Color Course :: Green

This month’s Color Course focuses on a sometimes-challenging-but-really-worth-it color – green.

Why wear green? Because it makes you feel in harmony with nature and balanced. Let’s face it, we can all use more harmony and balance in our lives. When you wear green you feel…

green-wordsYou can always mix green with neutrals. It’s particularly flattering with browns like tan or saddle but if you want to take a bigger leap try one of these:

Green-CombosNeed further visual inspiration? Here are a few of my favorite combos:

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And from one of my favorite bloggers a little green on green action.

Emerald leopard top with turquoise and mint

Source: J’s Everyday Fashion

What are you waiting for? Add some extra green to your wardrobe.

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Color Course :: Yellow

It’s time for a new Color Course. The first one (red) was a great success. This month’s color – yellow. This poor color gets left out of wardrobes because it can seem tricky. But it has turned out to be the most pinned outfits from High Heeled Style so if a pale girl like me can pull of this cheerful color, I know you can do it too. Prepare to become a yellow mix master!

Why wear yellow? Because it makes you and those around you feel happy.

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You can always mix yellow with neutrals. It’s particularly flattering with gray but if you want to take a bigger leap try one of these:

Yellow Combos

Need further visual inspiration? Here are a few of my favorite combos:

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What are you waiting for? Add some extra happiness to your wardrobe.

 

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Linking up with Fashion Item Friday.

Dotted Hat Boxes

Way back when I was a young Spring Breaker I bought these Looney Tunes themed boxes from the Warner Bros store (I don’t think they exist anymore). I couldn’t resist the vintage style travel stickers with some of my favorite cartoon friends. Was it a brilliant decor decision? Probably not. But here we are many years later and they were serving as a night stand. Practically front and center. Embarrassing.

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Time to give them an update. There is no denying their practical storage use so I decided to give them a fresh coat of paint to make them visually appropriate in my not-yet-but-soon-to-be-renovated master bedroom. Spray paint to the rescue. White tops with black bottoms was the goal with black polka dots to add some interest.

It was going well until…the paint on the lid started to bubble and lift. I still have no idea why this happened on just one of the lids but after trying to scrape it off, sand it off and re-applying the paint, the top box was sacrificed to the ever hungry “DIY oops pile.”

For the dots, I used self adhesive black foam and a hole punch. It wasn’t exactly a perfect process but we (my Mom was here to help) made it work. Maybe it was the champagne that helped.

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Even though I’m down one box (luckily the top one and not the middle one!), I’m very happy with how they turned out. I’m sure once the bedroom is done they will have a prominent spot to shine!

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Color Course :: Red

I’m doing something a little different today. It seems there are lots of women who want to add color to their wardrobe but just aren’t sure how to go about it. I can relate. It was one of my goals when I started this blog. There were some misses but mostly I found that playing with color is easy and fun. In order to help you transition to color maven, I’ll be highlighting a new color each week.

To many of you who’ve been around since the beginning, you know my affection for red so it’s only fitting that it is the first Color Course color. I want everyone to feel as good as I do when I wear it!

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A little bit of red added to neutral outfits (especially grays and blacks) is an easy way to dabble. But if you’re looking for a bolder choice try one of these:

Red-Combos

Need further visual inspiration? Here are a few of my favorite combos:

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Don’t be afraid of this powerful color. It is flattering and will make you walk a little taller and feel a little more powerful. So get to shopping!

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A Little Air Time

1174674_10152098416372708_234352532_nI was thrilled to join Cheryl from The Skinny on Beauty for her weekly radio show. We had a great chat about style, color and running a business. I’m not sure we solved any of the world’s problems (not just yet anyway) but we had a great time.

Have a listen

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Listen live Tuesday’s at noon. Tweet @skinnyonbeauty during the show!

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Shoe Organization Project

I’m not sure why this took me so long to do since I love both shoes and organization. But I finally had enough of the chaos and decided to do something about it.

Product used: Hampton Bay 2 tier expandable/stackable shoe rack. For some reason I couldn’t find this exact product anywhere online. But Amazon has a similar rack in chrome ($15.17 ea) or you could try this similar product from Home Depot ($14.97 ea). There are tons of shoe organization products out there but I didn’t want to spend the money on a permanent solution since a full closet re-design is still on the to-do list. This style works really well for high heels (which is basically all I have) but you may find a different style would work better if you have also have flats.

It only took about an hour to get from ugly to divine. It was incredibly gratifying to take that large pile of boxes out to the recycling bin. If you noticed, I have room for two new pairs before the give-one-to-get-one rule goes into effect. Last step is to get a couple boot hangers so I can put the remaining pairs up.

Credit: Photoshop template and rounded arrows from Pugly Pixel. I have now spent hours on all the wonderful tutorials and downloads. I’m trying to raise my game!

Creative Connections OC

My first meeting with the creative and beautiful ladies of Creative Connections OC was fantastic. It was inspiring to be around these talented professionals. The event was hosted at a new boutique, TAIM located in Laguna Beach and included cupcakes from Sweet September. Enjoy some of the photos taken by Love Janet or take a gander at the full album! Creative Connections has groups across the country so if you’re interested in joining in on the fun, look for a group near you.

Tree Limb Coat Rack

When I saw this amazingly creative coat rack from cantileverandpress on Etsy, I knew I wanted to try to re-create it for my office. I have access to branches at the stable and have a handy husband who doesn’t mind going on creative adventures with me.

We were able to create this knock off pretty easily (over a weekend). I’ve gotten so many compliments on it and it fits in at our camp themed office as well as matching my personal cowgirl style.

Materials:

  • medium branches
  • 1″ x 4″ pine board
  • wood screws
  • wood glue
  • stain
  • sand paper
  • circular saw
  • screw gun
  • wood filler

Steps:

  1. Cut pine to desired frame size. We did 32L x 17.25H x 4D. We did not miter the corners. Hold together with wood glue and wood screws (countersink).
  2. Fill holes, sand and stain frame.
  3. Measure inside dimensions of frame and cut branches to that height using the circular saw. We sanded some of the edges where coats and scarfs might hang to avoid snags.
  4. Screw in each branch on the top and bottom.
  5. Fill screw holes, sand and re-stain.
  6. Hang and enjoy!