One of my favorite pants to sport to work and on the weekends is this J.Crew navy patterned pair. It has a clean, tailored fit that works well with pumps or flats. And, it has an elastic waist! Can’t beat that. For a business casual look, I pair it with a solid silk tank or short sleeve blouse and high heeled pumps. For a more casual look, I pair it with a grey v-neck tee or a longer tunic tank, and espadrilles or metallic sandals. Then, I pile on a bunch of long layered necklaces!
Banana Republic long layered white tank | J.Crew navy patterned pants | J.Crew grey knit tank | J.Crew mint green stone bracelet | Mint + Bloom agate geode pendant necklace
After moving to a new house, the pretty grey walls were all waiting to be decorated. During the open house, this house was decorated with huge framed paintings and canvases. But I’ve always wanted to try putting together a photo gallery wall and here I saw my opportunity! In order to plan out the design of the photo gallery, I used huge 11×17″ sheets of paper to cut to the sizes of my frames. (Tip: I labeled each paper with a number and placed a post-it note with the same number on the frame. I found that even though the frames were similar sizes, this made the project more accurate.)
This gave me the chance to move things around and play with the shape of the overall gallery. I started from the middle with some of the larger frames and then extended the design outwards towards the two walls. Everything was spaced apart approximately 2.5 inches on the top, bottom, and sides. After I settled on a design and was happy with what I saw, I actually left it on the wall for a couple weeks to make sure that I didn’t want to change anything.
When I was ready to start nailing, I measured and made pencil marks directly on the paper hanging on the wall. After I hammered the nails in, I ripped down the paper from the wall. The hardest part was probably finding photos to put into the frames! The key was to select some posed portrait photos and then balance them out with photos of sunsets, palm trees, beaches, and architecture. I love that I was able to mix photos from Hawaii, Venice, Tokyo, Mexico, and California in this photo gallery. I even have a hand drawn illustration by Ella (age 6) of our family. Hope you have as much fun as I do when you create your own photo gallery!
This is one of my favorite jewelry DIYs! It’s simple, easy, and completely customizable. There are so many different sizes of glass vial available, so you can make a small and dainty vial on a thin chain or a larger vial on a thicker, sturdier chain. In my glass vials, I used faceted aquamarine and gold spinel rondelle beads (approximately 2-3mm). But you can also fill with sand, colorful seed beads, or glass chip beads. See below for the simple step-by-step instructions.
What you’ll need:
- Jump ring
- Spring ring clasp
- Glass vial with cork top
- Screw eye
- Flat nose jewelry pliers
- Jewelry wire cutter
1. Fill your glass vial with a decorative element of your choice (seed beads, rondelle beads, sand, or chip beads). Secure the cork top tightly.
2. Screw on the screw eye in the middle of the cork.
3. Loop the chain through the eye of the screw and use your pliers to secure a jump ring on one end of the chain.
4. On the other side of the chain, use your pliers to secure the spring ring clasp.
That’s it, you are done! The beauty of this necklace is that you can replace the vial contents with another type or color of bead that will give the entire necklace a whole new feel. Have fun making!
The weather has been dreary lately, so it’s back to jeans and long pants. Boo. Today I layered by black and white text tee from J.Crew with denim and a black blazer from Zara. And topped it off with a pop of suede red pumps. It just made the whole work day more fun!
People who know me know that I’m a difficult person to shop for. Well, not really. Because if they really knew me… there are a handful of things that I am obsessed with. Stationery. DIY books. Animal shaped office products. Unlined notebooks. Lychee or passionfruit flavored candy. And above all, Rifle Paper products. Everything is gorgeous and I am literally obsessed. I’m so disappointed that I missed out on the beautiful clothing line that she did, but I bought the Le Sportsac bags on the day they were released! Here are some of my absolute favorites (I may or may not own 5 out of the 8):
iPhone 6 Case | 3 Pack of Notebooks | Set of Classic Books | Cosmetic Bag | Weekender | City Art Print | Pack of Thank You Cards | Cities Paper Coasters Set
Spring is here and I found a bunch of new gemstones to create new pieces for my Etsy shop! Here is a coupon code for all of you who might be interested in updating your jewelry with a couple new pieces – use code SPRING15 for 15% off your entire purchase (good until 4/5). Some of my favorite new pieces include the delicate gold charm necklaces and all the gemstone bracelets to layer.
It feels like Summer in California already! I’ve stored away all my boots and winter scarves, and brought out all my spring dresses and lightweight pants. My closet is usually full of color, but I’ve been gravitating towards lots of black and white prints lately. Here is a new top I just purchased from J.Crew Factory, paired with some boyfriend jeans and black pumps.
Since my kids are always down for another Easter egg hunt, we decided to invite some friends over this year on the Saturday before Easter. I’ve been scouring Pinterest looking for creative ways to make the party fun for the 2-8 year olds. Here are some of my favorites. More to come after I start making and prepping for our party!
White Clay Bunny Dishes via Alice and Lois | Pancake Bunny via Handmade Charlotte | Pastel Layered Rice Krispy Treats via Yellow Bliss Road | White Duct Tape Bunny Basket via Mer Mag | Mini Egg Pinatas via Oh Happy Day | Origami Bunnies via Studio DIY | Peep Cupcake Toppers via Mommy Savers | Rubber Band Resist Dyed Eggs via Real Simple
For Ella’s sixth birthday party this year, she of course insisted on having a Frozen theme! Just another opportunity to wear her Halloween costume, so sure, why not? Since I booked her party at a ballet studio, I wanted some quick and easy crafts that I could prep and bring with us.
What you’ll need:
- Snowflake hole punch
- Hair clips
- Glue dots (1/2″)
- Jewels or buttons
- Purple and blue cardstock paper
1. First, punch out a bunch of snowflakes out from the cardstock. I chose to use purple, light blue, and teal blue colored cardstock.
2. I decided to use 1/2″ glue dots instead of glue because they were easy and fast to use. They are also super sticky, so everything will stick together nicely. Just make sure that the kids don’t try to apply them with their fingers. Use the glue dots to adhere the paper snowflakes to the hair clips and layer on jewels.
3. Here are some of the different types of hair clips we created after layering the buttons and jewels on the snowflakes! Quick, super easy, and the girls were in love. They all wore their new Frozen snowflake hair clips home, along with some teal fleece no-sew scarves that the girls hand-cut as well!