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Apr 9

What Is Your Celebrity Music Festival Style?

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off this weekend, marking the beginning of festival season. Celebrities like Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, Katy Perry and Alessandra Ambrosio flock to Indio, Calif., for a weekend (or two) of musical performances, pool parties and to show off their enviable festival style.

If you’re headed to Coachella this weekend or the next, chances are you’ve researched music festival fashion quite a bit. So, to make your searching easier, we broke down festival style into five categories. Just choose the celebrity whose style most speaks to you, and, voila! You found your Coachella outfit inspiration.

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Music Festival Fashion: Bohemian

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Apr 2

Last-Minute, Affordable Easter Basket Ideas

Easter is three days away. So, if you haven’t filled Easter baskets yet, you might want to pay attention to these last-minute ideas. We get it, though. Thinking of unique, non-candy fillers is tricky, especially when teenagers are in the picture. The best rule-of-thumb? Keep it simple. Kids, teens, spouses, etc., will appreciate a small gift that speaks to their interests. Check out our ideas below!

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Feb 8

7 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Projects

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Valentine’s Day is Saturday but there is still plenty of time to make the perfect gift for your loved one and add a few festive touches around the house. Here are 7 DIY Valentine’s Day projects you can give as gifts or keep for yourself! 

Paper Hearts Chandelier. This fun project can be presented as a gift or used for décor. Hang it over the kitchen table to welcome the kids to a valentine-themed breakfast. Instructions »

String Heart Art. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to create a string art heart for your valentine or décor. The heart can be swapped out for the shape of your choice, like the outline of your state, which is a popular string art trend.

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Takeout Treat Box. Whether you’re giving baked goods or jewelry, this fun heart-and-arrow twist on a Chinese takeout box is a great way to “wrap” your valentine. If your child needs a valentine “mailbox” for school, this container can also do double duty. Step-by-step »

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Nov 15

10 Unique DIY Christmas Gifts, Crafts Ideas

Instead of gifting store-bought items this year, give your friends and family something they’ll actually use and enjoy. Handmade, DIY Christmas gifts not only last longer, but they’re more meaningful and so much more fun to give away than store-bought gifts. You don’t have to be crafty or even creative to make these gifts; just think outside the box. (By that I mean, don’t limit yourself to Christmas-themed gifts like holiday decor, seasonal sweets etc.) To get you started, we’ve gathered 10 creative and useful DIY Christmas gifts you’ll be proud to give this holiday.

Six-pack Wooden Beer Carrier with Bottle Opener

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Photo courtesy of The New Hobbyist

Difficulty: For the woodworkers and handier men and women, this project will be a breeze
Give to: The beer lover or home brewer

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Nov 7

Top 5 Looks From the 2014 CMA Awards Red Carpet

Sure, the CMA Awards are all about the music, but last night the red carpet looks were mesmerizing. Sheer, simple and sparkly dresses ruled the red carpet, as did understated makeup and accessories. From sophisticated, all-black gowns to silky, shimmery frocks, there’s no doubt the ladies of country music brought their A-game last night. (Nicole Kidman and Connie Britton being honorable exceptions.) Take a look at our top five picks from the 2014 CMA Awards Red Carpet!

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Nov 3

The Junk Gypsies Pick Their Top 10 Favorite Spots in Austin, Texas

junk-gypsies-favorite-places-austinAustin, Texas, is weird. Or at least that’s what the locals will tell you. The city is a unique combination of offbeat hipster types, tech-savvy wunderkinds and good ol’ Southerners. Home to the iconic televised music program Austin City Limits and the film, tech and music festival South by Southwest, Austin is certainly no stranger to emerging talent.

The burgeoning food scene is quickly finding its place amidst established foodie cities like Portland, Ore., New York City and Charleston, S.C. Independent, local boutiques, art galleries and antique stores line South Congress and North Lamar streets. Hip hotels like the Kimber Modern and Hotel Saint Cecilia make overnight trips feel more luxurious.

Bottom line: Austin is no longer just a dusty, western town. With a thriving arts and food scene, plus plenty of grassy terrain and shops to explore, Austin is the hub of culture in the Southwest. But don’t just take our word for it. We asked the true Texas experts, and the stars of Great American Country’s Junk GypsiesAmie and Jolie Sikes, to reveal their top 10 favorite spots in Austin (in no particular order).

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Oct 12

Texas Antique Weekend, Y’all!

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(L-R) Jen Leitman with Blogger Ellen Foord and Supervising Producer Jen Moore

The Great American Country team headed to Texas Antique Weekend, which was held October 1-6. If you’ve never been to this incredibly large, awesome flea market-type event…it is well worth it! Go. Really. You’ll want to make plans for 2015 now.

Here’s the deal: Twice a year the huge empty fields around Round Top, Texas, welcome thousands of vendors with the most amazing finds ever. From jewelry and furniture to funky clothing and giant metal letters, there is so much to look through, it will make your head spin.

My DH (darling husband) would love it, as he’s the picker-type guy, but the event also makes for a perfect girls’ trip. If you go, you MUST stop in to see Great American Country stars, the Junk Gypsies. Their World Headquarters are located in Round Top, and you can shop for T-shirts, jewelry, home décor, you name it. The ladies are often around the store, which is a great celebrity sighting! They’re so nice and friendly!

Junk Gypsy Amie Sikes at Texas Antique Weekend

Amie Sikes, one of the stars of Great American Country’s Junk Gypsies, meets a fan at Texas Antique Weekend.

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Sep 13

How to Go Camping in Style

It’s not officially fall yet, but with our new series Flippin’ RVs premiering this month, and pumpkin-flavored everything hitting grocery store shelves and coffee shops, we can’t help but get excited about all things fall. Cooler temperatures and crisp autumn air make the upcoming season perfect for camping and getting outdoors.

But what about those who aren’t so keen on the outdoors, especially at night? Well, if trekking into the wilderness or driving to a remote state park sounds daunting, consider your own backyard (or a friend’s or family member’s) as an alternative. It’s a good way to ease into camping, and you always have the option of sleeping in a real bed and taking a real, hot shower.

If you’re a fashionista, however, dressing for a camping trip (either in your backyard or at a campground) may prove challenging. Outdoor gear is less than flattering and definitely not cute. Let us offer you some inspiration. Below we’ve styled two different camping looks for the fashion-minded ladies. Just know that a lingering campfire smell on your clothes is inevitable.

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Sep 4

5 Timeless Looks from the CMA Awards

In honor of the recently announced 2014 CMA nominations, let’s take a look back at some of the most timeless red carpet looks from years past. As we’ve said before, red carpet fashion is one of the best parts about award season. From Shania Twain’s early 2000s black mermaid gown to Jana Kramer’s moody skirt in 2014, check out our favorite country ladies on the red carpet.

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Taylor Swift’s elegant gray tulle gown is anything but simple. Although it’s only been three years since she donned this look, we have a feeling it will still be a stunner in another 13 years.

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Jul 31

The Junk Gypsies Collaborate With Pottery Barn Teen

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This bed set has all the Junk Gypsy style elements.

If you thought the Junk Gypsies would slow down after opening the Wander Inn, you would be wrong. In fact, Amie and Jolie Sikes have been working harder than ever on their newest project, creating a home decor line for PBTeen. In tonight’s episode, the sisters take you through the entire process from creating prototypes to staging their designs for the catalog photo shoot.

Amie and Jolie decide to create a tufted denim headboard and repurpose an old guitar case as a jewelry shelf. They share other ideas, like a ship chandelier and glittered letters, with the Pottery Barn Teen reps, who visit the Junk Gypsy Headquarters to see the girls’ prototypes. Amie and Jolie emphasize the importance of glitter, feathers, dream catchers and fringe to the Junk Gypsy way of life. Finally, after three months of waiting, the Pottery Barn Teen team brings the finished products back to the Junk Gypsy Headquarters for the catalog shoot.

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Pottery Barn Teen!

You could score one of five $50 gift certificates to Pottery Barn Teen to purchase something from the Junk Gypsy line. Just comment on this blog post which of the following items (pictured below) is your favorite, and you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate.
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