A Year of Flower Arrangements: June

I might say this every month, but I think June’s flower arrangement is my favorite yet. All of the flowers came from my garden and yard, so it was FREE! The other reason it’s my favorite is because I love a “just picked” look, and this arrangement certainly has that look because put I it together as I was walking around the yard snipping flowers. Once I had all the flowers just-right, I secured the stems with floral tape and twine to make a rustic hand-tied bouquet

Tulle and Trinkets DIY Hand Tied Bouquet with Garden Flowers

Tulle and Trinkets DIY Hand Tied Bouquet with Garden Flowers

Tulle and Trinkets DIY Hand Tied Bouquet with Garden Flowers

Tulle and Trinkets DIY Hand Tied Bouquet with Garden Flowers

Tulle and Trinkets DIY Hand Tied Bouquet with Garden Flowers

I lost track of how many stems I included, but it’s a mix of yellow day lilies, white oak leaf hydrangea, white daisies, purple salvia, queen anne’s lace, mint, and a snip from my orange tree. The itty-bitty white flowers that look like daisies are weeds that grow by our pond. Who knew weeds could be so cute?!

Larimar Blue

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Anthropologie Deletta Stripe Swing Tank

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Deletta Striped Swing Tank — Anthropologie
High Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans — Madewell (Purchased secondhand via Poshmark)
The Sightseer Slide Sandals — Madewell
Bralette — Cosabella
Larimar Earrings — Purchased in Punts Cana

Larimar blue seems to be the color scheme of these photos. It was intentional throughout my outfit, but finding the wall that matched perfectly was a fluke! Larimar is a stone that is only found in the Dominican Republic and ranges from whitish to deep blue in color. I picked up these larimar earrings during our babymoon trip to Punta Cana last year. Going back and looking at those photos makes me CRAVE a beach vacation!

I’ll leave you with this photo so we can all dream together:

Excellence Punta Cana - Babymoon

Baby’s First Trip to the Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo Orangutan

Tulle and Trinkets Baby's First Trip to the Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo Flamingos

Indianapolis Zoo Zebra

Indianapolis Zoo Giraffe

Indianapolis Zoo Rhino

Indianapolis Zoo Lioness

Indianapolis Zoo Elephants

Indianapolis Zoo Elephants

Baby's First Trip to the Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo Cactus

Baby's First Trip to the Indianapolis Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo Red Panda

Baby's First Trip to the Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo Brown Bear

Indianapolis Zoo Butterfly

Baby's First Trip to the Zoo

Indianapolis Zoo Gardens

Indianapolis Zoo Gardens

We took Christopher on his first trip to the Indianapolis Zoo this past Saturday and had a blast! We weren’t sure if he was too young to appreciate it at all, but I think he actually had a great time. When we were at the flamingo exhibit, in particular, his little eyes were darting around trying to take in everything.

We also used the day as an opportunity to play around with our new camera lens! We sold our old, spare camera and the lenses that went along with it to go towards the new lens. It was a little pricey, but it will be perfect for taking photos of Christopher someday when he’s a sports star ;)

By the way, it was my first time at the zoo as a mom, so I had a slightly different perspective going in this time. I was impressed with the zoo’s stroller access, but the number of strollers there was INSANE. It was like stroller bumper cars. It’s something I had never really noticed in the past.

I was also impressed with the Indianapolis Zoo’s Nursing Moms Nest. It was a large, cool room that had private, curtained sections with gliders and footstools. There was also a large diaper changing area and sink. The cool  peace and quiet were just what we needed for a feeding.

DIY Moss and Burlap Summer Wreath

Tulle and Trinkets: DIY Burlap and Moss Wreath

I had the supplies to make this year’s spring/summer wreath for MONTHS before finally found an opportunity last week to put it together. I’ve really been into the look of moss and burlap lately, so I bought rolls of moss ribbon and burlap ribbon without any real vision in mind other than knowing I wanted to combine the two. Here’s how I made it:

Supplies: I failed to get a photo of the supplies used, but I used a straw wreath, two rolls of this moss ribbon, two rolls of burlap ribbon from the Dollar Tree (you CANNOT beat burlap ribbon for only $1), and pins.

 

Tulle and Trinkets: DIY Burlap and Moss Wreath

I wrapped the burlap ribbon around the wreath, overlapping it so none of the wreath underneath showed through. I secured the start and end of each roll of burlap ribbon with pins and turned the visible ends under so it looks nice even though they’re on the back of the wreath. I wasn’t really planning on using pins from the get-go, but they actually inserted into the straw wreath really easily and securely.

Tulle and Trinkets: DIY Burlap and Moss Wreath

Originally, I planned on covering half-of-so of the wreath in moss ribbon in a solid block. However, the moss ribbon didn’t want to lay right, so I ended up doing single strips of it, secured with pins on the back.

Tulle and Trinkets: DIY Burlap and Moss Wreath

I did six strips. It kinda reminded me of a rustic lifebuoy at this point ;)

Tulle and Trinkets: DIY Burlap and Moss Wreath

I had these two pieces of moss ribbon left over and decided they were the perfect size for bows! I just pinched them and tied the middles with twine.

Tulle and Trinkets: DIY Burlap and Moss Wreath

I then pinned them onto each side of the wreath.

Tulle and Trinkets: DIY Burlap and Moss Wreath

The wreath was too big to fit into my wreath hanger, so I used pins and a strip of burlap to make a loop.

Tulle and Trinkets: DIY Burlap and Moss Wreath

Not to brag, but I love how this wreath turned out :)

Tulle and Trinkets: Summer Front Porch

I said this on last year’s wreath post, too, but man do we need to paint our front door.

Tulle and Trinkets: Front Porch Planter

Tulle and Trinkets: Oragne and Yellow Begonias in Moss Planter

Begonias are my favorite annual this year…love ‘em!

Tulle and Trinkets: Summer Front Porch

And that’s our front porch for this spring and summer! Do you update your porch each season?

A Bridesmaid Dress You WILL Wear Again

Azazie Dress Review: Mattie Dress

Dress — C/O Azazie
Shoes — Calvin Klein
Clutch — Vintage
Necklace — Tiffany & Co.
Hair Clip — Ban.do
Pearl Earrings — Kohl’s

My youngest cousin got married this past weekend (insert Crying Face Emoji). She was a STUNNING bride and the ceremony and reception were both beautiful. We hadn’t been to a wedding since last summer, so I was definitely ready for an excuse to get all dressed up!

Azazie Dress Review: Mattie Dress

This dress was kindly sent to me by Azazie, an online boutique that sells made-to-order bridesmaid and wedding dresses. They have SO many adorable dresses to choose from — and it took me a long time to decide — but I finally chose the Azazi Mattie in emerald green. I fell in love with it because it’s all business in the front…

Azazie Dress Review: Mattie Dress

…and a party in the back!

Azazie Dress Review: Mattie Dress

You know how they say there’s no such thing as a bridesmaid dress you’ll wear again? I beg to differ. I wore this dress as just a wedding guest, proving it’s a dress you really WILL wear again.

Now’s the part of the program where I give you my honest opinion about Azazie … I highly recommend them! I’ve been a bridesmaid my fair share of times. I don’t know about you, but when it came to dresses from typical bridal stores, I had the same experience with every single one: They took my measurements for the dress, encouraged me to size up, and then once the dress came in, I’d be SWIMMING in it. Then they’d have to make significant alterations that cost almost as much as the dress.

Azazie Dress Review: Mattie Dress

When you purchase from Azazie, there are a couple options when it comes to sizing. You can either select a standard dress size (they offer 2 through 26w!), and they will actually do a “Size Check” based on your bra size and your favorite dress brand to make sure you chose the best size for your measurements. OR, you can provide your measurements and they will custom make a dress for you at no extra charge. I was a little nervous about getting my measurements right, but they provide simple instructions that were a big help. Chris helped me take my measurements, and I would recommend having someone help you. When the dress arrived, I was very impressed with the fit … no alterations needed!

Another major perk of Azazie is all of their color choices. The dress I received is available in 40 colors! If I was a bride-to-be or a bridesmaid who needed to find her own dress, I would not hesitate to buy from Azazie.

I’ll leave you with a couple shots from the reception:

Auburn Core Dusenberg Wedding Reception

All dressed up with my little man!

Auburn Cord Dusenberg Wedding Reception

Posing with my new car…