Thursday, April 28, 2011

Breakfast At Toast Royal Wedding Blog Crawl!

You didn't think I would let the royal wedding go by without some kind of post, did you? 
A not-so-secret secret about me is that I LOVE weddings! I love them way more than a person who has no current plans to get married should. You want to talk about tulle vs. chiffon - I'm your girl. 

So, with that semi-embarrassing confession out of that way, I can freely admit to you that I totally have I file on my desktop FULL of wedding ideas! Thanks to Danielle from Breakfast at Toast , I'm taking the excuse to release some of my mania into the world. 
In honor of Kate Middleton's (and my) favorite color, blue, here are some of my favorite ideas for girls who are not on a royal budget! 
The Ring
Ocean Blue Aquamarine Gemstone Cushion in Recycled 14k Rose Gold, Custom Made
Who says you have to have a diamond? I love this aquamarine ring from onegarnetgirl ($570)!
The Invites
Printable Press has wonderful options and they will customize to your needs! You buy the customized file from them and then print the invites yourself! PP estimates that if you needed 100 invites and response cards and you printed them yourself, it would cost $130 for the files and paper products. If you don't have confidence in your printing abilities, there are plenty of printing services online that can take care of that for you (though it will cost more)!
The Dress
E V A  duppioni one shoulder column gown
The dress that you wear for one day should not cost more than the ring you wear for the rest of your life. Go custom. There are plenty of seamstresses on Etsy or where you live that can make a dress exactly how you want it. I've been finding dresses that range from $150 into the thousands in all kinds of styles. This Eva dress from lovejune is $395 and made to your measurements!
The Shoes

When I was researching for this post I found so many blue shoes I couldn't decide! There is absolutely a pair out there in your style and budget. If you want to splurge a little here, though - do! Shoes are one of the few things you can use again after the wedding. Just remember to save some money for some cute flats. As much as you think you'll keep those killer heels on "all day- no matter what", you and I both know that might not happen. Be prepared!
The Flowers
Use what's in season. I love anemones, they come in tons of colors and happen to be in season right now. On a wholesale flower website you can get 300 stems of white blossoms with dark blue centers for just under $400. That is more than enough to make yourself a sweet bouquet and simple centerpieces. Check out Martha Stewart's website for more inspiration. P.S. - For crazy cheap flowers, consider Baby's Breath. It looks amazing by itself in huge bunches- trust me! 
The Cake

I've featured this Blueberry and Ginger cake by Emma of Poires au Chocolat here before, and I'm still in love with it! Emma made this cake for her mother's birthday party of around 100 people, and it looks great! I think a reasonable estimate of cost for this cake is around $100 since most of the ingredients are pretty common. Have your friends help you with this starting a couple days before the wedding. Best of all - part of it's charm is that it's meant to look a little homemade. There is no need to obsess over being perfect! 

Well, there you are- half a wedding for around $1,500! Let me emphasize- if you can't handle it- don't do it. Yes, it is going to take some DIY effort in order to save some cash. But if you ever find yourself not sleeping or crying over card stock, then by all means hire someone else to help you! However, if you can summon the patience and keep it simple, you can have a beautiful wedding on a budget!

*If you've stumbled upon my blog because of the Breakfast at Toast blog crawl, or another site - please follow and leave a comment! I love hearing from readers and I'm always looking for great new blogs! 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Etsy Kept Me Entertained Today!

vintage 1960s Fille de Sourire dress
1960s Fille de Sourire Dress from DearGoldenVintage, $148

milk glass pedestal cake plate

Milk Glass Cake Stand from littlebyrdvintage, $24

Lovin' You 5x7" Fine Art Print

Terrifying and hilarious. "Lovin' You" Print from thereswaterhere, $12


1970s Charlie Chaplin Sweater from TheChurchofVintage, $76

black chevron stripe notecards - set (10)
Set of 10 Chevron Note Cards from pixelimpress, $17.50

P.S. - Is anyone's spacing on Blogger doing this weird thing when they publish? I can't get it to space the lines how I want! 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I've Been Hunting

. . . and I've found my zig zag rug! I've been seeing them in featured rooms of design blogs for months and seeing a bunch of them on Apartment Therapy for their Small/Cool 2011 contest. Finally, thanks to Britany, one of the entrants, I've found one I can actually afford! Check out some pics of her place:

See more pictures of her adorable home (and vote for it) here! Check out these other entries for even more zig zags!
Part of me worries that zig zags (or chevrons, if you like) are the new "Keep Calm" posters of slightly sassy interior design accents. However, I'm hoping the classic black and white will keep it from looking too dated! Besides, if you really love something- you should have it!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

DIY Genius!

The “Art of the Trench” is a beautiful thing.  The trench  coat is quite possibly one of the most classic staples that everyone  should own.  My friends, Hillary and Katherine of  WHO WHAT WEAR, who have a new j’amazing book, “WHAT TO WEAR, WHERE”, agree that one of the most coveted pieces this spring hails from BURBERRY.   Designer, Christopher Bailey, added a new spin on the iconic trench  coat, giving us goosebumps with metallic accents to embellish.  Severe  and sexy spikes are certainly a Spring trend to steal (say that tongue  twister!)
Get inspired by Burberry, and create  your own version.  Reach for lots of chopsticks (use anywhere from  50-100 pairs or more if you crave more spike-age).  Using a handsaw  (carefully) and cut down chopsticks tops.  If you don’t feel comfortable  with a saw, try heavy duty clippers.  In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the spikes, gold.  Wait till dry, flip over- and spray to cover.  Use  chalk to outline where the spikes will go.  Use droplets of hot glue on  the bottoms of the spikes, place down- and hold for a few seconds till  they set.  Remove any straggly glue hair strands, let dry- and rock it!

Erica Domesek, the creator of P.S. - I Made This, is one of the best crafters out there! Here is her solution to those lusting over a certain Burberry trench. Chopsticks?! Cheap and adorable - plus it's much less painful than adding actual studs to anything yourself. Seriously, where was this idea when I was working on my GaGa costume?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Speaking of Buying Things . . .

Last night I stumbled upon Copy Cat Chic - an interior design blog that helps you find things you love at a more affordable price! For example:
These Pottery Barn Emma dishes cost about $168-$176 for various combinations for sets of four.
These Onedia Pearl dishes are $59.99 for a set of 53 (full service for 8 plus some serving pieces)!
I managed so get a coupon code for a little bit off, so I bought the Onedia set! I was planning of getting dishes from IKEA, because in my mind IKEA= cutest and cheapest. However, even if you subtract the four serving pieces from the set it still prices out to be WAY cheaper than IKEA or any other options I looked at - and I'm getting so much more! What do you think?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I'm Moving!

Some of you might remember me mentioning my frustrating job search a few months back. Well, I got the job I wanted! I start in August and I'll probably be moving in July. Without sharing where - because this is the internet and I don't want to attract creepers - I'm going to be a Residence Director at a college. That means I'll have a unique living situation for my very first adult apartment - it will be in a dorm.

I'm not living in a dorm room. I feel like that is a common misconception about this job. I will have a full apartment that is considered separate from the space and rules of the student housing that will surround me. I'll have a separate office. I will supervise a staff. I don't know what building I'll be placed in yet, but I do know that I'm going to be posting like crazy about interior design for the next few months - be prepared. I'm way too excited about buying dishes as it is!

Let's get started. Through Polyvore I found this really cute store called Graham and Green. Unfortunately, they don't ship to the US! Here are some of my favorite things :
Too bad I can't have any of them! I'll have to shop around for some dupes. What are some of your favorite home decor stores?
* Top image from Yes and Yes. 

I Wish I Were Wearing . . . 4/14

It's been a while since I've done one of these!