Puppy Love: 5 Summer Must-haves

Summer heat in DC is a little much for Dexter, especially in the afternoons. His favorite spot in my apartment is the bath tub where he loves to quench his thirst ( he thinks the faucet is a water fountain) and then nap in the cool tub. He is super adorable when he does this. I fill his water bowl with ice and he still prefers to drink from the tub.

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Seeing how uncomfortable the Summer heat is making him had me searching for  ways to keep my hot dog cool.

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1. I found this three-ingredient ice cream on dog milk  and decided to give it a try. Just as with other dishes I make, he devoured in less than a minute and came back for more, which makes me believe he liked it. For those less inclined to spend time making ice cream, Arrfscarf offers five delish flavors for your pup.

2. I have been taking him to parks and outdoor parties with me and a collapsible travel bowl, like this one by BlissPaws  is very handy.

3. His metal colar gets too hot and I am eyeing the olive ombre rope collar by Petswag as an alternative.

4. He loves most products by Kong and Im positive this wet wubba is going to become his new best toy.

5. This cooling pad for pets looks interesting as well. Especially for when we travel.

 

Have a great week ahead.

Manvi

Hello Monday + Dinner with Birch Box

A night with Birch Box, a colorful porch party, boozy popsicle and pea-potato salad recipes, strawberry-shortcake bridal shower, DIY fourth of July picnic and more lovely things that came my way recently.

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25 boozy popsicle recipes at snippet+ink

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Pretty paper goods by Little Bit Heart for a strawberry shortcake-inspired bridal shower.

 

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Pea-potato salad by Coco+Kelley

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Cute DIY fourth of July picnic ideas over at Glitter Guide

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I want a bed swing like this for my apartment.

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Birch Box held a private dinner at Malmaison in DC last week. Isnt the decor pretty?

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It was lovely to meet Brich Box co-founder Katia, editor Meredith, the Skirt PR team and other DC-based lifestyle bloggers.

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This salted caramel tart is heavenly and thanks to Malmaison’s owner I got to bring one home as well.

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And who doesnt love a Birch Box as party favor? Right? Are you a Birch Box subscriber?

Have a great (short) week. xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

decorating: how to add dark elements to a room

Last year I painted one wall in my living room a dark grey. It took a while to find the exact shade I had in mind. I went with Clark and Kensington’s Admiral Blue which was very close to what I was looking for.

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The dark wall completely transformed the room. It highlights the tall ceilings, and add that drama factor that this large room with no architectural detail needed. I played it up by adding black and white striped throw pillows and a patchwork cowhide rug to the room.White lamps, doors, and decor pieces against the contrasting dark wall look brighter and reflect light.

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Painting walls dark can be tricky and may not be for everyone, especially if the room lacks natural light. Here are 5 ways to for those of you wanting to introduce dark elements to their decor.

1. Furniture.

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2. Artwork

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3. Throw pillows

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4. Window trims and door frames

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5. Rugs and lamps

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 images: Emily Henderson, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Pinterest