window shopping // straw accessories (for under $100!)

update your wardrobe for spring with the season's must-have accessory: all things straw! the perfect warm-weather bags, shoes and more, all for under $100! #under100 #affordable #style #fashion #whattowear #straw

source: straw tote from Mango.

One of my favorite New Yorker cartoons features a caption that reads, “I dress for the weather I want, not the weather I have.” And that’s the attitude I’ve taken as we deal with plenty of April showers here in Seattle. The weather may not yet be warm, but I’m choosing to channel those balmy temperatures by adding to my wardrobe dashes of the summeriest pieces I know: straw accessories. Today I’ve rounded up my favorite picks for this textural summer-friendly trend — and they all ring in under $100!

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DIY extra-large crystal planter

Use household cleaning supplies to cook up these giant, homemade crystal planters with an inexpensive price tag and a luxurious look. Get the full #DIY tutorial at

Here’s the thing: I love decorating with crystals and plants, but that chic combination can start to get very expensive very quickly. But I couldn’t shake the idea of a huge, statement-making crystal planter that wouldn’t break my vacation-savings budget, so I set about figuring out a way to grow my very own crystal rather than buying one.

And that’s when I learned about the magical properties of Borax. That’s right—the powdered laundry detergent booster that can be purchased plentifully and cheaply from Amazon grows into stunning crystal formations with just a little bit of know-how and some science fair-style gumption. After doing a few experiments of my own (and possibly tricking my roommate into thinking I was turning our kitchen into a Breaking Bad tribute set), I’m here to share the full tutorial for how to make absolutely stunning crystal planters for the price of a single Postmates order.

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window shopping // modern stripes (for under $100!)

update your wardrobe for spring with a new twist on a classic pattern: modern stripes! colorful, geometric-print fashion and accessories, all for under $100! #under100 #affordable #style #fashion #whattowear #stripes

source: chenille sweater from Anthropologie.

Traditionally, when I think of summertime stripes, my mind goes straight to seersucker. And there’s nothing wrong with that textured, classically Southern stripe, but what I’ve been in the mood for lately is something a bit more…modern. After seeing bold, unexpected stripes walk the runways of designers like Self-Portrait and 3.1 Phillip Lim, I started searching out fresh iterations of the classic pattern to collect. I rounded up my favorite modern stripes finds to share with you below — and the best part is they’re all under $100!  Continue reading “window shopping // modern stripes (for under $100!)”

DIY ribbon-wrapped straw basket bag

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For the past year, straw basket bags have been found hanging casually from the arms of well-heeled women and street-style stars alike. And after scrolling past post after post featuring the summery accessory, I know I had to have one — but I wanted mine to be special. Enter: the Brother P-touch Embellish. This nifty little machine makes printing on the prettiest satin ribbon super easy, so I could add a charming, personalized message to my very own It Bag. In keeping with the pink hue of the ribbon and the overall romance of the style, I opted to print, “La Vie en Rose” on the ribbon that I wrapped around the handle of my straw basket bag, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. And the best part? The whole project only took about 15 minutes.

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window shopping // all about lavender (for under $100!)

update your wardrobe for spring with a wash of the new must-have color: lavender! pale purple fashion and accessories, all for under $100! #under100 #affordable #style #fashion #whattowear #lavender #purple

source: puff-sleeve sweater from Mango.

When the color of the year for 2018, Ultra Violet, was announced, there was a collective digital wringing of the hands. It seemed like everyone in the blog world was lamenting the amount of purple we would inevitably be seeing over the next year thinks to Pantone’s pick. The good news is: we may have been a bit too hasty. Trends often trickle down in unexpected ways, and the first iteration of the shocking purple color of the year comes to us in the form of soft, lovely, utterly dreamy lavender. I’ve rounded up my favorite pale purple pieces — all with an under-$100 price tag that feels just as light and dreamy as the hue itself!

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DIY bow-tied linen bedding

Learn how to make this beautiful, bow-tied linen duvet set with @BrotherPtouchEmbellish by printing your own customized messages on satin ribbon! on #PtouchEmbellish #sponsored #diy #bedtime #springcleaning

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Is there anything more lovely than a freshly made bed? I don’t think so. Now that spring is almost here, Joanna and I have both been on major cleaning kicks — which includes refreshing things around the house. It’s time to dust those hard-to-reach corners, replace those threadbare towels and, most importantly, make sure your bed is extra chic and cozy.

For me, that means swapping out my everyday bedding with the most perfectly rumpled linen bedding. Seriously, the texture is so lightweight and dreamy. But Joanna and I are always looking to add a bit of special detail to the things we fill our homes with, so when Brother sent over one of their super-handy P-touch Embellish machines and spools of satin ribbon, we decided to add some ties to the bedding. Not only is the result super pretty, it’s also practical since we printed it with instructions for restless sleepers: your side, my side and the dogs’ side (because we can’t forget about Noodle and Lucy).

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