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This Friday I thought I’d share a little Easter inspiration for the weekend ahead. Regardless of how you’re spending your Easter weekend, it’s always fun to throw those creamy pink and purple pastel hues into everyday weekend details. Whether it’s a pop of pink perfect for dying those Easter Eggs, a light periwinkle spotted in your brunching dress, or a dash of lavender hues in your Sunday ice cream, these Spring-y pastels are sure to inspire the oh-so-happy weekend ahead. I haven’t decided exactly what’s on my own personal agenda, but for now it seems to be lots of catching up with friends and family. Easter weekend is always filled with an annual Sunday Easter church service, brunch with the family, and probably (this year) some late afternoon (can’t-miss) baking for the blog. What are you up to this weekend? Enjoy your Holiday weekend, and if you’re not celebrating this Sunday, happy Spring and happy weekend to you too! Xo

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Gold Leaf + Easter Eggs

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Easter is definitely one of my favorite holidays; getting dressed up in your best spring attire, going home for big meals and lots of laughs, and taking the day off to relax and enjoy all the small things Jesus Christ has blessed us with. And along with all those fun holiday details, I always adore taking on a new Easter egg project with my mum. Although “decorating eggs” usually consists of dipping them in food coloring and vinegar, this year I thought I’d be a bit more adventurous.

For my very first Gold Leaf project, I was incredibly impressed. These sheets of fine metal are the perfect craft to detail and embellish–honestly–anything!  With this Gold Leaf technique, I had fun color-blocking eggs, adding a marbleized effect, and also creating an all-gold egg masterpiece. Check out these easy steps below to enhance your Easter eggs this spring, and happy Easter, Dahl-ings!

What You Need:

  • A Dozen White Hard-boiled Eggs
  • 10 Sheets of Gold Leaf (these are found at a craft store—try Hobby Lobby! You can also get the broken-up kind to help create the marbleized effect)
  • Food Coloring
  • Vinegar
  • A Paint Brush
  • Mod Podge

First, make sure to hard boil the eggs in boiling water. Once this is finished, you can proceed by coloring any eggs you like. I like to leave a lot of them white for a classic white and gold effect, but it depends on which look you are going for! Follow instructions on the food coloring on how to dye eggs and leave in mixture till you obtain your desired color. Next, use a paint brush to add the Mod Podge to the egg. Make sure to only “paint” the glue in spots that you want to be gold. For example, if you are creating a marbleized egg (with splashes of gold all around), just paint one small dot or portion at a time, then finish by adding the small piece of Gold Leaf to the egg. Once you add the Gold Leaf to the egg, don’t touch! Let the leaf sit for a while, or it will break since it is so delicate. After waiting about 30 seconds, proceed by adding the next segment of Gold Leaf.

If you like to color-block an egg (i.e., make the egg half gold and the other half white as shown), paint half of the egg in Mod Podge with the paint brush. Next, lay the egg on your working service and grab the thin sheet of gold leaf with two hands (one hand on each side of the gold leaf). Lay the gold sheet down on the glued portion and make sure the straight edge of the gold sheet is aligned to where you want the egg to be color-blocked. Wrap the gold leaf around the egg as much as you can and let it sit. Once it is dry (I’d wait about 30 minutes), proceed to wrapping the other side of the egg, or any other portion you would like to be gold. To make an all-gold egg, repeat these steps and make sure to glue and cover the entire egg with the gold leaf sheets.

Hoppy Easter! Xo

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Weekend Wildflowers

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Springtime is here, which certainly has several sweet meanings here in Texas… my favorite being those masses of darling bluebonnets! Texas’ favorite flower isn’t only the ideal setting and arrangement for a picture-perfect portrait, but also a sweet pairing for a red and turquoise ensemble. I’m so excited to flaunt my favorite warm color duo (red + turquoise) because it’s actually my absolute beloved springtime mix. I’m wearing a bodysuit by Tobi in red, paired with the Kendra Scott Skylar earrings in turquoise. Unfortunately, Tobi’s steals and deals go so fast that this bodysuit is sold out, but check out this similar one by ASOS here. I also adore these Steve Madden flats, which are just right for a little weekend frolicking in the Texas bluebonnets. Check out the rest of the sweet Texas-inspired Spring links below and happy wildflower season, lovelies (before it slips swiftly into summer!)

P.S.- More information on bluebonnets from the Texas Department of Public Safety found here. Picking isn’t actually illegal, just be careful where you take your photos. Let’s keep Texas darling! Xo

Photography by Jordan Afshin

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The Darling Details::

Red Bodysuit from Tobi / Turquoise Skylar Earrings by Kendra Scott / ElusionL Steve Madden Flats in Cheetah / Ray-Ban Aviators from Nordstrom / Trousers from ZARA (see similar below) / Vintage Purse by COACH

A Few Details Darling…

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Good morning, world! Once again, Friday is upon us and it’s that time of the week to finally relax. Think, breathe, and live all things positive regardless of how the week before you played out. I don’t know about you, but I always tend be such a perfectionist. However, this continuously leads me to beating myself up about little things that never actually matter in the long run. Thus, this Friday I’d like to reflect on striving for progress (even failure and set-backs bring progress) and peace of mind–not perfection–and making things a bit easier on ourselves (we deserve a break, right?). Perfection is not ideal; progress is. Just a few details to consider this lovely Spring weekend.

Enjoy some fun links I stumbled upon this weekend and happy Friday!::

My new favorite clutch by Kelly Wynne…The Forever Classy Clutch in Black & White Python. You have to see it!

Mini Confetti Meringues just in time for Easter & Spring!

Lauren Conrad talks office etiquette… and how to be social media savvy! It’s a must-read found here.

DIY soda bottles wrapped in Spring-inspired paper… I can’t get enough!

image via pinterest

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