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how to throw an arm party in four easy steps

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Arm parties are everywhere these days and you don’t have to be “on the list” to participate. It’s super easy to throw together your own and really, you can do no wrong. It’s all about your personal style and using whatever you have hiding in your jewelry box.

1. Survey the space. Lay out all the bracelets you have on your dresser.
2. Send invites. Grab at least five bracelets to hang out on your wrist, throwing them on in no particular order.
3. Mix it up and make it interesting. Don’t worry about who sits where or which ones match.
4. Put yourself out there. Rock the arm party with confidence.

In case you need a little inspiration, here are some arm parties thrown by the fabulous people that invented them, the Man Repeller and Dannijo plus a few places to shop snazzy wrist wear on the cheap. Enjoy!

Instagram images via @manrepeller @dannijo, arm party originators
Instagram images via @manrepeller @dannijo, arm party originators
via H&M
via J.Crew
Giambattista Valli Spring 2012, via Glamour Tumblr

Here’s a lovely round-up of happening arm parties around the blogosphere, courtesy Pretty Shiny Sparkly.

And finally, a few arm party shopping spots for the budget minded gal (WanderlustForever 21) or not (ShopBop). 
Go ahead. Go a little crazy. :)

how to rock chambray

Denim shirts are THE piece to hang in your closet for spring 2012. This magical wardrobe staple can transform any article of clothing to be “so now” and goes with practically everything, not to mention a well-worn chambray shirt is super comfortable to wear. So, how do you take a denim button-up from a little bit country to uber-cool?

1. Roll up the sleeves and wear untucked with a pair of darker skinny jeans and heels or ballet flats. Let your accessories provide a contrasting color.
via here
2. Gently tuck the front into your favorite pants. Add a rich camel belt, thin or thick, or leave your loops free and clear.
Madewell shrunken chambray shirt -  J.Crew tunic - H&M shirt
3. Make your denim work appropriate with a lady-like pleated skirt, a chic pencil or a trench and booties for casual Friday.
Urban Outfitters shirt featured here on Chictopia – H&M shirt featured here and here on 9to5chic

4. Jazz up the ultimate basic with sequins in the form of short skirts, maxi skirts and shiny shirts over chambray for a perfect mix of casual meets elegant. Trust me, sequins and denim love each other.

Jayma Mays via Fabsugar - Balmain skirt on – J. Crew 2011 – Sequins + Chambray on A Lovely Escape - 
Go ahead. Invest in a chambray shirt and you’ll see how easy it pairs with the rest of your wardrobe.  Who knew a denim button-up could be this chic? 
Even more inspiration:
Chambray Street Style via Lipstick & Bowties

currently obsessing over…

The awesomely preppy trays, plates notepads and such by the fabulous Dabney Lee. I will take one of each of these.

lucite tray

ice bucket

I didn’t realize I was so preppy at heart until browsing some of the goodies on the site. Perhaps my inner nerd should have been an indication. I even got excited about seeing all the different swatches and color options. A plethora of preppy prints!

Now I need to cleverly place a hint where Hunter will see it or leave the webpage open next time he gets on the computer. Christmas will be here before we know it! (wink, wink)

Currently devouring the latest issue of VIE Magazine, which also happens to be the fashion issue. A more perfect combination could not be created. This winter issue is fabulous!! It is my absolute dream to attend a fashion show during New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and I’m wondering how I can pay the lovely ladies and gents at VIE to take me along next time. I would die. For now, I can dream and let my heart skip a beat at these chic, glossy pages.

This mouth-watering, amazingly delicious, full of goodness tomato mozzarella and avocado salad from ValSoCal. Seriously, what’s not to love? You should know by  now that I am always obsessed with avocados and a caprese salad is anyone’s friend, right? The best part is this looks easy enough for even me to handle.

image: ValSoCal

Val’s Recipe:

       Mozzarella, Tomato and Avocado Salad

       1 container cherry tomatoes, cut in half
       1 carton fresh mozzarella cheese pearls, drained
       1 avocado, peeled and diced
       1/3 cup basil, julienned
       2 tablespoons fresh parsley
       1/4 cup lemon juice
       1/4 cup olive oil
       salt and pepper

        1) In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and parsley, Set aside.
        2) In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Pour over tomato
        mixture. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
        3) Just before serving the salad, stir in the chopped avocados. Serve salad with
        slotted spoon and toasty bread.
        4) Goes perfect with a glass of Pinot Grigio ; )

Can’t wait to whip this up again and again!

currently obsessed with…

It’s officially a full-on obsession and I can’t get enough. I see zig zags and striped straws everywhere I look and it’s only added to the need for more.

1. How chic is this bold and fabulous dress? I’d wear it in a heartbeat. 2. Emery would look so cute and snuggly in these zig zag pj’s. 3. This clean card wouldn’t get lost in a pile of boring others. 4. This strong rug balances the light bright colors and adds a little fun to a room.

5. My mouth is watering to sip lemonade from this lovely peach and white striped straws. 6. This pink striped burst makes me happy. 7. Striped straws in mason jars? Love!
8. I could sleep for days in this comfy bed. 9. A small dose of zig zag gives your nails a little personality. 10. This picnic setting looks absolutely splendid with that DIY blanket.
11. Simple and fun invites. 12. The perfect addition to a sweet snack.
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Soda Throwback

How cool is this? I was in Target and saw that Pepsi has throwback packaging for Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew! I love the old fonts and designs. Maybe it’s just the nerd in me….