Friday Favorites

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1. A beautiful watercolor place card DIY. {}

2. Street style outfit costs revealed. Can you spot the difference between expensive and inexpensive outfits? {}

3. Tips to prevent that plaguing ear pain you get when flying. {}

4. The most attractive traits a person can have rounded up into one list. {}

5. How to grow out your bangs after their 15 minutes of fame are up. {}

Happy Friday from my hometown of Monterey, CA.

My family and I have been spending a lot of time back home with my Opa (German for grandfather) who has just recently suffered a stroke. When life hands us challenges such as these, its amazing how much it inspires you to stop the merry-go-round of “busyness”, take solace in the simple beauty around you, and appreciate what’s really important.

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Friday Favorites

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1. Whether you have 10 minutes or 1 hour to refuel in between NYFW shows, Grub Street shares quick eats to keep you energized during Fashion Week. {Grub Street}

2. For ages there has been a vast disconnect between the idealized “beauty” displayed in magazines and that of real women in diverse populations. This continues to breed insecurity in more and more women and at younger ages. Actress Thandie Newton and make-up artist Kay Montano have created the new beauty blog, ThandieKay, to finally address this issue and create a space for diversity in beauty. {Refinery 29}

3. As we ogle over the seemingly flawless celebs filling the coveted front row this week, these “Then vs. Now” celeb pics remind us of their humble beginnings. {Daily News Dig}

4. Always on the quest for creative, new ways to organize my beauty essentials, I feel in love with this DIY ombré makeup brush holder. {P.S. – I made this}

5. I’ve never been shy about sharing my struggle with ADHD. I figure might as well let people know ahead of time before I get up mid-sentence to start organizing my handbag…checking twitter…chasing a butterfly..or is that a dragonfly? Anyways, ADHD presents an entirely new challenge (or opportunity) for women as we transition into our careers. Learn more about what this is really like and how to make it work for you instead of against you. {Forbes}

Happy Friday from high atop San Francisco on the “crookedest street in the world!” 

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Happy Labor Day!

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Happy Labor Day! Taking this day to finally get organized for the busy month ahead and relax with my favorite Netflix shows. Hope you are all enjoying a bit of much-deserved downtime. If you’re looking to get out and explore something new today, here are a few of things to try:
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{Eat: Greens Restaurant}
p.s. When the fog clears, you have the most gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge that you won’t see at any other restaurant.
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{Shop: Fawn Boutique}
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{Make: DIY Scratch-Off Business Cards}
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Friday Favorites/ New York Times Style Feature

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1. Tartan is coming back as one of this season’s hottest trends. Check out this video from the Vogue closet where they share an unconventional way to rock this lock.

2. Eva Chen, the ultra-glamourous new editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine, will make the debut that counts this month as her 1st September issue hits newsstands. However, her journey to head honcho of one the leading fashion magazines was anything but glamourous, and certainly not ordinary. Here she shares with Fashionista some of her most important career tips she learned along the way.

3. Next time you’re planning a gathering and you’re short on time and inspiration, check out these creative centerpiece ideas by Real Simple. The best part is each can be whipped together in 5 minutes or less!

4. As Fashion Week rolls around, the slicked back hairstyle will be a mainstay on the runway. Fashionising explains how to emulate this Roberto Cavalli-inspired look at home.

5. Often times I look at jewelry in stores and think, “I could make this myself at home.” However, I’ve NEVER looked at a woven, rhinestone-encrusted chain collar necklace and thought, “Pssh…hand me the chains and thread”…until now. Honestly WTF shows us how to make this statement piece in a (relatively) simple way here

And, for one of my favorite moments of this week (or decade)…making The New York Times Fashion & Style section! Check out the full Street Style feature here

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Happy Friday from one of my new favorite rooftop restaurants, Sens! 
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p.s. Stay tuned tomorrow for more about our fun night there with JustFab Shoes last Saturday!

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Luxe for Less – Part I

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This week, I’m excited to showcase the stunning Houston apartment of my long-time friend, Paul. He mixed textures, proportions, and distinct fabrics transforming a once modest space into a place luxurious, yet livable. The best part about his design philosophy is his creative use of DIY projects to construct nearly every piece of furniture and decor. Over the next few weeks, I’ll feature some of the beautiful aesthetics of his Houston home and share how he created the luxe look for less.

We’ll start with an area of the living room he turned into a his work space…
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Interior Design

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Home Design on a Budget

Desk – Repurposed Ikea bed end table (similar here).

Lighting – He created the lamps by using smokey-hued, cobalt glass vases. He then carved out cork pieces to fit the frame of his lamp shades to the vase and placed 40W light fixtures inside.

Desk Chair – Purchased from Ashley Furniture clearance section (similar here), spray painted high-gloss white, and recovered with pieces from an repurposed cowhide rug. The chair base was then accented with nail head studs from the supply store that were individually hammered to the cushion. The circles within the chair arms were sprayed with gold-leaf.

Mirror – Passed down from a friend and sprayed with gold-leaf paint and laquer.

Trunks – Purchased at Garden Ridge ($5 – $15 each).

Finally, to keep your orchids thriving, he said there are really just 2 things to remember:

1. No direct sunlight – diffused natural lighting, 24 hour soft light exposure from nearby lamps
2. Water just 3 times per month – Place ice cubes in soil (not touching plant) or on top of a mossy area

That’s it! Can’t wait to take a look at the rest of this luxe space next week.