Aloha! I will be taking a break from blogging this week as I am visiting Hawaii with my love. In the meantime, I compiled a list of my favorite blogs and daily reads for you guys to check out this week while I am on hiatus.
[taken today at Napili Kai Beach Resort]
I get asked a lot where I gather my inspiration from. Also, how do I manage to post every single day of the week for 3 years [unless I am on vacay]. The answer is simple; I read. A LOT. Here is a sample of the many blogs, websites and YouTube channels I check on a daily basis to get inspired. Let me know if you have any I should add to my list!
For cute sunglasses made out of plastic I like to stick to cheapos found at Target or Forever21. Even for Wildfox, which is one of my fave brands, I just can’t justify dropping hundreds of dollars on a pair of sunnies that I will probably break while partying. Get the Wildfox look for much less with these $7 steals. And, if you’re feeling really crafty, just paint on ‘WILDFOX’ and ‘BEL AIR’ in yellow to the cheaps and I doubt anyone will know the difference.
For the holiday me and the bf are heading to upstate NY to relax, hang out on lake placid & spend time with friends and family. I am only allowed one carry on so packing is going to be an issue, but I guess there is no need for stylish clothing while hanging out in the woods right? Before I take off I wanted to share the top three things inspiring me right now to leave you with some inspiration over the weekend. Happy 4th & have a great holiday weekend!
I remember lazy summer camps days at the YMCA when me and my friends would braid friendship bracelets on clipboards to pass the day. If I recall correctly I think I charged the other kids for my creations so I was a bit of a hustler at the age of 9. Well the friendship bracelet has come back in a big way and are selling for more than they are worth. Luckily, the gals over at Honestly…WTF (how great is that name?) came up with an A-mazing tutorial so that you can make you and your friends the hip-again bracelets on a budget.
Did you always wonder how the girls on The Bachelor & The Hills got those natural-looking beachy waves they sported every day? Well don’t hate them just yet because they didn’t wake up looking like that or have hair dressers at their beck and call. Instead, they had their hair dressers teach them how to do it themselves (DIT) and made tutorial videos to pass along their hair knowledge. After watching more hair tutorials than I like to admit, I chose my top 3 to help you achieve the beachy wave look for less.
It is amazing in Hollywood how you can go from being a heroin-addicted heiress and turn into a bonafide jewelry/clothing designer overnight. Such is the story of Nicole Richie. Now a wife and mother, Richie can add respected designer to her resume with her House of Harlow line. And while her wares are much more affordable than some of the other heiress-turned-designer options, my idea of a deal is in the single digits. Spruce up your ears with some tribal drop earrings for under $9 and save up your money for your own dreams, whatever they may be.
While catching up with my OC housewives last night, I got a little carried away in Word and re-created one of my fave prints at home. The original Blogs & Coffee print was created by Made by Girl and you can buy it here. I can’t wait to hang my new art above my desk for inspiration! In the spirit of Friday and budgeting I thought I would offer my version of the print as a free PDF download for those of you who also love blogs & coffee as much as I do.
In honor of the weekend I thought I would leave you guys with some DIY fashion inspiration that can be personalized and look luxe for only a few dollars. While reading my new InStyle today I came across Jenni Radosevich’s blog (ispy-diy.com) where she recreates the latest fashion trends as a DIY project. My favorite? Adding an exposed zipper to a dress you already own – all you need to buy is a zipper and some fabric glue. Read all of Jenni’s InStyle DIY projects here.
Get inspired by Jenni this weekend and stalk her blog like I am at: ispy-diy.com!
I adore the look of a velvet skirt with some over-the-knee socks or tights. It is soooo me in the 90′s doing my very best Cher Horowitz from Clueless. Considering I was 13 at the time you can imagine how well received my look was in school. Many a detention was served. It makes me(…)
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It’s that time of year; when everything goes on sale and promo codes float in the air. The countdown to Black Friday has officially begun and in the spirit of savings and getting an early jump, I am sharing the top Black Friday sales I plan on shopping this year. Get the deals and my(…)
I love picking out holiday gifts for the ladies in my life. It’s the perfect time of year to share with those you love those items you can’t live without (hello, Hot Tools curling iron) and the gifts you wish you were getting this Christmas (I heart U midi rings, hint hint). Whether you are shopping(…)
It’s so difficult to buy for the men in our lives, but the one fact we can’t ignore is that they rarely know how to pick out their own clothing, which is why I am loving the items from the Peter Millar collection at Nordstrom. From wool ties to classic button downs, to twill pants(…)
This weekend take 20% off at Planet Blue on all of your fave bohemian brands from Indah, Blue Moon, Jen’s Pirate Booty and more. I could easily buy every item in their store, but I practiced self control and rounded up my top favorite items that, by using the coupon code PREGAME at checkout, will all(…)