Friday, November 21, 2014

Three Tomboy-Inspired Fall Outfits

cute outfit ideas
I have a hard time getting dressed when it's cold out. I'm always torn between looking nice and feeling cozy. So I started keeping notes in the notes app on my phone whenever something inspires me -- a surprising color combination that works well together or the unique way the bread lady at the farmer's market wears her layers -- and created a list of outfit ideas based on what I have in my closet. It's been really handy, especially in the mornings when it feels like I have exactly three minutes to get dressed. Here are a few of the outfits I've been wearing lately that feel sensible with a feminine twist!

fall outfit ideas

cute outfit ideas

fall fashion
Similar buffalo check shirt, J.Crew pants, sandals

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fun Baby Shower Idea

baby shower ideas
Baby shower games can get a little old (word scramble, anyone?) so my friend Grace had the brilliant idea to turn our friend Ali's pinspiration into craft kits for her shower. Guests hung out and crafted, and Ali got new baby toys and decor to keep. It's a win-win! Here's how Grace did it:

1) Pick projects on Pinterest. These days, everyone has a Pinterest board for everything which makes it easy to discover what your friends are inspired by. Grace found Ali's Pinterest board with her nursery decor ideas and picked a few pins that would make simple craft projects.

2) Shop for supplies. Get supplies for each project at your local craft store.

3) Bag it all up. Print out each pin, tape them to the outside of handle bags and fill each bag with the supplies for the specific project.

And voila! Custom craft kits :) 

If you need a few ideas, here are the ones Grace put together which were really fun. 

Felt Ball Mobile (inspired by this pin)

You'll need:
Two wooden dowels
Felting wool in assorted colors
String or yarn 

Cross dowels and tie together in an X-shape. Make felt balls by bunching up felt and poking with the felt needle until it forms a ball. Thread felt balls onto a long piece of string and attach it to the dowels. (Or you can follow this tutorial.) 

Stacking House Blocks (inspired by this pin)

You'll need:
Wooden blocks 
Paint in various colors

Paint blocks, let dry and stack! 

Colored Bulb Lights (inspired by this pin)

You'll need:
String of bulb lights
Paint in various colors

Paint each bulb a different color and let dry.

What do you think? I thought it was such a great idea.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Best Lego Costumes Ever

homemade costumes
diy lego costumes
I know Halloween's long gone by now and everyone's focused on turkey and stuffing, but I have to share my team's Lego costumes. My friend Amanda made 11 full outfits, and even with help from a few others, the project took over 300 hours. Halloween at is no joke! People couldn't get enough of their costumes, and they won first place in the costume contest. Below, Amanda shares how she built the costumes and which one was her favorite.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Do You Wear a Wedding Band?

cool rings
Lately I've been wearing my engagement ring and this raindrop-shaped ring on my left hand with my wedding band over on my right. They look so dainty when worn separately. Like a whisper. I can tell it confuses people though, but I don't really mind. If you're married, do you wear both rings together? Or do you wear one more than the other? 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Home Tour: One-Bedroom Apartment for a Family of (Soon-to-Be) Four

boys room ideas
ikea kids
Three years ago, my friend Ali took us on an apartment tour of her colorful, vintage-inspired home. Her family has since grown beyond her and her husband Elijah to include one sweet toddler and one baby on the way. I always feel so inspired after visiting her, so I thought it'd be fun to do an update. Here's how she's changing up her one-bedroom apartment to make room for a family of four...
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