When it comes to jewelry, I like to keep things pretty simple. I’m always on the go (ex. shooting projects for the blog, hanging art, tidying up after our pets), so I can’t stand having lots of metal banging around on my arm or around my neck. I tend to choose one piece to wear each day, which could be anything from a chain necklace or chunky ring, to a pair of earrings.
I wanted to add a couple of new pieces to my little lineup and ultimately turned my attention to this season’s hottest trend: tassels. Visit the Oriental Trading blog to find out how to make both the single tassel and double tassel versions of my DIY Mini Dangle Tassel Earrings for yourself.
And while I have you, and if you’re just as head over heels for tassels this summer season as I (and the rest of the Pinterest-obsessed world) am, then be sure to visit Natalie Borton’s handmade jewelry shop. She’s a fellow Glitter Guide teammate, and I love everything she creates for her online collection, especially her tassel earrings. I have them in gray, and they go with everything. Her earrings are larger then the ones I made for Oriental Trading, so if that’s more your style, I wanted to make sure that I pointed you her way. Happy crafting (or shopping), y’all!
Ever since starting my own YouTube channel earlier this year, I’ve gotten into the habit of subscribing and tuning in to other channels for inspiration. A few favorites include Klossy, Samantha Maria, The Michalaks, and Hannah Maggs, and while totally unexpected, I’ve come to really love when my favorite vloggers share makeup reviews and roundups.
So I thought I’d try something new (and completely outside my comfort zone!)—namely sharing a few portraits and a list of the makeup products that I’m personally loving right now. I know this doesn’t have much to do with crafting, but my main goal this year is to offer you resources beyond just simple DIY tutorials. I want you to be able to come to this space and get advice ranging from home décor and, of course, crafting, but also cooking, mental health awareness, and even beauty. Without further adieu or delay, see my list of makeup go-to’s below!
What’s in your everyday makeup bag? Have you tried any of the brands and products I mentioned above? Most I’ve used since I started wearing makeup as a teenager, and I would highly recommend every single thing you see in that list. That said, I love playing around with different combos, so please shout out the beauty products you love yourself below!
I’m officially back in the office this morning post-vacation, and although my heart aches for the sun and sand that I was fortunate enough to soak up last week, I’m also pleased as punch to be back here with you guys. I’m a creature of habit, after all, so getting back into the swing of things at home is just what the doctor ordered.
Speaking of soaking up the sun, it’s time for all of us to make sun protection and skincare a priority before summer arrives next month. I never used to be much of a beauty buff (I’m still not), but my role as editor at Glitter Guide has offered ample opportunity to test out different products in the name of feature research.
These below are the stand-out brands that I’ve come to trust over the years, and even though I, in no way, shape, or form, think you need every item in this collection (no one needs to spend that much money on beauty—no one), I think any single piece will go far in your quest for responsible summer skincare.
Have you tried any of these for yourself? Did I miss one of your favorite SPF products? Leave your votes in the comments! I’m also curious to hear if you’ve come to rely on any drugstore beauty products for your summer routine (think: anything under $15). I really love Garnier’s skincare product line and I’m also a long-time fan of JĀSÖN. Feel free to add to the discussion below.
One of my very, very favorite weekend activities (possibly the favorite activity) is brunch. Sadly, John isn’t too keen on brunch type fare, so I’m left waiting for my mom or sister to visit before I can hit my go-to brunch spots on a sunny Sunday morning.
Actually, now that we’re on the topic, I’d like to put a plea out to our little Virginian town: PLEASE MAKE MORE BRUNCH OPTIONS! Waynesboro is decidedly lacking in restaurants with good brunch menus, and no one serves a classic eggs Benedict, which is my top choice for a late Sunday breakfast. If you’re in the proximity of our part of the state, my recommendations (all of which are quite a trek from Waynesboro proper) are Fardowners in Crozet, and Fellini’s and The Whiskey Jar, both of which are in Charlottesville.
Since most of you are from far away, chances are good that your town is kind enough to offer plenty of places to indulge your need for brunch come Sunday morning. If that’s the case, then this below is my dream of the perfect brunch-date-out outfit.
Since we’re still in the midst of that awkward transitional weather between the last lingering whiffs of winter and the first scents of spring, layers are key. An oversized Cape Scarf can be warn on slightly balmy mornings, whereas a classic Denim Jacket will keep the extra chill away just in case.
What do you think? Would you be down to enjoy brunch in this get-up? And let me know in the comments if you like seeing outfit posts here on Dream Green DIY. I never was much into fashion before working for Glitter Guide, but my stylish teammates (and cool features like this one and this one) have me rethinking my aversion to clothes shopping and styling. Let me know if you’d like to see more of these types of roundups because they’re surprisingly fun to curate!
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I think one of the things you’ll hear most work-from-home professionals say is that managing a consistent schedule and morning routine is one of the hardest parts of the gig. When you don’t have someone looking over your shoulder to make sure you’re sitting at your desk by a certain hour of the morning, it’s easy to let that alarm slide.
I know I’ve fallen prey to embracing a late start simply because I can, but it’s definitely not the best way to go about things. Not only does it encourage a lazy attitude, but it also kills precious minutes in the day. Since I’m the only one my business answers to, that could be the difference between a paycheck or nada.
So, this season I’m working extra hard to make myself feel more answerable to the “boss” version of Carrie. I’ve started waking up with an alarm again, and I try to stick to the same morning routine each and every day.
Now that I’ve recommitted to this type of mentality, I’m finding that I have more freedom to take much-needed breaks throughout the day, and I’m also able to cross much more off my to-do list. Sleeping in an extra 30 minutes to an hour is just not worth the loss of those precious productive moments in my day.
In case you’ve ever wondered what a work-from-home morning might look like, I spent some time last week documenting my wake-up routine, and you can see it in all of its photographed and filmed glory above and below.
It all tends to start with my “alarm” (i.e. Tonks the cat), and then progresses on to a little bit of phone time before moving on to tidying up and choosing what to wear that day. I’m a morning shower-er, so next up is a quick wash, and then I “put my face on” and do my hair. Even if I end up wearing leggings and a T-shirt throughout my work day, I always make it a point to wash my hair and put on makeup. Those simple tasks make me feel so much more awake and ready to tackle my to-do list with energy.
After that, it’s time for a hearty breakfast of toast with an egg (plus a big cup of coffee, of course) before I plop down to get right to work on my computer.
Click “Play” on the video above to see my morning routine in action! I’d love to know how you prep yourself for your own work day (whether you work from home or in a traditional office), so tell us your step-by-step schedule in the comments below. Have a great weekend, guys!
I don’t know about your state, but we’ve experienced lots of spring-like temperatures (and freak thunderstorms, too) here in Virginia, which is making me feel like we’ve jumped head-first into the next season before it has even officially started. I’m kind of okay with it though, seeing as spring is practically my favorite time of year.
Like most people at the turn of the seasons, I’m taking a long, hard look at my closet in anticipation of the weather shift. Truth be told, I’m not very good at clothes shopping for myself, and shoe shopping is one of those tasks that I do only grudgingly. The result is that my shoe collection is—to put it lightly—ancient and grubby. I tend to choose a shoe and stick with just that single pair all season long, and you can tell.
It was the moment this past weekend that I pulled out my trusty pair of (old and dusty) Birkenstocks that I realized it was time to invest in a collection of new spring shoes. So, I’ve spent the morning pulling together a dozen options that will complete my warm-weather footwear in one fell swoop. Which of these 12 catches your eye?
Oh, and while I have you, I just wanted to say a heartfelt THANK YOU for the advice, suggestions, and kind words of support you all shared following Friday’s post. Dealing with my travel anxiety feels more manageable knowing that I’m not alone, plus I feel far more prepared to face the effects now that I have so many tips to try out. I just wanted to reiterate how much I appreciate all of the sweet comments and messages. You all are priceless to me! Thank you!
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Earlier this week, I broached the idea of taking a mental health day—a day of rest, and time dedicated to getting a little introspective for the sake of welcoming back a clear-headed, creative mind. Since then, I’ve been thinking about what that kind of day might actually look like. Would it be spent on the couch in my PJs, the fire roaring in the background, or would it be a walk at the park, hubby and hound dog in tow?
I eventually came to the conclusion that it just can’t be planned. “Me” time has to be one of those spur-of-the-moment adventures motivated by getting to that point when you want to throw your hands up in the air in surrender and slam that laptop closed for the rest of the day.
Now, this is the moment when I suggest something just a tiny bit controversial. Why can’t a mental health day consist of something as indulgent as retail therapy? I’m not implying that we all run out at the first sign of a crappy day and max out our credit cards, but I think there’s something really invigorating about the prospect of wandering your favorite shop looking for a little treat just for you. Although it wasn’t exactly planned, a recent work day of mine turned out to be just the dose of inspiration I needed.
Earlier on this year, I decided to set a date to get myself out of the office and drive to the Anthropologie store in nearby Charlottesville. The aim was to, first, spend a day taking photos for the blog outside of our house, and to also partner with the fun team at Anthropologie. To be candid, the brand doesn’t sponsor or pay me to create this type of content (a corporate rule), but it’s still fun to collaborate with local women and to have a chance to play with their beautiful inventory.
Not wanting to do all of this by myself, I invited my creative friend Bethany Mallory along for the ride, and then we spent nearly two hours wondering the store. We styled and photographed a couple of gift guide posts right there on the hardwood floors of the store, and then decided to shoot a quick video while we were there. That spontaneous decision ultimately inspired the theme you’re reading rightnow—a challenge to invest in yourself for once, and to consider retail therapy as a way to reset your creative perspective.
Whether it was a book I flipped through, a quilted floral comforter, or even the cool cut-out packaging on a bottle of lotion, this trip really piqued my interest in new colors and styles for spring. Of course, that’s the entire aim of a store like Anthropologie, and we gave in (hook, line, and sinker), but the experience was still an eye-opening and exciting one—feelings I never would have enjoyed had I spent the day at my desk like always.
Despite the fact that it was actually a pretty long work day and I had hours of editing ahead of me to bring it all together, I still managed to walk out of the store feeling sort of refreshed—and I didn’t have to buy anything for myself to feel that way!
Ultimately, there’s no reason to feel guilty about indulging in a little retail therapy—in fact, I think it’s one of those types of things that I’m going to start working into my schedule on a monthly basis.
My parting thought for you this Friday morning (other than clicking play on that video above!) is this: consider investing a little time in yourself this season, whether that’s at your favorite shop or boutique, park, art gallery, or coffee shop. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to be extravagent—it just has to be hell bent on the purpose of reawakening your instincts and opening your eyes to new colors, processes, and styles. Have a great weekend, guys!
EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to the fully refreshed Dream Green DIY! I’ve spent the last week behind the scenes refreshing the website to a modern responsive format (click and drag your window to see the auto response in action), and am so excited to continue my quest to reinvent DGD with a new sophisticated look and palette. Please take a look around—specifically the much improved home page—and let me know if you have any major questions or problems. I’m still working out the kinks, but am really excited to debut the fresh face of DGD. Now on to today’s main story below!
In an effort to share the most practical content I can here on Dream Green DIY in 2017, I wanted to kick off a new series called “Done In A Dozen.” As the name suggests, I plan to curate mini collections of 12 items that will help you cross off your shopping list in one fell swoop without having to leave your home (or even get out of your PJs). Whether you’re working on a bathroom accessory refresh, or just need to wake up your tired spice rack, my hope is that these 12-piece roundups will make the process an easier, more inspired one.
First up in the series I’ve put together a collection based all around spring style. We’re slated to get a new Madewell store in nearby Charlottesville tomorrow, and I can’t wait to peruse the racks for new pieces to beef up my seasonal ensembles. I’m nuts for neutrals this year, and love that all of these items mix and match with ease—and most of them work right now for winter, too, with just a few extra layers added on top.