Tag Archives: pretty

Getting ready for Christmas: Wrapping

 

I am starting to wrap gifts to send and put under the tree.  I appreciate all the ideas for simply beautiful ways to wrap presents.

Let your accessories guide you

Source: etsy.com via Tiffany on Pinterest

 

 

I don’t often give fashion advice because fashion is not my strength. I have my style and I like it but sometimes it doesn’t work. But that doesn’t mean I can’t share a fashion tip, right?

So here it is: Instead of choosing an outfit and then accessorizing. Start with one item, preferably one with a distinctive flavor and build the outfit around it.

I have a wide pink bracelet that I love. I got it at the Los Angeles gift shop of the French hotel chain, Sofitel. I wore black and white to show off the pink and I liked it.

Choosing an outfit this way seems more creative and inspiring. Doesn’t it?

 

Make Up Your Mantel for Thanksgiving!

Source: 52mantels.com via Karyl on Pinterest

 

I’ve always been enamored with holidays.  And holiday decorations. My favorite new thing to do is to decorate the mantel.  There’s even a blog called 52 Mantels!  We don’t actually have a mantel so I decorate our buffet.  I like how it makes my decorating efforts compact and concentrated.  That way you don’t need to have, or store, tons of stuff!

A few tips for decorating your mantel:

1) Use what you have. You probably already have a supply of holiday decorations.  This is a good starting point.  I have always decorated for Halloween but not for Thanksgiving. Although the jack-o-lanterns didn’t seem right, the paper mache pumpkin my son made in Kindergarten was perfect.  So was the scarecrow.  Also, look for thing that are just lying around.  I went searching for things that were orange and brown and found two soup bowls in the kitchen cabinet in those colors hat even had turkeys on them.  Who knew!

2) Add seasonal flowers or plants.  For Christmas there are poinsettias, pine wreaths, and holly. For Valentine’s Day, roses.  I also choose plants and flowers for their colors.  For example, red roses are great for Valentine’s Day but they could work for Christmas and the 4th of July.  I plan to use the pumpkin on the porch and fill it with flowers for our Thanksgiving centerpiece.  Nice idea from Inspiring Pretty.

 

3) Use free printables.  I love free printables!  They are free!  I found the idea and free template for my Give Thanks Banner from At Second Street. Speaking of giving thanks, thanks Kalleen At Second Street!

4) Subway art. These are those cute prints that you can just frame for instant decoration.  Simple Crafter has some great ones.  They are also all over Pinterest.

 

5) Make it your own.  Decorate in your own style.  Add family pictures.  You can get ideas from other people but always own it!

6) Keep it fresh.  You don’t have to use every single item every single time.  Change it up and don’t over do it.

Happy decorating!

Necessity… the mother of invention

Contemporary rendering of a poster from the Un...

Contemporary rendering of a poster from the United Kingdom reading “Keep Calm and Carry On”, created during World War II. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Plato said it.  Not having something causes you to be creative.  I was much more creative with cards and fashion when I had less money.  Being frugal and being creative go hand in hand.  You find new uses for old things, using up old food in fridge while cooking (for example stir fried rice with leftover meat and veggies).  You can make cards from groovy labels you peel off a can.

I just made two signs for our newly decluttered and organized laundry area.  One says “Keep Calm and Laundry On.”  I printed it from the internet,  printed it on 8 1/2 by 11 paper, and put in a plastic sheet protector.  It’s pretty cave like down there with concrete walls, so no fancy frame needed.  It’s not fancy but it looks a lot better than it did!  

Question of the day – embracing my curly hair

Why have ugly, fake straight hair when I can have beautiful, natural curly hair?

Cute little African American Hispanic girl wit...

Cute little African American Hispanic girl with curly hair blowing (Photo credit: mikebaird)

Vision Boards, Inspiration Boards and Pinterest

So, do you Pinterest?  I started a few months ago.  The first time I went on I was confused and overwhelmed and quickly left the site.  But I couldn’t stop myself from returning.  For one, I started seeing and hearing about Pinterest every where I turned.  Two, I fell in love with all the images.  I am a very visual person.

I’ve always loved having a bulletin board.  I post cards, pretty things, pictures.  It is an aesthetic board not a practical one.  You won’t see to do lists on mine.

I’ve made vision boards before.  Cutting things from magazines that I want or strive to be.  My Pinterest boards are purely to inspire me or are simply things I like to look at.

How about you?  Have you discovered Pinterest?

Washington, DC: My Beautiful City

OK, so I don’t live in Washington anymore, I live in the suburbs.  But I still claim it as my city.  It really is a beautiful city.  Last week I had a dentist appointment.  After my appointment, I walked to the subway stopping to take pictures of the beautiful things I saw. These are not the big sights of DC.  No monuments or memorials.  Just a stroll through one little neighborhood on an ordinary spring morning.  Look around you. There is luscious beauty everywhere.