Many of you reached out to me asking for a tutorial when I showed my $2 DIY version of tassel earrings in my Insta Stories. So I got together with my bestie, Gregory, popped a bottle of Rosé and filmed this quick, easy tutorial. I really hate seeing myself in videos, so I’m not going to lie I’m cringing as I post this. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful. Let me know what you think and if you are interested in seeing more videos from me.
This was a special 4th of July for me as it was my first as an American citizen. Sam and I had decided to take a road trip up to Santa Cruz to spend the holiday at his family’s ranch. We wanted to keep our weekend mellow so when we found out our friends Annabelle and Edward decided to drive up the coast to join us, we set up a cute little picnic to enjoy in the afternoon light. You’d be surprised just how quickly and easily the whole thing came together. We pulled all the blankets from BabyBlue and the rest came from whatever we found around the house. Sam picked up sweets from a local bakery while I put together a quick cheese plate, a crudités platter with homemade hummus, and whipped up my famous Watermelon Rosé Sangria. We had the whole thing set up in just a few hours, perfectly timed with our guests’ arrival. It was a really lovely way to spend our afternoon. Annabelle and I spent the entire time chatting and enjoying our Rosé, while the boys played around with pellet guns and drones.
It really doesn’t take much to host a good picnic, party or whatever you have in mind. I really enjoy putting together celebrations for my friends and I love doing it myself. It’s all about working with what you have and being creative. My biggest advice is to not focus too much on all those dreamy Pinterest boards we’ve all created. Most of those pictures you find are shoots produced with a large team and endless resources. Your party doesn’t need to be “Pinterest perfect”. Adding some fresh florals, a few decorative pieces like candle holders, pretty glassware, vintage plates and decorative trays can really help elevate your set up without too much effort. You can find a lot of these accent pieces at flea markets, as well as antique or thrift stores. In the end as long as you and your guests had fun then you’ve succeeded in throwing a great event.
I love holiday decor but most of all I love incorporating live plant life into my decor. From winter inspired arrangements of thistles and anemones, to peony covered tinsel trees. There are fresh flowers all over my holiday decor. Last year I covered my whole tree with fresh roses. Check out the Fresh Flower Tree Ornament DIY from last year, and my updated and easier version below. Basically you need flower tubes and floral wire. Fill each tube with water, cap it, and gently slide in your flower. Wrap the floral wire securely around the flower tube. Attach and arrange your fresh decorations on your centerpieces, wreaths and other holiday decor. Once you notice the flowers start to wilt just replace them with fresher blooms. I suggest incorporating berries and thistles as they last a long time and the thistle will dry beautifully and you won’t have to replace it at all.
Hope you enjoy this idea and do share your own crafty ideas in the comments.
Sam and I have always shared a love for Halloween. It’s not even the dressing up that we love most it’s the silly decorations and the pumpkins that get us every time. Our house is the only one on the block that is decorated and it has been since the beginning of October. I don’t f*ck around when it comes to Halloween decorations. The cheesier and tackier, the better!
Having established our love of Halloween I wanted to share our pumpkins from this year. I think they are our best ones yet. Corpse Bride is my all time favorite Tim Burton film and I have always dreamed of dressing up as the characters. For now this will have to be enough. I will take credit for the spray painting portion of our creations, but the rest is all Sam putting his fine art degree to use. Sam hand made the palm tree stencil that you can download for yourself here – Stencil.
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I’m really excited to share today’s new hair video in collaboration with GHD and their award-winning GHD Gold Professional Styler which has been give a retro makeover to support women battling cancer. Each sale of this styler contributes $5 to Look Good Feel Better. The program focuses on improving the self-esteem and quality of life of women undergoing cancer treatment. It’s a wonderful cause and a great product. A win all around.
I’ve been using my GHD styler for years but I’ve only recently mastered this curling technique thanks to my hair guru, Alexis. We’ve teamed up to create this hair tutorial as a quick guide to getting those messy waves I love so much. The GHD styler works particularly well here as it is made to smoothly glide through the hair. The key to this is to slide the styler down each strand of hair while twisting the hair and styler away from the face. Once you get the feel of it, it becomes second nature. Check out the DIY video below and grab your own styler here.