Category Archives: pinspiration

double the denim

I love denim on denim: it’s simple and effortless, a no-brainer when you feel like you have “nothing to wear,” and most important, it’s all kinds of comfortable. I think the trick to pulling it off in a polished way is picking quality pieces, and mixing shades and textures on the top and bottom.

It’s easy to get denim shirt fever and end up with a dozen variations in your closet. But when it comes down to it, two is plenty: a boyfriend-fit long sleeve button down that can do double duty as a shirt and jacket, and a short sleeve chambray tee.

creative storage for book hoarders

My book hoarding is reaching new heights lately; both figuratively and literally. All the bookshelves in my home are at maximum capacity and there are stacks of hardbacks growing like stalagmites from my dining room floor.

Our home collection kind of exploded last week after, sadly, my favorite used bookstore shuttered its operations. But not before having a $1 sale on their entire inventory. I went a little nuts…

Also, a sweet friend recently delivered an old black Jansport overflowing with hardbacks — from some of my favorite authors, luck of all luck — to the flower shop. It was a happy day. Should you ever find yourself with a surplus of reading material and no place to unload it, I will gladly adopt it like a shelter puppy.

So what I’m trying to tell you is, I’m becoming the crazy cat lady, but I’m stockpiling books instead of felines?

Since our living space is relatively small with an open floor plan, I’m going to have to get crafty with ways to stash my stacks. I don’t want to spend lots of cash or take up too much valuable floor space. And if I can make it look like a cool intentional design element, all the better.

I turned to Pinterest, as you do, for inspiration to turn my book hoarding problem to a book storage solution. It didn’t disappoint.

fireplace as book storage | built-in wall storage | wine crate book case | modular bookcase | made-to-order copper pipe bookshelves | high-mounted bookshelves | floating shelves | DIY spool table | USA map bookcase | vertical bookshelf | window seat book storage

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Somehow Easter is here already… As I try to cope with the warp speed in which 2014 is passing, here are some super cute links to get you feelin’ festive!

20 Clever Ideas for Stellar Spring Table Decor (Brit+Co) | Free Easter Printables & Table Ideas (jones design company) | Golden Marbled Easter Egg DIY (SheKnows) | Easter Hand-Dipped Strawberries (Harry & David) | Simple Spring centerpieces (Better Homes & Gardens) | Grapevine Easter Bunny Wreaths (Etsy) | Easter Cake & Cupcake Ideas (squidoo) | 35 Easy Easter Centerpiece Ideas (bystephanielynn.com) | Marbelized Easter Egg DIY (Camille Styles) | Dahlia Cupcakes | Ombre Easter Eggs (Country Living) | Easter Bunny Cupcakes (Bakerella) | Colorful Tulips | Sweet Sprout Cupcake Toppers (Etsy) | Mod Podge Terra Cotta Pot DIY (Mod Podge Rocks)

overalls, all grown up.

Coveralls, bibs, dungarees; whatever you call ’em, you probably either love ’em or hate ’em. I’m in the overall enthusiast camp; probably because I grew up in the 90’s and spent most of my childhood buckled up in their comfy, practical awesomeness.

This spring, a great pair of stylish grown-lady coveralls is on my wish list. I think they’d be perfect for running around the flower shop with cute sneakers and a tee, or on girls night with a black crop top — just a peek of skin on the sides — and simple heels. I’m looking for a slimmer fit in dark denim, like these Black Orchid Skinny Overalls or the Current Elliot Ranch Hand Overalls.

Of course, I’m hoping to find something much more budget friendly. I’ll keep you posted on that quest.

These ladies know how to make overalls appropriate beyond the playground (from left to right): Alexa Chung’s airport style; Street style in stilettos and a sleek coat; Elaine Welteroth in black overalls and chambray; Tuula Vintage in a simple striped tee; Where Did U Get That in a white tank and statement necklace; Crop top perfection; Tuula Vintage again in a jeweled tee; Alexa Chung again in a printed button-down; and Atlantic-Pacific in Current Elliot.

You can find more of my style inspiration on Pinterest!

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This week: Oh, my darling, clementine!

clementine print | Rachel Zoe Scarlett flats | orange lips | hydrangea + clementines | darling clementine print | Fossil Cecile watch | orange tutu | floral design | Marc by Marc Jacobs clutch | Camille Styles Cucumber-Clementine Salsa | Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC | Sea of Shoes orange coat | Late Afternoon orange leather dress | citrus print street style | Atlantic-Pacific dress and bike

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This week: Keeping things simple with easy laid back basics, less-is-more makeup, and effortless style that never goes out of, er, style.

Basically, everything I want to be; in collage form.

simplicity illustration | Warby Parker spring collection 2014 | boyfriend jeans | Marissa Webb runway makeup | oversized shirt street style | Olivia Palermo street style | the perfect shoulder-length bob (AKA, my next haircut) | create a life | tortoise sunglasses | delicate jewelry | chic layers | grey blazer | fresh face | Olson style

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This week: Love! Romance! Pink + Red.

red + pink stilettos | gradient | red + pink bicycle | hot pink cardigan | Gary Pepper Girl pink dress | Lavin color block wedges | Chanel no. 5 | pink and gold print | pink and red lips | roses | red sweater | neon love | Butter London Valentine’s manicure | red lips + cat eye | red Celine handbag | pink pumps | red + coral outfits

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This week: marigold and sunshiney yellow for an extra boost of energy.

I need it. It’s the week before Valentine’s Day, which means it’s officially go-time. We’re getting organized, prepping what we can, and trying to wrap our heads around the fact that it’s next Friday. Wasn’t Christmas just last week?

Emerson Fry sheath dress and trench coat; b/w polka dots; look at the bright side print; marigold floral arrangements; Society 6 marigold ikat; watercolor; citrus and ice cream; marigold jacket and skinnies; floral pantsYves Klein, Monochrome jaune sans titre (M 8), 1957; marigold pants; cross body bag

 

conversation hearts

show some love with these Valentine’s Day DIYs!

Valentine’s Day is coming in like a freight train, and as we prepare for the big day at the flower shop I’m thinking ahead for sweet homemade gifts for C and my friends.

Here are some of my favorites scoured from the internets…

There are few things that make my husband happier than a six pack. Dress up a case of your Valentine’s favorite brew (or soda!) with craft paper, ribbon, and a homemade tag.

Make a cute card with birthday candles and card stock for the person who lights up your life. (This version with a match book is adorable, too.)

Pen a love letter on a coffee cup with a Sharpie paint marker. Bake it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees (F) to make it dishwasher safe!

Who can resist chocolate covered strawberries? Add white chocolate football laces to score major points with your sports fanatic.

For a naturally sweet Valentine, print cute stickers to add to different kinds of fresh fruit and arrange them together in a big basket.

I’m all about s’mores these days. {They’re the cupcake of 2014; you heard it here first.} Fill a mason jar with mini graham crackers, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips to make a s’mores snack mix. Top it off with a cute tag, like, “There’s no one I love s’more than you!

Turn a deck of playing cards into a book of “52 Reasons I Love You.” Or “Like You,” if it’s not that serious yet ;-)

If you’ve never made pots de creme, Valentine’s Day is a great time to start. It’s the easiest dessert to make, and so so good. Heart sprinkles and a dollop of fresh whipped cream are the cherry on top.

There’s plenty more inspiration where that came from! Peep my Be My Valentine board on Pinterest for other ideas.

Conversation hearts image via Dream a Little Bigger.

sweatshirt chic

Here are 8 reasons we all need a good basic sweatshirt or two in our closet this winter. In high school, I had a hand-me-down Navy sweater from my cousin who served, and it was one of my favorite things in my closet. I don’t know what happened to it — Mom, do you have it? — but I wore that sweatshirt all the time with jeans and cut-offs.

I love how these girls paired their sweatshirts with colorful skinnies, cute skirts, and fancy [faux] furs!

Now let’s all run to the Wal-Marts and stock up on Hanes sweatshirts. Because seriously, they may be the best basic since sliced bread.

Sweatshirt up! {Said in a Barney Stinson voice, of course.}

sweatshirt + striped skirt | sweatshirt + bright skinnies | sweatshirt + fur stole | bejeweled sweatshirt | sweatshirt + distressed jeans | sweatshirt + boyfriend jeans | sweatshirt + pleated mini | sporty sweatshirt

manicure monday: my fall favorites

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I love funky nail art as much as the next girl, but I usually don’t have the time or patience to do it myself. These days I’m all about an easy at-home manicure, and with fall officially upon us I’m on the hunt for new colors and textures to add to my nail kit. It’s time to trade in the hot pinks and corals of summer, and transition to inky blacks, jewel tones, neutral mattes, and richer nudes.

What’s your favorite polish this time of year?

sunday comfort food

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Today is the first real day off I’ve had in about a month — no work, no agenda, nowhere to be — and I’m savoring every minute of it.

After weeks of sustaining out of takeout boxes and juice bar protein smoothies, I couldn’t wait to spend some downtime in my abandoned kitchen to whip up some home-cooked comfort food. The kind of comfort food that requires elastic-waist pants and long naps to recover from. Calories be damned.

For lunch: A hybrid of Joy the Baker’s lasagna grilled cheese and Two Peas and Their Pod’s caprese garlic bread, made with a bakery fresh loaf of tuscan roasted garlic bread. Entire cloves of garlic baked right in, you guys! We’ll be safe from vampires for a while ’round here.

For dinner: An adaptation of Skinny Ms.’ chicken chili is simmering in the slow cooker as we speak. To be served with Mahh-tha’s skillet cornbread, and topped with greek yogurt, avocado, and sharp cheddar cheese.

For tomorrow’s breakfast: flour-less and sugarless “Pumpkin Oats n’ Honey Muffins.” The first of what I’m sure will be many pumpkin-centric recipe attempts this season.

For funsies: Joy the Baker’s s’mores brownies. Because why the heck not? Go big or go home.

Hope you’re all enjoying this Sunday as much as I am!