I’ve always considered June 1st the start of Summer regardless of what the calendar says. So with that in mind, being on the brink of Summer but still the end of Spring can put a girl in a conundrum. What to wear? Today I’m going to share my latest favorite trends for Spring / Summer 2017. All of these pieces are perfect no matter which warm weather season it is. Take a look:
Pineapple Bandana / Cold-Shoulder Top / Sea Enamel Pins
Pineapple Earrings / Straw Clutch
Wave Swimsuit / High-waist Jeans / Pineapple Necklace
Super Star Sneakers
I wanted to share some of my favorite Spring hairstyles for 2017 because sometimes I can get stuck in a hair right and I have a feeling I’m not alone! We girls need to shake things up, especially if you’ve been wearing your hair in a ponytail for too long. So take a look at some of my favorites for Spring:
The top bun is always a classic
Messy braid is perfect for the beach
Low bun works great if you’re in a hurry
Side braid is one of my go-to hairstyles
Wavy hair can take a little time but I love the outcome
Twisted half up – half down – this is another go-to of mine!
I love this take on the braided ponytail with no elastic showing
Half up / half down with a braid
See more via Pinterest
All of these DIYs for Spring + Summer look like so much fun! I found some of the top warm weather DIYs to share, and did I mention colorful? Check ’em out:
I recently rediscovered my grapefruit sangria recipe and knew I had to share! I was looking for a sangria recipe that would be perfect for Spring, something light and refreshing to serve some friends who were coming over. Since this sangria recipe uses white wine, you don’t have to let it sit for 24 hours before serving, only about 2 -3. This is great if you don’t know you’re having people over till the morning or afternoon of! I also think the white wine gives it a lighter taste compared to the boldness that red sangria recipes can have. Not to mention that I think the bits of grapefruit in this sangria remind me of pink petals floating on top of water. Which is perfect for Spring!
- 2 red grapefruits
- 1 cup lemonade
- 1 nip Chambord
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 750ml bottle of dry white wine
- 750ml bottle of sparkling water or club soda
- ice cubes (optional)
- Slice and deseed one grapefruit and set aside for garnish. Start by peeling/slicing/deseeding the other grapefruit then with your fingers pull apart the pulp and place into your sangria pitcher.
- Add the lemonade, Chambord, and white wine.
- While stirring add the sugar and keep stirring until all the sugar has dissolved.
- Chill sangria in the fridge for 2 – 3 hours. I chilled my white wine, lemonade and sparkling water before hand so I only needed to let it sit for 2 hours. If your ingredients are at room temperature, let them chill for the full 3 hours.
- Before serving, top off each glass with some sparkling water and squeeze a slice of grapefruit into the glass. Now you’re ready to serve!
Lately I’ve been seeing aqua everywhere! Not just for clothing but for the home as well and I’m loving it. Today I’m showing you some of my favorite aqua pieces for Spring and Summer. I figure there’s always room in my closet for just one more aqua piece, right?
Sea Glass Stud Earrings // Aqua Sunglasses // Aqua Scarf
Muscle Tank // Aqua Bikini Top + Bottom // Tassel Handbag
Beach Blanket // Aqua Sea Glass Necklace // Espadrilles
After last week’s post, 5 Tips to add Greenery to your Spring Entryway, it’s clearly no surprise that I’m a crazy plant mama! Although I only showed a very small portion of the plants that I own. I also have to add that I am maintaining some serious self control over plant shopping this Spring. Which in the past has never happened! So today I wanted focus on something plant related and I thought I would share some very sweet and green, DIY Spring planters. Many of these are pretty easy to make and it’s always nice to have something unique to put your plants in. Take a look:
Turquoise and white is my everything when it comes to colors! Check out this Patterned Box Vase via Make and Tell
I love these mini terrariums and who doesn’t have a spare wine glass or two? via Independent
Lately I’ve had a bit of a cloche obsession, especially since they’re so easy to change. via Sand and Sisal
This coastal bad boy now sits on one of my bedside tables and I love looking at him! So much better than the before! You can check it out in my post, DIY Coastal Rope Planter
Confession: this one uses faux plants but I still think it counts! Also you could easily do this with real air plants. via Homemade by Carmona
Now I need room for a boat to put my plant babies on! via Country Living
This one is an ikea hack! but you’ll need Google Translation for it. via vtwonen
Many of you may not know that I have a bit of a plant addiction. Actually, most people I meet have no idea, until one day I invite them over and they see the dozens (not exaggerating!) of plants I have lovingly scattered across my home. As one friend put it, “Holy jungle Jen!”. This particular friend hadn’t been over in awhile and she wasn’t aware that I had recently discovered how to propagate succulents. If you’ve never tried propagating, I urge you to give it a shot! It is highly addictive once you learn which succulents you can pull leaves off of and grow into whole new plants. Well it was just my luck that this year’s Pantone color is greenery! Recently I was encouraged by Douglas Elliman’s Florida real estate team to share how I would use greenery in my Spring entryway Check it out:
Tip #1 : Sets of Three – This is a decorating rule that’s been around for awhile but it also applies to plants. Group your plants in sets of three, in varying heights. If you don’t have plants in varying heights, you can do what I did on the left, and add books to prop up one or more of your plants.
Tip #2 Don’t buy all babies! – Keep in mind when shopping for plants, especially if you’re just getting the hang of your green thumb!, that nurseries sell everything from cuttings and babies to more mature plants. While the cost usually increases with maturity, sometimes it’s worth it if you need a larger plant for a larger space. Normally when I go to my local nursery I’ll take a lap around before placing any plants into my cart. It lets me see what all my options are and plan out what I need or am looking for.
Tip #3 Lighting – Another thing to keep in mind is the natural lighting in your space. If you don’t get a lot of natural light in your entryway, you may want to think about a pothos. I have several and not only are they very easy to take care of but they do well in low light. An added bonus is that they help purify the air in your home. Which is part of the reason I have so many! A good rule of thumb is one air purifying plant per 100 sq. feet of your home. The two plants shown above are jade, a form of succulent. Succulents are incredibly easy to care for but usually require bright light. Also if you find that your entryway is just too dark or you haven’t found your green thumb, there are some very realistic faux plants out there.
Tip #4 Put your plant in something unexpected – Air plants (like the one shown above) are a miracle of nature. You can basically stick them anywhere. This one I’ve put into a seashell but driftwood is another good option for your coastal home. Try looking around and see what you already have. Maybe there’s something you love that you just weren’t sure what to do with it. Put a plant in it! (haha I’m joking but not really)
Tip #5 – Small Spaces – When dealing with a smaller space remember that you can go vertical. I bought this carved piece of wood (you can’t tell but it’s about 6′ tall!) at Home Goods for around $80. When I bought it, it was a dark wood with gold leafing but a little primer and a little paint, it soon fit right into my home. I added wire so I could hang plants on it. Something I was inspired to create after watching an episode of Fixer Upper! While this item isn’t in my entryway, it is in a tight space where I can’t have something jutting out. It works perfectly and would be great in an entryway as well. You can see a close up below.