Chandy Makeover

Thursday, September 4, 2014

This post has been on the back burner for quite some time now. Matter of fact, I completed this small project over a year ago and I'm finally posting it. Whoopsie. 

If you didn't already know, during our engagement we decided to demo and renovate just about everything in our current home. I lived in this house all throughout college with roommates. Right before Corey and I got married, we put it on the market and started searching but just could not find what we were looking for in our budget. Soooo we decided to completely gut the house and completely renovate. Now back to the project. 

My old dining room is pictured below. Notice the brass chandelier? 

Well, I really was not digging it. My uncle, who is an electrician, had a client that no longer wanted this chandelier (pictured below) so he decided to give it to us. I was ecstatic. I wanted something fancy and this fit the bill.

I was in love, but did not want to completely ditch the brass chandy either. I decided to switch lighting in my breakfast room and wanted to incorporate the brass chandelier in there. 

Below is a picture of what I was working with pre-reno in our breakfast room. 

I knew I wanted to spray paint the brass chandelier or either try out the Annie's chalk paint. I went back and forth but decided against the chalk paint. For one, I wanted instant gratification and did not want to have to wait for the Annie's chalk paint to come in since it would have to be ordered online and two spray paint is always less work. So, I checked out Lowe's and picked up some Krylon's oil rubbed bronzed spray paint. 

I took the chandelier outside, hung it in a tree and away I went to spraying. It took a couple of coats to make sure I covered everything.

I then spotted some cute burlap chandelier shades from Kirkland's for only $5 each!

Here's the after.

I loved how it turned out and loved even more the cost. Here's a rough breakdown for the DIY.

Chandelier Lampshades: 5 shades at $5.00 each          $25.00
2 cans Krylon's oil rubbed bronzed spray paint            $12.00
Grand Total:                                                               $37.00

Hope you enjoyed this DIY post. Thanks for reading! 

Fall Feeling

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Okay so yesterday was the turning point of a new season in my mind. I packed up my bathing suits, seersuckers, and whites and now I'm itching to pull out my fall clothes. I usually am always all about summer and the fact that I never want it to end, but for some reason this year is the exception. I'm so ready for cozy sweaters, leggings, knee high boots, and pumpkin EVERYTHING. Let's just say I have already had my fair share of PSL's (pumpkin spice lattes) even though we are still in 90 degree temps.

Here are some pieces I have currently been coveting for fall from Old Navy. 

Please note the camo vest is under $30! I'm praying I can fit in the girl's xxl. Ha, but for real! It's a fraction of the cost from one almost identical at J. Crew Factory right now. 

 I also loved how these three outfits are styles on their Old Navy's website...

I think I might just have to copy the first outfit verbatim. LOVE. Now all we need is for these hot temps to die down.  We were in the 90's today so I still have a few more weeks until I can begin switching wardrobes out. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day. Thanks for stopping by. 

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How's everyone doing? Anyone else wake up early Monday morning for the Lilly Sale? Well, in my case, I did not have to wake up early but leave the gym early because I completely forgot about the sale. I ran home and got on my computer around 8:05 and was done by 8:15. I was very thrilled at the ease this year and glad I did not run into any issues like previous years. I was also very good this year and my wallet sincerely thanks me for it. I only ordered two things but I'm obsessed with them both! Here's what I scored:

I have been dying over this jumpsuit since it came out about 2+ years ago. I was going to buy it in both prints but I told myself I do not need….two jumpsuits. 
I also ordered the Wilda Caftan. I think it will be perfect for some spring/summer weddings next year. 

I cannot wait to wear both of these! I received tracking information yesterday that they will be here today - hooray! Well done Lilly, well done. 

Vacation to Cancun

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I'm trying to catch up on my blogging and wanted to share some pictures from our vacation earlier this summer to Mexico. We had the best time but now it's back to life...back to reality.  Did you catch your self singing this in your head like I am?

airplane view

We went during the World Cup so we obviously had to take a picture in front of the gigantic soccer ball. 

We went to a show just about every night but I only managed to get one blurry picture. 

One afternoon while the boys were watching soccer at the Sports Lounge, Hannah and I decided to sign up for a Sushi-making class. It was so much fun and so EASY. I have not attempted it again by myself yet simply because I need to find somewhere to buy the supplies and type of ingredients. 

Its hard to tell but there was a conveyor belt in the middle of the table and as they would make sushi it was come down the table and you would grab what you wanted. It was pretty neat. 

The next night was Casino night. Corey and Bailey sat the poker table all night while Hannah and I were with the life of the party at Black Jack. We were with some real characters and I have never laughed so hard. Hannah even won out the table and received an all day pass to the spa. 

That's all the pictures for now - I need to find my other camera to upload more. 

That was our summer vacay. Can't wait to start planning on where we go next year! Any suggestions?

New Adventure

Monday, August 4, 2014

I wanted to share some exciting things that are currently going on in my life. 

Over the past year I have noticed how (not depressed) but just not really excited about life I have become. I would wake up, go to the work, come home and start over again, just going through the motions. My husband, family and close friends could definitely tell something was different about me. It turned out that my job was to blame. 

I do not want this post to seem like I am "hating" on my job. It was a great first REAL job and I would never take away the experience and things I have learned along the way. However, it was something that I was just not passionate about nor have an interest in. I know you might be thinking, it's a job, your not supposed to enjoy it but I want to overcome that stigma. A job is not a job if you enjoy what you do. 

I have prayed and prayed about it and I have decided to go back to my true love and passion. You have probably heard me mention my mother-in-laws children's boutique. Well...she asked me to come work for her to start learning the ropes to prepare for when she retires. I worked at The Frilly Frog from the very beginning when we opened our doors 5 years ago and always loved working for the shop. 

Some might say, "I'm throwing my degree away" but I have to disagree. My business courses throughout college aimed at management, finance, and marketing which will all be essential for my new venture. Marketing was always a love of mine and I am looking forward to utilizing that aspect to the business. 

In the end, I cannot wait to start this new opportunity and already noticed my mood shifting. I want to encourage people to live out their dreams and do what makes them happy because life is simply way too short not to. Sure there are tradeoffs, and Corey and I will have to make some changes that we have discussed in depth, but we are ready to take that leap of faith. 

I am also very excited to focus more attention to my blog now that I will have more free time. It has been a real struggle to come home after working all day and then to blog - clearly, seeing that I have not blogged in over a month! I love blogging though, it is my creative outlet and I told myself that if it ever becomes work I would simply quit. I found this quote quite fitting for this post.

Happy Monday Everyone!

Summer Hair

Friday, June 13, 2014

I have found myself constantly pinning fun hair styles lately so I thought I would share some of my latest pins. These are all hairstyles I would like to "attempt" and think they would be perfect for summer time or anytime you want to change things up with your hair. After all, this quote says it best…

So…here are some of my favorite styles that I'm making myself try this summer.

Thanks for reading. Let me know what or if you will be experimenting with any fun new hairstyles this summer. I'm definitely going to be resorting to some youtube videos for sure. Hopefully, I will master one and do an update post. Stay tuned. ;)

Travel Necessities - Summer Vacay

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In two weeks we will be on our way to Mexico! Whoop Whoop! So if you know me, you know I'm a planner. You also know that I love a list. I probably have 5 different lists in my purse at all times, no joke. 

I created my packing check list and wanted to share it with you guys. I created it one night this week when I obviously had nothing better to do. Sarcasm - I should have been doing laundry, unloading the dishwasher, etc. but how darn cute is this?


One of my worst feelings is when I feel unprepared or unorganized. On our honeymoon, I felt uneasy when I couldn't find out tickets and wished I had something I could put everything all together. I found this awesome product on…you guessed it, Pinterest and ordered it. It has all the compartments I need and now I will not be digging in my purse on this trip trying to find my passport, tickets or anything else important I will need. Praise The Lord!

I just think this product is awesome and cannot wait to start organizing…I know, I'm a nerd.

I also want to get this…

My friend, Hannah, introduced this to me the other day when we went to the pool. It is a microfiber beach towel and super thin but very absorbent. The best part is no more lugging big heavy towels to the beach. And….another "best" part about this if you get sand on it, simply shake it and it is so much easier to get out verses the regular towel. Now I just have to decide which one…

I found these from a very cute shop on Etsy. Be sure and check them out! 

Anyways, I hope everyone is having a great week and tomorrow is Friday, whooohoo! Have a great weekend everyone!

Weekend Recap :: Wedding Time

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

This past weekend, we went to a sweet wedding of some friends of ours. Corey was in the wedding for one of his friends he played baseball with ever since he was little. 

I love weddings and I especially love a good reason to get all dressed up. I bought this dress a couple of years ago and this is my first time wearing it. I believe it is the agatha dress. Anyways, I finally wore it. I'm trying to do better at not having clothes with tags still on them living in my closet. Either wear them or get rid of them is my new motto. 

Dress & Belt: Lilly Pulitzer
Clutch: Gigi New York
Shoes: Kohl's

Corey and Brad having a bromance moment.

Below is what I wore for the wedding. I was trying to find the most light-weight, flowy dress I could find because I knew the weather was going to be a scorcher. 

That was our weekend, hope y'all had a good one! 
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