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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 7.25

Happy Friday, Stylespotters! I’ve shared posts with you in the past that are centered around simplicity and nature–this week we’ll do completely the opposite. Get ready for the glamorous, the elegant, the charming, and the sophisticated.

 

This birdcage succulent planter on Craftberry Bush creates a gorgeous and unique way to display some green in your garden or home. I love the cottage-charm feel, and its versatility would lend well to any room or style in the house.

 

 

Among various other trends, I really can’t get enough of glittered anything. I’m happy to admit I was the little girl who wore her Dorothy-style red slippers everywhere, had sparkly notebooks, pencils, and pens during school, and generously sprinkled glitter straight from the jar all over my mom’s living room (side note–glitter is much harder to get out of carpet than just about anything). So when I spotted these DIY glitter shoes on A Beautiful Mess, obviously I had to share.

 

 

Sparkles aside, who doesn’t enjoy a good pampering every so often? These three DIY tropical body scrubs from Henry Happened are the perfect way to wind down after a long day at the office. Sink into a bubble bath, grab a glass of wine, and let the smell of tropical fruit whisk you away to your own exotic paradise.

 

 

Next time you’re looking to revamp your home, try adding some bright color to the walls, furniture, and floors to create a room that’s full of life and excitement. I’m crazy about the style of these happy homes from The Inspired Room.

 

 

And lastly, if you’re like me, you need all the help you can get to make your hair look good. Not only is mine thick and untamed most of the time, I’m awful at styling it in anything more than a messy bun. So for those of us out there who need some help, try these mermaid pearl hairpins from This is Glamorous to add some elegance to your up-do.

 

 

Now go get your glam on! Until next week!


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 7.4

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! This has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I hope your long weekend is full of laughs, food, fireworks, friends, and family! Before you’re too busy enjoying all of the festivities, whatever they might be, take a look at these cuties:

 

This USA Cake from Oh Happy Day might just be the most adorable (and geographically accurate) cake I’ve ever seen. This sweet dessert is definitely a crowd-pleaser that’s easy enough to make for even the most baking-illiterate of us.

 

 

I love the summery, sophisticated look of this laced back dress featured on Stripes & Sequins. Add a pair of flashy red heels and a couple red accessories, and you’ve automatically got an outfit that screams July Fourth.

 

 

If you’ve always wanted a hammock (like me), and live somewhere with a couple good trees to tie one up to (unlike me), let this Simple Summer Hammock DIY from Design Sponge inspire you to get to work! A couple yards of flashy fabric will add even more color to a blooming garden, and a space for you to relax and enjoy the summer days!

 

 

If you’re throwing a party over the weekend and need a last-minute red, white, and blue decoration idea, try this bright blue Seashell Vase I spotted on Brewed Together. Patriotic enough to stand out for the Fourth, but subtle enough to earn a permanent place in any room.

 

 

And lastly, check out this tutorial on how to make burger balloons from Studio DIY. They gave me a good chuckle, I hope they’ll do the same for you.

 


Ellen Miller

Can you believe it? Birkenstocks are back!

Image created via Polyvore

I’m shocked, mystified—and maybe just a little bit excited. Sales of Birkenstocks have spiked, and once again, the German orthopedic sandals have stepped into the sartorial zeitgeist. Since spring, the two-strap version called the Arizona has been popping up on fashion blogs and city streets, and now the style is frequently selling out at retailers like J.Crew, Zappos, and ASOS. Introduced by the company in 1973, you may also recall that the shoe cycled back into closets in the 90s. I saved up my babysitting money and—cringe—proudly wore mine with flannel shirts, baggy jeans, and baby T’s. Full disclosure: These fashion flashbacks have kept me from actually opening my wallet the second time around, though I’m close to caving. Here’s my justification: While I’m still not sold on the way the super-chunky Arizonas look with dresses, they feel fresh with distressed jeans and a white T-shirt. And, unlike strappy sandals, ballet flats, or flip flops—this summer shoe is actually good for your feet. What do you think? Is this comfy trend worth trying?

 


Kirsten Grove

Runway to Color Palette: A Minimalist New Year

New Years is in just a few days. With that comes spring cleaning, organizing and throwing away those things that just don’t matter anymore. I love removing things from my decor that are adding clutter instead of adding beauty. A lovely palette that can take your space from too much stuff to being minimalist awesome is black, white and silver. Of course color is the best and can always be introduced but if you are craving a more simple space, this is your color palette! Here’s the look:

Products: 1. Dining Table 2. Table Lamp 3. Candle Holder 4. Teapot 5. Candlestick Holders 6. Tray 7. Bowl 8. Dining Chair  For even more finds inspired by this palette, go here.

Color Inspiration: Jacket
Introduce Samovar Silver in accessories and even wood furniture pieces.

Color Inspiration: Pants
I’m all for black accent walls. Domino creates the perfect dramatic wall to showcase your whites, silvers and other tones.

Color Inspiration: Shirt
Extra White is a great bright white that looks awesome on the walls, furniture and accessories.

Outfit Photo via Sincerely Jules. Paint via Sherwin Williams.

We a see a stylish, minimalist space below using the black, white and silver color palette.

Image: VT Wonen


Kirsten Grove

Runway to Color Palette: A Stylish Holiday

This holiday season, I have strayed away from the classic red and green color palette and focused on a more modern palette which includes gold, white and a little cream. The reason I am so keen on this color family is because it’s a nice transition into the New Year, and it gives off a more sophisticated vibe. A lot like the ensemble below, this color palette is classic, trendy and full of style. Try this holiday palette in your dining room and your guests will be sure to give some Ooh’s and Aah’s. Here’s the look:

Products: 1. Teapot 2. Flatware 3. Fur Throw 4. Chair 5. Wall Decor 6. Wallpaper 7. Placemats 8. Dining Table  For even more finds inspired by this palette, go here.

Color Inspiration: Jacket.
Folky Gold is a pretty hue to introduce in textiles, wall art and other accessories.

Color Inspiration: Shirt
Paint your walls a bright white, like Pure White, to allow all of the pretty tones to pop.

Color Inspiration: Pants
Venetian Lace is perfect for painted furniture and tabletop accessories.

Outfit Photo via Apartment 34. Paint via Sherwin Williams.

 

Image: Coco Lapine Design

 


Kirsten Grove

Runway To Color Palette: Green With Envy

When I think of the color green, there are hundreds of tones that come to mind. Mostly because there are so many versions of green available. Forest, emerald, lime and celadon just to name a few. Whatever green that you fancy, try pairing it with silver and white. It gives the green a chance to pop and look stylish and trendy at the same time. I focus a lot on living spaces when I write this column. Today I want to style a bedroom using green, white and silver. Inspired by the skirt seen below, here’s the look:

Products: 1. Bedding 2. Table Lamp 3. Pillow 4. Mirror 5. Rug 6. Pillow  For even more finds inspired by this palette, go here.

Color Inspiration: Skirt.
For a rich green to use in upholstered pieces, bedding, pillows and other accessories, try Garden Grove or Evergreens.

Bonus:
Pair your green with a white like Extra White and silver like Samovar Silver.

Outfit Photo via Style Sight. Paint via Sherwin Williams.

Below is a stunning bedroom, showcasing a beautiful, bold green. Would you decorate using this color palette?

Image: Because I’m Addicted