Thursday, September 24, 2015

DIY: Fall Wreath

Another season...another wreath around here! I love making wreaths for any occasion but I especially love fall and the décor that comes with it. I think Halloween may be my second favorite holiday, behind Christmas, thanks to all of the fun colorful décor!
 
But, before we get to Halloween decor, I want to share with you a simple, new wreath I made for fall.
 
Last year I made this wreath with leftover burlap and leopard ribbon plus I picked up some orange to make it pop for fall. I found the perfect sign to hang in the middle from Hobby Lobby:
 
 
This wreath is still one of my very favorites and is hanging on our front door again this year.
 
I noticed last weekend I had plenty of orange burlap, regular burlap, and this black and white gingham burlap left over from projects past. I also had an extra wreath form laying around and a black "M" I had picked up at a craft store last year. I decided to make a small fall wreath to hang on our storage door out on the patio.

 
Here are my supplies (all leftovers/extras I already had on hand):
-medium size wreath form
-extra plain burlap
-1.5 rolls of orange burlap
-extra black and white gingham burlap
-small size "M" black monogram letter
-black wire

 
And WAH-La!
 
I started with the plain burlap as the foundation. I didn't have very much of it so I only made 2-3 loops per wreath section. Next, I added lots of the orange burlap as filler since I had 1.5 rolls. Lastly, I wove the gingham burlap through the middle to fill in any holes.

 
I finished it by looping black wire through the hooks on the "M" and tying it off around the wreath hanger.
 
This is one of the simpler wreaths I've made but definitely another favorite for fall. The best part, it cost me $0 because I used supplies I already had on hand!
 
Stay tuned next week for a fun new deco mesh Halloween wreath! I can't wait!!!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday

It's What I Wore Wednesday! We're halfway through another week! Another week closer to the end of the semester and Christmas! I'm recapping my favorite outfits from the past couple of weeks below.
 
 
Red Dress for Teaching Class, Meetings, and Presentations
 
Dress: {Marshall's} Heels: {Payless} Bracelet: {Pandora}

 
Fall Palazzo Pants
 
Pants & Tunic: {Cato Fashions} Necklace: {Bijoux Boutique} Sandals: {Payless}

 
Cardio Queen
 
Tank: {Target} Leggings: {Kohls| Tennies: {Target}

 
Birthday Dinner
 
Dress: {Express, Marshall's} Necklace: {Versona} Leopard Clutch: {NY&CO} Heels: {Payless}

 
Sunday Flea Market Outing
 
Tunic: {Versona} Distressed Denim: {NY&CO} Booties: {DSW} Necklace: {Burke's Outlet} Fringe Bag: {Versona}

 
Olive & Leopard
 
Tunic: {Versona} Necklace: {Burke's Outlet} Denim: {NY&CO} Sneakers: {Versona}

 
Camel & Leopard
 
Tank: {Banana Republic Outlet} Blazer: {Forever 21} Skirt: {Cato Fashions} Heels: {Payless}

 
Marsala & Leopard
 
Tunic: {Versona} Leggings: {H&M} Necklace: {Versona} Flats: {Marshall's}

 
Hot Pink & Turquoise Dress for Teaching
 
Dress: {Gift from my Mom} Flats: {Target} Necklace: {Bijoux Boutique}
 
 
Black & Leopard
 
Striped Tunic: {Lula Roe} Denim: {Versona} Scarf: {H&M} Loafers: {Target}

 
Denim, Stripes, Leopard, Fringe, & Olive
 
Jacket: {Levi's} Dress: {H&M} Necklace: {Bijoux Boutique} Sneakers: {Versona} Fringe Crossbody: {Versona}

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Outfit Post: Fall Fringe









 
Tunic: {Versona} Denim: {NY&CO} Booties: {DSW} Hat: {Cato Fashions} Necklace: {Burke's Outlet} Fringe Crossbody: {Versona}
 
Today I'm styling my new olive striped tunic and fringe crossbody from Versona. These were two of my birthday purchases from last weekend. I am LOVING this fall look! The olive stripes+fringe+distressed denim+booties+hat are screaming all the Fall trends! Ya'll that bag I scored for $8! Yes, $8! The booties I found on clearance at DSW last year for my birthday. The hat was $5 on clearance from Cato Fashions this summer and the necklace was a steal from Burke's Outlet a few years ago. Such a cute outfit and I feel like a walking poster for Fall!
 
What are your favorite fall transition piece? The weather here in NC is still pretty toasty in the afternoons. This was the perfect look for checking out the flea market and food trucks with the hubs & Tucker last weekend.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Dressing Room Diaries: Versona Birthday Shopping Trip

Today I'm recapping my latest Versona shopping trip that I took for my birthday!
 
Here's what I took to the dressing room:
 


 
I am definitely coming back for this floral/leopard print, bell sleeve dress! It is perfect for fall but the hem length wasn't long enough for everyday work/school wear. I'm thinking I need this for Fall pics/Thanksgiving. The bell sleeves are my favorite! It was still full price so I'm hoping that might come down a bit. For size reference, I am wearing a size 8 in the photo above. It fit perfectly and TTS.

 
Next, I tried on this navy dress with peasant collar and sleeve detailing. Again, the length on this just wasn't working for me. I saw myself wearing this to work and school to teach in but it was too short. For size reference, I tried on a Large hoping for extra length.

 
Finally, an appropriate length hemline. I've been searching for a denim dress all year. I found a tunic back in the spring from Target that I loved but wasn't long enough to be a dress (on me...I'm 6'0 tall). This dress was a favorite and perfect for dressing up or keeping it casual. For size reference, I'm wearing a medium and it was TTS.

 
Another favorite, especially for fall and Thanksgiving! Loved this dress but full price was over $60 and I don't have a specific occasion for this item at the moment. However, I'm thinking it would be perfect for the hubs' annual company Christmas party. Probably going back! For size reference, I'm wearing an 8 and it fit TTS. Also, this dress comes in plenty of other fall/winter colors!

 
I spotted this tunic/sweater combo hanging together on the mannequin and loved the casual laid back feel that was still appropriate for work/school. The tunic actually has the side slits up the middle that come to the waist so I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing it without pants, even with this sweater! I decided I didn't need the sweater ($35 full price) but the tunic was reasonably priced ($25) and perfect for Fall! I'll show you how I've worn this a few times already on Wednesday. For size reference, I'm wearing a Medium in both pieces.

 
Next, I spotted this Marsala (think plum, red wine color) which is the color of the year and perfect for fall. This tunic is not meant to be worn as a dress ...at least not on me...and it has an asymmetrical hemline which I love. I wanted to be able to wear this with leggings alone so I grabbed a size up for extra length. See how I styled this on Wednesday's post.

 
Finally, the second Marsala colored tunic and this GORG-eous floral skirt. I tried these on together because I didn't have a pant option to go with the tunic or a top option for the skirt. I wouldn't actually wear these two pieces together although they do kind of work.

 
Here is the tunic untucked for your reference. I was trying to decide between the two Marsala colored tunics and ultimately went with the previous one because of its longer length and more comfortable fabric.

 
While I loved the skirt I had no idea where I would wear it so I decided to put it back for now. For size reference, I'm wearing a Medium in both of these pieces.

 
Here is what I decided against. I'm definitely coming back for the first and last dresses in this picture!

 
And here's what came home with me: the Marsala tunic, olive striped tunic, and denim dress. I also snagged a cute fringe crossbody bag on sale for $8 and a pair of leopard sneaks for $10! Check back on Wednesday to see how I've styled all of these items so far!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

My 25th Birthday

Last Saturday I turned the big 2-5! 24 flew by...it brought assurance in my graduate studies, confidence in myself as a researcher and academic, comfort in my marriage and role as a wife, and a feeling of being at home in North Carolina with my husband, coworkers, and friends. 24 was nothing short of awesome! From my short haircut last fall (major change!) to my new found love for holiday decorating and crafting, I loved 24!
 
This was a bittersweet birthday as we lost our family friend Mark a year ago to the day. Unfortunately, the actual day of my birthday was one of those no good, very bay days where every little thing that could have gone wrong did. But, I just had to laugh because a bad luck birthday is far better than no birthday at all! The hubs and I actually had quite a few laughs about the constant turn of events throughout the day!
 
 
Friday night Trav wanted to take me out for a little pre-birthday dinner. I wore my fancy, hot pink peplum dress from Express that I scored on discount from TJ Maxx a couple of years ago.

 
I paired it with my favorite statement necklace from Versona, a NY&CO leopard clutch, and nude heels. Not gonna lie, I was feelin' myself just a little bit #feelinlikeBEY

 
The next morning we got up early and headed to the beach. The weather forecast changed almost overnight so I wasn't sure if we should still go or not but I had been looking forward to it for weeks so the hubs said we would trek on, if for nothing more than the donuts!

 
I wanted to go back to Carolina Beach, where my friend Tatum and I went in August and where the hubs and I usually go. It's also where Britt's Donuts...aka the best donuts in America...is located. They are the BOMB! Honestly, the best part of my birthday :)

 
Finally, the BEACH! And do you see that...the sun started coming out! Perfection...for about an hour.


 
You have to take a selfie on the beach when it's your birthday right?!
 
Shortly after this photo it got really cloudy and started to drizzle. But, we weren't gonna let that stop us from enjoying the sand and waves. Until it started raining harder, and harder...we finally admitted defeat and packed back up to head into Wilmington for lunch.
 
That's when things started going down hill. The traffic was INSANE...an hour later we had been 10 miles and the hubs decided we were just heading back to Raleigh. Once back in town, we relaxed for a little bit, got in our workout, and then headed out for my favorite activity...shopping! Stay tuned tomorrow for a dressing room diaries post of all my finds and picks from my shopping outing!
 
After my shopping adventure, we headed to our favorite steakhouse. It was later in the evening and apparently the cook decided he was done because my steak was served pretty much rare. I sent it back and it was still rare. At this point it was almost 10pm and I decided I didn't want to wait or deal with them any longer. Their customer service was horrible!
 
Poor hubs, he offered to take me through a drive thru wherever I wanted. I decided on steak and shake (remember...the only thing I had eaten all day were those two donuts!) for a birthday shake and cheese fries. Well.....45 minutes later we finally had my food...LOLOL. Other customers were honking in the drive thru, pulling off without paying or getting their food. It was at this point that we just had to laugh. I was thinking, come on God, can a girl not get a meal on her birthday?!
 
Overall, it was a great birthday. I am thankful I got to go to the beach, no matter how short; I had a blast shopping at my favorite store, and most of all, I spent a wonderful day with my husband. I do not want to take this life and all of its abundant blessings for granted.
 
Here's to being 25! I can't wait to see what all this year olds!

 
Also, thanks Mom for the major throwback!
 
 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fall Decor 2015

Last week, I shared my DIY Candy Jar Holders...the Fall version. Here is where I left off:
 
 
DIY Candy Jar Tutorial here.
Glitter pumpkins...Walmart last year.

 
I hit the Target Dollar Spot and found so many goodies for just $3! The first was this cute little "BOO" sign. I love how unique this little sign is with the pumpkin & ghost. I added it to the center on top of the TV stand.

 
I also found these cute banners for...you guessed it...just $3!
They had other options including an acorn banner and a neutral, tan chevron banner. I loved the glitter leaves and pops of orange in this chevron banner.


 
I think together, all of these items rounded out the perfect mantle and décor spot!


 
This little guy also got in the Halloween spirit! Target had these super cute Halloween tee's for just $3 also! For size reference, Tucker is 10 pounds (bichon frise & shihtzu mix) and is wearing a Medium. They had a little jack-o-lantern version as well as a skeleton one with candy. I thought this striped one was the cutest!

 
How cute!
 
For now, this is where I'm stopping for Fall décor. I really wanted to pull out my Halloween stuff too! Last year, you might remember from this post, I got quite the haul of goodies on super clearance. My biggest problem? I need a second apartment for all of my decorations! I can't wait to have a house so there's more space to decorate!!
 
How do you decorate for Fall? I would love to see! Leave me a comment below.

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