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Light-Filled Home Office full of Color

This space is a dream; a polka dotted, striped fridge, gallery walled dream crafted by Dina of Honey & Fitz for Ruth Eileen’s home office. A spot where she could cozy up at her desk and edit photographs, grab a snack from the best fridge we’ve ever laid eyes on or curl up on the sequin adorned sofa. Have a look at this bright, airy loft filled to the brim with personality and a healthy dose of gold.

From Ruth… It was such a joy collaborating with Dina! She’d ask my opinions on things, but in all honesty, I really handed the reigns over to her. I trusted that she understood my style and that she’d reflect it in every part of the home. This is one of the many reasons I hired an interior designer, so I could sit back and allow them to do what they do best—design and bring a space to life. I’m not a designer, I’m a photographer. I don’t always know what works and what doesn’t! I knew I wanted to keep things clean and simple. I’m a huge fan of white walls, so that was easy since our space already had that covered. It was basically just a process of bringing in different elements that would add the right colors. I also wanted the space to fit the brand of my business. It was important to me that when I brought wedding clients into my space, they saw cohesiveness between my home office and my branding style. I think Dina did an amazing job with doing just that.

Photography: Ruth Eileen | Design: Honey & Fitz | Blue Velvet Pillow: Ikea | Coffee Table: Ikea | Desk: Ikea | Desk Chair: West Elm | Desk Chair Pillow: Society6 | Gold Dot Decals: Walls Need Love | Gold Pig Bookends: CB2 | Gold Sequin Hangers: Ruth Eileen Shop | Gold Sequin Pillow: H&M | Head Shot Pictures Of Ruth: Sarah Der Photography | Pillows On Chair: Society6 | Rainbow Houndstooth Pillow: Honey & Fitz Etsy Store | Rug: Shaw Floors | TV Console & Storage Drawers: Ikea

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A Perfectly Chic Braided Bun

Ever feel like you are in a hair slump? When it’s messy buns and ponytails for days on end? We’ve all been there. Sometimes mastering a perfect blowout our gorgeous waves can feel daunting. Luckily for you, the lovely Amanda from Advice from a 20 Something has the perfect solution to your bad-hair-day blues. Her braided bun is amazingly chic and easy, and she shows us how to master it ourselves in the video below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1. Separate small sections of hair on each side of your head. Choose the amount of hair based on how large you want the braids to be.
2. Braid each section and secure the ends with a small, clear elastic.
3. Gather all hair, including the braids, into a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Remove the elastics.
4. Twist the ponytail into a loose bun and secure. For added volume, gently loosen hair at your crown.

If you’re like us, there’s no such thing as too much braid inspiration. Luckily, there are tons of stunning braids out there. Take a peek at some of the most stunning styles below!

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Salted Beer Football Pretzels

Beer and pretzels go together like the Patriots and a slightly deflated ball. I kid, I kid. But seriously the only thing better than a classic pretzel is this football shaped treat perfect for the upcoming Super Bowl game. It’s infused with beer and goes swimmingly with your favorite dipping sauce. ( Ahem these kicked up condiments will do the trick!) For even more, have a look at our Puppy Bowl inspired shindig.

Salted Beer Football Pretzels
prep time
1 Hour/s 30 Minute/s
cook time
8 Minute/s
total time
1 Hour/s 38 Minute/s
Serves 12Ingredients
  • 1 packet active yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 cups beer
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Sea salt for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Mix yeast, 1 tsp sugar, and warm water in a small bowl and let stand 5-10 minutes until foam.
  2. Mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Mix in olive oil, then yeast mixture. Mix for about 5 minutes.
  4. Roll dough into a large ball, then place in mixing bowl covered with damp towel in a warm area until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  6. Form dough into a long log and use a pizza cutter or knife to cut out long skinny strips to form the pretzels. Each football pretzel needs 2 long strips for the football shape, one skinner long strip for the middle line, and three skinny bitty strips for the laces.
  7. Mix baking soda and beer together in medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it begins to bubble, then reduce heat to low.
  8. Dip the pieces of dough for one football into beer mixture for about 20 seconds, then remove with a slotted spoon and let excess beer drain off. The dough should have puffed slightly.
  9. Arrange the dough pieces in a football shape on the prepared baking tray. Start with the outer shape, then add the middle line and then the pieces for the laces, pinching together the dough at each meeting. Repeat for the remaining pretzels.
  10. Bake for 7-8 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sea salt.
  11. Let cool slightly and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Recipe: SMP Living

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