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Relaxed Summer Luau and Advice to a Fourteen Year Old

Hi, loves.

I had every intention of posting on Tuesday, but by the time I made it home from a CRAZY work day (you may have seen my hometown on the news) , I could not focus.

Better late than never, I suppose.

Last Sunday was my eldest niece’s birthday. She turned 14, and I feel OLD! My sister has been down with a herniated disk, so my other sister and I last minute took on throwing a little shindig.

We didn’t have the luxury of time or a large budget, so we kept it a relaxed, glam luau. I thought I’d share the sweet details.

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party

See? A little bit can go a long way. I recycled some of the pom streamers from my engagement party, and I ordered the cute foil balloons and metallic tattoos for fun details. And aren’t the spray-painted pineapples darling?

All in all, it turned out to be a lovely gathering for a lovely young lady! I cannot believe my niece will be a freshman in high school this fall! Her birthday got me thinking about advice I’d give my fourteen year old self….and oddly it is the same advice I am working on internalizing these days as well.

I think it is most eloquently put by Scott Stabile:

Truth bombs. Mantra. Bullies.

This is what I hope to convey to my niece as she enters some exciting and difficult years. This is what I hope to convey through my lifestyle.


Shop my party looks here:

Gold Foil ‘Happy Birthday’ Balloon Set

Metallic Birthday Tattoos 

Summer Birthday Party

Summer Birthday Party



My dear, sweet [W]IT GIRLS, keep on shining like you do.





diy · entertaining · Food & Drink · Home Decor · Living

Top 5 Picks for a More Sustainable Mother’s Day


Hey friends, can you believe it is nearing the end of the first week in May?! You know what this means–Mother’s Day is right around the corner! May is always a busy gift-giving month for me because Mother’s Day comes up quick, followed by my dad’s birthday on the 16th, and then my mom’s birthday on the 31st. I’m trying to get ahead this year and thought I’d try to help you out also.

Today I’m sharing my top picks for sustainable, ethical Mother’s Day gifts!

  1. The Savour Box by Globe In.

Globe In offers a curated selection of fair trade goods, and even gives you the opportunity to purchase from them on a subscription basis. This particular box is filled with gifts for the mom who loves to be in her kitchen. It comes with a hand-painted spoon rest from Palestinian Territories, a matching set of salt and pepper shakers from Palestinian Territories, a wooden spice bowl from India, and either a sea salt basket or a hand-woven palm leaves basket.

2. Mackenzie Shiny Black  sunnies.

These beauts are from TOMS, who pledges to help give sight to those in need for every pair of glasses purchased. The classic big frame makes me think of my mom’s preferred signature shades.

3. Aqua Tall Flower Glass by The Little Market.

Stand alone, or with a set–these tumblers made of recycled glass are perfect for front porch sittin’ with an icy tea or lemonade! The Little Market is Lauren Conrad’s fair trade shop, and it is filled with some adorable goodies!

4. Bees Wrap Sustainable Food Storage, 3-Pack

I am dying to try these out! They are a sustainable alternative to plastic wrap, and optimal for those trying to lower the amount of waste their household produces. They are actually sold out on their website; however, I found that Amazon has their products in stock, and this one is Prime eligible!

5. Hammered Dots Earrings by Dunitz & Company

These beautifully beaded fair trade earrings come in many color options, and are so delicate!

I hope my top 5 picks is helpful to you in your quest to get your moms authentic, awesome gifts! My mom is a tricky gal to shop for because she is not materialistic in the least, and she has particular taste. Between Mother’s Day and her upcoming birthday, I think I have a lot of good options for gift giving for my favorite person!

What is the best Mother’s Day gift you’ve given or received?



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Oh the places you’ll go with some yarn and a stick (DIY: wall tapestry)

Hi, friends! 

We meet again on a Monday. I can’t lie, I have been dreading today, but hey–it is a new opportunity to do great things! 

Over the weekend, Benny and I attended a birthday gathering at our friends’ new home. It was so nice to visit our friends from college glory days, and their home was beautiful. 

I’ve been noticing that yarn tapestries and macrame are making a tasteful comeback. I’ve seen some gorgeous pieces on Etsy, and at our friends’ I came across the most stunning piece. I mean GORGEOUS. So I snapped a photo for reference:

The next day I revisited the photo and decided….I’m going to make that. For cheap. 

I think my end product is really pretty considering it is literally just a bunch of yarn tied to a stick. 

I went to Walmart because I really needed to ball on a budget. They had a decent yarn selection. I chose some chunkier yarn because I found the texture interesting. 

I was able to get it for about $3 a bunch and purchased 6. I had some leftover, and my piece is rather large. 

A lot of Etsy pieces use branches to attach the yarn, and while I really like the natural look, I wanted something metallic. I purchased a $6 cafe curtain rod and used one of the pieces. 

I’m very happy with the outcome of my project, and it was super simple! I thought I’d share how I created my piece. 


– 5-8 yarn bunches

– branch, rod, or dowel 

I used different lengths of yarn throughout my piece. To get started, determine how long of a stand you want to work with, and cut a piece twice as long. 

Each bunch that I tied to the rod, regardless of length, had two strands of yarn. Totally subjective!

Next, fold two pieces of yarn in half. Attach them to the rod by pulling the fringe through the loop. 

When you finish a pair, tighten them, and voila

Repeat this process as many times as you like with whichever lengths of yarn you wish. Throw a few braids in there if you like, as well! 

The last thing I did to add a little more texture is add pom-poms! 

To make a pom-pom, start with a piece of yarn 6 inches to a foot in length, depending on how large you want it. 

Lay this piece down closeby. Next, take yarn from the spiel and pinch it with your thumb. 

Begin wrapping the yarn around your index and middle fingers or up to your ring finger, depending on preference of length of pom fringes. The more wraps, the fluffier the pom-pom. 

Once you’ve got a wrap to your liking, snip the end of yarn. 

Pick up the piece of yarn that you cut initially. Pinch it with the index and middle finger, sliding it through the wrapped yarn as your remove you hand. Tie it tightly. 

Lastly, cut through the middle of each loop and trim as necessary. There you have it–there’s your pom-pom! Add as many as you like to spice up your tapestry! 

I love how drapy my piece turned out. It adds a nice touch of Bohemian flare to my living room, and it balances all of my photos well. 

What crafts have you been up to lately?