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
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.
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. ;)
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??)
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!
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:
I’m so not over the palm leaf print trend, I legit want my house to look like it belongs in Palm Springs and will bring in as much hot pink and plants that I can’t kill as possible. You can’t kill plants if they’re on fabric, can you?
It’s time for the little ones to go back to school and I assume some parents are jumping for joy. (Editor’s note: that is very much correct.) Getting back into a routine can be a daunting task, especially for kids, so let’s start it off with a party! There are so many great ideas out there to make it extra special and extra handmade. Here are my favorite party ideas!
B A L L O O N S !
These are like a necessity! No kid will be sad with balloons and they add so much color when thrown around. I love this apple balloon diy! There are also some cute photos you can take to capture moments like this.
P A R T Y F A V O R S
Yes, please! Send the kids home with some treats and an adorable gift jar full of school supplies! This DIY offers free printables too!
B A C K D R O P S
Every party needs a backdrop or a banner to spruce up the walls. I love this one because it’s simple and totally a congrats moment when you head back to school. It means you graduated Summer, right?
P I N A T A S
I love how pinatas are such a thing now. They are fun to make and you can stuff it with candy, school supplies, and CONFETTI! These pencil pinatas will do quite nicely.
E D I B L E P L A C E C A R D S
They make your guests feel welcomed with a personal touch. Now, edible place cards are on a whole new level of cool.
M I N I D E S S E R T S
Anything mini is my jam! You can create a dessert for each guest and let them have at it. I saw this mini bundt cake shaped like an apple and i just about squealed.
I wish all those parents (and kids) out there the best of luck!
For more creations, head on over to my blog and check out my instagram!
Raise your hand if you L-O-V-E Back-To-School Season!! Nothing beats a brand-new pack of crayons, new sparkly gel pens and glue. Seriously, the amount of glue sticks I use in a year is obscene. So I stock up for the entire year each August because in the middle of February it is criminal what they charge for glue sticks. Now, for all those parents out there, you are probably singing the praises of summer ending for a variety of other reasons, but for me it is all about the school supplies.
Inspired by everyone’s favorite mistake fixer, the eraser, I created these pink pillow gift boxes using the Martha Stewart Gift Box Tool. The tool allows you to make gift boxes in three different sizes, I created a template for this project and the medium sized gift box is the perfect fit! These little boxes are also the perfect size to stash a handful of school supplies in (or a gift card for a well deserving teacher!) and handout on the first day of school to your classmates or students.
Note: The instructions included with the Martha Stewart Gift Box Tool are very helpful and so is this video, it takes a little bit of practice, but you will be making perfect boxes in no time!
Print the template onto pink cardstock.
Remove the outer portion of the gift box tool, so you can create a medium-sized gift box.
Place the cardstock on a cutting mat and align the tool with the left side of the paper.
Score the cardstock using the scoring tool provided with the Martha Stewart Gift Box Tool on the top, right and bottom sides, then set the cutting arm to “2” and cut from the top-left corner to the top-right corner, then cut from the bottom-left corner to the bottom-right corner.
Move the tool to the right, lining it up with the score mark you made. Then using the scoring tool, score the paper on the top, right and bottom sides, then using the cutting arm cut from the top-left corner all the way around to the bottom-left corner.
Remove the cut pieces of cardstock carefully to avoid ripping your box.
Fold your box on the score lines and assemble using double-sided tape.
Guys, since I have this handy gift box tool, I foresee a lot more gift box tutorials in my future — tell me what should I gift box-ify next?! I think everyone’s favorite banana snacking friends, the Minions, might be my next gift box muse!
Sara Tramp’s Instagram feed is dreamy, colorful, and I kind of just want to bathe in it. I asked her to share what it’s really like to take a photo for Instagram and she is so hilariously honest, you need to read this.
People need to know that most Instagram photos are not glamorous behind the scenes! As in letting my ice cream melt down my hand while trying to get a picture while my boyfriend just stares at me in disbelief.
I’m not a colorful person, but I desperately want to be one and I think that reflects on my Instagram. I’ve chosen ice cream flavors based on what colors they are and how they’ll look on my camera.
This avocado (which was cut open for breakfast) was just me alone in my kitchen, contorting myself into an awkward angle to shoot my hand with my phone in front of a piece of pink poster board I keep around (I’m currently having a full blown affair with warm greens on soft blushes… but who isn’t?)
Then I edited. First I used Snapseed to get rid of marks on the paper and color edit (the app has an amazing individual color editing feature and spot editor). Second I opened it in VSCO to preview how it would look in my feed (it uses the same 3×3 scroll format as Instagram which lets me play with how pictures will look in my feed next to each other)
VSCO is also great for skin tone and shadow editing (I try and remove as much shadow as possible from my images). Finally, I brought it into Instagram which is my favorite for cooling/warming photos, sharpening, and cropping them. It takes some patience but I could do this for hours. It’s very cathartic. That along with my having a serious Instagram addiction.
Sara’s feed is a great example of fantastic personal branding. Not only is each individual photo beautiful and on brand, but her feed as a whole is cohesive and recognizable. Check out Sara’s blog for more gorgeous photos and DIYs and obviously you should be checking out her Insta.