Monthly Archives: March 2016


Wedding Style: Drop-waist Bridesmaids Dresses

With Spring-time comes all of the gorgeous wedding goodness that goes along with it. Sigh … I just love a Spring wedding. And as much as I love the party-planning and décor (and as evidenced by my blog, I really, really love it!), I adore great wedding fashion. This bride dressed her bridesmaids in matching off-white dresses with a twist: a drop-waist and sleeves. The sheer detailing and embroidered detail give the dress a bit more elegance, but this is most definitely one of those bridesmaids dresses a girl could wear again an again. And how cool is it that wearing the tied pearls along with the drop-waist style truly gives that nod to the roaring twenties. Love that touch of vintage style.

By the way, if you want to snag their style, this drop-waist crêpe H&M dress is pretty similar and under $50 and this lace drop-waist H&M dress is under $30!

Wedding Style: Drop-waist Bridesmaids Dresses (and where to get the look for under $50!) Wedding Style: Drop-waist Bridesmaids Dresses (and where to get the look for under $50!) Wedding Style: Drop-waist Bridesmaids Dresses (and where to get the look for under $50!)

And you know, in case you weren’t sure the bride had major style, just look at the backless silhouette of her lace wedding gown. Swoon.

Wedding Style: Drop-waist Bridesmaids Dresses (and where to get the look for under $50!)

Photography by Danelle Bohane (Head over to her site to see the entire gorgeous New Zealand wedding!)

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Lexi

How to Make Simple DIY Flower Arrangements

I am a grocery store flower junkie. {Plenty of evidence over on my instagramfacebooktwitter, and snapchat → glitterinclexi (lots of fun behind-the-scenes there).} I just can’t help myself – those inexpensive bunches from the store get me every time. Most weeks I gravitate towards the 3 for $12 bunches of flowers – daises, baby’s breath, tea roses, the list goes on – and I find myself playing with combinations. Now that Spring has officially sprung, I’ve started branching out and picking wildflowers on our walks each evening.

There’s just something about flowers. They have a certain magic that gets me every time and having them around makes everything a little sweeter and more lovely. I find myself placing little bunches of flowers in the kitchen, on bathroom counters, at my bedroom nightstand, in my little girl’s room, etc. Instant facelift for our countertops with minimal effort. So I’m sharing a few tricks and tips for making your own simple flower arrangements from grocery store flowers and every day wildflowers …

How to Make Simple DIY Flower Arrangements using grocery store flowers. Click through for a few easy tips and tricks! How to Make Simple DIY Flower Arrangements using grocery store flowers. Click through for a few easy tips and tricks!

How to Make Simple DIY Flower Arrangements:

  1. Choose your flowers. Head to the grocery store, a local florist or shop, a farmer’s market, or your very own backyard, and choose your flowers. I never really go in with a plan; instead pulling the flowers that really speak to me in the moment.
  2. Choose your vase. Lately, I’ve been really into mason jars (and these super handy mason jar flower lids!), but I’m also always on the hunt for cool milk bottles and crates, watering cans, and short, stubby vases. A single bud (or branch) in an oversized vase looks understated and elegant. You can also group vases together on a tray for such a pretty and unexpected flower arrangement. Basically, I’m all about pretty flower arrangements with minimal effort.
  3. Once you get your flowers home, snip the ends at about a 45 degree angle and put them into cold water and into your vases as soon as possible. I like to snip my stems fairly short because I have this thing with lower bunches of flowers, but not too short, because it’s a good idea to trim a bit from the stems each day or every other day to help the flowers stay alive a few extra days.
  4. To extend the life of my flowers I also remove any wilted petals or leaves and all of the leaves from the bottom of the stems that will be submerged in the water (those leaves tend to wilt quicker under water and contaminate and kill your flowers much faster.)
  5. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!

How to Make Simple DIY Flower Arrangements using grocery store flowers. Click through for a few easy tips and tricks! How to Make Simple DIY Flower Arrangements using grocery store flowers. Click through for a few easy tips and tricks! How to Make Simple DIY Flower Arrangements using grocery store flowers. Click through for a few easy tips and tricks! How to Make Simple DIY Flower Arrangements using grocery store flowers. Click through for a few easy tips and tricks!

images: Flowers at Kinfolk Magazine Copenhagen dinner; Styling Nathalie Schwer; Photographer Line Thit Klein // Peaches and Mint // Junebug Weddings // Country Living // Style Me Pretty // Reading My Tea Leaves // Hochzeitswahn Sei inspiriert! // Babes in Boyland

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An English White Cabin Beach Home Tour

I’ve just discovered The White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. And the best part? It’s for rent. Not that I’ll be getting to England any time soon, but oh, a girl can dream. The cottage boasts an open A-frame ceiling, exposed beams (my favorite!), industrial vintage lighting, so many cool rustic touches, bleached white everything, and one heck of a beach side view. Come on in!

White Cabin Living Room England Take a tour of the gorgeous White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. - Living Room Take a tour of the gorgeous White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. - Living Room Exposed Beams Take a tour of the gorgeous White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. - Rustic Kitchen

Love the rustic floating island in the kitchen, the open shelving, and the black scissor accordion wall lamp.

Also, can we talk about the bleached white floor boards? Think my hubby would notice if I painted our floors all white on a random Tuesday?

Take a tour of the gorgeous White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. - Rustic Kitchen Take a tour of the gorgeous White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. - Dining Room Take a tour of the gorgeous White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. - Rustic Kitchen Take a tour of the gorgeous White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. - Exposed Beams

Barn doors and decorator’s ladder for the win!

Take a tour of the gorgeous White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. - Rustic Barn Door Take a tour of the gorgeous White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. - Living Room Mirrors Take a tour of the gorgeous White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. - Bathroom

All of the vintage mirrors (layered like a gallery wall); be still, my heart.

Take a tour of the gorgeous White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. - Vintage Mirrors Gallery Wall Take a tour of the gorgeous White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. - Entryway

Not to mention, this is the view.

Take a tour of the gorgeous White Cabin in the village of Winchelsea, a beach town in East Sussex, South England. - Beach View

Vacation, anyone?

via Big Cottage Company

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Lexi

Little Love Notes

DIY Bunny Cake

Happy Easter weekend! No plans yet, but I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagramfacebooktwitter, and snapchat → glitterinclexi (lots of fun behind-the-scenes there). How about you? Any exciting weekend plans? What are your Easter traditions? (Besides eating one very awesome brunch/lunch/dinner, of course!)

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear Easter DIY’s to try, surprisingly simple, but beautiful DIY tissue paper eggs.

Dear wanderlust, the most beautiful recreation of Where’s Waldo, around the world, in Instagram form.

Dear Bridget Jones fans, the Bridget Jones’ Baby trailer has arrived.

Dear fashion dreaming, School of Visual Arts’ students have it their way with a box of designer clothes. (The results are awesome.)

Dear fellow pretend-grownups, how to make new friends as an adult.

Dear design trend bandwagon, in case you’re not so sure what to do with that bar cart after all, check out these clever ways to repurpose your bar cart.

Dear shoe lust, say hello to the cutest Spring sandals on the block.

Dear weekend baking, the cutest easy-to-make bunny cake and our adorable easter bunny sugar cookies.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here, and catch up on love notes of the past.

image via Style Me Pretty

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Lexi

12 Leaning Wall Art Ideas

You know that gallery wall you’ve always been meaning to get around to? But the placement and the measuring and the hammer and the nails have got you rethinking your brilliant wall art plans? Yeah, I feel your pain. Put away the tools; I’ve got your perfect wall art. The lazy design dreamers solution to wall art: leaning wall art. The leaning wall art look is relaxed but still adds texture and drama; kind of a “I woke up like this” design vibe.

The key to decorating with leaning wall art is to use frames. Go to IKEA (love the RIBBA frames), Target, CB2, or shop Michaels (with a coupon, of course!) and buy basic frames to fit your prints (it’s a whole lot cheaper than having your art and prints custom-framed.) You can also layer them a bit for a bit more depth and dimension. The method works either leaning on the floor using bigger framed prints, or leaning on shelves. Try somewhere less expected, like on a fireplace mantle or a bathroom shelf, a closet or office or dining room, or a corner of an entryway for added impact.

Added bonus: you get to avoid holes in the walls (great for renters!) and it makes changing the photos and prints in your frames easier so you can update family photos and display seasonal and holiday prints and art.

How to Style Leaning Framed Wall Art

Ready for a little inspiration? I’ve got 12 leaning wall art ideas, to be exact.

Monochromatic Black and White Leaning Wall Art

Monochromatic Black and White Leaning Wall Art via My Scandinavian Home

Colorful Leaning Wall Art in a Living Room

Colorful Leaning Wall Art in a Living Room via Femina

Leaning Black and White Flower Wall Art on a Low Shelf

Leaning Black and White Flower Wall Art on a Low Shelf via Wit & Delight

Framed Art Leaning on a Shelf in an Entryway

Framed Art Leaning on a Shelf in an Entryway via Coco Lapine Designs

Chic Black and White Office Shelves

Chic Black and White Office Shelves via My Domaine (Photo: Dandelion Design)

Leaning Wall Art on a Floating Buffet Server

Leaning Wall Art on a Floating Buffet Server via My Domaine

Layered Framed Leaning Art Prints in Black and White

Layered Framed Leaning Art Prints in Black and White via Refinery 29 (Photo: @LOVELAURENALEXA)

Framed Desert Print on Stand

Framed Desert Print on Stand via Poppytalk

Leaning Art Prints

Leaning Art Prints via House & Hold

Fashion Leaning Wall Art Print in a Closet

Fashion Leaning Wall Art Print in a Closet via Refinery 29 (Photo: @EJMAXWELL)

Leaning Wall Art on Shelves

Leaning Wall Art on Shelves via French by Design

Leaning Framed Art in Black and White

Leaning Framed Art in Black and White via My Scandinavian Home

So what do you think? Would you lean your art rather than hang it?

If you’re feeling ambitious, here are 10 gallery walls I’m loving right now.

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Lexi

How Many Kids Do You Want?

Just the other day hubby and I had a conversation about the fact that Scarlett will be two years old this Summer (and you know I’ll be planning one very adorable birthday bash!) Time flies. Now that Scarlett is really a toddler, I’ve slowly come down off of the post-labor terror and have started to rationally think about having more kids and what that would mean for our family.

Before hubby and I ever got pregnant with our sweet little girl, we had our hearts set on having a big family. Hubby is one of three, and I’m one of four. Both of us loved growing up in loud, full homes, and truly, I could never see it any other way. That is, until we had one. Being a mom is the best, most rewarding, most exhausting experience of my life, and I feel truly honored to be someone’s mom (especially my sweet, shy, curly-haired someone.) But being a mom is also an incredibly tough job. Countless articles on the web, shared mom war stories, and our own parents’ tales will attest to that.

For months after having Scarlett I was set on not having any more kids – at least not naturally (adoption has and always will be on my radar.) I’ve actually drafted a post and come back to it at least a hundred times about why I might not want to physically have more kids, but I’ve yet to have the courage to hit “publish.”

I'm curious, how many kids do you want to have? Did that number change after you had your first? Your second? (Newborn Baby Family Photo Shoot)

But at around the year mark of having Scarlett, I started to come around; much to the relief of my husband, who upon seeing Scarlett’s face for the first time in the hospital room 20 months ago, knew he’d want at least a dozen more just like her. It’s funny how biology works in that way. Labor and delivery is not for the faint of heart, and most of my mom friends lightheartedly joke about how tough it all is, though the current just beneath the surface is a fear so much bigger than we let on. We are warriors, after all. Society kind of expects it to be that way. Truly, how long has it taken for people to even begin to recognize postpartum depression as a legitimate and dangerous disease with consequences that affect families?

All that aside, I’m coming around. Of course the dream to have a great big family is still there. Goodness knows, I’m terrified. I’m hoping labor and a possible c-section go better the second time around, but I can’t say that I’m not scared. Still, lately, I see friends’ growing baby bumps and new babies, and my heart goes all goopy and suddenly I’m picturing a sibling for Scarlett.

I'm curious, how many kids do you want to have? Did that number change after you had your first? Your second? (Newborn Baby Family Photo Shoot)

So much goes into deciding how many kids to have.

Age matters. Now that I’ve hit my thirties, doctors float around terms like “advanced maternal age” when in the past I suggested I might want to go so far as to have four or even five kids (gasp!) I’m still young enough to safely have kids without all of the increased risk factors, but by a possible third or fourth child, I might not be. Apparently, this is becoming an increasing problem as millennials are putting off having kids to go to graduate school, marrying later, etc. (Hubby and I have been together a long, long time, but we both got advanced degrees – an MD and PhD for him and a JD for me, and then waited four years into our marriage before we had Scarlett.) I never thought I’d be doing the math on spacing out potential unborn children, but here I am, counting the years, and feeling just a little bit OLD.

An issue of timing and spacing. I also want Scarlett to reach certain milestones before delving into the world of a second kid. Is that silly? I mean, how nice would it be to have only ONE child in diapers at a time? Or my first sleeping in a big girl bed to avoid the need for two cribs? And maybe I’d like to accomplish things in my own career before taking on the monumental task of a second child. I know, I’m obnoxiously Type-A when it comes to making plans, but I just can’t help myself. Naturally, everyone has differing opinions on spacing, but I like the idea of taking our time.

Then there’s a little thing called sleep deprivation. Nothing leaves you crying in your cereal bowl like a three-month old on an every-three-hour feeding schedule, morning, noon, and night.

Having a new baby is tough on a marriage. Maybe this is one of the less talked about bonuses of a newborn (because all anyone really ever jokes about are dirty diapers and sleepless nights), but it’s the truth. In those first few months, when your body is feeling battered and bruised – both physically and emotionally – it’s tough to remember how much you love the person you made that baby with. Marriage suffers a lot of resentment and frustration and neglect; and though thankfully, hubby and I got back to laughter a few months later, the first handful of months are so hard.

Having kids is expensive. So much more expensive than I ever could have imagined. The balance between wanting to work and trying to find affordable care for my daughter is hard enough, and I only have one. I can’t even imagine what it might be like to have nanny care and two or three kids in daycare at the same time. Obviously, there’s value to me working, using my brain, and feeling like I contribute to our household and society; but when does the cost of care for the kids go above what I could ever possibly earn?

I'm curious, how many kids do you want to have? Did that number change after you had your first? Your second? (Newborn Baby Family Photo Shoot)

Then of course I look at pictures of our baby girl from many moons ago, so small and perfect, and my hormones are like, “Yeah, having a dozen more of us is an AWESOME idea.” Stupid hormones.

So I’m curious, how many kids do you want to have? Did that number change after you had your first? Your second? For those of you still aiming for a bigger family (3 kids or more), how did you make the decision? Are you and your partner on the same page about how many kids you want?

Photography by Stephanie Anders Photography (You can see more from our Newborn + Family Photo Shoot here.)


Lexi