Party Planning Day 14: Glitter Deer Head Art DIY

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Carter has always wanted to have deer heads mounted on our walls, to which I replied, “Sure.  When we can afford a house where you have your own office with closed doors to put them in.”

Now you move me to Colorado, and I’m having urges to redecorate my house to make it look like a hunting lodge.  Well, maybe with a rustic chic spin.

All that to say that I’m all about that deer head, bout that deer head, no body.

And glitter.  Can a hunting lodge have glitter??

I’ve seen similar art projects floating around Pinterest and wanted to create my own spin on it.  This was very inexpensive to make, especially if you already have some basic crafting supplies on hand.  Here is (mostly) what you need:

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Missing:  hot glue gun, a stencil, paint and foam brushes

Steps to Create Your Own Glittery Deer Canvas:

  1. Trace out the silhouette of the deer onto your canvas.  I found some good printables and basically freehanded because I had a large canvas.  Here is a great printable, and the one I modeled my drawing after.
  2. Trace the outline with your metallic marker, spread the glue in the middle (I used a foam brush) and then dump the glitter.  I got these instructions from HeyLaurenRene.com and I’d definitely check it out.  She has a super chic version of this with black and white stripes that I am in love with and will someday make.
  3. Tap the glitter off into a trash can.  Inadvertently pour 1/4 cup glitter onto the floor and attempt to clean up with a damp paper towel.  Glitter is now forever on your clothes, hands, feet, and probably your face.  Enjoy.
  4. Wrap the ribbon around the base and hot glue to the back.
  5. Hammer in nail heads around the canvas while watching a Hallmark Christmas movie, then redo the entire left side that is spaced super close together because you weren’t paying attention.  Or you could take a pencil and mark dots first.
  6. Hot glue your cute, cheap greenery onto the ribbon.
  7. Pick a Christmasy word and use your paint, stencil and a foam brush to stencil it onto the ribbon.
  8. Take a pic and share it on instagram #ChristmasCraftingAwesomeness

 

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The perfect rustic chic piece of art to add to your Christmas decor!

Party Planning Day 13: The Dessert Menu

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If this party were to be held in my home state of Texas, I would probably be going a little cray cray with the dessert table.  Sea level is much more kind to us bakers.

Up here in the mountains, my cakes sink in, my cookies look like pancakes, and my beloved sopapilla cheesecake is a little…well…flat.

Stuff just bakes weird and I think I’m going to need a “Baking at High Altitude for Dummies” book to get me through this.  For some reason I have done well with pie crusts and cupcakes.  Thank goodness!

For this party, I’m going with desserts that can be made ahead of time, won’t suffer the repercussions of the Mile High City, and look pretty.

And of course taste ah-mazing.  I said in yesterday’s post that I go to parties for the food.  Well, let me narrow that down a bit.  The sweet food.  And sometimes that sweet food is bacon disguised as a dessert, covered in a brown sugar glaze.

Carter, can you get me a slice of wedding cake with a few…okay 5 pieces of that delicious bacon on the side?? 

That actually happened at a wedding we attended.  But I was pregnant then, and bacon is my preggo kryptonite.  Dang you nitrates!

Now on to the point of this post:  the dessert menu for the party!

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread from She Wears Many Hats

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Cream Cheese?  Ummm yes.  Always yes.

Toffee?  Duh.

Red and green apples?  Hello Christmas.

Caramel?  I have a jar waiting in my pantry.

This is almost like a sweet appetizer.  It’s pretty, super easy to make, and oh my goodness I could eat a block of cream cheese in my sleep.

S’mores Bites by Princess Pinky Girl

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I have yet to meet a s’more I didn’t like.  If you were to categorize my Pinterest “Yummy Desserts” board, it would probably be 75% s’mores variations:  cookies, bars, cupcakes, cheesecakes, big cakes.  You could say I’m a s’moresaddict.

Now this little thing, oh it’s baaaaaaaad.  She had to go throw in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and make my s’mores dreams come true.  Now she does give the option to do the peanut butter cup OR a Hershey bar (boo).  That’s just crazy talk.  These may or may not end up on the actual dessert table, depending on if I eat them all immediately upon retrieving them from the oven.

I’m a sucker for that burnt marshmallow goodness.

And now, for the piece de resistance (drumroll please……)

Soft Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Sugared Cranberries – from Call Me Cupcake

 

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I love gingerbread, especially the soft kind.  That alone (plus the cream cheese frosting) sold me on this cake.

But the photos…can we just stare at this for a minute??  It’s so beautiful, I kind of just want to have it at my party to make the table look pretty.  I don’t know if I can bring myself to actually cut into it.

I hesitated to show this photo, lest this turns into a classic Pinterest “NAILED IT!” situation.  This is definitely a wild card, especially when you factor in the altitude.  But I will try my best to recreate the masterpiece that is this cake.

Of course there will be cookies and other cutsie sweets for the kiddos.  But I’ll cover that in my post “Party Planning:  For the Kids.”  Be sure to check back!

 

Party Planning Day 12: The Food

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I’m going to be honest.  There are times when I can be an introvert and want to just stay at home in my pj’s with a good movie.  I love being around people, but I also need my alone time.  So if I’ve been invited to a party and I’m having an introvert moment, do you know what gives me that extra push to get out of the house and be social?

The food.

(Sorry friends.  I promise you’re a close second.)

I love food!  I get excited when going to weddings or showers or parties thinking about what delicious snacks they will be serving.  Therefore, when on the planning end of an event, I get REALLY excited about preparing the menu.

When planning for the food you need to think about a few things:

  • The number of expected guests
  • Your budget
  • Any food allergies/intolerances of your guests
  • The time you will have to prep

I’m expecting around 50 or so people, and since I don’t have the budget to do an elaborate meal (I wish!), I’m going to focus on heavy appetizers, great desserts, and delish holiday drinks.  I also realize that with two little kids and a husband who might not get home until right before the party, I will need to choose things that can either be made ahead of time, or be put together fairly quickly and easily.

Here’s the appetizer roundup:

Jalapeño Fillo Poppers from BakeYourDay.net

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Why it made the list:  They are super easy to put together, and since I’ve made them before, I know they are awesome.  They were a hit at a birthday party I made them for.  I also love the hints of green (jalepeno) and red (sauce).  It’s Christmas, y’all.

Sweet Heat Molasses Meatballs from OhBiteIt.com

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Why it made the list:  Since I’m only doing appetizers, I need some dishes that are a little more hearty.  What’s more hearty than a meatball?  I’m a little bored of my go-to crockpot canned cranberries and chili sauce combo.  This recipe looks fantastic!  And I love the pretzels with it, adding some salty to the savory.  Bonus:  you use frozen meatballs and pretty much just throw it all in a pot and let it do it’s thing.

Easy Feta Dip by The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Why it made the list:  1) Did you read easy?  Dump and mix.  2)  Christmas colors.  3)  My sis-in-law has made this before and it’s really good.  And doesn’t it just look kinda fancy?  This is a Christmas party people, not the Superbowl.  We need a little fancy sprinkled in.

Candied Pecans by Spoonfulofflavor.com

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Why they made the list:  They are the perfect holiday snack to have at parties.  I really just can’t imagine Christmas without candied pecans and all their sugary goodness.  The smell alone is enough to make your mouth water.  I’m literally drooling over this photo right now.  Don’t judge.

Tortellini Skewers from Pioneer Woman

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Why it made the list:  First, is there anything Pioneer Woman has her hand in that is not completely delicious?  I thought these would be a good addition because of the tortellini.  Pasta on a stick…a great way to feed a crowd. (you can get a huge back of tortellini for cheap and it will go a long way with the skewers)  The only thing I will do different is add a drizzle of balsamic glaze.  Yummmmm.

Shrimp Taco Bites from I Wash You Dry

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I was going to leave it at the above list and call it a day.  After all, we haven’t even GOT to desserts yet.  Then I found this recipe and I can’t NOT make it.  I know shrimp can get a little pricy but I have a ton in our freezer, and these look so simple to put together.  And a bag of Tostitos??  Cheap-O.  I can’t wait to try this!

So why did these make the cut?   They just look so good!  I’m a sucker for avocado and shrimp together in any form or fashion.  The simplicity of this was a huge appeal as well.

There you have it!  So maybe I went a little overboard with the red and green theme, but I think all of these appetizers meet my criteria:  budget friendly, can feed a crowd, easy to put together, fancier than tailgate party food, and delicious!

Tomorrow? Desserts and drinks!

What’s your favorite party appetizer that is a major crowd pleaser??  Please share!

Party Planning Day 11: The Invitation

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If you are going to have a party, people need to know about it.  These days, it seems so much easier to create an invite via the internet (Facebook, evites, email, etc) but I miss the actual printed invitations. I found this etsy shop when searching for cute invites called Fate & Fortune.  The have THE CUTEST invitations ever.  I picked out this one for our Christmas party.  I love everything about it, although it did take me a long time to choose between all of the other options.

Check out these adorable invites as well.

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There are so many great options for other occasions too at Fate & Fortune.  After your purchase, they email you the invite and you can print them on your own computer or at an office supply store/Walmart/etc.

{FULL DISCLOSURE:  I originally intended on mailing out my invites, but then our household got hit with sickness.  When the kids are sick, and needing to be held 24/7, aint nothing getting done.  So…I used Facebook.  BUT I could still post my cute invite on my Facebook event page and print off ones to give people who don’t have Facebook.  Lame, but it still works.  Next year though…these babies will get MAILED.}

Another great thing about printable invites is, if they are cute, they make the fridge look festive and help your guests remember when the party is by having it front and center.

Do you prefer printed invites to ones on the internet?

Party Planning Day 3: Give Back

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It’s so easy to get wrapped up in all the Christmas gift giving within our own families.  Often we trade gifts that we don’t even need just for the sake of tradition.  I look at my boys’ baskets upon baskets of toys (and how they prefer playing with household items like Daddy’s screwdrivers or cardboard boxes and packing tape) and wonder why we spend SO MUCH money on adding to their stuff.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love finding someone the perfect gift that I know they will love, and I really love watching my boys’ eyes light up when they open a present.  Gift giving can be a beautiful thing.

But I also can’t help but think of families that are far less fortunate and the struggle that must come each holiday season.

That being said, it feels almost wrong to spend so much effort on an elaborate Christmas party (with a strict budget, of course) and celebrate without considering the needs of others.  Not just consider their needs, but do something to meet those needs.  So I wanted to combine the idea of giving back with this fabulous party.

I heard of a great organization when we moved to Colorado called Dry Bones Denver.  Here is their mission, as stated on their website:

In the context of relationships, practicing the way of Jesus, we meet spiritual and physical needs of homeless and street-connected youth and young adults.  We seek to equip and inspire all involved to relieve suffering, facilitate reconciliation, and free the heart to love.

I love this.  I was immediately drawn to their ministry and wanted to know more about how to get involved.  It can be difficult, being a work at home mom of a 2 and 3 year old, to get out and get involved (although I still plan on figuring out a way to).  Until then, I reached out to their staff (who just so happens to be the brother of a friend of mine from college, I later found out) and asked about needs that they had.  I got a great list of items we could collect to help the homeless youth get through the cold, Colorado winter.

As a part of the invitation (check out tomorrow’s post for more on that) I’m including a list of those items for people to bring to the party.  That way this get together has more purpose than just strictly fellowship.  We can use our influence and resources to bless those in need.

How can you add a “giving back” element to a party?

  • Adopt an angel (or two) and provide their wish list to your attendees
  • Seek out a family in need (a great place to look are the Facebook groups that Buy/Sell/Trade items..I’ve noticed several posts lately about people seeking to bless families and getting connected with those who are local and in need)
  • Research local ministries or charities and find out if they have specific needs you can meet
  • Skip the meal (inspired by the book Love Skip Jump) and use that money you would have spent on the party food to donate.  You could still have a great time hanging out and knowing that their “skip” is providing someone else with a need.  It sounds crazy, but if you read the book you will totally get it!
  • Have a party specifically to bless a family in need.  Get together and gather food, decor, household items, maybe even do a little DIY.  Then get sneaky (this takes some teamwork) and get into their house while they are gone.  Decorate and fill their home with Christmas cheer, stock their pantry, add some presents to the tree, then sneak out before they arrive.  It’s like secret Santa on steroids.

I hope to continuously be intentional about seeking out others who are in need, and living out the love of God by providing (whether physical, spiritual, or emotional needs).  It is so easy to be consumed with your own life and needs and wants.  So much so that you are almost blinded to those right in front of you who are desperate for help.  The more you open your eyes to the people around you, the harder it is to be selfish.  I need help with my perspective on a daily basis, and giving back is a great starting point.

How will you give back this Christmas season?  How do you keep that spirit of giving going throughout the year?

photo credit: markus spiske via photopin cc

Party Planning Day 1: The Inspiration

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Whether you are planning a bridal shower, birthday party, or holiday dinner, it’s always a good idea to start with a theme.  Maybe it’s a spiderman theme (that would be Tanner’s upcoming 2nd birthday party) or just specific colors that make up your decor.  Either way, a theme helps the party look put together and adds that special touch.

I immediately started looking for inspiration for my Christmas party.  But first, there are some important things to consider:

  1. The Location.  What is the decor like already?  Are there elements in place that will clash with your theme?  Are there colors already there that you can build off of?
  2. The Budget.  How much money are you budgeting for your decor?  Do you need to go more of the DIY route to save?  
  3. What You Already Have.   What decorations, serving pieces, or accessories do you already have in your home that you can repurpose to go with your theme?

Our party will be at our home, so one thing I considered when planning out the theme was my current decor.  Seeing as I don’t have the budget to do a complete home makeover holiday edition, I had to work with some things that were already in place.  The biggest?  My curtains.  They are patterned with rusty shades of pink, blue, green, and buttery yellow. (See here)  There are such a focal point throughout our mail living area that I wanted to make sure I was working with them and not against them.

I began flipping through magazines for inspirations and found some basic elements and colors that I plan of incorporating into my Christmas party theme.  Here’s what I decided on:

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The gold and silvers will work well with a lot of the golden tones I already have in my decor.  I love the rustic look, especially since living in Colorado.  It just seems fitting.  There will also be lots of natural (and fake) greenery, which will compliment the green that is outside the windows in nature.  And I will probably invest in some spray snow.  In a non-tacky way, of course.

What do you think?  What are your go-to Christmas decor colors?

 

December 2014 Experiment: Planning an EPIC Party

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Most of my experiments hinge on creating new habits.  The goal is to do something 21 days in a row with the intent of being able to do that thing on a daily basis without it being such a pain.  Habits, after all, aren’t something you really think about or put a lot of effort into.

This month I am deviating just a bit from my habit-forming theme.  I do not plan on party planning in my sleep or continuing this venture habitually.

But I have a dream.

A dream of hosting a cheesy-holiday-movie-worthy Christmas party.

One with music from the Home Alone soundtrack and people laughing and smiling over delectable desserts and hot cocoa.  One where ugly Christmas sweaters are welcome and fires are roaring and you can’t NOT be in the Christmas spirit upon entering.

Now that I live in Colorado, I am inspired to take this winter wonderland indoors and host the ultimate Christmas party.

I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself.

Here’s some of what you can look forward to this month:

  • Great holiday recipes
  • How to give back
  • Activities to entertain the kiddies
  • Fun/Creative party activities
  • DIY Holiday Decor
  • Awesome Party Outfits
  • All the details to be the Hostess with the Mostess
  • PLUS a video so you can feel like you are actually there!

It’s December 1st.  The party will be on the 19th.  So each day stop by, grab a cup of coffee, and watch this holiday par-tay come to life before your very eyes!

 

Fav Things: Anthro Candles

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I have a story for you.

A few years ago I bought a candle at a small boutique filled with eclectic items, many handmade.  It was called “Sangria” and it smelled divine.  I burned that baby out in record time, and then felt very sad at it’s absence.

Upon returning to the store where I purchased it, I was disappointed to find out that they no longer sold this amazing candle that I had become obsessed with.

{hole in my heart}

Many moons later…

I stumbled into Anthropologie while exploring our local mall and remembered friends raving about their candles.  Walking straight to the candle display, I opened up this beautiful candle labeled “Volcano.”

IT SMELLED JUST LIKE MY BELOVED BOUTIQUE SANGRIA CANDLE!

I was tempted to buy stock in these, but refrained.

It just smells divine, people.  I can see why it’s a cult favorite.  The name Volcano can be deceiving, seeing as it does NOT smell like ash.  More like tropical fruits (citrusy elements) mixed with a hint of spice too it ( in my humble opinion).  The actual description on the website says,

“tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, and limes, redolent with lightly exotic mountain greens”

Same same.  It’s sweet enough to work for the spring and summer months, but also fits well when the weather gets cool.  So versatile.  So wonderful.  Have I said that already?

True {sad} story

I got this candle home, burned it nonstop in my kitchen.  Apparently, when turning on one of the burners in our glass cooktop, I turned on the wrong one.  The one that was directly under my precious candle.  Carter saw the smoking and ran over to see what the heck was going on.  I was oblivious, probably intoxicated by the aroma that was literally melting out of the now cracked mercury glass.  It pretty much shattered, and our cooktop still has evidence of a wax volcano that erupted.

Hold up.  Maybe the name “Volcano” isn’t so deceiving.  At least for those of us with mom brain.

Can I do something that’s kind of rude??

I also discovered the perfect fall/winter candle that day in Anthro.  It was burning in the dressing room and when I walked in I was immediately transported to this wonderful woodsy cabin.  And not like a rank smelling, dingy cabin.  We’re talking luxury, Vail, fire roaring and wine in hand type of mountain lodge.

The candle was called Dogwood.  I bought.  I burned.

I discovered they no longer sell it.

Sorry.  Maybe next fall??  Keep our fingers crossed!

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What is your favorite candle??  I’m also partial to Bath and Body Works Marshmallow Fireside.  Hmmmmm.  Time to light up!

A candle, of course.

WANTED: Photography Edition

Photography is huge when you write a blog.  The first thing that I notice when I’m visiting other blogs is the photos.  A great picture can engage a reader and capture someone’s eye as they are scanning through pages.  Basically, photography is IMPORTANT, only second to the content itself.  Below are some items I’ve been coveting as a photographer.  They are’t necessarily “must-haves,”  but they are great accessories to have and can make life much easier.  And let’s be honest… much cuter, too. (see #2 and 5)

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1.  Muku Shuttr – Selfie Remote

This looks so fun, and functional!  It allows you to remotely take pics from your iPhone so you don’t have to have the “selfie arm.”  Great for bloggers, but also great for just a typical outing!  I discovered this from some great photography tutorials on A Beautiful Mess.  Check out more details on this product here!

2. Libby Camera Bag by Kelly Moore

I admit that I have a camera bag, but it’s definitely just functional.  This one not only has great compartments for your camera, lens, and other items, but it’s super cute and could definitely pass as a purse.  Double purpose!  The camera bag/backpack I have now?  Notsomuch.

3.  A Beautiful Mess Photo Actions

There are the typical adjustments I make to my photos:  sharpen, exposure, and some sort of vignette.  My goal is to just take good pictures so I don’t need a lot of actions.  That being said, actions can be a lot of fun!  They can also give you a great look with a lot less effort than manually adjusting all of the elements that an action can do in one click.  Check out these from A Beautiful Mess and I guarantee you will fall in LOVE!

4.  Wacom Intuos Pen Small Tablet

My mom, who is a professional photographer and has spent hours at a computer in Photoshop, has one of these bad boys.  I never liked it.  It felt too awkward, but she swore by it.  Now I’m discovering that I might have a purpose for it after all!  I love the idea of being able to add handwriting to photographs and draw on them.  For example, I could have done some fun elements with this collage, but instead I just had my mouse, which is much more limiting.

5.  Leopard Camera Strap

This is just cute.  That’s all.

What are your photography must haves?  Or perhaps the items you are just drooling over?  Please share!

21 Day Clothes Remix – Video Reflection

What a fun experiment for me!  I share a little about it in the video below plus go into the struggles with seeing my mug front and center on each blog post.  Every.  Day.

 

The truth is, I love to dress up.  I still love to shop, but I know I can take the time to make my OWN wardrobe work for me…and actually like it.  All of the Pinterest research gave me great inspiration, but also opened my eyes to some great pieces that I need would love to add to my collection. ;)

And here is a real life (I mean…just woke up and still has sleepy eyes REAL LIFE) photo.  It pains me  a little to say there is no photoshop done here.  Yep, that’s all me.  But that’s not a bad thing!

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We all have our moments where we feel eekkkk and moments were we feel great.  I hope I can tip the scale a little more towards “put together” and a little less towards “I have day old applesauce on my shirt and I don’t even care.”  All of us moms deserve to feel good about ourselves.  We are raising human beings, for the love!  Don’t forget that you are awesome without all of the makeup and trendy clothes and beach waves.

I mean…it does help though.  Just a little.

Clothes Remix Wrap Up

That’s a wrap!  If you’ve missed it, or if you’re just now joining in, I’ve been shopping my closet and remixing 21 pieces of clothing/shoes to make 21 different outfits.  The goal or habit I wanted to create was to be more satisfied with what I actually have and making the most of it.

For a recap, here are all 21 outfits!  (If you want to see the original post with the 21 pieces, go here.)

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Day 1 // Day 2 // Day 3

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Day 4 // Day 5 // Day 6

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Day 7 // Day 8 // Day 9

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Day 10 // Day 11 // Day 12

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Day 13  //  Day 14  //  Day 15

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Day 16  //  Day 17  //  Day 19

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Day 20  //  Day 21  //  The Missed Outfit

Since this post has so many pics, I’ll do a separate post with the reflection video and my un-retouched, super flattering (NOT) photo.

What has been your favorite outfit of the remix?  Ready…go!

Remix Day 21: Two Outfits!

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I had two more outfits left that hadn’t been photographed (when we did all the photography last month).  I didn’t know if I would get Carter to take some pics, or if I would battle with the tripod to try and make it work (it’s trickier than you’d think trying to get the right focal point).  In the end, I took the lazy way out and just snapped some pics of the clothes itself.

Which was a bonus, because I currently have no makeup on and unwashed hair all tied up in a bun.  Doesn’t make for the best photo op.

In this outfit I went with a little more bling in the earrings to bring balance to the boots, which are sort of masculine.  The two necklaces also help add some femininity to the look.  I love mixing masculine and feminine.  To take the girly factor up a notch, I’d also add some red lips…if I were actually in this photo.

The Jewelry:  Water Drop Prism Earrings (here ), Metallic Pearls Necklace (here), and Discs and Pearls Necklace. (here)

I actually missed posting on Day 18 (didn’t have the pictures for it and was feeling lazy), so here is remix to make up for that day!

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Pretty basic.  This scarf is chunky and awesome (I think from Target a few years ago).  Every thing about this screams COMFY without it being pajama worthy.  I actually wore this last night.  I hadn’t showered yesterday (shhhh don’t tell) and I threw my hair up in a bun, put on some red lips and my fav earrings and bam!  A semi-put together look!

Pardon the sloppy Photoshop job…looks like my Fossil watch is a little deformed.  Oops!

Can you believe it!  21 days of the clothes remix is DONE!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see:

  • A summary in photos of all 21 looks
  • A video reflection on how the experiment went (Did it satisfy my craving to shop??)
  • My thoughts on Photoshop and a completely untouched, no makeup, just woke up, not so flattering photo
  • A preview for what’s coming the rest of this month on the blog
  • MAYBE a sneak peak at December’s experiment!

 

Happy Remixing!

Remix Day 20: Creamy Neutrals

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I love combining lots of pieces that are in the same color palate (in this case, cream) but with lots of different textures.  The furry vest, the texture of the sweater, the necklace (see similar Noonday version…which I still need) that’s a matching shade but stands out with some metal and sheen, and then the suede booties.  Even the earrings (LOVE them!  Buy here) have some nice texture to them, but are still that creamy shade of white.  All the textured together make an outfit interesting.

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In the end, you have a very monochromatic look that is far from boring.  I even got compliments from the doctor today when I went in for help with some dizziness I’ve been experiencing.  Hey, who says you can’t look cute when you’re sick?

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PS- I just want to give props to myself for taking all of these photos ON MY OWN.  I didn’t have my awesome mom to take photos (this was an outfit we missed when she was in town and we did our little photo shoot).  I got out the tripod, and it took a lot of work to get the focus and lighting just right.  Definitely not ideal, but I got some decent shots!  I’d much rather have someone else taking the pics, however.

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And a final pic in black and white.

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Remix Day 19: Can’t Go Wrong With Fur & Aviators

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One of my favorite looks from this month’s experiment.  I love the neutrals mixed with the pinks and blues of the shirt.  I love a good top knot with some aviators and fur.  Overall, I just love it.   I would wear this every day…weather permitting.

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Add in some gold accessories for the win!  Noonday (what else?) Bracelet here and my favorite earrings here.

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Check out my other looks with this fur vest:

Fur with a Skirt

Fur with Skinny Jeans and a Statement Necklace

One more to come tomorrow! :)

What’s your favorite way to wear a fur vest?

Remix Day 17: Cardi Party

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I love a good cardigan to add a layer to an outfit.  Today I’m wearing it with my fav grey tee, distressed jeans, and heels.  I added a great Noonday Collection necklace to dress up the t-shirt a little.  Check out the necklace here, and the earrings here.  It’s amazing how jewelry can really change up an outfit.  This necklace in particular would go great with a little black dress or a cute romper, but here it fancies up a fairly plain outfit.   I could wear these same pieces, minus the jewelry and heels, for a much more casual look.  Accessories can really make an impact on your outfit, so stock up!

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What’s your favorite way to dress up jeans and a plain tee?

Remix Day 16: Sweateralls

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Sweater, meet overalls.  Overalls, meet sweater.  I hope you like each other.

So I’ve done a more dressy overalls look with heels here, and I’ve done a super casual overalls look here.  I like to think of this as a combination of the two.

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I’ve tried to add some more feminine touches to this outfit with the jewelry.  I love this particular necklace (Bethe Rope) with the overalls, as well as these dainty earrings to add to the girliness.

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Plus you’ve gotta love a good arm party.

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Bracelets, from top to bottom: Ivory Tiles (limited quantity), Navaho Wrap, Metallic Pearls (actually a necklace).

I love pairing these suede ankle boots with overalls.  They look great with skinny jeans, but I also love the look here with the overalls rolled up.

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What do you think?  What’s your favorite overalls look from this remix?

Day 15: A Hot Adventure

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So I actually wore this on another Saturday, when Carter and I were going on a date to check out a new restaurant in town.  While I was getting dressed, Carter explained to our 3 year old Jace that he was taking mommy on a hot date.

{Just as a side note, whenever we pack up and head to the mountains for a day trip, we always tell the kids we are going on a “mountain adventure.”  They think it’s fun and the phrase has stuck with them.  Well, it’s stuck with Jace.  Tanner hasn’t’ made it that far on the vocabulary front.}

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As I came down the stairs, Jace runs up to me.

Mommy, mommy!  Is daddy taking you on a hot adventure???  Because I wanna go!

We all thought it was precious because that’s what parents do.  We think our kids are the most precious/hilarious/sweet ones out there and feel the need to share their hilarious/precious/sweet moments.  But I mean, come on…a hot adventure?  Presh.

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Now back to the HOT date outfit.  There is one element alone that takes this outfit from basic to H-O-T.

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The feathered fringe earrings.  The cobalt blue with a touch of metallic.  The length that almost grazes your collarbone (or at least it feels like it).  Again, HOT.  I love them and everyone should own a pair.  I hadn’t purchased them yet for my Noonday samples, but when I decided to add the blue shirt as one of my pieces I knew the earrings were a must.

And I was right.

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{made with LOVE in India}  Buy here!

I also love this blue shirt, considering it is one of the few pieces I own that has a nice, saturated color (remember, I’m a B&W girl).  It’s a nice contrast to my skin tone (aka pale) and of course goes great with the earrings.  The jacket also adds a nice touch.  You can’t go wrong with a good moto jacket and heels for a date night.

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PS We had a great date night and the restaurant was a hit!  Carter thought the outfit was too.

Just sayin…

Remix Day 14: Stripes with a Pop of Color

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Here we go.  Keeping it short and sweet for a Friday night.

I love black and white.  It’s my go-to.  However, when I want to add some color, I also have a go-to:  RED.

I love this funky paper beads necklace made in Uganda, paired with the two coins necklace for a great layered look.  I tied in the red shoes to bring out the red in the necklace, and added the silver engraved cuff for some additional jewelry.

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A simple look, maybe for running errands or something.

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Now TOMORROW’S LOOK…it’s not for running errands.  It’s suitable for a hot date night, and it’s one of my favorites from this experiment.  Be sure to check it out first thing in the morning!

Remix Day 13: Black & Blue

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A final nod to the high waisted pants.  This will be their last appearance for the 21 Days Clothes Remix.  I’ve enjoyed styling them and thought I’d share some tips for those of you wanting to give them a try:

  1. If you’ve got hips, wide leg might be more flattering.  A lot of people think a wide leg makes you look bigger, but really it’s creating a clean line (or A-line if you will) from  your hips to the ground.  Trust me.  I used to spend every Friday night eating Pei Wei and watching What Not To Wear.  {I promise that’s not as loser-ish as it just came out}

  2. Go for a slim shirt.  A tucked in (full or just a front tuck) works best with these types of pants because they are meant to highlight the waist.
  3. If you are feeling self-conscious, add a cardigan.  It will cover up any muffin top action going on but still show off the high waist of the pants.
  4. Own it.  If you are going to wear anything, make sure you like how it looks, then just wear it!  Don’t stress over what others might think or if you can pull off a certain trend or not.  Just werk it and remember…haters gonna hate.  Just shake it off, my friend.

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Necklace:  Scattered Steps – Noonday Collection {made with LOVE in Ecuador from the Tagua seed}

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Have a great Thursday!

Remix Day 12: Vest Scarf

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Remember the scarf from Day 7?  Well, turns out it can double as a vest!  I needed something to spruce up this basic tee and black pants look, and a scarf did the trick.

Again…it is still snowing here in Colorado, but this outfit would totally work under a parka, beanie, gloves with fingers, and an additional scarf worn actually as a scarf.  Oh, and snow boots.

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{This is me…looking out in the distance…predicting the snow that is to come from the west}

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{This is me featuring these super-cute-but-maybe-not-suitable-for-snow arm warmers}

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{And this is me showing off a side view of my scarf/vest.  It has a racerback, for the inquiring minds}

Anyone interested in a video on how to make this scarf into a vest??  I do, after all, have a YouTube channel now. (wink wink)

 

 

Remix Day 11: A Throne of Lies

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I don’t know if I’ve ever written a post that was more real and more fake at the same time.  The lie you ask?  I wouldn’t be caught dead in this outfit today.  You see these photos were taken in advance by my wonderful photographer mamma (see her website here) in a time where the weather was sunny and beautiful.

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Fast forward 2 weeks?  SNOW.  And lots of it.  At least for this Texan.  I wouldn’t even wear this outfit around the house today, seeing as I have a fire lit, leg/arm warmers in place, and hot coffee in hand.

Now for the real?  Well, as I said, these photos were taken in advance which means 21 different outfits in about 2.5 days.  This was one of the last outfits of the day and I was so over it.

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Mom:  Do you want me to move some of this stuff around?

Me:  Nope.

Mom:  Are you sure?  It won’t take but a second?

Me:  This is how my life normally is, so let’s just go with it.

And  this is truth.  There are always shoes on the stairs, leftover snack bowls and sippy cups scattered around.  You have Carter’s guitar case, a package of baby wipes, my fall “wreath” that I got from the dollar section at Target and randomly placed on my bare mantle.  This  might not be the most professional of the photos this month, but it is definitely the most real!

PS- I didn’t realize how short my skirt was looking!  It must have grazed up as I was moving about.  I got the feeling that Jace didn’t approve when he casually asked, “Mom, do you have undies on?”  “Umm, yes!”  “Well, I don’t like…this (pointing to my skirt).”

Oh dear.

But hey, check out the cute Noonday accessories!  Here’s the two coins necklace, (shop here) and Metallic Pearl Earrings (shop here), both made from upcycled metal and artillery in Ethiopia.

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Other jewelry:

Bracelets – Metallic Pearls Necklace as a bracelet, Ivory Tiles Bracelet,  and the Native Wrap Bracelet.

Check back tomorrow for another outfit that’s completely inappropriate for the current weather, and see how I wore this scarf from day 7 as a vest!

 

 


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