Monday, June 30, 2014

Mint Jeans on Wardrobe Remix Monday

Today's item is mint jeans. So many ways to wear them I decided to do three posts!  As always, almost everything is under $50.  Happy shopping and remixing!

Clockwise from top left:
Navy white striped tee $37.99 // Aqua bauble necklace $9.00 // Tote $39.95 // Sandals $9.95
Navy blazer $98.97 // White oxford $22.99 // Watch $23.90 // Belt $5.80
Mint jeans $29.99
Pink blouse $23.50 // Scarf $9.80 // Sunglasses $5.80 // Tote $21.18 // Bracelet $3.80 // Sandals $12.80
Gingham shirt $27.99 // Necklace $24.99 // Crossbody $14.80 // Flip flops $6 // Bracelet $6

Clockwise from top left:
Peplum blouse $22.99 // Necklace $3.80 // Handchain $4.80 // Clutch $39.95 // Heels $19.40
Pink oxford $22.99 // Sunglasses $3 // Metallic flats $12.99 // Necklace $24.99 // Watch $20.80
Mint jeans $29.99
Leopard blouse $55 // Clutch $46 // Wedges $28.80 // Necklace $11.40
Peplum blouse $22.99 // Blazer $29.80 // Heels $29.80 // Necklace $11.80 // Crossbody $14.80

Clockwise from top left:
White blazer $55 // Blouse $15 // Necklace $9 // Pumps $22.80
Navy blouse $48 // Clutch $46 // Necklace $5 // Nail polish $2.80
Mint jeans $29.99
Peplum blouse $22.99 // Tote $21.18 // Pumps $22.80 // Necklace $8.80 // Scarf $8.80 // Ring $4.80
Stripe tee $16.99 // Blazer $29.99 // Pumps $42.99 // Necklace $24.99

Friday, June 27, 2014

Shabby Chic Bridal Showers DIY: Showering Angela

So after all the work the shower was finally here and it turned out fantastic!  I was so excited to be able to repay Angela's kindness to me and show her how much her friendship is appreciated.  Overall, the day was a success, and we came to exactly $500 with our budget!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Shabby Chic Bridal Shower Tutorial: A few more DIYs for the Shower

We had a $500 budget for the shower (split between 5 girls) so I knew I was going to have to get creative to decorate the way I wanted and still have money left over for food and drinks for 20+ people.  I decided to make some of the decorations myself to save money.  One very inexpensive project was hanging photographs of the couple.  I saw something similar on Pinterest and decided to adapt it to be my own.  I started with 15 yards of pink tulle purchased from Walmart for $14.97.  I also picked up some pink balloons for $0.97 along with pink and white faux carnations for $4.  I cut the tulle into 1 2/3 yard pieces and then covered the inflated balloons with it, securing with a rubber band.  I then hot glued the carnations to the base and tied some twine string to the base and threaded white string through the top.

After several failed attempts to tape the string to the ceiling, I finally just used a staple fun and secured them that way.  Once hung, I taped photos of the couple to either side of the twine so they were hanging down from the top.  For the photo printing, I found Costco had the best price at $0.43 per 5x7 photo.  All in all for 9 balloons it was $28.

Next, I wanted to add a few custom signs around different areas of the shower.  I have a ton of chalkboard easels left over from a wedding I did a few months back the bride didn't want so I used those to start off.  I used a white paint pen I already have (available at Hobby Lobby stores for $1.74) to write on the signs.

I also had some additional frames from the same wedding with burlap that I thought would fit right in.  Using the image from the invitations I made a sign for the kitchen and put it inside the frame.

I was on such a roll I decided to keep it going when I found this mirror at Good Will for $8.
I have a ton of chalkboard paint so I decided to use it to paint the mirror, then write the couple's story on the front with a paint pen.  I set it on an easel and it turned out so cute!  Did realize after this photo I'd put 2014 instead of 2013 but that was an easy enough fix before the shower.  

I probably went a little overboard on the DIYs but I decided to keep on going and made some favors for all the guests.  I used some miniature mason jars I found at Hobby Lobby for $0.75 on a 50% off glass day.   I filled them with pink sugar scrub I found at Big Lots for $4 (used 4 tubs).  I cut out some extra burlap scraps I had into circles and rubber banded them around the top, finished with a pink ribbon ($3 for 3 spools) and tag.  

I also used the burlap and ribbon theme to make a sign for the front door and vases for the island.  For the sign,  I used foam board and cut out the letters I, D and O, using an Xacto knife - working slowly as it's more difficult to cut out circular shapes than straight lines.  I then widely traced the letters onto the burlap and cut it out.  Using spray adhesive, I glued it to the letters and then staple gunned them at the back.  I then used a wider pink ribbon to tie all letters together.  I used the leftover burlap and ribbon to tie ribbons onto some cylinder vases leftover from my wedding.  
Total for the sign and vases was $6.75.

Last thing I promise!  I saw a similar idea again on Pinterest so I decided to "Gracify" the idea. I used the same silhouette from the rest of the shower and printed out forms for the girls to fill out as "letters to the bride."  I then purchase two pieces of 1/4" plywood cut to 8x10 rectangles from Home Depot along with a pink paint pen for a total of $6.50.  I painted the plywood cream with some paint I had leftover (it's $0.50 at Walmart) and then wrote "Letters for the Bride" on the front of one of the pieces.  Using a drill, I drilled three holes in each piece to match where I'd punched holes in my paper.  I then tied all the items together using twine to make it like a book. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shabby Chic Bridal Shower Tutorial: Shower Decorations

Since all the papery and invitations were pink, I decided to extend the theme for the decor of the shower to different shades of pink.  I started out ordering 2 sets of poufs and 1 set of pink eyelet lanterns.  So cute, but make sure to have enough time as these are time consuming to open and you have to be very careful not to tear the paper.  In the end I had to order one more set of poufs to make sure I had enough to cover my chandelier.  One reason it's always good to plan ahead and lay things out in advance - if it doesn't work you have enough time to adjust!  I also ordered some cute pink sparkly garland and some pink food picks to match.
Eyelet lanterns $9.75 for 3

Poufs $9.99 for 5

Food picks $6.07 for 24

To add some more personality I picked up pink napkins, pink towelettes, pink paper plates and pink cutlery from Dollar Tree for $1 each.  I also ordered pink and gold straws from Etsy along with some cute white lace napkins from Amazon.  At the last minute I picked up 3 pink tablecloths and a lace and burlap runner for $5.97 (not shown but available in Walmart stores).  My mother in law was kind enough to loan me some mason jar cups and clear glass plates so I got those for free, but the mason jars are available here for less than $1 each or here for $2 each (with 20% off coupon) and the glass plates are available here for $1 each or here for $7.99 for 6 (with 20% off coupon).

Pink paper plates $1 for 20 

Lace embossed napkins $6.49 for 22

Mason jar mugs $7.99 for 4 

Pink table cloth $0.97 each

Total expenditure for all items was only $71.73!