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Hi My Name is Jen and I’m a Blogger

I never, ever, ever imagined in 2011 when I was perusing Go Daddy and registering the domain “TheEffortlessChic.com” that some day when someone asked what I did for a living (for a living!) that my response would be, “I’m a blogger.”  For one, when I first moved out to LA to begin my career in fashion in 2006, like a lot of people, I wasn’t at all familiar with blogs.  Secondly, coming from the world of celebrity styling where I started, blogging didn’t seem legitimate. What I mean is that it …

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DIY || Speckled Ceramic Dishes

In very unsurprising news, moving across the country is not for the faint of heart, so I have learned.  I’ve been having been dreaming of tex-mex and long days at the lake my sisters, but my reality has been moving boxes and logistics all the live long day!  My craft supplies may be packed, but luckily Sarah is with us today sharing a super easy ceramic DIY that can take one a myriad of uses.  I actually have a little dish that looks just like this one by the sink in our bathroom to hold my jewelry while I’m showering.  Keep …

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DIY || Brushstroke Circle Scarf

When it comes to scarves, there are few things I love more than a circle scarf.  It’s the scarf that literally ties itself and relieves you of the angst you feel as you stand in the mirror and re-circle, re-tie, and re-loop your other scarves to perfection.  I love that this DIY Lindsey created is equal parts creative, pretty, and totally useful!  Take it away, Lindsey!… My favorite texture and signature Lindsey Crafter print is a dot-dot-dash pattern of watercolor brushstrokes. It’s such a meditative practice and a quick way …

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DIY || Mother’s Day Gift Tags

I’ve always prided myself on being whatever the opposite of a hoarder is– or as my husband likes to say, cold-hearted and unsentimental.  (JK… kind of.)  It’s just that I’ve never been one to keep a lot of arbitrary things for sentimental reasons because it just ends up piling up somewhere and looking like clutter to me.  Then came Parker.  She wraps her chubby little two year old hand around a blue crayon, drags it across an 8″ x 11.5″ sheet of paper and suddenly it’s a masterpiece in my …

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