24 Oct

Friday Finds…


This week I ….

-Found the most complimentary doormat that also quotes lines from Mean Girls.

-Reminded myself that you must not judge a house by it’s outside look. While we have been house hunting I’ve been itching to find something with character and a lot of the houses are all pretty blah from the outside. Love this transformation.

-Wished online shop, Leigh Deux existed when I was in collage. The shop has the prettiest collections for your dorm room. My dorm room days are over, but I totally need this bolster pillow, ottoman pouf, and headboard pillow.

-Toyed with chopping my hair again after seeing this pic.

-Became obsessed with this tulle skirt and my immense need for it for an upcoming family photo shoot this weekend. Of course I couldn’t get it here on time and the almost $100 price tag had me in sticker shock. What’s a girl to do? Make it herself! Picked up 30 yards of tulle and some elastic banding for $23 bucks and voila tulle skirt!

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23 Oct

Treat Yo Self: Spa Week!

Since I’m home with the boys for the majority of the day when Jon gets home I pass them off to him for a little so, that I can go wash the dishes. Jon always offer to do the dishes, but I always tell him that I need a little alone time and that I’m happy to do the dishes. He calls it a trip to the spa. I still call it doing the dishes. It’s now our little joke.

This week though I will be able to actually sneak away and go to the spa and not feel guilty about treating myself.

{ When I do spa treatments at home I make own face mask.}

It’s Spa Week! You need to sign up with an email address in order to get access to the deals and then you type in your state and zip code to find the spas near you that are offering $50 spa deals! All of the spas featured offer 3 deals for $50 each and most of them are 50 mins long with some being 60 mins. I’ve been going to spa week for a couple of years now and it’s the best. You get to try out new to you spas and even go to a fancier spa that you typically wouldn’t go to.

Spa Week runs until this Sunday (10/26) I’m looking forward to booking myself for a treatment or two or three since it would run me the same as one treatments somewhere when it’s not spa week!

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22 Oct

Bedroom Re-vamp: The Now

Years ago (back in 2009) while my little sister, Daniela was away on a business trip I took the opportunity to re-do her bedroom at my parents house from this:

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{Don’t you love the 80′s furniture in all it’s glory! }

With $500 I updated the room and made it more fitting for her. You can see the full reveal here, but here is a little peek:

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{Excuse the poor photography. This was during the very beginning of my blogging days in a room that wasn’t getting a lot of natural light hence the nightstand lights on.}

It’s been this way for years now and in that time my sister moved out to her first apt (see her budget friendly living room design here), moved to London for graduate school and then moved back home while searching for a job. Said job was found and she is currently still living there while she saves up $$$ for her next apt.

So, I decided it was time to give that bedroom a new updated look. I want to leave the paint color the same and work with a lot of the same pieces, but move things around a bit and go with a new color story for the space.

Here is my jumping off point:


The kantha throw was what started it all. I stumbled upon it at Century 21 and was a steal at $40. I couldn’t stop thinking about the pattern on it so, I went back the next day and bought it. I didn’t have a client that needed it and I didn’t need it in my own home so I decided it’s time to re-do Daneila’s room again and use this as my inspiration.

The fabric finds where steals from the Duralee Outlet and I was lucky enough to get a beautiful new patterned duvet from Crane & Canopy called Larkin. New lighting has arrived, a new dresser has been sourced, and I’m designing a new headboard as I type.

Can’t wait to get it all done and show you all the new look! Stay Tuned.



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21 Oct

This one goes out to the one I love…

Happy Birthday to the best partner a gal could have. He always jokes that I’m a cougar because I’m 6 months older than him, but today he finally catches up with me and turns 33.

The moment I met Jon I knew we were meant to be together. Once we officially started dating I knew he was the one I was going to marry. Dating turned into an engagement which turned into marriage and now we are a family of 4. All because he decided to tape me a copy of one of my favorite movies, Empire Records and seal the deal with a first kiss. We still argue over who kissed who, but I’m so thankful everyday that this man entered my life.

{Back when we still looked like babies and didn’t actually have any babies. :) }

So, allow me to gush and wish the happiest of birthdays to my love. He is always there to produce some crazy project I have thought of, take a million and one photos so I have the perfect shot for a post, travel to what seems like a million shops when I need something for a blog post and telling me I like pretty even when I look nutty and know I totally don’t.

He is an amazing husband and an even more amazing father. We are all lucky to have him in our lives.

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20 Oct

Scenes from my weekend…

Our weekend came a bit early when we got a surprise visit from my sister Ximena on Friday. Not only did she come over to have lunch with us and give the boys lots of kisses, but she bought me an amazing gift. She popped into a C.Wonder sample sale and picked up a lucite P for me!


After her visit Hudson and I did a little baking. He has loved helping me in the kitchen lately and baking cookies is one of his favorite things to do.


Saturday was one of the first weekends in while where we had nothing to do. We started to look for a fall activity to do, but once I realized how many activities around town we needed to do like the post office, ups, some returns at various shops I knew it was best to get it done all together.

Asher didn’t agree and screamed for most of our outings. He hates the car so having to stop at some many places was not appealing to him.


Most of our stops were pretty boring, but we did find a couple of gems while we were out like these art deco inspired notebooks for $1.50 at Michaels. I picked one up for Hudson. He loves to draw all over my notebooks so I knew he would love it.


The rest of our day was spent at home while I started to get into the Christmas spirit and work on a holiday style challenge for Home Depot.


For the challenge you get assigned a room, but I got a wild card, which meant I could pick whatever room I wanted. You shall see what I picked in a couple of weeks.

On Sunday we all got to sleep in a little bit. This little guy recently discovered how to roll over and he is now becoming a pro and flipping onto his belly.


After we got ready for the day we headed over to my parents house to drop off a chair I re-vamped for my mom’s office and take some photos. Full reveal will come in a couple of days.


Then we headed over to Jon’s parents house and I dropped a painting I worked on for their guest room. Need to take full reveal shots here as well, but we are not totally finished yet.


We then headed over to Oyster Bay/Bayville for two open houses. We hit a ton of traffic due to Oyster Fest, a big seaside festival. Both houses were a bust, but one did have a unique wall divider in the backyard made out of buoys that I loved.


We then headed back home and headed our favorite pizza joint, Frantonis and tried out some more of their specialty slices.


We finished off the weekend with a visit from my sister Daniela and her boyfriend Steve and a trip to the playground so that Hudson could play with them. He did not want to play with his momma at all, but was more than happy to run around and go down the slides with Daniela and Steve. So, I hung out with these two guys.


A perfect end to the weekend. Happy Monday!

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17 Oct

Friday Finds…


This week I …

-Fell in love with paint swatches from Behr’s collaboration with Home Decorators.Such pretty colors! Can’t wait to test some of them out.

-Thought of both of my sisters when I saw this print by Inslee, because they pretty much disrobe the second they get home.

-I have always thought that leopard and stripes go perfectly together and it’s nice to know that Tory Burch agrees.

-Speaking of Tory Burch how amazing does her new look? I think it would look fabulous in my house stacked with this new beauty from Kate Spade? Santa, take note.

-In love with these cheeky pouches. This is one of my favorites, but really they are all gems!

*Also just got an update from Sungevity and they are offering a new promotion for October. They are offering $1000 off with code BLOG500 for people that sign up in October. Deal ends Oct 31st. If you refer a friend and they go solar too then you will get a $500 gift card for every friend that goes solar! Pretty cool! So spread the word!

*This update is bought to you by Sungevity. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Effortless Style possible.

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16 Oct

Treat Yo Self: Pretzel Earrings


I grew up in Manhattan where there is literally a hot dog stand on every corner that sells hot dogs (duh) along with pretzels. I loved nothing more than getting out of school and going to the closest stand to get a treat for the walk home. My poor mother! Even back then everyone was talking about organic food and we would leave school and I would get my hot dog, coke and a bag of candy from the candy vendor right next to the hot dog man. I’m pretty sure they knew me by name.

When I spied some pretzel earrings the other day it immediately reminded me of my childhood and NYC and I wanted a pair. Of course the pair I found was $50 and that just seemed like too much for pretzel earrings so sadly I never got them. Then the universe bought them to me at a much better price! I picked up a bunch of extra pairs too in case any of you wanted a pair!

So for $12 (includes shipping throughout the US) these beauties can be yours!

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They have become my everyday staple and I get compliments everywhere I go! Who needs pearls when you can have pretzels?

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Email me at camila@effortless-style.com or leave a comment with your email if you want a pair of your own so that I can invoice you the $12 and get your shipping address.

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15 Oct

Etsy Spotlight: Turkish Kilim

I love for all of the rooms I design to have a little touch of something ethnic/global. Many times this can easily be done by adding a kilim style pillow. One of my favorite sources for such pillows is ebay shop, Turkish Kilim.

Here are some of my current favorites. Inventory changes quickly and most pieces are unique because they are made from vintage kilim rugs. So, if you see something you love then act quickly.

ebay turkish kilim

No.1 Multi Stripe Kilim Pillow
No.2 Diamond Kilim Pillow
No.3 Multi-Color Kilim Pillow
No.4 Vertical Stripes Kilim Pillow
No.5 Purple & Orange Kilim Pillow
No.6 Hot Pink Kilim Pillow

Happy Shopping!

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14 Oct

Cozy chic style

Thank goodness for moms. I spent all of yesterday fighting a cold that had been floating around my family and finally caught up me on Sunday. Stuffy nose, sore throat, achy body you name it I was feeling it. Jon had to head into work, so luckily for me my mom was off for Columbus day and got an SOS call from me early in the morning.

I looked like a hot mess for most of the day, but I wish I looked as chic as the little set up I put together below.

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Creamy checkered throw for wrapping myself up in.

A velvet toss pillow that reminds me of one of my favorite rug design styles.

A cozy pj set that I could leave the house in and not look nutty.

Cable knit slippers complete with poufs, because you know poufs make everything better.

Plus a monogram mug to drink my numerous cup of tea with honey.

Here’s hoping today goes better than yesterday! A big thanks to my mom for taking care of me and her sweet grandbabies.

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13 Oct

Scenes from my weekend…

Hi All,

This weekend was action packed. On Saturday it was a miserable day weather wise. Non stop rain for most of the day and we had a full schedule with our realtor.


It was a little annoying having to take the boys in and out of the car with all of the rain, but it was a worth while outing. We saw 7 houses and while most of them were no’s we did re-visit 2 houses we liked to give them another view.

The boys behaved beautifully and after all of the house hunting we had quite the appetite and headed to Sweet Mama’s, a cute retro style diner.


On Sunday we headed back into Northport with our families to show them the town and get their opinion and also enjoy a bite to eat. We ate at Rocking Fish and it was delicious. I ordered the meatball lasagna and it was amazing!!!!


Asher woke up during our meal and was a bit cranky to be awake and didn’t love that his Aunt Jenn was trying to snap a photo with him.


Afterwards we drove everyone to one of the houses that is on our favorites list.


It looks a little small from the outside, but it’s actually rather large on the inside with 4 bedrooms, a big living room, kitchen and separate dining room. Plus it’s literally down the block from the beach.

Talk about a view!


We finished off our outing with some pumpkin picking!

Hudson loved finding a little barrel to use.


We tried real hard to get a family photo and this is good as it gets people.

{Pretty good except Asher isn’t looking.}

Hudson wasn’t loving picture time so, Jon tried monkeying around with him to get some smiles, but we just got tears instead.


We were even able to get big group shots with our families.

Again Hudson wasn’t loving the camera. What is it with toddlers and cameras? He hates having his photo taken now.


We were able to get more of a smile with Jon’s family:


Asher isn’t putting up that much of a fight with the camera so we were able to get a cute shot among the pumpkins.


I was even able to catch a cute father/son moment.


Plus one more close up of this adorable outfit! How can you say no to a knit outfit complete with a floppy puppy dog hat?!


Happy Monday all!

To all of my Canadian friends I hope you have a lovely Thanksgivings and to everyone here in the US hope you have off on Columbus day! Sadly this momma has to get work done, take care of the babes and fight off this cold that just hit me.

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