Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Haven Blogging Conference Recap

A little over a week ago, I had the pleasure of attending Haven Conference. If you don't already know, Haven is a two and a half day DIY and design blogging conference attended by over 300 new and professional bloggers hosted in the beautiful and fancy Buckhead, Atlanta. Haven weekend was packed full of new experiences for me. I've never ever been to a blogging conference, this was my first time flying by myself, and I took my very first Uber.

We arrived in Atlanta on Thursday afternoon and when we got to the hotel (Grand Hyatt Buckhead) there were people everywhere. It was a little overwhelming.  I mean A LOT overwhelming! It's such a strange feeling really. You're constantly seeing people that you know because of their blogs or their Instagram and while you feel like you really know them and know everything about them, they don't know you. There is also that awkward moment when your riding in the elevator with your blogging idol and all you can do is play it cool and try your hardest not to be a crazy #fangirl.

Welcome to Haven Blogging Conference
To see more of my Haven trip, click "Read more" down below.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Bedroom Refresh Design Board

Can you all believe I'm ready to change our room already? I think I must have caught a case of the design bug because I published the post about our bedroom redo at the end of March and I've been thinking of making some changes pretty much since the moment I hit "publish". I think a "normal" person redoes their room about every couple of years, but who's normal around here? Not me, obviously lol. When I did our original bedroom redo, it was my first ever room reveal and honestly, I just wanted to get it out there. And now, I cringe every time I look at those pictures. You've got to start somewhere, right? Anyway, I feel like my style has already evolved so much since March and I'm ready to take another crack at this whole bedroom thing and really get it right this time. 

So, shall we start with the dreaded "before" photos? 

Our bedding is one thing that I've really been struggling with. When I first redid our room, I really really really wanted this duvet cover, but I really didn't want to pay that much. So, I settled for a $30 white quilt from TJ Maxx. That was a bust. Every night, we were getting our old comforter out of the closet to sleep with because the ole rinky dink quilt wasn't cutting it. We did that for a while and then I spotted this bedding set at Target. It was cheap, white, and I liked it. But, I didn't love it. So now, I'm just about $70 in the hole for bedding that I just like. Moral of this story: get what you really want the first time, nothing will ever live up to it!

This wall. I think the purses hanging from nails in the wall just about says it all. I feel like this wall is begging for some artwork, but with that pesky light switch, I'd have to hang the art higher and that just looks awkward.

The gallery wall has changed a little since y'all saw it last. Basically, it's become a catch all for any framed art I find on sale anywhere, whether it matches or not. Hence the random Oh Joy print. I'm pretty sure this will be the last time you see a gallery wall here. I'm over it. I'm ready for something simple and chic, so stay tuned!

This dresser is actually a pretty new addition to our room. Sadly, I'm not sure what it's future is. I really would like a place in our bedroom where I could sit down and do my makeup in the morning and this little corner is the only place where theres room for something like that.

And now, on to the good stuff!
Duvet Cover // White Globe Lamp // Gold Mirror // Writing Desk // Faux Fur Ottoman // Black and White Fabric // Pink Pillow // Leopard Print Pillow // Rustoleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint // Left Pink Print // Right Pink Print
You can see in the design board that I'm not changing everything, just tweaking a few things here and there. 

To Do
-DIY Bedding
-Get new accent pillows
-Change black accent wall
-Take down gallery wall
-Buy new frames
-Spray paint our bed
-Buy fabric/sew curtains
-Build vanity
-Buy new art for above nightstands
-Come up with something for the "purse" wall

I'm so excited for this bedroom refresh and I have some secret DIY's up my sleeve, so stay tuned!

Have a great Monday!

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Low & Lower List: Back to College

Happy Friday y'all! Today is super exciting because I'm launching my first ever series here on the blog! I've had the idea of doing a low and lower list for a while now, but I finally sat down, did some brainstorming, and came up with an actual plan, so, here we are! Y'all know that I'm all about finding a good deal and I find my self online all the time searching for more affordable options, so I thought, why not share my finds with you guys.

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*This is the price per actual hanger, they come in a pack

*This is the price per actual hanger, they come in a pack

There ya have it! I hope you all enjoyed this post, it was truly a labor of love!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

How to do a Budget Friendly Wedding

Today, I'm continuing the anniversary week fun and giving you tips on how to a budget friendly wedding.  When we first started planning our wedding, my DIY-loving heart immediately headed to Pinterest. Pin after pin, it became obvious what I wanted. Pink, gold, antique accents, garden party-ish. Once I established the look I was going for, first, I stopped Pinterest altogether (it's dangerous, you may never decide what you want if you keep pinning) and then, I started scheming on how I could achieve this look the cheapest way possible. 

 To read all my tips, click "Read more" down below.

Monday, August 8, 2016

One Year

Happy Monday y'all! And, to my supportive husband, who reads ALL of my posts, Happy First Wedding Anniversary! I cannot believe one year of marriage has already passed by. Don't worry, I'll save all the lovey-dovey, sappy stuff for the hubby, but I wanted to pop in today to share this super special milestone in our lives.

Embroidered Bridal Wedding Day Shirt
Photo Credit: Brooke Nicole Photography
Light Pink Monogrammed Bridal Shirt

To see more photos of our special day, click "Read more" below.