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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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!

The Dotted Poppy on ETSY

I adore ETSY! Their vintage stuff is unmatchable.. and the handmade items- even better! I have ordered everything from towel wraps to monogrammed iphone stickers on this site!

My latest find is a sweet shop called THE DOTTED POPPY. It is all handmade & affordable jewelry! You’ve got to check it out for yourself HERE!

She happens to be The Small Things Blog author’s mom!! Hardly ever do I follow a link from a popular blog like that and find something cheap that I happen to love!!

I was so excited when I saw her London earrings & thought I would love them even more with simply silver. I sent one message and within hours she had messaged back saying she could absolutely do that- what a pleasant seller to do business with!

Only two days after placing my custom order I received these beautiful earrings I just cannot wait to wear!

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Tonight we have plans for the Corey Smith concert at Ricks! I’m so thrilled- I’ve listened to his music since about 7th grade. But even more exciting is that Mitchell has a press pass to photograph him! Have a taste of this Georgia boy’s tunes…

Come tomorrow morning, I am headed home to Collierville for the weekend for the 3rd annual Mr. Collierville (a guys pageant/competition Mitchell and I started a couple years ago!) and family time! I simply can’t wait. Check back here for some fun posts on Las Delicias guacamole, our first try at Kale Chips, and some thrift store finds!

Happy Thursday! & Go check out the Dotted Poppy!

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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Are You Happy?

Have you ever met that lovely new invention called one click check out on Amazon.com? Its terribly amazing. As well as amazing terrible for my checking account.

While I was on campus today, I found a green slip in my PO box meaning I had received a package! yay! I assumed it was a book I ordered on Amazon. Moments later I had the following between my hands:

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Yes, it is a book. It is indeed from Amazon. But remember that one click checkout thing? I had no recollection of ordering… (although I do remember considering it). I probably couldn’t have even jogged my memory with an interrogation from my mom sounding somewhat like, “What did you spend $4.63 on?”

I was incredibly excited though! And I think Buddha was right (on one thing) in saying, When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

I feel like I am just in a learning stage in my life. I am learning a lot about myself. I learn constantly in Mrs. Knight’s Intro to Communication class; even learned I may want to minor in Communication. I’m learning more about God, how incredible He is, and all that that encompasses. I’m learning to cook more. I’m learning to love vegetables. And as soon as I started reading the cover of this book, I knew I was going to learn  a lot more.

Just a few small excerpts/phrases from what I read today as soon as I cracked the spine. [The Happiness Project by: Gretchen Rubin] Take a second with each of these to just let them sink in:

  • –“there is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.” -Robert Louis Stevenson
  • –I find greater value in what specific individuals tell me worked for them than in any other kind of argument- and that’s true even when we seem to have nothing in common.
  • –I was in danger of wasting my life.
  • –I had everything I could possibly want- yet I was failing to appreciate it. Bogged down in petty complaints and passing crises, weary of struggling with my own nature, I too often failed to comprehend the splendor of what I had.
  • –people teach what they need to learn
  • –the opposite of happiness, is unhappiness, not depression
  • –what you do everyday matters more than what you do once in a while (this was all to convicting!!)

Can you relate to this? To not being as happy as you should be or want to be? For some maybe not happy at all?

Especially as she says,”One of my worst qualities is my insatiable need for credit; I always want the gold star, the recognition,” Gretchen Rubin encompasses so perfectly my search for thank yous after giving gifts, my love of the oohs and ahhhs when I redecorate.

In all of this, I am simply saying that “I am happy- but I’m not as happy as I should be. I have such a good life, I want to appreciate it more- and live up to it better. It is hard to explain. I complain to much, I get annoyed more than I should.” I haven’t been living to my full potential or being happy in my day to day, seemingly pointless routine. Through reading this I hope to find that something extra… enjoyment in the little things. But, of course, I will never reach that without keeping my focus wholeheartedly on the Giver of true happiness.

HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO LIVE PURE LIVES, WHO FOLLOW THE LORD’S TEACHINGS. HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO KEEP HIS RULES, WHO OBEY HIM WITH THEIR WHOLE HEARTS.

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For a little happy in your day check this out….

What an incredible thing.. that not only is He constant, but He promises to never forsake us. Forsake meaning to give up. He will never give up on us, no matter what. He is only good. Oh to bask in that realization.

COMING NEXT IS A FASHION POST!

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!

Memories in a Jar: The Most Precious Kind

My parents joke at the fact that as a kid I was constantly caught mid-mischief.

It was quite typical that I would sit in the bathtub… chin covered in fluffy “Mr. Bubble” bubbles… hands raised about chest height… shampoo bottle in hand.. upside. down. I guess I can blame my love for new beauty products for that one. I learned at a young age that when the bottle empties, Mom runs to Walmart (the grocery spot for 1990s moms and college kids in Starkville with no Target ;)) to replenish it. I guess I learned along the way, after lots of punishment for “wasting” (hey- at least the unused shampoo created more bubbles on its way to the drain) that you could indeed simply push the current bottle of hair care back in the closet with all the towels and other misfit products and buy new… that was until the college budget hit the scene!

Anyways, one shampoo near and dear to my heart, I know… weird right? But it holds so many memories: people, places, smiles, not to mention its undeniably phenomenal smell…
has been reintroduced in Walmart and maybe many more stores…

No kidding. It made my day to discover this. I truly have searched shelves on and off for years to find my all time favorite product. Herbal Essences Smooth & Shiny Collections; even given to us in the old bottles and all their glory. This girl is thrilled.

{It is said that smells are the brains way of etching childhood memories into the brain!}
Goodbye new fangled fru-fru Herbal Essences….
It’s back to the basics. Vintage is in… right?
 
                                                                                             WIth love,