Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY Weaving

DIY weaving is a huge trend based on an ancient art. Fiber arts in general have enjoyed a resurgence in the past decade including crochet, knitting, macramé, felting and weaving. Just this month I've spotted several bloggers sharing tutorials on weaving simple, decorative pieces. You can make your own loom or you can find them at craft stores and retailers with their finger on the pulse of pop culture, like Urban Outfitters. Pinterest offers lots of inspiration for all skill levels, while DIY bloggers offer step-by-step tutorials to make your loom and your project. 

A Beautiful Mess Woven Circle Mat 

 Brit + Co. DIY Placement

 Honestly WTF DIY Woven Wall Hanging

Urban Outfitters Lap Loom

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jen's Picks for Valentine's Day

The love month is just around the corner. Even though it's still January I thought I'd share some of my favorite picks for Valentine's Day. If you love to make things yourself, this DIY Heart piñata by Made + Remade provides a full tutorial for creating this token of your affection. Fill it with love notes and conversation hearts! If your lover plays guitar this engraved guitar pick by Free People is the perfect gift.

Sundance has this handmade clay-fired porcelain bowl that is yummy! Perfect for holding rings or soap. I also LOVE these printed notecards - such a sophisticated way to send your love. No more store-bought Valentines for me.

What motif says love like a heart and arrow? These pewter measuring spoons from Terrain are the bomb! They are like jewelry for when you cook. And who wouldn't love a succulent garden in a heart-shaped cement planter? You can DIY this or get yours here.

Let an arrow pierce your ear like this one found on Pinterest. It's edgy and cool. Find earrings like these on Etsy.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rose Gold

Rose gold is on trend and is popping up everywhere. What's nice about rose gold is that it doesn't seem as high-end as traditional gold, but it's not as casual as silver. It's warm hue makes it easy to wear no matter what your skin type, plus is has a bit of a blush tint to it making it an especially complimentary color for home décor and weddings.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Pantone's Color of the Year: Marsala

Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®                

Here's what Pantone has to say about the color:
Sensual and bold, delicious Marsala is a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

No Pricetag on Happiness

I love this blog entry from Apartment Therapy called No Pricetag on Happiness: 11 Entirely Free Ways To Make the Holiday Extra Wonderful. At a time when everyone is trying to sell you something, it's refreshing to have a site encourage you to simply use what you have or adjust your behavior to enjoy the holidays.

Whether you're hosting Thanksgiving or visiting loved ones as guests, whether your gathering consists of two or thirty, the holiday feeling we all hope for can be summed up in the following all-encompassing phrase: love and be loved. Ranging from physical ways to set the mood, to some unseen ways to make the holiday more meaningful, here are a few ways to add an extra touch of warmth and light to your special days. Here are the first two. Click here to see all eleven.

1. Light candles. These touches of light really do add instant warmth and festivity to any occasion, so make it part of your daily routine at this time of year. Remember to use unscented candles at the table, and to place them out of the way of children or animals who may knock them over.
2. Simmer something wonderful. I've known about the heavenly smelling stove top simmers for years. This year I want to actually do it. I think the key is throwing everything in a bag, ready to go, ahead of time so I'm not trying to "cook" up a nice smell when I'm trying to cook the pumpkin cheesecake.

Monday, November 24, 2014

True Style Is Self-Acceptance

One of my very favorite online sites is StyleLikeU. I've shared posts from it before, most recently the one featuring designer Betsey Johnson. I am a big fan of the Closet video series that allows us a peek into the personal style of select people along with their inspiring stories of what has shaped them. Mother-daughter team Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum are amazing at seeing and showing the beauty in people who are not mainstream but always stylish, often quirky and sometimes misunderstood. Their latest venture that is receiving much attention is their video series What's Underneath. It's sort of the opposite of their Closet videos. In What's Underneath, a person shares about their struggles to accept their body, all the while shedding layer after layer of clothing until they are almost bare - because true style is self-acceptance. Clothing is really just a window dressing for the body and soul, and style is more about who we are than what we wear. Sometimes these videos are raw and hard to watch but at the same time they are inspiring and reflective. I ask myself  who am I without all the layers of protection and self-expression that my clothing gives me? Do people see who I am, or what I want them to see? Do my clothing choices really tell my personal story? Now a Kickstarter project called I Am What's Underneath, this video series will become a feature-length documentary that we can all help fund.

Friday, November 14, 2014


Check out these amazing images of hair stencils. Spray-on color is applied using stencils to create temporary patterns on the hair. They'd be perfect for special occasions and events like Coachella. Would you wear one of these looks? I think I would if I could get the same effect.



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