When my sister-in-law told me she and my brother were expecting a baby this October, I cried like a baby myself. It'll be the first kiddo in my immediate family in over 15 years. Insane! I was smitten to help design and throw her surprise baby shower in August. The theme the soon-to-be Grandmas and myself decided on was, "Oh the Places You'll Go" in pastels and of course - PINK! Though it wasn't a surprise for Ms. Kristin (it's so hard to catch someone off-guard these days) you could tell she was excited about the food, decor, gifts, and guests! Oh well. We tried! (click through to see photos from the shower!)
The weekend is so close, I can almost taste it! Since Friday's are focused on finishing up your work week and organizing for the weekend adventures, I decided to share some of my current favorite stationery pieces to keep your plans in line. I absolutely love stationery and have an embarrassing amount of paper goods hanging around - I talked about that a bit here - but I can't resist! Find some irresistible pretty papers below:
1. "I am Very Busy" Agenda, $20, Papersource via Ban.do (It's sold out everywhere else!)
This agenda has been my saving grace many times since #nationalbandoagendaday at the end of July. It's adorable, easily organized, fun, and colorful. It keeps me interested enough to actually open it to see what I have on the agenda that week, and I love using the stickers it comes with to really make special events pop. It's a total win!
2. "Beautiful Type" Spiral Notebook, $14, Kate Spade
A newfound irritant of mine is having a notebook without a spiral. Nothing is more annoying than continuously flattening a non-spiral notebook while trying to take notes or jot down ideas. I'm also kind of obsessed with Kate Spade and ampersands ("&"), so this notebook is an absolutely must-have on my list.
3. Watercolor Tags, $12, A Beautiful Mess
Another aspect of having a giant annoying stationery collection is acquiring fabulous gift tags for any occasion. I love these watercolor tags from the A Beautiful Mess Shop because they're vague enough to work for any gift - birthday, housewarming, wedding, "just because". My favorite colorway is the violet and mint!
4. "Violet Floral" Stationery, $22, Rifle Paper Co.
Sometimes you just need that perfect piece of paper to write a special note on. This collection by Rifle Paper Co. is simple and stunning. It adds the perfect amount of professionalism and prettiness to the page for a wide range of notes. Additionally, the set comes with envelopes to mail said notes to whomever you please! Let's bring snail mail back!
5. "I'd Give Anything To Take Off My Bra Right Now" Card, $6, Paper Epiphanies
There are so many events in life that call for a funny card. I love a card that says it like you mean it, and Paper Epiphanies doesn't fail. Did I mention they're letterpress too? Love it! The company was started by a friend of a friend, and it seems they've really taken off in the past year or so. I'm obsessed with her cards and hope to keep a collection growing for everyday use.
Today there's a crispness to the air that is getting me so excited for the upcoming months. Halloween kicks off the end of the year holiday celebrations and really pumps me up for Fall! I wanted to share a special five under fifty today showcasing five super cute costumes under $50 each.Often times I'll see costumes online of something that seems so simple, but I have no idea where to source the pieces from. Then, after when I do find the pieces the costume ends up costing more than my rent. This year, Brandon and I are hosting a costume party at the Rising Sun Digs and I cannot wait to see what my friends arrive in. They always surprise us with their creativity! We'll for sure be sharing our costumes too - don't you worry! Need inspiration for your cheap and adorable costume? See below!
What is it?:
A comfortable Greek Goddess costume (that isn't super showy).
What you'll need:
1. Head Chain, Nasty Gal, $14
2. Vertical Arm Cuff, Forever 21, $6
3. Diamond Charm Foot Chain, Forever 21, $9
4. White Flat Sheet, Target, $11
5. Gold Braided Belt, Amazon, $6
Pair it with:
A middle part, neutral makeup, sparkly nails, and safety pins to help hold the sheet together.
Drink of choice:
What is it?:
Audrey Hepburn's character in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
What you'll need:
1. Pearl Necklace, Amazon, $6
2. Rhinestone Crown, Amazon, $5
3. Opera Gloves, Amazon, $3
4. Liquid Eyeliner, Target, $6
5. Retro Style Dress, Forever 21, $20
6. "Play" Cigarette Holder, Amazon, $2
Pair it with:
Winged eyeliner, big sunglasses, and your cutest black heels to finish it off. You'll be thankful the sunglasses are there to cover up your messy eyeliner after a few drinks.
Drink of choice:
Wine. Always wine.
(click thru for 3 more looks on a budget!)
Happy weekend! I'm so excited to share jeune amour's latest branding and my fancy-schmancy new business cards! This blog has had it's fair share of names, logos, and branding ideas in the past but I think we've finally hit the nail on the head. This design if fluid enough to change with the blog, sophisticated enough to say "Hey. I care about this blog! I share interesting content and I'm trying to keep up with it as much as my life allots", and it's also quirky enough for it's name.
Did you know jeune amour translates to "young love"? I thought it was such a fitting title for a blog that was then focused on my engagement and relationship with my now husband. It also worked with my love of crafting, events, and design. There's something about a child's curiosity the world that is so hard to replicate as an adult. I think the only things that bring out those aspects in your adulthood are those things that you're passionate about.
This blog really is "for the light hearted and ever curious". Never let that child-like sparkle fade and never take yourself too seriously. Host pajama parties into your 50s. Paint your nails sparkly pink. Laugh at your farts. Sing along to the radio. Have fun.
Let's take a minute to talk about the LBJ - the "little black jacket" of course. I am officially deeming this Fall's staple piece. The LBJ goes with literally anything from tutus to distressed denim and it makes every outfit 100% more on trend. Finding the perfect LBJ can be just as difficult as finding the perfect LBD. It's a style that I'm so ready to try out but it really does feel like a commitment. A leather jacket says, "look at me. I know fashion" and that's cool and all, but there are so many details to take into account when it comes to choosing the one. Let's begin with style, shall we? Leather jackets can be drapey, oversized, fitted, pebbled, smooth, collared, zippered, etc.etc. My favorite style is the motorcycle jacket. It feels badass and chic all at the same time. Below I've shared 3 amazing LBJ that I'm obsessed with in 3 different price points.
My top choice is this little pretty by Saint Laurent from Barney's. It's my favorite leather jacket - really. Not too embellished, not too cropped, not too pebbled. Everything about it is perfect....except the price. This little baby is $5,500. Just a bit out of my 24 year old/college paying/H&M wearing lifestyle. Since I couldn't even pretend to make this one work, I continued my search using this as inspiration.
That's when I stumbled upon this great leather jacket from Madewell. I missed the texture in the leather and the extra zippers on the side when comparing it to the Saint Laurent. The design in this jacket is timeless and I'm always a sucker for Madewell. This jacket goes for $528 and even comes in a pretty wine color - swoon! Unfortunately, I wasn't in love with the black jacket and couldn't fathom spending half a thousand dollars before I've really decided to commit to this style, so I continued my never-ending search for the perfect LBJ.
I think we can all admit that this jacket from Urban Outfitters is a close match to the Saint Laurent jacket in style! I absolutely love it. This version is vegan leather, so the longevity of the piece probably isn't there....but at $159 I don't think I could complain. It's the perfect style to try out before investing in a pricier LBJ. I'm excited to invite this jacket into my fall wardrobe and rethink my dresses and sweaters in an edgier way.
For more of my style inspiration, follow my "style file" board over on Pinterest. What type of trends are you looking forward to this fall?
Yesterday I returned from a super fun Nashville trip with my besties Meagan and Sarah. It was our first time in Music City and it was such a great weekend to explore. With the Labor Day holiday, everyone was out and about. I'm excited to share some hot-spots we recommend if you're visiting Nashville for your first time because I'm sure all the locals avoid the tourist traps.
My friends and I arrived on Saturday and stayed through Wednesday. We managed to squeeze in quite a bit of city, food, and attractions in that time (and even made it to bed by 10PM most nights)! We joked all weekend about being Nana's, but really our days were so packed full that we crashed every night. Don't worry - we squeezed in drinks during the day as to not miss out on those 2 for 1 deals! Let's get this travel ball rollin'!
Our Air BNB was by 12 South Street and it was one of our favorite streets to visit. There were great restaurants, bars, shops, and even a farmer's market. Also, we were only about a $5 Uber ride away from downtown. Helloooooo!
Our Air BNB had this super cute vintage look and a pool that the girls took advantage of. It was small but centralized, and a quick 3 minute walk to the liquor store and 10 minute walk to 12 South Street. It was perfect for 3 people and I would definitely consider staying there again. It was a safe and quiet neighborhood (with the exception of the train outside our window.)
On 12 South Street you'll find 1 of my favorite shops, Imogene + Willie. Their perfectly curated shop is beautiful and rustic. Though they're a bit out of my price range, I've heard nothing but good things about their jean's longevity and comfort. I picked up a great hat for Brandon as a souvenir and resisted every urge to buy myself something fun. On the same street you'll also find White's Mercantile, Serendipity, and a few other random and small boutiques...all of which are worth checking out!
We ate at 12 South Taproom, Edley's BBQ, and The Flipside. We had our eyes on a few other places on the same street and heard great things about Burger Up! Oh - and I highly recommend stopping at Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream and getting a salted ice cream. Just trust me there!
One of my favorite things about our walk from the BNB to 12 South was the neighborhood we walked through. The houses were beautiful! I wish I snapped pics of more, but some of the new construction builds were absolutely on-par for my dream home. Not to mention the lovely old homes! It was totally swoon-worthy.
(click through for more nashville fun)
1. the start of a never-ending gallery wall
2. a night out with the hubby and an old-pal visiting from chicago
3. a cupcake celebrations in newport
4. one outtake from a styled shot for the twelve chairs instagram page
5. a centerpiece from my sister-in-law's baby shower
6. a big smile from the birthday girl
What have you been up to in these final few weeks of summer? I'm packing my bags for a girl's getaway to NASHVILLE! How fun? For more day to day happenings, follow me over on Instagram!