Win $1000 of Jewelry from Gemvara!

Earlier this year Michael and I celebrated our 10th anniversary together! So crazy, right? I wanted a new band to add to my wedding rings stack (which includes my original wedding band and a band Michael got me for our five year anniversary). For this anniversary, I picked something out myself and I customized this beautiful ring in black diamond and yellow gold from Gemvara. I recently remembered that diamond (including black diamond) is the 10th anniversary stone, so that totally worked out!

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I love the new the mix of stones and metals in my stack. Lately I've just been wearing my wedding bands alone and leaving my engagement ring for the days I'm not doing any hard labor. :)

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Gemvara was kind enough to reach out and offer up a $1,000 gift certificate this week! So exciting, right? I was invited to curate a whole collection for their site. Below are a few of my favorites, and you can view the rest of my picks HERE.

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Gemvara is wonderful company made up of NYC-based jewelry artisans. Each piece is hand-crafted and made-to-order in less than two weeks. Every style is available in over 20 different natural gemstones and nine different precious metals. They totally guarantee your satisfaction with their beautiful pieces - everything can be returned (even engraved pieces!) for 101 days! They really do a great job of making the whole process simple - I was choosing between a few band styles for my new ring and they have a ton of photos of every piece from all different angles that helped me to narrow it down. It took a lot of the guesswork out of buying jewelry online.

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To enter to win $1,000 credit to Gemvara, click HERE, sign up and leave a comment on this post with a piece on the Gemvara site that caught your eye (how will you ever choose!?!). The giveaway ends on August 27. Good luck!

ALSO! Gemvara is giving LGN readers 15% off orders placed in the next 72 hours! Click here for the discount, no code needed!

This give away was sponsored by Gemvara. Thank you for supporting the companies that help keep LGN running! :)

DIY Kid's Dress-Up Rack

My girls LOVE dress-ups. In the past we've always had a costume basket or trunk, but we wanted to try something new for the play room redo.

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I bought an 8 foot (which we had cut in half in the store) and a 3 foot length of copper pipe, two copper floor flanges and two elbow connectors at Home Depot, as well as four casters and a 4 foot pine board.

Rust Mohair Slipper Chair

A long time ago, I fell in love with a rust-colored velvet slipper chair I saw at Lillian August. I loved the cream contrasting welt. It felt so pretty and fresh to me!

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A year or two later, I found this tight-backed slipper chair at the Restoration Hardware outlet from their deconstructed line.

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I think it was about $100. We kept it in our living room in the brownstone while I was trying to figure out what fabric to cover it in (or really, just trying to find the time to do it).

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Then after we moved to Phoenix and while I was rushing to get the house ready for the Domino shoot, I popped into one of my favorite local fabric stores called SAS Fabrics (the one on Indian School is the best) and I found a few yards of the prettiest deep rust, almost oxblood, mohair fabric there for only $3.99 a yard! I used a lot of dusty mint colors in our library and music room area and I loved how these colors looked together.

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I had my upholsterer follow the curve of the back and sides with a cream piping, inspired by the Lillian August chair that I saw so many years ago.

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Isn't it funny how some things just sort of stay with you? I'm so glad I finally got my rust slipper chair. I feel like it was a long time coming! :)

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DIY Paper Flowers Sharpie Bouquet

School started for us this week (already!). Last Monday we had a Meet the Teacher night, where the girls got to see their classrooms and were introduced to their new teachers. We got the school supplies list that night too, which asked for pretty basic stuff, but there was also a wish list at the bottom that asked for more out-of-the-box, and maybe a little more expensive items. It reminded me of a post I read on Design Mom that talked about how teachers spend on average about $1000 of their own money on classroom supplies! That really broke my heart and made me want to pitch in as much as we could give.

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Coincidentally, Office Depot contacted me about sharing their #TeachersChangeLives campaign with a DIY teacher's gift that included school supplies for the new school year. The campaign is a great one, and they have even provided coupons to Office Depot to make it a little easier for families to help out these wonderful teachers!

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I talked it over with my girls, and after consulting the bottom of the school supplies wish list, we decided it would be fun to make a bouquet of paper flowers with Sharpie stems. It ended up being a better project for my bigger girls, but Evie helped out a lot on hers, too. I cannot tell you just how excited they were to give their teachers this bouquet!!! It was so fun for all of us.

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