Mia’s Flamingo and Pineapple Birthday Party

My baby turned TWO!!! A year ago, but whatever. I wrote this post also about a year ago but had so much trouble choosing photos it took me until now to publish. IN-SANE. (Mia’s third birthday is in two weeks. No joke.)

Party like a flamingoSo, my little darling is a little weirdo and sometimes she just stands on one foot and I thought that’s so perfect for the flamingo trend (which yes, some of us are tired of at this point but trend aside, I thought it was perfect). Also, she’s such a flamingo. I mean this is the girl that has accessorized from the minute she was able to lift accessories. This is the girl that wears tutus and sparkles as often as possible and tried to steal an old lady’s lipstick from her purse. This is the girl who somehow managed to find, take, and appropriate my grandmother’s rings that were on my dresser. At least she’s got good taste.

My favorite part of the decor was this focal point. We put flamingo books and art on the shelf with some flowers, I taped a bunch of fans to the wall covering the tv, and setup the dessert table with confetti and cupcakes. 
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We got flamingo balloons from Confetti and Sparkle Party Shop and the banner was made by me. Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingo We found blue velvet Room and Board chairs on Craigslist pretty recently and I knew I had to cover them so I could relax and enjoy the party so we used some Turkish throws in pretty colors. And the birthday girl found some popcorn.Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingoThe lighting around the table was totally not ideal, but I loved it in real life.
Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingoWe put the flamingo favor bags on the piano and I stuck cupcake toppers in everything!Party like a flamingo Party like a flamingoI got flamingo wrapping paper from One Kings Lane and then bought a floral garland from Michaels to frame it and be our Photo Booth. Plus the gold glitter happy birthday banner, obvi.Party like a flamingoParty like a flamingo Photo Booth Party like a flamingo Photo Booth I know that last photo is so grainy, but I love it. And then Mia had her cake. Like we were in middle of singing happy birthday and Mia just leaned over and tok a big bite of her cake. I love this girl.

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In many ways Mia hasn’t changed much but I guess that’s for her third birthday party post. You know, in two weeks.

Happy birthday my little flamingo!

All photos taken by Emily Daar, who is also sisters with my future sister-in-law!

Serape Inspired Upcycled Barstool DIY

Something about this time of year makes me feel seriously inspired. Maybe it’s the barrage of Fall-time Pinterest DIYs that flood my feed. Or maybe the pumpkin-flavored everything has magical, creative powers. Fall is here (despite the lingering hot weather in Southern California), and I am excited.

Mike and I have had these barstools since we first moved in together like 8 years ago. They were free (from a friends garage). They have always been just sort of blah; there to just serve their purpose of hosting people’s bums. The barstools and I came to a crossroads. I didn’t love them, but I also didn’t want to just get rid of perfectly usable seating. Conundrum!

And then this DIY hit me like a ton of bricks. A simple upcycle-project would save these stools from imminent banishment. The stools and I sighed with relief.

Upcycled Barstool DIY

Not great, right? Obviously, these chairs were just screaming for a makeover, and here is how I gave them a second–actually, third life.

Stuff you will need:
Barstools or chairs
White spray paint (with primer)
White spray paint (flat)
Fabric of choice
Staple gun / staples
Metallic gold leaf paint or spray paint

Step 1: Disassemble old bar stool

Flip your barstool over, and unscrew the top from the base. (This one was super easy)

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Step 2: Wipe down and clean stools and stool tops

Lysol wipes are your friend. You definitely want to make sure that the stool is squeaky clean before re-upholstering the top, and spraying the base.

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Step 3: Spray barstools with 1st coat of white spray paint (with primer)

I used this Krylon paint and primer. The first coat will look a little patchy, but that is ok. Get as much coverage as you can, using the entire can for both barstools.

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Step 4: Allow first coat to dry, and apply 2nd coat of spray paint

Once first coat has dried (10-20 mins), apply the 2nd coat of spray paint. I used this Rust-oleum Flat White spray paint.

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Step 5: Cut and staple fabric to seat tops

Make sure your fabric fits over the seat, all the way around. After you have sized your fabric, cut it and then begin to staple it to the underside of the seat top. (This is super fun!) I ordered my fabric from this etsy shop, and used this Stanley staple gun.

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Step 6: Paint it GOLD

When the barstool is dry and reassembled, customize your chair with gold, metallic detailing. I used this Martha Stewart guilding paint. I painted the knobs and the foot bar, and it really pulled the stool together nicely, in my opinion.

And here is the finished product:

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I love Emily’s transformation! Totally different, right?

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Oh Hey, Oh Happy Day

Look what I just saw! Oh Happy Day always does a roundup of favorite party ideas from the week and look at the bottom of this week’s roundup!


Woohoo watermelon favor bags! For the rest of the links in the roundup and a party wonderland, check out her original post! Sarah Adiutori, I’m not surprised, just don’t forget me when you’re so famous you can hardly remember this (her insta for your viewing pleasure).


Lindsay White: GANGSTA BOSS

Lindsay is the hard-working hottie behind Lot801, a children’s clothing brand that breaks gender stereotypes one outfit at a time. Everything is organic and made in the U.S. start to finish. Mia’s Lot801 leggings are her favorite (and mine). For real. They’re soft, you can tell they’re really good quality the second you touch them, and we love the print. Plus Lindsay is a badass. So I asked Lindsay: “what makes you boss?”

Lindsay White: Gangsta Boss at Lot801

Lindsay: ” What makes me boss? I’m not afraid to make decisions, even the hard ones. I get sh*t done and I’m brutally honest with any and everyone I work with. And most importantly, I always reach my goals by never giving up.”

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STAY COLORFUL, BABE (free download)

One of my favorite things to do is share pretty things with you and when Kailah Ogawa sends me the files for the gorgeous phone and desktop backgrounds, I just explode into confetti and heart eyes. 



I love this for the obvious reasons, but also because it can be hard to fully be yourself sometimes. Other people can be so loud about who they are or who they think you are and it can be overwhelming. So I’m here to remind you to be whoever you are or whoever you want to be.

Stay colorful, babe <3 (it helps if you stalk Kailah on Instagram)

For more of free backgrounds check out this if you’re a boss or maybe you’re more of a unicorn 

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Getting Over Blogging Jitters

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Hi! So the lovely Gilit asked if I would introduce myself since I’ve been a contributor since June, showing you ways to play with your food. (For example these donuts and these toppers!) Shoes off Please is actually the first blog that I started to contribute to, and I am so happy I reached out to her! :) It took a lot of courage to do so, and I am excited, albeit nervous, to share how I got that courage and what it’s been like blogging and doing diy projects!


I work full time as an interior designer at a showroom and a marketing rep for two companies. It’s incredibly exhausting, so sometimes I just want to come home, curl up, and watch 10 episodes of Seinfeld in a row…don’t judge. I started my blog, sugar and bash, a little over a year ago in hopes to avoid becoming a couch potato and to roundup my favorite things, like a personal reference of sorts. I love design and just wanted to share it! It wasn’t until a few months ago that I wanted to do more diy projects and connect with other people.

D O N ‘ T  P R O C R A S T I N A T E !
Posting things on your blog is sort of terrifying at first. I was new at this, I didn’t know what people would say and I didn’t know if what I made was already out there?! It was hard. I spent most of my time writing down ideas and getting supplies. Once I took photos and was ready to post, it just didn’t seem good enough. There are so many A-MAZ-ING blogs out there and I compared myself wayyyyyy too much to others. (don’t do that, okay?!) Eventually I just got over it and felt that someone would care about what I had to say. You will learn so much along the way and your work will only get better! From this post a little over a year ago to this one here, you can see how my photos and styling have improved.

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D I Y  W H A T  Y O U  A R E  C O M F O R T A B L E  W I T H
This awkward macaron stand was one of the first projects I did, ha! The idea was there and it would’ve been cute…except I didn’t know how to work with clay. I learned pretty quick to stick to things I knew I could do. I love working with fondant, sugar cookies, and all sort of sweets. I was also more confident because I knew I could get to the end without questioning what I was doing. What I really love is crafting and learning how to sew, weave, and work with clay. It also helps with inspiration and future project ideas. You just want to make sure you know what you’re doing before telling someone else how to do it. ;)

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R E A C H I N G  O U T  &  C O L L A B O R A T I N G
The best way to get your name out there is to collaborate or seek out a blog you can contribute something to. I actually saw Gilit was looking for contributors for her blog one night when I was in New York. Of course it was on Instagram and I totally got all fangirl on her, haha. When she said she liked my blog I immediately emailed her about the position and here we are! I’ve also collaborated with a few companies, coming up with some little promotion projects. Being honest and offering something to help their brand succeed will also help you. Look for small local companies that you would like to work with, I actually have had the best success with those. And if you’re too scared to call or email, just have some alcohol on hand! (Kidding!! Or am I??)

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Wow, so here we are at the end of my novel. was that fun or what?! I think the best advice I can give you to get over the blogging jitters early on is to really just go for it. Your skills will improve over time and you will definitely learn so much along the way. I’m super comfortable with a camera, photoshop, and illustrator now! Just keep in mind literally everyone once started where you were. Just stay positive, keep an open mind, and when in doubt google the heck out of it!



Mia’s Toddler Room

My tool-toting tutu-wearing toddler has become a kitty, princess, and mermaid obsessed little girl. All of a sudden she loves everything pink and whimsical…where does she get that from? It’s a mystery we may never solve.

Up until now she was sharing a room with her big brother so working with the Land of Nod to make her new toddler room is a total dream come true and allowing some input from Mia (she is 2 after all and has the attention span of a gnat) this is what we came up with:

Mia's pink blue and yellow/gold toddler room

The Land of Nod Laura Blythman Mountains Poster Decal, Studio Mucci fringe tassel garland, The Land of Nod campaign nightstand, IKEA bed, Hello Tosha print, The Land of Nod Ashley Goldberg bedding, The Land of Nod clip lamp, Britt Castellano pillow, Overstock plastic molded rocker, Anthropologie letter (similar), One Eyed Dog ombre arrow hook (no longer sold) Wayfair pink leather ottoman.

We’ll probably also use some of what we had on the wall in our old apartment. We’re definitely getting there and I can’t wait to finish and share the reveal!

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