Thursday, April 17

Modcloth Uniquely You Challenge

Last week Modcloth asked me to be a part of their Uniquely You challenge. They provided me with an image of one of their best sellers that started as the base of my outfit, from there I was to style the piece and create a storyboard of my finds using Wanelo. The base of my outfit started with their Summer Stroll Maxi Dress in red (which is also available in other colors and plus sizes). The bold red and ease with which the fabric flows instantly made me think of Barcelona. (Have I been there? No. But a girl can dream!) Here is how I would style this maxi dress that could easily become a staple in my summer wardrobe!


Whether you're perusing the La Boqueria market in Barcelona or just your local farmer's market, this outfit would make you feel chic yet comfortable. I would pair a lightweight denim button-up over the top and tie it up at the waist; the tailored look of the shirt perfectly balances with the flowing drape of the dress.

For accessories, keep it simple and polished by layering gold-toned bracelets; I especially love Modcloth's wrapped beaded bracelet paired with their vintage-inspired serpent bracelet. Being outdoors, I would want a wide-brimmed hat and some stylish tortoiseshell sunglasses. These two accessories could also be lifesavers if you're rocking the 2nd day hairstyle and maybe haven't had much sleep (Barcelona will do that to ya)..

To carry all your essentials, the Triple the Charm purse would be the perfect size, plus it has a shoulder strap so you can keep your hands free for snapping pics, shopping, and instagram-ing (is that a verb yet?) your meals. Last, I would finish the look with a fun patterned wedge like these black and white striped wedges. If you are going to be doing a lot of walking, opt for a gladiator sandal or ballet flats.
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A great maxi dress is such a staple to any summer wardrobe; it's especially great when you're traveling because it's so versatile that you can dress it up or down (plus it takes up hardly any room in your suitcase)! If you wanted to take this dress to an evening look, simply pair  it with a statement necklace, a cute clutch, a shawl or jacket, and some heels or embellished flats.

For more cute and affordable dresses like this maxi, check out Modcloth's selection of dresses.

Besos,

Wednesday, April 16

Dreaming of a Tropical Getaway..

Today's little slice of inspiration comes from Architectural Digest's stunning Tropical Retreats curation. I got lost in these pictures dreaming of laying out on my lounge chair with my wide brimmed hat and the cabana boy bringing me a pina colada... ahhh... pure bliss.











Pretty incredible, right? Take a few minutes to sit back and listen to the island breezes and remember.. you're already half way through the work week! Go you!

Thursday, April 10

Innovative DIY Accent Wall Ideas

House and Garden recently posted some fantastic ideas for a feature/accent wall that you can easily replicate in your own home.


You can check out all of their ideas here. These are a few of my favorites:
Mosaic tile isn't just for the kitchen and bathrooms, use it as an accent in your bedroom to add depth and texture to your plain walls.
Love the look of wallpaper but scared of the commitment (or price)? Why not frame a large sample of it above your bed... or even frame a piece with a cork backing in your office space for a cork board that doubles as a piece of art?
Nothing beats the effortless look of a gallery wall. Try finding interesting prints from artists on Etsy or even at your local art show or craft fair. Your gallery wall will feel more authentic if you're not using a bunch of reproduced art that's hanging in thousands of homes around the world.
This painted harlequin pattern is not for the faint of heart (or the beginner DIYer), but it's certainly worth the hard work. Talk about a statement.
Who says art has to be painted on a canvas? Think outside of the box and use ordinary household items. These plates would be a fun way to add 3D art to a kitchen or dining room, you could even use brightly painted utensils, office supplies, keys, etc. 
Here's a faux art piece that's painted right on the wall, which would be an easy hour or two project that still makes an impact in a space. Just stencil your favorite pattern in a thick stripe. I would recommend trying to use the rule of thirds.. meaning don't put your stripe right smack in the middle of the wall.
Now your accent wall can be alive.. literally. Create a wall collage using potted plants or even small terrariums. This would be great for small apartments where space is limited.
Which one of House & Garden's focal wall ideas is your favorite?

Friday, April 4

2015 Color Forecast

In the interior design world, this is a big time of the year. High Point Market starts tomorrow which is when all the big furniture, lighting, and home accessory companies get together to show their newest product for the following year (in this case, 2015). Along with the newest assortment of products, companies have started releasing their interior design color forecasts for 2015. Here is a look at my favorite forecast from Home Accents Today.

I highly recommend reading the short article from Home Accent Trends discussing quick and easy ways to incorporate these color stories into your own home. If you start now, you will be wayyy ahead of the game and be considered the trend setter among your friends.




 Which one's your favorite? I love the "Opposites Attract," fun vibrant colors!? Yes, please!

natalie sig

Tuesday, April 1

Hello, April

Can you believe it's already April? Weren't we just making our New Year's resolutions yesterday? Speaking of which.. whatever happened to mine.. errrm... To celebrate the start of spring (fingers crossed the weather will figure it out), why don't you pop on over to Rekita Nicole's cutie blog and pick you up a free phone wallpaper. This is the current one I'm using and it makes me feel happier every time I look at my phone! Nothing beats free!


Thursday, March 27

Inspiration of the Day..

How fantastic is this gallery wall?

Via Adore Home Magazine
Although the gallery uses various colors and size of frames, the pictures all tie together beautifully. It would be easy to execute a look similar to this in your own home with a little thrifting. To keep it from looking like a hodge-podged mess, you could spray paint all the frames the same color or use a universal colored mat (like they did in this entryway).

Friday, March 21

Oh Joy! for Target

Have you seen the new Oh Joy! collection now at Target? It's party supplies at fantasticly low prices.


 I have held back from buying up the whole collection as I'm currently in the "spring cleaning" mood and am trying to de-clutter my home, not bring more in. I've done pretty good so far but I had to let loose and buy this adorable ice bucket, my favorite piece from the collection (you can't tell by the pic but the inside is turquoise!) At $15, how could I not!? Plus it's going to look fabulous on my old-school brass bar cart.

Ice Bucket - $15.00
European Water Bottle - $10.00 (great for homemade salad dressing)


Cake Stand - $25.00
Aqua Pitcher - $13.00
 
Oh Joy! Goblets 4ct
Set of Glasses $4.00
Set of Party Hats - $3.00
Set of 12 Wall Decals
The collection is going quick, many of the items are already sold out at the Targets near me so you better get your sweet buns down there soon or head over to Target Online to see the whole collection.

natalie sig
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