Monday, September 15, 2014

Project Reveal!!!! A Beach Inspired Makeover.

Hi Glam readers!  Last week, I gave you a little sneak peek at what I was up to.  All my furniture restorations are nearly complete, for the moment anyway.  I'll have quite a few before and afters to share with you.

Today's reveal is a dresser that really had little to no personality.

See, pretty basic.

Very boring.....
do I hear you snoring?

It's okay, I totally get it.

It gets better.

I promise!

I love the way it turned out and it's a far cry from boring now!

I decided to go with a light robin's egg blue color as the base color.

Then, I distressed it using a bronze metallic glaze and cream glaze.

I love how the layers of colors worked here.  I didn't intend for it to, but this project really reminds me of the beach.  The cream and brown evoke thoughts of the sand and the water reminds me of the ocean.

I've used a few different methods before when glazing and distressing and truthfully, they all work really well.

Let me know if you'd like a tutorial on these methods and I would be happy to do a couple of posts on them!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Five Under $5!!!

Hello Glam readers!  It's FRIDAY!!  It's been rather chilly here in Chicagoland, so this week I thought I'd round up some fun things that would be great for Fall for our Friday Five.

Today's finds take us to Target!!

How fun are these appetizer and dessert plates?!  They were just $3.99 and I'm in LOVE with the dessert ones especially!

These dip bowls would be perfect for condiments or even on a desk to corral small things like push pins and paper clips.  Great price for just $3.99!

They have a really fun assortment of Fall salt and pepper shakers in Autumn shades as well as a copper color.  I really love the foxes, but I got the black and gold foxes they had last year.

They have matching bottle stoppers as well, for just $1.99!

These creme butter dishes are really pretty in person.  The copper colored bases adds a touch of metallic making these perfect for every day or entertaining.
Again, just $4.99!

I think any of these would be great hostess gifts for any Fall gatherings you may be attending!

That's the Friday Five!!

I hope you all have a great weekend! 

Anything fun planned??

I would love to hear about what you're up to!


PS:  This post was in no way sponsored by Target.  I just happen to love these items and the prices!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fashion Files!!

Hi Glam readers!!

I'm back today with another fashion post.
Today's outfit was completely thrifted and is one of my favorites for Summer (there's still a few days left...squeezing all the Summer out that I can!).
I love it because it's equal parts fun, colorful and comfy.  A winning combo for sure!

The top is an Ann Taylor tee that I thrifted for $3.
The skirt is a Liz Claiborne chiffon skirt.  I found it at Savers for $4.99.

I love how the navy ribbon detail on the t shirt ties in with the navy ribbon band on the skirt!

The shoes weren't thrifted, but were purchased at Target on clearance for $8.

A close up of the fun colors in this fab skirt.
It might be one of my new faves!

So, there you have it.  An entire outfit from head to toe for under $20!

How about you?

  Have you found any great clothing finds while thrifting lately?

I would LOVE to hear about them!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Project Sneak Peeks & Other Happenings

Hi Glam readers!
I have been up to my ears in furniture projects!
I started prepping about 10 pieces for restoration last week and the end is finally in sight!  I should have tons of before and afters to share soon.

In the mean time, I thought I'd give you a sneak at the projects.

Sanding 'till your hands are numb makes the magic happen!

The above piece is one that I'm redoing for a friend.  

How great are the lines on this one??

I can NOT wait to show you the after.

It turned out stunning.

Some mid-century goodness.

It might not look like it, but this one has tons of potential too.  I promise!

Drawers and furniture as far as the eye can see.

Do you spy the campaign piece??

Some seriously good pieces in the making!

Also, the weekend I got back from Florida, we had a little dinner party for some friends...

It was pretty casual, but quite a feast!!!


This is a pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon!!

I know!

Would you like me to share the recipe???  I think I will soon, it was too good not to share.

Twice baked potatoes.

This is Michael and Becca, some of our very good friends.  It was Michael's birthday weekend and he PROPOSED to Becca and she said "yes"!

Congrats you guys!  So happy for you!

Becca made the dessert, home made ice cream sandwiches and chocolate covered strawberries!

So good!

What have you been up to?

Any projects or parties??

I would love to hear about them!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall Decor Round Up!

Hello Glam readers!  It's technically not Fall yet, but I wanted to share some of my favorite Autumn decorating ideas to get you started.  Plus, in Chicagoland Fall is already in the air.  This morning it was a bit crisper as we walked to school.

You all know I love a good tablescape!  Here a few I did last year that might give you some inspiration!

You can read more and see more here.

I also did this glam and neutral tablescape.  You can read more about this one here.

I did a beautiful vignette with black matte pumpkins and gilded feathers.  You can read more about this here.

Annie Sloan chalk paint pumpkin collection by cuckoo4design

I love these studded chalk paint pumpkins from the uber-talented Julia over at Cuckoo 4 Design.  If you have never been to her blog, check it will LOVE her!

I also love this vignette created by Jennifer over at Dimples And Tangles.
LOVE the giant acorn under the glass cloche!

glam litte glitter + white pumpkins

I also am loving these glitter pumpkins from rags for riches.
White and gold...polka dots and stripes...what's not to love?!

How about you?

Are you ready for Fall?

Do you have any DIY projects planned?

I would love to hear about it!!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Five Under $5!!!

Hi Glam readers!  It's Friday, so Happy Weekend!!!
Today's round up of fun and frugal finds takes us to Michaels.
As you know, they have a $5 and under section and this week when I went, our's was all 60% off!

Here's a few of my favorite finds from the trip.

This navy and white notebook is chic!  
Perfect for keeping your thoughts, recipes, plan for the week, etc.

These cute napkins were also in that section and I thought they were so fun for an afternoon tea with friends!

I also loved the tea cups!  They had a bit of a British feel and you guys know I can be a bit of an anglophile.  ;)

These canisters are fun and colorful!  They were also half off, so just $2.50 each.

They had them displayed for kitchen use, but I could also see them being used in a playroom for small things like cars, legos, crayons, etc.

Last, but not least....PINK mason jar glasses!  The southern girl in me wanted to scoop these up and go home an make a big jug of sweet tea!
I definitely need these in my life!  They are $4.00 each, you could use a coupon to bring the price down even further.

That's today's round up!  I hope you enjoyed today's finds and that you have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Any plans, projects, travels scheduled for the weekend?  I would love to hear all about your adventures!


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fashion Files!

Hi Glam readers!  Today, I'm sharing another edition of "Fashion Files".  Even your wardrobe can be beautiful and trend savvy on a budget!

For a while, I've had an image pinned in my style pin board that I've wanted to recreate involving a lace pencil skirt and a t shirt with heels.  I love the juxtaposition of lace and heels paired down with the casual look of a t shirt.

I got the lace pencil skirt from a resale site for $5!  I was so excited, because it literally goes with everything.

A few months ago, I picked up the "love" tee at J Crew Factory when they were having a sale.  I love a good statement tee!

The shoes!  Can I just tell you how much I love these shoes!?
I got them a few weeks ago on clearance at Target for $8.  The funny thing is, our Target didn't carry them, so I never saw them.  Apparently someone returned them to the store I frequent the most and they happened to be my size and they were on clearance.  Serendipitous!

Love they watercolor effect and all the colors!  I also love how high they are because, well, I'm 5'1..."fun size", if you will.  Anytime I can get away with wearing heels or wedges I do.

I love this look for a date night or night out, but if you happen to work from home like I do, I'm sure your boss will be okay with it!  ;)

So, there you have it.  A chic look on a serious budget!

Have you found any great clothing items at the thrift store or on major sale lately??

I would love to hear about it!!!