November 30, 2012

deck the halls

I love Christmas time! I thought I would share some pictures of how I've decorated for the holidays this year! My husband is a huge fan of colored lights...but I REALLY prefer white lights. After two years of having white lights on our Christmas tree, last January I promised him that we could do colored lights the next year (this year). I really hoped he would forget my promise and that I'd get my way with white lights again, but nope, that man has a memory like a steel trap! :) So here is our Christmas decor in all it's glory, white lights on everything except the tree. But hey, those colored lights are growing on me. Maybe next year we'll do something crazy and mix the two! ;)
Wreath/thrifted for less than $2. That's a WIN! Bow/handmade using ribbon from Hobby Lobby
 Thrifted, faux poinsettias in a silver & gold ornament filled vase. Bow made out the same ribbon as used on the front door wreath. The vase is sitting on a thrifted gold tray, originally from Pottery Barn. Simple garland greenery, white lights, and red beading dresses up our bar area in the kitchen. Cinnamon sticks and candy canes sit on the top of the bar in a clear vase/bowl we got for our wedding. They smell yummy too!
The tree - my husband's favorite part because it has colored lights and batman ornaments! And a pretty 'Let it Snow' pillow that my mom gave me a couple of years ago. Pretty sure we won't be seeing any snow this year though since we're in TX...
Our mantle is by far my favorite part! This is the first time I've ever had a mantle and I get so excited when decorating it! Atop the mantle sits my pretty angel collection. The angels are really special to me because they're from my mom and she's the best at picking out pretty (not tacky) ones. They all fit really well together even though they're not exactly the same. The angles are mixed in the white lights and greenery together with random gold and silver decorations like the little white birdcage (thrifted) and some glass vases filled with ornaments, gold pine-cones, glittery branches, etc. The vases are sitting on top of silver candle sticks that were also thrifted. The reindeer and 'peace' wall hangings were handmade by me. They are simply white foam squares covered with white tissue paper on which I glued the flat reindeer and 'peace' ornaments as well as the miniature bells. All the supplies for the wall hangings were from the Dollar Tree and totaled less than $6! The mirror was super cheap from Ross and the wreath was also thrifted. Inside the fireplace I added some more white lights (can you ever have too many lights?!) with some of my thrifted poinsettias placed in a basket I already had.

Merry Christmas!

and a diy holiday topiary (that sadly did not survive the move down to TX) 

November 29, 2012

caramel colored

Hello there! Happy thrifted Thursday! This caramel striped sweater is one I've had in my closet for a while. When I first thrifted it, it had a horrendous mock turtle neck collar and was super baggy in the sleeve region (you can see the before and after pics in this post), but now it's much more wearable and the neutral colors make it really versatile! Here I've paired it with my deep purple animal print skinny jeans, my favorite black booties, and some pretty jewels.

outfit details: blouse/thrifted and altered, skinnies/ELLE animal skinny jeans from Kohl's, now on sale!, necklace/JCP several years back, bag/Relic - JCP last season, black booties/Worthington - JCP

November 15, 2012

Style Inspiration

 Drop waist dresses. At first I didn't really like this style, but after seeing cute ones all over the place I'm determined to DIY one! We'll see how that turns out... until then, check out these chic ones I found around the web! :)

November 13, 2012

antique store pretties

I love discovering quaint, locally owned stores and just browsing without buying anything... and today I found a great antique store in our downtown area! Here are some pictures of just some of the pretty things I saw. This store also made me think of my grandma, she loves antiques! :)

November 8, 2012

stripes and a punch of red

I wear this striped shirt all of the time, seriously. It can be worn so many different ways! I wanted to change it up a bit while adding a punch of color so I tied a thin, red scarf around the collar (inspired by my post here)! I raided the scarf out of my mom's closet while visiting earlier this summer...hand-me-downs are so much better than thrifting anyway because they're free! :) I paired this top with grey, distressed skinny jeans, my favorite black booties, and a swipe of red lipstick!
Happy Thrifted Thursday!
outfit details:
scarf/was my mom's, purse/thrifted, booties/Worthington JCP, jeans & blouse/JCP, earrings/Kohl's

November 1, 2012

sweater, skirt, & sparkle


These past few days it has been cool enough here in TX to wear a sweater...but still warm enough in the afternoon that I can bare my legs (pasty, white legs) without freezing! Weird weather. I recently paired this thrifted houndstooth skirt with a mint sweater (also thrifted) and added some gold glitter platform pumps for some sparkle!
Happy Thrifted Thursday!
p.s. an old post on how I previously wore this houndstooth skirt and I DO NOT miss those bangs at all!!!

outfit details: sweater/Gap, thrifted, skirt/thrifted, clutch/thrifted, earrings/JCP, shoes/Olsenboye, JCP
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