I took last week off from the blog for a much-needed week away with my parents for my dad's birthday. When I returned back to Tulsa, the weather was 60 degrees warmer (literally!) than when I had left, and the hope of spring was in the air.
Along those lines, most of my picks for the week are colorful, bright and happy. Perfect for spring and the changing of the seasons!
I hope you enjoy. There will be a new blog post next Wednesday as well.
Hydrangea Bowl from Susan Gordon Pottery
I've linked to Susan Gordon's work before but these hydrangea bowls deserve a Friday Favorites spot of their own! I don't think you could find another piece of pottery that screams "springtime!" like these bowls. They're hand-painted and will certainly become heirloom pieces.
Find them here.
These bowls sell out almost instantly, so if you want to get your hands on one, I recommend signing up for Susan's newsletter so you'll be the first to know when they're restocked. By the time this is posted, I'm sure these will be gone.
Liberty of London Quilts
Want a bedroom to feel instantly cozy and warm? Add a quilt. You might be thinking that quilts are dated and stuffy, but, like many other traditional pieces, there is a time and a place for them!
If you're having trouble picturing it, check out the image below for an updated take on layering with a quilt.
If you can appreciate a more traditional look...
Zip Wallet by Maison de Sabrè
Some may recall that I purchased my phone case from Maison de Sabrè a few months ago. The phone case was a wonderful purchase and made me an instant fan of the Maison de Sabrè brand.
As such, I knew the store would be a great choice for a much-needed wallet upgrade as well. I decided to go with the Zip Wallet in nude with my monogram on it. I was a little worried about the size, but was pleasantly surprised to find that all of my cards and cash fit perfectly! It is truly an ideal size to either throw in a purse or to carry around on its own. The zipper is also sturdy and you can tell that the case itself is made from quality materials.
I love both my phone case and wallet and have referred the brand to anyone who will listen. Both are worth the price for the quality! I'm excited to invest in more from them in the future.
Find the zip wallet here.
Metallic Maxi Dress
I'm hopeful that the time for big, fancy events is on the horizon. I'm personally dying to get into a pretty dress, put on some painful heels and mingle with people I don't know. While we wait for that scenario to become a reality once again, we can start our online searches for outfits!
I always find unique and designer-esque (if not designer) dresses at Saks Fifth. If you're on the hunt for something or simply want to distract yourself during a Zoom meeting, check out their selection.
Find it here.
Cost: On sale for $267.00
I won't call it a "trend" but I've seen a lot of checkered floors lately. I love the elegance it adds to a room! In particular, I'm a big fan of the painted wood look, which was also shown in the last Friday Favorites. Pairing the black and white checks with an expected paint color, like the powder blue shown above, creates the "modern traditional" look I gravitate towards.
I've been following along with Miracle on 34th's recent checkered floor project. She painted the pattern on her sunroom floor and gave the room a major update.
Elevated Hair Accessories
My mother-in-law sent me the sweetest Valentine's day gift recently -- a bow hair tie made with fabric from Liberty of London (the same fabric the quilts above are made in). I've already worn it as a tie for a ponytail and with a side braid for more visibility.
As the weather starts to turn warm, I've started wearing leggings, tennis shoes and some form of a workout top or sweatshirt all day. It feels nice to elevate some aspect of my outfit with a cute and easy accessory.
Cost: Hair tie $16.50; Headband $29.50
Ikea Dresser Hacks
I love reading about DIY projects, even though I'm intimidated by most of them. I even bought a wood sander during the first months of quarantine but haven't actually used it. That being said, the weather is warming up here and I think it is time for me to seriously think about taking on a good, budget-friendly DIY for the blog.
To find inspiration, I've been looking through some common DIY projects that look manageable. I found this article on Ikea Dresser hacks that seem fairly attainable and thought I would share. I don't love all of them in terms of style, but at least they got my creative juices flowing!
Read the article here.
Send me your ideas for Friday Favorites as you have them! Thanks to everyone who has so far.