• Weekend Roundup

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    Hooray it’s Friday! This week has been a nice breather after our North Carolina trip and then ALT SF last week. It’s been good to get back into the swing of things. In another week we’ll leave to Utah for my sister, Katrina’s, wedding. Her and her fiance are the handsome blonde couple you might recognize from a bunch of photo shoots they’re done for Say Yes like couples costume ideas and 5 classic wardrobe pieces. I like to think they fell in love pretending to gaze into each other’s eyes for the shoots, but I think there was a spark already there between them. This weekend we’re headed out camping- maybe Point Reyes? Hope you’re up to something fun! Here are a few links to explore:

    How to make your own colorful wallpaper (image above)

    The cutest cat napkins

    Perfect summer sandals

    10 Top Patterns for East Coast Summer

    40% off sale items at Madewell (this is dangerous)

    Beautiful time lapse video of San Francisco fog (via Design Mom)

    My cousin had the most beautiful wedding (I’m dying over her dress)

    These kid mouse pants! The whole shop I love

    Gorgeous floral print maxi

    Modern, geometric DIY planters I want to try

    Sweet cloud hangers

    Only the best DIY lemonade stand

    Snack cars for kid lunches

    Also,

    Only the coolest bag ever

    DIY spoons bugs (so cute!)

    9 items to celebrate the royal baby!

      
  • Summer Uniform: Patterned Dress

    By fashion contributor Ashley

    For the summer we will be doing a new series called Summer Uniform! It will highlight one piece that should be inducted into your closet for the summer and give tips on different ways to wear it.
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    To start things off, what is summer without a summer dress! This summer it’s all about having a patterned dress. The great thing is you can choose a dress with a silhouette that suits you, just get something fun and colorful.
    For this post I chose to use this amazing floral dress by Zara. It’s a little bit more structured than the traditional summer dress but still has endless styling possibilities.
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    An instant way to dress a piece down is to add some denim to the mix and this jacket does just that. Roll up the sleeves to keep things cool along with a cap to keep the sun out of your eyes. For a little extra interest throw in a patterned tote. Cool, yet casual (and comfortable).
    Look One:

    1. Denim Jacket 2. Tote 3. Cap 4. Sneakers
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  • Weekend Roundup

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    Any fun plans this Memorial Day weekend? We were going to head out camping with some friends tomorrow, but their kids are sick so we’re looking for a plan b. Maybe Stinson beach! Either way, I’m looking forward to yummy BBQ and some R &R. Tonight though we’re going to see my little sister Katrina (she models sometimes for Say Yes) rock out with her punk band, Baby Ghosts while they’re here in town on tour. Planning on bringing Henry too. I think he’ll love it.

    Thank you all for your thoughtful comments from the second post about our struggle with secondary infertility. Stay tuned for one more post this coming week if you’re interested to hear more about the emotional side of it all. It’s been wonderful to share and connect, thank you for all being so kind and open to sharing your own stories. Have a wonderful long weekend, here are some links:

    How NOT to dress like a tourist in San Francisco (Piggybacking on Becca’s NYC post from last week. This was fun to write!)

    An insane 10 minute video capturing the forming and intensifying of the Oklahoma tornado earlier this week- I hope everyone is okay in that area!

    I need to pick up a few of these netted shopping bags

    The invitations to this fiesta party are amazing!

    Pretty hand lettering on a basic package

    This stripe pop up shade would be amazing for summer parties, as would this hammock

    An adorable little girls striped romper

    Really cute shrinky dink Fathers Day DIY gift idea

    Love these DIY confetti launchers on Julep for a party

    Beautiful stripey Moroccan beach towels

    And,

    11 fantastic summer maternity dresses

    9 summer wardrobe necessities

    Some ideas for perfect summer family vacation spots

    11 of the very best baby shower gift ideas

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  • An Epic Playdate

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    (Image by David Crowther for Hyundai)

    This past weekend we drove down to Santa Barbara for Hyundai’s Epic Playdate event. It was a fun play ‘day’ for a bunch of families from my ad network and a few others that won trips to go. I was in charge of one of the days events, group sand art, and there were other bloggers that were organizing events too throughout the day. Oh Happy Day made giant bubbles, Oh Joy made an ice cream bar, Dooce taught a kid photography class, Mighty Girl organized a giant paint fight, etc.

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    (Image by David Crowther for Hyundai)

    I was really impressed with how well thought out everything was. There was tons of food (I accidentally ate two lunches because the ‘pre lunch snack’ was so substantial I thought it was lunch!), lots for the kids to do and plenty of fun activities everyone could be involved in either doing or just watching. There was even an epic nap tent which had beds and cribs and books for ones that needed some quiet time. Henry and I both needed a little time in there in the afternoon to re-fuel for the evening. The idea of ‘family friendly’ doesn’t always work for kids and parents both but they managed to truly find a happy medium where everyone was having a great time.

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    After the day event, the families and others that helped organize it moved over to the beach where we played on the beach, ate dinner, sang songs around the fire, and then stayed over night in the coolest tents ever (the top image of the post). epic11I was pinching myself the whole time- it felt like I had been invited to a beautiful wedding of a celebrity. Everything was perfect. I feel really lucky to have been a part of it and asked to participate. It was a day we’ll always remember and I was blown away by all the hard work and thought that went into planning each detail of it.

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    (Image by David Crowther for Hyundai)

    Keep reading for lots more details from the events of the day/evening! Plus the most amazing glamping tents ever…

    (All images in this post are my own unless noted)
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  • DIY Studded Zipper Pouch

    By craft contributor Lauren
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    With a degree in fashion design, I will always have a place in my heart for fashion and accessories. Although I’ve moved into creating decor for weddings and parties, I love a good DIY that I can use on a night out, or any outing at that. My weakness is definitely small colorful pouches that help keep me organized. I have a little collection that I use for random things like mints, pens, business cards and lip gloss. My favorite part is that you can take one out and use it as a mini clutch if needed, carrying only your necessary items.

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    The trend of spikes and studs always had me looking for a “girly-er” version. So I had the idea of keeping the spikes and coating them with candy inspired colors (did I mention I really like candy too? no? I do…). I loved that it still had a bit of edge, but with the feminine touch I needed.

    Here is what you will need to make your own ombre studded zipper pouch…

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  • Weekend Roundup

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    We are having some friends over on Sunday for an Easter feast and a kiddie egg hunt in Golden Gate Park. Henry has been practicing hiding and finding eggs all week so he can be certain to fill his basket to the brim. Ham and scalloped potatoes are on the menu for sure, plus I might try this orange poppyseed cake. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, here are some links to explore:

    Aren’t these fruity Easter eggs from The Alison Show so pretty? (image above)

    Homemade grapefruit donuts (yum!)

    Floral spring dress + floral blazer

    Mini bunny pillows for Easter

    Cute + simple sharpie eggs

    A waffle wedding cake?

    The prettiest Easter egg pinatas around

    This summer dress looks beautiful and so comfy!

    Also by me,

    Spring Scarves: East Coast (by my sister Becca)

    Spring Scarves: West Coast

    10 last minute egg decorating ideas

    10 spring shades under $15

    Gender neutral kid rooms

      
  • Weekend Roundup

    Hey guys! Up to anything fun this weekend? Last night while I was making dinner Jared and Henry went to Ocean beach and shot this little video with the new 6D Canon I got for Christmas. Ocean beach is only 2 miles from our house so it’s an easy spot to head to for a sunset walk. I’ve always been more of a mountain girl, but living in San Francisco is slowly changing my mind. I love the footage he captured, it’s inspiring me to produce more casual videos like this. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, here are some links to explore:

    Crafty links: 

    The talented duo behind the fantastic Alt photo styling design camp class I helped with are now teaching classes online. Sign up here!

    Adorable Easter egg art on Julep

    Beautiful painted leaves

    Mini DIY A-frame tents for an outdoor party or wedding

    Fashion links:

    Love this boy. inspired tumblr feed for inspiration

    Perfect spring maxi dress

    Cute skinny jeans for $18

    This dress would be flattering on every body type

    Bright spring tote

    Gorgeous beach coverup

    I with these sandals were in my price range, they’re beautiful!

    Other links:

    I can’t stop watching this video of Michelle Obama (she is so awesome!)

    Maps you never knew you needed (my favorite is the first one)

     

      
  • Weekend Roundup

    Hey guys! It’s been beautiful here the last couple of days and I hope it continues- we’re headed down to a wedding in Santa Cruz tomorrow night and then might drive down to Big Sur (I’ve never been!) to spend the long weekend camping with friends. Hope you’re up to something fun, here are some links to explore:

    Crafty links:

    Valentines Day is over but I’m still dying over this amazing party  (image above-photo by Justin Hackworth)

    As if garlands couldn’t get any easier, this one is a cinch!

    Five adorable ‘dos for little girls

    I can’t believe you can make this cute maxi dress!

    Shopping links:

    Canary yellow spring dress

    I think I would wear these cute tennis shoes everyday

    The perfect spring sweater

    J.Crew is offering 30% off final sale items. Here are some favorites:

    Red matchstick jeans ($20 with discount!)/Pretty floral jeans/Polka dot night shirt /Perfect spring satchel/Stripey umbrella for spring showers/Colorblock wool turtleneck

    Tasty links:

    A green smoothie I want to try

    Pink lemonade pie. mmmm!

    Gluten free, sugar free raw brownie cookies. I have to try these

    A good lovers guide to San Francisco eating

    Also:

    8 favorite beauty trends for spring

    Super cute Presidents Day kids shirt

    10 ways to mix up the hottest color combo this spring

    20 favorite kid items from the huge Old Navy sale

      
  • 10 Easy + Affordable Beauty Tricks (New Series!)

    Hey guys! I have an new series I’m really excited to start with this new year. One of my new years resolutions was to develop a better beauty routine (I’ve been stuck in the same mascara/ponytail nonsense since age 15 with the exception of the sock bun of course!). So I asked the expert advice of the fantastic hair and makeup stylist, Christie Somers (see her full bio on my about page here). Not only has Christie worked with superstar clients as Rachel Ray and Naomi Watts, but most recently, she spent four months on the presidential campaign trail as the personal colorist, hair stylist, make-up artist, and wardrobe stylist for Mrs. Ann Romney (so yeah, she’s pretty legit guys).

    She’s teaming up with photographer, Alisia Packard, a fantastic photographer in Salt Lake City who shoots everything from weddings and family, to advertising agencies and magazines (see her full bio here as well on my about page). I’m so excited about this dream team combination!

    Christie will feature a different beauty tip  using one or more of these favorite products every month.

    Here’s a before and after of a model using all 10 of the tips, amazing transformation don’t you think? I’m so excited to learn all of her must-know tips she’ll be sharing with us.  Hopefully I’ll break free of my beauty rut!

    Keep reading for a sneak peek of the products Christie will be telling us all about the next few months…

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  • Introducing Julep!

     

    Hey guys! I’ve been so super excited to share with you this fun project I’ve been working on for a few months now. Minted, the paper company sourced from thousands of independent designers, hired me to launch a brand new lifestyle blog as their Managing Editor. The blog is called Julep and it launched just a couple days ago filled to the brim with simple and beautiful ways to enrich your home and lifestyle with inspiring design and do-it-yourself ideas.

    The site was designed by the uber talented Bri of Design Love Fest. It’s unique as a corporate blog because there is very little product integration at all. The focus is on beautiful inspiration, DIY and design topics that both consumers and the design community love.

    We hired three editors internally at Minted (read more about our team here), and also a group of superstar writers from blogs you probably already read on a daily basis. In addition, we’re working with the huge community of Minted designers to gain insight into design topics on the blog.

    Since family, wedding, baby, and art is already a integral part of the Minted brand, an inspirational blog expressing the lifestyle these areas speak to seemed like a really logical step for them and I feel so honored to be part of this exciting process for such a fantastic company!

    Check out Julep right here.

      

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