Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Talking fashion, what’s your style?

your style

Boho, Chic, Couture, Bold, Sporty, Glam, Preppy, Goth, Earthy, Urban, Classic, Vintage?

I could never name them all.  There are so many different fashion styles because there are so many different types of people.

Over the past few years, I have added some style blogs to my reader.  They have been really helpful in helping me to discern my own style as well as what is not my style.  Blogs have actually helped me in the same way with decorating my home.

Last week, I read an ebook titled, The No Brainer Wardrobe, (there is also a free 30 day series on her  blog).  It was a good (and easy) read, 30-45 minutes tops. The ebook is not about adopting her style, but more about understanding your own shopping, styling habits and how to do better.  I thought she made some excellent points, that helped me access my wardrobe and save a few bucks.  Here are two:

- Have a "go to" outfit for days when you don't have time/energy to put something new together.  Cause when you look good, you feel good, right?

- Create your own look book. For the first time (ever?) I tried on stuff this weekend in different combinations to see what worked together and what didn't.  This was very helpful, I ended up returning $80 bucks in unworn tops that didn't really work like I had intended.  Right there, I saw my return on the investment. 

That was the biggest success for me, changing my thinking and making sure my clothes could do double duty, and not just perform as one trick ponies.  I definitely recommend it and if you are interested in a style blog that helps you remix your wardrobe check out Audrey at Putting Me Together

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

TV Armoire

Armoire

(I pixelated our friend Mike, it seemed like the right thing to do)

This first pic is from Circa 2008ish, my boys are so young.  Look at my house, so different, right?  Same sofa though.

I couldn’t find a full frontal picture but this is the armoire where our TV used to live, over on the right.  The armoire was a nice medium wood stain, not too dark, not too reddish.  It had two smaller shelf units on the sides.  One of those TV entertainment centers everybody had for tube tvs. 

At some point, I spray painted it black.  But eventually we donated the tube TV and upgraded to something that used less space.

We moved the armoire to the front of the house in the living room, outta sight outta mind, and there it sat.

I tried to sell it on craigslist.  No luck.  So many reasons why I suppose, one of the bottom doors was broken?  It’s old school? It’s not easy to pick up and take away?  Everyone’s trying to get rid of one? 

Armoire now

One day, I decided to try and use it around the house.

I switched it with a smaller armoire that was already in the dining room, bought baskets from Target and here she sits. 

Armoire Games 

Recently we added a shelf so I could get even more storage.  It keeps all the family games, playing cards and crafts accessible.  The bottom baskets hold project supplies I’m working on or clutter I just want to hide quick. 

It’s not a forever spot but for now it’s working. 

I quick looked on pinterest and my most favorite armoire reuse would be as a bar, now why didn’t I think of that!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Simple enough

 

I saw this curtain panel in a recent West Elm catalog and it was a simple enough pattern for me to try.  So once they offered free shipping, it went in the cart. 

My original measurements were too short by about an inch, womp womp.

West Elm dots

Sure, I could have removed the hem or maybe used bigger ring clips, but I know me and the best thing was to just buy them longer. 

So, off we went to the closest store, a good 40+ miles away.  The only good thing about having to drive to the nearest store was the in-store discounts.  (I do like to see design setups in the store also)  While in the store, I noticed another panel I had my eye on, in-stock and on sale for 1/2 off the online price.  What! What!  So, I saved $75 ($25 per panel), but to keep it real, I spent another $75, I didn’t originally intend on spending.

Westelm chevron

Because I left there spending more money than I planned.  I wanted to make an effort to get the curtains up as quickly as possible.

I ran the math, they were purchased Aug 2nd, and the photo below was taken August 24th.  So 22 days, not bad but not great either.

Curtains finally (edited)

So one beautiful August Sunday, I used the kitchen stools and a piece of  MDG as a make-shift ironing board and hemmed the curtains, YHL style

They are pretty thick like drop cloth, but more off-white in color.  I have to say, they add just the right amount of flair for this non-print loving girl. 

The chevron ones though, siiiigh, sometimes I love them, sometimes, I don’t.  They are in the bedroom which is still so very incomplete so time will tell.

Any other non-print loving friends out there.  I don’t know what it is, I just can’t commit. 

 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Using a list

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For the past few weeks, I have made a habit of using a List, and sticking to it.  I can’t believe how helpful it is at home and work, I can’t remember why I stop using them cause I always go back.  Using a list has really helped me stay focused, because I am easily sidetracked. 

My list keeper is just a boring planner provided by work, but here are some cute lists you can print: cute, cute, cute.  And since school is approaching, a simple b&w composition book would do, or you can doll one up.

I just ebayed (is that a word?) some things I’ve been meaning to get listed for months!  It feeeels so good.  Hence, why I’m on the PC, that dang ipad is da devil, too easy. 

What else is new? hmmm, Bath and Body is giving away product…Right now they insist on giving away 2 if you buy 3, so I snagged a new scent….French Lavender and Honey.  It takes me fooooorever to choose a new scent.  It can’t itch my nose, it can’t be too sugary sweet and also not too perfumey.  So, I’m anxious to try it on full body for a full day, I hope it’s a good match to my own body scent.  Fingers crossed.

Other than that, I am enjoying Summer.  Hope you are too!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Big Fan

Lampshade sharp

I am a big fan of blogs and pinterest, I check the feed daily.  So much positive inspiration. 

One thing I realized during blogger Holiday Home Tours was how much I like the contrast with black and white as the neutrals.  So, I’ve been trying to update things around the house where it can make an impact without much effort.  This little lampshape was one of them, paint is such a game changer.  Thing is, I ran out of craft paint so the lampshade is now both glossy and flat.  That is typically how things roll for me. 

Anyhoo, here a few articles I’ve been reading on the webs, hope you enjoy:

This was fun to read again, no brainer wardrobe

One word, empowering.

Multiple celebrity wardrobe malfunctions. 

I am trying out simple makeup for 2014.

Spring in PA is still toying with us, April is over, but we’re still seeing a lot of rain.  Oh well, at least it’s not snow.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mom Momma Mommy Mom

I’m already thinking about Mother’s Day.  Not that I expect anything special, I just like to have gift ideas ready, ya know, just in case anyone cares to ask.

Since it’s been on my mind, I quick wrote down some gift ideas and prettied them up in Polyvore.

A few of my favorite things for the big spender.spendersTarget: I’ll take a giftcard and some alone time to cruise the aisles, suuure.

Tervis cup: I use mine everyday, it’s good for hot & cold beverages.  And it’s eco-friendly.

iphone: My iphone will be 3 years old this June, that’s dinosaur age in technology. 

Movie tickets: I love a good movie, perfect distraction from life.

Hand-stamped bling:  Especially if it says Awesome!

Toms: I really like their One for One philosophy.  Cute shoes and giving back, who can say no? 

But of course, Mother’s Day isn’t about spending money and consuming.  Here are some of my favorite freebies that I welcome Mother’s Day or any day for that matter.

freebiesHomemade Coupons: Good for quiet time, pillow fluffing, yardwork, tidying, skies the limit.  Any of the above would make this momma happy.

Vacuum-A-Room: No, not a Dyson, just one less chore for Mom.  I’ll take it. 

Warm Foot rub:  Bubbly foot bath with a gentle rub while I catch up on my TiVo.  Sold.

Handmade card: Remember those from when the kiddos were in Elementary school, jacked up magazine cuttings, misspellings and all.   

Scalp massage:  Yes Calgon, take me away.

Cup of Coffee/Tea: A warm cup in bed made by you, bring.it.on. 

Did I miss anything? 

Moms, I’m curious - what would make your day special? 

Not a Mom, what would your Mom like? Tell me in the comments about one spendy gift and one freebie. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Listen Lenda Honey

The longer days are busting out the energy.  Here’s what I’ve been up to.

Phase 1

IKEA Lenda curtains had been in the dining room forever. 

Then someone invented Pinterest and I had to have the ribbon trim style.  A coupon from Hobby Lobby and Boom.

Phase 2

Thing is, I used the iron on bonding and that made the curtains stiff with the ribbon on the bottom.  Not so cute.  So I washed the ribbon off over Christmas break to preserve the curtains and the ribbon.

Phase 3

Dried them too.  No bueno.  They were floods until Spring.  Sad.

Phase 5

Here they are tonight. 

I hung, pinned and hemmed them one Sunday afternoon in less than 2 hours.  Could’ve been much faster but I adhered the wrong two sides the first time.  Classic Tiffany moving too fast.  I just tugged it apart and reapplied the stichwitch.  I prefer the IKEA brand so I keep it on hand. 

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Yes, they are a little long but I prefer that over too short.  I am hopeful to add this black trim as soon as I have some time to comparison shop for tassel pricing. 

In the meantime, watch young Mateo on his quest for cupcakes against Mom Linda.  I thought it was honest fun. 

Are you doing anything fun for Spring.  I am PUMPED to clean house and enjoy the outdoors.  PUMPED, yo.