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August 18, 2014



DIY jean shorts (tutorial here)

A few months ago I came across a photo of a pair of rhinestone embellished jeans, and completely fell in love with them. I'm not usually one to love embellished jeans, since I'm a child of the rhinestone covered back pockets era and I'd be happy to not have to wear those ever again, but these ones were feminine, sparkly, unique, and still completely modern. So I did what I do best -- I made a pair for myself.

Since it's summer and it's way too hot to be wearing full length jeans most of the time (especially in Huntington Beach where no one has air conditioning), I made them with a pair of denim cut-offs. But I'm already itching to make another pair with full length jeans -- they'd be so fantastic for the holidays!

I'm sharing the easy tutorial over on SheKnows this month -- hop over and check it out!

Happy Monday!

August 15, 2014



target chambray, similar here and here
refashioned dress (tutorial here), similar dress here and here
steve madden booties via DSW, c/o
daniel wellington watch, c/o (use code 'merricksart' for 15% through the end of August!)

more great bootie choices from DSW!

The last few weeks I've teamed up with DSW for their Back To Class program to bring you a few fun back to school looks, and today I'm excited to share my third and final look. My first look was preppy with my leopard boat shoes, the second a little edgy with my nike running shoes, and this time these Steve Madden lace up booties inspired a simple boho look. With all my chambray wearing, I've never worn it open like this and I really liked how this look came together. Perfect for a lived-in, laid back, comfortable-chic look for a day of classes on campus. 

Also, I've mentioned it the last few weeks, but DSW is really one of the best places to buy shoes. I've been buying shoes there since high school and in addition to having amazing shoes at great prices, they also have a killer rewards program. It's free to sign up, for every purchase you rack up points, you get extra discounts in your inbox, a gift certificate on your birthday, and more. They're the best. You can sign up right here!

ALSO! Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway last week! The winner is Roisin McGahey! Watch for an email from me to claim your prize!

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    this post was sponsored by DSW, a store that I regularly shop at and love. Thank you for supporting the companies that support this blog!  

    August 13, 2014


    Flower Power

    Trends right now are so sixties inspired, and the flower power of the sixties is back in a big way for Fall, but this time around it's so modern and feminine. These gorgeous Kate Spade floral heels inspired this round-up, but since they're a little out of my price range, I found some other amazing floral pieces for amazing steals. In fact, everything here is under $40 (except for that orange floral asos dress, but it's still a steal at just over $50)! 

    Also, while finding these steals, I found so many other amazing floral pieces that I just had to include a few more of my favorites below, even though some of them aren't under $40.

    Click the images to shop!

    August 12, 2014



    old navy dress (c/o) refashioned by me (original here, similar raglan style here and here)
    daniel wellington watch, c/o (use code 'merricksart' for 15% through the end of August!)

    For this round of Raiding My Sister's Closet, we joined up with Marigold and some other fantastic seamstresses for the Summer of No Pants -- a fun blog project with tons of skirt and dress tutorials. Dresses have been my go-to the last few summers, and I've added a ton to my closet (store bought, refashioned, and handmade) this year and last. They're so versatile, easy to throw on and go, and are easily dressed up or dressed down. I don't think I'll ever own enough dresses (although my tiny closet says otherwise).

    Old Navy sent each of us the same basic black dress and then we each refashioned it in some way. I've been wanting to do a baseball sleeve refashion for a long time, so this was the perfect opportunity. I used a little bit of gray jersey knit leftover from another dress project, and it came together so easily.

    Find the full tutorial after the break! 

    August 11, 2014


    When we moved to California, about a year and a half ago, we knew that our time here wouldn't be very long. My husband's job requires a few more moves over the next five to ten years until they put us in a long term position, which just means more adventures for us. We're okay with that. So although we have no idea when the promotion will come or where it will take us, we think it will probably come in the next year, so we're taking advantage of our short time in California and trying to fit in as many fun local things as possible. Last week we sat down and wrote out a California Bucket List for our family, and we'll slowly be checking them off so our weekends aren't wasted!

    This weekend we packed up early on Saturday morning and headed down to Exposition Park at USC where there is a cluster of museums. We'd been to the science center a few months ago, so this time we tried out the museum of natural history. Philip and I are both museum lovers, so we get a total thrill out of sharing our love of them with our babies, and watching them get excited about learning. Here's a few snippets of our day.

    ^^this is pretty much how the whole day went. Benson reading every sign and exhibit, and Foster climbing on top of them.^^ 

     ^^ watching a video about gems and minerals -- thrilling! ^^

     ^^ he was completely enthralled by all the stuffed animals ^^

     ^^ the baby chicks were his very favorite, and he spent about 10 minutes just watching and laughing at them ^^ 

     ^^ making a thumbprint fish together ^^

    Next up on our California Bucket List is a day of traveling across Southern California on the train! We can't wait!

    my outfit:
    boden skirt (sold out, similar here, here (on sale!) and here)

    benson's outfit:
    DIY cutoff shorts (from our favorite old navy jeans)

    foster's outfit:
    similar sandals here and here

    August 7, 2014



    choies jacket, similar here and here
    boden top, c/o
    h&m jeans, similar here and here


    I'm back again this weekend with another fun Back to Class look with DSW, this time a little more edgy (with a touch of sporty).

    Sneakers are super popular right now, and I'm seeing everything from high tops, to converse, to slip ons, to nike running shoes. All of these choices are so comfy, and can be super casual or incredibly chic. I even wrote a post about different ways to wear your sneakers over on Babble if you're trying to figure out how to style them! Here I paired my Nike shoes with an edgy black and white outfit and a fun backpack for a chic, edgy, and comfortable day at school.

    I love shopping at DSW for shoes, and have been since high school, because they have an amazing selection with a ton of different brands and designers, and all at amazing prices. Their sale section gets me every time. Plus, they have an amazing rewards program -- sign up to receive discounts, exclusive offers, and earn your way to gift certificates with every purchase!

    So now that you're an official Rewards member, how about a giveaway? DSW is giving away a $50 e-gift card as part of their #DSWShoeHookup campaign so you can snag yourself a new pair of shoes for school. Here's all you have to do:

    • Snap a picture of your "Back to Class" look and share it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #DSWShoeHookup. 
    • Then submit your entry right here!

    The contest will run for 7 days, after which a winner will be randomly selected. Good luck!

    all the other fabulous DSW bloggers are hosting their own giveaways, so hop over and enter theirs and increase your chance of winning!

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      a big thank you to DSW for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 
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