Blogger Takeover: Wedding Planning with @bohemiancrown

 

Stephanie Abraham (thebohemiancrown.com) is a style, fashion and beauty blogger that lives her life by the motto “It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it.” Her blog, The Bohemian Crown, is dedicated to helping viewers create a personal style, express their fashion, and define their beauty! With over a decade of fashion and personal styling experience in NYC and Columbus, she gives knowledge and confidence to make everyone’s wardrobe work for them in any situation! Recently engaged, her latest posts share behind-the-scenes looks at how Steph is planning her upcoming nuptials.

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BLOGGER TAKEOVER: How To Style A Home Office with Simply Organized

11986566_10207596590693100_2614692584096918254_n Samantha is a professional organizer, small business owner, NAPO member, and writer of the blog Simply Organized. It is a mix of organization projects, DIYs, and inspiration with the goal of simplifying and taking the stress out of getting organized.

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You may recall in August I posted an update about my home office. I shared the before and after of my very own cluttered, exhausted, end of summer work space. At the time, I thought I would take part in a popular online challenge this Fall to makeover one room in my home. That room being the office. Although I had the best of intentions, and still plan to update this space, I’m sad to report that time wasn’t on my side to join the challenge. These things happen and I’m not disappointed in the least. It will come together when its meant to be and look forward to sharing when it does.

In the meantime, however, there was no reason why I couldn’t invest in pretty artwork to brighten the space!

I’ve been talking about my new Erin Condren planner since making the move to one this summer. Her planners are bright, colorful, well-designed and full of inspiring messages. When I was looking at the new deluxe monthly planners (they are oversized, you guys – like my old DIY version!), I had no idea she also has fine art prints available. Scattered throughout her planners are motivating messages…

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Of course she would offer prints to inspire you in your home / work spaces. These two in particular are what sold me…

 

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If there’s any message I can pass on to my daughter, it’s that she can design a life she is totally in love with. I love the gold metallic! I also fell in love with the coral and pink colors in the bundle of flowers.

In looking around my office, I decided to purchase 4 prints total…

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Her white framing is gorgeous! My prints came ready to hang, which is a nice benefit when you’re too busy to run around finding frames. Framing is not my strong point!…

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The gold metallic is stunning…

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I hung 2 of the prints above my computer, where I see them daily…

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These prints would make beautiful holiday gifts!

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I added the other 2 prints to the empty space near my office shelving. So in love with these!…

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Artwork, prints and framing on the walls changes everything!

The watercolor print is delicate and beautiful…

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Erin Condren’s prints are available for purchase on their own (for as little as $18) or you can have the framing added to your order. They come in a variety of patterns, designs and quotes. She collaborated with Marco Fine Arts to bring this collection to life and everything from materials and packaging are made right here in the USA.

These prints will transfer to my new home office decor perfectly too. I’m planning a much brighter home office with less hefty furniture. In the meantime, I’m excited to have some new added color and inspiration here in my office space…

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I’m taking a little break from client work this week and heading to Nashville to visit friends. Can not wait! I’ve never been to Nashville and haven’t seen my girlfriend in nearly 3 years. I’ll share some photos on FB and will be doing some blog updates while I have the down time. Playing catch up with the client gallery! Hope you’re having a great week!

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Fall Party Feature: Perfect Placemats for Every Occasion!

It’s fall, y’all and I couldn’t be happier! For my household, this means more family gatherings and reasons to celebrate. No matter who or what you choose to celebrate, I’m going to share multiple ways to use one of my favorite products to make all your parties feel extra-special…

Designer Placemats that are disposable and conveniently bound together in a pad!

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 Halloween Cookie Decorating
Whether it’s a full-blown halloween party or just an after school activity with the little ones, cookie decorating is a fun fall activity that feels even more festive when you set the stage with wicked fun placemat pads! Other than the obvious benefit of containing the mess of sprinkles and frosting, they can also be used in a TON of other ways.. pumpkin carving, anyone?
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Floral Ink Tea Party
All you need to throw a sophisticated tea party is classic tea set, a few delicious cookies, and a fabulous floral ink design to add a touch of fancy! The gorgeous color palette of this design makes picking a coordinated napkin color a cinch.
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Palms Backyard Entertaining

The epitome of elegance comes alive in a palms themed garden party! One of the best aspects of placemat pads (and the palms design) is their versatility- you can use them for almost any occasion! You’d be surprised at how instantly these gorgeous palms placemats add to your entertaining aesthetic!

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Hosting a bridal or baby shower? Share the love on a custom colored heart design that compliments the wedding theme colors or nursery. The text inside the heart is customizable so you can truly say it from the heart!

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Special Moments

Celebrate a soccer goal or a super grade! The pad of “You are Special Today” placemats is great to have on hand for any spontaneous celebration and a personal favorite in my family.

Looking more for party-planning inspiration? Shop all the delightful designs for our placemat pads here!

How to Apply NEW Nail Wraps!

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I’m obsessed with nail art these days and LOVE following the incredible work of nail artists on social media! However, for those of us that don’t have the tools or the talent, I absolutely love the brilliant invention of nail wraps (stickers!!!). We’ve partnered with NCLA who has some amazing collaborations with Beyoncé & Hello Kitty, so, I was incredibly honored to be collaborating with them for my first collection of wraps! The application process is really meant for DIY-ers and takes some practice to make perfect!

Here are a few hints to help you with an accent nail or full set of fashionable nails:

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What you’ll need:

  • Nail wraps in your favorite design – mini nail file included!
  • Base coat/Top Coat (not included with nail wraps)
  • Tweezers/Dowel (optional, also not included)

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1. First, clean and file your nails as you normally would before applying polish. Any nail shape will work, however, I recommend keeping them square to make the design really pop and to eliminate how much you need to trim them to fit!

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2. Apply a clear base coat (NCLA has a great option, but any clear base coat will work!) onto clean, dry nails, and LET DRY. I can’t stress this part enough- without a fully dry base, the stickers may slide and won’t adhere properly.

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3. Depending on the width of your nail beds, you may need to trim your nail wraps (don’t worry about the length, we’ll get to that in a moment). Should you need a trim, simply measure the excess against your nails and use cuticle scissors to cut them to size.

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4. Next, apply the round side of the nail wrap against the cuticle. Stretch from the bottom upward and outward until you have the perfect fit!

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5. Air bubbles? Don’t stress! Press firmly from the cuticle in an upward motion until the wrap is completely flat.

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6. Lastly, use a nail file to remove any excess by filing in a downward motion. Apply a coat of clear polish for a flawless finish!

Ready to ‘nail it’ with nail wraps? Shop all five designs here!

*Don’t worry if you forget these instructions when you get the wraps. They come with a full set of easy to follow instructions as well.

Dare to flair with NEW metallic pins!

When I walked into my kids’ high school registration, I felt like I’d stepped back in time to the 80’s with all the buttons and fashion pins! The fabulous flair pins I used to decorate my denim jacket in high school have made a HUGE COMEBACK, we had so much fun recreating the look in our signature style. Available in multiple metallics and two super-cute designs, adding flair to your favorite bag or jacket will earn you serious style points! (Pun intended).

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#Pinning Pockets Long hair can sometimes conceal your pins, so as an alternative, you may want to let them live on your lapel. Front and center, these beauties make a serious statement!

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Collar Candy Turn up the toughness by adding a little flair to your collar! Just a few pins placed around your neckline turn a normal jacket into edgy outerwear.

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Bag Bling Jazz up a backpack, tote bag, or carry-all clutch by adding a few strategically placed pins! Arrange them in an order for a patterned, put-together effect. or stick them at random for a funky, fresh look.

 

How Do You Sticker?

It’s probably no surprise to y’all that I am a very visual person… so when it comes to seeing my schedule, I am a sucker for stickers! Without the array of asterisks, colorful flags, and motivational quotes, it would be much tougher for me to make sense of my days- and a whole lot less fun! We know our fans are just as stoked for stickers, which is why we’re constantly developing new books and sheets so that your personality can shine through your sticker design!

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to use our stickers – I encourage you to find the system that suits you! However, if you need some ideas and inspiration, we’ve put together two short videos featuring our monthly and classic edition 2 books to walk you through all the ways you can sticker your way to success! I’ve also outlined the different ways I use some of our sticker styles below.

Monthly Sticker Book:

Classic Sticker Book Edition 2:

Flags: I attend a LOT of weekly meetings, so the brightly colored and uniquely cut flags are a regular lifesaver. The metallic accents make them pop against the page, they’re the perfect size to write on, and I love that I can color coordinate them so I never get confused on which meeting is which!

Asterisks: Aside from being adorable, I use these stickers to mark appointments and errands! We cut them in many different ways to fit all areas of your weekly and monthly spreads.

Quotes: Perhaps my proudest sticker accomplishment, the stunning metallic quotes are cut to fit the daily boxes of your weekly LifePlanner™ layout, giving you a a weekly dose of motivation or inspiration!

Borders: I’m a total weekend warrior, so I love to anticipate a fabulous weekend of fun by bordering my Friday-Sunday stretches with the metallic border stickers! Cut them to the size you need, or use them to fill the margin above your monthly spread header- they are just the right dimensions!

Sheets: The most versatile of all our sticker collections, designer sheets are a do-it-all dynamo when it comes to organizing your LifePlanner™! These sheets can be cut to make all sorts of stickers (more info on that here) and look absolutely lovely in the margins of a neutral planner to add pops of color!

Sticker heaven is waiting…buy any sticker book and receive our first classic edition FREE!

Bangs or NO bangs? That is the question.

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There are certainly more important decisions to be made in life, but I think most will agree that choosing whether or not to cut bangs is not an easy one. It’s no secret that I’m swayed by current fashion trends and get tired of the same look. I’ve had a zillion hair changes in just the past few years and I never really sweated the decisions. Bleach the tips platinum? Sure, why not? Cut it short? Yes, please! Try life as a blonde? Sure, let’s do it! But when it came to cutting bangs, I just couldn’t pull the trigger.

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I actually bought “fake bangs” from VogueWigs.com just to try them out for a while. My family thought it was soooo creepy that I had bangs in my car, just in case I felt like clipping them in on my way to the office. I often asked other people to try them on to give me perspective and even went so far as putting them on my friend’s dog.

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After what seemed like years of deliberating, I finally decided to go for it. It has taken months to get used to the “fringe” that hangs in my eyes and there are days that I feel like I have a hair helmut on! I’m not one to fuss over my hair during the day, but bangs need constant attention or they split, curl up and especially on rainy days, just stick to my forehead. I must say, I was happy to see Taylor Swift in her adorable bangs on The Grammys, but I’m still not sure this is the right look for me.

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While at dinner with my “besties” recently, my friend came clean and said, “I’m just not loving this new look on you!” I really appreciate her honesty and she was not being rude or a mean girl, she just said she missed my eyebrows and expressions that are covered by my forehead fringe. SOOOOO, here I am again perplexed: Grow out my bangs? Or keep cutting them? My husband is really over the debate, so I thought I could just vent to y’all reading the blog!

FROM CONCEPT TO COVER: DESIGN INSPIRATION!

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Inspiration is all around us! Our designs, both monthly covers and classic favorites, are always inspired by a blend of things. Sometimes I’ll see a fashion trend like rose gold, lace or butterflies and create a unique interpretation for the EC collection. I love to take photos of fashionable window displays or tear inspiration from a magazine and have creative collaborations with my fabulous design team.

Our very talented lead graphic designer, Aby, shared some of her favorite personal projects and how they go from an idea in her head to the cover of your LifePlanner™! I ambushed her over coffee last week and thought the community would love to know how she works!
 

Q: Aby! Do tell…what are some of your favorite patterns that you’ve designed?

A: I definitely have a soft spot for the watercolors. Hmm, so I’d say the new Watercolor Floral, Watercolor Shine, Butterfly and (non-watercolor) Lace!

Q: How do you go from an idea to a full-fledged design and how do you ensure that it’s on brand with the other products on the site?

A: After working here for almost 4 years, I have a strong sense of what direction we are looking to go with the brand based on what’s in style for the season and then I try to put my own twist on it. Butterflies were something that you were super passionate about and after seeing the awesome pictures of your kids hatching butterflies from 10 years ago, inspiration took flight (pardon the pun!) I took that idea and hand-drew the butterflies you see on the cover, but overlay them with a watercolor palette to make it a bit different.    aby inspiration 4 Q: Are you inspired by things in your own life that you see in these designs? A: I definitely don’t even realize how much certain things affect me. “Watercolor Shine” for example, has a specific color gradient that is strikingly similar to one of my favorite scarves. I didn’t look at that scarf and model it after the pattern per se, but one day when I was wearing it, I realized how much it had impacted me subconsciously when I went to design that cover.

 Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: Getting to work with such innovative people, doing something I love every single day and ending up with beautiful designs that I had a hand in creating that make thousands of people happy. It’s amazing!

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 Q: Finally, what layout of the LifePlanner™ do you use and which cover?

A: I have a Rose Gold Horizontal LifePlanner™ (I designed that layout as my ideal planner, so I HAVE to use it) with a Butterfly cover! Though I am loving our NEW April Watercolor Drops cover, shown above.

 

WHAT WE’VE GOT PLANNED….

 

Crazy to think it’s been three years since I last was blogging! I’m so excited for this new look and feel that reflects the changes (not just to my hair!) and improvements we’ve made as a company, and can’t wait for all that’s in store!

From sneak peeks into photo shoots, current fashion trends that inspire, guest blogger features & my tried-and-true entertaining and organizing tips, our revamped blog will be a unique mix of content: pop culture, entertaining, organization, motivational quotes, fashion, DIY projects and more! I am so excited to be able to create a colorful space to celebrate my favorite things and give a peek into the chaos of my day-to-day life.

Come join me on this next adventure….

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