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So excited to be able to share with you some of the gorgeousness I experienced in California over the past few days. We spent some time at the beautiful Manhattan Beach and I couldn’t help but capture the classic Americana feel of this quaint and charming town outside the big city lights of LA. Hope this is some Fourth of July eye candy to start your Independence Day celebration off right. Enjoy!

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(location: Manhattan Beach, CA; food: local Manhattan Beach farmer’s market; dress, shoes: Target; hat: Goorin Bros; necklace, purse: Francesca’s)

Happy Fourth of July!

xoxo Candice

Recently the company I work for, Sunkissed and Made Up, joined forces with the fabulous Ling Wang Photography for a fun tutorial on a romantic messy braid. I absolutely love loose, whimsical hair that comes together as effortlessly perfect and I think we achieve that with this look. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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1. Start with hair down and a deep side part

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2. Begin a classic three strand braid starting from the side part

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3. Pick up alternating pieces of hair to form a classic French braid

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4. Be sure to use even-width sections and pull from both sides of the hair, leaving a few pieces around the face out for added softness

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5. Braid all the way down to the end of the hair, leaving about 1.5 inches on the bottom and secure with an elastic

 

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6. You should be left with a relatively tight, side French braid

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7. Begin loosening the braid by pulling out different sections of the braid, then wrap a small piece of hair around your elastic and secure with a bobby pin in the back

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8. And you’re done! Loosen as much or as little as you want based on your desired look and spray with a medium hold hairspray

(model: Chelsea Burns of Sunkissed & Made Up; makeup: Taylor deClercq of Sunkissed & Made Up; photographer: Ling Wang Photography; hands: yours truly)

Hope you enjoyed!

xoxo Candice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the shape of our living room. Three huge windows take up one of our walls that lets absolutely glorious light flood in. One wall is part fireplace/part open arch that leads into the rest of the house and the other is a kind of peekaboo wall that leads into the kitchen. The last is a big, huge, rectangle. No window, no opening, no nothing. That does not bode well with me. Too much space, too many decisions. I mulled over the possibilities for this huge wall for a couple of weeks before narrowing in on a gallery wall of some kind. I didn’t want to do the collage style gallery wall (very common nowadays) so I found a modern version where you enlist your very handy hubby to build a massive, natural wood shelf in which you can layer frames and décor to give the look of a gallery wall, without being quite as permanent as individually hanging up each frame/art piece. The pictures below are what I came up with. Right now, our frames are full of our recent wedding photos but I love the possibilities of changing things around according the season. As always, I will credit below where I purchased all of the items. Enjoy!

 

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(silver candlesticks and candles: Pier 1 Imports; assorted frames: HomeGoods; “H”, silver canisters: Garden Ridge; pictures by My Happy Lens; shelf: husband made, followed instructions at Shanty 2 Chic)

xoxo Candice