There are a ton of great tutu tutorials out there, so if you not sure of the basics, try a quick search. I use non-rolling elastic cut to 5 inches smaller than the waist of the child, sewn in a loop then do a slip knot style loop around the band. This one used fabric strips which I think gives a very fun, shabby, twist on the traditional tutu. It also works great for a decoration (kind of looks like a giant tassel).
It's also a great way to use up some fabric! First, choose a few coordinating fabrics and rip them into strips. I like the ripped look, you may choose to cut them.
Once you have a nice pile, add them onto your elastic waistband in which ever method you prefer. I also added some trims, tulle, lace, and poms to this one for extra girly effect. Then I used it at this fun photo shoot!
You can trim it to your desired length once it's all together. Some shorter and longer pieces are fine :) Just make sure it's nice and full. Your elastic band will also stretch out a bit as your putting the strips on.
When I think of cozy, I think of pillows. I fell in love with that front pillow cover because it's so unique! Both of these pillow covers as well as the one on the pink chair in the background are from Moxie Mandie. I love her shop, it's modern, simple and clean.
The blanket I picked up at Marshal's, the other size has a gorgeous quilted patchwork pattern. I just love it!
Hanging above the glider couch is a moss wreath from The Walnut Street House. The wreath is perfect for hanging anywhere because the entire wreath is finished off beautifully so you don't have to worry about the back showing. I think it's as pretty from the back as it is from the front (as you can see below)! I hung it with a simple stain ribbon.
This table is actually an old laundry cart I picked up at a yard sale (I was beside myself excited!) with an enamel top set on top to make a table. It's the perfect spot for all our movie snacks. The MaryJanes and Galoshes tub is perfect for ice and drinks! It also makes a great popcorn tub when we have a crowd :) You can write what ever you like on them through Southern Proper Monograms. That is also where the gorgeous wood scroll monogram hanging in the back is from (it's the large, 18 inch option).
The candles seen throughout are from True Value, as well as the small personal fireplace in the photo above (it's the thing behind the orange votives). The mercury glass vases were made by me, I posted a tutorial about it a while back.
I think that covers everything, but if I missed something you want to know about just ask!
So here was my BEFORE-
Ke$ha's hit song "Tik-Tok" has inspired the fabulous watch makers at Baby-G to team up for some rockin new watche designs.
My favorite thing about the watches? What Ke$ha says about the inspiration for the desings-
1) Red White & Blue watch: Inspired by the American flag because it's a recurring theme in Ke$ha’s aesthetic and also represents freedom of speech which is a right she passionately exercises in her life and music.
2) Leopard Print: Ke$ha enjoys wearing leopard as it brings out the animal that is inside of her. Ke$ha hopes when people wear her watches they express themselves and never lose the animal inside of them.
So weather your a free speaker or a total fashionista, you will find one you love. Personally I would have to go with the leopard, the sleek black goes with everything.
Check out this video from the photo shoot.
Ready to get one for yourself? The watches are available at Tourneau, Nordstrom, select Macy's stores and fashion boutiques. Check out the collection on baby-g.com for more information.
I couldn't resist the title, are you guys as big of How I Met Your Mother, fans as I am? Anyway, wedding season is about over, but we have one more to attend coming up in a few days. We had so many this year I feel like my husband has worn his one pair of nice pants and two dress shirts WAY to much to do it again. So when Express asked if I was interested in checking out their line of men’s suits, I jumped on it!
Express is definitely my style! So much so that my 4 year old son said "look mom! That looks like you." about just about every mannequin in the store. Oh Hunny, I WISH mommy had it that pulled together LOL. Express has such great style, but I had no idea they offered such a high quality line of suits! The wall of colorful dress shirts was so pretty and vibrant. It was hard to decide on a color. We ended up with this gorgeous blue (introducing my husband and my male model for the day......)
They had a ton of different tie options, but the shirt color is so vibrant we decided to go with a classic black. This seriously has to be the best quality tie he owns (and not the most expensive either). We never manage to tie that nice of a knot and did this on the second try. Something to be said about quality fabric!
While at the store we did try on the full suit so that I could tell you about it, in case your more of the full three piece suit type (lucky you, because there is an Express sweepstakes going on and you can win a $500 suit!). The jackets were surprisingly thick. The store may have had more of a fall/winter version out as we are in Wisconsin and it gets cold here :) They were very nicely constructed and had nice structure. They also offer vests, which I tried to talk to hubs into, but he felt a bit to formal in it. It's not very common to get that dressed up around here, at least for us. But the vest looked really sharp! There were several different options to go with the different pant and jacket styles.
This worked quite well for us.....
I think I'm going to go back and get a few more shirts in different colors. They were all so gorgeous!
I'd love to hear where you would wear your suit if you won the Express sweepstakes!
So feeling way to chipper for a Monday. Thought I would share a couple sneak peek images from my shoots this weekend! Hope your Monday is fabulous.
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