Monthly Archives: April 2012

Inspiration: Boys and Arrows

I am in love with these bikinis from California swimwear company Boys and Arrows. I love the vibrant colors and flattering cuts. I especially love their message. They are a company of strong women, celebrating confidence and making memories, which is something I can 100% get behind.

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The Weekender: Denim Cut Offs

I figured since I just made my self a pair of denim cut offs that I am obsessing over, why not take it to the next step. So far, I’ve lounged around the house in them, usually with flip-flops and a sweatshirt, that needs to change. I have big plans for these shorts. Big plans, I say!


My Top 5 Drugstore Beauty Bargains

I love to go to Sephora and walk around. I usually start with a few things in my hand and very slowly start to put them back on the shelves. This whole process takes about 20 to 30 minutes and I walk out with nothing. There are somethings I will never give up, things like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer or Nars bronzer, but some things are also so expensive! It’s not even the amount of money, it’s that I know I could get the same for less, while that’s not true with every product out there, I think there are suitable substitutions at any local drugstore. Here are my top five drugstore beauty products that I can’t live without!

1. Sinful Colors Nail Polish – I love to get these and really trendy colors. For the classics, I suggest paying a little more, but you can’t beat $1.99 for neon!

2. Olay Pro X – I have had my eye on a Clarisonic forever. My skin is super temperamental, so I didn’t want to spend $100+ on a product I wasn’t 100% on. I bought the Olay Pro X with the intention of upgrading to a Clarisonic. But, wow, my skin is completely different. I have used it for a little over a month now, twice a day. I did break out for a week or so after I started using it, but my skin has cleared up and is glowing. I don’t see the point of paying more, so I’m going to stick with it. I don’t use the cleanser, I found it too abrasive so I switched out for my Cetafil cleanser.

3. L’Oreal Color Riche Balm in Caring Coral – I was so sad to find my favorite lip gloss (don’t laugh) Wet N’ Wild’s AmazeMint was discontinued. I picked this up, thinking it would just have to do. Well, I am obsessed. I like lip color, but I hate feeling like I have too much on. This is perfect, it’s like a tinted chapstick only better, and it has SPF 15. I’m sold!

4. Maybelline Falsies Volume Express Mascara – I had been back and forth through different higher end brands and it seemed pointless. It’s kind of hard for me to tell the difference between mascaras, so I grabbed this because it was a little more heavy-duty than the Maybelline Great Lash and haven’t looked back.

5. Cetafil Daily Facial Cleanser – Cetafil and I have a long history. I used it in high school and then as I got older migrated to more high-end brands. After buying a $65 face wash, that somehow managed to make my skin look worse than it already was, I decided to go back to the basics. I had to ask myself, what was I doing when my skin was at it’s best? What am I doing differently. So, I recreated my high school routine and adjusted from there. Every once in a while I get a little ballsy and try something new, but it never lives up to expectations (or the price tag) so I just go back. I’ve used both the Daily Facial Cleanser and the Gentle Cleanser and both are great!

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DIY: Upcycled Beach Tote

Every time I got to the beach, I scramble to find an appropriate bag. My canvas totes aren’t large enough and my purses are not beach worthy. I found this straw bag at a Goodwill for $5, depending on what you have around the house, this upcycled could cost anywhere from $5 – $12. I absolutely love my new bag. I can’t wait to stuff it full of snacks and beachy goodness.

Things you’ll need:

Straw Bag

Flat Head Screw Driver


1/8 in. Suede Cord



Shirt or Tank (the bottom width should measure the same as mouth of bag)



Step 1: Find yourself a nice sturdy beach bag.

Step 2: Remove the handle rivets. I used a flathead screwdriver to loosen the top of the rivet and pulled it apart using pliers. Not the easiest job, but well worth the trouble.

Step 3: Take your suede cord and cut into 18 even lengths. Tape down 9 sections at a time to a table and braid using 3 lengths as 1 strand.

Step 4: Use the holes left from your rivets and thread the sections from your leather braid through them. If you need to make them a little bigger, use your scissors. Tie knots on the end on the strands and trim.

Step 5: If your bag has lining that you think is pretty gross or just want a new clean liner, use a seam ripper and remove it. Then take your bag and lay it over your t-shirt or tank. Measure a few inches below the bag and cut.

Step 6: Turn the shirt inside out and sew the bottom.

Step 7: Sew the shirt to inside of bag. I followed the holes left from the seam I removed, this seemed a lot easier than trying to create a new straight line.



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Inspiration: Ani Bikinis

I can’t get over the whimsical feel of these suits from ANI Bikinis. I am a fan of the wrap around bikini top and these are beautiful. I love the texture of the hand dyed fabrics and crocheted knits and all the suits are made in the US.

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DIY: Cut Off Jean Shorts

With summer getting closer I decided it was time to make myself a good pair of cut offs. Shorts are always so hard for me because I am very particular and nothing seems well-fitting enough, which is why the best solution is to DIY a pair.

1. Take a pair of old jeans. I thrifted my pair for $3 and bought them a few sizes larger than I wear my jeans. I like my jean shorts on the larger side (no too large) because I hate feeling like my thighs are hanging out AND I have muffin top. That would be the worst.

2. Gather your supplies. You’ll need, your jeans, safety pins, scissors and a ruler (Sharpie and iron are optional).

3. Either take a pair of shorts with a length you like, or put them on. Either way, place a safety-pin (or two or three) at your desired length. Take them off and lay them flat. I chose to cut at about 9 inches from the inseam. I figured If I messed up, it gave me enough room to fix, I could fold once for longer and twice for shorter, or decide I hate the fold and just cut them shorter. I used a ruler and a very light sharpie line (I used a light blue). Cut very carefully.

4. Fold your jeans, back pockets facing out. Line up your short side and cut the second side.

5. If you choose to cuff your jean shorts and like them where they are, I suggest ironing them. I am still on the fence so I chose not to do so. The part of my that likes itty bitty sort is screaming at me to cut them shorter, but I might give the longer one a go for a while. Random film reference: I like them because they make me feel like Roberta in Now and Then.

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What I wore: I’ve been obsessing long enough….

For my last Weekender post I posted this outfit.

Well, I was too obsessed to not let it come to fruition. I regret absolutely nothing about this outfit. I loved it and the weather was perfect. It’s by far my new favorite.

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State of the Art

Last night, Tommy and I saw Gotye! It hands down one of the most interesting shows I have ever been to. Not only was he an amazing performer, but every aspect of the stage seems so curated. Gotye drummed and sang and ran around hitting triangles and samplers like a mad scientist, but it all seemed to have a purpose and gave you a sense of how intricate his music really is.

One of my favorite aspects (beside watching him drum, which was amazing) was the animated videos playing behind him. Most of them were his music videos, which are beautiful to begin with, others were new. One of my favorites featured a man peeling off his shirt, then his whole body, becoming a bear, and back to a man again as he repeatedly pulled layers off. Everything felt emotive and set the mood.

My favorite videos



The Writing on the Wall

I love the look of type throughout the house. From marquee signage to type heavy prints, I just love it all. Recently, I bought craft letters at Beverly’s but I believe they have them for the same price at Paper Source, too! They are so versatile, you can do almost anything imaginable with them. I chose to leave mine plain, because I like the texture of the cardboard, but there are some great DIY’s out there, including a faux zinc finish. I’ve rounded up my top 5 tutorials online, so check it out.

Let Birds Fly

On To Baby


346 Living

First Lady of the House

Inspiration: Mara Hoffman Swimwear

I am not one to spend $200 on a swimsuit, but I cannot stop obsessing over Mara Hoffman’s swimwear line. Her prints are insanely adorable and her shapes are so fun! Can I also say this model is gorgeous? This shoot is just beautiful. It makes me want to go back in time, vacation in Havana and fall in love with a young waiter/revolutionary played by Diego Luna. I could have gone with another film reference, but I don’t care if the world knows I’ve seen Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights. Twice.

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