16 Oct

Treat Yo Self: Pretzel Earrings

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!!

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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.

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

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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!

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We finished off our outing with some pumpkin picking!

Hudson loved finding a little barrel to use.

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

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{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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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?!

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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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10 Oct

Friday Finds

brass elephant phone

This week I…

-Realized I never showed you guys the new to me vintage brass elephant phone I bought for my office. I have been wanting one for years, but they are always so pricey on ebay and typically need to be fixed. I finally found one for $75 that was in working condition and I won the bidding! It’s mine, all mine. Except for when Hudson gets it. He loves playing with it.

-Became obsessed with these baby mats.They are so eclectic and edgy! If anyone wants to send Asher a gift he would love one. ;)

-Found the perfect trench coat at a crazy amazing price point. Bring on the rain!

-Ordered yet another pair of leopard flats.Could you really have too many? They were such a steal that I had to do it.

-Looking forward to Halloween so I can do this with any left overs.

Happy Friday!

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09 Oct

Treat Yo Self: Elements of Style

This week the design book that the whole blog world has been waiting for finally arrived!

Our beloved Erin from Elements of Style had her book officially launch on the 7th! I know I’m anxious to get my hands on a copy. I’m hoping to drag my little men to Barnes and Noble today and pick one up and hopefully tire them out to get a nice nap in so I read through it. :)

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Being in the design field and a blogger I have stacks upon stacks of design books sent to me for review. Typically I just breeze through them to see if anything catches my eye, but I’m looking forward to actually reading, Elements of Style. I read a little preview of the book online and I already love what I’ve seen.

In honor of Ms. Erin I also included a trio of pillows that I think work perfectly with her style.

You can pick up a copy of the book here.

Leopard pillow is available here.
Gold and White Patchwork Cross Pillow is available here.
Lumbar Greek Key Pillow available here.

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08 Oct

Artist Spotlight: Megan Carn

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A new to me artist that I just had to share is Megan Carn. Megan is an artist based out of South Caroline. She loves color and you can totally tell that from her pieces. They have a perfect amount of whimsy.

Here are some of my favorite pieces:

Sassy Giraffe Print: 16″ x 20″ for $43
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Fancy Elephant Print :16″ x 20″ for $43
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Pink Elephant
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Looks like she adores elephants as much as I do! Can’t wait to see what other pieces she comes out with. She also works on custom pieces, can paint at live events or use a photo from your event to paint you a custom piece.

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07 Oct

Effortless Apple Crumb Pie

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I love nothing more than a slice of warm apple pie. When the leaves start to turn and there is a crisp in the air you will find me itching to bake a pie or 2 or 4 like I did on Sunday night.

Are you feeling the itch too? Here is how you can make an effortless apple crumb pie.

Ingredients:

-Pie Crust (I told you this was effortless. I always use refrigerated pie crust.)

Apple Filing:
-5 medium sized apples. I like using a mix of apples and use Granny Smith and Honeycrisp. So something sweet and something tart.
-1/4 cup of cinnamon sugar
-1/2 cup of lemon juice
-4-5 caramels (my secret ingredient)

Crumb topping:
-1 cup of flour
-1.5 tablespoon of cinnamon
-1 stick of unsalted butter (cold)
-1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
-1/2 cup of sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1. Peel and slice apple pieces.
2. Toss the apple slices in a mixture of cinnamon sugar and lemon juice. Let sit while you make the crumb topping.
3. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, light brown sugar and sugar.
4. Slice stick of butter and add to flour mixture.
5. Use your fingers to combine everything and get your coarse crumb topping.
6. Lay pie crust down in pie dish.
7. Scoop apple mixture into pie dish.
8. My secret tip is to sneak a couple of caramels in between the apple slices. I use 4-5 per pie.
9. Add crumb topping. I like my pie heavy with crumbs because it’s the best part. So if you want you can cut my ingredients in half if you like it lighter.
10. Place in oven for 35-40 mins.
11. Let sit for 30 mins.
12. Enjoy!

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In a perfect world I would top it with some vanilla swiss almond ice cream.

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06 Oct

Scenes from my weekend…

Saturday morning started out how most have been starting these past couple of weeks…a trip to WW to get weighed in. 2.2 more pounds of baby weight gone and my pre-pregnancy jeans fit!!!

Once I got home it was time to head right back out with the boys and take them to a Kids workshop at Home Depot.

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Hudson loves to go and do a craft. He even bought his own tool box.

Anxiously awaiting for Jon to open up his craft.

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Asher was happy to be out and about:

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Since all of Saturday called for rain we decided to follow up our craft with a visit to the indoor pool.

Hudson had wanting to go swimming all week so we thought we would love it.

We were wrong! He sat on the edge most of the time.

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Asher loved it though and was one sleepy baby while we were showering and getting ready to head back home.

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On our way home we hit one of our favorite pizza places, Frantoni’s.They always have a huge array of specialty slices.

I tried out the lasagna pizza and it was delicious!

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Then that evening Jon and I got to have a little date night! It’s been way too long since Jon and I went out just the two of us. We headed out to see Gone Girl, because I read the book a while ago and loved it.

The movie was good, but of course my favorite part was seeing this massive candy vending machine.

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Sunday had much better weather so after a morning at home we headed out to check out a fair. I had high hopes for it, but sadly it was pretty blah!!!!

Luckily they had animals and Hudson enjoyed feeding the animals:

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While Hudson enjoyed feeding them he didn’t like the idea of riding them even though he was super excited online. So, this lady got to ride the camel all by herself with Hudson screaming his head off because he was scared for me being on it.

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Even though the fair wasn’t too exciting the weather was lovely. The sun was shining and there was a slight crisp to the air, which meant I could whip out the plaid, boots and oversized scarf. Plus Asher got to sport the cutest cable knit sweater.

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When we got home from the fair my sister, Daniela came over with her boyfriend Steve who is currently Hudson’s favorite person. He barely even glanced at his Aunt and was just ran to Steve to tell him how excited he was to see him. So sweet and silly.

They bought over some apples and we got to work baking pies.

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The house smelled delicious while they were baking. I love making pies with crumb tops because it’s so much easier than a traditional pie.

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You know it’s good when you eat it right out of the pie dish. Forks only, no plates needed.

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Yum!

Happy Monday!

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03 Oct

Friday Finds…

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{My arrangement on the left and Hudsons on the right.}

This week I…

-Realized that even though I was once afraid having sons meant they wouldn’t have lots in common with me I am wrong. Loved working on flower arrangements last night with Hudson. All he wanted to do was help. So, I had to give him his own vase and my leftover cuttings for his own arrangement. They are both now gracing my dining room table.

-You can never have enough leopard shoes.

-Can’t believe my new favorite lamps come in orange! They would look perfect on our nightstands. Ah!

-Need more clients with nurseries so I can use these beautiful gold foil prints.

-Found an amazing way to add a little glam detailing to your stairs.

Happy Friday!

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