Fall Booties

9.15.2014


fall fashion, booties,

1. Seychelles suede bootie // 2. Steve Madden nyrvana boot // 3. BC underneath bootie //
4. Franco Sarto linden leather bootie // 5. Ivanka Trump belted bootie // 6. BP trolley leather bootie

Dallas experienced a nice cold front last weekend and I was so excited to break out my fall wardrobe. I am a huge fan of booties for fall, but when I was taking inventory of my closet over the weekend, I realized I didn't have many options for fall footwear! I went shopping today and solved that problem, and now I'm looking forward to wearing my new cute booties this season with boyfriend jeans and dresses alike. These are a few of my favorite picks- all under $150!

Link Love

9.05.2014

Happy Weekend! You have to look at all of these links. Have to. I hope you have a great weekend! My week flew by; I can't believe it's September already! Christmas will be here before you know it!

These kids are killing it on picture day.
Looking for inspiration to redecorate my room and these desk ideas caught my eye.
I just told someone yesterday how excited I am for the Texas State Fair so I can eat a corn dog!
Goodbye, Joan Rivers.
Mini Apple Raspberry Pies are way cute than full-size pies. 

Explore Your City

9.02.2014


I'm always sad to say goodbye to a long holiday weekend, but I love looking at all the photos and remembering how much fun weekends can be! I had the best Labor Day, spent enjoying friends and the great city we live in- Dallas, TX! 
This amazing mural by Kyle Steed is one of the hidden gems that Dallas is home to; we spent one afternoon at the mural and had a blast being silly and taking pictures.



A short river float trip, amazing mexican food, and some competitive volleyball games rounded out the long weekend; I love having extra time to spend with friends! Hope you had a great weekend! 

Labor Day Sales

8.29.2014


Happy Friday! I'm looking forward to the long weekend, but will be back Tuesday! :) Here's a roundup of some amazing sales happening around the web this weekend!!

Of course my favorite is Nordstrom; they are having their first Labor Day Sale ever!!
Baublebar: Labor Day Sale! Jewelry Styles Starting at 50% Off! Now - 9/1
Sephora: Summer Sendoff Sale! Get up to 75% off hot summer favorites.
Nasty Gal: Pretty much the only good thing about summer ending. 30% off, 50% off, 60% off
Tibi: 20% off a curated edit of fall styles. // Code: hellofall. Dates valid: 8/26-9/2 @ 11pm ET
French Connection: All SALE dresses are now at $69.99. All orders $150+ receive free US ground shipping. // Code W14SHIP.
LOFT: 50% off Select Full Price Styles and 50% off Sale Styles. Shop from 8/28 - 9/1 11:59pm
Joe's: 30% off entire purchase // Code: LABORDAY
Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items! Over 600 styles added. Ends 9/1
J.Crew: 40% off Final Sale with Free shipping on orders over $100. Free Shipping on all orders on labor day (8/29-8/31).
Old Navy: 40% off entire store! Valid 8/29 - 9/1

Coffee Ice Cubes

8.28.2014

I am a recent self-proclaimed iced coffee addict, but I'm also trying to live on a budget! Iced coffee gets so expensive when you stop at a coffee shop everyday to get your fix. I recently posted a recipe on how to make your own cold brew coffee; I used that coffee to make coffee ice cubes! Now, when I drink my iced coffee, I'm not left with the last few sips being watered down by melting ice cubes. Goodbye, weak iced coffee!





I grabbed these silicone ice cube trays from Ikea- so cheap and the cubes come out so easily!
Store your coffee cubes in the freezer, then add to your iced coffee when you're ready to drink. Enjoy!

Music Room Makeover

8.24.2014

diy bookcase

Slowly but surely I am decorating the rooms in my house with pieces that I actually love, as opposed to the melange of furniture and accessories that I inherited from past roommates or purchased in college. Last year I bought my roommate a piano (thank you, Craigslist!); we had big plans for it and for transforming our front living into a relaxing sitting room that welcomes guests into our home. Well, a year later, I have finally finished the transformation (I think).

I have wanted these bookshelves from Ikea ever since I saw a similar unit painted bright yellow on Pinterest. I knew that I wanted to paint them and when I finally decided on gold, everything clicked.

diy bookcase

I used Krylon quick dry metallic spray paint and it took 2 coats to evenly cover the shelves. It was super easy and I love the end result. These shelves were so cheap but I think painted and accessorized they look luxe! I started by emptying all accessories and small furniture items out of the room so I would have a fairly blank slate to work with. Originally, I wanted to move the piano from it's current location, but it weighs about 700 pounds, so that wasn't going to happen. I decided where I wanted my furniture so that the room would have a good balance, then started painting!

music room
After painting, I brought the shelves back into the room and placed my large pieces of furniture (new couch!!) where I wanted them. I put all available accessories and books from my entire house on the floor and my roommate and I went to work styling the shelves. 
bookcase diy
Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of inspiration to jump start a project; I owe a huge thank you to my friend, Rachel, for gifting me the tissue paper tassels that are hanging on my piano. That was the punch of fun and color that I needed to get me excited about redecorating the entire room, giving me confidence to add feminine touches and whimsical details without feeling like the room was going to feel silly or impractical.
gold spray painted shelves
gold shelves 
I absolutely love the end result and my roommates and I have all started spending a lot more time in here! Do you have any rooms in your house that you have been meaning to redecorate? Next up is my bedroom!
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