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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Decorating above kitchen cabinets

I always wanted to decorate above the kitchen cabinets at our first house and never really got around to it before we moved. So I recently started collecting items to go over our current kitchen cabinets. Since we have staggered kitchen cabinets (different heights), I decided to just put items on top of the cabinets with more space above them. Also I think a key to making above cabinet decor look great is to not put too much up there. So even if you don't have different heights, space items out into corners and groupings much like how you would decorate a credenza, buffet or dresser.

I've felt like the tip of groups in odd numbers usually hold true for a great look... so items with 1, 3, 5, you get the idea.

I gathered these items below from April through August. You can tell I like to decorate with varying textures too. The only thing that might be missing is some type of greenery but haven't figured out where/if I should add that. I did not want to overdo the decorations or have anything that drew a bunch of attention.

Of course I may swap out a couple of things or add something just when I decorate for Christmas.

For the cabinets to the left of the first photo, I first picked up this wooden farmers market sign at a vintage warehouse last Thanksgiving.

I was trying to collect enough wood scraps to put under the items since there is a dip down on top of the cabinets of several inches where the molding is but was having a hard time with the sign falling over. My mom suggested using old magazines and catalogs and it worked like a charm. I could stack them behind the sign too to keep it tilted back ever so slightly so it didn't fall. As you can see pretty simple but a great way to add decor to your kitchen!

Source list:
Farmer's Market sign: Vintage Warehouse in FL
Burlap Letter with nail head trim: Hobby Lobby
3 Glass Jars in Wire Basket: Lake Normal Antique Mall
Brown glass bottles: large one from Habitat Restore, medium and small one from Lake Norman Antique Mall (medium one is a vintage Clorox bottle)

And here is a picture of the whole kitchen so you can get an idea of the cabinets. In case you were wondering we have since raised the height of the pendant lights... who knows why the builder put them that low.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What I Wore: Yellow and Teal

I usually pair this bright yellow skirt with a neutral top or I've paired it with a bright blue before but I decided to try it out with my favorite color, teal. And I really liked the combo. If you like bright happy colors definitely try out yellow and teal together. As I've said before if you are shy about yellow (as many people are) try it as a bottom instead of a top and won't have a chance to not look great with your face skin tone.

I only wish I could find this exact skirt in more colors. It is the perfect length and fit.

Yellow skirt: Loft Outlet, similarsimilar, midi skirtsimilar
Teal cardigan: Banana Republic Outlet, similarsimilar, similar, similar
White sleeveless top: Loft Outlet, similarsimilarsimilar
Cognac flats: Aerosoles, similarsimilarvery similar
Clear and gold chandelier earrings: Towne and Reese, similar, similar
Gold necklace: Towne and Reese, similar, similar

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Great lipsticks for fair skin

I've found that one of the biggest beauty challenges for someone with fair skin is finding lipsticks that look great. Of course there is no one lipstick for all occasions since if you are wearing colors that go better with red you will want a red-tone lipstick or wearing colors that go better with pink you will want a pink-tone lipstick and so on. I've compiled a list of lipsticks that I find to be fabulous for those with fair skin like myself and these are the only lipsticks I wear!

Nars Flair
My most versatile and longest lasting lipstick so worth the higher price compared to the other lipsticks on this list. Creamy and nourishing too!

Clinique Black Honey
This is a little bit sheer but still great color. Has a little bit of a purple hue in it.

Revlon Colorburst Red Velvet
Obviously in the red family but a little more crimson than the true red.

Revlon Colorburst Berry Smoothie
In the pink family but really goes well with lots of outfits/colors. I've found this to be a great lipstick when wearing bright orange since I have a good bit of that in my closet... Go Tigers!

Maybelline Colorsensation Warm Me Up
This has a mauve/pink and soft brown hue so it is my "neutral" lipstick without looking like your bare lips which a lot of neutrals look like on fair skin

Revlon Colorburst True Red
Just like it sounds, a perfect true red

Of course I am sure many of these lipsticks look great on other complexions too but hopefully this was especially helpful to all the fair skinned girls!! Fair is the new tan right?!? Well at least that's the motto my sunscreen and I are sticking to.

Here are a few past style photos for me to identify the lipsticks for you... I usually don't list out my lipstick color in the What I Wore posts so I'll try to add a few photos to this in the future. You can click on the photo if you need to see it enlarged.

Nars Flair

Another Nars Flair

Revlon Berry Smoothie

 Revlon Red Velvet

Revlon True Red

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

What I Wore: Coral Shorts and Chambray

I had been looking forward to pairing my coral shorts with a chambray top ever since I bought the shorts. We had a few really hot weeks so I had to wait for a day when it wasn't just blazing hot out even though the chambray isn't too heavy. I wore this to dinner out with the girls! I finally ate at Tupelo Honey (a local-ish restaurant with a few locations, the first being in Asheville). It did not disappoint... especially the free biscuits with honey and jam they bring out to every table! If I was saying this to Eric, this is the point where he would quote Futurama and say "free bread at a restaurant".

My chambray shirt was a clearance find at Gap for $18 marked down from like $60 something. Probably why I don't own that many things from Gap (as opposed to Gap Outlet) since I won't pay that much for a button down shirt but every so often you find a gem on the sale or clearance rack. I really loved the combo of a chambray top with bright colored shorts.

Chambray top: Gap, very similar, similar, similar, similar
Coral shorts: J.Crew (brilliant coral 3" chino shorts) - these often go on sale and you can get them for around $30
Gold sandals: Nine West, similarsimilar
Teal earrings: Francesca's, similarsimilar
Aviator sunglasses: Loft Outlet, very similarsimilar

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