What’s New for August

This month we’ve welcomed a bunch of bright and beautiful new trims and accessories to our website! The trims we have brought in are great for anything, from fashion to home decor! And with school just around the corner, these trims are perfect for your upcoming DIY projects!

DSC_0151This fun braided trim comes in three styles. Our favorite feature of this design is the interwoven metallic trim!

DSC_0158These braids are absolutely beautiful, and make for a cool addition to basic home decor.

DSC_0161Another set of braids that are so soft and sweet, and come in an array of colors. These would look great as an accent on any dress.

DSC_0163If you need to spell it out, or are looking for that varsity vibe, check out our chenille letters!

DSC_0166Does your dress need a little pizzazz? What about a trim with metallic tinsel? Available in four dazzling colors, this trim is a knockout!

Tropical Palm Decor Inspiration

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Do you wish summer would last forever? So do we. But there are some simple ways to keep summer alive even when the winter chills sink in! Keep your home subtropic instead of subarctic by adding some bold botanicals to the mix! We’re talking about palm fronds, people. They may not do well in cold weather, but as far as trends go, they’re evergreen!

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Add realistic wallpaper for a room that could pass for paradise.

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Explore unique color combinations.

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Add a subtle tropical touch to your decor in an unexpected place!

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You can keep it green and go gold with elaborate accessories!

 

 

DIY: Ribbon Garland

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A very special birthday is coming up, and the cake is definitely bound to have more candles than it can handle. But what do you do when you want to keep the celebratory impact of the cake without turning the cake into a crater? With a simple decoration that’s also easily translatable to walls: ribbon garland!
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What You’ll Need:

15mm French DF Satin Ribbon

Thick String

Scissors

E6000

Dowels

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1.Cut your ribbons into 4″ strips.DSC_0022

2. Add glue to one side of the ribbon, and place it under the string in the middle.DSC_0010

3. Fold over the ribbon and pat it down. Repeat this step with the other colors until you reached your desired length for your garland.

DSC_00414. Once the ribbon is dry, fold the tips of each ribbon meeting together. Cut on an angle doing downward.

 

5. Add dowels to each side of the cake and attach your cake garland to each side.

 

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What You’ll Need:

1.5” Single-Face Satin Ribbon #00299

Thick String

Scissors

E6000

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1. Repeat the steps above with 10″ lengths of ribbon.

 

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Style Apps

Are you a fashionista on the go? If your iphone is an extension of yourself, you probably use your phone for activities outside of just calling. Phones are great for communicating and all, but what about getting the latest news, talking to friends through social media, or even buying the perfect pair of shoes? There’s an app for all of that, AND there are apps that will make your life as a trendsetter even easier!

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Stylebook is your new best friend. This fashion app is like a virtual closet where you can try on pieces you already own. We aren’t going to say it works without lifting a finger, but that’s just because that’s the only thing you DO need to do to create your next outfit.

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The Hunt is a social app that allows users to post photos of outfits they’re coveting, or even just questions they want answered. Then community members do their best to help a fellow fashionista out!

 

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Does your fashion vocabulary need refining? Is your dream to be a serious style blogger, but you don’t know where to start? Fashion Terms is the app for you if you’d like to update your fashion terminology and never wonder what a bolero is again.

 

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Get the latest is fashion news with the Style.com app, all of the breaking news stories in the swipe of an index!

 

 

Cake Topper DIYs

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Do you have a big birthday coming up? A party you want to impress your guests at? A special announcement that needs a special dessert? Enter the cake topper. This wonderful addition to any cake, big or small, can instantly take your cake up a notch or two. Perfect for any occasion, cake toppers make any celebratory event even more exciting, but pre-made varieties can cost more than the cake itself! So why not roll up your sleeves (if they aren’t already rolled from creating that perfect cake) and get crafting!
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Gems are totally outrageous, and thus the perfect toppers for a delicious cake. These cute paper and glitter creations from Designlovefest are perfect for any princess’s party!

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What’s better than a cake topper? A cake topper you can eat. What’s better than that? A cake topper you can eat with sprinkles. Kojo Designs checked off every box, and made the perfect sprinkle cake topper.

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These monogram cake toppers from Design Sponge are so beautiful, we’d hold onto them long after the last slice has been had.

 

Ombre Flag Cake Toppers

Lauren Conrad must share our love for ombre and ribbons. Just look at these beautiful flag cake toppers! They’re perfect for a baby shower.

 

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Even the smallest of cakes can use a little topper love. These paper clip balloon toppers from Studio DIY are just the ticket for some sweet personalized treats!

Creative Cake Inspiration

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It seems like somebody around here has a birthday coming up, and we don’t want to point any fingers, but yes, it’s totally us! In two weeks we will be celebrating 78 years in business, and we couldn’t be more excited. Now that we have birthdays on our minds, our thoughts are obviously drifting towards the part of brains that controls our sweet tooth, and we can’t stop looking at delicious and decorative cakes! Check out these amazing edible creations that are great for weddings, birthdays, and everything in between.125db4b60a6aec3efee9a3d3c5cd7091Nothing says glamour like having a little bling on your cake. Those gold stripes look good enough to eat, and have seconds!

dol-head-tableA row of beautiful pastel cakes? Why, of course we would love a sample!

 

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Sometimes simple is best, which is why we’re look loving this beautiful cake! Just some white frosting and a couple of festive balloons, and we have everything we need to get the party started!

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Can’t decide on one dessert? Well now you can have your ice cream and eat your cake too with this delicious banana split cake!

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Florals are so festive, which is why adding them to your cake is a no-brainer! This beautiful rosette cake almost looks too beautiful to eat! Almost.

Yves St. Laurent Designer Spotlight

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Today is late designer, Yves St. Laurent’s birthday. Laurent was an iconic French designer who rose to fame in the late 1950s, and introduced innovative new styles like Le Smoking, the tuxedo suit for women. Laurent’s fashions progressed with the times; as women became more liberated, the styles followed suit. While every piece was a work of art, we’ve picked out some of our favorites that really show off the foresight and intuition of this highly-regarded designer.c3fd0d72873c64fc06336a5ec00f745dThis graphic dress inspired by the work of artist, Piet Mondrian, is so closely associated with the 1960s that it has inspired countless Halloween replicas. The bold print and shift shape are the essence of the swinging 60s.

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Le Smoking, the tuxedo designed for women, turned the fashion world upside down in 1966. It was such a departure from the feminine styles of the 50s, yet still flattered the female figure.

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In 1968 the world was set aglow with this stunning Yves St. Laurent sequin dress. Dripping in gold and jewels, this look was all about more, more, more; the ideal look at Studio 54.

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Yves St. Laurent was a pro at making seemingly masculine styles look right at home on the feminine form.

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This magnificent blue dress from 2011 shows that although the designer has passed, his vision still lives on.

 

Favorite DIYs of July

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Summer is always a fun time to DIY because the projects can get bigger, more messy, and brighter! From accessories to art, bloggers have been crafting their hearts out making the coolest projects! Below you’ll find a snapshot of some of our July favorites that really expanded our creativity!
Gold Bulb ChandelierBrit + Co made the coolest chandelier using painted gold bulbs with larger circular ones. We love the clustered effect of this modern chandelier, and wouldn’t mind having it in every room of the house!

 

6a00d8358081ff69e201a511e22506970c-800wiThis month the beautiful sisters from A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a simple beaded necklace. When working with natural gemstones, sometimes all you need is something simple to showcase their inherent beauty.

Bridal-Shower-Invitations-MintedThese bridal shower invites from Creme de la Craft are beyond adorable, and just go to show you that it’s the details that make all the difference.

watercolor-napkins-8We love the watercolor trend, especially on these beautiful napkins from Paper and Stitch! They’re the perfect addition to your dinner party place settings.

Sticker Mandala

From far away this looks like a piece of traditional Hindu art, but this mandala is definitely modern! Upon closer inspection you’ll find an array of different stickers that are sure to put a smile on your face. We love the stickers they picked out at HonestlyWTF.

Storybook Stairway Inspiration

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Stairways are a popular image in stories because they can act as a passage to infinite possibility. They can lead to amazing wonders just beyond their steps, and be the door to dangerous secrets as well. These “bridges” can be as magical in real life as they are in fables. Creating beautiful stairs is an unexpected way to revamp your decor because they are often overlooked in homes. If you want to make your stairways more magical, here are a few of our favorite storybook staircases!97a30f8ad82f55091ee659f8f6dfea0f

This terrifying, enclosed staircase looks like it will take you into another realm as soon as you step inside!

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There is nothing more romantic than a beautiful winding staircase.

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This stairway looks like an extension of the tree that appears to be growing out of the ground!

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Sometimes all you need to really make a difference is a little bit of pattern!

DIY: PomPom Placemats

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Summer is all about having fun, seeing friends and family, going on adventures and bright, bright colors! Embrace the summer spirit by introducing some fun onto your dinner table with these pompom placemats we’ve created. They add the perfect amount of pizzazz to your summer table, and are great for using when entertaining friends!

Materials for Pom Pom Fringe Placemat What You’ll Need:

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3/8” Pom Pom Fringe

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ScissorsMeasuring Pompom Trim for Placemat1. Lay your pom pom fringe against one side of your placemat, and cut to fit.

Gluing Fringe onto Placemat2. Place a line of glue going down the edges of the placemat, and glue down your trim.

3. Repeat on all sides.

Finished Pompom Placemat