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!

Link Love

8.15.2014



Happy Friday! I am so excited for this weekend because I am taking a trip to Oklahoma on Sunday! It's my mom's birthday so I'm going to stay with my parents for a few days to celebrate. I always enjoy my time at home because I can relax and have no obligations! Here are some links that inspired me this week :) Have a great weekend!

Inside-out french braid tutorial (even better with pink hair!)
Beat anxiety with these tips
Jordan started a new company called Bright Lab Lights
I've never made key lime pie but Emily makes it look so simple!
This new Vince Camuto cape coat is getting me excited for fall fashion!

Iced Coffee at Home

8.05.2014

I have never liked coffee, but lately I have been buying some sort of iced mocha or skinny latte almost daily! I decided that I wanted to save money and make my own coffee at home. I don't own a coffee machine, but I started seeing recipes for "cold brew" coffee so I thought I would give it a shot. It is supposed to be less bitter-tasting, but since I don't really drink regular coffee, I don't have a good reference point for comparison. Either way, I followed this recipe from the Pioneer Woman, and was really happy with the results.


I went to Central Market to buy some coffee; I had to ask for help using the coffee grinder- I have never done this before! Before I left the store, I had told no less than 7 people about my plan to make cold brew- I was so excited! After mixing the coffee grounds with water in a large container (my crockpot was the biggest I had), cover and let sit overnight to "brew."


This is the time consuming part (but still probably faster than waiting in line everyday for a week!): using a coffee filter or paper towels, strain the coffee into a pitcher to separate it from the coffee grounds. Be patient- it's worth it! 


I went overboard and made way too much at once, but it has last a while in an airtight container in the fridge. Pour over ice cubes and add milk, creamer, sugar- however you like your coffee! I have saved so much money already and drinking coffee at home encourages me to get out of bed on time. Win win!

Kendra Scott Happy Hour

7.30.2014


happy hour


Last night I attended a blogger happy hour hosted by RewardStyle and Kendra Scott. It was held in Dallas at their West Village location, which is absolutely adorable. I love Kendra Scott and bright statement jewelry, so I was excited to attend.

dallas bloggers

There were drinks and cute cookies to snack on while we browsed the latest line from Kendra. I loved getting to interact with some of the other bloggers in Dallas- there is a great group of girls in this city!

dallas bloggers

Our host graciously surprised us each with a free pair of the Sky or Skylar style earrings in a color of our choosing- what?! How fun! I was so excited...I started instagramming as fast as my little fingers could move! I chose the neon pink and have gotten quite a few compliments on them today. Be sure to check out the newest line here. I'm also obsessed with this color.

dallas bloggers

I love getting to push myself outside of my comfort zone just a bit to meet new friends and potential collaborative partners, especially when I'm rewarded with a gorgeous gift from Kendra! What a happy Tuesday! Hope you're having a great week!
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