I’m not typically huge on themed parties, but right now I’m officially making an exception for everything even remotely flamingo themed. Flamingos feel unabashedly fun to me and it being summer and all, I’m pretty sure we all should indulge in some unabashed fun as often as possible. Both of my siblings live in South Florida in the land where sipping cocktails outdoors at tiki bars and decorating your lawn with flamingoes is, I’m pretty sure, the norm. (Ok, actually, I’ve never seen a flamingo in either of my siblings’ yards, but we’ll gloss over that technicality, ok?) At any rate, today we’re talking about flamingo party ideas, because I want to cover my lawn in flamingos and serve up loads of tiki drinks to all my friends. Doesn’t that sounds like the most fun ever? You know it does!
[Photos, from top: Jessica Peterson for The House That Lars Built | Sherri Koop via 100 Layer Cakelet | Emily Isabella | Studio DIY | Amy Moss for Oh Happy Day.]
I have a major thing for chambray lately. In reality, I’ve always loved chambray, because it’s the kind of classically preppy and cool and that I love. Lately though? My love affair has reached all new heights. I’m chalking it up to chambray feeling especially perfect during the summer months. It’s chic and elegant while being comfy and casual, too. I know the other day I mentioned wanting to DIY some shibori curtains for our dining room…but maybe I want to go with chambray instead? I think the look could be so awesome. I’m currently finalizing a decision for a rug in there and once it’s in place I think I’ll pull the trigger on curtains, but in the meantime here are just a few chambray inspired pieces I’m loving at the moment. That chair! It’s so far out of my budget, but if it weren’t I’d have already bought one. Love love love it.
[Shop | 1: Chambray tunic | 2: Butterfly chair | 3: Chambray dress | 4: Beach towel | 5: Sandals | 6: Tumblers.]
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Few things in life are quite as nostalgic as funfetti cake, am I right? Which is why today’s bright and summery color palette is making me all kinds of happy. (And has me craving cake, too, for the record.) I’m not even sure funfetti cake is super delicious, but it’s fun and that’s really why we all love it, isn’t it? This color combination is just good old fashioned fun. It reminds me of confetti and summer sunshine and oversized balloons. It doesn’t get much better than that on a Monday, right?
[Photos, from top: Baked Bree | Salsa via Brit + Co. | Hooray Today.]
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Earlier this summer I announced that I was teaming up with Unilver to spread the word about their amazing Project Sunlight campaign and taking on their One Ingredient, Five Ways challenge. The concept of the challenge is pretty simple! Hit up your local farmer’s market and load up on fresh, local ingredients and then maximize what you can do with them in the kitchen. We’re big tomato lovers around here and this is the time of year when they’re starting to get so so delicious. Over the next month, market bins will be overflowing with every variety you can imagine and today I’m sharing five super simple ways to enjoy delicious fresh tomatoes all summer long. Click through for all the yummy details!
Ever since Stephanie rocked out this DIY indigo dyed linens tutorial for us last summer, my obsession with all things shibori has been growing. And honestly, it was pretty solidified before then if that gives you a measure of my love. Currently I’m debating dying a pair of curtains for our dining room. I think they’d be colorful, bold and dramatic, but still playful. What do you think? In the meantime, I couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favorite shibori tutorials of late. I’m still on the mend (very slowly it appears) so I’m going to leave you with these pretty little things and a whole bunch of link love to kickstart your weekend. See you here on Monday! xoxo
[DIY Indigo Kitchen Towels | DIY Shibori Crop Top | DIY Indigo Dyed Scarf.]