My Favorite Things: Statement Necklaces

Statement necklaces are certainly not a new invention, but lately I have been extra obsessed with them. I love the look they add to an outfit. They can be bold, feminine, and edgy all at the same time. I put together a few reasonably priced pieces to share. Of course there are tons of these necklaces out there, but sometimes finding an affordable one can be tough. Enjoy! StatementNecklaces

1. Pave Collar 2. Druzy 3. Gold Rhinestone 4. Turquoise 5. Multicolor 6. Chain 7. Red & Blue 8. Mint

Kitchen Adventure: Cadbury Mini Egg Milkshake

MilkshakeI don't know about you, but I am obsessed with Cadbury Mini Eggs. Seriously, if I have one, I will eat the entire bag. I thought it would be fun to try my own version of this yummy treat that I have seen on Pinterest. My recipe will make two shakes that are on the thicker side. If you want a thinner shake, make sure to use less ice cream, and vice versa if you want one that's a little thicker. See below for what you need and what you do. It's SO easy. Like REALLY easy. Enjoy this fun Easter treat as you prepare for your celebrations this Sunday. RecipeShake

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Floral Fun: Letter S

When I found out my niece, Scarlett, was having an "Alice in Wonderland" themed party I thought it would be fun to create a special floral letter "S" to be used at her party this past weekend. For the flowers I used a mixture of: hydrangea, spray roses, standard roses, and ranunculus. The hydrangea are awesome for this style because one bunch can be cut into smaller pieces that you can use throughout the shape. They also cover a fair amount of space and add another texture to the arrangement. I also highly recommend having spray roses on hand because they were perfect for filling in little gaps where other flowers would have been too large. I did not expect to depend on them as much as I did, so definitely take that into consideration when choosing your flowers!

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Overall, I was pleased with how this project turned out and can't wait to play with this style of arrangement in the future with different shapes/letters.

DIY "Luck You" Banner

I have always found it so hard to find decor that isn't tacky or over the top for St. Patrick's Day. I love my decor simplistic with a little sparkle and that can be a tough combo to come by. Today, I want to share a little something I made for my home this holiday. It's easy to make and I love the end result! "LUCKY YOU" BANNER DIY

LuckyYou (1 of 1)Here's what you'll need to make this craft: cardstock, 1/8 inch hole punch (like the one you can get here), banner template (I bought the cardboard one seen above from Hobby Lobby, but you can also print one at home), MAMBI Letter Stickers (you can buy them through Amazon here, but you can also find these at Hobby Lobby as well), scissors, and twine. Also, not pictured, but probably good to have on hand would be a pen or pencil.

Step 1: Trace and cut your flag shape out of the card stock.LuckyYou2 (1 of 1)

Step 2: Once you have cut out enough flags for how many letters you will need, place the template on top of one of the flags, lining up all edges. You will then take your hole punch and punch right where the holes are on the template.LuckyYou3 (1 of 1)

Step 3: Your flags should look something like the photo below. Continue until all of your flags have holes.LuckyYou4 (1 of 1)

Step 4: It's now time to add your letter stickers to each flag. Do your best to center each letter on your flags. I use the peak between the two bottom points at the bottom as my guide.LuckyYou5 (1 of 1)

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Step 5: It's now time to string your twine through your flags.LuckyYou7 (1 of 1)

Step 6: Your banner should start to look like this, continue on until all of the letters are on the same piece of twine. Don't worry too much about spacing them out until you are ready to cut the twine.LuckyYou8 (1 of 1)

Step 7: Before you are ready to cut your twine, space out your letters, making sure to have enough string on either side of your words to actually hang your banner.LuckyYou9 (1 of 1)

Step 8: Hang your banner in your home! Remember, you can always shift your letters to make sure your words are centered once your twine is secure. LuckyYou10 (1 of 1)

I hope this was helpful in giving you ideas for your own banner. You could use different types of paper to make one for other holidays/events as well! You could even use paper with a pattern like stripes or polka dots to make this a little more fun looking!

Enjoy :)

 

"Game of Thrones" Inspired St. Patrick's Day Table

Table8 (1 of 1) Happy Marcht! It's hard to believe we are already in March, wasn't it just Christmas? My new table has a subtle St. Patrick's Day vibe with a Game of Thrones inspired aesthetic. I hope you enjoy this table as much as I enjoyed putting it together :)Table2 (1 of 1)

I chose a more natural look for my flowers, utilizing ranunculus, lisianthus, and various greenery. I wanted the arrangement to seem like I could have just picked some flowers off of a hillside nearby. I also chose a fur table runner for this spread to help incorporate the wild feel that is "Game of Thrones".

Table3 (1 of 1)I thought it would be fun to paint some horseshoes gold for a "lucky charm" element. I like the subtlety and glam that these bring to each setting.

Table5 (1 of 1)I found these awesome green depression glass goblets through both eBay and Etsy. I love the color of them and think they add a nice vintage green touch to the table.

Table9 (1 of 1)I was able to snag these vintage brass candlesticks from eBay as well, and I am so glad I did! I absolutely love them and think they are stunning with the rest of the decor on this table. I will definitely be using these again in the future.

Table11 (1 of 1)Overall, I'm really happy with how my vision came to life for this table. I love transforming where we eat daily in our little apartment into something more elegant.

Table10 (1 of 1)And sometimes when you have leftovers from putting together your arrangement, you end up with these little cuties in your kitchen. :)

 

DIY 2-in-1 "Galentine's Day" Crafts

Today I'm going to share a quick 2-in-1 "Galentine's Day" craft that is perfect for a last minute soiree with your best girls this weekend. The great thing about these two is how easy they are and how affordable they are to make! shelf2

Below you will see all that you will need to create these two fun crafts! The paper mache hearts on the left are actually ONE box that I found at Hobby Lobby! They come in a variety of sizes, I chose one with a width of about 6 inches. I love that you get two things from one item! Hello, resourcefulness!

Tutorial

PART ONE: PAPER MACHE CONVERSATION HEART

Materials: top of paper mache heart box, upper case white letter stickers, paint brush/sponge, acrylic paint (any color of your choice)

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Paint the top of the heart box with the acrylic paint (no need to paint the back side since it will probably not be seen by anyone, but you totally can if you'd like!) I painted a few coats since the paper mache is very absorbent.

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Once the paint has dried (it cannot be wet at all for this next part!) Figure out what cute conversation heart phrase you'd like to use. I chose "Be Mine" for this one!

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If you'd like, you can use a ruler to make sure your letters are centered. Then all you have to do is peel and stick! So easy! Put it on a bookshelf, use it as decor for your table, hang them from the ceiling, whatever your "heart" desires! (No pun intended :))

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 PART TWO: PINATA STYLE HEART

Materials: bottom of paper mache heart box, tissue paper, scissors, and clear glue

BeginCut a strip of tissue paper fold it in half and cut small slits along the bottom of it, creating a fringe effect (I folded mine in half so that my color would appear darker because the tissue paper is so thin)

CutPlace a line of clear glue at the bottom of the heart. You want to start at the bottom and work your way up.

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Place your first piece of tissue paper on to the glue, don't worry if it's not perfectly straight! Prepare your next strip of tissue paper (I chose to do different colors) and repeat the same glue process as before, placing the clear glue just above where the first tissue paper ends. (You want the fringe to overlap in order to create the "pinata" look)

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Follow the same process with your next strip of tissue paper, and so on and so forth.

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When you get to the top, your heart might look something like this :) But if you are more precise with your measuring it may look a little more put together. Get ready to trim the excess paper so that you can get back to the heart shape that lies beneath all of these layers! I also added some non fringed paper to the sides of the heart to give it a more finished look.

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When you are done "grooming" it, your heart will look like this! It's not perfect, but I actually love the charm of it.

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Here's how I used these two little crafts to add a little cuteness to our mostly masculine apartment decor.

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My Favorite Things: Cake Stands

Okay, okay, I know the title of this post seems a little redundant, I mean, who doesn't love cake stands? I, for one, adore them and have quite a few in my arsenal (and I'm sure I'll keep adding more) for any sweet treat that needs displaying. I think cake stands are one of the quintessential host/hostess staples that everyone needs. One of the best places to find affordable cake stands is actually Home Goods! They have several to choose from and they typically don't cost over $20. Because Home Goods doesn't have a website where you can see their merchandise, I'm going to go ahead and share some of my favorite internet finds!

PurpleGlassCakeStand

I love how ornate this stand is! It has that vintage, depression glass feel without the antique price tag. I also love not having to worry about breaking a family heirloom (I mean, it happens!) You can purchase this beauty here.

PBCakeStandThis pretty turquoise stand is from one of my favorite places, Pottery Barn! It has a classic design with a touch of that rustic/homegrown feel that Pottery Barn is known for! Check it out in this color and many others here!

LeCreusetCakeStand

I love this, I love this, I love this! The height is an awesome alternative as most bases are roughly around 6 inches tall. This stand is just what you need for a dessert table with varying heights to add dimension. They have other color options as well which you can take a look at here!

MosserCakeStand

This is one of my favorite designs! I have this stand in both Jadeite (pictured above) and a pretty pastel pink. These can be a little pricey, but the quality is incomparable. They are a gorgeous colored milk glass made by Mosser Glass Company. Check them out here at my go-to party supply site, Shop Sweet Lulu!

PinkGlassCakeStand

If you have never checked out BHLDN, you are missing out! They are purveyors of lovely bridal and party products! This adorable pink glass stand is perfect for a tea party. There are two sizes featured here.

MetalCakeStand

I have a galvanized cake stand exactly like this from Crate & Barrel, but unfortunately they have stopped selling it. At any rate, I was able to find a lovely substitute on Overstock.com! This is great if you like an industrial feel (and it's one that the men in your life won't think is too girly!). I use mine year-round, but especially during the fall! You can get your very own here.

WoodenCakeStand

Who say's cake stands are just for dessert? I think this pretty wooden stand would be ideal for cheese or bread (or both). It's nice to have a versatile piece like this one in your corner. You can purchase it here.

MacysStandDetails, details, details! This stand looks like it was picked up from a tiny shop in Italy or France, but it's actually from Macy's! This would pair quite nicely with wooden or galvanized details because of it's rustic design elements. Get one for yourself here.

Valentine's Day Table Inspiration

I wanted to share a gold and pink inspired Valentine's day spread I put together in our apartment! If you want to host a little something special for you and your girls this holiday, check out some of these simple but festive ideas.

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Valentines (5 of 9)I put together this flower arrangement with gorgeous garden roses and dusty miller that I found at the downtown Los Angeles flower market. If you have never been, I highly recommend it! Warning: you may become addicted to going there like I am. Be sure to check out the hours of operation here before heading down there! I purchased this gold and white sequin chevon runner from a seller on Etsy, I love how glam it is. My husband bought the gold glitter utensils for me for Christmas. I'm not sure of the brand, but I have seen similar ones at Home Goods, so keep your eyes out for them :)

Valentines (8 of 9)I found these fun brass deer from an eBay seller. You can also find them at various flea markets and through some Etsy shops!

Valentines (6 of 9)I love adding a little sparkle (of course!) and a striped straw to any drink...instantly darling! You can find out how I made this sequin drink stirrer here.

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Valentines (2 of 9)I love having these cute mini cupcake stands at each place setting because I feel like they make even the most simple thing just a little more special. The cupid's arrow topper in the picture above is part of an adorable set from Williams-Sonoma.


I thought it would be nice to do a Valentine's Day themed table that wasn't over saturated with hearts (although I love them) or totally on the nose. I think the simplicity of this set-up upholds the integrity of this fun holiday while holding it's own as a great girls' night centerpiece.