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polka dots and rainbows: a table design to celebrate summer
July 11, 2014

hello friends!

the sun is out, the beach is calling, the grill is hot and a familiar aroma of coppertone fills the air — it is officially summer!

perhaps it’s due to the colorful array of pool noodles lining the shelves nowadays, but i can’t help but equate these sunnier times with rainbow hues.  and if you’ve read any of my earlier posts, you know that polka dots accompany everything.  everything.

so when it came time to celebrate a whole year of my littlest one bringing all her joy to our family, i knew just how to adorn our table.  take a looksy below for inspiration on creating your own happy space, whether it be for a birthday, backyard bbq or just a cheerful change in decor!

rainbow kids birthday party table setting polka dots

 

what i used (i tried to put as many links as i could find online below — fyi: there are many spritz items only found in-store).  a big thanks to my mom for the close-up shots!
spritz “happy birthday” felt banner and polka dot tablecloth from target
– my own glassware (trifle bowl, cake plate, pitcher — all very gracious wedding gifts from crate & barrel)
– my own thin glass vase (saved from a “congrats” bouquet when this little one arrived)
– my own yellow tulip cup and saucer (from anthropologie many moons ago)
candle napkins from the warm hearth in julian, ca
– colored, handled mason jars and striped straws from michaels
– red faux-croc frame from tj maxx
lime green plates and yellow plasticware from target
red polka dot melamine plate and spritz gumballs from target
giant rainbow swirl lollipops from the candy depot in hillcrest
yellow gerber daisies from wholesale flowers in linda vista
glitter adhesive letters from oriental trading
– large white frame from michaels
– totally forged “somewhere over the rainbow” print from a pinterest image (word can work miracles, sometimes!)
– rainbow sock monkey (from the old navy cash wrap area about a year ago)

rainbow kids birthday party happy birthday banner spritz target

rainbow kids birthday party tablescape red photo frame mason jars striped straws

rainbow kids birthday party tablescape lollipops

rainbow kids birthday party triful bowl with yellow daisies and green colored water celebrate glitter adhesive letters

rainbow kids birthday party somewhere over the rainbow printable sock monkey

 

and because everyday for me, is a new photobooth opportunity — i put a spritz polka dot tablecloth to work on our wall, and added some paper lanterns for interest.

confession: i loved it a whole lot.  it might still be up…

rainbow kids party birthday photo booth backdrop polka dot

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pastel perfection: a spring table style diy
April 25, 2014

hello friends!

who’s excited that spring is upon us?!  as evidenced by the hillside wildflower shows, rosebunch upon rosebunch in beautiful bloom, and the cutest of baby animals making their début at the san diego zoo and safari park — the season of dainty delightfulness is in full swing.

so it’s no surprise i couldn’t wait to dress our kitchen table accordingly.  and thanks to amazing-yet-affordable finds discovered at my local target, michael’s and 99 cents only stores — as well as san diego’s incredible wholesale flowers near usd — this little creative adventure turned out so fun.  bring on the daily tea parties!

here we go!

SpringTableMaterials

what you’ll need:
– burlap runner (or full tablecloth, if you prefer), wholesale flowers
– laser-cut felt ribbon, michael’s
– assorted glassware (narrow vase, cake stand, trifle bowl and ), my own
– white everyday plate and silver charger, 99 cents only
– vintage-print  and flower melamine plates, 99 cents only and tuesday morning (thanks, mom!)
– tea cup and saucer, gifted by a sweet friend
– ceramic bird salt shakers, 99 cents only, and woodern bird accent, charlotte’s of salado
– silk hydrangea bunches, wholesale flowers
– pearlized gumballs, target

SpringTableGlasswareSetup

step 1: lay the burlap runner across the middle of the table (hint: it helps to take an iron — with dishtowels on top of and under the burlap — to smooth out any packaging wrinkles.)  set the larger vintage-print melamine plate on top of the everyday plate and charger, then top with the narrow vase.  next to this setup, place the trifle bowl atop the cake stand, with a smaller glass container inside it.

SpringTableGumballHydrangea

step 2: place the silk hydrangeas in the narrow vase, then fill around them with pearlized gumballs.

SpringTablePedestalArrangement

step 3: arrange tea cup and flower melamine plates around cake stand.

SpringTablePedestalSetup

step 4: place one of the other vintage-print plates on the cake stand, and arrange bird accents around it.

SpringTablePedestalArrangementFlowers

step 5: add flowers to inner container and finish with color-coordinated ribbon on the outside.

SpringTableinPlace

a quick shot of the final arrangement (almost complete!).

SpringTableinPlaceRibbonRunners

step 6: add two strips of laser-cut felt ribbon, splitting the middle of the burlap runner.

SpringTableinPlaceRibbonRunnersPlaceSettings

step 7: set table with desired placesettings…and enjoy!  i’d love to see your own take on seasonal centerpieces!

get flirty for spring: a flower beauty makeup tutorial
February 15, 2014

flower beauty by drew barrymore makeup tutorial

i should start this post with a simple confession: i love drew barrymore.

it started with a child’s admiration for “the girl from et,” eventually grew to my collecting the greatest rom-coms of the 90s and 2000s — all starring her — and has now evolved into a total crush on the super-fun friend, stylish mom and creative entrepreneur we all would kill to be. i feel like my generation grew up with drew, and she’s just about the cutest gal around.

so, when i heard she launched a line of beauty that was beyond pretty — and affordable, to boot! — i was immediately sold. i rushed myself into walmart for a glorious (and kid-free) afternoon of browsing the shelves with her collection.

it.is.fabulous. i’ve been wanting to post a tutorial for some time now, because it’s really that good. and the best part is that the line is totally accessible. priced just right for all women to glamour-up with the highest quality of product.

so without further ado, it is my pleasure to bring you a quick tutorial on creating the perfect sweet and flirty face for spring. with purple hues all the rage this year (given pantone’s selection of radiant orchid as the 2014 “color of the year”), its foundation is a gorgeous shimmery lavender eye color.

what you’ll need:
flower beauty “win some / rouge some” creme blush in “pure petunia”
flower beauty “color play” creme eyeshadow in “lilac you a lot”
flower beauty “easy on the eyes” long-wear eyeliner in “aubergine”
flower beauty “kiss high-shine lip color” in “morning glory”
flower beauty “kiss stick velvet lip color” in “get to the poinsettia”

(note: the nail color seen in photos is also flower beauty — give the “nail’d it” lacquer in “i lavendare you” a try today!  i have received tuh-uns of compliments so far.)

and let’s get started!

step 1: start with a clean canvas.

flower beauty by drew barrymore makeup tutorial

step 2: apply flower beauty “win some / rouge some” creme blush in “pure petunia.”  the pigment is rich, so a little goes a long way.  start at the apples of your cheek and apply with fingers in an outward-and-upward sweeping motion, making sure to blend well.

flower beauty by drew barrymore makeup tutorial

flower beauty by drew barrymore makeup tutorial

step 3: apply flower beauty “color play” creme eyeshadow in “lilac you a lot” to lids, sweeping again in an outward-and-upward motion up through crease.  the shadow is on the sheerer side, so feel free to load up if you’re going for an extra-colorful emphasis on the eyes.

flower beauty by drew barrymore makeup tutorial

flower beauty by drew barrymore makeup tutorial

step 4: starting just beyond the outer corner of the lid, pull it taut and gently wipe flower beauty “easy on the eyes” long-wear eyeliner in aubergine, across to create an even line.  i am so, so impressed with this liner.  like, the smoothest.

stop just before you reach the inner corner.  finish with two coats of black or colored mascara, and a shimmery white in inner corners and just below lower lashes.

flower beauty by drew barrymore makeup tutorial

flower beauty by drew barrymore makeup tutorial

step 5: apply flower beauty “kiss high-shine lip color” in “morning glory” for a neutral finish.

flower beauty by drew barrymore makeup tutorial

flower beauty by drew barrymore makeup tutorial

craving more pop?  add a layer of flower beauty “kiss stick velvet lip color” in “get to the poinsettia” (which, by the way, is a really great red on its own).  they blend so beautifully — i love the resulting, customized shade!

flower beauty by drew barrymore makeup tutorial

flower beauty by drew barrymore makeup tutorial

flower beauty by drew barrymore makeup tutorial

major disclaimer, folks — remember this is a makeup-only tutorial…not hair!!  for the *truly* full face, you’ll have to await my next post!

hope you enjoyed, and check out the flower line today!

xoxo,
elle