Chasing Cozy

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VALENTINE'S DAY HAIRSTYLE- BUBBLE PONYTAIL


I'll start with a disclaimer: I've never been a huge fan of Valentine's Day. It's just not my thing. With the recent move to Michigan and our wedding coming up, I felt like this year it would be nice to celebrate "us" and appreciate the fact that we are able to live together and be together. We don't have any plans yet, but I'm hoping they include dinner in our new city (hint hint, James).

This hairstyle is one that is easily completed in less than five minutes and can be dressed up or down. That's my speed. I love including different hair accessories depending on the season and this ponytail gives the perfect canvas to do so.

BOHO PILLOWS FOR A SPRING DECOR REFRESH

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE winter. But, there's something special about refreshing your home and preparing for the return of sunshine and color.

One of my favorite ways to do this is by incorporating textured pillows into my decor. I like to pile a mixture of these on couches, in baskets, in bedrooms and in cozy reading nooks. You just can't have too many. (My fiance may disagree, but I don't care. WORTH. IT.)

BOHO ORNAMENT GARLAND

As mentioned before, I went with a more boho look for this holiday season. This project combined my love of texture with a more whimsical look. I only had to buy the ornaments for this piece and the rest of the supplies I already had around the house.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

- plastic iridescent ornaments
- acrylic paint
- work space protector
- twine.
- bells

STEPS

1. Remove ornament caps and add paint.



2. Shake ornaments until paint covers the whole inside. This part can be a little messy. I recommend having paper towels on hand to wipe off fingers or the ornaments. I used plastic ornaments so they were easy to wipe off paint or scrape off paint after dry.


3. Let ornaments dry. This was the make or break step for me. TIP: Make sure to turn ornaments every few seconds so the wet paint does not pool, leaving sides bare.

4. String ornaments on twine or string of your choice. These can get heavy, so make sure your twine is hearty enough.

5. Cluster and group the ornaments to get your desired look. I cluster mine together tightly, but I think next year I will spread them out for a lighter garland look and hang it vertically.
 6. Add bells to ends and secure.

This project added a nice pop of color and texture to my bar cart space. I'm sure I'll be re-configuring this garland for spring!

If you give this project a try, let me know! I'd love to see everyone's rendition of this fun project!

STYLING YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT


I'm just going to say it from the beginning: TAKE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS! I truly did not want to because I couldn't imagine being comfortable in front of the camera. With some research and planning, I found ways to make this experience work for me. This list has points on what worked for me and why I am SO HAPPY we had these pictures taken.