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!

DIY: Multi-media Artwork

As you’re probably starting to tell, I’m a wannabe artist. I have a small collection of acrylic paints, inexpensive brushes, and a few canvas boards sitting in my closet for that moment where I get a bit of inspiration. I have a few pieces of “artwork” that I created around the house like the Iconic Monuments sketches I created for our guest bathroom.

Early last year when I first discovered Pinterest, I started to collect inspiration for my next project. I’ve loved the bird trend since my wedding in 2009 and wanted to create something fun and colorful for my guest bedroom.

I pulled inspiration from several places – use of yellowed pages as a background, the way the cute birds were perched on a branch, and the playful design of the flowers.

Where do YOU find your inspiration?

If you want to pull off this cool background let me recommend Mod Podge. Overall it wasn’t an easy task, but what I found was the best method was to layout the pattern for your background, then use the Mod Podge to paste the pages to the canvas, and once that dries brush a coat of Mod Podge to secure all of the paper edges down. Once that’s dry then you can begin to paint over it.

Do YOU have experience with creating multi-media artwork? Do YOU have any tips for me??

P.S. Sorry the images aren’t that great; our camera broke and so I’m stuck using my camera phone.

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.

Favorite Posts of the Week: The Love Edition

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a sweet Valentine’s week.  My hubbie and I had a nice surf-and-turf dinner at home followed by a quiet night of TV watching. It was actually pretty perfect for a Tuesday night.

Although my hubbie and I had a quiet Valentine’s day I definitely got inspiration from the blog world for something more elaborate next year…or even for a random, romantic night any other day of the year.

Here are some of the sweetest and loveliest posts from the week of February 13th:

“Love”ly fashions

Reese Witherspoon was in the spirit this week when she stepped out in NYC in a cute heart-patterned dress. The Frugal Fashionista helps those of us on a budget recreate Reese’s look (although the dress she found is a bird-pattern…which satisfies my bird obsession, but doesn’t go with our love theme). Also, love the pop of red which screams “v-day”.  How much do you love the studded bag the Frugal Fashionista found similar to the one Reese is wearing? Love it!

Reese Witherspoon's Heart-Patterend Dress

Sweet home decor

Loving this bathroom makeover featured on DomestiKated Life.  Originally posted by AB Chao, the bathroom showcases a few cool pieces that you don’t usually find in a bathroom like a monogrammed shower curtain, framed word art, a runner (rug), and, um, Polaroid pictures taped to the wall. How does that hold up with all that humidity in the air? This bathroom design is pretty funky, but there is something sweet about it. What do YOU think?

I seriously want a monogrammed shower curtain – like now!

LOVEly bathroom makeover

Showing some PDA

This adorable post from Spearmint Baby is a pregnancy shoot while she was at 34 weeks. I love the winter/snow theme. I actually don’t usually like pregnancy photos because I’m not a fan of the bare belly shots and so the fact that she’s bundled up is absolutely adorable and so sweet.

I’m definitely going to try to recreate this one with my hubbie during my next ski trip (preggers or not).

Love in the Snow

Feed him something sweet

Craving this adorable cocktail perfect for a romantic night in. This recipe featured on Style Me Pretty includes chocolate and marshmallows as main ingredients…seriously, what’s not to love? I know my hubbie will chug it down!

Valentine's Day Cockatil by Sugar and Charm

How dainty are these cupcakes featured on Kara’s Party Ideas? I’m loving the light blue, pink, and red combination (which I’ve seen a lot in home decor lately too) and the unique designs on each cupcake. This is definitely something that’s going on my Adventures in Baking board on Pinterest!

Dainty, Love-themed Cupcakes

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

Favorite posts of the week – 2/10 Edition

I hope everyone had a great week! The weather in Miami has been grey and rainy for the past few days so I’m glad the week is coming to a close.

There were a ton of inspirational posts this week which made it difficult to narrow down my favorites. I hope you enjoy! Here are my favorites for the week of February 6th:

Mike and I have a furbaby and so the day that we have a real baby we’ll need to recreate this picture I found on Chic & Cheap Nursery. When I stumbled upon this earlier this week I pinned it to my “Bebe” board and in less than 20 minutes had over 100 repins. People crazy for babies and dogs.

By Hanna Mac Photography

I loved so much of Sarah Lederman’s home tour featured on the Glitter Guide. I got very excited when I read that she lives in Miami Beach, and totally loved the clean and casual-sophisticated vibe she’s created in her apartment. Sarah uses lots of whites, beiges, and browns throughout her home with a few pops of color (POC) in light tones of pink, blue, and green. I really like the use of books as little vignettes in her office, living room, and entry.

Love the styling of this entry way table

Apparently, Sarah shares my obsession with Etsy (honestly, who doesn’t?) and had these maps custom made by a seller on Etsy. I love the idea and love the styling of these frames even more.

Custom-made maps above the bed

Custom-made maps above the bed

Another thing I’m excited about is that I was introduced to a new blog as Sarah is a fashion/home blogger. She’s been added to my Google Reader! Check her out at Chevron & Stripes.

If you’ve ever contemplated a destination wedding, this one featured on Style Me Pretty will convince you in a heartbeat. This spiritual wedding was set in the island of Moorea (west of Tahiti) in French Polynesia. Mike and I just went to Hawaii in December so this post made me yearn for our return to the beautiful, friendly islands of the Pacific Ocean.

Destination Wedding in Moorea, French Polynesia

Breathtaking wedding portrait

Do yourself a favor and just click through to to A Diary of Lovely’s post about her ideal cottage home. EVERYTHING about this English cottage will make you wish you were living a quaint, farm life with your hubbie, a few goats and a pig. (Okay, that’s a big commitment, maybe just imagine how quiet and  beautiful that life could be.)

A quaint cottage life

A quaint cottage life