Monday, May 15, 2017

DIY: Upcycled Antique Vanity with Metallic Paint



My grandmother's antique vanity has been sitting in my bedroom for quite a long time with a mirror covering the top to hide the imperfections.  Every time I looked at it I kept thinking it needed a face lift.  Originally my father had painted it years ago when I was a teenager.  I have a sort of obsession with taking old meaningful furniture and upcycling with a more modern feel.  Unfortunately, it usually takes me forever to turn my ideas into reality...not going to lie, it took me a few months to finish.  More because I was busy with the kids and needed a longer screw to fit the new pull.  However, this is a really easy project and if you have the time it can probably be accomplished in a weekend.

I'm really excited about this project because it was sentimental and helped pull my bedroom together.  It's also where I spend a lot of time in the morning getting ready so why not make it pretty?!

Here's what I needed:

BEFORE





AFTER





I was very happy with the results!  Just some tips that I learned while tackling this project:

  • I attempted to use my paint sprayer with the metallic paint.  This proved to be difficult because the paint is so thick and even though I thinned it out the spray tended to come out spotty and sloppy.  I've read a few other blogs about using a sprayer with metallic paint and either a professional sprayer was recommended or none at all.
  • I also attempted using a roller.  Modern Masters recommends  using a 1/2" thick nap roller.  I didn't like the way the paint laid on the wood either so I moved a the bristle brush.  This seemed to work the best for me and the brush strokes didn't bother me.
  • For more tips using Modern Masters Metallic Paint here is a link to a Metallic Paint How To blog post.

Happy Upcycling!



Sunday, April 23, 2017

48 hour getaway in South Beach, Miami






Outfit details:  White Maxi Dress (Old - Similar here and here) // Pom Pom Sandals (I made these!  You can see the tutorial here.  If you prefer to purchase I recommend here and budget friendly option here ) // Louis Vuitton Bag //  Rose Gold Aviator Sunglasses (budget friendly here)


Outfit Details:  My bathing suit is from Adore Me (last year).  A review of their service and my suits are here.  Other recommendations similar to this are here and here.

Back in December Joe and I went on a quick trip without the kids to South Beach, Miami!  We do try to go away without the kids every so often.  It's a really great way to reconnect and relax (hard to do with small children :)! I guess you could kind of call this a pre-baby moon since we didn't realize we were pregnant yet, ha!  We had a lot of fun indulging in a mix of relaxation time and dining out at nice restaurants without having to constantly keep an eye on a little one.  Definitely a different experience then what we were used to!

Here's a run down of all the amazing places we visited for atmosphere and food.

Breakfast & Snacks:

  • Front Porch Cafe - This is a really popular place for breakfast so there is usually a wait.  It was well worth it.  The food was excellent and it was located in a less busy area of Ocean Ave.  Casual atmosphere and good eats.  Perfect for breakfast!
  • Sugar Factory, Miami - We happened to be hungry early evening on our first day and decided to pop in here for a late afternoon snack.  There was no shortage of sugary snacks and savory as well.  We opted for some fun drinks and fell in love with the chocolate peanut butter martini!  Yum!

Cocktails:


  • Delano - beautiful atmosphere out back by the garden and pool.  The bar is located in the Delano Beach Club area.  Probably pretty popular during the day.
  • Casa Tua - We really wanted to have dinner here but the reservation situation was difficult.  Friends of ours raved about this place and needless to say it was crazy popular.  We opted for drinks and appetizers just to check it out.  We weren't disappointed.  If you can get reservations (do it in advance) I highly recommend Casa Tua for dinner.
  • Bar Centro - located in SLS South Beach on Collins Ave we stopped in here while waiting for our table at Bazaar by Jose Andres (more about this restaurant below).  The music was pumping and the crowd was a mix of ages.  A really fun place to people watch and have some great drinks.

Dinner:

  • Juvia - this great rooftop restaurant boasted amazing views and top notch food.  The atmosphere was trendy and fun.  Definitely a winner for a date night (vacation) away.
  • The Bazaar by Jose Andres - by far our favorite dinning experience during our quick getaway.  Their menu consisted of small bites combining Spanish and Latin cuisine.  If you enjoy tapas and small bites this place definitely did it right! 

Overall, we had a relaxing time, caught up on sleep & good eats and reconnected with each other!  We couldn't have asked for a better getaway!

If you are getting ready for summer or have planned a fun warm weather vacation coming up here are some items I'm loving!









Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Surprise! A Yankees Themed 40th Birthday Bash & Gender Reveal


Hello!!!!  I'm baaaaaack!  Finally feeling good enough to return to normal operations!  So, for the last few months I've been out of commission....with our 3rd bundle of joy!  Being ill has really put a damper on my days however this is all par for the course with my pregnancies.  I will say, it has been different this time having 2 little boys to keep up with so my energy level doesn't feel the same.  However, I'm happy to say about 18 weeks into pregnancy I'm starting to feel more like myself.  Yay!!

When we found out we were pregnant we wanted to do something fun to announce the gender.  With our first we waited to find out until he was born.  With the second we found out after doing genetic testing so we could talk about it with our son.  And for our 3rd (and probably last) we wanted to really celebrate!

My Husband's 40th birthday was coming up so we thought it would be fun to do a gender reveal surprise with most of our family around!  Since my hubs is a HUGE Yankees fan I settled on a Yankees theme and started collecting items and ideas with my boys.  I think they were pretty excited about the baseball theme also ;).


The centerpieces were made with wide mouth ball mason jars, ribbon, and numbers that were cut out with my cricut exlpore dye cut printer.  The jars were filled with green easter basket grass, soft baseballs, baseball bat pens, and Yankee flags.  I combined that with a picture of my hubby in his younger years and some blue, grey, and white m&m's.


The baseball Chinese lanterns were an easy DIY made from white lanterns and red fabric pen.  I hung them with Command Hooks decorating clips (love that stuff).


The utensils were held in ball mason jars covered in squares of white fabric tied on with string.  I DIY'd the red stitching using a red fabric pen.


The photo board of cute pics of my adorable hubby through the years was made with navy foam board, baseball themed ribbon, mini clothespins, and held together with a glue gun.  Pretty simple but stayed with our Yankee Baseball themed party.

  


The cookies and cake were made by Beascakes in Armonk, NY.  This is one of our favorite bakeries and they never disappoint!


It's a BOY!!!!  

We had so much fun and all our family and friends were totally surprised by the gender reveal!  I definitely recommend doing something fun if you want to reveal your baby's gender, especially if you have other children.  My oldest son really wanted a sister so when my husband cut the cake he said "I think the baker made a mistake"....HA!  He's gotten over the shock and is now pretty excited!

Happy birthday and reveal to my sweet hubby!!




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Easy Mini Gift Basket for Coworker Gifting



I always try to show a little appreciation to my boss and coworkers around the Holidays by giving a small gift.  I've never felt a gift had to be expensive or elaborate but I find something that is thoughtful or well put together is just as appreciated.  This year I was having a hard time figuring out what to get.  In the past I've given or received small candy dishes filled with candy, poinsettia plants, boxes of chocolate, and mugs filled with candy, hot chocolate, or coffee.  I like the idea of food because who doesn't appreciate food?  It's also pretty generic but can be made into something thoughtful.

So what did I do?  First, I put my oldest son to work making caramel chocolate candies.  You can find the recipe I used here.





I bagged up the pretzels in individual small bags.  I then went out and purchased small boxes of chocolate truffles, mini panettone, and 187 mL bottles of sparkling wine.  I took a festive cardboard cookie tray, filled it with red paper crinkle and placed the items inside the tray.  Then I covered with plastic wrap and tied it with a bow. Voila!




This mini gift basket was soooo very easy and my coworkers loved it.  You can always nix the home baking and just add purchased items which makes it even easier.

We had a lot of fun making these mini gift baskets and I had even more fun delivering them to my coworkers!  Happy Holidays everyone!!


  

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Warmest Parka









Outfit Details:  Artizia Talula Parka (Similar here and here) // 

I love warm weather, but I have to say that I'm a huge fan of having 4 different seasons.  It always gives me something to look forward to and living in the New York doesn't disappoint.  It's gotten quite a bit colder so I was able to dig around my closet and almost forgot I had the this amazing Parka.  It is honestly my favorite casual coat because it's so warm and has faux fur lining.  I purchased this Talula Parka from Artizia a couple years ago but I'm linking similar ones here and here.

These Vince Camuto Maleya over the knee boots are simply the best and they are currently on sale!  I replaced a pair of camel color boots that I had worn for many years and after deciding that a simple shoe repair wouldn't do again I splurged on the Vince Camuto OTK boots.  I highly recommend and am linking similar more budget friendly versions here and here.  I've learned to size up at least a half a size in boots in general if I want to wear warmer socks and have a more comfortable instep.

Here are some other Parka's I've had my eye on:



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dress it up with Faux Fur






Outfit Details:  Faux Fur Vest (Size M)  // Faux leather Leggings (Size M)  //  
Black Tunic (Size S - Similar in a blouse here)  

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!!!  I love the holidays!  For me it marks a time of family, reconnecting, great food and wine!  I'm a big believer that the dining table is where great conversations and memories are made.

I decided this year to get a head start on our Christmas cards and the best time to do this was Thanksgiving morning when our boys were already dressed up, have no school, and we are both off from work.  I figured if we were all going to dress up anyway then we might as well take advantage, right?!  Did you notice in one of my photos I almost lost my balance and twisted my ankle?  Note to self, do not wear stilettos on a trail in the woods...Ha!  I'm going to admit that I walked onto the trail in combat boots.

I love faux fur!  Every time I pass faux fur in the store I just want to touch it.  This gray faux fur vest from Target was such a great find!   The price is so reasonable and it can definitely pass for something more expensive.  This faux fur vest from Target is also really cute and currently 40% off!  I bought mine in a Medium because I don't like it to be too snug on my shoulders.  It fit perfectly.  My Spanx faux leather leggings are my new favorite and so comfortable! Budget friendly faux leather leggings can be found here and here.   I purchased mine in Medium because they definitely suck you in and I like to be able to breath.

Here are some other faux vests I'm loving:
Don't be faux, just wear some!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Black is the New Black





Outfit Details:  Cable Knit Beanie // Black Quilted Vest (Similar) // 
Crew Neck Shirt (Similar) //  Belt // Jeans (Similar) // Boots (Similar)

Hi there!  I've been sooo busy lately!  I feel like I have been saying that a lot lately.  I find it hard to keep up with my blogging but I keep telling my husband how great it makes me feel to do something creative outside of my regular job.  Kudos to the bloggers that are able to keep it going!  I'm totally impressed!

We haven't been doing as much on the weekends as the weather starts to get cold.  During the cold weather season we tend to hibernate more on the weekends at home with the exception of going grocery shopping (food is important, right?!) and church (most Sundays ;).  I'm all in when there is a blanket, couch, good book and a cup of tea calling my name!

I wore this all black outfit last weekend when we went out to church and to run our errands.  It was really very comfortable and dressed up enough for both church and running around.  I may or may not have changed out to my sneakers after church...ha!

I love winter hats and this grey cable knit beanie from Uniglo was a quick grab while I was Christmas shopping.  Yes, I started Christmas shopping already but I guarantee you I will still be shopping on Christmas Eve.  I'm kind of obsessed with winter hats.  They are really fun and not to mention keep your head/ears warm.

Here are some of my favorite winter hats:


Stay Cozy!!

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