Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What I Wore {Patterns + Coral Shorts}

We've covered a sophisticated look, casual look, and now a daring look. We'll end this series with a big sha-bang. 
If my Pinterest feed is telling me the truth, mixing patterns is the new thing that cool people do. I've seen some people rocking it and others looking like they got dressed blind folded. No offense to some out there. 

shorts: Target | chambray: Old Navy | tank top: Old Navy | necklace: DIY here

The people who rock the whole pattern look give me the urge to give it a shot myself. Trial after trial I ended up looking like a circus clown. Not sure about you, but clowns don't scream fashionable to me. Finally I ended up with what you are looking at now. Small dots + large stripes. Two of my favorite patterns working together :)

We've got the two favorite patterns, we just needed some statement making bottoms. Since the top half of the outfit is very neutral what's better than my beloved coral shorts?

And a simple pearl necklace to tame down the daring move makes the outfit complete. Cause if you know me-- I can't got a day without an accessory.

Do you dig the whole mixing pattern concept? 

Friday, July 19, 2013


Just wanted to drop by and let you know that Taylor and I will be gone starting tomorrow and not getting back until late next week Saturday night. Didn't want you to think that we were in the hospital due to a massive heat stroke or anything :). 
Our little mission trip dampens our posting plans. I promise that I'll finish up the dresser series ASAP along with coral shorts 3 ways.
So until then, have a fabulous week!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What I Wore {Coral Shorts + Comfy Tee}

Introducing week 2 of.... 
You can see last weeks addition here. Last week was a more dressed up look, but this week we are taking it casual. Don't ya love it when the same thing can be dressed up or down? You get the BEEEST of both worlds! (Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus flashback)
shorts: Target | tee: Target | necklace: Old Navy | headband: craft show

As of this week we are experiencing a major heat wave. Major for someone from Michigan, but probably a walk in the park to those living in Arizona and those blazing states. When I'm not in my swimsuit this week, there is no way I'm wearing something that will mess with my brain and make the humidity rise and the heat index jump to 3 digits. This comfortable loose tee is the perfect addition to my favorite pair of shorts. Leave it to Target to produce such a shirt.

Even though this outfit is on the casual end of the scale it wouldn't be complete without an accessory. Or in this case-- two. The pink tiny tear drop necklace is the icing on the cake and ties in the coral. 

With the sun pounding down what seems to be 24/7 I don't want my hair hanging on my back. Pulling it to the side gets that annoying tail that otherwise would be bothering me on a hot day out of the way. The fishtail braid is a change from your expected traditional 3-strand braid. And to top it off, a headband and a button that I am overly obsessed with.

What is your favorite outfit to wear to keep you from having a heat stroke in this blazing hot weather?

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dresser Makeover {The Clean}

*If you haven't seen the dresser makeover this cleaning process is all about, go here.*

We are hear with the dreaded most part of furniture makeover. At least I get all complainy just thinking about it-- the cleaning part. I suppose it's just a part of furniture make-overing life. 
Despite those not-so-captivating first few sentences, this job was painless. Just a bunch of wiping down unappealing mystery spots and giving it a nice shine. Kinda like washing windows. 

With the type of paint I used (more on that soon!) I didn't have to do any priming, sanding, or any of that glorious grunt work. Overall this was a simple task, just rather lengthy. But hey, you do what ya gotta do!

Shall we get started on our little cleaning spree? 

Here's what we've got from the beginning. One dusty dresser. Don't judge. It sat in the garage for a month so there yah have it. 

Wipe off the dust with a dry rag. No water or any sort of liquid is needed here.
*blurry picture alert*

Now it's time to mix up the concoction that works wonders. 
For every quart of hot water you need 1 tablespoon of TSP. 
A little goes a long ways when it comes to this substance- I didn't even use 1/4 of my quart.

Add your TSP to the warm water and shake it up real good. 

Spray the cleaning supply over all surfaces that will eventually get painted and scrub with a scotch pad. 

The scotch pad acts as a very fine sandpaper and brings up any dirt and grim off of the surface. It gets rid of any remains of sticky spots from stickers, and wears down an engraved star (good work on the star Kayla :)).

After you have cleaned all surfaces wipe down everything really well with a dry towel.

From the start of making the spray to the finish of cleaning the drawer knobs, this part of the process took about one hour. Not too bad, and it beats striping the piece or doing any other crazy work. It especially pays off when the piece is finished :)
Have a fabulous Tuesday!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Fill 'Er Up

Usually on Wednesday's things look a little more, err fashionable around here. However because of a crazy busy week and gloomy rainy weather the second Coral Shorts 3 Ways addition never made it out of draft mode. So I promise I'll get my act together and be back with that. 
In place of a fashion post today my new favorite jar filler will have to do. In my dresser reveal last week you may have noticed the bare jar sitting on the dresser. I've been searching for a cheap, cute, and colorful way to fill 'er up. My sister unintentionally gave me the marvelous idea of gumballs. The rest you could say is history. Now I've got myself a sassy filled jar. The challenge with this filler is to limit yourself to how many you eat a day now. :) 
Happy Wednesday!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Five Things Friday {June}

One month is officially down for summer and we have two to go. Before you know it we'll be boarding the buses and studying for exams again! To wrap up June (5 days late but whatevs) here's 5 things from June.

Strawberry season came to a close early this week. I probably ate 3 pounds of them by myself.

Summertime calls for peppy nail color! (Jaded by Sally Hansen)

Frozen smoothie posing as frozen yogurt. I'm due for a trip to Peachwave

Plenty of water balloon fights with my siblings. In the end we come out with huge welts across our back. We get each other good. 

I spent the last few days of June with Taylor and her family along with my sister to go camping! There we are pitching our tent-- talk about taking DIY to the wilderness. Only we were at a wilderness with a pool, running water, and electricity.

Have a fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What I Wore {Pattern}

Not sure about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with TJMaxx & Marshalls. Somedays I'll walk in and find tons of things that I like, but the next time it'll be a shopping fail. 

The last time I was there must have been my good day to be there, because I was able to find not only this shirt, another shirt, but two pairs of shorts also. I'd call that a win (for Marshalls). 

((another pic of me jumping makes the blog -- we have to have fun while taking pictures))

I love this top (tank actually) because the back is a solid knit fabric and is oh so soft. Then on the front you have a nice pattern on a more silky fabric that blends in perfectly. 

Michigan friends, check out Pier Cove -- one of my favorite, most beautiful, places!

Tank: Marshalls // Capris: Kohls (in one pic) // Jeggings: Target (in the other pics) // Cardigan: Old Navy // Flip-Flops: Nike

What's your luck at these stores?
Enjoy your 4th of July tomorrow! I'll be spending mine at the lake and then head to a big fireworks show at night!
((p.s. did you notice the haircut?? :) am I am long hair person or short?))

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Playing Dress Up With a Dresser

Jeepers. I've been waiting like a 5 year old waits for Christmas morning for this big shining moment. 
I devoted the month of June to a new kind of project, and now since we are at the opening of July the day has finally come for me to share what I've been putting my sweat, tears and the aching pain that seems permanent in my back into.
The title of the post is a dead give-a-way... drum roll please. 

Here's the new hunk of wood nesting under my gallery wall.
sorry for the slightly shadowing and odd lighting pictures. my room is in the basement so I get limited amount of natural light. 

By golly I've painted a dresser. This was my second furniture makeover (you can see my first here). But I can say without a doubt that this one drove me to a higher hill than the last. But that's not to say I didn't LOOOOVEEE slathering (actually spraying) on the sheet of an off-white hue. Even in the hectic, hair-pulling moments that this slick chunk of a dresser and I went through I adored making it something sassy.

Now are you dying to see the befores of each feature of the dresser? Good because I've made about 102 before and after collages for you to compare to.  
A big thanks to my Aunt Sheryl/Cousin Kayla for handing this oaky-now-white beauty down to me. 

The wood wasn't bad, but it just wasn't me. Painting was necessary. 
I went back and forth between a sweet teal, a cool breezy mint, or and avocado green. However, in the end I decided to play it safe and stick with an off white color to it. (It kinda looks stark white in these pictures but there is a hint of a soft cream tone to it) I'm kicking myself for not remembering the color of the paint, but hey I guess it wasn't meant to be. 
When you first look at it it seems to be a blob of white but inside there is a surprise waiting for you...
Badabing-badaboo a popping green waiting for you. #imadearhyme

Over the next week or two (possibly three?) I'll give you the rundown, the details, and the juicy secrets that went through this dressers little life. 
Here's what you can expect: 
The Clean
The Paint Job
The Stenciling 

LEFT: wire basket: dollar store | frame: hobby lobby | boxes: target | flower: garage sale | vase: IKEA
RIGHT: jar: hobby lobby | frame: garage sale | bible verse: made myself 

M: PB Teen | both frames: hobby lobby | cork board: DIY here | giant clothespin: target (added washi tape) | sunshine & saltwater: inspired from PB Teen beach towel (out of stock) but DIY

For now the knobs are staying, but maybe in the near future I'll get something along the line of the ones below. Here is what I've got in mind (apparently I like the glass look). What one is your favorite?
1, 2, 3, 4

So there's a preview of what's to come in the life of this dresser!
Have you been doing any major projects this summer?

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