Monday, August 22, 2016

Totally Terrific Tuesday #97

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Hey friends! It's time for our weekly Totally Terrific Tuesday party!  I am so excited to be co-hosting with this lovely group of women!  Please hop over and check out their blogs, all of them are unique and remarkable in their own ways.  I started back to work today after having 8 weeks off, so it's rough going this week, but I am ready to party with you guys anyway!

Ten Personal Items I Can't Live Without

Ten personal care products I can't live without

Hey friends!  I hope your weekend was great!  Did you start feeling Fall in the air?  We definitely did!  Cross Country Season is underway and that signifies Fall in our house.  But I'm not here to talk about Fall today, I am here to talk about personal products.  As we all probably do, I have certain things that I use and rely on daily, and I feel like I just have to have them at all times.  Last week, I couldn't find my tweezers, and I was frantically looking for them.  Thankfully I found them, but I remember repeatedly saying to my daughter that I cannot live without tweezers, and the idea for this post was born.  I have several favorite items that I can't live without, and I thought it would be fun to share them with you here today!  So these are the 10 personal care items that I just can't live without!  

Friday, August 19, 2016

Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New


Hey friends!  My fashion posts have been few and far between this summer, and I apologize for that (if you are a fan).  For some reason lately, I just feel like I am struggling to keep up with everything- life, starting back to work, summer fun, and blogging.  Maybe the fact that I have now begun a new school year is actually a good thing because I am starting to get back into a routine.  So I hope to be churning my fashion posts back out on a regular basis.  Today, I wanted to share a little about how I make my wardrobe work for me.  As I have said here before many times, not everything in my closet is brand new.  I keep my clothes for a long time (sometime too long, I admit).  But I try to keep a balance of both old and new items and mix and match them in a way that hopefully keeps my wardrobe looking up to date.  And I think I do a pretty good job at it, so I wanted to share a little about that with you today while bringing you some of what I have been wearing in the past couple of weeks.  Yes, I'm still taking pictures of my outfits even though I don't post about them as often lately! 

Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New



I love to blog about fashion, and I see so many fashion bloggers wearing the newest and most trendy things on the market, and if that is there thing, they are rocking it!  I'm not cutting on them in any way because I love to read it just as much as the next person.  And I love to go shopping for each new season.  I do buy new items for my wardrobe often, but I stick to a budget I set for myself.  It saves my marriage you guys! Having all new all of the time is simply not who I am, and I pride myself on making my wardrobe work for me without buying a whole new one each season, so I am going to stick to what I know best, and hopefully if you are feeling the same way, you can be inspired by my perspective on things!  I do include affiliate links in my outfit posts.  If what I am wearing is not brand new, I try to find things that are similar to link to, just in case you are picking up what I am putting down, and you want to find something like what I am wearing to purchase.  So just know, that is why I add links that are similar, because what I am wearing is often not currently for sale in stores. Lets start with this outfit pictured below, for example. 

Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New
 Shift dress similar similar// kimono similar similar// Wedges similar


The dress was given to me by a friend at work (she gives me things on the regular), and it still had the price tag on it!  It is a classic cream colored shift dress, and something that I think never goes out of style, so I was very happy to acquire this particular item!  I don't think it looks old or outdated.  I paired it with this kimono that I bought brand new last summer, and a pair of cream colored wedges, also purchased last summer, and I think it looks fresh and stylish!  I don't think that I look dated at all!  But I do want to add a quick note that I also love adding vintage items to my wardrobe on the regular, so I also don't mind to look dated I guess, but I also try to do that in a fresh new way as well.  You can read more about my love of vintage and thrifted clothing here.  

Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New



For this casual summer outfit, I am wearing a new denim skirt that I just purchased in the Spring, and I paired it with a striped tank that I purchased last summer, and a pair of sandals that I purchased a couple of years ago.  But good news, If you love these sandals as much as I do, they are still for sale! This denim skirt is a classic item that I will be wearing for years to come.  And the shirt is a favorite of mine, I also have it in charcoal gray.  I don't often buy the same thing in more than one color, but I loved this shirt that much.  So when it went on clearance I purchased another color.  

Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New
denim skirt similar similar// striped tank similar similar// red sandals

Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New



The bracelet you see below was made by someone who works as a school nurse in my county, and it is a vintage spoon.  I absolutely love it and have been wearing it for years!  If you are local and would like to purchase one, I can hook you up with a contact.  She will use a spoon you have also.  

Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New




You guys, I can't even tell you how many years I have owned this dress!  I purchased it at The Gap many years ago, but it is still one of my favorite sun dresses.  I love the color-red is my fave!  And I love the flowy loose fit.  There is not a day that goes by when I don't want to put this on!  The galdiator type sandals are on the newer side, I purchased them last summer, and I like the mix of the sandals and the dress.  

Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New
red sundress similar similar// sandals similar similar

Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New

Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New



I always get compliments on this necklace, and you might be surprised to find out that it actually once belonged to my husbands grandmother!  When she passed I had the opportunity to choose some things of hers, and this necklace called my name.  

Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New






This casual outfit is mostly old, except for the sandals, I bought them this Spring.  I have had the top for about four years, and the denim shorts for just as long.  But they are my very favorite denim shorts and I love the way they fit and the length, so they are not going anywhere!  And denim shorts are always in style right?  I really like the mix of this dressy top and the denim shorts.  


Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New
 denim short similar// top similar // sandals similar

Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New

Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New



The rose colored watch was a gift from LC last summer, and I wear it a lot.  I have been really into trying to mix my metals in jewelry just as I like to mix them in my decor.  I think that the rules for mixing metals is no more!  When mixing metals, I try to have at least two of each type of metal that I am wearing at a given time.  If you notice below, the watch is rose gold and the bracelet is a mixture of silver, gold, and rose gold.  And then the necklace is gold, but it is on a rose looking ribbon.  And you can't see it here, but my ring is rose gold with a cubic zirconia stone, which I interpret as silver.  

Fashion Tips- Mixing The Old With The New
Kate Spade Watch


And there you have it!  That is a little about how I try to mix old and new in my daily outfits!  I hope you found some inspiration here today!  How do you feel about mixing old and new items in your wardrobe?  Do you keep your clothes for years like I do, or do you like to buy all new each season?  I would love to know your thoughts in the comments section!  I love your comments and read every single one!  I hope you have a lovely weekend!  Tomorrow kicks off cross country season for my son, so we are going to be super busy with that, and I will be of course sharing some of my favorite moments with you!  PS- I have not added in affiliate links to this post yet, but I will be updating this post tonight with links to similar and the exact items for each outfit.  So if you are looking or that, come back later this evening!  

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Back to School With HP & a Free Printable

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Back to School with HP

Hey friends!  This week marks our first week back to school, and the beginning of the year is always a frenzy of shopping for school clothes, school supplies, and spending time getting ready for the new school year ahead, and this year has been no different!  This year, along with all of that other stuff I just mentioned, I am happy to report that we also got a new HP DeskJet 3636 Printer/Copier,Scanner! And I have to say I am so excited about it!  Why, you ask?  Well, I am embarrassed to admit that our family printer had been broken for almost a year, and we had never gotten around to replacing it.  Not having a printer in the house made life with two kids in school difficult.  I have a printer at work, and that is the only reason we were getting by without one, but it was super inconvenient.  After going so long without one, it feels like a luxury to have one back at home, and I can't stop playing with it, it's like a new toy!  Today I wanted to share some of the things I have been doing with my new printer, and tell you why I happen to love this particular one so much!  And for the very first time, I have a free printable for you that you can download and print out yourself, look for it at the bottom of this post!

Totally Terrific Tuesday #96

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Hey friends! It's time for our weekly Totally Terrific Tuesday party!  I am so excited to be co-hosting with this lovely group of women!  Please hop over and check out their blogs, all of them are unique and remarkable in their own ways.  I started back to work today after having 8 weeks off, so it's rough going this week, but I am ready to party with you guys anyway!

Monday, August 15, 2016

DIY Bathroom Vanity Makeover

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DIY Bathroom Vanity Makeover

Hey friends!  I hope you had a great weekend and that you are easing into Monday.  We had an amazing weekend, and feel so lucky that our Swedish Daughter is here for a visit, so the weekend was full of family and friends and just soaking up spending time with her. I plan to share more about our visit with her later on, but today I want to share the first step we have taken in our guest bathroom makeover.  We made over our 1990's era builder grade bathroom vanity!  And it is such a huge improvement to the room already.  

Saturday, August 13, 2016

My Take on Haven Conference 2016

 


Hey friends!  Happy Saturday!  If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may have seen me mention that I attended the Haven Conference last weekend in Atlanta.  This is a conference for home decor and DIY bloggers.  Today I would like to share some of the highlights and things I took away from the conference.  It was my second year in attendance, and my experience this year was very different.  You can read the post I wrote about last year's conference here.  I loved it last year, and I loved it this year as well.  But this year when I left Haven, I had a great feeling, and I truly felt like I was finally starting to get a handle on this whole blogging thing.  I felt like I was finally getting it, I am finally feeling like I know what I am doing and what I need to do.  Does that make sense?  It is a wonderful feeling, I can tell you that!