Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Color Your World

Often when starting a new design or project, one of the biggest challenges is coming up with a color scheme. Sometimes it's not that big of a deal to go through a hundred different colors, if you're working on the computer for example. But if you're painting a wall, or planning a wedding, you want it to be a color you will love day after day and for years to come!

One of my favorite places to turn when I need a fresh dose of color stimulation, is Instagram. Scrolling through my personal feed, I’m reminded why I snapped these pictures to begin with. Something about the moment caught my eye, and captivated me enough to forever immortalize it in social media history.  
Take time to look back at your photos and discover which colors you’re naturally attracted to. You already have a strange attachment to those little filtered pics, they might as well help get your creative juices flowing.

Visit STRONG IS OUR SEXY for a few of my favorite Instagram accounts bursting with fresh color.

Of course when discussing where to find ideas on the world wide web, we can’t leave out the mother-ship of them all; Pinterest. Just search the word  “color”,  and there’s enough image overload to scroll through you won’t leave your computer for a week. I find it best to organize my pins by category or idea. For example; one of the projects I’m working on in my home is the guest bedroom. I found this image a while back, and instantly fell in love with the deep navy. Now whenever I see a picture fitting that theme, I pin it to a specific board, so everything stays together.
Get the links to boards and pinners who are especially good at picking great color at STRONG IS OUR SEXY.

So you’ve searched high and low, and have curated the perfect color combo to make all your dreams come true.
Now what???
Executing a color scheme can sometimes be a tricky task. It involves a bit of balance, and some definite hierarchy. What do I mean by hierarchy? Well each color in your theme needs to have a certain level of importance. This will help keep colors from competing with each other, and create a sense of equilibrium. When decorating a room, your wall color is dominant, and everything you use to accent (bead spread, decor, curtains) is secondary.

Another real-life-example where a color scheme is important is planning a wedding!
For my own wedding (like most little girls) I had an idea what I wanted my colors to be for A LONG time. Purple has always been my favorite color, so that was a must. Our wedding was in September, so I used burnt orange to tie in the Fall season. And lastly my husband and I are HUGE Beatles fans, so to pay tribute we decorated with Granny Smith apples, and used bright green as our final color.
So in my case, the color hierarchy was; purple, orange, and then green.
This helped me make decisions such as what the bridesmaids would be wearing, what color flowers to focus on, what the jewelry would look like, and so on.
Image credit to Lindsey Kay
Our world is completely saturated in color. When deciding on a scheme focus on how certain colors make you feel, and latch on to those that fill you with JOY. Every time I see that perfect shade of purple or a green apple, I instantly remember the happiest day of my life.
That is the kind of reaction color should bring you.

For as many rules there are about coordinating color, there are just as many reasons to break them. As long as they make YOU happy, that’s all that really matters.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Super Quick Boob Light Cover Up

Dear ceiling fan, 
It's time to ditch the boob look. 
C'mon, let's cover it up now. 

It's not's you. 

What is a boob light you ask? Well they're lights, that have an uncanny resemblance to a certain part of the female anatomy. 
To be honest, I had never heard the term "boob light" until about a year ago. When we bought our house, we inherited a few of these perky pesky light fixtures, and now I can't look at them without thinking; "there is a boob...on my ceiling...and it's staring at me" .

One of them is in our kitchen.
My plan for this project was pretty basic:
Unscrew hardware, take down light cover, replace with lamp shade, screw hardware back on...done. 
Remove light = check! 
I did run into one little hiccup. The lamp shade I purchased, when held up to the fan so I could reuse the hardware, hit the blades. Sooooo either I needed extra hardware to make the shade sit lower, OR I flip it upside down and attach it that way. 
I think it looks pretty good, considering how simple of a fix it turned out to be. 
This was just one item on the lengthy list of "To-Do's" scheduled for this weekend. 
I feel like its been FOREVER since we've done anything to the house. The weather is supposed to be nice, and Eric and I are actually staying in town, so I plan on being CRAZY productive over the next few days. 
Wish me luck! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

All About That Base

Grab those peanuts and Cracker Jacks baby, because it’s BASEBALL SEASON!!!

In my city, opening day is pretty much considered a holiday. There are fireworks, parties, a parade, and even some celebrity sightings! This year Mr. OxyClean himself, Anthony Sullivan, was among the honored parade guests.  

On a baseball-scale of “have we made a touchdown yet??” to “I have a Yankees tattoo on my leg!!”…I consider myself to be a solid 6. Since my husband is such a fan, going to a game is a great way for us to spend time together while doing something he loves. I also truly enjoy the atmosphere of the ballpark. Everyone is so excited, and the comradery of the crowd all supporting the same team is intoxicating (as are the yummy adult beverages we usually down before the game starts).

Although my “baseball high” usually fizzles out around the bottom of the third inning, one thing I never lose interest in is the merchandise! I don’t know what it is, but the combo of a sports logo, paired with an adorable design gets me EVERY time.

Seriously, just take my money.

So if you’re more concerned about what you’ll strut at the stadium than who actually wins, visit Strong Is Our Sexy and find 10 accessories to help you get your game on! Who says supporting your favorite team has to be drab?

Head over to Strong Is Our Sexy and click the links for all of these World Series worthy baseball finds.

So who’s ready to play ball??!!! Let’s storm the mound, swing for the fences, and get ourselves ready for a whole new season of men in baseball pants!

Go sports! Do the thing and score the points!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Off The Scale Victories

If you're a long-time reader of my blog, you'll notice that about once a year I visit the topic of personal success. 

You can read the original post HERE, and when I discussed it again HERE

Everyone needs a little reminder now and then of how important their individual journey is, and that’s why this has become a recurring subject. The theme of the Strong is Our Sexy blog this month is Body Image. Immediately I thought of my “Off the Scale Victories” lists I created last year, and how much they helped me keep my personal growth and triumph in perspective.

"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." 

Want to make lists of your own??? Visit Strong is Our Sexy to read my article, and find the links for FREE DOWNLOADS! 
Everyone needs to celebrate a little more in their life. Whether it's the giant hurdles, or the smallest of leaps. Take time to give yourself the self love you deserve!