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Fall Favorites::Flannels & Docs

I love this time of year where layering is made possible! It doesn’t happen all that much here in Southern California, but when it does I am all about it! Have a summer dress you can’t part with when the leaves start changing? Adding a flannel or a leather jacket and pairing it with tights will transition the outfit for the cooler seasons! Flannels and Docs are my fall obsession this year! Continue reading for my must have’s for this season! XO

|Photography: Katie Boink |HMU: Cassandrah Bickett |

Here is what I am wearing:

Free People ivory lace tunic

Blue flannel

Maroon Docs

Boot socks

Necklace

AND here is my roundup of must have flannels, and boots!

For the love of flannels, this one, this one, and THIS one.

If you know me, you know I am a boot fanatic. Buy this one, this one, seriously this one, and ask for an early Christmas present with this one! … Read More

Tie Dye Pom lawn sheets

Looking for something pretty to add to your next picnic, party, or even bed?! Take a white sheet and go back to your elemantary days with this tie dyed lawn sheet DIY! It is super easy, and just too darn cute!

The Goods:

White sheet

Rit dye

Plastic bottles for pouring

Rubberbands

2 pieces of cardboard

Yarn

Pom maker

Begin folding your sheet like an accordion (think back to when you used to make paper fans)!

Place a piece of cardboard on either side of the folded sheet. Doing this makes white spots, and adds to the design.

Next, take your rubber bands to secure the boards. Note* the more rubber bands you put, the more white lines appear!

After mixing your dye solution, begin pouring! There is no right way to do this!

TADA! So easy, and so cute! Next up is adding the poms to the ends for a fun detail!

You can totally make these by hand, but I suggest investing in a pom maker!

For the pom maker:

1. Wrap yarn around prongs, and close together

2. Cut across

3. Tie a piece of yarn through slits tightly

4. Pull apart prongs to reveal your perfect pom!

5. Adhere the pom to the four corners of your sheet using a simple stitch, or taking hot glue (my go to for everything!!)

There ya have it! These adorable tie dye lawn sheets are customizable, would be so fun at a birthday party, or picnic event! I’m thinking indigo ones would be super rad!

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Fall + Fellowship

As a mom of a 15 month old, sometimes a lot of the time there are challenges, and questions that flood my mind. Am I modeling the right principles to her? What am I conveying about beauty? About God? About loving others? About the role of a woman? Am I screwing this up? Am I screwing her up? I’m screwing up. The truth is, we’ve all been here. Questioning and doubting our abilty to raise a little human being into a big human being, who will undoubtedly have big human being responsibilities, obstacles, decisions, AND hopefully will be equipped with biblical, practical, and wise methods on handling these big human things. This is why coming alongside moms with a likeminded worldview, who strive toward a common goal is of the upmost importance. I am so grateful for the community of mom’s that I call my friends. We find out, incase we forgot, that we all fall short. I won’t be the perfect parent, and Soph won’t be the perfect daughter, because we are imperfect people. This doesn’t mean to throw in the towel, to grow impatient, or to settle for a mediocre life cause heck we aren’t perfect, right? No, this means we serve when we want to be served, we choose a soft answer when we want to scream, we love when we want to resent, and we honor when we want to disrespect. I was reminded at a mom’s night out last night, that we need to cheer each other on, not compare; encourage, not tear down; rest, not clock out.

 

Need a quick Fall backdrop? Try taking an array of fall leaves and brightly colored tape to your wall for a statement, and a great photo opportunity! We’ve seen it with flowers, and the same can be done with leaves!

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WINDOW DISPLAYS: LUX CLOTHING

It’s fall here in Southern California, even if the weather disagrees. Lux Clothing is a local boutique that asked me to make them some window displays to incorporate fall.  The two main displays are a modern take on autumns apple tree. For the macrame curtain, I hand dyed the rope in orange, yellow and scarlet red. After completing the design, I adorned it in leaves then made apples out of Styrofoam and yarn. When installing the display I hung the bottom of the curtain out into a 3dimensional basket of sorts, and filled it with more yarn apples giving the illusion that they were falling from the tree into a basket, and ripe for eating! My friend Mandilynn Photography graciously took some photos of them for you all to see- be sure to check her work out! Keep reading for more!

This guy fills the whole window! I wrapped more than 20 hoops in yarn and adorned them in leaves. I wanted to do an autumn play on summers ice cream cone so I took apples and filled them in cones. It turned out so rad, and I love the mixed elements that really make it unique.

This chandelier was a BEAST. I hated it when I was making it, but there was no turning back after hours working on it. I will say that after hanging all the tassels on it- it became my favorite piece!

If you haven’t already, go check out Lux’s new Fall window displays! Hopefully the yarn, macrame, and apples will have you eager to welcome the new season even if you have to travel somewhere to experience it! … Read More

Fall Fashion Trends: Boyfriend jeans + Docs

This years fall fashion trends are so comfy and effortlessly chic. I am a sucker for a good pair of jeans. When the boyfriend cut came out, I wasn’t a fan because I thought they made me look bigger than I actually was, and what girl wants to look bigger than her true size? I came across these jeans, and while they have the boyfriend look they aren’t nearly as baggy as others I have seen. They are perfect for going into fall! Next up are the Docs. I was hesitant at first that my size 8 foot would look rather bulky in them, but I have embraced the bulkiness. If you want to wear them, wear them in confidence! Last thing- who else loves wearing beanies in the fall/winter seasons if only to cover up slightly dirty hair? I hope there are some of you out there who can wear some of this stuff currently. It is 100 degrees here. Happy Monday!

Photography: Katie Boink | Hair & Makeup: Cassandra Bickett

Jeans: Nordstrom

Shirt: Anthropologie

Boots: Dr. Martens

Beanie: Urban Outfitters

Leather Jacket: Free People … Read More

Currently trending: Overalls & Birks(ish)

It’s September. The leaves are changing. The air is crisp. The fire is warm. You are greeted by the smell of pumpkin everywhere you go. Ahhh. But, if you live in Southern California you know that it is still in the 90’s, your boots are covered in dust, and your sweaters have been thrown to the top shelf to free up hanger space. The struggle is real. I can’t let fall go though. I typically go to Seattle, New York, or San Fran to get my much needed fall fix, but until then I’ll just show you pretty pictures taken by Katie Boink that will inspire you to embrace how little, or how much fall you experience this year!

Now, I hear a lot of people talking about how in (or not in) overalls are. I, for one, am team overalls. There are comfortable. They are effortless. They are back my friends. I love to wear them with striped shirts, plain tee’s, lacey numbers, or even the occasion crop top if I’m feeling a little risky. (Ok no, I haven’t worn them with a crop top, but they do look really cute with them if that’s your thing!) Birks are also back in. I remember a couple years ago my friend said they were making a come back after she saw some Free People models rocking them, and I remember saying “ugh no, they are not coming back.” Welp I was wrong, they are back, and I wear a couple different mock ones, which I think are cuter than the real ones. BUT what about wearing these sandals with socks??!! Are you on board? I am not yet convinced, but let me tell you they were darn comfy.

This picture makes me think I could rock the sandals with socks… or maybe it’s just the angle?

Overalls: Love this one and this one.

Sandal favs: sliver metallic, rose gold, and black. 

Socks: Don’t knock it unless you try it

Necklace: St. Eve

Shirts I like: here, and here and here.

So what trend team are you on? … Read More

Botanical first Birthday Party

As a new parent, it is hard to believe that my little girl is already one! The saying “they grow up so fast” is seriously becoming my reality.  It is thanks to a long list of people that her botanical first birthday party even happened. From the backdrop my sister-in-law and myself slaved over, to the 498 poms, sewn napkins, and day of set up, I owe a huge thanks to everyone who helped me out, and made her party what it was! So, thank you! It’s cause of you all that her fun party was featured on Grey Likes Baby- all captured gorgeously by Kayla Adams. Go on, and be inspired! (OH, and if you feel up to it there is a rather long, in depth, personal, and probably too drawn out blurb about Soph’s birth story at the end).

XO

Photography: Kayla Adams | Cake: Jeanine Hardgrave | Floral Centerpieces: Lavenders Flowers  | “Grace in her heart” prints: One Another Paper 

 

In one year I cannot even begin to count the number of smiles, giggles, tears, and snuggles that I have been honored to share with my little girl. Truthfully, Allen and I didn’t set out with a plan to have her. I had plans. Big plans. My whole life I strived for academic success. During my undergrad I naturally assumed I would go on to my Masters, but God had other plans, better plans.

I thought it appropiate to tell her birth story. It was Friday July 10th, 2013. I had what I thought was a stomach ache for half the day. It was midnight, and I decided to run a bath. The water was warm; my stomach was tight. Allen came home to me siting in the bath. “I think I might be having contractions,” I said in an unsure tone. (He was out late doing the construction for Lift before we opened). I called the hospital to see what constitutes being in “real” labor. Since Soph was breach, they told me to come in. Yet, I still didn’t want too. I didn’t want to go in. I wasn’t really in labor, was I? Fast forward a couple hours, and I finally caved. I started packing my hospital bag. Yes, I hadn’t packed it yet because I was supposed to have a scheduled c-section that Monday. We headed to the hospital looking at each other, holding hands, giddy, and nervous, yet stuck in a cloud of surrealism. We joked about it being the last time we would be in the car together without having a little babe, but I still thought I would be the … Read More

DIY Industrial Jewelry Stand

This jewelry holder is the coolest yet! It adds an industrial feel to your ordinary jewelry box, and it’s one you can easily customize to fit your needs. It may look like you’ll need a handy man around for this one, but we promise you won’t!

The goods:

A piece of wood (we used plywood and stained it in a Walnut finish, but any ol’ piece will do!)
Chicken wire
Screws
Screwdriver
2 hook screws
A piece of rope
2 1’ floor flanges
2 1’ end caps
2 1’ x 8′ metal pipe (nipple)
2 1′ elbow
4 1/2’ floor flanges
4 1/2’ end caps
4 1/2’ x 4’ metal pipe (nipple)

1. Cut and place chicken wire on your wood slab. With a screwdriver screw 4 screws along the sides of the wood to secure the wire- this is where you will hang your earrings!
2. Taking the 1’ floor flange (the flat piece), screw together the elbow piece, then the 1’ metal pipe, and top it off with the 1’ end cap! Easy right?! Repeat these steps 1 more time!
3. Allign both pieces so that the end caps are facing each other, and stagger them so one is slightly higher than the other.Taking your screws, adhere it to the wood in the allotted holes.
4. Next, take the screw hooks, and twist them into the wood under the metal pipes.
5. Tie a slipknot to adhere the rope to both sides of the hooks- we hung bracelets on ours, but you can also use them for rings!
6. Now, take the 1/2’ floor flange and screw in the 1/2 metal pipe, and top it with the 1/2’ metal cap. Repeat 3 times!
7. Screw the 4 pieces into the wood in a nice row.
(optional* you can hang your holder with a piece of rope stapled to the backside, or you can get picture hooks to hang from the back for a cleaner look).
8. Now start hanging your accessories!

 

>>Head over to my friends at 31 Bits to stock up your new holder and check out their new fall line!

Photography: Kayla Adams |  Jewelry: 31 Bits Read More

Summer Ice Cream Social

OK- this photoshoot screams summer fun, and is the ultimate guide for how to throw an ice cream social like one you’ve never seen! The gals over at Inspired By This featured this bad boy & I couldn’t be more excited! Kayla Adams works photo magic, and she did it again this time! This shoot was one where I thought, “I can’t believe I get to do this for work!” Once I thought of the idea it took on a life of its own, from the faux icecream to the cotton candy stuffed cones- there are def some pinworthy ideas to save for your next party! Oh, and not to mention the hand dyed, yarn wrapped rope installation complete with (you guessed it) poms, all draped off a custom built ice cream cart, (thanks to my talented husband who is a pro at welding and woodwork). I feel like I’m out of breath just typing all the details, and believe me I could go on! Take a look for yourself!

Was I right? Or was I right? How gorg were all the florals?! Janelle over at Lavenders Flowers is a master! In love with the cute models jewelry and outfits? Head over to the sweet girls at LUX for some pretty summer threads, and 31 BITS for those statement necklaces- they are the business!

XO

Photography: Kayla Adams | Creative Director/Designer/Stylist: The Shift Creative | Hair: Jordan McElyea | Makeup: Zaneta Pak & Liz Reyes |Florals: Lavenders Flowers | Jewelry: 31 BITS | Models: Ellie, Helena, & Sophia Hahn | Cupcake Ice Cream: Jeanine Hardgrave | Order Here sign: Nathaniel Hardgrave | Clothing: LUX clothing

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DIY WATERCOLOR & POM NAPKINS

You guys are seriously going to love this DIY! It is an easy fix to your ordinary napkin, and you can customize it for any event!

I bought my white napkins down in the fabric district in LA because I needed a bunch for my daughters birthday party, but you can easily take a trip to Target or IKEA to find some. Next, go get a pom pom garland at your local craft store (they come in so many colors so have fun with it).

-To adere the poms there are a couple different options:

1. Sew a single stitch using your sewing machine 2. Do it the good ol’ fashion way with a needle and thread 3. Hot glue them to the rim of the napkin

And VOILIA- already so much cuter! You can stop there if you want, but I wouldn’t! This next part completely revamps your ordinary napkin into a focal point at your next event!

Next, I took two spray bottles, and filled them 3/4 with water. Then I took paint that fit into my color palette (again, use whatever colors fit your party), and in one bottle I put about 10 drops of my coral paint and shook it up really good. I did the same in the other bottle, but this time used orange. *I would recommend using a larger bottle as my paint clogged the nozzle. Also, remember that the more paint you add to the water the brighter it will be! Fabric paint or acrylic paint both work great!

This is where the fun starts- I alternatively sprayed my napkin with both colors, and allowed them to merge together to create the watercolor effect! There is no right or wrong way to do this! Some spots will be more vibrant and others will merge together to create a different color! The more natural it looks the better!

I LOVE the way these turned out, and will be defintely creating more for other events and holidays! Tell me how yours turn out!

XO