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
Every year around July 4th, I face an internal crisis that has nothing to do with patriotism. Rather, it concerns my personal beliefs. You see, I strongly believe that costumes and flair make everything more fun, yet I believe just as strongly in the 3 Commandments of Mamma Nature: reduce, reuse, and recycle. And I'm also very cheap...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
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
I once applied for a job where, during the interview, I was required to fix a flat bike tire while blindfolded. I can't really even change a flat tire when my vision is unobscured, so this "real-life-challenge" was especially difficult for me. Luckily, it was a group interview, so about 25 other candidates were able to witness me fumbling around like an idiot.
The job was for a tour guide for one of those...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
Did you play an instrument when you were a kid? I played clarinet in the middle school band (because it got me out of class), then piano (because my parents made me), then took voice lessons (because it was harder for my music teacher to tell when I didn't practice singing than it was for her to notice I never practiced piano). Needless to say, I've...Read more
The coolest thing I've ever found is also the thing I most regret. Let me explain. The time was 2007, the place was Bethany Beach, Delaware, and the thing? Oh, the thing...
Running on the beach everyday, I'd found nearly everything under the sea-- starfish and sea horses, string rays and baby seals (alive and adorable, and don't worry, I helped them return to ocean)...Read more
If you're an inattentive cook like I am, you likely have some scorched pots, warped pans, and dented colanders in your kitchen (how did it get dented?!) that you can use for this DIY. And if you have an attention span longer than 10 seconds...Read more