Glitter & Pearls

Crates & Pallets In The Home
April 30, 2011, 12:29 pm
Filed under: Design, DIY

Most of the year I live in sunny Miami, Florida, but a few years back my parents bought a vacation home on the coast of Maine.  Maine had me at pie and shopping.  As far as shopping goes, Maine has the world’s most incredible junk sales.  And trust me, I revere the word “junk.”  Thrift sales, craft sales, church sales, and garage sales abound.  Sometimes great old stuff even washes up on the shore.  (Sea glass does exist!)  Every house in Maine is decorated with gorgeous old wreckage and salvage pieces, ship’s bows, lobster traps, and the like.  Thus today’s inspiration – indoor decorating with old crates, pallets, stripped doors and frames, wood beams, and the like.  Swoon.

{images a la pinterest}

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The Gloved Bride
April 29, 2011, 7:41 pm
Filed under: Accessorize, Vintage, Weddings

I love modern spins on old classics. My grandmother and great grandmother wore full length satin gloves to their weddings. Madonna brought back the gloved bridal ensemble with her risque performances of “Like A Virgin” in the 80s. This bride took her shot at the fashion do and made it a must in my book. Bridal accessory love.

Why not borrow a vintage set of family gloves for your wedding “something old”?

{images a la lovely bride; via Lisa Barnshaw, Ora Photography}

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Friday Link Love
April 29, 2011, 7:58 am
Filed under: Link Love

This week has been chaos.  I’ve had a case of the Mondays since … well, Monday.  And it’s now Friday.  My weekend plan is to empty my brain and perfect the art of hanging a spoon on my nose while watching Gilmore Girls reruns.  Introducing … all that I love (at least for this week.)

I’m so taken with these chunky gemstone necklaces.  Snag your very own Mineral Pendant Necklace at UO for $29 (not too shabby!)

I also can’t get over how glam this shade looks on fellow blogger, Cosmi Caroline.  The extraterrestrial shade:  Lime Crime’s Airborne Unicorn Opaque Lipstick.

Baroque picture frame book shelves.  Yes.

And if you think books stink, a book page wreath tutorial.  Kidding.  Don’t you dare tear apart a book.  Okay maybe if you have three copies of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, because you and all of your siblings miraculously lost the copy you used in the 7th grade and your mom was repeatedly forced to buy a brand new copy each August.  And even then, that 3rd copy better be the “politically correct” edited version – because editing old literature is just stupid, so tear away. Too politically incorrect?

I am singing “The Right Brush (baby)” to NKOTB’s “The Right Stuff.”  I’m cool.  Lauren Conrad schools us on tools.

And in honor of my new favorite epic movie, Water For Elephants, I am buying an elephant and perfecting the art of Old Hollywood waves.  (I’m letting my husband know about our new pet elephant while wearing the spoon on my nose.  Comedic relief … works most of the time.)  Back to the waves – let’s learn with Beth of B. Jones Style!

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Glam Bobby Pins
April 28, 2011, 7:20 pm
Filed under: Hair, love.want.need

Perhaps it’s the 4 year old girl in me or it’s my obsessive compulsive refusal to have that telltale strip of hair-bang-mutation fall into my face all day, but I am such a fan of bobby pins.  It doesn’t take much to thrill me.  I don’t even go for the $3 and up versions, I’m a 99 cent pack of Goody bobby pins purchaser.  But today I will admit, I have fallen for $15 bobby pins.  It’s not my fault Jane Tran‘s designs are so fab.

The Garden Stool
April 28, 2011, 6:45 am
Filed under: Design, DIY

Generally speaking, garden stools are meant for a garden.  But design gurus have conjured up the decorative place in the home for these sweet little ceramic seats.  Perfect for indoor or outdoor use, a garden stool can be used as a seat, end table or bedside table, portable accent table or as a striking interior decoration.

There is actually a $760 Antique Garden Stool selling at Neiman Marcus right now.  $760, people.  We can DIY this.  I am forever a fan of projects involving spray paint.

Discount stores like Home Goods and Big Lots house great finds, so be on the hunt for the garden variety stool.

{images a la apartment therapy, sadie + stella, rowhouse nest, and neiman marcus}

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I Made You A Mixtape
April 27, 2011, 12:14 pm
Filed under: Mixtape, Muzik

{images a la pinterest}

Hand-holding was awkward, being dropped off at the movie theater for your date – more awkward, but when he made you a mix tape – that was love. Because I live a soundtracked life (more on that here), and because I am a product of the 80s, every Wednesday I’ll make you a mix tape. Who says chivalry is dead? You’re welcome.

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This week’s mixtape is all melodrama and black eyeliner.  According to my teenaged sister, who is likely far cooler than I, that makes this mixtape “emo.”  The theme:  violins.  Those dang violins had me at Bittersweet Symphony – blame Ryan Phillipe and his hotness in Cruel Intentions.  Definitely feeling emo now.

Bittersweet Symphony, The Verve

Turning Tables, Adele

3 Libras, A Perfect Circle

Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles

Rainbows and Pots of Gold, Stereophonics

Hurricane, Bob Dylan

All My Friends, Counting Crows

Men in Helicopters, Adrian Belew

Stephanie Says, Velvet Underground (Must watch The Royal Tenenbaums for the 47th time.)

An’ Another Thing, Dave Matthews

Untouched, The Veronicas (Not surprisingly, I love the 90s feel to this song.)

November Rain, Guns ‘n Roses (Epicly epic video.)

The Last Song, Theory of a Deadman

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The Model Strut
April 26, 2011, 7:56 pm
Filed under: FASHION, Marital Musings

{image a la Fashionising; found via B. Jones Style tumblr}

Models strut.  They step one leg over the other in these great big exaggerated steps.  They look like perfectly poised gazelles.  One of my favorite quotes by the incomparable J. Alexander, on America’s Next Top Model:  “You walk like you’re chewing gum between your legs, I Love it.”

And I’m jealous.  This past weekend, the hubby took me to dinner … we had a date night!  A real live date night.  (Note, this is different from the date night where we order from our favorite delivery place – a.k.a., we have them on speed dial and order solely for the sauce and cannot consume said delivery if the sauce is forgotten and will wait an additional half hour for the man with the sauce to arrive; oh yeah, and we watch a movie on our uncomfortable couch and Mike falls asleep once the opening credits roll.)  So on this date night we decide to walk to the restaurant.  It’s 5 blocks away, max.  And I’m in heels, because how often does a girl get a date night sans take-out and sauce?  And my perfect date-night husband says to me, “you walk really slow in heels.”  Harumph.  Romance gone.  I’m ordering parmigiano mashed potatoes to ease my pain.

But I do … walk slow in heels.  I sort of wobble.  I wobble, I remind myself to strut, I strut two steps, I wobble again, and commence to whining.  Stupid heels.  This doesn’t deter me from wearing these heels.  They’re too beautiful to ignore.  My point is – I think short girls are at a disadvantage.  Tall girl’s knees do that whole buckle-y, protrude-y knee thing.  Still jealous.  Even the awkward models on ANTM look less than awkward when they strut.  It’s a sight to behold.

I would attempt strutting in heels on my treadmill, but the word “liability” comes to mind.  I resign to slow and ungainly walking.

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