It’s rainy here today. Unpleasantly so. But you know what? I’m not letting it get me down. Or at least, I’m trying not to. By rainy day dreaming about long lazy summer days at the beach, of course. Which naturally led me down a bunny trail of hunting down a few new summer essentials that I’d love to add to my closet this summer. A great bathing suit, the perfect canvas tote and a perfectly adorable cover up, for starters!
Of course, no day at the beach is complete without the sunscreen (I prefer the spray-on mist variety), a big bottle of sparkling water (I like mine in a big Solo cup with loads of ice and lime!), and beach games. Paddle ball is a favorite but most often we end up playing Kan Jam. Do you know Kan Jam? It’s really big up here in our area, but I find not a lot of people outside of the Northeast seem to know what it is – it’s a whole lot of fun, that I can assure you. Basically you split into teams and take turns trying to throw a Frisbee into a can-shaped bucket, while alternately trying to keep the opposing team for landing their Frisbee in the target. Somehow it ends up being hotly contested and absolutely hilarious all at once. So there you have my summer essentials for a day at the beach! Now if only the sunshine would show up…
[Shop: Bathing suit | canvas tote | cover up | sandals | scarf | ice pack | sunscreen | sparkling water | beach games.]
If you were to ask me what my favorite way to spend my time is, I will always answer the same way. Quite simply put, it’s with no makeup on, dirty flip flop feet, cozied up next to a campfire by the lake with my best people. This is how I grew up. In a town just off the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, a hop skip and a jump from the Adirondack Mountains, skipping around the 1000 Islands and generally spending as much time barefoot and in the water as possible. Whether at the family lakehouse, on the boat or camping out for the weekend, there is just nothing like being outdoors for me in the summer. Recently we’ve been talking a lot about our summer plans and hoping to squeeze in at least a couple of weekend camping trips, so this probably explains why I have camping on the brain. Anyone else dreaming about summer camping? If so, pop over to Pinterest for more of the things inspiring me at the moment.
[Row 1: A Blog About Love | Rue | Row 2: Sugar Rush Cookies | Honey & Jam | Row 3: John Dear | Elisa B Photography via The Sweetest Occasion.]
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When thinking about decorating our new place, and in particular the boys’s room, I wanted to come up with some inexpensive DIY decor ideas that would help us fill the space with personality without breaking the bank. (Because, seriously, we already had a lot of pretty big purchases to make!) After loads of brainstorming, I finally settled on making giant fringe monograms for over each of the boys’ beds, inspired by a whole host of incredible projects that Jordan and the DIY crew at Oh Happy Day have dreamed up. The best part about this project? Each monogram cost roughly $1 to make (seriously) and the technique is incredibly easy, even if a touch time consuming. Oh, and they’re crazy cool! Who doesn’t love that?
- Crepe paper streamer rolls (I used less than 1 roll per letter)
- Tacky Glue or a similar glue
- X-Acto knife and cutting surface
- Metal straight edge ruler
The first step in the process is to sketch and cut out your letters from a large sheet of cardboard. I used leftover boxes from moving! I knew I wanted the overall size to be 3′ tall and 2′ wide for each of the letters, which I determined by first holding various sizes of cardboard above each bed to see what size made the most sense to me. From there I sketched it out on a piece of paper before using a straight edge to draw the letters out on the cardboard. Then using a metal straight edge ruler and an X-Acto knife, simply cut the letter out, making sure to have a protective surface under your knife.
Similar tutorials I scoped out before getting started use crepe paper sheets, but my stash had run dry and I didn’t want to wait to order them so I opted to use inexpensive rolls of crepe paper streamers from the party supply aisle at Target. To create the fringe, just wrap a long length of crepe paper around your hand then use scissors to cut it into fringe. You’ll need a lot of fringe, depending on the size of your letters, so you can make it in batches as you move along – that’s what I did!
Next up, it’s time to start gluing fringe! Just run a small bead of glue across your cardboard and then gently place your fringe, trimming on either end as necessary. Be sure to start at the bottom of your letter and move upward gluing down subsequent layers of fringe, being sure to overlap each row of fringe over the top of the one below it slightly. Keep on gluing and fringing, cutting more fringe as you go along as necessary.
And that’s it! Just keep gluing fringe down until your letter is completely covered, going back to trim if need be to get the look you like. We’re going to be hanging these above the boys’ beds (once we finish another project on that wall that’s currently in the works), likely with 3M strips, but I’ll be sure to break that down once we get to that step. In the meantime, these letters are perfect for room decor (naturally) but would also look killer at a birthday party or graduation celebration. Happy fringing!
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.]
Cardboard leftover from moving
Crepe paper streamer rolls from Target
Tacky Glue from Michaels
Styling props, accessories + books are all vintage
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So, it’s confession time! Turns out, I’m a bit of YouTube junkie. Specifically, beauty videos. I’m not sure I’ve picked up any skills yet in that department, but I have at least picked up a few ideas for new products to try. I digress. This is about the infamous “what’s in my purse” videos that seem to crop up on YouTube daily and, seriously, they’re so fun. I love seeing what people tote around on a day to day basis! So today after my morning jog I suddenly decided I should give you a glimpse inside my purse, because why not? So here it is – what’s in my purse!
My current everyday bag is this large leather satchel I scored at Marshall’s for $40 a few months back. It has shiny gold hardware and a cool basket weave texture that I love. Inside it holds my French bi-fold Coach wallet that I’ve had for about seven years. I always think about getting a new one, but the fact is this oldie but goodie is still in like-new condition after years of wear and tear so I really can’t seem to justify giving it the boot. Otherwise I always have my iPhone, keys, any number of lip glosses and lip balms, a mini bottle of body spray, a little deodorant, a notebook and pen and often my new tablet, especially if I’m going to meetings or traveling. My iPhone case of the moment is from my collection with Chromatic & Co. and, of course, I never leave home without my sunglasses. We live all of a hop, skip and a jump from Canada so quite often I have my passport tucked in there, too, for impromptu lunches across the border. Truth be told, I’m a bit of a hoarder so typically you’re going to find a whole bunch of receipts, hair ties, and random things like sunscreen and a bottle of water stashed somewhere in my bag. And there you have it! Now I want to know – what must-haves do you carry in your purse? Spill the beans!
[The Goods: Purse by Deux Lux (similar) from Marshalls | iPhone case by The Sweetest Occasion for Chromatic & Co. | Sunglasses by Michael Kors (similar) | Wallet by Coach | Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet | Lobster key chain by J.Crew | DIY leather key chain by Hank & Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion | Rimmel Stay Glossy in Treasure Hunt | Maybelline Color Whisper in Pin Up Peach | Smith's Rosebud Salve | Pilot G2-05 pen (my all-time favorite!) | Notebook from Target (similar) | Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer in Light | Dr. Scholl's Rub Relief Stick (for avoiding blisters in cute summer shoes!)]
Over the last few days we’ve been talking a lot about our summer plans around here. A lot of it revolves around spending as many long lazy days together as possible, but we’re not without our fair share of summer festivities. From camping trips to birthday parties and impromptu backyard barbecues, we’ll definitely have a flurry of shindigs coming up over the next few months. With that in mind, this is just about the time of year when I like to stock up my party supplies with a few fresh and colorful new things that can be pulled out at a moment’s notice to add a little jazz to a summer get together. Here are a few of the things I am loving for summer – in particular, you can never go wrong with cute bamboo utensils and a handful of paper pinwheels!
[Shop | Row 1: Polka dot candy cups | striped straws | Row 2: Striped bags | bottles | Row 3: Heart bamboo forks | paper pinwheels.]