Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tumblr Tuesday

JCrew Perfection as Always.

Just in case you haven't had enough of the print mixing. 
Who could resist this fluff in mini tennis shoes? 
Cheerful Font Fun.
Looking for more Tumblr fun and inspiration? Check out Heather Hearts Serendipity!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer Style: Go To Stripes

Stripes seem to always be my go to pattern/look/style when I don't know what else to wear. This JCrew black and white striped dress is the perfect mix of casual and chic and when paried with a simple straw hat, cross body bag, and strappy sandals this outfit will have you suited for any summer adventure. 

OOTD: Polka Dot Shorts.

Recently, I purchased these chestnut polka dot shorts from Old Navy, at first I was a little hesitant about the color (my first instinct would be to go with the black and white ones) but now I am so glad that I stepped a little outside my black and white comfort zone. I've already worn them countless times, and if I ever needed a reassurance that a certain trend was really a lasting trend, Madewell also has a new chestnut colored polka dot short. 
In summation, I feel like these were a seriously quality choice, and would recommend that you all also make such quality choices with your wardrobe. 
Happy Monday!

Music Monday: The Lumineers.

This Music Monday is brought to you by a mix CD in Ivy's car 
(much like the last Music Monday).
The Lumineers have a great mellow, bluegrassy sound with just enough quirk and personailty to make them fun. My favorite song by them right now is Hey Ho, you should  take a listen!
also, this music video is essentially a giant hispter party, so there's that too.
Like the Lumineers? Check out   their website!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer Style: Peplum and Prints.

The peplum trend has been huge lately and while it can be very flattering and easy to wear when in a top, I also love the whimsy it can give to an otherwise more serious pencil skirt. 
Here are two fun and fabulous ways to wear a white peplum skirt with two of summer's favorite prints!

Wedding Wednesday.

I adore the cut of her dress.

Love the Ampersand &

Clean, simple and perfect.

If you find yourself craving more Wedding fun check out my Wedding Loves Board on Pinterest!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tumblr Tuesday.

Olivia Palermo looking divine as always. 

a reminder from Ann Taylor

self explanatory. consent.

Looking for more Tumblr fun? Check out my Tumblr, Heather Hearts Serendipity

Monday, July 23, 2012

Music Monday: Dixie Chicks.

I unashamedly love the Dixie Chicks. My dear little/friend Ivy reminded me of this love last night when she had the song "Easy Silence" on the mix CD playing in her car. I truly appreciate not only the clear talent that the Dixie Chicks have but also their fearlessness in using their voices.  Melinda Gates once said "a woman with a voice is by definition, a strong woman." Today's world all to often ignores the voices of women, perhaps in part because everyone is too busy listening to their own loud opinions. 
So, this Music Monday goes to the Dixie Chicks, especially the song "Easy Silence"

if you're in the mood for something a little more fiesty I would also recommend 
"Not Ready to Make Nice"

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer Style: Polka Dotted.

JCrew always pinpoints the IT look of any season, and it looks like this year the polka dotted sweater is going to be the big winner. Here are three ways too wear the marvelous dots, with a more porfessional pencil skirt, casual shorts, and in between cropped pant. This sweater is a definite must-have for the transition to Fall. 

Foodie: Cheeseball.

This past Saturday my friend Molly and I went to the Downtown Farmer's Market in Des Moines bright and early to snag ourselves some watermelon and peaches, little did we know that there would be a cheeseball also in our near future. One of the stands at the Farmer's Market makes and sells various cheeseball and dip mixes and they are seriously delicious! 
At their stand at the Farmer's Market they have a bunch of their dips and cheeseballs premade with crakers and pretzels for you to try, I think Molly and I were there for at least 10 minutes when I decided to bite the cheeseball bullet and buy a mix. This time I got the more traditional Cheddar-Bacon mix but I think I might have to go back and get the Apple Pie mix as well as a few others!
Anyways, making the cheeseball is super easy. I had never done anything like it before so it was a mini adventure for me. you just need 8 oz of cream cheese and half a stick of softened butter. You mix together the cream cheese and butter with the step 1 mix and let it get more solid in the refrigerator, then you roll it around in the step 2, crunchy  mix and wha la! You have a cheeseball. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

What I'm Loving: a Few of my Favorite Things.

I can just hear Julie Andrews singing, can't you? 
Here's a few of my favorite things for right now and into fall!
1. Witty Screen Printed Ts from Local DSM Company, Raygun
2. Cardigans that don't take themselves too seriously
3. Fabric Button Earrings
4. Fun Makeup- Colorful Essie Polish and Red Lipstick
5.Black and White Printed Skirts
6. Flirty and Colorful Flats and Pumps with Big Bows
7. Teardrop or Pear Shaped Earrings

"the prettiest girls in the world live in Des Moines"

Shoe of the Week: Boots.

Ok, ok, I know it's not even almost Fall yet so a post about boots might not be super practical, but, I love these boots. My old brown/tan boots have been through two midwestern winters and have definitly seen better days, so I knew I would need a new pair in the Fall. I stopped by DSW the other day after my haircut and when I saw these my heart went a flutter. So I bought them. I know it's early but they were well within the amount I was comfortable spending and I knew I would be sad if I waited and missed them. So here they are, marvelous brown boots.

Love them too? Or craving some new boots yourself? Check out your nearby DSW store, or online!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

DIY: Felt Heart Pocket Cardi.

I got my inspiration for this DIY project from the felt heart elbow patch project that is floating around pinterest. As soon as I saw the project I thought that the felt hearts would look really cute on the pockets of a cardigan that has pockets. 
Instead of using an iron on patch I decided to just use hot glue (if it doesn't last I might go back and stitch the hearts on later). And instead of using a cookie cutter as a stencil I just free-handed my first heart and then used it to trace my second heart so that they would be the same size and shape. 
I just picked an older cardigan that I had (mine is originally from Loft) and still love to wear, but that could also use a little sprucing up. I already had a bunch of felt from a failed attempt at felt flowers and thought the off-white color would work really nicely with the natural olive green color of my cardigan and would go well with whatever I chose to wear it with. 
So, I just cut out the hearts and then placed them where I wanted them to be on the pockets and  carefully glued them into place ( you have to be careful with hot glue because it dries very very quickly) 
There you have it! What do you think? 
This is definitely another one of my DIY creations that I am looking forward to wearing more in the fall. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wedding Wednesday.

I love the simplicity of this plum and navy combo.

The most adorable Save the Dates you'll ever see!

Check out this adorable vintage photo from an actual 1960's wedding. 

For more wedding celebration check out my Wedding Loves board on Pinterest!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Style: Print Mixing.

Everyone on the internet/blogosphere has been wearing the stripes & floral combo. This combination works best when you keep your color scheme simple, your shoes and bags nude or nuetral, and your jewelry and other accessories classic. I absolutlly love Atlantic-Pacific's version of this look  and Kendi Everday's version!
Here are my three ways to print mix your stripes with your florals/abstract patterns. 

Tumblr Tuesday.

Reminds me of my big sister and I from way back when.


Floral Floral.

Check out my Tumblr Blog: Heather Hearts Serendipity for more!

DIY: Inspiration.

Consider me inspired by this entire Alexa Chung look, but esepcially this top.
I spy a new clothing DIY in my future! 

I'll keep you updated on the progress!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Style: Garden Party.

I've already shared my love for prints with you, especially the printed shorts, but another more recent trend is long sleeve silk blouses that are loosr fitting rather then skin tight. I really love the proportions of the look created when you pair something shorter like a skirt or shorts with a top that has long or 3/4 length sleeves. And a great way to do it is with these two fun trends: the silk blouse and the printed short! Check out this outfit idea that includes both:

Music Monday: Mumford Lyrics & New Passion Pit.

For today's sleepy Music Monday I  bring you wise words from the
ever calming, ever amazing Mumford and Sons. 

AND, if you're looking for some new beats, you can
My favorite song so far is 'Take a Walk"
Happy Monday! 

Friday, July 13, 2012

What I'm Loving: Ikat.

I know that ikat print has been coming back in style for a while now, but lately I Love what stores and designers have been doing with the print, pairing it with either the classic black and white, or vibrant, bright colors, and you can find it on everything from t shirts, to shorts, to shoes!
Here are a few very every-day wearable ikat options!

Shoe of the Week: Topshop Glitter

This week's very fabulous shoe of the week is the Jazzhands Glitter Peep Shoe from Topshop.
I've been spotting these glitzy beauties all around the web lately and love just about everything about them. The gorgeous blue color mixed with the gold glitter, the sensible and comfortable looking heel height, and the peep toes.

If you find yourself coveting these as much as I do, you can find them on Topshop's Website!
Have any glitzy shoe of the week suggestions? Email Me!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer Style: Red Sundress.

Have you heard that country song that talks about a red sundress? Somethign 'Bout a Truck...
Well there is probably more than one country song that talks about a red sundress, but this post was mildly inspired by that song, or at least by having that song stuck in my head. 
Here are two lovely ways to wear your red sundress this summer.

Wedding Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday! 
Love this Teal and Yellow Combo

Tandem Bicycle Invites. 

This Dress. This Dress. This Dress.
Want to see more Wedding Fun? Check out my Wedding Pinterest!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tumblr Tuesday.

Check out some of my favorites from Tumblr this week! 
Giant Flowers, Muted Colors, and Fun Phrases. These are a few of my favorite things!

Makes me want to listen to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Maps" on repeat. 

Kite Dress. Need I say more? #Thetalove
If you want to see more serendipitous fun check out my Tumblr Blog!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Music Monday: Dumptruck Butterlips.

This Music Monday is inspired by my weekend festivities at 80/35 Music Festival, Dumptruck Butterlips was one of my absolute favorite acts that I saw/heard this weekend! They describe their sound as bed room soul grass, and they make heavenly heavenly sounds. They are a quaretet of music makers featuring a string bass, sometimes an accordian, and the percussionist literally plays a washboard. Its probably the coolest and best thing I have ever seen, ever.  They manage to flawlessly blend soul like vocals with folk roots and beautiful harmonies. 

You can find their music on spotify and iTunes. And here's their website.
My favorites are "Don't Drink the River" and "Any Man"
oh, also they did a marvelous cover of MJ's Billie Jean. 
also, "Puppy Love" features the sexy vocals of the main man, Dumptruck.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

DIY: Oh La La

This DIY craft project is semi a part of my DIY Bleaching and Dying series but with a little bonus!
I found this photo on Pinterest and thought it would be a great DIY sweatshirt project!
So I started with a white crewneck sweatshirt that I got for $2.00 on clearance at Walmart and dyed it using Dylon Ocean Blue dye.
During the dying stage.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Summer Style: Screen Printed.

Sometimes screen printed ts can be a little juvenile or immature, but lately I've been loving their potential to add visual interest to a more casual outfit. Especially when paired with other colors or prints. 
Here are two great ways to wear a screen printed v neck for summer! 

Shoe of the Week: Bright Loafers.

I love Target, and I love shoes, so it's only natural that I love Target shoes. 
These brightly colored loafers would be absolutly perfect for fall and the tassel adds just the right amount of preppy whimsy to an otherwise serious shoe style. 
Chances are that I will be buying these shoes in the very near future, I can see them on my feet already...

You can find these fabulous flats at your 
lovely neighborhood Target, or online! 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

OOTD: Plaid + Sparkle.

I always love a good long sleeve button down paired with shorts, add a little metallic and some sparkle and consider me ready to hit the town!

Plaid + Twinkle Toes. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wedding Wednesday.

For this Wedding Wednesday I chose a few picks that work with today's Patriotic theme and colors! 
If you wanna see more Wedding Loves check out my board on Pinterest!

Love the dress. Love the lighting. Love.

Gingham and Polka Perfection with Red and Navy!

Bright Poppy Red looks perfect with the seaside.