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Saturday, July 4, 2015

style mix - white on white - summer to fall

Hey friends and Happy 4th of July!  We kicked off our holiday weekend by hosting a garage sale yesterday, which was a fun way to do some much needed purging.  My daughter really got into the whole "selling her old stuff" thing (she even had her own money box - and priced all of her own items to sell), if you follow me on instagram you know what I'm talking about.  ;)   #thatkidishilarious

Anyhow, today I'm popping in to share one of my all time favorite looks for summer - white on white!   

white on white for summer with blue accents
 top - skirt - necklace (similar- super cute!) - heels (similar) - clutch (similar) - watch
As much as I love a pretty dress, I totally dig wearing same color separates.  You just have so many more outfit options for mixing up different looks!  I buy same color seperates a lot when we have special events to attend for this very reason.  I get more wear out of a skirt and top than a cocktail dress.   

And white on white for the summer is just so fresh and clean.  Plus you can go totally neutral with the accessories or have some fun with pops of color!

white on white - pop of blue and blush

One of my fav colors to add to white in the summer is blue.  That combination just screams summer to me. 

I'm slightly obsessed with the cut of this skirt.  It's all party in the front; business in the back.  ;)  It's an easy one to dress up or down.......and it has pockets which I love.  Some online reviewers weren't happy about the wrinkling situation with this skirt, but it doesn't bother me in the least.  I personally think it adds to the laid back, casual vibe.  :)  

white on white with blue and blush for summer

I bought this blush leather clutch a couple of years ago at TJMaxx and I've found that the color goes with so much.  It's a fun one to bring out on a date night.  

white on white for summer

While I love white on white in the summer, I equally love it in the fall.  White basically goes with everything so it's easy to change the accessories to create a whole new look.  I know "the rules" are no white after after Labor Day but I think rules were made to be broken.

white on white for fall - denim jacket,  boots, hat
hat - jacket - top - skirt - boots (similar) - necklace (Stella and Dot) - watch
white on white - jean jacket - cowboy boots - brixton hat

I found these vintage cowboy boots at local shop, Street Scene.  That is hands down one of my favorite local shops for vintage goodies for both my wardrobe and home.  But while they carry lots of vintage amazingness, they also carry some new goods as well...........

white on white for fall jewelry.  They carry vintage and new jewelry.  Years ago when I stumbled across this lucite bow ring I flipped.  *And local friends I think they have a pink/blush version in the store now. *

lucite bow ring

So if you're a Lexington local be sure to keep Street Scene on your radar as they are always bringing in new lines as well as selling fab vintage stuff.  In fact, if you follow me on instagram you know they recently started selling Brixton hats, which are my fav for head gear. 

white on white for fall - brixton tiller hat

I hope you all have a fab Fourth of July weekend with your friends and family!  As always these posts aren't intended to make you feel like you need to buy something new but rather to hopefully inspire you try some new things with what you already have.  But, I have to say this weekend is one heck of time to add some good staples to your wardrobe as the sales are CRAZY GOOD!  

The white top pictured above (has limited sizing left so I also included a similar one) and the white skirt are both on sale with an extra 50% off with code BRGOBIG - which makes this skirt a steal at $25!  Plus it comes in black and red too!  (I may need the red one!)  ;)   The denim jacket is 40% off with code GOLDMINE

Have a great one friends!  I'll be back next week with some exciting news!

Photography by Sarah Grashel Photography
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

kids bathroom makeover story

Continuing on with the room makeover stories (get caught up here: entry, family/living, officekitchen, dining,  master bathroom, master bedroom, screened porch, patio, basement) I'm sharing the upstairs hall bath that my kiddos as well as guests share when they come for a visit.  Right off the bat one of the things I liked about this bathroom, knowing that it would be a shared bathroom, was that there was a door separating the shower/commode area from the vanity.  This is so great, in my opinion, for a shared bathroom to allow for privacy without having to give up the whole bathroom.  So one of my kiddos can be taking a shower while the other is brushing their teeth and there's no arguing over who gets the bathroom first.  #atleastinanidealworld

But while the layout of the bathroom was great, the overall look was in need of a refresh.  

Here's where we started.  This was shortly after move-in day.  

bathroom makeover before

This bathroom space isn't too large and boasts just one small window, so the dark color on the walls wasn't exactly doing it any favors.  While the previous homeowners had given the oak vanity a facelift with some white paint, this vanity had seen better days.  My kiddos broke the top drawer (which was just stapled on) in like the first week of living here.  #ofcoursetheydid  And while I know that brass is back, the gold hardware read a little too dated for this space. 

I concocted a plan to lighten and brighten this bathroom keeping it classic and neutral with a little pop of color.  The idea was to give it a good foundation that decor-wise would allow me to change the look just by changing the accessories.  So, I visited the bathroom department over at Lowe's and had the old vanity ripped out and a custom vanity installed. 

I chose brushed nickel hardware after falling in love with this light fixture (Allen + Roth brand from Lowe's).  When they ripped out the old vanity I had them remove the mirror, so that I could tile the wall from the vanity to the ceiling.  It was a surprisingly simple diy (my first major tile project!) that brought in some major wow factor in this bathroom.  

Click here to see how I solved the little issue I was having where the tile meets the counter top.  

As you can see from the above photo I also painted the walls a much lighter color - Olympic Moonstone Grey which is also the color I used on the walls in both of my kids bedrooms.  It's a great neutral grey.  I carried the color to the ceiling as well.  I also added in beadboard wallpaper, hung horizontally for a fun twist on a classic.  Then I finished her off with some moulding and lots of towel hooks (which are so much easier for kids to use as opposed to a towel bar!).  

But enough with the talky-talky, here's how the bathroom is looking now. 

kids bathroom makeover
elephant art from Pier 1 
kids bathroom makeover

kids bathroom makeover

The color story for this bathroom was inspired by the map of Kauai I brought home from our vacation.  I found an old window at Restore and used it to "frame" the map.  I really do believe design is in the details and nothing makes me happier than spaces that have things in them that make them personal.  This map brings back such wonderful memories of one of the best family vacations we've ever experienced. 

using an old  window as a picture frame - large map

 kids bathroom makeover

kid bathroom makeover

Shower curtain is from Target.  The window shade was a diy involving a hot glue gun.  #whossurprised #noone

kid bathroom makeover

So that's the kids bathroom makeover story in a nutshell.  In reality it took years to get from point A to point B but that's par for the course around here.  #slowestdesignbloggereever  But things take time and that's a-okay with me!   The fun, at least in my opinion, is in the process.  She says after is't all done.  ;) 

I've got some super fun big news to share very soon - pinch me - but I have a few more posts planned to share first.....then the big announcement!    And NO - I am not pregnant.  ;)   

Saturday, June 27, 2015

saturday style mix - summer chambray casual

Hey friends and happy Saturday!  The hubs and I snuck off for a quick weekend trip (without the kiddos!).  It's been so nice to have some uninterrupted time together.  I'm really excited to tell you all about our trip.  But for now let's talk about this simple summer casual look I packed in my weekender bag.

I really dig chambray.  I think it's basically the perfect neutral for every season.  I'm a little embarrassed to tell you all how many chambray shirts I own.  #hoardermuch  But I didn't have a chambray skirt, SO I totally flipped over this one......... that has pockets!  I also love me a comfy t-shirt.......especially one with special details that jazz it up just a little.  Add in a fun straw tote and comfy flats, and I'm one happy summer weekending girl!

casual summer style - white & chambray

I am slightly obsessed with this straw tote.  It's the perfect size for a Saturday morning trip to the farmer's market as it basically doubles as a shopping bag because it's so large.  It's also great for a pool or beach bag, and I love that it has a little pocket inside so my phone and keys don't get lost in the abyss of junk I carry around in my bag.  Plus how fun is the tassel?!  (and how great is the sale price?!) 

straw tote, fedora & white crochet tee

I love me a fun heel or wedge, but whenever there is lots of walking to be done I opt for the comfort of a great flat.  I've been wearing these new cute comfies a ton!  They're easy to slip on and walk around for hours, and they basically go with everything.  

casual summer style - white & chambray
tassel necklace - Stella & Dot

casual summer style - white & chambray
lucite bow ring found at local Lexington shop - Street Scene
A weekend trip away with just my man is definitely a luxury I don't take for granted.  I get a little over excited about having some one on one time.  It's just so fun to go exploring and adventuring together! 

I like packing easy to wear clothes for a weekend getaway.  Comfy, casual and totally practical doesn't have to be plain or boring.  Thank goodness right?!  This simple summer uniform is basically perfect for a day of walking the streets and perusing shops while holding your favorite guys hand.  

Are you a chambray lover too?  

*Photos by the amazing Sarah Grashel Photography, follow her on Facebook here

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