Furniture Remodeling

I’ve always known that painting calms my nerves (even if I’m not very good at it), and last year realized how much I enjoy remodeling furniture. Last summer I took a rusted, metal, garden table decoration, and re-sanded and re-painted it. Not only was it relaxing to me, but the piece turned out rather well. Recently, I have been working on two rusted metal tables – the one is complete, while I am having trouble with the other table because the paint is much too thin.

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What do you do to de-stress?

Top Shop

I was just at TOPSHOP (Kate Moss’s clothing store) for the first time ever, and I have to say I liked a lot of the designs. The designs are very modern and even a tad edgy, and the British influence is very apparent. Here are some of my favorite pieces.

TOPSHOP, Multi Animal Print Insert Colour Block Tee

The actual top I saw in the store had a black top-half instead of the peach color shown here. I was instantly attracted to this shirt. Animal prints are just my style, and what I love about this tee is that the top-half is made out of a mesh see through type of material. This makes it a little fancier.

TOPSHOP, Black Straw Twist Lock Bag

What a cute bag! This is the perfect little cross body bag for the summer. The straw material gives it more of a summer feel, while the leather trim and twist lock make it rather chic.

TOPSHOP, JOELLE Camel Peep Toe Court Shoe

I love how simple yet classy these shoes are, and the color is beautiful. I’m a huge fan of browns, tans, and camel colors. Peep toes are great for the summer when you need to dress a little fancier, but still show off that pedicure.

New York Apology

I must apologize that my updates have been so few lately. I have been traveling between three cities, interviewing for jobs. Currently I am in NYC awaiting a second interview (fingers crossed!). Here are a few pictures I’ve taken while visiting.

Pretty view from the subway.

Old architecture on the Upper West Side.

Beautiful doorway architecture.

Close-up of doorway architecture.

Some interesting outfits.

British Hat Tradition

If any of you watched the Royal wedding, or saw the pictures of it online afterwards, you must have noticed all the hats that the English wore to the grand event. I seem to have an obsession with anything British (especially after falling in love with the country years ago from a short visit), and this hat tradition fascinates me. I did a little research to find out why the hat-craze is so popular, and while I couldn’t find a direct answer, I found some interesting tid-bits.

-The tradition goes back many many years when women had to wear hats to churches, and continue to do so today.

-Hats are mostly worn to the “poshest” (I know this probably is not a word) English weddings and social events. At these weddings, the royals will be seen wearing hats as well as the direct family of the couple.

Here are some photos of this years Derby race hats, which took place in Epsom, England.

Princess Kate and Prince William

Queen Elizabeth

Princess Beatrice

Examiner.com

Hello Friends! I have just been accepted as a Philadelphia Fashion Budget Examiner, on examiner.com. I am so excited about this new opportunity and wanted to share it with all of you. Here’s a link to my Examiner page. If anyone has an interest in writing for the Examiner, do feel free to ask me questions. Hope you are all enjoying the summer and staying cool in this heat. You know it’s hot when my little pup doesn’t even bury himself under the covers at night (that is among his favorite things to do).

Russ Trying To Keep Cool

New Finds

My mom and I seem to have an obsession with T.J. Maxx/Marshall’s. Honestly, where can you get better deals?! We went shopping the other day, but since I am on a budget once again, I didn’t buy anything, just browsed (I know, very hard to believe). Look at these fun new finds.

T.J. Maxx, Fashionista Cookie Cutters, $4.99

Now I’m about as un-domestic as it gets – really, don’t ask me to cook or clean because you’ll end up having to do it all over again – but these are adorable! They are cookie cutters made especially for a “fashionista.” The cookie cutter shapes include, a dress, a shirt, a bag, and a diamond ring. Right up my alley.

T.J. Maxx, Wooden Candle, $12.99

This is a really nice coffee table decoration, especially with the “going green” trend. The candle holder is made out of bits of wood, and all the candles are a simple white. Of course you could buy different colored tea lights and use those as well.

T.J. Maxx, "Flyaway" Top, $12.99

“Flyaway” (for lack of a better term) tops, are the trend in summer fashion. I wasn’t sure what I thought of this at first, but now I think I’m starting to like these types of tops. The baggier the better this summer, and really it makes for a more comfortable day. What I love about this top, is the material is a sort of mesh/light sweater material.

Banana Selling on eBay

It is my ultimate dream and goal to own a little boutique one day, but alas I do not have the proper funds to do so (not yet!). I have been selling books on half.com for quite some time now, but wanted to start selling clothing as well. Since I am a self-proclaimed (and friend and family proclaimed) shopaholic, I often either a) wear the clothing I buy once or twice b) don’t wear the clothing at all (or even take the tags off) or c) have my “favorite” pieces which I wear over and over again. Many times I end up just giving my clothes away, so yesterday I put my first item of clothing up on eBay. Here it is!

Ebay, Banana Republic, Front of Silk Dress, $20.00

Ebay, Banana Republic, Back of Silk Dress, $20.00

Click here to see the dress as it is listed on eBay.

eBay buyers and sellers, any suggestions?

Spread Your Love

I read about the Spread Your Love Project, over at Fresh Out Of Lemons and thought it was such a great idea, that I jumped at the chance to participate myself.

I love myself.
Three simple words, that unfortunately in today’s world are seldom heard.
We are always trying to fix those little problems that we think are wrong with us rather than embracing what the universe has blessed us with.
You should love yourself whether you are tall or short, or thick or thin…
remember that you are beautiful.
 
To help spread this message and help every woman realize her true beauty
Victoria of Garden of Eden Designs and Lindsay of Scenic Glory,
are asking you  (fellow bloggers, designers, crafters, and writers)
to come together and share why you love their-selves.
We as a community should show that all shapes and sizes are beautiful.
It is our spirits that should shine through.


So here we go…I love…

Yes. You read that correctly – my devil brow. I was born with an eyebrow that sticks up on one side. My friends and family have joked for years that it is my “devil brow.” Legend has it, that while my mom was pregnant with me, she got electrocuted from changing a lightbulb. Hence the devil brow!

Sofa Shopping

My friend and I went sofa shopping the other day, since she is moving into a new apartment and needs a new addition to the family room. We visited many stores including Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, The Container Store, and of course made a little pit-stop at LOFT. I really love this type of shopping – it’s so much fun looking at different designs, colors, and materials, and the way different pieces are laid out in the store to compliment each other. I’ve always thought I’d be a great interior designer. ;) Afterwards, we headed over to a cupcake store for a little treat. Here are a few of my favorites from our little shopping venture.

Crate and Barrel

I loved the simplicity to these decorations – perfect for a summer home near the beach.

Crate and Barrel

A few years back, I worked at a furniture store that sold pieces with these types of designs. It’s a little hard to see, but the design is of birds and branches. My friend Felicia wasn’t keen on this print, but I thought it was interesting. This is the type of piece I would use to add some contrast in a room.

Crate and Barrel

Felicia and I both loved this comforter. We are both big purple fans, and this is such a vibrant and pretty purple.

Crate and Barrel

Hello Manhattan! I love this look for a stylish, comfy, little apartment in the city. Black and White photographs are my favorite, and the flower in the picture is an orchid, which is by far my favorite flower.

Post Shopping Treat

What’s NOT to love about all these cupcakes?!

Do you have any suggestions for where Felicia could find a stylish yet affordable sofa?