a sweet bow and flower pillow.

I had such a great time creating yesterday. Do you ever have moments like that where you just feel super happy while creating? I love those moments!  Well, while on vacation, my mom and sister and I ran to IKEA for a bit of fun shopping (why don’t they have an IKEA in Las Vegas..it’s about time, that’s all I’m saying!).  While there I picked up some fun fabric and had a great time making some new pillows today.
I picked up these fabrics:

…and I have been having a fun time playing with them.
Check out these fun pillows I made today with two of the fabrics:
a bow pillow:

I LOVE this green and white material..so fun and graphic.

and an up close of the bow:
and a flower pillow:

yummy..all that ruffly goodness:

They are super easy to recreate and the best part is that the tutorial to make the main focus of both of these is already on my blog!

So fun when you can use simple patterns on all sorts of things!
Are you all decorated for fall in your house? Any fun things you have made?

Fall Fashion Trends

Today I am excited to introduce you to my first contributor who will be posting on Fashion and Makeup.  Meet Kristie from Blushing Basics.
Although Kristie is small in stature, she bursts with personality and spunk. I don’t know anyone who knows her and doesn’t adore her. And she is a talented makeup artist, fashion guru and stylist. I am so happy to have her on board as a contributor and can’t wait for you to get to know her!  Here she is:
hello everyone! i am so excited to begin blogging with Kiki. the first time we met i went home and told my husband, “that girl is my idol. i want her for a friend.” she is not only uber creative, she is fun, kind, and a great woman. now that i have raved about her, let me tell you a little about myself.

i am 30 years old, married, with 3 beautiful children. i began working as a makeup artist and received tons of questions, “how do you do that?” “what brushes do you use?” “what colors work for me?” i figured i might as well start blogging to answer these questions which is how Blushing Basics began. i love using makeup as a medium and faces as my canvas. i embrace all things girl-y: makeup, hair, clothes, nails…you get the idea. i don’t consider myself an expert, but i am always trying to stay on top of the latest techniques and styles. if you ever have any questions or suggestions, please send me a note!

it’s that time of year again. the leaves start to change, the weather starts to cool, and new trends are emerging. now that my son has started school, i face the challenge of getting myself, and 3 children, dressed and out the door by 8:15 a.m. time is of the essence so i need ideas that are quick and easy.

here is a preview of some of the upcoming trends we will be seeing this fall.

Crazy for Plaid

plaid is back and it is a great look for that casual every day wear. we will be seeing plaids in everything from shoes to shirts. just a few pieces added to your wardrobe will go a long way. while plaid has been around before it is being update with new styling, i.e. tunics, dresses, roll sleeves. get your plaid on.

I Love Polka Dots

polka dots are pretty and a fun way to stay feminine. this trend will be easy to wear. find yourself a cute top to go with some skinnies or a scarf to dress up a plain tee. get a little riskier with some peep toe platform pumps.

last but not least:

My Uniform

when all else fails, stick to what you know best. i love putting on my stretchy jeggings with a white tee and whatever scarf i’m feeling at the moment. simply adding a scarf gives the vibe that you actually put a teeny bit of thought into what you are wearing that day. i like scarves simply for the fact that they make a plain outfit, not so plain anymore. most importantly, i am comfortable wearing this and i feel put together and confident.

whatever your go to is, look for ways you can make it current with this fall’s trends and go for it. as long as you feel beautiful, you will look beautiful.

xo,
kristie
www.blushingbasics.blogspot.com

Any new trends you are looking forward to this fall?

My BIG news.

I am so excited to tell you my big news today…and I tell you with a bit of nervousness because I hope you will be along for the ride!  A little while back I had this idea (about 7 months ago)..and then I got pregnant and I knew this idea had to be put into action!

Coming up in the next month, I am going to be transitioning over to wordpress with a new name. 
Introducing:
Kiki and Company will be a little piece of neighborhood on the web where you will be able to stop by to read, be inspired, share, shop and connect with others!
I hope to keep all my loyal, amazing readers and add a bunch at the same time!  So why a new name and blog? Well, I am full of these crazy ideas. (But you knew that, right?!) I wanted a platform to be able to bring on some contributors in different areas that affect all of us (and most of us are women, right?!..though I would love it if men were reading this too!).  So starting tomorrow (eek!) I will be introducing the contributors that will start out here on Kiki Creates and transition over with me to Kiki and Company.
The contributors will be posting on topics under these categories:
Fashion/Makeup
Cooking
Health/Fitness
and
Photography
Of course, I will still be going strong with DIY/Crafts which will include projects, printables, furniture makeovers, tutorials and everything in between.  I am excited to announce that I will be beginning a free monthly newsletter to subscibers, which will always include a bonus project/tutorial or project/free printable.  My shop will also be connected with the new site, so you can do all in one!
BUT, as always, the thing I am most excited about is bringing YOU along for the ride! There will be days for posts featuring YOU, there will be a live chat going on right on the blog page to keep in touch, and the whole reason I wanted it named Kiki and Company is to let you know that I want YOU a part of it all! I want you to be our company…to take off your shoes, so to speak, relax and enjoy some time fun reading, shopping and connecting time for YOU!
As the days approach, I will let you in on more detail, but for now, I hope you know how much I SO appreciate you stopping by my little piece of blogland each day. I love hearing from you..love checking out your blogs..and LOVE making new bloggy friends.
Any part of the new site you are excited about?
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