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Tuesday
Apr032012

Fashion & Florals, Edition II

Hi everyone! How is your Tuesday going? Today I'm bringing you a second edition of Fashion & Florals, where I pair together some of my favorite floral and clothing inspiration. For me, finding new clothing brands that really speak to me and capture my style is not always an easy task. My tastes have gotten more discerning as I've gotten older. I buy a lot of things from Anthropologie because I work there but at times they can even miss the mark for me. Lately the brand Madewell has sparked my interest. Everything feels very simple and classic which I like. I love the styling and the attitude and all the pops of color. Take a look at their latest catalog to get a better feel for their brand. They have some pastel neutrals now that feel so fresh for spring. So for today, I chose one of their dresses to highlight.

dress { Madewell } Colorband Slipdress via Madewell Tumblr

florals { picture by Fieldguided } flowers styled by Coriander Girl

I paired the Madewell dress with this bouquet I found on Fieldguided. The blushy, muted tones compliment each other and the hint of blue-gray color in both the dress and the flowers make a nice match. The flowers were arranged and styled by the talented Alison Westlake of Coriander Girl. Browse her beautiful portfolio of arrangements for more inspiration. I just discovered her lovely work and I'm so glad I did. 

Enjoy the rest of your day friends!

Sunday
Apr012012

My Week Through Instagram: Week Thirteen

Happy weekend everyone! Are you having a nice few days? My weekend is mostly full of working but that's ok since next weekend should be fun and more relaxing for me. My brother and his girlfriend have a few days off school so they'll be visiting the family and spending time with me then. It will be a nice long weekend and I'm looking forward to it but I have plenty to accomplish between now and then. Last week was week thirteen of 2012. Here is my recap through my Instagram feed.

Sunday: I spent Sunday working on a few watercolor projects in the studio. One project is place cards for a wedding which I  wrote a recap on here.

Monday: I got this awesome {and super cheap!} red coat at work and it goes perfectly with my vintage and thrifted polka dot skirt from Paris. It's my most French outfit and I love it for that very reason!

Tuesday: On a walk I spotted this gigantic bougainvillea plant. It was all in bloom and the most beautiful thing to see on the side of the road. It was like bougainvillea on steroids.

Wednesday: I started putting together this tutorial on dying muslin fabric using watercolor paints. I used the fabric to make ombré pennant party flags and I shared the DIY with you all on Friday.

Thursday: Loads of oranges. We always have bunches of citrus at our home. We participate in this co-op thing where we get two bundles of local oranges each week. It's supporting local and the oranges are always super yummy.

Friday: Friday was a less-than inspiring day and this snapshot of my mini scissors was all I could muster.

Saturday: Yesterday I finally got to wear this beautiful blue and yellow floral dress again. I wore it to work and paired it with my favorite blazer. Some snaps on the dress had fallen off and it took me forever to finally sew them back on and make it wearable again. The color is just so vibrant!

So that was my week thirteen. What did yours look like?

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Wednesday
May112011

Pinterest Picks, Vol. II

Sorry for the lack of blogging this week.  I am busy getting ready for my DIY class this Saturday (you can still sign up to attend...enter the giveaway here!) as well as trying to get regular work done as well.  Time flies!  I was busy on Pinterest the other day looking for some lace inspiration so I decided to do a little roundup here of my favorites.  Lace things are really lovely and they usually have that vintage and feminine touch that I love.  These lacey things are no exception.

source: Oh, Hello Friend :: photography: Christian Cruz & Hope Feathers :: lace decorations: Ruby of Cakies

These lace decorations were just a smidgen of the beauty that was seen throughout Danni (of Oh, Hello Friend) & Nick's wedding.  I am in love with these lace chandeliers.  This would be an easy DIY (just glue ribbons of lace to an embroidery hoop and hang) and an unexpected way to use lace in your party or everyday decor.  The color variation is nice too.  You could tea-stain the lace to get different hues.

found via: Once Wed :: photography: Polly Alexandre

In keeping with the wedding theme, this lace dress is absolutely stunning.  The back is so dramatic, lovely, and delicate.  The dress is by Elie Saab, the Elie Collection, and I must admit that this bride sells this dress for me.  I'm not as impressed with it on the model.  Polly Alexandre's pictures and styling definitely don't hurt either.  These flowy sleeves are really dreamy and anything-but typical, which I really appreciate.

found via: Creature Comforts :: source: Sodapop Design

And now for something DIY and crafty...this doily print bowl is the perfect lacey touch.  Unfortunately I am very unfamiliar with clay-making but projects like this make me want to experiment.  I think you could try a bunch of different items and leave impressions in the clay for different textured looks.  This little bowl would make the perfect handmade gift.

found via: The Art Room Plant :: source: Emilie Faif  

Ok, major swoon-fest happening over here.  How beautiful are these globes?  I envision hanging these above your bed so that every time you wake up you are greeted by these dreamy lace clouds.  This is actually an art installation done by Emilie Faif, a Parisian textile artist.  Check out her portfolio.  I love her installations and that she makes sculptural pieces out of needle and thread.  But wouldn't these globes be amazing for use in a wedding?!

found via: Style Me Pretty :: photography: Michael & Anna Costa :: cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop :: design & styling: Joy De Vivre Wedding Design & Coordination

This cake definitely falls into the category of too-pretty-to-eat.  The lace detailing is so intricate and I cannot even imagine how much time went into it.  I also love that it is yellow.  The Sweet & Saucy Shop always wows me with their cake designs.  I think they are consistently coming up with new ideas that are so original and beautiful.

source: romanticPINK, Lace Princess Sticky Tape

I think this lace tape needs to be my next craft packaging purchase.  This would look perfect on presents wrapped in kraft paper.  Also, this Etsy shop, romanticPINK is filled with all kinds of goodies, basically I'm in craft heaven, so check it out.  

found via: A Desert Fete :: source: Nespoon 

Nespoon is the work of a street artist and this lace doily installation was one that was done at Oak Beach on the Baltic Sea.  I love this project and it really intrigues me but there is something eerie about it too...I think because it reminds me of spider webs.  But I would love to be strolling along the beach and find something like this.  I wish there was more street installation art where I lived but sadly in the suburbs of Southern California, it is not too common.  

I hope you enjoyed my lace inspiration today.  Happy Wednesday!