Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New York Bound!

Ok - our trip is officially booked! Erin and I will be going to New York soon for a shopping adventure.

What is your go-to place we have to try? Have a fun brunch spot or rooftop bar we can celebrate on? I read about the one above yesterday… called Prune. With that kind of branding, we are definitely going to have to do that one!

Comment below, we would love to know!

Friday, July 18, 2014

How to: style a bookcase

Today we are looking at the creative art of styling a bookcase. Here's how I tackle the empty spot begging for a little fun while still remaining uniform and un-cluttered. 
1. Create your platforms. 
 - In the photo above, they used books and magazines to create their platforms. Do you have to do three per shelf like they did? No, in fact, don't. Mix is up a little, but pick a couple places on your shelf to do this. Some stacked, and some vertical. 

 - The platforms will hold your fun little things we like to show off in the bookcase. Whether it's a cherished heirloom or a brass piggy you found at your local Social Manor shop… put them there. 

- Another good platform idea is a lacquer box. At the shop we carry a variety of sizes and colors. I love putting these in bookcases because they secretly hold things.
2. Next up, let it lean. 
 - Artwork that is. Whether it's a fun and whimsical 12" x 12" print you picked up and framed at hobby lobby, or a larger abstract, lean the artwork in empty spots to create depth.  The large artwork on the photo above gives the smaller bookshelf some height in the room. 

- This little beaut below will be in the Bohemian Beauty Sale on our Facebook page this week on Sunday @ 5:30 pm, [sorry, shameless plug]. But he would be the perfect little addition to the bookcase. 
 - This is also where you can add in the personal frames and photos. Don't worry, it won't look alone with the next step. 
3. Azzzessorize, baby. 
 - Take one of your stacks of books ( le platforms) and put a larger accessory on top, just like the sculpture of brass sticks above. 

- Or these Gold and White Spike Orbs we have in the Bohemian Beauty sale this week too. [shameless plug #2] But, aren't they cute?! They look small, but 7" tall! 
4. Other tips:  
- Have a colorful bowl you want to show off? These are great for bookshelves. They give a pop of color, and they also corral weird things like trinkets and the extra nails you found while accessorizing. Who knows when you will need to hang something immediately? Go to the garage, no. I've got a nail right here. Bam. 

 - Need to stack books but don't like the colors on the binders? Turn them all around. You still get the look of books, but all you see are white pages. Makes a look very simple and clean. 

 - If you want a color-coded bookshelf design hit up your local Goodwill, they have a ton for cheap. 
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Boho Braid

Have you tried the "Boho Braid" yet? A carefree, (they say easy) way to tousle your hair. Some include a messy fish tail braid, a braided crown, and a side pinup tuck. We would love to hear, which style do you love best? 

***This week's Facebook sale is themed "Bohemian Beauty" and we have lots of really fun goodies coming to you on Sunday at 5:30 PM, CST. 

Check out all Boho Beauty images and more Bohemian style on our Pinterest Board

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Birthday Roundup

Today is shop girl, Georgia's 1st Birthday! I still can't believe it. With birthday on the brain, I thought it would be fitting to do a Birthday Roundup of ideas for decor. Click the links below for tips and tricks!

- How to make an easy Smash Cake for the babe. 
- Big Fringe Garland DIY (bottom photo) 
- Mini Fringe DIY - for the highchair
- How to make a number piƱata. 
- Giant Pom Pom Garland DIY - this one looks like so much fun. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Social Weddings: A Look into our weddings

Lauren's Wedding
Date: August 28, 2010
What were your colors?:
Navy and Pink (story of my life) but with a touch of yellow this time!

I've always wanted a regal looking big ball gown that made a bell shape when standing with my groom. The dress was a Kenneth Pool frock that I fell in love with the moment I tried it on. My favorite detail was the delicate scallop beading on the drop waist.

Theme of the decor?:
Just fun! Preppy, nautical, girly up-scale circus? Is that a theme? There were monograms (of course), pink champagne, and pink suspenders involved!

What was the menu?:
Well for up-scale circus we had a little bit of everything… A tater-tot bar (my husband's name is Tate, and he goes by Tater-tot sometimes) funnel cakes, cheeseburger sliders, and for the random addition sushi. At midnight - Mini pancakes stacked on a stick!
Any disaster's while planning the wedding or day of?:
Yes - not many people know, but when my cake was delivered it collapsed! Poor bakery had to work double duty to get a new one made. 
What was the Groom's Cake?
Tate really likes Kentucky Fried Chicken… so there wasn't anything more fitting than a bucket o' chikn! 

What's something you DIY'd for the wedding?: 
The "LOVE" you see hanging… that was made out of wood, hot glued with marshmallows, sprayed yellow, and then pomped with yellow tissue between each marshmallow. No joke. I was that crazy. 

Erin's Wedding
Date: September 15, 2007

What were your colors:
Black and white

I wore my grandmother's wedding dress, which was also my mom's dress. I had the sleeves and neckline altered and sent it to a place we found online to be whitened - we were nervous, but it came back great, just a bit smaller than before -yikes!

Theme for the decor:
I can't say we really had a theme - just simple and elegant. Mostly if we couldn't decide on something we just didn't do it! Bouquet toss, dancing, favors... we weren't really into some things so figured, why bother? We just wanted a special day for us and a fun and welcoming time for our guests.

Any disaster's while planning the wedding or day of?:
Not really, there were a few stressful things, like sending my dress off and the fact that the country club where we had our reception had at least 3 event planners during our engagement (thankfully, the gal who was there for the wedding was wonderful!). All the credit for the smooth sailing goes to my super organized mother, she did so much of the planning and managing details and did an amazing job!!

What was the Groom's Cake?
My groom said he'd rather have homemade wedding mints so we didn't have a groom's cake (another traditional wedding item that got nixed!).