Favorite Posts of the Week – 5/4 Edition

My weekly round-ups are back!

Let’s just get right to it. Here are my favorite posts from the week of April 30th:

A Par-Tee for your golfer

My hubbie is an avid golfer and so this golf-themed Father’s Day party caught my eye. Of course, Mike and I aren’t parents yet, but this is definitely going into my Pinterest vault for the future. Loving the plaid design on the cake, and the printables are just perfect.

PAR-TEE. Show the golfer in your life how much you care.

PAR-TEE. Show the golfer in your life how much you care.

Here’s my golfer doing his thing while we were in Maui back in December.

Mike Golfing in Maui

Mike Golfing in Maui

Girly, girl Princess Party

I’m a TOTAL girl inside and out so this party featured on Hostess with the Mostess had me wishing I was 5 years old again.  Actually, considering my obsession with Kate Middleton this party would still be fitting for my next  birthday party. Seriously though, how adorable is this birthday party? The Royal Princess Tutu’s (I want one!), elegant, monogrammed welcome easel, and glass slipper candy favors. The party was flawless and I’m sure tons of fun for the little girls who joined in on the fun.

Dress-Inspired Princess Party

Dress-Inspired Princess Party

Practical and Cute

Love this cute little find by MadeByGirl during her stop at the Traditional Home party at the New York Design Center. Take a a look at the rest of her post for photos of lovely vignettes, funky chairs, and more.

Practical, yet stylish makeup brush holder

Practical, yet stylish makeup brush holder

Inspiration everywhere, anywhere

Inspiration can come from anywhere.  I know we’ve all heard that before, but Chassity from Look Linger Love really showed us how it’s done. She created art inspired by some of her favorite things from her closet. I LOVE this idea and really want to try it myself. What do you think of Chassity’s source of inspiration?

Closet inspired art

Closet inspired art

Royal Wedding Fever (One year later)

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m still kinda obsessed over Wills and Kate and still dream about their fairytale wedding. Now that we’re coming up on their 1 year wedding anniversary I’m starting to feel some nostalgia over last year’s beautiful ceremony at Westminster Abbey. That day, I woke up at 6am to watch (and cry) live – texting back and forth with my mom and sisters about the dress, the guests, Wills and Harry joking at the alter, and everything in between.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite highlights from the 2011 Royal Wedding:

The moment Kate stepped out of the car and saw the thousands gathered to watch her get married…

Pippa helps her big sis get ready to enter the Abbey

The perfect ceremony location. How amazing is Westminster Abbey? Love those tall trees along the aisle. Although, I’m sure the guests who had to sit behind those weren’t that happy.

The Bride and her father walking down the aisle followed by the bridal party.

The moment when Harry looked back and saw that Kate was just feet away from them. He then whispered something into William’s ear and you could see that William had to try HARD not to turn around to take a peek at his bride.

Harry's sneak peek

The crowd gets their first glimpse of them as man and wife — the crowd goes wild!

The happy couple

There’s nothing NOT to love about this moment…the kiss and the flower girl.

The anticipated kiss and annoyed flower girl

Such a cute surprise and ending to the wedding. Simply adorable.

JU5T WED

For those interested in joining the anniversary fever, here is a listing of programming THIS SUNDAY celebrating Wills and Kate’s 12 months of wedded bliss.

BBC America
6AM & 11AM – William and Kate: A Fairytale Romance
2:30PM – Britain’s Royal Weddings
4:30PM – Royal Wedding Highlights Anniversary Special

Cheerio mates!

Red Carpet Inspiration – Trends from the Oscars

My favorite dress from Oscar night wasn’t even worn on the red carpet. Katie Holmes’ Oscar after-party look blew me away! Seriously, how gorgeous is her Elie Saab navy dress? She stunned at the Vanity Fair party the night of the Oscars and so it went under the radar, but it’s my favorite dress of the evening.

I love everything about this dress –  the embellishment along the top, the belted waist, and the flowy skirt. It is stunning.

Katie Holmes Dazzles in Navy

Katie Holmes Dazzles in Navy

Of course, I’m back to my old tricks and want to see how I can recreate some of the key elements of her style on a tighter budget.

Cocktail

What do you think about this cocktail version? It’s embellished at the top with a beaded feather pattern, is cinched at the waist, and has a flowy skirt. Pair this with a cute silver or black belt and I think we’ve done a great job of recreating Katie’s look for a less formal occassion.

Rebecca Taylor Beaded Feather Dress

Rebecca Taylor Beaded Feather Dress

Formal

How about this dress as a formal version of Katie’s dress? I love the cinched waist, flowy skirt, and even the ruched top – but I am longing for that beautiful embellishment that we see on Katie’s dress. Unfortunately, I haven’t found an evening dress to recreate Katie’s look exactly, but I still think this BCBG Maxazria version does a great job – plus it’s in that hot coral/orange color we’ve seen on Michelle Williams this award season.

BCBG's Amber Strapless Evening Gown

BCBG's Amber Strapless Evening Gown

Can YOU find a formal option to better recreate Katie’s Elie Saab look? Let me know in the comments!

Favorite Posts of the Week – 2/20 Edition

As you can tell by the silence on Casa Martinez this week, I’ve been a little busy. Last weekend I went to Disney World and Legoland to celebrate my nephew’s 8th birthday. We had a great time, but was a pretty tiring fun-filled weekend. Then on Tuesday morning I had to wake up bright and early to be a good citizen and report to jury duty. It was touch-and-go there for a few hours, but thankfully my stint in jury duty only lasted one day. Needless to say these events threw off my entire week!

Without further ado, let’s get to my favorite posts for the week of February 20th:

I love Key West so when I saw this fun, beach-casual wedding held at the Southernmost House I melted. Key West is a very unique place filled with many interesting characters and stories – from Ernest Hemingway and his cats, to the roosters that share the sidewalks with humans, to the fascinating stories about pirates and ghosts. It’s a place that my husband and I are very fond of and have spent several special moments there (our first trip together was to Key West and we’ve celebrated three New Years there).

Key West Wedding

Key West Wedding

So apparently my home decorating style is called “Transitional” which I only learned this week through Houzz.com. It’s sort of funny because I never felt like my style was really Modern, Traditional, or  Eclectic. I like bits and pieces of each style to represent my tastes, and most importantly putting something together that feels homey and comfortable.  Houzz’s defines Transitional style as “blends the comfort and warmth of traditional design with the clean profiles and understated colors of the contemporary look”, but also says that it can really be combination of any decorating style as long as it casual and comfortable. As you see on their post, Transitional style uses neutrals, but by no means does that mean dull — there are fun pieces, pops of color, and patterns that keep this style interesting.

What do YOU think? Is the Transitional style for those who are indecisive? Or do you think it’s a way to enjoy each style and represent the different facets of your personality?

South Boston Living Room contemporary living room

I’ve been following Lily for a few months now and I really like her attainable, budget friendly style. Honestly, the style of some of the blogs I follow either aren’t realistic from a day-to-day perspective (aka too funky or uncomfortable) or are just out of my budget range; however, Lily keeps it real. I love that she always shares where she purchased her pieces which are usually places like Old Navy, Gap, Marshalls, and Forever 21. TOTALLY, TOTALLY reasonable!

Keep it up Lily!

Lily's Cute Workstyle

Lily's Cute Workstyle

For the past two years my Christmas decor has been an elegant combination of silver and gold. Both shades feel classic and timeless and so the combination, well done,  is just spectacular. However, after the Holiday season I pack away this amazing combo which is not to be seen again for another 11 months.

I love Houzz’s post on how to master the mix of gold and silver around your home despite the seasons. I prefer the combinations that include a shade of white which helps balance the bold statement you’re making with the gold and silver and neutralizes the space.

Independence, MN traditional bedroom

Check out my latest pins on Pinterest.

Do or Don’t: Tail Skirts

I’m seeing a new trend pop up all over the internet. Looks like tail skirts are going to be all the rage for Spring and Summer. What is a tail skirt? Well, it’s almost like a mullet – party in the front and all business in the back. The front of the skirt is usually somewhere above the knee and the back falls somewhere between your calf and ankles.

I spotted my first tail skirt yesterday on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach and although I was a bit skeptical of this trend when I spotted it online  it was actually really cute in person. I love how they can be a casual outfit or you can dress it up for a nice, romantic dinner (aka yesterday’s Lincoln Road sighting).

What do YOU think? Will tail skirts end up being a “what was I thinking” trend?

1. Ya Los Angeles High-Low Wrap Dress via Piperlime
2. Hi-Low Maxi Skirt by Loveappella via Piperlime
3. Flowing Tail Skirt by Forever 21
4. Tribal Trim Tail Skirt by Forever 21
5. Gauzy Mint Maxy by Anthropologie
6. Coya Slip Dress by Anthropologie

Feel like a fashionista. Add layers!

I have a confession to make. I’m not a fashionista. I like shopping, I like looking good, and I like getting complimented on my outfits, BUT I kinda hate having to put outfits together.

Figuring out what to wear is sometimes a very time consuming process for me. In my mind, fashionistas can look at their closet and mix and match pieces they own to create an entirely new outfit. This is where I fall short. I look at my closet and all I see are old clothes and wear them pretty much exactly in the same way every time.

When I’m in the mood to switch things up my trick is to pull inspiration from several sources – like fashion blogs, celebrities, and Pinterest. One thing I always seem to gravitate towards is the layered look…and truthfully, I think that must be a chapter in the fashionista rule book. I’ve learned that layering is key – especially when you’re trying to freshen up your old wardrobe.

Jackets with scarves, a cardigan with a belt around the waist, necklaces of multiple lengths, layered tees, or a watch with several bangles and bracelets on the same arm…all different ways of layering. Here’s a round up of inspiration I found on Pinterest.

Do YOU use the layering trick?

Update:

Today while checking out the latest pins on Pinterest, I found this VERY timely image. A step-by-step guide to layering!!!! (I’m kinda on a high right now since this validates my layering theory). The step-by-step guide was originally posted by Made By Girl on her blog. Some of the styles are a little too gutsy for me, but I’m liking the sequins option. What do you think?

Update: Step-by-step layering

By MadeByGirl

Tattoos Professing Your Love: Do or Don’t?

A few weeks ago a coworker celebrated her wedding anniversary by surprising her husband with a tattoo of his name on her wrist. I thought it was such a special gift. The tattoo was done beautifully – it was small, dainty, and in a whimsical, cursive. She said her hubbie smiled from ear to ear when she revealed the surprise.

Although I love the idea of my coworker’s anniversary gift, I’m not sure if that’s something I could ever do. I’ve admired other people’s tattoos and there are definitely beautiful ones out there, but it’s something that I’ve never felt was my style. One thing I always think about when the idea of a tattoo enters my mind is how it would look when I’m 70. Um, probably not so cute…

I did a bit of research for some love-themed tattoos to either give you inspiration for your own or to admire from afar.

romantic wrist tattoo

romantic wrist tattoo

heart outline with name inscripted

heart outline with name inscripted

Finger tattoo

Finger tattoo

What do YOU think? Would you ever use your body to profess your love for your significant other?