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give better gifts

September 23, 2014

gift guide / roundup

i’m super into giving people gifts they won’t throw into a closet and i’m also super into curating boards full of gift ideas (as you probably know) — so today i’m sharing with you guys this new website i’ve teamed up with called giftry. it’s the easiest way to find the perfect gift for whatever occasion comes up.

giftry lists

along with some of my favorite bloggers, i’m an influencer on the site – so we have compiled different boards of gift ideas. if you like someone’s aesthetic or pinterest, then that’s a really helpful resource when you’re looking for gifts online. and just like you get addicted to pinning, i started getting a little into making boards and doing some virtual shopping, mostly for myself. but maybe for you too.

you can start a board for the said-gift getter. so like : if gideon has a birthday coming up, i can create a board for gifts ideas for him. then i can share it with our friends and family and make sure he gets gifts he actually likes rather than add to a pile of gifts to give away when it’s someones birthday.

he actually got me in the habit of immediately writing down when he mentions he wants or needs something – so now i do it with everyone. i have countless text notes in my phone of gift ideas for all my relatives. it’s kind of the best way ever to keep track of good present ideas, so i highly recommend starting. and it works for non-material gifts too – i am always checking the performers at our nearby indian casino — because if someone good plays there, surprise tickets and a night at the hotel are the best gift ever. but that’s just one idea. i’ve also gotten my parents cooking classes, which they loved. we once got my little sister a beef jerky of the month membership. i really hate it when i get my mom the wrong gift and i see it with the tags on years later. so you can totally avoid this with giftry YAY!

giftry

i don’t know about you, but giving someone things they might actually want is way more exciting to me than giving them an itunes gift card. and you make sure your loved ones are on the same track for gift ideas can avoid the said closet toss.

anyway — you can sign up for giftry, check out my gift ideas and the rest of the influencers’, and maybe create some gift lists for yourself or someone real lucky.

THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSORED BY GIFTRY.
ALL OPINIONS AND PRODUCT CHOICES ARE 100% MY OWN.

a summer dinner party

June 23, 2014

entertaining / roundup

it’s officially summer now! hope you had a warm weekend outside — i spent almost all of last week being sick and working, but i’m feeling better now and a tiny bit ready to get back into the swing of things.

we had a yard sale on saturday and our apartment feels so much emptier. i’ve been a hoarder for about 10 years now so i’ve been really trying to be better and only buy things i really love, but it would be so much easier to just start over. every closet and corner is stuffed to the brim with things. but the yard sale helped! and we’re putting the money we made towards the honeymoon.

with our tiny patio, all i can do is daydream about al fresco dinner parties, which i do every summer.

a summer dinner party

01 | these diy gold leaf terracotta pots would look amazing scattered around the table
02 | my all time favorite modern beverage dispenser, who doesn’t want a big vat of spiked punch
03 | a rad serving tray that every food i’m currently thinking of would look amazing on
04 | a pineapple citronella candle? i mean. these would totally double duty as decor and skin savers
05 | someday when i have room, i’m buying a couple of these chairs
06 | cute patterned throws for when it cools down
07 | plastic cups that don’t look plastic, so in.
08 | i’m obsessed with these bamboo plates - we used them for the shower and they are amazing quality and amazing looking for disposables, i’m now never not going to use them.

i link you : mothers day edition

May 9, 2014

holiday / roundup

i link you | mothers day DIYs

with mother’s day this sunday, it felt totally selfish to roundup things i want for myself. but if you’re still looking for gift ideas for her, check out the mom gift guide.

if you still need some inspiration, here are my favorite girly projects that you can bust out tomorrow before her big day!

01. all moms drink tea, right? that’s their thing. so this diy tea box is simple, easy and perfect. (via freutcake)
02. super lovely watercolor floral mothers day cards by yao chang that you can print right out! (via the alison show)
03. moms love breakfast in bed, but what if you made her a gorgeous crepe cake like this?! (via the house that lars built)
04. homemade milk bath for the mom who loves her bath time (via handmade mood)
05. this beautiful floral gift wrap is perfect for mothers day and printable! (via oh happy day)
06. pick up some edible flowers, throw them on top of everything — your party is made. (via studio diy)

have a happy mothers day and a great weekend!

just essentials

March 24, 2014

roundup / style

just essentials

bracelet | sunglasses | tote | sweater | chambray | jeans | shoes

i have this horrible habit of shopping at forever 21. i’ve been addicted since high school. but the other day when we did a load of laundry and noticed just how many clothes sitting out that weren’t dryer safe — i decided to try to call it quits. i’m an adult.

i am no longer buying stuff at forever 21 and h&m … ok that’s a lie. i will probably still buy certain things for last minute occasions. but i have another bad habit of wearing the same thing over and over. back when i was really going hard on f21 – i was in my early 20s and went out all the time and cared about having new clothes. well i’m almost 30. i no longer need disposable clothes, right?


i’ve decided to purge hard and only buy items that i truly love and that i can hopefully wear for many years. that’s the only way i can reason with myself to spend the extra money. i’ve decided that if i have a steady rotation, i really only need like :

– a half dozen nice tees
– 2 pairs of jeans
– a couple of button downs and sweaters
– a daytime bag
– a nighttime bag
– a couple of dresses (gonna just stick with black)
– a few favorite accessories that don’t turn my skin blue

btw – i bought that cuyana leather tote and am SO happy with it. i use it everyday. do you spend more on nicer items or buy disposables?

wedding stuff : floral crowns

February 26, 2014

our wedding / roundup / style

wedding floral crowns roundup // almost makes perfect

i’ve got some BIG WEDDING NEWS! i’ve bought my dress! it only took three stores and about 30 dresses – but i found one that i love and decided to just go for it rather than prolong this process that i hate.

did / do most people hate wedding dress shopping? my first trip was with my mom and all my bridesmaids and i thought it would be this exciting fun experience, but it was mostly 5 different opinions. so i went again just with my mom and found something right away. it makes me feel like a pretty bride, but is also unique enough to make me feel like it’s me.

i did mention the theme is desert boho – and it’s not the most bohemian or laid back dress i’ve seen (it’s actually pretty “bridal” for me) so i’ve decided i’m just going to style it up (down) with some simple accessories and i’m really thinking of floral crowns. i definitely don’t want a HUGE bouquet on my head so as usual — i’d probably veer on the side of simpler.

i’d want my bridesmaids and the flower girls in them too – could make for fun DIYing!?

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six favorite valentines diys

February 4, 2014

holiday / roundup

while i’m not super into pink and red under normal circumstances, valentines day is the one exception i’ll make. here are six of my favorite valentines projects that are beautiful, simple & way girly.

favorite valentines diys

printable donut boxes by sugar and charm / mylar treat bags by paper & stitch
XO gift wrap by sugar & cloth / heart cake – source unknown
heart garland by 52 weeks project / conversation heart donuts by studio diy

getting organized

January 14, 2014

roundup

like i said, being sick when the new year starts really makes you feel like you’re behind on all aspects of life. we were wanting to move pretty badly, but now that we’re engaged, we’re going to hold off on moving. and because i’ve been in the “i’m moving at some point” mindset, our apartment is just littered with trash, empty boxes, craft supplies… it’s time to try to get organized around here. also thinking of hiring a cleaning lady to bring me some sanity. that works for most people, right?

getting organized

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