Hello Friday! Link Roundup

Happy Friday! Did you have a good week? Mine was intense, busy, and quick.

Last night, I went to an Ann Taylor/Birchbox event. This is what happens when you drag your husband to these kinds of events:

Husband Unhappy at Ann Taylor Birchbox EventIt was a little crazy in there, and unfortunately, they were already out of Birchboxes when we arrived. Boo! He was a little happier after a glass of champers though.My Favorites from the Ann Taylor Birchbox EventThese were my favorite items from Ann Taylor (hello, fall wish list!):

  1. I loved this Bowtie Clutch, which felt very reminiscent of Kate Spade. Tassels AND bows = love at first sight!
  2. This Lace Trim Pencil Skirt was simple and pretty. It would be a great fall staple.
  3. I love a fun bracelet, so this Studio Charm Bracelet was right up my alley.
  4. A pretty silk (?) dress, which I couldn’t find on Ann Taylor’s website.

Anyway, now I’m ready for a relaxing weekend. Here’s a roundup of my favorite links from this past week to get things started:

Scarf weather is fast approaching. I love this idea for tying a scarf in a bow!

These Baked French Toast Muffins look so delicious.

Flatiron BuildingWe walked by the Flatiron Building this week, so of course, I had to snap a few pics.

Here’s a great guide to Pantone’s Fall 2013 Colors. I love them all!

This Oh Splat Rainbow Glitter Nail Polish is super cute. It reminds me of funfetti birthday cake.

I’ve been coveting the perfect nude lipstick but haven’t put any effort at all into finding it. Beautylish has a great roundup of neutral lipsticks, so it looks like the work has been done for me.

Upper West Side BuildingI’m dreaming of a future apartment in this gorgeous Upper West Side building.

Customize your own pair of tasseled loafers. I can’t afford them, but I sure want them!

This DIY Hanging Mobile is on my project short list.

Fun Windows at Kate SpadeA fun window at Kate Spade – I think I need a pink wig! Or just give me the bags!

How cute is this Pierre Pan Top from Anthropologie?

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend!

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Back to Cool: Pretend You’re Going Back to School!

Every year around this time, I start to think about going back to school. I guess it’s natural since I spent so many years there, but it’s been a long time since I actually hit the books!

Waiting for the school bus on the first day of school.This is the annual “back to school” picture that my sister and I posed for every year with our neighbors. That’s me in the middle with the blond hair, puffy sleeves, and yes, a mullet. It was the eighties, what can I say?

Thankfully, the mullet is gone, but my desire for a new fall wardrobe is not. So, how about we pretend we are going back to school and do a little shopping?

Back to School: Pretend You are Going Back to SchoolAlthough inspired by school, this outfit is 100% grown-up!

  1. You may not fit into Garanimals anymore, but you are never too old for a cute striped sweater featuring an adorable giraffe.
  2. This white woven chain bracelet is a fun take on the friendship bracelet. Buy an extra for your bestie!
  3. Stay warm this fall by topping off your outfit with a tweed schoolboy blazer.
  4. You can’t go back to school without a great pair of jeans. These cropped skinny jeans will ensure your place on the best dressed list.
  5. Fall is all about layers, and you can’t go wrong with this sweet polka dot printed shirt.
  6. Highlight your inner nerd with these cute eyeglass stud earrings.
  7. These red penny loafer-style flats are totally adorbs! You and your BFF will be LOLing ADL. Get them … YOLO!
  8. Store all of your books, or work papers, in this gorgeous Frye campus satchel. This bag is definitely on my back to school wish list.

OK, I think I may have had a little too much fun with this! So tell me, do you get back to school fever at this time of year, too?

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From Flat to Fresh! Update a Boring Beige Living Room (Part 1)

Do you have a boring beige living room? I think we’ve all been there! Although I generally advocate buying neutral furniture (who wants to make an expensive mistake?), unless you add pattern and color with accessories, your home will look pretty blah.

In this series, I’ll show you three different options to take your living room from from flat to fresh in four simple steps.

Boring Beige Living RoomLamp / Table / Sofa / Pillow / Rug / Throw

The easiest and least expensive way to interest to a boring room is to change the accessories. This first option is all about adding neutral details.

Update a Boring Beige Living Room with Neutral DetailsAre you color shy? Here’s how you can keep the neutral palette. Add texture and pattern with your accessories, instead:

  1. Replace the plain white shade with a subtly striped lampshade.
  2. Throw out (or recover) the boring pillows that came with your couch. These oblong grey pillows from Target add a luxurious touch, and the trim adds a subtle detail.
  3. The star of this look is the gorgeous trellis pattern rug from Rugs USA. Its beautiful tone on tone pattern is so much more interesting than a plain shag rug.
  4. A blue-grey throw finishes the space with the perfect touch of color.

That’s it. Four easy steps and your living room has a fresh, new look!

Next Monday, I’ll show you how to create an updated traditional look. Stay tuned!

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Hello Friday! Link Roundup + Winner of the Photo Canvas Contest!

Happy Friday, people! This has been one of fastest moving weeks in recent memory. After my whirlwind trip last weekend, my sister-in-law visited us in NYC for a couple days. It was fun, but the time went by way too quickly. Hopefully, she’ll visit again soon!

Beautiful Milwaukee SunsetHow amazing is this sunset? It was a great start to my trip last weekend.

Work has been busy, too. What can I say? I am ready for the weekend!

Anyway, before I get to my link roundup, I need to announce the winner of my photo canvas giveaway from Printcopia: congratulations, Misty! I’ll send you the link to claim your prize.

On to the links!

I’m in a crafty mood this week, and this DIY paper bird from Rue Daily caught my eye. So cute!

Great View from the New York High LineWe walked the High Line with my sister-in-law. I love the views up there!

I rediscovered my love for marshmallows this past weekend (I like them burnt)! These S’mores Fudge Bars from Cookies & Cups look like they’ll cure any future cravings.

Fall fashions have been tempting me lately, and this roundup of ways to wear riding boots from The Tres Chic has me itching to break out my boots!

Another great view from the High LineAnother great view from the High Line.

I need one of these Press for Champagne signs stat!

Although in lieu of champagne, I’d be satisfied with a Blood Orange Mojito.

This is such a great tip to make wall mounting quick and easy.

Here’s a great tutorial from Etsy on how to make your own nautical knot bracelet. I love the fun colors they used.

DIY washi tape feathers – I love this idea! Although the instructions are not in English, it looks easy enough to figure out.

Plane View The gorgeous view out my window on the way back to New York last weekend.

I’ll leave you with this … The Absurdly Awesome Spectrum from Refinery 29. It’s sure to put a smile on your face after a hard week!

Have a great weekend! Do you have any fun plans?

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Easy DIY Chalkboard

I have a really fun DIY project for you today – a DIY chalkboard. Perfect for keeping lists, posting a dinner menu, or even displaying a fun message, a chalkboard is a quick and easy way to get crafty.

Easy DIY Chalkboard

This chalkboard project is a great way to repurpose an outdated frame from the thrift store or to reuse one that’s been collecting dust in a closet.

Supplies:

  • a frame – I spray painted mine white before starting
  • a piece of cardboard or heavy card stock, cut to fit in the frame opening
  • chalkboard paint
  • a foam paint brush

Easy DIY Chalkboard-step-by-step

This project is so easy that it hardly need directions.

  1. Gather your supplies and pour the chalkboard paint into a small container. I used a plastic cup.
  2. Using your brush, cover the cardboard or card stock with a thin layer of paint.
  3. Let the paint dry, and then add another coat of paint. Make sure to rinse out your brush in between coats, otherwise it will get stiff.
  4. Add additional coats of paint until the cardboard is completely and evenly covered. I ended up applying 4 coats of paint, which sounds like a lot, but the paint dries quickly.
  5. After all coats of the chalkboard paint have been applied and have dried, attach the cardboard/card stock to the frame. You can either use the existing hardware or staple it in place with a staple gun (that’s what I did).

Easy DIY Chalkboard

Now comes the fun part: decorating your chalkboard!

Decorating a Chalkboard

The first thing I recommend is going over the chalkboard with the side of a piece of chalk. Completely cover the board and then wipe it off with a piece of paper towel. This will add a little dimension and character to your board.

Then decorate to your hearts content. You can either use regular chalk or specially made chalkboard markers.

Easy DIY Chalkboard: Finished Product

Easy DIY Chalkboard: Holla!

Holla! I couldn’t resist going with a tongue-in-cheek message.

I hope you try this fun project!

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