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  1. DIY thumbprint globe

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    Traveling is fun! And very important, I think, to get to know our planet and how different people inhabit it around the world. I love globes and got this one a couple years ago at The Goodwill – see more DIY ideas in Decorating with: Globes. I was getting sick of the colors so I thought a fresh coat of white paint with pencil-drawn countries would look rad. I also thought it’d be cute to go a step farther and use a stamp pad to put fingerprints on the locations where Joey and I have traveled… he has me beat because of all his touring with The Click Five. We started with a layered (heart) thumbprint over Utah, which was where we first met!

    I love the minimal look with the personal touch! What do you think? Where is your favorite travel spot? If you do this project I’d love to see a pic! Post it @mrkatedotcom and #mrkate! xx

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    Do It!:

    1. Remove your globe from it’s base or if you can’t take it apart, use the painter’s tape to protect the base and frame.
    2. Paint your globe and let dry.
    3. Before using the charcoal pencil, use your pencil with eraser to lightly draw your continent outlines on your globe.  This pencil allows for mistakes because you can erase. Tip: Many globes have raised areas for mountain ranges which makes it easier to identify where to draw the continents – take a photo of the globe on all sides before you paint to help you draw your outlines.
    4. Go over your pencil outlines with the darker charcoal pencil for a more smudged, vintage look. Tip: use your finger to slightly smudge the lines more if you like a more blended line.
    5. Spray sealant over the entire globe to seal the charcoal from smearing.
    6. Thumb print where you’ve been and let your inner travel bug free to prepare your next trip and next print!

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  2. OMG We Bought A House! Episode 14: Closet Crushers!

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    Ta da! The closet is done! In the previous episode, we counted shoes and designed the closet. I’m thrilled that all my (shoe) babies have an organized home and Closet Factory did an amazing job maximizing the space in our master bedroom closet. We now have His and Hers, beautifully organized closets…with mine being the bigger one, duuuh.

    Using matching hangers (I like the low profile velvet hangers) makes hanging clothes look boutique chic. If you want to save space on your shoe shelves, place each pair in alternating directions (toe out, heel out, etc.). I also love the clear purse dividers and double hampers so I can sort my dirty laundry as soon as I get undressed and pull-out valet bar to hang outfits for the day!

    What do you think of our new closets and our Outfit Off? I think I won with my hip hop outfit. Please comment and let us know your thoughts! xx

    See all of the OMG We Bought A House series here!

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    My side of the closet BEFORE. And AFTER…

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    The closet used to connect to Joey’s side but the divider gave us another area for storage (hanging for me and hooks for Joey!)

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    Now we just need to put a cool mirror in that space between and we’re set!

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    My giant stack of shoes and Joey’s tiny box!

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    What do you think of the closet transformation? I hope you love! xx

  3. OOTD: cool blue poking through

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    I can’t believe we’re halfway through Summer already! Nordstrom Rack (now also online) inspired me to do some mid-Summer deal hunting and I’m tres stoked with my finds! I’ve channeled some Summer trends in this outfit via these snazzy, pointy-toed, gladiator-esque shoes (by L.A.M.B. - Gwen Stefani’s brand I’ve always lusted over but have never owned a piece until I happened upon these shoes 42% off! Bam-a-lamb!). I always love a cut-out opportunity and this lightweight, eyelet sweater (by Elizabeth and James racked down from $245 to $59.97 WHAT!?) is perfect to let a pop of cool blue peek through and add a classic touch to my muted grey, textured shorts. A sweater like this is also a great transition piece into Fall/back-to-school worn with a long-sleeve shirt underneath instead of a tank. Exaggerated sunglasses top off this look and I’ve also been obsessed lately with streamlining my usual giant bag down to just a wallet clutch that fits my moola, phone and lip balm and this PETA approved, cobalt blue baby is perfect paired with my Mr. Kate BeautyMarks in black! I must say, I love a peek-a-boo of blue.

    Share your mid-summer OOTDs with me on Instagram @mrkatedotcom and use #ShopGenius and @NordstromRack! xx

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    Thanks Nordstrom Rack for sponsoring this post.

  4. roundup: outdoor rugs

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    Ever since the ‘OMG We Bought A House! Episode 12: Anniversary Al Fresco!‘ episode came out, I’ve been asked so many questions about outdoor rugs. There is a similar one to ours on Hayneedle.com by the way ;). Because of the all the interest in outdoor rugs, I decided to put together an outdoor rugs post to give you all some exterior decor inspiration.

    Using a rug outdoors is a great way to bring a cozy vibe as well as help designate conversation/dining areas.

    For indoor rug design inspo check out my ‘Decorate With: Creative Berbers‘ post or my ‘Design Inspo: Overdyed Persian Rugs‘ post.

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    • Layered rugs look bohemian chic and you can even hang some lightweight rugs to cover an ugly wall!
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    • Retangles or square rugs designate space and round rugs promote flow.

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    • Rugs look great on balconies too!
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    • Don’t be afraid to mix and patterns and styles

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    • I like the way Better Home and Garden styled this striped rug on an angle.
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    • Rugs can even be used over gravel areas for a softer landing spot

    Annd, of course some DIY outdoor rug ideas…

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    • I love The Shabby Creek Cottage’s DIY, transforming a cheap $20 mat into an attractive outdoor rug!

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    • Another great idea for an outdoor rug DIY is to paint a pattern on a braided jute or sea grass rug.

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    Mr. Kate Gems:

    1. This is a simple but cute woven rug from overstock.com.  The woven fibers make it really durable for any kind of outdoor weather and I like the muted sage colors for a relaxing vibe.
    2. wayfair.com has some awesome vintage looking outdoor overdyed Persian rugs – very similar to the one I used in Anniversary Al Fresco!
    3. Go for a happy Summer look with a bright striped rug from dashandalbert.com.
  5. OOTD: its all in the tid bits

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    If you can’t already tell, I HEART accessories! Accessories really individualize a look or outfit and I often document my daily accessories on my Instagram. ‘It’s all in the tie bits!’ I like to say. Here is a round-up of some of my favorite accessory, make-up and nail moments from the past couple months. Follow me on Instagram @mrkatedotcom here! xx

    Above I’m wearing the Mr. Kate BeautyMarks in silver and black!

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    • These Christian Louboutin Nymphette Lace-up shoes were a b-day gift from my sis and I’m totally obsessed with the plastic meets satin combo.

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    • Bucket Feet sneakers while having Sunday brunch at the Farmer’s Market

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    • This was a regram from happy customer JennyMayMeyers who used her Mr. Kate BeautyMarks to DIY on a ceramic cow skull! Love!

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    • Tiny triangle BeautyMarks moment around my eyes on a lazy weekend day.

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    • Picnic-ing with one of my bff’s Alex who is wearing her Finx Cuff in yellow gold and I’m wearing mine in white gold!

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    • Speaking of Finx Cuffs, Winston loves his in rose gold!

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    • Totally stacked in all Mr. Kate jewelzzzz – I love wearing an arm/finger party like this with a jeans and t-shirt outfit to bring in some funk!

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    • Glitter on the inner corners of your eyes can really make them pop!

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    • One of my favorite manicures ever done on my little sister Tess by nail artist Amie Morimoto.

  6. DIY: drumstick arrows

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    As some of you know, Joey used to be the drummer for The Click Five.  So, naturally, he has a lot of used drum sticks lying around that I decided were begging to be used in a DIY project! Because he can drum at the speed of a flying arrow, I thought it appropirate to honor that by turning his old sticks into decorative arrows you can hang on your wall or arrange in a vase on your mantle, etc! And now, drumroll please…

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    Do It!:

    1. Tape off the tips of your drumsticks (this part will be the arrows) so they’re all relatively the same length.
    2. Tape off the remainder of the drumstick in any way you choose. Get creative! I chose to do a spiral, triangles and stripes.
    3. Paint your drumsticks. Tip: I painted all the drumstick tips the same color  to really give it an arrow feel but I used different colors to paint the body of the arrow.
    4. Hot glue feathers to the ends of your drumsticks.
    5. Wrap the ends of your feathers (to cover the glue) and near the tip of your “arrows” with artificial sinew.  Leave different length ties and tails for a more authentic look.  (tip: if you put a dab of hot glue when you start wrapping your drumstick it will keep the sinew in place and prevent it from sliding.)
    6. Display your new arrows and make sure to send me a picture. #mrkate! xx

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  7. OOTD: sequined summer

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     Who says you can’t wear a coat in the summer? Not the 1940′s… from whence this coat is from! My grandma gave me this vintage, sequined coat when I was 4 years old. She got it at a thrift store and put it in a dress up trunk she compiled for me from all thrifted items… best gift ever! It’s lightweight cotton and perfect for Summer layering over DIY: Lace Trimmed Denim Shorts and a crocheted leotard top.

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    Shop the Look!

    Finx Cuff. Various Colors.

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    Alicorn Horn Necklace. Various Colors.

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  8. styling: white shoes

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    Arielle Asks: Hi Mr. Kate (or should I say Mrs. Kate:) I am contemplating buying a pair of white snake print heeled ankle boots but the thing that keeps holding me back from purchasing it is the fact that I don’t know how to style them. You advice is VERY MUCH needed. Thanks;)

    My  Answer: Hi Arielle! Great question! I love white shoes. Unfortunetely, I don’t have any white, snake print boots like yours but I put these two outfits together around my white, heeled pumps which I think would also work perfectly with your boots.

    The best thing about white shoes is that the color matches with anything and everything so all you have to figure out is what outfit silhouette works best with your style of shoes. I styled outfit #1 with business, evening, etc. in mind and outfit #2 with day time for funky days or datenight sass!

    Outfit #1… old lady chic…

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    Finx Cuff. Various Colors.

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    Outfit #2… daytime sass…

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  9. decorate with: french linens

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    This type of European linen or ‘grain sack’ cloth with the stripes in red or blue was originally made by farm families to distinquish their grain sacks from each other. They each had their own stripe pattern in red or blue woven into the linen cloth. Lately, the striped cloth has become ubiquitous in interior design and I love using it to infuse a rustic elegance to any space. I personally have these French linen throw pillows and dishtowels. I think this style looks good interior or exterior in a variety of ways!

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    My dish towels and throw pillows above, and here’s some inspiration photos below…

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    • Reupholster an old settee with french linen!

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    • Reupolster some chairs with french linens!

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    • DIY your own french grain sack stripe on a table top using paint!
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    • Lovely french linen cushions

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    • French linene even makes a beautiful bedspread!

    My picks for shoppable french linens…

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    Mr. Kate Gems:

    1. Blue Stripe European Sham
    2.  French Linens Bed Skirt
    3. Vintage red stripe Tea Towels
  10. OMG We Bought A House! Episode 13: Out Of The Closet!

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    Joey and I feel very at home in our new house however, my shoes, are feeling left out! Today’s episode is all about giving our clothes and shoes a worthy situation and thankfully, Kathryn, from Closet Factory has come to help us get a custom closet! I have more than… uh.. 100 pairs of shoes. EEEEK.  I’m not ashamed!  So, when Kathryn told me they could all fit on a custom shelf, I could hardly contain my excitement.

    Tip: Measure your shoe length and width and times it by how many pairs of shoes you own to know how much room you’ll need to house them all… hint, you may need to give some away… I know, it’s so sad!

    See all of the OMG We Bought A House series here!

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    The BEFORE of the phone nook that we plan to break into to extend our closet 2 more feet. We will keep the archway and put a mirror on the wall or something cool…

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    The closet BEFORE – has racks and shelves that just aren’t maximizing the space….

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    Joey’s closet door… we plan to put a wall between to the two doors to get more surface area for storage.

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    Don’t take my shoes!

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    Comment and let us know what you think! xx

  11. OOTD: summer wings

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    Fly away on a Summer breeze… with a backpack! I always love an ironic, fun or quirky accessory and this backpack wings my heart! What makes this backpack especially more special is that there are exchangeable wings in different colors that just snap on and off.

    A winged backpack goes well with anything really, but today I paired it with a neon dress and green shoes…because, #whynot!? ”I’m like a bird, I wanta fly awwwwayyyy…”

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    Alicorn Horn Necklace. Various Colors.

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  12. up-cycled jewelry displays

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    text Colby Asks: Hi Kate!! Thanks to you I am now a major jewelry person like yourself. I was wondering if you could share any tips you have on storing/displaying your jewelry collection. Thanks for your help!!

    My Answer: Hi Colby, welcome to the dark side ;) jk jk! I totally understand the love of jewelry and also the challenge of trying to keep it all organized. Because of that, I’ve done a bunch of DIYs in the past on how to store or display your shiny goodies. Currently I’m using this vintage tennis racket (a thrift store find) to hang and display some jewelry from our new RAWR jewelry collection – see more pics below.

    I dedicated this post to jewelry displays that upcycle old/vintage items to use for jewelry organizing… Hope you get some ideas for your personal collection! xx

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    Here are some past DIY jewelry storage and organizing posts I’ve done:

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    • This vintage tennis racket works great as a way to organize a few necklaces, bracelets and ear cuffs.

    Some more upcycled jewelry display ideas…

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    • An old rake hung over a door is perfect for necklace storage.
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    • A metal spring frame from an old bef hung on the wall to organize all kinds of stuff!
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    • Table legs from the hardware store screwed into wood bases and topped with cute drawer pulls make for easy bracelet storage. A floor mirror with chicken wire is a giant grid to store all your jewelry – see a similar how-to I did with picture frames here: DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer
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    • An old washboard with little hooks screwed in makes an adorable, shabby chic organizer
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    • More great ideas: An old post with hooks, old bike seats as necklace stands and clip boards hung on the wall!
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    • A vintage cupcake tin for your smaller items like earrings and rings and the back of a cane chair painted a fun color makes for another great hanging organzier.

    Hope you got some ideas! Good luck! xx

  13. DIY winky shoes

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    You know when your shoes look up at you and silently say “Damn girl (or guy), you look good (wink)!”? Well, inspired by those moments here are some DIY Wink Shoes with an (optional) glitter eye…this is a great way to update last Summer’s old flats.

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    With a couple of paint strokes and some glitter, you’ll have some flirtatious feet! If winky shoes just aren’t your thing, take a look at these ‘DIY Upcycled Sneakers‘!

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    1. Cut two half oval shapes out of the sides of two pieces of tape and fit them together creating and almond eye shape on the top of your shoes where you want the open eye. Use a small circle of tape in the center as the pupil.
    2. Paint a layer of Mod Podge over the open eye area between the tape and sprinkle glitter to stick to the wet glue. Tip: this step is optional, if you don’t want to use glitter use your paint color in the eye space instead of mod podge and glitter.
    3. Let the glitter Mod Podge dry and then seal in the glitter with another coat over top – it will dry clear!
    4. Use your acrylic paint to draw your lash line – basically an S shape with lashes coming off – you may want to do two coats of paint.
    5. Let dry and woah, those winks were made for walkin’!

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    What do you think? Please comment and let me know if you do this project! If you post your photo #mrkate! xx

  14. DIY decorative letters

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    I teamed up with Duck brand duct tape to create today’s DIY Decorative Letter!  These letters are great on a book shelf, mantle, counter or kid’s room. Watch the video above for the full tutorial. I spelled out Kate, because, that’s my name, but there’s obviously inumerable options of words to spell with these colorful decorative letters. The Duck Fabric is cool because it is basically fabric with sticky backs to the end result looks like a fabric covered letter in a chic, matte finish.

    Here are some styling ideas for your decorative letters…

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    • On a mantle!

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    • Giant letters that spell out something basic and motivating like EAT!

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    1. Cover the front of your paper mache letter with Duck Tape fabric.
    2. Cut in between the spaces of your letter so you can fold the excess fabric around to the underside of the letter.
    3. Accent the perimeter of your letter with a complimentary Duck fabric tape.
    4. Accent with a mini roll of tape as well – optional
    5. (optional tassel) Cut our a strip of fabric Duck Tape and fold it in half length wise and cut three long strips to braid leaving about a 1/2 inch uncut at the top. Tape off your braid at the bottom.
    6. Cut another strip of duck tape around 12 inches and fold it in half on itself so it’s 6 inches.
    7. Cut little strips along the strip, again not all the way through, leaving about 1/2 inch.
    8. Roll it around the base of the braided strip and tape it to secure it, creating a tassel!
    9. Tape your tassle to your decorative letter.

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  15. OOTD: is that a shirt or a dress?

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    Happy 4th of July! I’m celebrating by prancing around my backyard in this lace and chambray, babydoll dress that may or may not be a shirt. Tomato, tomaato, shirt, dress – whatever floats your buttcheeks, I like to say! These Prada shoes are sooo gorgeous with their mini gold studs – a generous birthday gift from Joey. Further accessorizing with jewelry from the new RAWR collection and my favorite matte pink lipstick by Lime Crime.

    P.S – We’re doing an Independance Day weekend promotion on the Mr. Kate shop so head over there for more info and express your independance with some accessory shopping! xx

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    Saber Ring. Various Colors.

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    Web Ring. Various Colors.

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  16. a BeautyMarks wedding

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    Sooo, apparently fairies exist and they like to wear Mr. Kate BeautyMarks on their wedding day! Alright, alright, Camille and Olivier aren’t elves or fairies (although they could totally play some in movies) but they did for reals get married and when the bride, Camille sent me her wedding photos I knew I HAD to post these photos because they are truly magical and I’m so honored she and her fairies-in-waiting rocked my designs!

    Photographer Andréanne Lupien took all these amazing wedding photos. She did a phenomenal job documenting this gorgeous, woodsy event – check out her page for other magical moments.

    Here’s to you Camille and Olivier!

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    BeautyMarks "The New Makeup"

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    Thanks again Camille for sharing your pictures, you looked absolutely stunning and sparkling! xx

  17. OMG We Bought A House! Episode 12: Anniversary Al Fresco!

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    It’s our 7 year anniversary (woah) and we decided the best way to celebrate would be in our own backyard!  But where to eat? Under the pergola, of course, which I have been itching to get spruced! All it took was some elbow grease aka a power washer and pretty decor by way of an outdoor rug, potted plants, outdoor curtainsa table and chairs, globe string lightshurricane lanterns, Buddha fountain, homemade sangria (recipe below) and a DIY outdoor fabric table runner to make our own little outdoor sanctuary! What do you think?

    See all of the OMG We Bought A House series here!

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    Getting mic-ed up!

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    Red Clove Summer Sangria 

    Prep it:

    • roughly cut fresh fruit and berries (oranges, limes, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and peaches!)
    • 1 bottle of dry red wine
    • 1/4 cup brandy
    • 1/4 cup tripple sec
    • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
    • a sploosh of sparkling water – to taste
    • agave syrup – to taste
    • cloves – a sprinkle of cloves

    DO IT!:

    1. Add all your ingredients to a decanter or pitcher and let sit for an hour or so to really let those juices mix and mingle.
    2. Serve!

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    Our director and videographer Brad Etter, working hard to get the perrrrfect shot!

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    All finished!  And now, it’s time to eat! Love you Joey!

    Please comment and let us know what you think and if you have any questions! xo

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