Marilyn Monroe…need I say more

I am, one of may women who are mystified by the complex and beautiful Marilyn Monroe.  She was so confident being Marilyn yet so overwhelming insecure as her real self.  Well aren’t we all!  She said and did so many great iconic things- I mean our culture will always remember her as ‘the other woman’ singing to the president.  Weather you agree with her or not, she was and still is the Marilyn Monroe.

This year I decorated for a Marilyn themed birthday party.  I knew I wanted to use Marilyn’s oh so famous quotes and images.  For the guest of honor’s (who had a fun full of life personality) big day, I knew I could take the decorations a bit was over the top, so I added glitz and glam to everything.  I’m such a girly girl, so this private birthday party was fun to decorate.

My mother in laws ceramic Marilyn doll.

I picked up a great book on Marilyn and used the photos and quotes to add to the tables.

I mixed photos of the birthday girl with Marilyn’s photos.

Use a clear vase to add a collage of photographs.

I love how this metal picture stand looked with Marilyn’s quote, photo and the birthday girl’s photo.  I picked it up at Jo-Ann’s fabrics because you can adjust the height of each rod, which gave a great effect on the guest book table.

Love how this ceramic container looked with a rhinestone sticker from Michael’s.

Customize everything!

Tissue balls add a lot of glam with very little money.  I loved using a boa to hang these!

Trim everything with craft scissors.

The guest of honor loves purple and pink, so I used p&p with gold and silver which are great neutrals to work with.

The guest book was the perfect place to add shine with rhinestone!  Why not!?

Don’t forget the dessert!  How classic is Marilyn in this one!!!  How fun!

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He’s turning one!

Seven years ago we put down one of our beloved cats and within six months we had to put down one other cat.  It was so devastating to loose two amazing pets who had become part of our family.  At the time we had our first son, who was still an infant, which was a blessing since the loss of our first babies was so depressing.

Last July my husband, two son’s and I decided it was time to add a pet to our household.  For us, we knew it would be a Maine Coon cat, so the search started for a little girl kitten.

After searching local shelters, ads, and on line sites, we didn’t find the right Maine Coon cat for us.  One day while driving my son to summer camp I saw a sign on the road that said, “free kittens”.  I followed up that day and met not only one, but two adorable Maine Coon kittens and knew we had to pick up the girl, which I had my heart set on getting since I am the only female in the house!  The next day we went to pick up our kitten and the owners told us shocking information, that one kitten ran into the road and got hit and the other ran into the woods.  We couldn’t believe it.  Another loss with so many mixed emotions and we were feeling like we’d never find our new pet.

I decided to look on Craigslist and found a listing for this Maine Coon/Lynx face:

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We were so in love with the picture but didn’t want to get our hopes up since we lost the other kitten.  When we showed up to meet this kitten, he was so tiny and yes, a boy, but that isn’t what really set me off about him, it was that he was half Maine coon and half Lynx so he had a stubby half tail.  He wasn’t perfect, but he was just right for us.  The minute we saw him, we all fell in love, fleas and all.

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The boys named him ACE!  Which is the coolest cat name, but would he hold up to his name?

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Ace on our ride home!

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My three boys!

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Prince Ace fits right into our household!

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Growing right out of that Bumbo Ace

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Ace has to be with us at all times, which is similar to our other Maine Coon cats.

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As you can see Ace puts up with us and has added so much quality to our lives we’re not sure why it took us so long to get a cat, but I know deep down we were waiting for him, not just any cat.  Yes, we will be celebrating his birthday on June 17 with cake and ice cream and my youngest son said that he can invite all the other cats from the family.  Happy Birthday Ace!

Hot neon island decor

Are we ready for 2001 Space Odyssey decor?

Thinking about the movie, “2001 Space Odyssey”, I can’t help but think of modern rooms….but our 21 century is so different than the movie portrayed, since most of us still want to display our collectables, art, and inherited items.  I created this board by merging space odyssey with our 2012 lifestyles.  Why not go with a bright kitchen island…surely nobody else will have one like yours.  To bring a modern island back down, I mixed earthy elements such as wood and floral decor.  I brought in turquoise to compliment the neon yellow.  Gold and silver lighting and accessories works in any home style, think of these two colors as neutrals.  No matter what your style is you can’t go wrong with modern art.  I say, bigger is better.  Don’t forget to add something living in your space, even if it’s fresh cut flowers from your yard.  Time to take a ride to the moon, oh only in the movies.   

 

Thinking about the movie, “2001 Space Odyssey”, I can’t help but think of modern rooms….but our 21 century is so different than the movie portrayed, since most of us still want to display our collectables, art, and inherited items.  I created this board by merging space odyssey with our 2012 lifestyles.  Why not go with a bright kitchen island…surely nobody else will have one like yours.  To bring a modern island back down, I mixed earthy elements such as wood and floral decor.  I brought in turquoise to compliment the neon yellow.  Gold and silver lighting and accessories works in any home style, think of these two colors as neutrals.  No matter what your style is you can’t go wrong with modern art.  I say, bigger is better.  Don’t forget to add something living in your space, even if it’s fresh cut flowers from your yard.  Time to take a ride to the moon, oh only in the movies.
living with color

Little Neon Dress

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This Spring everyone needs a neon piece, big or little, neon is where it’s at.  I’ve been lusting after this yellow-green neon color for awhile until now.  This is the neon piece I want to wear as the cut is classic and the length isn’t too short or too long but perfect.  Not only does this color popping dress fit my fancy, I can actually see a lot of women wearing it.  To prove my point, I put two looks together that play with the spring trends of using ‘peach’

 

This Spring everyone needs a neon piece, big or little, neon is where it’s at.  I’ve been lusting after this yellow-green neon color for awhile until now.  This is the neon piece I want to wear as the cut is classic and the length isn’t too short or too long but perfect.  Not only does this color popping dress fit my fancy, I can actually see a lot of women wearing it.  To prove my point, I put two looks together that play with the spring trend of adding a pop color, I know the dress is the pop, but to balance the feeling of the dress, I added hot pink to the event night look and peach to the date night look.  What are you waiting for…. go get that neon piece and work it!

Neon worn two ways

Christopher Kane lace dress
$1,325 – mytheresa.com

Charlotte Olympia platform high heels
$1,175 – mytheresa.com

Christian Louboutin high heels
$81 – diytrade.com

Tory Burch metallic clutch
$295 – cusp.com

Silver clutch
60 AUD – forevernew.com.au

Diamond earrings
£375,000 – couturelab.com

Diamond earrings
£325,000 – couturelab.com

NARS Cosmetics matte lipstick
$24 – narscosmetics.com

Nude lipstick
$11 – etsy.com

Butter London glitter nail polish
$14 – nordstrom.com

Silence Is Golden French Smoke Tee (Womens)
101 AUD – thegrandsocial.com.au

ROBERT INDIANA LOVE Paper Weight
€90 – colette.fr

Stay at Home Mom

My stay at home mom style

Tommy Hilfiger short trench coat
£230 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Cropped skinny jeans
$225 – net-a-porter.com

Flat
€130 – apc.fr

Stella dot jewelry
$49 – stelladot.com

Tom binns jewelry
$300 – boutique1.com

Hello Style

There are so many styles to add to your wardrobe this Spring…. where to start?  My suggestion, pick a couple new trends that you are drawn to and add them to your current clothing.

Spring Trends Breakdown:  Neons, florals, mix and match patterns, poplum, pencil skirt, wedge shoes, metallics, chunky colorful necklaces, mint and coral clothing, and pink lips.

If you just don’t know where to start, I suggest go with one new Neon item such as a belt and add it to your jeans, or around that dress or shirt.  You can do the same trick with Metallic shoes or belt.  Also, anyone call pull off wedge shoes.  There are no rules to these shoes, they can go with just about anything!

Stay away from trying mix and match patterns as it is a lot harder unless you go to the store and buy the entire outfit from the spring collection matchy match section.  Boring, but if you just have to do it, beware you may end up looking like you didn’t have your glasses on that morning.

If you are skinny or curvy and like to have your shirts tucked in, then go for that pencil skirt otherwise, run.  It’s all about elongating your lower half and keeping things up top simple, with a crisp button up shirt or with a tucked in T and a jean jacket that falls at the waits.  Keep the proportions up top either tucked in or short, otherwise this look can go wrong quickly!

My faithful spring go to items are, a trench coat, floral scarf, skinny belt and ballerina flats.  To stay on top of the trends, I added my mother-in-laws two tone blue chuncky plastic beaded necklace, a neon T, and wedge shoes.  I’m not a fan of mint clothing but I will paint my nails this springy green color.

Don’t forget to lighten your makeup colors.  Leave the smoky eyes out for awhile and go with pastels…eyeshadow, cheeks and lips!

Have fun with these spring trends and be quick, because just when you finally figure it out, it will be summer and we’ll have new trends to follow!