What To Wear: Summer Picnics

This morning I was taking a look at the schedule for the upcoming weekend and realized we have no fewer than four picnics and barbecues to attend. You’ve gotta love summer for that one! Once the weather is nice, people just love firing up the grill and celebrating everything from the average Saturday to the biggest of life’s occasions outdoors. I don’t know about you but we have a lot of weekends this summer where our days are double or even triple booked, which can make deciding what to wear a bit tricky. My solution? Pick up a few cute maxi dresses (I love this one) that can easily be worn both day and night with a simple swap in accessories and shoes. Dresses are my go-to wardrobe staple during the summer months anyway so I’m really loving both of these looks.

What To Wear: Summer Picnics

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[Shop | Chambray maxi dress | Scarf | Long necklace | Sandals | Nail polish | Blazer | Gold bangles | Skinny gold belt | Gold wedges.]

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Pretty Watercolor Prints from Kelly Ventura

Over the last five or six years I’ve become a pretty avid art print collector. Letterpress prints in particular are my favorite, but lately I’ve also been trying to expand into picking up a few photographic prints, illustrations and watercolors, too. These watercolor prints from Kelly Ventura are seriously calling my name at the moment! They’re just so pretty and the bright, summery colors makes them just feel incredibly happy. You can probably already guess that this ice cream print is absolutely my favorite, but that’s not to discredit the beauty of Kelly’s florals, too. Either way you really can’t go wrong. Affordably priced starting at just $24, you could pop one of these babies int0 any basic white or blonde wood frame and have a pretty killer piece of art. I may have to do just that!

Ice Cream Print by Kelly Ventura

Blooms Print by Kelly Ventura

Garden Print by Kelly Ventura

[Watercolor prints by Kelly Ventura.]

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10 Summery Watermelon DIY Ideas

10 Summery Watermelon DIY Ideas

A few weeks ago we brought home our first watermelon of the season from the market! And, yes, that’s worthy of exclamation point level excitement because I really love watermelon. (So does our lovable old black lab Nina, for the record. She eats it dantily off the rind just like a human. But we’ll save that gushing for another day.) Watermelon to me is just one of those things that just feels like summer. I love watermelon sliced up the classic way, tossed on top of salads, or blended up into cocktails. But what about watermelon inspired piñatas, party hats and serving trays? Yeah, those are awesome, too.

Ready to usher in the summer sunshine? Click through for 10 of the juciest watermelon DIY ideas perfect for summer!

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DIY Printable Raddest Dad Ever Badge + Card

Father’s Day is right around the corner so today’s awesome printable shared by the super talented Lise at Ruban Collectif is right on time! You might remember the really cool printable Father’s Day card with cut-out tie that Lise shared with us last year and this year it’s all about the raddest printable DIY Father’s Day badge and card. Just download, print, cut and assemble, and Dad will be stylin’ for Father’s Day. So fun, right? Don’t miss the cute video that Lise shared, too, and also pay a visit to check out Ruban Collectif to see all their awesome work or to download the printables in French. Hooray for Dad!

DIY Printable Raddest Dad Ever Badge (Father's Day)

DIY Printable Father's Day Card

Download the printables here. Thanks for sharing, Lise! xo

[Design, photos + video by Ruban Collectif.]

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Color Palette: Foliage + Chambray

Have I ever told you that late spring is my favorite season? As a good ol’ northern girl I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love all seasons, because I truly do. There’s something about the change of the seasons that I just love. But late spring is my jam. When the trees are finally fully in bloom and the grass is thick and green (before late summer comes and torches it into brown oblivion), and the flowers are all starting to bloom one after another – that’s when I find myself in heaven. Right now when I look out onto our backyard that is precisely what I see. Thick, dense greenery. Trees spilling over with branches heavy with leaves. Irises and lilies popping up all over. I find it so invigorating! Um, so, probably you get what inspired today’s color palette, right? Here’s to a fabulous Monday!

Color Palette: Foliage and Chambray

[Photos: Melissa Oholendt from Wit & Delight | Pru Ruscoe for Inside Out AU via Dustjacket | Thorn + Sparrow.]

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