Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Ornaments: Polyurethane Dipped Pinecones

I decorated the Christmas tree at my job. We had no budget for decor, so I decided to use pinecones which are FREE!!! Check out my post on Rustic & Natural Christmas Tree Decor.  Plain pinecones are, well, plain. So I needed something to jazz them up.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rustic & Natural Christmas Tree Decor


I work at a church and right before Thanksgiving, the lobbies are decked out in the most beautiful Christmas decor. I work in the Communications department and each year I was unimpressed with our Christmas decor. So I became the self-appointed Chief Officer of the Communications Christmas Tree Commitee. I even dedicated a Pinterest board to the cause. I was informed that the Christmas decor was not in the budget so I was severely limited on supplies. I figured out if I went with a Rustic & Natural theme, I would have to spend little to no money. I picked pinecones and branches from the lawn at work and dug through my crafts supplies at home. Check out my results below.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party!

My daughter just turned 3 and we decided to have a Dr. Seuss Birthday Party. She loves Dr. Seuss and so do we! It's the perfect theme and it is also gender friendly (which my husband loved)! Since her birthday is right before the holidays, we needed to celebrate with a low budget. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Costume

Last month, we had a party for our daughter's 3rd birthday. I decided to make a cute costume for her to wear. This was the result! 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thrifting 101: Thrift Shopping Tips

Thrift shopping is an art. It takes time to develop and once you've got it, you can create masterpiece outfits from gently used items. I get a rush from the thought that I may find a great item for an extremely great price.Thrifting can be overwhelming, these tips can make it a little less daunting.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Breakfast Pizza

At our house, we like pizza but we love breakfast! I had pinned a couple of breakfast pizza pins on Pinterest. I didn't love any of the recipes entirely. So I decided to combine the best of each and create my own. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Career Chic for Under $20

Ann Taylor dress ($1.49/lb, Goodwill Bargain Barn)
GAP cardigan ($4, Goodwill)
American Eagle peep toe kitten heels ($5, Payless ShoeSource)
Necklace (5/$3, Goodwill)
Earrings (6/$3, CATO)

I joined a thrifting connect group at my church, The Life Church. I have thoroughly enjoyed the group and I have learned about new thrift stores across the city. I have posted a list of thrift stores in the Memphis metropolitan area that was given to the group. Every week we have a challenge. This week's challenge was creating an outfit under $20. I received raved reviews for my color combo!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wood Chair DIY Tutorial

I went to a neighborhood yard sale yesterday and found an array of treasures. I found something for each member of my family. Jimi Hendrix, Kiss and Led Zeppelin albums for my vinyl collecting husband and a box of jumbo Legos and a talking telephone for our busy, and super-talkative toddler. Of course, I found plenty of clothing which you probably see in future posts, but my most prized find was this lovely wooden chair that I got for $4.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Why I Decided to 'Go Natural'

I have been natural for 3 years and it has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Wearing your hair naturally as an African American woman is a big deal! We are raised in communities and in a society where the ideal standard of beauty is fair skin with long straight hair. And most of us are always trying to attain that goal and damaging our hair in the process. I decided to 'go natural' because I felt that part of me was missing. The new growth on my head was undiscovered territory and I needed to see what it was all about.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Birthdate Lunch Date

The Limited shirt ($3, Salvation Army)
Mossimo cardigan ($4, Goodwill)
l.e.i. skinny jeans ($5, Goodwill)
American Eagle booties ($10, Payless ShoeSource)
Brash Necklace ($5, Payless ShoeSource)
glitter clutch ($5, Goodwill)

Like the hair? Check out my Crochet Braids Post!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Glimpse of Spring

70 degree weather calls for skirts no matter what month it is. 
So I decided to combine my airy skirt with winter boots this fine February day.

H&M skirt ($3, Salvation Army)
impressions of california shirt ($4, Goodwill)
Divided by H&M cardigan ($3, Salvation Army)
Mossimo Boots ($35, Target)
Dollar Spot Sunglasses ($3, Target)
CATO Purse ($22, CATO)
Belt (??, Really Old)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Savvy Deal Steal: Chic Cheap Glasses...Again!

I love cute glasses! Especially when they are cheap! Zenni Optical has hundreds of styles for the low! They had a BOGO sale a couple of months ago and I grabbed these cuties for under $30. The item numbers are #820425 (in Tortoiseshell, reg. $12.95) & #487030 (in White, reg. $19.00).