Monday, July 30, 2012

Trend Gawker: Metallic Tips

Metallic is daring and bold. When combined with a super chic pair of pumps? EVEN BETTER! These metallic tips have been popping up all over the place and I decided tonight that I adore this unique little trend. Its a great way to spice up an otherwise plain outfit or even a funky DIY! What way to you prefer metallics?

Tomorrow I have something unique to share with you all on tomorrow's post so make sure to stop by and check it out!

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Olympian Inspired

I absolutely LOVE the olympics, especially the summer events! It makes me so proud to say I am an American and I love my country. That sense of unity and pride you get from watching our fellow Americans compete is something truly priceless. Since I am really feeling this USA pride, I am going to create olympic inspired posts these next couple of weeks. This morning I chose to get creative and style my fruit to channel our USA flag. Behold, this weeks Sunday Snapshot...no better way to start my day! Now I'm off to watch the rest of the games... enjoy!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Babes & Big Lenses

I love surprises! Well..most of the time. Due to the fact that I'm slightly nosy and always HAVE to know everything thats going on around me I often ruin my own. Recently, however SCM pulled off the ultimate surprise and snagged me an AMAZING Nikon D60 without me knowing one thing. I've been whining about how I've needed a better quality camera for this blog (and in general) for quite some time now and my dream finally came true. What a surprise :) I am one lucky lady there's no question about it. Now all I have to do is research and learn how to use all the features! What type of camera do you use? Any tips and tricks for a newbie-Nikon-user?

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I Go Back...

Ok, honestly I am absolutely smitten. Not only do I adore polka dots AND black and white...but mixed together? I think I have fallen in love with a pair of jeans. Sorry SCM, but polka dots will always have my heart. What style makes you weak in the knees? You know the stuff that catches your eye from across the store and whispers "buy me?" And you actually ponder it despite the fact you already have 3 similar items at home in your closet? You're not alone. :) We're almost halfway through the week!
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Hues of Blue

I never thought I would see this hue of blue look so fantastic as it does here. Doesn't the very sight of this lively color brushed ever so perfect on her nails just make you want to scream and shout? What a unique shade, too! I set out on a web search for the closest color I could find without knowing this actual color name and Julep's "Claire" proved to be the best match! It's a lust-must color for the remainder of the summer.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

To Buy or Not to Buy?

Just about the only productive thing I did today was 1. Make a run to Target and 2. Paint my nails in this Essie pale purple color. The name inspired today's post title, too! Back to reality tomorrow, but not before today's Sunday Snapshot. Tomorrow marks the start of a new week! xo

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Shades of Sorbet

Remember this post? Well, I attempted to make my own version of those oh so sweet lemon-sorbet cups this weekend for my good friends pool party celebration. It was a total hit! Minus the fact that the soft sorbet began to melt almost instantly as soon as I brought the serving platter outside in the heat. But hey, what do you expect living in 100+ AZ summers? All the guests were just itching for a delicious frozen treat to cool down!

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Directions:

1. Cut your regular size lemons in Half

2. Remove inside of lemon to create the "lemon-cup" (maybe even make homemade lemonade with the juice so you aren't wasteful like I was)

3. Cut off a very thin piece along the bottom of each half (so the lemon cup will sit flat)

4. Freeze lemon cups

5. Remove from freezer and scoop in sorbet - don't be shy, they look best when filled!

6. Serve & Enjoy - your guests will, too!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monsoon Prep

I love the Arizona monsoons. That feeling of watching dark clouds roll in every summer evening since I can remember has always kept me crossing my fingers for that big storm. This weekend there were some big monsoons, which in turn made it super humid here in Scottsdale. My no-fuss humidity outfit was pulled together with a peplum top and pale pink shorts. Of course I didn't want any frizzy my hair in my face - so a sock bun was a great solution! Happy Monday!

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Top: H&M (similar), Shorts: H&M (Similar), Bracelets/Earrings: H&M, Urban Outfitters, Bag: Longchamp, Flats: Target

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Snapshot

I love Sunday's...the day to re-organize & re-juvinate. Re-juvinate by resting all day long has been my motto this particular Sunday and wow was it much needed. Movies, snuggling, and of course a lot of blogging. I will leave you with a pretty image of one of my recent finds - a suede necklace display bust! I think it holds the perfect placement in this vignette in my room, no? Enjoy whats left of your weekend! xo

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pleasing Color Pallet

I have been a long time admirer of The Pink Pagoda, and the funky-cute prints she sells on her etsy shop! So when I came across this Maria Barros space today..I instantly fell in love. I mean honestly...a studded mint bar and a fish bowl on the coffee table? Who could possibly dream up a space that is more perfectly made for summer entertaining? Tomorrow's Friday :)
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How Sweet It Is...

...To savor sorbet in a mini lemon cup! Does this little treat not just make you want to run and grab the freshest lemon and maybe even whip up a little homemade raspberry sorbet? I know it does for me! From the Proper Pinwheel tutorial it doesn't look hard at all either. Maybe this will be my sweet summery treat DIY this weekend - I DO have a birthday pool party to attend!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Neutrally Nautical

Today's fave is a casual, super easy to steal look! I have always loved the look of linen and stripes. It just creates such a nautical feeling that I adore especially after just returning from California. I find myself owning LOTS of stripes, but mostly black and white. After seeing this super cute summer outfit over at La Mia Vita I must say this needs to change immediately!
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1. Navy blue and white, isn't it nice top?

2. Perfect to sit on the sand shorts

3. And an Ocean water blue bauble by Cheerfully Charmed to wrap it all up

Monday, July 9, 2012

Dreamin'

If I could say only one thing it would be how much I absolutely love the beach and everything that surrounds it. The quaint houses, the colorful umbrellas, and even the freshly scooped ice cream. I have been away for quite some time and I do apologize, I was in California on a little extended vacation. What a wonderful time I had..most notably was re-kindling my childhood love for riding bikes. Beach cruisin' was in full force this trip and I find myself not being able to get my mind off which bike I would choose if I had one of my own.

I think one similar to this would fit juuuuust right. Caramel leather seat with matching handlebars and a kick-ass basket secured by buckle-esque ties. And of course, the color. Mint...my fave :) Happy Monday!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Pops of Turquoise

Happy Monday! I know that turquoise isn't the color our nation is known for and wouldn't be the color you typically associate with the 4th of July Holiday that is steadily approaching - but I still love it! I think its a great pop of color thats perfect for summer. Not to mention I think it compliments our desert terrain. Colored denim and matching accessories are a must for surviving the Arizona heat. After all, we are known for our turquoise - aren't we?

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Top: H&M, Jeans: Nordstrom Rack, Shoes: TJ Maxx (Brand - Union Bay/ Similar), Bracelets: Juicy, Urban Outfitters, Necklace: TJ Maxx (Simliar).