That’s my name, don’t wear it out!

What is that expression from and why did my dad always say it when we were growing up? I’m sure if he ever actually remembers to read my blog he’ll give me the exact reference from which it was taken…that’s right Donald, I’m talking to you! Anyway incase you don’t know,my married name is Rao so when my partner in crime and I saw this little decorative fall branch with three wheat hangy things for super cheap at JoAnn’s we knew it would be a perfect autumnal decorative piece and easy to personalize for my three lettered last name! I simply bought plain thin wooden letters, drew chevrons and polka dots (to make it “trendy” like Ang suggested) with a brown marker, accented with gold glitter because I mean come on, EVERYTHING is better with glitter, and hot glued the letters onto the wheat hangy things (I’m sorry I can’t be more technical, I guess they’re actually mini wreaths?) So here’s the final product, I love the way it turned out and I hope it inspires you to personalize something for your home!



chalk it up!

In a recent post I talked about a sign my dad was helping me make, and here’s the finished product!

Here’s what I did:
1. Pick your desired shape and trace it on a piece of plywood.
2. Using a scroll saw cut out the shape (or have your dad do it) and screw in a yard post to the back then sand the edges.
3. Paint the sign with chalkboard paint. In the past I’ve used the brush on paint but this time I used a spray like this and was much happier with the result; a nice thin even coat and no streaks!
4. Paint the sign post the color of your choice and let it dry.
5. Find your favorite quote or whatever saying you’d like to put on the sign and get inspiration from Pinterest for cool chalkboard lettering and designs to make with a chalk marker. You can use regular chalk but chalk markers are neater, much easier to work with, and last a lot longer (my sign is outside and the chalk is holding up great!)
6. Stick it in the ground, step back, admire your hard work, and wait for the compliments to pour in!

Here’s the full look of my outdoor fall display. Like the little hanging “Rao” sign? Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!


finally fall


Well we’ve finally been getting some cool fall weather here in Florida so I was so excited to wear some fall colors, layers, and even a blazer without sweating to death! A little tip I’ve discovered for elongating your legs? Tan shoes! See how my leg blends with the shoes so that visually they just keep going? Stay tuned for more fall fashions!

Edible Centerpiece, Yes Please!

Presenting the final product of the aforementioned “Dum Dum Topiary” for the girl’s upcoming slumber party. I guess I have to actually let the kids eat it huh? But it’s so pretty! You can make one too, all you need is a styrofoam craft ball (any size you want really but I say bigger is better!), a ridiculously large bag of dum dum lollipops, and some sort of stand (I used my favorite super tall aqua blue candleholder from Hobby Lobby) to place it on.


My sitting room

Every lady needs a quiet spot to do her makeup and think about what she’s going to wear for the day and I am fortunate enough to have a whole room to do it in! This is the view from my vanity table where Raven positions herself to watch me get ready since she can never leave my side. I scored this midcentury couch for $40 at a yard sale, it’s in mint condition and I absolutely love it. My dress form (currently not in use due to sewing procrastination…) is modeling the butcher’s Great Aunt Josie’s vintage fur.

dads are the best


Originally there was a sketch of a shape on this piece of paper but I thought I’d turn it into a little homage to this guy. I decided I wanted to make a chalkboard sign for outside so I went to Lowe’s and got a small piece of plywood, wooden stake, and a can of chalkboard paint. I went to see my dad with a quick sketch of the shape I wanted, thinking he could get to it within the next few days, but 5 minutes later he had his scroll saw out, pencil behind his ear, compass (the kind for geometry not for direction) in hand, and a beer in the other (as well as in the butcher’s who was “supervising” in awe) Within seconds he traced out the shape I wanted and had it cut and the post screwed into the back. I can’t wait to show you the finished product and I couldn’t be more thankful for my dad!!!

What I Wore


Heading to the food truck bazaar with our besties (yes I use that word, it makes me feel like a fish face making, justin bieber loving tween but I like it) and I couldn’t decide what to wear! This Florida “fall” weather is crazy, especially today, it’s warm but there’s a cool breeze and threatening rain. So the humidity factor immediately meant messy bun but the rest was tougher. It’s fall and I want to wear boots and scarves!!!! But it’s really not cool enough so I compromised with a short sleeve Worthington top from JCPenney, one of my lighter scarves from Target, skinny Diva jeans from Old Navy and my favorite brown wedge boots from DSW. I think it turned out pretty well and sort of country chic (the hay helps!)