I've always been a fan of mixing navy + black and love that it is popping up more and more. I usually lean towards more of a bluish navy instead of a darker shade that might look more black. I think that is the is key when mixing the two colors, you want to be able to see the contrast and not have people thinking "did she think that was black?" or "did she think that was blue?" Which is why the knotted panel dress from Zara is the perfect shade of navy. And how fun is the detailing in the back!
It's no secret that I love a good DIY and these are just a few that are currently on my to do list. Some will take a little more time and effort than others but that's part of the fun. I find I stay motivated when I'm jumping from one to another, mixing in a few easy ones between the difficult ones. I've been pretty terrible about posting my DIY/upcycling projects which is why my jewelry hanger, dresser, vanity, clothing rack, and coffee table tray haven't seen the light of day [except for on instagram!]. Well, from here on out I've decided to share my DIY's with you all!
Not sure what will be first, but I promise it will be a good one!
As a kid I always loved my grandparents house but as I've gotten older I've learned to appreciate it more than I ever thought possible. It is the home my grandpa built not longer after he and my grandma were married. It is the home my mom and uncle grew up in. It is where every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter has been spent since I was a kid. And where I'd go for 1 or 2 weeks every summer, no brothers allowed, just me and grandma and grandpa (both brothers also had their week alone each summer). Every time I'm there I think of a new memory I'd forgotten over the years and I always learn something new while talking with my grandma. This past weekend was no different (I learned how to can corn!) and since I had my camera along I thought I'd share a few pictures of my favorite place in the whole world, the home my grandfather built.
What are you all up to this weekend?
I'm heading a few hours north of the city to spend the weekend at my grandma's. Mom and I decided to make it a mini girls weekend since my oldest brothers bachelor party is this weekend. So Cory, my dad and other brother Nick will all be gone. It's not too often I get to spend an entire weekend with just mom and grandma so I'm pretty excited for this little retreat.
Not to mention grandma's house is the perfect place for a little R&R since there is no cable or internet, which also means the cell phone will be turned off. And that is fine by me because sometimes you just need a little break from all things technology.
I'll be back Monday but I hope you all have a great weekend!
I've slowly started to add pieces to my fall wardrobe and this was one I had to share since they can really be worn any time of year. These fun little ankle boots are the perfect color of taupe, can be worn with anything and are budget friendly coming in at only $30! And did I mention they also come in black? And at that price, getting both would still make your wallet happy.
I'm sure most of you saw pieces of the Target '13 Look Book for fall posted over at Atlantic-Pacific yesterday but the looks are too amazing not to be posted all over the blog world. You can 100% tell Blair was the master mind of styling, which is why I'm in love with every look. And why I'll be stalking my local Target to make sure I don't miss these pieces hitting the stores.
Even the guys outfits are amazing and leave me wishing I had a boy to shop for!
Make sure to check out the rest of the looks [guys included] here.
Happy Monday, everyone!
Did you all have a good weekend?
My Saturday was super busy due to having both my [will be] sister in law's wedding shower and a high school friends wedding. Lucky for me I had zero plans set for Sunday so I spent most of yesterday lounging and resting up.
Sara asked if I could take a few pictures at her shower and while they all came out pretty great, I just had to share a few of my favorites, the ones of her with her niece Grace. The adorable flower girl helped open every gift and couldn't have been cuter with all of her oh's and ah's. Not to mention that pink and white dress and her pink sparkly sandals (not pictured).
She's pretty much the cutest and I can't wait to see her the day of the wedding!
a strawberry crate made by my great grandfather becomes a coffee table tray :||: pretty flowers from a local farmers market
the perfect pool day sunnies :||: pizza from a local favorite
fun new earrings via Old Navy :||: with friends before a Reds Game
my parents front porch aka my happy place :||: fresh fruit for a fruit pizza
Happy Monday, Friends!
Sorry for the disappearing act I pulled last week. It was one of those weeks where no matter what I did I just couldn't catch up! I was super busy, had lots of projects, my sleep was completely thrown off and I just felt like a walking zombie! Luckily this past weekend was exactly what I needed and I'm now completely caught up! Which is a good thing since I have another busy week, but this is a fun one since I have a wedding shower and wedding on Saturday to get ready for!
Can you believe it's already August? This summer is flying by and I plan on soaking up every last bit which is why this weekend is filled with cookouts and pool parties, visitors and Reds games, boozy brunches and late night cocktails, maybe a little gym time and hopefully gorgeous weather so I can make the Sunday morning walk to my local farmers market!
Is anyone else excited about the fact that H&M launched their online shop today? I am beyond thrilled! Especially since I now have access to items I can't get at my local store [i.e home]. And it may only be August 1st but looking at the round up above it seems I'm ready for fall! I mean how do you say know 'NO' to that eyelet dress? Or that jacket? Sorry, just can't do it!
Which is why they are both taking up space in my shopping bag.