Summer Day Dress

What is more exciting, this perfect ‘summer’ weather lately or that I am finally blogging?  Okay, maybe you all did not miss me like I have missed blogging.  Lets have a small recap on my life since my last post in February. Yes, I said February as in 4 months ago.  Since then, I have been working full time, running the boutique business full time, small renovations to our kitchen, attending weddings, going on mini weekend trips and most recently planning/taking a two week vacation to Hawaii for my 30th Birthday. It was the trip of a lifetime and I could go on for hours about it. I took a lot of photos and videos in Hawaii so I am still working on a post or two of that trip. Stay tuned and I will eventually share it here with you all.  🙂

Todays look is one of my favorite summer go to looks.  A simple bell sleeve dress with some simple bright designs.  This look can go to the beach, the park or a day date.  Good news, you can get it right now at 7th & Park. Free U.S. shipping! I paired my look with a simple gold flat sandal from J.Crew.  You can also add more accessories depending on the occasion.  Beach tote? Floppy hat for the beach? Sunglasses? Check out the sunglasses all under $15 at 7th & Park.

Hope you all are doing well and have some fun things planned for the weekend and summer. I have a few things planned this summer; lake house life in Maryland with my family, girls weekend to see my best friend in Grand Rapids, mini tips and possibly a getaway to Nashville, TN. We recently booked a long weekend trip for early November in NYC. Southwest was having a major sale and I earn points with my Southwest card. Our flights only cost me $22.40! (the taxes & fees you have to pay) I will put together a post soon on how we travel on a budget and get great deals. As for this weekend, I will continue working on our kitchen/patio area, getting caught up on the business, and enjoy the nice weather outside.

Enjoy your weekend!

-Jess

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Stripes + Pink Workwear

Hello and Happy Friday! It has been over six months since my last post here on the blog, but I’m  back and with a workwear look thats easy to create. Can you all believe I never used to own anything pink in my wardrobe and I disliked pink hardcore? I know, strange, right? I have just never been one to like pink. I own a few items now but my dislike for wearing pink is not so much a thing anymore. 😊 

Today’s post does not come with ‘new’ things in my closet to share, besides the handbag. All the other items in today’s post consist of items that are year(s) old. Re-creating a look from items I already own is something I am working on these days. ‘Less is more’ You can create more looks than you think with items you already own or forgot you own.

Classic stripes, which I wear at least once a week, black velvet crop pants and a pop of color coat make for an easy workwear look.  Classic, simple looks are my favorite.

 

Have a great weekend.

–Jess

DIY Farmhouse Table

The summer is always a great time to finish up those home projects you have kind of put off for sometime. I know we all do it.  Today, I will share with you our DIY farmhouse table that, yes we started last year and it got put aside with all the busy schedules of work and opening a boutique. Please excuse my lack of other decor and table scape at the moment.

I will say, I am in love and you are going to need to build one asap if you have not already. If you are like me, you have fallen in love with the restoration hardware table but not the price tag. I just do not have thousands to spend on a dining room table so I went with the build it option. I love DIY’s so it was a no brainer that we could make this table for around $100 and we did! After purchasing all the materials, my handy builder, my husband got to work with the building of the table. Keep in mind all of the tools and major things we already had on hand.  Halfway through the project, we took months, yes months off and came back to it this month. He was the builder, I was the supervisor and I stained the table.  We did not use an exact template as we changed somethings about the look but I would recommend going to DIYer Ana White for a great step-by-step tutorial. You can  paint it or stain it whichever you prefer. We made it a seating for six but you can make it for four or you could make the table longer to accommodate more than six guests. Our dining area is only so big so we went with around a six foot table. My dining area is so transformed with this table and chairs. The chairs are from Target, I bought them online late last year. I also did not want things to be match, so I am okay with my chairs not being the same exact stain color as the table. I think they work well together and the overall look of the set up went beyond what I had expected. I am so happy how everything turned out and now we can have more guests for dinner. You can also find my DIY on these placemats here.

Table: DIY (materials Home Depot)
Chairs: Target (online)
Rug, plants, planters: Ikea
Placemats: DIY (here)