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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Classy Casual

This outfit is classy casual. This dress is one I’ve worn to a wedding before, but here with a sweatshirt, tights and oxfords it’s perfect to wear to work.

Plus it’s so comfy.

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DIY Beaded Necklace

 

 

I am not a good DIYer.  I have a severe worry of messing up a project and therefore wasting the money I spent on supplies.

When I saw Andrea’s post on this beaded necklace, I was inspired to try.

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I went to my local craft store and bought the only beads they had. Next time I think I’ll try to buy some prettier beads online.

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I am incredibly happy with how these turned out and they weren’t difficult AT ALL.

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And they made perfect gifts to give away for Christmas.

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I also bought a ton of these flowers from Pick Your Plum (best craft site ever!) and super glued them to some earring posts. These were perfect gifts for my son’s preschool teachers.

So the moral of the story is…don’t let your fear or perfectionism hold you back from trying because you might just end up with something really pretty. :)

Throw Away 50 Things

Hi, my name is Rena and I am a hoarder.

Okay, so I wouldn’t say I’m 100% a hoarder, but I definitely have hoarder tendencies.

I want to say it got passed down to me by my depression-era surviving grandma and a mentality of completely finding every use possible for the things you own.

Well, this girl just happened to marry a boy who is a 100% purger. He throws stuff away before he’s even done using it. No joke.

My cousin sent me a link to this article from the Art of Doing Stuff blog.

I’ll admit when I first read “Get rid of 50 things” I was taken back.

50 things?!! I mean, maybe I can get rid of 20 things, but 50?! That’s a ton!

After days weeks of pondering about this and thinking of things I could get rid of, I took a box and wandered around my house filling it up with things I don’t need.

This process probably took me a half an hour and here’s what I collected.

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And do you know what my total was? 54 things!!!!

It was so easy and I could totally keep going!

Plus, that doesn’t even include the gigantic amount of clothes I am getting rid of/selling.

I challenge you to get rid of 50 things. It’s completely freeing.

Go. Now. Do it!

Lydia’s Closet Makeover

Lydia asked me to come over to help her come up with some dressier work outfits.

She had found herself in a rut always wearing jeans and a dressy shirt to work, but wanted me to give her some more options.

Lydia works in the schools, like me, so her clothing attire is business casual most of the time.

She is gorgeously (yes, I am fully aware I just made that word up) tall and has a fabulously sophisticated closet (which includes a pair of Manolo Blahniks…gasp!).

In her closet there were quite a few dresses and blouses, but very few skirts. She told me that because her torso and legs are so long, it’s hard for her to find skirts that fit her well.

Despite the lack of skirts, I feel like we were able to come up with quite a few outfits that range from casual to fairly dressy, but all very comfortable and perfect for Lydia’s work attire.

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#1-Lydia has had this dress for awhile, but only wore it to really dressy events (weddings, etc.). To make it more “work acceptable”, we dressed it down by adding a denim jacket with rolled up cuffs and some brown leather booties.

#2-Because Lydia lacks skirts, we “made” our own by layering it with a flowy blouse and belting it.

#3-Same concept of layering, but this time using a tapered blouse with no belt. We topped it off with a matching blue necklace and nude pumps, which elongate her legs (not that Lydia needs help with that ;) ).

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#4-We again layered and belted a blouse over a dress, giving Lydia a new “skirt” and added some black tights with nude pumps.

#5-This is a much more casual outfit, but is still work appropriate. The neon green shirt was layered over the chambray shirt and topped off with a beautiful & sophisticated floral scarf.

#6-Lydia came up with this one all on her own (way to go!) and layered a skirt over a dress, giving it an entirely new look.Lydia 3

#7-Lydia had a box of sweaters that she liked, but never got around to wearing. I fell in love with this gray one because of it’s softness and sexy cowl neckline and added it to a sleek, black pencil skirt. We belted it with a skinny black belt to accentuate Lydia’s curves instead of them getting lost under the bulkiness of the sweater.

#8-V-neck sweaters are a great addition to any wardrobe (especially animal print ones!) and look wonderful layered over blouses with different, but complimentary prints. Worn with the same skirt, but has a completely different look than #7 and is again finished off with some classic black slingbacks (these would be the famous Manolos I spoke of earlier).

Three simple rules of layering that can easily expand your wardrobe:

1. Layer a blouse over a dress and belt it.

2. Layer a skirt over a dress.

3. Layer a V-neck sweater over a feminine blouse.

And Lydia was going to donate more than half of the items we used!! Now she has a new use for them and is able to repurpose them back into her daily use.

Happy Fashion Friday!

Embellished

This outfit makes me feel so pretty and girly.

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Small Accomplishments

Warning: This post contains a graphic, disturbing picture. Don’t look at it on an empty stomach or standing up. ;)

I work full time, have a house, a husband & two kids and blog as much as possible. Unfortunately the first thing to go by the wayside is housework. It also doesn’t help that it’s my least favorite thing & I’m not very good at it.

All that to say, I finally got around to cleaning my floors today after their grimy, disgusting surfaces stared at me for weeks.

And no this is not an advertisement for Swiffer, but because of their products and the twenty minutes I took out of my evening, my floors are now clean and my heart feels a bit lighter.

It’s funny how the little things like clean floors can make your outlook on life so much brighter.

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Make A Fashion Resolution

My monthly guest post is up on the Life As Mom blog all about “Making A Fashion Resolution”.

Go check it out here.

And because any post is more interesting with pictures, here are some cute outfits that my friends have sent me recently.

I love seeing outfits that others put together, so if you’re ever totally proud of your outfit of the day, take a pic of yourself and email it to me at thegirlwiththesmileblog@gmail.com.

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