1. on some new shit.

    Ah it IS that time of year again! 

    Yes we all want to exercise more and save money and get an A+ at life, but what are your REAL aspirations? Like how can I get 6 eyeballs to be able to read more books???

    My failure at life is that everyday is like New Years for me…I literally want to do TOO much. Is it weird that my resolution is to have less resolutions? 

    Anyhow tonight I’m having a glass of prosecco and taking my resolutions to the table. How can I break them into attainable goals instead of one giant, scary, vague idea like “Be Creative.”

    So the idea is to take the one idea and give myself tasks every week to work on my goals. 

    And as part of resolution #11 (Read More Books), I’ll be choosing my January reading picks this evening which begins with Happier at Home, a suitable pick considering my current resolution hype. It’s the sequel to The Happiness Project, which was incredibly inspirational to me and fun to read! My next pick, a narrative is the classic The Sun Also Risesfollowed by The Tipping Point.

    It’s been a rough day I’ll admit but man did I try, and that’s all I can really ask of myself for this year and the rest to come. 

    I’ll drink to that.

     

  2. diy: color block spoons

    Here is a fun/really cheap project that anyone could do to cute-ify their kitchen utensils. 

    The Inspiration: 

    via design crush

    The Materials: Ikea Spoons (48 cents, I’m not even kidding), Painters Tape, Paintbrush, Craft Paint of your choice (59 cents at craft stores or even Walmart).

    (Source: vitruviangirl)

     
  3. Just made these fantastic vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Almond ‘Buttercream’ and Raspberry Glaze. 


    (Source: vitruviangirl)

     

  4. fashion’s night out 12’

    And so it begins…a quaint Fashion’s Night Out in the Magic City. Miami has a few budding art district’s, one known as The Design District is home to some of the city’s best furniture shops, restaurants and boutiques. It’s also my go-to choice for Fashion’s Night Out…

    First Stop: Marni

    Champagne, Spanish Vogue and Deco Prints for days, (hipsters too).

    Shiny Objects, Supple Leathers and one old ass Cuban lady serving up Prosecco.

    The District Factory is relatively new here, a place where pop-up shops come alive and die, all to try and find that sweet place into our hearts/closets (wallets)… Filled with many local handmades, free liquor and more importantly music!

    Afrobeta an awesome local electronica band that kept us jamming through the rain.

    FNO 2012 in the Design District has already been a great improvement since last year, and with the addition of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Celine, Hermes, Cartier, Dior, Givenchy and Fendi heading our way, next years is surely a success in the making.

    Until then! (tips hat, insert english accent)…

    (Source: vitruviangirl)

     
  5. So it’s the day after Labor Day…which means you can kiss white jeans and the like good-bye. But until when? And WHY

    I’ve always been quite baffled by this fashion “don’t” and am looking to Google for answers. So here’s what I found:

    White is a cool color to wear that was practical for the hotter months and was perceived as unfashionable to wear after Labor Day, which was established in 1894 and since then has been considered taboo but not for any particular reason other than that darker colors were meant for Fall.

    Coco Chanel, a trendsetter from the start, was never a proponent of the theory and wore white year-round. However, according to the purists, the rule extends to Memorial Day, where finally you’d be able to don your whites, jeans or shoes. I’m not totally sure how I feel about this…I can’t imagine not being able to wear white tops throughout the year…Do you think this applies in modern times? Do you still wear white after Labor Day?

    (Source: teenvogue.com)

     
  6. Fascinating video…

    Are you past oriented or future oriented?


     
     

  7. green thumb, take 1

    One of the plus sides of living in a place like Florida where there’s warm weather 95% of the year, means that you can pretty much start a garden at any time of the year. 

    LIving in an apartment however obviously limits me to a container garden, which I am totally fine with as there are a myriad of ways to make a garden on the balcony a dream. 

    My first attempt at green thumbing includes growing Sweet Basil, Cilantro, Tomatoes, Strawberries and Forget-Me-Nots. And seeing as how all of these plants require starting seeds indoors, I thought this egg carton would be a nifty way to keep them all together, and get these plants-a-growin’.

    Materials

    Egg Carton

    Potting Soil

    Seeds 

    Popsicle Sticks* & Label Maker (to help identify seedlings)

    *Jokes Optional


    After a lot of research on the different seeds, I learned that most plants follow the same basic requirements: plenty of sunlight, watering, and general TLC. I will however attempt to fashion some sort of greenhouse contraption, to help the soil retain water by either placing a clear container on top or Saran wrap.

    Overall a fun and cute way to spruce up your windowsill and make it more useful. 

    (Source: vitruviangirl)

     
  8. Nine hundred and twelve pages later, the September issue of Vogue provides a wealth of images for the upcoming Fall season. 

    From tweed to velvet, to fur and gold, florals and lace to leopard and snakeskin. Paisley prints and chinese vases, chunky knits and matching mod prints, this fall will touch base with many of the times classics as well as making some bold introductions. 

    What I learned: Ads say so much more than you’d expect. I went page by page and made notes of all the colors, textures, prints, patterns and even the hairstyles. After the third time you’ve written down “royal purple” you really know what colors to invest in. I also noticed several references to Steampunk culture, very Sherlock Holmes as well as Alice in Wonderland. Overall remember to wear bold colors or go neutral. Mix textures, match patterns, and note that ornamentation is key.  

    From Left to Right:

    Fall 2012 RTW (images via Vogue.com)

    Celine

    Balmain

    Dries Van Noten

    Rodarte

    Miu Miu

    Dolce & Gabbana

    Philip Lim 

    Proenza Schouler

     

  9. Falling for Fall

    Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. 

    - Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail

    It’s just about time to stow away the sandals and bring out the boots (I write this as I’ve been under a Tropical Storm/Hurricane warning…) Although it hasn’t been too shabby as I’ve been able to catch up on some reading (only 912 pages of the September issue) and finish The Happiness Project. It’s a fantastic, inspiring read that left me leaving tiny post-its inside the book like a madwoman as I was reading it.

    Consequently I’ve begun a Happiness Project of my own, although at the surface my resolutions probably resemble a lot of other people’s. Exercise more, always tidy up, floss every night, blah-blah, but some of my more in depth projects, like start an Etsy shop or make a zine, will require some kind of a roadmap. 

    So while I’m still being quarantined by nature, I’m going to pick up a pen and get to planning.

    25 days left till’ Fall.

     
  10. DIY Red Barrette

    I clipped this from the July issue of Lucky, and wanted to create this look for a chic July 4th. I’m not a major bobby pin user and it felt silly to buy an entire pack of 20 so I attempted a DIY and used red nail polish to color my existing black bobby pins. It’s rather messy, spray paint would probably go a lot smoother, but what are the chances everyone has a random can of red spray paint nearby? 

    Either way it looks quite cute and does the trick.