For all my blogging life ( 2013 on) I have been blogging wherever I can find space. Usually that's either on a counter, the couch or my bed. Which is totally fine, but then pictures and projects of whatever I am working on follow me throughout the house and it just starts taking over. I've been wanting a little blogging/project me space for awhile but our rentals just haven't had the space.
When we moved into our new rental (across the US. literally) our upstairs room gave me a space I could call mine. When I found the desk above and re painted it it was a match made in heaven. Or a match made in my house at least. I found a chair for 5 bucks at the Goodwill and painted it navy to offset the light colors I chose for the desk and presto a blogging space just for me!
Some of my inspirations.
I'm so excited to be able to have a place to leave my laptop, my projects and hopefully plan and find inspiration there. I love my me space! And a sneak peak of a little project I started.....
Hope you all have a wonderful week! Thanks for reading!
You might think of white jeans as a Memorial weekend start date and Labor Day end date. I am here to show and tell you how you can pull off white jeans AFTER that closing Summer holiday. No joke. Seriously.
My jeans are from Old Navy so I linked the two images above to their site. The first ones are destroyed white denim jeans while the bottom ones are just plain. What one to get? Totally depends on what look you're going for or what you're comfortable in. I actually bought the un-destroyed ones, cut off the hem and added a hole for my knee. I'm short (5'3) so the destroyed ones where the knee is already cut out just don't work for me.
Booties, knee boots, over the knee boots, calf boots. Whatever length they are throw those babies on. Boots just scream Fall is here and makes me (at least) think of leaves turning color and crisp Autumn mornings.
I wore all three of these boots for this post. Click on the picture to be taken to the link!
Except in black.
I thrifted my peach/tan booties, but these are similar.
If you're wearing something that is perceived to be a Summer style and wearing it in the Fall/Winter (or visa versa) use other pieces of clothing to show the Season you're dressing for. Using an oversized cardi, jean jacket or anorak to offset that white Summer-y vibe will give the Fall time feel to the overall outfit.
Anorak- Bluefly (On Sale!)
When wearing white in the Summer I normally pair it with a bright or pastel color palette. Some might disagree here, but I think keeping the jewel Fall tones ( burgandy, black, navy, dark gray, deep green etc) will keep the white from looking too Summer-y.
T shirt- Gap old similar here
Cardigan- thrifted (i know) similar here (i looked everywhere for something similar I know its expensive but it's all I found)
Purse- thrifted similar here
Necklace- thrifted similar here
Orange sweater- thrifted similar here and here
Watch- Anne Klein
Bag- thrifted similar here
I will say to keep that nice white color bleach will be your best friend when it comes to wearing white....espeically with kids......and I guess even if you don't have kiddos you'll want to have that gallon by your side. You'll need it! Oh and carry around a Tide pen too. You're jeans will thank you! (and you can thank me later) :)
I love wearing white jeans because it gives a fresh pop of non color that pairs with anything!I love them even more since I am able to keep them in rotation throughout the year!
What about you? Would you wear white after labor day? What do you think about the options I gave? Yay, nay?
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Just a few things on what I've been up to and what I've been doing around the house and with my girls.
White pants. Cut off by yours truly! Making a Fashion Friday post using these!
Taking after her big sissie (and mommy) reading InStyle!
Park time everyday.
This one is starting to make faces just to get people to laugh!
The start of another project!!
No pictures Mom. She does NOT want to be in pictures. EVER!
Rockin a tatt. (it's temporary)
Blanket and her dino. It's all she needs!
Getting so big! I swear since the beginning of Summer she has grown inches!
I found an Aztec sweater!! Bring on the cold weather!
And this little has been babbling and talking and growing like crazy! Life is going well adjusting to a new house and environment has had its challenges, but things are settling down and we're getting into a routine! Our days are filled with parks, walks, projects, eating, thrifting, playing, reading, coloring, cooking, crafting and making a ton of memories in our new home!
One of the funnest things about moving across country is being able to buy new to me furniture. I know not everyone does this, but I was lucky. What's so much fun about it as well is that I got to buy things that are my style. I did a post you can see here about some of my new pieces. I am finally starting to break into my project list of furniture now. First up is a desk for our bedroom where I can craft, sew and blog! I've never had a space like this before and even though it's little I'll take it!
I found a great small desk second hand for $15. Nothing special to look at, but it had a few drawers and two shelves and I saw some great potential in it!
The paint was a horrible yellow brown color, but the desk is real wood and sturdy so I just needed to make it look pretty!
Painting the desk happened at night after the kiddos were tucked away in their beds. So, I don't have any pictures of me actually painting the desk, however, as I was painting I realized I wanted to add a bit of dimension to it so I decided to paint the top and drawers a white! Ooooohhhhhhh! Fancy I know.
Honestly the hardest thing about this whole project was finding the time to paint. I tried it with kids. Let me tell you don't even try with the kiddos. Just wait until you have the "me" time available and then have at it. Everyone will end up in tears (mom and kids) and it's just not worth it. The end project however is worth it....in the end. And I just repeated myself so here it is!
Not bad for $15! I can't wait to get a chair and break the desk in!
I am so excited to have my own little "me" space! Just need to hang a few little fun inspiring pictures or quotes and I'll have a new space to start blogging/crafting from!
If you blog do you have your own little space or do you take your laptop wherever you are at the moment to write your posts? Anything that I should include in my space?
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So if you don't know about The Mom Edit blog (it's one of my favorite blogs) you HAVE to go check them out. They have amazing mommy style, talk about boobs, kids and know that mommy hood isn't all roses and poses. And they talk about it. They are kinda amazing. All of them. There are multiple authors on the blog and it just feels fresh all the time because there are so many voices going into the blog! Anyways I follow them and all their contributing authors on Instagram (@shanachristine is a great one to start with! She is a breast cancer survivor and founder of the blog and her IG is a great place to see her mommy life and style) and Glam Meets Baby has awesome style. Seriously. And her babies are adorable. Anyways long ramblings but she posted this awesome outfit (you can see her post on The Mom Edit here) and as I was drooling reality hit when I clicked on over to the Free People website. The drool was sucked back up (sorry for that visual) and well I thought so long farewell auf wiedersehen good night! (all you Sound of Music fans know what I'm talking about)
^In all its glory
Fast forward to a few days ago as I was browsing the clearance section at TJ Maxx (yes I am a Fashionista) I found a little gem. All of $10 and not exactly the same, but it had the pockets. It was gray. It essentially had the same amazingly cool vibe. And best of all IT FIT!!
So here is my copycat post of what Girl Meets Baby wore and my little $10 spin on it!
Dress-TJ Maxx similar FreePeople or JCrew (sale!!) Topshop
Watch- (gifted from hubby) Ann Klein
Earrings- Forever21 old similar here and here
Clutch- Charlotte Russe (sold out) similar here and here
So much fun to look at these beautiful clothes and fashionable people who put them together! I don't have a ton of money, but I want to be able to show my readers that you don't need a ton of money to wear something that's fashionable! I LOVE the actual Free People dress, but since I know that is not in the cards for me I just look for it in other ways that I can afford! It's fun to copy fashionistas and stay within a budget! I hope this inspires you to find things you love or want whatever your budget is!
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I was garage saling in early July for things to use in our new rental house while out rummaging in peoples unwanted items I came across some shutters. I've seen tons of uses for shutters on Pinterest and since they were free I took one. Looking back I probably should have taken them all. And re done them. And sold them. But I didn't so lesson learned.
These shutters where nasty though. Like had dust all over them and I couldn't tell if they were gray or that was just from sitting in a shed for sometime. So gross. I took a quick shot of the lovely shutter with my phone (low quality) but you get the idea....
Wiped down the whole shutter and that's literally as clean as it was going to get. I decided I wanted a decoration/hanger for the downstairs bathroom. It was a big empty space that needed to be filled with something. I used FoldkArt acrylic paint from JoAnn's in Green Sea and Wicker White.
I love the look of the colors together! Perfect! It kind of reminds me of a shutter on a house by the beach!
Next up I had four lovely knobs that I purchased at Hobby Lobby forever ago that were the perfect shade of creamy white! I needed to use a drill to make the holes for the knobs. I measured out the length and used a pencil to mark where to drill the holes.
No one was hurt in the process and the holes were perfect.( I didn't get any pictures of me actually using the drill because my tripod decided to break and I have to fix it.) After drilling my perfect holes I screwed in the knobs and presto the shutter was ready to hang! I used command strips on the top and sides of the shutter to hang it up. (since we are in a rental the less holes the better)
Love how this turned out!
Millie and Sophia got a hold of the shutter and were playing with the knobs and in the process some of the paint rubbed off. I actually like the distressed look so I went with it. Of course if you're not into the "shabby chic" look you could do a few coats of paint to make sure the paint won't chip off easily.
I am using this in our downstairs bathroom! I have little hand towels hanging from two knobs and I'm going to hang a few eucalyptus branches from the other two knobs to mix it up a bit!
I am so happy with how this turned out and a little surprised how much I really like this as a decoration! Sometimes I see things and think eh that wouldn't look so good in my house and for some reason with this DIY I didn't think it would turn out that great. So glad I was wrong!
Have you thought about using a shutter inside your house? Hope this can give you some inspiration if you see a shutter lying on a table at a garage sale. And it's free. Pick it up and try something new! You might really like it!
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This last weekend we went to Mt. Ranier.(or as Sophia calls it "Mt. Reindeer" I'm thinking she's super excited for Christmas already orrrrrr maybe that's where Santa and the reindeer's live and she's the only one who knows it??) We did a casual family hike and saw beautiful scenery! Both my girls LOVE being outside! Sophia was just in Heaven skipping and shouting and climbing up trees and hillsides. It was a perfect Summer day!
My family is awesome! I just have to brag. All my sibs were there (along with one of my brothers girlfriend and her friend) and we had such a great time together. It's so much fun to spend time with them and make memories!
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On Wednesday I posted about a DIY lace tank (you can see it here) that I FINALLY made after over 1 year of looking at it and trying to find anything that resembles it. Now because I have it I am trying to recreate the look of the total outfit. Here's the picture of what I am trying to accomplish.
I am not a hat person so check that off the list of what I needed for this outfit. Really just some cutoff skinnies, a sweater, awesome platform shoes and that lace tank. I am trying to really take advantage of all the clothes I own and not buy something just for ONE outfit so in my little closet I put some pieces together and this is what I came up with.
I need Fall weather ASAP for this. I know I could just take off the sweater and pair it with a loose t shirt and some sandals, but I am so excited for some crisp Fall days and keeping warm by wearing sweaters I think moving to the Pac NW from FL has got me super excited for Fall. (In FL we have no Fall. It's just super hot and hot) For now though it's still no air conditioning and tanks all day. And all night. (with shorts of course)
Do you ever try to copy outfits? Do you go out to buy the exact pieces or try to translate it into what you already own?
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I pinned this image of an amazing outfit (see below) when I was pregnant with my little Millie. I wanted to wear something like this AFTER I was pregnant.
Okay those shoes are amazing and are no where to be found., however the long lace tank (or whatever it is) caught my eye first. I think it's so pretty and dainty when paired with that sweater(sweatshirt?) and those perfectly rolled up jeans. Some people have an incredible sense of style and this picture to me encompasses that effortless cool chic look, And she's pregnant. Since seeing this outfit I have been looking for a long lace top aaaaaaand have not found anything that attention grabbing. Fast forward now to 1 1/2 years later (holy cow time flies) and I decided to DIY it!
I bought the white tank at Old Navy for $2 and the lace top I found at a thrift store. Isn't that lace ah-mazing?!?
It was two sizes larger than what I normally wear so I had to take the top in before I attached it to the bottom of the Old Navy tank.
I angled the take in since my boot-ay and hips are not straight down like they were in my early 20's (thank you Millie and Sophia) and pinned and sewed it.
I then cut the excess lace off. I turned the tank inside out and pinned the lace 1 inch above the seam on the tank. (hope that's not confusing)
Then I sewed it all around pulling the tank in some places while I stitched it because I had a little extra lace (it wasn't stretchy) to fit around the hippage area.
And bam! You can see that I angled the lace and it's shorter in front than in the back. Also those darts you see on each side of the lace came with the shirt! Since I angled the lace it created the slimming darts all by itself! Woot! Win for me! Anyways once I finished I put together a little outfit that I will share with you on Fashion Fri-yay! Small spoiler alert there will be no hat. I am so not a hat person.
I think this will be a great layering piece for Fall and will add something interesting to my many sweaters, t-shirts and cardigans!
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Renting a house has its pros and cons. It's nice knowing we don't have to worry about fixing things, but it's also NOT nice knowing if we want to spruce things up we can't take it with us. Money would be basically leaving our pocket and we would never get it back. I don't do big projects on rental houses because of that, but I do like spending a small amount of money to update things that make a big impact. Another main concern is the permanence of what I do. For starters. Bathrooms. Those mirrors without any borders. I would love to have something else instead of a clipped bathroom mirror.Just for reference here's ours.....
I would love to have some beautiful vintage looking mirror sitting above my sink, but I do not want to take that oval mirror off the wall, risk it getting broken then mounting another mirror and then we leave the rental. Not worth the effort. I've seen square/rectangle mirrors getting a make over with wood or pallets, but (oh lucky me) mine is oval..
I kept wracking my brain how I could get wood to warp and fit perfectly around the mirror when it hit me. I needed something that could bend all on its own. Duh. Of course then I had to Pinterest my idea to see if someone had done it already (silly me of course it had been done) and here it is.....
Done by the master DIY'er Martha Stewart. I only wanted to do one layer of robe and I didn't want to have that extra rope hang like that, but a rope mirror has been done and it would work perfectly for my sad plain bathroom mirror.
Here's the before again.
So after I measured my mirror I trucked it to Home Depot and bought thick rope. Super cheap at only .64 a yard. I wasn't sure how I was going to mount it on the mirror, until my husband told me to use hot glue. "It'll peel right off!" Right. It would. I used hot glue to stick it on the mirror. Thanks husband!! If you're looking to do something more permanent you could use the cement glue like "Martha the Master" did and it would hold it securely.
I worked by dotting small parts of the mirror with hot glue and then placed the rope directly on the glue. You definitely have to work in small sections and push the rope in place before the hot glue dries. If you don't get it in place fast enough just pull the glue off and re-do the section again. I may or may have figured this out from personal experience.
Once I glued all the way around I used hot glue on both ends and kind of pinched and pushed them together until they stayed up!
It's really hard for me to NOT make permanent changes in our rental homes, but with a little creativity and a lot of DIY you can put your own signature style in your space while you're living there! This is really easy and not expensive at all and better yet NO damage!
I love my new mirror and think it adds some personality to an otherwise boring space. After looking at it a few days though I'm thinking I might want to do a second rope around it, but not sure. What do you think? Should I do another row? Leave me a comment I'd love to know what you think!
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Hi I'm Ruth!
Wife to Manny and Mama to two little spunky girls, Amelia and Sophia. This is my little corner on the internet where I share my style and everyday life as a stay at home Mama.
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