Monday, April 29, 2013

Gift Guide: Mother's Day Musts

Mother's Day is around the corner so it's time to start shopping for the special day! To take some of the stress off all the preparations, I have selected a variety of traditional gifts with a unique edge that would win over any mom, grandma, aunt, sister, mother-in-law, etc. I had so much fun picking out these items so I hope this gift guide will help you in your search for the perfect prezzie!

one: fun "baubles" from Bauble Bar , totally elegant!
two: gorgeous bowler bag from ASOS (super lovely and affordable... I think I need it for myself too :P)
three: the gag gift, martini book from Kitson 
four: trendy tray found on Etsy
five: Lipstick holder from anthropologie
six: spring calla lily vase from World Market (serious steal!) 
seven: cool coaster set from Layla Grayce
eight: beautiful Paul Marrot candle from Furbish Studio

Anyways, how can you show your mom how much you love her through a gift? You can't, it's literally impossible. So along with choosing from some of my gift ideas, show your mom how much you appreciate her with a handmade, or at least handwritten, card, pick flowers from the garden, or bake a special treat! Wow, I think I have just given myself some great new ideas for my next post ;)

-and with love, a 

p.s. Please share any of your Mother's Day recipes, activities,traditions, or gift ideas in the comment box! I would also love to hear about what you think of my gift selections! 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Crazy for Cork!

One of my favorite ways to come up with a new DIY is to go to the craft store without a list of supplies. Today, I went in knowing that I wanted to make something with neon colors, and the rest was up to what seemed to call my name from the shelves! These super fun cork gift tags are sure to brighten up any gift, and depending on the stamp, they can be made for all sorts of occasions!

neon paint
medium paint brush
cork gift tags 

Stamp the tag...
use the tip of the paint brush to make dots...

and voila!

Hope you enjoy this simple, easy, and adorable DIY! Leave a comment below and tell me what you think! 

-and with love, a

p.s. Want to know just how simple and easy this craft is?! 
I made these while I made and ate, rather devoured, a quessadilla :O

*All the supplies I used can be found at Michaels or any other crafts store! 


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Top Six Picks: Circle Sunnies

It is no question that circle sunnies are all the rage right now and I have to say I LOVE this John Lennon reminiscent trend! There are so many different styles, prints, and colors to chose from that they can be worn for any occasion. Whether it be a laid-back music festival, an afternoon by the pool, or a chic event, you can count on finding the perfect pair of round shades to complete any outfit. Featured below are my Top Six Picks dream sunglasses!

Where you can find my top six picks :
three: Nordstrom
four: TOMS
five: ASOS
six: Target

-and with love, a

p.s. I bought my first pair this week at H&M for just $6.95...

 and I think I just started a new addiction! I feel a splurge coming on and I have been drooling over those Marc Jacobs beauties!  But, shhhh! Don't tell my parents, I have to save up for new tires for my car EEEEK!

Comment below and tell me what you think about the circle sunnies trend! 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rosey Thursday

 What a wonderful day for some spring inspiration, right?! RIGHT.  So, as I was drinking my morning cup of chamomile from my favorite anthropologie mug, admiring the bright spring blooms in my backyard, I thought that fresh roses would be the perfect addition to my kitchen table. I rushed inside, grabbed a pair of scissors, and approached the rose garden ready to snip some stems. As I took a closer look at all the roses, most looked like they were but a slight breeze away from losing all their petals. Putting them in a vase would basically ensure immediate drooping so I decided to leave them on the bush. I grabbed my mug to go inside, and that's when I had the perfect idea.The roses would look adorable in my cutest mugs, the lips of the mug would hold up the petals to prevent them from falling apart!

I selected the three best roses...

and trimmed off all the leaves and thorns, then cut the stems slightly shorter than the height of the mug. 

So remember, you do not need to have a bunch of perfect flowers to make something spectacular, just think outside the vase! :) Happy Thursday everyone! 

-and with love, a 

p.s. I am currently OBSESSED with mugs. Mugs from anthropologie are my fave but I usually wait until they are on sale and Cost Plus has awesome mugs with great prices! 

Post a comment below and tell me where you find your favorite mugs!