Lately, I have been all about skirts. In particular, the Factory Mini. This little number comes in just about every color, pattern and material you can imagine, plus it can be worn from work to drinks with the girls just as easily as it can be worn to brunch. I wore this bright striped version on Sunday and decided to pair it with a Chambray top, wedges and bright cross body bag for a polished yet laid back look.
When I was a little girl, I used to love making jewelry. I would buy tons of beads, string and clasps and carry around my jewelry making kit in a little train case wherever I went. I even used to “sell” my pieces to family members for a whopping one dollar. So last weekend, as I was wondering around Coolidge Corner and I stumbled upon a small bead shop tucked away on the corner of Beacon Street, I was immediately entranced. My inner child came out to play and within minutes of walking through the door of The Pear Tree, I began planning at least ten different necklaces and bracelets I wanted to make.
The beads came in every color and style imaginable. Bright and bold glass beads, to luscious metals and precious stones.
And every wall was covered in strands of beads and fun hand made jewelry to help inspire your creations.
I examined just about every bead in the store, trying to decide which would be best for each project I wanted to do. However, after careful selection and a few different color combinations, I found exactly what I was looking for. The best part about The Pear Tree is that I was able to do just about everything on my own and when I hit a snag or needed a little help, I reached out to the staff for help. Everyone was knowledgeable and friendly and easy to help. I am quite independent and wanted to complete my projects on my own, but for a small fee the staff can finish off your necklace for you if you’re not sure what to do and would prefer someone with experience finish the job.
Below is a little Beaded Bracelet DIY I assembled based on a beaded bracelet I made while at the shop.
Measure your wrist and determine the length of your bracelet (average length should be 6-8 inches).
Cut your round rubber string to the desired length, leaving a few extra inches on each end to work with.
Choose your beads and arrange them on a bead design board in your desired layout.
Begin to string your beads onto the string in the order you laid them out on the design board.
Continue to string the beads until they have all been added.
Gently add a small knot to the end of the string and measure the bracelet on your wrist to make sure it is the right size. Add or remove beads as needed.
One the bracelet is the correct size, tie the string into a strong knot.
Add a few drops of super glue to keep the knot in place and let dry.
Trim the ends of the string so that the knot is barely visible.
Things are moving and shaking over here and I would love if you could all send me some good ju ju over the weekend. I have some big things in the works for the blog and otherwise and I would appreciate the extra positive vibes!
This weekend I am looking forward to good weather, relaxing and toasting to the engagement celebration of a friend.
I’m also hoping J and I are able to take some pictures during the “golden hour.” Doesn’t Kim look gorgeous in her recent golden hour shoot?
Maybe I will also be able to nail down my summer reading list with the help of Courtney’s recommendations!
Lastly, I’m excited to take some of these summer salad ideas for a spin! There’s something about summer weather that calls for hearty and healthy salads.
Trying to navigate your way through paleo friendly breakfast options can be quite a challenge, so I’ve compiled 50 paleo breakfast ideas to help get you started! Now the hardest part about breakfast will be deciding what to cook!
Pairing a silk blouse with a full skirt has always been a favorite style of mine. It has a classic feel, but you can still make it trendy and fun. I have been obsessed with the variety of ModCloth skirts lately, and this striped version is perfect for a picnic or barbeque. Paired with a soft pink top and fun accessories, this would make the perfect outfit for the low key engagement barbeque I am attending this weekend!
I am so excited to finally unveil the Turkey Taco Burger (TTB). This little baby came to me one day while I was daydreaming about Mexican food- don’t judge because I know you do it too. Now generally, Mexican food comes on top of, inside of, or underneath a warm, crunchy, corn tortilla… an obvious barrier for us primal eaters. So when I was brainstorming what yummy concoctions J and I would cook up for Cinco de Mayo a few weekends ago, the TTB was an obvious choice. It has all of the flavor and messy toppings that come with a taco, just without the shell.
This recipe is great for a party or family dinners because everyone can add their own twist. For Cinco de Mayo we set up topping stations and each person was able to build their own burger!
As the weather continues to get warmer and the sun shines a little brighter, all I want to do is wear color! Unfortunately my neutral wardrobe has been less than accommodating. So I’ve been including more and more bright accessories into my outfits! A bright scarf, a bold bag or a statement necklace add a touch of color and interest to an otherwise simple outfit.
The living room is possibly my favorite room of the house. The living room is where people gather when you entertain and where you relax after a long week at work. People gather around the coffee table to play board games, catch up over a glass of wine and, in our house, write blog post after blog post. That is why I think it is important for a coffee table to be interesting, reflective of who you are and spark conversation. What’s the best way to do this? Using coffee table books. Below are a few of my favorites, and some I am hoping to add to our collection.
We also keep a few travel books on our coffee table of places that J and I have been or dream of traveling to.
This weekend The Great Gatsby opened across the country and I could not be more excited! Above is one of my favorite quotes from the novel. A little reminder that in this crazy world, we can still love those most important to us.