Jul 31, 2012

Thrifted Tuesday: Blue Jean Baby




Tonight my handsome husband took me on a date for sushi, and then we stopped by the store to buy ice cream so that we could eat it while watching the Olympics.  Tonight is the women's gymnastics and I am so excited!  Right now we are watching synchronized diving and it is amazing!  I can barely jump off a low rock at High Falls and while I am admitting my weaknesses I guess I will also tell you that I can't dive, do a cart-wheel, snap, or whistle....wow that sounds pretty PAAAH-THE-TIC.  And as I sit on the couch eating a bowl of cookie dough ice cream and watch these insanely talented athletes, my only comfort is that I did go to the gym earlier today.  
I wanted to blog about Plato's closet today.  It's where I got most of this outfit, and while I can't really call it a thrift store (even though its used clothes) or call it consignment ) because technically it is not that either, I think the items from there can count as being from a "high end" thrift store, which I have only heard about but never been too, so they are my version!  You can find tons of denim there, all from brand names.  They are also a great place to find jewelry, shoes, and tops for super cheap.  And if you are lucky, they might even buy your clothes from you and give you cash right there.  I usually never go without bringing a basket of clothes to try and sell.  I love cleaning out my closet and getting rid of the stragglers, always makes me happy and makes room for new pretties! I got these Lucky Brand jeans from there and love them, they make my legs look super long, although my husband took these pics in an angle that foreshortens my legs anyway and makes my head look huge!  Oh my goodness, oh well, just believe me when I say, they do make my legs look longer than usual thus making them my favorites.  I love layering lace on lace because the tho sheer layers together creates a modest result which you couldn't achieve without wearing both.  I adore a pop of vibrant color too, such as this flower pin, to finish an outfit off. 



Cardigan (Dirt Cheaped) Top, Jeans (Plato's) Purse (thrifted) Shoes (Ruche) Flower pin (Charlotte Russe)

I love my new-old jeans (even though I barely wear jeans anymore!) and its nice to finally find that favorite go-to pair :)

Time to devote my night to Olympics watching with my favorite boys.

Go USA!

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

Jul 29, 2012

Sunday Afternoon Thoughts

Mommy & Me Style


Why is he so snugly?  Unfortunately he is even more squirmy...
This week he has been doing some funny things.  He is obsessed with shoes this week and wants me to put them on him all day, I think because the ritual of putting on shoes symbolizes that we are about to go somewhere, which he is all about.  He wants to go play outside all the time, which would be fine but it felt like 100 degrees all week, so I tried to keep him entertained inside as much as possible.  His favorite shoes that he wants to wear are Clarks that are for the fall so they are a couple sizes to big for him, but he tromps around the house in them all day and doesn't seem to mind.  He also learned how to shriek, (I call the sound the shrieking eel) which first had me sprinting into his room in fear only to find him smiling and playing.  Another funny thing he has been doing is wanting to throw things away.  This has been both a good thing in bad thing,  Good because after every diaper change he likes to take the diaper to the trash and throw it away.  Bad because I am finding important household objects in the trash can, such as remotes, shoes, and video game controls (I have to force myself to rescue the game controls)  The most funny is that he brings me items of clothes he wants to put on in the morning, this morning, a Sunday morning, he brought be a pair of jean shorts.  I felt bad telling him "no, those aren't for today" and picking out a more appropriate outfit.  I think what he ended up with was adorable!




On Cohen - Collared shirt (Janie and Jack)  Suspenders, shorts, and sandals (Zara) My FAVORITE!
On Mommy- skirt and wedges (Ruche)  Shirt (Anthropologie) Belt and Purse (thrifted)

Cohen hears a dogs bark in the distance....
Today at church my brother in law, Alex gave a wonderful talk.  It was very appropriate to this week of politics and each side fighting for what they believe in.  He said that we should not be ashamed of what we believe in, if we know it in our hearts to be true, not because someone told us to feel that way, but because we feel it is right.  Tolerance isn't a one way street, and I don't like that people are accused of being intolerant because they believe in something, not because they are judging anyone.  Then there are those who don't really know what they believe, and are so easily swayed one way or the other.  Then there are some that say they really don't know which is the right choice, so they just try and stay out if it.  Whatever the case if there is something you believe in, stand up for it, no matter who uncool it makes you look.  Someone told me something this week that I really needed to hear, and what they said was simply, "Don't be quick to anger."  I feel like I could improve in this area and obviously, many more need to think about that as well.  We don't always know everything, and things aren't always what they seem.  Anger feels like a high, powerful, even, but its a scary thing when anger feels good to someone.  I want to remember not to be quick to anger, to keep the peace within my soul and I know that nothing feels better than that peace.  I am proud to be who I am and proud of the testimony I have and the peace it brings.
Big Bird says it best, everyone should feel as happy as him!  And if you're not, everyday that you wake up and want to change, you can.


I am so excited to be watching the Olympics this week, gymnastics and swimming are my favorites.  I love the tradition of the Olympics, but hate how the Olympians make me feel like a slugsworth, they all are so amazing, dedicated, and strong!

I got the opportunity to go out of town twice this week for photo shoots,  One was in Nashville, and David and I took senior pictures for George Jone's grandson, who was a great guy, very nice, and lucky for me very photogenic.   Then I got to go to Huntsville and do an anniversary shoot for some old high school friends Preston and Janet. They have been dating for 13 years, and married for five, and are the sweetest couple.  I noticed they had what I believe is the key ingredient for a happy marriage and that is laughter.  They didn't take themselves to seriously and genuinely loved being in each other's company.  They were a pleasure to work with!




So happy to have got to do what I love this week!  Such nice people!

And GO USA!

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust


Jul 24, 2012

Thrifted Tuesday: True Blue


This thrifted tuesday has a lot of blue, so I had to reference a Bright Eyes song for the title of this post!  Firstly, my awesome brother is living with me for the summer and I think he has become pretty acclimated to living here,  he reads Cohen's books to him in hilarious accents, drinks green juice, works out, and even has gone to the thrift store with me to see if he could find some new threads.  He always has been a fan of the thrift store, usually skipping the clothes section (unless he needed some ridiculous costume) and heading to the books (he is a huge fan of Second & Charles) and electronics in search of old systems.  He surprised me with a Sega Genesis he found one year for Christmas.  He even found Aladdin, my favorite game!  I was thrilled.  When we went together recently he found this plaid American Eagle shirt, which he loves because someone has worn it out so thin, that it's not to hot to wear in the summer.  One of the best parts of thrifting is, that someone else does the wearing out for you, which sometimes can be just what you want.  




shirt (thrifted)  Thanks for being on my blog buddy :)!! Love you!!

 Shoe Makeover

On a Thrifted Tuesday blog, Lacy Days, I ruined these woven sandals while stepping on bazillions of squishy dark purple mulberries.  I decided I would dye them with Rit Dye, and chose a navy color to match my new navy straw hat.  Here are my poor shoes before.







Directions
1. Fill sink or bucket with hot water.  
2. Add item you want to dye and make sure its covered with water. (you may want to do a test swatch first)
3.  Add the packet of dye and stir.
4. Leave in until desired color (you can take out early if you want a lighter effect)
5. Rinse with cold water until water runs clear.
6. Let Dry
7. I went over some rough spots with a dark blue sharpy that didn't absorb the dye.
8. Promptly clean your sink out!
9. Enjoy!




Shirt (yard sale)  Belt (thrifted)  Skirt (thrifted) Purse (thrifted)
Shoes (old forever 21)

This weekend I entered a contest at Chloe Loves Charlie, and the contest was to come up with a name for a new dress they selling on their website.  It was of course a BLUE dress that was very pretty.  I came up with about 3 names and they picked one, "Midnight in Paris." I was so excited that I won, and for my prize I got a $50 gift card for ChloeLovesCharlie.com!  I'm so excited to visit the site this week and see the dress that I got to name!  I wish someone would hire me to come up with names for clothes...for some reason that sounds like the funnest job ever. 

 Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust



Jul 22, 2012

Mommy and Me Style: Sunday Afternoon

 Spending time with my stylish baby boy on a Sunday afternoon.  







Getting really heavy, and wants to take off running!


On Cohen:  Bow tie (Mommys Creativity Shop)  White dress shirt (Baby Gap) I would buy one in every size for your boy, perfect for church! Vest (thrifted)  Shorts (Zara)  Leather Sandles (thrifted)
On Mommy:  (hat, necklace, dress, shoes, and earrings  (Ruche)  Collared Shirt (yard sale (my Mom found it!)


My handsome little man!  His hair is so blonde and so curly!  I love my smiley, happy baby!  He has the sweetest spirit.  Lately he has been trying to talk a lot more, and he loves helping me do laundry and dishes haha, which really cracks me up.  Being his mommy has been a wonderful learning experience and his daddy and I couldn't imagine life without him.

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

Sydney's Travel Theme Bridal Shower

This weekend was my sister-in-laws bridal shower!  We worked for a couple of weeks to get ready for it, and it really turned out beautiful.  The food was amazing and so many showed up to shower Sydney with love and wishes!


     Invitation by me!
For guest to leave notes with advice for the bride to be.
Her aunt Heidi's historic home was a beautiful setting!
We used paper planes made from an old book and paint chips plus a heart shaped hole puncher to make the garland.

We turned all of the books around so that the  pages would create a more unified backdrop.

Decoration in windows made from paper towel rolls. 
My little man enjoying the party, and his aunt Sydney!
Made from an old book with a broken spine.
I covered an old canvas I had with sheet and a lace tablecloth (both thrifted) and it covered the TV perfectly.  The curtain under it and the banner are made from thrifted sheets all in her wedding colors.
Old candle holder filled with map and construction paper hearts.
Pretty cake on an old hat box!
Another beautiful hat box.
Yummy punch!



In keeping with the travel theme we had dishes from all around the world!












Opening some great presents!
The Bride and her hostesses, where is Alicia and Tamessa?


I am so happy for Sydney and Jon, and we couldn't have thrown a shower for a sweeter bride to be!

With our collection of vintage suitcases and hat boxes we used at the shower, I thought it would be fun to show some creative ways to use them in decorating.  Suitcases are an easy way to add interest around the home because they symbolize adventure, travel, history, and the many journeys they have been on are visible from every scuff and imperfection on them.  Here are some things I put together.


Stacked hat boxes fill an awkward vertical space.
To add hight to a dresser that could use some.
Small travel case adds some visual interest to a stack of old books.
As a bedside table.  Drill them together to create a sturdy place for a lamp, or use them for storage.



I have seen people to way cool stuff with suitcases, including making dresser drawers out of them, wall hangings, and much more.   Annnnd if the suitcase still is in working condition, I think its a pretty stylish way to travel :)


New Bathroom Decor

I had been collecting tissue paper rolls for over a year!  I finally made something with them, and I think it's a pretty fitting decoration for the bathroom :)




These were easy. 

1. Mark one inch sections on roll
2. Cut them and flatten them
3. Glue them together in the pattern you wish.

My husband kept wondering why I had a big stash of these,  and I'm sure he was beginning to think I was some type of hoarder, and explaining this idea to him just made him look at me really strangely!  I'm glad I finally made them so I could just show him!

So here is the Gentleman and Lady of the master bathroom, which is a pretty tiny master, but it's fine for now!  I got this pair of paintings at an auction, but since Cameron thought they looked scary, I decided to add some humor to them so he wouldn't mind me hanging them!  On Blue Boy and painted a UFO in the background and an iPod in his pockets with headphones in his ears.  For Pinky I put her some cat eyeliner, a pendant necklace, new black flats, and a mermaid tail and pirate ship in the background.  You can find these paintings everywhere for really cheap!  If I had room I would hang His and Hers towel racks underneath the side by side photos, but alas, no room!


No towel rack so my friend Jacinda gave me her old rickety ladder and now I have some storage for towels.

Thank you so much for taking time to read my blog :)


Faith, trust, and pixie dust.