I’ve been meaning to try to make something like this for a while, using clay and metal hardware pieces. I’ve loved the idea of it but haven’t found something that really inspired me to do it. Until I spottted this gorgeous necklace from Leif. It seemed like something I could totally DIY without much difficulty, and there’s nothing more fun to wear than a bold statement necklace (especially one you didn’t pay an arm and a leg for).
I really like how it turned out and if you’re headed to Alt Summit in two weeks you’ll probably see me wearing it! I love it with a simple black or white dress.
Keep reading to see how I made it…
Many of you on instagram said how much you missed this series so we’re bringing it back permanently every week! I have a hard time not buying at least one item I find from these roundups so let’s hope my bank account can handle it. Also loads of great stuff at the J.Crew sale, an additional 40% off. Madewell is also offering an additional 40% off their sale too. Happy shopping, friends.
1. Black moto jegging jean $39.99 (love these and every size still available!)
2. Vintage cap sleeve tee $15 (with current 40% discount)
3. Chelsea boot $26.80 (not real leather, but cute!)
4. Zigzag stripe scarf $30 (with current 40% discount)
5. Crepe baseball blouse $36 (with current 40% discount)
6. Shawl cardigan $39.99
7. Midi tie dye dress $32.41
8. Striped dress $32 (a Madewell look alike!)
9. Tribal print trench coat 36.50
10. Skinny jeans $20 (great wash, fantastic price!)
Alternate title: And these buns, they don’t feel nothing like steel
Before Edie, I was doing a lot of rock climbing at our local gym. I started getting into it when we were in the middle of fertility treatments, craving a new way to challenge myself physically and looking for something fun and active that Jared and I could do together. It’s intense, but relatively quick (I’m an impatient person- long distance running and I do not get along very well). I found it a mental workout just as much as a physical one, requiring 100% of your attention and focus as opposed to the mindless elliptical machine. For that reason specifically it ended up being a fantastic stress reliever and I craved it. It’s impossible to think of anything else when you’re climbing beyond the not-so-simple problem of where am I going to put my hand next and where am I going to put my hand after that.
Oh, it’s been painful though to start again! I feel like my muscles aren’t quite remembering what to do, and even when they can remember they can’t quite keep up while my mind is racing. Three weeks ago I got the green light from my doctor to start exercising again after Edie’s birth. It was right before Christmas and like a lot of us I was feeling a little disgusted by my holiday eating habits so I threw on my running shoes and headed out. I didn’t really know what to expect, or how far my legs would take me but I knew this was going to be a long uphill battle in getting back in shape and I had to start somewhere. And sure enough, moments later I was bent over panting in the rose garden (just a couple minutes from home), wondering how on earth my feet could be hurting more than my legs or abs. They had forgotten how to move, turns out. Oh, I have a long road ahead of me!
One thing that helped me get excited about getting in shape again was getting new workout clothes for Christmas. Until recently, I’ve never owned decent workout gear beyond cheap leggings and an old t-shirt, but now I’ve found that it makes a big difference. Some of my favorites from the Old Navy Active Line are these compression leggings and the graphic tank. I like that the tank is over-sized and doesn’t cling too much.
Also, striped east coast hoodie from Albion Fit
By food contributor Brittany
The beginning of the year is sometimes a downer. Once the holidays are packed up and gone there’s just goals and an extra 5 lbs left hanging around. Am I bumming you out yet? I’m going to kick these winter blues in the butt though this year by starting a new exercise routine (more about that later next week), read for 30 minutes every day with Henry and to myself, and do a little re-decorating to freshen things up around the house. Currently the living room is getting a complete makeover and I’m so excited about it. This blog is getting a facelift too, super soon! Can’t wait to share it. How do you fight the January blues? How about some weekend links!
Love these colorful necklaces (image above)
This book is fantastic and I want to give it to every new parent I know: The Read-Aloud Handbook
This coat was one of my favorite Christmas presents (and it’s super affordable)
Kind of obsessed with this pillow for the living room we’re re-decorating
2 minute workout to do while brushing your teeth (great idea!)
Mastermind foodie Tracy made a DIY version of my favorite Trader Joes kale salad
Braided nutella bread sounds so good right now
How cute would these be mounted in a child’s room?
Jordan has great tips for make at home salads
DIY dipped midnight blue curtains. Really into navy lately
In love with my Solly baby wrap, considering getting this cute stripe one
This dress looks ridiculously comfy. I’d live in it!
Gorgeous checkered coat I have a crush on (on sale!)
7 trendy living room storage ideas
By craft contributor Caitlin
We’ve been having some major snow storms and wind chills reaching -30 that have left us stuck indoors a lot this week. I’m finding myself having a bit of cabin fever and daydreaming of heading up into the mountains to hike. But I’m putting my indoor time to good use and getting a lot of crafting done! I’ve been working on a minimal clock design and my mountain daydreaming inspired me to make a mountain range shaped clock!
Keep reading to see how to make it…
Thinking of all you in the Midwest, East, and South boarded up in your homes against mother nature this week. Freezing weather and blizzards are inconvenient enough, but also produce antsy + restless kids. I thought I’d share few favorite ideas from the archives here to keep the little ones entertained while you wait out the arctic chill. I also shared a few kid craft ideas for snowy days on babble as well. Stay warm, friends!
First words book: A really special project to work on for a child or with an older child for a younger one
Two fun + messy art projects :Great for antsy kids stuck indoors all day
Salad spinner spin art: This is still one of Henry’s favorite things to do!
Cool whip marshmallows: What kid wouldn’t want to make their own custom shaped marshmallows for hot cocoa?
Excited to be resurrecting this series every week for the next couple months while Ashley my fashion editor is on leave snuggling her adorable baby girl (must be something in the air!). So here are 10 great deals under $40 I’ve seen around, with a couple bonus items to get 2014 started off right! Many, like J.Crew, have additional discounts off but some end today so I didn’t include those in the price.
Black drop waist dress $24.80
Black and white flats $31.76
Graphic tee $29.99
Cableknit pullover $34.99
Wool baseball hat $30
High rise skinny jeans $34.99
Black drapey tee $24.99
Harem Jumper $29.99
Camp socks $13.50
Oversized cable sweater $39.90
Aviator Jacket $23.99
Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s color of 2014 so I thought I’d share a few picks in the purple family that you can incorporate into your home and wardrobe this year. When I was 14 my parents told me I could pick any color I wanted to paint my attic bedroom, and I picked violet (I’ve always had a soft spot for purple hues) although I prefer cooler shades of purple over warm. How do you feel about the color they picked for 2014?
1. Suede Oxfords/2. Wool Dot Throw/3. Nena and Co huipil day bag/4. Wisteria throw pillow
5. Purple beanie/6. Vintage v-neck tee/7. Fjallraven backpack/8. Purple lattice rug (great price too, we just bought one!)
And a few babble posts to get 2014 started off right:
10 gorgeous planners for 2014 (love planners, they make me feel so adult)
Kid super cool calenders for 2014 (Henry loves having a paper calendar to plan out the month)
10 Kid-Friendly Storage Bins
Organization for your office space!
I’ve always loved Design Mom’s tradition of handmade sibling gifts, so I was excited to work on one with Henry for his new baby sister this past Christmas. I loved how it turned out and have been excited to share with you the process! Blocks are a classic baby gift and you can buy natural blocks to dye at pretty much any craft store (or online).
I’ve seen a few tutorials on dying blocks with liquid watercolor which wood soaks up really well apparently, but it’s toxic! We needed something safe for chubby hands to grab and chew on.
Keep reading to see the non-toxic, super easy method we came up with…
PS Peppermint Candy tree skirt DIY from last year
Photography and styling by Liz Stanley
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband, son, and baby girl. This lifestyle site is a collection of pretty, creative, and budget-friendly ideas to Say Yes to a more crafty, stylish, and family-focused life. MORE >>>