Sunday, November 28, 2010

DIY: Coastal Christmas!

While I was in the Outer Banks for Thanksgiving we had plenty of time to comb the beach for good looking sea shells. I kept my eyes out for shells that would make pretty Christmas tree ornaments and that already had holes in the top for string. Tall man and I will have our first tree together this year and since we spent Thanksgiving on the beach I think a "Coastal Christmas" theme is fitting! 

We stopped at Michaels today and I picked up some thin decorative ribbon for the smaller shells and a thicker ribbon for the larger ones. (I choose red and gold as our tree colors this year.) I also picked up some antique gold spray paint for some of the shells. While I was spraying them I remembered some old decorative vases I had from my old apartment that don't match anything in the new place (they are pink and turquoise). Spray paint is an easy way to spruce up old decorations. They are perfect for the bedroom now!

SeaShells from the SeaShore
I spray-painted on the back porch on top of old paper bags from the grocery store
Be-careful not to breath in the paint. Also it's not necessary to spray directly over the shells, just mist them for a second or two.
P.S. After browsing around Michaels I will never again buy home decor from any other store. I found a fake ficus tree for our living room for $39.00. The ones I had my eye on at World Market or Pier One were over $100. They also have tons of silk flowers and vases that are perfect DIY projects!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Apparently I am "In Transition"

In case anyone can't get anything to work on here it's because I bought my domain name and that shuts me down for awhile...Blogger keeps telling me "Error" or that "I am in transition."  I don't know if you can even see this blog at all, but I thought that all the hundreds of people who wake up and want to read my blog right away (sarcasm) would want to know what was going on.

Hopefully it fixes itself soon because I have a blog waiting to post...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Roanoke Fall 2010

We went to visit the grandparents in Roanoke a couple weeks ago. It was so pretty there. We hiked, had wonderful homemade dinners and lunch over looking the mountains. We relaxed and watched a movie by the fireplace, went to a wine tasting in an orchard, and to a beautiful Roman Catholic mass and Sunday brunch. We also visited Tall Man's Aunt and Uncle who have chickens! Polly is the brown one. Over-all it was a perfect fall weekend. I don't think it gets much better than that.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I Love ... Polyvore

How long has Polyvore been around?  I'm new to this world of blogging about pretty things. Through some of the other fab women on this blogging "network" or whatever you want to call it (network sounds so formal) I came across "Your girl next door." Her Polyvore page is GORGEOUS. So,  I thought I would give it a try. Guess what, it's not as easy as it looks. So I am starting out with a simple collage of things that are so Michelle right now.

It's a good start. I'll work on it.

P.S. I know I sound greedy and un-Christmas giving like but ... I'd like all of these things please. Thanks fairy blogmother. 

P.P.S. I just found an interesting article on Polyvore in the NewYorker. I am over a year late to the party apparently. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Veterans Day Must Watch

Put aside your political leanings and learn about the life of a service member. When you're about three minutes in... get out the tissues and prepare to be proud of your country.

Friday, November 5, 2010

I Can't Get Enough of the Knee High Sock Trend

So it was the first official fall event of the year… Octoberfest!  I couldn’t wait to finally break out some of my new fall wardrobe. An orange-ish dress (that still looks cute in the summer on its own) with a chambray shirt, brown suede boots and the pièce de résistance … cream colored knee high socks that poked out of the top of my boots.

Then the tall man said to me … “Your socks are showing…” and I said “I know, it’s in style”

“Are you sure? That looks funny.” And then he continued to look at my legs with a mocking glare every time we spoke until I couldn’t take it anymore -- and took them off.

Sure enough we saw five other fashionistas at Oktoberfest who were strong enough to brave the strange looks they got from unknowing men.

Later in the day a friend text messaged me an image from Express so that I could prove to him it was in style. We all had fun with it … and now my man (who I am still not sure if he likes the look as much as I do ) knows better :) 

What I think I like so much about this look is how affordable it is. Any outfit you may have already loved from last fall and winter is instantly updated with a less than 10 dollar purchase.

I just bought a pair of thigh high socks from target for get ready… $7.00 !!! Can’t wait to rock them.

image from -- one of my favorites --
P.S. Don’t be afraid to wear brighter colors or patterns or even knits. If you are wearing basic colors a brighter blue will liven up a chambray shirt or a pattern will give the outfit more texture.

P.P.S. This may have been up and coming last fall or winter too... I'm late to the sock party.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Puppies and Boots!

Dear Santa,

For Christmas I would like just one thing! A puppy, preferably this one  -------->

Actually Santa, we are getting each other a puppy for Christmas sooooooo if you could just get me these boots then that would be totally okay with me.

Grey Suede ON SALE over the knee boots.  I can’t picture any of my outfits looking very good at all with out these boots now that I have seen them. Crap!

Oh well – till the season of sharing and giving right? That’s why I am showing you these amazing boots that would look awesome with leggings and tights. (also maybe just to remind myself I want them)

Must. Stop. Shopping. And. Start. Saving. A sale is no excuse.... 
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