Saturday, September 27, 2014

Outfit Post: Mixed Up

I don't know what it is lately but I have been obsessed with wearing flannels tied around my waist.  I don't know if it is because half of my "fall/winter" clothes are packed up or because these flannels make me feel like it's cold outside {its not}. Whatever it is...I love mixing flannels with different patterns. In this case stripes. Here is what I wore yesterday.





tee Lululemon, flannel Target, jeans Forever 21, necklace Urban Lilac, clutch Reagan & Rose, Michael Kors watch, bracelets Pineapple Bling, Birkenstocks

I can't get over this clutch that was handmade by Reagan & Rose. It is the perfect size for my phone, wallet, keys and chapstick. You guys have to check them out. Shop their gorgeous goods {here}. 

xoxo,
Alyssa 


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

First DIY Home Project: Entertainment Center

I can't wait to start doing more decor posts when we move into the house! Today I wanted to show you a little of what I have been up to the past week.
As most of you know, getting your first place is not only super exciting but stressful because basically all of the "necessities" are needed. We are pretty much starting from the bottom when it comes to furniture/kitchen accessories/bedroom stuff, you know all the must haves?! Luckily one of my favorite things to do is to find bargains! Whether it be on Craigslist, Facebook, antique stores etc. I scored this credenza/buffet/dresser on Facebook for $115! I have been looking to use one of these as our entertainment center in the great room. I think they look amazing with a TV mounted over it and cute decor on top. I have been seeing these at antique stores for $225 and up and had a feeling I could find a better deal! Most of these {even the more expensive ones} still need a little love, whether it be a new coat of paint or different knobs. Let's just say Jeff and I saved so much on this DIY.

Before:
The paint was very weathered, thin and chipping. It also had a ring on the top {probably from a vase or plant} The knobs are beautiful but needed a little face lift.

After:
Jeff and I sanded the piece down and painted a couple light layers of chalk paint over it in a pure white shade. After letting all the coats dry we took some sand paper to the corners/edges and sporadically distressed it to give it that shabby chic look {we may add more distressing later on}. I love rustic, shabby chic pieces so their can never be too much distressing in my world. :) There is gorgeous dark walnut wood underneath so we wanted it to peek out a bit. We also left the walnut wood exposed inside the center cabinet. Jeff spray painted the knobs with a gold paint that is for metal. {We love gold!} We haven't put the clear wax over it yet but we both think it looks great! 



Just some inexpensive changes can make all the difference when decorating. No need to spend a ton of money on new pieces when adding charm to old ones can look just as nice. Plus Jeff and I had so much fun doing this together. We are already onto our next project :) Stay tuned for that!

For some of my home inspiration photos follow me on Pinterest!

xoxo,
Alyssa

Friday, September 19, 2014

Outfit Post: TGIF

I am so sorry that I have totally been MIA lately! This house and wedding has completely taken over my life. Plus I am enjoying every minute of it! Here is what I wore the other day :)



tee Regal Republic, kimono/sweater The Minted Exchange, shorts Junky Trunk, Silver and Sage mala, Michael Kors watch, Kate Spade bracelets, Shiekh shoes

I have been living in my Regal Republic tees. They are the most comfy tshirts on earth and I love the heathered colors. Also I had been waiting to rock this kimono/sweater for a couple weeks and now that the weather is starting to cool off, it is the perfect layering piece for night times in AZ. Get this tee {here} and the kimono {here}! Happy Friday everyone! 

xoxo,
Alyssa 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Outfit Post: Textured

So the other day when I opened this packaged I almost fainted! How gorgeous is this bag from Stilo502?! It is so well made and how can you ignore those amazing colors. This is a bag I will be carrying for a long time! Use it as a small weekender bag or a large tote for everyday! See details below on how to win a $50 gift certificate to Stilo502!







tee MYKLE LA, jeans old, sandals Top Shop, Michael Kors watch, vintage cuff, necklace Forever 21, bag Stilo502

Everyone needs a basic black and white tee in their life right? This one from MYKLE is awesome. I love the cuffed sleeves and the super sleek graphics. So chic!

Details for Stilo502 Instagram giveaway:

Follow @stilo502
Tag 3 friends
For a bonus entries regram my photo {tag @stilo502} and comment on my photo 


Good luck!!!

Also for all you AZ peeps out there come party with me at the Kate Spade store at the Phoenix Premium Outlets! I am so honored to be hosting a fall fashion styling event. 

xoxo,
Alyssa 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Outfit Post: Regal Republic

One of my new favorite companies is Regal Republic Clothing. You know I love supporting local and this was no exception. They carry the softest tees with the raddest graphics. Snag yourself one today and #liveregal








pants Forever 21, tee Regal Republic Clothing, flannel ModOwl, Silver and Sage mala, Spiritual Gangster tote, Michael Kors watch, Birkenstocks, Kate Spade bangle, Pineapple Bling bracelets

xoxo,
Alyssa 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Outfit Post: Gold

Wearing pops of metallic are always a simple yet chic way to spice up an outfit. This Lovers and Friends blazer has awesome gold spikes that transform this feminine tweed blazer. Here is how I styled it!






xoxo,
Alyssa 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Outfit Post: New Beginnings

Over the weekend Jeff and I bought our first house. We are so excited to start this chapter of our lives. We are planned to close either right before the wedding {October 24th} or right when we come back from our honeymoon. Either way we can't wait to decorate, paint and everything else that comes with buying a new house :) So if any of you have some fun DIY projects send them my way :)
Here is what I wore yesterday. :)






dress vintage, plaid shirt The Minted Exchange, necklace Christina Faithe, Michael Kors watch, Sheikh sandals

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday weekend. Bring on the fall weather!!! 

xoxo,
Alyssa 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Celeb Look Alike: AJM

Transitioning summer pieces into fall can actually be pretty simple with a few tips. First, booties are a great shoe to pair with anything. It makes the outfit feel more appropriate for fall. Second is a scarf. Pop a scarf over a tee or even a dress for that cozy look. Lastly, add a light jacket over top of your outfit to not only keep you warmer but to add layers and dimension. Since AZ is still pretty hot I simply added booties to this dress to rough it up a little for fall. This would also look amazing with a black leather jacket.

This Tracy Reese dress was spotted on the TV series Hart of Dixie. We love how she incorporated the belt to cinch in the waist. Here is how I styled it :)


Tracy Reese dress AJM, bag Target, sunnies Ray Bans, Cynthia Vincent booties AJM, Michael Kors watch


xoxo,
Alyssa


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Outfit Post: Gypsy Girl

The other night I went to a Phoenix Fashion Week event at the Toni and Guy Academy in Scottsdale. What is better than getting pampered and mingling with friends?! Here is what I am wore :)




kimono + tunic Gypsy Soul Collective, vintage cut offs, Kate Spade bag + gold bracelet, Michael Kors watch, Pineapple Bling bracelets, Charlotte Russe sandals, Forever 21 necklace

xoxo,
Alyssa