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Bathing Suit Bliss

Something about a bathing suit brings a smile to my face. It makes me think back to times as a child running through the sprinkler in the back yard, going to swim team practice and hanging at the neighborhood pool all summer. As an adult, it reminds me of the tropical vacations I have taken, summer holidays at my parents condo on the beach in Florida and the relaxing feeling of being close to water.

Dorothy Shain visited New Orleans a few years back and I discovered her amazing bikini paintings and just learned today – she has prints – thanks Instagram! They are retro, playful and full of character – and I think I need three!

Vintage Barbie and Ken

I came across the amazing work of David Parise on a late night Instagram session and immediately ordered one of his works. He takes vintage Barbies {and Ken dolls} and sets them up in the most realistic and fun settings. I am in LOVE with my piece and can’t wait to see the conversations it starts. If you are in New York he sets up around town too! Follow David on Instagram @vintagebarbieandken!

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Social Shopping

No black Friday or cyber Monday for me this year! This year, I’m turning to my favorite social channel and shopping my instagram feed. Instagram has introduced me to so many fabulous artist and makers that I can’t wait to support this holiday season! See below for my favorites.

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@homemalonenola  

@suiteonestudio

@laurelmburas

@thegrovestreetpress

@hayley_km

@loomednola

@markettestudio

@gaiaforwomen 

@lionheartprints

 

Markette Nola

My local West Elm and Juley {of Upperlyne} hosted the greatest Etsy Pop-Up shop a few weeks back. I had the best time browsing local vendors and even picked up a few things. I scooped up a small original piece from Markette and absolutely love her work. The perfect addition to any gallery wall and the prints {and cards} make great gifts!

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Bulls and Beaches

I’ve mentioned artist Teil Duncan {here and here} before and now she is back with a few, new prints! I’ve always been a fan of her beaches and have a print myself, this time around I’m picking up a bull print! Such a unique take on the animal! Her prints go fast and these are only available until December.

Teil Duncan

 

DIY to Try

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I love a good DIY and to be honest I’ve really been slacking in the DIY department. For several reasons, but mainly I really don’t have room to add anything else to my tiny apartment. When I came across these four recent DIY projects I knew, one, they didn’t take up much room and two, I would actually use these {or gift them}. Adding these to my summer project list!

Terracotta Painted Pot {Triple Max Tons}

Embroidered Drawstring Bag {The Glitter Guide}

Summer Camp Appliqués {Little Tin Soldier} 

Summer Floral Arrangement {Style Me Pretty} 

insta love

Lets face it, I’m a social media junkie. I love being able to follow all my favorite people and brands and having custom news feed at my finger tips. Instagram has to be my favorite. I love the constant photo stream and all the creative people I have come across on the platform. Below are a few of my favs!

First up Donald “Drawbertson”, a suburban dad making waves with his fashion forward and creative approach to art {think duct tape and cereal boxes}. Second, a long time fav, Amber Venz Box, the most fashionable girl on the internet. Thirdly, Teil Duncan Art. I would have never known about Teil, if it wasn’t for instagram. I am in LOVE with her beaches! Lastly, Eva Chen, the Editor in Chief at Lucky Magazine. I’ve been following her since the beginning and love the way she shares her daily shoe and handbag pics {just look up #evachenpose}. Who are some of your favorites on instagram?

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