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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Jungle Book


Leopard strapless dress: $19.99- TJ Maxx
Gold heart necklace: $2 - antique show
Pearl and gold bracelet: $0- inherited from my grandmother
Black wedges: $24.99 (end of season sale)- Jessica Simpson Collection from Macy's

I just found this breezy leopard sundress today, and am excited to mix it up for fall and winter paired with some tights and a black cardigan or jacket. I didn't want to pair anything too severe with the dress so i just added a few pieces of light gold jewelry and some black wedges. Even though some might be intimidated by animal prints, or not know how to wear them, they actually become a great staple for your wardrobe and almost can be considered a neutral, as you can wear them with just about any color. For example, how great would a pair of bright red shoes and necklace look with this dress too?









Tuesday, August 17, 2010

August 17th: Cherry Pop



Sorry it has been ages since my last post, but I have been so busy with my big move and finishing up my house (more before and after pictures to come). Here is my outfit of the day, which i noticed, after putting it together, is completely thrifted. I would love to have a tv show, or magazine column, where I create outfits for people only shopping thrift stores and goodwills. As I get more and more experienced in shopping these treasure troves, I become more amazed at what great things you can find! Maybe I can give it a try on here and see how it goes! Until then here is my unintentional all-thrifted outfit:
red cotton dress: Goodwill-$5
turquoise pendant necklace: garage sale- $1
Rainbow vintage wedges: etsy- $10
nailpolish: Revlon "minted"- $4



I love red with a pop of turquoise. This red cotton dress is a great summer staple that you can accessorize many different ways, and its extremely comfortable on top of all that. I added the multicolored shoes which brought the two bright colors together. To top everything off I have to discuss my new favorite nailpolish, "minted", which is a light turquoisy-green made by revlon, and i think it looks great with just about everything, especially with a tan.






Sunday, August 1, 2010

My First House: Decorating on a Budget

Hello everyone! I have been busy working at the house for the past week and am slowly moving furniture in and getting decorated! Here are some pictures of our study before and after:

BEFORE:





AFTER:

Paint really makes all the difference when dealing with a dark room of wood paneling. I am absolutely in love with the turquoise color I chose for this room, and the painted paneling turned out even better than I imagined. Painting the trim and ceiling a fresh coat of white also makes a huge difference! I found the couch at the habitat store, which just happened to have a great vintage flower print with turquoise flowers that matched the wall perfectly. I also found a large shelf at the habitat store and painted it white to hold our printer, computer supplies, and books. I like that the shelf has all kinds of different shaped compartments that I can accessorize differently! Next, I added my album rack with record player, and a side table for the couch. Finally I added some wall decor and accessories! The couch is the most expensive thing in the room at around $100, but everything else is under $30!

Couch: Thrifted from Habitat Restore- $110
Wicker mirror : Goodwill-$14 (spray painted white)
4 gold wall decorations: Goodwill - $3 (partially painted turquoise with craft paint)
Wall paint- Valspar "Fresh Mist"-$24



Glass and gold side table: Goodwill - $5.75
Turquoise retro coasters with holder: Lexington Peddler's Mall- $7
Turquoise lamp: TJMaxx- $29.99





BEFORE:




AFTER:



White bookshelf: Habitat Restore- $14.50
Album rack: An Antique Affair monthly antique show- $15






Album: $1
Set of 3 white baskets: TJMaxx- $12.99


Owl bookends: garage sale- $1 (originally wood, spray painted white)



White birdcage: Salvation Army- $1.49
Vintage Flower picture: garage sale- $2
Blue candle: TJMaxx- $4.99



Vintage Italy puzzle: Salvation Army- $1.50


2 mirrors: Goodwill- $0.50 each (one spray painted turquoise)
Sailboat tray: Estate sale- $1


White striped jar: garage sale-$0.50
2 turquoise baskets: goodwill-$0.50


Album: $1
small turquoise lamp: Goodwill- $3.50




3 Gold mirrors: $0.50 each
2 Gold wall decorations: $0.50