Mar 25, 2015

Adding A Pop Of Color To My Kitchen With Ace Hardware!

Ace Hardware has provided free paint samples. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions and positions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.

When I tell people that I have a green kitchen, usually they look at me like I am crazy! It wasn't always planned to be that color, but like most things in my life, I take the plunge and act impulsively. Let me start off by saying I LOVE COLOR. I don't always experiment with color in my wardrobe, but as far as decorating, I am a huge fan of it. Most of the rooms in my house are different colors, and I have different colors of furniture to accentuate the walls as well. 

I want to start off by saying that I have wanted to do something to my kitchen door for about a year now. The door was untouched with a light wood shade and frankly, it was pretty boring. How do you have the coolest green kitchen and clementine accent wall, followed by a boring wooden door with an old doorknob that was starting to rust?

I started doing some research on cool colors to make a kitchen really stand out, and I finally decided on a shade of yellow. I made this inspiration board below to help guide me.

And here's the finished product!

I am so excited about the new door reveal! I am obsessed with this new color from OPI by Clark & Kensington.  It's called "Need Sunglasses" and it's perfect for another pop of color in my kitchen! I know you're probably thinking that it's super bright and crazy, but that's what's fun about it. I love my colorful kitchen, so I feel like this is the perfect final touch! I also really love that it matches the first letter in my EAT sign. I kept the white border the same and also changed the doorknob, which I think made a huge difference. So what do you guys think? Do you love pops of color in your home? And if so, how do you incorporate it into your style? 

Ace Hardware is running this awesome chance to win a $10,000 PAINT MAKEOVER!! You can also win $50 gift cards every day for the next 31 days! #31Daysofcolor 

Here is some more info from the experts on this color: 
This color is unexpected when used on your front door (or kitchen door in our case!)
Bright colors like this will help you feel alive, invigorated and energized.
Balance this color with plenty of white, light gray and other neutrals.

Going to The Paint Studio at Ace is like going to your neighbor. 

Compensation was provided by Aces via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Ace. Thank you for supporting companies that support Little Tree! 

The Sun Will Come Out...Tomorrow

Since I got home from Texas I have been freezing with this awful cold weather. Even with the rain the Texas weather was a lot more tolerable than this! I keep thinking about Spring and hoping that the warmer weather finds its way here soon. This dress reminds me of Annie, and honestly part of the reason why I purchased it is because it's been a lifelong goal to dress up as Annie for Halloween. I now own a dress that could make this dream a reality. Now all I need is a huge red wig and someone to dress up as Sandy the dog. 

My head seems to be thinking about so much since I got home- the ideas and the thoughts keep coming. I learned a lot on my weekend away, and there were a few things that I really want to implement in my blog that I feel like I have strayed away from. Something I have always wanted is to bridge the gap between being too personal, and not being personal enough. I know this space is mainly for inspiration, but I would love to reach people on a deeper level as well. 

There are so many topics I want to talk about in the upcoming months, and on my plane ride I compiled a long list of ideas I have. It's been a long time since I can say I have felt this inspired, and for that I am so grateful. We all need a push in the right direction sometimes, and I think this trip was my turning point. 

Details: Dress via Modcloth sold out (similar) (similar with black collar!) Minnetonka Bandera Boots via Minnetonka c/o , Tights via Nordstrom ,  3 Finger Ring via Kendra Scott , Moonstone via Perry Rhodes , Felt Hat via UO , Ray Ban Original Wayfarer

Mar 24, 2015

Packing For TXSC -- My Essentials

Packing is probably my least favorite activity. I'm sure you can all agree with me when I say it's pretty awful.  What's worse than actually packing you ask? UNPACKING! I planned to post this before I left for TXSC this past weekend but with the anxiety of flying coupled with my lack of time I didn't get a chance to. Here are some of my favorite things that I packed on my trip. Above you'll see a photo of all the goodies I acquired over the weekend, and some of the fun pins we got for attending different sessions throughout the camp. Also want to give a huge thank you to Marshalls for helping me pack the perfect items for my trip!

I tend to be one of those people who puts everything into little bags. Even if it doesn't need a bag, I find a way to put things into organized bunches. I found the leopard ticket & ID holder at Marshalls and it was perfect for me to keep myself organized while going through security and the checkpoints at the airport. These cute matching KC bags (also from Marshalls) carried my makeup and all of my toiletries. I try to pack as light as possible, but that usually goes awry.

Picking a smaller piece of luggage usually forces me to pack lightly. I definitely wasn't prepared for all of the rain that was happening in Texas, but my rain boots & umbrella were truly the best items I packed this year! Although I switched outfits as much as I could, my hats and light jackets because my best friends because A. Sweaty/Rainy Camp Hair ain't cute, and B. It was chilly!

It's also not a true camping experience without my Minnetonkas.  I wore these pretty much the whole trip! My only regret is not bringing enough warmer attire for Sunday. Sunday was so beautiful and warm, and of course that was my last full day in Texas! I have a lot more to talk about in the upcoming week, but I am going to leave you with this packing post for now! I had such a blast at camp, learned a lot about myself and where I want to take my blog in the next year. I am excited for the motivation it gave me, and I truly feel recharged to take my blog in a new direction!

This post is sponsored by Marshalls & Project Fab

Mar 19, 2015

Stripes On Stripes

Today is a super busy day because I am packing for my trip to Austin tomorrow! I am keeping it short and sweet, but I hope you guys had an awesome week and I hope your weekend is fun too! Stay tuned as I will be posting lots of photos this weekend. I am a little upset that it's going to be raining Friday and Saturday (all day!) but we will make the best of it regardless! Happy weekend everyone!

Details: Valentina Drawstring Bag (similar) & Sneakers (similar) via Marshalls c/o , Red tights (on sale) via Nordstrom , Bodysuit via F21 , Track Shorts (similar and on sale!) via Lulus , Beanie , Faux Leather Jacket (similar)via AE