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happy halloween!

Halloween sort of snuck up on me this year!  Instead of celebrating the spookiness, I’ve sort of been celebrating fall in general.  But I’m all set, because I watched the…

Halloween sort of snuck up on me this year!  Instead of celebrating the spookiness, I’ve sort of been celebrating fall in general.  But I’m all set, because I watched the best Halloween movie in the world a couple of times this weekend, so I feel fully prepared for today.

I didn’t carve any pumpkins this year, but I’m feeling particularly inspired by these amazing painted pumpkins from Alisa Burke!  I mean, an ikat pumpkin?  A Missoni-inspired pumpkin?  Come on!  You can’t celebrate Halloween with much more style than that.  Have a safe and spooky Halloween, y’all!  xoxo

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diy autumn table runner on the sweetest occasion

In case you missed it yesterday, bop on over to The Sweetest Occasion to check out my latest DIY.  All I’m gonna say is that it involves glitter and collecting…

In case you missed it yesterday, bop on over to The Sweetest Occasion to check out my latest DIY.  All I’m gonna say is that it involves glitter and collecting fall leaves.  Possibly two of the best things there are.  Check it out here.  xoxo

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his & hers: wedding gifts

We’re taking a quick trip back to our wedding day today for a His & Hers post featuring our wedding gifts to each other!  Mr. Lovely and I wanted to…

We’re taking a quick trip back to our wedding day today for a His & Hers post featuring our wedding gifts to each other!  Mr. Lovely and I wanted to get each other something cool and significant, but we were both aiming to stay within a pretty reasonable price range.  So naturally, without realizing that the other was doing the exact same thing, we both turned to Etsy!

Mr. Lovely found me these awesome vintage book pages with fun illustrations printed on them from Prrint.  (My fave is the girl playing a giant ukulele).

And I found him this letterpress print from The Big Harumph on Etsy.

We thought it was kind of funny that we essentially got each other the same thing for our gifts!  Maybe it’s a good sign.  We’re already on the same page.  xoxo

{Images by Joelle Pulido Photography.}

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stay cozy

Never fails.  As soon as there’s even the slightest trace of chill in the air, I want to go whole-hog and unpack every cold-weather item in my arsenal.  This year,…

Never fails.  As soon as there’s even the slightest trace of chill in the air, I want to go whole-hog and unpack every cold-weather item in my arsenal.  This year, I’m trying to hold off on the winter accoutrement and really enjoy the fall.  It may be short, but it sure is sweet — those few weeks where you don’t really need a huge down parka, but a light cashmere scarf and a warm chai latte does the trick just fine.  Here are my picks for staying cozy before the real chill sets in.  xoxo

ScarfRibbed glovelettes (may have to DIY these!).  Chai body washSlipper bootiesKettleFirewood candle.

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diy updated friendship bracelet

Hey, remember friendship bracelets?  My sister and I used to make them by the dozens and give them away to our best buddies, or stack ’em up on our own…

Hey, remember friendship bracelets?  My sister and I used to make them by the dozens and give them away to our best buddies, or stack ’em up on our own wrists.  Well, much to my pleasure, they’re making a comeback — with a little updated twist.  These days, you see friendship bracelets everywhere, mixed in with rhinestones, leather, chains, and all kinds of different hardware.  So I decided to give this new (old) trend the DIY treatment.  Wanna make one too?  Here’s how.

Get about 6 colors of embroidery floss and some small chain (you can find it in the beading section of your local craft store if you don’t have any hanging around).  Cut a generous arm’s length (or two if you want it to wrap around your wrist twice) of each color.  Cut the amount of chain that you need to wrap around your wrist.  Knot your floss, and safety pin the knot to a pillow on your lap as a work space.

Thread your first piece of thread through the first link of chain, from back to front.  Cross the same piece of thread (the first) over the second, then loop it under, up and through.  Pull taut.  Repeat the same knot with the first and second threads.  Then work your way across the row — the first thread should make two knots over the third, then fourth, then fifth, then sixth pieces, and it should end up on the far right of the first row.

Take the second thread and repeat the process; thread it through the same link of chain as the first.  Finish the second row.  The third thread should go through the second link in the chain.  Each link of chain will have two threads through it as you proceed.

Continue this process until the bracelet is the length you like!  At the end, knot your threads all together and snip off the excess.  Attach it to your wrist by knotting it, or get a bracelet clasp from your local craft store for easier on and off.  Wear it yourself or give it to your sister, your friend, or a stranger on the street — spread the love!  xoxo