May 27, 2015

Shopping: Whats in my cart and buying without the remorse

This may come as a shock, but I love shopping.  One of the places I love to shop is J.Crew and when they have their additional 50% off sale it definitely sweetens the deal. 


Above are the items in my cart and soon, my closet!  I also made a handy pinnable of guidelines when you're looking to add to your wardrobe to make sure you're not just buying for the sake of buying.

Go through these 5 points before you buy and 'buyers remorse' will be a thing of the past.


May 24, 2015

Happy (Memorial Day weekend) Sunday!

If you couldn't guess, I will be sharing Memorial Day themed favorites.  But first, we have a few "American" holidays all red, white, blue, and BBQs.  I think it is important to know what exactly we are celebrating with a day off.  Memorial Day started after the Civil War as a day to place flowers of solders graves, with the combination of similar Confederate traditions, Memorial Day became a day to honor all Americans who died in military service.  Lets try to remember that when we are with our friends and family, enjoying some ribs and potato salad.


 Favorites for Memorial Day gatherings:

Seriously the best recipe guide and what I'll be drinking
Easy DIY cutlery holder
Great hostess gift 

What to wear?  Think all American.






May 17, 2015

Happy Sunday!


Favorite links of the week:

You need a midi skirt, super stylish
Love this living room, feels like a french-country-jungle!
Beautiful clogs made in San Fran; these are my favorite.
Dreamy mountain side wedding
A new take on the macaroon. looks delicious.
Saga of creating a backyard 
'Mad Men' love it or hate it, here's whats up.

May 13, 2015

Flowers: Playing with peonies



I found my peonies shedding their petals yesterday and I broke my heart.  I couldn't just be done with them, so I made this gif.  This way I can always have my peonies.  I also had fun doing this with them.

May 10, 2015

Happy (Mother's Day) Sunday!

Happy Mother's Day (image)

Favorites this week:

Want this swimsuit also keeping inland my last search
Blood and Champagne I love you and this kitchen
I think I will stay here on my next Parisian excursion 
Go to the tropics with this photo (the rest of the tumblr is filled with tropical lust)
Packing for your beach vacay


May 9, 2015

DIY: Last minute Mother's Day gift (and centerpieces!)

Mother's Day is tomorrow and no, I didn't forget, but I did get bit by the lazy weekend bug.  Original plan was to go to Pike Place Market and buy a bunch of flowers and make them into a few bouquets to decorate the patio for a family BBQ.  But as I was getting some much needed grilling tools at the local hardware store.  It hit me, I could get it all done here and now AND get my mom another gift while I'm at it.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift (and centerpieces!)

What you'll need:
potted plants (see step 1)
spray paint (as many colors as you want)
table protection from spray paint
damp cloth

Step 1: Go buy some plants
I picked my mom's favorites, keeping in mind a cohesive color pallet.  Each "centerpiece" should have 1 larger (pot and height) "focal point" plant, and 2 smaller ones.   The actual sizes depend on how large you want the centerpiece to be overall.

(extra points if you find the cat!)

Step 2: Arrange them by grouping
This will help if you are planning on a more colorful finished product.  Remove the plants from their pots carefully.

Step 3: Protect your table surface and spray paint the pots
I used the gold metallic spray paint I had on hand (hence the "last minute" part).  wipe down the outside and let dry then spray the containers (use more than one color if you want), only the outside.  Let the paint dry thoroughly, return the plants to their pots and arrange in the grouping you laid out in step 2.  

Step 4: Finesse grouping and elements
I combined what will be 3 centerpieces on Mother's Day to one giant centerpiece on my patio table.  I also added a copper wire crate I had to add another element.   Now you have some lovely centerpieces, and more plants for mom's garden.




Don't forget to water your creation!  (try to keep the painted outside dry)

Happy Mother's Day to all my favorite moms (including my own!)

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