How to Macrame | a beginners guide

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Have you ever wondered how to macrame a plant holder, keychain, or other home item? I used to macrame all the time when I was a child. It was a common project in art classes, and summer camps, when I was growing up in Marin. When rewardStyle announced they were going to host a How to Macrame workshop in San Francisco, I immediately RSVP-ed yes!

Macrame brings back fond childhood memories for me; and about year ago, those macrame projects from my childhood fell back into my hands. My Mom moved a couple of years ago, and she had boxed up some of my childhood memories which I forgot to box up and take with me into my adult life. I cleaned out my room at the home I grew up in before she moved, but there were art projects, and other odds and ends that had ended up with my Mom’s things, and in kitchen cabinets; who knew! So, she boxed them up and they moved with her to her new home.

One year ago, my Mom sorted out these odds and ends she had found when unpacking in her new home. She gave me a box filled with them. Inside the box were a few of my old macrame projects I had made for our house. My middle child thought these macrame projects were “pretty” and she snapped them up, immediately asking if she could keep them. I said yes of course, and they now decorate her room.

She is extremely artistic, and asked me how to macrame so she could make more macrame items to decorate her room with. I was stumped! How could I have forgotten how to macrame when it was such an integral part of my childhood?! So, when this class popped up, I was beyond thrilled to take a refresher course in how to macrame; now I can teach my daughter how to make her own macrame decorations!

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The How to Macrame class was held at One Kearny Club on Geary Street in San Francisco. It was so much fun to attend and see all the local bloggers I mostly interact with online. rewardStyle planned a fabulous and fun event. The event space was decorated with macrame and so many pretty flowers. There were passed appetizers, which were absolutely delicious, as well as an open bar.

After we socialized for a bit, our macrame class began! We all grabbed a chair, and then stood up in front of a wooden ring with sixteen ropes; ready to be turned into a macrame design. Out teacher, Jenny Lemons, gave us step-by-step instructions on how to macrame, and she walked around the room helping us with our knots, and our overall design. Our mission was to macrame a plant hanger. Later on, Dawn from Fashion Should Be Fun and I decided our plant hangers could double as iPhone carriers. More about that later on in this post.

Here are the steps for our macrame project:

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Here is a little photo journal of the steps for making a macrame knot so you can see the steps in action. They are in order, steps one, two, then three.

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When you get to this point, step three, pull the knot tight and wiggle it with your fingers to make sure it is symmetrical. I ended up making single knots on the top half of my plant holder, and then I went to alternating doubles knots on the bottom half of my plant holder. I think I defaulted to the single knot at first because it is the one I did most often when I was growing up. The single knot turns while the alternating double knot stays flat.

Below you can see my finished plant holder, and Dawn’s; which we found also makes a great iPhone case! Who knew?

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It was a fun event, and it was great to take a refresher course on how to macrame. Now, I can show my daughter how to macrame, and she can create her own home decor! I also plan to show her how to integrate beads into macrame. Love that!

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Do you know how to macrame? If so, what types of items do you like to make?

Thanks for stopping by!



*photo credits: some photos taken with my iPhone, some were taken by Andrea Posadas (hers are the good ones!!)

how to macrame He(art) Wall in San Francisco

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Wearing: gold statement earrings / Chanel lipstick / white lace dress (under $100!!) / white tank top (under dress for coverage) / white tennis shorts (under dress for coverage) / blue and gold bead bracelet stack / gold and turquoise cuff / white watch / Chanel fall nail polish / Chloe bag / espadrilles (old, similar pair under $100 here)

I left my He(art) in San Francisco. Ah, this conjures up visions of Tony Bennett belting out our city’s unofficial theme song. It also conjures up a modern-day vision of’s heart in a circle logo; which you might be familiar with from Instagram.

The summer of 2017 has been the summer of likes; Instagram likes that is. The team has been traveling around the country installing pop-up wall’s in all of our major cities. These pop-up walls last about one month, and offer a colorful background for taking photos worthy of all the likes on Instagram. Like it? Ha! I love it!

In case you are reading this and wondering what in the world is, it is an app where you can shop your favorite outfits, products, beauty products, home, products etc. from enabled photos found on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. If you screenshot a photo bearing the logo in the bottom right-hand corner, the photo and product details will appear in your app with shoppable links. You can learn more about it from this post I wrote in April.

The San Francisco wall was officially launched on August 16, 2017. To celebrate, Dawn from Fashion Should Be Fun and I went up to the city for meetings, lunch, and of course, photos in front of the wall! The San Francisco He(art) wall features so many pretty colors; but I have to admit I am in love with the portion bearing blue and green tones. Isn’t it fabulous!

You too can take your Instagram worthy photo in front of the wall; but hurry! It will only be there until September 16, 2017. The wall is located on the Palmer’s SF building on the  corner of Fillmore and Clay. Since it is in the Fillmore shopping district, you can combine your wall visit with lunch or brunch; and some serious shopping! Love! Or should I say; Like!

So I have rambled on about this fabulous wall, but can we change gears for a minute and chat about this dress?! In anticipation of the wall, I purchased this white dress so that I would not clash with the color palette; which was still a secret when I was shopping for a wall-worthy ensemble!

I was thrilled to find this dress. It is under $100 and turned out to be extremely comfortable. What threw me for a loop was when a woman walking on Fillmore street stopped to tell me how much she liked my dress! This does not happen often, so when it does, I know I need to re-wear the dress as often as possible!

If you are looking for a little white dress, which can be a fabulous go-to piece in your closet, this one is under $100; so you can’t go wrong! Plus, my Mom accused me of spending $400+ on it, so it looks like it cost much more then it did. I am not sure she believed me when I told her the price! haha

The dress is a little sheer, so I wore white tennis shorts and a white tank top underneath to make sure everything was covered. Worked like a charm!

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Let me know if you stop at the wall in San Francisco! If you have snapped photos in front of one of the other walls around the country this summer, I would love to see the pictures! Drop your link below.

Thanks for stopping by!



*photo credit: Andrea Posadas

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How to use the app to shop your screenshots and likes

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How to use the app to shop screenshots and likes on Instagram and across social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, might be a question you have asked yourself several times since the new app came out in March. Or, you might be looking at this post and asking your laptop, “what in the world is she talking about?” If you are on Instagram, you have probably noticed the hashtag #liketoknowit on many photos posted by bloggers. You might be ignoring the hashtag, or you may have already been using by liking pictures on Instagram, and then receiving an email with all of your likes which you can shop from your mobile device or desktop; but now screenshots have entered the picture. If you are not on Instagram, you might be confused by this entire post. That’s OK, if you are curious to find out what in the world I am blabbing about, read on.

I was fortunate enough to have one of my enabled pictures re-gramed last week, which meant a lot of new eyes were on my photo by people who normally don’t see me on Instagram. With this influx of new people, brought a large amount of questions. I received several DM’s and a few emails asking me how to use the app to shop screenshots and likes on Instagram because they loved my top in the picture, and wanted to buy it. I was thrilled to have so many people like my top, at the same time, I realized there are a lot of people out there who are wondering how to use the app to shop screenshots and likes on Instagram. So, here is my tutorial! Don’t worry, it sounds complicated, but it is actually really easy to shop your screenshots and likes on Instagram! Love that!

The first thing you need to do is download the app from the app store. You can find the app right here. Once you have downloaded the app, create an account, or login to your existing account. Once you have done that, take a good look at the picture below of the green dress (which happens to be on major sale here) and continue reading.

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This photo has been enabled. This means you can like it on Instagram, or screenshot it anywhere on the web and receive all of the links to shop this look in your app and/or via email. How can you tell if a photo is enabled? Well, take a good look at this picture. In the bottom right-hand corner there is a white heart with a circle around it. This is the symbol which tells you it is a picture which you can screenshot to shop. This symbol will appear on photos throughout Instagram and across other social media channels signalling that the photo is shoppable if you take a screenshot and have the app on your mobile device.

The symbol will appear in two colors; black or white. Normally on a dark corner, you will see the white symbol and on a light corner you will see the black symbol. You can see the black symbol in the photo below.

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It is up to the blogger or influencer whether to use the black or white symbol on a photo, so always check the bottom right-hand corner to see if it is there. While these photos appear frequently on Instagram, they can also be shared on other social media platforms. I always share mine on Facebook too, so if you don’t follow me on Instagram, only Facebook, you can screenshot my photos, and other enabled photos, via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and anywhere you see the symbol! You can even shop this blog post by taking a screenshot of the above photo, or the photo with the green dress. Love that!

Now that you know how to identify a photo which is enabled, you might be asking yourself, but how do I shop my screenshots with the app? You can either like the photo on Instagram or take a screenshot of the photo on Instagram, Facebook, or anywhere around the web you find a enabled picture. This will generate an email and place the photo in your app where you can access it. This is great if you are scrolling through Instagram, or the web, and taking screenshots of several photos. Instead of stopping to take action on every photo, you can screenshot them and then access them when you are done web surfing and start shopping, or save them for later when you decide what you would like to buy, or perhaps wait for your paycheck so you can shop.

Once you have the app, you can shop anywhere you see the symbol in the right-hand corner. In addition, the app acts like a visual social media app where you can search hashtags such as #ltkunder50 (which means something in the photo is under $50) or #ltkbump (which is great for finding maternity outfits) or my favorite, #ltkbag (which shows you more handbags than you can imagine!).  You can search any hashtag you are interested in, and find new bloggers to follow and shop from! It is like a catalog of fabulous-ness you can screenshot! Love!

So, definitely download the app from the app store and start taking screenshots of my pictures, and all of the enabled photos you find around the web. It is really addictive, you will love it! Feel free to leave any questions about how to use the app that you may have in the comment section below, or drop me an email or DM.

Thank you so much for your support and happy shopping via screenshot with!

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In the black tie optional photo, I am standing with Wardrobe Oxygen under the balloons during the finale party at the recent rewardStyle conference. Check out her blog, she is amazing!

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