The Hallway Art Gallery

IKEA Dignitet Art wall

TIP: Need a place for all those school art projects coming home at the end of the school year?  Hang a curtain wire with clips and easily switch them out!  (Source below)

This is a fun way to add color and life to an otherwise boring transitional space. Our upstairs hall connects our kid rooms to our playroom, so a kid art gallery seemed quite fitting!  I can’t wait to add more wires on the other side since having this inspires the kids to create wall-worthy art pieces.  I love hearing them say, “Look what I made!  Can we hang it on the art wall?!” And the best part (if they are tall enough) is when I say, “Yes, go hang it up!”  I love when I don’t have to do everything.

ANOTHER TIP: Need to solve summer boredom? Put out some art supplies and let them have at it! They know my favorites get frames, each kid will have one frame for my current favorite art piece they make so they really are only competing with their own previous work. Seeing them do their personal best for that frame makes my mama heart happy!

Source:  You can buy the wire system from IKEA (HERE).  Super affordable! I used a middle support for my wire which they also sell so you can extend the wire without it sagging in the middle.

Have fun inspiring your mini Picasso’s!

Love Life….Styled,

Melissa xox

 

You Don’t Have to be Perfect to be Amazing

Spring family photo Styling

They try my patience, they make me crazy, they make things come out of my mouth I never thought I would say (“Why is there poop in this plant?”), they keep me up at night and wake me up early, they throw tantrums and I might even throw one back…but once and awhile you get moments like this where everyone is smiling despite the meltdowns and the heartache and my hope is restored, we can do this!!! We are making good memories and sticking it out living, loving and growing together. The good outshines the tough: the yard wildflower gifts with sticky popsicle kisses, the Sunday morning snuggle time with, “I love you, Mommy”, the teenager that confides in you. I am so blessed to be their mom, to have this awesome trust from the Lord to raise them…my cup runneth over. To all the moms in the trenches 👊🏻🙌🏻 you’ve got this and we are in it together. You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing. You are enough and you are amazing. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Photo cred: Jenny Lind Photography 

DIY Custom Curtains on the CHEAP!

I am very excited to share with you one of my go-to decorating sources for tricky window dressings!  I must say if you live near an Ikea and have already discovered these magical curtains then feel free to skip this life-changing news.

If not, have you ever needed extended length curtains? By this I mean longer than the standard 98″?  If so, you will know or come to know soon, what a giant pain this is to keep from spending a small mint on a ton of decorator fabric and/or ordering extended length curtains from high-end retailers.  This has been SO annoying to me, so much so in fact, I hemmed a pole pocket and hung heavy weight canvas drop cloths from the home improvement store for years. This worked well until they were just too heavy (they look and feel like heavy linen curtains!) and they started to pull the hardware out of the drywall.  I needed something else, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune.

Meet the Ritva Curtain: You can find it HERE. These are the 98″ curtains embellished with Greek Key trim hung with the tab in the back of the curtain, which is my favorite way since it adds the most height and I like a nice header at the top with soft pleats.

Ikea Ritva Curtains

STYLE TIP:  Have arched or bay windows and don’t know how to treat them?  You can treat the whole shape as one big window, hanging the curtains well above and out from the moulding to still show off their unique shape.  No need for those out-dated fan blinds in the arch!

Back to the lovefest:  Notice the price of these at $24.99 a PAIR!  That’s $12.50 a panel folks, $12.50!!!! Not to mention they are actually long enough to graze the floor. Good-bye capri length curtains (not cute!). Buy the iron hemming tape and you have perfectly customized curtains without sewing (unless you decide to put a lovely trim on them, of course). But wait it gets better….they also come in 118″ as well for $34.99 a PAIR!  That, my friends, is cheaper than drop cloths. They come in different colors and they have the perfect amount of weight, structure, texture and light filtering. I know, I sound like a commercial, but I promise this is not a paid post and I truly do love these.  Here is a photo showing the light filtering and the linen-like texture:

Ritva curtain Texture light filtering

Now, let’s get down to business.

STYLE WAY #1: TALL HEADER

This is pretty simple and, like I said, it’s my favorite because it draws your eye up and lengthens the look of your windows, not to mention it gives you a very nice, soft pleat.  There are these stringy tabs (why they are stringy, I have NO idea), but slip your curtain rod through the tabs and your are done!

I will say this about this style, if you need your curtains to function everyday like opening and closing, I would suggest Style Way #’s 3, 4, and 5.  These first two are great for framing a window but not so great for sliding back and forth particularly over the seam in a telescoping rod.  Using the rings or track system is much better for this capability.

Ikea Curtains
Pleating

 

STYLE WAY #2: POLE POCKET

This is basic but it’s nice that this option is still built into these curtains if this way is your jam.  This gives you the most “gathered” look and I think it’s a bonus that its not just a fold-over hemmed pocket, it still gives you a cute header at the top for a more tailored look.

Ikea Curtains

 

 

 STYLE WAY #3:  SINGLE PLEAT WITH RINGS 

This is really fabulous.  There is this pleating tape on the back of a lot of Ikea curtains which allows for all these options OR you can just buy the KRONILL pleating tape sold separately and sew it onto any fabric! It is THIS.  I discovered this by accident when I saw it sitting there in the fabrics dept at Ikea, it was a serious lightbulb moment.

Basically to make the pleats, you put the first part of the hook in, count over eight notches, pinch and insert the other side of the hook on the eighth tab.  Fold both ends in half, find the middle of the panel and do the same thing, counting four over to the left from the middle and four over to the right.  Fold it again from the middle to the end and do the same thing until they are all in.  If this doesn’t make sense I will link a tutorial for the triple French pleat under Way #4 and once you read her tutorial, it will make a lot more sense.  Which brings me to the hooks and the rings.  You will need the SYRLIG rings and the RIKTIG hooks. I wasn’t sure how many rings I would do, but I ended up needing nine per panel for the single pleat.

This is how it looks when you pull them across, check out the pretty pleat and I didn’t even get out a machine!

 

Sorry for the bad lighting, but I wanted to show what it looks like with the tall header next to the single pleat with rings. Which way do you like it best? I am still going back and forth between these two for this room!

STYLE WAY #4: TRIPLE FRENCH PLEAT

This way is extra fancy and is such a cool option without sewing!  For this you will only need five clips and rings per panel.  The one caveat with this way is that this photo you see is the entire panel pulled out, so unless you buy more panels to extend across the width of your window, these will only be used to frame a window for added softness.  I think this way is super cute and designer looking…very tailored.  I found THIS awesome tutorial with amazing pics from Visual Vocabularie. Her tutorial will also make any of these pleating options make a lot more sense.  Also, check out those yummy velvet drapes, I am using these in my bedroom next! Velvet triple pleat drapes

Ikea velvet drapes

STYLE WAY #5: TRACK CURTAINS

I am currently remodeling a room in our basement to be my new office!  Exciting, yes, but unfortunately this room doesn’t have a built in closet and I REALLY need one.  With five kids’ clothes rotating seasons and sizes I am constantly making piles for a consignment sale twice a year.  I really needed a place to just hang and store all my consignment stuff to get ready for tagging for the next sale…but I didn’t want to have to look at it all year round either.  Introducing VIDGA.  Take what you have learned here about different pleating options and hook it onto a track as a solution to many design problems like this one I had for the closet.  I opted for a single pleat, not using the metal hooks but I just gathered the material and used the plastic rollers used in the rail HERE, called glides. (Note:  This comes standard as a wall mount but can be mounted to a ceiling by using their ceiling brackets sold separately for $2.49).

Notice how you don’t really see the rail when the curtain is closed?!

This is not hemmed yet…I mean, iron taped, since I am allergic to sewing 😉

Plunk around on Ikea’s website with the track systems and you will see all the options with this system.  I would have much preferred to use their panel curtains but I have to go around a corner, so fabric it is!  I will post a few pics below of the panel curtains. But first, this can also solve another design dilemma I am currently having…how to dress a corner window!  I have this going on in my bedroom:

Imagine this instead: But I am planning on doing single-pleated velvet blackout drapes wall mounted and I will be able to glide my curtains seamlessly! I can’t wait and of course when I get around to it, I will be posting all about it. In the meantime, check out these ideas below using the track systems with panel curtains and/or combined with fabric curtains backed with pleating tape, the tracks come in single, double or triple for all kinds of layering options:

And there you have it folks! Really if you think about it, there are SO many ways you can use these curtains but I hope with outlining these five it can help you solve some of the window, closet and divider problems you might face without spending a fortune and without sewing a stitch!  Still too overwhelmed?  I am here to help! Just contact me and we will figure out the best solution for your space!

Love Life…STYLED!

Melissa xox

Easter Family Photos

I am not going to lie, family picture day is never fun but having the outfits all picked out is a big relief. I get asked a lot about photo styling and this is how the sausage is made folks! I have to gather things all season long as I see them, hiding them to make sure no one wears them or loses them and then lay it all out to see what I need to change, who should/shouldn’t stand together for color and texture reasons and make a list of any final purchases. This time I only need one pair of shoes, yay! Then hope and pray for perfect weather and no one is sick…let alone no meltdowns. It’s seriously like a miracle if everyone looks and smiles at the same time. Realizing we only have a little over 4 short years together until my oldest leaves, I have made it a goal to get two good family photos a year. So here’s to praying for a miracle on Saturday!

We tried out some vintage looks today, she actually posed for me! I hope that’s a good sign for the real deal!

How the sausage is made:

Stay tuned for the final result!

Make Life Beautiful,

Melissa xox

The (Enchanted) Garden Story + 3 Lovely Plants to Create Whimsy & Romance in Your Garden

Today I am excited to open my new category, Outdoor Styling!  As I sat wondering if I should include outdoor living and gardening into Lifestyled, I thought of this longish, short story and decided, yes, I do need to include it. I wanted to share it with you because this and other stories like it are the reason I do what I do and it truly fills my heart with happiness!  Hang with me here, it might take you a few minutes, but I hope you will find it worth it in the end.

Introducing the true story of…

“The Garden”

Once upon a time there was a little girl who was friends with a weeping willow named Willy who was truly a Giving Tree with a rope that was great for swinging and a half-finished tree house. And the biggest tree she ever saw: a Eucalyptus named Jamie, whom she was convinced was taller than a skyscraper and was a kind, watchful king over all the trees in the garden. And an apricot tree that had branches just low enough to umbrella over the garden entrance where she was barely tall enough to pick the fruit as she walked by. She jumped from stair to stair down to the gully, where she would get a running start to see if she could make through the half-pipe- the dry, empty pond bed…down and back up again, propelling her like a pegasus into the grassy meadow with her apricot, to the shade of an old almond tree.

And when she was finished with her juicy apricot, she would creep carefully over to where the treasure tree was, which was a secret since it grew magical geode fruit. When you cracked this magical fruit open just right, numberless edible juicy rubies would be your reward…automatically making you a queen, since after all, what else would queens eat? After her apricot and her magic rubies, she would lay in the grass smelling the sweet breeze coming through the citrus orchard, watching the clouds………..daydreaming about nothing and everything all at once.

She nurtured the garden and the garden nurtured her.  She even rescued a baby palm tree one day from the side of the road and planted him right near the gate where he would get the dry, hot sun and welcome all who came. She spent her summer days singing happily in her garden, mastering her skills at stalking those tricky fast lizards and making flowery crowns from Willy’s tender branches.  The garden was her sanctuary from the world, its where she went when she was happy, its where she went when she was sad, its where she went when she was unsure, to the outside where the adults never wanted to be and where it was bursting with dreams, beauty, adventure and hope.

The little girl got older and instead barely reaching the apricots, she had to duck under the umbrella to walk through. The pond bed was covered in vines and the garden seemed so much smaller now.  Willy had gotten sick and his all limbs were amputated just above the tree house platform…at least there was the rope and his sturdy, old, huggable, but sad trunk.  He needed consoling just as much as she did and they were always there for each other.  The garden was a sacred place of a time gone, a time on Golden Star Ave where the bus came everyday down the dusty road and back again to get the girl for school.
A time before all the other times.

The girl went to college in a far away place and visits became fewer and fewer.  On her last visit, she brought her boy to meet Willy and Jamie (as well as the people in the house).  As they arrived at the gate, she had forgotten about that baby palm tree she had rescued from the side of the road and who now stood as a monument of coming of age. They had both reached adulthood, they both made it despite all the odds.  She asked her boy to pull over, she bounded out of the car and she hugged her giant childhood friend.  The boy was confused but happy for his girl in her garden.

The house got sold away and the girl from Golden Star Ave married that Golden Boy.  After having a bunch of Golden babies she decided its time for them to know the magic of a grandmother’s enchanted garden.  And so the story goes she hopes….one day her grandchildren will come and swing from her willow and walk through romantic paths imagining the fairies flying through the grassy meadow, past the dry creek and into their dreams where they will stay until they tell their babies of memories…in the garden.

The End.

This is such a fitting (and true!) story for my first outdoor styling category post.  The beginning of my garden!  Last year, we had major excavating going on to fix a yard drainage issue. We basically live at the bottom of a mountain, so guess where all the water goes?! Yep, right to the house! Not any more, friends, not any more.  We have dug ourselves out (with some professional help) and now it is time to re-plant!  We worked VERY hard to plant a new (sloping) lawn, something we haven’t ever done, let alone sloping.  The kids and I started a dry creek river rock drainage creek which captures rain water and we watch it cascade down with tiny waterfalls every time it rains…the magic begins!

This last week, we cut down some giant poplar trees that were just too close to the house for how tall they were and they were threatening some brick walls.  It was sad to see the scarred stumps and the bare earth, we wondered what we had done!  But it opened up a new space for a willow tree right next to our creek bed who will be named, Willy Jr.  I haven’t been posting much because of the plant research I have been doing, not to mention the hundred other projects I have going on! But today I hope to pass along three spring plants that might bring a little whimsical romance to your garden and maybe give you some great foliage and florals to bring indoors for fresh flower interior styling!

Weeping Pussy Willow Tree

If you can’t tell I love weeping willows. This tree is currently in my front yard (not shown) and I have had it for about three years.  I love this tree.  Unfortunately it has stopped blooming catkins and its trunk has started to split down the center, not from a cut but from some sort of defect or scar from when it was much younger.  Its still alive and beautiful and putting out new growth, such a cute ornamental tree.  I will be moving my non-bloomer to a different spot in the garden soon and replacing it with another, healthier tree if all my efforts prove not to help it bloom again with it’s cute mini catkins. There isn’t a lot online about this tree because not very many people have one. If you happen to find one BUY IT! (make sure it’s healthy first, I got excited and bought the last one at my local nursery).  These small ornamental trees are perfect to add some variety to your flower beds and almost be like a plant sculpture.  The first photo is one that is almost completely mature at 7′ tall. They don’t get any bigger than 8′ feet!

^This is what it looks like after its bloomed catkins and when its been properly pruned. I found this wonderful gardener who has videos all about it, click the pic above.

They can be pruned longer or shorter, and those are little tiny soft fuzzy catkins (so cute!). Without pruning, they get VERY bushy so be sure you know how to prune one.

Magnolia Little Girl Series 

Botanical name: Magnolia hybrids

What they are: A line of eight dwarf, April-blooming magnolia trees bred at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington. Showy big-petaled flowers open before trees leaf out. All have female names and flower colors ranging from pink through purplish-red. The three best: ‘Ann’ (plum-colored blooms), ‘Jane’ (lavender-pink) and ‘Betty’ (reddish-purple). Leaves drop in fall but fuzzy flower buds remain over winter.

Size: 12-15 feet tall and wide in about 10 years.

Check out these beauties!  If you are wanting an enchanted garden, look no further! GUYS. These lovely little Magnolias practically grow tulips!!! How cute that this is the ‘Little Girl Series’?! I plan to name mine after my little girl, its just too perfect. I found a Magnolia Jane at Lowe’s this week for $32. I haven’t planted it yet but I can’t wait and I have the perfect spot!  I will keep you posted with how it goes!!

Magnolia Jane ^

Magnolia Ann ^

Magnolia Betty ^


Where to use: Excellent front-yard specimens, especially in small yards. Small enough to soften house corners if kept 8-10 feet away. Also nice out kitchen windows and next to patios. Full sun to light shade. These bloom in April and then they are done blooming for the year, just like the Weeping Pussy Willows. The two should both be in bloom about the same time, just something to keep in mind. Next up…..

Eden Climbing Rose
(or Pierre de Rosnard Rose)

This!!!! This stunner will hopefully one day be the grand entrance to my outdoor sanctuary. Okay so this rose business is serious. This will be my first time planting roses so I have spent the majority of my research dedicated to roses, specifically climbing roses.  What is more romantic than this (in your garden)?!  Um, nothing.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out roses that fit my criteria, are you ready?

  • Must be blush pink, like #1 has to!
  • Must tolerate some shade.
  • Must be almost thornless because of the kids.  (“Almost” I thought was good, a few prickles might deter them from picking all the flowers!)
  • Must be able to climb to the height of an arbor, as this will be the entrance to my backyard.
  • Must not be too fragrant.  Hubby does NOT like the smell of roses and is highly sensitive to strong flowery smells.  If I want to use these inside as cut flowers, the smell must be very subtle and not over powering. If you want a fragrant rose, try A Shropshire Lad by David Austin.  This is my second choice and seems to be very similar to the Eden with the exception of fragrance.
  • Must be resistant to disease…I am all about low maintenance.  Do you know what I have to do every time I take five kids to the pool?!!  I do NOT like spraying down my plants too!

And the winner is EDEN!  I ordered two from Edmunds Roses.  We will see how they do, planting something like roses bare root is a little scary for me, but I am taking the plunge!  Wish me luck and any tips are always appreciated! Hopefully in a few years we will have the photo below…..(insert angelic chorus)

^I can picture a wedding right there! Awwwwww!  So pretty!

Eden’s as a cut rose, perfect!

Just a few more pics….because this is my blog and I can….

Isn’t she lovely?!

Here’s to dreams People! I hope you feel inspired to create something beautiful…now go out and get your hands dirty!

Love Life…Styled!

Melissa xox

No Mudroom? No Problem! Solution: Board and Batten Wall

Hello Spring!  It’s official, this is the first week (insert fanfare chorus)! To celebrate I did something probably a little premature, but I did it nonetheless, in hopes of hurrying up the warmer weather which doesn’t make any sense. I put all the winter coats away, hooray!!!  I can now actually see the wall underneath all the coats! Hello, you beautiful board and batten!

My mom and I did this together all by ourselves, which was awesome, we love power tools and doing she-power projects like this. I found THIS wonderful tutorial and I followed it exactly, as you can see, from Censational Girl. If you need a good real-life application of a pinterest DIY, this is it and it literally took a day to put it up!  It was all to solve this little problem:  I have five kids and nowhere for all their stuff to dump after school.  I also, don’t have a good place in the garage or a designated “mudroom”.  I do have a hallway, right as they come into the house from the garage (not pictured, it’s behind me) and before they head up the stairs. I love how a useless hallway space can be transformed into something functional and beautiful.  My feature photo looks like what it would be if I didn’t have kids or what it could look like while I play house when all their jackets and backpacks are at school, but let me just say, it NEVER looks like that.

This is what it looked like literally an hour later (and when a teenager coming out of the bathroom realizes I am taking a picture)! I seriously don’t get dabbing.

Just also as a side note, this is the other side of the hall with my cute growth chart ruler which was a gift from my mom. Yes, she made it herself, she is amazing, and she is convinced my four-year-old son is going to be seven feet tall lol!

It’s a battle to make sure they don’t think its their personal closet with jackets over bags over jackets and shoes everywhere, so I am am happy to pretend with this pretty photo!  Spring challenge (weather permitting): put your snow stuff away and style a functional mudroom space, even if its somewhere unusual. I would love to see your ideas! Happy Spring and Happy Styling!

Styling sources:

Paint: Benjamin Moore – Gray Owl

Accessories:  Brown bag – DSW.com, everything else is from Target including wreath and doormat.

Frames: TJ Maxx

Photos: Jenny Lind Photography

Runner: Overstock.com

Love Life…STYLED!
xox Melissa

Easter Mantle: He is Risen!

Confession:  I am not a boho minimalist.  I know that is the hot thing in interior styling and I love it.  I am drawn to it: the clean lines, the structure, the modern feel, and I can even style in that genre…but it doesn’t make my heart sing.  Maybe it’s because I am a transplant southerner and I crave the romantic southern styles, maybe it’s because I was trained in creating merchandise display early on and the age old, “Stack ’em high watch ’em fly” mantra is now engrained in my brain. Whatever the case, when it comes to my style I love to decorate for the seasons, I love to create display that celebrates meaning and creates a feeling and mood as a backdrop to the memories we make as a family.

Today I was blessed to go to a wonderful church service and feel the love of the Lord, also guiding me to make changes and refocus on essential things.  As we all have a little quiet time today, I loved putting my new print in it’s frame as the final piece of my Easter mantle.  Hope you have a wonderful Sunday of rest and refocus.  He is Risen!

Click on the pic below to get this printable!

 

I hope you feel inspired to make something beautiful.

xo Melissa

A Glimpse into the Heart of My Home

I had to hurry and capture this not-so-perfectly staged photo.  The sun is shining through my window today, which is rare and won’t last long seeing as how we are surrounded by a sloped forest.  This time of year my home receives the most light, just before the trees are refreshed with new leaves and blocks the sun for the summer keeping it cool during the hot southern summers.  While I enjoy the seclusion and the feeling of being surrounded by trees, today I welcome the sun and love to soak it in as it shines throughout the house. It makes me want to putter around my house like a fairy, waking up my house to spring!!! Which is exactly what I am doing, with a little helper today.  Can you spot my little helper in the photo?

While we are on the topic of kitchens, I am loving my new marble backsplash we did last summer.  It’s from Lowes believe it or not! I admire it everyday and it just makes the whole kitchen. Another little helpful hint about Lowes, did you know they own ATGstores.com?  This is where my pendant lights are from and at the time, no one in my home town had anything like this. This info was HUUUUGE seeing as how they have an enormous selection and if you order anything from them, you can return it to Lowes if it doesn’t work out (which I have done).  I don’t know about you, but I DO NOT like mailing returns back. This is not a paid post by the way, I just really get excited when I can have big showroom access AND return stuff locally!

Also, I often get asked about paint colors and this shows one of my go-to favs: Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore. It’s the perfect everywhere neutral gray.  You can not go wrong with Gray owl.

I hope you feel inspired to freshen up your home for spring, even if its just pulling back the curtains and letting the sun brighten your home.  While you are at it, turn some fun music on, light a springy scented candle and you have now become a magical spring fairy ready for anything!  Stay tuned, I will have the results of my puttering coming soon!

Make Life Beautiful!

oxo Melissa

Transform an Upper Cabinet into a Bookshelf!

We have all seen it, the open shelving trend in the kitchen these days which I love but I am unable to have in my kitchen due to it’s layout and size :(.  But when I did get all new cabinets, I didn’t go crazy with the sledge hammer to the solid wood upper cabinets and neither should you!  They can be re-purposed for lots of things and here is one idea which worked out great and was so easy! I didn’t take before and after’s (I know, I know) but you simply take the doors off, add a top, add feet, fill holes, sand and paint! I did add a few pieces of trim, one on the bottom and a piece of moulding under the top (see pics).

HOT TIP: I stenciled the back of mine with a bright contrast coral paint color sample jar, you know those cute little ones you get at the paint store? They are perfect for small projects just like this and give you just the right amount of paint with a little to spare.  Woo hoo!

Paint color source: Flamenco Pink by Valspar.

Here is the end result…plus two little pajama photo bombers who think they need to pose everytime they see me taking photos. I guess I can’t complain, I have them well trained ;).

Note: this turned out to be a VERY heavy solid piece of furniture that would have been several hundred dollars in a store.  These cabinets were made 25+ years ago and they are solid!  That’s hard to come by these days with everything being made with particle board. When you are remodeling anything to do with cabinetry, you are already spending a small mint, you might as well get a few bonus bookshelves out of it!

What have you re-purposed? I would love to get more ideas, comment below!

Make Life Beautiful!

xox Melissa

Evening Wear in your Thirties…What to Wear?

Let’s talk about dressing up.  We don’t always get the chance but when you do, you want to be sure that you do it right so you can make the most of a fun fancy evening!  I went for years never having the occasion to dress up anymore, if you are in this boat, don’t worry, one day your moment will come again, I am sure of it!  All the sudden my husband gets involved with the community and just like that, find myself having to shop for evening wear amongst the mother-of-the-bride section and the teenager prom goers. But I am only thirty….something ;).

We have all seen women do this wrong, you know what I am talking about…when it’s so bad you don’t know where to look?!  We have all been there as well – you find a cute dress and maybe its not exactly your size, or maybe it shows a little too much skin so it leaves you tucking and pulling ALL night. Not worth it ladies, do NOT be fooled, ITS NOT WORTH IT!!!

I love to find fashion icons I can copy like Kate Middleton.  She pulls everything off with trend, grace and class.  She embodies the “Modest is Hottest” or “Go classy not trashy” catch-phrases with elegance and style.  I would like to be all those things.  See some inspiration photos below:

So classy, right?!  I think we would be best friends, she seems like my kind of gal!

So the hunt begins and this time, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, I am not a (famous) princess.  I started with a vision of making a statement, being on trend, modest and comfortable all while spending as little as possible.  Impossible you say?!  Never.

So I checked out Amazon and found this gem for $28!  I know, I know, its from China, but what isn’t really?! Also, when I bought it I got free 2-day shipping! BOO-YA! I bought the champagne color which turns out be more of a blush pink color, which is what I wanted. Also, it comes with a matching ribbon sash…BONUS! I didn’t even know that when I bought it!

I paired the skirt with black lace shirt I got from Maurices on the clearance rack for $10!!! I actually had to tie it up in front, but you can’t really tell.  I am layered it with a tight black cap sleeve shirt I have had forever from Wet Seal.  I had adorable heels already from Ann Taylor last year clearance for $45.

Last but not least, I needed some matching jewelry (Charming Charlie) and makeup (Target, plus what I already had), and viola,   I felt styled, on trend, and comfortable all without breaking the bank!

My sister-in-law took this pic and its blurry but we felt like movie stars on that red carpet so we had to be posers for the camera! Hahaha!

I hope you feel inspired to get what you actually want when you are dressing up!  I am including a few sources for dressing up classy if that’s your thing. You can obviously find cute stuff on Amazon too.  I would love to hear more thoughts and ideas!  Please leave a comment and share and thanks for stopping by LIFESTYLED!

xox

Classy/Elegant/Modest dress source list:

Shabbyapple.com

latterdaybride.com

beautifullymodest.com

Jenmodestclothing.com

*Not a paid post, all opinions are my own :).