Today I’m headed to my best friend Meredith’s wedding in St. Louis! You might remember the watercolor bridal shower my mom and I threw for her a few months ago. I’m the matron of honor, which means that I need to look good, but I want my makeup to last all day. Of course I took a trip to Sephora to stock up on a few new products. The staff is always so friendly and happy to find the best product for you. Here are a few of my new faves that are perfect for spring.
Clockwise from top left: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park | Stila In the Light Palette | Benefit Dallas Blush | Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream | Benefit POREfessional Agent Zero Shine | Boscia Blotting Sheets
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Congratulations to Meredith and Dan on their wedding weekend! I’ll be back Monday with a few pictures from the weekend. Be sure to follow along on Instagram for a sneak peek.
The weather is crazy in North Carolina – it can’t decide if it is winter or spring! Sunday was a beautiful spring day, filled with sunny skies and mild temperatures. On Monday, the temperatures dropped to the teens and twenties and sleet and snow ensured. I’ve decided that one of the best ways to battle winter is by adding a new spring statement necklace to my rotation.
Clockwise from top left: Apricot Jingle Necklace, Furbish | Jumbo Bloom Bib, BaubleBar
Carina Necklace in Aurora, Loren Hope | Short Cabochon and Rhinestone Multi Strand Necklace, LOFT
Believe in What is Better Necklace, Elva Fields
Any of these stunners will add an extra pop to your spring ensemble (or your winter layers). There are necklaces in every price range, so no matter what your budget, you can add a spring statement piece to your wardrobe. I’m thinking the bloom bib from BaubleBar will bring me the dose of spring I have been craving. Do you have spring weather yet or is winter still a reality for you?
March is not just a great month because spring begins, but it is also my birthday month and my husband, Chad’s. This year is a big one for Chad, he will be thirty and of course I’ve been planning a party! We have invited a bunch of family and friends from out of town to celebrate and drink beer.
I’m looking forward to DIYing dressed up Solo cups with Chad’s childhood photos on them. They will be perfect for serving beer and other beverages. I love this Beer Snob print from The Wattsalotshop. It will be perfect party decor. I know I’ll need a few coasters and these well designed beer coasters will hold a tall frost beer perfectly. I just ordered some personalized pint glasses for the occasion. They will make perfect party favors. Of course, every good party needs tasty food and these soft pretzels from Martha Stewart look delicious! Lastly, thanks to Tiny Prints for these beer flight invites! They are perfect to celebrate Chad’s birthday!
I can’t wait to share more of more of my planning processes and the final event with all of you. I’m looking forward to ringing in Chad’s 30th birthday with family, friend and beer!
Happy Friday! This has been a long week. I’m ready for the weekend and my favorite award show, The Academy Awards! Chad and I love to try and watch all of the movies nominated for best picture, but we’ve only see a few this year. Regardless, each year I look forward to the Oscars and the glitz and glam.
Relaxing on a couch with a bowl of popcorn and a cocktail in hand makes for the perfect Sunday night. This year I am going to be making Salty Dogs in my fancy vintage rocks glasses. I found this simple cocktail recipe in Vintage Cocktails, a beautiful book my brother gifted me for Christmas.
To make a Salty Dog, rim a glass with rock salt and fill with ice. Then add 1.5 oz vodka (or gin, if you prefer) and top with about 4 oz of grapefruit juice. Add a sparkly star stirrer to up the glam factor. This refreshing cocktail is perfect for Oscar night, as it is quick and easy to refill so you don’t have to miss any of the stunning gowns or acceptance speeches.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Other than watching the Oscars, I plan to do a lot of relaxing and planing for another busy month. Do any of you have any big plans?
Twin Stripe has seen a few different branding iterations since its birth two years ago. The signature navy blue has always been a part of Twin Stripe, but the logo and supporting colors have been tweaked a few times. When Alison departed, I didn’t feel like the existing header fit my style, even though it worked perfectly when Alison and I blogged together. After much deliberation, I decided to make a few design changes to the blog. Whether you are rebranding or starting a new blog, here a few tips that I employ when designing a blog.
First, I recommend using Pinterest to put together a brand board. I used my brand board to gather images that inspired me and matched the Twin Stripe aesthetic. I used this board to help guide my design, but I can also reference it when styling and taking photos. Once you start this board, keep adding to it. It is a lot of fun to see how your style evolves through the years.
After putting together a brand board, I created a style sheet in Illustrator that highlights my colors, fonts and logo. I will use this when adding new elements to the Twin Stripe blog. I’m trying to figure out which blog features to keep and what should go after reading this great discussion on Elembee. I’ve been fairly minimalist, so I’m working to add more features to make the reading experience better for everyone without creating clutter. Do note that you can now receive Twin Stripe in your inbox!
When using my branding colors: navy, pink and gold, I make sure to always use the correct color values, so everything looks consistent and on brand. I keep the hex values in a document, so I can refer to it when creating new icons or designs. When creating graphics for the blog, I only use the two type faces specified, unless there is a special reason to use a different font. It can be tempting to use a different font for each post, there are so many fun free fonts out there, but it will make your blog look jumbled and messy. (I too was guilty of using different fonts each post until I created a style guide.)
Keeping colors and fonts consistent will make your blog brand stronger and more recognizable. Do you have any pointers for keeping your branding on track?