Spring & Summer Style with Chews

Anyone else counting down the days to Summer? This Spring hasn’t been the greatest for weather and it’s got me craving the sun and heat in a major way. The West Coast is a beautiful place to live but we have so much grey and rain that we earn the blue skies and hot weather for the few short months they’re here. 

And with that sun comes all the things for Spring and Summer in our wardrobes: tees, shorts, flip flips, maxi dresses… I’ll take one of everything. ;).  I teamed up with Chews Boutique on a fashion feature in the Fall (see that here) and we’ve got together again to share some style ideas for the Spring and Summer (also perfect to take on vacation!). We paired everything with items you’ve probably already got in your closest to show how easy and versatile her pieces are to wear- perfect if you like pieces that can multitask and go with a variety of items you already own.

All of the pieces Chelsey carries in her online shop combine comfort with style, with everything under $70. Comfort, style, aaaand at a good price? Check, check, check! Like I said, I’ll take one of everything ;). See below for 5 outfits perfect for the warmer weather featuring pieces available from Chews- just add sun!!!

 

Off the Shoulder Tie Top- $48.50

Sunglasses & black jeans- my own

Cargo Jacket– $59.50

Burnout Tank Top– $28.50

White jeans- my own

Blue bodycon dress- $42.50

White Converses runners- my own

 

Bell sleeve top- $42.50

Black jeans & hat- my own

   Blue Ombre Maxi Dress– $58.50

Wedges & hat- my own

 It’s hard to pick a favourite, but it’s safe to say that Chelsey stocks her online shop with some pretty great pieces. Whatever is on your warm weather style wish list, make sure you check out Chews, you definitely won’t come away disappointed. We always have a good time when we get together for shoots and we had a blast with Akane shooting the photos for this post- I hope it gave you some ideas for your Spring and Summer style! 

Want to treat yo’self??? Hop over to Instagram and enter to win a $25 shop credit from Chews! Click here for a direct link to the contest photo. Good luck!!

About Chews 
Chews Boutiqie was established by owner Chelsey Andrews to offer a unique take on wardrobe basics. Offering up a variety of pieces that invokde effortless style with a minimalist and modern feel, Chews aims to offer pieces that will becomes staples in their shopper’s closets at an affordable price point. To view current selection, visit the Chews website.

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Photo credit: Akane Kondo Photography

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Cinco De Mayo Party

Who’s ready for a party?? Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner and let’s face it, we’re all in need of something bright and cheerful after the grey months behind us. I got together with my blogger gals Janette (Ava to Zoe) and Heydy (Raising Jay and Abel) to put on a Spring Fiesta with our kids and let’s just say I’m doing a happy dance after seeing it all come together. We all pitched in to bring this party together- yay teamwork!- and you can find the links to the posts Janette and Heydy have up on their blogs, plus source info and links at the end of the post (Janette made to- die- for vegetarian tacos and Heydy whipped up some wicked sangria). 

We went for a twist on the classic Cinco De Mayo theme, taking colour inspo from Mexican blankets and muting them down for a more pastel pallette. We opted for a Tex- Mex menu and a few sweet treats to keep things simple, all around a Mexican theme (how cute are those cactus cookies?!). We added some pops of colour to the table with the flowers and cactus, whipped up a cute ‘Taco ’bout a party’ sign (thank you dollar store!), and added a few fun details like the pineapple and tissue garland at the front of the table for finishing touches. A lot of the items for dressing the table were things we already had, simple DIYS, and some dollar store finds and we wanted to show that you can throw one helluva party without blowing the budget (I’ll be sharing the DIY for the tissue backdrop soon).Whether you throw a Cinco De Mayo party, or like the idea of a Mexican themed fiesta, I hope you get some ideas from these photos! Scroll to the end for links and source info. Ole!

 

     

   

 

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Photo credit: Ava to Zoe, one half of Captured in Squares

Backdrop- OHP (DIY here)

‘OLE’ balloons, party plates, wooden forks, & cactus gummies – Joonie and Joe | Instagram | Facebook 

Glass jug & glasses, napkins, & taco tray- President’s Choice | Instagram | Facebook 

Wood cactus plates- Timber Child | Instagram |Facebook

Colouring pages- Taylin Threads | Instagram | Facebook 

Flowers- Ever Red Fresh Designs

Mac & Cheese, organic blue corn chips- President’s Choice | Instagram | Facebook 

Vegetarian tacos- Ava to Zoe using Veggie Grounds from Big Mountain Foods

Sangria- Raising Jay and Abel 

Cactus cookies- The Cake Mama | Instagram | Facebook 

Nacho flavour popcorn- The Popcorn Bar | Instagram 

Churros- Lola’s Churro Bar | Instagram | Facebook 

 

 

Easter Bunting Printables

 

Looking for some last- minute Easter decor for this weekend? Buntings are a cute and simple way to add a pop of colour to your home and make for a fun craft project for the kids. All you have to do is print, cut, add some string, and hang (plus a little glue for the letters- easy!)!

I’ve got two different printable buntings below: a solid colour lettered bunting  and a bunting template with stick- on letters (use the shape as a template to cut out your own bunting from paper and then glue on the letters or just print the letters and tape onto twine or string for a cute ‘Happy Easter’ garland). I’ve created each in a variety of colours so you can pick one to match your Easter decor or favourite Spring colour- I even created grey versions in case you prefer a more monochromatic option. See below for instructions. Hope everyone has a happy Easter!

Printing tip: make sure to select ‘fit to page’ to ensure the bunting templates print as they appear. You can also scale the size down if you’d prefer smaller bunting pieces (I scaled down to 35% for letter garland).

 

 

SOLID COLOUR ‘HAPPY EASTER’ LETTERED BUNTING

 

Here’s a sample of what the bunting looks like:

Click on the colour you’d like to print below:

Happy Easter Bunting- Robin’s Egg

Happy Easter Bunting- Mint

Happy Easter Bunting- Yellow

Happy Easter Bunting- Peach

HappyEaster! Bunting- Coral

Happy Easter Bunting- Mauve

Happy Easter Bunting- Grey

 ‘HAPPY EASTER’ LETTERS + BUNTING TEMPLATE

 

Here’s a sample of what the bunting looks like:

 

Click on the colour you’d like to print below:

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Robin’s Egg

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Mint

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Yellow

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Peach

Happy Easter Bunting Letters- Coral

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Mauve

HappyEaster Bunting Letters- Grey

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Easter Eggs 3 Ways

 chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs

By now I think it’s well known I love a good DIY, and Easter is no different. I wanted to try doing naturally dyed eggs at home, plus a few other simple ideas for decorating eggs: chalk paint and glitter- covered eggs. I thought a variety would be fun plus Ari loved the chance to help decorate them. The chalk paint and glitter eggs are quick and simple to make, but I’ve provided info on how we did the natural dye eggs since there was a little more involved with them. 

I’ve been eyeing up the naturally dyed Easter eggs that I’ve seen others share about and finally thought I’d try making them this year with Ari at home. I’ll admit that it takes a little while to make the natural dyes and you’ll want to put down some paper to avoid spills/ stains, but it’s fun to try and Ari had a blast. For some other fun Easter ideas scroll to the end of this post to see the Easter party I teamed up on with Creative Wife & Joyful Worker (where you’ll find her DIY for making those gold foil eggs) and Discovering Parenthood.

NATURAL DYE EGGS

natural homemade Easter egg dye

Making the dye for all 4 colours of eggs starts with the same mixture of ingredients + whatever additive is needed to create the colour. 

For the dye base:

4 cups water

2 tbsp white vinegar

1 tsp salt

For pink eggs- 4 cups roughly chopped beets

For yellow eggs- 4 tbsp ground tumeric

For green eggs-  6 cups spinach, chopped + 1 tbsp ground tumeric 

For blue eggs-  4 cups red cabbage, chopped

natural homemade Easter egg dye

natural homemade Easter egg dye

Directions:

  1. Combine water, vinegar, and salt in a large pot, followed by the dye ingredient for the colour you want to make. 
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for half an hour uncovered. 
  3. Strain the dye liquid from the solid ingredient (for the tumeric used for the yellow and green dye you can use cheesecloth to help strain). Transfer to a large canning jar or other container to cool. Repeat until you have all of the dyes for the colours you want to make (I added some of the tumeric dye for yellow eggs to the green dye mixture because I didn’t think the green dye from the spinach would turn out. I’m glad I added it because the eggs turned out really green). 
  4. Once the liquid has cooled, submerge your eggs and leave over night in the fridge.

Tip: I’d suggest using hard boiled eggs, since they sink and will absorb the dye equally over the whole shell surface. We tried using artificial white eggs plus hard boiled brown and white eggs to see how they would turn out. The artificial eggs didn’t absorb the dye as well and came out more pastel (which is still pretty, just might not be the result you want), plus I found it was easy to wipe the dye off of them after we took them out of the jars, so the coverage wasn’t as nice/ even. I like the artificial eggs more for the other two styles of eggs I made- chalk paint and glitter- covered. 

 

natural homemade Easter egg dye

CHALK PAINT EGGS

chalk paint Easter eggs

Materials:

Eggs (we used the artificial eggs left over from the natural dye batch and I liked how they worked for this)

Chalk paint in various colours

Sponge brush

Directions:

chalk paint Easter eggs

  1. Using a sponge brush, paint one half of each egg (either top or bottom) and allow to dry in an egg carton. Flip and repeat.
  2. Apply a second coat if needed (I found the second coat gave nice coverage)

chalk paint Easter eggs

GLITTER EGGS

chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs

Materials:

Eggs (we added glitter to some of the chalk paint eggs, but I love the idea of doing this with plain white eggs as well)

Liquid glue or mod podge

Glitter

Sponge brush

Directions:

chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs

  1. Using a sponge brush, coat one half of the egg in glue and sprinkle glitter over top and allow to dry in an egg carton. Flip and repeat.
  2. Tap loose glitter to remove. If you want to avoid glitter getting everywhere, add a second coat of glue or mod podge over top to seal the glitter.

chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs

 Like I said, I love the chance to make a mess and get a little crafty. I guess it’s about that time to start adding some Spring and Easter decor around the house and these eggs are perfect for that (but I’d maybe just stick with the artificial eggs if they’re going to be used for more than a day or two 😉 ). They’re pretty displayed in glass jars and vases or scattered on your table for Easter dinner. See the photos below for some ideas of how to style an Easter table/ party and the links to the other Easter projects included in the Easter collab with Creative Wife and Joyful Worker and Discovering Parenthood

  chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs 

chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs

chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs

chalk paint and glitter Easter eggs

Easter party

Easter party

Easter party 

Easter party

For other fun Easter ideas see these posts from our Easter collab:

Geo Floral Easter Party Decor– Creative Wife and Joyful Worker 

A Little Floral Easter Party– Discovering Parenthood

DIY Kid’s Carrot Love Ducks Snack– Discovering Parenthood

DIY Gold Foil Easter Eggs– Creative Wife and Joyful Worker 

DIY Floral Kid’s Bunny Ears– Discovering Parenthood (blog post link coming soon).

DIY Watercolour Easter Egg Banner- Creative Wife and Joyful Worker (blog post link coming soon)

Photos:

DIY photos: OHP

Styled party photos- Creative Wife and Joyful Worker and Discovering Parenthood

Location- Ritual Icecream in Fort Langley

Raspberry Cheesecake Icecream + dishes- Ritual Icecream

Kid’s Clothes- Watermelon Tree Kids in Fort Langley

Outfit Styling- Creative Wife and Joyful Worker

Floral Table Runner- Sequel Events

Bunny Rabbit Floral Cake- The Cake Mama

Geometric and Floral Name Cookies: The Cake Mama

Geometric Party Plates, Blush Tablecloth, Wooden Forks: Joonie and Joe

Easter Egg Macarons: Sugar Patisserie