3 tips for a beautiful space

 

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am BIG on ambiance.  If I go to a restaurant and the food is great but the ambiance or color schemes are bad, chances are I won't return.  I approach my home decor as I do my fashion sense.  Simple, neutral tones with a hint of femininity.  Here are my top 3 tips for making your space beautiful:

1.  I've always been a flower child.  Flowers just make everything better, so with that being said, fresh floral arrangements are my number 1 secret.  Having fresh flowers in the house just makes me feel special.  It dresses up the table or counter, brightens up the house, and just gives me a good feeling.  I try not to wait for a special occasion to bring fresh blooms into the house.  Any time is perfect for me.  Luckily I have a sweet husband who knows to bring flowers home every now and then.  It's the little things, you know?

2.  Lighting.  You absolutely MUST have lamps in the house, and they MUST be pretty.  I think my love for lighting comes from growing up in Seattle where it's very gloomy all winter.  Lots of cozy lighting just makes the long dark days more bearable. I've had this table lamp with the floral shade for several years now, and it was completely worth the splurge.  It is so beautiful, and really dresses up the room.

3.  My 3rd and final must have:  greenery.  I love a pop of green throughout the house.  This boxwood wreath is my FAVORITE and I keep it up year round.  It reminds me of living in an English cottage in the countryside.  

-Huge thanks to Fleur-Di-Re for providing the flowers for this post-

 

Grey + pink

 

I love this look for a gloomy, slightly chilly spring day.  A grey cozy sweater, loose fitting denim shorts, studded boots, and a pop of pink on the lids and lips.  I hope you all have a great week!

Grey sweater

Boyfriend shorts

Studded boots

Bridge bracelet by stella & dot

Pink lipstick by Nyx in the color 'shocking pink'

Pink shadow by Almay in the color 'petal'

Photos:  Tiffany Redmon Photography

 

Honestly West x Fleur-Di-Re

 

I've teamed up with Fleur-Di-Re and Tiffany Redmon Photography for this post to bring you a Coachella inspired shoot!  I loved wearing this crown made of fresh greenery.  It was a dreamy and whimsical afternoon among the flowers.  (The only minor setback was that I stepped onto a fire ant hill with my bare feet! OUCH!)  The things you'll do for the perfect location.  I think it paid off though.  Sometimes taking a risk is worth it!!!

For more beautiful floral creations visit Fleur-Di-Re here

Thank you to Tiffany Redmon Photography for the beautiful photos as always! (And the fire ant removal)

White pumps

Band tee

Distressed denim

 

The Shoe Box sale

 

Hey Charlotte peeps!  The ShoeBox at SouthPark mall is having a sale this weekend!  25% off your purchase!  The sale lasts all weekend so stop in to grab some amazing spring shoes! 

They are also throwing a "Step into Coachella" event on Saturday, April 22nd from 2-5 so head out for flower crowns by Fleur Di Re, macaroons, and of course shoe shopping!  I really can't think of anything better...

 

Mastering an 'undone' style

 

It has occurred to me over the last several years that I always gravitate toward an 'undone' or off duty look.  I have 3 easy tricks that will help you get that same look and they are so easy it's kind of ridiculous!  They are as follows:

1.  The half tuck.  Simple.  Tuck in your shirt on one side, leaving the other side hanging down. 

2.  Tie one shoe lace lower on the foot than the other.  This works best with a high top sneaker.  

3.  Don't zip your boot all the way up.  It's comfortable this way and gives a relaxed vibe.

It's always in the details.  These little things can be a fun way to relax your style just a bit.  

Photos:  Tiffany Redmon Photography

 

Let's get to know each other better...

 

1.  Height: 5'8"

2. Degree: Psychology

3. Hobbies: Dance

4. Tattoo: 1

5. What I miss: Living near the ocean, family

6. Qualities I value most: Authenticity, sense of humor

7. Favorite color: Blue

8. Favorite flower: Magnolia and peony

9. The reason I started blogging: I have always loved writing and fashion, so this seemed like the perfect creative outlet for both!

10. Fears:  Being misunderstood for who I TRULY am

11. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Yes!

12. Meaning behind my blog name: West is my middle name, and I am usually brutally honest about fashion, my opinions, basically everything.  Hence Honestly West!

13. Favorite article of clothing:  I'd say my top 3 are my leather jacket, skinny jeans, and pumps

I thought this could be a fun way to get to know each other better.  Tell me some of your answers.  Do we have anything in common?  Please share and comment below!

Velvet cami (currently on sale!)

Black denim

Metallic converse

Nyx matte lipstick in pure red