Hand Painted Wooden Bead Necklace

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I have been SO excited to share my latest DIY with you – a hand painted wooden bead necklace! The idea of painting wooden beads has been floating around in my head for some time and I finally had some time to pick paint colors and go to work. I love how this necklace came out and can’t wait to make more. Watch out friends and family – you may be receiving a hand painted wooden bead necklace for Christmas this year!

Materials-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-NecklaceFor this project you will need: wooden beads, paint (I love the Martha Stewart Crafts multi-surface craft paint), paint brushes, a string and clasp for the necklace, and needle-nose pliers for the clasp.

 

Painting-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-Necklace-1First – paint your beads! I went with a color scheme of white, black, green, and gold. It’s best to paint your base coat first then let dry completely.

 

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The toughest part of this DIY is painting the wooden beads because you’ll want to create some sort of apparatus to hold the bead as you paint. Two suggestions that I used: 1. stick the bead on the end of another paint brush or 2. use 2 skewers (or similar object) putting each inside the bead on either side (see above). Oh, and to let them dry I stuck the skewers into a jar of popcorn kernels, it worked perfect.

 

Painting-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-NecklaceOnce your base coat is dry, you can add details like stripes, polka dots, chevron pattern if you’re fancy! I ended up doing stripes free-hand (and they turned out a little shaky) but I used the end of a lollipop stick to make uniform polka dots. Let your hand painted wooden beads dry overnight and then you’re ready to make them a necklace, this is the easy part.

 

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First, put your clasp on one end of your string. I like to use a clasp where instead of tying the string to each half of the clasp, your crimp/pinch the metal closed to secure the string.

 

Stringing-Beads-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-Necklace-2Then thread your beads and put on the second half of the clasp.

 

Wearing-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-NecklaceI love this necklace! I’ve worn my hand painted wooden bead necklace already with a simple black tee….

 

Wearing-Hand-Painted-Wooden-Bead-Necklace-1…and a buttoned chambray shirt. An adorable statement necklace, don’t you think?

A Fall(ish) Afternoon in Boston

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I love Boston in the fall – crisp air, leaves on the street, sweaters, scarves, corduroys – I love it all! So, when it was slightly sort of fall-like Friday afternoon and my Z and I found ourselves with no plans, we hopped in the car and drove to the city for a girls evening out. We parked on Newbury and walked to the Public Garden as my Z needed a little running around time and I knew just the spot to go…

girls-night-out-6Mrs. Mallard and her 8 ducklings from Make Way for Ducklings – don’t you just love these brass mallards in the middle of the park?

 

girls-night-out-5She did, of course. Although she’s not too familiar with the book (yet) so she thought they were bouncy toys and bounced on each duckling, probably thinking they were all broken.

 

girls-night-out-4Some nice couple even snapped a shot of us, too bad I’m in a weird squat-stance… After our jaunt to the park we were on a mission. If you follow me on Instagram, you know my Z grew a ton one night and outgrew all of her shoes – literally woke up, shoes that fit the day before didn’t fit anymore – whoa growth spurt. Anyway, so we popped into Zara to grab her some cool kicks but they really had zero selection so she picked out a couple long sleeve tops instead.

 

girls-night-out-2All of this park-running, picture-posing, duck-hopping, and shoe-shopping got us hungry for dinner! Have you tried the new Sweetgreen on Boylston Street yet? I’ve been dying to go so we decided tonight was the night – frankly, my husband wouldn’t go for a place like this where salad is the only thing on the menu (for the most part) so we just went without him! Look at all that veg….

 

girls-night-out-1I got the Chic P salad and a lemonade and Z got the Earth Bowl – and LOVED it. I’ve been trying to get her to eat tomatoes forever and it took this earth bowl where they were covered in quinoa for her to try and like. Go figure.

All in all a fine girls evening out in my book. =)

Peach Cobbler

peach-cobbler-4You knew this was coming, right? Peach Cobbler!

I think the last time I had a homemade peach cobbler was yearrrrrs ago (maybe middle school?) when my family and I drove (ug, drove!) down to Hilton Head, SC – great trip, but that’s not the point of the story. At the very end of the vacation we met up with my sister’s southern pen pal and her family (remember pen pals? Again, not the point of the story, but I loved having pen pals! They should bring pen-palling back!). Anyway, the pen pal and her family were CRA-ZY! Needless to say, my sister and pen-pal never wrote again after meeting in person – but in the meantime the family gave us a CARload of local southern fruit, veggies, and baked goods – including a freshly baked peach cobbler. It was delicious! I had never had peach cobbler but loved the sweet peaches with the biscuit-like topping…yum. And then I never ate it again until last week…

Of course peach cobbler was on the top of my list to make after we went peach picking. I used Martha’s recipe and it certainly did not disappoint. I followed her recipe to the letter:

peach-cobbler-1Cutting peaches…

 

peach-cobbler-2Cutting butter into the flour…

 

peach-cobbler-3And cutting the rolled dough into rounds to plop on top of the sweetened and seasoned peaches.

 

peach-cobbler-5Look at that crusty-sugared biscuit topping!

 

peach-cobbler-6After the cobbler is baked, slightly cooled (it’s SO good warm), it’s almost a requirement to serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Couple Things…

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Z sure does love “ki-tees” of all kinds…including this kitty pencil sharpener!

I can’t get enough of this neon orange fish top – it’s actually a beach cover-up but I’ve been wearing it as a top with skinny jeans.

Still tomato season at our house…

I just ordered these adorable herringbone wedges from TOMS, you have to get them – so comfy and perfect for the fall! $5 off any purchase of $25 or more with code TOMSFALL5 at TOMS.com! Valid through10/31/13.

A Pinkberry opened near us last night and they were giving away FREE yogurts with whatever toppings you’d like…

…her favorite part was the free balloon!

 

You can follow me on Instagram at @iamstyledbyjess! Have a great weekend!

Children’s and Maternity Clothing Exchange Party

Remember a couple weeks ago when I invited you to this fun Children’s and Maternity Clothing Exchange party at local children’s boutique Wild Child? Well…there have been some exciting updates to the party that I want to share.

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First – the RSVP deadline has been extended! RSVP by Tuesday, September 10 and you will receive 20% off one item at Wild Child at the event!

 

instagram cupcakesSecond – Cake. will be providing mini cupcakes for all of us to snack on as we shop and exchange. Have you been to Cake. in Lexington yet? You must go – their custom cakes are not only beautiful but soooo delicious. And these cupcakes are the best.

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Fall Trend – Smoking Slippers

In talking about fall fashion trends from leather to army jackets to fancy sweatshirts I realized I haven’t talked about what’s most important: SHOES! One trend I am particularly excited has stuck around and is big again this fall is smoking flats or smoking slippers. What is more comfortable than a pair of shoes that simulate slippers? Comfy, cozy slippers! That you can wear all day and look snazzy in. I personally have a great pair of silver studded smoking slippers from Zara last fall but there are so many more out now that are interesting, unique, wild – and all comfortable!

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1. I have to kick off this round-up of smoking slippers with an animal print pair – it just works for this shape shoe. I love these Combination Animal Pattern Slippers from Zara. 2. Chiara Ferragni makes the most dynamic smoking slippers. These Art Glitter Argento shoes are so cheeky how could you not adore them? 3. These Dolce Vita Smoking Flats – Fiera Jeweled Heel from Bloomingdale’s are the perfect go-to black suede shoe for fall, I can’t get enough of that rhinestone heel! 4. Aren’t these purple MIKO Pin Stud Slippers from Topshop adorable? And a great color for fall. 5. The Sam Edelman Aster Flat from Nordstrom would be a very interesting neutral smoking flat to have in your wardrobe. Can’t you see them looking great with dark denim? 6. If you’re looking for a traditional aesthetic for your smoking slippers, the Leyna by Nine West from Piperlime is your best bet. The price point can’t be beat! 7. My faves are the Embellished Slipper from Zara because I do always love a little extra flashiness on a shoe! 8. Charles Philip Lana Tassel Plaid flat from Shopbop are killing 2 trends this fall: smoking slipper AND plaid. Love. these.

 

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And of course, not to be left out of a current trend, over the weekend I snagged these smoking slippers for my Z, she LOVES them!

Peach Picking

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I hope you had a nice Labor Day Weekend! It was kind of crappy weather around where we live, but we tried to make the most of it – went to dinner with family, the playground with cousins, and even to a Labor Day/Birthday party shindig (with homemade cake)! Other than that, one of the biggest highlights was when we went with my parents to pick our own peaches at Sweet Berry Farm where we picked strawberries at the beginning of the summer.

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First of all, we didn’t know if there were any tricks to picking peaches, so my husband did a quick google search. Turns out, look for peaches that come off the stem easily and one that is slightly soft to the touch. Aka – leave the hard peaches that you’d have to yank off the stem.

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peach-pickingTruth be told, my husband, dad, and even Zoe did most of the picking and it didn’t take long to fill our bag.

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DSC_0431-001My mom and I wasted no time digging in – of course protecting our tops from the peach juice with a special juicy-peach-eating-stance…

Now on to making peach cobbler, peach salsa, and other peachy things!