a space your own. I love to have photos around, and I'm constantly searching for ways to add a bit of originality to them without spending a ton of money. Purchasing a simple inexpensive frame, and replacing its matting is a great way to personalize your photo collection. Mat your photos with a map, old book page, or newspaper cutting for a classic, vintage look. Choose a map that relates to the photo for an extra personal touch. Or for a more feminine feel, create a mat that's covered in lace (so pretty!).

For a simpler style, choose matting in a solid color that coordinates with the photo. Using burlap is a great way to incorporate texture through a single color. Mix and match different types of matting within a collection of frames for a unique, eclectic look. Or keep it subtle by matting all of your frames with the same color or material.

Gather your matting materials from a craft store, or swing by a local second-hand shop for one of a kind items - you never know what you'll come across!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Decorating for Fall

Hands down, fall is my absolute favorite season. I love going apple picking, and enjoying the comforting smells of homemade apple pie, hot apple cider, and freshly made donuts. Each year I somehow forget how beautiful it is to watch the leaves turn colors and fall from the trees. So, naturally I love decorating for fall too. With a variety of items that are unique to the season, it's easy to beautify your home for this time of year.

Placing candles here and there is a great way to warm up a space while incorporating a hint of fragrance (my favorite fall scent is spiced apple!). Arrange a few freshly fallen leaves around a candle for a pop of color and an extra touch of fall. And don't forget pumpkins, the fall decorating staple. Mix traditional orange pumpkins with white pumpkins for a chic and updated feel. Organize them in empty lanterns, a large bowl, or a vase for a simple yet eye-catching arrangement. Feeling creative? Incorporate cinnamon sticks, branches, gourds, or anything else that makes you think of fall.

Photo: Thrifty Parsonage Living
Photo: Better Homes & Gardens
Photo: Forever Wherever
Photo: Ciao Newport Beach