Foyer Decor

Entryway Refresh & Kitchen Update

It’s done y’all.  I finally have an entryway that I LOVE.  It only took one year, one month, two weeks, and one day to do it! 😂😂😂.  Better late than never though, right?

I should have known when it finally came together that it would be all thanks to Wayfair! LOL!   If you’ve followed me on Instagram you know that I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Wayfair.  They have the BEST selection of decor at some of the BEST prices.  They’re easy to shop, affordable, and have a gigantic selection of products to fit any and all styles.  Not to mention their customer service is BOMB!!!  They are seriously the ULTIMATE destination for all things home decor! So when they reached out and asked if I wanted to take on a little styling project with them, I COULD NOT PASS IT UP!!!  I can’t wait to show you guys what I came up with!


Before we jump in, as always, I just wanna say real quick, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for any and all affiliate links that you may use throughout this post.  I appreciate MORE THAN YOU know when you support the brands that help to support this little blog & our little fam!!
Also, a HUGE thanks to WAYFAIR for sponsoring today’s post and our fun ENTRYWAY & Kitchen Refresh projects!!

Per usual… we have to first take a look at the before!

Entryway Decor

 

Not bad, but not great, right?  It’s been enough to get by, but it just didn’t make sense.  You could totally tell that I just stuck an extra coffee table in the entryway and called it a day. Sadly, the entryway wasn’t high on my priority list when we moved in.  In retrospect, I definitely should have prioritized that differently.  The entryway/foyer is the first impression of your home!  It should really be the introduction for your guests.  It should be welcoming and encourage guests to come in and make themselves at home!  I think I’ve accomplished that now!!

Entryway Decor

Change #1

First things, first.  The rug!  We HAD to add one!  Rugs bring such texture and warmth to a space!  Not to mention a break for those barkin’ dogs, lol.  But seriously.  You can get so creative with rugs and truly let your personality show. This rug (the Jodi Geometric Handmade Flatweave Cotton Gray Area Rug) is absolutely stunning and PERFECTLY fits both the space and our style. I love the fringe detail on the ends as well as the darker weave pattern that perfectly compliments the light greige tone of the rug!  The other thing I really love about it, and this is HUGE….is lays completely flat!! Yes! I can’t stand rugs that curl up at the ends.  Y’all know what I mean.

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Change #2

Second. The table.  I had to get a new one.  Something that made sense for the space.  Storage was preferable (for function), and of course it had to be pretty, because, duh…and lastly, I wanted it to fit nicely into my decor without being too matchy.

Entryway Decor

What do we think?? I COULD NOT believe how affordable this table was!  And it even looks better in person!  I know I’ve mentioned affordability a few times but that it one of the things that is HUGELY important to both me and my husband.  Yet another reason we are constantly sourcing our home decor from Wayfair.  They offer home updates for as little as $39!!!  Thirty-nine dollars, y’all.  That is INCREDIBLE!

Now, believe it or now, that pretty much wraps up the entryway refresh!  Two new pieces of decor and this space looks completely different and sooooo much more put together!

Change #3: The Kitchen

Here we have the before:

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And here we have a little revamp!

Kitchen Refresh

Kitchen Refresh

How amazing are these counter stools?!?  Also from Wayfair, of course!  They come in different heights and different colors and are so comfy!  In fact, I’ve been sitting here in this middle one all day writing this post! 😂.  Again, no major overhaul here, just a few decor/furniture updates and voila!  Totally different space!

Now it’s your turn!!

The whole point of today’s post was simply to encourage you guys (and show you how easy and affordable it is) to do this in your own homes!!  People ask me ALL THE TIME to come decorate their houses, and as much as I’ve love to come and help each and every one of you, I literally can’t 😂😂😂😂.  But YOU CAN!!  You can transform ANY space in your home and it really doesn’t take much!

Wayfair has over 10 million products you guys.  10 MILLION!!!!  I know for a fact you can find something you love that IS within your budget.  Plus, shipping is free over $35 so there’s the icing on the cake!!  Don’t wait as long as I did! Start loving your space now!

Talk soon buddies,

My Rustic Retreat Signing Off

 


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Amazon Prime Days

Amazon Prime Days!!

Amazon Prime Days is finally here!!  If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s basically the ONLY two days out of the year that Amazon offers some AMAZING sales and deals.  I do about 75% of my Christmas shopping during these two days.  I know it sounds crazy but you really can SAVE SO MUCH MONEY!!

Having said that, I rounded up what I think to be the best deals (or basically what I would recommend or am buying myself) in each category.  Hope it helps!!

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Girls Room Refresh

Girls Bedroom Makeover

Hello My Friends!!

Well, if y’all have been following along on Instagram you know that I’ve been working on this Girls Bedroom Makeover for my daughter over the last few weeks.  I”m SO HAPPY to say that’s it’s finally DONE!!!  Both Ava and I are over-the-moon pleased with the results!!  She just loves being in her room now!  And the best part…she’s even been keeping it clean (well, cleaner, lol) so she can enjoy it more!!

I love every detail in her room, from the wallpaper to the chandelier, from the bedding to the rug!  Each element has made such a statement in her room and I love the way everything came together!!

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Kirklands Fall & Halloween Decor

It’s finally that time of year, y’all!!  Fall and Halloween decor have arrived at Kirklands!!  And this year, they have SUCH A GREAT LINEUP!!! I’m sharing my faves here but I also did a store walk through in my Instagram stories so you can head over there next to see the “live” version of most of these goodies!!

There are a few online only items below but if they had it in store I shared it over on IG. ☺️

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My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks


Before we jump in, as always, I just wanna say real quick, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for any and all affiliate links that you may use throughout this post.  I appreciate MORE THAN YOU know when you support the brands that help to support this little blog & our little fam!!

Good morning my dears!  As promised I’ve rounded up all my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks for 2020.  My favorite all around categories this year were shoes and comfies (both athletic wear and comfy casuals).  There are a few really great sweater options as well if you’re shopping for those.  I have plenty still in great condition from last year’s sale so I won’t be snagging too much in that arena.  If you are planning on splurging a little this year, I HIGHLY recommend the Barefoot Dreams cardigans (you really only need one).  They are a DREAM, literally.  The most comfortable, cozy, warm and snuggly sweater I own!

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3 ways to update your space

3 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Space & Start Loving It NOW!

Could it really be that easy?  3 simple ways to refresh your space?  Yes!  It can!!  I’m not talking major overhaul here either.  There are, in my humble opinion,  3 things you can add, or change, in a space that will completely change the look and feel of the room.  Can you guess what they are?  As I share them with y’all, I’m going to give you examples of each so you can see what I mean.

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DIY Boy Bedroom Makeover

Boys Bedroom Makeover & Refresh


Before we jump in, as always, I just wanna say real quick, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for any and all affiliate links that you may use throughout this post.  I appreciate MORE THAN YOU know when you support the brands that help to support this little blog & our little fam!!
Also, a HUGE thanks to eBay for sponsoring today’s post and our fun bedroom makeover project!! 

Yay!! It’s FINALLY finished!!! We wrapped up E’s bedroom makeover today and he couldn’t be happier with the results!!!  (See my Instagram stories for his reaction 😂).  I have to say y’all, this was one of the EASIEST projects I’ve ever done!  Probably because there was very little paint or woodworking involved, lol.  The “hardest” part was the peel and stick wallpaper I added, but even that wasn’t hard…just sticky 😂😂.   Seriously though, this project now has me motivated to knock out my daughter’s bedroom next!

Boys Room Update and Inspiration

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Neutral Summer Decor From Amazon

Morning Friends!  Two posts in one week?!  Who am I, right?!  Well, this is a post I’ve been meaning to do for a while now and just hadn’t gotten around to it.  But! The important thing is,  it’s here now!!  Lol.  I wanted to make sure and get it out to y’all before our first day of summer officially arrives!!  Plus, you guys have been asking for ideas for neutral summer decor from Amazon so I’m happy to oblige!

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The Best Educational Games for Kids

 

It’s #Quarantine2020 y’all and I think ALL of us are doing anything and everything we can to try and keep our minds and bodies as busy as possible.  I know at least for me, when I’m keeping occupied and the kids are kept entertained, it makes this prison-like-sitch a little easier on all of us.

Now if y’all’s households are anything like mine, you have one (or multiple) kids who love school and one (or multiple) kids who do NOT.  That said, I’m always looking for ways to incorporating learning for the kiddos that doesn’t feel forced or overly structured.  Basically, less like school and more like fun.

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Playroom Organization and Makeover

Kids Playroom Makeover & Organization Ideas

Y’all this kids playroom organization and makeover project was looooong overdue in the Cantu household.  Imma be reaaaaaal honest with y’all and let you know that my breaking point was when I realized I was doing waaaaay more yelling at the kids to clean up their mess than I was actually making the mess WITH them!  I was fed up with spending my time cleaning (or begging them to clean) instead of being there, present, in the moment playing with them.  I’ve heard it, felt it, and know it, but sometimes I still need to remind myself….these little years are fleeting and I want nothing more than to enjoy these few years where they actually WANT me around! (I know those teenage years are just around the corner.)  I don’t want to look back and regret the time spent worrying about the mess instead of enjoying it!

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CHEAP & Easy DIY Filing Cabinet Makeover

Oh hey! It’s me! I only completed this cheap and easy DIY project like 4 months ago so it’s totally appropriate to be sharing now, right?  Sorry!!! I know, I’m sooooo bad at this!  I finally got these hideous filing cabinets painted and styled right in time for baby showers, birthdays, and the holiday season and then just TOTALLY bailed on sharing them with y’all.  Well, hopefully y’all don’t hate me and are still interested in seeing how I did it!

Easy DIY Filing Cabinet Makeover to Refresh Office

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The Best Amazon Sweaters For Fall & Winter

I know it’s a little later than intended (thanks so much for y’all’s patience with me over the last few weeks) but here it is!  Finally!  The Best Amazon Sweaters for both Fall AND Winter!! I’ve rounded up not just my faves, but also those that have AMAZING reviews, are super affordable, AND can be worn into the winter, and maybe even spring months!  YAY!

A few of these I already own, and a few are in my cart for purchase!  I’m really feeling the chunky turtleneck sweaters this season. 😍

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DIY Christmas Tree Stand

DIY Christmas Tree Box with Raised Platform {+ Discount Code}

Okay so you’ve found the PERFECT Christmas tree, and you’ve been searching high and low for that box stand that will go with it perfectly…..annnnnnd you come up short again and again.   That’s EXACTLY what happened to me!  I finally found my perfect tree for our foyer in the new house, (it’s the King of Christmas 10′ King Douglas Fir Slim ) and I just could not find the right Christmas tree box to match it.  So, when ya can’t find it, DIY it!!

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Please Ignore the Plug 🙂 

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Creating a Spooky Halloween Tables Setting

How To Create A Spooky Tablescape—{Instantly Up Your Halloween Game With This Easy Trick!}

Huge thank you to Penguin Dry Ice for sponsoring today’s post!  And an even BIGGER thank you to you guys for supporting the brands that support this little blog and our little fam!  You guys help keep things running around here and we appreciate it more than you know!!

It’s Hocus Pocus time witches!!  I absolutely LOVE this time time of year!!  The pumpkins, the leaves, the crisp smelling air, the spooky, and of course THE WITCHES!  If you’ve been following for a while you know every year I create a spooky tablescape.  Well this year….I wanted to up my Halloween game!  (See last year’s photos below.)

As much as I loved my spooky tablescape last year, I knew this year I wanted to step up the creepy just a bit.  My kids are getting older and they LOVE Halloween as much as I do so I wanted to do something fun and creative for them (and for me lol).

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Before Penguin Dry Ice

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DIY PHOTO GALLERY WALL, CLEAN & SIMPLE

So I just looked at the date that I originally started this blog post.  April 19th, 2019.  Ha. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Guess I got busy, ya know, with school wrapping up, vacationing in Italy, all while planning and preparing for a move across country! 🤯🤯🤯  (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, or that I even moved, lol, I share all about it in this previous post. ) . Needless to say, lol, life has been a little crazy the last few months.  I’m sorry that it’s taken me soooooo long to share the details of our super simple DIY photo gallery wall!  I updated this wall not too long before we had to move and I absolutely fell in love with it!! I’m going to recreate this exact same look in our new home!  Which we officially move into NEXT WEEK!!!! (Champagne waterfalls everywhere!!)

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Hearth and Hand with Magnolia new fall line

The Best Goodies from the NEW FALL Hearth & Hand Line at Target

Yay!!!!  It’s finally here!!! The new Fall Hearth and Hand line officially launched at Target today!!!  There are so many beautiful items you guys!  I mean duh, would we expect anything less from Queen Joanna?!  I wouldn’t necessarily call today Christmas Morning…but it’s a close runner up!  Haha!

Seriously though, I love the warm neutrals she used with the subtle pops of traditional fall color!  I’m probably loving it so much because it’s exactly what I envisioned when I started thinking through my plans for this year’s fall decor.  That must mean me and JoJo are spirit animals.  #nootherwaytoseeit   Haha okay I’m kidding!  I swear I’m not creepy!

Well I guess we better jump into the goodies here before things get weird.

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Back To School Sales For The Whole Fam!

Hi Friends!

Okay I did it!  I put together a Back to School Sales roundup for those of you who still have shopping to do before our favorite little people (or our once little but now big people) head back out to learn some things.  I decided not to include actual school supplies (pencils, pens, markers, etc.) because I think most of that is pretty self explanatory.  Instead, I tried to focus more on clothing, shoes, larger supplies (backpacks, lunchboxes, etc.), and dorm goodies.

Please note that a lot of these Back To School Sales have expiration dates so you better snag what you need before time runs out!

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Weekly Steals This Week Has Tons of Great Home Decor Items on Sale

Weekly Steals — August Week 2

Howdy ho y’all!  Your Weekly Steals for the second week of August have arrived!! (If you wanna go back and take a peek at Week 1, HERE it is!)  I just can’t believe we’re cruising into Week 2 already!!🤯🤯🤯 I am NOT ready for the school year to start!  I mean, it feels like summer just started! 😭😭😭 My daughter is going into 1st Grade in just a few days and we haven’t even moved into the new house yet! Because of that, we’re going to have to commute for the first 2 weeks, and y’all….I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be downright painful.  Waking up a 6 year old and a 4 year old at 5:30am EVERY. DAY!!!!  Send prayers.  And coffee.  And lots of wine.

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Amazon Prime Days—Best Sales of the Year!!

Amazon fans unite!  It’s our favorite day (or days) of the year!! Today and tomorrow (July 15th and 16th) are Amazon Prime Days!!  WOOHOO!!! It’s finally here!!  What is that you ask?  Well, only Amazon’s two best shopping days of the year!  For these two days only, Amazon has some AMAZING deals!!!  So many great items are deeply discounted making it a great time to snag those splurges you’ve been eyeing, stock up on the necessities, or even begin the dreaded (and often expensive) Christmas shopping!

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Home Design Selections for The New House

If you’ve ever built or designed a new home, you know there’s a TON of decision making that goes into it!  Like, a ton!!  If you’re indecisive like me, it can get to be a little overwhelming.  The funny thing is, I always know what I DON’T like, but sometimes it’s hard for me to decide between things that I DO like.  That said, the more options I have, the harder it is to nail down my final selection.  Soooo….it’ll probably make sense to you when I say that I spent a total of 12 HOURS at the Drees Design Center finalizing all our color and design options for the new home we’re building.  If it wasn’t for their super helpful designers I’d probably still be there right now 😂😂.

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Affordable Spring Home Decor

Affordable Spring Refresh for Your Home {All Available at Wal-Mart!}

Wow, you guys!  Wal-Mart has SERIOUSLY stepped up their game in the Home Decor department over the last couple years.  Every season I’m more and more impressed with the fun goodies they come out with!!  So, of course they were my go-to when I started shopping around for affordable spring decor!!

If you remember, I did a Wal-Mart Holiday Round-Up a few months back.  Well, y’all loved that one so much I thought I’d do another one for Spring!!  Pluuuuusss….I may have mentioned this already, (if you follow me on Insta, you know I haven’t stopped mentioning it 😂) but I’m so sick of Winter at this point that I’m literally trying to bury myself in all things Spring!  I’m trying to will it here with ALL my might!!

So, because I’m already working on Springifying my home, (and bc tomorrow officially kicks of the start of my second favorite season) I thought I’d share some of the inspiration I’ve pulled from, and give y’all some ideas for refreshing yours!

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Perfect unicorn cake for little girl's birthday

Parties & Celebrations {Part 1} — DIY Unicorn Cake

I’ve been promising y’all forever that I was going to start a blog series on parties, events, and cake decorating!  Well, finally, here it is!!  Part 1!!  If you guys follow me on Instagram, then you probably already know that we (my mom, MIL and me) just made my daughter THE COOLEST two-tiered unicorn cake for her 6th birthday.  The amazing response I got after sharing that cake is what finally made me sit down & start this series!! So THANK Y’ALL!!!

I’m so excited to share with you guys over the next few weeks, some of the parties me, my mom, and my sister have hosted together and/or for each other, and for our littles over the last 5+ years!  I hope y’all enjoy!!

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How to Shop for the Best and Most Affordable Farmhouse Rugs on Amazon

The Best Farmhouse Rugs on Amazon, & Tips for Finding The Perfect Rug for YOU!!

Rugs.  I’m not gonna lie y’all.  When it comes to rugs…I always drop the ball!  Not because I don’t know how to pick ’em, but because they’re always the LAST thing I think of when it comes to home decor.  I am so ashamed to say I have like 3 rugs in my house right now!  I know.  It’s basically a crime.  We have so much wood floor in our house and I only have, MAYBE, 5% of it covered.  No wonder my house is cold and my feet always hurt, lol 😂.

Seriously though, I’ve been searching high and low for rugs over these last few weeks and was THRILLED to see that Amazon not only has GREAT options, but they’re SUPER affordable too!!  And because I liked what I saw while I was perusing the infinite webspace that is The Amazon Marketplace (seriously, they have SO MUCH STUFF), I decided it might be helpful to go ahead and round-up my absolute fave farmhouse-style finds to share them with you guys as well!!

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Affordable & AWESOME Faux Floral Finds From T.J.Maxx

Who out there is ready for spring?? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️

Well, as ready as I am, I can tell you it’s absolutely no where in sight for those of us here in the Chicagoland area.  But, rather than wish away the weeks, I’m actually soaking up these beautiful snow covered views we’ve had the last few days/weeks.  Y’all, I’ve never seen snow so glittery!!  It literally looks like billions of diamonds covering the ground and trees.  It’s absolutely breathtaking.

All that said, I’m still lookin forward to the warmer temps, bright colors, and sweet sweet smells of spring.

I’ve already started brainstorming the aesthetic I’m going for this spring, and while doing that, a light bulb went off! Y’all are always asking me where I get my faux greenery and floral, so as I was shopping around for my spring inspiration, I thought I’d throw a blog post together for y’all to share some of my favorite affordable floral finds!! And the truth is, even though I found these items while brainstorming my spring design plan, most (if not all) of these items would work very nicely for ANY season!! Y’all know I love versatility in my decor!! So the fact that this collection of faux floral and greenery could work all year-round is just an added bonus!!

Because I know the cost of floral and greenery can add up, I made sure to only add items that were super affordable—and where do you think I went to look for these goodies?!  T.J. Maxx of course!!! (No, this is NOT sponsored, I just love that their decor is so fairly priced, super on trend, and AVAILABLE ONLINE!!  I’m a fan of shopping from my couch if you couldn’t tell, lol.

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EC Life Planner to stay organized in the new year

Getting & Staying Organized in 2019

And just like that the first three weeks of the new year are already over!  I seriously can’t believe it!  Although, for us, Weeks 1, 2, & 3  were spent recovering from a wicked stomach bug, strep, and scarlet fever;  so that could be why it was kind of a blur…my memory must be trying to just block it out. 😂

Anywho, Week 4, I see you!  And this week has been dedicated to preparing & planning for 2019! If you’ve followed me on Instagram for awhile, then you already know I’m a planner.  And a list maker.  And an all around control freak (but that’s neither here nor there).  Well, my Holy Grail of planning & staying on track is my Erin Condren Life Planner.

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JORD Wooden Watch Frankie Series

Is Better Time Management On Your List of Goals this Year?? I Can Help You Out!! JORD Watch GIVEAWAY!!!

Before I dive in here, let me just start by saying, YES, one of you lucky readers will be taking home a $100 voucher to JORD watches for whatever timepiece your little heart desires!!  I’m so excited to see who wins!!  (Details on how to enter are included below😉)


Sooooo….with that said, maybe you’ve already heard of JORD watches, maybe you haven’t.  One thing you NEED to know right off the bat….they’re AMAZING!!!  Now, I’d seen these puppies floating around Instagram for awhile, but boy, lemme tell ya, I WAY underestimated them!  Y’all, I ACTUALLY put down my Apple watch to wear this thing.  That’s how much I LOVE IT!!! I can’t even explain the look of jealousy my husband gave me when I told him JORD wanted to collaborate with me!!  Ahh!! 😂😂  He’s a huge watch buff.  So much so that I ALMOST let him pick a watch instead of me.  Sorry Babe, not this time, lol.  Oh, and yes, they also have Men’s Watches too (do I hear “great gift idea”??)! Continue reading

Easy Neutral Holiday Tablescape

One of my FAVORITE things to decorate for the holidays (or any season really) is my dining room table!  There’s just something about tablescapes that make me feel all warm & fuzzy!  Whether I’m hosting for Christmas or not, I still love to dress up my table.  Just makes the whole room feel so warm & magical!!

This year, when I was planning our table setup in my head, greens and garlands just kept poppin’ in there.  So I went with it!  That became the mental (and literal) centerpiece with which I designed everything around.  Now, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel here!  If you plan to replicate or pull inspiration from what I’m about to show, FEEL FREE TO USE WHATEVER GARLANDS YOU ALREADY HAVE!!  No need to go buy more, trust me, I know how expensive they can be!  Just use whatever you have lying around!  And if it’s not full enough or “interesting” enough for you.  I’ll show you some ways to dress it up, without breaking the bank! 😉  That’s actually exactly what I did with mine.

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Cute & Casual Holiday Outfits {Plus Great Suggestions for the Fam}

Any of you guys already planning (or trying to plan) your holiday outfits?? 🙋🏻🙋🏻  My excuse is that I’m traveling for the holidays so I’ll have to plan & pack in advance. 😆

But even if that weren’t the case, I’m sure I’d still be franticly searching Pinterest for ideas.  Lol.  I do it every year!

I noticed, while exercising my thumbs on the Pinterest search page, however, that most of what I was finding was a little too dressy for what I’m going for.  Don’t get me wrong…I love a good sequins skirt as much as the next girl, but for our family Christmas, I thought that might be a bit much.

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Pottery Barn Gift Guide & Great Holiday Steals UNDER $50!!!

Hi Friends!!

So, as I’m sure you know, over the past few weeks I’ve shared a few holiday round ups from some of our FAVE budget friendly places to shop.  Well, as much as I LOVE those retailers, I also wanted to put something together for y’all that might be a little more “gift giving friendly”.  Not that giving (or getting) gifts from Target isn’t fabulous, BECAUSE IT IS!!!  But I know sometimes, for Christmas we try & step up our game a little bit for certain people in our lives (Moms, Mother in Laws, Best Friends, Sisters, Grandmothers, Favorite Aunts, etc.)

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The Best Target Holiday Decor

Okay so I know it took me a little longer than planned to get this out to you guys (so sorry! Y’all know hosting out-of-town family for Thanksgiving can be a little cray. Fun, but cray).  But anyway, it’s ready now!!  And I’m not gonna lie.  Narrowing this down to just a few items was SO HARD!!! I’m a Target junkie!!  Seriously, I love EVERYTHING in that store.

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Old Navy Sale & Seasonal Faves

Ask & you shall receive!!

You guys wanted me to do a quick round-up while Old Navy was having their HUGE 50% off sale!  So I’ve gathered my faves here in this post for y’all!  I’ve even included mens & kids items too!  Happy Shopping Friends!!

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Affordable Wal-Mart Christmas Finds: Part 2, Neutral Edition

So after a slight delay, I FINALLY finished my Affordable Christmas Finds from Wal-Mart (The Neutral Edition)!!  You guys loved the Buffalo Plaid round-up so much I just knew I needed to put one together for my neutral-lovin’ folks out there.

Most of the items I chose are pretty self-explanatory as far as decorating goes, so I’ll keep this short & sweet today!  However, if you do happen to have any questions about styling them, etc., please feel free to ask me in the comments below!! Have fun decorating friends!! Continue reading

Affordable Wal-Mart Christmas Finds: Buffalo Plaid Edition

If you’re feelin’ the Buffalo Plaid pattern for Christmas this year, boy do I have a treat for you!! I’ve rounded up some ADORABLE buffalo check holiday decor, and guess what….it’s ALL from WAL-MART!!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼  Cute AND affordable?! Count me in!

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Ideas: 1 Outfit, 8 Ways

Alright guys.  Today we’re talking simplicity in our wardrobes.

Capsule wardrobes, for those who may be new to them, are all about keeping things simple.  The basic principles are: only have things in your closet that you love, that fit you NOW, and that can generally be paired with anything else in your closet.

You’ll notice that capsules typically consist of lots of basic neutrals with just pops of patterns & colors sprinkled in here and there.  This allows you to mix & match virtually your whole closet without having to spend too much money!  It also makes getting dressed in the morning WAY easier!  Gone are the days of standing in your closet staring for 20 minutes before you just start trying on absolutely anything that will fit!  If you’ve kept up with your capsule, everything fits!

Now even though the idea of a capsule is to keep it simple , every once in a while, it may be helpful to do a little refresh that brings us back into the appropriate style decade (although, if you held on to things long enough, some of your wardrobe choices from the early 90s may very well be back in style right now, lol). The goal of a style refresh is to just add a few key pieces that will update your look but still allow you to continue wearing most of what you already have in your closet.

So, to help you guys visualize what I mean, I put this little style session together for y’all.  This fall I shopped around to see what looks were “trending”, what out of those looks I actually liked, what was “me”, and what would easily fit into my existing capsule.  This is what I came up with!

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1 Outfit, 8 Different Ways

Basic Outfit 1

White Jeans, Plaid Flannel Top, Boots

By incorporating one or two additional pieces from my closet, I was able to create 7 more looks that spun off the first original outfit.

 



Some of the pieces you see here are brand new (they’re the items I bought as part of my fall refresh), and some I’ve had for a while.  I wanted to show you guys here that even with one basic outfit, you can create so many different looks!  You can layer it, add color, change a sweater or a jacket, wear it with different shoes, make subtle changes that not only change the look, but allow you to get the most out of your wardrobe (and your wallet)!  It’s about being smart with your choices when you’re shopping.

Tip: When you are out shopping, before you buy something, think to yourself, “Can I wear this with at least 5 other things I already own in my closet?”  It’s a good way to just make sure that you’re staying true to your capsule’s “theme”, if you will.

I really like the way my capsule came together for fall!! The colors I added in are “in style” & trending, but I of course made a point to stay true to myself & my style! ☺️  The outfits above have been some of my go-to’s this season!  I’m loving the chunky sweater look; especially when you can incorporate a fun plaid in there!  In Chicago, layers are a must so I nearly always have a cardigan handy too!  Again, the point is to you use items you already own to put together some different looks.   But, if for some reason you don’t own some of these staples, or you’re still working on putting together a capsule for the first time, just make sure you’re thinking ahead as you buy.  Get a visual, (kinda like the series I put together above) to help you decided which pieces will make the biggest impact & give you the biggest return.  Can you see several different outfits coming together just by adding one piece?  Or do you need to add a few of the basic staples to allow you to create the looks?  Whatever the answer, just make sure you’re planning things out to help you stay on track!


Well, hopefully y’all found this helpful!  Let me know in the comments below if you guys want to see more of these types of posts!  What are some tips/tricks you guys use to stay on track with your capsule? I’d love to know!!


 

Talk soon friends!

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What?🤷🏻‍♀️ I can be hard to please. 😬

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