Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bell Sleeve Sweater

Y'all I've said it many times but if you know me that pretty much means I'll repeat it anyway. I really believe the weather is throwing temper tantrums! I mean seriously, the weather swings so drastically it's hard to know what to wear day after day! There are some consistent chilly days ahead so I could think of nothing better than this adorable bell sleeve sweater. Everything ruffles and with dramatic sleeves is the raging trend right now. A trend I'm happy to embrace! I sometimes have issues with sweaters because I find them itchy so when I find a favorite beleive me it gets serious love and I wear it again and again. This beauty is cozy and yet so chic with contrast trim on the sleeves and around th neckline. Random comment: I totally use to write copy descriptions for apparel on my employers website. Can you tell? Ha just reminiscing over here! So chic so simple and I'm all for it!

Shop my look: Similar Stripe Bell Sleeve Sweater / Contrast Bell Sleeve Sweater / Similar Crossbody Bag

Always, 


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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Campaign Style IKEA Rast Hack

I truly believe that you don't have to pay a lot to have nice decor items and furniture pieces at home! As most of you know I'm a first time homeowner and for me it is a constant struggle to find great pieces that are affordable. My solution, create my own! Probably the easiest way to accomplish style in your home on a budget is to pull out and put on your DIY hat. This is something I've embraced and like to share to make it easier for someone else out there if at all possible!

My master bedroom is one of my favorite rooms in my home and admittedly the room that still needs some designing. I absolutely love the space of the room but the problem is since I've moved in is that there is no furniture! Besides my bed and tv stand my bedroom is actually pretty empty. The challenge here is that I had nowhere to store anything and really even my underwear has been living in a target bag every time they come out of the laundry (oh the shame). To start the uplift of this room I couldn't think of anything better than getting some storage options out of  a great pair of nightstands. Doesn't that sound wonderful? A PAIR of nightands, I've only ever  had a single rigidity side table in my adult life.

Since I had done a previous IKEA hack here I searched and found these dressers that I thought would be perfect. I really like them because you get ample drawer space and for the price of $34.99 you really can't beat it! Unlike some of the furniture at IKEA that is particle board these dressers are made of real pine wood so they are sturdy but are super plain Jane when you purchase them. That's where your DIY skills come into play and trust me you can do it! I chose to go with a campaign style because I love the gold details and this look is easily achieved!

Materials: 

IKEA Rast Dresser

Furniture Paint (I used Valspar)

Wood Putty

Sandpaper

24- Corner Braces (4 per pack)

Cabinet Pulls

How To: 

1. Assemble your nightstand according to the directions on the packaging. Do not install the drawer pulls.

2. Use wood putty to fill the pre-drilled holes on the door fronts of the nightstand. Allow the putty to dry and sand until smooth with the sandpaper. (Skip this if you want to use knobs rather than the pulls)

3. Here's the fun! Paint your nightstand. As mentioned I used Valspar furniture paint, it is a bit more expensive then regular paint but the ease of it is with it. And what's better you can have it tinted to any Valspar paint color. Win! I chose a grayish white called "Comet Dust"

4. Once the paint has completely dried, install the corner braces to the door fronts of the nightstand. If you don't have a drill, I recommend investing! I had to for this project because hand screwing each screw was madness!

5. Measure the center of the drawer front, then the measure the distance between the ends of your pulls. Install your drawer pulls by drilling holes for the screws. This goes pretty quickly as each drawer will be the same. (Skip this if you are using the pre-existing holes for knobs) *Tip: I bought pretty inexpensive pulls and spray painted them gold to match the corner braces. Total money saver and they look designer!

I really think they are the perfect additions to my master bedroom and it honestly makes me swell with pride having completed the project on my own! Making a house a home is challenging but I find  the rewards are so much sweeter when you have done it yourself.

Always, 

Ashlei


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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Flirty Dress


Hello weekend! I haven't yet had the chance to properly acknowledge that weekend because it pretty much takes a full day to recover from the work week, am I right? I love a fancy dress for special occassions especially when they come equipped with a ruffled flirty skirt! This past weekend I ventuted to Savannah for a whirlwind weekend. The city is so beautiful, full of such historic treasures, and of course many dining delights. We enjoyed a romantic dinner (blushing over here) at the Olde Pink House Restaurant just a short stroll from the Riverwalk. To say that dinner was amazing is an understatement and since it was all a suprise I am thankful I packed a pretty such as this for the trip. It is a mini dress but since truthfully I'm not that tall I found I find it to be an appropriate length. The details on this dress from the plunging neckline, sheer sleeves and of course the color are stunning. I'm pretty Free People obsessed right now and I kinda think it's a good thing!

Shop my look: Mini Dress / Lace-up Flats // Flare Sleeve Dress / Embroidered Mini Dress


Always, 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Off The Shoulder Sweater Dress


Off the shoulder is not yet off my mind loves! It's crazy to think this trend has been going strong through multiple seasons now and there is always the perfect addition to get you to the next weather swing. I remember thinking that I couldn't love anything OTS more than my summertime tops but I'm obsessed with this sweater dress! Who am I kidding, I'm like REALLY obsessed. Can't even think of another adjective to describe the insanity. I love the fact that it is ultra cozy and casual but is fitted enough to give your body some shape because nobody wants to run around looking like an oversized pillowcase. Everchanging weather these days so you could totally opted for pairing with tights or some cute lace-ups flats.


Shop my look: OTS Dress / Similiar Dress / Ribbed Version in Teal


Always, 


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