April 15, 2010

Favorite DIYs

I love DIY. But for me it means a little more than painting something. I love the ones where you take something that would be discarded, or an odd garage sale find and turn it into something useful AND stylish. You don't want people asking if you made your coffee table (even though that would be a cool skill to have) it shouldn't be that obvious, more like you found it at a flee market, europe, or an overpriced furniture store.

Here are my favorites right now.

Felted soap bar

Yarn into a modern lampshade

Knife block

Old book into a journal

Bath mat out of wine corks

April 14, 2010

Feature: One King Lane

You've heard about Hautelook and Gilt (there are some many others, these are just my favorite) now, new to me One Kings Lane, all higher-end home decor with the private and sample sale angle. Love it, amazing deals, not cheap, so don't go there expecting a $20 coffee table. Have fun, buy on the fly, and get competitive.

Enjoy and Happy Shopping!

April 13, 2010

Feature: Shoe Dazzle

Have you heard of this yet? Our of every woman's passion (and weakness) comes Shoe Dazzle, and while I am not the biggest fan of the site's creator, I think it is a fun concept, and a great gift for the fashionista in your life. Similar to Bag Borrow or Steal you sign up, answer a style quiz and you are given a choice of 5 different shoes selected by the Shoe Dazzle "stylists". You can return/exchange them for free. One pair a month for 39.95 (you can also purchase months as a gift) sounds like a fun way to be spoiled. You can order more than one shoe a month, see more selections if the first 5 are not to your liking, or you can skip a month.

Now lets be realistic, the shoes are $39, they are not going to be real leather, all synthetic, but they will have the look (thats the hope) of high fashion. This should be fun, we also don't expect that there are personal stylists glued to their computer screens shopping just for you, no it is a computer generated list based on your quiz results, newest designs, and past purchases. And remember if you get the shoes and you don't like them, send them back for free. Don't be shocked if the quality isn't there. As one reviewer said "The design made up for the fact that the shoes weren't suede, and if you like leathe
r for the breathability, I recommend getting sandals from Shoe Dazzle for extra air circulation instead." Good advice, apparently you also get a pashmina a few months into your membership.

There are as many positive reviews as there are negative, so just be smart about it, keep in mind they charge your card the 6th of every month, and there is no cancelation fee. If you don't like it, cancel, there is no one else to blame if you feel like you've wasted your money, it doesn't cost any more than $39.95 to try.

Another thing you need to realize that there is not way that Shoe Dazzle has their own little shoe elves making one-of-a-kind shoes for that cheap, that costs BIG bucks. You can find the same shoes cheaper, but that would take the fun out of it. Its cheap already, you are surprised with a new selection of shoes "picked just for you" every month, and they arrive quickly, and in a cute box. That is what you're paying for. You'll notice that you'll never see any Dansko, Paul Green, or Clarks-esque shoes on the site, they're all fun and a little over the top.

Getting more bang for your buck: Join the Facebook page, members post pictures of their shoes and if you see something you like you can call customer service and request a specific pair.

If you just want to search for some cheap shoes (with out the fun, or the free exchange part) check out these sites, they carry a lot of the same shoes as Shoe Dazzle, but in my opinion its not worth it, no one needs cheap shoes they're just fun.

April 11, 2010

Happy Sunday!

The first beautiful day here in a while... not too warm, but I could feel the sun and the the big blue sky, and for Seattle in April, what more could I ask?

Gasworks Park taken by me

Make sure to check out some of my highlights from this week

Make a t-shirt bag for all those trips to the beach (or somewhere summery!)
Come Tweet with me
CHeck out some of Joy's spring cleaning
Get that outdoor space ready with Terrian
Help me get 100 more followers this week!

April 7, 2010

How to: make a t-shirt bag

I found this post from Between the lines via Design*sponge and I really liked it. I have tons of t-shirts, sweaters, pillow cases, you name it that I know I won't use ever again, but I just love the look of them of I just know as soon as I throw them out, I'll have a project idea. Thus my purging effort is futile. Instead, this quick and easy project could take care of a couple tees or pillowcases. I think I'm going to go for a pattern, or an old concert shirt I know I'll never wear and I have kept too many "sleep shirts" for that very reason.

A bag for grocery shopping (I hate grabbing my branded Trader Joes bag) a farmers market, garage sales ("junking" as I like to call it), little picnic, the possibilities are endless, and so are the variations on this project. So get creative and start making something, then tell me about it.


April 5, 2010

My Favorite Apps

when the car's parked,
when the plane's late,
when I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite apps,
and then I don't feel so bad!

Lame? Yes. Very true? For sure. With all the apps the iTunes Store has to offer I thought I'd share some of my favorite apps (if you couldn't guess that by now
) with you. Most are free, I decided to share the lifestyle apps, that if you like my blog, you should like these apps, or at least a few. Simply go to your iTunes Store and search under the App section for more information on the apps I've listed here. Have fun and let me know if you're a fan of them too!

Thank you Apple!

April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

I hope this Easter finds you with the ones you love.
With so many traditions and customs I thought I'd share some Easter ideas and photos I love.

Concrete & Honey

Over the land is April,

Over my heart a rose;

Over the high, brown mountain

The sound of singing goes.

Say, love, do you hear me,

Hear my sonnets ring?

Over the high, brown mountain,

Love, do you hear me sing?

By highway, love, and byway

The snows succeed the rose.

Over the high, brown mountain

The wind of winter blows.

Say, love, do you hear me,

Hear my sonnets ring?

Over the high, brown mountain

I sound the song of spring,

I throw the flowers of spring.

Do you hear the song of spring?

Hear you the songs of spring?

"Over the land is April" by Robert Louis Stevenson

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