The Colors of Spring {Manicures}!

It’s finally time to pack away what’s left of your cold weather clothes and boots and embrace the season of new beginnings and new, colorful fashion and beauty trends. Regardless of how I fill my closet, the one thing that truly makes me smile is a fresh new manicure. Out with the dark colors of winter and IN with the bright, bold and beautiful! I’ve been keeping an eye on the most talked about nail trends for the 2014 season and decided to put the owner of my nail salon to the test. From bright whites to metallic stripes to polka dots, the look is clean, crisp and at the same time totally classic. For a girl who usually stays neutral for most of the year, I find that I can’t keep away from the bright, candy colors that line the shelves of her salon now. Robin’s egg blue, bright … [Read more...]

Fall Photography – Fashion Inspiration

As summer comes to an end and our anticipation for fall grows bigger each day, many families start to think about having family photos taken. The holidays are rapidly approaching, the kids are back in school and the temperatures are a little bit cooler - fall is the perfect time to get professional photos taken. The number one question I get asked when a client books a session is, "What should we wear?!" It can be the most stressful part of taking photos, but with these tips you will be on your way to fun, stylish and beautiful family portraits. 1) Color - gone are the days of white t-shirts and jeans or every family member wearing the same outfit. Fall is a gorgeous time of year and the color of your clothes should reflect the season! Jewel tones are always a great option during this … [Read more...]

Hip Lace Table Runners and Other Modern DIY Ideas for Doilies

You know the old saying, what goes around comes around. What was once placed on our grandparent's side tables and buffets are now HIP again. I believe our grandmothers would be proud of us using doilies and lace in today's DIY projects. I've gathered six ideas, from amazing gals, that mix old-fashioned and modern to bring you home decor AND wearable art. /1/ Doily Table Runner - This table runner will make you want to raid Granny's linen closet. It is chic and old-fashioned all at the same time, made from multiple doilies simply hand-stitched together. /2/ Decoupage with Lace - Bowls, Cups, Vases...let your imagination run wild with this fun tutorial. /3/ Doily Light Fixture - This lamp gives such a beautiful illumination when lit, you'll wish you had one for every room. /4/ Doily Bib … [Read more...]

15 Spring Crafts You Can Wear

Are you crafty? Do you appreciate making things on your own and then wearing them with pride? I have a head to toe round-up of springtime crafts that are easy and wearable. /1/ Fabric Flowers - After you make a few of these cuties you can add them to headbands or belts. Add a pin to the back and wear one as a brooch on your favorite jacket. /2/ Embroidered Sunglasses - Cross-stitch is HOT right now. It's not your granny's craft anymore! Please except these sunglasses as Exhibit A in my case. /3/ Perler Bead Earrings - Stumbling across this craft took me back to my childhood. Do you remember Perler beads? Back then we made shapes and animals out of them. Today you can learn to make a trendy pair of earrings. {They remind me of the popular wooden ones that are circling the … [Read more...]

Five Jewelry Pieces We Wear Because of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey has created quite the following - dare I say cult? Sunday and Monday my Facebook stream is filled with comments, reviews or after last week, anger, about what is happening on the show. Never kill off a favorite character! The show has also hugely impacted fashion and jewelery trends. Pinterest anyone? I have to admit, I am quite the fan of the Downton Abbey inspired jewelry that is popping up everywhere. Here are my top picks! 1. Lace Collars The simplicity and versatility of this necklace is endless. Even better? You can learn how to make your very own on Madigan Made. Pretty necklace + DIY = pure WIN! 2. Ornate Chokers This piece has my name written all over it. Made of stunning black beads this necklace is sure to get attention anytime you wear it! Pair it with … [Read more...]

How To Make A No-Knit Scarf!

Wondering how to make a DIY scarf that you won't have to knit? Winter remains our chilly companion but with the cold season coming to a close in a month or two, even people who do yarn craft don't have time to make new cold weather accessories before it's too warm to wear them. Try any of these five no-knit tutorials and patterns. You'll have an adorable new scarf in a jiffy! Braided Sweater Scarf at Just Another Day In Paradise  Draped Braided Scarf at Nette Vivante  Long Finger Knit Rope Scarf at Craftsy Chunky Twisted Scarf at Honestly Knotted N0-Knit Scarf at Martha Stewart  Have you tried your hand at making your own winter accessories? Let us know in the comments and keep warm out there! … [Read more...]