TRAVEL

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, A Boutique Hotel in Waikiki

July 19, 2016

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, A Boutique Hotel in Waikiki

We are planning a trip to Oahu in October for my 30th Birthday and I am so excited! I’ve never been to this island before, but we found super cheap airfare and just booked it immediately. Hello, insomnia! I have no doubt it will be an amazing trip. After scouring the internet for what seemed like 16 hours straight, I stumbled upon the prettiest boutique hotel in Waikiki and I can’t imagine staying anywhere else.

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club has coolness written, and painted, all over it. From the pool to the adorable coffee shop, I just can’t imagine a more perfect little spot. Their goal is to bring back some of that Waikiki soul and treat their guests like family. Nestled on Lewers Street, they’re just a short walk to some of the most beloved beaches and shopping areas in the country. The hotel itself works with locals to collaborate on projects and a lot of the artwork that makes the hotel one-of-a-kind.

There is seriously so much more I can touch base on, but I will save that for when I’m actually soaking up the sun poolside. ;) In the meantime, you should definitely check out their website and all the photos! – Eat & Shop / The Rooms / Blog

 

DIY

This Art is BANANAS! DIY Banana Sequin Art

July 14, 2016

This Art is BANANAS! DIY Banana Sequin Art

Normally I shy away from shiny things, but when I saw this Lip Sequin Sweatshirt DIY from A Beautiful Mess, I immediately wanted to buy a million sequins and glue them to everything but my cat…I’m sure he would’t be too happy about that. After trying to figure out what to do, I noticed my gallery wall was looking a little empty and what goes with blue? A yellow banana of course!

This Art is BANANAS! DIY Banana Sequin Art

MATERIALS
Card Stock that fits into Frame
Beige Sequin Trim
Yellow Sequin Trim
Scissors
Tacky Glue

Step 1. Draw a banana onto card stock, you can use a template online
Step 2. Starting with the beige sequin trim, glue the trim on the outline of the banana, circling down and back until it’s completely filled in. Cut off the excess trim. I also let it completely dry before starting on the peel.
Step 3. Start on one side of the peel and work around the outline, circling back to fill in the gaps. To make it easier, I cut the trim once each peel was finished. This allowed the peels to keep their shape and not blend together too much.
Step 4. Let dry completely and frame your art! As you can see, I originally used pink card stock, but I didn’t like it with the gold frame. The banana was super easy to cut out and glue to white card stock.

This Art is BANANAS! DIY Banana Sequin Art

This Art is BANANAS! DIY Banana Sequin Art

I definitely wouldn’t mind doing this same technique to a purse or even a hat. How cute would a little sequined cactus be?!

INTERIORS

Everyone needs a Florida Room, am I right?!

July 11, 2016

Everyone needs a Florida Room

Everyone needs a Florida Room

I think most of us can agree we strive to go somewhere tropical for vacation, whether that’s the Bahamas or just heading to the beach for the weekend. When it comes to styling a home, I always try to pull in something light and airy to mimic that “vacation feel.” And why not? It’s calming, simple, and just so refreshing after being in an office all day. An awesome trend right now is “The Florida Room” and it’s something everyone should have. The whole idea is to stay neutral, with nods to the ocean and landscape of Florida. I’m all about bringing the outside in, so I have some tips for creating your own Florida Room, inspired by Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Check out more Florida homes for inspiration here!

Everyone needs a Florida Room

Everyone needs a Florida Room

Neutrals are where it’s at. I used to be scared to pair whites with beige and cream colors because I wasn’t sure if they would complement each other. Turns out they do, ha. Whites and neutral colors can easily be pulled together with different textures and layering. I also like adding light blues and some pastel pinks if that’s your thing.

Pull in natural elements, like plants and wood. This is probably my favorite. I love having a space that blends with its surroundings. My dream is to have floor to ceiling windows staring off into a jungle. Keep it simple with some wood pieces and even a few wicker pieces. Adding plants throughout the space also helps! I’m crazy about the table below!

Everyone needs a Florida Room

Everyone needs a Florida Room

My final tip is to just enjoy your Florida Room. Keep the TV out and put your phone away! This room is a space that you can just sit and relax, taking a break from life. I love reading and working on puzzles…I sound like I’m 70, but I’m not I promise. I really love Florida and all of its cultural history. I would probably move there tomorrow if I could.

Everyone needs a Florida Room

Everyone needs a Florida Room


S H O P  T H I S  P O S T
01. Palm Art Print // 02. Wicker Pendant // 03. Boyd Sectional // 04. Truss Arm Chair // 05. Wire Basket // 06. Shroom Coffee Table // 07. Binx Pillow // 08. Faux Fur Ivory Lumbar Pillow // 09. Hide Rug // 10. Planter // 11. Urchin Wall Set // 12. Erik Sideboard


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STYLE

Put a hat on, girl! My favorite hats for Summer

July 7, 2016

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I really wish I could pull off those cute floppy hats that say things like “Beach, Please” and pose poolside with a cocktail in hand. Unfortunately I can’t, haha. It’s just not me. I feel most comfortable in baseball caps and I love how they look. I’m not very feminine, but when I can find a pink suede cap you better believe I’m on board. I rounded up 8 of my favorites this Summer below –

Hats

01 | Camp Vibes 
02 | Surf’s Up
03 | Stay Weird Austin
04 | Color Club
05 | Pink Suede
06 | Shark Bait
07 | Succulents 
08 | UOLA

I have a few of these caps and just found out that Ban.do stocked a bunch of adorable sunglasses yesterday!  Head over and check out those too because I want you to look fly AF this Summer.

STYLE

Looking Pretty and Feelin’ Fine, My Favorite Beauty Products of 2016

July 5, 2016

Favorite Beauty Products 2016 / BASH

Favorite Beauty Products 2016 / BASH

We spent all weekend cleaning every corner of our home, including the bathroom. I’m not one to wear a lot of makeup or spend hours prepping, and to be honest if I’m not working  I don’t get ready at all, haha. Hello, sweat pants and messy buns! Luckily reorganizing our bathroom was the least time consuming because I really started narrowing down my favorite products and what works for me a few months ago. I REALLY wish I could say that for my crafts closet…

I wanted to share a few of my favorite products with you guys, partially because everything matches and the packaging is da bomb. Seriously, look how cute my counter looks!

Favorite Beauty Products 2016 / BASH

Favorite Beauty Products 2016 / BASH

I have fallen in love with Glossier. Emily Weiss is the Founder and CEO, and in case you guys didn’t know she was also on The Hills. She was very cool. Anyways, this line of makeup has been great for my skin so I am happy to share a few of my faves.

PREPPIN’ – Lala love the Milk Jelly Cleanser, followed by their Moisturizing Primer. It’s light and keeps my skin feeling good. They have a cool Rose Mist Spray I use throughout the day to refresh.

APPLYIN’ – I have been using their Perfecting Skin Tint, but they sold out! I’ve had this BB Cream on hand for the past 3 years. I use Glossier Boy Brow and this mascara because I’m too lazy to curl my lashes. Finally I tossed my bronzer and highlighter for these babies! One swipe from each and you are literally glowing.

RELAXIN’ – Origins Skin Masks are so great! Their Retexturing Mask with Rose Clay is hands down my favorite. After working out, I use this one and it seems to cool my face down. This mask is also great for dry skin and you can leave it on overnight, woo!

Favorite Beauty Products 2016 / BASH

Favorite Beauty Products 2016 / BASH


S H O P  T H E  P O S T


And that’s a wrap! I just wanted to share what I use on a daily basis because my skin has transformed over the past month and I’ve cut down to just a few solid beauty products. Let me know if you have any questions! xo

HOLIDAY

Freedom Day Roundup

July 1, 2016

4th of July Roundup

Happy 4th of July, woo! Super excited for the extra long weekend and all the food I’m about to consume over the next few days. Also really wishing I had a pool. but whatevs. I hope everyone has a great weekend! I rounded up some very legit desserts to make over the weekend and one adorable cake topper! Check them out below –

01. All-American Jello Shots by Sugar & Cloth
02. Patriotic Bark by Sprinkles for Breakfast
03. 4th of July Ice Cream by Brit + Co.
04. Chocolate and Sprinkle Shot Glasses
05. Tie Dye S’mores by Studio DIY
06. Origami Stars and Stripes Cake Topper by The House That Lars Built

Happy 4th of July, and be safe! xo

INTERIORS

Mix ‘n’ Match Styling Challenge with Chairish

June 29, 2016

Mix 'n' Match Styling Challenge with Chairish

You guys, I am so excited about this post! I love Chairish and I sometimes spend hours perusing their site for hot ticket vintage items! When they reached out and asked how I would mix & match my dining chairs, I was totally on board.

What I love about mixing and matching is the absolute ease of it all. When you spend these next few weekends rummaging through old crap at garage or estate sales, I promise you will rarely find a set of dining chairs. It’s unsettling…how the hell does that even happen?! I’ve learned to embrace this and find ways around it, especially if I see a one off chair I can’t live without! There are a few things to keep in mind when searching for pieces and it’s important because otherwise you will wake up and realize your home looks like your own personal garage sale. (That kind of happened to me once or twice, and it’s extra obvious when you live in a tiny place!)

Mix 'n' Match Styling Challenge with Chairish

Mix 'n' Match Styling Challenge with Chairish

KNOW YOUR COLOR PALETTE – This is how I fail when finding vintage items. I tend to gravitate towards colors and pieces I really like, but when I bring them home they just don’t fit. I recently went to Lowe’s and picked out lots of paint chips and narrowed down the colors I like and work well together. Keep them on you too if you go shopping, it tends to keep your checkbook at tucked away. ;)

WHEN IN DOUBT KEEP IT NEUTRAL – I love bright colors and lots of textures, but sometimes it can be too much. When looking for dining chairs to mix and you are unsure on color choices, try and keep your dining space neutral. This will allow you to choose some great colors for your chairs without worrying too much how they will look in your home. It also helps when you want to change out furniture down the road or add pops of color.

KEEP THE SAME STYLE, CHANGE THE COLOR UP – If mixing isn’t quite your thing, you can still have fun with color! Lots of chairs come in different colors or similar styles. Pick a few and you will elevate your look for sure!

Mix 'n' Match Styling Challenge with Chairish

 

Mix 'n' Match Styling Challenge with Chairish

I love Mid-Century Modern. When I go out to estate sales or garage sales, I will usually hit up ones that specifically say “retro” or “mod.” I have never come across a pair of Eames chairs, just one off ones. Sure, I can find some on craigslist that are overpriced 75% of the time or I can buy knockoffs online. I just really enjoy finding them at sales because you can haggle, ha! Any who, I find that the Eames chairs are some of my favorite ones to mix ‘n’ match! They always look so good together no matter what color they are. I found so many lovely ones on Chairish, plus actual sets of dining chairs! They are such a great resource for all furniture too.

I put together the mood board below using chairs from their collection, plus one of their rugs. I have a pretty eclectic modern style, and I seem to be gravitating towards blues and ocean feels lately…I really miss California, you guys! You can also assume the dining space would be painted white, with subtle pops of blue and gold. Gotta have that gold! I included all sources below!

Mix 'n' Match Styling Challenge with Chairish


01. Vertex Chandelier by Lucent Light Shop // 02. Shark, Periscope Vase, Cubes  from CB2 // 03. Maroubra Bay Swimmers by Gray Malin // 04. Eames Chair from Chairish // 05. Savannah Dining Table from One King’s Lane // 06. Eames Chair from Chairish // 07. More Chairs from Chairish! // 08. Rug from Chairish // 09. This Magic Moment from Society6 // 10. Cactus from Society6 // 11. Seaside from Minted // 12. Bar Cart from Target


So what do you think? Would you mix ‘n’ match?!

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FOOD / HOLIDAY

Get Your 4th on with Chocolate and Sprinkle Shot Glasses

June 28, 2016

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I am 100% sure I am last to jump on this bandwagon for silicone molds, but hello, they are AHHH-mazing! Wilton has a mold for shot glasses and I couldn’t say no. Now I have a million and one ideas on how to use these. However, I made it a point to use them the first time for what they were intended for – shot glasses! Since the mold can be placed in the oven, you can melt hard candy into the most perfect shot glass. I decided to go the chocolate route since I had a bunch of candy melts in my stash, and now for the perfect 4th of July treat!

Chocolate Shotglass 2 Choclate Shot Glass steps

M A T E R I A L S
Silicone Shot Glass Mold
Candy Melts
Festive Sprinkles
Spoon

1| Start by placing candy melts in the mold, pushing them all the way down. The silicone stretches which is totally fine and won’t lose shape. The more the better.
2| Sprinkle in the blue and white sprinkles and top with more candy melts. I piled mine about two to three high. TIP: Set aside a good amount of candy melts because you may need to add more as the chocolate begins to melt.
3| Heat in microwave in increments of 30 seconds. Continue to check on the chocolate, pushing the chocolate down with a spoon to fill any gaps. Add more melts as needed.
4| Once melted, carefully tap the sides to get out the remaining air bubbles.
5| Set aside and carefully pull out once fully hard.

I filled these with 1oz Cake Vodka, 1 oz. Blue Curacao, and 1 oz. Lime Juice, and topped with whipped cream and more sprinkles. Super good.

Chocolate Shotglass 1

Chocolate Shot Glass 7

Chocolate Shotglass 3

 

So do you think these are right up your alley? I love how you can turn a simple shot into an adorable show stopper at the picnic table. Happy 4th of July!