My life file: Recent snaps

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! Mine was lovely and busy, and to prove it, I'll tell you that I'm sitting on my bed looking at the huge wooden train track on my dinning room rug, going  across the table and around the chairs (and of course in all typical fashion, I stepped into an engine figure last night) and three loads of laundry on my sofa waiting to be folded and put away, but I'm ready to tackle this week! :)

Saturday: Zara Faux leather shorts (similar) / Tory Burch Leopard crossbody / Madewell Chambray Shirt / BaubleBar Necklace / Ray-Ban Avaitors / Loeffler Randall Sandals

The Holiday Preview at Indigo was gooooood ;)

Two favorite artists: Jennifer Flannigan (left) and Jenny Andrews-Anderson (right)

Sneak peek of next's outfit post ;)

Cutting your flower's stems and changing the water regularly does work, 11 days and counting for that beauty and 4 more ;)

The little white eyelet dress.....perfect piece for a hot summer day :)
Topshop dress (old, similar) / Madewell Vest / Tory Burch Crossbody / Loeffler Randall Sandals

In this post:

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday! Any plans for the weekend? I got nothing planned, except a trip to the Farmer's market, playground time, running, and homemade pizza lunch with my bestie Sarah ;) Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! My weekly links below ;)

. I was seriously mesmerized by these microscopic shots!
. Great decorating tips on how to maximize space!
. If my size was available, I'd snag these ;)
. Best apps to help you stay organized!
. What labels of natural foods would look like...interesting.
. 10 tips on social media

Outfits File: Stripes and Eyelet

Summer is definitely the season I pull out easy, flowy and feminine eyelet and lace pieces, and this eyelet skort has quickly become a favorite. I really like that you get the skirt look with the comfort of a pair of shorts, so I've been wearing it non-stop with tees, chambray shirts and in this case, this striped top. Because eyelet and lace are so delicate, I normally pair them with pieces that have a little bit of an edge so that I don't feel too girly, so usually a pair of sandals like these I'm wearing or a vest like this one does it for me ;)

Wearing: Ray-Ban Original Aviators / Bauble Bar for Nordstrom Crystal Mesopotamia Earrings / Zara Striped top (similar) / J.Crew Pleated Eyelet Skort (on super sale right now) / Dolce Vita Poppi Heels / Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise Handbag

Great Finds: This week's picks

Here are this week's picks! And if you're looking for some savings, Shopbop is having an extra 25% on selected sale items (ends today), and J.Crew is offering extra 40% sale items, (looove these) just saying ;)

1. Talula Koyko T-shirt: Always love a positive graphic tee ;)
2. Clare Vivier Supreme Haircalf Mini Sac: What's not love about a leopard mini bag?! ;)
3. Maison Martin Margiela Cutout Python Booties: So in love with these that are on super sale!
4, 5 and 6: Jennifer Ament Underwater Plantlife #9, Underwater plantlife #6 and Underwater plantlife #10: Super obsessed with these black and white prints, perfectly framed in brass.
7. Think & Ink Studio Mouse pads: These mouse pads from this Vancouver based studio I just came across with are totally rad, don't you think? And at $18 they are not bad at all!
8. Gold & Gray Knotted Aquamarine Shark tooth: An edgy pendant with a delicate strand. Did you know that they are symbol of strength and power? I just found that out!
9. Anthropologie Safari Saunter Pillow: Love this super fun cushion!
10. BaubleBar Metallic 360 Studs: Black and gold, minimal and modern.
11. Charlotte Stone Luke Haircalf Cross Strap Sandals: I'm officially obsessed with this brand's sandals.
12. Kate Spade New York 15 month agenda: Never too early to start planning, and this beauty runs from August 2014 to December 2015 ;)
13. J.Crew looks: Have you seen J.Crew's August style guide? it's good good good ;)
14. BaubleBar Sharktooth Pendant: I definitely see a fixation! Love the simple and clean design of this necklace.
15. Charlotte Stone Alice Haircalf Double Band Sandals: I fell in love with these the second I saw them, the peachy-pink color is beautiful!
16. Leif Shimmer stripe napkin set and frayed edge napkin set: It's never a bad idea to bring in a pop of color and the shimmering stripes of the pink set is such a good detail.
17. Alexander Wang Kerry Slingback Sandals: Another amazing pair of heels on sale!
18. Danielle Kroll Ladies at the Beach Print: A seriously fun print I spotted on Chassity's instagram ;)

DIY File: Spots Wall

Remember weeks ago when I shared on Instagram my spotted wall? Here are the details about the whole diy in case you want to give this a try. It really is easier than what you'd think, and it's all about patience to be honest, though if you enjoy painting and good tunes, you're set :)

For weeks I was hunting for the spots wallpaper for my entryway and even though I found some really great ones like this onethis one, and this one, I thought there was nothing to loose with giving it a try with some leftover paint I had. Worst case scenario I would just paint over it or just order the wallpaper and cover it ;)

I started with making my own stencil for some sort of guidance, but since spots are such an irregular pattern, I was totally ok with freehand painting here and there. You know, filling gaps and painting on narrow spaces in between doors.

* A tip for making a stencil: find an image of a pattern you like online, place a sheet of paper on top of your computer screen and trace it. That easy ;)

For the first coat I used a bigger brush because I was basically filling in the spaces of the stencil, but for the second coat, which I did freehand, I used a smaller brush (above) for more "precision". Also, some people have asked me about the paint, I used Benjamin Moore Twilight (leftovers from the powder room and bedroom wall I painted).

The whole entryway, which is just as long as my 2.5'x7' runner, took me approximately 8 hours to complete. Of course I didn't paint for 8 hours straight, I took breaks and I did it in two days ;) What do you think? I seriously love it, and I'm glad I saved some bucks!

My life file: Snippets from last week

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! I had a low-key Saturday (the weather wasn't exactly the nicest) and a lovely Sunday morning Bluegrass brunch with my friends followed by a great (rainy) run by the lake. My place is filled with peonies from Thursday's photoshoot with Anna (!!!!! for both peonies and photoshoot ;) ) so of course, what else could I do but snap a million photos of them, right?! Wishing you all a great week! :)

Wish I could have these all year-round! 

Sunday brunch attire: J.Crew Lightweight merino scalloped sweater (on sale for $30!) / Zara Faux Leather Shorts / Tory Burch Robinson Satchel (square version here) / Steve Madden Ecentric Pony Hair Flat

Excited to try this all natural skin care from California Naturel, anyone a fan? Will let you know how it goes, but so far, I love the packaging and smell ;)

On repeat: these scalloped beauties! :)

Enjoying these babes while they last!
On my re-vamped Ikea bedside table: Target vase / West Elm Small Pillar Lamp (on sale!) / Izola Jasmine Candle / Jonathan Adler Zebra dish / Anthropologie Knob

A couple of pieces I wore on Thursday's photoshoot :)
Topshop Fluffy Fringe Slip Dress / Zara Lace-up sandals (similar) / Forever 21 Eyelet Skirt (sold out, similar) / Marais USA Leopard Pumps (similar) / Madewell Perfect Sunday Chambray Shirt / Bauble Bar for Nordstrom Crystal Mesopotamia Necklace / Bauble Bar for Nordstrom Crystal Mesopotamia Earrings / Bauble Bar Maharaja necklace (sold out, similar)

Bluegrass Brunch at Dakota Tavern, seriously so much fun, I highly recommend it ;)

White peonies ;)

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Happy Weekend

Yesterday I wrapped a photoshoot with the super talented and lovely Anna from Anna with Love, so stay tuned, because I'm opening the doors of my home to all of you soon ;)

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, hope you enjoy it to the max! :) Here are some links if you'd like to check out:

. The Right Way To Organize Your Refrigerator 
Tips on crushing an early and pre-work workout
. They say that you should have these 10 home items before 30
. What binge watching TV does to your brain
. 12 ways to use coconut oil in the kitchen
. Extra 30% off Madewell Summer Favorites, well I like the sound of that ;)
. Amazing deals from Sole Society (up to 70% off). This for $25 is a steal, love these (just $35),  and and I didn't know they had such cool rings?! More favorites below ;)

Featured Files: Bits & pieces on Lark & Linen

Today you can find me on Lark & Linen sharing some bits and pieces of me ;) I feel super honoured that Jacquelyn asked me to participate in her blog series, so hop on over to learn a bit about me and to check out her amazing blog ;)

*Graphic by Lark & Linen
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