March 29, 2014

Rainy Boots Day

 Today in North Georgia was very foggy with that in-between raining and not. And having naturally curly hair that I had straightened, only made matters worse. On the bright side, it did give me a chance to wear my (almost) new short rain boots from the one and only Target! (I bought these a year ago, so I do not think they are still available)

When I go to pick an outfit, I usually start with the shoes, because let's face it, I'm a shoeaholic. Other times I have something specific to wear based off the weather and then I begin building an outfit from there. Outfit making is all about balance. 

{And please bear with me, I am trying to find someone to take photos for me }

Boots Target {Similar: TallShortHoundstooth}

// Vest J.crew (available in winter) // Wallet Fossil //

// Pave Bracelet Mindy Mae's Market //  Pearl Target // Watch Fiore Boutique 

Scarf Nordstrom { Similar: Target }

Rainy Day's Haul

 So I had a productive day. On this rainy Saturday, I ventured into town to the few stores we have and found some amazing items! This beautiful navy blue, turquoise, and purple shift dress and pearl necklace came from a local boutique Feral Outfitters that I got for 60% off. (Dress $100 $40, Necklace $21 $8 )
Faux snakeskin is alwayss in, and shift dresses are not always the right thing for me. Because I am rather curvy, tall, and have broad shoulders, it is hard to find a shift that is long enough and doesn't make me look bigger than I really am. But this one is a perfect in every way. And can you say, "The most adorable pearl necklace ever?" Yes, so well done Feral. These will be a great addition to my spring wardrobe!

And that dress?! Hottuh! I found the dress and shorts at Goody's , and much to my surprise, as I walk in, I see a BOGO sign. This is a fantasy word to shopaholics. And it was buy one get one FREE off the WHOLE ENTIRE STORE!! So I found these gems and got them both for $20 where they would both be normally $50 together. Needless to say, a great day! I found some alternatives below, but I have found that almost everything is cheaper in the store, plus you can try things on and evaluate them. Find things that you like, but also fit. Fit is essential when it comes to shift dresses. You want something that fits your shoulders snuggly, but just sits right off your hips.

Shift Dresses:
1. J.Crew Fact. - Scalloped White Lace $76
2. J.Crew Fact. - Scalloped $60 (in Navy, Citrus, Poppy)
3. J.Crew Fact. - Optic Dot $60
4. See #2
5. J.Crew Fact. - Stripe $40
6. See #2

Faux Snake Skin Dresses: 
1. Ivy &Blu - Sleeveless $48
2. New Look - Overlay $40
3. Khol's - Shirtdress $47

{ "But take care, that this right of yours does not become a stumbling block to the weak." - 1 Corinthians 8:9 }

March 28, 2014

DIY Monogram Sunnies

So, I've been seeing those cute tortoise shell or black sunnies with the gold monogram on the side all over Instagram, and I admit, I craved them.


So, I realized that I had a pair of (cheap) tortoise shell glasses and decided to make my own! Here's how I did it:

{ What you'll need: }
- Pair of Sunglasses
- Acrylic Paint 
- Brushes

I used things that I already had so it virtually cost me nothing. But you can buy the paints at any Walmart for cheap (like $1.50 each, the metallic may be a bit more) and the brushes and pallets (which you do not have to use, a piece of cardboard or a notecard would work) are usually on the same aisle. The sunglasses can be bought generally where ever sunglasses are sold, I got mine from Target a few years ago. 
{ Here are cheap some options: Tortoise and Black, Tortoise, Black }

1.) I started by finding a circular monogram that I had on my computer to use as a guide. (If you can't find one, download this print from Printable Monogram and enter your initials, P.S. you'll have to enter the corresponding symbol [it lists on the site] for the last letter "C" )

 2.) I outlined the circle with a sharpie so I would not end up with a funky looking circle.  Then I started painting the monogram with white so it would take less gold coats to be visible. (This a great technique no matter what color you want the monogram to be because it makes the colors brighter.) I used about three coats because I wanted it to be perfect so the gold would stand out.

3.) Repeat for the other side. (If you want the monogram to be white, you're done!)

4.) After letting both white monograms dry, I then painted the gold over the white. It took about two full coats to really see the gold but I put on a third just to make sure it couldn't get any brighter.

5.) Let both sides dry, and Alas! Your finished product! (I put a coat of clear paint I use for projects over the tops just to make sure they wouldn't scratch off.)

I LOVE the way they turned out and can't wait to style them! Let me know how yours turned out and if you did anything different! Enjoy lovelies!

March 26, 2014

All Shorted Up

Hello lovelies! So I was looking through my closet and trying to clean out some things 
andddd ... I think I have a shorts obsession. 

Shorts are an ESSENTIAL during the summer in Georgia. It gets warm reallyyy hot from May to October (sometimes, even winter is not that cold). 

Up until the summer before last, I hadn't worn shorts (shorter than my knees) before because 1.) I wasn't comfortable with my body (because I am as white as it gets) and 2.) my exposure to the "shorts" fashion had been girls who wear Daisy Dukes. But after getting into college and becoming satisfied with how God created me to be, I accepted my long legs and began my search for tasteful ways to style shorts. But I found it extremely difficult to find shorts that fit my leggy body (seriously, I hardly even have a torso, but I dress it so I look proportional) and were modest enough. I finally settled mostly with a 5" inseam that I felt most comfortable in.

Modesty often comes with a negative connotation. I want to show you that there ARE ways to dress modestly and stylishly at the same time.

I currently have 17 pairs of shorts, all of which I adore. Most of them are from Loft because I worked there for a while and got an awesome discount (yes, it is hard to say how much money I actually made there). I converted a denim pair I had last summer into the American Flag pair at the front with some bleach and spray paint. It was by far one of the most fun {and fulfilling} DIYs I have ever done.

And is it crazy that I still want more?

Um, let's just make that a rhetorical question. } 

So here is my wish list of shorts that I want to acquire for the summer: 
- White denim
- Neon yellow
- Forest Green
- Lilly Pulitzer

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