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DIY Pearl-Embellished T-Shirt

diy-pearl-embellished-t-shirt-3Look, I spent my high school years in the South, so I’m no stranger to the allure of the pearl. But after having lived the Yankee life for the past ten years, these days I prefer to wear my pearls with a twist. That means instead of an heirloom strand, I opt for gumball-sized earrings or a modern two-finger ring. Even better? A perfectly slouched white t-shirt sewn with a carefree smattering of pearl beads that subtly catch the light like a handful of lustrous confetti.

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Pearl-Encrusted Easter Eggs

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In the past, I’ve tried it all: classic dip dying, painting, wax dying and more. This year, I was inspired by Lupita Nyong’o’s beautiful couture Calvin Klein Oscars dress and decided to cover my Easter eggs in pearls.

I love the all-white, textured look of these eggs, and creating different pearly patterns was oddly soothing. All you have to do is hard boil some eggs, grab your favorite glue and start sticking. If you wanted to keep these beauties for more than one season, you could use blown-out eggs, but you’d need to be extra careful when applying pressure to the pearls as you glue them on.

Happy Easter everyone!

Accessories, Clothing, Lifestyle

Think Pink

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Coat: Forever 21 // Vest: Target (sold out) // Sweater: Gap // Jeans: Old Navy // Bag: Kate Spade // Shoes: Target // Necklace: BaubleBar (old, similar here) // Ring: Stella & Dot // Sunglasses: Prada

More pretty pink coat options:
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Another Christmas (and New Year!) has come and gone, and again I’m wishing for just a bit more of the holiday season before entering the cold, cold months of January and February. My family has always gone all out for Christmas: freshly cut trees, sugar cookie decorating, never-ending snacks, candlelit Christmas Eve service, and, of course, loads of presents. It’s a time of year I greatly cherish.

This year, I was so excited that I got to introduce Max to the joy of Christmas with my family. Sadly, we didn’t get to take part in our usual double celebration with family in California, but we did get to spend a whole week in Texas with all of my siblings (plus a new brother-in-law)! Since my sister Sarah has been living in Egypt for the past year and my brother is still in school in Virginia, getting everyone together was no small feat.

Spending quality time with my family is always my favorite part of Christmas, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t look forward to exchanging presents every year. Beyond the pure thrill of ripping open beautifully wrapped gifts, I like that each time I wear earrings from my sister or a coat from my mom, I think of them.

On the day after Christmas, I took several of my newest wardrobe items out for a spin at my favorite mall in San Antonio for some sale shopping. A preppy tassel adorns this structured Kate Spade tote that’s perfect for carrying my camera and all of my essentials (plus all-important extra layers). And I couldn’t be happier with this cheerful pink cocoon coat that will brighten even the drabbest of winter days when I’m back in Iowa.