Vote for us! // Once upon a cabana

August 27, 2014

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Eek…I’m so excited to be sharing today’s post! My dear friend, Gloria (Little White Whale) and I were so honored to take part in Patina Rentals’ #PatinaCabanaChallenge last month in Brooklyn! The challenge: We were given one hour to create a space within a cabana using Patina’s amazing selection of vintage rentals in their studio/warehouse. Anything was possible! I mean, have you seen their array of rentals on their site? I am, by no means, an interior designer at all. I can tell you what a beautifully designed space looks like, but to have to create one? It’s a lot more challenging than it seems, especially when you’re given such a wide range of gorgeous vintage products to choose from…so many directions to have gone! Thankfully, working with Gloria to put this space together was like finishing each others’ sentences, and we think it came together pretty nicely. We settled upon something classic, clean, elegant, yet fun!

“Our inspiration was to create a perfect space that we’d want to hang out in, have the girls over, chat and laugh over a drink or two (with an incredible bar cart)! Our space consists of lots of feminine and elegant pieces, mixed with fun and charming rustic and vintage details. We love a neutral color palette when it comes to a space, with pops of pink, gold, and lots of added flowers and greenery!”

OK, so voting starts today and ends this Friday, August 29th at 12:00 PM EST. Hop on over to @rentpatina on Instagram and “like” your favorite space – the photo with the most likes will determine the winner! (FYI: You don’t have to follow @rentpatina to vote) We’d absolutely love it if you could vote for us (Thank you!!!), but be sure to check out all the photos/cabana spaces from the other 4 talented designers to determine your favorite! Get the full details and check out more photos from the Cabana Challenge, including everyone who participated, over on Patina’s website.

Vote for us >> HERE << ! (Simply by “liking” it)

xo.

Check out some of the details of our space and process below:

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patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

patina cabana challenge, rent patina, cabana challenge, little white whale, vintage rentals, once upon a cabana

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Photography by David Toquica
Florals provided by Jackie Tran of Darlington
Patina Rentals is located in Brooklyn, New York, and provides a beautiful collection of handpicked vintage rentals.

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Wear + buy // Fairgoods

August 25, 2014

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I’m loving Fairgoods right now. They’ve got such a beautifully curated selection of apparel, home, accessories, and even DIY kits! I love how they support small businesses and profile each of their makers, so that their customers know exactly where their products are coming from. You all know I’m all about supporting small businesses as well as community, and Fairgoods does an excellent job at bringing both to the forefront. If you haven’t already, be sure to check them out. They’ve got great gift ideas…like the some of my favorites showcased above!

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clockwise l to r: narrow artisan notebook . chamomile and honey soap . bloom necklace . vegan suede fold clutch . concrete triangle planters .

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we love local // West Elm small business grant

August 22, 2014

Calling all U.S.-based designers, artists, movers shakers and makers! I wanted to help spread the word about the fantabulous things that West Elm is doing to help support local small businesses! Oh, just another reason to love West Elm! By the end of 2014, they’ll be incorporating more local assortments in 23 locations across the country as well as – check it out – you can enter here to win a $25,000 small business grant! One grand prize winner will not only win the grant money, but West Elm will provide that lucky person with development assistance such as key business insight, training and support, as well as the chance to be included in their store product assortment…how lucky, right?!

Check out the video above as well as West Elm Local Grant for more information, entry dates (ends Sept. 9), and applications. Good luck!!

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Now, to kick off the weekend with a video/song from a super talented Hawaii individual (and so fitting for this post):
I believe in you.

 

Happy Friday! xo

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Video via West Elm on YouTube.

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05 Tips // stay safe & stylish in the sun

August 21, 2014

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Although the summer is *almost* over, don’t be fooled: the sun is out year-round. I’m thrilled to be teaming up with the Home Shopping Network today to bring you some of my most important tips on staying safe (and still stylish) in the sun!

TIP 01. SUNSCREEN
Growing up in Honolulu, I took both the sun and SPF for granted. I rarely wore sunscreen, and it’s pretty hard to escape the sun in Hawaii. It was only when I reached my 20s that I realized how important SPF is for our skin, not just for right now, but for the future. Our skin is the largest and fastest growing organ of our bodies, and we need to consciously take care of it. Wearing sunscreen daily will help prevent not only types of skin cancer, but wrinkles and sun spots (seriously, who wants to look 10 years older?!). I can’t stress how important sunscreen is. My favorite being Blue Lizard from Australia – it’s great for my sensitive skin and doesn’t affect it (other sunscreens make me break out…ugh), and more importantly, it has a very low toxicity level (check out the toxicity level of your sunscreen at EWG). Oh, and don’t forget, UV rays still come through on cloudy days, so don’t skip the sunscreen!

Be sure to check out this incredible video which showcases just how important sunscreen is in protecting against UV rays! What does your skin look like?

TIP 02. COVER UP
So…you’re at the beach. Of course you’re going to lay out and get your tan on! But be conscious of how long you’re exposed. If you can, remember to bring an umbrella to spend half…if not most of your time under! I love the new trend of kimono’s – and they make the perfect stylish beach cover-up! My favorites are white lace crochet and semi-sheer pretty printed ones! A wide-brim hat (always SO cute, too!) does wonders for keeping your face and neck from turning beet red due to overexposure to the sun, and I personally think a cami swimsuit top or a one-piece are super cute and trendy (and it helps to cover up your skin a bit).

TIP 03. GONE SURFING
When I’m out in the water surfing, I’ll usually be there for a few hours. If you’re like me and enjoy surfing or other water/outdoor activities, I recommend these tips: A) Go during sunrise or sunset when the sun is not at it’s brightest or strongest; B) Wear a hat to cover your face; C) Wear long sleeves, shirt, or rash guard; and D) Every hour, try to take a break, dry off, and re-apply sunscreen when you can…then get back to having fun!

TIP 04. SHADES
Let’s not forget those eyes! Sunglasses do more than just make you look uber cool. They help to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, just as sunscreen protects your skin. Sunglasses help to prevent cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), eyestrain, and wrinkles around your delicate eyes.

TIP 05. WATERPROOF AND SWEATPROOF
Oh summer heat, as much as I love you…but guys, I sweat. And I mean sweat, I ‘aint gonna lie. I’ve yet to find the perfect natural deodorant that does wonders for perspiration in the summer months (I’m totally open to recommendations, friends!)…I would have included that product in this list if I had it! Instead, what I love is a good waterproof mascara that dodges both water (perfect for the beach or pool) AND sweat…much like Benefit’s BADgal waterproof mascara.

 

Do you have any tips or favorite products to stay safe and stylish in the sun? We’d love to hear about it!

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Check out the Home Shopping Network for all of your summer apparel and beauty needs! While you’re there, be sure to visit their newly revamped skincare page where you can find a solution to all of your skin care issues, including everyday sun care!

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Shop from top left clockwise: kimono . jcrew swim top and bottom . wide brim hat . sunglasses . lancome moisturizer . benefit mascara . blue lizard sunscreen .

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Wallpaper download // stay hungry stay foolish

August 20, 2014

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I’m so excited to introduce you to a new wallpaper series and design collaboration where I’m teaming up with my talented and beautiful friend, Audrey (This Little Street)! Every month, we’ll bring you a free downloadable wallpaper that we worked together to create including a printed design and hand lettered quote. This month, Audrey created this – can I just say – ahhmazing watercolor pineapple print, while I brought in the hand lettered quote.

Click the links below to download your free wallpaper for your iPhone 5 and/or desktop. Dimensions don’t seem to fit on your screen? Then check out This Little Street where you’ll find much more downloadable size options! Still can’t find a size to fit your screen? Just let us know and we can re-size something just for you!

Enjoy!

Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Steve Jobs.

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Downloadable wallpaper created by Audrey of This Little Street and Jessica of Coco & Mingo. For personal use only. If shared, please link back to original post.

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