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L is for Lace

Hello, Lovelies! I hope you can all forgive me for my lack of posting over the last few days… I’ve had tons of babysitting jobs and my best friend was home from college last week, so there was tons of hanging out & catching up going on, but unfortunately not a lot of blogging!

I digress… L is for Lace! Lace is one of my absolute favorite things. Spring or not. However, I think there is  something so light and soft about lace that makes it perfect for spring. It is supremely girly.

Since I’ve been pretty lacking on posting lately, this will be a SUPER JAM PACKED POST today. Soooo, get excited!

Before we get to crafting, I’m going to do a little something I’ll call Splurge or Save. I know,  a pretty common segment on morning talk shows. But, it’s always been one of my favorites. When it comes to lace, you decide. If you’re willing to splurge for a fantastic lace piece, it’s likely that there will be more attention detail and it will last you longer. However, if you just want something to wear just for the season, then don’t dip into your crafting budget to buy it!

{Lace Bandeau from Free People, $28}

{Lace Bandeau from GoJane, $12.70}

For me, the save would be the option. Bandeaus were on-trend last summer as well, but I don’t see much staying power in them. However, they’re a great alternative to a bulky cami for under your low-cut tops. A bandeau is also so cute under a shirt or tank top that has large armholes. But I implore you not to wear this item solo.

{Lace Skirt from ModCloth, $59.99}

{Lace Skirt from Forever21, $13.50}

An item as basic as a cream lace skirt is something I’d be willing to spend a bit more on. The ModCloth skirt has a great, full shape. The Forever21 skirt is fantastic as well, though. I adore the little pocket detail! But something as versatile as a simple skirt is an item I would be willing to splurge on.

{Lace Dress from Modcloth, $64.99}

{Lace Dress from Forever21, $24.80}

Both of these dresses are beautiful. Honestly, I don’t think you could go wrong one way or the other!

{Lace Tank Top from Nordstrom, $36.00}

{Lace Tank Top from Forever21, $19.80}

I’m a strong proponent of not buying shirts that are sheer lace. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous to buy a top that you have to buy another top just to wear! Both of these tanks feature the lace as an overlay, so there’s no additional purchases required. Both shirts are equally beautiful. The Nordstrom one is perfect if you’re looking for the crop-top look and the F21 one is great for a longer look.

{Lace Cardigan from Nordstrom, $36.00}

{Lace Cardigan from Forever21, $15.80}

This comparison is the perfect example of how spending more will  get you a more detailed item. The Nordstrom cardigan features a ruffle along the bottom whereas the F21 does not. A piece as basic as this cardigan is something I would totally be willing to spend a bit more on. The ruffle detail completely makes the first one for me.

Okay, now back to crafting! I found some fantastic crafts using lace that I’m super excited to share with you guys. I know, my crafting has been lacking recently. However, the next few letters in my A to Z involve lots of crafting. So I can’t wait to share that with you guys.

{Lace Bow tutorial from P.S. I Made This}

{Lace & Pearl Bracelet tutorial from Flamingo Toes}

{Modcloth Inspired Cardi tutorial from iCandy Handmade}

By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.

Isaiah 53:8-11



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Precious Gems

{ Candy Gems }

These were too beautiful not to share. Can you believe they are candies?! I usually favor something chocolate-y, but I think that I could make an exception for these!

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Vivacious Valentine

I know I just posted about Valentine’s Day. However, as I’ve been out and about at stores and blog hopping (to procrastinate studying for finals…), I have been seeing red, pink and hearts abound. Everything is so adorable and dainty. Here are some great crafts I found that are as easy as they are affordable.

{ Fabric Valentine hearts garland }

If you don’t have fabric, try it with wrapping paper…

{ Valentine’s Day Heart Garland Made from Gift Wrap }

{ Valentine Flowers }

{ Paper Heart Wrappings }

{ Clothespin Valentine }

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Wear Your Heart On a Note

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching. While I would hardly consider myself a, “hopeless romantic,” I love the aspect that we share with others how much they mean to us! Being that my Love Language to give is, “words of affirmation,” (more on the 5 Love Languages here), I love writing sweet notes to my dearest friends to express what special place they hold in my heart. I think these free printable notes (shared by Creature Comforts – a blog I just discovered, & who also uses a bird for their logo!) are exactly what I’m looking for. I can see myself adding a smudge of glitter or a few dainty stickers, and they’re good to go!

{ Valentine Freebie: Fashionable Valentine Cards }

Image courtesy of the blog post linked above

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:8 & 9

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Infinity Scarf

For Christmas, my friend gave me an infinity scarf (this one from Nordstrom BP.) and I’ve worn it every day since I unwrapped it. Nothing keeps me quite as warm as this cable-knitted knit. Since I already have one I love so much, you can imagine my excitement when Martha Stewart’s Craft of the Day email arrived in my inbox and the subject advertised a Knit Cowl. The how-to doesn’t seem too difficult – especially since you can use regular needles rather than knitting in the round!

Dobbs Ferry Knit Cowl

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Romans 1:16

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