“Messy bun and getting stuff done” kind of a weekend? Yeah, I’m desperately trying too! I can’t tell you how many times I have typed out this post only to delete it and start over. #Writersblock. I have plenty ideas written down but sharing them with some kind of organization is a whole ‘nother story.

But the other day I came across this quote…

“Great things don’t come from staying in your comfort zone.”

Which is what (more…)

Photo courtesy of Ashley Ella Design

Hey there lovelies! Happy Friday.

This is a post that has been on my mind lately and I finally get to it share with you. Truthfully, I have had so many thoughts going through my head about this blog and am in the middle of some pretty exciting new ideas. But in the process of trying to get myself organized I wanted to still be able to share this.

Which is pretty ironic since this post is about getting organized and trying to gain maybe just a li’l bit of control. Maybe? And being in the middle of quite a few things myself, I am speaking from experience. You can trust me ūüėČ

Okay, so August is here and you are thinking, What happened? Where did the time go? Okay, don’t panic. You may feel a bit like me. And I feel like a squirrel trying to cross 34th Street on Thanksgiving morning. Haha, but It’s all good, it makes life exciting and I don’t think I could take a calm life anway. Can we relate?

But…

I have picked up a few habits recently that can be very beneficial, even if you just do them a few times a week. And…they are screen free my friends! So put down the phone (when you’re done reading this, of course.)

  1. Get yourself a planner. A cute, pretty, whatever kind of planner. Confession: I kinda have this thing for planners. I feel so put together with mine and I put everything in it… plans, blog posts, ideas. It really does beat any calendar a phone can offer. There is something refreshing and easy about flipping through physical pages and to have your plans right there in front of you.
  2. Read a book. Take a break one night from Netflix. If you find a good book, you will crave that time every night. Though you may not always realize it, simply reading a book will sharpen your mind and even expand your vocab! One of my favorite authors is Charles Dickens. I picked up his book, Tale of Two Cities this summer. His writing is phenomenal and engaging. (Great Expectations is also a fantastic read.)
  3. Journal. This is something I just started within the last few weeks but since I started, I do it every night. It really forces me to focus on the day, and not just on what I did or what happened, but what I learned. It really does allow you to get it all out and when I need encouragement I look back on the days I know I felt great. One thing I have learned though, is to not just focus on what went wrong or to only vent. Though this is great for that, use it instead to track progress, to focus on what you experienced that day and what it taught you. You will love that you will be able to look back and see your progress.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

(Pics courtesy of my mama)

 

Hello hello everybody!

Yet another Monday has rolled around. I am convinced there is more than one Monday in a week. I can find no other explanation for this.

So…is he absolutely to die for or what?! Seriously, who could resist that puppy face? He was a fantastic prop. We got Knox about 4 weeks ago when we decided Cash could use a friend (I couldn’t take a picture with him because taking them both out at the same time was Not. Gonna. Happen.) We have since fallen in love and already he has gotten so big!

So…these are my favorite go-to¬†shorts this summer. I love American Eagle and with these on sale it was too good to pass up. They are so easy and simple to just throw on with any top. But I especially love shorts with a long sleeve top or sweater. It’s the perfect combo as we get later in the season or¬†for a¬†chilly summer morning. Here is a similar pair of these AE¬†midi shorts. (This style has been a great length for me.)

Short and sweet. Hopefully those puppy eyes were able to brighten up your Monday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy happy Friday guys!

So I have just recently found this new website that I am kinda sorta slightly crushing over! And now I can’t wait to share it with you!

Obviously,¬†I can be¬†a bit of a shopper (but really, I came by this all quite innocently). But if you’re anything like me,¬†money isn’t¬†exactly growing on trees.¬†¬†With things like¬†an impending college tuition hanging over your head, kids, bills, and maybe that new golf set you just happened to by last night, you’re a little careful with your money.

And that is why I love Jane.com. They sell clothing for women, kids, and even men. In addition to home goods, beauty, and maternity. It is a place where boutiques are able to showcase their own products all at discounted prices. So you are getting the cutest fashion at a price you can be happy about.

Here is the thing about Jane.com. Their stock is continually changing, with products coming and going. A product goes “live” for only 3 days. And once time is up, it’s gone.

Which means that I cannot buy and share with you because by the time I do it will be long long gone. But I still waned to share some of my favs! Interested? Just click the link below each picture or go to the site by clicking the Jane icon to the right.

Happy shopping!

P.S. These items are already on sale and going soon so don’t wait!

Ruffle Sleeve Tunic Was 39.99, now 19.99.

 

Tied Up Chiffon Blouse  Was 36.00, now 17.99

Ombre Tunic¬†Was 36.99, now 13.99 (I just ordered this in pink! There are multiple colors available but they won’t be around much longer!)

Flounce Sleeve Seersucker Dress  Was 49.99, now 23.99

 

Floral Summer Kimono Was 42.00, now 19.99

 

Double Lace Peplum Was 53.99, now 25.99

Luxe Sleeveless Tank Dress Was 62.00, now 28.99

Floral Strip Tunic Was 32.99, now 9.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello hello!

Happy Tuesday guys! If you saw my last post you know I changed things up a bit with a (super easy) project I had done. So I’m going to ride that train a bit longer and share my latest “renovation”. I love trying my hand at a project. It can be great therapy when you need some time to yourself and honestly, I’m usually pretty darn proud to see my final piece.

This time around I decided to go with a distressed look. Mainly because I had (unintentionally) beat up my table a bit. It had a sort of wood looking laminate on it. It started peeling off easily so I figured I would just strip it: until the whole table surface did not peel off like I had intended. After scrapping and scrapping and sanding I was left with a rough tabletop.

So distressed it was.

There are so many techniques and ways to get that distressed look. After some research I went with the candle method. And incorporated some of my own ideas (wink wink).

So here is what my precious little table looked like before I attempted to tear off the whole top. (As you can see some was already gone.)

I actually just used some paint I had found lying around my basement. I used a few different shades of blue and one kind of white. (And, psst, these little “test” sized paints are perfect for smaller projects.)

To start off, just paint random spots all over your piece. The key is to not try too hard. Normally this would drive me up a wall, since I can be a bit of a perfectionist. But that is not what we are shooting for here. I chose to go with my darkest color first. The nice thing about this though is that you will be able to add as many layers as you want until you get the look you want. So if you are not happy with it, just add another layer. This is such a forgiving project.

After you have painted your first layer and allowed it to dry, you are going to use a candle and just rub it at random spots all over. This is a bit harder since you can’t see exactly where you went, but once again, imperfection is key.

Like that “action” shot?!

Once you have done this you are going to take your next color and do just what you did with the first color. Paint randomly over the first color and in new spots. Then once again, let it dry.

Now here is where the distressing actually comes into play. You are going to take a rag and rub your piece while applying a lot of pressure. What should happen is the areas which you painted over the candle will come up revealing whatever is underneath. Now, this is where a bit of Alyism came into play. It did not wipe off completely. Partly, I believe, was due to the fact that rubbing paint off of rough wood was difficult. So once you add more paint layers, it should wipe off the smoother surfaces easier. What I ended up doing was taking a plastic scraper, wrapping it in a rag, and using that to bring up the paint, which worked great and I was able to get the look I wanted.

Just keep repeating these steps until you are satisfied. As you can see, I decided to paint the legs gold. Thank you spray paint!

I used a spray sealant when I was finished. But feel free to experiment with your own. The finish you want and the use of your piece should help you determine what method to go with.

And voila!

Leave me comments and  let me know what you think. Once again, I lost my subscribers so be sure to sign up again!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

Hey guys!

Long time no write! Miss me? Thought so ūüėČ

I have been wanting to switch things up on you guys a bit. I love fashion but also have an interior design bone somewhere in me. It is so satisfying to see a space totally changed, even if it is small. It makes such a big impression.

The other day I was browsing around Arhaus trying to just take it in. If you have ever been in one you know that there is a lot and can be a bit overwhelming and hard to catch everything. But all their different set ups are so perfectly put together and within just a few steps you can exit the one and enter the next: bedrooms, dining rooms, offices, etc etc. *sigh.* I truly admire it and it’s the perfect place to gather a handful of solid ideas and inspirations.

So I did a little project of my own that I thought I would share. You’ll love it because it is super crazy easy, and not to mention easy on the wallet. Win win!

I had been looking for a piece of furniture to revamp and after visiting a couple second hand stores, went home disappointed. That very week my mom came across this shelf she found sitting out on someone’s curb. It was the perfect guinea pig and I loved the design of it. Not to mention it fit perfectly in the corner of my bathroom and filled in a bit of empty space.

I decided to go with “chalk” paint. Ever heard of it? It has, surprise surprise, a chalky matte finish to it. And the beautiful thing about chalk paint is that it sticks to anything (ok, almost anything). It also requires little to no sanding. I used the Americana Decor brand. Home Depot and Amazon both carry it.

Depending on what you are painting you may want to wipe it down so you are not painting over any dirt or grime. Now, you can sand it if it really needs it, but generally there is no need to. And then, just paint.

Seriously.

I chose to take apart my shelf to paint it. Depending on the color of the piece and the color of the paint you may have to do several coats. I painted my shelf twice then reassembled it. After it was put together I touched up the areas that needed it as well as the parts I had nicked during reassembly.

After it was painted (make sure it is dry) and built I used the Americana Decor Creme Wax as a top coat. You can use a wax or polyurethane. Since I wanted to keep it more of a matte finish and not glossy I chose to go with the wax. I just applied it with a lint free rag.

And that was it. See? Simple.

Feel free to comment or email any questions or suggestions; I would love to hear! And if you subscribed previously subscribe again! (I lost my email list somehow…oops!)

Have a great weekend guys!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy weekend guys! Hopefully you all have something fun planned for Mother’s Day. Not quite sure what we’ll be doing yet

So today I wanted to share with you guys some of my own beauty “hacks” that I have found work well. There are sooo many products, makeup, food, etc. out there and it can all be so overwhelming. Especially if you are a simple gal like me.

Not too mention pricey! Seriously it’s ridiculous. I mean, is a $100 moisturizer really necessary? Sorry, but Sephora ain’t getting my money today.

So here are some of my favs. Feel free to comment if you have any of your own tricks. I would love to hear from you!

Lemon Water

So lemon water is kinda my newest kick. It’s amazing how something so simple is so good for you. It has plenty of benefits but what I really love about it is that the natural flavor makes me drink more water and it also helps to rejuvenate your skin. ¬†Simply throw a few lemons in a water bottle or put a few slices in a glass to refill at home. Other benefits include

  • Weight loss
  • More Energy
  • Stronger immune system
  • Better Digestion
  • Higher brain function

 

 

 

Coconut Oil

Ok, so maybe you have caught wind of the coconut fad going around. There is a reason it is so stinkin’ popular. Literally, it is has soo many uses! (and you can just snag it at the grocery store). It is great for skin, hair, lips, and recipes. I whipped together coconut oil and sugar to create a body scrub that takes away dead skin and moisturizes. You can also,

  • Apply warm oil to hair and leave it in. Wrap it up in a towel and let it sit. Honestly, there are many opinions as to how long. Some say 10 minutes while others choose to leave it in overnight. Shampoo thoroughly to remove all the oil. (Also, to avoid clogging any drains, be sure to run hot water down to clear up the pipes.)
  • Use on lips to moisturize.
  • Body scrub (as I mentioned above.) I whipped 1 1/4 cup sugar with 3/4 cup coconut oil. Optional: you can also add essential oil.
  • Rub on sunburned skin!

 

 

Neutrogena Acne Correct & Cover

So I’m pretty simple when it comes to makeup. I am often times in the more-is-less camp. Especially when it comes to foundation, I would much rather pass. I hate the look and feel of cakey makeup. But I love this product. Really it is like a tinted moisturizer. It helps to even out skin tone while still keeping a natural look. Note that since it is fairly light, it will not cover everything! But if you are looking for something light, especially this summer, it is defiantly a go to. Also, what I really really love about it is that there are only two shades to chose from. It comes in fair to light or medium to tan, so no guessing involved. (Am I the only one lost when staring at 20 shades all only slightly different from the next?)

 

 

Maybelline Cover Stick Green Concealer

Ok, so you will thank me for this one! Like I said, I am really not fancy by any stretch when it comes to makeup. But I stumbled upon this Maybelline green concealer and use it a lot! Green counteracts red, so this concealer helps to fade any breakouts. This will be your last minute life saver! You can use it by itself and blend it in to the red area. Or what I often do is apply it, without worrying about blending it completely. And then I apply my Neutorgena corrector over top.

Baking Soda

Like coconut oil, there are countless ways to use baking soda. It can even be used to whiten teeth. You can drop a couple hundred to get them whitened professionally. You can even use whitening strips. I have used these previously and been very happy with the results. But, if you are still not willing to drop $30, or are just looking to maintain, baking soda is the way to go. I simply just mix it with my own toothpaste.

Hopefully some of these helped you out! Once again I would love to hear any of your suggestions or comments! Also, don’t forget I am now on Pinterest so go ahead and follow me!

Happy weekend!

Hey guys!

Mother’s Day is less than 2 weeks away (May 14th)! So I thought I would help you guys out with a little gift guide. You can thank me later ūüėČ

My mom is seriously my best friend. We are so incredibly close and I am so blessed to have the relationship I have with her. She is the strongest woman I know (seriously, everyone says this but with her it’s true!). And her patience with me continues to amaze me. She puts up with everything I bring to her, listens, and helps me through. I go to her for advice all the time and I could not be more thankful for her wisdom and reassurance.

She really does deserve the world.

Ok, enough of the “fluff” (fyi my mom hates fluff).

Anyway, I asked a few moms what they would really want on their day. And with their help I came up with 13 different ideas. The gifts range quite a bit in price and style since I tried to cover all the different women out there.

There is a short description below each gift, and you can just click the pic to go straight to the site. Also, these aren’t strictly for mothers. Many would work for grandmothers or mothers in law too.

I hope these help you out or at least give you some ideas. If you are still stumped on what to get, I found that many sites have Mother’s Day guides to help you out and give you a bit of inspo.

And don’t forget I am on Pinterest! ¬†And any of theses ideas can be easily saved to your boards. Just hover and click the “Pin it” button.

Just one more thing…

Mother’s Day is all about showing your appreciation. My mom’s own words (paraphrased) were that above even the gifts is the service: actually doing something for her. So don’t forget to SHOW her how much you appreciate and lover her. Actions speak louder than words (and even gifts!)

 

 

Etsy is great for personalized gifts! Create your own necklace for her with the birthstones and initials of her kiddos. (This also comes in a bangle if a necklace isn’t quite her style.)

A doormat? Pretty up the front door with summer coming up.

 

Classic Grey Wood 12.5-inch x 9-inch Winston Serving Tray

This was one of my mom’s ideas. Great for dinner or coffee out on the deck, a pretty serving tray is cute and something she will actually use.

This tassel is so bright and fun, and how clever is this?

 

 

How many glasses have you broken? Ha, I have done my fair share. A new set of (matching) tumblers may seem odd at first, but I am sure she will love how put together is makes the dinner table feel.

This isn’t for everyone. But for some mom’s out there a simple fresh tee may be just right.

 

 

 

Ok, this is for the healthy momma. This infuser is great for on the go!

 

 

 

 

Burt's Bees Hand Repair Gift Set

Mom’s spend all day working. Whether it is an office job, washing dishes (again) or changing another diaper I am sure any one would enjoy a little pampering.

 

 

 

Most mom’s live on coffee (I love it and I don’t even have kids). I love the colors of these and they will brighten up any kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This fit bit craze still going? I love the rose gold color of this one and it’s something she can use all day.

 

 

 

 

Summer is coming up and I tried to keep that in mind when choosing gifts. These flip flops are so cute and great for slipping on while running out the door.

 

 

 

Main Image - Cathy's Concepts Personalized Faux Leather Clutch

These are great for packing or for simply staying organized. Just choose her initial! Fancy stuff.

 

 

This tote is great for vacation, a day at the pool, or even a trip to the zoo.