Hello Friday! Link Roundup

Friday is here! I hope you had a great week. Mine was pretty hectic work-wise, so some serious relaxation is definitely in order this weekend.

I’m looking forward to kicking up my heals, drinking a little wine, and eating some good food. I’d also love to explore a new neighborhood (one of my favorite things to do) and check out our neighborhood flea market for the first time. We don’t have anything definite planned, so we’ll see what happens!

Tree top view from our apartment.Pretty tree top view from our living room. How crazy are those clouds?

Here are some of my favorite links I found this week:

The hot weather isn’t letting up here anytime soon. These Creamy Strawberry Coolers look like the perfect way to cool off. Yum!

Or, maybe I will make these Frozen Coconut Mango Pops instead. They look so good!

These DIY Bejeweled Hair Combs look really fun to make, especially if you need a little extra bling in your life!

My first watermelon of the summer!My first watermelon of the summer – it was so sweet!

The Greenwich Hobo from Deux Lux is officially on my shopping list. It comes in a number of great color combinations – my favorite is navy and coral.

I love this simple, but chic outfit for a hot summer day. You can’t beat shorts, stripes, and sandals. And how cute is that bag?

Replace your boring corn on the cob with this Spicy Hoisin and Sesame Glazed Corn.

A pretty brownstone in our neighborhood.A pretty brownstone in our neighborhood.

I would love to try my hand at this DIY Braided Rope Bracelet. It’s perfect for summer!

Do something different with your hair this weekend, like this Grown Up Topsy-Tail. Remember those?!?

I am forever on the hunt for the perfect white t-shirt, so this roundup of the Top Rated White T-shirts is so helpful.

Fun sandals and tiny paw prints.My fave sandals, a fun yellow pedicure, and tiny paw prints!

Here’s a great roundup of 50 Low Cal Cocktails. Now you can feel a little less guilty for indulging in a cocktail or two!

Don’t forget to stop by on Monday – I have a great giveaway planned!

Have a great weekend!

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My Favorite Organizers for Jewelry and Accessories

Getting organized is a lot easier when you have the right tools. You don’t have to spend a lot either – my favorite organizers for jewelry and accessories all came from the Container Store, Target, or the thrift store.

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  1. When I organized my jewelry, I used a large bulletin board to hold most of my necklaces. I found mine at a thrift store, removed the frame, and covered the board in fabric. This Natural Rococo Cork Board from the Container Store is also a great option. If you want to get fancy, just break out a can of your favorite color spray paint!
  2. I love these Acrylic Bracelet Stands so much that I have both sizes. The taller stand can also hold short necklaces. Perfect for a tight areas, these stands do not take up a lot of visual space.
  3. This Acrylic Jewelry Tree (it even has little branches!) is great for holding all of your necklaces. It’s tall and narrow (helpful for small shelves) and has a convenient little tray on the bottom for rings.
  4. Don’t limit yourself only to organizers meant for jewelry! I love to re-purpose dishes and trays that weren’t meant for jewelry at all, like little sterling silver bowls. The bowls are a dime a dozen at the thrift store, are perfect for holding lip gloss, rings, and watches, and add such a pretty, vintage touch.
  5. My closet is tiinnnyyyy! That’s why I love this Clear Handbag File from Target. It holds 8 purses in a narrow space (even more if you double up).
  6. Scarves are so hard to store, which is why this 10-Scarf Hanger from the Container Store is such a lifesaver. I have two, and all of my scarves are neatly organized, and most importantly, I can see each scarf at a glance. I’m a firm believer that if you can see it, then you’ll wear it more often.
  7. I carry this Target Cosmetics Bag Valet when traveling. It folds up small, holds a lot, and hangs up when you get to your destination. I store earrings and rings in the top section, bracelets and jewelry in the middle part, and toiletries in the lower section. Avoid tangles by placing anything delicate in a small fabric bag or zip lock before you put it in the case.
  8. This Porcelain Hand Organizers are so cute! I don’t have a ton of rings, but if I did, this stand would be on my shopping list. It can be used to hold short necklaces, too.
  9. A box to hold small items, such as rings and earrings, or delicate jewelry is a must. I use my mom’s old jewelry box. It holds such great memories for me; I remember sneaking into her room as a kid to try things on. This Light Blue Box (similar) would be perfect if you are going for that Tiffany effect!

So, what do you think? Can you see yourself using any of these items?

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I’m Getting Organized: Starting with Jewelry!

I love jewelry, especially necklaces and bracelets. Over the past few years, I’ve collected quite a few pieces and even inherited a few pretty things from my mom. We’re not talking expensive stuff here, just fun costume jewelry!

As much as I love my jewelry, I’ve struggled with jewelry organization. There is nothing worse than pulling out my favorite necklace, only to find it tangled with two others.

I decided it was time to get organized!

Jewelry Organization: Before and After | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorCheck out this mess:

Jewelry Organization: Before | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorYikes! Just looking at that stresses me out.

The first step with this jewelry organization project was to clear everything out and do a little dusting. I love a blank slate!

Jewelry Organization: Clear Everything Out | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorOur apartment is tiny, and the bedroom is long and very narrow. That black rectangle is the back of our headboard. This is the only furniture set-up that works, so in addition to organizing my jewelry, I also wanted to minimize the headboard as much as possible.

Tip for Cleaning a Lampshade | Hello Little HomeHave you ever wondered about the best way to clean a lampshade? Just grab a lint roller! The sticky paper on the roller picks up any dust and makes cleaning the shade a snap.

The next step was to add my jewelry organizers back onto the dresser. I own a number of organizers, so I didn’t need to buy anything new, and I had a large bulletin board that I planned to use for my necklaces.

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  1. Always add the largest piece first, which in this case is the bulletin board. The board is the perfect piece to hold – and most importantly, show off – all my necklaces.
  2. Next, I added my jewelry box, which holds all of my earrings and pins, as well as bracelets and necklaces that either do not get worn often or are too delicate for display. The jewelry box was my moms and needs a little TLC, but that is another project!
  3. Since space is at a premium here, I went vertical. The top of the jewelry box was the perfect spot for my bracelet holders. It’s a lot easy to find what I need with all of my bracelets at eye level.
  4. Finally, I added a hammered silver tray to hold perfume and sunglasses, as well as an acrylic necklace “tree.”

This set-up was OK, but the placement of the tray and necklace tree was awkward. In the end, I simply swapped them around:

Jewelry Organization | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorMuch more balanced! The tray is no longer hanging off the dresser, and the tree isn’t blocking the bulletin board (more room for necklaces!). I added a little silver bowl to hold lip gloss and watches, too.

Next came the best part: adding the jewelry! I started with the bracelets, and then hung my chain necklaces on the necklace tree.

Jewelry Organization | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorI had a fun with this and chose two of my favorite pieces – my mom’s charm bracelet and a bold necklace – to put on display. The charm bracelet went on top of the jewelry box where I can see it every day, and I draped the necklace over a lampshade.

My perfume and sunglasses were then organized in the silver tray.

Jewelry Organization | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorAn important part of any organizational project is getting rid of stuff! There really isn’t any point of storing things you no longer use, so be brutally honest with yourself about what you will and will not use. I ended up tossing perfume and jewelry that I don’t wear anymore.

And not everything needs to be on display. My sunglasses with cases all went into a dresser drawer.

I untangled the rest of my necklaces next, separating the long ones from the short ones.

Jewelry Organization: Necklaces | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorJewelry Organization: Necklaces | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorUsing clear push pins, I hung the long necklaces on the bulletin board first:

Jewelry Organization | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorJewelry Organization | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorAfter those were in place, I hung the shorter necklaces.

Jewelry Organization | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorThe end result makes me very happy:

Jewelry Organization: After | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorWhat I love the most about this jewelry organization set-up, is that all of my pretty pieces are visible and easy to find. My husband even has somewhere to store his things – see that ceramic shell on the right?!

Here is one more look at the before and after:

Jewelry Organization: Before and After | Hello Little Home #InteriorDesign #DecorNow I just need to keep it this way!

How do you keep your jewelry organized?

P.S. Check out my favorite organizers for jewelry and accessories!

I’m linking up with Creations By Kara’s Organizing Ideas Link-Up and Remodelaholic.

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Hello Friday! Link Roundup – Beach Edition

Well, hello there! I hope you had a great 4th of July. Mine was wonderfully low-key, which I loved.

I’m excited to be heading to the beach today. We don’t go often, so I’m really looking forward it. My only hope is that I don’t come home as red as a lobster, which is my usual post-beach look (even with sunblock). Lobster skin or not, it should be fun!

Picnic in Central ParkWe had a picnic in Central Park last weekend – my favorite way to relax after a stressful week!

I thought I’d do a beach-themed roundup today in honor of our trip:

This Saint James Bikini from Coach is adorable. I love the retro styling.

If you want something a little more covered up, you may like this Belted Sailboat One-Piece from Lime Ricki. Hello, sailor!

I can’t get enough stripes in my life, so I couldn’t leave these Cabana Stripe Beach Towels from Dwell Studio off my list. They come in so many colors that it’s hard to choose my favorite!

We bought a pair of these Beach Chairs from Target. I like how they sit low to the ground so you can sink your feet into the sand, and you certainly can’t beat the price!

4th of July StyleI snapped a pic of this lady yesterday – now this is how to dress for the 4th of July!                      There was no rain in sight either!

I am about as pale as you can get (see previously mentioned lobster skin), so I use this Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer anytime I head to the beach. Self-tanner is notorious for its stinky scent, so I usually apply it the night before and then shower in the morning. Jergens has (mostly) gotten rid of most of that stinky smell though, so I may just apply it in the morning and go.

A pair of cute sandals is a must! I have a pair of these Vaughn T-Straps from Loft, and I love them. They are so comfortable that it almost feels like you aren’t wearing shoes at all.

This Embroidered Gauze Cover Up from Old Navy is pretty and breezy – love it!

If you are packing food, might I suggest this Lemon Asparagus Couscous Salad with Tomatoes? Yum!

Upper West Side BlockA quick shot of our block – it looks so pretty in the summer!

Last but not least, a juicy read is a must! I’m bringing The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Wiener.

Pack everything into a big tote (love this colorblocked one), grab a six pack of beer or soda, and you are good to go!

When’s the last time you went to the beach?

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