July 2014 archive

You Can Paint Anything

I recently acquired a patio umbrella for free.  I’ve been looking for a turquoise umbrella and have yet to find a big one in that color that I could afford.  So when I received this free, large but dated umbrella, I had plans for it.

Here’s a picture of what it resembled, only mine was 80s pastels.

Break out the turquoise spray paint.

I used three cans of paint on this baby, which is approximately $12.  I think that’s a pretty good buy.  And while it didn’t cover the former stripes, it did leave the umbrella turquoise. And in the bright sunshine, it has a little bit of a tie-dyed effect.

Tie-Dyed Umbrella

Tie-Dyed Umbrella

But it does the job and it looks the part.

Umbrella & Table

Umbrella & Table

Esh, I can’t wait to get rid of those hunter green shutters from 1996.

All this does is make me want to finish the door into table project I’ve started but haven’t completed yet.  That’s a story for another day.

Door into Table

Door into Table

Oh, and that umbrella stand is a 5 gallon bucket spray painted and filled with cement with a paint roller as an insert.  Cause that’s the “Sticks” in Style from the Sticks.  🙂

Proof that you can paint just about anything.

Shutter Shellac

I’ve been into the spray paint.  I KNOW my neighbors think I’m the crazy spray paint lady. And that’s okay.  Because they are probably right.

If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you know I have a painting problem.  I’ve even had people drop used cans of paint off to me.  I’m starting some sort of strange collection.  I have a hard time passing the reject cans of paint on the sale shelf at Menards.  Oh so many uses!

Here’s another thing you know about me if you’ve read this blog, I dislike the color black. While it used to be only a dislike for black clothing, my dislike has now crept into my home decor as well.  It just feels so dated and gloomy.  I love bright, happy and cheerful.  Read bright colors and white.

I’ve been on a mission the irradicate the MAJORITY of my black.  I say majority because every home needs a few black pieces.  But I will not be following the latest trend of painting my interior doors black.  No thank you.

And if you’ve ever painted anything black, it can be really tricky and involve many layers of paint to turn a black piece into a light piece.  So before you pick up that bottle of black spray paint or black paint can, be sure you know that it should really be that color.

Case in point, I have these two old shutters that I’m positive I purchased for a whole $5 about ten years ago.  They aren’t even wood, just plastic.  But they seemed to be what I’ve been missing on either side of my dining room hutch.

Problem is, they are black.  And I’m WAY tired of black.  Break out the spray paint!

I could have tried to make these babies white, but that would have involved many, many layers of white.  And I just didn’t think white was the color for my dining room, since it is the moodiest room on my main floor.  So I chose a dusty grey/blue color.  It’s called Valspar’s Cobalt Cannon.

When you’re painting shutters, spray paint is your friend.  Getting into every little nook and cranny can be a major paint with regular paint.  Spray paint makes it a cinch.

Here are my shutters getting their coats of paint-

Shutters During Painting

Shutters During Painting

And here’s that dining room wall before-

Just the Hutch

Just the Hutch

Here’s the after-

Hutch with Shutters

Hutch with Shutters

Worth the paint!

Pack It All In

Yesterday was a busy day.  So sorry I missed you!  And this is the last week of July!  Who’s not depressed by that?!

I am choosing not to be depressed.  I could look at my summer bucket list and all that I have not crossed off yet and be sad.  Or I could look at the last few weeks of summer as a chance to squeeze in as much fun as possible.  And I also can reflect on all the wonderful days we’ve spent with friends and busy with life, accomplishing so much.

I’m going to focus on the positive.  And I’m also going to get busy.  I have projects to start to finish and to dream about.

And I’m going to show you anything that I’ve been working on.

Don’t be down!  Savor each day like the gift it is!  And be sure to pack it all in.

Wedding Week- White Tie

While it may be rare, there does exist one more label on the wedding invitation that may give you pause, white tie.
Basically, if you see this on your invitation, you need to be in a formal.  That means a long evening gown.  The men will probably be in tails and there may even be gloves involved. Think an invitation to the White House.
I know your maxi dress is a long dress but this does not qualify as a formal.  And as much as I loath the LBD, this is the time to dust off that black formal that you keep in your closet for such emergencies.  This is a dress that can be worn again and again.
The same rule as for the black tie invite applies:  be careful not to look like a bridesmaid in a pastel dress with no detailing.  Make sure you have a clutch and not a clunky mom bag. Wear your nicest jewelry.  Think elegance!
Thanks for a great wedding week!Wedding Week- White Tie


Wedding Week- White Tie by stylefromthesticks featuring long evening dresses

TFNC long evening dress
$77 – zalando.co.uk

Fake black diamond ring

Wedding Week- Black Tie

I’ve posted many a time about what it means when the invitation says “black tie.”  You can read more about that here.
What’s the short version?  Don’t show up in your cotton daydress.  Put on the jewelry that you feel is a little too fancy for work or the playground.  DRESS UP.  You should feel comfortable in a cocktail dress.
One other thing to keep in mind.  Solid color dresses may wind you up in the bridesmaid category.  So be weary.  Also, NEVER wear a white dress to a wedding.  The End.  🙂Wedding Week- Black Tie


Wedding Week- Black Tie by stylefromthesticks featuring gold jewelry

Boohoo dress

LowLuv gold jewelry

Wedding Week- Military

A military wedding can mean different wardrobe choices.  There are informal military weddings.  Most military wedding I’ve seen have meant the men are in their “dress blues” or “blue or white mess dress” which means they are in their fancy uniforms.
If this is what the guys are wearing, don’t show up in your maxi dress.  When the men are wearing something sharp, now is not the time to look frumpy.
For a military wedding, I think something with structure is appropriate.  I like these retro inspired dresses with the full skirts.  They have seaming and shape up top and are a little flirty and feminine on the bottom.
A little bit of the same structure he’s wearing, a little bit girly.  A perfect match to salute that arch of swords!
Wedding Week- Military


Wedding Week- Military by stylefromthesticks featuring a fit and flare dress

Closet sleeveless dress
$89 – johnlewis.com

ASOS fit and flare dress
$68 – asos.com

Red shoes

ALDO quilted handbag

Ann Taylor earrings

Kenneth Cole earrings

Wedding Week- Destination

Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. Who wouldn’t want to get outta dodge and go some place exotic or historic?
If you are lucky enough to get to attend a destination wedding, typically the vibe is more relaxed. Today’s outfit is for the tropical destination wedding. I packed a jersey dress, it’ll feel great in the humidity and it’ll pack like a champ. Throw on a pair of easy but pretty sandals, some flower earrings and wear a flower in your hair! 
Now you’re ready for a day in paradise!Wedding Week- Destination


Wedding Week- Destination by stylefromthesticks featuring beaded sandals

Jersey knit dress
$34 – romanoriginals.co.uk

Barrette hair clip

Wedding Week- Casual

It’s wedding season and many of you have weddings coming up to attend.  What to wear? This week, I’ll give you five outfits to wear depending on your wedding destination.
Today’s wedding is casual.  It can be hard to know if the wedding is truly casual, especially when some venues can be either casual or more formal.
Take for example, a beach wedding or a wedding that takes place in a barn.  Either place screams casual, but there have been lots of weddings lately that have taken that venue and made it elegant.  So be weary.
This is what I would pack.  If you’re absolutely certain that you know the family and it is going to be casual.  This is it.  This dress is easy, the sandals will be comfortable and will withstand sand or dirt.  And yet the necklace makes this outfit just a little more fancy.
And if you’re worried that it might not be “nice” enough, pack a pair of heels and wear your hair up.  It’ll still pass!Wedding Week- Casual


Wedding Week- Casual by stylefromthesticks featuring a braided belt

Braided belt

Forever New pocket purse
$28 – forevernew.com.au

Drab to Fab III

With the unseasonably cooler weather, making an outfit more interesting isn’t as hard as it can be when the heat rises.

Here is your basic outfit when the temperature smolders.

Simple Tank & Shorts

Simple Tank & Shorts

I even added in a pair of sneakers, which I don’t hardly wear!

Here’s a better outfit, especially since temperatures have been so cool.

Sweater on Top

Sweater on Top

All I did was add in a sweater and take off my sneakers for a fancier wedge.  (Who knows what was going on with my hair here…?)

I hope you enjoyed this drab to fab special.  If you’d like to see more of this, let me know! I can add this in to my rotation!

Drab to Fab III

Drab to Fab III

Shorts- Gap

Tank- Wal-Mart

Sweater- Loft

Sneakers- DKNY

Wedges- Loft

Earrings & Bracelet- Wal-Mart

Drab to Fab II

Today’s outfit is based on the little black dress.  You all know how I feel about black, I just don’t wear it very often.  It’s my least favorite color and I always feel like I’m giving up when I purchase something in black.

So a little black dress for me isn’t very exciting.  It absolutely needs something to jazz it up.

Here is a basic maxi dress.  I know what you’re thinking, if I’m wearing a maxi dress, I’ve at least tried!  I’ve done something beyond a t-shirt and shorts.  Give me credit.  So true. But you can still look pretty drab in a maxi dress.

Basic Little Black Dress

Basic Little Black Dress

All I have styled this with is a pair of diamond studs and some blinged out flip flops. Nothing too exciting.

Let’s say you want to pair this with something a bit more funky.

Fun Accessories

Fun Accessories

Here I added a cute fedora, a denim vest and a pair of wedges, along with a chunky necklace.

Maybe you want the look to be a little more chic.

Fedora Chic

Fedora Chic

All I did here was switch out my necklace and vest for a big belt and earrings.

Lastly, let’s say it’s date night.  Here’s a great way to take a day dress and make it more summer night appropriate.

Date Night

Date Night

I added a lace bolero and switched out my wedges for a little kitten heel.  Totally wearable but has an element of sophistication.

And that’s four ways to style your little black dress!

Drab to Fab II

Drab to Fab II

Dress- Wal-Mart

Wedges- Jessica Simpson

Heels- Dr. Scholl’s

Flip Flops- Dillards

Studs- Target

Vest- Star Jeans

Necklace- Premiere

Hat- bought in Paris

Clutch- Coach

Big Belt- Guess

Bolero- Express

Big Earrings- Lillian’s

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