Black and white and red all over


You know I can’t resist a black and white outfit with a red lip! So when I saw this B&W color blocked Emma&Michele dress at Ross for a whopping $8 clearance, I HAD to take it home with me!
Dress- Emma & Michele
Heels- Steve Madden
Pinup Stockings- Dillard’s
Red Lips- BareMinerals marvelous moxie gloss in “Lucky for you”


DIY hair accessory on the cheap!

Even though little girls can’t get much cuter, an adorable hair accessory is always a nice touch. But why spend like five bucks on ONE when you could spend a DOLLAR for four?! Target (or other stores too I’m sure) have these little bags of four felt flower gift toppers. Add some hot glue and a bobby pin (or metal barrette for thicker hair types, or hey go to heck with yourself, even a headband!) and you’ve got a darling and CHEAP hair accessory! The best part? When they inevitably use it you won’t be adding up the dollars lost in your head, you’ll be grabbing the glue gun to make some more! It’s also a great project for the girls to help with!

beauty school blowout (you see what I did there?!)

Well I got my “hairs did” (insert southern accent) today. As much as I absolutely love my stylist Aaron, the local beauty school was running a special; $15 for shampoo, conditioning treatment, cut, & blow dry, so I just couldn’t pass that up?! The weather is chilly and no chance of rain so it will be a perfect weekend for straight hair! If you live locally you should check out the school, yet another perk of the villages! Here’s the link. My stylist, Lauren, was a very sweet girl. She was a little timid which is I guess to be expected after only 5 months of experience. But she assured me she knew how to do curly hair. (I was still skeptical, having heard this many times before with disastrous results) So she cut and styled my hair, checking frequently with her instructors as we went along, and asking me questions about my hair, my life, and of course, my blog! (After I told her about it obviously) I would have liked a little more extensive shampoo, I felt like she barely touched my scalp, like she was afraid to get in there. And then with the flat iron the trepidation returned, she was afraid to get too close to my face. So if I could give her any piece of cliche advice it would just be “go for it!” and “own it!” Overall I was very happy with my blowout and will return next time they run another special. Here’s my before and after!


DIY monogram wreath


Well today’s the day, my nana is making the big move from Oklahoma to Florida. She is elderly and ill and has been in a nursing home there. But my vigilant and ever patient mother finally was able to find a home here in Florida that would take her. It’s very pretty and clean as nursing homes go but quite drab. So I decided to spruce up her room a little with her favorite color, purple. I got her a beautiful plush blanket, some throw pillows, an apothecary jar full of candy and some picture frames with old and new pics of her family. But I wanted to make something that would add a cute personal touch and thought a little wreath for her door would be the perfect touch. You’ll have to forgive me I forgot to take before shots to show you step by step but I assure you, it’s super easy and you don’t need them.

Here’s what you’ll need…

1 foam wreath form
Roll of burlap
A few straight pins
Hot glue gun
Decorative pieces i.e. flowers, trinkets, wooden letter, etc.

Take the burlap and pin one end to the foam then begin to tightly wrap it around the wreath making sure it’s snug and evenly spaced. Randomly place straight pins as you go to secure it. When you get to the end cut the burlap & trim any frayed ends, then hot glue the end piece for a seamless finish. Then hot glue whatever you’d like on it for decoration; I used a wooden “H” (my nana’s name is Hope) and covered it in colorful scrap paper. The silk flower I simply cut the stem off except for a short stump, cut a small hole in the burlap and stuck the stump into the foam to secure it. Then I hot glued little paper flowers on top of that and the letter to finish it off. You can tie a ribbon at the top to hang it or simply put it on a hook. Can’t get much easier than that for a cute personal gift!