One-of-a-Kind Handmade Weddings: Easy-to-Make Projects for Stylish, Unforgettable Details
“One-of-a Kind Handmade Weddings is filled with ideas to inspire today’s bride-to-be. The book is filled with extra-special touches that will quickly and easily personalize any event—whether it’s in a ballroom or at the beach. Centerpieces in bloom, candlelit walkways, perfect accessories for flower girls and groom, a memory scrapbook, table lanterns, a fishbowl of wishes, and save-the-dates—these are just a few of the many decorative details. There are a wide range of projects and additional design ideas for the planning, ceremony, and celebration. Readers can choose from among the easy step-by-step projects—or look for inspiration in the photo gallery of design ideas to create their own signature style.” → more info
Summer is going by fast, but there’s still time to hit the beach and soak up the sun. One of the hottest trends in swimwear this season is the retro look, featuring high waists, ruched tops, and draped bodices. While it may be intimidating to sport the same beachwear as pinup girls and classic beauties, this season’s suits flatter all body types and will surely set you apart from the crowd.
This red one piece from The Red Dolly recreates this season’s vintage-inspired style with a gathered bust, halter top, and classic, flattering shape. The suit’s subtle detailing will allow you to wear it next summer without looking last season.
The high waist bikini is for the more daring trend setter, but all you need to pull it off is a little confidence and some sass. This white suit from LA Drama Queen features sweet eyelet detailing and a little bow, making it both feminine and flirty. While the high waist may look intimidating, it will actually make you appear slimmer by complimenting your natural curves and holding in your tummy.
A true retro girl never leaves the house without her signature lipstick. This cherry red shade from Glory Box Cosmetics is a quick way to pull together your retro-inspired beach look.
The hot summer weather is sure to leave the sand scorching. You’ll need a cute pair of sandals in order to comfortably stroll down the beach. Hit the sand in this silver pair from Tuto. Made from leather, they have a simple, modern style that will freshen up this season’s retro look and make it decidedly 21st century.
There are still plenty of long summer days left to pull together this season’s retro-inspired beach look. Channel the classic beauties, head to the nearest body of water, and get ready to turn some heads!
I love these whimsical fish-inspired necklaces.
Fishbone Silver: I mostly work with pmc and sterling but also throw copper and beads in the mix. I am inspired by nature and the beach community I live in. I have a grown daughter, 5 golden retrievers, 4 horses and 2 donkeys, quite a wonderful zoo!
It’s interesting how things “get to you” in an unexpected way. I, like many others have been hearing reports about the story of the oil spill in the gulf. I try to keep up with the news – partly because I find it interesting, and also because I think it’s important to stay informed. With the advent of blogs and social media – what I’ve noticed over the years is how events become more real and more personal – as you hear so many more of the stories from people who are affected.
I went to New Orleans for the first time this fall, for a wedding, and like so many others before me I fell in love with the city. I’d love to go back some day, not just to New Orleans but also to visit some of the surrounding areas. It is a city rich in history, with an energy unlike any I’ve experienced elsewhere. But after Katrina, there is still a slight pall hanging over the city – the cities residents freely engage with visitors, and after learning that we were visiting, more than one local told us how the city has changed, and how it has affected their families.
Today while doing some research for my post – which with the sunny weather and our upcoming trip to California (see my last post for all the details on that) I thought would have some kind of of a beach or summer theme – as that’s my frame of mind these days! I came across the lovely shop of L. Young Studio – and was immediately reminded of Louisiana by items like the one pictured above. And then it reminded me of fellow blogger, Mallory, at Miss Malaprop who finds herself in the midst of the mess in the Gulf… And the beauty of the items in L. Young’s studio put it all together for me – it reminded me what a shame it is that they have to deal with more heartbreak.
So while it is almost summer here, and things are rosy for me – I take this as a reminder to consider what’s going on elsewhere and to see if there is at least a small way I can help in the links that Mallory has provided here.
I feel pretty confident saying that I believe you may never find a checkers set more fabulous than this hand painted wooden “Pirates vs Ninjas” set by Goosegrease. This set even has oversized “king me” figures. That’s above and beyond if you ask me!
I’ve been watching this seller for some time now, and covet their little wooden peg families. Last winter I even had a bit of a brief fantasy about ordering a “portrait” set of dolls made to represent our family. My plan was to take pictures of the little wooden dolly family at the typical holiday card locations (ie beach, park, in front of the hearth…) and then use it as our holiday card. This would kill two birds with one stone in that it would make a great gift for my kids and also spare me the agony of trying to get four kids to smile semi-convincingly all at once.
Goosegrease has a sister shop, Goosegreaseundone where they sell their checkers set as DIY blanks. I wish I had the patience to paint them myself. I might be tempted to do a set of pink ninjas vs classic pirates so we could play girls vs boys. But having seen the perfection that is this original design, I don’t think I could ever come close to matching it. This is on my holiday wishlist. For me!