Wednesday, October 3, 2012

patterned skirt -- 3 ways

There are endless ways to wear a patterened skirt.  Here are three ways I find myself going back to again and again.  How do you style your patterned skirts?

Monday, October 1, 2012

pumpkin decorating inspiration

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October is here and I've been thinking about Halloween decor that I can put up well before and after trick-or-treaters come knocking on my door.  The pumpkin decorating ideas above allow for just that, and all but #3 do not require wielding sharp objects.  Which idea above would you try your hand at?  Do you already have ideas for how you'll be embellishing your pumpkin this year?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

lip-smacking good: orange pineapple berry smoothie

This morning I threw every fruit I'd want in a smoothie into the blender. As I expected, something very tasty came out.  Here's my recipe of sorts.

Do you create your own smoothie recipes?  What smoothie combinations have you experimented with?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

navy blazer -- 3 ways

I love the versatility of a navy blazer.  Here are three ways I would wear mine.  Do you own a navy blazer?  How do you wear it?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

before and after: bar cart

 When I moved into my new place, I had the need for more kitchen storage.  I decided a bar cart would give me the versatility and mobility and display space I wanted in my extra storage.  Not ready to drop the cash for a bar cart worthy of Domino, I settled on a cheap, but sturdy brass bar cart at a thrift store.  As you can see from the "before" photo, the bar cart was in dire need of a facelift.

After scouring the web for contact paper or wallpaper in a design I liked, I found contact paper  with a brass-colored bamboo design at TJ Maxx.  While there were a few designs I liked better, I couldn't argue with the sub $10 price tag of the bamboo paper. 

If you want to similarly change the surface look of your bar cart:

1.  Thoroughly clean your bar cart.
2.  Carefully measure the shelves to be covered. Use kraft paper to make a pattern for your surfaces.
3.  Cut kraft paper to size using measurements, and place on shelves of bar cart to ensure that pattern      fits the surface area perfectly. Modify pattern if needed.
4.  Use pattern to cut contact paper to size.
5.  Carefully place contact paper on first bar cart shelf, and press firmly with a straightedge ruler to
     create a smooth surface without air bubbles.
6.  Repeat steps 4 & 5 with second shelf.

I am really satisfied with the way this DIY turned out and have used my bar cart for several get-togethers since moving in.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

coral pants -- 3 ways

coral pants -- 3 ways 

I can't get enough of my coral pants.  I'm always trying to think of new ways to wear them.  Here are three ideas I've had of late.  Doyou wear coral pants?  What do you pair with them?
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