September 2015 archive

Fall Fling Fashions

Oh that’s right, I doooo blog about fashion once in awhile. ¬†ūüôā ¬†It’s been an interesting summer with all of the fixer upper work. ¬†I’m sure you’ve all enjoyed seeing me run around in my painting clothes. ¬†Sometimes it feels good to be a compete mess. ¬†I’m praying that it slows down one of these days. ¬†There’s only so many projects a girl can handle and I’m at my maximum lately! ¬†I’m looking forward to a little more family time and fewer trips to Menards. ¬†ūüôā

I’m going to try to post more on fashion these coming months in the hope to phase out of complete fixer upper world. ¬†I’ll still keep you updated but I need to get that sense of normal back.

On that note, here is my review of the Fall Fling I attended recently and the fall fashion trends that were showcased. ¬†I’ll be doing my own set of fall fashion next week, so stay tuned! ¬†Remember that my trends are necessarily what you’ll see on the runway. ¬†I try to focus on trends that I like and will wear. ¬†Who cares what’s going on in New York if it doesn’t work in your lifestyle here in Iowa?!

This year Jennifer’s on Main and Lillian’s were both there again. ¬†Jennifer’s trends included: ¬†fringe; booties; faux leather and fur; the colors blacks, grey, plums,navy and olives; and ponchos.

Let’s talk about those trends for a moment. ¬†While I’ll still say that I feel Jennifer’s gears towards a little more mature fashion, I thought they were spot on in saying that fringe is a trend. ¬†You’ll see next week that this is one of my obsessions for this fall. ¬†IT IS EVERYWHERE. ¬†If you don’t have something with fringe on it, go shopping!

I also appreciate the poncho. ¬†I love them for fall. ¬†It’s the perfect mix of a sweater and a scarf. ¬†What I appreciate about the poncho is that it isn’t quite as hot as a sweater. ¬†I overheat quickly.

Lillian’s trends were: ¬†floppy hats; the color marsala; plaid; dusters; mixing prints; print leggings; faux leather jackets; oversized shirts; and lace.

This girl loves hats. ¬†While I have a floppy hat from a few years ago, I’d love it if I saw it out more. ¬†I did invest in a panama hat recently. ¬†And for me, it’s a great mixture of a cowboy hat and a floppy hat.

The other trend I’m really loving is the dusters. ¬†They add so much fun to an outfit. ¬†Don’t be afraid of them; wear them with confidence!

Overall, it was a great day and I’m always glad I went. ¬†Here’s what I wore:

Fall Fling outfit

Fall Fling outfit

I wore my Joanna Gaines denim shirt (Old Navy) with my thrifted brown linen skirt with ivory embroidery  I like that the shirt toned down the feminine shirt.  My accessories were brown and copper and gold.  You get a glimpse of my sandals that were beaded and I also wore some vintage orange rhinestones.

Here’s a shot of some of my favorite ladies-

4 the Love of Junk

4 the Love of Junk

We like to go junkin’ together. ¬†You can find us on Facebook.

Also, if you’d like to read more about my review of the Fall Fling, you can read it at:

https://www.unitypoint.org/grundycounty/article.aspx?id=c50d6618-e8f7-405f-ac47-8b2aecf44c4d&Lucky+Seven+Key+to+Hospital+Renovations

Photos by Melanie Kirkpatrick

Fixer Upper- Week 17

One very, very tiring weekend, we installed all of the windows and two doors.  It was amazing what we accomplished with a small crew but everyone helped, including babysitting.  And with only six adults, we got it done!

Here are some pictures of them going in!

Back Side First

Back Side First

 

Big Front Picture Window

Big Front Picture Window

Using the Forklift

Using the Skid steer

Front Windows In

Front Windows In

Patio Door Going In

Patio Door Going In

Installation

Installation

New French Doors

New French Doors

Original Opening for Front Door, Looking Out

Original Opening for Front Door, Looking Out

Opening Minus the Old Door

Opening Minus the Old Door

Front With Door Installed

Front With Door Installed

I have to say, there was a dramatic finish to the front door installation, which we did last. ¬†The doorway had to be widened and it took most of the day to put in a new header and supports. ¬†So by the time we were ready to set the door in, it was almost dark and it started to rain. ¬†But we got it! ¬†Just a few chiropractic visits in my future…

Doesn’t it look nice?! ¬†A big thank you to our crew that worked so hard!!

 

Fixer Upper- Week 16

Some small updates…I’m starting to lose track of what’s been done and what I’ve written about. ¬†Oh and what week we are really on! ¬†ūüôā ¬†Back to school time is sure busy! ¬†I’m looking forward to having a little more writing time. ¬†Ha, who am I kidding!? ¬†I’ll be busy painting trim before snow flies!

These aren’t life altering projects but I tell you, what ever little bit makes big impacts! ¬†Here’s a few for example:

Canned lights-

Small Kitchen Canned Lights

Small Kitchen Canned Lights, Above the Cabinets

 

Living Room Canned Lights

Living Room Canned Lights

Moving my “old” light fixtures over (I’ll post the new ones in my own house soon!)-

A Hallway "Boob" Light

A Hallway “Boob” Light

Entry Light

Entry Light

Kitchen Table Light

Kitchen Table Light

Did you also notice there is one less window in the kitchen?  This wall used to have a window but now there will be garage there!

Garage Sale Bathroom Vanity Light

Garage Sale Bathroom Vanity Light

$15 Garage Sale Ceiling Fan

$15 Garage Sale Ceiling Fan

Closet shelving-

Master With New Shelf

Master With New Shelf

2nd Bedroom Closet Shelving

2nd Bedroom Closet Shelving

An Interior Door-

Bathroom Door (only one done so far!)

Bathroom Door (only one done so far!)

With hardware, I may add…

A Dishwasher and Small Kitchen Touches-

Dishwasher In!

Dishwasher In!

And the end of the cabinets in place.

Close Up of Island Corbels

Close Up of Island Corbels

Trim Pieces Put on Island Door

Trim Pieces Put on Island Door

We’ve been busy! ¬†And it’ll be nonstop until the winter!

Next week, new windows and doors!!!