Animal wall art.

TGIF!

This has been one of my favorite DIY projects thus far, because it’s really that easy and makes such a statement. I mean how cute are these animal silhouette cutouts? Not to mention, you can probably whip these up with items you have just lying around your home- or a trip to the flea market is always a good idea. It’s simple; all you really need is some old frames, spray paint, glue, scissors, and paper. Let’s get started…

First off, gather your materials. You can choose any silhouette you like; I just surfed the images section on Google until I found the animal shapes I liked. Naturally, a little dachshund was a must. SAMSUNG CSCCut out your animal shapes so only the black (or whatever color silhouette you choose) is the only color showing, aka don’t be sloppy in your cutting. Then cut your paper backing to match the size of the frame, just like you would cut a picture to fit within a frame. Easy peasy. SAMSUNG CSCSpray paint your frame and let dry. Glue your cute animals onto the paper backing (I chose to add them in the center). Then glue the paper backing around the edges and place within the frame. Let dry.

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Leave it to the vest.

Everyone has that one piece of clothing they can’t live without. For me, it’s this long quilted vest I picked up at Anthropologie (and it’s now on sale!), earlier this winter season. I honestly could rock this every day, it’s warm enough for winter, light enough for spring, neutral to go with anything, and different than the average pullover. Considering the weather here in Austin is more like the pacific northwest lately, this look is my go-to, along with a strong morning cup of joe.SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC

Vest (Anthropologie, similar here), Chambray shirt (Madewell), Paris Tee (Anthropologie, or make your own here), leather leggings (Ann Taylor), Knee High boots (Sam Edelman).

National Margarita Day!

Aren’t you thankful someone made up such a wonderful holiday?! I decided since there are so many of these wacky “holidays,” that are simply forgotten and go unnoticed, I’m going to keep you up to speed and post about them from time to time. Aka a great excuse to break out the waffle iron or sample some cupcake flavors.

But truthfully, Margarita Day comes at a perfect time because I’ve had this fetish with blood oranges lately (considering they are in season right now, eek!) and I knew I wanted to make some sort of blood orange cocktail – so blood orange margarita it is! The perfect drink to mix into your Sunday fun-day, since mimosa’s can only go half the distance.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 ounces tequila (I chose an orange infused one)
  • 2 ounces fresh blood orange juice (about 1 large blood orange)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 1 drop pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Lime wedges

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Let’s get organized.

 For many people, January marks the time of new beginnings. Clearly, I’m a little behind since it’s already late February… whoops. The feeling of a fresh start is very therapeutic for many, including myself, so I decided to dedicate this post on some organization tips that help me get through the winter chill, to a feeling of self fulfillment within my home. This means time for organizing my jewelry, bookshelf AND a major closet purge – check!

To start this off, I decided to dive head first into my living room bookshelf situation. Tackling book after book, mixed with random sentimental keepsakes can be a daunting task, but I came up with a few tricks to make this easy as pie:

1. Books don’t need to be arranged in any specific order, as long as they are lined up by height (for the most part). Have fun with it, no need to get to OCD with color coding, arranging by topic or anything – they are just books.

2. Arrange your stacks of books in two different ways for more depth – either laying flat, or standing upright against the wall. Make sure the cover/title is displayed.

3. Add those momentoes. I’m not a big fan of having photos around the house (other than my fridge), so I go wild here. I add my favorite photos in unique frames and layer them along each shelf. That way, you’ll always have that memory right there in front of you.

4. That cute trinket your friend brought you back from Bali, add it on top a stack of books. This is the place to showcase the things that make you smile, even that vintage dish tray you couldn’t pass up and now use as a coin collector.

5. Some may disagree with me here, but I really appreciate fake flowers. I know, its terrible, but they are SO perfect for adding a pop of color where a real bouquet wouldn’t make it a day. Perhaps a small cactus would do? Either way, low maintenance baby.

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Mardi Gras party poppers!

Party poppers are pretty much essential for every holiday, birthday, bar mitzvah, whatever. Given we’re in the midst of Mardi Gras, here is a super easy tutorial on how to make your own party poppers for this vibrant Fat Tuesday. If you’re not into breaking out the beads this year, you can always save this easy DIY project for another event on your calendar, just switch out the colors to match your theme and ta-dah!

What you’ll need: confetti (this can be cut up scraps of glitter, paper, beads, anything you have laying around, etc.), cardboard toilet paper roll, scissors, tape, string, tissue paper colors of choice.SAMSUNG CSC Cut your paper roll in half. This makes it easier for your confetti to pop when you break it open!

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