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How To: Dutch Inspired Floral Arrangements

Oh the Dutch and their still life. They know a thing or two about painting gorgeous arrangements and now Calico Floriculture & Design is bringing those florals to life. Captured by Cambria Grace, this simple how to walks you through the steps of crafting an elegant, bountiful Spring arrangement complete with a list of...

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10 Tips for an Effortless yet Elegant Cocktail Party

I love a good cocktail party. Like in a big way. The mingling, the mixing, the excuse for that extra glass of bubbly - it's kind of my happy place. Since I adore them so much, I'll find any excuse in the book to host them, and I've learned a few things along the way. So it's time to share the secrets with all of y'all. It's my effort to bring the cocktail party back, because there really isn't anything better. xoxo Abby Capalbo...

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Learn to Frost the Perfect Cake

Everytime I walk into a bakery,  I think two things: How does it smell this good? And how come my desserts never look like that? Well friends, after much trial and error, we've finally learned how to frost a cake just like the pros. With a few important tools, some patience, and loads of buttercream, you can have a beautifully smooth cake in no time at all.

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How To: Style a Bed 3 Ways

If you're searching for an easy way to refresh your home decor this spring, your bed is the perfect place to start! Gaby Burger over at Hello Natural demonstrates three different looks, glam, minimal with a pop of color, and a textured neutral, that you can achieve with simple changes like a pillow cover or a throw. With spring around the corner, these tips will definitely come in handy!

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How To: Twisted Chignon

From wedding day to every day, having a great hairstyle in your back pocket is a must; especially one like this relaxed, unstuffy version of a chignon from Leah Anderson and A Splendid Occasion. Wear it with jeans or a cocktail dress and it works perfectly each and every time. You know what we say to that? Move over...

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How To Style a Coffee Table

"How can I get my [coffee table/bedroom/office desk/life] to look like this?" It can be hard to nail down exactly what gives something that effortlessly chic look -- that zhush, if you will. We're often left wishing for a magical formula, which is why we're obsessed with this coffee table styling 101 from Emily A. Clarke. How genius is Emily's tip to divide the table into halves or quarters to make it easy to style? These 6 styling tricks make it super easy...

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Why we love the classic white shirt

There are a few wardrobe staples that every woman should have in her closet. To us, the white-shirt falls squarely into this category! This classic piece is perfectly simple, chic, and can be worn in a million different ways. What is there not to love? The lovely miss Jen behind The Effortless Chic couldn't agree more, so she showed us 3 of her favorite ways to wear this classic.          ...

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How To: The Statement Plate Wall

Searching for an easy and affordable way to decorate an empty wall? Thanks to Emily A. Clark, we're convinced a statement plate wall is everything we want and more. What makes plate walls such a great alternative to a piece of art or a mirror is that they are relatively inexpensive, can cover a large area and continue to grow as you collect more plates! Whether you choose to keep it simple and chic or mix and match to your wildest dreams, plate walls are the...

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How To Calligraphy Envelopes + A Giveaway

Ashley Buzzy is giving us tips on how to address envelopes in the most beautiful of ways. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4 and with a little practice, your snail mail will be looking just as pretty as these images by Kathryn McCrary. But if you're still needing a more in-depth how-to, lucky you, we have a giveaway to one of her...

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How to Clean Your Whole Kitchen with 10 Basic Ingredients

Most of us spend a good chunk of our day in the kitchen: cooking, cocktailing, snacking, eating and unfortunately cleaning. But what if we told you, with 10 basic ingredients, that cleaning would not only be a cinch but super green. Have a look at this round-up of environmentally friendly cleaners from Hello Natural that can all be made with 10 simple ingredients. To make it even easier, we put...

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Whimsical Floral Centerpiece Tutorial

When it comes to party ideas, we've got those covered and florals are certainly a part of that mix but ask me how to craft the perfect centerpiece, one that's unstuffy yet insanely gorgeous and you'll probably get a big, blank stare. My go-to is a vase filled with one type of flower but there's a whole world of possibilities and Primary Petals and...

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Cheeseboard 101

Who doesn't love a yummy cheese plate? They are the perfect kick-off to any dinner party, girl's night, or just because! We all have our favorites (can you say brie?), but building the perfect cheeseboard is remarkably simple and is guaranteed to please. With the help of the lovely Chassity from Look Linger Love, you can...

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Home 101 Everyone Should Know

If you have a cozy abode that you cook, sleep and occasionally entertain in then you'll want to bookmark this post. Because inside, you'll find a world of info for everything from how to make the perfect bed to organizing your pantry like a seasoned pro. Want to know how to frost a gorgeous cake or craft a cheeseboard worthy of a million instagram likes? Perfect because you'll find those too. These are SMP's top how-tos that EVERY SMP gal or guy should know!

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How to Host a Winter Dinner Party

Planning a fun and delicious dinner party can be a pretty overwhelming endeavor - there are just so many itty bitty things to think about. Thankfully the talented team behind Wanderlust Catering joined forces with Edyta Szyszlo Photography, ...

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Layer your necklaces for added sparkle

When it comes to our favorite sparkly and shiny goodies, who can choose just one? Luckily, today's trendsetters say that you don't have to wear your favorite jewels one at a time. Today's fashion mavens have been stacking bracelets and layering...

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How to organize your favorite baubles

We all know that there's no such thing as too much jewelry. From dangly earrings, to statement necklaces, to bold bangles, we hoard our fair share of gorgeous jewels. The hardest part is keeping all of them organized! Luckily, Amanda from The Fashionable Hostess showed us how she organizes her favorite baubles. Take a peek at the video below for all of her tips and tricks!          ...

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How to Wrap the Perfect Present

While there are so many different things about this time of year I love, I must say wrapping gifts for my loved ones may trump them all. It's a tradition my family takes very seriously. There may even be a yearly competition between my father and I. I always win obviously (just don't tell him that). And over the years I've picked up a few tricks of the family trade I thought I'd share with you all. Happy Holidays Loves! xoxo, Mandy of...

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10 Tips for Perfect Holiday Cookies

When we first moved into our home and experienced our first holiday in the burbs, I was completely caught off guard by all my crafty and creative neighbors. Adorable little s'mores kitsjars of homemade goodness, and ...

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Prettying Up a Builder Kitchen

If a custom kitchen is not in the budget, you're in good company. This designer went to work to add thoughtful touches that feel luxe without breaking the budget. The result is one stinkin cute kitchen and some great take-aways to work into your own space. Read on for great tips from Vanessa Francis Design and find even more captured by...

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15 Cleaning Tips You Never Knew!

For someone who's weirdly obsessed with a clean condo, the act of cleaning itself falls very low on my list of things I like to do. In order to make the process as painless as possible, over the years I've discovered a handful of super easy, mostly-natural tips and tricks for effortless cleaning. I've pretty much mastered the act of making our place sparkly with little elbow grease, and am sharing all my secrets riiiiight here:...

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