15 Clever Ideas For Instagram Photos

Instagram recently released their app for Android and I’ve been insta-obessed ever since. I’m pretty impressed with some of the pictures I’ve taken so far and so I was pumped when I read this great post from Decor8 with 15 ideas for what to do with your Instagram photos. Let me know what you think!

15 Clever Ideas For Instagram Photos.

Mini Photobook

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

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?

Favorite Posts of the Week – 2/3 Edition

Happy Friday to all!

It’s finally Friday and I couldn’t be more relieved. I’ve enjoyed reading the blogs this week to help me escape the hectic work week (even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time).

Here are my favorites from the week of January 31st:

I’ve been working on creating a romantic, serene master bedroom at Casa Martinez for the past year or so. We’ve come a long way from ugly brown carpets to beautiful hardwood floors and dated vertical blinds to romantic, sheer curtains. However, one trouble spot the hubbie and I cannot conquer is keeping our nightstands clutter-free. This week Houzz.com inspires us to maintain beautiful nightstands free of mess with a few helpful tips.

Suite Dreams modern bedroom
I love DIY projects! Well I love pinning them, but one day I’ll actually start creating more of what I’m pinning. This week Home Stories A to Z featured a pallet DIY project that’s absolutely adorable. I’ve noticed pallet projects are really trendy now (probably perpetuated through Pinterest), but this one really caught my eye.  My sister-in-law (aka Fit Chick on the Fly) loves pallet DIYs and has created a few new nice pieces for her house. Are YOU obsessed with pallet projects?
I L-O-V-E this pallet DIY project!

In Miami, it’s basically springtime; and it’s my favorite time of the year! The days are warm (not horribly humid) and the nights have a cool(ish) breeze. It’s a perfect time of the year to start bringing out your pastels. When I think spring, I think pastels. On Wednesday, Pepper Design Blog posted their Pastel Style Board highlighting some trends for spring 2012. Warning they use terms like “sorbet”, “cantaloupe”, and “honeydew” to describe some of the hot spring colors which left me craving something sweet. This is my favorite look out of the bunch – which is perfect for a Sunday brunch or even some drinks with friends on a Friday night.

Spring Pastels

Just two weeks ago my bff Suzell launched her own blog – Susy Home Maker. The blog will chronicle her life as she tackles home remodeling, marathon training, and – her passion – traveling. She’s tons of fun and some of the things that happen to her are pretty hysterical so I’m certain you’ll thoroughly enjoy catching up with her through her blog. This week, she got me thinking about my “Travel Bucket List” and where I want my travels to take me. What do you think about her travel plans? Check her out and leave her a comment welcoming her to the world of blogging. 🙂

Where would you rather be right now?

Check out other “gems” I discovered on my favorite blogs by browsing through my latest pins on Pinterest.

Favorite posts of the Week – 1/27 Double Edition

Okay, okay…I slacked off last week. So this week my list is going to be longer and more fabulous! So, let’s get to it….

Here are my favorite posts from the last TWO weeks:

So you know you watch House Hunters and Property Virgins on HGTV living vicariously through those home buyers as they search for the “perfect” master bedroom, two car garage, or outdoor living space. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t in a position to trade our current digs for a brand new home. This week Houzz.com is here to help! In a post titled “How to Improve the Home You Have” they featured tips on how to knock down walls to attain that “open concept” feel, or enhance your curb appeal by adding a pop of color to your front door, or (my fav) make a bunch of holes in your exterior walls and add floor to ceiling windows!!

Staying Put by Duo Dickinson traditional living room

Okay, fine – I admit it! I still follow wedding blogs. The weddings featured on Style Me Pretty are just too beautiful to not gush over on a daily basis. However, this Hindu/Jewish/Christian Fusion wedding stood out to me. The colors, the tradition, ugh…just gorgeous. I’ve attended Jewish and Christian weddings, but seriously can someone please invite me to a Hindu wedding?

Seriously, how amazing is this?

It’s never too early to start collecting inspiration for your future baby’s nursery, right? Everyone on Pinterest knows what I mean. Well anyway….this week Apartment Therapy featured a Music Inspired Nursery which had a modern twist. I loved that it had a more mature feel with the striped carpet, black-white color scheme with only pops of color, and modern crib and chair. How do you feel about this  “mature” nursery? BTW – how cute is the name Mila? A potential add to my running baby name list? Hmmm…

A linen dress, sun-kissed skin, a warm breeze in the air, and a cold glass of lemonade….this is what i picture when I read through this post by Coco+Kelley.  All of the rooms featured in this post are bright, sunny, and simple with a few fun rattan accents – chairs, beach bags, etc – and a few unique pieces – like a zebra patterned rug – that add some fun to the rooms. Here’s their roundup for how to achieve this look in your home:

Coco+Kelley: Interiors to Inspire

Have you ever stumbled upon something online and thought “Hey! That was my idea”? Well this week I saw this website featured on a fashion blog and almost died. I swear I thought of this idea when I first married my husband. I used to live in a house full of women where we shared clothes, shoes, jewelry and, best of all, helped critique each others outfits. BUT, when I got married and moved in with my hubbie I basically had to fend for myself (for the first time) and figure out my own outfit choices. One day while pondering this fact I thought “wouldn’t it be great if I could upload a picture of myself and have people comment on whether they liked the outfit or not AND even provide suggestions”? Well the GENIUSES at Fashionfy had the same idea and actually made it come to fruition!!! Check it out and let me know what you think!

Maybe it’s becuase I’m a workaholic, but I’m always drawn to lovely office spaces.  This week La Dolce Vita featured two very different home office spaces – and I’m having such a hard time deciding which one I love more. Option #1 – an elegant, dramatic, feminine space that just screams I’m a powerful business woman or Option #2 – a clean, zen space where you can spend many productive hours getting lots of work done.

Which of these two is more your style?

Have a great weekend everyone!

29 years

Today is my 29th birthday. And truthfully I couldn’t be more excited. A few years ago when I turned 25 I felt like I hadn’t accomplished some of the things I thought I would have by that age. But today at 29 I feel good about my accomplishments and where I am in my life.

In 29 years I have:

  1. Educated myself
  2. Created amazing bonds with my family
  3. Found someone to love and live my life with
  4. Built lifelong friendships with my two best friends
  5. Became an animal lover (even if all the love is currently directed at one dog)
  6. Traveled extensively within two continents

I can’t wait to see what lies ahead and what milestones I’ll celebrate – professional success, building a home with my hubbie, starting a family, traveling to other continents, etc

Happy Birthday to me! And thanks to all who have made me so grateful for these 29 years.

Balloons I received from a thoughtful coworker

Balloons I received from a thoughtful coworker

Great finds on Etsy

Now that I spend all my free time planning the wedding I spend tons of time online scouring blogs, websites, and online stores.  After spending countless hours online one site I became increasingly impressed with is Etsy.com.  This online community of artists allows people to sell and by handmade crafts of ALL types. It brings people from all over the world (150 countries to be exact) to exchange unique products.

Several ideas and ve ndors for my wedding I found through Etsy.  Here are a few of my favorite sellers and products:

1. Handmade Jewelry by MichMade

Pearl necklace with bird charm

Pearl necklace with bird charm

2. Handwritten Calligraphy by Barbara Kua (We used her and she was fabulous to work with!)

Handwritten Envelope Address Calligraphy - Olivia Style

Handwritten Envelope Address Calligraphy - Olivia Style

3. Cupcake Flags by Inkwinkdesign

Cupcake Flags

Cupcake Flags

4. Will you be my bridesmaid? by scribblemonkey

Notecard - Will you be my bridesmaid?

Notecard - Will you be my bridesmaid?