BlogHer Babes to Follow!

Well, BlogHer has officially come and gone. To be honest, it was nothing I thought it would be and everything I never expected (how’s that for confusing?) What I mean by that is: I thought I’d spend all day in sessions, and just talk to people at mealtimes and at parties. With the discovery that the sessions were being liveblogged and podcast, though, I gave myself the license to actually go out and meet everyone I’d been talking to (ok, stalking) on Twitter/the blogosphere for weeks, months, and in some cases, years. This post is dedicated to the amazing ladies that I came to know and love in two short days!

First, I want to say that meeting miss Morgan of The818 was by far the best part of my trip. Serendipitously, we discovered that we’d not only grown up in the same area (about 20 minutes away from each other), but that we went to the exact same temple. In a conference of 2500 women, across the country from our home state… so crazy. Here’s the culmination of our brand new lady love on Saturday night-

Lindsay & Morgan

@the818 and @linzlovesyou post-Sparklecorn, pre-Cheeseburgher

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Thankful Thursday

Today has been quite the bizarre day. First, I missed the bus (again) and had to take a taxi to work (again).

Party like it’s 1988!

I’m 22 today, kids. The big two-dee-two. Thanks to these suckas for bringing me into the world 22 years ago!

 

me, mom and dad

Aw, presh

 

And also, this is pretty awesome… take that, Perez Hilton AND Oh No They Didn’t!!

It's GLEE, bitches

Visual Inspiration- The Bold and The Beautiful

Part of the reason my blog has been relatively sparsely populated is that I’m attempting to design my own website (omgwtfbbq!) It’s almost as cool as when Mommy Wants Vodka pulled a John C. Mayer… only more on par with my pulling a Glee, which doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, sad.

In the–lengthy and somewhat painful–process of designing, I’ve put together some gorgeous inspiration photos. If you know whose these are (or they’re yours), please do speak up… can’t take credit for any of these, damnit! In the meantime, here’s part one of my inspiration file…

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DIY Halloween Roundup!

Even though we’ve had a bit of an Indian summer the last few days here in Boston, I can’t help thinking ahead to my first post-college Halloween.  I’m eagerly looking forward to crunchy leaves, more pumpkin lattes, searching for a fun costume, and hopefully a trip or two to Salem!

To get into the spirit of all things Halloween-y, here are some of my favorite DIY projects that I’ve come across lately. If you have a project to add, link up in the comments!

For spooky glassware, How About Orange has a great tutorial on using packing tape to make image transfers!

 

 

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Keeping with the spooky theme, check out these Eat At Your Own Risk toppers via Etsy:

 

 

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All Things Thrifty has a Woman’s Day Mag-inspired Candy Corn Wreath:

 

 

candy corn wreath

 

 

If the idea of gluing all those candy corns is too much for you (or for more wreathy inspiration), there’s a similar version on Etsy.

My Paper Crane has a tutorial and template for adorable felt ghost cozies, which you could also string up into a garland or hang from doorknobs too!

 

 

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Calamity Anne has a fun tutorial on redoing an old clock to give it a Halloween feel… trip to Goodwill or Ikea for clocks, anyone?

 

 

spooky clock

 

My friend Daniela from Berkeley has a great shop, The Art Life, where she’s selling a kit to make your own mini-chipboard Halloween album, complete with embellishments and papers… and it’s on sale! Also, check out the rest of her shop– great stuff!

 

 

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If you love pumpkins but not the mess of carving them, Calamity Anne also has a tutorial on painting decorative pumpkins:

 

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At The Crafty Cupboard, Melanie has an easy-to-follow tutorial for this wonderful & inexpensive spiderweb table runner:

 

 

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Yet another project from Brooke at All Things Thrifty: an easy and temporary way to “trick” out your existing decor! (Yes, I love her stuff!)

 

 

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Last but certainly not least, Boston-based Papercrave has a tutorial and printables for a lovely paper garland. For fun variations on this, you can alternate the cutouts with candy corn, add some glitter, sub printed halloween paper, or string it on colored ribbon!

 

 

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Lovely for Less: Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler is known for his amazing prints and his super-sexy white pottery.  Unfortunately, he’s also known to be completely out of my budget.  While browsing PlasticLand, though, I found some really great and almost identical alternatives at a fraction of the cost…love it!

Here are the originals from Jonathan Adler:

 

 

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J.A. Fishie Salt/Pepper shakers for a mere $48 per set

 

 

 

 

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J.A. whale pitcher for $95!

 

 

 

 

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$150 for a tray? I love you Jonathan, but my wallet doesn’t!

 

 

And here are the ones from PlasticLand:

 

 

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Super cute blowfish salt/pepper shakers… $16!!

 



 

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Pretty much died for this whale/seashell creamer set… and it’s only $20!

 



 

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Granted, it’s lucite, but at $18, I’m totally ok with that!

 


 

Work in Progress (part dos!)

So, I changed the color scheme to go along with my retro blog look (see bottom image in this post) and changed my header font to ChunkFive, at the suggestion of the lovely (and brilliant) Melissa.

 

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Round Dos!

 

 

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The page for my recent work

 

 

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About me, version 2!

 

 

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And the blog that’s inspiring it all

 

 

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Also, a main category page, in progress!

Boo-tiful Halloween, Round Two!

It’s definitely fall here in Boston. Actually, it’s a California winter already (oh god, someone save me before January!). That said, crunchy leaves and brisk winds are a daily reminder that Halloween, and soon Thanksgiving, are right around the corner!

Grab a pumpkin spice latte…

 

pumpkin spice latte

…and some cider donuts, an amazing New England delicacy,

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…and enjoy the scary, the sexy, and the spectacular of Halloween diy & decor!

First, check out this amazing party feature from Pizzazzerie (you MUST click the picture to see more images!!)

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Then, there’s Kim of TheTomKatStudio, who always has the most gorgeous party styling and printables, with GLAM HALLOWEEN!

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Dear Kim, I love you. Please hire me. Or adopt/marry me.

Another perennial party-planning favorite, Jenn from Hostess With the Mostess, spotted this great Etsy tablescape:

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Jenn? You can hire/adopt/marry me too. Sister wives, anyone?

Twig and Thistle made this wreath for a Bh&G contest, but can’t you see it in yellow/white/orange like a candy corn, or in gold/black/orange? So cute!

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For a creeptastic party favor, Forkable Blog has a recipe for Dexter-inspired “bloodstained slide candy”!

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Domestifluff made a 13 days of Halloween countdown and has been posting instructions for each day’s project:

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Last but not least, check out these adorable vintage-styled “Witches Brew” labels from CraftyPagan on Etsy…witchesbrew

Enjoy!!

NaBloPoMo

NaBloPoMo= National Blog Post Month. Aka 30 days, writing one blog post every day. 

I signed up for it tonight (yikes!) but I figured it was a less intimidating way to ease into the whole writing-every-day thing. Also, I thought it would be a great way to initiate my new and (getting) beautiful blog!

The NyQuill is starting to kick in for this sickie girl, so enjoy this fun and creative Halloween idea from Papernstitch Blog– 

FOLLOW ALONG!

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