patina cabana challenge

Earlier this summer, I partnered up with my friend Jess from Coco and Mingo for a fun styling competition hosted by Patina Rentals right here in Brooklyn! We had 1 hour to run around Patina’s studio and choose pieces to decorate our big empty cabana with, which wasn’t an easy task due to all the amazing stuff they have to choose from. Rich velour couches, rustic trunks, ornate bar carts, colorful Moroccan rugs – all at our disposal! I think we spent the first 5 minutes in an overwhelmed daze, walking around gawking at everything like kids in a candy store.

We didn’t have a clear look planned out for our cabana when we started, but luckily Jess and I had some mental telepathy going on and drifted towards several of the same big ticket items almost immediately. From there, it was smooth sailing! The staff at Patina even commented on how well we worked together, and they were totally shocked to find out that it was our first time hanging out :-) Isn’t it awesome when blog friends turn into real life friends? And I may be biased, but I just love the final look of our cabana – it’s such an elegant yet comfy space to hang out and sip on some fancy schmancy cocktails with your girlfriends. I wish I could have hauled those gold bookshelves home with me! Check out more photos and a cool time elapse video of our cabana in the making here. High five, Jess!

The voting period ends this Friday, August 29th, at 12PM EST, so there’s no time to waste! Visit Patina on Instagram and cast your vote by ‘liking’ your favorite cabana – no follow necessary! The photo with the most likes will be declared the winner, so we would be SO grateful if you would go and vote for us. Thanks all!

The photographer on set was David Toquica, and the beautiful flowers were provided by Darlington.

little white whale and coco & mingo patina cabana challenge

little white whale and coco & mingo patina cabana challenge

little white whale and coco & mingo patina cabana challenge

little white whale and coco & mingo patina cabana challenge

little white whale and coco & mingo patina cabana challenge

little white whale and coco & mingo patina cabana challenge

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fun kitchen products round up

1. Fox Patterned Embossed Rolling Pin from Valek Rolling Pins | 2. Bottle Grinder Spice Mill Set from LEIF | 3. Glass Pot from MoMA Store| 4. Bunny Chopping Board from Let It Reign | 5. Kujira Humpback Whale Knife from Hand-Eye Supply | 6. Take Out Serve Bowl from CB2 | 7. Ravioli Spoon Rest from Monkey Business

I’m generally in charge of dinner at our house, which is awesome 99% of the time! I love trying new recipes and putzing around the kitchen, plus I REALLY love going to the grocery store (please tell me I’m not the only one). But there are days when the thought of whipping up some food feels “meh”, and en extra boost of fun is required…like say, with the help of a bunny cutting board?? Here are a few whimsical kitchen products that will help make work in the kitchen feel like play!

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My favorite pie-makin’ lady, Laicie, is off on a European adventure, so I’m over at A Thousand Threads today to share some cute printable pie treat boxes! They’re the perfect size to fill with little treats and trinkets, and ANY reason to stock up on candy is a plus in my book :-)

Head on over to find out how you can print your own boxes – no oven needed!

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egg brunch recipes

Eggs in Chili Clouds from Kitchen Tested | Eggs With Spinach and Salmon from Rosanna's Kitchen | Avocado Toast with Bacon and Eggs from What's Gaby Cooking | Ham and Egg Crepe Squares from Design Crush

Happy Friday! Weekend breakfasts at our house are usually quick bites we munch on while reading or watching random TED talks, and they almost always revolve around eggs. Scrambled, fried, sunny side up, or smooshed onto a bagel oozing with cheese – just gimme dem eggs! But there are those days when you inevitably wake up with the urge to whip up some real brunch worthy fare, so I rounded up a few eggscellent recipes I’m promptly adding to my “to cook” list. My belly is very intrigued by “eggs in a cloud” – have you ever made them?

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i love you every step of the way

There’s an extra bit of love in my heart because we’re celebrating our wedding anniversary today! It’s a little crazy to think that we’ve been married for 4 years – an entire high school or college era (yes, this is how I always think of 4 year blocks). Time certainly flies when you’re having fun :-) Cheers to year #4!

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temporary tattoo hack

I’ve collected a few temporary tattoos over the years that I don’t feel like I can really rock now as a grown ass adult, so I set out to see if they would adhere to something other than my biceps. And you know what I found out? THEY TOTALLY DO! Tattoo collection = salvaged!

First I gathered up my supplies:

  • a completely flat white plate from CB2, which provided the perfect canvas for this experiment
  • this adorable zebra tattoo from Gumtoo – be sure to check out their great selection of fun tatts!

And then I applied the tattoo exactly like how you would normally, just substituting “plate” for “skin”:

  1. Clean the plate by wiping it down with a bit of rubbing alcohol, and make sure it’s completely dry
  2. Remove the tattoo’s clear protective covering, and place it face down wherever you’d like on the plate
  3. Place a wet paper towel against it and gently press down until it’s thoroughly wet. Wait 30 seconds, then carefully peel off the paper backing
  4. Dab away any excess water, and your newly inked plate is ready for some trinkets once it’s all dry!

The tattoo adheres quite well, but you can also add a coat of clear gloss to make your design permanent. Otherwise, it’s removable using rubbing alcohol and elbow grease, so you can revamp your plate over and over again – think of all the possibilities!

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