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I love giving gifts, I love shopping for babies, and I love DIYs. Which made attending one of my good friends baby shower the perfect opportunity to put together a little basket of goodies in a homemade toy bin, using one of my previous DIY posts.
I create this toy bin by buying a wooden crate from TJ Maxx and then spray painting using my ombre basket tutorial that I learned from HGTV magazine.
To create the banner, I used a burlap banner kit from Michaels and glitter sticker letters. I glued the letters on using a hot glue gun to ensure they stay. I then tied the banner on as you see above.
Included in the basket: A baby bjorn, an Animals book, an outfit from the Baby Gap, and a hooded towel. My favorite thing in the basket though would have to be, the 'Countdown to Baby' calendar from Knock Knock. Complete with 30 days of affirmations and treats for the mama-to-be as she counts down to the due date. I think that is a must give to all expecting moms!
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Ahhhh...it is the most wonderful time of the year! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The anticipation really does remind me of being a kid counting down to Christmas, seeing the displays set up days before the July 9th opening, but not being able to purchase anything (unless you want to pay full price). Thank goodness I have the Nordstrom card because I would have burst if I had to wait until July 17th.
Anyways...here are a few of my favorite finds! I am loving the styles for this fall, it was hard to pick just four items! (Photos taken from Nordstrom.com -- Links below)
1. Glamorous Sweatshirt Tunic Dress: How cozy does this sweater dress look for the Fall? I can't wait to wear this with some tights, boots, and a big jacket on those rainy Fall mornings. Best part...it is on sale for under $40.00!
2. DKNY Faux Fur Trim Utility Parka: I love a good utility jacket and this one is perfect for crisp fall days and rainy winter mornings.
3. Vince Camuto 'Connolly' Belted Boot: I love a good bootie and these are both practical (the heel is not that high :) and chic. These are perfect with leggings, dresses, skirts, jeans, you name it!
4. Street Level Vegan Leather Pocket Tote: This bag looks like it might cost a pretty penny, but it is actually the cheapest of all the items I picked out! At only 32.00, how can you not get this bag? It is perfect for both work and personal life!
Stay tuned, I will be sharing my favorite workout finds, and home finds from the sale soon (can you say Voluspa Candles?)
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I came across a Ted Talk that focused on why we tend to get stuck in the negatives and how to get unstuck. It was so interesting to hear that it is human nature to focus on the negatives, and it is far easier to go from good to bad, then bad to good. The psychologist, Alison Ledgerwood, shares some studies she conducted on this topic, and simple tips to get 'unstuck.'
It is a rainy day here in Northern California, which is welcomed but also a little gloomy. The weather outside has me dreaming of summer days lounging at the pool, a glass of Rose in hand, and your best friends by your side. Now doesn't that sound amazing?
Here are the details from the picture:
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I was feeling particularly stressed out today and couldn't quite shake the anxious feeling until I hit the treadmill and had a good sweat session! Even though sometimes I don't always feel like working out, it always helps me clear my mind and remember to reflect on all the things I am grateful for. Anyways, all of this led to me wanting to share my favorite workout clothes with you. I have tried out a lot of different brands; here are the different pieces that make up my go-to workout outfit:
Thanks for reading! xo, Holly
Sunday nights always seem to suddenly appear, right? Although I wish everyday was the weekend, and I am known for admitting I get a strong case of the Sunday blues, I am trying to take a new attitude on Sundays. Approaching the work week with positive vibes, setting professional and personal goals, and reminding myself everything I am grateful for before I go to bed on Sundays, I am transforming the way I look at a new week! Monday is almost here, hello!
Door mat is from Pottery Barn
I love layering bracelets and necklaces but knew I couldn't go overboard when I got married recently. I really loved the jewelry I ended up choosing to wear the day of, so I thought I would share it with you as well as how I scored some really great deals on some of the pieces!
I wore a strapless dress and decided to wear big earrings rather than a necklace.
1. Coordinates Collection bracelets: I actually got both of these as gifts and I love to mix silver and gold so I wore them both! They are engraved with the coordinates of the hotel we got married at in Puerto Vallarta. Such a fun, stylish, and sentimental piece. So you can see how they went together, I shared a photo from our wedding below, where you can also see my ring.
2. These two bracelets I wore on my other arm. The sparkly gold one I received from my mother-in-law and I am not sure where it is from. The second one is the Kate Spade Something Blue bracelet. I just love this bracelet, it is such a great gift to give future bride-to-be's!
3. Sparkly Chandelier Earrings: As I have said, I love gold. And I love sparkly things. These earrings I saw and just had to have them. They are the Kate Spade Chandelier Earrings in clear (the link doesn't have the exact ones). The best part about this is that I actually found them on one of Kate Spade's surprise sales for only 39.00! What a steal! When looking for wedding jewelry or just jewelry in general, be sure to sign up to be notified of when a Kate Spade surprise sale is happening, they have amazing deals.
Oh and just because this is a wedding theme post, and I was so impressed with both the price and quality, I am going to share the belt I attached to my dress. I found this belt on Etsy and it is gorgeous! Debby Hoffman Bridal has the most amazing selection of wedding day accessories, including belts and hair pieces. I also ordered my headband from her shop (you can see it above). What can I say, I love sparkle!
I couldn't end without a ring shot! We went with a very classic ring for me, and a diamond band to match. Ben got a black band, which we found from Blue Nile, and love the sleek look :)
Thanks for reading! xo, Holly
I was previously using my iPhone to track my steps per day, but I didn't always have it on me, so I wasn't getting an accurate count. I finally decided to get a Fitbit Flex and couldn't be more happy. I also decided to splurge and get the Tory Burch Fitbit bracelet, and I love it!
I was trying to decide between the leather wrap bracelet and the all gold bracelet but because I have small wrists, I went with the one that can be adjusted (the leather wrap). It keeps me so motivated to get on the treadmill, park farther away, and take the stairs instead of the elevator. In fact, I have only had it for 5 days and have already walked 26 miles!
If you have had your eye on the Tory Burch Fitbit bracelet, I would say go for it! Your health will thank you :)
Tip: Try to find a coupon code to get a discount on the bracelet. I signed up for Bloomingdale's email list and got a 10% off coupon that I used towards the bracelet!
I have seen other bloggers and DIY websites who have updated the Lack Side Table from Ikea and I wanted to do the same! We have had these tables since we moved into our first apartment and I have never loved them. They are now in the downstairs TV room as end tables, so I thought I would give this hack a try! I cut a lot of corners with this hack, mostly because I didn't have the correct materials and I am impatient, and I am also a little bit lazy. I also didn't get the best photos of each step, but I will be sure to list them!
Measure the foam on the Lack table so it matches up (Don't mind the mess in some of these photos, the room was going through a design update (see previous post))
Screw off the legs of the Lack table and place the foam underneath (have the bottom of the table facing up, so you see the screw holes) Also place the fabric on top of the foam.
Sorry here is where the photos end until the finished product!
You now want to pull the fabric around each side and use your staple gun to staple all the way around. You can cut off extra fabric at the end. Be sure not to cover the holes!
Cut of excess fabric and screw the legs back in!
Here is the before photo for those who don't know what the LACK table looks like!
I have been meaning to clean up the downstairs bonus room for sometime now, and finally got the motivation! We use this room as a workout room/extra guest room/junk room and I wanted to make it feel warmer (even though we still have the treadmill in there!) I wanted to make it a place we want to hangout.
Here are the before and after pictures! We are in the process of getting a new couch in the living room, so once we do, I will be changing this room again but I finally enjoy working and hanging in this room.
Before (It was pretty messy!)
I added end tables that I created using IKEA Lack tables (that hack is coming soon!) and then I warmed up the room with an area rug, which is my favorite way to makeover a room on a budget. I also decluttered the room, which is huge in making a room feel more welcoming! Finally, I changed the curtains to a neutral color (versus striped) since I chose to have the end tables be in a bold print.
I saw this DIY in HGTV magazine and just had to try it myself. I love ombre and I love wicker baskets! I use it as a basket to store my dog's toys (see the picture below) but it is also cute when used as above! (Can you tell I'm obsessed with my dog, Bean?)
Start with the lightest color on the top, you can either do each step one side at a time, or do all around the basket at once. It is okay if it drips down. Continue with the next color in the middle and finish the bottom with the darkest color. Re-touch any areas that might need some more spray paint and let it dry!
It is amazing how a rug can transform a space! I wanted to give our dining area more of a natural beachy feel since we live by the Ocean, but knew I couldn't get a whole new dining set. So I opted for a hand woven jute natural rug and am so happy with the update.
Before (Dark navy rug)
After (a natural rug)
I may also spring for some new chairs or at least end chairs, but for now I am happy with my new rug!
Both rugs are from Rug USA
I know this isn't a post about home decorating, but I did say I love to throw a good party! This includes our wedding this past December! We got married in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; I had so much fun planning, and of course putting together gifts for the wedding party and gift bags and favors for our guests, on a budget! I wanted to share some of the things that we had at our wedding and how I found such a good deal on all these items!
Since everyone was traveling in from out of town, we wanted to have a gift bag waiting in their hotel room when they arrived. I found blank canvas bags that I stamped to read 'All you need is love' in gold (of course). We then attached a wood tag thanking our guests for attending, and tied it shut with pink and gold ribbon that read #hollymarriesben (our hashtag!)
Inside of the gift bags, we included sunglasses that had our wedding date and read 'Holly Marries Ben', love cork coasters that were very affordable, koozies, and some tequila! Every website we used to purchase our gifts was so prompt, great customer service, and great quality! Note: If you are planning a destination wedding and bringing gift bags, bring all the receipts for what you are bringing in. We got stopped at Customs and had to show them!
Groomsmen and Bridesmaid Gifts!
We wanted to do something special for our groomsmen and bridesmaid to remember the day. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of all the gifts themselves but here is what we gave them!
Groomsmen: Engraved flasks that were purchased from Exclusively Weddings. This website has great coupon codes to help you save money!
Bridesmaids: Ok, so I went a little bit crazier for the bridesmaids, but I can't help my love of shopping. The girls received:
By looking for everything on sale or getting coupon codes, I was able to keep the price of the bridesmaids gifts to under 100.00 for each girl!
Day of Wedding Favor
We wanted our guests to also have something small at their table when they arrived so we ordered shot glasses from My Wedding Favors, that were engraved with our names, wedding date, and read 'Eat, Drink, and Be Married.' We had the hotel use these as the tequila shots that were waiting at the table for the reception.
Stay tuned for some other wedding DIYs!
Pictures were taken by our amazing photographer, Bethany Carlson.
I recently got around to hanging my gallery wall that I have been wanting to put up for a while. I may end up rearranging because I tend to do that, but I am happy with how it has turned out! Gallery walls are surprisingly easy to do, once you have all your pieces picked out. I have seen other posts that show you how to hang your gallery wall using pieces of paper before you start to hammer. I think that would work great, but I am way to impatient, so I just went for it! (Well, actually...I did lay out the art on the floor beforehand, that counts for something!)
Arrange how you want your gallery wall to look before you begin to hammer. I did this on the floor but you can do it with paper and painters tape. Note: I also slightly changed this from this step to the final :) Be sure to measure the space between each piece, so you can know where to hang the nail.
Step 2: Hang each piece! I made Ben do this step and I forgot to take pictures!
Step 3: Admire your gallery wall and continue to add or change out the art.
One of my favorite and easiest DIYs! As I said I am obsessed with gold, glitter, and gold glitter, but I hate (or Ben hates) how loose glitter gets everywhere and is impossible to remove! So I was excited when I used glitter spray paint for the first time because it turns out just as glittery and fabulous as using glue and loose glitter, but is SO easy!
Directions: Take a glass mason jar and spray with gold glitter spray paint. Let it dry at least overnight.
Note: The photo at the top is from a 'Galentines' brunch I threw in February and used these as vases for the centerpieces.
I love home decorating, fashion, beauty, and of course throwing a good party, all on a budget (who doesn't love getting a deal!). I am obsessed with gold, glitter, and animal prints but try not to overdo it (for the sake of my husband!) Gold spray paint is my go-to. I got married on 12/13/14 to my husband, Ben, and we recently bought our very first house outside of San Francisco, CA. My blog will be a mix of home design and DIY, parties I throw, random thoughts I have, and of course the scores I find when I am out (or online) shopping!