July 7, 2015

RAIDING MY SISTERS CLOSET: DRESSING UP FOR SUMMER NIGHTS








merrick's art for golden tote top, unavailable -- similar here | skirt made by me, similar here | guess sandals | laser cut clutch | sunglasses | necklace | midi ring

During the summer months, I live in skirts and dresses. They're such a comfortable and easy option, and by throwing them on you can instantly look put together, and like you put a lot more thought an effort into your outfit than you really did (and that's always a win in my book). 

This polka dot top and A-line skirt are easy day time pieces, but can also be transitioned to evening with a few little additions. 

1. Switch out your bag. During the day time, I choose a larger bag that can tote around water bottles and diapers. But in the evening if you're going out with friends, your husband, or to a nicer dinner with your family, I always like to switch to a more dressy bag. Clutches, like this pretty white laser cut one, and small crossbody bags are the best option! 

2. Add a heel. Switching out your flip flops or flat sandals for something a little taller instantly adds a nicer, night time feel to your look. When it's warm and the evening includes some walking (which we always love to do after dinner), I like a heeled sandal with a lower heel, like these lace up sandals

3. Don't forget layers. You'll regret it if you don't have a warm layer to throw on after the sun goes down! For summer layers, I prefer a jacket with a little more structure, like a blazer or leather jacket, because it creates a great contrast when paired with a more casual and summery outfit. Also, military inspired jackets look great for summer time! 

4. Jewelry. During the day, tiny delicate necklaces are my staple. They add a little bit of sparkle to my neck, but don't get in the way. But at night time, I love to add a statement necklace to my look, like this fringe pendant necklace I recently picked up (and is on sale!) A bright outfit like this doesn't need much, but a slightly larger necklace takes an outfit from day to night. 


Now go check out my sister's, Janssen and Landen's dressy summer outfits (and today is Landen's 26th birthday, so go give her some extra love!)

July 6, 2015

LEFTOVERS FROM THE FOURTH

Merrick's Art | Red, White, and Blue

Merrick's Art | Red, White, and Blue

Merrick's Art | Red, White, and Blue

Merrick's Art | Red, White, and Blue

Merrick's Art | Red, White, and Blue

OUTFIT DETAILS: skirt: c/o Leanne Barlow | old shirt, similar here for under $15! | similar heels | watch | bracelet | clutch 

This weekend we celebrated the Fourth of July. Our city goes ALL out for the 4th, so of course we've hopped right on board over the last three years and try to make it a fun and festive celebration. 

My sister and her family came down on Friday night, so we spent the morning at huge parade, had a barbecue, lit off some fireworks (which they allowed this year, hooray!), made and ate a triple berry pie, and then finished off the day with a walk down to the beach to watch the fireworks they set off from the pier. Such a fun and happy day! 

And since I can't ever let a reason to extend holiday festivities go uncelebrated, I wore this red, white, and blue look to church yesterday. The perfect way to end a great weekend. Hope you all had a fun and safe Fourth!



Oh, and in case you missed the news, I announced on Friday that I started a YouTube channel! I have big plans for it and hope you'll hop over and subscribe so you're sure not to miss any of my videos as I post them. You can see my very first video right here

July 3, 2015

DIY FRIDAY: MY EVERYDAY MAKEUP + AN EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!

Merrick's Art | My Everyday Makeup Routine

Today for DIY Friday, instead of a clothing or sewing tutorial, I'm sharing a makeup tutorial. I get questions all the time about my makeup, so I put together a little video showing all the products I use on my everyday face.

And because it is so overdue, I finally created a YouTube channel! I've been debating for the last year whether or not I wanted to create one, and have finally decided to incorporate more videos into Merrick's Art. I hope you guys are as excited as I am!

Although this first video on my new channel is makeup, you'll see mostly sewing, styling, DIY projects, and refashions over there, and occasionally a little travel and beauty. I'm planning to begin creating regular video content, so make sure you hop over and click "SUBSCRIBE" so you get notified when a new video shows up!

And now for the makeup tutorial. Down at the bottom of this post, I've shared links to all the products that I used, and you'll find those same links in the video description over on YouTube. Also, the video is slightly blurry here on my blog, so if you want a sharper picture, hop over to YouTube to watch it where it's nice and clear. I hope you enjoy!




PRODUCT LIST:
BareMinerals Blush in “beauty” (but I also recommend “stellar” for a brighter, warmer color)

thanks to Liv Tanner for helping me produce and edit this video!


Happy  Friday, and happy Fourth of July weekend!
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