Thursday, December 12, 2013

DIY Holiday Wreath

holiday wreath

I've been telling my husband on repeat that I am officially a "wreath maker" after completing our second wreath for our door. I am sure it will get old soon, if it isn't already, but I am just so excited to have a new Christmas wreath on our door. I continuously tell people how easy it really is and I truly mean it. After finding this beautiful base to work with, I have found that it is easy to create your own wreath.

What you'll  need:

16" or 20" Vine Wreath
Faux Pine Florals and Holiday Florals with red berries and pine cones
TIP: I like to get a couple of different styles to add depth and texture. To make sure it will look good hold the different styles together in your hands to see how well they will blend together
Wired Holiday Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun and Glue

I always recommend going to Hobby Lobby as they have many great deals. Right now all Christmas decor is 50% off, plus they have other deals and coupons here that you can use.

First you will lay in the faux pine and florals into the wreath. This style utilizes one side of the wreath base and will have two sections going in opposite directions. The ends of the pine florals will meet in the middle, as you can see above. Before gluing in the pieces, lay everything out to make sure you have an idea of where each piece will lay. I used slightly more of the red berries on the top half of the wreath since they are heavier pieces and also because the top half is really what you want to show off. 

Once you have an idea of where  the pieces will go, begin to lay the hot glue down on where you will be pushing in the ends into the vine wreath base. Hold the piece in and then continue to glue in the rest.

Next you will need to create the bow for the middle of the florals. First you make six loops and hot glue the ends together. Make sure you extra length at the bottom as this is the part of the bow that you will together and down onto the wreath. You can see this above in the picture on the right. You will also want to make half of the bows slightly larger than the other since they will be sitting on top of each other.

Take a small and large bow loop and hot glue the bottom of the two loops so that they are sitting on each other. You will want to lay the two loops so that the smaller one is on top of the larger one and so that it leaves room for the larger one to show.

Before setting in the loops, you will glue down three pieces of ribbon in the center of the floral section, where the two ends of the pine meet. You will want each ribbon to go in a different direction.
TIP: Always use wire ribbon, it is easy to manipulate and style.

Once all three ribbon pieces are glued in, you will need to glue in the three sets of loops. Each ribbon will get it's own set. You will hot glue the three sets nearby each other in the center of the ribbons. Once the glue is dry, use your fingers to fluff up the loops and bend the ribbon to style it.

Voila! Your holiday wreath is ready to be hung up!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

It's Definitely Winter!

Winter Wear
Sweater - Gap / Jeans - Gap / Boots - BP / Sunnies - Chanel / Jewelry - Kendra Scott
It has been very chilly this week! In preparation for the cold weather, I've been bundling up with sweaters and toasty socks under my boots. These camo jeans are from the spring time and can be easily transitioned into winter with a creamy colored knit like the one I am wearing. Sadly, I will have to admit that I was still a bit cold even with all of my layers. Talk about being a typical Californian! 

On another note, I've been very bored with my side part. To change it up a bit I've been wearing it parted in the middle with loose waves. Sometimes it's nice to give the ol' side part a break.

Camo Jeans

Warm turtleneck with camo print jeans

Gap jeans and sweater

winter wear

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Understated Glam

Jcrew lace top
Top - Jcrew / Jeans - Hudson / Boots - BP, similar style here / Sunnies - Chanel / Purse - Kate Spade, similar style here / Bracelet - Charming Charlie 

There are times when I just love simplicity. I picked up both this top and then these boots during all of the holiday sales this past weekend. Both of these items can stand alone, with their textures and colors. I wore this outfit in both our holiday card photo and to our Friendsgiving dinner. It feels very festive to me and does not require a whole lot of accessorizing with the lace and shape of the top. When looking for clothes that can make a statement without being too loud, I recommend looking for little details like the trim, buttons or fabric to find a finished look.

lace details

Rich colors

Festive Fashion

Add just a hint of sparkle

Brown booties

Friday, November 29, 2013

Sweets for a Smile

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Today I snuck out around 7AM to score some deals at the mall and then ran back home to relax and start getting into the Christmas spirit. I made these gifts last year with my mother-in-law and loved the idea so much that I decided to make these take-out gift packages again. I selected a new tasty treat that requires very little work and no actual baking (score!). The best part about making a handful of these is that you can carry them around with you in your car and give them as needed. They make a great gift to the hostess at a party or to your beloved vet that takes good care of your bratty ratties or dogs.

I found these cute kraft boxes at Michaels, along with the glittery ribbon by Martha Stewart. I liked the combination of the two because it's easy, yet festive and can be reused for other holidays. My treat for this year is an amazingly delicious s'mores kettle corn mix that I found here. Enjoy and happy gifting!

What you'll need:

Take out boxes
Gift Tags (if preferred) 
Caramel Kettle Corn - home recipe here 
Mini Marshmallows
Golden Graham Cereal
Wax Paper

I decided to make the caramel kettle corn (recipe above and here) and had a good laugh with my husband as we shook up the caramel and popcorn in a grocery bag. Personally, I love the homemade recipe and it was fairly easy to make!

Once the kettle corn mix has been made, you can start putting together your gift boxes. Lining the boxes with wax paper will allow them to stay clean so that your giftee can reuse these and pass along a smile. Plus, it helps give another layer to wrap the treats up with to help keep them fresh!

Fill up the boxes and give away!

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Fantastic Flannel

Jcrew flannel
Top - Jcrew / Jeans - Hudson / Heels - CL Pigalle / Clutch - Claire Vivier / Bracelet - Jcrew / Rings - Kendra Scott

I love this Jcrew flannel as it has such rich colors, but I wanted to style it in a way that would give it a dressed up feeling. I wore my flannel with skinny jeans and fun heels and then tied the ends into a knot to give it a more fitted look. The change in shape in the top makes a huge difference in the look of my flannel - the top now has a little something extra and a slimmer silhouette. This easy trick is great and gives my flannel a whole new look!

Dressing up a flannel shirt

Tie the ends of your flannel into a knot

Dress up your Jcrew flannel

dress up your flannel

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Holiday Cheer

Holiday Fashion
Top - Trouve (old), similar style here / Skirt - Anthropologie / Shoes - CL Pigalle / Earring - Anthropologie / Bracelet - Charming Charlie
It is getting close to the holiday season and with events already falling on my calendar, I have been in search of some fun pieces that I can wear and bring out the holiday cheer. This skirt has been on my wish list for quite some time! I love giving it a more relaxed vibe with my chambray shirt. For colder days, I am planning on styling this lively skirt with black tights, booties and a nice sweater.

Anthropologie skirt

Add a little holiday sparkle

Holiday Fashion

Add a little sparkle

Friday, November 15, 2013

Baby It's Cold Outside

Winter Coats

This year, the statement coat is definitely in! While I have my beloved coral coat as seen here, I am finding that I am craving a darker coat that can easily be worn with all of my clothes. These are my favorites that I have found. I love how small, exquisite details are incorporated into many of the plaid prints this year. When searching for the perfect coat to add to your wardrobe, look for those little details, because they can instantly change the look.  I personally look at the buttons and trim when searching for a great coat.

What do you all look for when shopping for a winter coat?