DIY MONOGRAM STRAW TOTE

Frugal Friday

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Who else has fallen in love with the monogram straw french totes? I immediately became obsessed and had to have one. The only thing – I really didn’t want to pay $200 for one. So I decided to DIY my own.

Yes there was that minute of “hmm can I do this?” but I have always been crafty so I went for it (and thank goodness I have a naturally steady hand). After buying my plain tote (I actually found mine at L’Occitane in the mall but you can find a similar one here), I went over to Michael’s to buy my supplies. I found that the best paint to use was Satin Acrylic as it has the ability to flex on the straw. I also decided to go with Martha Stewart’s stenciled letters, because even though I could probably free hand it, I really wanted Martha’s support 🙂

This all became very therapeutic for me – I was able to take some downtime and pour my creative energy into something that (thankfully) turned out fabulous. Overall it took me about 3 hours to do. If you are crafty and like to DIY, give it a try! Not so much? You can buy yours here.

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COPPER HOME ACCENTS

Interior Design

Ever since the launch of LIKEtoKNOW.it.HOME last week, I have been obsessed.. Please tell me I am not the only one who lays in bed at night flipping through home inspo. We have been doing little facelifts around the house and LTKHome has launched just in time. The copper on the white background pops and the glass accents add a difference in texture. And having a ladder to reach those top shelves — LOVE! Click on the icons in the image to shop or scroll through the icons below.

For those of you who are obsessed with copper like I am, below are some subtle picks that can brighten up any space!

Follow LIKEtoKNOW.it.HOME on instagram for endless home inspiration!

CAPE DRESS 2 WAYS

Style Edit

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It is so fun for me taking a staple piece from my closet and styling it multiple ways. Whether it is a long gown (like this Rosie Assoulin gem that I am absolutely obsessed with) or a more casual piece, pairing different accessories can lend a totally different feeling to an outfit. Here I styled my cape gown two different ways: a more casual Texas style (if you missed my previous post, you can check it out here) and a fancier take with a pop of color. The greatest thing about a bright pop of color, is even if you are one of those people who despises color, a bright bag is a nice way to brighten up your look without having to sacrifice your personal style. Which reminds me of a quote I read on Instagram the other day that was too funny —  “I will stop wearing black when they invent a darker color” <insert laughing emoji> haha! Below you can shop the different looks and even pair these accessories with a black dress you already have in your closet (the black is still sold out in this dress).

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Follow me on Instagram @venzedits to see more of my 2-way looks!

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