Friday Link Love + An Update!

My oh my. Where did another week go? We are loving the first official week of summer here. The dogs have been sneaking into the pool as often as they can and we’re tending to our gardens, looking forward to loads of fresh tomatoes later in the season. There’s also a lot at work behind the scenes. We’ll be making some major site upgrades over the weekend so please bear with me if you notice any glitches or anything funky happening for the next couple of days. I’ve got all kinds of tricks up my sleeve come Monday and I can’t wait to share. In the meantime, have the happiest of weekends! xoxo

Bonus post! You can find me here today chatting about chevron.

Excited to be collaborating with this talented lady on a photoshoot.

Also very excited for my lovely friend about this.

Planning on these sandwiches for lunch this weekend.

Um. Absolutely stunning.

You want to learn how to do this.

I love me a good rocket or two.

And I also love a fun DIY project.

The prettiest wedding invitations I’ve seen in a long time.

I want to live in this inspiration board.

{Design by Kelly Oshiro. Photo by David Crane via Style Me Pretty.}

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Loving Popsicles

I’ve been mildly obsessed with wanting to make homemade popsicles lately and now that the summer heat and humidity has shown up in full force, I’m thinking I have to make it happen. I love the idea of making homemade treats to beat the summer heat. Using fresh fruits and even champagne or prosecco puts a grown up twist on this classic treat. Or skip the booze and get the kids involved in making their own summer snacks. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

{Photos by Desserts for Breakfast | Dandy Sugar.}

{Photos from Julip Made | Endless Simmer.}

{Photos by Bakers Royale.}

{Photo by Rose Married.}

{Photos by Butterfly Foodie | Bakers Royale.}


DIY Pencil Holder

It may be my architecture background, but I absolutely love colored pencils. I keep an over-priced set at my desk for sketching and doodling so I fell in love with this DIY pencil holder shared by Andrea of Strawberry Chic. You can bet I’ll be making one of these as soon as I can score the perfect piece of salvaged wood to make it happen. Of course, you can use this for more than just colored pencils – all of your pens and pencils would be happy hanging out deskside in a pretty holder.

Supplies –

  • Hand saw
  • Small slice of wood either from a large branch or tree base (mine is a piece of poplar about 6″ in diameter)
  • Drill (with a drill bit size of about 7/16″)
  • Sand paper

Step 1. Using a hand saw, carefully cut your wood piece to the desired height.

Step 2. Drill holes into the top of your wood piece. You can drill in a pattern or randomly.

Step 3. Sand down the edges and add pencils. (It’s that easy!)

{DIY project + photos by Strawberry Chic.}


Quirky Custom Illustrated Wedding Invitations

I’m a long time fan of MaeMae Paperie over here so I shouldn’t have been surprised to fall in love with these incredibly sweet custom wedding invitations Megan recently created in partnership with the bride, talented illustrator Debra Chow. Debra created a series of illustrations reminiscent of Polaroids depicting different scenes from her relationship with her fiancé. Megan then created the gorgeous wedding invitations and tags, which were all bundled up in a cute box. Don’t you just love these? I can’t get enough of beautiful stationery infused with unique personality. These do the trick for me.

{Photos from MaeMae Paperie.}


Party Palette: Summer Coral + Granite

This week’s color palette was inspired by a Facebook fan who chimed in on my call for color palette ideas with a request for coral and gray. It seemed like the perfect color palette for the first week of summer so away I went! This really is the perfect combination of colors for summer weddings. Fresh shades of coral, sherbet and apricot balanced out with shades of warm and cool grays for a vibrant yet sophisticated look. I love everything about it.

{top. Rebecca Wood Photography via Style Me Pretty. left. Martha Stewart via Ritzy Bee. right. MaeMae Paperie.}