Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Buh Bye, February

Another month, come and gone, and spring is right around the corner! Also, today is my favorite day of the year (or four years). I was almost born on leap day and I think that would have been so cool (I would be celebrating my 6th birthday today!) So anyway, we're celebrating the end of February and the beginning of March with a little wrap up. February was full of craft projects, sketches, nights out with friends, baking adventures, and fun books. How was your month?

My favorite posts from February:

And a few goals for March:

  • De-clutter my life.
  • Get back on a productive schedule for working from home again (!!!!)
  • Finally re-design my blog.
  • Get more items organized so I can re-launch my shop in April.

I hope you all had a great February and are looking forward to an even better March. Any fun plans??

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Oscar Fashion

I don't need to write an intro to this post, right? You know what it's about... Here are a few of my favorites from last night:

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen // Kristin Wiig in J. Mendel // Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab // Berenice Bejo in Elie Saab // Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji // Ellie Kemper in Armani Prive

I think Ellie Kemper was my overall favorite, and I'm probably missing a bunch more who looked great. Who were your Oscar favorites?

Photos via Glamour, InStyle and Miss Moss

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Make Your Own Salt Scrub

This project was so incredibly simple, I can't even call it a DIY project. Mostly, it just requires taking a couple items from your pantry and mixing them together. Then you get to save a bunch of money by never having to buy expensive salt scrub ever again!

What you need:

  • kosher salt
  • coconut oil
  • a jar
  • a spoon

Mix two parts salt with one part oil. Make as much as you want. That's seriously it. And you can even use regular salt or sugar in place of kosher salt, and pretty much any kind of oil instead of coconut oil (but coconut oil has basically no scent, which is why I prefer it). If you want to get fancy, you can add some essential oils or spices like cinnamon. But no matter how fancy you want to get, it is still basically the most simple project ever.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

DIY Crochet Flower Cardigan

I basically live in cardigans. They're perfect for me, because I'm always cold but I hate wearing big hoodies or coats. I'm also the type of person who buys multiples of the same item (slightly different colors/styles) when they find something they like. So I've been looking for ways to spruce up my vast cardigan collection, and I came up with these simple crochet flowers.

I'm not good with patterns, but there are a ton of crochet flower patterns out there (see: 1, 2, 3). Once you've completed a few flowers, you can sew on some buttons (I used vintage ones, but you could also buy a matching set at any craft store), and either stitch the flowers onto a pin or directly onto your cardigan.

It's that simple - no more boring sweaters, yay!

Outfit Details:
Cardigan and ring: gift
Shirt: thrifted
Pants: c/o Lee Jeans
Shoes: DIY
Flower pins: DIY

**I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy for WIWW

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Downton Abbey Fashion

I'm sure that many of you, like me, have been swept up in the Downton Abbey hype. When I first started hearing about the show, I thought, "It's probably not as good as everyone says it is, but it's got to be worth watching if for nothing else but Maggie Smith and the clothing." Well, it is as good as everyone says, but even if it weren't, Maggie Smith and the clothes would still make it worthwhile. I've always been a big fan of the Edwardian style, and the elegant beaded dresses and feminine touches on this show are seriously amazing. And the hats. Oh, the hats. See for yourself. 

Photo Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

February Sponsors

2012 is movin' right along! February is about to come to a close and March (my birthday month) is just around the corner. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves though, I'd like to share my fantastic February sponsors!

PhotobucketDresses from Shabby Apple

And before March comes along, I'll be accepting some new sponsors! Spaces are just $5 for the month, which includes sidebar space, inclusion in this post, and an optional giveaway/coupon code. With monthly readership of over 20,000, I think it's a pretty great deal and I'd love to work with you. Just send me an email at wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com if you have any questions or would like to reserve your space.

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