Tuesday, August 4, 2015

My DIY - The Bar Cart Continued....

 I've been working hard on the bar cart since coming back from vacation. When I last left you, I had removed the legs, removed as much of the rust as I could with steel wool, and painted them black. Since then, I've been busy on the shelves. It's really coming along.

Before I painted, I covered the handle with blue tape to keep it black and used fine steel wool on the shelves to remove more rust. There was a lot of rust on this cart. From there, I took Clorox wipes to clean off the steel wool remnants and to just clean the whole thing again before painting.


It was finally time to start painting! I covered everything as best I could with a drop cloth and used cardboard boxes for drying. I wanted to make sure the shelves didn't stick to the plastic while drying. Shelf number one.....

After two coats of paint on the top and bottom of each shelf, it was time to start putting this little guy back together. Thanks to my mom for coming to help! Without her, I would have never gotten it done. In all honesty, we could have used one more person to assist us, but with girl power we got it done! 

Presenting The Bar Cart.....


I have some touch up work to do and I still need to put the casters back on. I am in the process of cleaning those up and I might paint them black. I think it will really keep the whole thing sleek. I'm still thinking about how to mirror the back, but I've been told it doesn't really need it. I can't wait to put the finishing touches on this and get it all dressed up for the big reveal. 

What do you think of the progress so far? Is this something you would use in your home? Would it be an indoor or outdoor cart? I would love to hear your thoughts!

I'm currently looking for my next project. We are still working on the chair and getting closer to making the first cut! And I think I'm going to get started on painting my bedroom furniture. I really want to give our master bedroom an update. Can't wait for all these fall projects! 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Pretty Casual

Top: LC Lauren Conrad; Shorts: Rachel Zoe via Gilt (similar); Sandals: Tory Burch (similar);
Handbag: MbjMJ (similar); Shades: MbyMJ (similar); Bracelets: Gift/David Yurman; 
Lip Color: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Balm in Lovesick

A while ago, I mentioned to my mom that my summer wardrobe was lacking in casual pieces. Sure, I have some t-shirts and some shorts, but I didn't have a cute tops that went with shorts and jeans. I also didn't have any cotton dresses to just throw on and go. Yes, I'm a currently a stay-at-home mom that doesn't really dress up anymore, but that doesn't mean I don't want to look nice when heading to the zoo or the Deanna Rose Farmstead. At the heart of everything, I'm still a girl who likes pretty things and wants to look put together 95% of the time. Do I have days where I don't shower, yes! Are there days when put on something that isn't blog worthy, absolutely! I'm only human!

So on a trip to Kohl's to get a t-shirt for my dad, a super cool one I might add, she remembered that I mentioned my need/want for some cute summer pieces. She did a little shopping while there and boy did I luck out! Remember this dress? That's one of them. And this top is another. I love how feminine it is with the sweet neckline, bow-tie at the back, and delicate print. The perfect little top! I especially love it paired with super casual cut-offs. A pretty casual summer look!

I am not one to constantly wear my hair up, but this summer I've just been lazy! It has been super hot and it's just easy to throw up my hair straight out of the shower. One thing I like to do is add a little twist for volume. Then I just pile the rest in a ponytail and place bobby-pins to create a messy bun.

Cut-Offs Before and After:


Top: LC Lauren Conrad; Shorts: Rachel Zoe via Gilt (similar); Sandals: Tory Burch (similar);
Handbag: MbjMJ (similar); Shades: MbyMJ (similar); Bracelets: Gift/David Yurman; 
Lip Color: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Balm in Lovesick 
 It appears we are still in the throes of a hot summer. It's August, and in the upper 90s, which makes heading out doors a daunting task. But, now that I'm armed with some really cute pieces, I'm ready to face the heat in style! 

Here's hoping your Monday kicked off in style! 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Beauty - After Sun Products

As most of you know, I just came back from a week at the beach and I took full advantage of that time! I soaked up the sun as much as I could and I was rocking the best tan! One of my best since my life guarding days so that's saying a lot! I was safe about it too. I wore sunscreen with 30 SPF, sat under our canopy when I needed a breather, and reapplied sunscreen when needed. And for those who really know me, know this is very uncharacteristic of me! 

But with all of that, I did over-indulge one day. I still wore sunscreen, and sat under the canopy when needed, but on this particular day I wore a suit that was cut much differently than the ones I had been wearing. Fresh skin was exposed and it seemed no amount of sunscreen was going to help! By late afternoon, I was sporting a slight burn in those areas that hadn't seen sun in a very long time. What did I do post sun exposure? I applied my product to help soothe the burn. 

I love the Banana Boat after sun lotion. I've been using it for years. The lotion is thick, soothing, smells amazing, and really helps extend your tan. On the other hand, the aloe vera gel is something that I use when the burn really needs a cooling agent. This burn wasn't that bad, but had I known my mom had this with her, I would have definitely applied immediately.

So what do you do when you don't have these products at your finger tips or under your bathroom sink? Look no further than your kitchen. Have a bottle of white vinegar in your cabinet? Then you have a sunburn soothing product on your hands! Simply apply with cotton balls to the over-exposed area and it will sooth the burn. It stinks, but it works! What do you think about that? I would say that's a pretty good beauty and kitchen hack, no?

What do you do when you get a sunburn? Please share! Everyone needs a little summer sun product advice. Including this beauty blogger!

Happy Friday, Beauties!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cocktail Confessions - Smores Cocktail

 When I think of summer, I think of pool time, sunshine, family vacations, backyard BBQ's, beer, and Smores around the fire pit. So far, we've had the pool time, sunshine, family vacay, my dad's BBQ, but no time around the fire pit to make those Smores. And I've been craving them! So if I can't have the actual outdoor dessert, I decided to make it a drink! Nothing like an adult version to cap off an evening. Again, it's dessert in a glass. I could get used to this!

Here's what you need:
Your favorite Vodka, a Chocolate Liqueur, and all the fixin's
Chocolate for Shaving, Crumbled up Graham Crackers, Marshmallows


Fill your glass full of ice. Add one shot of Vodka and don't spill it all over the place like I did!

Add one shot of the chocolate liqueur. I poured it into the glass before taking a pic. Since I spilled the vodka everywhere, I didn't want to do the same with this and stain the tablecloth! Stir to combine.

Add your toppings. I added a few pinches of the crushed Graham Crackers and shaved a little chocolate over that. Mix.

I added a few mini marshmallows for a finishing touch. You can use any size, but the minis are so cute! You could also layer mini Hershey bars between the marshmallows!

And there you have it! A Smores in a glass. My mom said it tasted like chocolate milk. Souped up chocolate milk! In my opinion, it was missing something. It was a little flat so I added a splash of Vanilla Vodka. That really made a difference. It just needed something on the sweet side. And, if you didn't want to go with Vanilla Vodka, make a simple syrup to add. Just as tasty!

It will definitely leave you wanting Smore..... Cheers!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday Wants - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

It's hard to think about fall clothing when we are still in throws of summer. Trust me, it's hot here in Midwest and I can't fathom wearing wool. But it's the final week of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I had to share with you all of my favs! My focus seems all over the board for fall, but if you take a look at my fall looks of the past, I'm still staying true to my personal style.

All of these pieces work with existing items already in my closet; skinny jeans, leggings, and dresses. The wrap coat alone can be styled so many ways! And tall boots. I love them with everything! I've heard rumors that the handbag is sold out, but if you keep checking back, it eventually finds its way back into stock.


I have small confession to make. A very large box, along with a smaller one, arrived on my doorstep while we were on vacation. My husband was concerned about what I might have ordered. Turns out, my mom did a little shopping for my birthday and Christmas! I had ear marked pages in the catalog, the items above being some of them, so I'm not really sure what she ordered. I can't wait for November to roll around!

 If you want any of these goodies, or ones not shown, get shopping now! The prices go back to regular price on August 3rd! This is truly the best time to stock up on fall pieces. I'm just curious what's in the box.....

Happy Wednesday! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Victoria's Secret Body by Victoria - Perfect Fit Challenge

Hello Style My Way readers! Long time no posts, right? Well, I had planned to blog a few times while on vacay, but when a computer isn't at your disposal, you can't really post anything! But I am back and ready to talk. Today, I'm talking about bras. I don't know you about you, but I am constantly on the hunt for the perfect bra. I am a no frills girl when it comes to bras. I like to have beige and black and that's it. I don't go for a lot of color and designs. I like a simple bra with some pretty lace details. I also like a full coverage bra that supplies plenty of support and one that doesn't create a lot of back fat. A long list of wants but not a lot of results. 

And because I'm in search of the perfect bra, I decided to take the Victoria's Secret Perfect Fit Challenge. It turns out that I'm wearing the right size, which is great, but the bra styles that were recommended to me at the end was amazing! Their Body by Victoria (BBV) line is extensive, pretty, and spot on based on my answers from the quiz. As I mentioned before, I'm not a girl who wears a lot of color when it comes to my bra, but based on some of the new choices, I could see myself adding tons of color! 

Now I don't know about you, but the first thing I do at the end of the day is take my bra off! I'm tired of it! But, VS now has a new BBV Lounge Bra! This bra is a demi bra, lined for a natural lift. It has a flexible underwire you can’t feel and I love that! I would definitely wear this bra when lounging. Not sure I would wear it to work or on special occasions, but definitely on an errand day! And guess what? I now have a colorful bra in my collection! The Glazed Guava is the prettiest bold pink that truly makes me smile! 

Other BBV bras I have, based on the quiz results, are the Demi Bra and Perfect Shape Bra. They have to be some of the prettiest bras I've ever owned. The fabric is so soft and the lace detail is so feminine. I definitely want to purchase a few more and possibly in other colors. Yes, I only have them in beige and black, but the color and designs seem endless!

Are you ready to take the challenge? If so, click on the quiz link above to see if you're wearing the right size and what bras are the right fit for you! And if you find the right fit and perfect bra, you get free shipping and returns when you purchase a BBV bra based on the quiz results! And it gets better! Purchase a bra during the week of July 28th through August 2nd and enter to win a Jaguar!! Yes please! But if you don't win, that's okay! They are giving away gift cards as well. From August 11th to August 17th, receive a $15 gift card with the purchase of 2 VS Lounge bras or a $25 gift card with the purchase of 3 VS Lounge bras.    

What are you waiting for? Take the challenge, find the right fit, and the perfect bra based on your quiz results! BBV is only available to Victoria's Secret, so take advantage of the free shipping/returns, and the gift cards with purchase! Based on my bras, and my love for them, you won't be disappointed! Go, take the quiz!!

Happy Monday, Fashionista's!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Patchwork Denim + Stripes = Peace

My patchwork jeans from Zara are finally making their appearance on the blog. I have been hesitant to wear them only because they are a tad too big. I would like to take them and get them altered, but I just haven't gotten around to it. And because of that, I've missed out on styling them. I love them! They're perfectly distressed, the patches are complimentary to one another, and they are so comfy! Truly the perfect trend jean!

I am wearing a version of this on the road this week. Instead of this tee, I've paired the jeans with this one. Like they say, if ain't broke...


Hope you all are having a fashionable Monday! Posts might be a little hit or miss this week. Forgive me! I am trying to soak up some rays and enjoy some much needed family time! 

Peace out!