Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother's Day Promo

Mother's Day promotional happening this week in my shop--15% off plus free shipping.  There are a lot of personalized jewelry pieces that make a perfect gift for any mom.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What to Wear and Bring to the Beach

beach clothes, what to wear, summer time
Crochet Shorts: Fab'rik (similar) || Coral tank top || Panama hat || Sunglasses ||
Flip Flops: ToryBurch || Turquoise Earrings: Darleen Meier Jewelry

Heading to the beach this summer?  Good idea!  We just got back from a fun family beach trip to the South Walton Beaches in Florida aka 30A.  White soft sand and blue water.  My favorite!  I'm going to show you some of the outfits I wore and suggestions on what to bring on your next beach trip.  One of my favorite items were these crochet shorts (similar) that I picked up from Fab'rik.  They were comfortable and easy to match with tank tops or just to pull over my bathing suit.

beach styles, clothes, what to wear to the beach

Gladiator Sandals: Fab'rik (but can buy here) || Aztec Tank Top: Fab'rik ||
Beach bag: Kate Spade Outlet (similar) || Clarkson Earrings: Darleen Meier Jewelry

Bring breezy tank tops.  When it is hot outside it's nice not to be restricted by tight clothing.  It also feels good when the wind blows and you can feel cool air against your body.

Crochet shorts or tassel shorts.  These are so in right now but most importantly, they are comfortable.  I wore my crochet shorts all the time.  I want to get some tassel shorts...or at least make some!

Gladiator sandals.  I didn't really wear mine on the beach but I did around the beach towns like when we went to lunch or dinner or shopping.  These ones are so comfortable and just a fun accent to the outfit.

Canvas beach bag. Canvas is the best at the beach.  They can get wet and sandy, and it makes it easy to clean off.  I have a large canvas bag that I use for my kids and then I like to bring a smaller canvas bag for all my valuables (keys, phone, camera, money).  Then that bag is easy to take when you head into town.

Striped Shorts: Zara || Fringe Tank Top: Zara || Sunglasses: Moschino
Leather Stud Sandals: Tory Burch (old) (similar) || Earrings: Darleen Meier Jewelry

Wear Stripes.  Bring something with stripes: shirt, dress, skirt.  Stripes scream summer.  They remind me of my summer days in Cape Cod when we lived in Connecticut.  You can never go wrong with a striped shirt.  I love to also dress my kids in stripes when we head to the beach.  

Fringe. Whether it be a bag, skirt or tank top, fringe is big this season.  My simple black tank top with fringe really dressed it up.

Wear a Hat.  Don't go to the beach without wearing a hat.  Protect your face!  Enough said.  I bought my panama hat last season and it's still going strong.  I didn't leave the house without my hat and wore it every time I was outside.  Stay away wrinkles and sun damage!

Eyelet dress: Old Navy || Cuff Bracelet: Darleen Meier Jewelry || Metallic Tattoos: Lulu dK

Throw a Dress or Skirt in Your Beach Bag.  Whenever I head to the beach, I like to put in a skirt or dress in my beach bag, just in case we head from the beach to dinner.  Many times the only time I get back to the place we are staying out is at night.  We usually stay at the beach until dusk then grab dinner on the way home.  If your family rolls like that, throw a skirt or dress in your bag as a quick way of freshening up.

Wear a Braid.  If your hair is long enough, put a braid in your hair to tame frizzy or fly away beach hair.  There is no way to control my thick hair at the beach.  It becomes an out-of-control mop, so I like to put it into a braid.  

Don't forget to Accessorize.  Yes!  You can wear jewelry at the beach.  I do it all the time!  Of course, I don't wear it in the ocean and I don't wear large pieces.  But dainty, simple necklaces and light earrings or simple bracelets are okay in my opinion.  This past beach trip, we had fun with metallic tattoos we bought at one of the boutiques in Seaside.  My girls loved it.  And we ended up with a cool tan-lined shape from the tattoos.

Tunic:  Nordstorm Rack || Sunglasses: Ray-Ban || Flip-Flops:  Tory Burch

Wear a Tunic.  Beach tunics are seriously my favorite.  They are comfortable, forgiving and protect you when you've had just a little too much sun exposure, without making you hot.  I like to wear a size larger so I get more breeze and air in the tunic.  

Gel Nails.  Want to keep your nails look pretty on your trip?  Get a gel manicure.  They will be looking fresh even after a week at the beach.  Is it just me but do you think the ocean and sand make your nails stronger?

So, what beach are you heading to this summer?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Updating Your Planting Pots

gardening, planting, pots, flowers

Pull out your planting pots and fill them up with soil and new greenery!  It's that time to start bringing life back to your garden and porches.  Spring is one of my favorite seasons and gardening has become a favorite pastime since my vegetable garden days while living in Connecticut.  Now it's just flowers for me until we make space for a garden.

So I have quite a few pots on hand that are a random collection.  Instead of running out to buy new ones so they complement each other, I decided to stain them.  My urns are actually plastic and made to look old.  I had some cream wood stain on hand and just painted it to give it an updated look.  It now looks more stone, and I'm happy with the results.  So, go and update your planting pots!

I love the look of spray painted terra cotta pots, which are so cheap.  Such a great idea!  There are a lot of fun projects with terra cotta pots on pinterest.  Also create planting corners on your deck or patio, mixing herbs and flowers.  My favorite flowers to plant in pots are hydrangeas because they do well in a shady corner with only 4 hours of sun they need each day.  I like to get the everlasting breed, so they bloom all season and then I have freshly-cut flowers to bring in the house.  In the fall you can transport to the ground.

You can always mix your herbs with your flowers in your planting pots.  Like basil has such a pretty leaf and looks great with dahlias and chives look great with lavender or another desert flower.  You can see how I made basil flowers arrangements.  

Get your hands dirty and enjoy your garden...wherever it may be!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Around Seaside/Watercolor Florida

We just got back from a fun spring break trip to the 30A, which is a beach highway right on the gulf side of Florida, between Panama City and Destin.  This is our third spring break trip we have taken down in that area.  We just love it so much!  My favorite beach towns are Seaside and Watercolor.  They so picturesque and the beach homes are darling!  I highly recommend visiting this area of Florida.  Here are just a few pictures I took around the beach town.

You can see more pictures from our past Seaside Florida trips.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

White Leather Modern Chairs

white leather modern chairs with chrome | leatherette , modern chairs
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White leatherette and modern chrome create an edgy lounge chair.  These chairs have a minimalist tone, but can work with any room decor.  This is a great way to bring in a modern style and pair it with a traditional sofa, similar to the image below.  


The ones listed above are all under $500.  I just ordered two of the Rialto Bonded Leather chairs for an office room I'm helping with decorating.  They look so good and comfortable to sit in.  Now we just need a rug and decorating accessories.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Favorites: Make-Up

Today I'm talking about some of my favorites today: makeup.  I had to do a replenishment on my makeup recently, so I thought it would be a good time to talk about my favorite makeup items.  A few months ago I had a consultation with makeup artist Tirza Grant .  She did a whole "before" and "after" look on me and gave me tips on how to apply my makeup.  It was so great and educational!  I hope to do a more detail post on it in the future when I see her next.  Being a mom of four with a busy schedule I really needed new ways on how to hide my tired eyes and refresh my face.  Tirza showed me the proper way to apply makeup like...using a makeup brush and contouring the face.  Yes, I was guilty of using my fingers to apply makeup!  She also introduced me to makeup brands, which I had never used before and since have become my favorites.  I've spent so much money on makeup that I don't like or isn't the best quality.  It was money saving to sit down with Tirza and try out different brands on my face.

1. Nars Concealer--a concealer stick that is lightweight but long-lasting.  I like it because you can contour your nose and cheeks, and it's like using a crayon to draw on your face.  It really helps with my dark circles and hiding blemishes on my face.
2.  Nars Blush--my favorite color is Orgasm.  It is really a beautiful color, and you really can't go wrong with it.  I think it looks good on everyone.  The color has a healthy glow, and flatters the skin tone.  Orgasm has a golden shimmer to the pink blush that gives the effect of a radiant afterglow.
3.  Make Up For Ever foundation --this foundation has changed my face so much.  Its a high definition foundation, which is used often for women in front of the camera and television, but it's still lightweight  and invisible so you don't feel like you are wearing a mask.  I apply this with a brush after the concealer.    
4.  Bobbi Brown Ink Liner -- before liquid liner I would use a pencil liner and often times it would end up smeared or in my eye crease.  Tirza showed me how to properly apply liquid eye liner, and I have become a fan.  Not only does it last longer but it stays put!  Even in water.  Hello pool!
5.  Marc Jacobs Georgie Girl Lipstick--  I am loving Marc Jacobs lipsticks!  The colors are beautiful.  My favorite this summer is Georgie Girl pink lipstick.  It is the perfect pink.  Because of my dark hair I usually go dark and I was thinking it would be too light but I am loving the constrast.  

Shirt: HM || Turquoise Earrings: DMJ

What are some of your makeup tips?  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Guest Bathroom

We bought our southern house about two years ago from a builder.  It was a spec home, which means it was a new build but not custom (we couldn't pick any of the finishes out) and everything inside was builder grade.  We have been slowly making changing throughout the house, especially with the light fixtures.  The house was all brown when we bought it--outside, inside and all the details.  As my Dad would say...'cum on builders!  Get with the program!  And I would finish that off with...that's SO 1998.  Well, first thing we did was paint the entire house a soft gray, switching out the brown paint color. We added wallpaper to many rooms.  One was the guest bathroom.  And we just finally switched out the light fixture and mirror in the guest bathroom.

Here are the before "progressing" pictures.  I didn't get a picture of the bathroom right after we moved in without the wallpaper, but you get the idea.  We never painted this room but instead just added wallpaper.

Here is the "after".  Just a few minor changes can make a big impact.  I wanted to keep the southern feel of the house, so I didn't want to go too modern.  But the light fixture has a traditional contemporary look.  The light fixture is suppose to face down but because of the mirror size, I had to flip it facing up.  It works because of the height of the ceiling and still adds a ton of light.  I will say that to update the house I've been going with a chrome finish on fixtures regardless that the faucets and door handles are brown antique bronze.  I think it is OKAY to mix metals in a room.  All the links and resources are below.

guest bathroom, powder room, venetian mirror

guest bathroom, powder room, wallpaper, venetian mirror, bathroom with window

guest bathroom, powder room, wallpaper, window


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