I was wearing a dress from Urban Outfitters recently and my friends couldn’t believe that it was from UO and that I was shopping at UO. ha! Little did they know I shop from there often. Yes, a lot of their items aren’t luxe quality and it can swing wayyyy more boho than me, but more often than not, I find a few pieces of clothing and homegoods that have modern lines, unique shapes and are totally me. They also have been selling goods by smaller designers and artists like my Mary Meyer dress or even prints by Max Wanger, which I love.
Here is what has landed in my Urban Outfitters shopping cart as of late…
For the first time since I can remember, I planned a costume out further than the day before Halloween. I mean, I have a baby now so I felt it was my duty. Seeing kids dressed up has always been the best part so when my niece told me she wanted me to be Ariel, it got me thinking that Archer sure would make a stinking cute Sebastian. Well turned out he did, but he was also a pretty pissed off Sebastian. The lobster outfit I got was like a big polyester sleeping bag, so there was that, paired with LA’s eternal summer weather and the lobster head/hat situation and poor little buddy was sweating within minutes. We ended up switching out the suit for a red onesie and kept on the hat. Maybe next year I will step it up even further and actually make his costume, I always love studio DIY’s homemade versions. Anywhooo, I didn’t give Rupe much say in his costume but he didn’t seem to mind going as Prince Eric. Hope you all had a happy Halloween. xo
Happy Friday folks, we made it. I hope you are reading this dressed up in an amazingly ridiculous costume while your co-workers give you the sideways stink eye. I am typing this as Ariel at the moment, however at home it doesn’t make as much of an impact. Archie and our new studio manager seem to approve though. Hope you all have a great halloween and come Sunday let’s all curse the time change together.
Here are a few links for your reading pleasure if you don’t have children and get to sleep in.
Last holiday season, I was very pregnant and very late to the decorating game (I shared our Christmas decor on December 30th, whoops). We were also just coming off all the major renovations, so empty walls were pretty much a thing. This year, I am trying to put all the finishing touches I have left hanging, BEFORE all the friends and family come. The sorely neglected family room was this weekend’s project.
You may remember our DIY Built-ins in the living room, but the other side of the space has remained empty, aside from a sofa, for way too long. So, when I heard about Framebridge and had the chance to partner with them to FINALLY get some art on the walls, I jumped at the chance.
I knew I wanted to create a gallery wall in the space to offset the odd window placement as well as display family photos and memories we hold close. However, being such a main wall in a central location of the house, I didn’t want to use traditional family portraits or photos. I wanted it to look more art than family tree. So, I combed through my own instagram feed to find more creative images of personal moments that make me go awwww, but ones that a total stranger could still appreciate.
I got started by first selecting about 10-20 of my favorite images and pulled them into a folder on my desktop. Then I went to the wall and just started taping off shapes, rather willy nilly. I didn’t worry about having the exact proportions of a 8×10″ or 20×30″ photo (for example) because with Framebridge everything is completely custom. You can have a 10.25″ x 32.4″ frame if you really wanted.
Once I got my masking tape shapes to a place that I felt was balanced, I measured them and went back to the art narrowed down my images to the amount of tape frames I had and selected which images worked best in the sizes I had created on the wall. I then started plugging them into the frames on their website. This is most likely a backwards way from what most people do, but since it is all my own art (Framebridge does the printing too) and I had more than enough to fill 10 houses with gallery walls, I was more flexible with the images than the layout of the frames (which ended up taking priority) and made it a heck of a lot easier. To each their own of course, but for me, it took all the guesswork out of it.
When you upload the art to Framebridge, they make it incredibly easy on you by giving you not only a rendering of how the art will look in the frame, but they do all the math of how big the finished product will be, with or without a mat and with whichever frame you choose. What I did was, upload an image, select the mat (or not), choose the frame, and if it didn’t come out to the size I was looking for I just hit the back button, adjusted a little slider to make the original image larger or smaller and then went back to the frame selection page to see what the new measurement is. Then I simply went back and forth until the final measurement is how I wanted it.
It felt like Christmas day when all the boxes showed up at my doorstep! Now I am one step closer to having the house holiday entertaining ready.
Get all the sources, a peek at the process and my top tips for creating an artful and balanced gallery wall, after the jump… READ MORE
It was one of those weekends that flashed by in a nano-second and didn’t feel much like a break, but we did manage to steal a moment to plunge into a neighbor’s pool. This was also a very fitting image for the weekend because I have had this song on repeat yet again, now that Børns has released his first full album. When I first saw him on Conan O’brian, maybe a year ago-ish, I couldn’t get that song out of my head. I played it for Archie while he was in the womb hoping to instill some good music taste early. YOU WILL LIKE IT ARCH! haha. It wasn’t until more recently I found out he is from my hometown in Michigan! We went to the same high school, which kinda blew my mind. I love seeing great talent come out of Michigan and he is no exception.