Water Park Ready

This August heat has my family headed for the water park.  You, too?  Pack these essentials, based on what I forgot last time, and you’ll be water park ready, easy as 1, 2, 3!

Water Park Ready!

1.  Our water park doesn’t allow outside snacks and drinks, but they are more than happy to give free ice water refills.  Be ready to take advantage of some free hydration with your own water bottle.  Shown:  Bobble in Blue, about $16 at Oliver Bonas
2.  About halfway between the kiddie slides and the concession stand, my feet were reminding me of the perfectly good water shoes I left at home.  Keep your tootsies off the hot concrete with this adorable, streatchy, red pair from Ocean Minded by Crocs, $32 at Zappos.
3.  I don’t know about your two-year-old, but when mine feels the need for a snow cone, he’s not too excited about having to wait for me to hike back over to the beach bag to get the money, across the park to the snow cone stand, and back to to beach bag to put the change away.  Save yourself a few steps by tucking your money into a waterproof wallet strapped to your wrist.  Shown:  Alligator by DRY PAK, just $7.28 on Amazon.
4.  Why, oh why do I burn even when I try my hardest not too?  I hate sunburns!!  So since my sunscreen didn’t hold up on our last visit, I’m definately packing a swimming shirt.  Don’t you love this sea-worthy, navy and white option?  Your shoulders will love it, too.  $39 at Land’s End, (Nab it TODAY for 25% off!)
5. Chasing kids in the splash zone calls for a suit that covers and stays in place.  My go-to-choice, again, is Land’s End.  Go for the Supplex Swim Shorts, or, as shown here, the Swim Mini, in a variety of pretty brights and prints to match your suits.  $30- $40.00, depending on style.
6.  Finally, don’t forget a tube of lip gloss with sunscreen.  BalmShelter in Pinup Girl will keep a pretty touch of color on your face while preventing sun burned lips.  $19 at Beauty.com
What do you pack for a day at the water park?  Share your ideas with us!  We need all the help we can get! ;)
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dash of dots

dash of dots
Having fun with polka dots this season?  Me, too!
Here, a few fun accessories that sprinkle a dash of dots in your summer wardrobe.
Left to right:
Vinyl coated Zip Top Bag: 36.00 from Cath Kidston
Ballerinas: 30.00, from Zara
Hairbrush:  4.00, Forever21
Sunglasses:  Lane Bryant.  Similar here.
Tell us how you’re wearing polka dots this summer!
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Ponytail Weather

ponytail weather
It’s warming up out there!  This time of year, the only way I want to wear my hair is up in a ponytail- can you relate?
Are you familiar with Kate over at The Small Things BlogRead more about her here.  Her site is full of doable hair tutorials with lots of cute ponytail options, so you can look great and still keep your cool.
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Finally Friday: Arnold Palmer Style

this weekend- lemonade tea
This weekend, run to Trader Joe’s for a bottle of this tea.
A sweet Hostess just introduced this to me at her party – I’m so glad she did!
It’s guaranteed to put you in a Summer state of mind :)
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A Bermuda Triangle

Three Great Looks for One Versatile Pair of Bermuda Shorts
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The shorts:  Slimming and on-trend, a good pair of Bermudas can be dressed up or down to see you through the summer with style.  $23 at Target.
Click on image to view all other sources.  While you’re here, why not hop on over to this post for more versatile wardrobe pieces.
What are you wearing with Bermudas shorts this summer?  Share your ideas with us!  I bet they’re adorable.
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Styling a Random Wall Arrangement

A Pretty Monogrammed WallBringing some lovely order to chaos…
This weekend, my sister and I hung an arrangement of monograms on her living room wall.  We love the results!
Random arrangements like this are so popular right now, but styling them can be a little tricky.  You want carefree style, not a train wreck.
Here’s what we did to keep the arrangement casual, but neat:
1.  Find your focal point.  We used the large, framed piece as the center of our arrangement, because it commands the most visual space.
The focal point doesn’t have to be in the middle – any corner would also work well – but it helps to decide on the location of your focal point so you have an easy reference point to base the rest of the grouping from.
2.  Practice first.  We measured out a space on the floor with the same dimensions as the wall we were working with.  My sister’s wood floors came in handy here;  they gave us ready-made grid lines to work from.
Starting with our focal piece, we added in each object, varying sizes, materials and shapes.  Then we would step back, remove  a few pieces that didn’t work, and arranged again.  And again.  And again.  This is where a little  preparation and patience pays off; get your practice design right before you go nailing a bunch of holes in the walls. ;)
A Pretty Monogrammed Wall: Styling Tips3.  Keep a little bit of Order.  Take a look at the picture here and you’ll see what I mean: Even though our arrangement appears very random, we used some repeating sight lines to keep things neat.  Notice how several letters line up with the frame of the focal point picture, shown with red lines,  and other objects are arranged on a line about two inches from the frame of the focal point picture, blue lines.
One final tip:  Have a few picture-hanging options handy.  When you’re working with this many different types of pictures and decorative objects, you can bet they won’t all be hung the same way.  We used a combination of traditional picture hangers, Command Adhesive, and Command Adhesive Picture Hangers.
-Sources:  Framed Monogram, homemade; All other objects, Hobby Lobby.  Get Hobby Lobby’s coupon app for Iphone here, android here.-
Now, hop over to Pinterest and get inspiration for your monogram wall on my Pinboard!
And, if you’ve already hung a random arrangement like this in your home, show us what you did!  I bet it’s beautiful!
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Try This at Home: One Dark Wall

One Dark Wall: Black, White & Girly Brights
Up the drama and add a whole lot of fun by using one dark wall in a room of your home.
Rather than being dreary, today’s dark walls are bright, fresh and modern.
The trick?
A lot of white.
A dark wall should never be left uncovered. Break up the deep color with white furniture and a gallery of white-matted art.
Above: Black, White and Girly Brights: Black for a cheery girl’s room? Definitely, when there’s as much pretty color as this!
Art, clockwise from top: Road Less Traveled by Karen Fields, “Let her Sleep… ” by PlayOnwordsArt on Etsy, Geometric Poster by Angela Ferrara.
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One Dark Wall: A Clean SlateAbove: A Clean Slate My boys’ room is set up very much like this, with ivory, blue and dark red against one charcoal wall. I love the color combo.
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Below: two more idea boards to get your creative juices flowing…
One Dark Wall: Beachy Browns

One Dark Wall: Berries with BlueLeft:

Ivory, Shell Pink and Sea Glass play against dramatic Brown for a quiet, sophisticated beach feel.
Raspberry, Citron and White are feminine and unexpected against Midnight Blue.
Do you have any bold accent walls in your home? Show us how they look! We want to see… :)
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Trend to Try: Ladylike Floral Jewelry

Three Fun Looks Ladylike Floral Jewelry
for One Cute Dress
Left to Right
Rose Golds:  Blooming Floral Earrings, $19, modeets.com
Peony Pin, $16, accessorize.com
Floral Cutout Cuff, $5, forever21.com
Retro Blues: Floral Button Earrings, $4, forever21.com
French Fields Floral Necklace, $16, shoprusch.com
Clutch, $35, Prabal Garung for Target shown with Blue Brooch, $49, Andrea Bacman on Etsy
Peter Pan Pinks:  Carolee Floral Filigree Necklace, $125, bloomingdales.com, Floral Bouquet Stud Earring, $40, Bananarepublic.gap.com, Coral Floral Accented Stretch Bracelet, $35, inpink.com
All shown on Cynthia Shiffley Shift Dress, $105, monsoon.co.uk
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A Fun Little Update:

polyLogoEmerald week has been good to me!  My collage From Day 1,  Emerald at Home, was named a Top Interior Design set by Polyvore!  You can see Polyvore’s post here.

Thanks for letting me share my blog with you!