Monday, September 1, 2014

DIY Wooden Tassel Bracelets & Necklace

Did y'all have a nice, long weekend?  Best part about it is a short work week! :) We went on a short road trip to Austin for the University of Texas college football game opener (our 2nd annual trip with our son).  

I can't pretend I'm crazy about the game, but I love the football experience, being there with all the people and especially watching my son get so into the game.  I asked him how he knew when to cheer and he explained, "You cheer when they tackle down and when they get a touchdown."  Okay, got it. 

And then we got to visit our good friends who live "in the country" and have a very relaxing and welcoming home.  I miss my girlfriend since she moved, but we're still making opportunities to get together.  It's awesome to get out of the hustle and bustle of our daily lives for a slow day with friends (and good food)! The homemade vanilla ice cream was to die for!  

Back at home, ever since I got my office closet organized, I've been enjoying doing more crafty stuff.  It's not just that I can actually see and access my stash of goodies and supplies, but since the clutter has been cleared out, it's given me fresh breathing space to get creative.  You know the feeling, I'm sure.  

Y'all know I like easy DIY projects.  This time, I made bracelets and a necklace with wooden beads, leather cord, and colorful stands. 

Making this necklace was a throwback to younger days of simply stringing beads onto the cord in a pattern that looks good to your eye, with larger beads at the bottom, and smaller beads toward the top.  

And then I folded the strands over the cord, tied it off with a coordinating color, and cut them.  I like keeping this necklace in neutral, earthy tones. 

For the bracelets, I added a tassel to two wooden stretchy bracelets I already had, and then made a third bracelet with wooden beads and the leather cord. 

Then, as you can see below, I cut the tassels a bit shorter so they looked better when wearing them.  The bracelet I made below would've been better with a stretchy cord, so that it's not so hard to get on and off.  

Here's to getting organized and crafty!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekend Steals & Deals

I hope you have some good weekend plans for this Labor Day holiday!  We'll be relaxing and hanging out with friends that we haven't seen in awhile, and we're really looking forward to that. 

A holiday weekend always translates to good retail sales.  If you're in the mood to shop, I found some great deals for you!

Halogen Sleeveless Tie Neck Top (Regular & Petite) $39.90, $69
The top I instagrammed on our meet-the-teacher night is on sale again! :) 

C Wonder Ponte Striped Peplum Top (50% off $54.99, $78)
I'm crazy for how a peplum top makes your waist look tiny.  And you can never have enough black and white striped tops. 

Halogen Studded Drape Back Tee (Regular & Petite) $34.80, $58
Studs baby! That detail takes this shirt easily from day to night. 

BP. 'Easy Grunge' Pattern Cardigan $28.80, $48 (also other colors)
I keep seeing this cardigan, but I already have this one and this one so I don't need another. 

This color, texture, and cut! 

In love with this soft wrapped top. 

Halogen 'Love' Shoulder Zip Intarsia Sweater (regular and petite, other colors) $33.90, $68
And I always love everything with "love".

Never tire of cute animal sweaters, especially when they're layered like the photo above.

I'm pretty much a girly girl and love wearing dresses, but don't have many skirts.  Here are some I'd happily add to my wardrobe: 

Halogen Print Pencil Skirt (Regular & Petite) $33.90, $69

Halogen Stretch Woven A-Line Skirt (Regular & Petite) $35.40, $59

Halogen Pleat Midi Skirt (Regular & Petite) $39.90, $79.  97 reviews, 4.5 stars

Banana Republic Quilted Faux-Leather Mini (take 40% off $89.50) (tall, petite, regular)

After adding this sweater/jacket to my closet, I'm realizing again how nice an outfit looks with a jacket.  The ones below are great for a more casual look. 

Olivia Moon Ruched Sleeve Jacket (Regular & Petite) $79.50 (7 colors)

Louise et Cie 'Vernonia' Open Toe Bootie $89.96, $149.95 (also in black), 49 reviews, 5 stars.  (It's also the bootie shown on the model with the Halogen Print Pencil Skirt above. ;) 

weekend steals & deals

ANN TAYLOR:  So Long Summer Sale, 50% off Select Full-Price Styles & All Sale Styles.  No code needed.  FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping.

ANN TAYLOR LOFT:  50% off New Fall Styles.  No code needed. 

BANANA REPUBLIC:  40% off your purchase & Earn Style Notes- $20 for every $50 you spend. Use code BRLABOR FREE shipping and FREE returns on orders over $50.  Ends 9/1.

BAUBLE BAR:  Jewelry styles starting at 50% off.  FREE shipping and easy returns. Ends 9/1.

C WONDER:  30% off full price items & additional 50% off final sale items.  FREE shipping on orders over $100.  

GAP:    Up to 40% off EVERYTHING, no exclusions.  Ends 9/1.  FREE shipping and FREE returns on orders over $50.

J CREW:  25% off select styles, plus additional 25% off final sale styles.  Use code ALMOSTFALL $5 flat-rate shipping and FREE shipping on orders of $150+

JOE'S JEANS:  30% off entire purchase (excluding sale and markdown items) & 30-50% off end of season sale, free bangle with purchase of $200 and more. Use code LABORDAY 

KENDRA SCOTT:  15% off Everything. Use code 2014LDW Ends 9/1.

LAND'S END: 30% off your order.  Use code PUMPKIN & pin 1606

NORDSTROM:  Clearance Sale! Always FREE shipping & FREE returns.

ZAPPOS:  Order before 1PM PST for FREE next business day shipping on all Clothing. 

have a great weekend!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

HomeGoods Happy $100 GIVEAWAY

One of my favorite retailers for home decor, HomeGoods, invited me to "Make Happiness Happen" for someone in my community with a $250 gift card to HomeGoods.  There were no restrictions and I could use the gift card to help in any way (some examples they shared were redecorating the living room of a firehouse, donating the gift card to a silent auction, decorate your spouse’s office, or the bedroom of one of your closest friends who needs some help).

I chose to put the gift card to good use by decorating the reception area/lobby of my son's school.  It's a wonderful environment for learning and community, but honestly, the lobby needed some help.  It's funny how these things organically happen, because one day after drop-off, I was in the lobby with some faculty and one of the men mentioned that he didn't really like how the lobby looked.  I had been wanting to approach the school with this idea, and the opportunity fell into my lap on that morning.  We made sure to confirm with the principal that she was on board with the mini revamp, and happily, she was!

I started with replacing an industrial grey rug with a colorful chevron 'Dina' rug from Joss & Main.  I had to make sure it could withstand heavy traffic, not show dirt easily, and was safe for high heels.  I think it fits the bill.  I know it's bright, but I figure it works for a cheerful school lobby.  HomeGoods has rugs too, and I fell in love with some for my home! but they didn't have the size and colors I needed for the school.

Then, armed with my $250 HomeGoods gift card, I shopped my local store for some decor items to tie in with the rug. The reception area is a smallish, rectangular room with two arm chairs, but that's about it. We'll keep the chairs and add the HomeGoods items below:  a half-moon side table, two Chinoiserie vases, and a bright yellow garden stool.  Yellow and blue are our school colors, so I wanted to add them in a creative way.  The orchid will add life and hopefully be easy to maintain.  

I'm so excited for install day soon!  Thank you HomeGoods for helping make our school lobby a happier place!  And now it's your turn to win a $100 gift card to HomeGoods. 


HomeGoods is giving away a $100 gift card to one reader to spread some happiness in your community.  Enter below!  

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