Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Carrie Bradshaw Bun

School has officially started. It's 9:00 and my bedtime.  If you are feeling the Sunday Blues and need a pick me up...just watch this video one time and I promise you will laugh for a good hour.


Now that we are in good spirits, here are some fun things you should try this week. 

(Window Shopping-it will save you tons)
Oh yes, another pair of the beautiful glitter Miu Miu shoe. This time in pink...

Add a little funkyness to your nails...

(DIY-'Chevron' something)
I "Chevroned" my vanity...yes...Chevroned
I followed THIS same tutorial

 It's now 9:28.  Waaayyy past my bedtime so last but certainly not least...

(Beauty-Hair-Find a new do)
Number one moment of my week:
It seems like FOREVER that I have been trying to find the perfect hair tutorial for the perfect bun...dork fest I know. I need a look that helps the "I hate showering and styling my hair" attitude I have most days.  I've found some pretty helpful ones and then I found this....The Carrie Brandshaw's perfect!

Most style blogs have good hair tutorials. My favorite, that I check almost daily to see what good things have been added, is The Beauty Department. They have some great beauty tutorials! Enjoy!

Monday, August 8, 2011

"How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun." - Vincent Van Gogh

My non-blue shoes inpsired me to post yellow inspiration...

I love to add yellow to anything blue. Especially navy and white; especially navy and white stripes. For an outfit a yellow belt, bright yellow shoes or something as simple as a yellow bracelet add a perfect touch. Yellow is a wonderful accent to add to a mostly blue home like mine.

Photo Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (my bed)

Loft Love

I wish I lived in a loft...
From the super modern...

 To the exposed brick and old wood types...

I'd live in just about any type of loft! Even this one....

No but seriously how cool would this have been when you were a kid??

Photo sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunday Blues

Sometimes I get the Sunday Blues.  To help with those blues, I surf the world wide web (excluding any news) for things that make me smile and I always listen to music.  I'm really loving The Civil Wars so here's a song and some pretty blue photos I found on pinterest today that can turn your Sunday Blue frown upside down. (wow)

I call it "Operation TTSBFUD" (Turn That Sunday Blue Frown Upside Down...duh)

I know the shoe below isn't blue but OMG! Ignoring the fact that normal day-to-day life does not allow for this type of shoe to be worn (oh and the $890 price tag!), how much does this shoe make you smile?? Even if you wear tennis shoes everyday and refuse to ever slip your little foot into a heel, you have to admit these shoes are just fabulous! I don't normally say things like "OMG" or "fabulous" but this shoe does that to me!
Source: Saks

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Obsessed: Chevron Print

I know this zig zag, or chevron print, is everywhere but I can't get enough of it! I first noticed it online at on a rug and of course they were all SOLD OUT by the time I talked myself into buying it! Check out my previous post or click on "DIY Chevron Painting" under my "Favorite DIY" section to the left and I'll show you an easy way to get a little Chevron in your home.

Photo Sources

Friday, August 5, 2011

DIY Chevron Painting

This is a quick and easy DIY to help add the oh so trendy Chevron print in your home.
Pinterest inspiration for this project:
First you will want to find a chevron pattern online to copy to your canvas.  You can attempt to draw your own, but speaking from experience, it's really hard to get a perfect pattern.  To help, here is a link to a great pattern you can just print out and your ready.  It is a PDF file so you can actually zoom in or out until you get your desired pattern size.
So once you have your pattern, you need to decide what size canvas you would like to paint on.  This pattern can be made into many different projects.  A quick search online will take you to many fun projects from rugs to ottomans.

Once you have your pattern and canvas you now need to decide what colors you want to use.  The colors most commonly used in Chevron prints are one bold color paired with a more muted and neutral color.  This is YOUR painting going in YOUR home so you pick whatever colors inspire you and will work in your home.
     I picked navy blue and white. 

Now to begin, I found the easiest way to paint this pattern is to paint the entire canvas with the lightest color and wait for it to dry before continuing. Also, make sure to paint your edges:

If you are impatient like me, it is totally fine to use a hair dryer to manually dry your paint and get on with your project:

Cut out the pattern, lay it on the canvas and trace it lightly with a pencil (I apologize for the poor photo quality, had to use my phone)

With painter's tape, tape the parts you do you not want to paint

Paint with your second color on the exposed pattern. Again, remember to paint your edges.
After a second coat, if needed, allow to dry or use a hair dryer and remove the tape when paint is completely dry.  Tape around the next zig zag and continue the process until you have finished.

Enjoy your final project!!