Stacking Rings

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I've been a fan of the stacking ring trend for quite some time, but just couldn't get the right look to match my simplistic taste... until now, that is. This year for Christmas, G's sister gifted me a set of three beautiful gold bands. They were perfect for stacking, and could all be worn at the same time without over-doing it.

Want to re-create this look? Check out a few of my favorite rings here, here, and here. The key is to stick no more than 2-3 bands.

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Let's Get Technical // 5, New Years Version

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This week's free phone background is dedicated to the end of 2013. It's been a great year full of new opportunities and chapters. I hope next year will be just as good, if not, better! Cheers to 2014!

Click here to download this week's wallpaper, or simply right click and save the image above. As always, all the text in the graphic was handwritten by me, on a Bamboo Tablet. Enjoy!

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**This graphic can be used on any phone as a background, not just the iPhone.

Feline Friday // 5

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I hope you all had a great Christmas/holiday season! Today's Feline Friday brings to you my top 5 must-see cat articles and websites. They range from being diptychs of hot guys and cats, to describing the act of giving a cat a belly scratch as being similar to "frolicking in the back hair of an angel." You know you want to check these out.

1. 25 Hot Guys and Cats Striking Similar Poses... do I even need to explain this one?

2. What happens when you release a few dozen cats in an Ikea? Find out here!

3. If I Fit, I Sits... as rulers of your home (and the world, I guess), cats will sit -anywhere- they please.

4. How to Pet a Kitty by The Oatmeal. G and I quote this comic all the time. It's definitely a classic.

5. One of my friends, who actually doesn't like cats at all, originally showed me this video. It's of a huge cat (and I mean huge!) trying to squeeze its way through a doggie door. Hilarious, cute, and kind of sad... all at the same time.

DIY Macrame Wall Hanging

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As some of you know, I recently started a new job, where I was given my own office. Aside from the work itself, one of the things I was most excited about was getting to decorate. After extensive brainstorming and research, I decided on a natural, bohemian, playful theme.

Going with the bohemian theme is this DIY macrame wall hanging. I want to take a moment to say 'thanks' to my friends K1, K2, and their dad for helping me out a -ton- with this project.

We used this tutorial with the following alterations:
-- I got my rope from Home Depot. It was kind of pricey ($18 for 200'), and hard to work with because of how slick it was. Something I didn't know was that they actually make something called "macrame rope", which is much softer, easier to work with, and actually intended for this kind of stuff. You can get it at your local craft store for under $5. I highly recommend going with this option.

-- Instead of finishing off the ends of the wall hanging with double hitch knots, we opted for fishtail braids for a more unique, feminine look.

-- To better achieve the vibe I was going for, I added a fake fern, and a few mini daisies.

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Feline Friday // 4

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If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that two of my favorite things are cats and nail art. I couldn't help but to create a post combining the two for this week's Feline Friday. Let me know if you decide to try any of these!

1. Black and Gold Cat Nail Tutorial
2. 'Cats' Nail Plate via Amazon
3. Leopard Nail Art Tutorial
4. DIY Cat Nail Decals -- I really want to try this!

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Free People For Less

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A few weeks ago, R and I were at the mall, casually walking around Forever 21. She spots this sweater, points to it, and says, "that looks like it could be a knockoff of something from Free People." Keep in mind, R never shops at Free People, nor does she ever visit their website. We both end up purchasing the sweater (for only $19 each!). 

Later that night, I decided to do some research. I ended up finding this American flag sweater, listed at $128 on the Free People website. As you can see, it's very similar to the one we purchased.

The sweater isn't on Forever 21's website yet, but it's definitely in stores. Get 'em while they're hot!

P.S., Is R a fashion genius, or is she a fashion genius?

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Let's Get Technical // 4 (Holiday Edition)

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With Christmas being next week, I felt that it was time to create a few holiday-inspired wallpapers. This week's phone backgrounds feature a mixture of hand-drawn holiday plants (spruce trees and holly berries), and handwritten text. I still can't decide which one I'll be using!

Download 'be merry' here, and 'be bright' here!

On a more personal note, today is my first day at my new job! It's the first position I've gotten since getting my master's degree. I'm excited, but nervous about being able to make time for everything else in my life. How do you guys balance work, friends, family, and blogging? 


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Feline Friday // 3: DIY Gifts for Cats

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I've mentioned this before, but as great as store-bought items are, handmade items will always have the upper hand when it comes to being sentimental. I suppose it wouldn't matter as much with gifts for pets (because how would they tell the difference, anyway?), but it's always fun to have the option of customizing. After all, who doesn't like picking out their own fabric, or paint color?

Below, are 4 unique, customizable DIY gifts your feline friend will be sure to love.

1. Cat Scratch Door Hanger-- how cute are those hot pink accents?
2. Pet Bowl Stand
3. Catnip Mouse
4. Catnip Toy Wand

Any other crazy cat people out there give their pets gifts during the holidays, or am I the only one?

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Gifts for the Aesthetic Blogger Under $16

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Do you have a person in your life that is obsessed with styling products, people, and/or food for his/her blog and Instagram? Whether your answer is 'yes' ...or 'no' (because that person is actually you), be sure to check out the gift ideas below. Each item is guaranteed to help create an eye-catching photo, bound to get a ton of 'likes'!

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1. Black/Natural Baker's Twine via Knot and Bow $12
2. DIY Tassel Garland: A Tutorial (image via here) about $5
3. Striped Biodegradable Straws via Amazon $7
4. Eiffel Tower Scissors via Fancy $11
5. Confetti Bomb via Knot and Bow $10
6. Gold Foil Polka-Dot Journal via Saks Fifth Ave $16 (free shipping, and 10% off w/ newsletter signup!)
7. Metallic Gold, Striped Washi Tape via Paisley Handmade $3
8. Slate Cheese Board via World Market $15
9. Twig Pencils via Amazon $4

Interview with Sparrow & Nightingale, DIY Blogger

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I recently had the opportunity to interview one of my favorite local bloggers, Kimber, of  Sparrow & Nightingale. Kimber is your go-to gal when it comes to DIY projects, decorating your home on a budget, and making home renovation possible without professionals.

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Be sure to check out her blog here. She recently posted a home tour, which is definitely worth checking out! Included in this post are also a few projects from her Pinterest, all of which, she has successfully conquered.

1. Where did the name Sparrow & Nightingale originate from?

Sparrow & Nightingale actually came from an episode of Doctor Who! I also have a niece who is nicknamed "Sasa Bird" and I knew I wanted my shop/blog name to be inspired by her so Sparrow & Nightingale was a great fit!

2. What is the inspiration behind your work (for both DIY projects and home improvement)?

I really wanted my home to be inviting, pretty, and cozy. I get a lot of inspiration from my favorite blogs, Young House Love, Ashley Ann, and of course Pinterest. I think Pinterest can really help you refine your style and narrow down what designs you like and don't like.

Most of my DIY projects come about because I think of something and can't find it in a store, so I make it instead. Or I see something in a store that can easily be replicated so I make it for myself instead. Like throw pillows, I NEVER buy throw pillows! I change them so often that it would be silly to spend $20 on one so instead I buy nice pillow inserts from Ikea and make my own covers for them from cute fabrics.
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3. Have you ever had a "failed" project? What did you do about it?

Yes! Sometimes even the best laid plans go awry. For instance, we had a cement slab with carpet over it for the floor in our family room. The carpet had seen better days and I really wanted a floor that was easier to clean. So we decided to rip the carpet out and stain/buff the slab so we'd have a polished concert floor. I've seen this all over Pinterest and on tons of blogs so it seemed like a great idea! But after we ripped the carpet up we discovered that the concrete wasn't in good condition and would need a lot or work and equipment to make it look good. So we ended up scraping the concrete floor idea and plan on installing a floating wood floor instead. So sometimes what you envision just won't work out and you have to move on to plan B.

4. What advice do you have for people struggling to decorate their home on a budget?

Goodwill, Craigslist and the clearance section at stores! The clearance section is great if you have room/time to store stuff because you can buy things at the end of the season to use next year (ex: summer decor, holiday things) Craigslist is also amazing, almost all my furniture is from Craigslist! Sometimes it takes weeks or even months to find the perfect item so you have to be patient. But there are so many great pieces on Craigslist, you just have to sort through all the junky stuff. But it's completely worth it. I also believe in "high/low" decorating which means you mix high end pieces and low end pieces together and it makes a more balanced house. So if you can't afford a super expensive sofa, look for one on Craigslist and pair it with more expensive accessories.


Thanks so much for all the wisdom, Kimber!
XO, SSDS

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Let's Get Technical // 3 + the Very First Free Desktop Wallpaper!

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Today's phone background and desktop wallpaper were inspired by my love for geometric shapes. I came across a photo on Pinterest that used the concept of triangles really well with overlapping and opacity adjustment techniques, and decided to try it out for myself.

As for the flower photo, it was taken at E and B's Aunt J's house. She has a huge property full of beautiful structures, plants and animals. I've been going there for years with my friends for her annual summer BBQ, and each visit is always one to remember. Oh, and the quote. I'm going to assume you all know where it's from, but just in case you don't, please watch Toy Story! It's a classic.

Click here to download the phone wallpaper (or just save the image below), and click here to download the desktop wallpaper!

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Feline Friday // 2

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I'm back again, bringing you all the best cat finds of the week! Today's post will be focusing on gifts, and things you can wear to a holiday party. Everything is, of course, cat-themed. And yes, I just had to share another picture of my cat brother, Oliver (see above).


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1. I feel like this dress ($24.95) has been floating around the blogosphere for several months now. That's actually not too surprising, though, considering how cute and cheap it is. Both my friend K, and I own this dress. We love it... but a word of caution: since this dress is mass-produced, dresses that are marked the same size aren't actually the same size. So, don't be let down if a certain size is too big or small. Just grab another one!

2. This phone case is originally by Rifle Paper Co. ($34-$36), but I found the best deal for it on Mod Cloth ($31).

3. These lipsticks... need I say more? The individual ones are currently sold out at Urban Outfitters, but you can get one in a set here ($65).

4. I love gold dainty rings... but if you throw cats into the mix, even better! These rings ($10-$12... I think?) are currently sold out online, but you can get them in-store at most Nordstroms. Be sure to check with your location!

5. Your classic cat and mouse t-shirt ($34.99). How cute is this? I love how it's simple, and not too flashy.

6. And last but not least... the cat duffle bag ($39.99) that I'm asking for, for Christmas. G won't get it for me, because he says that it's meant for someone 3x my age. Whatever. I might just have to get it for myself!

6 Creative (And Easy!) Ways to Wrap Your Gifts

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Something I love just as much as handmade gifts is customized gift wrap. With the holidays right around the corner, I've been experimenting a lot with different materials and styles. In this post, you will find some of my favorites!

1. Add a spruce garnish. I originally heard about this idea via my friend K, who will be wrapping all of her presents this way, this year!
2. Baker's twine. This stuff has really grown on me. I especially love it when paired with parcel paper.
3. A mug. This would work well for flowers (both real and fake), chocolates, t-shirts, and other small things.
4. Newsprint. I used to do this all the time. You can also use book pages... but then again, who would want to rip up a book?
5. Ribbon. As seen in the picture below, you can go crazy... or stay simple.
6. If you don't feel like using a traditional gift wrapping bow (you know, those ones that have been around forever), try making your own paper pom. There's a tutorial below. Just click on the link marked "6"!

Happy Crafting!

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Guest Post: A Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies

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Hey everyone! My name is Leah Sprague, and I come from the blog over here. SSDS was kind enough to let me guest post for today!

The holidays can always be a stressful time, so I complied this assortment of lovelies to make gift-giving for all your foodie friends a little bit easier.

1. This Hand-Crafted Candy Bars book by Susan Heeger is full of delicious confections. Even if you don't plan on making any of it, I would get it just to drool at the photos!
2. These red and white striped straws from Soap are so cute, and perfect for the holidays.
3. Sometimes I feel like Anthropologie does everything perfectly. How adorable are these teacups?
4. This KitchenAid mixer is a splurge gift that will make any baker happy.
5. This tea towel set from Marimekko has really cool vegetable print.
6. No Christmas is complete without peppermint bark, and Williams-Sonoma definitely has some of the best there is to offer!
7. The final touch for any chef, this soap kit from Williams-Sonoma makes the big holiday clean up at least a little bit better.

Visit the Leah Sprague blog here.

Let's Get Technical // 2

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This week's free iPhone wallpapers were inspired two things: the art of drawing a herringbone pattern, and vintage textures.

My friend K, who has impeccable taste, taught me how to draw a herringbone pattern during a Crafternoon we had over the weekend. Inspired to create more, I decided it would be a cool idea to replicate what I had learned, digitally. Hence, the herringbone pattern in the first wallpaper. The second wallpaper, I created, for those who prefer a warmer color palette. I also added a grungy texture over both designs to strengthen the intended vintage-inspired vibe.

Download this week's wallpapers here (design 1) and here (design 2)! Enjoy, and be sure to share these wallpapers with your other tech-saavy friends!

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Moto Jackets

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I usually don't like to spend money on myself this time of year, but made an exception for this moto jacket. I've had my eye on it for months, and when I saw that had been marked down from its original price of $50, to $18, I didn't even think twice to snag it.

My plan is to style it with darker pieces, like the skirt you see here, and my favorite pair of black combat boots.

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Let's Get Technical // 1 --Free iPhone Wallpaper Download!

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I've always loved the look of handwritten text on photos, but never felt serious enough to invest in a tablet. At one point, the cheapskate in me even resulted to using a stylus on a trackpad, which, now, I realize was a really bad idea for two reasons: it looked terrible, and it took forever.

Interning at Blogshop was definitely the breaking point in my unwillingness to invest. For two days, I heard nothing but good things about writing tablets from Bri, Angela, and the women in the class.

I told G and his older sister, E, (who is an animation artist) about my dilemma. Out of pure luck, E ended up having an extra tablet, which she sold to me for less than half the price of the cheapest one I found. Turns out, she designed the packaging for one of the companies that sells them, and they gave her one as a thank-you gift. How cool is that?!

Since then, I've been obsessed with practicing... and out of my obsession, came a new column for this blog, 'Let's Get Technical'. From now on, I'll be making and posting computer and phone backgrounds every Monday!

Click here to download this week's wallpaper! The quote is from one of my favorite authors, Roald Dahl.

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Feline Friday // 1

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Guys... I'm starting a new column about one of my favorite topics: cats! Today's post (week 1) will highlight a few of my favorite cat things. I don't necessarily own everything on this list, but I've definitely been eyeing a lot of them, especially those cat eye sunglasses. I wish they came in black!

The photo above is of my cat brother, Oliver. Isn't he sweet?

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1. Guys Can Be Cat Ladies Too via Amazon -- Got this book for G for his birthday. He loved it!
2. 'Little Cats Midi Ring' via Urban Outfitters
3. Seychelle's 'Tell Me More' Flat -- Check out my DIY post on how to make these here!
4. Fe NY 'Cat's Eye Sunglasses' via Nordstrom
5. 'Delicate Open Ring' via Urban Outfitters

Brandy Melville Jewelry-- Is it Worth Purchasing?

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Ah, Brandy Melville. Having only been to this store twice, I've already developed a love-hate relationship with them. I first found out about this store through Instagram and paid their Honolulu location a visit while on vacation there this past summer. My first impression of the store was positive. They had laid-back, rustic aesthetic, and friendly staff to go with it.

I think my problem was that I got too excited, too fast. Everything was extremely cheap (who could pass up $3-$5 for a dainty gold ring?!), and the cute designs didn't help. I ended up purchasing a flowy, navy tank, a necklace, and way too many rings. My total came out to be just under $20. Not bad at all.

When I got back from vacation, I started wearing the rings right away, and also gave two to my friends, K1 and K2. After a about a month and a half of daily wear, the rings began to turn a copper shade, and some even began to rust.

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A wise person once said, "You get what you pay for." Well, that was definitely true for these rings. As for the necklace, it's still OK. I'm thinking the main issue may be water exposure... but who has time to take off all their rings, every time they wash their hands? Not me.

Just so that I have it written out, and just so that it's clear: No, I would not recommend purchasing rings at Brandy Melville.

Keep your eyes peeled for a Brandy Melville clothing review!

Clean, Striped Nail Tutorial

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Lately, I've been a sucker for minimalist nail art. The look of it is clean, simple, and there's a "no fuss" vibe to it. Today, I'm going to show you how to re-create the clean, striped design you see above. Read on for the steps!

TOOLS: painter's tape (one of my favorite nail art tools), nail polish colors in white and navy, and a top coat.

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STEPS:
1. Begin with clean, unpainted nails.

2a. For each nail you wish to paint, cut two pieces of tape. TIP: to save on supplies, since painter's tape is a little thicker, you can cut the tape again, in half, vertically. To ensure your lines are straight, always use the edge of the tape you did not cut for the edge of your stripe.

2b. Apply the tape to the nail you wish to paint. I like to use the half-moon part of my nail as a guide when it comes to making the sides even. Press down extra hard on the edges of the tape to prevent any polish from seeping through.

3. Paint your nails either navy or white. If your nail polish is thick enough (especially the lighter color), it doesn't matter which you do first.

4. Paint horizontal stripes in the alternate color on your nail. If you make the stripes in this color too thick, you can always go back, and re-touch with the first color.

5. Let dry, and peel off the tape SLOWLY. You may see some nail polish has leaked through. If this is the case, you can clean if off with a Q-Tip, nail polish remover, and a steady hand.

6. Apply a layer of top coat. WARNING: always be careful when applying top coat, because it can smear your design.

View my evil eye nail minimalist nail tutorial here.

eye ring via my Blogshop friend Moorea Seal //simple ring via Brandy Melville

5 Unique Hairstyles for Second Day Hair

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After meeting so many stylish women at Blogshop, I decided that was time to add to my second day hairstyle repertoire. Here are five I'm hoping to try in the future:

1. Floral Accents
2. Knotted Ponytail
3. Braided Crown (my favorite!)
4. Braided Headband
5. Tucked Bun

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DIY: Gold-Dipped Seashells

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card: Confetti Splendor on ETSY //candle: Small Gunns //tea towel: Little Korboose

Something I look forward to each year is visiting Laguna with G and his family. We usually take 3-4 days in September to spend time with his grandparents, and relax. The house we stay at is right on the beach, so naturally, we spend a majority of the trip playing in the ocean, and soaking up the sun. 

This year, G and I decided to do some seashell hunting. We were lucky to find two giant ones: an albacore, and a spiral-looking one, in addition to a few smaller ones, but unfortunately, a lot of the smaller ones lost their shine after being rinsed off.

With the free time I had today, I decided to spruce them up with some gold paint and a color-blocking technique I've been seeing all over Pinterest. Read on to learn more about the technique, and how it can be applied to almost any object.

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TOOLS: shells (in my case), painter's tape, gold paint (I used multi-surface metallic paint by Martha Stewart Crafts), and a paintbrush.
STEPS:
1. Tape the part of your shells you don't want the paint to be on. Important: be sure the tape is tightly sealed, all the way around your object.
2. Apply 2-3 coats of gold paint.
3. Let dry.
4. Peel the tape off very slowly to reveal your gold-dipped treasure!

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Typically, it's easier to do the color-blocking technique on objects with fewer nooks and crannies, but with a little patience, anything can be "dipped in gold." Other objects this technique can be useful for:
-- Large beads
-- Wooden utensils
-- Paint/makeup brush ends

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