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  1. Mr. Kate @ BeautyCon

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    This past Saturday was BeautyCon LA which is a giant convention for all of the Beauty/Fashion content creators and fans! We had a giant Mr. Kate booth set up with DIY crate shelves, a checkout station and DIY BeautyMarks area where people applied their gold and  all new Watercolor BeautyMarks! We also had a #selfie wall with “You’re like, really pretty” hand painted on a DIY faux brick panel where all the happy people posed for photos. For those of you who came and shopped, thank you! And for those of you who missed it, here’s a complete photo re-cap!

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    • First up, we prepped the crates by staining them an aged oak color and painting our faux brick panels…

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    The booth BEFORE…

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    • Planning the layout of the Make Your Mark area where people applied their BeautyMarks

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    and AFTER!…

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    Here are some of the lovely and adorable #selfies that people posted at the event…

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    The new Watercolor BeautyMarks made their fabulous debut!

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    • Team #mrkate photo at the end of a long and fun day!
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    • And the team #mrkate ladies, whom I can’t function without, Elise and Chaleena posing on the pink carpet!
    (images via instagram: @jordanrisa, @ambmagazine, @awwlyzza, @lanas__babe, @inspiritgolden1, @fashionista_the_glamourous, @notkaitlynwood, @hellovsnow, @kellytorresdesign, @newgirlexpo, @sparklewithsteph, @365hangers, @nikkistarmakeup)
  2. OOTD: late summer leaves

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    When you find a huge wall with Marilyn Monroe, Ray Charles, Woody Allen, Bob Marley, and Babe Ruth all sporting aviators… you have to stop for some OOTD pics! This outfit is styled with a light blazer to ease into that brisk Fall weather we’re going to encounter any moment now… how is Summer nearly over already!?

    If you like the sunglasses in todays post, learn how to make them here: DIY Pearl Encrusted Sunglasses.

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  3. OMG We Bought A House! Bloopers!

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    I meaaaaan, we can’t NOT show you the bloopers! We have had a blast shooting the last 15 episodes of OMG We Bought A House! They are long days with lots of stuff to do which inevitably leads to brain farts, blabbing, silliness annnd, Joey forgetting how to speak English. I hope these give you a good LOL. xo!

    Here are some outtake photos to add to the behind the scenes blooper peek…

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    Cameras on beds are not part of the design!

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    Brad Etter is the most smoldering videographer/editor/director/model around!

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    Sound guy Jonathan fixing Joey’s mic pack while we’re mid mirror hold

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    Shhhhhhhhh Joey!

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    Adrian clacks a mean slate!

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    Joey being blown away by my dance moves

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    Peeking through the slate!

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    So many slates! Take one million…

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    Brad getting the perfect bird’s eye shot of our anniversary feast

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    Please comment and let us know what you think! Watch all the OMG episodes here!

  4. DIY neon plaid vanity

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    I’ve had this vanity for about 10 years now and it was time to update it’s antique white paint with dun dun dunnnn, neon plaid! I think a project like this would be great on a desk or vanity for a dorm room, or chest for an entryway. All you need to do is pick out your color palette and get to taping and painting!

    What do you guys think?  DIY your own and hashtag your pictures, #mrkate!  I’d love to see the results.

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    Do It!:

    1. Tape off your mirrors and spray paint primer all over your vanity and drawers outside on a drop cloth and let dry
    2. Tape off your plaid-like pattern by taping vertical stripes and then horizontal stripes over – I chose to vary the width of the stripes.
    3. Paint each stripe a different color and let dry.
    4. Remove tape (but not the tape on the mirror).
    5. Paint the polycrylic sealant over the dried acrylics. Let dry.
    6. Remove the tape on the mirror and admire your funky self in your new plaid vanity!

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  5. back to school/fall styling

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    Gela Asks: Hello there Mr. Kate! I love your blog especially your OOTDs. I am going in a university where there is no uniform and dress code which means I could wear anything I want to. Right now I am still thinking of a way about how I can dress up comfortably yet stylish in school. Any ideas Mr. Kate? I would be forever grateful. Thanks and more power Mr. Kate! xx

    My Answer: Hi Gela! I always loved the first day of school…for the outfit! I’d plan my first day of school outfit for weeks so I’d be so excited to get dressed that day. I always find I have a better day when I like what I’m wearing and feel like I’m expressing myself. Going to college/university is such an exciting time and even though your schedule might be crazy, I say it’s worth it to take an extra couple minutes to pull together your look. These two outfits I styled with heels but could easily be worn with fun sneakers or flats if you need to walk to school, or whatever. My most important rule is to feel free to experiment with your style… it’s only clothes but you can discover a lot about yourself through style, so have FUN! PS, do your homework ; )

    For the DIY Leather Bound Journal featured in this post, click here.

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    Outfit #1: I love pants with a fun pattern, they’re as comfortable as jeans but bring more life to any outfit. I paired a girly peach tee with lace detail with these funky pants and saved some time (if you’re on the run) with a messy bun, accented by a bow barrette, black rimmed glasses and a big white bag for books…or lunch. If you don’t want to wear heels to school, wear a look like this with high top sneakers. I also love this look for work if you add a blazer!

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    Finx Cuff. Various Colors.

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    Outfit #2 is an easy look that is good for school or work – if you don’t want to wear platforms I think a cute pair of flats would be great too! I love this rugged backpack which I got in the men’s section at Zara – similar here. The animal print gloves contrast yet compliment the skirt and add a classic look along with the cropped jacket. The loose shirt offsets the cling of the skirt and red lips and Mr. Kate necklaces are allllways a good idea ; )

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  6. OMG We Bought A House! Episode 15: Bon Voyage!

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    This whole house owning stuff has been a lot of work so Joey and I are taking a little break to go on our Funnymoon! In this episode we recap some of our favorite/scariest moments so far in the series as well as what we still have to do to our house…because apparently it’s never-ending!

    We’re off to Bora Bora for some, well deserved (according to us) relaxation. Keep tuning in for details from our trip and of course, more fun Mr. Kate videos to come!

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

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    Hopefully we come back refreshed and ready to get back to work because we have some more fun ideas planned. Please comment and let us know what you think, etc. We love hearing from ALL of you! xo!

  7. DIY wire cactus

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    I’ve finally found a plant I won’t kill! A DIY wire cactus is perfect for a plant vibe that needs no TLC because apparently, I don’t have a green thumb. A gathering of these would be so chic on a window sill or anywhere you’d typically place cactus. Also you can get creative with the shape because, just like snowflakes, and humans, no wire cactus is exactly alike!

    WARNING: some of the following how-to images are rated PG13 for their weiner-like appearance.

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    Do It!:

    1. Pump up a balloon and tie a not to seal it
    2. Wrap your wire around the ballon to get your desired cactus spear – Tip: it looks cool if the wire criss crosses over each other and it also helps stabalize.
    3. Pop your balloon within the wire cactus spear
    4. Repeat step 1 though 3 to create two more wire cacti of varying height.
    5. Insert them into your ceramic pot.
    6. Fill with sand.
    7. Place your new cactus wherever you want, no sunlight or water needed! ;)

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  8. instagram #mrkate

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    Always getting inspired by how you happy customers are styling your #mrkate goodies in your own unique ways! Here’s another post dedicated to you all, thanks so much for sharing the love and looking so damn cool! Catch BeautyMarks and pieces from the RAWR collection  and as always, you can shop these looks on shop.mrkate.com.

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    The beautiful Bella Thorne tweeted this pic post workout decked out in Mr. Kate BeautyMarks in gold!

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    Instagrams images via: bellathorne, freepeoplelasvegas, aloha_melissa, lifeannstyle, quayggles, cjbluecompany, zrinkili, buttercupsunshine, claireblondehair, vegiehead, chaleena, worldaccordingtoj, carla_rivera, mjessane, luluhasredhair, studioashby, michellenwonderland, valeriethys, livecynply, juicylucy1986, noholita, geraldine_v

  9. NOTW: checkerboards and flowers

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    For this week’s nails I went for black and cream checkerboard, heart tips and flowers that the talented Amie Morimoto sculpted from acrylic! You can use the acrylic paste to shape into flowers, ice cream cones, etc… pretty cool. Just use the brush to flatten little dollops into petals, then add some gems and a clear gel topcoat to seal. I like the SensatioNail LED gel kit for at-home gel manicures.  I liked the combo of black and cream with the girly flowers. I’m headed to Santa Barbara this weekend with some gals so these should be the perfect nails for some poolside champagne sipping.

    You’ll also notice I wore the Vesper Ear Cuff as a nail ring!

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    Web Ring. Various Colors.

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    Vesper Ear Cuff. Various Colors.

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    I hope everyone is having a great week and enjoying the Summer sun! xx

  10. DIY faux brick wall

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    I love the look of brick – aged brick, painted brick, whatever! Sadly, I don’t have any real brick in my life so the next best thing?…faux brick! We found these faux brick panels at Lowe’s - unpainted I think they scream FAKE brick but with a nice coat of white or a fun color, these panels can add a lovely texture to any wall!

    These faux brick panels are nice and lightweight so you could definitely use some in a rental apartment or anywhere you want to add a design element. See more ideas on how to style and design around brick in Decorating with: Bricks.

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    • faux brick panel (s)
    • primer (adding primer will make sure your color of choice is bright)
    • color paint of your choice
    • paint brush
    • drop cloth
    • (not pictured/optional) Command Strips: picture hanging strips to keep your faux brick in place. They’re like velcro and won’t damage your walls!

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    • Lay your panel down on a drop cloth or outside, paint with primer and let dry. Tip: if you need to trim your panel, see if your local hardware store will trim it for you before you bring it home.
    • Paint the panel with your paint color and let dry – do two coats if needed.
    • Prop the panel(s) against your wall, use nails or Command Strips to secure at the top and bottom and decorate your room around your new, radical wall!

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  11. OOTD cacti unchained

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    Today’s outfit is sharp! I decided to go for a fun contrast to the tailored, feminine blouse by putting it over this white, bondage-esque bra I got from Free People. The lace mini skirt also contrasts with the hefty, 1980′s belt (from the thrift store) and of course standing amongst a cactus garden for these pics gave me an extra edgs…err, poke! My styling rule, DON’T match your shoes to your belt – as you can see by my brown shoes and black belt…because, #whynot!?

    Comment below and let me know what you think of this outfit! xx

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  12. roundup: summer headbands

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    Mid-summer hair can sometimes fall a little flat, oily, sweaty, frizzy, etc. and sometimes it’s way easier to put it up or disquise a bad hair day with a headband! I receive a lot of questions on how to style headbands. Headbands are great accessories to add an extra element to funk up, class up or boho up an outfit! Headbands work in both short and long hair styles. You can find a headband to fit virtually any style you like, feminine, rocker, sleek, fancy, etc. To help spark some headband inspiration, here are some pictures of successfully styled headbands, for all you headbanders out there!…how many times did I say headband ; )

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    • If you’re looking for a DIY headband see the DIY Floral Headpiece I made out of old sheets and lace trim!
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    Mr. Kate GEMS:

    1. Kate Spade Cat Ear Headband
    2. ASOS Turban Headband
    3. Elle Rhinestone Leaf Headband
  13. 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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  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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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    • 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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    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.
  17. 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.

  18. 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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    Prep It:

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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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