Weekend Links + Extra Credit

Weekend Links + Extra Credit | Frock Files

Just a few days left until Christmas! Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving was so late this year, but James and I have noticed a disappointing lack of Christmas decorations this year.

To make up for it and to get into the holiday spirit, we’re going to bake some cookies and watch lots of Christmas movies this weekend! What are you up to this weekend? Here are five great things I found to help you kick off your weekend:

Weekend Links

This family deserves extra credit for their Christmas greeting!

A new friend recently told me about this story of social media gone wrong – and very right.

Since Sarah surprised me with a Corgi-shaped cookie cutter, these are definitely happening.

Donuts, donuts, everywhere!

Love eggnog? Can’t do dairy (or eggs)? Vegan “egg” nog.

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The word “nog” reminds me of the word “snog,” which I hope you’re doing a lot this weekend! We bought a sprig of mistletoe last week so that we can do even more than usual. Kissy kissy, friends!

Bright Lights on Kelly of Studio DIY

Bright Lights on Kelly of Studio DIY

Kelly Lanza runs Studio DIY, a blog about crafting your way to the happiest celebrations, and I’m thrilled that she’s here today sharing her favorite things. Not only is Kelly insanely talented, she’s also incredibly generous, funny, and kindhearted. Before you fall in love with her blog, a word of warning: Studio DIY may give you a sudden desire for a piñata of your own!

What do you do for a living? I’m the editor and founder of Studio DIY. (In other words, I’m a full time blogger who gets to craft and throw confetti around all day!)

Places you’ve lived: I was born and raised in New Jersey, spent a few years in Washington DC and then headed for the glorious weather of Los Angeles, where I currently live.

Place you’d most like to visit: I couldn’t just pick one! I’m dying to explore the Mediterranean region (Hello, Greek Isles!) and I’d love to venture to India, the Maldives and Morocco. Thanks to my endless Pinterest procrastinating, I’ve also had my eye on this little village. I’d travel halfway across the world to find a little piece of colorful patterned building heaven in a second!

Your favorite indulgence: Cake. My goodness do I love cake. I feel like all other desserts are more acceptable on a daily basis (Ehm..donuts.). But when you get your hands on that perfect slice of cake, it’s just special, no? The more layers the better. And always, always cream cheese frosting.

The best advice you’ve ever received: From my mom, “Everything has it’s pluses and minuses.” From my Dad, “Life isn’t fair.” And from too many people to count, “Dream big.” Now, those first two may sound a little cynical but boy are they true, especially when you’re self employed! Do I get a little jealous of the people who get to leave their work at the office door at 5pm every night? Sure, but then I remember the big ol’ “plus” of this crazy career… I’m doing what I love, and you better bet I’m dreaming big!

What ingredients do you think make for a perfect party? An excellent selection of sweets, a boatload of confetti and a group of great friends. A funky piñata and some schmancy party hats are also preferred. My biggest tip is to focus on a few special elements and make those awesome.

Bright Lights on Kelly of Studio DIY

I’m a total stationery freak and often use great cards as wall art in my home. Dear Hancock is a particular favorite because any card with a piñata on it has my name written all over it!

My motto is “When in doubt, spray paint it.” I’m embarrassed to say just how many items in my apartment have been gilded. My favorite brand is Montana Gold. Their colors are great and their gold chrome can’t be beat.

I never thought “photographer” would be a part of my job title, but my Canon Rebel is attached to my hip. I got it as a college graduation gift and it is probably my most used possession. (This lens is a great companion for it!)

I live in sunglasses (That’s LA for ya!) and recently bought some funky yellow heart ones just because they were too fun to pass up! A new wardrobe stable.

My hair bows have become my signature, and I don’t leave my house without one. I often feel like an overgrown five year old and a giant hair bow is a pretty good way to represent that, yes?

Every morning at 9:30am, I get a big ol’ craving for chocolate. Nothing like starting early huh? Trader Joe’s chocolate bars are always on hand to help me out.

When you’re photographing DIYs all day, your nails have to look schnazy! I repaint my nails about a hundred times a week and always go for not-so-average colors, like this yellow OPI beauty.

With piñatas always on the brain, I have a fully stocked crepe paper closet at all times.

Confetti!! It’s comical how my floor is always covered in the stuff. I often find pieces stuck to my little dog’s nose and hanging on to my boyfriends feet. Whoopsies!

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Thanks, Kelly! Everyone, head on over to Studio DIY to get inspired by Kelly’s party ideas. And definitely follow her on Instagram for a sneak peek into her fab LA life, including her adorable pup and lots of — you guessed it — confetti!
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Happy Fourth + Mercury Retrograde

Frock Files | The Fourth of July and Mercury Retrograde

We’ll be heading out of town to celebrate the Fourth of July, which I know lots of you are doing as well. Lindsey gave me a head’s up that Mercury is currently in retrograde, which causes all kinds of things to happen including difficulty with travel. Well, that explains the three flat tires we had last week, doesn’t it? My fingers are crossed that our troubles are in the past and that yours are too.

And while you’re thinking about it, you might consider holding off on making any big decisions and purchases until after July 21st. Oh, and try to take it easy on yourself, okay? Don’t take anything people are saying too personally. Mercury Retrograde causes problems with communication too, so it’s best to brush things off and go along on your merry way.

In the event that you don’t yet think I’m insane and want to learn more about this Mercury Retrograde stuff, check these out:

How to Survive Mercury Retrograde
The Old Famer’s Almanac: Mercury in Retrograde 2013
Say Goodbye to the Worst Mercury Retrograde Ever

And for those of you who think this is all woo-woo, here are my favorite Fourth of July posts of the year:

Lemonade Pie (patriotic when topped with berries!)

Five Metallic Star Projects That Don’t Scream Patriotic
Rocket Favors Are My Fave
Patriotic Coconut Pudding Bites (Haupia)

I’m looking forward to seeing you all again on Monday when I’ll let you all in on a secret! In the meantime, I’ll be posting pictures of our getaway on Instagram and sharing fun things on my Facebook wall.

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