Craft Time!

One of my (many) new year resolutions is to do more things away from my laptop. This includes getting some fresh air, learning to bake, making tasty dinners and most of all – crafting!

When Kellen and I were chatting about getting some new furniture for our apt, I jumped at the chance! After all – I do love myself a good shopping trip! I headed to a few Thrift Towns and found the perfect items that I was looking for!

Of course they needed some extra love! Here’s a look at my furniture makeover crafting! ๐Ÿ™‚

First is a bathroom stand I scored for $1.99:











The bottom of the magazine part was missing so I got a piece of plywood I had from our old broken magazine stand and hammered it in!

Then I got to painting and detailing…











And… here it is all done in the bathroom! Not too Shabby!

Then I found this perfect dresser for our bedroom!! It was marked down to $19.99! Score

I re-painted it an ivory white, choose a gold paint for the drawers and with the help of my niece Emma, chose a few fun accent colors and new knobs.











Once I got it upstairs and put all of the drawers back, I knew it was just perfect for the space!! And… what’s better than a His and Hers dresser?? He won’t try to steal any of my pink drawers!

Happy Crafting everyone!




Festive Shoes!

Ok; so I have to admit that I did go shopping for myself over the holidays. I mean, with all of those crazy sales, how could I resist??? Especially when I kept getting those Jeremy’s additional sale emails; went from 40% off to 50% off to 60% off to 70% off to 80% off to 90% off. I’m serious… yes.. 90% off the lowest ticketed sale price. INSANE.

I happily made it to a few of the sales including the 70% weekend! I was accompanied by the lovely Loressa Hutchinson of L on Sac for that sale and we had a blast!! I had to prepare her for the madness at hand, but only after experiencing it did she realize the high of walking out the door with a bag of bargains. I hope she has as much fun as I did!

Here’s a look at two of my favorite purchases from that trip – festive shoes!!

Alejandro Ingelmo half-bootie nude pump: Jeremy’s price $395. Sale Price $8. My Price after 70% off: $2

Beverly Feldman gold and black platforms (I added the festive poinsettia but have to find a new charms to add so I can wear them the rest of the year!) Jeremy’s price $59 Sale Price $15 My price after 70% off: $5

Wow, how is it January 6th already??? This holiday season brought me through a whirlwind of planes, trains and automobiles from Sacramento back to the good ol’ midwest. I’m happy to say that I’m back in California in the sunshine and have retired my ‘garbage bag jacket’ and snow boots for another year.. or two.. or three.

More on that trip later!

For now, I’m getting caught up and wanted to share a fun event I was invited to in December at an adorable store around the corner from my apartment, Bows and Arrows.

A handful of local bloggers were invited to gather, drink, be merry and try on some awesome vintage wear! Since most of us ladies swoon over unique finds, this was the place to go and we all had a great time! Thanks to Kari Shipman of Juniper James for putting the fab event together for us!

Here’s some pics!:

Cookies and Computers! Just how we like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

The gorgeous Jen Wade in an awesome bedazzled sweater!

Our assignment was to style each other! I chose Vivie Nguyen of The Style Evolution and she styled me! Fun!

Lisa of Closet Candy put her styling expertise to work on a few of us!

Beautiful Coco Lamour of Muffin Top Baby joined in on the fun also! (Totally wish I could pose like her! She has it DOWN!)

And finally, the lovely Kari! Thanks for the photos! ๐Ÿ™‚ Had a blast and can’t wait until next time!

The holidays are in full swing and there’s no turning back now!! Along with holiday shopping, gatherings and festivities are lots of fun giveaways and contests from brands across the board!

One fun campaign I wanted to share with you is from Swarovski Elements! I’ve been in and out of LA in November for this project and it’s in full gear so I’d love the support of anyone to help spread the word and join in the fun!

Just tweet out a holiday greeting with #letitsparkle and you’re entered to win one of three gorgeous SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZEDโ„ข necklaces every Friday in December. ย @Swarovski will announce the winners via Twitter every Friday so follow them to see if you’re a winner!

Another very cool part of the project is that you can see your tweets (and texts with the word SPARKLE to 877877) on a custom created helix sign on Rodeo Drive via our live stream camera! Check out the Swarovski Elements Facebook page to watch!

Finally, if you’re in Los Angeles, you have to play with the free Let It Sparkle GoldRun app! Yes, you can wear that Missoni gown made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS in augmented reality! Check out my pic! If you complete a run, you get a free gift with purchase! whoop!

What holiday contests are you seeing lately? Any good ones?

As I was unpacking my holiday box and getting up the tree, lights and decorations, I found a bag of holiday cards I was given last year. I love holiday cards, but hate them at the same time since you get them and most people just throw them away at the end of the season.

This year, I decided to take the cards that I saved from last year and turn them into a decoration for my staircase! Some red yarn, paperclips and imagination = fun new decoration that I’ll do for many years to come!

Here’s what I did:

Gathered all of my cards together and choose which ones I wanted to display

Found some pretty colored paperclips (Just wouldn’t be the same w/ regular paperclips, right??) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gathered my red yard and tied it in spaced out bows

Then I hung on my stairs!

I LOVE my new, and very cheap, holiday decoration! It’s a great conversation piece to showcase cards from loved ones and other photos!

Here’s a look at one of my favorite items, even though it’s not a card. This is me, in 1987, with a room full of Santa’s on the front page of an old San Francisco newspaper. My mom saved it after all of these years. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy decorating everyone!! What’s your new favorite decoration this year?

On my to-do list every day this week was to take some pics and blog about a few goodies I scored last weekend.. well.. I’ve finally checked it off my list as my busy week comes to a close and my busy weekend is about to start. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think a jam packed, festivity-filled weekend sounds OK to me though so does a free weekend sitting and relaxing. Oh well, there’s always time to relax in January – right?

Anywho – I found some pretty awesome things last weekend during my visit to the bay area for Thanksgiving. Check it out and enjoy! Ps – I got a tripod for my camera finally as many blogger friends recommended. It helps.. but I think when I find a remote to take them, that will be the miracle worker!

Miss Magnin at iMagnin flowered wrap dress – Thrift Town Score!



My steal of the week is this dress found at Jeremy’s for .87 cents. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t beat that!!

My delicious new Tory Burch wedges compliments of Jeremy’s!

ย And finally, a new Marc Jacob’s purchase thanks to Thrift Town!

Yay! What have you gotten recently that you love? Any good bargains?

Happy Weekend!!

Ok – so I did plan on standing outside the El Sobrante Thrift Town Friday morning to be one of the first ppl to score a $5 gift card – HOWEVER – I just checked the one email I don’t check daily and saw THE black friday sale – Jeremys. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to get my besties gifts for our gift exchange next weekend – and I just know that I’ll be able to find goodies here – plus I’m sure some items for myself.

If you’re in the bay area for Thanksgiving – you MUST attend this and let me know. Ill be in line on Friday morning! xoxo