Thursday, July 24, 2014

DIY Gold Striped Refrigerator

Pinterest made me do it. Really. I saw this pin, and I immediately needed it in my life. At first, I thought it was gold foil or paint or something super complicated that I'm not allowed to do re my renter's agreement nonsense, but OH NO, my friends. It's so much simpler than that!

I posted the picture above on Instagram, and everyone wanted to know how I did it. You wanna know a secret? Gold duct tape. Yes, it exists, and yes, it's life changing. I used 3 rolls, and at $3 a pop, I was able to give my boring white refrigerator a super glam $9 facelift. I'm completely in love with it, and shockingly enough, so is Eric. He says it's "like Kate Spade for Kenmore." Ha! What a trooper.

I just used the gold duct tape and tried to make it as straight as possible. It took about an hour and a lot of frustration and yelling from my perfectionist self, but I think it came out pretty great! I didn't even measure it!

Then all I had to do was style it up a little with some fun decor items (elephant, boxwood, and apothecary jar all from Homegoods...with an added pink bow courtesy of my ribbon box) and then I just spray painted a wine bottle gold. Let's be honest, I'll spray paint anything gold. I'd probably spray paint Hazel gold if she stayed still long enough.

Remember this print??

If you do this to your refrigerator, send me pics on Twitter or Instagram! I wanna see!!!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Initial Decor + GIVEAWAY!

Whaddya know??? I'm back after a superlong hiatus from the blogosphere. Oops. But I'm back, and I have some exciting things to show you! Namely, the cutest little monogram shop from right here in Raleigh, NC, Initial Decor. How 'bout that cheeky little play on words?!

I'm so in love with the clutch and earrings they sent me. The clutch is in my #1 absolute favorite color combo (#pinkandnavyeverything), and it's the perfect size to hold all of my essentials for a fun night out. Plus my cards and ID and things but, um duh I'm not including those in my pictures. Sorry, stalkers and identity thieves. But yeah, it's the perfect size for my phone, cards, lipstick, mascara, and a little perfume rollerball, and it has a divider inside to keep things organized. Which, by the way, can we talk for a second about my obsession with the Elizabeth And James Nirvana perfume? Listen, all these years later, Mary Kate and Ashley still do no wrong. That jazz is the BOMB.

The earrings were a super fun surprise, too! They're so darn cute, and I love the gold monogram. You know how I feel about #allgoldeverything.

I'm super excited, too, because Initial Decor is giving away a pair of these quatrefoil earrings to one beautiful Mason Like The Jar reader, and you get to completely customize them in your favorite color combination!

Just enter using the Rafflecopter below! AND you can use the code "SUMMER" to receive 20% off all Initial Decor orders, and lemme tell you, they have some seriously cute stuff. If it's not moving, monogram it!

Good luck, darlings!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tiptoe Through The Tulips

I've talked before about how obsessed I am with prints. I have too many plastered all over my walls already, but it's an addiction I just can't shake. Seriously, my list of "have to purchase" prints is probably a mile long.

Lately, that list has included a ton of prints from My Littlest Print Shop. Tara, the owner of My Littlest Print Shop was so so so sweet and sent me this "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" print that I had been obsessing over on her Instagram for days. Naturally, I'm swooning over it. It's just so pretty!

I immediately framed it and gave it prime real estate next to my refrigerator (if you saw my refrigerator on Instagram, a tutorial is going up next week!). It's the perfect addition to my still-in-progress kitchen.

Anyway, the prints in this adorable Etsy shop could not be cuter...or more affordable, for that matter. Hard copy prints are just under $15, but most of her prints come as digital downloads to print at your leisure, and they fall just under $5. I mean come on. Affordable? Chic? What more do you want?

I'll leave you with a few more of my favorite prints :)

Let me know if you get any! I wanna see!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Kate Spade 2015 Agenda

Can you even believe it's July? I can't. I know it's such a #commonwhitegirl thing to be like "OMG where did last month go???" but, honestly, where has June run off to?! When I was in school, it was always July when I was reminded of the mortality of summer vacation. When July hit, I was always struck with "I don't have the whole summer ahead of me anymore!" realizations, but now that I'm older and out of school, I'm almost wishing for summer to vanish and for pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters to reappear. Once again, #commonwhitegirl. 

With those "summer's half-way over" realizations also came the start of back to school shopping, a habit I still can't shake. There's just something about new clothes and paper products that makes me all tingly. Since August is only a month away, it means that 17-month planners are popping up again, which means the frenzy of buying the best possible planner has begun. Everyone who knows me well knows that I can't function without my planner. Ever. Screw calendar iPhone apps. Paper planners or nothing, baby! In fact, I was so ridiculous about my planners senior year of college that I had two: a Lilly Pulitzer one for school and school related things (SGA, etc...yeah, I was that kid), and a Sarah Pinto one for fun, social stuff. Obnoxious, I know, but hey, it kept me organized! I also color-coded my class notes with my outfits, but we won't go into all that...

You all know the Kate Spade junkie that I am, so you can imagine the joy I experienced last year when their Lifeguard Press planners came out. However, I had already pre-ordered a planner from Brittany Fuson, which was fabulous thankyouverymuch, so I ended up missing the Kate Spade planner bandwagon because let's face it....this girl may have thought she needed two planners in college, but I'm just not that exciting anymore. Not sorry. can imagine my excitement when the new planners started floating around the interwebz a few weeks ago. Not only are the Kate Spade planners back, but they are back with a vengeance and with two new prints and with a new smaller size. Holy guacamole. It's almost too much to handle. 

The fabulous people at Lifeguard Press sent me the new planner (the large one) in the new Bella Bookshelf print to get acquainted with and eventually fall head-over-heels-in-love with. This planner though. It gets a first impression rose from me, hands down.

The chic simplicity and the gold binding are completely swoon-worthy, and the reinforced monthly tabs and hard cover make it not only pretty, but practical and resilient, especially if you're like me and tote your lifeline planner around in your bag everywhere you go. 

The inside cover is the gorgeous signature Kate Spade white with gold dots motif, and the inside is chic and simple with plenty of spade to jot all of your exciting plans, blog ideas, homework, important dates, etc. My very favorite details are the cute and signature Kate Spade idioms and "call to action" quotes at the beginning of each month. 

Fitting. I happen to know one kitten who was particularly curious about this new planner of mine...

curiouser and curiouser...

Anyway, I know it's no surprise that this planner is absolute perfection. It's gorgeous, the new print is fabulous, and I'm so excited to fill it with all sorts of exciting things in the coming year.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

"Hula Sparkler" Recipe

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by POM, but all opinions are most certainly my own.

Okay, I know I said last week that there are very few things I love about summer. I'm more of a cold weather gal.

But! I forgot to mention one thing about summer that I just can't get enough of...and it's the super summery, fresh, and fabulous cocktails.

So today, I'm going to share with you one of my new I'm calling the Hula Sparkler, so even though I'm so very not in Hawaii and in the middle of North Carolina instead, I can still feel like I'm lying in the Polynesian sun and listening to ukelele tunes.

For this drink, you only need 4 things: champagne, POM Hula, ice, and pineapple.

Just combine one part POM Hula with one part champagne. Pour over ice, garnish with a pineapple, and sip luxuriously through an adorable straw. How simple is that? And it's delicious! Sort of a tropical take on a bellini. 

You could also make it with white rum and soda to make it equally yummy and sparkly.

Hula is one of POM's three new summer flavors. The other two, mango and coconut, would also make fabulous summer cocktails...just sayin'. But Hula is my favorite, and in my opinion, the most tropical-tasting. It's 50% pomegranate, 30% pineapple, and 20% organic, so basically, it's delicious.

Hazel clearly loves it too.

Silly cat! POM is for kids!

For more information on POM Hula, POM Coconut, and POM Mango, check out their hilariously quirky "Yum Bunch" videos.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Favorite Beauty Channels on YouTube

YouTube is my addiction. It's how I wind down at the end of the day, or if I have a day off, it's how I start my day...paired with a cup or seven of coffee. I love tv and movies, but there's something about YouTube videos that's just so dang satisfying! Maybe because they're shorter than tv shows so there's that instant gratification element...I can binge watch YouTube videos even more than I can binge-watch Netflix. And that's saying a lot.

While I'm super into all the randomness and hilarity YouTube has to offer, it's the beauty channels I'm most addicted to. I don't know why, but I can literally spend hours watching girls talk about different beauty products they've used and loved, hated, recently purchased, whatever. Why is that interesting??? Why are shopping hauls so fun to watch? Why are "what's in my bag" videos so entertaining? Why do I love seeing all the products they've used up? I have no idea. It's an addiction. I can't help it. It's creepy. But I love it.

Here are just a few of my very favorite beauty gals to watch on YouTube. I'm always looking for fabulous new suggestions, too! Please recommend any that you're obsessed with and we can fangirl and gush over YSL lipsticks and Naked palettes together.

1. Fleur De Force

Oh hi, girl crush. I can't with this girl. Fleur is my number one favorite, and I'm so obsessed with her. First of all she's English, and I mean, I would trade one of my limbs for a real life English accent and the opportunity to say adorable slang words like faff and bits and bobs without being scoffed at. She's gorgeous and perfect with her gorgeous and perfect dogs and gorgeous and perfect husband and gorgeous and perfect home and gorgeous and perfect YouTube channel. And don't even get me started on her wedding. Am I creepy enough for you? She's fabulous. I have nothing more to say. Watch her videos. But only once you have nothing else to do because I promise you, you'll be bogged down for hours.

2. Miss Glamorazzi

Ingrid Nilsen from Miss Glamorazzi is just the warmest, sunniest, most darling little dollop. She lives in LA and has the cutest style and the most charming videos. You can't help but smile when you watch them. And she has an adorable ragdoll cat named Nugget who occasionally makes appearances. Had to mention it...haven't you heard? I'm a cat lady now. She makes beautifully-edited videos about beauty and fashion as well as recipes and home decor. She recently had her apartment decorated by the girls from A Fab Life and it is absolutely TO DIE FOR. It's long, but her apartment tour video is 100% worth watching. I may have watched it more than just a handful of times...

3. Essie Button

I am dying to be friends with this girl. She actually reminds me a lot of one of my friends from high school. She's so cool and effortlessly chic, and I feel like you could have the strangest and most awesome conversations with her. Estee was born and raised in Canada, but she now lives in London with her boyfriend Aslan, yes like the Narnia lion, and their greyhound Reggie. She's so easy to watch, she makes fun of herself, and you can tell she's so comfortable in her own skin.

4. Zoella

Yes, we have another Brit on the list. Are we sensing a theme? Zoe is perhaps the cutest person on the planet. She's like a little fairy with her great big blue eyes and super-long hair and tiny features. She's so adorable and giggly and her videos make you feel like you know her. She makes beauty and hair tutorials and does monthly favorites videos, but she also does collabs with other YouTubers to do random tags and challenges. Her channel is a perfect mixed bag of beauty-related videos and miscellaneous random funny stuff.

5. Amelia Liana

Last one, and last Brit. Wow. 4 out of 5 of these ladies live in England. Right, then. Perhaps I should just up and move there. God save the Queen. Anyway, Amelia is a newer favorite of mine, but her videos are so cute. I think she's super funny, yet classic and very put-together. She seems like she would be a blast to hang out with. And the gal is always #feelingspendy so there are plenty of hauls on her channel. Definitely check her out.

So there you have it. The British invasion. I have so many other favorites, but these are just my top 5.

What are your favorite YouTube channels to watch? I need some new ones to obsess over :)
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Entertaining Al Fresco

If I'm being 100% completely honest, I'm not a giant fan of summer. I know, I know. It sounds blasphemous and horrible and like there's no way I can be human, right? But facts are facts, and the fact is, I'm more of a cold weather kinda gal. Cat's outta the bag. I loathe temperatures over 75 degrees, and I don't like the beach. Sand? No thanks. Salt water? I'd rather not have itchy, dry, salty skin and frizzy hair. And yes, I'm one of those annoying people who frequently utters, "Ew. It's too hot to go to the pool." Maybe that makes me lame and a huge spoilsport, but I've always felt that way. I'm an old lady a twenty-five-year-old set in her ways.

You wanna know what I do love about summer? It's those blissful summer evenings when the sun is setting and temperatures are dropping and you're hanging out outside with friends drinking fresh, summery cocktails, grilling corn on the cob, wearing cute dresses and sandals, and chatting by the glow of citronella candles. There are very few things as relaxing and simply luxurious as a summer evening outdoors with fabulous company. The only thing to make those summer nights better is fabulously fresh and yummy recipes and super cute entertaining swag.

Any fun summer party plans? I want to hear all about them!

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