September 2, 2015

FALL FAVORITES



Merrick's Art | Fall Favorites
1. GINGHAM BUTTON UP | |  2. NAIL POLISH (colors: in the lobby & petal pushers) | | 3. GRAY FEDORA (more colors) | | 4. SUNGLASSES (use code MERRICKSART at checkout to get your first month of endless eyewear free!) | | 5. BOYFRIEND JEANS (on sale right now!) | | 6. SADDLE BAG | | 7. FRINGE ANKLE BOOTS | | 8.  IPHONE CASE | |  9. PENDANT NECKLACE


It's our last week before school starts back up, and although part of me wants to do a big, fun outing every day with the boys, the other part of me wants to reorganize and weed through my entire house. It's time for Fall cleaning. And once the old goes out, of course the new goes in. Here's a few things for fall that I've already picked up, or that I'm loving!

I just purchased these boyfriend jeans last week and instantly fell in love with them. Most boyfriend jeans make me look bulky and masculine, but these are just the right amount of baggy while still being slim, and the distressing is perfect. (Oh, and I got asked a lot over on instagram when I posted them there -- I purchased my regular size!)

A gingham shirt is a staple in my closet for Fall. Well, all seasons, but especially fall. It's a perfect layering piece to add a pop of pattern, is such a great stand alone top to wear with skirts or jeans, and is also cute tied around your waist with a dress. This J.Crew one is so thin and lightweight, but not see through, so it's perfect for every styling choice.

Fringe is huge this season, and I'm all the way on board with it. Give me all the fringe. I love these classic style ankle boots that have a touch of fringe to add a textural element.

The biggest handbag trend for Fall is the saddle bag. It's such a pretty and sophisticated little shape, and a fun twist on the standard crossbody bag. This one is under $30, so of course it's in my shopping cart ready to purchase.

Long pendant and Y-shaped necklaces are very trendy this season, and I love this simple gold one that's simple and versatile, but also makes a statement.



August 31, 2015

BRICKYARD BUFFALO GUEST EDITOR WEEK (AND MODERN GIRL'S SALE!)

I'm really excited about this week because I've been asked to be a guest editor for Brickyard Buffalo! I've rounded up a few of my favorite shops and they've generously put their items on sale just for you, and just for this week. I'm super excited about Let's Playground mats (they have two sizes available), Nena and Co bags (they're just the prettiest south american hand woven bags), Wind and Willow Home wooden bowls (they'd make an amazing gift), and babylit board books (I love these little darling illustrated books for my kids!)

But the sale I'm MOST excited about, is that The Modern Girl's Guide to Sewing is on sale this week over on Brickyard Buffalo! If you haven't heard about it, it's the brand new online sewing course I created with my best friend, Leanne Barlow. There are two courses, beginner and intermediate, and we walk you through everything we know about sewing so by the end you're able to create custom clothing, just like we do! THIS WEEK ONLY they're 15% off, so go snag yourself our courses and get sewing!





We have loved using our Let's Playground mat this week. Since it arrived, I've used it as a table cloth for making cookies (and cleaning up was such a breeze), at the beach twice, and once at the park for a family picnic. These things are so great. Get 15% off this week only right here on Brickyard Buffalo.



we don't always cook without a shirt on...just when it's sweltering hot in our non air conditioned house ;)  




And gosh, aren't these the prettiest bowls? I love the modern warmth the wood adds to my crisp white area. The marbled gray and white dipped paint on the bottom is just the cherry on top (or bottom, as the case may be). You can find them on sale right here.



August 28, 2015

DIY FRIDAY: BOXY PLEATED TOP SEWING TUTORIAL









OUTFIT DETAILS: top made by me (other tops in this same gorgeous color here, here and here) | dittos jeans (same, different wash) | old ankle boots, similar here | rebecca minkoff bag | sunglasses

A couple of weeks ago I pinned this pretty pleated top. Most of the time it takes me a few months (or even years) to make something I pin, but this one was stuck in my head and I couldn't get it out. Plus, after nearly an entire summer of not sewing, I was getting a major itch. 

This shirt was definitely a challenge for me to pattern and create, since I had to determine how the pleats would line up and how the measuring would work out, but I love projects that stretch my sewing abilities. And I love how this top turned out. 

My only complaint is that the inspiration top appears to be made of a thinner polyester fabric, whereas I used a more sturdy textured knit for mine, which made the top a little bulkier and result in me looking about six months pregnant from certain angles. The hazards of finishing a project an hour before you shoot it and forgetting to try it on....c'est la vie. 

So when you make this, use a lighter weight fabric and you won't run into this problem. Unless you are actually six months pregnant and don't mind looking it. Fair warning. 

And don't forget! If you're a non-seamstress, The Modern Girl's Guide to Sewing is the perfect place to learn all of my sewing skills -- check it out right here.

Click READ MORE below to find the full sewing tutorial!

photos by rad and happy
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