Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Finds: Tees with Details

Happy Friday! Do you ever just wake up and not really feel like putting a ton of effort into your outfit that day? But you still want to look cute? I rounded up my favorite tees with a little extra detail for you today... and most of them are under $40-50! I love simple pieces that error on the feminine side. A top with ruffles?! Get in my closet ;)

I also love simple sweaters or tees like this gray one that can be paired with vests, cute jackets, worn with jeans, leggings or even skirts! You can find the vest on sale here.

Alright, here are all my favorite simple tees with some extra cute detail!

Would you wear any of these?? I sure would; especially THIS one for spring and summer. And it's on sale! I also just want to note that the LOFT is having a 50% off sale and their sweaters are SO cute! Use code NOEXCUSES.

Have a GREAT Friday and weekend!

PS. Don't forget to take my reader survey and be entered into a giveaway here!


Thursday, January 19, 2017

2017 Design Trends

Today I'm dishin' on a few design trends I think we'll be seeing a lot of in 2017! Let me know in the comments what you think of them and if YOU would go for any of them :)

1. Geometric tiles.
This trend will be seen in backsplashes for the kitchen and bath, floor tiles, and more. This works great in eclectic, modern, mid century and even some traditional and farmhouse (hexagon flooring, anyone?!) styled homes.


I was recently picking out some backsplashes for one of my design clients and found all these goodies:

2. Monochromatic design.
This is a color palette in which you stick with shades (color + black) and tints (color + white) of the same hue. In this example, they went with black, gray and white, which is always a really effective and modern look.

Design tip: monochromatic spaces need a lot of texture to keep the room interesting!

Here's a more warm, beige monochromatic palette from one of my favorites, Barbara Barry:

3. Natural wood.
Cathedral ceilings, wood beams, butcher block counter tops, exposed wood columns, natural wood floors (wide planked!), and of course, shiplap.

An example from Fixer Upper:

And another example with natural wood shelving, which adds great texture to the kitchen!

4. More White.
The white on white on white trend will certainly continue in 2017! There are more white cabinets and lots more white walls to be seen. The great thing about this trend is that it's actually really classic looking and can point towards a variety of different styles. Modern and sleek or a farmhouse examples below:


5. Use of bright green.
A la Pantone's Color of the Year, "Greenery".

In home decor:

In weddings:

6. Texture. 
Especially velvet and raw / honed surfaces.


Concrete countertop:

7. Marble everything!
Coasters, countertops, cutting boards, bookends, water bottles, laptop case patterns, even a SUITCASE pattern! You name, it's done in marble and it's everybody's favorite.

8. Smart home features and apps. 
This shouldn't be surprising! I bet a lot of us have been using technology for a while to operate certain features in our homes. This includes products like the Nest Thermostats (we have one and love it!), Sono's Speakers, Amazon Echo, home security systems, remote controlled shades, etc.

So which trends do you like best? If you can't get on board with trends in a big way, try adding a few things in a small way! Shop the wood, marble, velvet and green looks below:

Happy Thursday! PS. Don't forget to enter my giveaway here!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fashion: Winter Dress + Dear Husband

We've made it to the middle of the week, which somehow always seems like an accomplishment to me! Today I'm sharing a favorite new look for winter + a little letter to my husband, because he's that great and because I got tons of feedback in my readers survey that asked me to share more personal stories on my blog. Maybe these letters will become a regular part of my fashion posts, we'll have to see ;)

Dear Husband, 

It's been almost 3 years since I've moved to Michigan for you, which means this is my third winter. Gonna be honest, it's not getting any easier to drive in snow or remembering my 37 layers before heading out the door ;) But at least this year we're married, share a home and can snuggle. It's much more bearable to be together in the winter. Thank you for buying me snow tires 3 years ago and for taking me to a high school parking lot to test them out. I was crying, you were laughing. Good times. What would I do without you?!

As you might remember, I bought this dress a few weeks ago without telling you (oops!) but when you saw it on me, you said you liked it (yay!) and it was my reward for living here in the winter. I like those types of rewards! 

Also, thanks for being a good #instagramhusband and taking my pictures in 8 degree weather. I didn't even know one could be THAT cold. I must really love you to continue living in this arctic tundra. I do. I really do love you!


PS. Happy 4th month wedding anniversary!

I'm not sure if you know what 8 degrees feels like-- I really wish I didn't, but thanks to these pictures, I do. This is me trying to stay warm while my husband is cracking jokes and taking his time with the pictures...ha!

DETAILS | Dress- comes in 5 colors and is on sale for under $30! I ordered a size down, which works great! / Herringbone Tights / Booties: almost identical- under $50, similar- under $40, similar / Necklace /

This is such a basic dress that it'd be so easy to accessories and create many different looks. I put together a few outfits below for you! I still can't get over that the leather jacket is only $59!

How would YOU wear it?! I'm sort of thinking of getting the black version of the dress, too. So versatile!

Have a great day!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Our Wedding Film

Thank you SO much for all your feedback on yesterday's post and survey. If you missed it, check it out here! I can't wait to add lots of great new blog post topics and answer some fun questions you all have asked me in the survey.

Today I'm finally sharing our wedding film with you, which I'm so giddy about! I won't lie, I watch our wedding video at least once a week. It's just so special, so I'm so grateful we had John from United Media Collective come capture our day so perfectly! If you're on the fence about hiring a videographer for your big day, don't be. Just do it! You'll be SO thankful, because at the end of the day you'll have pictures and your video to remember it by. I cannot recommend John highly enough-- by the end of our wedding he felt like an old friend, my family couldn't stop talking about how kind and personable he was, and our wedding film is everything I dreamed of. He knocked it out of the ballpark. 

Without further adieu, enjoy a glimpse into the best day of our lives!

The Wedding Film of McCann & Michaela Beel at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, California from United Media Collective on Vimeo.

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography  | Coordination: engaged & inspired | Floral Design: Michelle Lywood | Cake: I Do Wedding Cakes   | Hair + Makeup: Lindsay Dabalos | Calligraphy: Graceline Art | DJ: Belmont Entertainment | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Holman Ranch | Blankets + Pillows: Lulu & Georgia | Bridal Jewelry: Haute Bride | Cake Topper: Lietofiore | Furniture + Rentals: Forage Vintage Rental Co | Guest Book Table Sequin Linen: Mrs. Freund & Co. | Illustration: Graceline Art  | Cake Table Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Ribbon: Adorn Company

If you watched even a little bit of it, bless you :) Maybe it's weird to watch other people's wedding days and listen to their vows, but I absolutely love it so maybe you do, too! One of my favorite aspects of the video is how you can hear our vows while you see us getting ready and moving throughout the day. Those words are so precious (as you know, we displayed them in our bedroom here!) so it is so sweet to hear them often. I can't wait to show our future children this video. Ahhh! Cue the tears. 

If you want to check out any of my wedding related posts, click here to go to all those posts.

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

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