7 Tips for Hanging an Art Wall | Featuring Minted

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Hanging wall art can be pretty challenging and intimidating. The secret to  a successful galley? You just need to go for it! Before you dive in, read these tips I have learned (sometimes the hard way) while decorating my home!

1. Choose the mood and color style When you are first buying your prints from minted.com, you are going to want to decide on the color scheme of your wall. This can depend on the feeling or mood you want to convey, or it can be based on your home decor that already exists. Minted also has a section on their website that allows for you to cater to the color story you want by narrowing your search! It is called Curated- Color Play and definitely deserves to be checked out in your decorating journey.

2. Mix and match your sizing and orientation Always be sure to include various sizes of frames and art. Also turn orientations of the photos to bring new dimensions to the collection! You want the eyes to be drawn to the different aspects of the wall and that is achieved through varying sizes and style.

3. Hang at eye level Of course, not everyone has the same eye level as you do, but no one wants to be craning their neck in order to check out your gallery. Likewise, it is not fun to be required to bend down to see art!

4. Start with the biggest piece first When you begin with the biggest piece, you have a better idea of spacing. It's easier when you place the biggest piece off center and move outwards! I started with the blue Playa Seven Art Print, then hung the vintage gold mirror I thrifted. This allowed me to visualize how much room would be required to create an even look.

5. Hang each print about a hand width apart You will always have this handy measuring tool on you! Just place your hand touching one frame, and hang the next photo touching the other side of your hand. This amount of spacing is just right to produce the feeling of your photos being one collection.

6. Use command strips No need to worry about poking wholes in your wall, or have to listen to that pesky rule about hanging things in your apartment! Command strips come in various shapes and sizes, as well as many different weight options. NOTE: be sure to get real command strips. The off brand kind can pull paint off walls!

7. Blend Styles When everything is the same, things can get bland and boring quickly. Be sure to mix things up by using different art styles! Abstract, oil, watercolor, print, art pieces, all these styles can be merged for an expert collection!
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Playa Seven Art Print (blue waves) c/o Minted
United States Gold Foil Print c/o Minted
Lula Art Print (blue circles) c/o Minted
Slow Zebra Art Print (succulent photo) c/o Minted
White and Gold Antelope Faux Taxidermy from Near and Deer
Gold Frame Mirror Vintage (thrifted)
Let's Make Out Pillow
XO Pillow
Sheep Skin Rug
Blue Abstract Ikat Pillow from Loom and Mill
All other pillows from Pier 1 Imports!


European Wax Center: Strut Your Strut

In partnership with European Wax Center. All opinions are my own. 
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Have you ever seen someone strut? It's that long, confident walk that women with power usually carry themselves around with. These are the type of women that you watch as they sashay by you and you wonder, "What do they have that I need?"
It's the belief in themselves! They not only have inner beauty, but they know that it shines on the outside, too. Chances are, they take time to groom themselves and have just the right products to do so.
I have teamed up with European Wax Center to show you how to strut your strut, 365. Why? Because you are just as deserving to be confident as every other lady that has the perfect stride. Strut Team 2016!

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Did you know that your skin is an organ? The biggest organ of your body, to be exact! Show your skin just how much you love it for all its hard work by pampering it! A good exfoliator (like Graceful Strut Body Polish) can help scrub away dead skin cells that are inhibiting the growth of pretty and clean derma. This body polish helps to cleanse and nourish skin, while also helping to prevent ingrown hairs! (We all need this, am I right?!) My biggest tip to you for taking care of your skin is to always, always, always moisturize. After the shower is the best time to hydrate with lotion because your pores should be open, ready to it drink in! Did you know that moisturizing can slow signs of aging? It's the truth. The Graceful Strut Body Lotion has a scent that is a mixture of different flowers and white musk; I can't stop using it!
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^^ That is what my students say when my brows are freshly plucked and I have used the Ready. Set. Brow! Perfect Brow Groomer. It is a little magic wand, similar to the one you may use for your mascara, that spreads a clear gel formula to shape and define eyebrows. I love using this to keep my wild brows tamed! To make them look extra bold, the Oh My Brow! Highlighter is applied above and below the arches of my brows to illuminate and draw attention to their shape.
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These products are by far my favorite of the bunch! I saved the best for last. The Reveal Me Exfoliating Face Gel is so fabulous that I use it every chance I can get. Put a little dab of the gel on your hands, rub on your face, and watch as the exfoliation goes to work! It doesn't have any exfoliating balls in it, but I think the gel magically makes my (dead) skin come right off. You won't believe me until you try it for yourself. After washing my face, day and night, I apply the Renew Me Restoring Serum. It contains antioxidants in the formula to help protect against the harsh Utah environment (dry AND smoggy), while at the same time providing the exclusive (to European Wax Center) COMFORT BLEND that helps nourishes stressed skin.

Overall, I would give European Wax Center a 10 out of 10 for having amazing products that help woman like myself feel more confident and strut through life!


5 Tips on How to Wear High Waist Jeans

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  1.  BELT IT In my opinion, high waist pants look best belted! It really helps accentuate the smallest part of your frame-- the waist! So cinch it in with a cute (but big) belt that draws attention to that area.
  2. TUCK IT Baggy shirts should definitely be tucked into the high waist jeans. Again, this is to accentuate your waist! Of course, untucked baggy shirts do just fine, but then you won't be able to be seen rockin' the hot trend of high waist jeans! What's the fun in that?
  3. CROP IT Yep, the only time you should be caught wearing a crop top over the age of 24 is when you are wearing high waisted pants! (any other time and you're showing a little too much unless you're Taylor Swift). Wearing a crop top allows eyes to focus on the hourglass silhouette that you are trying to create. 
  4. ROLL IT This is one of the tips that can be paired with other styles! I love to roll my "mom jeans" when I am wearing booties or when they are too baggy. By doing this (if they are baggy), you show a little ankle, which again, shows off your figure.
  5. EXPERIMENT IT There are truly a plethora of shoes styles that can be worn with high waist jeans, but make sure you experiment first! Not all will look good, so be sure to test them each out in the mirror before heading out the door. Some styles that look the best? Chunky heels, d'Orsay flats, and of course, booties!

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Jewelry is all from Color by Amber c/o
Striped Shirt from DownEast Basics
Seychelles Ukulele Suede Ankle Boots (very very similar- same brand)
Raga Calabasas Kimono (similar- same brand)
Retro Luxe London Leather Western Belt with Double Keeper
FOREVER 21 classic high-waisted jeans


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Blue Print Blouse

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I can definitely say that I have found a love for Forever21 once again! For awhile I felt like I was only into wearing name brand clothing. I remember saying no to all things that were not name brand-- even if they struck my creative chord. I know, I know, a terrible attitude.
I went into the HUGE store down in Draper the other day-- it is two stories tall-- and fell into the trap! So many products, sales that were buy one get one free; I was in heaven. That is where I found the adorable tie neck top. Unfortunately I can't find it online; I think it is sold out. Fortunately, a similar (snake print!) version could be found!
You know what else found its way back into my life? Aviators! These babies truly look good on almost everyone, and they are by the Elizabeth and James brand (by MK and Ashley Olsen, my childhood best friend crushes)! You can grab yourself a pair of these and RENT them to try them before you by the from Ditto.com. Even better, you can use the code LAURYNCAKES to went for a month free! It is honestly the coolest idea ever.
Sadly, these are the last pictures from my shoot with my good friend Clarke from CMore Photography. She is based in Portland, Oregon and won't be back to visit for awhile. I can't wait to go visit her at her floating house and take some more pictures!
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Elizabeth and James Aviator Sunglasses from Ditto (use the code LAURYNCAKES to get a month of free renting designer sunnies!)
FOREVER 21 abstract paisley self-tie blouse (similar, mine was sold out)