Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Amazon fashion buys

Part 1 of Amazon fashion buys was such a hit, I think I may just make it a regular thing! 

Who knew you could buy such stylish things on Amazon.

I have purchased so many wonderful things over the past few months. The things I am the most happy with and would recommend to you make it it my Amazon fashion buys posts!

Here we go for round 2, round 1 can be found here! 

As always, you can shop my pics in the LikeToKnowIt app on your phone.


Click on the corresponding numbers above to take you directly to the product.

1-this is a great knockoff!
2-Flattering swimsuit that comes in many colors.
3-Fun summer earrings!
4-I bought this for a wedding. It is gorgeous and comfortable. Size this up as it runs small. I bought a medium and had to exchange it for a large.
5-Super comfy jumpsuit. Would look great pair with a denim jacket and flats or sandals. 
6-this is a very inexpensive but comfy top that looks great paired with high waisted jeans or jean shorts. 

I hope you liked this round of Amazon fashion!


Monday, June 24, 2019

DIY succulent letter

This is a super easy DIY that you can put together for yourself, or for a personalized gift.

You will need a vintage marquee letter, spanish moss, floral foam, a hot glue gun, and faux succulents. 

I found my letter at a flea market, but Etsy and Ebay are also good places to find them. Just make sure the one you are getting has depth to it, you will see how that comes into play as you read further on. I have also heard them referred to as "channel letters" or "3-D letters"

You will need it to have a cavity to fill with foam, as you will see.

Lay your letter out on a protected work surface.
Savannah and I used a C for her friend Carlie. 
This made a really cute birthday gift paired with a Starbucks gift card.

Fill the cavity of your letter with floral foam. You can cut this with a knife really easily. We found this at the dollar store and used 3 cubes on our big letter.

Fill in all the cracks and make it as tight as possible.

Next you will start filling in with your faux succulents. Most come on wire stems which you can poke into the foam. Otherwise you will need to hot glue them on. Make sure the glue makes contact with the metal piece to secure it.

You don't need to fill it entirely with succulents. Faux succulents can be expensive, so just place them in a random eye pleasing pattern, then fill in with spanish moss. We also got the moss at the dollar store. 

Tuck it in well, filling in every gap you see. This will also help to hold everything together, as most likely you will be hanging this letter vertically. 

We used hot glue on some of the moss to make sure it was secured. 

Work your way around your letter with the moss. 

Isn't that darling? I think it would be great on the side of the house, maybe on the front porch, or even a garden shed? 


Friday, June 21, 2019

Friday favorites

Hello hello!

After yesterdays post, can you guess what I will be doing this weekend? 

S'mores. All. Weekend. Long.

Alright back to this weeks favorites!

I found a really flattering cardigan that is great to wear in the summer with jean shorts and a t-shirt, and will also be great transitioning to fall. 

This is a nail color I want to try for summer!

This is a sweet little lamp that would be darling nestled on a kitchen counter or on a shelf. It's under $10!

I love, love, love this pillow!

This is super fun and would be great on top of a stack of books, on a shelf, or coffee table. I think I am going to get one.

This is a modern, but not overly modern coffee table that is a really good price. 

I just bought these and they are seriously heaven on your feet.

I also bought these knockoffs and they are actually surprisingly super comfortable!

I found this bathroom vanity set and now I just need to find a client that wants to use it! I am in love with it! {white or black and grey combo}

I have heard great things about this setting powder and may have to try it.

Ok, I just bought this dress in every color. You are going to flip when you see how inexpensive it is!

Alright, I think that's about it for the week!

I will see you all back here Monday~


Thursday, June 20, 2019

outdoor entertaining area reveal!

I am so happy to finally share our outdoor entertaining area with you!

This was a big project, but it was so worth it because we will be living out here this summer!

If you would like to see my post on where we started, you can go here. I will also be sharing the before photos in this post. 

We like to entertain in the summer and we have a lot of bbq's with family and friends.We have many great spaces to gather, but our fire pit area had always been lacking. 

It is a great big area tucked into the woods that sits behind our house. We always knew it had potential to be really great, but we put the project off for way too long.

The bonus is that the area is big, it is private and with the woods, you really feel like you are camping back there.

However, it was neglected and the weeds had taken over and it just didn't have that welcoming feeling.

Well now, thanks to Home Depot, our entertaining area has come to life and we couldn't be happier with it! 

In fact we were having friends over to make s'mores before it was even finished.


The biggest impact is the Milano Pavestones we added to define the entire fire pit area and have a space to place the chairs. We used all three sizes and created a fun pattern. We did this ourselves, working at nights and on weekends, and while it was a bit time consuming, it was a fun project I would definitely be up for again.

The pavers are thinner than normal, so they require you to lay them over concrete. We created the concrete base by mixing up bags in our new mixer, which will be so handy to have down the road for future projects. Thankfully, our area had gravel in it which was already compacted. If you have loose gravel, you will need to rent a compacter first.

We worked in sections and poured and leveled as we went. 
For leveling, we used a 2x4 piece of wood and with a person on either end, we leveled it section by section. Creating the base for the pavers takes a while, but it is probably the most important step. 

Again, section by section we added the pavers to the wet concrete, making sure they were all level as we went. 

Here is a progress shot of the walkway leading up to the fire pit. Once everything was dry my husband cut the edges with a rental from Home Depot called a concrete saw . It went really fast and really made a difference in the overall look to have those nice clean edges. 

The final step was to apply this to the overall area to secure them even further, to fill in any gaps or cracks and to prevent weeds from popping through. 


The addition of lighting was huge and made a big impact. These lights are sleek and modern but fade into the landscaping well. My husband installed them using this transformer. It looks so beautiful at night.


To add definition to the back and to create a backdrop for the whole area, I decided on a combination of firewood in these great racks, and arborvitae trees. Centering the firewood racks gives your eye a focal point, and is not only good looking, but also super functional. We hired my son and his friends to chop firewood, it was a family affair!


I have always loved the casual look of Adirondack chairs, and chose 8 of these to go around the fire pit. I have only ever had wood ones which rot out over time, so I am really looking forward to having these Polywood ones for years and years. I like the fact that we can leave them out year round as well.

I saved a few leftover stumps to use as side tables for setting drinks or food. 


The final step was a trip to Home Depot where we loaded up on plants. Since this is mainly a shady area, I opted for different varieties of hostas. I also added in a lot of ornamental grasses,  heuchera  and japanese maples for color. 

A layer of fresh bark and we are done!

I cannot wait to hang out around this fire pit creating new memories with everyone, and stare up at the stars.

{this is the best swing for all ages}

For reference, this picture was taken off our back deck and looking into the backyard toward the fire pit. Outdoor kitchen on the right, office on the left, with shed behind that.

Now, off to go enjoy a marshmallow or two!


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