Target is one of my go-to places to find affordable, cute items to decorate our home. I'm already a huge fan of their Hearth and Hand with Magnolia collection, but earlier this month Target released a brand new line of home items... Opalhouse. It's a boho-inspired, eclectic assortment of items and some of the stuff is sooo beautiful! Check out some of my favorites from the Opalhouse collection below. Click the photos to shop:
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Growing up I had a slight sticker obsession. I loved walking through the sticker aisle in Michael’s and collecting cute ones to keep in my desk for emergency decorative needs, and I stuck my favorites to my notebooks, folders and journal. Now that I’m in my mid-20’s, my love for stickers is still going strong (I have quite the collection that I use to embellish greetings cards and envelopes, etc.) but I’ve also discovered a more grown-up way to decorate items that is just as fun… washi tape!! It’s basically colorful, decorative tape that is made out of paper and usually covered in beautiful prints and patterns. I’ve had a few rolls of washi tape on my crafting table for a while now that I use to add a little flair to certain projects, but I wanted to learn more.
So, when I saw that my local Paper Source store was hosting a Washi Tape Card Making workshop on a recent Saturday, I signed myself up. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that Paper Source is one of my favorite places to visit for inspiration. If you don’t have a physical store near you, you have to check out their website. They sell the cutest gifts, cards, and paper craft materials ever!
Anyways, I’m going off topic…. so, the workshop only cost me about $30 and it included all of the supplies I needed for the class, plus a 15% off coupon to the store. It was on a Saturday morning from 11:00am to 1:00pm, which was the perfect time – not so early that I couldn’t sleep in and not so late that it ate up my whole day. I was a little apprehensive about attending the class by myself at first (shy girl problems), but it turned out to be a small group of about seven women and everyone was so kind and supportive and fun to craft with! The teacher was amazing as well and let us work creatively on our own, but stepped in for guidance when we needed it.
Check out some of the things I made with washi tape below:
To make this card, I first taped a paper circle to the top of the card, not quite in the center. Then I covered a large square of green paper with different washi tapes. I put them on a diagonal, but you could really do it any way you want. Then I used a punch shaped like a leaf to cut the paper square, creating a patterned leaf. I attached the leaf on top of the circle using 3D glue dots, to give it a raised effect. Then I added a small banner to the bottom (paper layered over strips of washi tape) to add a place where I can write a message. To finish, I used two alternating washi tapes to line the envelope.
This card was probably the simplest to make, but it ended up being my favorite! I just cut a square out of a pretty scrapbooking paper, glued it to the card, and gave it a washi tape border. You could put the border on all four sides of the paper square, but I liked the way it looked with just the top and bottom. Then I stamped a message at the bottom and embossed it with gold embossing powder. The envelope is just lined with paper! So simple and sweet!
This card didn't turn out perfectly, but I still love it! I just think that lemon washi tape is so cute!! So basically for this I just attached a bunch of strips of tape to the card and cut them at an angle, leaving half of the card blank. Then I added a stamp to the blank side and embossed with gold powder.
This card was tricky to make but it turned out super fun! I cut two pieces of twine to fit across the front of the card. Then I selected a bunch of different washi tapes to use as flags. For each flag, I wrapped a piece of washi tape around the twine, stuck the backs together, then cut and trimmed to look like a little flag. Once all the flags were attached, I stuck each end of the twine to the card with glue dots. To finish, I stamped a message at the bottom and embossed with pink powder.
The last item we made was a little envelope to store our handmade cards in. I used a large piece of cardstock (I think the cardstock was specifically made for this purpose) and added a bunch of washi tapes to the front flap. So simple! Once you fill it with your cards, you can tie it shut with a piece of twine. Voila!
I'm ignoring the fact that it's 44 and rainy here today, because yesterday it was 75 and sunny. We spent the day outside, walking around and people-watching, and it reminded me how much I love Brooklyn in the warmer weather! I also felt so inspired seeing everyone decked out in their springtime clothes they've been waiting so long to wear.
Thanks to yesterday's weather, I can finally share a springtime look with you!! I'm wearing the new Silk Wrap Top from Madewell - one of my latest obsessions. It hits at the perfect spot to pair with high-waisted jeans or skirts, it's easy to dress up or down, and it has a laid-back, retro look that I love. The silk is super lightweight and soft, and it comes in a bunch of colors and prints.
My high-waisted skinny ankle jeggings are from Target's new Universal Thread collection. I was apprehensive about buying denim from Target, but I tried this pair on and they were too comfortable to pass up. The denim is super affordable (this pair was $24.99), and the fabric of this pair is made in Italy. I've worn them a lot and they keep their shape and are super soft and comfy.
Check out the bottom of this post for links to shop! Happy Spring : )
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I was just thinking about how much I love my essential oils. It's amazing how something so small can really bring joy to your life. I haven’t shared about them on here in a while, so I put together this little post about my favorites from my go-to brand, Rocky Mountain Oils, and what I use them for. Check it out below! If you've been considering trying oils, I can't recommend them enough! Happy diffusing!
My mom introduced me to this oil and now I’m hooked! It smells fresh and clean when you diffuse it – it’s great for in the kitchen or even the bedroom. It’s supposed to help purify the air in your home and apparently helps with concentration. I tend to diffuse it during the day when I’m working, cooking or cleaning in the apartment. The smell is subtle but so nice! This was the first oil my mom purchased when she decided to give essential oils a try, and it was a great starter oil for her! Click HERE to shop.
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I love this oil so much that I have it in both a roll-on and the regular oil. It has this delicious, spicy, musky scent that I love. Sometimes I roll it on as a perfume! It makes me constantly want to smell myself haha! I usually diffuse this during the day and even overnight when one of us is feeling a little run down or under the weather. It’s supposed to help keep your immune system strong so you can fight off illness. I keep the roll-on on my desk at work and apply it when a coworker is sick or whenever I feel like a cold might be coming on. Maybe this is all in my head, but about a month ago I started getting a sore throat so I applied this oil to my throat and the bottoms of my feet for several days and it never turned into a cold!! Even if this oil doesn’t actually keep colds away, I would still use it just for the amazing scent! Click HERE to shop the roll-on. Click HERE to shop the regular oil.
If you’re into fruity and fresh smelling candles, you’ll love diffusing this oil! It smells so bright and cheerful! I usually diffuse this during the day in spring/summer and it helps to keep me alert. I also feel like it’s hard to be in a bad mood when the room has the scent of grapefruit in the air. It’s a great oil to add to your homemade cleaning sprays too. The scent is perfect for the kitchen or bathroom! Click HERE to shop.
I have this oil in a roll-on and I keep it on my desk at work. If I ever start feeling upset or anxious, I just apply a little to my wrists and take deep breaths in. I also tend to put some on before a meeting, for a boost of calm. I feel like it would be great to diffuse before bed too. It smells soft and sweet, and I love it! Click HERE to shop.
I keep this oil in our bathroom cabinet and add a few drops to my shower whenever I want a little boost. The steam from the shower really activates the scent and makes me feel like I’m having my own little spa day (you can also do this with Eucaplyptus oil when you’re feeling congested). It perks me up and it smells fresh and clean! This oil also has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, so you can apply it to rashes and other skin issues to help clear them up. Click HERE to shop. PS - right now this oil is 15% off!!
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In just a few weeks, my boyfriend, Adam, is turning the big 3-0! I wanted to make this milestone birthday one he will remember, so I decided to gift him with an experience. I did some sneaky planning and booked us a little country getaway about two hours out of NYC in Tivoli, NY. I found a cozy, beautiful little home on Airbnb, bought our train tickets, and researched the area for fun places to eat. Then I counted down the days… for months! It was so hard to keep it a secret from Adam for so long, but I did it! Last week the moment I had been waiting for finally arrived. We packed our overnight bags and headed off on his birthday adventure.
Check out the photos from our Airbnb below. To book it for yourself, just search for Modern-Boho Cottage. I’ve also included some restaurant recommendations at the bottom of this post! The home was perfectly bohemian and I obsessed over every room. Every detail was so well thought out and visually pleasing. We loved playing Scrabble by the fire at night while sipping drinks and napping in the hammock during the afternoons. I even took a bath (which I rarely do) and the natural light from the bathroom's skylights made it feel extra special. The space made us both feel so relaxed and inspired, and we had an amazing and memorable time! Happy Birthday, Adam!! <3
WHERE TO EAT:
The village of Tivoli is extremely small and quiet. You can walk through it in under ten minutes. But, I'm guessing because of its proximity to Bard College, the main street is home to some delicious food. Check out where we ate below:
The Corner at Hotel Tivoli – Our first night in town, I treated Adam to a special birthday dinner at the mediterranean restaurant inside the Hotel Tivoli. We were a little apprehensive to go in at first – the menu and location seemed a bit fancier than what we are used to and we were wearing jeans – but it turned out to be a memorable and delicious meal! The restaurant was small, intimate and beautiful, and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. It was also nice that, although the menu was sophisticated and the location was beautiful, the people inside were diverse, down-to-earth and casually dressed. We didn’t feel at all out of place! Adam started with a round of oysters. They were presented beautifully and so tasty he ate them all in about 60 seconds! They also gave us a delicious, fresh loaf of bread, which we dipped in olive oil and sea salt. For the main course, I had chicken tagine – it was full of flavor and the chicken was so tender it fell right off the bone. Adam had one of their specials that evening – I can’t remember what it was called, but it was a spicy curry chicken. He wolfed it all down! Their drink selection was great, with wine, specialty cocktails, and beer (it would also be a great place to come just to sit at the bar). I had two glasses of Finger Lakes Dry Riesling, which were amazing, and Adam had a few local beers. To finish our meal, we shared an ice cream sundae topped with pecans and hot fudge. It was the perfect size and was soooo creamy and good. Everything about our experience here at The Corner was perfect, and I’ve been finding myself daydreaming about this meal almost every day since. It was the perfect, special location to ring in Adam’s 30th year!
Murray’s – Murray’s is a café located in the bottom floor of a beautiful old church in Tivoli. We visited on our second day for breakfast and coffee. The space was quiet and peaceful – full of people writing and reading, and some artsy Bard students visiting with friends. We both ordered the biscuit with eggs and sausage, and it was sooo fresh and good. We also ordered lattes and they were beautifully presented and tasted great. We were bummed that this place was closed on our last morning in Tivoli, because we both wanted to go back a second time! If you need a simple, easy breakfast spot, this is it.
Sante Fe – For our last dinner in Tivoli we stopped at this Tex-Mex restaurant. It’s really cute on the inside, with a giant papier-mâché dragon hanging from the ceiling and a cute bar area. They also have great outdoor seating options! The waiter gave us free chips and salsa to start with, which were delicious, and, on the advice of a cab driver, I ordered a margarita, which was so good I had to have a second. Our food hit the spot! It wasn’t the best Mexican food I’ve ever had but it was still definitely tasty. We both left the restaurant feeling very full (and slightly tipsy).
My name is Abby Formella and I'm a 26 year-old working girl living in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, New York.