Sunday, July 28, 2013

Meet my cousin, Stacey London.

Eek!  My 20th class reunion is right around the corner and I haven't a thing to wear!  How does one small town, artsy, farm chick do it up right in the wardrobe department?  She seeks out fashionista help from her always-has-it-together cousin, Aly, of course!  {and to be clear, I have no relation to the actual Stacey London, but oh how I wish that I did}

Aly knows me pretty darn well.  That combined with her trendy fashion sense and she came up with a knock-out game plan for what I should wear.  Via social media.  Yep.  We're hours away from each other, so to schedule a girls shopping day to pick out the magic was out of the question.  We relied on Facebook messages, Pinterest images & picture texts straight from the dressing room!

I gave some of you quite a giggle when I posted this picture of me - critique scribble all over it. 

{meh} maxi dress
{oh so comfy} t-shirt dress
my issue with this one... i hate my legs.  what part do you try to {hide}?

80% off taupe halter with gold chain
i will let you in on a secret... i did take this piece home, but not for my reunion.  at under $6 it was a no-brainer.
dress it up or dress it down and another {winner} in the comfy department
ok... so i really liked this top, but was afraid it said {mom on the go}
what do you think?
sweater halter... again, meh.

So, the outfit isn't completely put together yet, but I wanted to share the journey thus far.  I will most definitely post a PART 2 to this saga.  Any guesses as to which outfit won out?  Only accessories left to buy and I'll be ready! 
But a girl can't spend a day at the mall {alooooone} with out shoe shopping, too, right?  I mean, I {had} to look for silver pumps for my sister's upcoming wedding sometime.  *wink*

i found these simply smashing sparkly babies at Aldo.  {love}
my checking account did not, however, like the $80 price tag - ouch.
so, I decided to wait and shop around... and i must have had a serious dose of thrifty mojo that day because...

i scored these silver bad girls for less than $20 on clearance.
{do you hear a choir of angels as well?}

Monday, July 8, 2013

The ever-versitle pallet!

By now, you all know how much I {heart} the pallet.  I've created signs, shelves, organizers & even planters using them.  They are free {most of the time}, and give the weathered rustic look that's so {in} right now.

My latest creation took us the good part of a Saturday, and I will readily admit that my very talented husband did most of the work.  I designed, he built.  His input.  My input.  We work quite well together! 

3 pallets and a little scrap lumber we had laying around, and this is what we have!

The only thing I had to purchase to make the actual frame, was some longer lag screws.  The ones we had on hand weren't long enough.

We built it around the bottom cushion.  I racked my brain trying to think of a thrifty way to make a waterproof bottom cushion when I thought to use a crib mattress.   It's already waterproof, and just the right size.  {admittedly this was one of my finer thrifty moments}  I got the outdoor fabric on sale and I used worn out couch pillows and recovered them with fun outdoor fabric as well.

My thrifty rug, you ask?  I get those scatter rugs when they go on sale for $1 each at our local home improvement store.  I whip stitched 3 together to make a rug for in front of the couch.


Next up, a rolling pallet ottoman to go in front of it for drinks!