Back-to-school season is upon us, folks! Personally, I’m super excited about this. I was always that over-eager kid who asked her mom to take her to Target for school supplies the moment we got the list from the school. And clothes? I spent hours and hours shopping and planning my first-week-of-school outfits in my head until I was satisfied that I was going to put my best foot (and new shoes!) forward. Inspired by this feeling of fall and new beginnings, I’ve rounded up my favorite vintage-inspired varsity pieces that conjure images of freshly mowed football fields and perfectly dusty chalk boards. All the pieces are under $100, so get to clicking!
Is there anything more relaxing than a bath? Maybe just a warm bath infused with a homemade bath bomb (especially with a glass of rosé in hand). In the past, I’ve mostly associated bathing with the winter — when it’s cold and grey out, lazing around in hot water sounds downright heavenly. But after a particularly hectic (in a good way!) summer, I’ve come to realize how wonderful a summer evening bath can be. Instead of focusing on making it a warm and cozy experience, I like to think of it as being refreshing and invigorating. That’s why I decided to flavor my summer-inspired bath bomb with the most refreshing drink that exists: mint lemonade.
It’s been a balmy 80 degrees here in Seattle lately, which has felt very tropical to us Pacific Northwesters who are used to chilly, grey days. And while the sun has been nice, it’s also made me crave a true escape to a destination that boasts turquoise waters, white sand beaches and plenty of palm trees. I’m still undecided as to where I want to book my ticket. But I’ve already started my packing list because, well, I love shopping. Grab yourself a piña colada to get in the spirit and check out my picks for your tropical vacation packing list. All for under $100!
Until about a year ago, tie dye conjured images in my head of groovy Deadheads and fourth-grade birthday parties (read: it lived firmly in the realm of hippies and children and wasn’t exactly what I would call… chic). But I’ve recently had a change of heart. Maybe it was this Gucci t-shirt that pushed me over the edge, or maybe it was the shibori textiles from Rebecca Atwood that moved tie dye firmly from the tacky to the cool category in my head.
Whatever the reason, I’m now fully sold and looking to tie dye pretty much anything I can get my hands on. Since Joanna recently redid her backyard as part of the One Room Challenge (and it looks so, SO good), we thought it would be nice to DIY a pretty linen table runner for her outdoor dining space. I finished the tie dye look with some metallic block-printed patterns to add another level of visual texture to the look, and I love how it turned out. Keep on scrolling to get the full tutorial!
I have a thing for stained glass. There’s just something so reverently beautiful about rays of sunlight pouring through jewel-tinted glass, casting colorful shadows on the floor. And I’ve always wanted to learn how to make stained glass… but that seems like a pretty time-consuming and expensive hobby. So that’s why I’m especially excited about this project: I’ve found a way to recreate the beauty of stained glass with leaves gathered from Joanna’s backyard! Keep scrolling to create your very own mandala-inspired, stained glass art.
Thanks in part to Joanna, I am slowly but surely becoming what can only be described as a crazy plant lady. What started with an impulse purchase of a braided money tree in the plant section of IKEA lead to a trip to my favorite local nursery where I procured a maidenhair fern and some ivy that I promptly killed (what can I say — I’m still learning). And then, a few weeks ago, Joanna bequeathed me a beautiful monstera plant and we got to talking about our shared obsession with bringing the outside in, especially in our small city living spaces.
After that chat, I starting thinking about a chic, yet inexpensive, way to make some beautiful hanging planters, therefore fueling my newfound plant-hoarding tendencies. I settled upon a pair of terra cotta pots painted with a cool (and easy to execute) geometric pattern, strung up with rope and finished with some really cool, chunky wooden beads. Scroll on down to get the full tutorial for our paintng hanging planter DIY!