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10.25.2015

THE Military Vest

Hello everyone! So I decided to do something new on this blog and throw in some OOTD. I follow many blogs and sometimes I can't help but think, where the heck do you wear these things to? But to each their own. I know there is  fashion week but don't know much after that.
As for me, I am a regular girl, living a pretty normal life and only dress up when I really need to do something. 80% of the time I am at school living in yoga pants(minus the yoga). So here it goes. 

I bought this military vest YEARS ago at this store called Papaya in Houston and I fell in love with it the  minute I saw it. It is green and studded?! Hello, this has me written all over it. I uploaded 2 pictures because I wanted to show how this can be worn in a variety of ways. Excuse the quality of the pictures, they will get better I promise. I just happen to remember to snap a pic as I am about to walk out the door. 


These have got to be the most perfect jeans for short people like me. I got these at Target last winter on sale. They are supposed to be "ankle" jeans but for someone like me, with short legs, they are the perfect length. I wore this casual look for a movie date with my love. I wanted to look put together but comfy and casual at the same time. Let's talk about my weakness, shoes! I got these at Nordstrom Rack about 2 years ago. They are entirely suede on the outside, wedged and the cutest most comfy shoes I have ever worn. I find that I wear these with EVERYTHING and they still look amazing. It will be a sad day when these things go bad.

Jeans: Target 
Vest: Papaya Clothing
Shirt: Walmart
Shoes: Franco Sarto/ Nordstrom Rack 


This is from yesterday, the hun and I just wanted to do some sight seeing in Detroit, have a nice dinner and maybe some shopping. This outfit managed to keep me comfy and looking nice the whole time. These jeans really surprised me, they are so light and very well fitting. Of course I had to get them hemmed like all my other jeans but it is just something I am used to. We live in a small town in Ohio (small for my standards since I am from Houston) so I beggars can't be choosers as far as shopping goes.

Jeans: Walmart from L.E.I
Vest: Papaya Clothing
Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger/ T.J Max
Shoes: Franco Sarto/ Nordstrom Rack 

I wear my vest as a neutral. I have worn this thing with many different outfits. It is perfect and goes with everything. I highly suggest investing in one. Let me know if ya'll like post like this so I can keep doing them. Of course the pictures will get better.



10.06.2015

Mint Desk

Hello everyone! So for the longest time I have been wanting a mint green desk. I wanted something fun and shiny so I went for it. I am new at this whole thing and I usually stain things or just paint it either white or black so this was pretty fun. 

I bought this desk because I went on a whim and decided I needed a study area. Let's just say it turned into a folding table for laundry.
This is after one coat of primer. Usually, when I do a project I sand the piece before I start messing with it. This not only was my first colorful project but  my first non-sanding project since the piece is laminate. I got brave, the internet said I could do it and of course we all know the internet does not lie (see what I did there? ha!) For the most part, not sanding it first was not that  bad, but it did get a little worse. 




 After 2 coats of the Bullseye - 1-2-3 Plus Primer.

  

The hardest part was picking the color. Everything was way too mint, too green or too blue. I finally decided to go with a $3 sample and it turned out to be the perfect color.


After very lightly sanding the primer and one layer of paint later. When I sanded the primer it started to just peel off!! I instantly regretted my decision to not sand but I just put another coat of primer on it and it turned out great. 



Excuse the bad cell phone pictures but my camera totally gave out on me. It took about 3 coats of paint to achieve the color I wanted and I am in love. I kept the hardware because I was really in love with it, all I did was paint it gold with some spray paint I bought at the dollar store. 



I sealed it with regular poly because I am not going to lie, if you even rubbed it hard enough the paint would chip a little. I have had it for about a month now and it has really held up. No chips or scratches to report and it has now been upgraded from a folding table to an over sized coffee table. 

I was so over the painting and since we were already on the fun train, I decided to do do the same for the drawers. Decoupage. Yep, you read that right. I've never done it before but after watching an episode of "Flea Market Flip" I got brave again. I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some "burlap" print paper. I needed something that I was not really going to need to match up the edges too much since it was my first time. I ended up using 10 sheets on both drawers (I messed up a lot). For it being my first time I don't think I did too bad. 
Using a foam brush I put a little bit of Mod-Podge on the drawer and then brushed a little on the back of the paper. I put the paper down on the drawer smoothed it out with an old membership card and then brushed another layer of glue on top. I just kept repeating and I also made sure to cut the pieces before I put them down. 




In the end I am very happy with the finished piece. I've been using it and putting it through a beating and it has help up good. 


Thank you for stopping by and reading. 








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