October 2014 archive

Gatsby Decor

So I was asked to work on centerpieces for an upcoming Gatsby party.  The motif is supposed to be black and gold with an art deco twist.

This was the Pinterest image that I was given to make the centerpieces from-

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/263460646926707754/

So I started with donations of old wine bottles.  Since I currently have none of my own.  😉 Then I removed the labels, which was no easy task.  And sacrificed the gel manicure on my thumbnail.  Totally worth it though.

After I had the bottles naked, I spray painted them in the colors- black, gold and a creamy white.  (I have a sneaking suspicion that word has gotten out that I have a spray paint problem.  And that could be how I wound up with this task in the first place.  All you’ve heard is true!)

Black Bottles

Black Bottles

Gold Bottles

Gold Bottles

While they dried, I made a run to my local dollar store.  I found this sparkly tape and some sticky backed rhinestones.  I also have in my stash of random decor a big spool of pearl garland which will be the final touch on these babies.  Perfect for Gatsby!

And here they are in progress.  I think they’ll turn out!!

Almost Finished

Almost Finished

Beauty Shop Tuesday

I meant to get this post out yesterday but the Mr. surprised me with a day at home.  And I was busy soaking that up!

So here we are having a Beauty Shop Tuesday…because it can be beauty shop time anytime, right?

Today’s topic, Sally Hansen’s Gel Nail polish.  You know how I love gel manicures.  But I just don’t have the time to maintain nails.  Seriously, I have almost four children now.  Get real.

I’ve heard some serious buzz about the Sally Hansen gel polish.  I’ve heard it’s the next best thing to salon gel manicures.  1) It’s affordable.  It runs approximately $15.  No $100 kit needed here.  2) There is no special light needed.  3) You can buy it anywhere.

So I had to check it out.

The last time I was at Target, I scooped up a color and the top coat.  And I’m gonna be honest.  I’ve been through that nail aisle several times lately and there were three colors left.  Out of about 25.  And I bought the LAST topcoat.  So…I’m thinking it is popular?!!

The color I chose was the only one that looked even remotely fall-ish, a bright violet (Hunger Flames).  So I’m not sure I would have normally experimented with this one.  But it’s just nail polish and I’m adventurous, right?

Previous Polish & New Gel Polish

Previous Polish & New Gel Polish

I went to work and put on the two coats that it asks you to use for the color.  And then also added the topcoat.  Now, it says that you can sit in natural light for them to dry. Since it was so nice out, I went outside and let the sun bake them.  I’m not sure how they’ll dry in the wintertime.

But surprisingly they were dry quite quickly, just like the real thing.  Maybe not put-your-hands-in-your-pocket kind of dry but more like run-errands dry.

So I’ll give them the test and see how long they make it.  And how easy it is to remove because the claim is that you can use your regular polish remover.  And I’m hoping for none of that weird-looking wrinkly nail issue that you have when you take off the salon gel polish.

Here’s the finished product.  Disregard the hangnails.  Having polish ON is a wonderment to moms everywhere.

Gel Polish

Gel Polish

 

Fun New Pictures

Recently I did a maternity photo shoot with my very good friend, Melanie Kirkpatrick.  This was part one a two-part series for the Real Housewives of Eastern Iowa’s blog that I contribute to and I thought I’d share some photos of my very pregnant self.  (Probably should have put a six month max on prego picts!)

Black and white

Black and white

In the beautiful trees

In the beautiful trees

Wearing my boho hat

Wearing my boho hat

Love this bridge

Love this bridge

Cement wall

Cement wall

Which is your favorite?  Can’t wait to show you part 2!  Happy Friday and thank you Melanie!

ModCloth Layering Challenge

ModCloth Layering Challenge

I was recently asked by ModCloth to create a fall layering outfit based on some of the amazing items they have available.  And here’s my outfit!

I chose these three layering items in the perfect fall color scheme- the blouse, the cardigan and the coat.

I love these skinny, olive colored jeans, so perfect for fall when you’re tired of wearing blue jeans.  And to make the outfit feel more boho, I added in this romantic and flowy blouse, paired with a simple necklace.

To keep you warm, be sure to find a colorful and cozy cardigan like this printed one that goes with the olive and yellow tones but doesn’t necessarily have to match.  (You can check out ModCloth for more awesome cardigans here.)

Keep out the chill with this beautiful mustard colored coat- so much better than your basic black.  Black can be so boring!

Lastly, don’t forget these awesome booties (obsessed!), this adorable hat and a bag that won’t weigh you down.
Enjoy the fall with ModCloth!
ModCloth Layering Challenge by stylefromthesticks featuring a military fashion

Ruffle shirt
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Jack bb dakota coat
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Military fashion
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Brown satchel bag
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Locket jewelry
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Brimmed hat
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Q&A- Maternity Style for Fall Wedding

 

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Journee-Collection-Womens-CRUELLA-Faux-Suede-Peep-Toe-Pumps $35 at Overstock.com

I received the following question from a reader-

I have a wedding coming up. We are expecting and the options I have include a little black maternity dress. It has a simple cut- boat neck, a little more than a cap sleeves, banded below the bust, with pleats to accommodate baby. It’s not tightly fitted/clingy, but it’s also not the tent shape. I’m stuck on what shoes to wear, mostly due to the season. My options are red heels with a peep toe, classic closed toed black pumps, or black booties. What are your recommendations? Are any not season appropriate? Also, what are your thoughts on the leg- can I go bare or wear sheer black hose/black opaque tights?

Thanks for your help. -Ashlee

Thank you for your question Ashlee!   I too have only pretty much LBD options for a dressy maternity options.  But that doesn’t mean the outfit has to be boring!

Between the three options you listed, I feel the red shoes are most appropriate.  Black pumps are great for a funeral or in a business meeting but this is a wedding!  It’s time to celebrate.  I also love the bootie idea but they are trendier and funky.  For a wedding, you want dressy.

And my thoughts on the leg situation- if it is going to be at all nice out, I would hold out on wearing any tights until you absolutely have to.  Tights and pregnancy equals a complete debacle.  Not at all enjoyable!

Now, if you’re feeling strange about the red shoes, you can always wear a pair of fabulous red earrings or carry a red clutch or a red wrap.  Another thing to consider, matching your shoes to your hair.  It sounds silly, I know.  But a blonde could pass wearing nude pumps and as I know you have a beautiful auburn colored hair, your red pumps will look great!

I hope this helps!

Thanks!  Holly

If you have a fashion question, send it my way!  stylefromthesticks@gmail.com

Painting Pallets #2

It’s a slow going week.  But here is the progress I have on another pallet.  I’ll show you where I’m going with it next later.

Here’s what it looks like now-

Beach Image Pallet

Beach Image Pallet

I know it’s out of season, but this is a beach scene.  I love the colors.  It isn’t quite how I want it yet though….

Stay tuned!

 

Painting Pallets

Do you remember WAY back when my dad and the Mr. helped me make some pallet signs for a Pinterest party for my church?  If not, you can read more about it here.

Well, I had a few of those pallets left over and got tired of looking at them naked (without paint).  And I decided to make me a few signs.  I haven’t decided yet if I’m selling them this year at the same fundraiser for my church, or if I’m going to keep them for myself.

Here is example number one-

Iowa Pallet

Iowa Pallet

Now, keep in mind this was freehand.  So all of you that know Iowa well can judge my skills later.  😉

She’s a beaut, ain’t she Clark?

 

Columbus Day

Did you have the day off?  Did your kids?  We spent the day catching up.  After a busy weekend, it was nice to chill.  And since it was a dreary day anyway, we had a yoga pants kinda day.

Our activities included my exchanging one child’s closet from summer clothes to winter (which took most of the day), baking a double batch of chocolate cookies and some homemade chicken noodle soup.  And having a friend help reattach my blinds after the painting party.  Then I gave everyone haircuts and went to a Bible study.

C is for Cookies

C is for Cookies

It was quiet.  It was productive.  And I got to spend it with the people I love most.  What a great day!

Fun Facts About Me

I used to have this posted on my old blogspot site but just didn’t move it over when I did the big switcharoo.

I thought it might be good reading enjoyment for your Friday.  I updated a few of them but it is an ironic list considering what I seem to write about most days.  If you’re fairly new to the blog, this will a great way to know more about me!

25. My favorite color is white. I would wear white every day if I could or have it in every room in my house.

24. My husband and I met our very first day of college and were friends up until my senior year.

23.  I used to be able to play the piano, the French horn and occasionally the trumpet. Now I am dabbling in the guitar but am a slow learner.

22. I’ve never been skiing- water or snow.

21. Every year I read books from my childhood, Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie and Archie Comics.  UPDATE- Back when I could actually read a book.  #bloggingproblems

20. My favorite drink is sangria, if you didn’t already know that. And I’m a total cheap-skate. I love the $7 version with a screw off top. High class, I know.

19. I have lived in four different states. I was born in Indiana and have lived twice in both South Dakota and Iowa.

18. There are times when I fear I suffer from AIXELSYD. I read numbers backwards occasionally and I have a hard time spelling without seeing the letters in print.

17. I pray often for children who are suffering throughout the world. What an injustice that any child should ever have to feel hunger, pain or neglect.

16. When I put on my wedding dress, I had that moment where I knew it was the one. Just like a feeling I had about my husband after we met.

15. I love Jane Austen (I think I’ve read all of her books) and one of my favorite movies of all time is Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley. I am also a movie nut and have seen a TON of movies, both old and new.

14. I was great at algebra, calculus, etc. but don’t ask me to do real life (practical) math.  And just ask The Mr. how great I am at budgeting…

13. I think Adam from Man vs. Food has the best job in the world.

12. My eyes are green.

11. If I were a professional athlete, I’d be an ice skater.

10. I love homemade cookie dough. & I’ll probably die from whatever illness it is you can catch from raw eggs. #worththerisk

9. My house is usually organized but rarely clean.

8. I’ve had surgery four times.

7. I used to be able to drink coffee all day long, but after breastfeeding and being pregnant, caffeine makes me crazy. One cup and I’m laying awake at night.  UPDATE- I am now a caffeine fiend again.

6. I cut my husband and little boys’ hair. So if you ever wonder why they always have the same haircut, it’s because I don’t know what I’m doing.  Really.

5. Although my ancestry is German and English, I think I must be Italian. I love the food and the wine. And the more I have, the more loudly I talk and often interrupt. Plus, la famiglia e tutto.

4. I am a way less cool person in person.  I tend to be quiet and come across as snobbish instead of introverted.

3. Jesus loves me, this I know.

2. I’d probably have a Duggar-sized family if I had a nanny, a cook, a maid, a plastic surgeon and a billion dollars on hand.

1. I am secretly a jeans and t-shirt girl, who chooses to try most days to do better.

Happy Friday!!

 

The Big Reveal

Alright, I’ve stalled enough.  Here is the big reveal of my trim party.

This is what it has looked like for an extremely long period of time-

Trim Before

Trim Before

Foyer

Foyer

Trim

Trim

And here’s some after shots-

Foyer After

Foyer After

Trim After

Trim After

Window Casing

Window Casing

All that whiteness is very, very exciting around these parts.  I hope you enjoy it too.

 

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