29 Aug

Hot Pattern: Hexagons

It’s no secret that I love anything chevron (see here and here), but a new geometric pattern has been tugging at my heartstrings lately: hexagons.

I’ve been seeing it everywhere, take a look:

Tiles

Engagement Rings

Shelving

Quilts

Photos like this last one have inspired me to start a hexagon quilt of my own (which seems like a very tedious task because it’s a hand-sewn project, but hopefully worth it!)

What do you think of the hexagon pattern?  Have you noticed it popping up all over the place, or is it just me?  What do you think of my quilt plan?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

28 Aug

Apartment-Happy Dogs

I love dogs, but I also recognize that they bring an enormous change to a person’s lifestyle.  And the responsibility that comes with waggy tails and smelly kisses is only increased when your living space shrinks down!

Are you thinking about getting a new dog? Or are you and your furry best friend moving to a new place?  Here are some things to think about if you want to ensure that your pup is a happy, healthy apartment dweller…

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The Space: Finding the right living situation is incredibly important when you have a pet. Not all buildings accept animals, and many now restrict dogs according to their breed. Not only pit bull breeds, which include the American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and American Staffordshire Terrier, this list also includes dogs like the Husky, German Shepard, and Dalmation. Others restrict by size, so your lovable Golden Retriever would still be out of the question. Sometimes, if the apartment is small, the dog needs to be too. It makes sense, though, because bigger dogs needs more exercise. Which brings us to…

Exercise: There is literally nothing more important (especially when your dog lives in a confined space) than making sure you give your pup the attention and socializing that they deserve. It’s the worst part about owning a dog for those of us who don’t love mornings or exercise. In the mornings, your dog wakes up rested, and if you don’t want them tearing up your place or barking due to pent-up energy then head outside! If there’s no time for a jog a quick game of fetch in a park will do. I find that putting off exercise never works out for my pup because I’m tired at the end of the day, and the last thing I want to do is head out when it’s getting dark and cold outside.

Crating: It’s a big debate among dog owners whether or not to crate train your dog. The essential idea is to get your dog accustomed to its crate to the point where it is a place of comfort. This enables you to lock your dog up without any negative reactions from them like crying while you’re gone or chewing it open. Some dogs won’t take to it but others may benefit from the training. And you’ll head to work in peace without wondering which shoes you’ll come home to in pieces.

Accessories: Last but not least, I want to leave you with an adorable Etsy treasury of everything you need to have a stylish life with your canine companion.

What are your doggy must-dos? Tips for living in a smaller space? How do you feel about crating? Let us know!

17 Aug

Have A Beautiful Weekend!

This week has flown by, and I couldn’t be happier because this weekend is full of excitement!  The main event: Travis and I are putting on our wedding ensembles (or slightly tweaked versions of them) and doing a photo shoot with one of my favorite photographers, Susannah Gill.  Check out her lovely blog for photos of her latest work… I love how she captures sweet little moments between her clients that might otherwise be missed.

But before we jump into all that photo shoot fun, let’s check out some browse-worthy links from around the web…

I made this keychain last night at the California Academy of Sciences’ Nightlife!  (It was hosted by a craft fair :)

Do you schedule sex?

This before and after kitchen makeover is awesome… what an upgrade!

Love this Babushka carafe.

I can’t wait for Fall to begin so I can start wearing tights again :)

The best shade of blush for your skin tone.

Simple, beautiful bangles.

Cute birthday card tutorial!

I adore everything about this gal’s hair

Antique engagement rings are swoon-worthy, don’t you think?

This makes me smile :)

And follow me on Pinterest for more fun finds!

What are you up to this weekend?  Got any fun plans?  Would you ever do a second photo shoot in your wedding attire?  (Even 11 months after the wedding, like us?!)  Share your thoughts in the comments!

30 Jul

Olympic-Inspired Fashion Roundup

Have you all been loving the Olympics as much as I have?  I rarely feel this patriotic or as excited by sports, but I absolutely adore watching talented athletes come together and compete.

If you’re excited by the games, too, here are some fun ways to show off your USA pride without being too over-the-top.

Rock patriotic nails, like this cute stars and stripes version.

Go for the gold when you wear bangles and other accessories in warm metallic hues.

Or keep it simple with a striped dress in red or navy.

Are you a big fan of the Olympics? How do you show off your team USA pride?  Like any of my ideas, above?  Share in the comments!

6 Jul

Have A Splendid Weekend!

Happy Friday, lovelies!  Are you doing anything fun this weekend?  Travis and I are attempting the daunting task of organizing our storage unit.  Not the most fabulous of plans, but don’t you just love that feeling of being super organized?  Fortunately, we’re planning on rewarding ourselves with homemade Junior Mints.

Before I start digging through everything from camping stuff to my old cosmetology mannequins (remember those?), let’s kick off the weekend with some fun links from around the web…

Isn’t henna so beautiful?!

These vintage ads will remind you to celebrate your curves.

Mimic the look of fancy calligraphy!

A lacy bra that’s meant for peeking out from under your shirt…

Awesome outfit inspiration.

A clever makeup trick if you have hooded lids (like me!)

I can’t wait until my hair grows out so I can replicate these adorable looks

A portrait of Marilyn Monroe… using people!

Refrigerator magnets out of Scrabble tiles.

So many beautiful stripes!!

A clever way to balance your drink on the sofa…

A beautiful turquoise ring.

And don’t forget to enter this week’s jewelry giveaway by Sunday night!

What are you up to this weekend?  Got any fun plans?  Any tips for organizing an overwhelming storage space?  (I’ll gladly take ‘em!)