Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Where Can You Get My Bling?

I know y'all are wondering where you can get my fabulous bling.  So here it is!!!  YAYAYAYAYAY!!

And to get you ready, here are some pieces you've seen on my blog:


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Analogousness : Feeling Young

Hi all!  Today my outfit is inspired by the color wheel and is analogous, which basically means three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.  For more info on the color wheel check out this video.  The three colors that I chose are blue (cardi/wrap), teal (tights), and emerald green (cami).  I used grey and silver as my neutrals.

By belting the cardigan / wrap we're creating a faux peplum look.  The leggings are something new for me.  Still adjusting and experimenting.  

Even my diaper bag matches today!

With the leggings and boots I feel like an elf!  (The Santa's little helper kind, not the Lord of the Rings kind.)

It makes me feel youthful.

LOVE this necklace!  So earthy and feminine.

Happy Autumn, everyone!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Long Time No See : New Closet Sanctuary

Has it really been over a month since our last post?!  Ah well, it was summer.  Here's one of the many projects I was working on:  MY CLOSET SANCTUARY!!!!

Well, actually it's my "getting ready corner."  I painted my walls a pale pink and the trim white.

My scarves are clothes pinned onto yarn.  Isn't it cute?  Thank you Pinterest :)
Everybody needs a chair for putting on shoes.  I might get a cute stool at some point, but for now the chair works.

New silver paint for the trim of my full-length mirror.  And an accessories organizer for my belts.

AND my new PURPLE shag rug from Big Lots!  So soft, my daughter just loves to lay down on it, and those who know her know that that's a big deal!  :)  (PS see my shoe shelf here)

Also: Outfit of the day!!  You deserve it after waiting for so long!

New necklace!!  Isn't she pretty?

Nothing like a little fringe / ostrich feather combo :)

Happy September, ladies!  

Friday, August 2, 2013

DIY Dyed Tee

After my last post, Tiffany Hendra of Sanctuary of Style asked if I would do a tutorial on dying clothing.  Absolutely, Tiff!!  I pretty much just follow the directions on the dye box.  A note before we get started, you may want to wear gloves as the dye might get on your hands.  Here are the things you'll need:

Your box of dye.  I like the "Wine" color.  It's the color of my tank in my previous post.  For a more intense color use another box of dye.  For my tank top I used 2, for this tee I'll just use one.  :)

The item you want to dye.  This is a plain white tee that I picked up from Goodwill.

Since this tee is cotton, I'm following the directions and adding a cup of salt.

And of course you'll need your washer.

Next thing to do is prep your dye by adding hot water to the dry dye powder (when you use liquid dye you can skip this step).

Add the cup of salt to your washer. 
Now it's time to set your dials.

Smallest amount of water possible for what you're dying.

Hottest water your fabric will allow.

Longest wash time available.

While the washer is filling add the dye.

I use the running water to rinse out the measuring cup (and clean it later with bleach).

Now soak your tee (or whatever) in the hot water.  Be sure to get it completely wet with no dry spots.

Then put it in the washer as stretched out as possible.

Now set your alarm because you'll need to reset the cycle BEFORE the rinse cycle starts!!

Tic-toc, tic-toc.  DON'T miss resetting the cycle!  If you do, your item will be splotchy (and not in a cute tie dye kind of way), and you'll have to start all over.  Tic-toc, tic-toc. 


Let it run through, then put your tee in the dryer! (Or hang it if you prefer.)

While it's drying, go ahead and clean your washer.  Put it on the highest water level and hottest water.  Add detergent and bleach.  Easy!

Tic-toc, tic-toc.  The hardest part is waiting for the dryer to be done.  Tic-toc, tic-toc.

"Mandy, did you paint your wall?"  Yes, I did.  Note to self: don't start so many big projects at one time.  Hope this is helpful!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Photo Shoot : More Cute Baby

Today it's a photo shoot starring L!!  And featuring Premier Designs' "Opening Night" pearl necklace. And special guest, Linda!

The sun was in her eyes, poor thing.

Socializing with the neighbors. 

Happy Tuesday!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pretty Flowers

Matchy-matchy day!!  I don't care.  Boo to the nay sayers today.  I LOVE this matchy outfit.  And I LOVE the color!!!  Girls, this tank used to be white.  I dyed it all by myself!!  I KNOW!!  Seriously this whole outfit made me happy today.  :)

Oops, a little light-spotty in this picture.  Try again:

Oops, a little too back-lit.  Oh well, you get the idea.  That's what I get for forgetting my camera (again).  :)

Pretty new tree necklace and spoon ring.  Thank you Premier Designs!

Pretty flower shoes that I got at Goodwill for less than $7 that my daughter pulled apart about 2 months ago that I finally glued back together today.  It only took me 2 hours to figure out how to fold it back and keep the hot glue from sticking to everything.  By the way, these are wedges.  Wedges are awesome for mom's on the go.  Easy to walk in while looking fabulously put together.

Pretty new earrings. :)  This is a good day.  G'night loves!