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Springtime in My Heart

3.21.2014

Mint, yellow and gold with a dash of floral and pop of blue, perfect for Spring. I coincidentally found a watch similar to the Kate Spade Chevron watch at Charming Charlie for only $15! I absolutely love how cute and affordable most of their accessories are. You can order online if you don't have a Charming Charlie nearby. How cute is that bunny watch??

February Showers Bring March Flowers

3.02.2014

Old Navy Dress // Ivanka Trump Bag // Rhinestone watch courtesy of BornPrettyStore.com // Flats from Burlington Coat Factory

My post title may not be all that accurate but it makes sense in my head based on the situation currently happening here in Southern California. It was pouring ultra hard rain the past couple of days, which made me think about all the beautiful flowers that will bloom this month as a result of the downpour. My wardrobe is always ready for spring and all the bright colors its got to offer. I found this paisley printed dress at Old Navy for an awesome steal of $10 and wore it last weekend when it was a lot sunnier. I was so ecstatic about this find! I love a good deal.
I'll be spending the next week or so attempting to sew an apron for a DIY apron post, because I absolutely adore the ones at Anthropologie and am totally inspired to make my own. This project may or may not end up a sewing disaster. We shall see!



Rhinestone Watch from Born Pretty Store

2.24.2014



Watch from BornPrettyStore.com // ZARA Coat // Lace Dress from Thailand //  Shoes from Burlington Coat Factory // Ivanka Trump Bag

I was given the opportunity to review this beautiful wrist watch from BornPrettyStore.com. They've actually got a huge selection of women's watches for under $10 plus free shipping! That's already a huge plus in my book. The one I'm wearing is the rose gold rhinestone watch with a shiny black patent strap. The strap was a little too big for my wrist so I had to poke an extra hole in it to make it fit. The actual design of the watch is pleasantly unique. The beads are fun to look at and the rose gold color adds an extra feminine touch to the watch. For being under $10, I think this watch is a great deal with a quality comparable to the watches at Target. Just note that the black strap is a glossy patent material and not a matte color. It fits comfortably and isn't too heavy or bulky feeling. I've been in search of a bracelet style watch so I'm definitely going to check out their bracelet watches as well!

The folks over at Born Pretty Store are generously offering 
10% off your purchase with code: SHERRYC10
(that means you can get this watch for $8.92! oh snaaaps)

DIY Paper Organizer

2.01.2014


MATERIALS:
Plain Paper Divider
Spray Paint
Scrapbook Paper
Stickers
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Scissors

STEP 1: Spray paint the paper divider and let it dry 
STEP 2 & 3: Cut out a rectangular shape from the scrapbook paper that fits on the front of your divider
STEP 4: Use Mod Podge to glue the paper onto the divider and let it dry
STEP 5 & 6: Stick the stickers on and you're done!

This very plain and slightly dirty looking paper divider has been haunting my work office for years. I almost threw it away but decided to give it a makeover instead. I cleaned it up and used my trusty spray paint on it and loved the result. Spray paint seems to be the answer to all my DIY makeovers  lately. The sticker embellishment is optional, but I have so many stickers that it just felt right using it. If you find anything lying around your room or office that looks old and useless, try spray painting it to see if it can be salvaged before throwing it away! 

DIY Gold & Glitter Dipped Glass

1.07.2014


MATERIALS:
Glass Cup or Jar
Gold Glitter (mine is Recollections glitter from Michael's)
Mod Podge
Foam Brush
Gold Spray Paint (mine is from Home Depot)
All Purpose Varnish

Step 1: In a well ventilated area, spray gold paint onto glass
Step 2: Wait 2 hours for paint to completely dry
Step 3: Brush mod podge onto the lower third of glass (I did this in sections so it doesn't dry out before step 4)
Step 4: Sprinkle glitter onto mod podge
Step 5: Spray all purpose varnish to set the glitter in place
Step 6: Done! Enjoy your new glitter dipped cup/jar

Glitter and gold seemed like the best way to begin the new year! I hope everyone had a wonderful few weeks enjoying the holidays. I've been seeing a lot of glittery goodness all over pinterest and wanted to try out this glitter dipped glass look. It was pretty easy to do, but required waiting time for the paint and mod podge to dry. The glass cup was on sale at Target for .30 cents so I thought this would be the perfect item to practice spraying and glittering on.

You can use a piece of paper or washi tape (something not too sticky) to help guide the mod podge and glittering steps to create a straighter line. I just eyeballed it and did it freehand to save time. I'm very happy with the outcome and plan to do this with some of my empty pasta jars.

Sunny San Diego

12.24.2013

 MY OUTFIT: Vintage pencil skirt// Friend's Forest Green Blouse// Scarf from Thailand // UGG Wedge Booties 
PHOTOS BY: My sister, Jennifer.

I recently had some fun reuniting with close friends in their backyard, which really should be a national park. It was huge and gorgeous. The last time we all took nice photos together was back in 2011. Since then we've all been scattered across California from San Diego to Los Angeles to San Francisco. It's crazy how fast time flies by when you're busy working all the time. We always need to remember to take a break and have some fun in between all the work.

My sister helped style us so our color palettes complimented each other's look. I fell totally in love with pencil skirts after wearing this one! My grand-aunt gave this to my sisters and I when we were younger and we left it sitting in the closet untouched since we were disposable-trend wearing teenagers who felt totally uncool wearing a granny looking skirt. I am so glad I found it and in perfect condition! 

DIY Painted Gold Coasters

12.22.2013


MATERIALS:
4x4" ceramic tiles (mine are from Home Depot)
Vinyl bumpers
Gold acrylic paint
Mod Podge or All Purpose Varnish (I used both, but forgot to add the Mod Podge to the photo)
Masking tape (I used washi tape)
Foam brush (I used both paint and foam brushes and found the foam brush works way better)

Step 1 & 2: Create a design of your choice using tape. Remember the untaped part is where the gold will be painted.
Step 3 & 4: Use the foam brush to paint a thick layer of gold paint onto the tile
Step 5 & 6: Let the gold paint dry before ripping off the tape. (I made the mistake of ripping it off while it was still wet and some of the gold paint smeared onto the white areas)
Step 7: Use Mod Podge, or any all purpose craft varnish, to protect and seal the gold paint. I brushed on two layers of mod podge before finishing it off with a layer of all purpose craft varnish. Let each layer dry before applying the next.
Step 8: Stick the vinyl bumpers onto the bottom corners of the tile to protect your table from getting scratched up by the tile. You can also glue felt squares to the bottom instead of using the bumpers.

Here's a fun DIY you'll enjoy if you like to paint and create pretty little squares. Painted coasters can be easily personalized and make great gifts for any occasion! They're useful and totally fun to look at. This was my first attempt at making painted coasters. I saw a few coaster DIY tutorials online and wanted to try it out with paint. I applied two layers of Mod Podge and sprayed on one layer of all purpose varnish to seal and protect the paint. Originally I wasn't going to use the Mod Podge, but after experimenting with one tile, I found that the paint looked even more awesome and protected with the Mod Podge layer. 

I hope this is as fun for you to do as it was for me. I'd be happy to see your creations! :) Enjoy!