Tuesday, February 26, 2013

what i wore: coral & mint {and my thoughts on blogging}

Sunday we had a brief change in the weather, the rain and clouds disappeared and let the sun shine for a bit.

I am beyond obsessed with coral and mint.

Any shade of coral with mint has me smitten.

 flower crown: DIY // necklace: carolineg. // top: forever21 // skinnies: target // flats: nine west via crossroads

I have a confession: I have really had a hard time wanting to blog lately.  The blogging world seems to be going towards giveaways and sponorships.  I have only been blogging since 2009 but I've been reading blogs for much longer. I fell in love with the blogging world because it was an amazing place to be inspired and learn about others. 

I found my voice reading blogs and writing here at this little place. I would have never met my friend Steph had it not been for blogging and thus I would still be lost here in Norfolk and would not have the amazing job that I have.  Blogging has been such a theraputic outlet for me and has given me something to focus on when the military has had our life all over the place. 

When I am feeling uninspired or need a reminder about following my dreams I turn to the blogging world. When my twitter and blog roll feed are bombarded with giveaways it kinda makes me sad. 

I get doing sponsored posts for brands you love, trust or believe in, but I also think you can do that in an authentic way if you do them more than a few times a month. I do sponsored posts sometimes so I am not saying I am against them. I am saying I still want to hear your voice when I read the post. I come to a blog to read about the bloggers ideas, thoughts etc.  I rarely read posts that promote their sponsors, I am more likely to read a guest post by their sponsor. 

I am trying to be more open to the change in blogging, but I have to admit I miss the way it used to be. 

the hubs always seem to capture me laughing and looking crazy ;)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

DIY Flower Crown

When the flower crown first became the "it" thing a while a go I was not really a fan. We all know I love a good headband, but I just couldn't get on board with the flower crown.

Until now. 

I saw this tutorial and fell in love. 

I didn't want to spend a bunch of money on silk flowers at the craft store so I told myself I would check out the thrift store and see if I found any flowers worthy of my latest project. 

I hit the jackpot of silk flowers at my favorite thrift store. The big pile on the left was $1.99 and the coral cluster of flowers on the right was a 99 cents! I had the rest of the supplies on hand so I spent $3 and have already made two flower crowns and have enough for a third! 

Step 1: Unravel a few yards of the floral wire.  I then folded it in half and measured it around my head. I left it a bit loose to allow room for the flowers and then wrapped the remaining ends of the wire around the circle I had made. 

Step 2: Cut the flowers off the cluster {I used the wire cutting part of my pliars} and leave a bit of stem {I think I left about 2 inches for each}. I arranged them around the wire crown before I attached them to make sure I liked the placement. Because I didn't do a full circle crown I started from the middle and worked my way back.

Step 3: I used the floral wire to wrap the stem of the flower around the wire crown. I then laid the next flower on top to cover the stem of the previous flower and wrapped that stem. I did two flowers on the left and then two flowers on the right to make sure I was keeping the flowers centered. 

Step 4: After attaching the front four flowers I made sure to stop and adjust the shape of the wire crown. It looked a bit wonky at this point and I was tempted to start over. I used a few small pieces of floral wire to make the four attached flowers more secure. I then kept adding one flower to each side until I liked the look of the crown. I ended up stopping just before my ears. 

Step 5: I made sure to reshape the crown one more time. I also made sure to secure any part of each flower that seemed loose. There really is no specific way to arrange or attach your flowers, any way you want to do them is perfect.  {This would also be a good time to use the glue gun to secure the base of the flower to the stems if they are loose, totally optional.}

Step 6: I used some pretty floral fabric I got in my December LoveClub box to wrap all the wire.  I think it was about a yard long and an inch thick. I started at the end of one side of the flowers, wrapped the stem and continued to wrap towards the back {the uncovered floral wire} and then weaved the fabric through the flowers and around the wire crown and ended back where I started. {it would also be pretty to use a scrap of a vintage sheet or a vintage lace.}

{I feel like that was the worst detailed description ever! Hopefully you understand.}

I need to find a vintage dress at the thrift store so I can rock this flower crown in the spring when it is warmer than 40 degrees here in Virginia. I am thinking a bit of lace and cream colored. Add my cowboy boots and we are set! 

link ups:

DIY Show Off

I Heart Nap Time

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Valentine's Day Gifts under $25

This year I have embraced Valentine's Day more than I ever have.  A few days ago I spent way too long on Etsy and found some super cute gift ideas for under $25. Total Score!

Source: etsy.com via Jenelle on Pinterest

This print from Happy Tail Prints is beyond adorable, I need this big time! They have tons of different breeds and would a perfect gift for a dog lover.
Source: etsy.com via Jenelle on Pinterest

I love everything from Sand and Starfish, this clutch is no exception. I am loving the gorgeous lilac colors 

Source: etsy.com via Jenelle on Pinterest

This fox coffee cuff is perfect for the hipster coffee drinker, or anyone who likes cute stuff! 

Source: etsy.com via Jenelle on Pinterest

chalkboard wine charms, enough said! 

Source: etsy.com via Jenelle on Pinterest

Nautical zippered ruffled pouch from Marine Parents, you had me at the stripes!

I am head over heels for this phone case.

Source: etsy.com via Jenelle on Pinterest

oh my heavens, this bag is freakin amazing!

Source: etsy.com via Jenelle on Pinterest

i love these hair ties so much! they don't leave a kink and don't destroy my hair!

// i have pinned all these items here, please repin the items from my board or click on the link I have under each picture. i want to be sure to give these handmade artisans proper credit //

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentine's Day Date Night Outfit

Last night Scott and I celebrated Valentine's Day early since next week he will be gone. We went to one of my favorite places to eat, The Cheesecake Factory.  We realized the last time we ate there was last February when I went to Rhode Island to visit him while he was injured at OCS. So much has happened in the last year. 

We also got to talking about our struggle with starting a family. I am realizing more and more my purpose here on earth is to use my voice to share my struggle about infertility. Using my voice to help share the issue of infertility and how it affects military families has helped me to be more at peace with our struggle and inability to conceive. 

Yesterday I quickly realized that even if I don't win the Navy Spouse of the Year award I have already started a movement and I know I will make a difference. 

necklace: H&M {similar from Carolineg} // top: Style & Co // black skinnies: Rizzo from my first Stitchfix Box {sign up here} // shoes: pink & pepper // bag: vintage Coach, thrifted

I bought this shirt and shoes two weeks ago while in San Diego. We stopped in the Marine Corps Exchange for a quick shopping trip and I am not officially obsessed with both items! This top was perfect for our V-day date night.

coat: Target // scarf: Francesca's

A Royal Daughter

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Please Vote for me as Navy Spouse of the Year

Hi Friends-

Today is the day to vote for Branch winners for the Military Spouse of the Year award. I would be so honored if you could take a minute and cast your vote. You can read more about my goals if I am selected to be the Navy Spouse of the Year: to help other military families find the support and resources they need to deal with infertility and adoption. 

Please vote here 

Monday, February 4, 2013

quick & easy nightstand makeover {hello $8 DIY!}

Back in November I finally got around to re-doing our hand me down nightstands. We've had them since 2010 so they took me a while, ha! These nightstands belonged to my parents when I was in high school, they became my sisters when I was in college and back in 2010 when she moved to Washington state they became mine. 

The makeover was beyond easy. I bought a can of spray paint primer and 2 cans of a light grey.  I used painters tape to over the bottom handle and removed the base to the light. The entire process took maybe a few hours. It was a fairly warm fall day so they dried pretty fast. 

I have to admit I did have some help from Scott, he used to spend a lot of time repainting plane parts and thus he is pretty good with a can of paint. 

For about $8 these tables look brand new and will probably last us for a long time! {The only thing I did when we first inherited them was replace the lamp shades, which were $15 each.}

My parents were in town this past week and they both couldn't believe those were the same nighstands they used over 10 years ago.

Tomorrow{FEB 5th} is voting day for Navy Spouse of the Year, I would love it if you took a minute and cast your vote.

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