Friday, August 30, 2013

What.We.Wore.Friday {Fall Edition}


You requested some fall looks...You got 'em!!

I love this dress and the belt tops it off!  It's so Kate Spade! 

My Outfit Details:
Dress: Target (similar here)
Shoes: Target (similar here)
Belt: Target
Wristlet: Tory Burch
Sunglasses: Sunglass boutique in local mall
Bracelets: Alex and Ani

Hope everyone has a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fall Trends {For Mamas}

Fall Trends for Mamas

1. I'm watching one of these J.Crew necklaces on Ebay!  I think it's so versatile- wear it with a button down blouse or dress- you'll look fabulous!
2. I'm loving wrap watches at the moment, especially the layered chain effect!  Beautiful piece of arm candy!
3. If you follow me on Instagram, you noticed I just purchased this Tory Burch beauty!! I am going gaga over this print!
4. I'm a sucker for scarves in the fall and winter.   Why not invest a scarf in Pantone's 2013 color of the year, Emerald Green?  
5. Fall is calling for wines, burgundies and nude lip colors. I'm a huge fan of CoverGirl's LipPerfection Jumbo Lip Gloss Balm.  
6. I'm seeing toe-cap or heel-cap shoes everywhere!  I'm on the look-out for a cute navy pair!
7. Leopard accessories are not going anywhere this season- wear it proud mamas!
8. Finally, if you invest in anything this fall, keep in mind Pantone's 2013 fall colors!!   

Monday, August 26, 2013

Back to School {Another Check off my summer bucket list}

Summer is winding down which means it's back to school for us- Andrew and I.  We are both teachers; Andrew teaches first grade and I am a middle school special education teacher.

We thought it'd be nice to have an "End of Summer/Back to School" party with our faculty and friends.   

Here's some decor from the party!





Inside the lunch bags!
The "Back to School" banner can be found via my Pinterest page 
(download it for free, here)

Sophia had a great time!  

This themed party is another check-off my summer bucket list!!  
How did you spend your weekend?

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

DIY Bookcase Inserts {$5.00 Bookcase gets a Facelift!)

I am so excited to finally reveal my first ever furniture painting project!
 I found this bookcase at a garage sale for a whopping $5.00.  I didn't know what to do with it but the thought of it only being $5.00 made it mine!
I did some research via Pinterest and I found the idea to insert fabric backings to
"liven it up" a bit.
I wasn't impressed. 
 I love the fabric but the bookcase needed something more.  
That's when I decided to buy some paint and hope for the best!




Isn't she prettty?!?!?!?!  
I love how the paint color and the fabric just go hand-in-hand!   This combination makes it so fun and chic!

Here's what I did to transform my diamond in the rough:

Supplies For Fabric Inserts:
One Project Display Board 
At least one yard of fabric (I had 1.5 yards- I like to have more than enough)
Fabric Scissors
Tape
Tape Measure
Laser Pointer (optional)
X-Acto-knif or Box Cutter
Step One: Measure the openings of your bookcase so you know what size to make your inserts.
My shelf openings measured  7-3/4", 11-1/4", and 7-3/4" by 27-3/4"
Step Two: Cut the project board into the measurements of your shelf openings
Step Three: After you cut-out your cardboard inserts, lay the inserts onto your fabric and cut, leaving at least 1/2 inch border around the insert.  
Step Four: Tape your fabric to the insert- like a present ;)
After you have your inserts wrapped, slide them into your openings of your bookcase and Wah-lah!  You have your inserts.

Here's are the steps for painting the bookcase:
Supplies: 
Sanding paper/sand sponge
One quart of paint + primer in one (depending on the size of the bookcase)
One paint tray
Small paint brush roller
Small synthetic paint brush

Step One: Since the bookcase is a smooth wooden laminate, it needed to be sanded down so the paint can stick. 
(I sanded it down so it looks like this on all wooden laminate surfaces of the bookcase and shelves, but I recommend sanding it down more.)

Step Two: Paint bookcase and shelves. (I applied three coats, waiting for the paint to dry, each time)

Step Three: Once you are happy with the paint color and it's dry, insert your shelves carefully.
 *Be careful not to slide them in- they will scratch the paint.

Step Four: Slide fabric Inserts into the bookcase

Step Five: Decorate :)


Although I love the new "look" the paint seems like it will chip off easily.  I'm thinking maybe I needed to sand the laminate down more.  I'll keep that in mind for the next furniture painting project!

Good luck and please feel free to ask any questions!!


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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What.We.Wore.Wednesday {Mama + Baby Fashion}


You wanted mama and baby fashion, you got it!!
I think blues and pinks go together like macaroni and cheese, and Louis with Vuitton!  So here's how Sophia and I incorporated my favorite color combination!!  By the way, you'll see the "I wish I could chase her in heels" look and the more "practical" mommy look.  




 




Sophia's Outfit Details:
Shirt: Children's Place (similar)
Shorts: Old Navy

My Outfit Details:
Tank: Old Navy
Shorts: Old Navy
Blouse: Banana Republic (super old)
Necklace, Watch & Earrings: Premier Designs
Bracelets: Alex and Ani
Sandals: Target
Pumps: Charlotte Russe (super old)
Lips: LAQA & CO



What's your favorite color combination?
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Our Trip to Walt Disney World {In Pictures}

Here it is!!  Our slideshow to the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World!



Fun Tidbit- I chose One Republic's, "Good Life" as the slideshow music because it was the song that played in a Disney World commercial, back around Christmas time, that put the Disney "bug" in my ear ;)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fall Mommy Wear {Inspired by Miss Jodi's Book launch}


  Sophia and I attended Miss Jodi's book launch yesterday (remember her "famous friend"?) and it was such a wonderful event! There was so much for the kiddos to do while us mommies just  watched our munchkins run around and be kids on a beautiful summer evening. 





The book launch was held at a local "pick your own" apple orchard.  I have to say, this got me a bit excited for Fall.  Pumpkin picking, hayrides, pumpkin spice coffee from DD, scarfs and vests, make my fall "complete."

Here's a little something you would find me wearing on a beautiful fall day.

Fall Mommy Wear

 What are your fall essentials?

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