Favorite Etsy Shops and 25% off code!!

 

best etsy shopsHello pretty friends! Recently, I’ve been doing nothing but browsing Etsy for fun home decor items, particularly digital downloads of pictures I can frame to put on my walls. There are so many talented and creative people out there and I’m amazed by what they come up with! Below I’ve selected a few of my favorite shops with links to them so you can take a look at the cute stuff they sell!

Also, Spike the Punch generously gave me a discount code to share with you all for 25% off anything in her shop! Use code WITTYNPRETTY to get the deal! She has the most adorable things for sale like this Coco Chanel print below!

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Ivana Illustrations

Ivana Etsy Shop

 

Paper Storm Prints

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Macarons and Mimosas

 

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Enjoy the fabulous art from these amazing girls!!

-LIZ

 

5 Ways to Love November

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Today’s post is all about celebrating the last bits of fall and enjoying November! I feel like we jump from Halloween to Christmas too fast and don’t get to relish in the forgotten but equally important month of November. For whatever reason, we lump Thanksgiving and Christmas into one big event! The stores are stocking Christmas trees already, Hallmark channel is playing their cheesy Christmas movies, and I’ve seen more than one eggnog latte being sold. Meanwhile, Thanksgiving gets a little shelf filled with silly looking pilgrims and a turkey. In the spirit of enjoying this month, here’s 5 things to put on your to-do list.

How to Enjoy November

  1. Take a walk- It’s amazing how very little people get to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re going to walk down a city sidewalk or a country road, go feel the crisp air and smell the freshness of it.
  2. Bake a legit pie- Not a frozen one or anything that says “Marie Calendar’s,” a real one that you baked yourself from scratch.
  3. Plan your Thanksgiving table- Whether you have a big crew coming or it’s you and your cat, bring out the linens that need pressing and the china you only use once a year.
  4. Buy fresh pumpkins- The ones you carved for Halloween are probably a little soggy and rotten. There are plenty left to choose from at your local farmer’s market though! Create the perfect front door display for Thanksgiving!
  5. Create a leaf garland- A Pinterest DIY that’s sure to be more difficult than it looks, but give it a shot anyway! You get points for creativity at least.

Share with me what you might add to this list with a comment below! Follow me on Twitter to find out what sweet thing my mom left for me as a welcome home present! Is it annoying if I say #blessed?

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Pumpkin Spice and Paint

Happy Friday! I really shouldn’t complain about how long my week has been since I’ve spent the last two weeks exploring Texas, but I’m tired. I’ll be unwinding by the pool tomorrow and then decorating my parents’ house for Autumn Sunday! Little things like that give us reasons to be happy I think.

Speaking of happy things, I went with a friend to a fun place in my town called Wine & Design! The idea behind it is people getting together to have a glass of wine and paint. I did a painting here a year or so ago with my friend Lindsey and we painted a bird in sunset (post here). This time, my friend Amanda and her soon-to-be roommate Caitlin went to paint a fall themed canvas!

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Amanda and I have known each other since before Kindergarten. When we were painting I remembered in my memory box that I still had one of her birthday party invitations. She remembered that at one of my birthdays she wore a frilly dress and socks thinking it was a party to dress up for. Apparently it wasn’t! Several of us ended up riding bikes and she fell off of hers. Good times.

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Before we started painting, we inventoried our supplies- paint brushes, paper towels, aprons, mason jar full of water to rinse our brushes in, and finally paint saucers. For the painting we did, we only used black, white, mustard, brick red, royal blue, and brown.

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Our instructor, Angelica, was really incredible! She’s from Mexico originally but went to college for art in Los Angeles. While we were painting our canvases she was putting the finishing touches on this gorgeous mason jar canvas!

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The finished product was amazing! The best part was that everyone’s canvas looked a little different. We all put our own unique touches on our artwork. I just love mine. It’s the perfect decoration for the coming season.

 

Here are a few other pretty paintings that were hung up all around the studio! The black cat in the pumpkin is my favorite! The cat belongs to Angelica and she told me that she adopted her from the animal shelter after someone had found her behind our local Taco Bell. Ironically, I remember several times last year trying to get her to come to me but she was too scared. I’m so happy she has a good home now!

Here’s the link to the studio in my town! Have a lovely weekend!

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Peek at My Weekend

Friday evening the family and I went to the River Concert, a local event, for some delicious food truck delicacies and to listen to a great orchestra play. It’s an annual event that goes on during the summer for about 6 weekends in a row. Each weekend is a new theme and style of music. Most people bring a picnic and a blanket to sit on and enjoy the summer weather.

We stayed for awhile until the clouds started to roll in and a downpour was inevitable We left just in time. I got back to my apartment and it was a raging storm. Hopefully next week will be better! I made a little list of things I’m taking next Friday to include sparkling cider, cheese, wheat crackers, turkey and spicy mustard on sourdough bread, and lots of strawberries. Sounds good, right?

Anyway, here’s a peek at the event!

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My shorts are from JCrew and my top is from Ann Taylor! They don’t make these particular shorts anymore but here are similar ones.

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This adorable necklace is from Kate Spade! It was a gift from someone really special and looks really classy with a cute blouse and a matching bag.

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My mom and I! We both love this event!

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Part of the orchestra. Some of the musicians were really young!

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The St. Mary’s River, perfect for kayaking and sailing. When Maryland was first founded, the settlers sailed up this river and landed at what is now St. Mary’s City, only a few miles from where the annual concert takes place.

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My wonderful little sister and photographer, Rebecca.

Tell me what you did over the weekend in a comment below!

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Friday Favorites- Jamberry Lovin’

Happy Friday! I’m sitting in my bed still doing some work and drinking my coffee while watching my roommate’s little dog try to catch a bug. It’s an eventful morning here in mi casa! Today, my friend, Alyssa, is going to tell you a bit about her Friday Favorites! She’s one of the lovely Jamberry Nail girls and is going to give you the details on these nail accessories and then she’s going to tell you why she loves them. I tried them on my toenails recently and really like them. Having pretty summer toes is the best!

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Jamberry nail wraps offer a cheaper, fun alternative to going to the salon to get your nails done. You have over 300 designs to choose from (I love having options!).¬†They are high quality, vinyl, heat and pressure sealed nail wraps that last for weeks without chipping. No harsh chemicals, messy polish, or damage to your natural nail. Each $15 sheet of nail wraps will give you at least 2 manicures and 2 pedicures and sheets are on sale, Buy 3 Get 1 Free! They are also backed by a 90 day full cash back guarantee – if you don’t like them for any reason, get your money back (but I bet you’ll love them)!

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I started using Jamberry because I love having my nails done, but almost never took the time to do them myself and never wanted to spend the money to get them done at a salon. The first time I tried them, I fell head over heals in love! I was able to apply them quickly, I didn’t have to wait for them to dry, and I got to have cute nails that lasted through out my daily routine!

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Check out my website to see all the adorable wraps and to learn more about this awesome product that will change the way you do your nails! Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to host an online Facebook party and earn your wraps for free!

Alyssa