Summer Party Inspiration

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The nights are bright and light, the weather is warm and the kids are out of school. Summer is one of our favorite seasons because it’s the perfect time of year to get together with friends and family, and enjoy the good weather. So why not throw a summer party to celebrate the season? These photos are all the convincing you need.

Summer Party Paper LanternsBrighten up the summer nights with strings of  lights and paper lantern.

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Sea Glass TablescapeSavor your time by the sea with a sea-glass tablescape.

Watermelon LemonadeCool down with a glass of pink lemonade.

smores-stationSummer is nothing without s’mores! Make a s’more bar to create customized confections!

 

Not Your Average Knot

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With all of our talk about nautical style lately, we want to take a moment to send a shout-out to one of our favorite nautical elements: knots! There’s something so rustic and cool about an intricate knot, not to mention that it’s also surprisingly artistic. We often think of knots as a way to secure our projects, but what about making them the focus instead? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite unique knots, to help to make  standout DIYs!

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Shorts for Summer Inspiration

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The summer is made for wearing shorts! They can be casual, dressed up, basic denim or crazy colored lace. Here are a few of our favorite styles to wear now that the weather is warm!445f9e49167996b59ae5a0159c58dcf7Add Americana to your wardrobe with these cool shorts!

8f9075b82506889d8d5eb21af7b6b721Dress up bright shorts with an equally bright blazer, and a pair of heeled sandals.

9e2fb4d6943f2aa443b9757de3cc36bdWe love these embellished shorts that shimmer in the sun. Just be careful where you sit!

6316069d3a2d1a354b473455ed8369a2Sometimes you don’t wear shorts to feel cool, but hot! These leather shorts are so chic, and prove that anything can be dressed up to look like an elegant outfit.

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Do it big with a fun patterned print like these geometric Moroccan print shorts!

 

Independence Day Outfit Inspiration

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Tomorrow the stars and stripes will be out for Independence Day! Lately we’ve even been seeing a lot of outfits that aren’t just inspired by the American colors, but feature the American flag itself. We love this patriotic pattern, and we would wear it even if it wasn’t July 4th! Here are a few of our favorite ways to rock America’s colors, and look super stylish while doing it.

4faf5ecdc06f230b5eb5670c116bbe70For those chilly nights, we love a slouchy American flag sweater.  Combined with turquoise elements and blue denim shorts, this outfit screams Americana!

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img44c03104e8b446fea6303e894a047f01Why just focus on one patriotic piece when you can rock an entire flag-inspired ensemble?

26d02c96a90f5cfba5bd2057fa0feb1dIf you like a more understated approach, an infinity scarf paired with white basics is a great way to go.

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What will you be wearing this July 4th?

Beach Day Inspiration

It’s the weekend, the sun is high and the weather is warm. It’s the perfect day to go to the beach! If the call of the ocean breeze isn’t enough to make you pack up your beach tote, and head to the water, these photos will definitely jump start your weekend vacation. From outfits to accessories, we’ve got everything you need to really inspire your next beach day style!

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9f1bcabf3b1a82813773e1e48aacca89Feel the breeze with a light and airy coverup.

 

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Beach Day Style Essentials

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The weather is finally warm enough to head to our little slice of paradise at the beach! Now we know you’ve probably packed the essentials: sunblock, water, and a volleyball. But what about your style essentials? Check off everything on this list before you leave to be a fashionista on the beach!

Sunglasses

Sunglasses – Keep your peepers safe with sunglasses! If basic shades aren’t your style, check out some sunglasses DIYs!

 

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Hat – When it comes to hats, we prefer the floppy, straw variety. But as long as it’s keeping your head cool and face shaded, any hat will do.

White Cover-upCoverup – We love a loose and airy coverup for the beach. Its easy to slip off when you want some sun, and slip on when the wind picks up.

Beach SandalsShoes – Don’t assume you won’t need shoes. Bring easy slip-on sandals because when the sun goes up that sand gets skin singeing hot!

Straw Beach ToteTote – You don’t want to go to the beach with your hands full of knick-knacks! Keep your hands free, and your shoulder stylin’ with a fun beach tote!

Fashion DIY Summer Essentials

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We’re officially in summer! And you know what that means, lazy days outside DIYing your heart out. There a few DIY essentials that we think are sure to make your summer even more fun!

56035-2143_1Elastic – Super practical for summer, this trim is perfect for making hair ties, head bands, belts to cinch your summer dress, and straps for towel holders.

59872-beigeLace – The perfect summer trim for all of your fashion DIYs. We’ve been seeing lace crop tops and shorts all over fashion blogs and in stores, but why buy them when you can DIY them?

59871-bronze_1Leather Cord – Go on a friendship bracelet making spree with our selection of bolo cords. From neon brights, to leather neutrals, we have all of the supplies you need for a rockin DIY.

56821-goldChain – Not only is chain great for making necklaces and bracelets, it’s also perfect for creating full body jewelry!

Initial Inspiration

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We want our style to be a reflection of who we are. When we head out the door in what we believe to be an ideal outfit, we’re sending the world the message, “this is me, take it or leave it”. When we entertain guests in our homes, they often get a sense of what’s important to us by what we surround ourselves with. A dreamcatcher pinned above a bed might give off a bohemian vibe, a pair of sneakers may point to athleticism. The need to show the world who we are, is probably the reason why monograms and initial decor is so popular. It’s such an individual element that makes a uniquely, personal statement.
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Independent Handbag Designer Awards

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This year we were once again proud sponsors of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards, an awards show that displays some of the most inventive and unique accessories from designers all over the world. Now in its 8th year, the entries were out of this world! And while all of them were a spectacular feat of creativity, the winners were absolute standouts.

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The Optitex Best Student Made Handbag winner, Morgan Richards, had a rustic, burnished leather bag, with matching leather tassels.

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The handbag that won Best in Overall Style and Design was John Edwards’ bold, blue creation. The light blue paired with gold-toned accents made for a gorgeous combination. It also happened to be the fan favorite!

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This beautiful clutch, by Gili Rozin Tamam, won the award for Best Handmade Handbag. Creating this bag took a unique process of imprinting that is usually reserved for the automotive industry. This designer is always thinking outside of the box!

Above were a few of our favorites, but check out the rest of the Independent Handbag Design Awards winners, and let us know which one YOU love!

 

 

Color Story: Rose Gold

Precious metals have been making a comeback in all arenas, be it jewelry, fashion or decor. And while silver and gold have always been the most popular choices, there’s one metal that’s making its way into the limelight. We’re talking about a warm hybrid between gold and copper: rose gold. This gorgeous shade has the tiniest hint of pink, making it metal with a lot of feminine appeal.

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tumblr_lqz2mjW36b1qf73dwo1_1280Rose gold is a great color for an evening gown. Yellow gold may look too bold with sea sequins, but on a rose gold dress, they look just right.

8a0db1be6492bc562c7bc44d767ecac4A popular choice for soon-to-be brides, rose gold is a fabulous base for engagement rings.

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6b19a465dbc9649a8e8f7be0cb41b305The easiest way to add rose gold to your home is through hardware, we can’t get over the beautiful selection of pendant lights available in this slightly peachy shade.