Spring Fever

I am so over the cloudy days around here.  I mean, day number eight or something with no end in sight!  But the rain also makes me feel like getting my hands dirty in a garden and watching things grow.  Which translates to planting some potted plants and watching them slowly die in the summer sun.  I do not have a green thumb.  I have even managed to kill a succulent.  It can be done!  (They don’t like the heat from the fireplace much.  Just FYI.)

I would like to continue my spring trends post.  And I can’t believe how much the late 70s/early 80s are in this season.  I mean, most of the dresses look like prom dresses from that era- ruffles, cotton dresses with floral patterns and romantic little details.  You know very similar to this one-

Suddenly I’m smelling baby oil on sunburned skin and I have an overwhelming desire to break out the Doctor Scholl’s slides with the wooden bottoms.  I am totally dating myself here but I can remember when ladies used to deep condition their hair with mayo. And I would be playing dress up in some old flouncy dress (just like the ones on trend for spring) and some wooden clogs.  Ah, the early 80s were a good time!

I guess these trends are bringing me back to my childhood and not in an utterly disgusting kind of way- like the late 80s, early 90s.  I have had some time to miss them.

Here are a few fun options for spring-

Women’s Crochet Yoke Shift Dress by Xhilaration from Target, $24.99
http://www.target.com/p/women-s-crochet-yoke-shift-dress-blue-xhilaration-153-juniors/-/A-52051399 $24.99

Women’s Maxi Dress Petal Pink by Xhilaration from Target, $32.99
http://www.target.com/p/women-s-maxi-dress-petal-pink-xhilaration-153-juniors/-/A-52051438 $32.99

Women’s Floral Print Maxi Dress by Mossimo from Target, $29.99
http://www.target.com/p/women-s-floral-print-maxi-dress-with-lace-inset-mossimo-153/-/A-51939984 $29.99

Are you seeing the pattern here?  All I can say is, wow, girly, feminine looks are really back. My inner hippie is loving this as I think the boho trend is pushing most of these looks.  But there is something so nostalgic and familiar about this trend.

And for those of you born in the 90s or above, I’m sure this is exciting as it’s probably your first time through! 🙂


Spring Au Naturel

Spring is here!  And thank goodness!!  What’s in store for your spring wardrobe?  I have a few ideas.  First up, let’s find you a new pair of shoes.  Anyone for a trip to Target?

Here are some beauties that I love-

Aren’t these lovely ladies?  What’s the theme?  They are all nudes.  I love a nude shoe and the options out this spring are so tempting.  Laser cutouts, mules, peep-toe booties and all manner of cut-outs just spring BUY ME for spring!

These shoes- flats, booties, mules- whichever option you choose are your LBD of the shoe world.  You can never go wrong.  You will literally wear these shoes out with how much pavement they’ll see.

Did you spy a pair that you love?  My questions is- how many is too many?

So It’s Been A Long Time

I apologize for the lack of recent posts.  I was hacked and my site went down and it was a just a really pleasant experience for me.  I wish I would have taken coding in college so I would know more about WordPress but as one guy at the help desk described it…it’s like having a new puppy that never gets trained.  Such a pain in the a**.

So it’s been a long time since I’ve posted any photos or status updates on the Fixer Upper. Life’s been busy and I lost track of what I’ve posted recently.  So I will try to take you on a journey from last spring.

Here’s what the kitchen looks like.  The cupboards are in, the lighting is in.  We need to add the crown moulding to the cabinets and a few other projects lingering here.




There’s our new island.  All the countertops are concrete.  And pretty much everything from cabinets to appliances and lighting are new.


See that old door in the background?  That will eventually be a sliding barn door to cover the pantry!  That one is still on the list of to-dos.


Remember how we opened up the wall here and added the beam to make the space feel bigger?

I apologize for my curtain shortness, I threw them up wherever there were brackets already.

Here is the entry door painted a very light blue.

Remember how we used an old door for the front of this island?

My little coat closet.

Here are the French doors that go out to the newly constructed deck.  (More pictures of that in the future.)

The hallway down to the bedrooms.  The flooring goes throughout the whole upper floor.  Well minus the bathroom.

Here’s the new vanity.

Again, pretty much everything is new.  New tub and shower, new interior doors, new toilet!

Here’s the master bedroom.

And the second bedroom.

Here is where we attached a garage and added an entrance door to the garage in the main entryway.

Here’s a shot of the basement.  Which is currently under construction.  We cut this door into the wall to make the basement a walkout.  You can’t believe how much more light it added to the room which makes the space feel bigger.

We’ve done so much work on the outside too but I think I’ll leave it at that for today!



Holiday Tour 2016

I didn’t go all out this year.  And to be honest, most of my house has been taken over by gift bags and packages and I feel fairly drowning in Christmas.

But I did snap a few photos of a few little nooks that make our house feel festive.  This year’s theme was gold and silver, neutral and blue.




Front Tree

Front Tree

Fyi, every tree had a light mishap. They all kept going out long after the tree was decorated. I just gave up after awhile!

Chalkboard Window, Decorated with Kids Help

Chalkboard Window, Decorated with Kids Help

Table Top Display

Table Top Display

Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

Pencil Tree

Pencil Tree

Holiday Prints

Holiday Prints

Sleigh Bells on Antlers

Sleigh Bells on Antlers

Flocked Tree

Flocked Tree



LIttle House

LIttle House



Downstairs is where all my red plaid went.  And the fireplace is currently under repair, so I only took a few shots.



Fiberoptic Tree

Fiberoptic Tree


Holiday Looks- Tulle Skirt

Holiday Looks- Tulle Skirt

Here is my Christmas Eve headed to church look. I say this often, but I will say it again, if you have nice clothes in your closet waiting to be worn…what are you waiting for Christmas? 

Break out your finery for the holiday. Your closet shouldn’t be the only one that gets to see them.

Merry Christmas!

Holiday Looks- Tulle Skirt by stylefromthesticks featuring black d orsay pumps

Pure Collection wool cashmere sweater
$85 – johnlewis.com

WithChic fur collar coat
$67 – withchic.com

Topshop high waisted tutu
$48 – topshop.com

Imagine by Vince Camuto black d orsay pumps

Marc Jacobs pin jewelry
$26 – saksfifthavenue.com

Felony Case tech accessory

Chloe isabel

Boohoo braided waist belt

Holiday Looks- Sherpa Vest

Holiday Looks- Sherpa Vest

This is a look I wore both caroling and traveling. I love these sherpa vests. They add so much pow to otherwise plain jane outfits.

Who says you can wear too many buffalo prints? If you need to be warmer, layer the look with a jacket underneath the vest.

Tomorrow are my Christmas Eve look ideas and on Christmas Day, I will give you our holiday house tour. 

Hope you stop by!

Holiday Looks- Sherpa Vest by stylefromthesticks featuring black bootie boots

Tartan flannel shirt

Coco Main red buffalo plaid vest

H m jacket

Apt. 9 5 pocket jeans

Dorothy Perkins black bootie boots

Steven by steve madden handbag

Metal chain necklace

Rolled brim hat

Sorel Joan Of Arctic Knit II Boot

Holiday Looks- Velvet Pants

Holiday Looks- Velvet Pants

Here is a look that I have worn from church to a work Christmas party and also may be a great option for New Year’s Eve. 

This time of year, I love velvet and these cute little ankle pants from Old Navy won’t break the budget, but pack lots of style.

Pair them with something equal to the richess of the velvet- a satin top or a sequin blouse. Add a statement necklace that brings in color and some sparkly heels.

Ready for whatever!

Holiday Looks- Velvet Pants by stylefromthesticks featuring high heel shoes

French Connection white blouse
$46 – yoox.com

WearAll womens plus top

Old Navy skinny pants

Shirò high heel shoes

Nine West high heel shoes

Statement necklace

Kate Spade flower necklace

Holiday Looks- Knit Dress

Holiday Looks- Knit Dress

I wore a similar look to this knit dress during the day recently and turned it into a night look as well for our children’s Christmas program at church.

This knit is fine and lightweight. And it’s subzero temperatures. Which explains the leggings….

For day, a very trendy thing to do is pair your dress with… sneakers! It sure made running errands much easier! 

For both day and night, it needs a little something to look at around the neck. A blanket scarf is perfect for day and a statement necklace is sassy for night.

Brave the cold, wear the dress!

Holiday Looks- Knit Dress by stylefromthesticks featuring crystal jewelry

Slimming dress

Red leg warmer

Catherine Catherine Malandrino square toe boots

Adidas lace up shoes

John Lewis statement necklace
$30 – johnlewis.com

Tasha crystal jewelry

Katydid Collection gray scarve

Holiday Looks- Red Sweaterdress

It might be my favorite time of year, at least my favorite time to be a blogger. I love helping people get ready for their holiday functions because there are so many!

For the next few weeks, I’ll do my best to give you two different outfit options on things you may have in your closet – because they are in mine!  I’ll try to cover all of your holiday activities- work parties, programs, church services, shopping, even volunteering!

Here is the first look in this series-

Holiday Looks- Red Sweaterdress

Here is a little red sweaterdress I have in my closet.  You may not have red, but I bet you have a sweaterdress.  I wore this dress for both volunteering during the day and to a dress down work party at night- in a snowstorm.

I wore the same tall boots for both, I swapped out the plain black leggings from the day for velvet leggings for the party.  And instead of just a watch for day, I added some fun bangles for night.

It was a warm and cozy look!

Holiday Looks- Red Sweaterdress by stylefromthesticks featuring a bangle bracelet


Maurices wrap watch

Five Year Anniversary

It’s my five year blogiversary!  I can’t believe it’s been this long!  I have so enjoyed sharing many milestones with you.  A move, a new baby, a fixer upper and all of the ups and downs in between!

Five Years

Five Years

While the styles have changed since I first started blogging, my commitment to bringing you affordable, real mom style, sharing in my parenting sagas, showing you updates on my house and in the fixer upper, and whatever crazy project idea I have next has not.  Thank you for sticking through with me through long periods of craziness- summers and juggling a new baby with three others, beginning new writing venues, etc.

I love sharing my life with you and I hope to keep my readers stylish- even from the sticks!

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