Monday, November 25, 2013

{That Girl With The Fur}

One of my birthday presents was this fur vest. It's an understatement to say that I'm obsessed! I want to wear it all the time. And for the price...can't beat it! 

I'm also in love with these $27 black strappy stunners. Nothing like a pair of black heels to make you feel super sexy. And read that right...$27. And these are another favorite of mine too! And ya'll, the quality it there...they are good shoes! 

Fur Vest: H&M
Jeans: Loft {50%}
White Blouse: Loft{no long available in white}
Heels: Windsor {$27}
Necklace: Loft

If necessary...just add some leopard flats! These were another birthday gift. Actually...these flats and my vest were my main birthday gifts! 

Flats: Madewell

I'm wondering how appropriate a fur vest is to teach preschoolers in...I might have to find out. 

Do you have "that piece" that you want to wear all the time? Let me know! I'd love to hear! 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

{Mr. Shelf Is Ready For Thanksgiving}

I typically go all out with fall decorations, but this year I was just not feeling it. 

We've been so busy with the basement and work {Holidays = mayhem for a preschool teacher!} 

So decorating wasn't really even on my radar! 

But this week I knew I needed to put up a little something to make it feel like Thanksgiving, so I dressed up our pretty shelves to get our house ready for Turkey Day! 

You may remember that back in February, Wendel made me some shelves for our dining room. 

I've been able to dress them up a few times, and I love how these offer a little bit of festiveness, without feeling overdone.'s our Thanksgiving decor! 

White Pumpkin: Hobby Lobby
Turkey Tea Light: Crate & Barrel
Apothecary Jar: Home Goods
"Thankful" Printable
Wreath: Michaels {recent}
Root Beer Bottles: Home Goods {I soaked off the labels}

I also totally failed to show you our Halloween shelf here it is! 

Halloween Sign: Martha Stewart via Michael's
Spiders: Martha Stewart via Michael's
Owl: Michael's
Robin: Hobby Lobby
Picture Frame: Target
Bat Tea Light: Sur La Table 
Boo: Hobby Lobby
Apothecary Jar: Home Goods

Here are the shelves that I've done so far! 

Have a great weekend! I'll be back on Monday with a basement update! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

{Hello There}

I picked up this sweater from Old Navy and I'm in love! 

Sweater: Old Navy {can't find online}
Jeans: Loft
Boots: Target
Clutch: DSW
Earrings: Target
Watch: Fossil 

I hope everyone has a fabulous Friday and a fun weekend!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

{A Little Lilac}

I got this sweater from Target last week and it was a steal! It was on sale, I had a $10 off coupon, and a 15% off from Cartwheel {Target's new couponing app that is amazing!} I was super excited to snag it! 

I bought it a size big to wear it slouchy, and it was literally the most comfortable outfit ever! 

Jeans: Loft
Sweater: Target {in stores now; similar here}
Necklace: Loft
Boots: DSW {similar}
Bag: TJ Maxx
Hat: Holiday Market {similar at Target}

Just got this hat and I'm a tad obsessed! The perfect bad hair day hat! 

Happy Wednesday!!! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

{Basement: The Beginning}

This is very, very overdue, but I'm so excited to start sharing the progression of our basement renovation! 

I did a little recap a few weeks ago...and I'm finally getting to the point where I can update again :) 

Let me start with a little reminder of what the house looked like in 2010 when we bought the house! 

Orange paneling is an obvious option...right? 

So when we bought the house, we did quick fixes. We painted the paneling, had new carpet installed, and painted the fireplace. 

Made a big difference, but we had big plans for the area! 

So what exactly was our vision? 

Our goal was to make a super usable space, but also get the most out of this area. 

We will probably have two kids in this home, which will mean all of our bedrooms will be full of people. So our goal was to make a space downstairs for our desk and/or a bed in case we have guests. 

So this was our Lelia' best professional illustration :) 

It doesn't get any more professional...right? 

But pretty much our vision is to create a room with french doors {to get the light shining through} for a guest bedroom {slash office down the road} 

We also want to paint the fireplace white, and install some built-ins for our TV and some pretties. 

But before all of this could happen, we needed to demo. 

We hired a contractor to do the drywall {and skim over that popcorn ceiling}...but to save mucho bucks, we demoed ourselves! 

And I'll admit it...I kind of loved it! 

Here is where our bar used to be...

The bathroom where the vanity used to be {which got a bit messy due to some cutting into pipes along the way...oops :) 

Then it came time do some framing. 

We had this closet under our steps, but we decided to frame that out so that this room would have a closet. I'm excited to get creative in there sometime!

Then before we knew it, they were getting dry wall up super fast! It was incredible! 


We couldn't get to our basement for a week straight. Which meant we couldn't get to our garage. Which mean we couldn't get to our laundry. So we had to go outside, and out back, to do laundry. First world problems...right? 

Then came time for all of the so much skimming! It took almost a week of skimming, then drying. Skimming, then drying. 

But then it was time for paint...but you'll have to wait for that!