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DIY: Embellished Stone Weights

April 16, 2015

Having your desk set up near a big window is amazing. Lots of natural light and fresh air, a view of the trees swaying outside along the street as people stroll through the nabe… Papers blowing around as a result of a random breeze, however, is not one of my favorite things.

I’ve done a similar DIY before, but those were for pattern paper and these are smaller, for to-do lists and loose sheets on my desk. Okay, you got me! I just can’t stop decorating rocks. Anyway, here’s how to create some cute weights for your desk.

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 Start with some clean, lovely rocks, which you can find anywhere in the great outdoors. I favor beach rocks, but I found these in Brooklyn. I was walking home from having drinks with friends, and couldn’t resist.

Yes, I probably looked a little weird fishing for rocks in the street at 1AM… but it’s all for the sake of a cute DIY project, so, justified.

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 Gather up some decor (sequins, cabachons, flat back gems) and tacky glue.

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 Apply the tacky glue to the back of your embellishments carefully.

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 Press them down on the surface of the rock and hold for a few seconds to make sure everything stays in place.

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 When applying sequins, I use tweezers or needle nose pliers to place them precisely and avoid getting glue everywhere.

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 I also used some vintage bindis that I found in a shop in the East Village. Their glue was beginning to wear off and they probably wouldn’t have been great on skin, but with a little tacky glue, they work just fine on rocks.

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 Continue embellishing to your heart’s content. Once finished, display them on your window sill, or anywhere, until you need them for paper-stabilizing.

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 These make great gifts. Wrap up a set and give them to a co-worker or even to your mama for mother’s day.

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Want to see more DIY? Check out my page on Cut Out + Keep.

Many more projects on the way this spring!

Get dressed for summer…

April 15, 2015

Oh Sabo Skirt. I see you all over Pinterest, I bookmark all of your colorful boho-tastic dresses, and I even try to DIY the occasional beachy pastel romper in your honor. But my favorite thing to do? Get lost in your lookbooks and the Sabo Skirt blog.

The Coachella Collection lookbook landed in my inbox this week, in honor of the festival and the pop-up “Sabo Springs” resort that was installed in the Palm Springs foothills for it-girls to lounge at between bands. It got me wandering through the digital landscape of perfect vacay outfits and long wavy sea salt-tousled hair. Once you go there, it’s hard to come back to reality…

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the Coachella lookbook and, because I couldn’t resist, other recent shoots that put the spirit of summer in reach.






Rain Dance




Sabo Formal





Cross Castaway

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Can’t you just feel the sunshine, luxe fabrics and ocean spray? Mmmm.

See more at the Sabo Skirt blog and shop adooorbs summer separates and dresses at Sabo Skirt.


April 15, 2015

There’s a reason I have time to write this blog post today (and schedule one for tomorrow). It’s because I’ve set my Gmail inbox to offline while I take care of all the existing to-do’s, without new ones piling up on top like a Tetris game gone horribly wrong. This is day 9 of Nisha Moodley‘s #FreedomAdventure challenge.

She’s been sending out a new challenge each day aimed at finding the beautiful balance between “ambition and ease”. How sweet does that sound? Her subscribers have been instagram-ing daily photos of themselves interpreting the various challenges. Some of mine are below.

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I unexpectedly found that these exercises, when you really do them, open your eyes to some of the ways we contribute to our own frustration.

For instance, I typically go to sleep feeling like I haven’t done enough during the day, drained of inspiration. And how could that be, when I spent all day “working”? Sound familiar? It’s all about “work smarter, not harder”… but in this case it’s work with clarity, not with wild abandon.

Once you’ve found clarity around what you want to experience in life, you won’t fall into the trap of being fruitlessly busy. You’ll be less tempted to put out fires in your inbox all day rather than doing game-changing work (and you’ll even see the value in throwing the occasional impromptu luau… or whatever). Once you find your “north star”, you can careen toward it.

Amazing, right? So obvious, but amazing.

There are 14 days total, and I’ve decided to make this post to encourage you babes to jump on the bandwagon, even though we’re a little more than half way finished. There are great videos, fun prompts, and a hashtag feed of inspiring snapshots to benefit from. You can check out my progress on Instagram, too.

Here’s to clarity, pretty photos, and doing amazing work.

P.S. I also want to say thank you to Nisha Moodley for consistently being one of the most inspiring women in my internet life! The mere act of visiting her website is like strolling into a soothing sanctuary of glittery-purple bliss.

Fresh boho-chic at home: Bomisch

March 29, 2015

The best part of spring cleaning is the fun part that follows it: decorating! Replacing old decor with fresh new accents with new energy for the changing season is a fail-proof way to get your creative gears going again, if you found yourself in a winter rut in the darker months. I know I did!

So when an email landed in my inbox showcasing an amazing handmade tie-dye tablecloth, I fell for it instantly… and naturally, clicked through to see what other gems I could find. Bomisch is an online shop with a simple, chic, modern approach to home decor and living. The e-market exists alongside a curated journal full of ideas for adding touches of personality and beauty to your home. Check out the aforementioned tablecloth and some of my other favorite items.

Below, vintage handmade boho tie-dye tablecloth

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Below, paper coaster set, retro botanicals

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Below, leather beaded triple wrap in turquoise and coral

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Below, boho recycled sari pillowcases in cotton

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Below, dandelion pinks organic cloths
* These are technically burp cloths for babies, but they’re so gorgeous, they could be used any way!

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I can almost feel the air changing as I daydream about decorating for spring.

Shop these and other beautiful items at Bomisch.

Featured: Links à la Mode

March 28, 2015

Happy to report that my latest DIY, the jeweled spring hat, was featured in the Independent Fashion Bloggers’ latest Links à la Mode post.  Check out some of the other great posts that were featured, below.


Image via Free People.

Thanks, IFB!

Festival babes, this one’s for you…

March 27, 2015

Boho babe alert! Planet Blue released their 2015 festival season collection and lookbook, featuring whimsical floral prints, strappy closures, bell sleeves, fringed kimonos and romantic hues. It’s one of those lookbooks that makes you want to drop everything and twirl your way right into summer, arm candy and flawless brimmed hat included.

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Wanderlusting yet?

Images via Planet Blue—follow the link for more.


Ways to welcome spring…

March 25, 2015

Pretend it’s summer and wear toe rings. Decorate your desk with bright springy office supplies. Treat yourself to a Paloma cocktail after work. DIY a pretty pastel accessory. Fill the wine bottles you emptied all winter with fresh flowers. Get an at-home hair color refresh (if your friend has a stylist license, hee hee). Update your Etsy shop. Burn some delicious incense. Explore new neighborhoods. Learn a new language. Buy some bright, colorful shoes to frolic in…


How do YOU celebrate spring?

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