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April 10, 2015

Spring is in full swing and these pretty party, home, and beauty DIYs are the perfect way to add a bit of spring color to your day!

It’s (almost) the weekend! This weekend we’ll be wrapping up our DIY kitchen update—we only have two cabinet door to fix and install. I cannot wait to share the transformation with you! It’s now one of my favorite spaces in the entire house. I’ll also be shooting a few new video tutorials that I’ll share in the coming weeks.

What will you create this weekend?

1. I’m trying to find a reason why I need to make these plaster party hats topped with giant flowers.

2. Loving this two-tone gold mani.

3. Upcycle glass jars into cute storage containers with a little washi tape.

4. If flower party hats aren’t your thing, how about making an adorable ice cream cone hat?

I’m also loving:

This gorgeous foliage alphabet.

This colorful painted ring holder.

Oh Joy’s new book full of fabulous DIYs.

My friend PJ‘s style.

Sarah Hearts Orlando: Blue Bird Bake Shop

April 9, 2015

Blue Bird Bake Shop bakes chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and tops them with strawberry buttercream. I have to try this Neapolitan cupcake next time in Orlando!

Next stop? Blue Bird Bake Shop! There are quite a few cupcake shops around Orlando but my favorite has got to be Blue Bird. I first sampled their cupcakes at Pom Pom’s, long before they had their adorable store front, and I was a fan at first bite.

Since I like to think of myself a connoisseur of sweets (I’m not gonna lie, I do make a pretty awesome red velvet cake) I’m pretty picky about cream cheese frosting and buttercream too. I think Blue Bird has nailed it with theirs. Their red velvet cupcakes are one of my favorites! Their tuxedo cupcake is also winner, it’s a chocolate cupcake topped with cream cheese icing and mini chocolate chips.

Wondering where to find the best cupcakes in Orlando? Stop by Blue Bird Bake Shop for classic cupcake flavors like red velvet and strawberry. So good!

The shop is located in the Audubon Park neighborhood and just one traffic light down from P is for Pie. If you stop by this neighborhood, be sure to come hungry, or at least with a sweet tooth!

Blogger Sarah Hearts shares where you can find the best classic cupcakes in central Florida.

These sweets look so delicious! I need to visit Blue Bird Bake Shop next time I'm in Orlando.

In addition to cupcakes, they also bake up delicious scones, muffins, brownies and cookies. Here’s the cranberry orange scone (on top) and the mocha chocolate chip scone. I tried the Neapolitan cupcake for the first time and it’s now one of my favorites. It’s layered chocolate, strawberry and vanilla cake topped with strawberry buttercream.

Love this collection of vintage blue bird statues.

Blogger Sarah Hearts shares where to get the best cupcakes in Orlando.

Freshly baked cupcakes from Blue Bird Bake Shop in Orlando, Florida. A must next time I'm in Orlando!

Blue Bird Bake Shop in Orlando not only bakes delicious cupcakes, they also sell cute party supplies and vintage candy.

Every time I walk into Blue Bird I think I like their decor more than their cupcakes, well, almost. The shop is filled with the perfect mix of textures—hexagon tile, damask wallpaper, marble countertops, and wood board counter. It’s definitely well designed right down to the little details like the moveable display unit that houses merchandise for sale.

They also have a small selection of vintage candy (the guava gum is my fave) local Wondermade marshmallows, and some cute party supplies from Meri Meri.

Beautiful damask wallpaper and blue wing chairs! Can't believe this is a bakeshop. I would want this in my house!

Next time you're in Orlando, stop by Blue Bird Bake Shop for the best cupcakes in central Florida!

Photography by Amalie Orrange Photography

Next time you’re craving cake, stop by Blue Bird and treat yourself to something sweet! And if you’re not local, be sure to add this to your itinerary next time you’re in town. Even if you’re staying out near the parks, it’s worth the drive up I-4 to see what else Orlando has to offer.

dress (same dress different pattern) | watch | tote | sandals

Retro Inspired Swimsuits

April 8, 2015

Looking for a fun retro inspired swimsuit that is also flattering? Check out these affordable vintage inspired styles.

Since we’ll be heading to Hawaii next month (!!!) I’ve been in the search for a new swimsuit. Living in Florida, I usually buy one each year, but I’ve skipped the past couple of years because we actually don’t visit the beach too often. But Hawaii seems like a good cause for a new suit so I’ve been on the hunt for a fun, retro inspired suit that is also flattering.

Here are a few of my favorite picks. I ended up going with the second one and I love it so much! The yellow is bright, think a yellow highlighter, and goes perfectly with the polka dot high waisted bottoms.

Which one would you choose?

1. Vintage floral bikini set / 2. Scalloped bandeau top with polka dot high waisted bottoms / 3. Twist bandeau bikini top with swim skirt / 4. Vintage boyleg swimsuit (also available in a tankini top and boyshot bottoms)

DIY Cheese Board with Leather Handles

April 7, 2015

Learn how to create your own unique cheese board by adding leather handles. Such a quick DIY and perfect for entertaining!

You guys, I love cheese.

It’s my guilty pleasure and the sole reason why I couldn’t go vegan. I mean, I love it so much my mom sent me cheese from my favorite dairy farm for Valentine’s Day. Because when you love cheese as much as I do you have a favorite dairy farm of course.

I’ve been lacking one thing that every cheese lover should have—a stylish cheese board. I decided to start with a pretty store bought one and add some DIY charm to it. A couple strips of blush pink leather and brass furniture tacks transform it into a cheese board that I want to use everyday.

Loving this cheese board with blush pink leather handles. It's a doable DIY that only takes 10 minutes to make!

Time: 10 minutes
Supplies: cheese board / 2 – 1″ leather strips / 4 brass furniture tacks / scissors / ruler /hammerTransform a plain wood board into a stylish cheese board with leather handles.

Cut leather strips slightly smaller than the width of a wood board to create handles for a cheese board.

Step 1: Cut each strip of leather the exact width of your board. If you’re using the same cheese board as I did, cut each strip 6.5″ long.

Fold a strip of leather in half length wise and trim the end into a point to create a modern cheese with leather handles.

Step 2: Fold one leather strip in half lengthwise and trim the end to a point. Repeat this with the other piece.

Attach a strip of leather to a wood board using brass furniture tacks. Such an easy way to make a stylish cheese board.

Step 3: Position one of the leather strips on one end of the board. Place a furniture tack on top of the leather and hammer it into place. If you have an awl (I had one left from college bookmaking projects) this is helpful because you can make a tiny hole in the leather before placing it on the board so you know exactly where you want the nail to go.

Use brass furniture tacks to attach a strip of pink leather onto a board to create a stylish, modern cheese board.

Step 4: Continue hammering the other 3 tacks into the board. Since you’re creating handles, you want some slack in the leather so you can actually carry the board, so you may need to reposition each end of the leather strip before hammering in the tack.

Always wondered how to divide a block of cheese for serving? Here's a helpful guide that shows you exactly how to divide cheese for a cheese board.

If you’ve always wondered how to cut a whole block or wedge of cheese. I created a helpful guide to show you how to divide cheese for sharing. A good cheese plate includes one hard, one soft, and one semi-soft cheese as well as a stronger tasting cheese like a blue. I like using the gold cheese knives (shown above) because the set includes a separate knives for hard, semi-soft, and soft cheeses as well as a fork for serving.

Create a custom cheese board by adding leather handles. Perfect for entertaining or as a hostess gift!

Wondering what else you can do with those pieces of leather? See how I wrapped them around basket handles to create a stylish market basket?