Jewelry Tray DIY

3-6-2015 12-55-35 PM There’s nothing better than the smell of 1,000 candles all burning at once! Ok – slight exaggeration but I do love putting my apt alight when I get home after a long day! Sometimes, I’ll strategically light certain scents at the same time so that I can get the perfectly blended, custom aroma that I love. One of my current fave scents? Anything pear w/ sandalwood and spice. I’m trying to embrace for as long as possible before I feel forced by the onset of Spring to move to more floral options. Anyways, if you’re like me, you know that a good candle can be a decent investment. That’s why being able to repurpose the gorgggg things can make all the difference! I use old candles to hold mints & gumballs on the coffee table, to arrange flowers in, and especially to throw loose rings/jewelry into! The one pictured here is from Anthropologie. All ya gotta do? Once your candle has burnt all the way down, stick it in the freezer overnight. The frozen wax bits will chip right off and BAM – good to go. It’s pretty amazing how effective this is! (Just make sure to rinse thoroughly if using for anything edible!) IMG_0670 IMG_0674 IMG_0746IMG_0764 IMG_0753

Some of my favorite candles??? Click to shop!

Jo Malone Lime Basil / Diptyque Tuberose / Voluspa Eden & Pear / Anthropologie Pineapple

Blog Love + FASHIONLUSH

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Our favorite part about blogging is connecting with other blogger beauties! There’s something so motivational and supportive about the blog community! Recently, the babe behind FashionLush sent us a package of bloggy goodies that totally brightened our week! Take a look at a few of our favorite items below. Hope you like them — we’re obsessed with the new Skinny Confidential book & Erica’s (FashionLush boss lady) hand painted arrows!! Also newly drooling over the Prana Headband & all their cute athletic gear!

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Mammoth Vibes

IMG_7944If you had to choose ONE place in the entire world to go to with a snap of a finger, whenever you needed to unwind, where would it be?

My answer would be Mammoth, hands down. I am sure some of you already knew that based on older posts. Whenever I have an ounce of time, I always make an effort to travel there. I have so much history and so many memories there because Mammoth was a staple family vacationing spot every summer growing up.

We all lead such busy lives, where we are constantly hustling from one enterprise to another. It is extremely important to TREAT YO SELF, every once in a while. Mammoth is my treat. I am completely and utterly in love with this near perfect place.

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 See an outfit or pieces you like? Shop the look!

Vest / Striped V-Neck / Chambray / Green jacket / Beanie / Sunglasses

At Home Inspo Canvases

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Last weekend was my beautiful friend Brittney’s birthday! It was so much fun! We had the best girl’s day that started with a hike through a forest oasis of super-tall trees and waterfalls. Afterwards, we headed back to her place and painted inspirational life quotes on canvases. It was so relaxing and fun to just forget the real world, sip beer, and paint!

Brittney bought canvases at JoAnn’s fabrics for less than $7 a pack (talk afforadable!), and threw around some fun paints, glitters, and metallic pens for us to craft with. It was the perfect afternoon! We chatted about upcoming weddings (why are all of my friends getting engaged?! CRAZY!), ate salad, watched How to Get Away With Murder, and were pretty much as girlie as it gets! Such a fun afternoon, and definitely one to replicate for any east-coasters stuck in the snow! Check out our photos below for some inspiration! Think mason jars, Martha Stewart glitter, and salad-while-you-paint (aka.. excuse the salad bowl remnants in our shots! Girls gotta eat!)

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^^ My canvas? “Friends, lovers, and glasses of wine. 3 things that should never be counted.” AMEN SISTAS! (+ a little teal glitter heart – it looks like a blob here because I was waiting for the glitter to dry!)

Below: Pic from our hike! How pretty is that waterfall!?

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Zen Vibes

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When Eryn and I moved in together, I had to reorganize my life (moving is good for that, at least). I love having a desk in my room, because it’s like my little zen sanctuary where I can be creative and get work done without any distractions. I’ve always loved keeping things simple, decorative, and girly! But much to my surprise, a lot of my girlfriends live in perpetual clutter, chucking clothes, old documents, jewelry, fake eyelashes – you name it! – on their desks. We’re all guilty of getting a lil messy because, let’s face it, none of us have enough time. But I’ve recently realized how happy it makes me to come home to my cute, organized desk that showcases my fave jewelry and perfumes!

That’s my zen tip. It’s so nice to know that you have a clean surface in your room, a place where you can escape from wine nights and rowdy apartment visitors to just sit and do your makeup / paint your nails / write a thank you card / blog / work / skype / etc etc etc! I promise, your life will feel so much more organized, and you’ll feel happy when your desk is cute, clean, and a showcase of all your beautiful girly trinkets!

Just random thoughts of the day, but it’s the little stuff that matters and really makes ya happy! Hope everyone had a great Monday!

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Click to shop!

Chanel Perfume / Coach Perfume / Cuff / Earrings / Necklace 

Restaurant Review: Mattei’s Tavern

matteis-tavern-4Restaurant Name: Mattei’s Tavern
Location: 2350 Railway Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: American
Great for: Brunch / Your wedding / Living here forever

This place is a little magical getaway in the middle of Los Olivos. It’s perfect for brunch because outdoor seating is plentiful. There’s a huge grassy outside area with bocce ball, live music, and lots of space for dancing and frolicking in the sunshine! Plus, the food is amaaaaazing. So is the coffee. Do you really need anything more?? #heaven

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Brunch was followed by a fun little photo shoot around the grounds! We were all soooo over caffeinated after 4 cups of coffee each… the stuff was just so damn good and they kept refilling our mugs!!

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How fun is this little chalk board cabana?? It’s literally a cabana on the grounds and the walls are all chalk… pretty sure it’s there for little kids to doodle on while their parents brunch. We’re kids. That’s why we love it.

Drooling yet?? Visit the website here 

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&& “WRITE DRUNK, EDIT SOBER.” Words of wisdom, blogger friends. Never let that wine leave your hand. JK! But only kinda…

Travel Diary: Morocco

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Just a few colorful photos from my trip to Morocco! I love looking back at these with an appreciation for the beautiful culture, colorful homes, and delicious foods! Time to start thinking about my next adventure…

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↑↑↑ Ahhh those tiles!! So inspired, I’m hunting for something similar for my new bathroom!! Where are you favorite adventure spots?? I need suggestions! Share below :)

Staying organized in 2015

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2015 is going to be THE year. We have so many fun and exciting things planned… our biggest problem is keeping track of it all!! We’re sharing a few little goodies to kick start 2015 and help you to stay organized and happy!

Most important: super cute planner printables! These are FREE (we love free!!) and really fun/decorative. Plus, you can print ’em at home.

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We printed this one from Chantel Emma to keep track of halfsies meetings & events! Try handmade home or Just a girl and her blog for other adorable designs.

Simple changes will made a biiig impact this year! Other things we’re using to stay organized? Fun sticky notes (for leaving funny notes around the apartment, labeling the fridge with healthy reminders, jotting a love note on a bottle of wine… you know). Kate Spade does it again with this little set at Nordstrom! Also, why not try a fox paper clip holder & assorted mustache paper clips?? I mean, comon.

We’re also lovers of the Bad Goods Notebook (perfect for jotting dreams and doodles and to-do lists), and Wildfox’s To-Do T (why make your own lists? this one clearly already lists everything that matters… practicing piano, sewing, walking into town, writing, and finding love… ♥).

And this year, we are vowing not to throw our earrings across our bedroom at night in our tired delirium. These little jewelry boxes can help you stay organized by serving as an accent item on your nightstand! Or, opt for a simple small plate and use it as a ring / earring tray.

Oh, and if you don’t have a reusable waterbottle that’s cute and chic and made of glass (BPA/weird chemical free, yay!), get with it. It’s 2015.

What are you doing to stay organized in 2015?? Share share! xx

 

New Year’s Celebration Outfit Inspo

The burning question while prepping for the New Year’s celebration isn’t “what are you doing?”, it is “what are you wearing?” It is vital to ring in the new year with a BANG, might as well look fab while doing it! If you haven’t had time to think about what you are going to wear, we are here to help you! Below, we put together a variety of New Year’s celebration outfits, that we hope will inspire you! Share with us on how you will be ringing in the new year and what you will be wearing!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014

It’s is that time of year again! Whether you are toughing out the madness with the other Black Friday shoppers, or taking the restful route through online shopping, but still in the “what should i get them?” zone, you’ve come to the perfect place! Below are Holiday Gift Guides for Her and Him – helping to make your buying decisions a little less stressful this holiday season! Enjoy!

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1. Taylor Swift Inspired Song Lyric Candle, $17, NandNDesigns
2. Best Bitches Handstamped Friendship Bracelets, $20, RadLion
3. Pile Jacket With Sequins, $79.95, H&M
4. Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Album, $15.99, Target
5. ArdaMarie Jewelry, Costs Vary, ArdaMarie
6. Tannery LA Bags, Costs Vary, Tannery LA
7. On The Rocks Be Legendary Lipgloss Set, $20, Smashbox
8. Sogno Bello Coin Necklace, $49, Urban Outfitters
9. ‘Yes Please’ by Amy Poehler, $17.65, Barnes & Nobles

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1. CPO Russo Quilted Shirt Jacket, $99, Urban Outfitters
2. ‘Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People’ by Matt Hoyle, Amazon
3. Derek Jeter Candle Yankees MLB, $17, NandNDesigns
4. Karsoni Foosball Table, $99, Fab
5. FujiFilm X UO Custom Colored Mini 8 Instax Camera , $100, Urban Outfitters
6. Herschel Supply Co. Little America Weather Backpack, $99, Urban Outfitters
7. Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer-Making Kit, $40, Anthropologie
8. Nixon Time Teller P Watch, $60, Urban Outfitters
9. Dollar Shave Club Membership, Costs Vary, Dollar Shave Club