Friday, May 28, 2010

Not-So-Green Thumb

Not everyone has the patience and talent for a beautiful garden or to have lush indoor plants. If you're one of those people with a not-so-green thumb, try these ideas. Succulents and Airplants (Tillandsia) involve very little care and bring some outside green into your home. Add more interest with different styles and types of planters. Airplants don't even need soil to live, so your options are limitless!
Living Art Frame with Airplant: The Lucky Bamboo Bulb at Etsy
Succulents: Horticopia at Etsy
Baby Toes Succulent in Hanging Terrarium: Monkeys Always Look at Etsy
Mini Flower Pots: Simply Pretty Prints at Etsy

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Day to Night

This dress is perfect for going day to night in. The pattern is bright and fun enough for day time without being too dark, yet isn't too cheery for night time. Keep the jacket in your car for when it gets chilly at night!
Dress: Kohl's
Necklace: Forever21
Jacket: Charlotte Russe
Bracelet: Uniquely E at Etsy

Party Pizazz

Add a little pizazz to your next party for only around $50! Hang paper garlands and tissue paper poms. Decorate cupcakes with these pre-made fondant cupcake toppers, and sprinkle tables with these origami lucky stars.
Poms: My Silly Bear at Etsy
Cupcake Toppers: Two Sugar Babies at Etsy
Origami Stars: Origami Palace at Etsy
Paper Garland: Sweet Things by Mara May at Etsy

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Gone Fishing on the Pier

Walk the pier in this layered outfit. The layers make it perfect for those days where the sun is hot, but the breeze is cool. The embellished tank eliminates the need for a fussy necklace on a casual day. Add another splash of color while carrying your essentials in this yellow cross-body bag. Tie it all together with a pair of super fun boat shoes!
Shoes: Rocket Dog at Macy's
Shorts: Kohl's
Shirt: Forever21
Tank: Old Navy
Bag: Sears

Retro Flair

Add a little retro flair to your space with these updated items that nod to the past.
Macrame Plant Holder: Adirondack Trader at Etsy
Doily Clock: And Furthermore at Etsy
Moss Terrarium: Blithe Gardens at Etsy
Crocheted Rag Trivet: Sally Rags at Etsy

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ready for a Cocktail... Party!

Every woman knows how essential the little black dress is to her wardrobe, but have you ever found yourself relying on it a little too much? Bows, pleating and bold splashes of color make this ensemble an exciting one for your next party.

Dress: Windsor
Shoes: Target
Ring: Hot Pink Chick at Etsy
Clutch: O.C. Styles at Etsy

Modern Victorian

Classic Victorian decor can be gorgeous, but might be a little stuffy or old fashioned for the younger generations. Here are a few items that nod to the Victorian Era without looking dated.
Flowers Photograph: Olive Juice Photography at Etsy
Picture Frame: Mackenzie Frames at Etsy
Pillow Cover: Pabrika Handmade at Etsy

Monday, May 24, 2010

Day Trip

This outfit seems perfect for spending the day in a near by city. Comfortable enough for all day adventuring, but not too casual. The messenger bag will hold all of your essentials while keeping your hands and arms unoccupied for picture-taking and map-reading.
Top: Buckle
Jeans: Kohl's
Messenger Bag: Bayan Hippo at Etsy
Scarf: Forever21

Brighten Up Someone's Day

Do you know someone that needs cheering up? Here are a few items that might make them smile.
Zebra Painting: DaRosa Children's Art at Etsy
Chainmaille Bracelet: Janabolic at Etsy
Card: Left & Right Creations at Etsy
Hair Bows: Princess Diva Bowtique at Etsy

Meet Our New Sponsor, Katie Cat Creations!

Katie Cat Creations photographs letters and allows you to spell out any name or word you like with them! They make great gifts for housewarming, newlyweds, baby showers and more.

Friday, May 21, 2010

A Place to Hang Your Hat

... and to keep your keys, and to take off your shoes, and to welcome you home.
Pillow: Joom at Etsy
Wall Hanger: Old New Again at Etsy
Accent Table: Walmart
Chair: Ikea
Candle: Small Girl Design at Etsy

Not Just Another Day at the Office

Break out of the same old office attire with these inspired items that won't take you too far out of the box. Replace your tired slacks with this pleated skirt. It nods to the classic pencil skirt but adds something new and trendy to your outfit. These open-sided platform pumps will help refresh your day-to-day, as will this gorgeous chalcedony choker which should be worn under the white shirt to bring a bold splash of color to your decolletage.
Shirt: Converse One-Star at Target
Skirt: Forever21
Necklace: Armillata Designs at Etsy
Shoes: Journeys

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Perfect for the Piano

Decor that would look great atop an upright or grand piano to add a little charm and mood to your music space. Of course, they'd be great for non-piano spaces as well!
Picture Frame: Shabbie Chic Home at Etsy
Tea Lights: Carolina Cottage at Etsy
Potpourri: Paradise Potpourri at Etsy
Porcelain Bowl: Wapa Studio at Etsy

Summer Shopping

This outfit would be great for perusing the sidewalk sales on Main Street in your favorite beach town.
Hat: Roxy
Crocheted Bracelet: Afra at Etsy
Top: Forever21
Shorts: I <3 Ronson at JCPenney
Bag: Nine West

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Time for Tea

Take some time out of your day to slow down and sip some tea. Here are a few picks well within our under a hundred dollar budget!

Tea Cookies: English Tea Store
Stoneware Teapot: CookingStuff.com
Green Tea Chai Spice Kit: Purpose Design at Etsy
Cream and Sugar "Cartons": Crate&Barrel
Paula Peacock Teacup: The Peacock Shop at Etsy

Loose Structure

Pairing these loose-fit harem pants with the structured vest (which can be worn open) creates balance and prevents a sloppy appearance. Then brighten it up with a bold bracelet and a scarf to create interest around your face.

Pants: Charlotte Russe
Vest: Forever21
Scarf: Pretty Panda at Etsy
Bracelet: Lavender Rabbit at Etsy
Shoes: Target

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

April Showers and All

You know the saying... celebrate May with your love of flowers. Flowers in your hair, or on your hand, on your arm or around your neck!



Headband: Frayed and Fancy at Etsy
Necklace: Ruby Rouge Jewellery at Etsy
Ring: DareDream at Etsy
Handbag: Lisa Wine Studios at Etsy

Into the Wild

Stand out in the wild with this brightly colored animal print maxi dress! Simple black wedges and simple gold bangles keep this outfit from going over the top.

Dress: Kmart
Bangles: Kohls
Shoes: G by Guess

Monday, May 17, 2010

Something to Write Home About

Get your creative writing juices flowing with these Alice in Wonderland inspired items. A lap desk, to do your writing anywhere... maybe under that big tree. A notebook to gather your thoughts and note cards to pass a sweet message to a friend.



Cheshire Cat Tags: Scrappinren Creations at Etsy
Pencils: Miss Isa at Etsy
Lap Desk: Lap Desk Lady at Etsy
Bunny Cards: Michelle Brusegaard at Etsy
Queen Alice Mini Journal: pinkcherrymama at Etsy

Cut it Out!

Eyelets and cut outs in floral, leather and brass!

Dress: Forever21
Vest: Forever21
Ring: MaggpiesEye at Etsy
Shoes: Ciao Bella at DSW

Friday, May 14, 2010

Cheer Up Your Bookshelf

Here are a few textural items found on Etsy to spruce up your bookshelf. The first, a pair of bean bag book ends. The next, a felted wool pear that opens up for you to hide trinkets in. The last two are a simple and clean-looking bud vase and a beautiful driftwood picture frame.


Book Ends: the Still Life at Etsy
Felted Wool Pear: My Market Stall at Etsy
Driftwood Picture Frame: Black Eyed Susan Artworks at Etsy
Porcelain Bud Vase: Janson Pottery at Etsy

Naturally Nautical

Here is a perfectly nautical, if not accidentally patriotic outfit. If you're wary of the possible widening effect of horizontal stripes, draw the eye in toward your waist with a long necklace from your own collection.


Striped Knit Top: Overstock.com
Shorts with Rope Belt: Forever21
Wedge Shoes: Ciao Bella at Bon-Ton.com

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Invade Your Airspace

Brighten up the space you may not even think about with these fun hanging items!



Ceiling Fan Pull: CSNlighting.com
Round Mini Pendant Lamp: Filigree Creations at Etsy
Hanging Tealight Holders: Ikea
"Container for One Thing": Perch! at BranchHome.com

Military Chic?

Camouflage and Army green are making their way into more feminine styles. Here is an outfit based around a military-inspired tunic tee-shirt.

Tee: JCPenney
Ruffle Bootie: Urban Original
Necklace: JCPenney
Denim Leggings: Charlotte Russe

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Warm Up Your Living Room or Bed Room

Yes, summer is drawing near which means spending a lot of time and energy having fun outdoors. That also means you'll need a cozy space to snuggle up in while you recharge.



Red Scroll Pillow: Target
Brown Damask Pillow: Target
Removable Wall Decal: WiwiCoco at Etsy
Pillar Candle Holders: Bed Bath & Beyond

Sophisticated in City Shorts

You have to have just the right soiree to attend in order to appropriately pull off this look. Somewhat fancy, but not too fancy. If you happen to have just the right place or event, then here's a flirty evening look.


Shoes: Alice + Olivia for Payless
Top: Twelve by Twelve
Shorts: Elle at Kohl's

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

L'amour des Oiseaux

Here are a couple of sweet accessories for you, or for a bird-loving friend. The first, a tiny terrarium necklace with a teeny robin's nest inside. The second, two delicate, bronze-colored bird hair pins. Both hand made!
Necklace: Woodland Belle
Hair pins: Woodland Belle

Hundy & Undy: An Inaugural Post

Thought process:
Inaugural --> President --> Patriotic --> Patriotic holidays --> SUMMER!

This romantic look is nice enough for a shower or casual enough for a friendly summer evening get-together. Dig into your legging stash or grab your favorite cardigan if it gets cool at night.



Dress: Free People
Necklace: Forever21
Shoes: Blowfish at PlanetShoes.com
Jewelry on model: unknown