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Lauren Conrad’s Ballerina Bun

Posted by    |    July 3rd, 2012 at 1:15 pm

For the past 22 years I have sported the same hairstyle: blonde straightened hair. Nothing fancy. Occasionally I’d wear it in a pony tail if it was dirty, I worked out, or on the rare occasion that I rode in a convertible. But with the help of a New Year’s resolution and the ever-inspiring Pinterest, I decided to add a few new routines to my hairdo repertoire.

I attempted several hairdo endeavors, including the fishtail braid, which I still have yet to master, as well as some Game of Thrones inspired braids. The experience has not been easy and I have had many failures along the way, but there is one hairdo that I mastered immediately: the sock bun. It looks simple enough, but then again so did the others. I was constantly tormented by young girls I babysit who could do more intricate things with their hair at age 12 than I can at 22. But this one was different; it clicked. So I can say without a doubt that if I can master the sock bun, anyone can!


How To Decorate Your Mantle

Posted by    |    November 21st, 2011 at 9:39 am

It’s one of those pesky decorating dilemmas that I’ve wrestled with for months.  How in the world do you decorate the mantle without it looking like a mismatched mess?  Especially this time of year when guests will be over and your home is on display…you don’t want things to look as if you didn’t care.  So, how do you achieve a focal point in your living room worthy of House Beautiful magazine?  (Without breaking the bank, no less?)

After struggling with my own fireplace mantle and surfing the net like a mad woman, I came across a helpful blog post and visual tutorial that turned things around for me.  Though I  like simplicity best and opted for two interesting candelabras (see below,) there are some beautiful and much more detailed examples that can be copied or used for inspiration very easily.

According to Steven and Chris, here is the formula:

1. Take one large piece and centre it on the mantel. Go for something reflective here like a large mirror.
2. Layer in artwork. Layer art and photos in front of the mirror.
3. On the left – Add something with movement. We love tall candleholders – they add height and warmth. At this point, a triangle shape should start to form. Remember to stand back every so often, squint and adjust accordingly.
4. On the right – Incorporate an element with visual weight to the right side like a glass cylindrical vase filled with tall wispy branches or a chinoisery vase with simple white flowers.

Finishing touch – Finish off the vignette with accessories that reflect your personality like souvenirs or items from a collection. (more…)

Chocolate Interiors: Deliciously Simple

Posted by    |    October 19th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Though brown might sound boring, it is taking homes by storm and becoming the “it” neutral.  Richer than beige and lighter than black, brown adds a depth to a room that immediately warms the place up.  Toasty chocolate hues create a sense of comfort, while letting other colors pop beautifully against their neutral base.  Cobalt blue on brown? Yes, please! Hot pink and brown? You bet.  Brown and white?  Crisp and clean.

Brown is for the brave, so take a look at these pretty pics of brown done right.  You may find yourself more in love with chocolate than before.