According to this article, leopard print is the new black, and I’m OK with it. As you can see, I’ve had an appreciation for leopard print from a young age.
Thankfully I’ve learned to tone it down a bit. I now incorporate leopard into my style with a little more subtlety. I choose these leopard flats (from Banana Republic outlet) or this J. Crew phone case, so I look a little less like Fran Drescher in The Nanny.
I don’t know if you can tell from the picture but the phone case actually has a faux fur texture!
I love this look from Pinterest. I’ve wanted one of these calf hair clutches ever since I saw this one on cupcakes and cashmere. I found this one from etsy and this one from J. Crew. Do any of you have a recommendation either way?
I love how this trench coat just has the tiniest leopard detail.
For a bolder look, how fun are these leopard pants? I actually picked up a pair of leopard leggings at Marshall’s but I haven’t had the courage to wear them out yet.this, which I don’t think would go with leopard very well. Also, I once ordered leopard booties because they looked adorable online but they were terrible in person. Some things are fun to look at but not for me, I guess. What are your favorite ways to wear leopard?
I thought I’d share a little tip with you all. I couldn’t decide for a long time if I wanted to buy Coco Mademoiselle. I always noticed it on other people and loved it and tried it on in the store, but I have Miss Dior Cherie and I think they smell really similar. (Does anyone else think so?)
Then, my friend Dana turned me onto the purse spray. It’s perfect! I didn’t want to get a giant bottle, so this would be the perfect thing. Then, I looked into the price. It’s actually a better deal and more product than the traditional bottles. When buy the Twist and Spray ($95 at Nordstrom) you get two 0.7 oz. refill bottles in addition to the one already in the case. That’s $45.24 an oz., compared to the regular bottle which is $90 for 1.7 oz. ($52.94 an oz.) AND it’s less convenient. Now, I haven’t had to refill mine yet, so I don’t know how much of a pain that’s going to be; I’ll keep you updated.
Note: If you already know you love the perfume and you’re going to wear it for a long time, the 6.8 oz. bottle is still your best bet at $200 or $29.41 an ounce.
I love the idea of having a frame wall. It was so fun to create and it’s been even more fun building onto it over time. While I’m by no means a minimalist, I like to keep things pretty simple without a lot of decorations scattered around. This frame wall lets me add a ton of personality condensed in one spot so my small place doesn’t look cluttered.
I was originally inspired by Young House Love,
…and then explored even more ideas on Pinterest.
A lot of the frames I already owned were black, so even though I loved the all white frame collages I saw on Pinterest, I had to work them in. I didn’t want my wall to look too busy (my biggest fear with this project was having it turn out like the inside of an Applebee’s), I stuck to only black and white frames. I started out with only a few frame and laid them into the design I wanted on the floor. Then, I measured and put up the end frames first, filling in after with the frames in the middle.
After it was up, I thought it looked a little sparse, so I stocked up on cheap frames at thrift and dollar stores. I was always on the lookout for a good frame. The best thing about this project is that whenever I find something cool, I can add it right on. I’ve added a few silver and gold frames into the mix, and some sweet trinkets like this little elephant hook and antique key.
Here’s what the wall looked like when I first started:
I want to continue switching out what’s in the frames and I’m thinking about incorporating even more of a Richmond/Virginia theme. What do you think about this “Carry Mr Back to Old Virginia” print from Etsy?
Update 9/11/16: Here’s what my wall looks like these days:
I always tease my dad about how much he loves Kohl’s. (He thinks it’s great because everything is ALWAYS on sale.) But, I think he’s onto something! After this coat from Zara didn’t work out, I was searching collarless coats online and came across this one. It looks so much better in person, but for some reason the arms are so tight! I had to take it back and order a size up. when I ordered this coat the first time it was $72, then I went to reorder and it was up to $120 (not happening.) Then, I checked again and it was down to $48?! The free shipping minimum is $50. One thing led to another, and this dress ended up in my basket. Make sure you keep checking back on prices when you’re shopping at Kohl’s and look for discount codes. I always check retailmenot.com before I buy anything online. When I went to the store to exchange the jacket, I saw this bow pillow and basically died. Then, Kohl’s posted these pink sneakers to instagram. Why are they doing this to me?! It’s actually funny because I never would’ve thought twice about these from the photo of them on the site, but those instagram filters are magical and make them look so bright and fun.
All of this stuff is in the mail and I’m excited for when it gets here. Hopefully it’s as great in person as it looks online.
Update: The things came in. Yay! Everything is great except the pillow. When I ordered it online, I though it was all white but it turned out to be grey and cream, which won’t work out. I’m taking it back to my local Kohl’s and I’m thinking about getting this one from etsy.
Here’s how everything turned out!
Most of the beauty products I have are just for fun or just for looks. Lip balm, however, has a job to do. There was a certain point this winter, probably around the time the Polar Vortex hit, that my lips got super chapped. Up until then, I’d been using Dior’s Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm. I kept hearing about it on YouTube and reading about it on blogs. Both MakeUpByTiffanyD and AllthatGlitters21 had raving reviews. I LOVE rose scented things so I picked it up (from Sephora – gotta earn that VIB status, y’all). It smells phenomenal and looks pretty, AND my initials are on the packaging. It’s perfect for everyday, but it wasn’t moisturizing enough.
So, I had to go back to my old favorite, Strawberry Carmex. It smells SO much better than cherry, and it gets the job done. I don’t think they carry this flavor at Target and I haven’t seen it at CVS. The only place I’ve seen it is at Walmart. Here’s my confession: I paid $2 in shipping on Amazon for something that costs $1, just so I didn’t have to go to Walmart. It’s not nearly as chic as the Crème de Rose , but it’s cheap and I love it. Bottom line, I’ll probably repurchase the Dior balm and use it when I’m feeling fancy, but always keep my Strawberry Carmex around.
I started my delicate jewelry collection with this sweet friendship necklace by Dogeared (gifted to me by my friend, Kerry). I’ve since up a few more pieces like this Nadri bracelet from Nordstrom and this tiny pearl ring from Etsy. I also love Nadri’s pavé bracelets (I recommend waiting for the anniversary sale in August because they ‘re usually discounted.)
I came across this bar necklace on Pinterest today. I think it may be my next purchase ;).
I’ve had this dress from Forever21 for a few years, and it inspired me to make a piece of art. Obviously the dress itself was inspired by the grid-based paintings of Piet Mondrian, so I was technically taking inspiration from that. I used painter’s tape and acryllic paint to mimick the design of the dress. Now, it’s hanging proudly in the hall across from my front door.
The first time I spotted a ghost chair on Pinterest, I knew i had to have one. A local modern furniture, LaDiff, sells them but they’re over $400 each. I picked mine up last year for a little over $100, and I just spotted several for $129 at my local Homegoods. These are such pretty chairs. you’ll notice that there are two kinds, the Louis and the Victoria. (The Louis has arms but the Victoria doesn’t.) They’re both great.
I have mine in front of a tall standing mirror in my living room, but I think a set of them as dining chairs with a rustic table would be stunning. Are you a fan of the ghost chair?
Here’s mine when my place was decorated for the holidays.
I love my alma mater, but I’m not crazy about having bright yellow and black in my basically all-white place. So, I took a more subtle approach to showing my school spirit. The first piece I got was this ram head from Target’s Nate Berkus collection. I kept coming across awesome ram sculptures online like this one (that fell of the wall, RIP) from younghouselove. Then, I found this awesome gold one at Homegoods.
I got the idea to “upcycle” my Glossy Boxes into something I could reuse by adding label holders.
I found the label holders on eBay (the 5/8×2 1/2 size), and they came with tiny screws. Even though the screws were super tiny, they were still to long for the thickness of the box. I knew that glue would secure the labels holders to the box just fine, so I headed to Michael’s to find something that looked like a screw to give the finish I wanted. I settled on tome tiny brads.
The person helping me at Michael’s suggested Gorilla Glue for securing the label holders to the box. He explained that super glue would not adhere to the box because it was paper and therefore porous. I tried the Gorilla Glue first box, and it didn’t turn out. I switched over to super glue, and it worked perfectly.
I put the super glue on the ends of the brads and in two small dots at the bottom of the label holders and pressed it in to the box. I held for a few seconds, and the label holders were secure.
I’m really happy with the way these turned out. Now all I have to do is decide what to keep in them!
Thanks for reading!
I had a great time at the Great Richmond Chamber’s event this past Tuesday, Bad Words: Build A Bulletproof Brand Voice To Increase Your Profitability.
Bayonet, a local branding agency, gave some great tips about brand voice that definitely come into play in what I do for a living. Here they are:
1. Decide on your company’s celebrity soul mate. Then don’t tell anyone this information. — Finding the person who embodies your brand can help you put the brand into words.
2. Figure out what language your customer is speaking, and speak that language back to them. “English” doesn’t count. — Speaking to your customer means you are also choosing not to speak to other people who don’t fit your market. Wal-Mart uses different words than Nieman Marcus.
3. Settle on a tone. Use personality descriptors for an easy way to get this into words. — Birch Box, a subscription service that sends out upscale beauty products, said in its style guide to avoid exclamation points whenever possible: “it makes us sound a bit like teenyboppers,” the guide said. Since you know who you are talking to, you need to use a tone they will relate to.
4. Take the time to make some style rules. Vocabulary, sentence structure, syntax, and, yes, grammar and punctuation. — How you structure sentences says a lot about your brand, Howson said. Le Meridian, the upscale hotel chain, looks to avoid commands in its marketing materials. Aloft, a hotel group looking to appeal to young, hip travelers, focuses on action verbs and evocative language.
5. Enforce across all possible channels. It takes many hours to build a brand voice, and one tweet to destroy it. — The voice on Twitter should match the voice on your website.