Valentine's Wreath

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With Valentine’s Day just right around the corner, I decided it’s time to get my house decorated for our favorite day to celebrate love.

I’ve seen several variations of Valentine’s Day wreaths on Pinterest and decided that a red burlap wreath would do the trick! I can’t recall where I saw this, but it’s not my original idea.. I’m just a copycat on this one, guys! 🙂

I used the following to make my wreath:

– Scissors
– Straight pins
– 1.5 yards of red burlap
– Floral wire
– Styrofoam wreath. I used 12″ but you can use any size just buy more or less burlap.
So I cut squares of the burlap that were approx. 4″x4″. I didn’t measure the squares, just eyeballed them and cut the squares to what looked right. Each square I folded in half and then in half again. You can either pin your squares this way or trim your edges to be rounded. I chose to round them only because I already have another similar wreath that is not rounded. Not rounding your edges will give you more of a ragged look which is also fun.

One thing I need to you warn you about when working with burlap is how incredibly messy it is. I had to take off everything I was wearing and sweep all the floors when I was done.. Cutting burlap creates this sort of “dust” that just gets all over everything! But the finished product was worth the little bit of clean up I had to do.

Once your square is folded & trimmed to your liking, stick a straight pin through the folded portion and pin it into the wreath. I started a layer on the inside and worked my out till I had covered all of the visible parts of the styrofoam wreath.

Once I had covered the entire wreath with my pinned folded burlap, I used floral wire to attach my wreath to our front door.
I love how it turned out.. But it’s just missing something. I’m thinking a painted “xoxo” or maybe an arrow? We’ll see what I come up with 🙂

Update: I added an arrow to the wreath. It was SO easy! I used a bamboo skewer from my kitchen drawer- the kind used for shish kabobs haha! Then I cut out pieces of baby pink felt and hot glued on an arrowhead and a tail. Then I used my leftover straight pins to attach the arrow to the wreath. Here’s my finished product:

Fave Pins of the Week

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Here’s a roundup of my fave pins from Pinterest this week:
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Ipsy Bags + Winter Fashion

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When Birchbox got to be pretty popular last year, I hopped on the bandwagon. But after about 8 months of receiving monthly Birchboxes, I cancelled my subscription. The last several boxes were downright disappointing (I got a Luna bar in my Birchbox! Come on people!) Only a few short days or so after canceling, I discovered Ipsy thanks to my beautiful cousin, Jenny! And let me tell you, Ipsy has not disappointed. It’s like Christmas morning every time I open my mailbox and there’s a new Ipsy bag!
For those of you unfamiliar with Ipsy, it’s a makeup bag you receive once a month packed full of fun little beauty related treasures. You pay $9.99 per month for the service. Check out http://www.ipsy.com for more information.
Today I received my most recent Ipsy bag and below is a photo to show all the goodies I received. This month’s bag came packed full with a mini makeup bag (you get a new one each month!), a concealer brush, Big Sexy Hair volumizing hairspray, Tuscan Blood Orange body butter, Josie Maran Argan Oil & Nailtini nail polish in Bloody Mary. I used to use Big Sexy Hair products all the time, so I already know that I love this line. Everything else is a first for me, which makes getting my Ipsy bag so exciting.. I’m being introduced to new products and new brands each month! If you’re not signed up, I really suggest that you give it a try for a few months!
I also wanted to give you a little peak of my winter fashion.. LA style! I don’t love cold weather.. Actually I hate cold weather. But I do love my nights snuggled up in a blanket by the fire watching movies. Oh and I really love hot chocolate! So how to keep it cute while keeping warm? Here’s my best attempt at keeping fashionably warm 🙂

Today I’m wearing my Zara coat, infinity scarf from Kaitlyn and Naughty Monkey foldover boots. Gold rings are from Brandy Melville and TopShop. Keep warm, lovelys!

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