Friday, May 22, 2015

Fashion Post: White Midi Skirt + Watercolor Heels

white midi skirt, fashion post, watercolor pumps, kate spade, summer style
Shirt: HM || White Midi Skirt: HM (similar) || Watercolor Shoes: Kate Spade (similar) || 
Pink suede bag: Vintage
Cuff bracelet: Darleen Meier Jewelry (similar

If you need a little freshening up for your spring/summer wardrobe, pick up a white midi skirt. This simple, modest piece goes with so many tops.  I've worn mine with a denim button-up shirt tied at the bottom, graphic t-shirt tucked in, or a simple black top.   The watercolor bow-tie heels from Kate Spade add the perfect touch of elegance.  Or for a casual style, wear with espadrilles or Van sneakers.  I styled the rest of the outfit with a vintage suede hot pink hobo bag that I've had for many years and love when I get the opportunity to use.  The cuff bracelet is from my shop.  But sometime my pieces sell before getting them on the site, so the Indigo bracelet is similar.  Midi skirts are comfy and they show the skinniest part of our legs.  Even better.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Life as Mom Lately

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, grandmothers, nannies, role models, and all women who play important roles in children and adult lives!  I had a beautiful Mother's Day this year.  Nothing too special, but just a day I got to fully spend with my family.  I love the little things my children did for me that they knew would bring a smile to my face.  I haven't been very personal on my blog in a long time and have change the tone and direction of the posts on my blog.  But I do want to say that I love my most important role in life and that is being a mother to my children.  They are my pride and joy!  They make my life complete and are my everything.  I have learned so much from them.  Mostly, how I can be a better person and the weaknesses I have and need to make stronger.  Also, how I can be a better mother, sister, friend and overall better person.

Honestly, life as Mom as been a difficult balancing act for me this year.  I feel like I am coming to an end of the baby years and entering the pre-teenage years.  While at the same time for me, I'm grappling with the thoughts of what am I going to do next since I'm not going to be pregnant, nursing or chasing a toddler anymore.  My last child is coming out of the baby stage and requests more independence while still needing a lot of attention.  And my oldest is entering middle school and processing the rapidly-changing world around her while still having quite a bit of innocence in her.  Each one of my children have different strengths and emotions, and each need to be loved and discipled different from each other.  I feel like daily I need to constantly be paying attention to those signals in my children so I don't miss an opportunity to teach and love.  I want to protect and be their guardian from dangers of the world; however, I know that is not possible so I just want to do my best, teach them properly, love them unconditionally and give all of me to them...and I hope I don't screw up along the way. 

I will say that I do a lot of praying to God about each one my children--asking for guidance, wisdom and direction, ways to handle different situations and lots of forgiveness...because many times I screw up.  Anyway, motherhood has been a huge learning process and continues to be so.  But it is also one of the greatest gifts I cherish.

You can see some of my past mother's day posts:

Coral for Mother's Day
I am a Mom

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Vintage Dresser Re-do with a touch of Modern

diy, staining, vintage dresser, renovation, refinishing
Mirror: Ballard Designs style Atoll (sold out) || Lamp: West Elm || Dresser Handles: Amazon

We found this vintage dresser hanging out in the front yard of an abandon house.  It was going to be junked so we snatched it.  This is very much out of my element (grabbing random furniture off the side of the road), but we saw potential in the piece, and it was solid wood and very well made.  They don't make furniture like they used to!  We cleaned it and kept it in the garage for a while.  Then one weekend we got the urge to finally refinish and stain it. My husband spent a full day sanding, taking off the decorative items and filling any cracks.  Here are the befores:

After sanding, we stain the piece with Varathane sun-bleached.  The color is beautiful, but I will say that it's more gray than brown.  Once we stain the entire piece I was thinking it looked a little too gray and flat.  We have gray walls so I didn't want the piece blending with the walls.  

After it dried, I then did light sanding and applied one quick layer of Miniwax Special Walnut wood stain.  I let it dried and then touched up with Amy Howard's One paint in Java, which I applied only a little bit to create more variation and texture.  With Amy Howard one paints you have to finish it off with a wax.  My local store that sells her products were all out of the wax and because of timing I decided to reapply a quick coat of stain to seal the paint.  Afterward I felt satisfied!  I like how you can still see the sunbleached peeking through, and the other colors giving it more depth and texture.  I am wondering if instead I started the base with special walnut and then added the sunbleached over if it would give it a different look.  We bought new handles and kept the hole width from the previous handles. Overall I think it came out good.

To make the vintage dresser look a little more modern, I styled it with a modern pillar lamp from West Elm and a white-framed mirror from Ballard Designs.  The decorative vases and tray are items I had around my house.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother's Day Promo

Mother's Day promotional happening this week in my shop--15% off plus free shipping.  There are a lot of personalized jewelry pieces that make a perfect gift for any mom.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What to Wear and Bring to the Beach

beach clothes, what to wear, summer time
Crochet Shorts: Fab'rik (similar) || Coral tank top || Panama hat || Sunglasses ||
Flip Flops: ToryBurch || Turquoise Earrings: Darleen Meier Jewelry

Heading to the beach this summer?  Good idea!  We just got back from a fun family beach trip to the South Walton Beaches in Florida aka 30A.  White soft sand and blue water.  My favorite!  I'm going to show you some of the outfits I wore and suggestions on what to bring on your next beach trip.  One of my favorite items were these crochet shorts (similar) that I picked up from Fab'rik.  They were comfortable and easy to match with tank tops or just to pull over my bathing suit.

beach styles, clothes, what to wear to the beach

Gladiator Sandals: Fab'rik (but can buy here) || Aztec Tank Top: Fab'rik ||
Beach bag: Kate Spade Outlet (similar) || Clarkson Earrings: Darleen Meier Jewelry

Bring breezy tank tops.  When it is hot outside it's nice not to be restricted by tight clothing.  It also feels good when the wind blows and you can feel cool air against your body.

Crochet shorts or tassel shorts.  These are so in right now but most importantly, they are comfortable.  I wore my crochet shorts all the time.  I want to get some tassel shorts...or at least make some!

Gladiator sandals.  I didn't really wear mine on the beach but I did around the beach towns like when we went to lunch or dinner or shopping.  These ones are so comfortable and just a fun accent to the outfit.

Canvas beach bag. Canvas is the best at the beach.  They can get wet and sandy, and it makes it easy to clean off.  I have a large canvas bag that I use for my kids and then I like to bring a smaller canvas bag for all my valuables (keys, phone, camera, money).  Then that bag is easy to take when you head into town.

Striped Shorts: Zara || Fringe Tank Top: Zara || Sunglasses: Moschino
Leather Stud Sandals: Tory Burch (old) (similar) || Earrings: Darleen Meier Jewelry

Wear Stripes.  Bring something with stripes: shirt, dress, skirt.  Stripes scream summer.  They remind me of my summer days in Cape Cod when we lived in Connecticut.  You can never go wrong with a striped shirt.  I love to also dress my kids in stripes when we head to the beach.  

Fringe. Whether it be a bag, skirt or tank top, fringe is big this season.  My simple black tank top with fringe really dressed it up.

Wear a Hat.  Don't go to the beach without wearing a hat.  Protect your face!  Enough said.  I bought my panama hat last season and it's still going strong.  I didn't leave the house without my hat and wore it every time I was outside.  Stay away wrinkles and sun damage!

Eyelet dress: Old Navy || Cuff Bracelet: Darleen Meier Jewelry || Metallic Tattoos: Lulu dK

Throw a Dress or Skirt in Your Beach Bag.  Whenever I head to the beach, I like to put in a skirt or dress in my beach bag, just in case we head from the beach to dinner.  Many times the only time I get back to the place we are staying out is at night.  We usually stay at the beach until dusk then grab dinner on the way home.  If your family rolls like that, throw a skirt or dress in your bag as a quick way of freshening up.

Wear a Braid.  If your hair is long enough, put a braid in your hair to tame frizzy or fly away beach hair.  There is no way to control my thick hair at the beach.  It becomes an out-of-control mop, so I like to put it into a braid.  

Don't forget to Accessorize.  Yes!  You can wear jewelry at the beach.  I do it all the time!  Of course, I don't wear it in the ocean and I don't wear large pieces.  But dainty, simple necklaces and light earrings or simple bracelets are okay in my opinion.  This past beach trip, we had fun with metallic tattoos we bought at one of the boutiques in Seaside.  My girls loved it.  And we ended up with a cool tan-lined shape from the tattoos.

Tunic:  Nordstorm Rack || Sunglasses: Ray-Ban || Flip-Flops:  Tory Burch

Wear a Tunic.  Beach tunics are seriously my favorite.  They are comfortable, forgiving and protect you when you've had just a little too much sun exposure, without making you hot.  I like to wear a size larger so I get more breeze and air in the tunic.  

Gel Nails.  Want to keep your nails look pretty on your trip?  Get a gel manicure.  They will be looking fresh even after a week at the beach.  Is it just me but do you think the ocean and sand make your nails stronger?

So, what beach are you heading to this summer?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Updating Your Planting Pots

gardening, planting, pots, flowers

Pull out your planting pots and fill them up with soil and new greenery!  It's that time to start bringing life back to your garden and porches.  Spring is one of my favorite seasons and gardening has become a favorite pastime since my vegetable garden days while living in Connecticut.  Now it's just flowers for me until we make space for a garden.

So I have quite a few pots on hand that are a random collection.  Instead of running out to buy new ones so they complement each other, I decided to stain them.  My urns are actually plastic and made to look old.  I had some cream wood stain on hand and just painted it to give it an updated look.  It now looks more stone, and I'm happy with the results.  So, go and update your planting pots!

I love the look of spray painted terra cotta pots, which are so cheap.  Such a great idea!  There are a lot of fun projects with terra cotta pots on pinterest.  Also create planting corners on your deck or patio, mixing herbs and flowers.  My favorite flowers to plant in pots are hydrangeas because they do well in a shady corner with only 4 hours of sun they need each day.  I like to get the everlasting breed, so they bloom all season and then I have freshly-cut flowers to bring in the house.  In the fall you can transport to the ground.

You can always mix your herbs with your flowers in your planting pots.  Like basil has such a pretty leaf and looks great with dahlias and chives look great with lavender or another desert flower.  You can see how I made basil flowers arrangements.  

Get your hands dirty and enjoy your garden...wherever it may be!



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