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

Favorite Posts of the Week – 2/27 Edition

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I’m so happy March is upon us…it’s my favorite month of the year. The weather is just gorgeous in Miami, there are lots of fun outdoor events to attend, and I get to celebrate another birthday!

Let’s get to my favorite posts from the week of February 27th:

My home office gets a lot of use. I occasionally work from home, and frequently do some late night work from there as well. We’ve done a decent job decorating the room in greys, whites and pops of green. However, after seeing this office – described as heaven’s front office – I’m thinking of doing a white-out redo! Check out Virginia’s blog – Live Love DIY – to see more of this redo, and check out the back of the office chair.

Heaven's Front Office by Live Love DIY

Heaven's Front Office by Live Love DIY

When I was planning my wedding I learned how important lighting is to help set the mood for the night. Up lighting in a color that helps accentuate your color scheme ties the whole room together. Monogram lighting is like the cherry on top. I personally didn’t have monogram lighting, but that’s only becuase I hadn’t seen this one featured on Style Me Pretty. How cute is this?

Monogram Lighting

Monogram Lighting

I’m fascinated by furniture referbs. My sister-in-law, Fit Chick on the Fly, recently completed a gorgeous project for her master bedroom that I’m hoping she’ll post soon, but for now here’s an amazing dresser refurbished for a baby nursery. I love the lace feature on the drawers and it seems like it’s SUPER easy to accomplish. Just lay the lace down and spray over it!!! Check out the full story on The Stories A & Z and little B.

Lace Dresser for Baby Nursery

Lace Dresser for Baby Nursery

I’m kinda over the rustic wedding trend. I guess it depends on the setting, but for the most part I’m desiring to see some super luxurious, glam weddings. This week Style Me Pretty featured an elegant wedding themed after Alice In Wonderland that really caught my eye. The tablescape created for the reception was so elegant and colorful. The lighting, mostly candlelight, creates an ultra romantic vibe.

Wonderland Inspired Tablescape

Wonderland Inspired Tablescape

I love this cake featured on Hostess with the Mostess! My birthday is coming up so what if I make my own super girly pink cake? I think it’s a great idea!

Easy, girly pink cake

Easy, girly pink cake

Check out my latest pins here.

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 – 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

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?