Happy Monday, friends. Time for some fun! My parents arrive tomorrow and are going to stay through the end of the week. While they are here hubby and I are going to escape to Florida for a couple of days – so I’m off to go play, friends, and I’ll see you next Monday :) But I’m leaving you in (very) good hands, because I’ve invited some of my favorite bloggers and some of their dreams in a series called “if I could be/do anything”. It’s going to be fun!

And maybe you’ll also want to try out some of these playful DIYs while I’m out! See you next Monday, friends!

Images: 1. Make a fort with kraft paper. Easy and genius! Via Mekko Tehdas|2. Alphabet marshmallows by Raspberri Cupcakes. |3. Spray paint old graters and place candles inside. Fun way to cheer up a patio! Via Donna Hay. |4. Fun wrapping! And easy too.

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Illustration made with a picture by A Beautiful Mess.

I’m guilty of it too, like most women. I spent months and months growing pretty hair, yet every morning I walk into the bathroom, take a hair tie and put my hair up in a lazy ponytail. It’s so easy, I don’t think about it. Mechanical almost. But then, what’s the point of having grown that pretty long hair, I ask you?! So two options here: 1. Someone please pass me that shaver. Not. or 2. let’s actually do something about these hair tutorials I keep gathering on pinterest :)

Anybody else tired with how they do their hair everyday?!

Images: 1. Braided do by Keiko Lynn. |2. Rope bun via A Cup of Jo. |3. Three twisted buns by A Cup of Jo. |4. Style long hair short by A Beautiful Mess. |5. Alice band braid via So Feminine.|6. Fishtail braid by Love Maegan.

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Halloween’s coming up, do you have a costume yet? If not, here’s a few ideas for ladies and little ones. My two and 1/2 year old daughter told me that she wanted her and her sister to be Lilo & Stitch – ha, clever girl dress her sister up into a monster!! Personally, I don’t feel very comfortable with a full on costume…but a little something like this gorgeous mask or some fun tights to join in the fun halloween spirit? Totally!

Images: 1. Little red riding hood cape for little girls by Savage Seeds. |2. Adult little red riding hood cape by Karolin Felix Dream |3. Snowflake leather mask by Tom Banwell. |4. Baby snowflake costume by Princess Paradise. |5. Kids bat hoodie by Paul & Paula. |6. Bats tights by Tattoo Socks.

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We’ve had family in town, and they are leaving today, so I figured I’d skip my regular post to enjoy the last few hours with them. Family comes first today!

But in the meantime I wanted to share these pictures from Oh Joy’s “Blogging Inc.” book release party at West Elm in NYC last week - here being silly in the photobooth with my friend Gloria from the awesome Little White Whale. I’ll have to admit, it was a bit surreal (and so much fun!) to meet Joy, her husband and baby daughter.The online world is funny thing like this – feeling like you sort of know someone that you’ve never met before, but then, you realize when you meet them…. they know so little about you! So please please, my dear readers, I’d LOVE to know more about you – don’t ever ever be shy to comment and tell me who you are, share your story.

Happy Wednesday friends!

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Left: Brazilian home via Casa Brazil. |Right: Rice pudding with flavored strawberries by la Tartine Gourmande.

Happy Tuesday everybody! Today I wanted to share this beautiful Brazilian home with you guys. You’ve probably noticed by now that I am a big fan of Scandinavian homes, but recently I discovered lots of really gorgeous Brazilian homes – total crush! One big difference between Brazilian and Scandinavian is that they usually incorporate a lot of trees and plants – nature seems to be omnipresent, and I find it more lovely. The patio in this house is just gorgeous….and I love the color palette, which they carefully used both inside and outside the house. A splash of red here. A bit of blue there. Gorgeous, don’t you think?

And with that I had to pair the yummy rice pudding with strawberries stewed in lemongrass and lime by La Tartine Gourmande. Just by writing this my mouth is watering! Now too bad it’s not strawberry season, but I’ll be saving this recipe for Spring :)

PS: Today I am also on Girly Obsessions sharing inspiration for day & night fall outfits. Go check it out! :)

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Happy Monday everybody! Did you do anything fun this weekend? We’ve had family visiting from Denmark (hubby is Danish), and we went out of the city this weekend to enjoy the turning leaves in the mountains….well hello beautiful fall!! I just came across this “choose happiness” photograph, and just love it – it’s so true. We all want to “find” happiness. But what if we could just “choose” happiness, look at our life in the eyes and make the best of what we already have? Oh, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have dreams and goals….but I believe that happiness isn’t something that just “happens” to us. Part of us has to choose happiness and enjoy the small things.

Here’s a little collection of pretty fall images for some Monday inspiration :)

Images: 1. How pretty is this clementine cake? My favorite fall fruit!|2. Make your own chocolate and mint lip gloss, by Food Plus Words.|3. “choose happiness” photo print by Sandra Arduini Photography. |4. Gorgeous fall bag!|5. How amazing are these feather lashes? Would be great for grown-up halloween dress-up.

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Do you guys have a tattoo? Love them? Hate them? I have one, but I always forget that I do, because it’s on my lower back and I don’t really get to see it. It’s a sun. I probably wouldn’t get that exact tattoo if I was given a chance to do it over. I don’t exactly regret it, but I was 19 when I got it, and I guess my tastes have just evolved :) Oh well! Which is why I LOVE the cool Tattly tattoos – no regrets, you don’t have to keep them forever! And they have some really cool designs for both adults and kids, for the everyday and special occasions too. Some of my favorite artists have designed from TattlyLisa Congdon and Blanca Gomez for example.

So, what do you we get inked this weekend? :)

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Good morning, it’s a beautiful day in NYC! Today the big men sip on their (awesome) Slingshot coffees, while teaching the little ones to do mischief with their own (super cool) slingshots by Hella Slingshots.

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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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