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Trend Watch: Crochet 06.29.2012

We’ve been seeing a lot of crocheted clothes, accessories and even housewares popping up out there. What do you guys think? Pretty or fussy? It kind of makes me want to learn how to crochet, personally, but as I don’t see that happening anytime soon, I guess I’ll just pick one of these cuties up and call it a day.

links: 1. Medium Crochet Pouf in ecru and gray, 2. Candy Love Crochet Skort, 3. Crochet Hook Belt, 4. Crochet Tunic Tank, 5. Crochet Fedora, 6. Lace Crochet Tote

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  1. Danielle Hardy

    Love the crochet! Those shorts are wayy to cute!

    July 7, 2012 6:28 am
    • ampersand

      thanks, danielle!

      July 13, 2012 3:14 pm

iphone cases from society6 06.27.2012

yep, having some fun searching for a new iphone case, i (morgan), started on and never ended up leaving! there are so many awesome options – I might just need one for each season. I’m liking some of these summer options! And of course, the ampersand couldn’t be overlooked! What do you think?

1. Summer , 2. 6157, 3. Ampersand , 4. Dreamy, 5. Corteo, 6. Coney Island Beach, 7. Scales, 8. Gradient-A, 9. Waves Multicolor, 10. Completely Incomplete, 11. Lucky Number 7, 12. Fleur

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Girls Dinner: Summer Tapas Party 06.26.2012

Along with Laura and Tobe, we’ve been waiting for the day to share this 2nd edition of our Girls Dinner series  because it’s just the perfect summer get together and we’re dying for you all to try it yourselves!! We always say we could make a dinner out of appetizers…so we practically did just that! We threw together a casual, tapas-style dinner on the back porch! We used a fun piece of vintage fabric for a tablecloth and mixed and matched patterns and materials to create a Mediterranean-inspired dinner al fresca!

Here are a few things we made if you want to try them:

• beet salad with goat cheese, mixed greens and walnuts

• pita with edamole (edamame guacamole)

• spicy lime shrimp (they only take about 10 minutes!)

• strawberry, basil and goat cheese mini-toasts

• red wine sangria with fresh fruit

You just might need to stop by Tobe’s blog, Because It’s Awesome for your very own free, printable recipe card!

If you have your eye on these darling wine glass markers, head on over to Laura’s blog, A Girl Who Makes to get the full step-by-step DIY!

* all photos taken by eric linebarger

And last but not least, we wanted to share some easy ideas for you to recreate this yourself!

{1. Batik Fork and Spatula Serving Set, 2. any piece of colorful vintage scarf or fabric  3. white square 5″ small plates – perfect for tapas 4. colorful pressed glass votive candleholders 5. white peonies (be sure to shake off the ants)  6. Vintage Turquoise Milk Glass Vase 7. Alseda floor cushion and don’t forget a set of globe string lights!

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  1. Melissa

    Fabulous! Looks like a delicious time…both for the tummy and the eyes! Everything is absolutely beautiful…completely inspired to host a fun get together myself! Thanks for sharing!

    June 29, 2012 10:41 pm
    • admin

      Thanks, Melissa, for visiting our blog! Wishing you lived in KC so we could combine get-togethers!

      July 2, 2012 2:46 pm

Spotted: Eva Franco 06.25.2012

I (Carrie) am just getting back in the swing of things after a lovely vacation in Colorado! One of the best things about traveling is discovering new inspiration. Shopping in Breckenridge, I fell in love with several little shops. In one of them, I kept spotting dresses I was floored by and they were all the same label: Eva Franco! I couldn’t believe I hadn’t known of her dresses before. I didn’t buy any myself, but my sister-in-law bought two and although i was a little jealous, she looked so great in the perfectly cut dresses, I was satisfied to live vicariously through her. One of her buys is that darling in the upper right (It’s even cuter in person!)

links: Frames to Fortune Dress,  Palm Springs to Life Dress, Pointelle Made Dress, Pinking Clearly Dress, Unlocking Luxury Dress, Folklore Me In Dress


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