Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sweet Parrish Place Style { Vol. 39}

Sweet Parrish Place Style

Hey all! Welcome to my weekly style post!   Every week, I take pictures of my outfits and join other bloggers around blog land who do the same. These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion. I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways. I wear the clothes I own forever, but I usually don’t wear any item in the exact same way more than once or twice.  As a middle school counselor, I am always looking for inspiration, and ways to be stylish, professional, and age appropriate, and I hope to provide inspiration to other women and mothers in similar professions or lifestyles to shop their own closets.  You don’t always have to buy something new!   All of the outfits I am wearing for this post are things that I have worn to over the past week.  I bought this orange skirt in Anthropologie a few years ago, and I still love it, particularly how the buttons are not centered on the skirt. 

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Orange skirt- Anthropologie (old)// striped top similar// cream wedges// scarf- Target similar// tassel bracelets



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I love this touch of red with the navy tiered ruffle tank I wore in this outfit.  The striped flats have a little slice of red down the back, so I added the red cardigan to wear in my freezing cold office.

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Navy tank- Loft similar// khaki cropped pants similar// red cardigan// striped flats



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I bought this vintage dress at a consignment shop called Holy City Consignment in Charleston, SC in July, and this was my first time wearing it.  Isn’t it to die for?  I love the ruffle around the neck, the fact that it is a wrap dress, and the pockets.  Not to mention the fact that it is chambray floral!  And let me just tell you, what a cute store this woman had!  I did take a picture of one of the super cute dressing rooms ( I love cute dressing rooms), but best of all, she served alcoholic beverages there at this really adorable bar in the back of the store!  I was blown away, and so was Delaney (she has thoughts of owning a vintage store one day).  so if you are in the Charleston area and you like vintage stores, go there!  You will not be disappointed!  Delaney and I always seek out the vintage stores when we travel, and we have found so many awesome places!

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Vintage Dress// flip flops



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I have owned this brown linen sun dress for probably ten years.  I bought it at Gap, and I still love it!  If you purchase classic pieces like this, you can wear them forever!  I added this new floral scarf and a denim jacket to wear to work ( I don’t like showing too much skin at work)

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brown dress// sandals// scarf



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And that is a wrap for this week's style post!  Thanks for stopping by for my Sweet Parrish Place Style post today!  If you would like to stalk my other outfit and fashion posts, click here (I want you to)!  I also have a Pinterest Board where I post all of my daily outfits, and I frequently post on Instagram!   Happy Hump day!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Trashtastic Tuesday- Chalk Paint Pitcher Makeover

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Hey all!  Welcome to Trashtastic Tuesday! This is a little series around here where I show you something that I thrifted, sometimes I make it over, sometimes I don’t.  Or it may be something that I have owned and I am tired of, or no longer like, so I make it over.  But nevertheless, it is usually something that I paid very little money for.  My project for today couldn't be much easier.  Seriously people, so very simple!  I bought this little pitcher at Goodwill a couple of years ago.  I left it as it was for a couple of years, but the color was starting to get on my nerves, so I decided to slap some white chalk paint on it and give it a little distressing.  Here it is before as part of my fall buffet a while back.  

Before photo


Friday, August 21, 2015

The No-Sew Way to Hem Curtain Panels

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After three years of living in this home, I finally bought new curtains for Mr. 7 Year Old’s bedroom.  This is the only window in his room, and when we first moved in, I hung brown faux wooden blinds, and the red roman shades that we brought from his old bedroom.  But I never did love the way they looked, so last winter I took them down, and he lived several months with just the blinds (not that he cared, but it bothered me).  This window faces right into the street outside of the front of our home, and the blinds are needed for privacy at night.  I happened across these polka dot curtain panels (Tommy Hilfiger) at HomeGoods over the summer, and although they were too long, I scooped them up because I just knew they would look great on his window!  So I brought them home and I made them work by hemming them.  I don’t own a sewing machine, so I used hem tape.  It was so simple, and I wanted to show you the no sew way to hem curtain panels. 

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Before I hemmed these curtain panels, LC helped me hang them.  We raised the curtain rod as high and wide as possible.  As you can see in some of these pictures, I have the wood blinds pulled all the way up.  Once the curtains were hung, I could then see how much needed hemmed at the bottom. 

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I simply folded them under at the bottom while they were hanging, and marked with a pencil where I needed to hem them.  I chose to make them so that they come all the way down to the floor, but they are just barely above the floor so that they aren’t actually touching the floor. 

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Supplies you will need:
Heat n Bond ultrahold iron-on adhesive
Pencil to mark where to hem
Iron- no steam

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I took pictures of the whole process, and I added text to each picture so that you can see step by step how to hem the curtain panels.  Here you go!

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After you have re-ironed the crease, pressing really well where the hem tape is, you are finished!  All that is left is for you to rehang the curtains!

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This is what the curtains look like on the back side after hemming them the no sew way. 

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I just love the little pop of cheer these polka dot chambray curtain panels give my little boys bedroom.  No one would never know that I ever hemmed these curtains at all.  It looks like they were bought this way!  BTW, you can even wash these afterwards!

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In case you hadn’t noticed, Mr. 7 Year Old’s bedroom is a tad schizophrenic.  It is a little bit a train themed room, and a little bit a SpongeBob room, and even a little bit Frozen.  And guess what?  That is OK with me!  Because you only get to be 7 years old once, and this bedroom makes him happy.  It is his favorite place to be, and he spends hours upon hours creating stories and acting them out in this Thomas the train SpongeBob room.  If he is happy, then I am happy too!  I’m not trying to get my 7 Year olds’ bedroom in a magazine or anything, I am just trying to keep the toys off the floor enough so that I don’t trip over them!  Ha! 

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He went to art camp for a week over the summer, and it had a SpongeBob theme.  He brought the little blue lantern hanging from the curtain rod home from that camp.  It looks cute lit up at night.  And the SpongeBob that you see on his window sill in the pictures above is another thing he made at art camp.  It lights up too! 

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These were his creations at art camp as well.  I am so proud of him for making these!  I think they are so great for a 7 year old!  He loves having his own creations hanging proudly on his wall.  And they just make me happy. 

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And oh look, there is a little Frozen going on on the other wall!  This was hanging at a friend’s birthday party, and they let him bring it home.  He immediately wanted to hang it on the wall, and I thought oh well, what’s one more character, right?

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And of course, his room wouldn’t be the same without his Thomas table.  He refuses to part with it.  I am starting to wonder if he ever will.  I am not kidding.  #thomasthetrainforever

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The moral of this post is that if you see some awesome curtains at a great price that are too long for your window, and you don’t sew, never fear!  Just hem them with some hem tape, and they are as good as gold!  Have a great Friday! 

Before I go, let me mention that Mr. 15 Year Old has his first cross country meet of the season tomorrow morning.  And his team is ranked #1 in the state, and are two time defending state champions, so good luck to Bridgeport High School Cross country team this week and every week!  I am ready to see that long red line, and so proud of how hard my boy has worked to prepare for this season.  He has trained all summer long.  Only three more years left of high school, and I don’t want to miss a single minute of it, so if I happen to post not quite as many times as I usually do this cross country season, you’ll know why.  I usually do a lot of my blogging work on weekends, but several of my Saturdays are going to be full of watching his and his teammates run, so forgive me right now, and please, stick around because I will be back to a regular schedule as soon as I can!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sweet Parrish Place Style {Vol. 38}

Sweet Parrish Place Style


Hey all! Welcome to my weekly style post!   Every week, I take pictures of my outfits and join other bloggers around blog land who do the same. These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion. I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways. I wear the clothes I own forever, but I usually don’t wear any item in the exact same way more than once or twice.  As a middle school counselor, I am always looking for inspiration, and ways to be stylish, professional, and age appropriate, and I hope to provide inspiration to other women and mothers in similar professions or lifestyles to shop their own closets.  You don’t always have to buy something new!  This first outfit is what I wore on the first day of school.  If you follow me on Instagram, I posted a picture of the two boys and I all ready for our first days!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My Organization Station With Post-it®

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I rarely write anything about my actual job.  Yes!  I have a full time job outside of blogging.  I am a middle school counselor.  Each year, I work with students who have difficulty with organization.  I have also had groups of students that I meet with on a weekly basis to help them stay organized throughout the school year.  I find that being part of this group does help.  They bring all of their papers, their binders, and their planners, and spend the group time getting and keeping themselves organized.  I always purchase different organizational school supplies that I let them use.  They really enjoy this, and it keeps them inspired to try harder.  I think it also helps them to know that I am checking up on them and looking at their organization and their planners.  This year, I decided to make an organization station full of 3M Products that I could take with me to the group!

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Below is a photograph of all of the different items I used to fill my baskets.  I work in a school that has many low income students, and sometimes, their parents can’t afford to purchase little extra things like this, so I like to provide these little things to keep them excited to stay organized.  We are lucky that our County has voted for an excess levy  that helps us purchase things like this that the students need as well.

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Sometimes, it’s the little things like this that help to show kids that there is someone at school who cares about how they are doing.  It helps me to connect with them on a more personal level, so they feel comfortable asking me if they need help. 

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All of these items were purchased at my local Walmart.  I must admit, I have a secret addiction to the school and office supply aisles!

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This is just one of example of how I am using Post-it® to get ready for back to school, which started for us last week!  What are you planning to use them for?  Remember, sharing is caring!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

What I’m Loving Today #3


We had a very busy weekend moving my daughter into her new apartment with all new roommates to start her sophomore year of college.  She is living with three boys this year!  That can be both good and bad.  The boys seem like nice kids.  One of them is from Africa, one from Bermuda, and one American.  The American boy went to culinary school, so hopefully between he and Delaney they will have some great family dinners- she loves to cook too!  I’m sure the other two will much appreciate it.  I think girls can sometimes get along better with boys, and I’m not against her living with boys.  Hopefully they will be good to her and protect her.  Trust me, they were all warned! Ha!  Now that I have told you a little about what’s going on in my life right now, let’s talk about some things that I am loving today!  Sound fun? 

Let’s start with this soup.  We love Panera, and we go there a lot.  We went there yesterday after spending the day moving Delaney in, and I had this delicious Lemon Chicken Orzo soup.  Serious yumminess going on in this bowl.  I need the recipe!