Monday, December 23, 2013

DIY Lamp Revamp



My dear husband discovered a thrift shop that was going out of business and everything was marked at 90% off!!! I made two trips in two days and purchased several items for less than $25! One of my favorite finds was this beige lamp. I fell in love with the texture and at $2, I had to have it!





I didn't really care for the beige, it made it look kinda dirty, so lightly covered it with a white spray paint. I originally thought about covering the shade, but the I thought that may add too much weight. So I opted for a light dusting of gold spray paint. I am impressed the results. My new lamp has a softer look with a sophisticated flare!



Monday, September 30, 2013

Wedding Tulle

My husband and I attended a gorgeous wedding this past weekend! Congrats Kelly and Dusty! I had seen several tulle skirts on Pinterest and I really wanted one! They were uber cute. Most of the skirts were white and I did not want to upstage the bride so I chose the next best thing, PINK! Out of all the tutorials I found, Rummageliving.com's was the cutest and easiest. Her tutorial used the least amount of tulle and did not require a zipper. I do not do zippers! Below is the result! 



Faded Glory Tank ($3, Wal Mart)
Nine West blazer  ($5, Goodwill)
Xappeal Pumps ($24, Rack Room)
Bracelet (DIY)
Belt ($1, Salvation Army)
Outre Synthetic Precut Lace Front Wig Kea Futura ($14.99, Sam's Beauty) 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Cardboard Toddler Kitchen DIY Tutorial

Our toddler loves playing in the kitchen. We are constantly finding kitchen utensils in the our couch cushions. So we decided to build her her own pint-sized version. I had seen several versions on Pinterest, both wood and cardboard. We decided to go the cardboard route to save a little money.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Refashion: Cool Blue & Polka Dot Dress

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I found this vintage dress at my local Goodwill Bargain Barn for less than a $1 (they sell clothing by the pound). The pattern caught my eye. The dress fit perfectly, but the look was outdated. So I decided to refashion it. I removed the shoulder pads took off the sleeves and shortened it. Add a bright belt and Voila!  


Thursday, July 18, 2013

DIY Project: Toddler Folding Chair and Table Revamp

Every toddler needs a table and chair that is just their size. 
So naturally, I wanted my daughter to have her own custom set. 



My daughter received a Disney Princess table from her Grandma's friend with no chairs. 
I found a pair if chairs at the Goodwill for $3 each. 


Only problem was they did not match, at all. 




I then remembered a Pin I pinned on Pinterest from designformankind. She gives a detailed tutorial on how to dismantle your folding furniture, paint and cover with fabric. It was quick and quite easy. The only problem I had was purchasing spray paint with poor coverage. Which is why there is only one chair in the end! After I got a full coverage spray paint the rest was a piece of cake!!!



Saturday, July 13, 2013

Capri Pants Refashioned into a Skirt

I found these wide-leg capris at my local Goodwill Bargain Barn for less than a $1 (they sell clothing by the pound). I loved the color and grabbed them, hoping they'd fit. The capris fit perfectly on my waist so I decided to refashion them into skirt. I recently ran across a pin on Pinterest from the blog 49 DRESSES that gave tutorial on how to refashion a skirt from shorts. 
So I decided to create my own tutorial for capris/pants. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Not so Mellow Yellow



cardigan ($3, Salvation Army)
Faded Glory tank ($3, Wal Mart)
skirt ($4, City Thrift)
belt (??, really old) 
Mossimo flats ($14, Target)
heart necklace ($0.50, Yard Sale)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fun with Stripes


Hampshire Studio sweater ($4, Salvation Army)
neon belt ($2, Simply Fashion) 
Black tank ($2.50, Forever 21)
Anne Taylor LOFT pants ($2.50, Salvation Army)
Antonio Melani shoes ($8, Salvation Army)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Urban Safari




Anne Klein jacket ($4, Goodwill)
belt (??, really old) 
M.S.S.P. Maxx Studio Specialty Products dress ($5, Goodwill)
Mossimo flats ($14, Target)
bracelets (some I made, one was a gift from Good Wood)


Monday, March 11, 2013

Crochet Braids!

Crochet Braids are my favorite protective style. This was my favorite style while I was transitioning from my relaxed to natural hair. Its one of the best protective styles because it does not require you leaving any of your own hair out. All of your hair is braided and completely protected underneath! My aunt used to put crochet braids in my hair when I was a kid with braided hair. Now days, the best hair to use is loose textured braiding hair. I can literally shake-n-go, which is perfect for a working and always-on-the-go mom! 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Coral with a Little Floral

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Eci New York cardigan ($4, Goodwill)
Forever 21 tank ($3.50,Forever 21)
necklace ($7, JCPenny) 
Body by Victoria Secret pants ($2.50, Salvation Army)
Merona flats ($8, Goodwill)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Out on the Town

Haberdashery Leslie Pay blazer ($5, Goodwill)
Arizona tshirt ($4, JCPenny)
Max Azria chambray shirt ($2, Salvation Army)
necklace ($7, JCPenny) 
Handmade bracelets
xhilartion tights ($5, Target)
Boots ($15, Dots)
ALDO clutch ($5, Goodwill)
Nicka K nail color, Yellow ($1, Beauty Supply)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Classics with Taupe


Croft & Barrow shirt ($2, Salvation Army)
Investments skirt ($2, Goodwill)
Belt ($2, Salvation Army) 
Wooden Bracelet (gift, Good Wood)
 Merona Booties ($10.48, Target)
NewYork Color nail color, Flat Iron Green ($1, Dollar Tree)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Hello Sunshine!

Rit dye sweater cardigan natural hair


Cardigan I dyed from You are My Sunshine
Max Azira shirt ($4, Goodwill)
Belt (??, really old) 
Dana Buckman slacks ($2.50, Salvation Army)
George loafers (??old, Walmart)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

You Are My Sunshine! Adventures in Dyeing


I've been searching for a mustard cardigan for a while and I haven't had any luck finding the right one. So I decided to dye one!!! I purchased an off white/khaki wool cardigan for $1.50 at my local Salvation Army.

Monday, January 28, 2013

My Two Year Natural Hair Anniversary

OMG! It has been 2 years since my Big Chop! And what a roller coaster it has been! 
I've had both ups and downs during my journey.





natural hair crochet braids


half wig natural hair


natural hair half wig outré evonynatural hair long kinky twists

natural hair wet rod set

half wig freetress taylor girlnatural hair twist out updo


 This was my journey. How is your journey progressing?





Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tastefully Teal


ana jacket ($25, JCPenny)
Liz Claiborne sweater ($4, Goodwill)
J. Crew shirt ($2, Salvation Army)
necklace I made via Pinterst
refashioned maxi dress into a skirt 
Mossimo Boots ($35, Target)
Olsenboye handbag ($10, JCPenny)
Nicka K nail color, Yellow ($1, Beauty Supply)



Monday, January 21, 2013

Mod Monday!


Max Azria chambray shirt ($2, Salvation Army)
Copper Key shirt ($4, Goodwill)
PI LA skirt ($2, Goodwill)
Leggs tights ($4, WalMart)
necklace I made via Pinterst
 Antonio Melani loafers ($8, Salvation Army)
PURE ICE nail color, Wild Thing ($1.97, Walmart)



Sunday, January 20, 2013

Classic Black & White


Tommy Hilfiger dress ($4, Salvation Army)
Airport Clothing Company cardigan ($3, Salvation Army)
belt (?, really old)
Leggs tights ($4, WalMart)
cat broach refashioned with nail polish via Pinterest
Boots ($15, Dots)
NANACOCO nail color, Surfer's Dream ($1, Beauty Supply)



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Budget Birthday Party!


My daughter has turned 1!!! And of course, I wanted to throw 'us' a party!!!! So I did so on a budget! 



<I used Pinterest as my guide to all things birthday. This one is from Custom Celebrations






<Her name banner was made from scrapbook paper and ribbon. The balloons came from Dollar Tree.  















<My little girl loves bread! So I made her two types of bread: banana and chocolate. I also made Buffalo Chicken and Loaded Potato Dips. The Buffalo Chicken Dip got rave reviews at the party!
<This is the Banana Bread. Not pictured here is the Chocolate Bread I got that recipe from Pinterest.

<This Dr. Suess Birthday Party Punch inspired the punch at our party.

















<This is our punch made with lemon, raspberry, and orange jello in Sprite. I used colorful scrap fabric for table cloths.



< My husband bake the carrot cake from scratch and I decorated it with cream cheese icing and pearl sprinkles! Cute and classy! I took the labels off bottled water from Aldi to take it up a notch.










< I used black and white copies of her baby pictures to spell out 'ONE' on the windows. Black and white copies are way cheaper than color ones.


We also played Minute-To-Win-It games, which everyone got a kick out of. This is my first birthday party to throw, overall I think it was pretty successful. The Birthday Girl definitely enjoyed it!






Monday, January 14, 2013

Thrifted Glory!



Investments skirt ($2, Goodwill)
Gap gingham shirt ($3, Salvation Army)
Department of Youth denim jacket ($5, Goodwill)
Boot Socks refashioned from sweater ($2.50, Salvation Army)
Mossimo Boots ($35, Target)
Belt ($3, Salvation Army)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Savvy Deal Steal: My First Dominican Blowout


<This is my hair in its natural state. No stretching, twisting or any other manipulation. This is how it grows out my scalp, in super tiny coils. My hair type is 4b/4c. I heard that a Dominican Salon could straighten hair in any state, so since I was starting a new job I wanted to debut a new doo!



dominican blow out natural hair memphis
 <I went to Martha's Palace (3570 Kirby Pkwy Memphis,TN 38115). You could see the stream as soon as you walked into the salon. For $30 cash, I got a shampoo, deep conditioner, blowout and style. First, your hair is shampooed and conditioned. Deep conditioning is extra. Next, your hair is placed in rollers according to your length and placed under a hooded dryer to dry you hair as fast as possible. Lastly, an extremely hot hand-held steam blow dryer and several round brushes are used to blow out your hair. A oil-based spray is sprayed on your hair during this process. It is amazing to watch the transformation from start to finish. 


dominican blow out natural hair memphis
 <This is the result. The salon is busy, but you are not there all day like traditional African American salons. The entire process took and hour and a half! My hair was silky smooth, just like I had a relaxer. I kept my hair straight for a week. It could've stayed longer but I started to miss my natural texture and felt the need to wash it. I have read several places online that say 'Don't straighten your hair, it wont curl back!' I say do everything in moderation. Some times you just want straight hair. And this is one great way to get it super silky!!! 






Overall, I enjoyed the process and would definitely do it again. Next time, I will do a hot oil treatment and deep conditioning the night before to get a little extra protection against the high heat.

www.marthapalace.com

Have you ever gotten a Dominican Blowout? 
How was your experience?
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