Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ripped Boyfriend Jeans, Kimono, & Style Confidence

HEY GORGEOUS!

For as long as I can remember I have loved fashion and style. I get it from my Momma. I've adhered to many trends, others not so much and overall, for the most part, I think I've been good at going with my own style flow. I'm not set on one particular style, I like to switch things up. I can go from a boho-chic/hippie loose fringe top and wide-leg denim to a classy sophisticate blazer and pencil skirt to urban big gold hoop earrings and sneakers all in one week. I'm not sure that I have a unique sense of style or anything, but I believe I have a good sense of style.

When I look in the mirror and I like what I'm wearing, I feel good and I want everyone to feel that way about their own style reflection. Hopefully, the tips and ideas I have can help encourage those who don't feel the same way! :-)




7 WAYS TO HELP DEVELOP CONFIDENCE 
IN YOUR OWN STYLE

1.  Be content with your clothing and style and hair style choices. As long as you're not dressed inappropriately, and are dressed for the occasion, you should be fine.

2.  Wear outfits that are flattering and complimentary to your figure. It's so very true that everything doesn't look right on everybody, however, if you feel beautiful and confident with your muffin top in a midriff bearing top, then great for you :-)

3.  Avoid focusing on other peoples opinions about your fashion choices. I'm not talking about showing skin and dressing like a hoochie, you should always be aware of whether showing breast, belly, and butt is appropriate or not. Personally, I believe it's only appropriate for swimming, and even still I wear a net or crochet cover-up.



3.  It's okay to get ideas from others. Some people aren't style savvy, but still want to look stylish. Google and Pinterest can help with that.

4. Keep in mind that you are not in competition with anyone and you don't need to impress anyone but you.

5.  Counter jealous or envious thoughts of someone else's style with positive compliments. Before you know it jealousy and envy will be a thing of the past! If you see someone in a cute outfit or you like her shoes, go say hi and tell her... "Hi! I'm Britney and I couldn't help but notice, your shoes are so cute!"

Necklace: Forever21 (not sure)
Navy blue tee: JCPenney
Boyfriend jeans: Wet Seal
Kimono: BodyCentral.com
Wedge heels: Charlotte Russe ($8 clearance!)

6.  When you notice yourself mentally comparing yourself to another, counter those thoughts with positive self assurance. During Wednesday night Bible study I usually go to church dressed comfortably in baggy sweat pants and a loose or fitted t-shirt and tennis shoes or cute flip flops. My clothes are in good condition, I'm just completely dressed down. I used to feel a little insecure when I would see someone else in a cute and casual outfit. I would think that maybe I should have dressed in something cute and casual. There was kind of a subliminal sense of competition. I overcame that by reassuring myself that I know that I can dress up and look cute if I wanted to, but I wasn't at church to be cute and focus on what people were wearing. I was there to learn and because services are in the evening I want to be comfortable.

7.  Wear with confidence and embrace your personal style. Whether I'm dressed up or down, I like to walk with my back straight and head forward, feet one in front of the other, almost imitating a models runway walk and I smile at anyone I make eye contact with. Doing all that helps me feel confident and happy.






Sunday, October 26, 2014

My Painting Procrastination Problems {and how I plan to fix them}



When it comes to DIY blog posts majority of the bloggers I follow show projects that are complete and perfected; without blemish. It's a little intimidating for me actually because my projects don't always turn out as planned. I have put off sharing this specific project for months because of the imperfections, however, my husband encouraged me stop worrying about other peoples perfection, be one a kind and share my imperfections. I took his advice. Enjoy!

THE TRIM  AND BASEBOARD PAINTING PROBLEM...

When my 5-year-old son was a baby my son and daughter's rooms were switched, her current room was his and his current room was hers. While the room belonged to m son my husband and me painted it a gorgeous shade of blue. We did not use painters tape and it's still haunting us four and a half years later!


The crown molding...

In February this year, when I repainted the room to the color you see now {HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams Drama Violet} we chose not to use tape because my husband planned to replace the old baseboard with new baseboard to match the newer trim. That didn't happen quick enough so we decided that it would be easier if we just paint over the baseboard, trim, and crown molding since it needed to be painted over anyway to cover the blue paint.

After all this time, we have not yet replaced the baseboard or painted over it, but I promise we will soon! I'm so tired of procrastinating with easy fixes and I want my baby girl's room to be complete so I can show you the whole room.

Paint on the trim around my daughter's closet



THE DESK...

About 3 or 4 months ago I found a gorgeous desk at a thrift store for my daughter and purchased it for $20. It was originally $40, but there was another, bigger, desk for $20. I asked the manager about the price difference and she was so nice that she just let me buy it for the same price as the bigger desk.

Isn't it adorable?

Here's the desk now, under my daughter's loft bunk bed...

Overall, it looks nice from afar.

THE TEDIOUS PROCESS:

1. First, my husband sanded, primed and painted the desk white using a sprayer, along with my son's dresser, I'll make a separate post about my boys, now, blue dresser. We gave it a full 24 hours to dry. Everything went great here. 2. I hand painted the sides of the drawers lime green using Sherwin Williams Lime Rickey, from leftover paint I used on my sons bedroom walls. 3. I painted the front of the drawers the same color as my daughter's bedroom walls per her request. 4. I spray painted the drawer pulls gold using Valspar metallic spray paint. It was a full can I bought at a garage sale for $1 over the summer!



THE PROBLEM:

I did not add a protective finish and it really shows! There are small chipped spots from the drawers sticking to the dresser, making it difficult to pull the drawers out and then when we pulled the drawers out, paint from the dresser would stick onto the drawer, causing the chipped spots. I hope that makes since.



Also, my daughter's {washable} crayon and marker spots aren't easy to wipe up. She draws and colors a lot so it would be nice to have a surface that wipes clean easily.



THE PLAN:
  • I'm going to repaint the top of the dresser and paint over the chipped spots, then seal the entire dresser with Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic Clear Satin. It's an affordable product and has good Amazon reviews. 
  • My husband also suggested I add an acrylic sheet/plexiglass, which is like glass, to the top with 4 small suction pieces underneath the acrylic in each corner of the desk so that she can slide photos and pictures underneath it. So yeah! I just need to get to it, right?


So, after all that, from here on out I will most definitely:
  • USE PAINTERS TAPE
  • SEAL AND PROTECT MY HAND AND SPRAY PAINTED FURNITURE
  • LET EACH PIECE DRY THE LENGTH OF TIME THE PAINT INSTRUCTIONS SUGGESTS
  • AVOID LAZINESS AND PROCRASTINATION AND DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME TO AVOID ISSUES.

I hope you have done and will do better than I did should you take on any painting projects in the future. Thank me later. Lol



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Quick, Easy, and Affordable {$3 plus change} Coupon Organization (VIDEO)

Hi ladies!

I hope your day is going swell!

So, I did something a little different for this post and I really hope you enjoy it! I made a video! I tried photographing the inside of the expanding file envelopes, buuuuut, it wasn't working out to well because I wasn't using my tripod at first. When I set up my tripod I was like, "hey! why not do a video?" Talking to myself and everything. Not really. Maybe I was. I don't remember.

Anyways! I have tried various organizing methods, the most widely known being the big binder with baseball card inserts. I was so excited when I first put my binder together, I made it all pretty. I used it for about a month, then it was history. It was too big and overall, it just wasn't the thing for me. I prefer something more compact.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shopaholic Strategies for Tight Budgets Part 2: {Groceries and All Other Stuff}


If you haven't, you can read Shopaholic Strategies for Tight Budgets Part 1: Clothes and Shoes where I explain my shopping strategies for finding the best deals on clothing and shoes.

"All other stuff" includes, but is not limited to:
  • hygiene (deodorant, lotion, soap, etc.)
  • hair products and supplies
  • nail polish and care items
  • home decor and organizing items
  • electronics 
  • clothing and shoes
  • groceries 
  • home cleaning supplies
  • etc.

My Grocery Shopping Strategies

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mind Right Monday




Ok, so I just noticed (tonight) that the writer at one of the many blogs I read hosts a Monday linkup titled "Mind Right Monday" and I have decided to partake in it. I'm a planner, have been since I was a kid. I love to write down any and everything because if I didn't, I'd be a hot, unorganized, confused mess. Also, I think this will be a great way to hold myself accountable :-)



Basically, what will happen each Monday is, I'm going to list my goals for the week and what I'm grateful for OR I'll have some words of encouragement for readers.

Let's get started!

My goals for the week are to:

  • Finish cleaning my room (Hubby and me switched all the furniture around this weekend and there was a lot of stuff on the dressers. Did I really just admit that?)
  • Plan a Pinterest project to complete next week
  • Wake up before the kids and have a morning prayer each day this week
  • Spend 30 minutes doing healthy movements (because "working out" sounds discouraging)
  • Keep up my water intake
  • Stay on top of of my daily and weekly home blessings (a.k.a. chores. "Home blessings" sounds more encouraging, doesn't it? Thanks Fly Lady!)
  • Have ZJ continue practice writing his full name and the alphabet
  • Plan and prepare games and learning activities for Gabriel to start next week
  • Have the kids recite my telephone number (for the hundredth time... I'm worried they'll forget it)
  • Write a new meal plan for the following two weeks
  • Write a grocery list (check ads and coupons)
  • Finish cleaning off my desk
  • Work on some drafts for Sis. Jessie
  • Buy more washi tape and stickers to beautify my planner

I am oh so grateful for:
  • The health and safety of my family and friends
  • My faith and optimism
  • God's love, grace, and mercy
  • My family's love
  • My wonderful parents
  • My pastor and church family
  • Our home and everything in it
  • My wonderful parents
  • Everything that makes me laugh and smile
  • My husband's employer
  • Financial stability
  • My contentment
  • My thoughts, growth, and health

That's it from me for now! Feel free to share any goals you have for the week and what you're grateful for :-)



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Let's Talk SHOPPING! {Shopaholic Strategies for Tight Budgets Part 1: Clothes and Shoes}


Hey Ladies!

I hope your week is going grrrrreat! Today, I thought it would be fun to talk about... SHOPPING! More specifically, how I shop without breaking the bank. My husband is the only person in our home with a full-time job so we're usually on a strict budget, however, with great money management (which I will get into in another post) and great shopping strategies, we manage quite well :-)

Let's get started!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

May 2014 Color Run 5K- Kansas City, Missouri

Hi Gorgeous!

Soooo, ever since I ran {jogged and walked} my first 5K (Diva Dash 5K) back in March I have been addicted to 5K's! Not only am I getting a great workout, but part of the proceeds are donated to charity. Part of the Color Run proceeds were donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

Here are a few photos from the Diva Dash...

From our spot at the starting line.