Friday, June 29, 2012

Foodie: Apple Crisp

At work on Tuesday there were a box of leftover apples from an event. Recently I had been thinking/daydreaming about trying to bake something with the few apples I had at my apartment so I decided to grab a few more to experiment with. I looked up a few different apple crisp recipe options on pinterest and just used what I had on hand in my kitchen.

First I cut up all the apples (I used seven) and put them in a glass baking pan.

Shoe of the Week: Steve Madden Sandal

Shoe of the Week! Steve Madden Karroll Sandal

Every Friday (because Friday means Funday) I'll post a favorite shoe from the week!
Right now, I'm loving these strappy, chic wedges for summer. 
Check 'em out! They're on sale at Nordstrom right now!

PS: Got any shoe of the week suggestions? Email me!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Style: Hot Pants.

Brightly colored pants are right on trend for this summer. These two outfit ideas take the colored pant up a notch from colored jeans but are still great for a fun summer outing or dinner on the patio. 

Madewell cut out top, $48, Cropped pants, 189 AUD, Dorothy Perkins coral linen pants, $29, Madewell ballerina shoes, $98, Madewell leopard flat, $135, FOSSIL flap bag, $198, Kate spade earrings, $48, J Crew wide brim hat, $38, Stella mccartney sunglasses, $225

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

I love weddings. But really, I Love weddings. 
While I wouldn't necessarily say that I have my own future wedding entirely planned, I do really enjoy seeing what other people have done to make their wedding day their own. 
Weddings are such beautiful and joyous occasions, and I believe it is my duty to appreciate other people's lovely weddings. 
If you want to see more lovely wedding ideas, check out my Wedding Loves board on Pinterest!

the perfect shade of light blue.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY: Bleaching and Dying, Pt. 2 Ombre.

Hello Again! Welcome to Part 2 of my DIY Bleaching and Dying experiment. 
Like I said in Part 1, this was a serious learning process for me. Even though it might seem logical now, the fact that not everything turns white when you bleach it was a big surprise to me.This dark gray knit dress transformed to a heathered, salmon color, and even though it was not the white I was expecting I decided to run with it and use the new salmon colored dress with a purple dye to create my own dip dye, ombre look. 

The Before: Gray Knit 

Tumblr Tuesday.

I've had my Tumblr blog, Heather Hearts: Serendipity since my first year in college and I love all the pictures and ideas that get circulated through the Tumblr network. Tumblr Tuesday will be a post highlighting some of my favorites from a week of Tumbling, if you want to see more, check out my Tumblr!

can I be this woman?
seriously, with the dress, on the bike, and the glasses
super cool.

I <3 Giraffes. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer Style: Casual Inspiration

It always seems easier to find inspiration when planning an outfit for a special event or occasion. But getting dressed to run errands or bop around town should make you fell just as beautiful and like yourself as you do when you hit the town or go to a friend's wedding. Here are two fun, but comfy looks for your everyday self.

Casual Chic
J Crew heart sweater, $90, J Crew long skirt, $60, Oasis denim jean shorts, $35, Chinese Laundry wedge heel sandals, $75, Sperry Top-Sider striped shoes, $75, J Crew leather shoulder bag, $198, Tommy Hilfiger cross body shoulder bag, $61, Navy earrings, $11, Red jewelry, $12, Cutler and Gross round frame sunglasses, £270

PS: Have you noticed this heart trend going around? I'm loving it!

Music Monday: Punch Brothers.

Can we take a minute to talk about Bluegrass?
I feel like Bluegrass has this old person, boring, awkward person, hick stigma that it definitely does not deserve. Making Bluegrass music requires an ear for harmony and a group of musicians that are completely in tune and in sync with each other.  
I absolutely love the Punch Brothers (and Chris Thile's old haunt, Nickel Creek).
Specifically the songs "This Girl" and "Dark Days.
Their sound is so calming and energized at the same time, perfect for studying, blogging, reading, everything.
Check out some of the Punch Brothers live performances at Bonnaroo here!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

What I'm Loving: Whimsy.

One of the things I love about living in the Midwest is that there are four distinct seasons, and once we get into the full swing of one season I always find myself looking forward to the beginning of the next. These accessories from Modcloth and Fred Flare are great for a summer to fall transition to help keep things light, airy and whimsical! 
PS: Isn't that red zebra print scarf the coolest? I think it's on of the top of my wishlist. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Summer Style: Polka Dot Shorts.

One of this summer's newest trends is the printed short! I am really excited about this look, I think it adds some extra pizzazz to what could otherwise become a boring short + tank/t shirt combo through the hot summer months. Here are two ways to wear printed shorts, one that's a little more glamorous and dressy and one that's more casual and suited for summer activities like Farmer's Market perusing.

Spotted Style.
Tan top, $38, Madewell top, $35, Moschino polka dot shorts, $227, Volcom toe loop sandals, $35, Madewell leopard shoes, $135, Black tote handbag, $25, Quilted shoulder bag, $4,610, Alex Monroe vintage necklace, £210, Kendra scott jewelry, $70, Kendra scott jewelry, $130, Astley Clarke flower stud earrings, $95

DIY: Bleaching and Dying, Pt. 1

I'm all about crafting and Do It Yourself Projects, I think they are a great way to use what you have to be creative and express yourself, so this summer I have a long list of DIY to do's. The first was to DIY Dye a bunch of my clothing that I no longer wear for various reasons. I purchased this tunic shirt on clearance from Old Navy a few summers ago because I liked it's lightweight linen material and comfortable shape. But I haven't worn it as much as I anticipated because of its bright yellow color. So I decided to dye it a more flattering green.

The Before: Neon Yellow.

Summer Style: Cloche

This summer I've developed a new admiration for summer hats and those who wear them. While the baseball hat and straw fedora are classics, and more within my comfort range, I'm really liking the look of the straw cloche. The cloche makes me think of glamorous women in the 1920's and I am so happy to see it back in style. Here are two fun and summery ways to wear the straw cloche!

Armani Jeans striped long sleeve shirt, £60, Joie silk blouse, $198, J.Crew j crew shorts, $65, Carven shorts, $146, Tommy Hilfiger, platform wedge, $71, Tommy Hilfiger canvas shoes, $39, Kate spade jewelry, $175, Tory Burch vintage style earrings, $138, Kate Spade navy blue jewelry, $60, Kate spade jewelry, $48, Summer straw hat, $11

Foodie: Brownies + Cookies

When I was at home in Nebraska over spring break my friend Hannah and I were feeling a little crafty and a little hungry so we made these brownies/cookies. We found the idea on Pinterest and wanted to bring our inspiration into reality. We used a boxed brownie batter but made the chocolate chip cookie dough from scratch, then we swirled them together and baked!

the initial mixing state.

Summer Style: Dress Code.

It seems that summer is always full of [fun] events with ambiguous dress codes. I have one of those this weekend: it's a wedding with an afternoon ceremony and an evening reception. This look would work perfectly for a more casual wedding or even one of those pesky graduation celebrations. 

Seeing Stripes
Plenty by Tracy Reese button front dress, $198,Kate spade wedge, $119, Shoulder handbag, $86, ANGELINA clip on earrings, $425