Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Braided Updo Tutorial

A few weeks ago I tried out a new braided up-do and I shared it on instagram with some great feedback. Today I'm here with the full tutorial for you to try it at home!

You'll need: 3 small elastic bands, lots of bobby pins

 Step 1: Divide your hair into 3 sections

Step 2: Braid each section loosely and tie with an elastic.

Step 3: For both of the side pieces, I like to french braid them so that it looks like a continuous braid all the way down the side.

Step 4: Twist the middle section around itself and pin in place.

Step 5: Place the left braid under the middle twist and pin into place.

We will cover the elastic with the next step!
 Step 6: Twist the right braid around on the top of the middle coil and pin into place.

Step 7: Tuck and pin loose pieces in place.

Finish with my favorite hairspray of all time and you're good to go! {this is not sponsored, I genuinely LOVE this product and want you all to try it! :)}

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I think this can go casual, fancy, and always looks sophisticated. What do you think?!

Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dorm Room Decorating

(me in my tiny house Junior year of college)

When it comes to dorm rooms, moving, and decorating your tiny space for school, I'm your girl. Back in college, after living in the dorms for one year, I moved into a little apartment with 3 other girls, and from there moved into a duplex house with 2 other girls, then moved to Los Angeles and got to call this studio apartment home. Throughout my 4 years in college, I lived in 5 places, all with different looks, space, rules and regulations. One thing remained the same, however, and that would be the amount of space.  All of them were tiny!

I know a lot of my readers are young girls who may just be going to off to college this year, or who might be moving into their first apartment or small house.  I have a few pieces of advice, as well as my favorite places to shop for decorating your dorm room and / or apartments for school:

- We'll just get this out of the way first. Even though we want to focus on the design of the place, function comes first. Namely, storage. Large containers, boxes and baskets to shove under your bed or in a closet for extra storage is KEY. You can get creative by getting inexpensive ottomans / seats with storage under the seat.  This way it does double duty by providing extra seating for guests and storing more sweatshirts, shoes, toiletries etc. I like these items for storage:

Storage for under the bed
Ottomans with storage

- Because the walls will most likely be white or neutral in color, it's all about the patterned bedding and fun wall decor. I came to college my freshman year with a bulletin board I upholstered in coordinating purple fabric {that matched our bedding!} We loved putting up our pictures there as it was personal and went with the room colors. 

- Decorate with cute prints for your walls, hung with washi tape:


- Get a cute lamp for your desk to do homework with at night if your roommate goes to sleep and turns off the big light. Try Target or these from Pottery Barn Teen.

Favorite places for dorm bedding (don't forget to buy Twin Extra Long if you're living in a dorm!):
*Urban Outfitters
*Pottery Barn Teen {This is where I got my black and white bedding you see above. They have great deals for bedding bundles}
*West Elm

- When you can't paint or hang much on the walls, simple and colorful or patterned curtain panels are a great way to make the ceiling look taller and to spice things up a bit. Try the same places as listed above for these things.

Hopefully this helped a little bit! 

If you lived in a dorm already, how'd you decorate and what was the most helpful information you learned for small space living? If you haven't lived in a dorm or small apartment but are moving away this year, tell me all about it! I'd love to hear. If you need help finding special pieces for your dorm, I'm here to help and would love to send you my quick fix e-design packages.

Enjoy your day!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Wedding Day Magazine: Apple Orchard Shoot in PRINT!

A few months ago Ashley and I got a fun email from an editor at Wedding Day Magazine, asking if they could use our Apple Orchard Inspiration photo shoot in their PRINT magazine! It was an offer we couldn't resist :) When the stack of magazines arrived on the door step a few days ago, we we're just so excited. As a goal of both of ours to be in print, we couldn't have asked for a better inspiration shoot to land on the pages of Wedding Day Magazine. 

If you remember, this is the day I met my boyfriend. While I designed and planned the photo shoot last September, Ashley was in charge of finding models. She chose some friends of hers she'd known for a while, and when the day of the shoot arrived, she mentioned to me that one of the friends who was modeling for us was single and very cute. Turns out she was very right :) I met my boyfriend at a photo shoot I designed and my best friend photographed. Then it ended up in a magazine. Thank you, Lord, for always surprising me and filling my heart with such joy. 

Thanks to these talented artists for partnering with us to make the pretty happen!
Photographer: Ashley Slater Photography / Hair Stylist: Urban Modern Hair / Caterer: Feast Events Catering / Event Designer: Michaela Noelle Designs / Videographer: Coastline Studios / Floral Designer: Spring Sweet / Dress Store: Bridal Elegance GR / Linens and Coverings: La Tavola/ Calligrapher: Studio Albers / Makeup Artist: Jaime Visser / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Speak Louder/ Veils and headpieces: Which Goose / Venue: Robinette’s Apple House /  Bar cart + Dresser: Fancy Fray Vintage Rentals 


Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Finds: 5

Friday is here and so is Friday Finds!

1. West Elm is having a big sale on chairs and sofas! While I was deciding on a sofa, I highly considered this one-- the Bliss Sofa.

It's so cute and a few of my clients have it. Now is the time to scoop up a good deal on your new couch or chairs! 

2. J.Crew is offering 30% off sale items! (Love their weekly sales!) Use code SHOPSALE at checkout.

My favorite hairbands ever: (they hold all my thick hair and don't pinch!)

3. You may have seen on Instagram that I got my custom designed table (by yours truly!) in my apartment yesterday! Now to find chairs. I think I'm going with these lovelies! They're from 55 Downing Street and at such a great price, I can't pass them up.

4. New obsession: trying to locate a fiddle leaf plant in Michigan for the corner of my living room. It's not going well! Help a sister out!

Have a great weekend!

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