Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! How was your week? I’ve been feeling so unmotivated lately…I think deep in my heart, I’m really bitter about the fact that I’m an adult and I don’t get the entire summer off anymore. It’s so hard to get anything done at this time of year, am I right? Especially when your Instagram feed is filled with people having awesome summer adventures. I may need to follow people with less enviable lives. Anyway, here are a few fun links to distract you from whatever it is you were working on. Enjoy!

French girl beauty, the best museum restaurants, how to look expensive, lemonade jello shots, and how to make money online

1.  French women have effortless beauty figured out, and now you can steal all their skincare secrets. (Waiting on Martha)

2. Whether you’re an art lover, a foodie, or both, you’ll want to add the 10 best museum restaurants in the world to your bucket list. (The Blonde Salad)

3. Curating an expensive-looking wardrobe doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Here are five ways to look classy as hell without blowing your budget. (Sed Bona)

4. These pink lemonade jello shot slices are the cutest boozy snack I have ever laid eyes on. (A Beautiful Mess)

5. From selling clothes on Poshmark to writing product reviews, these clever ways to make money online will pay for an entire summer’s worth of happy hour margaritas. (Coming Up Roses)

Have a fabulous weekend!

♥ Mil

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, lovely friends! How was your week? What’s on your schedule for the weekend? Jules is off in D.C. for a conference, and I’m stuck here in drizzly Seattle. But the good news is I’m majorly overdue for a treat yo’ self day…I’m thinking pedicure, haircut, cupcakes, Sephora spree, the works. Who wants to join me? Or will everyone be watching the Super Bowl? Whatever you’re up to, start the weekend off right with a few fun links!

Friday Favorites

1. Picking out a good wine can be intimidating, but with these tips you’ll be a pro in no time. (Vogue)

2. Budgeting has got to be one of my least favorite activities ever, right up there with camping and being awake before 10 am. These money management hacks make it seem a lot less painful! (Lauren Conrad)

3. Apparently drinking coffee can help you live longer. So I’m going to be immortal, basically. (Food & Wine)

4. Beauty junkies, rejoice: the ClassPass of salon services has arrived! (Refinery29)

5. If your New Year’s resolution was to read more, you’ll love this new monthly book subscription service. (Hello Book Lover via Anchored to Sunshine)

Have an awesome weekend!

♥ Mil

Share the Love: DIY Stamped Tea Towel

Valentine's Day DIY Stamped Tea Towel Craft
Ever since my stint in the south, my heart gets just a little more excited about the holidays. Southerners love to celebrate special events with themed trinkets and decor. One decor trend I’m particularly fond of is the seasonal tea towel – Christmas trees in December, little American flags in July. I like it because it brings a little bit of flair to my kitchen, but is still useful. I’m not one for knick knacks, since counter space is too precious in the Malinowski household.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it’d be fun to create my own decorative tea or dish towels…a little throwback to my southern “roots.” While Nick and I don’t really do anything to celebrate, I love using Valentine’s Day as a reason to celebrate all the other loves in my life: friends, family, and great coworkers. This project is an easy and affordable gift that any girl in your life will love.

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DIY Stamped Tea Towel
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Supplies

Plain flour sack dishtowels
Sponge
Sharpie
Scissors
Acrylic paint
Small dish
Sheets of thick scrap paper
Optional: Hot glue gun, Rick rack
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Valentine's Day DIY Stamped Tea Towel Craft

Start by picking out your paint colors and gathering your materials. I went with the classic Valentine’s Day theme of pink and red, but you can roll with any color combo you want.

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Valentine's Day DIY stamped tea towel craft

Use your sharpie to sketch your stamp shapes onto the top of your sponge. Make sure you keep the comparative size of your dish towel in mind. Don’t over think it! Sponge stamps do not lend themselves to detail or perfection. Embrace that handmade look, y’all!

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Valentine's day DIY stamped tea towel craft

Once your stamps are cut, pour your paint into a small dish. Then cut and insert a thick piece of paper behind the front panel of the dishtowel to prevent the paint from seeping through. Alternatively you could spread the towel out, but I like being able to see how the final design will look. I suggest only stamping the front to keep the towel functional. Any section that’s painted won’t absorb water. Let your stamps absorb the paint for about 5 seconds before stamping them onto the fabric. Make sure to press down firmly and let the paint dry for at least 5 minutes before touching. 

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Valentine's Day DIY Stamped Tea Towel Craft

I had extra rick rack around the house that I simply hot glued to the bottom for some extra flare. I originally cut a piece to just lay across the front, but ended up gluing it along the bottom of the front side. Adding a strong of pom-poms would also be cute.

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Valentine's Day DIY stamped tea towel craft

Despite their imperfections, I think they’re just darling! I can’t wait to send a couple sets in the mail later this week as a little southern surprise for my friends.

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Do you have any special plans for Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day this year? Last year Mil and I spent the day together. True love.
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XOXO,
Jules

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