Inspire: Red, White & Blue!!

Happy 4th of July! We know we are a few days early, but this gives you plenty of time to get inspired by this fun holiday!

With that sad US soccer loss yesterday, we think everyone could use some good cheer from the good ol’ red, white and blue! Check out some of more recent decor inspirations for the big day!

Mason jars are an all-American classic and so easy to paint!

Photo Courtesy of Addicted2DIY.com

Photo Courtesy of Addicted2DIY.com

Wood pallets have been all the rage lately!

Photo and project by BobVila.com

Photo and project by BobVila.com

Remember our cool wine bottle tutorial? Why not paint them blue and add beautiful red flowers?

Image courtesy of Instyle.com

Image courtesy of Instyle.com

You know we love our chalkboards 🙂

Photo from thegoldensycamore.com

Photo from thegoldensycamore.com

Easy garland tutorial!

Image courtesy of Spoonful.com

Image courtesy of Spoonful.com

As mentioned last Friday, pop some festive bubbly!

Image courtesy of Chandon.com

Image courtesy of Chandon.com

Need that perfect outfit for fireworks?

Styling and photo from Instyle.com

Styling and photo from Instyle.com

Decorative nails can easily go a bit over-the-top, but these are simple and classy.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Can you get more all American than Martha Stewart’s Apple Pie?

Image courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Image courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Fantastic idea for paper lanterns, just add red stars and streamers!

Image Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Image Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

We hope everyone has a fun, safe and festive fourth!!

 

Admire: 2014 Bling Tally

We are one quarter of the year down, so we thought it was time to look at the gorgeous engagement rings thus far, of 2014.  I mean, what woman doesn’t love to ogle diamonds?  You’re either crazy, or just a way more humble person than us 🙂

Trends that we’ve noticed?  The round and the unique.  We’re not talking your traditional 5-pronged, brilliant-cut, simple ring.  We are talking brilliant with distinction; a new way of exhibiting the simple.  And on the contrary, some of these second-time brides are going bigger, funkier and bolder.  Enjoy!

Emma Roberts - keeping in beautiful and simple to match her young age.

Emma Roberts – keeping in beautiful and simple to match her young age.

Lauren Conrad - we expected something different to match her style, but still a classic beauty!

Lauren Conrad – we expected something different to match her style, but still a classic beauty!

Amber Heard - anything but boring and round. We would kill to know Johnny Depp's story behind this purchase.

Amber Heard – anything but boring and round. We would kill to know Johnny Depp’s story behind this purchase.

Mary Kate Olsen - a ring fit for a princess. The regal elegance will last a lifetime

Mary Kate Olsen – a ring fit for a princess. The regal elegance will last a lifetime

Mila Kunis - We love a big stone on a delicate band, and it suits Mila's hand perfectly.

Mila Kunis – We love a big stone on a delicate band, and it suits Mila’s hand perfectly.

Olivia Wilde - this mama-to-be is keeping her ring gorgeous and simple her second time around.

Olivia Wilde – this mama-to-be is keeping her ring gorgeous and simple her second time around.

Ashlee Simpson - From emerald, bejeweled ring first time around, this time her fiance selected something less girly and more unique to fit their personalities and lifestyle.

Ashlee Simpson – From emerald, bejeweled ring first time around, this time her fiance selected something less girly and more unique to fit their personalities and lifestyle.

Scarlett Johansson - keeping on trend for second marriages, Scarlett went for a unique, ornate ring that is clearly one of a kind.

Scarlett Johansson – keeping on trend for second marriages, Scarlett went for a unique, ornate ring that is clearly one of a kind.

Kim Kardashian - No one makes a statement quite like this one, her ring is nothing to be overlooked her third time around.

Kim Kardashian – No one makes a statement quite like this one, her ring is nothing to be overlooked her third time around.

Admire: Paris

Bonjour belle lecteurs!

After a whirlwind week in Paris, I came back admiring and in love with the french lifestyle.  From the chewy macaroons to the ornate, art deco style, how could you not be inspired by beauty that is completely contradictory to our homeland, the US?  It is travel that inspires us to keep coming up with new things, and this trip was no different.

The architecture, the history, the cuisine and the fashion; that Paris is a hot spot for calling trends is no mystery.  Here are some of our favorites from the quick whisk away to Paris!

(fashion: elie saab spring 2014 during paris haute couture fashion week)

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