73 posts by ZoeP
> GLITTER PUMPKINS / October 20, 2014
Written by Posted in Design Comments 1

final_pumpkinAlthough I am a huge fan of carving pumpkins, I wanted to try something a bit different this year. My thought was that glitter pumpkins would be a great afternoon activity with the kids. I was at Trader Joe’s and found gorgeous Cinderella pumpkins for $6.99 and I thought they would make beautiful glitter pumpkins. I wanted to fill my fireplace up with festive Halloween decor, but wanted to keep the display elevated. I thought that I would give glitter pumpkins a test run.


Glitter Pumpkins:

Supplies: Glue (mod podge or thick glue). I used the Martha Stewart brand that came with a brush // Powder glitter (I used Martha Stewart) – just note that you need the super fine glitter powder if you want it to stick correctly // Paintbrush – to help spread the glitter

Optional: Translucent brown acrylic paint / note that I tested out several versions of brown paint and each one needed to be water to help with the opacity. This last step is really is just to seal the glitter and is not a necessary step.

Quick Guide:

1. Wash the pumpkins and dry them. It is important that they are fully dry.

2. Spread the glue on the pumpkin and make sure that all cracks have full coverage. You want to have a thick layer of glue before you start with the glitter.

3. Sprinkle the glitter all over the pumpkin. I used a box to contain the glitter and the mess.

4. Let dry and then flip the pumpkin to cover the bottom with glitter.

5. Once the pumpkin is dry and you feel like you want to add the acrylic – paint at a very light layer and let dry.

What I learned: The size of pumpkin matters, the smaller the better. I think that I was a bit ambitious with the size of my pumpkins and even had to go back to the store to get a second round of glitter. I would have used smaller pumpkins the next go around.

Glitter, glitter and more glitter – no matter how careful you are with your glitter, this project gets glitter everywhere. I would suggest creating your pumpkins outside and get ready to be covered in glitter!

I had to include the photos bellow as part of this post because they were taken this weekend at our yearly pilgrimage to the pumpkin patch. We fought the super hot sun, hour drive to Nicasio and the crowds to snag a few pumpkins. We skipped out on our annual tractor and pony ride and although the visit was brief, it is a tradition that I look forward to each year.

These two best friends have been inseparable from day one and hopefully will continue their epic friendship for years to come!




tart_3There is nothing better than roasting vegetables the fall. The whole house smells like home cooking and the oven provides a bit of extra warmth form the cool fall breeze. At first glace this roasted vegetable tart may look a bit challenging, but it is super easy and straight forward. The tart is also great because it can be made ahead of time and served warm or cold. I sometimes even roast extra vegetables, one serving for dinner and then the next day whip up a tart with the leftovers.


Here is the quick and easy guide to building a roasted vegetable tart. Note that even the crust is pretty straight forward and does not need time to chill in the refrigerator. You can make the crust while the vegetables are cooking in the oven.





> FLOWER FRIDAY / October 16, 2014
Written by Posted in Design Comments 0


Having fresh flowers in the house in the winter is really important to me. They have a way of brighten up the darkest days and the provide memories of warmer days ahead. During winter when the garden tends to be quiet, the air is humid and few leaves on the trees, and even fewer insects around at this time of year to pollinate flowers. Thus winter flowers are smaller and colors subtle. It is a great time of year to mix arrangements in smaller vases with larger impact. This time of year, I look for unique greens to balance out smaller flowers such as cabbage leaves and purple artichokes.


Key to mixing small vases are bottles:

– Start with an odd number of vases/bottles

– Mix the height of bottles and vases

– Pick a color scheme and vary shades (more shades of the same color than new colors)

– Pick 3-5 different types of flowers/foliage

– Assemble each bottle/vase individually with the intent to mix together at the end. Success can be found in varying heights, colors and mixing up flowers.




TutuThe imagination of a three year old is just pure magic. Born in the county and raising children in big city, I am always looking for an outlet, an escape from cars, the noise and the busy streets. A place of wonder where the imagination can run just as fast as little feet can carry it.  I have been taking Gjelina to this field in the Presido season after season and even though it is right past the big city gates it still provides a sanctuary and a place to explore.  Today it was a magic forest as she looked though her handmade DIY  paper glasses at tree fairies and she twirled in her magical pink twill skirt.

TuTU_6This was not a typical outfit for running though the fields, but she wanted to dress like a princess and I convinced her it was a better option than her ‘Sleeping Beauty’ princess dress.  I fell in love with this star sweater at Zara and knew that she would love the pale pink skirt just based on the fact that it was one step down from a tutu.  The shoes are just her “favorite sparkly slippers”.  I finally got her out of her pink sparkle flats by buying her a new pair of gold sparkly slippers.  The best part was that she really did look like a little fairy in a magical forest.


//Zara Gathered Waist Skirt // Zara Star Sweater // J Crew Glitter Ballet Flats //





There is something about have a two-month-old baby and a three year old that makes me very forgetful. It could also have to do with not getting more than three hours of continuous sleep in the last eight weeks. Anyway, for whatever reason remembering my house keys while running out the door with two kids is of the biggest challenges I face everyday. Last week I locked myself out of the house twice! Once is acceptable, but the second was just flat out embarrassing.

During the forty-five minutes that I was locked outside the door, I revised a plan that would help me remember my keys every time I left the house – A new keychain. The idea of a new key chain brought forward an opportunity for a fun DIY project.

Need Supplies:

Farm Animals or any type of animal, monster or dinosaur (Gjelina has a ton of these small farm animals around the house and if you do not have them than you can buy them at any toy store. I picked these up at the local toy store for $2) | Gold Spray Paint | 5/54” drill bit | Screw Eyes | Key Ring | Keys


DIY: Animal Key Chains

1. Wash the animals to make sure there is no dirt or sticky material on them –

2. Spray them (let dry for 12 hours). Two coats will make the gold deeper and richer –

3. Drill a starter hole with drill bit –

4. Add the Screw eye and twist until it is fully lodged in the animal –

5. Add key ring and keys –




I have been making jewelry off and on for the last eight years and six months ago I started to find these beautiful quartz and agate stones. I love to layer my necklaces and these large pendants offered a pop of color and length to my accessory collection. I became obsessed with finding the perfect color and size stones. After I had a few in my collection, I started to give them out to friends for birthdays and other occasions. The friends that had received them requested more of them to give as gifts and we started getting inquires about selling them.


After request started coming in and we saw a trend in the jewelry market for stones and crystals, we decided to launch a small Etsy shop. Today the Blonded By Style Esty shop is open! We will be constantly updating the shop with jewelry and other handmade gems. If you do not see a color and chain combination that you fancy, you can always email us for a personalized order.

This is only the beginning and we look forward to building out the Blonded By Style Esty shop.




I bought two Hemnes bedside tables from Ikea ($69.99) for our guest bedroom. These tables were an affordable option as far as bedside tables go, but I never really liked the knobs or the hardware. After looking at them for over a year, I decided it was time to give them a fresh look and so I ventured down the hardware store and bought two cans of spray paint and new pull drawer hardware. The supplies cost me under $20 and with a few extra hours on a Saturday afternoon my bedside tables have taken on the new look of sophistication.


DYI Project: IKEA Hack Nightstand

  1. Assemble the bedside table
  2. Remove the drawer face
  3. Spray paint the tables the desired color (dark midnight shown). I would suggest two coats. Make sure the first coat is just a light spray or you will have dripping or bubbling. I would also suggest getting a spray paint with a primer included or priming them first. Also allow 12 hours for paint to fully dry.
  4. Drill in new holes for hardwear (only if hardwer select needs two holes instead of one). If you go with just a knob update than you can use the same hole.
  5. Assemble the table and place in bedroom!






blog_1It was time once again for back to school shopping and this year Strawberry Blonded insisted on picking out her own outfit for the first day of school.  I would throw out suggestions in the store and she would run off in a different direction.  I am so tired of buying her clothes she does not like and battling it out in the morning just getting her dressed.  With the arrival of Sam, I don’t have the energy to have a negotiation first thing in the morning on what she is going to wear out of the house, so I am taking a different approach and letting a this three year old guide her own wardrobe picks.

blog_5 After a few failed attempts we landed at J.Crew for her first day back to school selections.   Within five minutes,  she had thrown off her shoes and had fallen madly in love with the Girls Classic Ballet Flats.   She had to have pink of course and as much as I tried to convince her that gold was more practical, she insisted on the pink.  Funny enough, she loved them so much she actually slept with them in bed the first night we brought them home.  Much like Cinderella and her glass slipper these pink ballet flats make her feel like a princess.

The shoes were a lock, so we had to find an outfit that worked with the shoes and as I threw out several dresses, she rejected all of them. On her own she stumbled across the Dachshund Girls Everyday Leggings.  She thought they were so funny and told me that they ‘match’ her ‘sparkle shoes’.  The ‘sparkle’ on the shoes was not quite enough and she needed to add a bit more shine to top off the outfit and so the Crew Cuts, Girls Color Block Heart Tee was a match for her back to school ensemble.

blog_6Taking photos of Strawberry these days is another challenging, so instead of trying to take the perfect photo before school I decided it would be fun to head out after school for her first photography lesson.  I became her muse and we battled it out to get the perfect picture.  We ended up having a total blast and as you can see bellow she got the hang of it pretty quickly.



G_finalHope everyone had just as much fun as I did this Summer learning to swim, cruising on my scooter, playing with my cousins, growing out my hair for a pony and meeting my new baby broder. It was one for the memory books, but now that it is over it’s time to get ready for school that starts for me next week…five days a week! I traded in my summer swimsuit for some new Fall pieces that will be perfect for the playground.  I love my new borrowed from the boys Varsity logo G Sweater (sweater dress for the girls sold here!) because it stands for my real name Gjelina and looks great worn over my plaid dress (so on trend!) or just back to leggings or denim.

gj pose 1// Gap Checkered Flannel Dress // Gap Varsity Logo Sweater //  Gap horse print leggins (not sold online) //


…love my new Corene Ugg boots for Fall…

GJ pose 2


Bed_1A milestone in Strawberry Blonded life was moving her from her crib to a big girl bed. With Sammy on the way we knew it was time to make the move and so I started hunting for vintage beds. I really loved the look of vintage metal beds that I would see at flea markets and antique shops.

We were going to keep Strawberry Blonded in her small sun-room because we still wanted a queen bed in Sam room for family and guest that stayed at our apartment. The sun room has a beautiful view of the Golden Gate bridge, but it is really small and fitting a twin bed in the room had it challenges.

I was on a hunt one Sunday at Urban Ore in Berkley and came across an old frame that I though could have potential. It was in really bad shape, but the bones were solid and so I decided to make the $40 purchase see if I could restore it back to the original glory.

bed_3Process of restoring the bed:

I first washed the mud and removed all of the wheels from the bed (missing a few anyway). Then sanded off the layer of rust and old paint and put a fresh coat of bright Navy spray paint (two coats) on the frame. I found a handyman that did the sanding and painting for $50.00.

Once I saw the headboard all cleaned up, I purchased a twin size metal frame and we drilled holes in the headboard to hold the frame in place. The challenge was that the original frame had a metal piece that used to hold a metal mesh box spring and we tried, but could not remove the metal from the headboard so we had to attach the new frame bellow the metal piece and then find a solution that allowed the bed to be lifted up four inches on all sides.

The solution was to glue new four-inch legs (painted in the same color) to all four corners of the bed so that it would sit level to the ground. We were forced to find a European Box spring a mattress size due to the size of the bed (it was actually a European length and width). I was able to find the perfect size bed at Ikea.

The duvet is Serena and Lily’s meadowlark collection. I thought it had the perfect hint of pink and I knew the birds would be a hit with Strawberry Bonded. I thought the sheets complimented the bright navy of the bed frame and were a great contrast to the duvet. The Haft Moon Sheet Set were also purchased from Serena and Lily.

I am lucky it all came together, it was a bit challenging at times and we defiantly hit a few roadblocks. There were moments when I wanted to throw the whole project away and yet when I tuck Strawberry Blonded in bed every night, I am reminded of the treasure hunt and I have a sense of accomplishment in the transformation of old back to new again.