23 December 2014

Fashion post - Stepping outside my comfort zone

You guys, it's almost Christmas!! Are you all ready? It's been strangely warm around the PNW lately. Like, I've been able to leave the house during the days without a jacket, and have been just fine. I kinda like it!

Today I'm popping in to show you a new outfit I got recently. I tend to get really comfortable in a certain style of clothing, as do most people, I'm guessing! I am usually a leggings & tunic type of girl. Sometimes I will throw on a pair of jeans, and a sweater. But mostly, I just wear what's comfortable.

Lately, though, I've been trying to step outside my comfort zone a little and buy pieces that are still comfortable, but different & unique to the other things I have in my closet.

The first time I ever even thought twice about this style of pant, was when I was at Type-A Conference this past September. I saw several ladies wearing them, and as I was sitting there in my jeans and the button was digging into my belly -- I kept thinking how fashionable these pants looked, but also, how comfortable they would be to wear! Especially for long periods of time. But really, I'm kind of curvier girl, and I wasn't sure that I could pull them off.

But back in October, I got gutsy and tried on a few pairs. I posted a picture on Instagram of myself in a dressing room, trying on this pair of pants. I got an overwhelming response from my friends to BUY THEM! And so, I did. Thanks guys!

Also, don't make fun of me for wearing sunglasses. Although, it's not sunny, it was bright outside from the white overcast clouds, so I was super squinty if I didn't have these on. ;-)

Black Top: Target 
Scarf: gifted to me
Pants: Fred Meyer

If I'm being totally honest, I've only worn them once since I got them. I'm still not really that confident with how they look on me. I still question whether or not I should be wearing a patterned-style pant. But there's no denying that they are definitely easy to wear, I don't feel confined or restricted when I'm wearing them.

Another huge battle I have, is shoes. I feel a bit like a fish out of water when I'm trying to pair shoes with outfits. The advise I got from people about shoes on this outfit, was to get a pair of black flats, so, I did. And I think they go really well with the outfit! They are super versatile and very comfortable to walk in! And the best part, is that they don't hurt my heels like a lot of other flats I have.

*I was provided this pair of shoes in exchange for my review, but all opinions are my own.

I feel like flats are my go-to shoes these days, because running around after kids... who has time for heels?! 

Do you tend to get stuck in your comfort zone when it comes to fashion? How often do you try different styles?

18 December 2014

Dresser Renovation - Before & After

You probably don't remember, but a while ago, I posted a picture of a dresser that I got on Craigslist. The plan was to make my own chalk paint and refinish the dresser for our bedroom. But I kinda have a habit of getting really gung-ho about a project and starting it right away, and then leaving it for months unfinished. Just ask my Husband, it's a problem. lol.

But I finallllly finished it. Well, I shouldn't say it's finished, because I have some touch-ups I need to do. But it's done, for the most part! I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, I think. I go back and forth on whether I like the color I chose. But eh, at the end of the day, I'm just glad I finished it!

 I get real lazy with refinishing things, I don't like sanding things down and all the prep work that goes along with it. But recently I read all about chalk paint, and how well it covers pretty much any surface or material, with almost no prep work. Hallelujah! Seriously, right?

So I used some latex paint I already had at home. It's called Dolphin Fin (by Behr), and mixed up some of my own chalk paint! 

This isn't so much a tutorial, but I will run you through the quick basics! :) 

  • Latex paint (color of your choice)
  • Plastic paint buckets
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Stir sticks
  • Plastic measuring cups (don't reuse for food)
  • Cool water
  • Paste Wax

Mix 1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup of cool water. Keep stirring until smooth. Add 1 cup of latex paint and mix thoroughly! 

This recipe will make enough paint to cover a large dresser (like the one above). One thing about chalk paint is that you really aren't supposed to store & reuse it. So if you need a smaller amount for a smaller project, cut recipe down, but keep the proportions the same.

After I applied the chalk paint and let it dry completely, I used Minwax Finishing Wax Paste to finish and seal the project. There are a lot of fabulous tutorials online to get more in depth details about this process! 

Lastly, I lightly spray painted the handles white. But made sure not to cover them entirely, so that I could achieve a distressed look.

And Viola! Now all I need to do is get the big huge mirror I saw at Ikea and hang it above the dresser and it'll be done! What do you think of the end result??

16 December 2014

The Santa Picture Experience - 2014

As usual, things have been busy!! I'll admit that at the beginning of the month, I wasn't really feeling the whole Christmas thing. My Husband basically called me a scrooge and told me to shape up. So, the past week or two, I've been trying to really get into it a little more. So I did a little more decorating, hopped online and did some shopping for the kids, decorated Christmas cookies and planned our outing to see Santa Claus. 

It was always a tradition for my sister & I to get Santa pictures when we were growing up. So I sort of just passed that right along to my kids. I know that the whole Santa thing isn't the real reason for the season, and I don't intend on raising my kids to believe that. But it's still fun, none-the-less.

Two years ago, Bennett threw a fit and cried during the Santa pics, which is to be expected. Last year, Easton was whiny, and Bennett started crying again, so I got in the photo with them and they calmed down just fine and we actually ended up with some cute smiles. 

But this year, I decided that no matter what, I wasn't going to get in the picture. So bring on the tears and tantrums.

I got the kiddos dressed and made sure to include Santa in our conversation that morning. I let them know that we were going to be going to visit him, and that if they could sit on his lap for a picture if they wanted. I definitely played it up, putting emphasis on the candy cane they would receive afterward. ;-)

They were in super good moods before we left, so I was hoping that meant it was going to be a good day with Santa.

We went and picked up my Mom first, and then headed to the mall. We walked right up, no lines at all, which helped, I think. They waved and said hello to Santa. They were a bit apprehensive at first, to actually walk up to him. But I led them up and they were greeted by the sweetest Santa ever. Real beard, folks. That's always a plus. 

I plopped Easton down on his lap, then nestled Bennett on the arm of the chair and viola. No tears, no tantrums. I was shocked to be honest. My kids wouldn't even approach the Disney Characters at Disneyland, so I fully expected them to make a scene for Santa photos. But, nope. They were champs. 

And here it is. How cute is this Santa? And my kids? ;-)

Until next year! :-)

10 December 2014

Oh What Fun It Is... To Win $1000!!!

Tis the season you guys!!! I have joined more giveaways in the past 2 months, than I have in the entire year I think. But Christmas gets me in the mood to give, give, give. Can't help it!

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