Hayley-Inspired Outfit

IMG_8968.JPGWhen we were at the beach, Hayley came out one night in THE CUTEST OUTFIT EVER!  I kept thinking, “If I were only 20-something again….”

Then, when scrolling through my latest J. Crew Factory email, I discovered these pants.  I thought, I can do a mature version of Hayley’s outfit.IMG_8467.JPGI definitely don’t need to be displaying my midriff at my age.  And, I don’t think I am young enough to do the matching tropical top with bottoms.

I instead did a one-should top with a bow-tie on the shoulder.  I did add some statement earrings and similar shoes.  I paired my cheetah clutch.

IMG_8954.JPGIMG_8955.JPGIMG_8956.JPGIMG_8957.JPGIMG_8960.JPGIMG_8962.JPGIMG_8963.JPGIMG_8964.JPGIMG_8965.JPGIMG_8967.JPGI am, of course, always thinking how I can wear these pieces other ways.  I think a white button-down with sleeves rolled 3/4’s up and tie at waist would look nice with pants and white sneakers.  And, I think flared, cropped jeans would pair nicely with the top and platform espadrilles.

FYI…I think I have mentioned it before, but you should always go down a size with any J. Crew clothing.  I apparently gained a few pounds at the beach, because these pants are a little snug.  Need to jump on that treadmill!!!

Also, these J. Crew items are all on sale now.

Have your tried the tropical trend?

Toodle-oo,

Melanie

Outfit details:  one-shoulder top with bow//tropical pants//similar shoes//similar shoes//similar earrings//similar clutch//similar gold cuff bracelet

 

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Lavish Libations Series: The Magical Unicorn (a beach collab with Hayley)

IMG_8353.JPGSo Hayley and I were brainstorming ideas for some fun beach drinks as of late.  We were wanting something portable, freezable, and yet tasty.

I was telling her that I keep seeing unicorns and rainbows everywhere.  Sure enough, when we arrived at the beach, all you saw were floating, ginormous unicorns in the water.

We also were like, why not an “adult Capri-Sun”???

So, we combined all of the above and had a blast finding stuff to make it.  Here’s what we came up with!!!

Featuring THE MAGICAL UNICORN!!fullsizeoutput_2ff5We ordered these bags from Amazon. It came in a pack of 50 with multi-colored “crazy straws” for around $14.

We went to Hobby Lobby and got stickers, clips, and ribbon.  Then we went to Party City for cocktail napkins and straws.

IMG_8334.JPGWe, of course, needed unicorn hats while making and drinking these.  We found them also at Hobby Lobby and Party City.  IMG_8338.JPGTo accompany our drinks, we made purple ice cubes and sprinkled edible gold and silver stars in them.  We just added blue food coloring to our Watermelon Lemonade and then froze them.  IMG_8345.JPGWe decorated our bags by putting stickers on the bag and clipping ribbon for a “mane.”

We added about 1 1/2 ounces plain vodka to the pouch, but you could add any flavor vodka or alcohol you wanted.  Then we topped it off with Watermelon Lemonade and our purple ice cubes. (You could also make these non-alcoholic by just deleting the alcohol.)

We then put our “horn” (aka straw) in and enjoyed!!

So fun!  And, tasty!

*A video will appear soon on Hayley’s vlog, showing the whole process. I will keep you updated!

Cheers!

Toodle-oo,

Melanie

 

Diamond In The Rough Chair

IMG_8768.JPGIMG_5583.JPGIMG_5584.JPGYeah, I know what you are thinking!  Let’s be positive, now….

FYI…This chair is a family heirloom from Rourke’s ancestors.  We can’t figure out how far back it goes, but let’s just say it is OLD!!!IMG_5585.JPGUsing gloves, a mask and KILZ spray, I put on a coat of KILZ on all of the wood surfaces.  This is in lieu of sanding.  I did this all in the grass, knowing the grass would be mowed soon.IMG_5589.JPGIMG_5588.JPGIMG_5591.JPGIMG_5590.JPGIMG_5596.JPGI then sprayed a layer of gold spray paint on top of the KILZ and let it dry.IMG_5628.JPGI sprayed about 10-12 inches away from the wood, so it would not form drips.IMG_5630.JPGI continued spraying several layers, allowing each layer to dry, until I was satisfied with the color.IMG_5633.JPGIMG_5631.JPGI then took the chair, along with my fabric to our local upholsterer.  He then had to basically rebuild the chair and cover it with fabric.  I love the new look!!!IMG_8772.JPGIMG_8774.JPG

It’s going to look great in the new guest room!!!

Toodle-oo,

Melanie

 

Mission Fig Salad with a Balsamic Reduction and Goat Cheese

IMG_8683.JPGRourke and I were in Whole Foods recently, and these mission figs were on sale.  They were just gorgeous.  I picked them up and decided to make a salad with them.   Continue reading “Mission Fig Salad with a Balsamic Reduction and Goat Cheese”