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Have you heard of Green Monday? It’s like a second Cyber Monday. If you missed out on the sales or are wishing you bought something, this is your chance. Here are my favorite things for myself and to give as gifts. Sales are still going on as well as free shipping at a bunch of stores. If you’re still in the mood to shop:
Today I’m bringing you a fun and unique home Christmas project! I teamed up with Ana, of Chic Streets and Eats, to create a ‘basket wreath’ wall art. We each made our own creation going off that idea—see Ana’s version here. For my project, I wanted to do a spin on the traditional rustic country Christmas by incorporating rich colors and pine cones. The fun thing about putting greenery inside the baskets is that it’s the same effect as a traditional wreath, just re-arranged.
Here’s how I made it:
I bought baskets at the dollar store and all the fixin’s at Michael’s.
Plan out the arrangement of the baskets and overall design.
Using twine, tie the baskets together in a few spots.
For extra strength, I cut up foam cardboard and backed the baskets, tying it together with fishing line and taping everything down.
Make a loop to hang it at the top.
Carefully tie (or glue) everything down so it stays put when you hang it. I chose to tie everything in so if I wanted to change up the design next year I could. (The baskets would stay tied up but the decorations can be removed.)
I teamed up with the Lincoln Motor Company to create a new shade in my lips illustration collection inspired by their new exotic purple color, Tahitian Pearl, for the 2015 MKC. It’s a bold color (which also inspired a deep purple lipstick by Bésame Cosmetics), and is perfect for people who like something different. If you saw my instagram recently, I just got engaged (yay!) and chose a sapphire ring in lieu of a diamond. So I can definitely get behind going for a non-traditional choice!
The minute I found out about the Oxford Exchange in Tampa, I decided I must go there (and couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard about it sooner). Not only was it minutes away from where I lived, it turned out to inspire some new pieces of art! The decor is a perfectly lived-in, scholarly and elegant space with exposed brick, marble floors and mismatched furniture. One end is a curated bookshop full of must-read classics and new arrivals; while the other end houses a shop full of home decor, vintage pieces and gifts that would make any Anthropologie addict hyperventilate. The atmosphere is relaxed and sophisticated (there was a bathroom attendant), and the lounge area invites you to grab a tea or coffee and stay a while. Oh, and they also have a restaurant and office space for rent. So enough gushing…go there and experience it for yourself.
I created four pieces in this collection: fashionable oxford booties, a stack of cute reading glasses, a stack of classic books and a more detailed piece of a stylish girl reading on a daybed in a room closely resembling the OE.