The ROUNDUP // 8.20.17

A few of my favorite finds in fashion, art, interiors, and more from around the web.

1  I'm so inspired by Rejina Pyo's Fall 2017 collection. I think it is both incredibly current and also timeless, and that's a hard balance to strike. (Honestly WTF)  |  2  The piercing gazes and layered prints in Kelly Beeman's fashion illustrations are really captivating to me. (Kelly Beeman)


3  This home tour of an Austin "Vintage Treasure Hunter" is full of charming finds and clever decor ideas. (Apartment Therapy)  |  4  My current favorite TED Talk: Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker's art director, tells the stories behind the magazine's iconic covers. (TED)


5  I loved this studio tour with Heidi Lee, an innovative milliner inspired by surrealism. (Nylon)


And a few more...

These tiny dioramas blew my mind.

Color Factory looks so cool!

Are you going boot crazy yet? These pink velvet beauties and these trompe l'oiel sock boots are topping my list.

I love the heirloom quality of this Stella & Dot necklace.

The most high-fashion temporary tattoos to ever exist.

I loved this article about leaning into what you already are.

This is my life: 14 examples of extroverted introverts.

And my favorite thing I've read lately, Austin Kleon on a major lesson in learning from his 4-year-old son.

And in case you missed it around here, I shared a retro-inspired Last Days of Summer playlist.

It's also the last day to enter my Maskcara giveaway, so if you haven't done so already, head on over to Instagram and tag a beautiful friend!


What links did you love this week? Feel free to drop a link to a favorite post or your own content in the comments.

Friday Five: 5 Things I Didn't Realize I was Obsessed with Before Pinterest


In my work as a designer and stylist, it has always struck how the degree to which one knows their personal style can fall within such a broad range. One person might come to the table with colors/silhouettes/styles they are interested in, while another person might come into it knowing they just need a change but aren't even really sure what they like. If you're someone who falls into the latter category and struggle with defining your personal style, I would say start pinning! The styles, colors, patterns, you are drawn to will emerge pretty quickly.

I've always very confidently known my personal style, but I've still been very surprised when I go to pin something like pineapples wearing sunglasses and realized I've already pinned it to three different boards. Like who in the world knew I was into pineapples with personality? I didn't! But it's an interesting thing to note. Here are a few other things I've realized through pinning that are, for whatever reason, my absolute jam.


1. Gallery Walls

Okay, I know what you're thinking. The whole world is obsessed with gallery walls. And now they most definitely are, but a few years ago, before the gallery wall explosion even occurred, my sister was looking through my home decor board and was like "almost all of these pictures are just a bunch of pictures hung on the same wall." And she was so right. I didn't have a clue at the time that I was drawn to that, but now I realize it's the perfect blend of maximalism (mixing colors, prints, sizes, etc.) and organization (there's generally an overarching theme). Two things I want and need when it comes to style.

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2. Vintage Girls in Groups

I don't know what this one is even about. Maybe a childhood spent watching Now & Then makes me crave a retro girl gang? Or is it simply an appreciation of repetition and uniformity as design motifs? Who knows? But my mood board is full of these images and so many other random vintage objects. Gallery wall theme inspiration, anyone?

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3. Colorful Velvet Sofas

I was looking through my home decor board and realized that I had pinned different pictures of the same exact navy velvet sofa five different times without even knowing it! I apparently really need it in my life. But it didn't stop at navy or even sofas, for that matter- I just apparently need all the colorful velvet in my life.

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4.  Gemstones Art

Pinning helped me realize an intense love for gemstone everything: illustrations, candy, sweatshirts, whatever. I'll take all of them, all the time, on all the things. But I really, really love gemstone art because I think it's a perfect way to give your decor a hint of nature in its most glam form.

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5. DIY Soap

How many times have I made a batch of DIY soap at home? Zero point zero zero. How many times have I pinned DIY soap with dreams of creating it at home? Approximately 500 million. It might actually be my calling in life. Who knew?

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Is there anything you find yourself pinning over and over again?


18 Alternative Engagement Rings for the Bride on a Budget

If you read the saga of our wedding planning, you would know that the whole process has been in a sort of limbo for me since I got engaged a year and a half ago. Though I honestly still don't know what path we are going to take, we've made a conscious decision to start planning anyway. I'm hoping the vision (and lots of problem solving) will transpire organically along the way.

Honestly, it's not been easy on me for two main reasons:

1. We are working with a really low budget.

2. What I envision for myself is very alternative compared to most standard wedding fare.

So that is the inspiration behind this new Bride on a Budget series. I'm going to be sharing a couple of times a month what my personal experience has been like as well as give some ideas for people who are looking for some out-of-the-box ideas on a budget.

But before I put the bridal cart before the horse, the first step in the wedding planning process (and so far the only one I've actually accomplished) is getting engaged! But what do you do if you are on the hunt for a ring and you're not much of a Tiffany's princess cut kind of girl? Well, I've rounded up some of my favorite alternative ring selections to suit your fancy, and at under $2000 each, they'll also suit almost any budget!



ila & i  |  kataoka  |  grace lee

Who doesn't love a good vintage style? Colored stones and delicate filigree add an unexpected twist to a traditional- and very romantic- style.



kismet  |  mjm grey  |  mjm gold

If no muss, no fuss is your motto, these cool, modern pieces will be the perfect accent to your everyday wardrobe.



bario neal  |  erica weiner  |  bittersweets ny

Rough stones and nature motifs add a touch of whimsy to the classic engagement ring.



variance  |  lauren wolf  |  sylva & cie

If precious is not your thing, celebrate your inner anarchist with a ring that is just as edgy as the rest of your look.



maria black  |  jennifer meyer  |  ruifier

Honor a love of great design with unexpected colors and geometric shapes.



mirlo  |  blanca monros gomez  |  jennie kwon

And if you don't want to stray too far from tradition, but still want something totally unique, try a ring with one unexpected element, like an unexpected shape or nontraditional stone.


I love the idea of getting something super on-trend and not spending a ton of money, because it gives you freedom to change your mind a few years down the road when you've ditched today's style for the next big craze. And after all, who said you can only have one engagement ring? No one, that's who. ;)


Would you ever dare to sport such a bold engagement ring? Tell me your favorites and whether or not this look is for you in the comments!



Top 10 Tuesday... Handle It

Growing up I lived for a good top handle bag. If it was ladylike, it evoked memories of my grandmother in her old black and white photos, and if it was trendy (okay, and tacky), it would make me feel like Cher in Clueless. But the post-millennium fashion era hasn't been too kind to the handle, focusing instead on the giant boho shoulder bags of the Paris/Lindsey era and the long crossbody straps and chic clutches of the past several years. Luckily for me, fashion cycles and the top handle bag has made it's comeback in a big way. Here, the top 10 designer bags topping my wishlist (emphasis on wishlist, because these babies are not cheap). But hey, we can all dream a little, right? Enjoy the eyeball feast...


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Beautiful, right? And no need to fret over the price tags. You can find some good bargain bags here, here, and here.

Until next time!