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Spring To-Do List

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There could not be a more beautiful day for the first day of April! I haven’t been feeling that well but this warm weather has lifted my spirits and inspired me to make a few fun goals for the next few months. I made a Fall To-Do list back in September and I managed to follow through with only a few of my goals. My Spring plans will be much easier to achieve because it is the best time of the year and obviously my favorite. Here is my To-Do list for this season:

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Feel free to share your Spring to-do list!

xoxo

maria

Links I Love

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1) It’s not to late too pull off a fantastic April Fools prank. See ideas here. (Buzzfeed.com)

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2) Love the idea of these fruit and vegetable dyed Easter eggs. (dreamywhites.blogspot.com)

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3) Now that it is finally warming up I’ve been looking for some healthy cold treats like this. See this recipe here. (offbeatandinspired.com)

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4) Enter to win one of 5 amazing prizes from ShopBop in their Spring Accessories Sweepstakes. (shopbop.com)

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5) With Spring Fashion, It’s All About Wearing Your Slogan on Your Sleeve. (nytimes.com)

xoxo

maria

Spring 2014 Nail Polish Guide

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In honor of the 2nd day of Spring I’m sharing my favorite nail polish colors of the season. Keeping the top Pantone colors in mind, I dug out some of the cheery shades that I’ve been anxiously waiting to wear. I am strangely picky about nail polish colors for certain seasons. Although I  have  my year round favorites, you won’t catch me in a bright blue or hot pink in the Winter months nor will you catch me wearing an oxblood red in the warm weather. This is not a fashion rule… it’s just my rule. My mood determines what I wear so a warm summer day does not welcome a dark shade of polish. While we are on the subject, I also don’t wear polish with any shimmer… I like to keep it solid and simple.

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xoxo

maria

Throwback Thursday: Puppy Love

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Throwback to the week I got my girl, Zoey, who turned 5 this past Monday on St. Patrick’s Day! She’s our little leprechaun. I just love this little mutt so much and I am admittedly completely obsessed with her…crazy dog lady and proud of it. It’s really remarkable what a dog can do for you. She got my through my last 2 years of college, the loss of some very important people in my life and every up and down in between. Couldn’t imagine life without this adorable monster in our little family.

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xoxo

maria

Radiant Orchid: Spring 2014

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Spring and Summer fashion has always been my favorite because of the vibrant colors and light weight fabrics. At the beginning of each new season I  check out the Pantone Fashion Color Report top colors and the hues for the next few months are just what I was hoping for. The colors are a modern twist on the traditional by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights….a perfect combo. My three favorite shades are hemlock, cayenne and radiant orchid. For this post I am focusing on the color of the year (and for good reason, I’m obsessed) Radiant Orchid. See my top picks from fashion to home with this perfect shade of purple.
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maria

Links I Love

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1) 20 Simple Secrets to Your Most Beautiful Life. (youbeauty.com)

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2) According to this article I should be a highly creative person. (huffingtonpost.com)

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3) Operation Organize: How to Keep Your Home Sparkling. (LaurenConrad.com)

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4) According to this Buzzfeed quiz I should go back to a short bob. I must admit this has been on my mind lately! (buzzfeed.com)

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5) Spring is right around the corner which means I am currently motivated to start some outdoor DIY projects… we will see how long that lasts! Check out this list of The Best 30 DIY Vintage Garden Project You Need To Try This Spring. (architectureartdesigns.com)

xoxo

maria

DIY Distressed Denim

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I love the look of distressed denim and it’s a trend that seems to be sticking around. The trick to the perfect distressed look is to appear natural (even if it’s not) rather than looking like store bought rips and holes. Destroying your own pair of jeans is a lot cheaper than buying them at the store and it only takes a few steps. Sadly, my very favorite pair of jeans recently began to fall apart on me after years of wearing them way too often. I figured since they formed a hole on their own I could speed up the process and turn them into a cute distressed jean so I don’t have to give up on them quite yet! Here is an easy (and only somewhat time consuming) DIY tutorial on how to distress your own denim.

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What you will need:
-Pair of old or inexpensive jeans
-Chalk
-Something for a hard surface (I used a piece of wood)
-Box Cutter
-Tweezers or pliers
-Cheese Grater (optional)

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The original hole that started it all ^^^

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Use the chalk to draw horizontal lines on the jeans where you want to make your cuts. Different lengths and spaces between the lines will make different shaped holes.

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Slide wood (or whatever hard surface you used) into the pant leg. This will give you a hard surface and prevent you from cutting through the other side of your jeans.

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Cut along the chalk lines with your razor

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Denim is made of two different threads: vertical (blue) and horizontal (white). The goal is to remove the blue threads while keeping the white threads somewhat intact.

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Use the tweezers to loosen some white threads on top and bottom of each cut. Loosening the white threads creates a frayed edge and will make it easier to remove the blue threads later. Only loosen the threads as wide as you want the fray.

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Next, use the tweezers to pull out all of the blue threads in between the two cuts.

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Run a cheese grater over a few random spots on your jeans to give it a distressed texture without making a hole (optional)

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Go for a few subtle holes or go crazy with a mixture of large and small

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Finished product lets me wear my favorite jeans in a new way.

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Zoey wanted to get in the photo action

xoxo

maria

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