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Friday Love List

November 4, 2011

Filed Under : DIY - MY LIFE

friday love list

  • The fact that it’s going to be in the mid-50s and rainy today.  I can’t remember the last time it was this chilly!
  • I ordered this print from Ann-Marie Loves Paper this week and when it arrived in the mail, it was in the CUTEST/CRAFTIEST packaging I’ve ever seen.  Thanks AM!
  • I’m still loving knitting and can’t wait to show you my creations.  I’m half way through 2 different ones (I got bored with the first and started the second…typical) and will show you as soon as they are completed!
  • Loving this Maison Scotch collection from Scotch & Soda (found via because im addicted).  This is what I want to wear for the next 5 months straight.  Plus, it’s a Dutch brand and I’m a little Dutch girl, so I love it even more.
  • Happy weekending!  Enjoy it with something sweet.

Knitting lessons

October 24, 2011

Filed Under : DIY


This weekend, my cousin Kayla gave me and 2 of my cousins (Kels & Jess) knitting lessons!  Not only did she teach us the basics, but we also had a super fun time.  I love my family so much!  I {of course} chose a mustard-colored yarn and even though my progress (above) looks kind of crappy, I think I’m finally getting the hang of it.  I will definitely show you the completed piece (circle scarf) as soon as I finish.  Thanks so much Kayla!

If you’re interested in learning how to knit and don’t have a super crafty family member, I would try this or these tutorials.  So much fun!



*And here’s Kayla workin’ that yarn like a professional.  She’s so good!

Friday Love List

October 21, 2011


friday love list

Happy Friday!!  This week has seen a drastic change in Los Angeles weather.  LOVING.  IT.  Cooler temps mean warmer clothes and layers, pumpkin-flavored desserts, scarves and oversized sweaters, seasonal soup recipes…I could go on and on!  It’s my favorite time of the year so I’m enjoying every minute of it.  Also, today is one of my best friends’ birthdays!  Happy birthday Sarah Jayne, sending so much love all the way across the United States.  In addition to Sarita’s birthday, here are a few things I’m loving this week:

  • Can you believe the J. Crew discount right now??  25% off orders of $150+ through Sunday.  These kind of discounts come around once in a lifetime.  I couldn’t be more excited!
  • The newly launched Besotted Brand paper goods and stamps are as beautiful as they are chic.  Can’t wait to add a few sweet things to my ever growing stationary collection.
  • This chocolate chip cookie recipe (found on Cup of Jo) looks BEYOND delicious.  Need to test drive them immediately.
  • My love for delicate rings is as strong as ever and these Gabriela Artigas rings could not possibly be more gorgeous.
  • This weekend, my cousin Kayla is teaching me how to knit.  I’ve been dying to learn, but is knitting really hard??  I’ve literally never done it before so this will be a very new experience for me.  Excited!

Have a wonderful & relaxing weekend, lovelies.

Guest Post: Ann-Marie of “Ann-Marie Loves Paper”

September 26, 2011



I’m Ann-Marie and I am so excited to be guest-blogging here at The Style Eater. I’ve known Janelle since our freshman year of high school, when I totally bought the same pair of DVS skater shoes that she had (lord help us understand why those were ever considered stylish?!). Let’s just say, she has always been a fashion idol of mine!  🙂 So while she is rubbing elbows with Fred Armisen in Portlandia, I will tell you a little about my slight obsession with thrifting.

California will always hold the number one spot in my heart in virtually every other way, but I have to say it: Utah has the best thrifting. When I moved here last year to take on an awesome job in the crafts industry, I quickly discovered Deseret Industries. Okay, so it’s totally owned by the Mormons, but it is AWESOME! There are a bunch of stores within a thirty mile radius of where I live, and you better believe I hit up each and every one of them as often as possible. Here are a some of my favorite items to look for:

Bowls, bowls, and more bowls. I use them to hold just about everything, from craft supplies to food to keys.

Frames in all different shapes and sizes. It doesn’t matter what color they come in because you can spray paint the heck out of them to match your decor. For less than two dollars a pop, creating gallery walls in your space has never been more affordable!

Trays + other types of decorative holders. In this case, I bought a glass cabinet window for three bucks and turned it into a tray for my coffee table. Easy peasy.

Typewriters. Currently I am the owner of two typewriters that are both fully-functioning and as awesome as ever. I love using them for all my paper projects and labeling needs.

And the one area I have not had much luck in…clothes. It doesn’t help matters when most of the clothing section has lovely(?) pieces like the one above, but I have faith that the right items will come my way one day!

A few key things to remember when thrifting…

  • There are very few things that a good scrubbing and a few coats of spray paint can’t fix. Look beyond the current state of the object and think about it’s potential.
  •  Don’t be afraid to dig in and move things around. There are bargains to be had, so get in there!
  • Sometimes it’s fun to go hunting when you have a few desired items in mind, but I always score my best finds when I simply keep my eyes open to whatever may be there that day.
  • Always have a bottle of hand sanitizer on you at all times! 😉

Happy thrifting!

Ann-Marie: Ann-Marie Loves Paper // ETSY STORE // Pinterest [editor note: she’s the pinning QUEEN!!]

Guest Post: Jaymee of “JayAdores”

September 23, 2011

Filed Under : DIY - STYLE

friday love list

When Janelle asked me to guest blog while she and Kyle are in Portland, I got really excited because even though she is one of my best friends in real life, I feel like “guest-blogging” makes you a legit blogger.  Right!?  I was even more excited when she told me she wanted me to do her Friday Love List because I absolutely LOVE her Friday Love Lists and was excited to create my own!  So moving right along, here is my somewhat random list of things that I am loving.

  1. I live in Hawaii.  And right around this time I really start to miss California because of that season called fall that we never really see over here.  An average temp of 85 degrees means boots and scarves will cause profuse sweating (and a lot of strange looks).  If I did live in CA, these and these would be in my closet ASAP.  and my wallet would be empty.  but that’s besides the point.
  2. I recently moved into my own apartment and i’ve been on the hunt for the perfect chic chalkboard for my kitchen.  Easier said than done.  When I saw this cute DIY tutorial on Pinterest, I was sold.  And for $15?  Yeeee haw, sign me up.
  3. I have a slight crush on Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS shoes (a philanthropist, entrepreneur genius, and good looking).  They recently launched their eyewear collection and I really reallllyyy want a pair of these sunglasses.  Like the shoes that TOMS sells, same goes for their sunnies:  you buy a pair and they give a pair away.  Talk about an incentive!  All in the name of charity, right?
  4. My birthday is this weekend.  I’m mostly excited because it’s an excuse to eat copious amounts ice cream.  and cupcakes.  My boyfriend has lots of fun stuff planned for the weekend and hasn’t told me what we are doing yet so I am pretty excited to see what he has up his sleeve – I love surprises!

Happy Friday!  Now I’m just hoping this work day goes by super fast.

Thanks Janny for letting me guest post for you!!  Hope you and your honey buns are living it up in the land of Port 🙂

Jaymee: JayAdores // @jayadores // Pinterest