A Walk Down Abbot Kinney

The Best Color

Abbot Kinney in Venice, trendy as it may be, is one of my favorite places in this city of ours. In fact, it’s usually the first place we take any visitors we have. For months now, Jeff and I have been talking about how we’d love to just take a walk down the street and wander. There are so many beautiful colors and store fronts lining the boulevard, and when we’re there we’re usually shuffling out-of-towners through our favorite stores or attending an event. We never really get to just take in the sites. SO! When ZICO Coconut Water (A grocery list staple in our house, mind you) approached me about their latest healthy living campaign called #ZICOHour (just in time for gaining an extra hour this weekend!) and asked “What would you do if you had an extra our in your day?” I thought, “Well, I’d probably take a little time to stop working and start exploring!” So that’s just what I did! It’s rare that I find myself at a colorful wall or in a favorite store without a DIY project to shoot or a party to shop for, and it was so AWESOME to spend an hour just taking it all in. Of course, now I want to go back and shoot some projects there but… c’est la vie! Here’s a few snaps from our morning adventure.

DIY Giant Gem Ring

ZICO sent over their original coconut water and pineapple flavor (I know, it’s like they know me!) for us to try. Jeff drank half of ‘em before we even shot. Boy loves his coconut water! Both were delicious and one bottle has as much potassium as a banana! Which is great, seeing as I hate bananas. ;) With how hot it’s been lately and how much I’ve been running around between work and wedding prep, hydration has been my enemy… so I was happy to have this with me on our excursion!

That Way
Cake Stands for Days

If you are ever on Abbot Kinney, Bountiful is a store worth stopping in. They have cake stands in all colors stacked floor to ceiling! It’s quite the sight. I’m loving all over that color right now! Could you imagine a wall at Studio DIY HQ like this!?

A Piece Collective - Abbot Kinney
I had to limit myself to only three photos of The Piece Collective’s store front. I MEAN, this yellow!? I want to paint the front of my someday house like this. The goodies behind that door aren’t too shabby either.

Denim Romper
Stripes - Abbot Kinney

These two walls, above and below, are across from each other. It’s like heaven for Jeff, who’s favorite color is blue.

Have a Heart!
Fun for your Shirt
Urbanic Paper Boutique

And I couldn’t leave the street without a stop in my favorite shop, Urbanic. I never leave there empty handed. Ever. It’s a true paper lover’s dream.

Urbanic Paper Boutique

All Photos by Jeff Mindell
Outfit details / Romper: Splendid / Shoes: Topshop / Purse: Pinky Otto / Heart Pin: Ban.do / Pouf Pin: Ban.do / Giant Gem Ring: DIY

So I wanna know, if you had one extra hour in the day… what would you do with it!? (For real though, how many times a day do you say “I wish there were more hours in the day…”!) I love that ZICO is asking this question and I’m pretty glad someone finally convinced me to take an hour to do a little something fun for my #ZICOHour!

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Free Printable Sandwich Wraps

Free Printable Sandwich Wraps

I have a fun tailgating post coming up this week, so I thought I’d go ahead and get you in a bit of a football mood today with these free printable sandwich wraps my right-hand gal Annie designed for my latest eHow download! Inspired by football laces and pennant flags, they’re perfect to kick off game day snackin’! Download ‘em here!

Free Printable Sandwich Wraps  Free Printable Sandwich Wraps

Printable by Annie Steward, Photos by Studio DIY

p.s. Over the weekend, the #studiodiyincostume tag started seeing some action! One of my favorite times of the year, I tell ya! If you make a Studio DIY costume, be sure to tag it with the hashtag on Instagram so I can check it out and share it here in my Halloween costume round-up!

Halloween Chocolate Bar Free Printables

Halloween Chocolate Bar Free Printables

Way back when, our favorite houses to trick-or-treat at were the few ones that gave out FULL SIZE candy bars. Remember those!? Oh yeah, ya do. You want to be that house, you know it. We all did. And today, I can do even better.. with some schanzy new wrappers for those candy bars!! These guys (from the oh so talented Striped Cat Studio) take it up just one more level. The ones I used here are from Trader Joes (I just took off the outer wrapper. Be sure to keep them around for any allergy questions!!!) but you could use these with any chocolate bar you so choose. Get the printable and instructions right over here on eHow!

Halloween Chocolate Bar Free Printables

Printable Design by Striped Cat Studio, Photos by Studio DIY

Eat if you dare. Or find more Halloween projects here!

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