When Rifle Paper Co. released their most recent collection of fabric, I knew I wanted to make myself something out of the pretty mint green rayon. I loved the summery floral print, and when I saw a pattern for a wrap style top, I was so excited to get sewing. The finished blouse is light, breezy, and perfect for summer.
Recently I ordered my dream bedside table, the Penelope nightstand from West Elm in white. I love the mid-century styling, and it fits in perfectly with my decor. I’ve had a lot of fun making that corner of my bedroom cozy and cute, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pieces and tips with you today.
I’ve been hard at work developing new products for the Bouquet shop on Etsy, and I’m so excited about our two latest releases that I thought I’d pop up a blog post all about them! After a few months of wanting to bring some everyday accessories to the shop, I’m happy to tell you that we now have bandana scarves and scrunchies in stock in the shop! Yes, you read that correctly, scrunchies like it’s 1997!
I’m all about white lace when summer hits, and this year I had the urge to make a lightweight top. I found the prettiest embroidered fabric at Joann Fabrics & Crafts, and adapted a free download from Colette Patterns to be my perfect summer blouse. The finished top is breezy and cool with just the right amount of detailing: sweet ruffle sleeves, and a little flounce across the front. The embroidered fabric means there is no hemming involved making this a quick and easy project– perfect for a beginner sewist!
The change of seasons is always a time for me to reevaluate my wardrobe and my style, looking for any gaps I want to fill or items to pass on. Of course this process naturally leads to a teensy bit of retail therapy, and I thought it would be fun to share my current shopping list with you. I try to keep my wardrobe minimal and classic, but I definitely like to leave room for fun and special pieces, especially if they feature a floral print. Read on to see what’s on my list this summer!
I thought it would be fun to dedicate one day a week to sharing a look featuring items I made myself! The feeling of putting together an outfit from pieces you’ve DIYed is pretty darn satisfying, and this look, one of my current favorites, is made up of three things made by me! At the end of this post, I’ll include links to similar items, or the exact item if it’s available in my Etsy shop like this monstera print skirt. A simple tee and midi skirt is one of my favorite outfit combinations in the summer, especially when paired with strappy sandals and a straw bag.
So Fresh So Clean
When I first started to get into more natural beauty products, I often wished for a subscription box that would curate non-toxic products from new and interesting brands that were relevant to me. So when the gals from A Beautiful Mess announced they were creating a beauty box last year, I was so excited! I watched from the sidelines for a while, but finally decided to subscribe and try the Oui Fresh box for myself. Since the June box was just released (snag a subscription here,) I thought it would be the perfect time to share my May box with you.
Building my Wardrobe
Whenever I’m asked what the best place to start at is when it comes to thrifting, I’m always quick to respond with “thrift the classics.” You know, the great button down blouse, striped tee shirt, little black dress, etc. Timeless pieces are easy to come by at thrift and second hand stores in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles. And in the accessory department, I love to check out Etsy and eBay for vintage options. You would be surprised at the prices you can find on designer items from a few decades back, and the quality and timeless styles mean they will last you for years to come. Everything in this outfit is second hand, but I’ll link to some similar pieces at the end of the post, including some vintage Chanel shoes!
DIY a Trend
Ever since I started to see straw bags accessorizing the cutest outfit posts on Instagram, I was itching to try to make one myself. A brief stint in hat making gave me an idea of how to go about it, and I came up with this fun crossbody circle bag design with sweet top handles. You could adapt the method I used to make a variety of different styles, just keep in mind you might need more or less straw braid depending on what you want to create. I’ve already worn this bag so many times, and I think it’s perfect for running around in the warmer months.
And welcome to Bouquet! My name is Lauren, and I’m so excited to take you along on this new blogging journey. Here on the Bouquet blog, I look forward to sharing my love of style and creativity through a mix of my own everyday outfits and DIY tutorials for your own unique wardrobe additions. I love sewing, crafting, and thrifting the pieces that I wear everyday, and I can’t wait to share my tips on how you can do the same. I’ll also be sprinkling in some projects for your home, updates on my favorite non-toxic beauty products, and a bit of creative lifestyle. Whether you’ve come over from my old blog, or are brand-new to my content, I’m so happy you are here!