Quilted Florals

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Quilting is not just found on classic Chanel handbags anymore. The trendy texture is on everything this fall, from leggings and skirts to leather jackets and cardigans. This quilted crop top initially caught my eye because of the gray floral pattern with a hint of pink, but the final selling point was the fun, feminine texture.

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I love the juxtaposition of a feminine item paired with something edgy, so I balanced out the girly top with a leather skirt and caged sandals. To accessorize, I added some simple studs and basic black purse.

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Top: Nordstrom (Savvy)

Skirt: Kohl’s

Caged Sandals: DV by Dolce Vita

Kitchen Table Makeover

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Moving in with my fiance meant acquiring some of his furniture that is far from stylish. After seven months in Vegas, we still hadn’t gotten around to buying a new kitchen table, so I decided to try a little DIY magic on a table that his parents had bought for him at a garage sale many years ago. It’s amazing what some sanding and staining can do. Intricate details that I thought were tacky now add charming character and the distressed wood (not in a trendy way…) now looks crisp and classy. Since we saved money by making over our table, I decided to splurge and buy some floral chairs from Target to complement the modern look.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 can Citristip
  • Plastic scraper
  • Orbital sander
  • Sand paper of varying grits (100, 120, 220)
  • Tack cloth
  • Newspapers
  • Brush or cloth
  • White spray paint (I used Valspar paint + primer,  about 3 cans)
  • Stain (I used Minwax Red Mahogany)
  • Polyurethane

How-to:

  1. Remove the finish. Move the table to a well ventilated area and place it on top of a tarp or cardboard to protect the surrounding areas. To strip the existing finish, I sprayed the table with Citristip and let it sit for an hour before scraping it off with a plastic scraping tool (read can for safety and detailed directions).
  2. Use an orbital sander to smooth the table, going with the grain. Do most of the initial sanding with 100-grit sandpaper, then step up to 150-grit and do a final pass with 220-grit. Wipe off the dust with a tack cloth.
  3. Cover the top of the table with newspapers, taping the edges with painters tape to create clean lines. Spray paint the base of the table; it may take a few coats.
  4. Remove newspaper before applying the wood stain. Apply stain with a brush or cloth, following the wood’s natural grain. Follow the directions on can to achieve desired result. Apply at least 2 coats. If the wood seems rough, sand between coats and remove dust with a tack cloth to smooth the surface.
  5. After the final coat of stain has thoroughly dried, apply polyurethane according to the manufacturers’ instructions. Apply at least four coats since a kitchen table should be durable. Let dry for 24 hours before using the table.

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Tuesday Trends: Spring Essentials

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It’s officially spring! Time for florals, bright colors and distressed denim. The fun fashion trends this season allow for a lot of creativity and there are several versatile pieces that should be in every closet. These are some of my favorite pieces and spring wardrobe staples.

Boutiqueaholics

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For boutique lovers like myself, Boutiqueaholics in Las Vegas has everything you love in one container. Literally. It’s in Container Park, which is a fun retail, dining and entertainment development in Downtown Las Vegas.

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Boutiqueaholics is a boutique within a boutique. Several fashion lines and stores from around the world sell their trendy pieces under one roof. Clothing from Lili Boutique, one of my favorite local shops, can also be found here. Other lines include Sugarhill from London, Growze from Los Angeles, LuxC Closet from Miami, Babel Fair from New York City and Hey Gorgeous from Orange County.

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Not only are the clothes adorable, but so is the decor! I love the simple, vintage style. Using the books about high-end designers to display jewelry is such a creative idea and adds a chic touch.

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Whether you are looking for a fancy frock to wear out on the town or a casual, oversized sweater, you can find it here. I love the jeweled neckline on this pale pink dress. It’s right on trend with the pastel color palette that is popular this spring.

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This lace top with the subtle, sweetheart detail is a fun, feminine piece from Sugarhill. The Eiffel Tower print tank is another piece from this London-based boutique. Doesn’t it just make you want to be a jetsetter and eat colorful macarons in France ?

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Floral is my favorite trend this season. The patterned sleeves take this cropped bomber jacket from being simple to making a fashion statement. It would look great paired with a basic white tank, distressed jeans and d’orsay flats or heels. These unique styles are definitely worth checking out next time you are in Las Vegas.

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Website: boutiqueaholics.com // Twitter: @bbaholics // Instagram: @boutiqueaholics

 

Crazy for Chambray

I love the chambray style that has been popular this past year. Chambray shirts are so versatile because you can dress them up, dress them down and make them look girly or edgy. I’m so glad that sleeveless versions are easy to find this summer… and affordable! Target and H&M have some great options. Here are some of my favorite ways to style these trendy tops.
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Sleeveless top
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H M button blouse
$31 – hm.com

H M strap bag
$23 – hm.com

Paper hat
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Make a statement. Spice up these simple, neutral tops with a statement necklace! It adds instant color and style. Another way to stand out is to pair it with bold bottoms, such as a patterned skirt, colorful jeans or floral shorts.
Howdy, y’all. I’m a country girl at heart, so my cowboy boots are a staple in my wardrobe. For a complete cowgirl look, I like to wear them with a chambray top, flowy skirt and girly accessories. Keeping it casual and feminine is the key to getting this style.
Girly girl. Paired with pastels or florals, chambray tops look soft and feminine. Add dainty accessories, but don’t overdo it. Top it off with soft waves and natural-looking makeup.
Edgy. Pile on the studs and layer a button-up chambray top over a graphic tank to get this look. Finish this fashionable ensemble with black skinny jeans and heeled booties.
Wrap it up. Even though it’s summer, a light, breezy scarf is a cute way to accessorize. A fedora and cross-body bag are the perfect addition for a day of strolling in the sun.
Fancy pants. Just because it looks like denim, doesn’t mean it has to be casual. Pair with a dressy skirt, heels and some classy accessories. Just the right attire for a night out on the town!

Easter Fashion

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Time to hide the eggs and bake hot cross buns because Easter is almost here! Whether you are going to church or brunch, here are some styles for your Sunday festivities. When Easter fashion comes to mind I imagine pastels, florals and conservative, girly looks. A feminine, flowy skirt with a beautiful blouse is a good place to start. Top it off with some pastel accessories, such as a bag or bracelets. Another option is to wear the spring dress that you have been longing to wear, but saving for warmer weather. Even if it’s still chilly where you live, add a cardigan or colorful blazer. You can look like spring even if it doesn’t feel like it with florals, pastels and other spring styles!

Looks to Keep

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Don’t do too much spring cleaning! There are still some styles from winter that are popping up everywhere this season! Here’s how to transform them from winter wear to spring staples!

  • Peplum. This figure-flattering trend is here to stay! Whether it’s a skirt, dress or top, go for a bright color or fun pattern. A leather peplum top will look great with some mint or neon-colored skinny jeans!
  • Studs. The trendiest detail around! Mix this “tough girl” look  with pastels or lace for a more girly vibe.
  • Leather. Instead of heavy coats think accents: panels on dresses, trims on tank tops and shoulder patches on sweaters.
  • Statement necklaces. Accessories are a great way to add a pop of color, such as mint or coral. The Peter Pan style is also popular to wear with a top or dress that has a simple neckline.
  • Patterned pants. Look for colorful floral prints or brighten up a dark-patterned pair from winter with a pastel or neon top.