I think we all needed a little inspiration on this winter Wednesday. Kristy Gammill paintings always have a way of warming me up.
Stay inspired (and inside….seriously it’s really cold out).
Hope everyone had a magical New Years Eve and welcomed 2013 surrounded by friends and family. One of my new year’s resolutions is to be a healthier person (mentally, physically, and emotionally.) So I got up this morning and decided to hit the ground running and head over to the gym. Well, apparently my gym didn’t get the memo that just about everyone makes a health related goal for the new year…. and they were closed. Since I was already up I meandered over to grab a cup of coffee before returning to my apartment, parking myself on the couch, and watching a TV marathon of some sort (preferably Dance Moms or Duck Dynasty.)
The gal who took my order complemented me on my hoodie (I had on my lululemon Scuba Hoodie). She told me that she also worked at lululemon and knew that it was a new product *yadda yadda yadda girl talk yadda yadda yadda*. Just after taking my order and discussing how I’d be broke if I worked at lulu (due to the employe discount), she told me one of the most amazing things I’ve heard this year (haha!). The stretch zipper pull doubles as an emergency hair tie!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to the gym without a hair tie (or mine breaks, or I give it to someone else who needs it more) so this really was a game changer.
Tuesday was already my favorite day of the work week (New Girl, Dance Moms, Pretty Little Liars...need I say more?) but for the rest of October Tuesdays will only get better. Taylor Swift will be releasing a single off of her upcoming album every Tuesday until the full album release on October 22nd (also a Tuesday). So get your dancing pants on and enjoy some of her sweet new songs. I’m currently playing Red on repeat.
P.S. check out some of her album artwork. I’m loving the bold colors & font!
Just because I’m not in school (per say) doesn’t mean I don’t do back to school shopping! Here are few of my must-have items for this fall!
I LOVE crafts. I could spend hours perusing Pinterest looking for a good craft project. But one of my biggest pet peeves is buying the supplies. Let’s be real I don’t have a craft closet in my teeny tiny Manhattan apartment. I’m lucky to have a closet at all! Having extra supplies lying around just isn’t something I want. That’s why I’m so thankful for my new find: For the Makers! It’s like Birchbox for crafters. I’ll let the experts do the explaining:
“For the Makers is a space for sharing ideas, skills and inspiration. Simply sign up and every month you’ll receive supplies for four projects. For $29 we source the best materials and deliver them to your door, letting you skip straight to the fun part. Shipping is always free. We’ll walk you through each project with a fun how-to on our website but also encourage you to explore the creative potential in each package. Once you make something, share it with friends and fellow Makers.”
What’s not to like about that! I just received my first box (August) in the mail and my crafts are:
Everyone loves a party, but not everyone loves planning one. Here are a few fun items that can make any get-together feel a little more festive (no real occasion required).
ps. I ordered the above cookies from Whimsy & Spice and am literally
drooling waiting by the door for them to come.
Yesterday I had the privilege of attending Pink Olive‘s Christmas in July Party where the exclusive Pink Olive Gifting Kit from Knot & Bow was launched. The party was held at the Pink Olive Park Slope location and was crawling with inspirational creatives like Glitter + Rye (who designed the adorable windows) & Rebecca Beach of A Daily Something. I got a chance to mix & mingle with fellow bloggers, and hear some of their tips for gift wrappin’ and gift givin’. Aside from the torrential downpour and the slightly scary lightning storm, the night was a blast!
p.s. We had the most amazing pumpkin whoopie pies from One Girl Cookies. I could have had about 7 more, but I put a stop at 1. Yey me!
I’ll be honest, I’m
really a little obsessed with Bri Emery of Designlovefest.com. I’ve never met her, but I give her blog total credit for my current freelance position over at Knot & Bow (I found Knot & Bow while browsing through Designlovefest.com). Everything she shares is not only informative, but it’s breathtaking and beautiful. My goal here at LoveSwettandNeonPink.com is to share information and ideas in a beautiful way (I have a long way to go to get to Bri’s status but I won’t stop trying!). That’s why I’m so excited to be attending Bri and Angela Kohler’s 2 day BLOGSHOP class here in NYC! Here’s a little more information about the event:
“BLOGSHOP is a Photoshop bootcamp, minus the push-ups. It is a full weekend spent stuffing your brain full of things to make your images on your blog unique and eye catching. We teach the basics from scratch as well as some more advanced techniques in a way that even beginners can understand. Then you apply the techniques with your own layouts and style that you will use when you go back to your own blog.
People who have no experience with Photoshop will leave the course with confidence to create layout, prep images for mood boards and collages, retouch skin and color correct images, animate gifs, add textures, borders, type and drawing to their images to make each of their blog posts or other visual materials special. At the end of the first day we will have a portrait session, so on the second day you can work on your own pictures which will be perfect for contributor photos and bio pages.”
I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this class and can’t tell you how excited I am to share everything I learn. If you’d like to sign up for BLOGSHOP or check out their other class locations, click here!
I recently came across these bags and have completely fallen in love. I won’t even use the term “fanny pack” to describe them because they are so BEYOND that 80’s accessory. I’ll admit it, sometimes I just don’t want to carry a purse. At one point in my life I actually recall putting my purse inside a Forever 21 bag just so I didn’t have to carry it. But with the “hipster” from Hipster For Sisters, you no longer have to carry your purse. It simply straps around your waist, and you’re on your way!
Not only is this bag stylish, but it’s smart too! The “hipster” is impeccably constructed by hand in the USA and is made from an exceptionally durable, stain and graffiti resistant, eco-certified and animal-friendly fabric. Not to mention the interior is lined with an amazing 100% silk charmeuse. What makes me love these bags even more is that inside each hipster there’s a matching change purse that can hold your credit cards, driver’s license and even some cash! It’s perfect for those moments when you’re running to grab a coffee and don’t want to bring your whole purse. For $310 this bag is a steal.
So channel your inner 80’s girl (a much more stylish one of course… with less leg warmers and lower side ponytail) and check out all of the bags at hipstersforsisters.com.
Happy Friday! Hope everyone had an AMAZING week. I felt like it went a little slow, but that’s okay because now it’s the weekend and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m going home to spend some quality time with my mom! But before the weekend, I just had to share my current obsession. On Wednesday I went to the Rebecca Minkoff sample sale (I know, it was just as amazing as it sounds) and I scored this AMAZING iPad case. It’s neon pink and literally what I have been dreaming of for some time. Your iPad goes inside the case and it can even stand up when you flip the cover backwards. I have looked everywhere online and can’t find where this is normally sold but if you have time, hop on over to the sample sale and grab one for yourself! The hours are Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ENJOY!
* Found it…on sale! You’re welcome.