October is breast cancer awareness month.

I know what you’re going to tell me “Honey, breast cancer awareness month doesn’t really qualify in the happiness criteria of this column…it’s more like, scary as hell, and sad.” But I am sorry, to me, it is. Prevention is a good thing. It is hopefully what’s going to help me spend many more years with my family. I don’t want to be scared of that damn cancer. I want to feel strong and powerful, no matter what happens, because that’s really the only way that women can win this fight. As I mentioned before, my mother was diagnosed with cancer in her early 30s, and luckily she survived. I didn’t realize much back then because I was only a little girl. But now I know, my mother kicking that cancer’s little ugly butt? Pretty sure that’s one of the happiest things ever – so here’s to pink power, lots of it.

1. Such cool pink oxford brogues by Goodbye Folk. |2. That’s right. Keep calm and fight on poster by Smile & Squiggles. |3. Adorable pink flags cupcake toppers at Shop Sweet Lulu. |4. Love this rose gold sequin clutch by Gift Shop Brooklyn. |5. Gorgeous ruffle pink dress by Blush Fashion.

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Truth be told, I am the Queen of Clumsy – I trip, I fall, I miss steps, I run into walls, I misplace things, you name it. So really, for me, having a case for my iphone isn’t really an option. I just changed my phone and have been on a lookout for pretty cases – and just found these pretties by Csera. Gorgeous, right?! So hard to choose a favorite in their store – but personally, I’m loving the ones with wood grain.

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L: Finnish apartment by Italian designer Maurizio Giovannoni, via | R: Gingered watermelon juice by A Cup of Mai.

Today I had to show you this gorgeous Finnish apartment decorated by Maurizio Giovannoni. It’s simple. It’s colorful. He renovated this apartment to let in tons and tons of light (always a winner!) – to do this, they demolished a few walls, added white floors and painted the walls white, which is very common in Scandinavia. The white canvas was then ready to be “painted” with colorful objects to create this very cool, relaxing space. Personally, I’m totally in love with that wallpaper behind the couch. Someday I’d love to do something this bold in my own home! Of course my own home looks a tad messier than this ;)

And to go with it, a recipe that is also simply colorful (and delicious) – this gingered watermelon juice by A Cup of Mai.
I’ve always been a sucker for fresh juices, especially when they have a little extra kick like a bit of ginger. refreshing, and so good for your body!

Happy Tuesday, friends! :)

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My wonderful grand-mother would never throw anything away, and when I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do would be to dive into the mountains of treasures hidden in her closets. Old hats from the beginning of the century, letters and postcards that her parents had exchanged, vintage games. I always wondered why she kept all of this hidden – I found all of it so beautiful. So when I see people showing off their collections, I am in total heaven. Nothing adds character and personality to your home than a beautiful display of something you truly love. Do any of you guys collect things?!

In any case, I thought I’d share a few tricks, things you can do to create an interesting collection display in your own home:

1. Mix a few collections together. Place various collections of objects together, and create a rythme so that your display isn’t monotonous. It creates a sort of happy mess that I love :)
2. & 4. Frame it like it’s art. Because, really, it kinda is. After all, they are so of the things you cherish the most.
3. Give it a new purpose. You have a collection that’s piled up in the closet, collecting dust and nothing else? See if you can give it a second life, like these pretty tea tin cans transformed to pots. Give your collection a new life!
5. Create a “stage” for each item. Find some small wooden boxes/crates, add some pretty paper or fabric to the back of it, et voila, you’ve created a beautiful (and personal) way to display each your favorite items.

Happy Monday everybody. Hope you had a great weekend!

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…because, really, it’s one of the coolest things – and if you’re ever given the chance to fly in a hot air balloon, grab it! Hubby and I were given a give certificate to fly when we got married – and yes, it only took us 4 years to get our act together and make it happen. Ha. We went out to New Jersey last weekend, and it was simply unbelievable. We experienced nature like never before, we saw deer and foxes, people ran out to their yards to wave at us and shouted “hey, come land in our yard!”. It was so cool to be physically “disconnected” from the world, but feeling so connected in every other way. I would do this again in a heart beat. And there, one thing that’s crossed off my bucket list :)

This weekend is going to be a lot more mellow for us, we have a friend coming to town and we’ll be chilling out with her. What about you? Anything crazy on the agenda?

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Image source: airmail from the UK by Merissa Revestir.

I used to love sending snail mail. And receiving it. First there was the anticipating, stalking waiting patiently for the mailman. Then, recognizing your friends handwriting on the envelope. Ripping the envelope open. Feeling the paper under your fingers. And every now and then there would be that little surprise they included – some pictures or a piece of candy. What happened to all that? Even simple things like writing hand-written thank you notes is something I rarely do. Now I only seem to be mailing checks to my landlord and the occasional postcard when we go on vacation. Guess my landlord should fell pretty lucky. I am not very nostalgic about many things as I pretty much adore the digital age….but snail mail, boy do I miss that!

So, who’s with me to bring snail mail  back to life?

1. Love these Kraft heart stickers by Knot & Bow. Pretty (and easy) way to seal an envelop!
2. DIY heart pop-up card by Minico. Because there’s not better time than now to tell someone people love them, whether they are close or far.
3. I’m addicted to washi tape to decorate presents and envelopes! Pastel striped washi tape at Zakka Lover.
4. The most colorful string and tie envelopes, via Poppies for Grace. Couldn’t help but smile if I got one of these in my mailbox :)
5. Because you’ll need one with all that snail mail you’re gonna get ;) Adorable birdie paper knife at A+R store.
6. Too cute! Snail mail stamp by Wit & Whistle.

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L: Photos of Kristina Dam’s home via her blog.|R: Lemon curd and chamomile mousse verrines by Tartelette.

I was going to show you guys a gorgeous home in lovely golden and brown fall hues….but it seems like my brain wants to backtrack to summer and only show you homes with bright and happy colors for now! :) I’m in love with the gorgeous home of Danish artist/designer Kristina Dam. It is like a continuity of her prints and paintings – the combination of black/white with colors, the mix of graphics. Simply stunning!

And with that, the dessert of another mix master – this time in the kitchen-, Helene from Tartelette.

I mean, look at this little beauty of a verrine? A zesty lemon curd and a soft chamomile mousse paired up in the delicious dessert – such a perfect combination. And it looks so pretty, gotta love the stripes. Find Helene’s recipe here on her blog.

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Hi friends! Did you have a good weekend? Did you do anything exciting? We had a great weekend, filled with new adventures, despite a sick baby girl. I shall tell you more of these adventures later ;) Last week during one of my physical therapy sessions, I overheard one of the therapists complain to her colleague “why do people do this?! I HATE getting flowers!”. That statement turned into a pretty heated conversation….well, as heated as a conversation about flowers can get ;)  But I must admit, I was shocked. Not because of the fact that she didn’t like to get flowers, but I guess because I really never realized that some people just don’t like getting flowers! I never gave it a thought. To me, flowers are so inspiring, I love looking at them, smelling at them, touching them, and I love having them on my table, even if it’s only for a few days. But I know now, some people think it is stupid to buy something that will die a week later.

What about you guys? Love them? Hate them?

Images: 1. How amazing is this orange floral mixer by Ree of the Pioneer Woman. |2. Beautiful orange flower arrangement by Sarah Winward |3. Soft, pretty poppies via Martha Stewart wedding. |4. Love these little floral journals by Rifle Paper Co.

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