Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring is Here!

Happy Thrift Thursday!

Who doesn’t love a spring morning? The crispness of the air, smells of trees and flowers blooming, and the sound of the birds rejoicing that it is finally warm. Last weekend we embraced the spring kick-off with a full revamp of our front porch area. I have wanted a new front door color since we bought the house in July. I went back and forth between doing a bright red, pale yellow or black. I finally settled on black because I thought it was a good neutral that worked well with the white house and black accents we already had. I painted the door with a bristle brush on the first layer, but realized that a foam brush was probably better. The black color shows everything, so trying to go with the grain while defensing a sneaky cat, rambunctious dog, and a curious toddler was a little challenging to say the least, but it turned out good and had no black paint spills (major success). Then it was off to the new wall lanterns. Ohhhhh these lanterns. I took a few years off Willie over these things because it was just one of those weekends were you have to go back-and-forth to the store a 100 times to get anything done. But…how amazing are they?!?! I thought they were going to be a bit large, but they are just fabulous statement pieces. We are going to replace the ones mounted on either side of the garage for extra drama. Then the new front door hardware. Again something that should normally be a quick change, wasn’t. So that remains on our living room floor until Willie’s blood pressure returns to normal.

I finished our front porch revamp by painting the white brick with a clearance $5 gallon of white brick paint which is super easy and made a huge change. I also spray painted the gold house numbers and doorbell to black. Then I used the $11 pots and got a bag of river rock to fill the bottom so they were more sturdy and filled with soil and an assortment of flowers. The same pots in the heavy clay were $45 each, so for half I got two plastic pots to use. For the spring wreath, I just used my grapevine wreath with two long floral stems and added a black and white bow to compliment the new door color. Attempting a 6 loop bow for the first time watching YouTube, was an experience 😉 Finally I weeded and mulched the front beds with Hartley wheelbarrow rides included. It was a loonnngg weekend, but I’m loving the spring overhaul and makes me excited of all the spring events to come!

Anyways…to the dress and shoes. The perfect spring look. A super soft lightweight stretch dress with fabulous heels. This dress was brand new from the thrift store for $7.99 and is Hawthron brand bought through Stitch Fix (I only know this because of the tags). The snakeskin Vince Camuto heels (similar) were brand new condition for $8.99. My amazing Chicos jacket is the same one I wore in this post which was only $5 from the thrift store. Luckily I have a fabulous friend help me snap some of these photos because my self-timer practice was not working. Spring in Washington DC is just stunning!

Happy Spring!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Military Inspired Look

For not being the biggest sports fan, even I could appreciate the excitement and anticipation for the Super Bowl. We had a birthday/Super Bowl party, which was epic! Great food, friends, and some fabulous wagers and bookie skills made the party so engaging for everyone. Oh and what a game?!?! Made overtime history and down to the very last second had everyone on the edge of their seats…what a comeback!

OK ok, enough sports. My fabulous outfit was the biggest touchdown in my mind 🙂 I found these BRAND NEW (with tags) ELLE jean leggings for $6 and this stunning embellished military ZARA jacket for $9 from my fave thrift store. The heels were a clearance of a clearance from $49.99 to $14 at Marshalls. Combining the sleek jeggings, white tank, and adorable fringe heels was a great way to get the military inspired look but in a feminine way…if I do say so myself 🙂

I was so embarrassed trying to snap some photos before the party and trying to beat the sunset, thankfully Willie got a few and we had a super helpful kitty down at the barn! Just hope no one from the party laughed at my horrible modeling skills.

Is everyone ready for Valentine’s Day? If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, it ENDS TONIGHT! Also, I created 4 Easy {and Insanely Adorable} Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids for Kalyn with Creative Savings Blog. Hope you check that guest post out and send me any photos if you create the crafts using my tutorials! I would love to see them!

Happy Thrift Thursday!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

NYE Look 2016

Happy New Year and Happy Thrift Thursday!!

First off, I apologize that my site has been down. I made an impulse decision to move my site from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress and it took more money and time than I thought it would. But I’m up and running now! I changed the look a bit for a simpler, more vintage look that goes more with my personality. What do you think of the new look? Hoping this will be the last major revision for a while and I can focus more on branding.

This New Year’s Eve was fantastic. Simple with very little expense. Since Willie had a late night the night before watching sports, so while he snoozed, I seized the day and got a fabulous weight workout in at the gym. After a revitalizing shower, I got dolled up…which NEVER happens. I wanted to feel like I was doing something special, but not look overdone, so I debuted my new corduroy overalls I got on clearance from Target. A little fancy but still casual enough for the day we had planned. We stopped at our favorite local café for coffee and of course Hartley walked out with a delicious cookie, but the photo opportunity was just too good I couldn’t resist getting it for her! We took a few photos in the historic town (Willie is getting pretty good at his photographer and patience skills).

Then we headed on to meet our friends at an indoor kids bounce jungle gym. Hartley couldn’t believe her eyes. The expressions on her face trying all the slides, tunnels, and learning to climb by herself was just amazing. After bribing her with the rest of her cookie, we finally managed to get back in the car and head to a brewery next door for “we survived the chaos” drinks. Then yes…we are old…we did our grocery shopping…and then just had dinner and watched TV together. We are hooked on a new TV series “Shooter”, if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Boring but magical. Willie didn’t make it to midnight, but for some reason I couldn’t fall asleep, so unintentionally I did make it!

So that was our BIG night.

My NYE look:

  • Xhilaration Overalls – Target $8.99 (although online these are still full-price, stores put things in clearance all the time, so check often and if you LOVE something online, it’s worth going to the store and looking for it in the sale items)
  • Ralph Lauren Black shirt – Marshals $12.99 (I could probably find something similar at thrift)
  • Chicos Black Jacket – $5 from thrift store (brand new condition something very similiar on Chicos site is $199! Holy cow!)
  • Jessica Simpson Boots – DSW $30

Thank you all for your continued reading and support of my blog. Please remember that as a small growing blog, if you invite friends, comment, like, tweet, pin, share it greatly helps!

My goals this year are to keep expanding my blog (didn’t quite reach my 2016 following goals, so really need to step it up), do more yoga and look into getting a teacher certification, and explore the idea of opening an Etsy shop. Oh and the biggest goal family-wise is to get my daughter potty trained so she can start pre-school in the Fall!

Hope your 2017 is as fabulous as you are!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fall Fashion Trends 2016

Fall is my favorite. Not only is it perfect cozy temperature
but you get all the fun things that come along with fall, like wineries,
beautiful leafs, gatherings around a fire, pumpkins, Halloween, comfort food, and of course fall
fashion. Fall fashion is fabulous because I get to wear leggings, chunky knit
sweaters, blanket scarfs,  and boots
without anyone thinking I look frumpy!

What I look out for at the thrift store for fall looks:

  • Sweaters
    • These
      are bountiful in all colors, thickness, patterns – plaid is
      my favorite. The brown/black sweaterish jacket I have on in the photos is super unique and a great brand for $8. 
    • Not
      only wear alone but also think about layering options (turtlenecks and blazers is
      a stunning work look)
    • Hartley’s adorable Gap sweater was also a thrift find at $3 and it matches everything!
  • Boots
    • Over the knee, lace-up/military, and ankle bootsare this years fashion craze, and good luck for you they are available at steep discounts if you are willing to hunt. I know not everyone is keen on the used shoe idea, but I will say at least with boots you can wear socks 🙂
    • Recently I found grey wedge ankle Franco Sarto boots for $9! They are super comfy and look great under bootcut jeans or with the leggingsand sweater dress I paired it with below.
  • Printed pants
    • I
      get so bored of my dress pants and jeans so finding fall prints like the
      leopard ones I’m wearing below to incorporate into my day or night selection makes
      me so happy! These leopard Anne Taylor Loft pants were only $7!
  • Jackets
    • If you step into a thrift store right now you will be OVERWHELMED with all the options you have.
    • Fur, leather, velvet and suede are HUGE trends right now, so rock it by finding an affordable option.
  • Special Occasion Dresses
    • Start looking for holiday looks now or get a special dress for any fall weddings you may have. This little black dress I have on above was $11…and yes, I questioned the price as my normal maximum at the thrift store is $10, but it is a fantastic wardrobe staple that will be perfect for any occasion. I wore this to an October wedding and paired it with a faux fur coat, which are about $15 from the thrift store. *remember your store clearance days and for higher priced items like designer labeled dresses or jackets, you can get for an even bigger steal*

Getting this evening to spend with Willie, Hartley and some fabulous friends along the waterfront was wonderful. A great pick-me-up to all the fall gatherings, demanding work schedules, and election frenzy. I hope you ROCK your fall looks, because sadly our season is flying by!