Happy Happy Friday! Boy, what a week. Between the apartment drama and also getting geared up for what is sure to be an unbelievable few days in Salt Lake City next week, I am happy to see the weekend (and a three day one, at that!). I like to think of the last few days as just water under the bridge (hence the lovely image above, from Sarah Tucker). I’m ready for what this next week will bring!

To give you all a heads up and get you excited: next week, I have a very special set of posts coming. As you know, I’ll be attending the Altitude Design Summit from Wednesday through Friday, and can’t wait to get back and share what I learned with you (along with lots of photos, natch! After all, I’ll be hanging out with Tobe, Molly, Chelsea, ErinKatie, Amanda, Kait, and local friends Jeanne and Melissa there). However, I figured, “Why let the Alt-goers have all the fun?” For those of you reading along who also have blogs, you’re in for a real treat: a series of posts sharing best practices, tips and tricks from lots of amazing bloggers who have been kind enough to spill their secrets! And if you don’t have a blog, consider this a rare behind the scenes look into what goes into creating your favorite sites. I think you’ll still enjoy it! And perhaps it’ll give you some inspiration to start your own blog (if you do, make sure you let me know!).

Until then, some links for your viewing pleasure:

+ Lotts and Lots shared a great DIY on what are dubbed as Prada-esque earrings. Looks pretty good given the small shopping list, don’t you think?
+ Keeping in the DIY vein, Amber had a great round up of DIYs you should check out right this second. I’m especially impressed with the fish scale wall, the IKEA desk hack (also discussed over here), and the confetti system garland !
+ Did you hear the big news from my girl Mackenzie? Get ready for Design Darling: The Boutique!! I have a feeling this is going to be fabulous.
+ Chelsea shared her gorgeous envelope liner for her wedding invitations. They’re fabric. And hand cut by her. Lovely, aren’t they?
+ I’m totally intrigued by this recipe from Jacquelyn: a beef noodle soup that uses bourbon. Something different (and delicious).
+ I always love learning about new artists, and was happy to hear about Jennifer Ament, which Sarah shared on her blog Chevrons & Stripes.
+ Don’t miss this summary of a new article in Architectural Digest which looks at the Dumfries House in Scotland, recently purchased by Prince Charles.
+ Madewell (of all blogs) shared a great how-to on making your own jam. It really is easy!

Do you have next Monday off? What are your plans for the three day weekend? Wherever you are, I hope you enjoy!

{Image Credit: Sarah Tucker Travel Photography}

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  1. 1.13.12
    Kristin said:

    I am now DIY inspired…Fabulous link love roundup!

  2. 1.13.12

    Love this, I didn’t read a lot of these & am now spending the last few hours before the weekend doing so!

  3. 1.13.12

    You are a social butterfly! Have a great time!

  4. 1.13.12
    Neda said:

    Lovely photo! I hope you have a extra special weekend to make up for the rough week!! xx

  5. 1.13.12

    Love that Jennifer Ament art, too!

    And yes, I hope you have a very pleasant weekend after your stressy week!

  6. 1.13.12

    WOOP WOOP! see you SOON! ox

  7. 1.13.12

    Love the fish scale wall!



  8. 1.13.12
    Molly said:

    Soo sooon soooo sooooon! Can it be Wednesday already?

  9. 1.13.12
    Renee said:

    I’m really really excited about this next week of blogger tips and secrets!! Can’t wait!

  10. 1.13.12

    I’m so glad you’re going to share what you learn at the design summit! That is so awesome of you. Cannot wait to hear all about the whole experience, it sounds like so much fun.

  11. 1.13.12
    tabitha said:

    I love this, and the fun links to check out. You’re the best.

  12. 1.13.12
    Amanda said:

    Well this image makes my week…take me away!

  13. 1.14.12

    can’t wait to hear about alt! :) and a great round-up of links!

  14. 1.14.12

    Your apartment deal sounds like a little bit of a nightmare, Vanessa. Hope you’re able to take the edge of this weekend!

  15. 1.14.12
    Lotts said:

    I actually shrieked out loud when I saw the link to my blog! Thank you so so so much, I really am flattered. Have a great weekend.

    Lotts xx


  16. 1.14.12
    Lisa said:

    Looking forward to learning from your posts next week! Also can’t wait to see what you come back with from Alt. enjoy!

  17. 1.14.12
    Kathryn said:

    What a lovely weekly roundup!

    XX Kathryn


  18. 1.15.12
    Sara said:

    I’m so glad you’ll be sharing what you learn from Alt! Can’t wait!


  19. 1.15.12
    Chelsea said:

    Oh! Thank you so much for including me. I can’t wait for next week. xo

  20. 1.16.12
    Lauren said:

    LOVE those DIY earrings! gorgeous

  21. 1.16.12

    Thanks so much for the kind words! Beautiful Blog…