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My Pure Barre journey has continued through this pregnancy with Lillian. I began Pure Barre in February of 2013 and it has completely changed my body, outlook on exercise and given me an outlet of “me” time that helps me stay balanced with motherhood, work and the everyday juggle. It definitely takes hard work and dedication to stay committed but when it feels like it’s too hard to keep up with the schedule, I remind myself that I’m a better person when I go to class. I’m a better business owner, wife, mom and friend when I’m able to spend that hour of time focusing on my body inside and out. Because of Pure Barre and new eating habits (thanks to my sister-in-law Colleen McCarthy), I actually started this pregnancy 10 pounds lighter than my pregnancy with Rhett. Before Pure Barre, I had dropped most of my pregnancy weight, but still felt ‘fluffy’ – I think some of it had to do with nursing as well. I was wavering around a size 8 and later dropped to a size 4 after my dedication to Pure Barre and the results of my MRT test. I’m attempting to reach my goal of 250 classes but time will tell if I can get there before or after Lillian arrives the end of May.

During my pregnancy with Rhett, let’s just say I quit counting after I passed the 50lb weight gain mark. I just couldn’t look at the scale any longer. I wasn’t eating well and I definitely wasn’t exercising. I suffered from a bit of sciatic nerve pain and frequented the chiropractor to help resolve the pain. This ‘pinched’ nerve feeling stopped me from exercising because I was convinced it made me feel worse. Little did I know that it actually would have helped!

When I found out I was pregnant with Lillian, I made a commitment to myself to continue Pure Barre, no matter how difficult it may get through the 9 month period. It is proven NOW, that when I don’t go to Pure Barre, I actually feel WORSE. If I have to miss class due to work, motherhood duties, etc – my body gets stiff, heavy and my energy level goes down. I can definitely tell when I miss class and it gives me motivation to reschedule class and get there – no matter how I have to move my schedule around. I owe it to myself and my family to go to class and stay active! Toting around a 3 year old can definitely take a toll on a pregnant body so keeping my muscle tone helps with that, too!

As far as physical appearance, keeping my ab muscles engaged throughout pregnancy has helped keep everything LIFTED. I feel less pressure in my hips and sciatic nerve because my abs are holding everything up higher. Believe it not, I can actually still feel and see my ab muscles – quite amazing considering I didn’t even have ab muscles before PB. They were completely nonexistent as well as seat muscles, too. Overall, muscle tone was definitely lacking and by increasing toning and strength, it has helped me physically with toddler life, post-baby body and increased self-confidence.

I’m anxious to see the effects on the labor process this time around. I had a bit of difficulty with the physical side of labor and I’m praying that this hard work pays off in an ‘easier’ delivery and bounce back. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Next up? Adjusting your Pure Barre routine for your growing body! Luckily, the owner of my Pure Barre studio just recently had her 3rd child and she looks AMAZING! She is the best motivation to keep going to class because the post-baby results make it worth the hard work. Brook has been a great resource for advice and adjusted positions for class. There was a time that I was frustrated because physically, I felt that I could still challenge myself the same way as before pregnancy, but my body wasn’t cooperating. Physically, I felt ABLE, but my muscles just didn’t work the same way. I was feeling some of the ab work in my hip flexors so I know something wasn’t right. She showed me a few adjustments and it has definitely helped keep ab work in my ABS and continue to grow my strength. If you’re attending Pure Barre, as your instructor if she knows a few alternative positions for you, it’s much more beneficial than doing it incorrectly and paying for it later in the wrong areas of your body.

Here are a few links to help you with Pure Barre pregnancy:

Pure Barre During Pregnancy

The Pretty Fit Chick

Pure Barre Prenatal DVD

PureBarrePregnancyEssentials

Okay, so adjusting my Pure Barre attire was definitely a task and believe it not, it was harder to dress for class in the beginning as it is now (29 weeks). If you’re been pregnant before, you know how ‘blah’ you feel in the first trimester. Your stomach isn’t hard and full yet and everything seems soft and sensitive. It actually felt worse to have tight pants on vs now, tight pants actually feel better. I began my hunt for a few new pieces to get my through the 9 month pregnancy – thought I would share my finds here!

PANTS

Pure Barre Gemini Tight
The owner of my studio suggested the Gemini Tight from Pure Barre because of the adjustable waistband. You can wear it high to stay ‘sucked in’ and then fold it over as you need more room. These have been my favorite so far and will work great for post baby body!

Beyond Yoga Maternity Pants

After a bit of research, I found these maternity pants from Beyond Yoga – these are great for later in pregnancy – I had a hard time keeping them up in the early stages. The stretchy top feels amazing on the tummy!

TOPS

Lynx Tank from Pure Barre

Lynx Tank from Pure Barre

This is the top I’m sporting in the photo at the top – I love how LONG this is because it fits over the belly with room at the bottom – I don’t feel like it rides up during class which is a plus. The built-in bra is nice, too! I can’t seem to wear lots of layers during class, I get too hot and stuffy!

Devon top from Splits 59

Devon 3/4 Sleeve Top

I like these oversized tops to throw on top of a sports bra or over tanks after leaving class to run errands. You might even find me wearing these around the house – they are so soft and comfortable and leave ample room for belly! I also love the open back so it lets air in during class – very breathable.

Hope this inspires you to stay active during your pregnancy! Just remember that it may seem hard at first but feels so much better in the end. Even just a simple brisk walk can do the trick if you’re not up to the difficulty level of Pure Barre.

If you’re interested in attending a Pure Barre class, it’s never too late to start. Even if you’re newly pregnant, I know a quite a few people who started during pregnancy and continued after having their baby – their bounce back stories are amazing!

Visit Pure Barre’s website for more information about a studio near you: http://purebarre.com

Their blog also features great recipes and sneak peeks of the technique in case you’re curiosity gets the best of you before attending class.
http://purebarre.com/blog/

Remember, the smaller the movements and the more you shake, the better the results! The technique is designed to be isomeric movements focusing on small muscle groups – using your muscles to contract rather than joints and big motions. If you’re planning to try Pure Barre (pregnant or not) – be sure to check out their starter technique classes called “Breaking down the Barre”.

If your’e located in the Savannah area – I hope to see you at the Barre! Visit their Facebook page for updates and tell them I sent you!

https://www.facebook.com/purebarresavannah

LTB Love,

EmilyMcCarthy001

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  1. Katie says

    You look wonderful and your attitude is inspiring! I LOVE Pure Barre (I’m not pregnant, but I definitely plan to keep going to PB when I do get pregnant!). Keep up the good work!


    March 21, 2015
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2014

I woke up this morning on my 33rd birthday feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for my so many things – all of the blessings God has bestowed on my family and I’m just in awe of His love and grace. As our Christmas card said this year, “From the fullness of grace we have received one blessing after another”. John 1:16. I just have a hard time believing this beautiful life sometimes – do we deserve it? I keep thinking that something bad has to happen soon – this is just too good to be true! I would like to share my thoughts on control – many would think that I’m a control freak and maybe sometimes I am – when it comes to making things pretty! However, when it comes to the fate of my life and business, I truly hand it over to God. You don’t usually see me stressed about the business, where the next pay check will come from or how we will take on another child. I just strongly believe that if you put your life in the hands of the man upstairs, He will ALWAYS take care of you. I try not to have too many expectations about what life will bring either – I try to look at everything as a surprise and blessing. We don’t have control over our life, but we do have control over how we react to what it throws our way. We have a choice in what we do with the hand we are dealt – what have you done with your hand this year?

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As we move through 9 months of preparation for our sweet baby girl, my mind is racing on how we will manage the new addition. I know that it will be hard but it will be worth it. I’ve chatted with fellow moms before about loving another child as much as I love Rhett. It’s truly amazing that God enables us to double that love – how wonderful that must feel. And I truly believe that having children changed my life and all of a sudden, life made so much sense. Before children, something was missing and I know now that it was becoming a mother that would complete me.

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…and then there’s THIS guy – what would I do without him? His continued love and support means the world to me. He is my sounding board, flip-side thinker and rock – and let’s talk about how much he has been working lately. Due to a crazy deadline in construction, he has worked 80 hours a week over the holidays. While we are thankful for work – the timing kind of stinks! We have missed having him around for Christmas and I’m personally looking forward to some romantic time for dinner tonight! Glad to have deadline wrapping up this week so we can get back to normal! And we celebrated 8 years of marriage bliss this year – we are well on our way to 10 years and I’m already concocting a fabulous getaway!

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This little nugget brings such joy to my life – I can’t imagine life without him now. Who was I before this love happened to me? I know he will be an amazing big brother and he constantly asked how the baby is growing inside mommy’s tummy. I plan on soaking up every minute of our quiet time during the next few months. The little things will be come the big things to treasure as he grows older.

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As far as the year, here’s a little recap of some of my favorite moments!

St. Patrick’s Day – family tradition!

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Patrick and I had a quick getaway to NYC – little did I know, I had a little bun in the oven!
2014nycMet a personal goal of 100 Pure Barre Classes and hoped to reach 250 this year but didn’t quite make it – looks like it’s my goal for 2015!

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Around the house, we had a big big photoshoot for an amazing magazine due out on stands this year. More details to come when I’m allowed to spill the beans! It pushed us to do some major work around the house that we’ve been wanting to do since we moved in 3 years ago. We changed the exterior of the house tremendously, new paint color, hardware, lighting, etc and also removed the front porch railing for a low-country look. We also worked on a few room renovations and the biggy…gutted the kitchen and removed a wall to create an open concept!

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In the world of business, this has been the year!

A new brand and website was launched to better represent my business and my overall vision for the future.

2014websiteSome incredible mentions and features in some of my favorite magazines! (Southern Living Editor’s Letter below)

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THREE exciting partnerships/licensing deals with my favorite manufacturers. PSA Essentials, Maple Leaf at Home and AR-EN Party Printers. Because of these wonderful partnerships, the Emily McCarthy lifestyle products are available to retailers nationwide.

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and this biggy – I kept the business at home as long as I could but it started limiting the possibilities for growth and logistics. Meredith went full-time and I moved the business to this wonderful community of creatives called Cohen’s Retreat. We have already gone from 1 cottage to 2 cottages plus a retail Shoppe inside the main building.

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I’m so thrilled to see what 2015 brings to my newest venture, the Cocktail Candle! I’ve designed this candle to serve as a yummy scented candle then to a fabulous cocktail glass after use. You can purchase them online here! The scent was something I worked really hard to perfect – I wanted to capture the feeling of drinking Prosecco on the Amalfi coast – light, citrus, sugar and bubbles.

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All in all, it’s been a fabulous year! and I’m excited to see what 33 will bring! I’m well aware that none of this would be possible without the support and love of my family and friends. I’m truly grateful for every single one of them – although too many list, you all know who you are. I hope you all know how special you are to me!

I hope you have a wonderful NYE celebration planned for tonight – I will be ringing in the new year with sparking apple juice and a kiss from my hubby.

Cheers!

EmilyMcCarthy001

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  1. Ron says

    Happy Birthday and a Happy New Year! Best for 2015!


    December 31, 2014
  2. Allison says

    What color did you use for your kitchen walls!? I love the kelly green!


    March 28, 2015
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I’m sure everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit with 2 days to go! We have been spending some time at home wrapping gifts, making treats and putting final touches on decking the halls. I thought I would share some of my favorite details this year!

First up, my collection of Nutcrackers! I’ve always loved the story and my first Nutcracker came from the Fox in Atlanta. Now, my parents find a new one each year fitting in theme of our lives.

Holiday2014-2 Holiday2014-3I love finding rare Irish-themed angels and Santas!

Holiday2014-4and what’s Christmas without a beautifully set table! This year, I went with the color story of my dining room and added more metallics and citrus to tie in the existing orange accents.

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Holiday2014-22 Holiday2014-23 Holiday2014-24 Holiday2014-25 Holiday2014-27 Holiday2014-29My mom has a set of jingles that belonged to my grandparents – I was so excited to find these at a local shop in Savannah, Summer Home!

Holiday2014-31 Holiday2014-32 Holiday2014-33The front porch was a great way to incorporate the new (January 2015) outdoor monogram pillows from the Shoppe!

Holiday2014-35 Holiday2014-36 Holiday2014-38 Holiday2014-39My favorite, the fireplace and mantle! I love making a majestic statement – the more the better!

Holiday2014-40 Holiday2014-41 Holiday2014-42and how adorbs is this canvas from Lindsay Letters!

Holiday2014-43We have always had a red/white themed tree and I was thrilled to up the ante this year with the candy accents from Hobby Lobby!

Holiday2014-44 Holiday2014-45 Holiday2014-46 Holiday2014-47 Holiday2014-51And of course, lots of gift accents from the Shoppe!

Holiday2014-52 Holiday2014-53 Holiday2014-54 Holiday2014-55The new kitchen nook got a holiday touch as well!

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Cheers!

2 comments

  1. rhiannon {paperclips and peonies} says

    I love how you’ve mixed the creative colour scheme with the traditional! What a beautiful home. Merry Christmas!


    December 23, 2014
  2. Ron says

    Do you make the wooden drink stirrers? I would love to get some with a monogram designed by No. Four Eleven. Let me know. Merry Christmas!


    December 23, 2014
Categories: holiday, in the life of..., interiors

I wanted to share a blog post I did over at The Southern C last week!

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Fall is in the air – well…almost, if you’re living here in the South! The temperature might still be warm, but we are forcing fall with pumpkin spice lattes, autumn scented candles and bootie-inspired attire. You might be thinking of ways to decorate your home and set your table for fall entertaining and family get-togethers. As if you can’t tell, I am a fan of the unexpected – I love doing a twist on the predictable holiday decor. My orange dining room is the perfect spot to set a fall table with the existing orange accents. My plan of attack? Gold and metallic accents – even the pumpkins! I scooped up a handful of pumpkins a few years back and sprayed them gold and silver. I use them on the front porch, mantle and on my table. While searching for holiday decor – go with the unexpected. Mix and match patterns in a color story rather than choosing the obvious. Instead of turkey-themed placemats, stick with a palette of oranges, golds and cremes. Then you can use them year-round for various occasions. Choose one area to toss in the theme – in this case, the pumpkins are the perfect fit! Once Christmas rolls around, I’ll change out pumpkins for aqua ornaments and pops of red.

This also allows me the opportunity to share my Entertaining Wardrobe with you! The wardrobe includes everything you need for impromptu dinner parties, family dinners or birthday soirees! Just like the rest of the Shoppe products, you can design your own! Choose your paper color, monogram style and ink color to create a custom look for your home! Each set comes with Fill-In Invitations, blank Menu Cards, Napkin Rings, Drink Flags and Placecards. Stash these in your china cabinet and be prepared for a party of 2 or 12!  Click here to create your own!

Hope you enjoyed and are encouraged to have fun with your decor this holiday season!

Cheers,

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    October 6, 2014
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Labor Day 20% OFF

www.EmilyMcCarthy.com/Shoppe – Enter LABORDAY at checkout to save 20% TODAY ONLY!

Also, be sure to check out the Q+A with You’re Welcome Savannah!

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Guest Welcome Tutorial by Emily McCarthy www.emilymccarthy.com

Welcome to a new series on the blog, quick How-To tutorials to help you style your home, gift with pizazz and entertain with southern charm. I’m starting out this series with a recent project for The Southern Woman’s Show here in Savannah. Jaclyn with Shop My Savannah hosted a segment in which I shared hostess tips with a group of fabulous ladies.

Entertaining is one of my favorite things and I LOVE making guests feel welcome and comfortable during their visit. We live in Savannah so we often host visitors for a weekend here and there – all exploring this charming place we live in!

All of these tips are SO easy and do not take a lot of effort. My secret to easy entertaining is to grab things here and there so you have them on-hand for impromptu arrivals. Stock up on the basics and you can whip anything together in a jiffy. For the Guest Room Welcome Tutorial below, these are all things I had in my home that didn’t require a special trip to the store.

Here’s a list of my favorite things to keep on-hand that always work for impromptu guests:

Assorted Cocktail Napkins and Guest Towels

Travel size and Sample Soaps, Toiletries, Shower Caps, etc.

Small bottles of water and beverages

Assorted candies and chocolates – I love to include local favorites of the area (Pralines, Byrd Cookies, etc)

Locally designed stationery that features landmarks and key locations in Savannah OR a set of your family Signature Stationery

So here it goes…I’ve designed a Guest Welcome Kit for both the bedroom and bathroom – both equally important.

First up, the Guest Room Basket!

What’s included:

1) Flowers – Fresh is preferred, Silk will do on the fly.

2) Plush Bath and Hand Towels – we received the best gift for our wedding, a set of assorted “GUEST” towels – each a different color. Such a great idea for embroidery!

3) Bottled Beverage

4) Something Savory or Sweet

5) Stationery and Pen for writing a quick note home! Or in some cases, the guests have left a sweet note before leaving. We have kept those over the years to reminisce.

6) Candle and Matches – after all, they are coming to Relax and Unwind!

7) Another addition that I often include are local magazines!

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Next up, the Bathroom! 

Okay, I KNOW you love to confiscate the hotel room toiletries and what better way to try out new products right!

I toss them into a ginger jar for guests who forgot anything. This includes shampoo/conditioner, shower cap, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc.

My favorite  is the juice carafe – it provides them with a nice clean glass of water or you can serve orange juice in the morning. Toss in a few paper guest towels and some yummy soaps and there you have it. There aren’t any rules about what to include or what not to include – whatever you feel will make your guests feel welcome.

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Working on a few tutorials for you! Would love to hear your ideas [email protected] –

All the best,

EmilyMcCarthy001

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My Favorite Beauty Basics

Have I told you how much I LOVE getting dressed up? Or maybe you could already tell! I love a good excuse to get dolled up and do my makeup…AND I’m a big believer that red lipstick can quickly change your mood and spruce up your day. Over the years, I’ve tried a ton of beauty products and have finally narrowed down my top picks that I’ve stuck to for the past few years. I’ve dabbled in a few fun products via my monthly Birchbox but when it comes to my everyday basics, these are my top picks. If it wasn’t for a couple of great beauty experts and trusted confidants, I wouldn’t have discovered these gems…so I thought I would pay it forward!

Now onto the details!

Face Prep: My favorite is Intellishade – an SPF 45 filled tinted moisturizer that covers as much as foundation – without the thickness. I may go days without my full make-up routine, but I never go without this staple. It makes my skin look so smooth and even – without the look of makeup.

For Make-up Basics:

YOUNGBLOOD

When it comes to make-up – my go-to brand is Youngblood Cosmetics. I discovered this through Glow Medspa here in Savannah and I’ve been my favorite since. I’ve tried other brands, but for my facial features and skin tone – this is by far the best.  I use Youngblood for Concealer (SERIOUSLY. THE BEST), Mineral Powder and Bronzer. When it comes to the application – only one tool is the best – the infamous Beauty Blender. By wetting this little tool, it doubles its size and gives you the ability to create an airbrush effect with your makeup.

Next up, Tarte Cheek Stain with a short Foundation Brush for application. I smudge the brush into the blush before applying to my face.  The alternative is applying the blush straight to your face, but I prefer to have more control over how much comes off.

Glo Cosmetics makes the best eye shadow in my opinion. By using the Mac Blender Shadow brush (here), this eye shadow blends so easily by making tiny circles along the crease of your eyelid and corners. Their eye shadow is also super saturated so a little goes a long way.

I finally fluff and buff my highlighted areas with Glo’s Shimmer Brick.

For mascara and eye liner, I’m a trusty Loreal Voluminous girl – have been for years after trying the likes of Dior, Chanel and everything in between. I always go back to this ancient staple. And for the grand finale? My favorite shade of red lipstick – Mac Russian Red. 

Hope you enjoy some of these products as much as I have! I’ll follow up soon with my favorite hair basics!

EmilyMcCarthy001

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  1. Nicole O'Hara says

    Love this post! Always love hearing about products that actually work! Thanks for sharing!


    February 6, 2014
Categories: beauty, in the life of...

DREAMS quote by Walt Disney / www.EmilyMcCarthy.com

It’s a new year everyone! I love the feeling of a fresh start and chance to set new goals and dreams for the days ahead. I’m setting up my list of big ideas and I’m so excited to get started on checking things off. Here’s a little inspiration for the new year – an oldie but goodie! We celebrating my birthday yesterday with close friends and I wanted to share how I set up the bar cart and wine station. We had a blast eating oysters and toasting prosecco at midnight. Hope you had a wonderful celebration and CHEERS to 2014! I’m claiming it as the year of a Life worth Celebrating!

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How to Blind-Seam Wrap a Gift by Emily McCarthy - Photos by Izzy Hudgins

I’m sure all of you are busy bees wrapping up your gifts with care so I wanted to show you an easy way to blind-seam wrap a gift. Blind-seam wrapping allows you to wrap a gift without the seam of paper and tape showing. I also love using alternative options for ribbon, adornments and gift wrapping options. I tend to buy all occasion gift wrap and change out the ribbon and colors depending on the season. This year, I went with lots of metallics and mixed animal prints and mixed in red and emerald ribbons. I also love using my Signature Gift Tags from my Shoppe. Izzy and Audrey over at Let’s Play Dear, a beautiful online publication, in Savannah asked me to show them a quick demonstration of gift wrapping tips for the holidays. I LOVE wrapping gifts so I was tickled to get dolled up and wrap some of my favorite treats. Here’s a step-by-step instruction on how to blind-seam wrap a gift. Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday season! Photos by Izzy Hudgins.

Step 1: Cut your paper to the appropriate size of your box – allowing the edges to cover a little over half of the box thickness.

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Step 2: Adhere your paper to the box – anywhere will work just fine.

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Step 3: Completely cover your box with the gift wrap.

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Step 4: When the gift wrap is completely covering the box, allow the overlap to lay over 1 side/edge of the box, press down along the edge with your fingers so that you crease the paper along the edge of the box.

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Step 5: Using the crease as a guide, fold the excess paper under and create a folded edge down the side of the box.

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Step 6: Place double sided tape underneath the fold and adhere to the box – creating a blind-seam effect on the edge.

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Step 7: Finish off the sides of the box with standard wrapping methods.

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Step 8: Using your fingers, press and crease all of the edges of your package to create a clean tight look.

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Step 9: Estimate the length of your ribbon to criss-cross wrap your box. Fold the ribbon in half and cut on a diagonal to create a flag edge.

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Step 10: Lay the ribbon across 1 length of the box, turn the box over and criss cross the ribbon, wrapping it around the remaining length of the box.

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Step 11: Once you’ve turned the box back to the top side, feed the edges of the ribbon underneath the existing ribbon on each side.

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Step 12: Pull and extend the edges of the ribbon and begin to tie the first stages of a box – the same as tying your shoelace. The ribbon will automatically tighten around the box without having to hold down the ribbon – instant tightly wrapped bow!

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Step 13: While finishing out your bow construction, take this opportunity to slide in a beautiful adornment like a gold magnolia leaf seen here.

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and presto – your beautifully wrapped gift is ready!

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New office inspiration from Emily McCarthy

We are SO thrilled to be redoing the office over the next week. There is nothing that inspires and rejuvenates me more than a new office space. As a designer, I need to be surrounded by beautiful and inspiration quotes, patterns, textures and colors. When we moved into our house a couple of years ago, the main focus was the nursery, then we have slowly moved throughout the house with the help of dear friend and designer, Kathryn Myrick. I finally hit a wall with the scuffed blush walls (previously a little girl’s room!) and light stained wood cabinets. Hello, 1980’s. Well everything is getting a fresh coat of glossy white paint and yours truly will be hand painting…wait for it…CHEETAH print on the accent wall behind my desk. Our Ikea desks and shelving is awaiting the vigorous assembly and my beautiful collection of art prints are waiting to be hung. Now, on to find these chairs! This new studio will be such a happy place for me and Meredith! Metallics + Bold + Cheetah + Color = everything this designer could dream of! After photos up next! xo

Sources COLOR Print by Pencil Shavings Studio /// SPARKLE Print by Emily McCarthy /// KATE SPADE Print in pink /// IKEA Desk and Shelving /// SEMIKOLON Organizers /// Whitney English Day Designer /// Nate Berkus Pen Holder

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  1. Libby says

    Love your studio office! Enjoyed being there the other day with you creative gals!!


    September 23, 2013

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