This summer has been extremely busy, but I’ve managed to take advantage of any free moments by spending quality time with friends and family (without any electronic devices clutched in hand), reading (now absorbed by Gone Girl) and taking care of myself physically and mentally by getting out on hikes and taking tennis lessons. Here are a few of the little things I have enjoyed lately.
Lemon lime margarita salt shakers (from a pottery store) and my favorite vintage dish make for a summer-y cocktail bar centerpiece.
I put this succulent planter together a year ago (DIY here) and admire its growth and pretty hues (read: wonder how I haven’t killed the plants yet!) when I sit out on our patio in the warm evenings.
These nude leather ballet flats (via Banana Republic) go with everything. They are comfy, perfect for a grassy graduation (congrats to my little sister on finishing college) and flattering in a shade that nearly perfectly matches my skin tone.
A few rhinestones (and all-temperature glue via glue gun) jazz up an ordinary wine glass.
Veggie enchiladas (black bean, corn and chili) and chicken enchiladas (chicken, chili and cheese) and a Mexican-inspired fruit salad were perfect for hosting a game night with friends.
Last week, I finally got around to decorating our apartment for the holidays. I realized while decorating that besides a few other craft supply staples, I always have spray paint on hand. My favorites are gold and silver as they easily transform a dull piece (like these white ceramic snowflake votive holders) into something glamorous and special looking.
I am off to San Francisco for the weekend and could not be more excited to see friends and family and experience real winter weather for a few days.
I decided on my costume just a few days before our big Halloween bash this past weekend. I went through several other costume ideas and even began making one, but wasn’t particularly excited about it. Since the holiday is one of my favorites and I enjoy dressing up and putting together a costume, I decided not to settle. I started thinking about some of the good films over the past year and remembered one of my favorite characters and costumes of the year – Effie Trinket of The Hunger Games.
After studying some of the movie screen shots and photo shoots with Elizabeth Banks, I realized I already had the basic clothing staples for the look (a brightly colored peplum dress, ribbon and cage-style heels). I ordered a few accessories from Amazon (this wig, the bolero and oversized flowers) and made sure to go over the top with the makeup. These eyelashes were so much fun to wear. I’m tempted to wear the outfit again tomorrow night, but I think I had enough fun this weekend.
Hope you all have a happy Halloween!
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