outfit // scalloped.


// Photos by Lauren Atkins



Shorts: Gap (on sale!) // Shirt: J. Crew (on sale!) // Flats: Sam Edelman
// Sunglasses: c/o Warby Parker // Necklace: eBay (similar

Now is officially the time to soak up the last of shorts season and savor our final moments where bare legs are appropriate. These scalloped shorts from Gap were a no-brainer addition to my closet - I love how the fun hemline adds some interest to an otherwise basic pair of black shorts and I've already worn them more times than I can count since they arrived a few weeks ago (bonus points for you, they're now on sale!). 


august cravings.


Oh man, fall is really just around the corner, isn't it? My cravings are definitely reflecting that with things like sweaters, leather and jewel tones creeping into the mix. Fingers crossed that we're in for an actual fall and not an instant polar-vortex type thing. 


DIY // color-blocked succulent gardens.


Summer seems to be the time for activity – people are moving to new homes, parties are being thrown and you’re left scrambling for a gift to bring along for the hosts almost every weekend. Bottles of wine or candles can get old after awhile, plus both can be easy to mess up since flavors and scents are a very personal preference. But plants? Plants can do no wrong and instantly bring a little life into any home (especially great as a housewarming gift!)

So what's the secret to getting to the top of everyone's favorite guest list? Mini succulent gardens in color blocked pots. They're cute and best of all, super easy to care for.


The supplies:
  • Sample sized jars of your favorite interior paint (pictured, Glidden's Onyx Black)
  • Decorative acrylic paints 
  • Painter’s tape 
  • Paint brushes 
  • Variety of succulent plants 
  • Terracotta pots 
  • Potting soil 
  • River stones
The steps:
  1. Tape off a section of your flower pots using Painter’s Tape where you’d like your pop of color to be (I taped off a section that was about the width of two tape strips) 
  2. Paint your pots in your main color (in my case, Glidden’s Onyx Black) 
  3. Wait for paint to fully dry and remove Painter’s Tape 
  4. Use Painter’s Tape to cover border around unpainted section – paint unpainted section with accent color. Let paint fully dry before removing Painter’s Tape 
  5. Place small amount of river stones at bottom of each terracotta pot (helpful for drainage for dessert plants like succulents). Cover stones with potting soil, leaving about 2/3 of the pot for plants and remaining soil 
  6. Remove succulents from pots and break up root ball. If plants have multiple stems, you can break these and plant small sections of multiple succulent varieties to create a garden feel vs. only one plant in a pot 
  7. Once you are happy with your succulent arrangements, fill pots with additional soil, pressing down to secure plants in place 
  8. Sprinkle with water and place in a sunny area

Having plants on hand is a great way to not only spruce up your own space but to have an easy gift that’s unique and ready to go. To add an even more personal touch, get creative with the paint colors or patterns and customize terracotta pots for your friends’ or loved ones’ d├ęcor or style so the succulent gardens fit in perfectly in their homes.

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