Ahh sweater weather. That magical time of year when Pinterest boards are aflutter with layering ideas and magazines are packed with a million and one ways to style your sweater (sweater/ jeans/ boots...Read more
As a closet nerd, I have many paper-bound books. But as an artist and visual merchandiser, a messy bookcase gives me borderline-intense anxiety. My home library contains many (Ok, mostly) books with brightly-multi-colored-eye-catching-neon spines (because I do judge books by their covers-- literally, not metaphorically), but looking at the books displayed all together in disarray stressed me out and makes me feel like I'm at an underground rave in 1980s London...Read more
Every Boy Scouts knows that preparation is the key to success; all Girl Scouts know that looking cute and bringing cookies never hurts; and everything I needed to know I learned in kindergarden (after school in my Daisy Scout meetings). Here are some tips and tricksI learned during my years in uniform, and some eco-essentials that will to help ensure you're a happy camper... Read more...Read more
Being a hipster is all about independence, and Independence Day is a hipster's chance to shine. Hipsters are too cool for family fun and backyard BBQs, obviously, but Main Street parades on single-speed bikes melt their hip-hearts like warm apple pie, and 4th of July fashion makes their American-Apparel-led pulses race like they're running a three-legged one...Read more
4th of July's all fun and games until... Actually, until nothing-- 4th of July's just all fun and games. To turn your backyard BBQ into a patriotic party, all you really need is a coat of paint (or an account on PayPal!). Etsy's full of Americana decor you can buy, but if you're feeling crafty, use the eco-cheapo tricks below and DIY your way to red, white, and blue garland and games, candles and centerpieces....Read more
Long gone are winter's cold nights and chapped lips, but now summer has a laundry list of epidermal ailments for us to deal with (there's always something, isn't there?!). So I scoured the online apothecary, also known as Etsy's Health & Beauty section, to find a little something for all of your skin's summer "somethings"... Read more...Read more
Say "yes" to boring, dime-a-dozen, bargain bin ring? No, thank you. You're a beautiful, one-of-a-kind woman with a sparkling personality and a healthy respect for your Mamma-- shouldn't your engagement ring be, too?...Read more
With so many big plans to orchestrate and small details to arrange, order, and organize for yourself before your wedding, it's hard to imagine that you have to outfit and accessorize six other women, as well. But fluster not, you blushing bride, because I've got everything you need for your bridesmaids right here...Read more
After a long, stressful day at work, you decide to make yourself a delic dinner to enjoy while you relax and binge watch Pretty Little Liars, so on your way home you pop into the store to gather ingredients and a bottle of wine. You're on a budget so you scan your Club Card to qualify your purchase for the $0.10 mail-in rebate (don't forget to buy stamps!), but since you didn't plan on...Read more
When I was looking for something to use as bookends, I found some old Julius Caesar busts at a thrift shop for $1. The price was right and I loved them, but when I put them on display I felt like my interior decorator was my dad (and that's a bad thing). So I popped open some spray paint, painted them bright blue, and now it looks like my bookcase was styled by Elle Decor.
Painted figurines are an awesome way to add a slash of color to your decor, and they're a super...Read more
My first "adult" apartment was essentially a cave. It wasn't underground, per-say, it was more sunken-into-the-ground-and-also-nooked-up-againest-a-"cliff"-aka-the-parking-lot. The point is, it was really, really dark and a bear could comfortably hibernate in it.
So, as newly minted adults do, I went to...Read more
Freshen up your home decor with eco-friendly throw pillows! Mix and match patterns to liven up your living room or throw some brightly colored pillows on your sofa to spruce up your sitting room. You can't really go wrong, so go wild with your home decorating self. Here are 50 of my favorites environmentally friendly finds, and...Read more
A little bit of paint can make a big impact without breaking the bank. Turn something boring into something bright, turn something neon into something neutral, or turn something solid into something striped. Whatever you do can be undone, so don't be afraid to be a little bold and paint outside the lines. Start small with these 72 paint-ful and paint-less DIY ideas you can do this weekend...Read more
Whether your thumb is green or black, you can have a flourishing, Thumbelina-sized garden in your home with a terrarium. The goldfish of botany, these eco-beauties are super easy to maintain and are sold in customizable kits your can DIY or in DIFY (Do-It-For-You) ready-made, ready-to-display biodomes.
As you can see...Read more
Sharing 98.7% of our DNA, bonobo's are essentially the estranged, hippie cousins we recently discovered via Ancestory.com who have a more interesting and verbally pleasing last name than we do (or at least than I do-- mispronouncing-- or pronouncing-- "Raskauskas" is like...Read more
Did you know that tens of millions of gallons of oil spills into North American oceans each year? That's gross. It's easy to point the finger at big oil companies and blame them for oil pollution in our oceans, but if we do, 92% of our fingers will be pointing back at ourselves. That's unlikely, you may be thinking. I have five ...Read more
What's black and white and green all over? These items. While that wasn't funny, it was true because the black and white items featured here were all either handmade with recycled paper or were printed on recycled paper. I know what you may be thinking...Read more
I'm about to blow your mind. Ready? Magazines, newspaper, book pages, sheet music, and maps are all just-- wait for it-- paper. So are envelopes, gift tags, party decorations, and a billon other things you buy. Boom. That info probably just rocked your world, so I'll give you a second to...Read more