Thursday, March 30, 2017

Budget Blooms: $15 or Under


I love the Spring time, and one big reason why is all the beautiful flowers that bloom. I've been patiently waiting the arrival of peonies at Trader Joes. My Budget Blooms budget however, not so much. They are usually pricey, but well worth it. Hydrangeas and Peonies are by far my favorite flowers, specifically in white. 
The ranunculus stems I picked up for this weeks blooms around the house reminded me of peonies, in fact. And I have to say that they are a rather close "looking" supplement. I do want to mention how excited I was to HEB central market had some really good prices on a few of their stems. I may very well be mixing flowers from TJ and HEB on the next Budget Blooms

I always like to separate my flowers into individual piles according to type.. Even though I, usually,  buy bouquets already put together, and because I also make my own bouquets, many times I want to use a flower(s) from the already made 'petite bouquets'. 

I made two small bouquets, and my total was also small this week. I spent a grand total of $10.80, after tax. When I bought these we were heading out of town for a few days, so I didn't want to go crazy buying flowers that may not look so well when we got back home (and they didn't go bad). With that being said, I have really good luck with flowers from TJ. Both bouquets as of today are still looking well enough to leave around the house. I've moved both bouquets probably a million times. They went from the living room, to the master, back to the living room, and now one is still in the living room and the other is on my desk in my office for me to enjoy while I blog away. 
Total for 1 ranunculus/10 stems (est. $5.99), 1 petite bouquet (est. $3.99) was $10.80 after tax.

I have plans to wake up Saturday morning and check out if the peonies have arrived at TJ's yet. Plus, we are having a crawfish boil later that afternoon and I would like to have really fresh flowers! The end of the week is becoming more and more busy. I have lots to do before the boil on Saturday, and I have so many errands to get done before something I going on tomorrow! Don't you think the ranunculus (white flowers) look similar to peonies? May your day be as beautiful as these flowers...
Cheers,

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Closet Diaries: By the Pool Look


Crazy weather this morning. Making it a perfect day to get some writing done for upcoming blog post. I love being at home and tend to dedicate specific days (1 or 2 days) during the week to run  my errands, so that I can be home most days of the week. I also like being home before 2 or 3 pm, and absolutely dread having to leave the house again once i'm home, or anytime past 3:30. I know, it may sound weird. I catch a second wind about 4 pm and I am real productive around the house, so I like being here to get things done. Looking outside now, i'll definitely be stuck inside all day. And i'm perfectly happy about that. Plus, I have a couple shows to catch up on. How has you week been so far guys?
Another beach look for Closet Diaries this week. I have a mad crush for the bohemian look lately. I suppose I always have, and in a way, i'm just circling back this style, that I used to have. Late high school, and sometime after I graduated, boho was just part of who I was. I've always been fond of that look for some reason. Now that I am older, i'm feeling a little more creative and like to challenge myself and dress up the boho style a little. I feel like I should make it more adult-ish for it to be appropriate. Perfect timing to start experimenting too, because Coachella is around the corner. Although i'm not going to Coachella, there should be an abundance of options to accomplish the  bohemian look at retailers everywhere. 


I actually wore this exact look (minus the clutch) last summer and received compliments every time. We moved into a house with a pool in the Spring of last year. So summer of last year I purchased a couple one piece swimsuits that were my go to suits. This is one of them. I actually loved it so much I considered buying another one. Both the skirt and suit are from Forever 21. The skirt is now perfect to throw on top of a one piece suit to go run a quick errand if you've already  been out by the pool. That and the skirt is pretty much ruined from not thinking clearly and wearing on the infamously nasty streets of New Orleans. 


I saw this clutch on sale from a girlfriend's Stella & Dot page and immediately knew I needed it. That Tulum, Mexico beach vacation i'm dreaming of, this clutch will be perfect for that trip. I was inspired by GiGi of New York and had my clutch monogrammed with my initials. I love the GiGi bags and their subtle monogramming that do on their bags. 
My gold flip flops i've had for a few years now. They were one of many Hautelook purchases. I had actually forgot I had them, and just found them right before we went on our spring break trip, so it was almost like I got a new pair of flip flops.

Swimsuit: Forever 21 old  |  Skirt: Forever 21 old  | Shoes: Hautelook - Brand/Bucco
Clutch: Stella & Dot old

Who else is ready for a Mexico (or anywhere with dreamy beaches) beach trip? Today's weather has me really day dreaming over here. Any plans to look forward to for the upcoming weekend? We are having a crawfish boil and I'm going to try out my "crawfish boil bar cart" idea. I've been waiting for this boil so I can try it out and share the details with you! I should have a new Budget Blooms up for you tomorrow. And, I have you know, I only spent about 10 bucks this week on the flowers I have around the house.
Cheers loves, 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Weekend Wind Down


I am still very sleepy this morning, and it's almost 10. I think I could possibly still be recovering from the long weekend we had. Which was incredibly busy...and fun. We went out of town for a couple nights, and got home Saturday. I am so glad that we did decide to come home Saturday too. Sunday was quite productive for us, considering. Considering where we had been 24 hours prior. All I will say is we were at a casino. With a bunch of friends. We specifically went for an oilfield golf tournament. It was also a work event for Mike. Good times are always had at this golf tournament, that I will mention my sweet mama runs and organizes. 
We arrived very, very early in the morning on Friday. We checked into the hotel about 1:30 ish AM. 
 

Friday, mid-morning, we headed to the golf course for an all day affair. If you follow me on Instagram and checked out my instastories, you saw the good times we were having. 


Like I said, thank goodness we headed home Saturday because, needless to say, after being on the course all day Friday and in the casino into the early morning of Saturday, there's no way we could have done it again Saturday night. 


When we got home late afternoon Saturday, I noticed all the blooms on the lilies in the backyard, and the lavender, how gorgeous they were. The lavender color is so vibrant right now. Sunday was the most relaxing day for me, especially after the trip we had. I literally rolled out of bed, threw on my bathing suit and went and sun bathed with a book, while Mike re-grouted the pool. We took a break and went to Lowe's and bought some hydrangeas to plant in my "hydrangea garden". 


  I shot this look while we were out of town, so look for this on a new Closet Diaries. As if last week wasn't busy enough, I have another busy week ahead. How was your weekend? Did yours feel long too? Hope to see you back soon, until next time...

Cheers, 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Home: Ideas to Transition Your Home for Spring


Hello loves, Happy Thursday. The weekend is fast approaching.  If we would have done something exhausting over Spring break last week, I don't think by now would have even been enough time to recover. My has this week flown by. Not to mention, it's been a busy little week too. 
I was inspired by Arhaus  to do a blog post about any room in my  home, and how I bring Spring into that room. I already had on the blog schedule to do something around the house in relation to the new season. Originally, I was going to do my dining room table. I still have every intentions on doing that room, but it will be more towards Easter. I haven't found the exact plate setting yet and want to take some more time to find something. So, this lead to me Spring-ifying (I know that's not a word, work with me here, it's early for me and i'm still on my first cup of jo) my master bedroom. I already had two neutral, light tan/beige, lampshades and I had already been wanting to make new throw pillow covers. I found fabric for less than $10 at Hobby Lobby, and picked up some fresh flowers for next weeks Budget Blooms for, right at, $10. And voila, Mike and I have what feels like a new bedroom for the new Spring season. 
 
 
Changing little things like throw pillows and lighting are a cheap (especially if you make your own throw pillow covers) and easy solution for the bedroom blues. If you want to spend a little more money, rugs can often times be helpful to replace. Some advice, from experience...don't mention to your husband that concept. They don't need to know that what you buy for the bedroom is seasonal. If you can make a couple dramatic changes for under $20, why should they need to know...right? 
Some more thrifty ideas, use what you already have. For example, I have totes and totes and totes of home decor pieces that I've had since my first apartment 10 years ago. You can even find something you have in your living room. Chalk paint or spray paint it, to make it match. Sometimes bringing in things that are new to that particular room can make a difference, and make a room feel updated or new. 
 
 
Fresh flower bouquets are a super easy solution. I personally feel that if your going to keep fresh flowers on your night stand, hardly anything else should be on the nightstand with it. So, clear off your nightstand and add a vase full of Spring blooms. 
When I think of Spring in a bedroom, I think light & bright (that's actually how I feel about, pretty much, every room though) and flowers. I could have gone with lighter colored fabric, and I wanted too, but I needed some boldness to keep a masculine feel. I don't think Mike is down for a super feminine room. I have to keep things gender neutral around here. Plus, the less he complains means the less he notices. Not sure if that's how it works, but whatever makes him team "transition for Spring". 
 

How have you introduced Spring into your home? Need any ideas or help? Leave a comment and let me know, I'm full of ideas and would love to help. Until next time...
BEFORE:

Cheers guys,