A Couple of Shenanigans

Okay, so the snow officially “hit” here and I’m trying to put our fixer upper house projects on hold through the holidays.  I’ll still post more updates as there is still a bunch to show you completed but, for now, our work has stalled.  We need a holiday, literally.

Meanwhile I did a Christmas tree for our town’s Christmas tree festival and the theme this year was All Around the World.  Instead of doing a big tree this year, I thought I’d keep it simple and do a vignette. So here is my door and desk with a typewriter dressed up for Christmas.  Style from the Sticks is supposed to be writing Christmas cards which get sent all around the world.  Get it?

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Another item I don’t want to forget to mention is a little movie roll I recently had. I played the ditsy blonde in a movie that was made in my town. I’m always typecast. 🙂 I had a really small part but I had a good time doing it and meeting new people. Here I am before the premier. The best part is that three of my kids got to be extras and I know they were excited about that.

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Oh, and I’ll be out Black Friday shopping again this year.  If you’re out, live tweet with me! @stylefmthestixs

I am also hoping to get a little holiday tour of my house up later in the season.  We’ll see how fast I can put things together!

Have a happy thanksgiving!

A Little Fooling Around

We took one more round of pictures, just as the sun was setting the other night.  Thought I would share my talented friend’s hard work!

I wore my new favorite hat which absolutely mortifies the Mr. when I wear it.  Doesn’t he know that Indiana Jones is back?

Just waiting on a train

Just waiting on a train

Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones

Okay, I'll take it off

Okay, I’ll take it off

Forget this, I'm out

Forget this, I’m out

Thank you friend!

Photos by Melanie Kirkpatrick

Fixer Upper- Weeks 18, 19 & 20

It’s crunch time at the fixer upper before snow flies so we have been busy, busy, busy!  Thank you for being so patient with my posts.

After we finished with installing the windows and doors, we had siding to start.  This process has been pretty lengthy and we’re still not 100% done.  But it certainly makes a difference!

Here are some shots of the siding going on.

 

First Side Going On

First Side Going On

Top of the Front

Top of the Front

Front

Front

As the designer, I also had an idea to put some faux stonework on the bottom of the fixer upper, just to dress up that portion a little bit.  It’ll eventually wrap all the way around the front, to the garage.

Close Up of Stone

Close Up of Stone

Adding Stonework

Adding Stonework

Closer Shot

Closer Shot

And speaking of the garage, the house has one now!  We hired the footings and floor to be poured from a local concrete company and it was so nice to stand and watch someone else work for awhile!

Before the Footings

Before the Footings

Footings

Footings and Walls

Concrete Truck

Concrete Truck

Pouring

Pouring

After Floor Poured

After Floor Poured

Side Shot

Side Shot

I really enjoyed seeing how the concrete was smoothed out.  That was cool.

Then the Mr. and my dad began framing.  We ran into a little trouble with the roofline and some miscommunication between the designer and the workers.  🙂  So we had to make some adjustments which delayed the process.

Framing

Framing

From Far Away

From Far Away

Figuring Out the Roofline

Figuring Out the Roofline

In Its Final Spot

In Its Final Spot

Rafters Up

Rafters Up

It was so light and bright in there, I thought maybe we should add some skylights.  That did not go over so well with the workers.  😉

With Sheeting and a Backdoor

With Sheeting and a Backdoor

The housewrap went on after the sheeting went up and it was sided so fast that I didn’t even get a picture of it!  And then when it was time to roof, help appeared and we couldn’t be more thankful for the friends and neighbors who have helped out- without even being asked!

Roofing

Roofing

In case you forgot what the before picture looked like, here’s a reminder-

Fixer Upper Front

Fixer Upper Front

After Thru This Week

After Thru This Week

I’m sure you noticed the front door.  But the saga that was working on that is another post in itself!

That’s all for now!

New Pictures

So I had a few new pictures taken and I wanted to share them with you before I put them up and took down the pictures of me pregnant last year.  🙂

Just a quick little photo shoot with my friend.  Believe it or not, I’m very uncomfortable having my picture taken.  But she does such a great job, it’s hard not to have fun anyway!  Thank you girl!

Fall Fashion

Fall Fashion

Field Shot

Field Shot

Close Up

Close Up

A Little Bit Gypsy

A Little Bit Gypsy

Photos by Melanie Kirkpatrick

 

 

Fall into Fashion 2015- Victorian

Sorry for the delay!  I thought I had already gotten this post out but I guess not.  Here’s my last fall fashion- Victorian/steampunk.
I’m not talking wearing corsets and fingergloves, but some touches of the steampunk/Victorian look into your wardrobe.  It seems this style comes and goes about every ten years.  A few sure-fire additions are:  a small pleated skirt and any feminine lace up boot.
I’m also into greys and navys this year.  Do your closet a favor and buy more of these neutrals this season.  Give the creams and blacks a rest.
And there are my five fall fashion looks.  I hope you found at least one look that you’re thinking about incorporating into your closet this fall!Fall into Fashion 2015

 

Fall into Fashion 2015 by stylefromthesticks featuring vintage round sunglasses

Topshop sparkly top
nordstrom.com

Warehouse pleated midi skirt
$46 – warehouse.co.uk

Park Lane lace up ankle boots
$100 – asos.com

Retrò vintage round sunglasses
$3.08 – amazon.co.uk

Fall into Fashion 2015- Buffalo Check

Have you seen any Target commercial this fall?  Buffalo check (the big square check pattern) is everywhere.  And it isn’t just on clothing…it’s everywhere for the home too!
Speaking of Target, I’m SERIOUSLY loving their Mossimo jeans lately.  It’s pretty much all I wear.  They are affordable ($28- yes!), stretchy and comfortable and…they have low back pockets.  Which for you JLo blessed girls like me means they equal flattering!
I know this year’s burning question is, are skinny jeans out?  Well, according to New York they are.  But out here in the sticks, it’s going to take some time to trickle down.  I see the flares coming back for the younger set.  What cut do I buy?  Straight.  I love them.  They are more forgiving than the skinny and I can still wear them with my boots and booties.  Roll ’em up and they are great capris.  And when I get a stain on them, I don’t feel the need to freak out.  Don’t forget to watch for sales where they are buy one, get one 50% off!
How to wear the buffalo check without feeling like a lumberjack?  I recommend jewelry.  It’ll add some instant femininity.  Unless you really are working.  Then you should probably just throw on a ball cap.  🙂 Fall into Fashion 2015

 

Fall into Fashion 2015 by stylefromthesticks featuring hoop earrings

J Crew clothing
factory.jcrew.com

Mossimo jeans
target.com

Lace up booties
lollicouture.com

Fall into Fashion 2015- Gypsy Prints

What’s the surest way to having a wardrobe that gives you a big old yawn?  Having no prints in your closet.  Yes, solids are staples and put the focus on you.  But let’s spice things up a bit.  I challenge you to buy three new pieces this fall that all have prints.  I bet they become your favorites!
This outfit features a tribal print.  I’m mixing a little bit of Native American/Boho and Indian style here.  What does that get me?  Gypsy.  I’m pretty sure there are no rules for what qualifies in this genre but don’t forget the western influence.  Think of it like modern country, ya, just like your house.
I styled this outfit with my new hat, the Panama, a sun catcher necklace and a tasseled bootie.  If you don’t have a neutral bootie, I’m not sure what you’re waiting for.
However you style your gypsy gear, it should set you free.  🙂Fall into Fashion 2015

 

Fall into Fashion 2015 by stylefromthesticks featuring brown ankle booties

Topshop pattern dress
$61 – topshop.com

Wallis sparkle jewelry
wallisfashion.com

BP black wool hat
nordstrom.com

Fall Into Fashion 2015- Head to Toe Denim

As previously mentioned, just about anything 70s is back with a twist.  And I can’t believe I’m about to post this outfit but gaaaaddd, here it is.

Fall Into Fashion 2015

Fall Into Fashion 2015 by stylefromthesticks featuring hoop earrings

The denim suit.  Yup, you can thank Joanna Gaines directly for half of America for even wanting to put this on their bodies.  Before you go all Justin Timberlake/Britney Spears on me, here’s a few suggestions.  1)  Don’t wear exactly the same shade of denim head to toe.  2)  This look can immediately scream this (and if you don’t know who this is, we can’t be friends)-

Schneider from One Day at A Time

So mix up the masculine with some feminine pieces.  Or just wear it to work with a hard hat.  🙂

Levi’s blue jeans
jcpenney.com

Fall into Fashion 2015- Fringe

As promised, this week I’m taking a break from the fixer upper and focusing on fall fashion!
I’ll give you my five top trends for fall, starting today with fringe.  It is perhaps my favorite fall trend as I think this fall I have officially gone gypsy.  I may never come back.
What I love about the gypsy style is that it combines two of my favorite styles, boho and country.  And it tacks on just a hint of glam (read- lots of fun accessories).  This style isn’t for the faint of heart, it takes courage!
You can find fringe on just about anything this season, from shirts to bags to boots.  I recommend using one standout piece.
I also really love the smaller trends in this outfit- the feathers, the arrowhead and the bucket bag.Fall into Fashion 2015

 

Fall into Fashion 2015 by stylefromthesticks featuring charm jewelry

White top
stylemoi.nu

Bracelet bangle
myfriendshop.com

Panacea chain jewelry
lastcall.com

Charm jewelry
genuine-people.com

Fall Fling Fashions

Oh that’s right, I doooo blog about fashion once in awhile.  🙂  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.  🙂

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

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