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Friday Link Love

First up is a wallpaper-mâché deer head (and we all know how much I LOVE papier-mâché):  Handmade by artist Jennifer Khoshbin, the series is called Handmade Wilderness – The Paper Deer Head Project. She creates the deer heads herself – with Papier-mâché and decoupage on resin cast heads. She then covers them in wallpaper and calls them her ‘modern trophies’ — SO cool! {See them all on Etsy at Ruby’s Lounge // Story Via A Gifted Existence}

Funny, Erin, of Erin Ever After, and I have the same DIY to-do list running (well mine has another three-to-four-hundred projects on the list). {1. painted gold stripe vases // 2. adding pom pom trim to curtains // 3.hanging bulb sconce} (Images: Erin Ever After, Via: Jolene SullivanGrosgrain Fabulous, Bungalow 5)

These stenciled wood floors are incredible.  That is all.

And finally, since I seem to be on a home + design kick anyway, let me introduce you to Free Crappy Portraits.  You heard that right, send in your favorite picture, and the oh-so-errrr-talented artists over at FreeCrappyPortraits.com, will turn your photo into a somewhat crappy masterpiece.  You’re welcome!

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Prabal Gurung Runway Jewelry

Backstage and across the runway at the 2012 Prabal Gurung shows, models were strewn with creepy crawly metal baubles – and oddly enough, I totally like it.  These semi-creepy cow skull jewels are a bizarre mix of “cowboys and aliens” and made for quite the statement on this year’s runway.

Image Via moveslightly

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Hand-Painted Cakes + Creative Outlets

I’m featuring these jaw-dropping hand-painted cakes over on Glitter Weddings today, but the stunning creations, by the oh-so-talented, Maggie Austin, were too cool not to share here.  Each of the former ballerina’s designs looks like a watercolor work of art; almost too good to eat … almost.  Maggie even offers a two-day intensive flower workshop in D.C. (where I desperately need to be.)

Also, I’ve noticed that the more I blog, i.e., delve into this unbelievably creative world, the more cities I want to visit and re-visit, and the more creative classes I desperately want to take.  In the past week alone I’ve considered pottery, cake painting, wire-wrapping, and novel writing.

Does anyone else have this problem?  Do you take classes “just for fun”?  Do you have the time or do you make the time?

Images Via: Maggie Austin



How I Style My Jeans When I am Playing Dress-Up

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I used to wear jeans like sunglasses or lip gloss – I never left the house without them.  I lived in denim, wore the same pair over and over, found the ever-so-perfect way of fluffing the jeans to keep them uber soft.  And then I grew up, entered the career world, and my jeans cried from the high up shelf where they were left.

Nowadays I relish in a good pair of jeans, but I’ve begrudgingly accepted that my old pairs aren’t quite going to cut it.  Levi’s® Curve are perfect for my grown-up figure (hello, curves!) and they’re also the perfect canvas for any number of fabulous outfits.  When I put on a pair of jeans, I want to play dress up.  I’m just not a jeans-and-flip-flops kind of girl; but great jeans and a pair of heels — that’s my sweet spot.

How do you style your jeans? Are you an every day denim-wearer, or do the jeans only make appearances on nights and weekends?

And, if you get the chance, check out all of Levi’s® Curve ID jeans in Levi’s® stores or on Levi.com.  They’re sleek, sophisticated, and completely flattering.

Levi’s® Curve ID Demi Skinny Jeans // Low Luv by Erin Wasson Curved Nail Pendant Necklace // Alexander Wang Cellaphane Stripe Cardigan // Maison Martin Margiela Four Finger Rings // Low Luv by Erin Wasson Arrow + Leather Bracelet // Giuseppe Zanotti Haircalf Strappy Sandals // Stella McCartney Yenisea Peplum Top (Similar) // Chanel Classic Shoulder Flap Bag // Kate Spade Supercalifragilipstick! in Adventurous Red



Dip-Dyed Tablecloths
March 5, 2012, 9:57 am
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I spotted these super bright tablecloths on The Merriment Blog and I was immediately smitten (and bit by the DIY bug.)  I need more hours in the day, less work piled up, and maybe a calorie-burning brownie.  Asking too much?

And without further ado, a DIY ombre or dip-dyed tablecloth tutorial on Oh Happy Day, by Brittany of The House that Lars Built.

Images found on The Merriment Blog // 1 + 3: Photographed by Polly Wreford for Red Magazinehere and here at Bright Bazaar // 2: Photographed by Emma Lee via House to Home

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This + That – Citrus

That incredible-looking cake is actually inspired by Stella McCartney’s spring collection; Apollina created this Stella Cake (a Citrus Cake with Lemon Curd Filling and Orange Lemon Icing) with the collection in mind.

Image Board created by: Glitter & Pearls // Images: 1 featuring the citrus-print blouse by Stella McCartney // 2 // 3



Friday Link Love

Friday Link Love: The Quasi-Rockstar Edition

This dress inexplicably has my heart all aflutter.  Really, it makes no sense – it’s an exaggerated body mullet; also, according to the outside world, I have no thighs, they’ve been safely hidden since 1999.  But I’m drawn, like a magpie to the light.  It’s dramatic and funky and I’m thinking it’s time to re-introduce squats into my lame excuse for an exercise regimen.  *Naturally, I’ll wear the dress/bodysuit hybrid with tights.  {Ulyana Sergeenko images courtesy of Vogue; found here.}

And while we’re on the subject of rockstar dressing, don’t miss this funky pairing on Glitter Weddings.  (Kicking myself for not rocking a blazer at my own wedding.) {Dress: Vera Wang // Jackets: JOSEPH Blazer // Malene Birger Courlan Blazer // Alexander McQueen Peplum Jacket // A.L.C. Fitted Blazer}

Currently obsessed (okay, always obsessed) with skulls.  I think I read too much Anne Rice as a youngster.  (In adulthood, it’s taken on a goth fashion spin.)  And now, I’m nose deep in the first of The Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones …. also obsessed. {Alexander McQueen Twin Skull Bracelet in Gold + Silver} {Image here}

Yes, I think Phil Collins is a rockstar.  Also, Phillip Phillips’ American Idol cover of “In the Air Tonight” is incredible.  Go on – watch it.

And lastly, wishing a very happy birthday to Dr. Seuss, whom I will forever adore. Thanks for giving my imagination a colorful jump-start.

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