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Valentine’s Day Wallpapers

Happy Friday Babes!

As part of my Valentine’s Day series, I created 4 lovely wallpaper designs to make your desktops, tablets, and phones a little more festive.

Click on an image to launch the gallery then select “view full size” to open the full size wallpapers.

Kiss Me Wallpapers

Kiss Me Desktop Wallpaper

Kiss Me Desktop Wallpaper

XO Wallpapers

XO Desktop Wallpaper

XO Desktop Wallpaper

Floral Wallpapers

Floral Desktop Wallpaper

Floral Desktop Wallpaper

Love Wallpapers

Love Desktop Wallpaper

Love Desktop Wallpaper

Which wallpaper is your favorite?

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DIY Valentine’s Day

Hello Babes! Today, I’ve got your second installment of V-Day love.

Nothing says you care like taking the time to do it yourself, so I’ve gathered some DIY Valentine’s Day cards, crafts, gifts, and decor.

Roll up your sleeves, turn on your printer, and get ready for some go old DIY!

Cards

  1. Printable Valentines Cards from Almost Makes Perfect
  2. Valentine’s Day Free Printable Cards from Design Eat Repeat
  3. DIY Printable Valentine’s Cards from A Pair & A Spare
  4. Postcard Valentines Are My Fave from You Are My Fave

Crafts | Gifts

  1. DIY Candle Carved With Initials from Hello Natural
  2. Do It Yourself Valentine Love Book from Wedding Chicks
  3. DIY XO Gift Wrap from Sugar & Cloth
  4. Sentimental Valentine’s Day Wheel from Martha Stewart

Decor

  1. DIY Heart Pillows from DesignLoveFest
  2. Valentine Garland from Creat.Craft.Love
  3. Easy & Affordable Heart Backdrop from DesignLoveFest
  4. Cupid’s Arrow Wreath from Nest of Posies

Which is your favorite DIY project?

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17 Lovely Valentines

I don’t know about you but I love Valentine’s Day. I know it’s a commercialized money machine of a holiday, but I think it’s nice to have at least one day a year when you can gush out your love for all the babes in your life.

Because I just adore love, I’ll be bringing you one Valentine’s Day themed post each week until the big day. Today’s post starts you off with the essentials. Cards! I may be biased because I create & sell greeting cards, (09. on this list is from my Etsy shop) but I think a card is a must for any special occasion.

Here are 17 valentines to get you started on your Valentine’s Day festivities!

01. Bee Mine $5 | 02. Canoodle Doodle No.19 $4 | 03. Happy Valentine’s Day A6 Foil Card $6 | 04. Heart A2 Foil Valentine Card $6 | 05. Heart Bandit $5 | 06. Heart in a Jar $5 | 07. Honey Tea Card $5 | 08. Hartland Brooklyn Popsicle Card $6 | 09. I “Like” Like You Card $4 | 10. I Love the Sh-t Out of You $4 | 11. Kissing Booth Card $5 | 12. Make Everything Butter A6 Card $4 | 13. Nine Lives Valentine Card $4 | 14. Off the Charts Valentine’s Day Greeting Card $6 | 15. Perfect Match $5 | 16. Rainbow Happy Place Foil A2 Card $6 | 17. Wool Ewe Be My Valentine $4

Which card is your favorite valentine?

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December Favorites

December was a month of seasonal goodies. Here’s a look at my favorites!

Beauty Faves

So White Shower Gel from LUSH

Shocking news: another LUSH product is a favorite! So White is a seasonal scent that smells of crisp apple and instantly perks up any gloomy winter shower. It leaves your skin soft & fragrant all day long.

Design Faves

Pink Floral Weekly Desk Pad from Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle Paper Co. is my new favorite. I’m in love with all their paper goods, but this desktop pad is my absolute fave! It’s perfect for keeping track of my weekly to-dos and looks great doing it! I also purchased the 2015 Appointment Calendar to note each months events. It’s equally as beautiful and well made in the US.

Fashion Faves

Hanukkah Sweater from Ragstock

During my trip to Minneapolis in November, I purchased this sweater while shopping at the Mall of America. I had been in the market for a Hanukkah sweater, so I was very pleased to find a sweater, in stores, that was the style I was looking  for. Comfy and well-loved, this sweater was an easy & festive go-to for cold mornings. Here’s a similar sweater from Wet House on Etsy.

Home Faves

Vintage Spruce Scented Soy Candle from Target

I bought this candle in November and instantly loved the warm, natural scent. During my next Target shopping trip, I put another Vintage Spruce candle in my basket, but ended up not buying it. Instant regret! The next time I was at Target, I didn’t hesitate. I picked up one of the last Vintage Spruce candles they had in stock, and my heart cried a little. Unfortunately, this baby is seasonal but here are two (one & two) other candles with a spruce scent that may fill your Vintage Spruce void.

Personal Faves

House of Cards on Netflix

My boo has a back for knowing a good series when he sees one. I do not. He had been wanted to start House of Cards and I kept refusing for longer than I’d like to admit. One night he pressed play, I gave in, and thank goodness he did because OMG babes, it is phenomenal! There’s ruthless politicians, greed, and corruption. So dramatic and scandalous I cannot wait for the next season to go up in February.

 

What are some of your December favorites?

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Holiday Gift Tags Printable

Happy Friday Babes! Today, I’ve got a holiday gift for your holiday gifts.

It’s a Holiday Gift Tags Printable! I’ve designed a sheet of modern holiday gift tags for you to print at home in the quantity and color you’d like. There are 16 tags per page, and I’ve created them in black & white, as well as 5 color versions: mint, deep red, soft blue, silver, & gold. Load your printer with colored cardstock, kraft paper, plain copy paper, or even sticker paper to create your holiday gift tags. Tie ’em, glue ’em, or stick ’em on your gifts, and watch your friends & family be impressed by your holiday style.

How do you jazz up your holiday gift wrapping?

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October Favorites

October was a pamper heavy month for me. I bought a plush new bath robe, and took an excessive number of baths. I think it was the crisp air that made me constantly want to have a warm soak.

Halloween was also a large theme in October (obvi) as you’ll see in the rest of this favorites post.

Beauty Faves

Wizard Bubble Bar from LUSH

It’s no secret I love LUSH, and as you read above I also love baths. In my spirited, October-long Halloween celebration, I purchased all the LUSH Halloween products, and this little guy was my fave! Crumpled under running bath water, this bubble bar produced mystical amounts of beautifully scented bubbles creating the perfect bubble bath.

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from LUSH

After purchasing the Halloween products, I returned to LUSH once more in search of a way to have all the scent pleasures of my baths but in the shower. Ro’s Argan was the solution. I was obsessed after the first use of this truly lush body conditioner. It smells warm and soothing and leaves my post-shower skin moisturized and silky.

 

Design Faves

What I Ate Pad from Knock Knock

I’ve been making a conscious effort to eat less and this pad has helped immensely. A food log of any sort is a great tool because it helps you see what you’re actually shoving down your throat ever day. Then you can make the necessary adjustments to your diet. I especially like that this pad has a column for logging fluids. You’ve got to hydrate people!

“Gold Glitter Hello” Free iPhone Wallpaper from Wonder Forest

My phone’s wallpaper rarely gets changed because I’ll find an image I like, that looks right on my phone, and I stick with it. My computer, on the other hand, gets a new wallpaper quite frequently. It was while searching for autumnal desktop wallpapers that I stumbled upon this beauty. The gold glitter is quite festive and I love a good, simple “hello”. There are 3 more lovely fall inspired wallpapers available on Wonder Forest.

 

Fashion Faves

Stretch Knit Leggings from Forever 21

I’m a leggings babe, so trust me when I tell you these are fabulous. They’re not see-through, they don’t give you a muffin top because of the high waist, and they’re $7. I normally wear cotton leggings, but they show a lot of fuzz. Since I purchased an insane number of fuzzy sweaters recently, I needed a pair of spandex leggings that don’t hold onto as much fuzz. I’m going back for more!

Fuzzy Sweaters from Forever 21 and H&M

It started simply enough with the purchase of one light pink v-neck sweater, then escalated to the addition of 5 more fuzzy sweaters to my closet. They are so soft and comfy, and so easy to throw on over leggings, so I bought another one in mint. Then a waffle knit in both blue and cream. Then one in a leopard print that I simply had to have. Then finally, a cardigan in standard black. I’m wearing one as I write this. I’m a babe obsessed!

 

Food Faves

Brookside Dark Chocolate Açai with Bluberry Flavors

I ate two bags of these in October! They are a great treat for snack time and perfect for fighting off that after dinner sweet tooth. They come in two other flavors (Pomegranate and Goji & Raspberry) that are just as delish. You can tell how yummy these are because in a month where candy is king, I still reach for my Brookside!

Jones Halloween Blood Orange Soda

I’m a sucker for blood oranges so when I saw these I was too stoked. The fact that they were also a Halloween special edition put me over the moon. My boo managed to drink 3 of the 4 pack before I even knew it, so the last can was highly coveted and then highly enjoyed by this babe.

 

Personal Faves

Literature- Dracula by Bram Stoker

Sparked by an interest in vampire lore, and by recommendation from a brilliant friend, I made Dracula my Halloween read. And I couldn’t be happier that I did. I enjoyed ever minute spent reading this book. It is written as a series of diary/ journal entires, letters, and telegraphs which really bring you into the story on a personal level. Stoker set the bar for virtually all modern vampire stories, so, if you  haven’t already, I highly suggest you give Dracula a read.

TV/Film- Gone Girl

I didn’t get around to reading Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, so my opinion is solely based on the film. I don’t normally go for anything mystery or thriller, but I do love a good drama. Plus, I heard Ben Affleck goes full frontal so I was like, yea I’m deff going to see this one. Gone Girl absolutely had all the drama I was looking forward to. It had great characters played by even better actors, and the relationships between those characters were dynamic and honest. Not a smart choice for a date, but it did make for a lovely girls night.

What are some of your October favorites?

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September Favorites

I can’t believe September has come & gone. Here are some things I’ve been loving this past month.

Beauty Faves

Fresh Face Masks from LUSH

I’ve been going low-makeup this summer, and these masks have helped make that possible. I find my skin looks so much healthier & vibrant when I regularly use these masks. My two faves this month: BB Seaweed & Cupcake.

Complete Salon Manicure in the nail color 315 Camelflage from Sally Hansen

I wore this polish pretty much all month. In fact, the only time I wasn’t wearing this perfect nude shade was when I didn’t have any polish on at all. It’s such a lovely nude for olive toned skin.

 

Design Faves

Hyperlapse from Instagram

Hyperlapse is an app developed by Instagram that lets you record video and then speeds up the footage by 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 times to create a stunning time-lapse video. I can’t even tell you how many Hyperlapse videos I have of my cat.

Diplo Radio on Pandora

I like to listen to music when I work on design projects. The upbeat tempo of this station is so motivating.

 

Fashion Faves

Skort from H&M

Because I spent a good deal of September under the warm California sun, I needed a cooler bottom option. I found myself reaching for this skort constantly. It’s a great piece to dress up or down and the fact that it’s really shorts makes it a comfy pick.

Tapered Leggings from Forever 21

These leggings are my favorite bottom in my wardrobe. The pair I own are from H&M. Unfortunately, they are currently unavailable on their site, so I linked a pair from Forever 21 that look just as swell.

 

Food Faves

Blueberries

This may seem like an odd favorite, but I never really liked fresh blueberries until this month. It’s an exciting taste change that I’m fully embracing!

Everything I ate while in California

One of the things I miss most about California is the food. In-N-Out, authentic Italian & Argentinian food, and poolside ice cream are a few treats I indulged in on my visit. I’ll write a food post with all the mouth-watering photos.

 

Personal Faves

Literature- Hawaii by James Michener

Next on my reading list, Michener’s Hawaii paints a captivating portrait of the creation and colonization of the 50th state. It’s a hefty read, so I’m still at the beginning, but it’s a great read so far.

TV/Film- Season 8 of Trailer Park Boys on Netflix

My boo got me into this series when I first moved to Anchorage and I am so grateful. Trailer Park Boys is a hysterical mockumentary about the residents of a Canadian trailer park. The shit these boys get into never ends and it is so fabulous. The 8th season is viewable exclusively on Netflix and I highly suggest you give it a chance.

What are some of your September favorites?

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August Favorites

Beauty Faves

Essential Hypershine Gloss in Blossom #9012 from e.l.f.

I’ve been going low-makeup this month, so this sheer, nude gloss has been my go-to.

Sephora Collection Super Regenerating Oil-Serum from Sephora

Because I spent most of August blowing my nose, I’ve needed some extra moisture around my schnoz. This serum has really proven itself. Normally, even with extra daily moisturizer, my nose ends up dry & peeling after this much tissue use, but after adding this serum to the mix, I’ve seen no excess dryness.

 

Design Faves

NEW Watercolor Monogram Notecard Set from ASPDesignSolutions on Etsy

This notecard set, alone with this Watercolor Hello one, was the August design addition to my Etsy shop, ASPDesignSolutions. The set includes four 5.5″ x 4.25″ single sheet notecards (printed on Crisp White, 80lb Linen Card Stock) and four Crisp White A2 envelopes.

Sharpie Clear View Highlighters (Assorted Pack Of 3) from Office Depot

After I first saw the commercial for these new babes, I knew I had to have this highlighter. This highlighter is a game-changer. I no longer over-highlight my sentences thanks to the see-through tip. I’m obsessed!

 

Fashion Faves

Cable-knit Sweater from H&M

Because I’ve been a sicko, I’ve gravitated to easy outfits. This sweater is comfy but still stylish in mustard yellow.

Denim Overalls from Target

Like I said, easy outfits were my go-to in August. And few outfits are easier to throw together than a pair of overalls & a top. I think it’s safe to say overalls are the new maxi dress.

 

Food Faves

Quaker Protein Instant Oatmeal in Banana Nut

This instant oatmeal is obviously an easy breakfast to whip up. It has 10 grams of protein and keeps me full for a fair amount of time. It’s also delish topped with fresh blueberries.

Earl Grey Black Tea from Private Selection

Earl Grey with milk & sugar has been my comforting go-to this past month. I liked having something warm first thing in the morning to sooth my sore throat. A cup of tea sounds nice right now…

 

Home Faves

Isaac Mizrahi Kleenex Expressions from Kleenex

Again, because I was a sicko, the item I used most in August was tissues. Sexy, I know. If I put something in my home (even tissues), it has to be something I want to look at, and these boxes designed by Isaac Mizrahi are so chic!

Room Essentials Clear Globe Lights from Target

With so many sunlight hours, there’s little need for turning on the lights in my apartment. When I do need a little bright boost, I plug in these globe lights. They give off a good amount of light, and look very festive.

 

Personal Faves

Literature- If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Because of the book-turned-movie’s release, I wanted to read If I Stay before I saw the film. It was an emotional and well written book, and I can’t wait to see the movie for comparison.

TV/Film- Season 3 of Hell on Wheels on Netflix

This was a show my boo wanted to start on Netflix last year, and I was skeptical because I don’t normally go for anything in the action & adventure genre. My boo made a good call; it’s so good! Main character, Cullen Bohannon, is such a babe and the entire cast is spectacular. The 4th season is currently showing on AMC, and I’m excited to see how it goes.

What are some of your August favorites?

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Jonesing for Joe

I’m not much of a coffee person, but lately I’ve been craving it like a mocha maniac. Because I can’t make a good cup of coffee to save my life, I’m not even going to try to share my own recipe today. Instead, here are some javalicious goodies for you brew babes.

MAC Fresh Brew Lipstick

Fresh Brew Lipstick

Fresh Brew Lipstick $16 from MAC

The Lion and the Lark But First, Coffee Instant Download Printable Wall Art

But First, Coffee- Instant Download- Printable Wall Art

But First, Coffee- Instant Download- Printable Wall Art $5 on Etsy

Pyknic Death Before Decaf Raglan

Death Before Decaf Raglan

Death Before Decaf Raglan $60 from Karmaloop

Cold Brew Coffee & Hazelnut Syrup

Cold Brew Coffee

Cold Brew Coffee

Here’s a quick Hazelnut Syrup recipe in honor of my dad’s passion for this coffee sweetener:

Heat all ingredients until sugar is dissolved. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Bodum Eileen French Press

EILEEN Coffee Maker

EILEEN Coffee Maker $60 from Bodum

Anthropology Monogram Mug

Monogram Mug

Monogram Mug $8 from Anthropology

Embossed Cream and Sugar Containers

Embossed Cream & Sugar

Embossed Cream & Sugar $17 from Crate&Barrel

Put on a fresh pot, grab you favorite mug, & cozy up to these great coffee cuties!

How do you take your coffee?

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