Sunday, July 5, 2015

OOTD with Kellogg's Freebie, Sephora Haul, DSW find, and Thrift Haul

My Outfit of the Day (OOTD) from thrifted and sale finds!   Thrifted skirt $5, Thrifted Banana Republic shirt $3.75, H&M grey heels ~$35, and Amrita Singh necklace from Rue La La $40 = $83.75 for the complete outfit.  I call this look Three Shades of Grey or Gradient Grey :)

I also got three free tote bags from Kellogg's Family Rewards (no longer available).

My Sephora haul included:

  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Serum - it looks like it's not going to be carried by Sephora anymore.  I found a couple more in the Sephora in a JCPenney for $30.
  • Buxom Full-On Lip Stick in Havana
  • Formula X Electrics in Danger Zone
  • Sephora Mixed Metals Baked Eye and Face Palette
  • Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red
  • Boscia Restorative Night Moisture Cream
  • Samples of: Benefit's POREprofessional, GlamGlow YouthMud TingleExfoliate Treatment, Murad Acne Clearing Solution, and Marc Jacobs Mod Noir
I'm most excited about my DSW find!  I had a $35 gift card from my birthday and a $10 credit from the store so I got a brand spanking new pair of Coach shoes for $25!!!!

And a small thrift haul :)
  • Kitty t-shirt $0.75
  • Grey cardigan from Banana Republic $1.50
  • Geometric skirt from Ann Taylor Loft $4.55
  • Plate $3
  • Tissue box cover $5.25
If you would like to see all this great finds check out my video here: OOTD Sephora and Thrift Haul

Summer 2015 Fashion Trends Thrift Haul 6-21-15

Welcome back!  I picked up a few more things from the thrift store.  You can see what everything looks like HERE

Green khaki pants by Banana Republic $3 (retails around $90)
Geometric khaki maxi dress by Solitaire $11.25 (retails around $50)
Blue jeans by The Limited $2.25 (retails around $80)
Grey jeans by Jones New York $1.50 (retails around $70)
Black jeans by White House Black Market $11.25 (retails around $85)
Blue and White stripped tank by Aeropostale $5.25 (retails around $25-40)
Black and Silver Striped shirt (no brand tag) $3.75
Black Cardigan by (at work so I don't know the brand) $1.50
Black with White Stripe Cardigan by Delia's $3.75 (no website)
Black with White Draping Shirt by Christine Gerard $2.25 (retails around $20)
Polka Dot Shirt by By & By $3 (retails around $46)
Grey asymmetrical shirt by Banana Republic $3.75 (retails around $55-80)
Zig Zag shirt by Rue 21 $2.25 (retails around $13)
Geometric Scarves $2.25 each

Total spent $70 for 18 items retailing around $600.  Steal of the Day: green khaki pants by Banana Republic

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Summer 2015 Trends Thrift Haul

Here's the  Vogue Paris / France  link with this summer's trends.  If you haven't checked out the video of my haul you can watch it here: Summer Trends Thrift Haul

White lace top by White House Black Market $3 (retails around $50+)
Grey lace top by Velvet (by Graham and Spencer) $3 (retails around $55)
Seafoam lace top by Aeropostale $3 (retails around $20)
Nautical blue top by Joseph A $3 (retails around $60)
Teal top by New York & co $2 (retails for $23)
Gold sparkle top by Coolwear $5 (couldn't find retail)
Silver tunic by Express $7 (retail about $50)
Black metallic skirt by The Limited $7 (retails $50-$70)
Sheer polka dot top by Pleione $10 (retails around $78)
Grey camisole by Lady Hathaway $2 (retails around $7.50)
Black knit top by August Silk $2 (retails around $22)
Black mesh top by Joe Fresh $7 (retails around $30)
Bold red top by Elementz $3 (retails around $15)
Red sweater by Ann Taylor Loft $3 (retails around $50-$60)
Gold mesh sweater by Forever 21 $2 (retails around $20-$25)
Grey pinstripe skirt (no brand) $5 (this appears to be part of a suit so about $40 for the skirt)
Grey cardigan by The Limited $2 (retails around $60-$70)
Love t-shirt by Zenana Outfitters $3 (retails around $14)

Total spent $78 for 18 items retailing around $650.  Steal of the Day: grey cardigan by The Limited

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Getting Ready for Halloween!

I'm not a Halloween super fan.  My parents didn't let us trick-or-treat and there's few kids in the neighborhood today...but there's something about the coming of fall that makes me want to pull the skeletons out of the closet.  I'm especially looking forward to the Book of Life.  It brings a beautiful love story to life while teaching about the Day of the Dead.  So I think this years theme is chosen!  Now I just need to find real sugar skulls.

Friday, August 8, 2014

My Favorite Splurge

I love my Brother CS600i so much that I bought it twice!  I taught myself to sew (with the help of a couple youtube videos and calls to my mom) on this machine.  I never knew how wonderful it was until I tried sewing on other machines.

The first thing I made was a skirt.  This is one of the easiest things to make because skirts are generally 1 or 2 pieces (for a simple skirt).  I even made it with an invisible zipper.  To be honest, I had to rip out the seams once or twice in order for the zipper to look good, but that was due to my lack of experience.  Brother includes a zipper foot with the machine that makes it so easy!

Next I tackled a dress.  And then pants!  Whoa, pants are a lot harder.  You have to get the fit right and that overlaying flap is difficult to get right when your a newbie.  But buttons are a cinch.  The Brother CS6000i has an automatic button hole feature that is the best thing since sliced bread.  I didn't know how difficult button holes were to make until I tried to do it on another machine.

Why did I use another machine, you ask?  Well I had moved to the UK and loved my Brother so much I took it with me in the hopes it would work with a currency converter.   NOPE!  So I figured I would just get a cheap replacement that would work.  (I had to make my bridesmaid dress for a wedding I was going to be in.)  And that's where all the stark contrasts became apparent.  Brother has so many options, is so easy to use, and makes sewing fun!  When I moved back to the US I had to get another one to replace the one I broke.

It's got 60 stitches to choose from for making clothes, stuffed animals, quilts or whatever your heart desires.  It also comes with 9 different foot attachments - some I haven't even tried yet!  It's not industrial strength, but for all your home needs, this Brother has you covered.

Check it out!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The War Begins

I've decided to finally tackle my landscape after having devoted nearly all my energy to renovating the interior.  The embarrassment and apologies to guests have tipped the scales in favor of action.  I started with an easy project...street numbers!  Here's the before and after:

This is from both sides of my driveway to showcase the best and worst of the transformation.  I'll give some tips on how to make yours look even better.  You will need: spray paint, tape (masking or similar), newspaper, measuring tape, contact paper, pen, and a small paintbrush.

Step 1:  Pick a style!  The top frame reflects the usual method of using stencils (hence the connecting lines that run through the numbers).  These can generally be found in home improvement stores or superstores.  I decided to get crafty and make my own numbers.

Step 1B:  I printed numbers off my computer at size 500 using American Typewriter Condensed Bold font. Choose any font that tickles your fancy and check the sizing against your current numbers.  Trace the numbers backwards on the paper side of the contact paper and cut out.  I used clear paper, but a color or design will show up better for checking placement. Contact paper provides close contact with the concrete and reduces the amount of touch-up needed afterwards.  

Step 2:  As with all painting, you want to make sure the object is clean so paint doesn't flake off.  I used a broom to remove grass and pebbles from the area and then a soft bristled dust brush to get off fine dirt.

Step 3: Tape off the desired area.  Measure the width of the numbers and add an inch for each space between numbers and the edges.  Mine ended up around 18 inches which was a little larger than the original.  Leave an inch above and below the number's height for the border to stand out.  I used masking tape, but blue painters tape or packing tape would probably work as well...duct tape might be a wee bit too sticky.  Tape the newspaper down ALL the way around.  Those white dribbles at the bottom are because I did not.  :P  The newspaper protects the surrounding area, especially if you get spray happy or it's a little windy (don't try this if it's really windy!).  I ended up barefoot because I had to use my shoes to keep the newspaper down in the wind.

Step 4: Spray paint the base layer the color you want the numbers to show.  I used RustOleum's "Heirloom White", which is more of an off-white than standard white, in a satin finish.  I think it makes the numbers stand out and looks more attractive.  Follow the directions on the spray paint regarding how long to let it dry before adding another layer.  You could do a second base layer, but I skipped it.

Were you wondering where step 1A was?  Here it is!  Step 1A:  Start in the morning to mid-afternoon so you don't have to remove all the newspaper when it gets dark and re-do it the next day like I did.

Step 5:  Here's where the contact paper choice comes into play.  With my clear numbers, it was hard to tell if they were straight and the spacing looked right, therefore I ended up with a slightly tilted "2".  Use the tape measure to distance numbers an inch apart and check the top of the numbers are aligned.  Stand back and check it out.  My contact paper was forgiving so if something doesn't look right you should be able to take it off and try again.  Make sure you press it down well when you're happy so you have less to touch up later.

Step 6: Spray paint the top coat.  I used RustOleum's "Canyon Black" in a satin finish.  Let it dry and remove the tape, newspaper, and numbers.  Voila!  If a little top paint got on the numbers use a cheap, small paintbrush to do touch ups.  I still need to do this and plan on spraying into the paint can cap and dabbing the paint up from there.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Moosewood's Tunisian Vegetable Stew

Moosewood Cooks at Home has one of my favorite dishes of all time.  This stew has no meat, but is  filling because of the protein-laden chickpeas.  I'm generally not the biggest fan of veggies, but the tomato base and spices make this a dish I dig into.  As soon as you add the cinnamon you know the ingredients are all pulling together.  I've copied the recipe below from the International Vegetarian Union.  I leave out the raisins, but I don't doubt it's a great addition.  Some additional time simmering might be necessary and you will need a large pot to hold it all in.  I've previously substituted chicken stock for veggie stock when I don't have it on hand since I'm not a vegetarian.

Tunisian Vegetable Stew
from: Asha Dornfest 

1 1/2 c. thinly sliced onions(from Moosewood Cooks at Home)
  • 1/4 c. vegie stock
  • 3 c. thinly sliced cabbage
  • dash of salt
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander (has a mild, nutty taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (adds golden color)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 28-oz can undrained chopped tomatoes
  • 1 16-oz can cooked chick peas/garbanzo beans
  • 1/3 cup raisins or currants (optional, but very good)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Saute onions in stock for 5 minutes.Add cabbage, sprinkle with salt, saute for another 5 min.
Add bell pepper and spices to skillet, saute another minute.
Stir in tomatoes, chick peas and raisins, simmer covered for 15 minutes till vegies are tender.
Add lemon juice and salt to taste.
Serve on top of rice, couscous or other grain.