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DIYs we love
Iris Apfel once said “More is more and less is a bore.” If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you’ll know that I proudly live by that maximalist mantra. So it’s no surprise that, for months, I’ve been collecting white, minimalist frames, just waiting for that perfect upcycling project.
In an attempt to have to worry about one less thing, I decided it was about to time to change out of my iPhone case – I needed something bright and impossible to lose! It was a rainbow of acrylic chain links that inspired me to DIY my own case – equipped with its own strap and all.
- Always PanOur Place
This cult-favorite is a do-it-all wonder and designed to replace 8 traditional pieces of cookware. It’s a game changer.
- Drinking GlassesOur Place
I love that these stackable glasses come in every color of the spectrum. Would be fun to mix and match them too!
- Perfect PotOur Place
They don’t call it perfect for nothing. This pot does everything from boiling, crisping, steaming and roasting – the perfect holiday gift!
- Stacking Place & BowlsOur Place
These hand-painted, porcelain stacking plates and bowls are super chic – plus they are dishwasher and microwave safe!
- Gingham BeddingHeather Taylor Home
Loving green this season and especially loving Heather Taylor’s collection of gingham bedding – it’s so timeless and elegant!
- Porter SunglassesKrewe
I’ve been a huge fan of Krewe sunglasses for year. Love these super lightweight round frames – and they’re polarized, which makes them perfect for a day at the beach!
- WOW Tote BagThe Jacksons
These fun and colorful woven jute bags, made in Bangladesh, carry up to 22lbs!
- Feelin Just Lime Nail PolishEssie
I can’t enough of the color green right now – digging this bright lime shade with slightly yellow undertones.
- Seersucker SwimsuitHunza G
Hunza G’s one-size-fits-all seersucker swimwear is surprisingly flattering and sculpting. I have them in 3 colors!
- Ombré Amour BraceletMaison Irem
The most colorful and vibrant woven addition for your summer stack.
- Wavy Poplin SkirtGanni
Love the wavy hemline and elastic waistband of this skirt – so great as day-to-night piece!
- Daisy ClipLisa Says Gah
Love this mod-ish hair clip – perfect for keeping those grown out bangs in check!
- Grear SandalSarah Flint
LOVE the comfort of the Grear, a lace-up Grecian style sandal handcrafted in the Amalfi Coast – which is exactly where I pretend I am where when I wear them.
- Verve Two-PieceYou Swim
This one size fits all swimwear is super stretchy while still providing enough coverage. I love the colors!
- Dew BlushSaie
This creamy gel blush is my new favorite product from Saie. It so subtle but also buildable in color. I’ll never go back to powder blush again!
- Lace Up SandalsIsabel Marant
Love shopping at The Outnet for discounted sandals. These are perfect and will go with just about anything!
- Reusable Market BagBaggu
I never leave the house without these!
- Olive You TeeTory Burch
- Embroidered Face MaskEtsy
These tie dyed masks are super cute – and you can get them personalized!
- Frosted Seed Beads 8/0Etsy
The best seed beads for making jewelry – mostly like them for daisy chain bracelets!
- Wave PitcherSophie Lou Jacobsen
I love this playful and colorful pitcher. Perfect for serving water at your next dinner party or even using it as a vase!
- Sunglass Chain DIY KitAriel Gordon x HWTF
Ariel and I curated all the beads in this fun DIY kit – you can make just about anything you want!
- Vintage Lumbar PillowEtsy
Etsy is a fabulous place to find vintage pillow covers! I recommend sizing up on the pillow inserts for the best look.
- 14k Charm Bracelet KitAriel Gordon x HWTF
The perfect addition to your stack. A daisy smiley, peace sign, hamsa or heart . . . your pick!
- Malcolm Coffee TablePottery Barn
I love the rustic simplicity of this coffee table – big enough for board games and plenty of coffee table books!
- Baroque Pearl Necklace KitAriel Gordon x HWTF
I plan on wearing these necklaces all summer long! Perfect for layering or even wrapped around the wrist.
- Block Print Coaster SetZojora
I love these quilted block-print coasters. Perfect as a gift or for yourself!
- Curly Rock shearling and leather bootsINUIKI
Part sneaker, part boot. Perfect for winter.
- Wool BeanieBabaa
I love the lilac hue of this super soft beanie from sustainable wool brand Babaá. A winter necessity!
- Abstract Faces PosterSociety6
Society6 sells the best prints – especially for gallery walls! I love this one for it’s tone and versatility.
- Flower OrnamentJohn Derian
John Derian curates some of the most beautiful Christmas ornaments. Love this little creature.
- Rainbow Candle HoldersHawkins
These blown glass candlestick holders are so colorful and delicate – perfect for your holiday table or mantle!
- James Shearling SlipperFreda Salvador
My favorite shearling slippers are back!! I wear these all fall and winter long – I love the new plain white and black styles.
- Woven BraceletsEtsy
LOVE these woven adjustable bracelets. So fun!
- Orange WreathPottery Barn
I love having a wreath hung all year round. This orange version is so bright and cheery!
- Diamond Shield NecklaceStone and Strand
This diamond and gold necklace is so dainty and pretty – perfect to wear along or layered!
- Liberty of London Face MasksLittle Flower Fabric
The softest, most comfortable face masks for adults and children. My daughter Coco can wear them for hours!
- Woven Tote BagFarm Sarn
These woven tote bags from Thailand are super fun and colorful – and perfect for the beach!
- Denim ShortsMadewell
Salute your shorts!! Love this classic pair from Madewell.
- Colored Wine StemwareEstelle Colored Glass
Estelle Colored Glass’ mix of jewel toned stemware is next on my wish list. They’re just stunning!
- Rattan Beach ChairWild in Bloom
Not only do I love bringing this folding chair to the beach, I have it set up on my front porch too!
- Bisous MasksClare V.
Wear your mask!
- Glass Pony Bead BraceletOut of Office
Obsessed with glass pony beads these days – nostalgic but age appropriate! 🙂
- Visor With EarsZara
The cutest straw visor for your lil’ tot!
- Gingham Ruffle PillowsHeather Taylor Home
Heather Taylor’s new ruffled gingham pillows are just darling! They come in 3 colors and 2 sizes.
- Glass Fruit ObjectsDevon Made Glass
These glass fruits are casted to order in New Zealand. I just love that they come in all the pastel colors.
- Bougainvillea SocksHansel From Basel
Bright and bold, these socks are the bees knees!
- Heather Blue Tai Lue PillowSt. Frank
Tai Lue weavers are some of the most accomplished and prolific artisans in Laos and the details on this pillow are just stunning.
- Seed BeadsEtsy
Matte seed beads are a new favorite!
- Lightweight Crew SweatshirtEverlane
This is the best, classic crewneck sweatshirt there is. Plus, you can doodle on it!!
- Silicone BagsStasher
In an effort to eliminate single-use plastic in the home, I’ve been using these reusable silicone bags by Stasher and LOVE them! They’re non-toxic, dishwasher and microwave safe too!
- Collared BlouseZara
I love the embroidered details on this sweet blouse with oversized collars.
- Shaker Dining BenchHearth & Hand
Joanna Gaines’ Hearth & Hand line at Target is so good. I’m needing this shaker bench!! Perfect for a dining table or foyer.
- Empress HeadbandShashi
This headband is a steal at $38! Great to wear solo or to stack with other headbands!
- Knit RunnersNo Bull
I’m obsessed with my No Bull runners. They are the most comfortable running shoe I’ve owned in ages! Plus, they come in a variety of amazing colors.
- Erin BlouseCinq a Sept
This blouse makes me feel like a princess. Honestly. It’s also the most perfect shade of dusty rose. Just dreamy.
- Vintage CharmsAriel Gordon
Every little charms tells a story. I’m loving these adorable and sentimental charms curated by jewelry designer Ariel Gordon
- Inka StonewareOYOY
I love this dishwasher safe stoneware from Danish brand OYOY. The collection comes in the most perfect rose, clay and white shades.
- Floral DeliveryFarmgirl Flowres
I get asked all the time about the best flower delivery service. I love Farmgirl Flowers, who sources their flowers ethically by making sure to support farms who pay living wages, provide medial benefits and avoid harmful chemicals. And they deliver nationwide!
- Frill BlouseInnika Choo
I would buy this blouse in every color if I could. It’s lightweight and not overly billowy. I’m anxious for warm weather so I can wear this on the regular!
- Westman Atelier MakeupWestman Atelier
I love this CLEAN makeup line from make-up artist Gucci Westman. It has just the necessities I need: foundation, bronzer and blush, with just the most perfect, barely-there-but-there look.
- Zippy Lace Collar SweaterSea New York
Yes to this collar sweater!! Especially since the collar is removable and can be worn over other sweaters and/or cardigans.
- Gingham Dinner NapkinsJohn Derian
Seriously crushing on gingham these days and I love the idea of mismatching these linen napkins from John Derian.
- Aria Belt BagSenreve
This is has become my go-to travel bag. I wear it cross body or around my waist during the day and take the strap off and use it as a clutch at night.
- Cordobes HatEliurpí
Add this designer to your short list of hat labels to watch and wear.
- Silk TasselsEtsy
I like to stock up on these chubby silk tassels. They’re so luxurious and perfect as present toppers or for any DIY project!
- James Shearling SlippersFreda Salvador
I’ve been living in these printed haircalf slippers, lined with super soft shearling.
- Ornament SetSt. Frank
I LOVE this adorable ornament set, which includes a baby alpaca, Day of the Dead skull and baby elephant. So cute.
- Ranger PantThe Great
My new favorite pant, love the drop rise which means you can wear it tight and high waisted or low and loose.
- Scarlet Check LoaferRothy's
Crushing on these gingham merino wool loafers that wear like slippers. Bonus: they’re made from repurposed plastic water bottles!
- Swan OrnamentJohn Derian
You can never have enough . . .
- Cashmere SweaterMadewell
It’s always hit or miss with cashmere and the never ending saga of: will it or won’t it pill? I’ve worn my first cashmere sweater from Madewell and happy to report that after multiple wears, no pilling!
- Wicker Tree SkirtTerrain
Love this wicker tree skirt, which conceals your average plastic tree stand!
- Gold EarringsStone and Strand
Stone and Strand is my go-to for simple, fine gold jewelry, including reasonably priced mini hoops, studs and ear cuffs.
- Monogrammed Packing CubesParavel
I only recently discovered packing cubes and they have totally changed the way I travel (i.e. I get to pack so much more into a carry on!). I love how you can monogram these – the perfect gift!
- Gardenia SweaterTach
This hand knit floral sweater gives me all kinds nostalgic feels. Love!
- Vintage Rug StockingsFrances Loom
Each of these stockings are made from antique wool rugs and one of a kind.
- Sherpa Portland JacketMadewell
This cozy, sherpa jacket is a classic closet staple. Love this one for its shrunken fit.
- The Go-ToSaie
All the makeup essentials from newly launched, clean beauty line Saie.
- Block Print CoastersZojora
These quilted, block print coasters make the perfect stocking stuffers!
- Wooden DollhouseHearth & Hand
This wooden dollhouse, created exclusively for Target in collaboration with Magnolia, is adorable – and it comes with furniture!!
- Frida OrnamentThe House That Lars Built
Love these colorful Frida Kahlo ornaments. And so reasonably priced too!
- Gold Figa CharmAriel Gordon
Ariel Gordon’s new Heritage Collection is full of incredible treasures, including this antique rose gold figa charm.
- Marigold GarlandsEtsy
I’m obsessed with these marigold garlands. Perfect for decorating a wedding, baby shower or any party!
- The Rich CreamAugustinus Bader
Believe the hype. This face moisturizer is the real deal, especially during those dry winter months.
- Brush PotsBridie Hall
I love these decorative lacquered pots, perfect for make-up brushes, pens and pencils or flowers!
- Jersey Heeled SandalSteve Madden
- Palace Bird EarringsMignonne Gavigan
- Corduroy Ring BagAlbus Lumen
- Ozo Tall BootsFreda Salvador
- Elodie Floral TopRhode
- Solal JumperSézane
- Travel HomeCaitlin Flemming
- Rhodes HatTeressa Foglia
- Nubuck Leather SneakersAcne
- Woven Mexican BagMexi Mexi
- Ruffle SkirtLoeffler Randalll
- Soleil Woven Wall HangingSage x Clare
- Quilted Poplin JacketLou & Grey
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Making daisy chains from seed beads might look complicated but honestly, it’s not difficult at all! It’s a cinch as long as you have the right materials. I dare you to stop at one, it’s that addicting. Just be sure to pay attention to the size of the beads and stringing cord before you purchase the supplies. Have fun!
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