DWYS: 2

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Shirt: Old Navy, Chambray

Leopard Belt: Kohls

Shorts: Ann Taylor LOFT (love em so much I also own the denim!)

Coral Earrings: Target

Don’t let a low budget keep you down!! Some Target, Kohls, and Old Navy finds put together with purpose can stand beside the J Crew ensembles any day!

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Pretty for Pennies

I love decorating & a good project!

College has created a lot of opportunity for some low level interior design! New rooms the last 2 years = so much fun!!! My freshman year, it was such a special time, money wasn’t such an issue. However, when I decided to move into a house for my Sophomore year and hardly wanted to reuse any of my same stuff, finding budget friendly finds was a must!!

Let me take you on a tour of my current room & show you where I was able to cut the cost without cutting corners!

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Our living room

This may have been my favorite find last summer! After weeks of craigslist watching and shopping around, I found this couch! It was quite a gem for the price… drum roll please… I paid $52 for this baby!

Abbington Consignment in Collierville had it in their back room. It was listed at just between $75 & $100 and I thought, “well, it will get good use, let’s do it!” When I let the sweet lady there know I wanted to make it mine, she shared the little secret with me that for every month an item stays in their store, it is 10% off! That brought us to $52 and a great addition to our college living room- It has served us well!

The patterned pillow and tan throws are Walmart finds- just $6.00 each! I rounded out the “unneccessary fluffiness” 😉 with 2 soft blue pillows from TJ Maxx- $9 for the pair!

My roommates moved in before I did, and we hadn’t thought into how cold tile would be for our toes! So I set out for a fun, but affordable rug before heading to Starkville. Tuesday Morning served me well… $59! A little more than I would think a rug is worth, but it turns out they go for way more than that!

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My room- A collaboration

My room turned out better than I could have asked! The size is perfect… I really wanted to be able to use my loveseat.

The patterned curtains are Target- Threshold Ferrah Fretwork- I waited months for them to go on sale and I think spent $19.

The lamps I found at Dirt Cheap in Starkville (Target brand). I started with two of the lamp you see on the right- bought them for $5/piece. They were white, shiny, and shadeless, but I knew they could be improved. I covered them in textured brown spray paint and adorned them with Target shades. The day of move in, one of them took a dive for the drive way and shattered! I’ve learned to love the mismatched look now. (I forgive you, Dad ;))

Under the lamps, nightstands handmade by my dad and I with scrap wood we had laying around- FREE! They were inspired by these lovelies on Pinterest. They are the exact same design; I just chose to leave the wood raw. May paint them someday!

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The white sheets on my bed are also Target-Fieldcrest, purchased at dirt cheap. I think the entire set was $10- I’m telling you, that place is like a gold mine.

Shams were West Elm SUPER SALE! They would have cost an arm AND a leg if it weren’t for the sale… That place doesn’t get my money often!

Two throw pillows here are both Pier One! (Thanks Mom!)

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Another favorite find, the love seat. Throughout my search for a couch, I thought how fun it would be to have a small sitting area in my room for friends, coffee and quiet time, or just chilling! After looking at day beds, chairs, benches, etc, I had pretty much decided there just wasn’t money to include that.

One Friday, Mitchell and I headed to an estate sale (stil looking for a couch) and found this! It was in great condition and they were only asking $25!! I thought it would go great with all the white and brown I had already incorporated- had to have it!185928_10151018912053759_1759079055_n

This antique wardrobe was given to me by the greatest family friend ever. I just love the look of it… the storage space and full length mirror make it 10x better! The free price tag is always nice too 😉

Don’t waste your money just for a pretty room!

Be patient (who am I to give that advice?!), look around everywhere you go, see the character/potential in items, and don’t be afraid to DIY!

Happy Friday, friends!

Heritage Red

A few months ago, after seeing a need for affordable rental homes in Collierville, my parents bought a house!

While checking it out, I saw a random old desk in the shed. It was pushed into the back corner adorned with lots of random junk so I only saw a quick glance of the front of it, but I knew I had to have it!

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The previous owner left it there & my parents said it was all mine! Months passed…. and finally this weekend we went to get it!

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It turned out even better than I remembered or expected! It is especially deep (atleast 3 feet!!) which makes for lots of workspace. Also, it is made of oak… great quality. And so heavy!!

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My dad and I picked up 3 bottles of spray paint from Home Depot in “Heritage Red” and immediately got to sprucing this baby up!

[This method known as the “impatient-must-complete-project-today” version. Always my first choice!]

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We chose “Heritage Red” to avoid the bright, stop sign red while still matching this part of my room

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A good coat and a couple hours in the sun left me with
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A new/old desk I absolutely adore

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that matches my $25 loveseat perfectly!

I can hardly wait to introduce them!! (The loveseat is in Starkville/Desk in Collierville) Come on May!!

 

Creating the Perfect Curl, March 2012

This technique will create a really versatile style (as you can see below!) you can wear anywhere/anytime!

Hope you enjoy! Give me some time as I get more used to iMovie and time in front of the camera too 😉

I’m just thankful my hair hasn’t ended up like this yet!! YIKES!

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How’s your Sunday? Hopefully restful!

I’m working on a desk before & after to show you once I’m back in Stark~ Its TO cute!

From That Thrift Shop Down The Road

thrift-shop-576x360As soon as I saw the Thrift Shop Challenge Young House Love was featuring I knew it was for me! I have become a thrift shopping maniac in the past year! I designed my room with tons and tons of thrift shop, consignment, and estate sale purchases! And as always, some Target sale items too 😉

But just in the past two weeks have I realized the amazing CLOTHES I can find to add to the collection! Today I set out for Dirt Cheap with my roommates & ended up with  some awesome stuff to share with you guys!

Just $20.00 as the challenge says bought me alll this!

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Left// Sonoma Sweater $2.40 (Originally Kohls $40.00)
Middle// Merona Half Zip Tunic $1.00 (Originally Target)
Bikini// Tommy Bahama $3.50 (Originally $95.00)
Right// Merona Wrap Sweater $1.00 (Originally Target)
Tan Curtains over closet// $5.00 (purchased preciously)

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Throw Pillow// $5.00 (Originally Target $24.99)
Notebook//$4.00 (Also Target)

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So now.. I may not be “wearing your grandpa’s clothes”… but I am wearing some new clothes for $6.90. I’d call that pretty thrifty!

The brown Merona sweater even had its debut at Corey Smith last night- I’ll have to share some of Mitchell’s pics of him! I EVEN GOT TO MEET HIM!!!

TGIF! Try your hand at getting thrifty this weekend with just $20.00 in your pocket!

DWYS: one

If I have one message for those tight on money/struggling with a budget…

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Bloggers — feel free to join in & link back here!!

The last thing you want to do when you are stressed out with money (or anything!) is show it all over your body. That little extra effort into your clothing can turn your whole day or even outlook around. (I know, I know… practice what you preach ;) A fresh outfit and 10 extra minutes on your hair or makeup can add that extra little confidence in your life.

We don’t all have hundreds of dollars to throw into an outfit we may only wear once… but we can usually find a few dollars every now and then. I put this outfit together on the cheap! It works for me. It shows a little bit about me and lets me express myself. I threw it on yesterday, spruced up my makeup, and felt way better all in just 7ish minutes. yes- I mean it!

I can’t wait to wear this easy ensemble for a dinner out during spring break in 10 days– but whos counting?!

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20130225-DSC_8548Dress: Rue 21, purchased at Dirt Cheap in Starkville, $10.00

Belt: Gap, purchased on sale, $5.54

3/4 length sleeve Jacket: Old Navy, a few years old (I think about $15)

Earrings: Frock in Starkville, $8.00

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BIG THANKS to JML photography for saving ya’ll from terrible iPhone in the mirror style photos!!

Check him out at his blog!20130225-DSC_8519I hope I can inspire your budgetting ladies- just occasionally, throw the ratty yoga pants in the corner & get dressed for yourself!! Then, later, put em back on. 😉  Nobody puts baby in the corner.

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My Daily Makeup Routine, Feb 2012

The only difference from the video is that I have been using Clinique High Impact Waterproof in Black!

Keep an eye out~ I will be selling Mary Kay soon and you may find you want to add or replace part of your routine!

Jumpin’ on the HIIT train!

After class today, despite the TERRIBLE weather… (45 degrees felt like 20!) I felt a strange urge to hit the gym!

Once in a lifetime 😉 so I went with it telling myself I only had to stay 20 minutes! When I got there I had my body fat measured out of curiosity then I jumped on the elliptical to start some HIIT!

High Intensity Interval Training is the next hottest fitness trend behind Cross Fit. If you’ve been anywhere near Pinterest lately, you know that everyone’s been all over this trend!

HIIT definition from wikipedia: an enhanced form of interval training, an exercise strategy alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. HIIT is a form of cardiovascular exercise. Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 7–20 minutes. These short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning

I created my own (combining elliptical and treadmill) for a hot and SUPER sweaty twenty minutes!

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Try it for yourself~ It leaves you feeling so alive!! I got my heart rate up to 188- goes to show how out of shape in shape I am. ha ha! This 20 minute workout burned a total of 201 calories for just 1.7 miles!

Now that my appetite is ready to roar, I’ve got tilapia in the oven!!