Remake: Ivory Romper

Aug 9, 2015 | 12 Comments

You. Guys.

I was working in Orange County last month with I Love to Create and Joann’s getting my tie dye on with shoppers, and I stopped at a sample sale on the way home.

First thing’s first. I LOVE myself a sample sale. It’s the one place where you can get your hands on more expensive branded gear for wayyyyyyy less than retail. This sale was at the Dainty Hooligan warehouse in Anaheim and I took advantage of the $1 bin that housed a ton of “damaged” items! I’m going to show you all the pieces I scored for a buck this week that I transformed into new, non-“damaged” items that look like they came right off the rack!

First piece I scored, this fab romper:

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BEFORE

I couldn’t find the exact one on the site, however I found something similar for $42.50.

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$42.50 on DaintyHooligan.com

So, I’d say I got a steal! But, the downside was that there were spots EVERYWHERE!

There’s a spot…

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Spotty McSpotterstein!

…and there’s a spot…

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Even more spots!

…and there’s another few spots!!

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Spots on spots on spots!

So, what do you do when you’re stuck with a slew of spots on an ivory romper???

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It’s Romps Time!

You know what to do. When in doubt, DYE IT OUT!

Keep reading to find out what color I went with…

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Pom Pom Shorts Teaser!

Jun 22, 2015 | No Comments

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! I was in San Diego for Father’s Day and couldn’t resist pulling up a little archived Kodak shot of me and my dad.

Vintage Fathers Day

Smush Face!

Here’s a little teaser of an easy and adorable tutorial coming later tonight that involve two very special words. POM POMS.

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Poolside weekend!

Eeeeee! I can’t wait to show you how SIMPLE my new summer staple is.

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Packing Update!

Jan 19, 2015 | 18 Comments

Hello everyone! Apologies for the lack of posts this past week – my impending move has me working overtime! It’s a go to work, get home at 7pm, and pack routine before crashing a few hours later. The next two weeks are going to be crazy/fun/exhausting/cathartic as I get everything I want to hold onto boxed up and the rest of the things off to Goodwill.

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Box O’Books!

My new place has bookshelves in the walls, so I’m excited to have a place for all of my books! I did put a stash together to donate, though. Do I really need two copies of the first Harry Potter book? (It was a toss up, but…no.)

I found this new style of bracelet the best for holding onto tape without losing it or forgetting where I put it.

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Arm party!!

I’m certain that a roll got put into a box :)

Like my new chair??

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Break time!

I’m taking my break moments where I can get them! More to come and you’ll be seeing a bunch of your own creations getting posted while I’m working away.

Anyone have any great packing tips?? I’ll take whatever I can get!! xo

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Bali Week: Straw Hat DIY

Apr 18, 2014 | 11 Comments

It’s time for a straw hat DIY reveal!

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BEFORE

I started with this basic straw hat (this one is from Old Navy!), a pair of white and yellow Martha Stewart paints, and a paintbrush. (Sidenote – as I’m not a paintbrush connoisseur, I just picked the one that looked like it would be the easiest to work with when I was at Joann’s! It kind of reminds me of a concealer brush.)

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Hat n’paint!

After leaving the beachfront setting in Lembongan, I headed up to Ubud which has quite a different backdrop. Instead of ocean, you’ve got rice paddies. It’s dreamy.

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The rice paddies… c/o Clementine Ford

I was lucky enough to be in town for the Balinese New Year called Nyepi, which was the happiest of accidents. The festivities begin with villages creating “ogoh-ogoh” demonic creatures out of paper mache and bamboo, parading them through town, and then burning them at the end of the festivities. People are in the streets singing, dancing, cheering, drinking, and just celebrating.

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Nyepi Festival!

This ritual is meant to purge the negative elements to bring about a clarity with nature, with God, and with the rest of your fellow neighbors.

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Ogoh-Ogoh

After the festivities are complete, comes a day of silence where everyone stays inside and enjoys a day of self-reflection. You’re not allowed to use fire (no cooking!), work, travel, and lights have to be kept dimmed. This means every store, restaurant, shop, market, and even the airport is closed and you’re not allowed in the streets. Police patrol to make sure everyone is abiding by the rules. For the tourists, we could roam our hotel grounds but were unable to leave. For me, it turned out to be the best day to get in some meditation as well as some crafting!

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Cartwheelin’ with Target (+ a $1000 Target GiftCard® Giveaway!)

Jan 31, 2014 | 397 Comments

Today I’m doing a post with Target and their new Cartwheel app. Now I tend to use Target as my go-to for everything – cosmetics, check. Groceries, check. Project supplies, check. Clothes, check. You name it, I’ve gotten it at Target. There happens to be one right down the street from me, so instead of having major weekly hauls there, I just go when I need something. Like at 10pm when my printer cartridge bails (blerg, printer cartridge) or if I just want a medley of fro-yo, thank you notes, daily multi-vitamins, and holiday decorations, like you do.

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I love felt/wire flowers!!

Their new app called Cartwheel is an all-in-one coupon database that doesn’t involve any coupon clipping. Basically, you sort through the categories of items you’re shopping for (there are over 700 available offers that are constantly changing!), choose the Target coupons that you’re interested in, and then as easy as that, they’re all saved in your passbook.

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Cartwheelin’

Because they only work for in-store purchases, when you’re ready to check out, open the app, show the barcode that is unique to you to the checker, and then the savings are automatically deducted. You can access Cartwheel through your desktop or tablet as well and then print out your barcode and bring into the store to use if that’s an easier option!

For those coupon clippers (I’m so envious of you!) you can still use the app on top of the coupons you clip – just extra cash back!

I had my cooking club this week and needed to pick up ingredients for The Barefoot Contessa’s baked cinnamon donuts that I’m making (along with Mexican hot chocolate…images and post to come!). So I piled up a bunch of offers from flour to sugar and chocolate…

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Coupons picked!

…and then flashed my barcode to the checker when I left. It really couldn’t have been any easier to save a little bit of change!

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Barcode Pride!!

So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Target is hosting a fab contest with all the participating blogs giving away a $1,000 Target GiftCard®! $1000, wahoo! Just let me know in the comments below what you’d spend your Target bucks on if you win? I’d love for the winner to be one of you guys, so leave a comment below and get in it to win it! I’d do a little necessities stocking up (contact solution, fo sho), then hit the accessories (I always find the cutest bags) section, before a quick stroll down the cosmetics aisle for a new hair dryer. That would just be on trip #1 :)

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