Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer and Target have collaborated to bring us another gorgeous collection of items to brighten up your style and your home. Here are my picks for the top looks and items you have to get your hands on!

Ladies, these items are sure to to sell out fast. So on April 19th, you'd better have your car keys ready to drive to your local Target store! You can purchase the collection online as well, but be prepared for a slow website and products that sell out faster than you can click your mouse!


And they even have some cute outfits for your Mini- Me!


Check out these stylish items for your home!


You can see the full Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection online at Target.com. Will you be shopping this collection?

-Susie

Bring Spring Indoors

Spring is here and my love for flowers is blooming! I have been looking for some chic ways to incorporate florals inside by home. These inspiration pics are so gorgeous! I LOVE a well decorated, beautiful home!

ApartmentTherapy.com 

 










-Susie

Super Simple Easter Nail Art

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Hey, everyone, Grace here! 

Easter is just around the corner, so I thought I’d play around with some nail designs. These looks are great if you’re short on time and patience. 

The easiest one of all is the pastel rainbow. I love this one! I went over my rainbow with glitter, but they’ll look neat with any finish – pearlized, metallic, matte, shiny, or satin.





I also really love this variation of the look below – the pastel rainbow French manicure, found on Pinterest, from the VP Fashion blog. 

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/71213237833315286/




Dots are also quick and easy to add if you use the end of a bobby pin dipped in nail polish. This is great if you don’t have many pastel colors, because you only need two.   








 
Bunny nail art is super cute! You can speed up the process by putting these little guys only on your ring fingers. I used a textured mint green background to represent grass, but any color will work. If using the brush from a white nail polish is too difficult, then there are nail art pens you can get and simply draw the bunnies on that way. The one I have is the Nailene White French Tip Pen. I started out using my bottled polish, and it wasn’t too tough. However, the particular shade of white that I have is not opaque enough, and I ended up with a little ghost bunny. The nail art pen is a brighter white, and much easier to use. Next year, I’m definitely sticking to the pen! 

To make eyes, a mouth, and a nose, I used little bits of glitter. This way, the shapes are perfect. All you need is an orange wood stick and glittery polish! The orange wood stick can be substituted with a toothpick, but since orange wood sticks are longer, they are easier to use. When I use a toothpick, I sometimes poke myself in the palm. I also used the orange wood stick to pick up a little bit of pink for inside the bunny’s ears, but that step is not essential.






And that’s it! I hope you all share your own cute Easter nails. Have fun! 

-Grace




Watch til you Drop!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hey everyone! Angela here again! 

This post is going to be all about this app that I discovered and the shows that I've been watching since discovering it! 

It's called Amazon Prime Instant Video.
Amazon Prime Instant Video is available for download in the App Store. It is also free with any Amazon Prime Membership (hint: if you are a student, you can get a FREE Amazon prime membership!!) 

There are A TON of free shows and movies that you can watch through the app. You just need to be connected to WiFi to watch. I down loaded the app to watch a show my husband told me about: The Americans (FX). This show is freaking awesome! Easily my new favorite show. It takes place in DC in the 1980's, the two main characters are Russian spies who pretend to be American Citizens. They juggle their lives as a family with a small family business, and their duties to the motherland (Russia/Soviet Union). The first two seasons are available for free, and the third (current) season is also available for purchase on the app! 

This was my first experience with binge- watching a show... I was hooked and went on to binge watch all five seasons of Downton Abbey. ****LOVE**** For those of you who don't already know, it's a British period drama set in a fictional Yorkshire Country Estate, and depicts the lives of an aristocratic family, and their staff. The first four seasons are free and the fifth season is available for purchase for $14.99. 
 
Want another awesome show to binge-watch? I just finished up the  4-season series from Showtime,  The Tudors, which is all about the reign of King Henry VIII and his six wives. This is a Showtime series, so there is lots of nudity! Just a fair warning!





I'm in love with this app and all of the shows they have available! I'm still deciding on next show to binge-watch.....

Any recommendations?
 
-Angela
 

LIFE | Creating a Bucket List

Monday, March 16, 2015


I've always wanted to create a Bucket List. A Bucket List is a list of things you want to do or experience before you, well, "Kick the Bucket ." It almost seems silly to think so far in the future, but creating a list of what you want to achieve in your life is a fantastic step in making sure it happens.
So I created a FREE template for you to print out and use to create your very own list.


Everyone's list is always going to be different than everyone else's because we are all unique. You can put anything on your list.
Maybe you want to start a family, or maybe you want to travel to every continent. Maybe you want to learn to play and instrument or get a tattoo.

It's all about the things you want to do in your life and the kind of person you want to be.

So what are you in pursuit of?

I wrote "Happiness, Creativity and Love" on mine. My list covers everything from seeing my favorite band to volunteering to going camping to learning a new language. I used up every single line, but you don't have to. ( I also put a couple on mine that I can check off already, like getting married and starting a family, because I like to feel like I'm accomplishing something. --Insert laughing Cat Emoji here-- )

Here is a glimpse of mine.


What's on your List?

-Susie


Crazy Quilt Blocks

Sunday, March 15, 2015






Hi, everyone, Grace here! Today I’m going to show you one of my recent quilting projects. I’ve been quilting for a few years now, but I have never crazy quilted! This project is my first attempt, and I love how these blocks turned out!




For those of you who are new to quilting, crazy quilts typically incorporate, buttons, embroidery, and other types of embellishment besides fabric to create an energetic collage. The term “block” refers to the individual squares that make up a quilt. Think of a quilt like a grid – each square in the grid is referred to as a block.  I like to use a combination of machine and hand-sewing, but I’ve included a link to some instructions that show you how to put it together with only the machine. Plus, if you use only the decorative stitches on your sewing machine and skip the hand embroidery, these crazy quilt blocks can come together pretty fast! 

Here is a tutorial for a Machine-only quilt block.

Rather than create an entire quilt, I focused on single blocks. I chose different color schemes for each. My favorite is definitely the white and cream block! My inspiration came from Colette Wolff’s book The Art of Manipulating Fabric. She makes beautiful fiber art out of plain white fabric, creating various textures by stitching the fabric into three-dimensional forms. First I laid down my fabric scraps onto my backing fabric, which is muslin (plain-woven cotton). I sewed all of the scraps on, turning under the cut edges or covering them with trim. This is to prevent fraying. Once my base was down, I went over it with embroidery (by hand and machine), buttons, lace and trim. It’s a great project to use up scraps, so that they don’t go to waste. 






I incorporated the most hand-embroidery into the red, blue, and purple block. I learned these stitches from The Complete Book of Needlecraft. By Janet Kirkwood et al. There are tons of embroidery tutorials on Pinterest and YouTube, as well. I like the two illustrations at the bottom of this crafty tumblr post.

I’ve embroidered before, so I only needed a refresher. If you have never embroidered before, or find it difficult to learn from static images, then YouTube is going to be way easier.




I don’t often use the embroidery settings on my sewing machine, so this was the perfect opportunity to try them out! On the earth tones block, I used machine embroidery only, but put together the base with the same machine and hand sewing combo as the previous two. I am happy with how it turned out, but on future quilting projects, I think I am going to stick with hand sewing. Even though it is incredibly time-consuming, I think the results are prettier, and they are not difficult to do.



Lastly I’d like to show you my first machine-only block. I wanted to experiment with what a crazy quilt block would look like with machine sewing only. It’s fun and fast, so if you’re an impatient quilter, then this is the way to go! In the future, I’d like to put my blocks into frames, as well as make more circular ones for the wooden circular embroidery hoops.



 

Thanks for checking out my work! I hope you’ve been inspired to start up a quilting project of your own. Once you complete your first block, I think you’ll be hooked. To learn more about quilting, I highly recommend the Missouri StarQuilt Company’s YouTube channel.

NorthcottFabric has an excellent channel, as well!


See you later, and happy quilting!

-Grace

Capturing the Beauty Around Us

Monday, March 9, 2015

The world around us is beautiful! We aren't always able to see it or appreciate it with all the hustling around we do in our day-to-day lives. But there are some people who are gifted with an ability to see the beautiful in the ordinary, in the everyday. They are able to capture it and share it with others and for a moment, we can pause and take in what we may have missed.

Today I wanted to share some work from my long time friend Taylor M. Meredith!



She is so incredibly talented (and a total natural beauty, right?!)

Taylor has been taking photographs on and off since she was about 10 years old. For the last 3 years, she has spent quite a bit of time shooting frequently and posting onto her photography blog. She takes pictures for the Oxford Visitors Bureau and also writes for Photojojo, a photography based blog.

She currently just started this project that I absolutely fell in love with. It is all about breaking down the notion that beauty and intellectualism have to be mutually exclusive. With her portraits she asks the question, “Who says teachers can’t be fashion models?”

Exactly! Who said!

We've all seen the stereotypes: The male model who is as dumb as a rock, the pretty blonde girl...well, we've all heard those blonde jokes...

I mean, seriously?

And even then, there is no denying that there is beauty in intelligence.

Here are some pictures of her first subject, Josh, who is a teacher at Miami University in Oxford.




FANTASTIC, right?!


I wanted to ask Taylor a couple questions about what it is about photography that she loved so much. This is what she told me:

"When I shoot posed portraits (like in this latest project) what I enjoy most is working with people and capturing what is unique and beautiful about them. In general though, what I love most about photography is that it allows me to share my perspective of the world exactly as I see it. There's a challenge in capturing and then retelling a moment through a photograph, and while it's not always easy it's extremely rewarding when I get it right!"

I was also able to ask her if she ever had fears or doubts about being a photographer.

"I do sometimes worry about the likelihood of making it as a professional because there are so many photographers out there and a great deal of us are trying to accomplish the same thing. But I would never give up on taking pictures, even if that meant just shooting as a hobby. Photography is such a huge part of who I am, I honestly can't imagine going very long without picking up my camera."

I love to hear about people living out their dreams and pursuing whatever it is that fills them with purpose and passion. This is what we are meant to do with our lives. We are meant to find enjoyment and beauty within our lives. It is absolutely the essence of this blog.




You can see more of Taylor's work and more of her project by going to www.TaylorMMeredith.com. Here are some more beautiful photographs taken by Taylor.


-Susie