Fresh Wooden DIY

Hellllloooooo! Long time no blog post. Life got so crazy, and still is – but I love blogging, I loved having a creative place to let things out. So, I’m starting up again!

I decided to start with a DIY I saw on Pinterest. I did some paint dipped spoons.

The spoons were from Target – about $4. And I just used paint I already had. Supplies used:

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Three acrylic paints, painters tape – and the utensils

Basically what I did was tape off where I wanted the first color to end facing the end of the spoon:

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And then painted on until I wanted the next layer to begin

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 I did various lengths on each layer of paint so that they would all be a little different. After the first layer I just taped off two more times.

The white paint needed two coats, and I added some of the grey to the silver – it was way too light to cover the wood. It needed two layers of paint also.

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 I took a very small brush and brushed some of the extra into the holes at the ends, and that was that! Obviously these need to be hand washed – and have been! I used them for a salad for a dinner party. I think I need to find a glaze I can use to waterproof it, but I think because I used acrylic paint little splashes of water didn’t make any marks.

This would make a really fun personalized gift, just make sure that the recipient knows they’re hand wash only!

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New Orleans – Thursday!

I’m back!

It’s been a crazy few weeks that included the start of my new job, our one year wedding anniversary (which I’ll blog about, I have to finish nola first) and a lot of busy weekends. I’m trying to rededicate myself to the blog though now that I’ve got my ducks in a row with work. Having a new job and learning things every day is so fun, it seriously makes me feel like I’m using my brain again.

But – more about that later. This post is dedicated to our second day in New Orleans.

We got up and decided to head back to the quarter to walk around Jackson Square and take a few photos. Thursday was seriously the prettiest day.

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St. Louis Cathedral was seriously so pretty, there is a statue of Jackson in the middle, and that’s where they used to do the hangings. (fyi)

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I really loved my outfit this day – minus my huge travel bag…but the bow and red sunglasses made up for it.

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I know I just said it, but the weather Thursday was nothing short of perfection.

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We lit candles, and had the same prayer.

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The inside of the church was ah-maz-ing:

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 After meandering the French Quarter for another few hours – we took the ferry across the river, which gave us an amazing view of the church and the quarter…we decided to head back to our hotel to take a little rest for our feet…only to decide we hated our hotel. It was in a row of other hotels/restaurants and there were no interior windows in any of the hotel rooms! It was like being in a dungeon. So, we decided we would go get a massage – not just any massage, a reflexology foot massage, it was like being completely rejuvenated. I snapped this lovely snippet while waiting for my mom after we were finished.

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After our foot massage and complete renewal of spirit we did a little more walking – and decided we were starving, we ended up at Acme Oyster House for the best soft shell crab I’ve had since spring break my senior year of college in Miami:

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 I ate him up. Soft shell crab, sweet potato fries, and hush puppies. Best meal we had while there. Seriously.

After our late lunch we had reservations at 7:30 at this restaurant that was supposed to have the most amazing food, so we decided we should probably go sit down and shower. We got all dolled up for dinner and set out to the restaurant.

After we get to the restaurant we realized we are way. WAY over dressed. It was basically a bbq joint, the smell of pork was so extremely overwhelming it made me feel sick to my stomach. My Mom and I sat for a few minutes and after a few awkward glances I finally said it. I had to get out of there. Neither of us were starving after the crab, and I just had to get out of there. We devised a plan, our waiter came over and I decided I was newly pregnant and the horrible smell was making me sick. SO we high tailed it out of there, went to put on some more comfortable clothes – and hit Bourbon Street! This night was so fun! We ended up back at Galatoire’s, we went to their sister restaurant Galatoire’s 33, it was an old school bar vibe where we made friends with our bartender Tassie, she made the best Cosmos. We had a few drinks, ate a lot of carbs and laughed so much.

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I am seriously so lucky to have my Mom, she is truly my best friend and second to my husband – I don’t have as much fun with anybody.

New Orleans – Wednesday!

So, i’m going to try to relive Mothers Day weekend in NOLA. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this city, people say various things – how scary it is, crime and panhandlers – and some people live and die by this city. My mom had been – several times, all pre Katrina, and told me it would be best not to plan (or over plan – as I tend to do). So, I made a few restaurant reservations to ensure we wouldn’t have to wait here or there and that was it. When it comes down to it – it sounds like we didn’t do anything, because we largely walked around (which, we love to do – and there is no lack of things to mouth breathe at in NOLA). A week after our trip I still long to be back in that city. It was such a wonderful trip and I’m so happy that I have a mother like mine who I can be friends with now that I’m an adult (tho make no mistake about it, she’s a mom first, and will not hesitate to break out my full name if I do something wrong). We took enough photos for me to feel like putting them all in one place would seem like NOLA overload. So I’m going to post each day over the next few days.

We left Wednesday morning, I woke up at 4 with a fit of sneezes, our flight left around 8ish – which made getting up at 4 not such a bad idea considering ATL traffic. I wrote a blog about my airport outfit, so I’ll skip that – I will say that my mom upgraded us to first class, and uh, I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to go back! That was definitely the right way to start the trip!

We landed, got a cab, got to our hotel – changed and went right out. Image

We walked a lot by the Mississippi river front, and snapped some photos.

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I changed into my favorite dress for the summer – the Anthro dress I’ve blogged about several times so far, and put my hair in a giant bun. We mostly walked around the French Quarter and stopped at a little cafe for a (not so great) cup of gumbo.

ImageOne thing New Orleans didn’t have a shortage of – was fried food…whats up with that NOLA? I think it was largely this restaurant had nothing but big grease balls and we just didn’t feel like we could up and walk out (interesting story about that LATER).

After lunch we walked around a little more – found some junk stores we had heard some things about, and while they were interesting…not as huge as we’d previously heard. This is the day I found and bought the cat dress I wore on my last day of work at my previous job.

We stopped in of course at Cafe Du Monde and had beignets and a cafe au let.  Now…let me say. I don’t know if it was the hype or what, but these beignets were not as all that as people say they are. Not that they were bad, just again – deep fried, and mostly it was like a funnel cake that you can get at any GA state fair. The cafe au let was great, just it was super hot out, so eh. You know.

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 Clearly some of these photos are instagrams.

We went to Galatoire’s for dinner – and had some pretty yum cosmos, our appetizer was great, and our food was okay. My mom and I like to read reviews about how either GREAT or HORRIBLE places were, and all in all Galatoire’s wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t something I’d make it back to NOLA just to have – though, seriously the cosmo’s were so good.

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Isn’t my mom so cute!?

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 Galatorie’s is right on Bourbon Street – buuuut after a few drinks, and being awake since 4am (plus walking every day about 25,000 steps according to my fitbit) we were pretty ready for sleep. All in all the first day made me very excited for the next few!

Cat Lady Chic

So, a few weeks I jokingly sent an email to my mom (who is a new member of the cat lady club) with a link to this dress, telling her I was buying it for her.

Well, when she and I were in New Orleans this past weekend we happened upon a store with the cutest prints inside – they had several dresses I’ve seen on Mod Cloth in fact. So, it started innocently enough. Low and behold, they had that dress. They only had a small, but I figured why not – I’ll try it on. And guess what:

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IT FIT PERFECTLY.

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 The cut of the dress is puurrfection (see what I did). The silhouette and low back seriously had me…the print in person was just so fun I couldn’t resist. I mean, I own a dress with big orange ants all over it. It was a must.

It’s also super fun to twirl in – but I don’t know how you people take twirling pictures…this was as good as it got:

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 Yeah, that’s a big girly smile. Today was my last day of working as a sales assistant. I’ve worked in this office for 4 years and refuse to comment good or bad – I’ll just say I’m excited to look forward.

I finished the outfit off with a huge bun, cat necklace, bow belt from another dress and my spiked shoes. All in all this outfit was a favorite.

The Big Easy

Today I’m off to New Orleans to celebrate Mothers Day with – my mom! And instead of writing a touching note in her card – which I just remembered to pack – I decided to take pictures and blog about my outfit! (Hi mom!) 

I like to keep it easy in an airport – but also still cute, you’ll never see me wandering around the airport in fuzzy slippers and pj’s. It happens, I don’t doubt I’ll see several people doing it this morning. I don’t care if it is an 8 o’clock flight – I was up at 4:45! Half hour earlier than my alarm clock, but those georgia allergies know just when to kick in and cause a fit of sneezes. 

So, because it’s supposed to be 82 today in NOLA, but I’m always cold in airports I went with this polka dot midi skirt from Forever21, striped shirt – also Forever21, and a black cardi. Target – like 7 years ago. But you know, you can find them anywhere. You can’t see my feet, but I wouldn’t go to NOLA without my saltwater sandals. 

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Do you see those photo editing skills?! Even at 5:30am I’m a master in the arts.

I’ll try to find the skirt and shirt to link back to later, they’re pretty old by Forever21 standards – but hey, see what I did there? An entire outfit from Forever21 and it doesn’t look like it cost $14 total. 

Hopefully I’ll be able to blog a little from NOLA, otherwise I’m sure I’ll have some bits when I get back!

Wishlist Wednesday

I love this dress from Anthropologie. I do love most vibrant colors for spring and summer, but I love the neutrality of this dress. I could see it being worn in the summer and the fall with tights. The blue pops are adorable.

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This necklace makes me homesick for Maine, It always felt more like home, and I haven’t been in years.

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Mod Cloth had a red version of this skirt last year, and I grabbed it when it went on sale. This mint pencil version is so adorable.

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I think I need these  leggings for my workouts. Too cute.

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Motivational Monday

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I think this is something we all have a hard time remembering. We don’t have to be like anybody else – and the decisions we make can’t be based on what we think others will think of us. I think it’s okay to have our own opinions, or way of doing things. When I was starting this blog, I found myself approaching it the same way I approached planning the wedding, I started to concentrate on what I didn’t want this blog to be. Which you may think to yourself ‘isn’t that a negative approach?’, I don’t think so. I did the same thing with my wedding. Because when you’re finally getting to plan your wedding – not just dreaming about it – you think everything is great. The dress, the flowers, photographs. You really have to keep a critical eye and find the things you don’t like, so you can narrow what you do. I’d love to experience more of a sense of community – but found some other ATL bloggers were more catty, and classified themselves as, well – bitchy. They said it proudly, so this is not my being catty. Personally I don’t want to criticize, I think everybody should do things the way they want to. If you’ve got to take a selfie to show an outfit – fine. If you instagrammed it because you don’t know photoshop well enough – great! We all have to start somewhere, and we all have to be different – else blogs would be boring.