Monday, September 16, 2013

Currently Craving No. 4

Currently Craving No. 4

{For the Home: ONE (sim - on sale) / TWO / THREE / FOUR (love this one too!)}
{Wardrobe Wishlist: ONE / TWO (budget-friendly) / THREE}
{Shoes: ONE / TWO / THREE (budget-friendly)}
{Beauty Updates: ONE / TWO / THREE / FOUR}

It's been a while since I've done a 'Currently Craving' post! Here's what's on the top of my fall wishlist...because it's fall somewhere, right?!

I'll just file most of these under 'if-I-win-the-lottery-someday-or-fall-into-a-huge-inheritance' purchases. Add a few to the 'I-now-live-in-florida-so-goodbye-boots-and-sweaters' file. But a handful of these items might just be coming home with me soon :) I guess it's not really a wishlist if you can actually have everything on it, right?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Nursery DIY - Sunburst Mirror Trio

I love a good sunburst mirror...I mean, c'mon, who doesn't? But man, those things can be expensive! When I first started planning the decor of the nursery, I had some idea of what types of things I wanted and their placement and I figured that the creative process would evolve organically. One thing that didn't occur to me though, was that there would be a huge area of negative space on the wall behind the dresser/changing table. Once we had all of the major furniture arranged, it became obvious that something big needed to hang on that wall. At first I thought I might do an art print series on canvas, but I couldn't commit to one idea for more than a few days and figured that might continue once I actually had them up there. Deciding it was best to abandon that idea, I was now back to the drawing board.

Walking through Target one day, I spotted these beauties hanging in their home decor area. Instantly I knew that they were the perfect item and that a trio of mirrors would pack the big punch I was looking for - but seriously, at $50 a pop I just couldn't bring myself to buy them. But stalking them, lusting after them from afar - that I could do!

This past June we lived with my parents in FL while we were between leases. The stars must've been aligned that day I went to Target for diapers (and several other items that jumped in my cart, cause ya' know, it's Target), because two of these beauties were on clearance for $15. Now that, that I can do :) But, it was only two and I really had envisioned three. But I bought them and figured that maybe, juuust maybe, the stars might align again for me and I'd stumble upon a third. Fast forward to our first couple of weeks in our new home and maaany trips to Target later...I found one!!! Some kind soul must've known how desperate I was and returned theirs. I had my third and I was ready to DIY my little heart out:

Sunburst Mirrors (Target)
Valspar White Satin Finish spray paint (Lowe's)
Paper plates
Drop Cloth (Lowe's)

1. Place boxes with flaps open upside-down on drop cloth and set mirrors on top. This will be to stabilize them and so you can rotate by the flaps to ensure good paint coverage in all the little nooks. Cut paper plates to fit super snugly over the mirror so that you don't have to mess with painter's tape at all.

2. Follow the instructions on the spray paint and begin painting. Try to get the coverage as even as possible, but you can always go back with a lighter second coat and/or touch up any uneven spots later.

3. Don't forget about the edges!

4. Let them dry. I always double or triple the recommended drying time just to be safe.

5. Measure and hang (D did this part - and hung them on large nails).

Finished product :)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

White, Denim & Cobalt

{Shirt, Skirt: GAP Maternity (old) - sim, Scarf: J.Crew Factory (old) - sim, Bag (past season color), Shoes: J.Crew (old) - loving these, Necklace: Francescas, Bracelet, EarringsSunnies, Lips: Damned}

Simple basics like a white long sleeve T-shirt and a denim skirt get dressed up with some chunky gold jewelry, a fun printed scarf and a bright bag.

A tired momma makes for a short post always, thanks for reading!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Nursery DIY - Ombre Chevron Curtains

Oh man, I am actually a little embarrassed that it took me so long to do a post Yishai's nursery curtains! 

Here is a perfect example of my 'champagne-taste-beer-budget' curse: I reeeally wanted beautiful curtains for Yishai's nursery, but my search for the perfect ones kept me coming up empty handed. The ones I loved were waayyy out of my budget and I didn't want to spend the money on curtains I didn't really love.

My mom, who has sewn professionally in several different iterations over the years, at one point was making window treatments. Needless to say, our homes (we moved a lot) always had beautiful custom window treatments. It was not lost on me, even as a young girl, how great curtains pulled a room together, or that the lack thereof made it feel empty or incomplete.

Unfortunately, I didn't inherit the sewing gene (my lucky-duck sister did!) so I had to get creative. After a little time (ok fine, hours) on Pinterest, I found an amazing tutorial for ombre chevron curtains - and the best part - no sewing required! These babies were painted - and painting I can do :)

I'm not gonna reinvent the wheel - Nancy of Owen's Olivia has a stellar tutorial (I, for sure, could not have explained it better) and I followed the steps exactly: full tutorial here. Don't be scared by the amount of steps - it's really a pretty easy DIY that just takes some time and a bit of arm muscle :)


Set of 2 plain white curtains (sim)
Valspar Paint Samples (I chose a paint chip and used all three colors - conveniently coordinated!)
Sea Breath, Crystal Aqua, & Bay Mist (paint chip 5006-7)
Painter's Tape (Lowe's)
Paint Roller and extra sponges (Lowe's)
Speed Square (Lowe's)
Sharpie pen

The finished product!
I am so happy with how these came out! It's a bit hard in the picture to see the difference between the middle color and the darkest bottom color - so just trust me on it :) I made these when we were living in NJ and they transitioned perfectly to our new FL home. Every time I walk into the nursery they make me smile and the pride in knowing I made them makes them extra special.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Featured In: Hadar Magazine!

I am so excited to finally be able to share this with y'all! Several months ago I was approached by brand-new publication, Hadar Magazine, to create a fashion DIY for their very first issue!

For Orthodox Jewish women, fashion can be a frustrating dichotomy. Bound by fairly strict modesty requirements, some clothing categories are pretty much off-limits inherently and others necessitate layering, either under or over (or both) to make them modest enough. Sometimes these layering techniques are innocuous enough, but other times they just look weird, contrived or ruin the look of an item altogether.
Every now and then we hit the sartorial jackpot and fashion/runway trends are inherently modest (yay for maxi skirts, circle/pencil skirts, crewneck sweaters, etc.) - usually more so in the fall and winter when everyone is covering up as temps drop.

Sometimes I feel like we could all use some help deciphering which seasonal looks we can wear outright, which ones are worth adding some layers or adjustments and which ones are better left on the runways or for women who can wear them as is. Ladies, not everything can (or should) be modestified (technical term there folks). Luckily we now have professional help!

"Hadar Magazine is a high quality fashion and lifestyle magazine with a modest twist, specifically aimed at Orthodox Jewish women. Of the many mainstream fashion magazines out today, only Hadar strives to show Orthodox women how we can maintain our uniqueness as strong, Jewish women while keeping up with the latest runway styles and playing an active role in modern society. The goal is to maintain the special aura that comes with our heritage and allow that to shine through our exterior appearance and general way of life. Our mission at Hadar, Hebrew for "splendor" or "beauty," is to embody the core essence of the modest Jewish woman while exploring her desire to remain current and fashionable."
From runway fashion and accessories to ways to improve your spiritual self and rejuvenate your physical self, this magazine has something for everyone. I was sent an advance copy and finally had time to finish it over Rosh Hashanah (pics taken before the holiday).

My little contribution was in the form of a Designer DIY - recreating the enviable Tory Burch Eddie Bow Flats for less than $30!

I had a blast putting this DIY together and I am so honored to have been asked by Hadar Magazine to contribute! 

If you're in the NY/NJ area, pick up Hadar Magazine at these locations, or order online here.

This is NOT a sponsored post - I just really love this magazine and wanted to share. I did receive my copy gratis.