Some favorites.

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This candle makes my house smell like Anthropologie, and I love it! It is the Capri Blue Volcano Candle in No. 6!

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Coach iPhone 5 case, similar here. I am loving this bright color. Plus it’s easy to find in my handbag!

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I am still loving this goodwill lamp that I wrote about not too long ago.

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At our Starbucks here in Portland in the treat case they have a delicious coffee cake titled the “Portland Coffee Cake”. Well the husband is obsessed with it so I decided to try and make my own at home using this recipe. We’ll see if he likes it!

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I pulled out my Speedy 30 the other day and have been using it non-stop. I am loving it for summer… this bag seriously goes with everything!

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Seen around.

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“Thank you kindly” cards found at Marshall’s.

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Seed Cluster Drop earrings found at Anthropologie on clearance… am I the only one who can afford to shop there when it’s on clearance??

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New Union Jack wall hanging courtesy of Tristan’s cousin’s new shop, The Queen Bee!

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On my nightstand: a new book to read before bed, Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, as well as Soap and Glory’s Hand Food.

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Last, if you’re going to drink water at home, you might as well be fancy and drink with with a straw and lemon, right?

DIY Tassel Garland

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Ever since I read this post via Cupcakes and Cashmere I knew I needed a tassel garland in my house. I spent hours googling where to buy one, finding the cutest ones I could find on Etsy…but never went through with the purchase. Then, my sister made an adorable one for her house which made me realize I should just make my own!

Conveniently, I had all of the supplies on hand, all I needed was a bit of motivation. Here are the items you will need to make your very own tassel garland:

1. Fabric (This part is really dependent on what you’re going for, you could use one color of fabric, you could use five. I used three because I had exactly three fabrics on hand that all coordinated well with one another.)

2. Fabric Scissors (I used scissors and cut roughly 1″ strips… not exact or perfect, it doesn’t really matter. Sister also told me that you can even just use scissors to start the strip and then rip the remainder for a vintage look… neat!)

3) Something to attach your tassels to, I used jute rope that was left over from my wedding.

4) An eager spirit and a nice comfy place to sit!

I am clearly a terrible blogger… because I didn’t really take any pictures of the process… but it’s really quite simple.

All I did was take 6 of the fabric strips, fold them in half, tie another strip around the tassel at the top to hold it in place and voila! That was it! Then I Ieft about 6 inches of space between each tassel. All of this is really dependent on the look you are going for. I am very pleased with how it came out! When my husband came home he said it looked like we were having a party! What do you think?

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Can we talk about finger nail polish for a minute?

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I love finger nail polish. I paint my nails one to two times a week… for fun! I think it’s so relaxing and I love having pretty fingers. 

Not too long ago I discovered the Sinful Colors Gel Tech line of finger nail polish (about $2.99 per bottle at my Walgreens) and it’s amazing! The colors are so beautiful, it lasts forever and is super shiny! It really does look like a gel manicure, yet you don’t even need the lamp! 

So far I have three colors and I love, love, love them…

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What is your favorite color to paint your nails?

 

Recent Favorites.

I love finding products that I can’t get enough of. Here are some products that I’ve been loving lately:

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NYC’s Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm…. omg. That’s all I can say. These are AMAZING. All of the colors are super flattering and super sheer. Not to mention the smell is INSANE. Do yourself a favor and go buy at least 5 of these… at $2 per tube how can you not? 

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Every summer Estee Lauder comes out with a variation of this Bronze Goddess fragrance. Which always lures me in, but I never have broke down and purchased it. This year after spritzing some of the body oil on while shopping at Nordstrom I realized I just couldn’t live without it. It smells amazing, literally smells like summer! I have been wearing it everyday! I decided to get the body oil rather than the fragrance because I found the staying power of the body oil to be a lot stronger than the fragrance. 

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In my town we have a Charming Charlie. If you have never been to a Charming Charlie you are seriously missing out. I always tell people that it is a lot like Forever 21 accessories (except slightly higher quality, I think) and roughly the same price. These are some bracelets I’ve picked up from there since the store opened last year. I love, love, love them! Even if I’m not wearing them I love looking at them on my table. 

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I found this Kate Spade pouch at Nordstrom Rack on clearance and instantly fell in love. The color is amazing and it fits credit cards just perfectly. i knew it had to be mine! I didn’t expect to love having such a small wallet, but I have really been loving that. It makes it so easy to change purses day to day. I just grab this small pouch that houses my cards and I.D. and I’m good to go! 

So there you have it! My latest obsessions! What are yours?

 

Cozy life.

For the past two weeks I have been putting off trying to finish my work sample. It’s my last task before I become an official teacher. I must admit, I am enjoying my little vacation a little too much.

I’ve been drinking tea like it’s going out of style.

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I’ve been reading magazines.

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I’ve been munching on pistachios.

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I’ve been lighting candles.

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And most importantly, I’ve been wearing slippers non-stop. 

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So what if I’m lazy, right? At least I’m cozy.