friday finds {diy}

This recent find {from takethesidestreet.com} is a diy project that I plan to tackle on this long holiday weekend. I absolutely love candles and have them ALL over my house. This is such a great way to dress up basic candle holders and the final look is amazing!

inspiration

{hurricane candle holder $22.27}

do it yourself

{DIY find, click through for full instructions}

perfect shade for September

Well hello September, can’t believe you’re already here. I’m looking forward to the long weekend you bring with you {but first a fresh mani/pedi}! This time of year can always be difficult for nail polish. I’m over the brights and pastels but not ready for the darker shades. I recently came across the perfect transition color {goes on a little more gray than the picture shown} at my local drugstore and I have it on my nails since.

{Revlon, Gray Suede, 705}

knobs

I recently had a dresser melt down. I am so ready for a new piece furniture, yet not ready to make the purchase and also not ready to tackle a large painting project. On an excursion to my local Anthropologie, I came across the most unique drawer pulls {in the sales section} that I knew would hold me over on a new piece of furniture! And when I do purchase a new piece and I can always re-use the knobs on other pieces and cabinets too!

Below are a few current drawer pulls on the sales rack! {All only $2.95, originally $8-10} *check your local store for in-store options as well!

running on empty

Perfume bottle empty? No need to throw away the bottle. Just clean it out really well {soap and water does the trick} and re-use as a bud vase. I recently finished a bottle of perfume I purchased on a vacation in San Francisco and did not want to part ways with the bottle. I knew it would work perfect for smaller flowers! It now serves as a little reminder {souvenir} of the great trip I had!

{empty perfume bottle}

{fresh flowers}

{the perfect bud vase}


their way & the save way {booties}

Booties {ankle boots} are everywhere for the fall! Below are two of my favorite looks I came across recently {high-end inspired, low-end prices}.

{suede and wood}

1. their way: Michael Kors, $250

2. the save way: Aldo, $110

{lovely leopard}

1. their way: Tory Burch, $425

2. the save way: Charlotte Russe, $35.50 


friday finds… beverage bottles

On a recent date night the restaurant we choose served water from similar bottles below {minus the stickers}. It made for a nice presentation on the table.  I came across the versions below and absolutely love them {and only $10.95}!

These would also make for a great {and simple} DIY.  Glass bottles from your local craft store and water-resistant stickers would do the trick {or even a little chalkboard paint, as demonstrated here}.

southwest for the fall

I love the southwestern influence that I have been seeing for the fall! I have compiled below some of my favorite southwest finds{best of all majority are under $60}!

{PonchoUrban Outfitters, $42, Shrug, Forever 21, $27.80}

{Tribal Print Pants, Forever 21, $17.80 Aztec Skirt, Asos, $60.34Tribal Skirt, Forever 21, $9.50}

{Watch, Urban Outfitter, $38, Hat, Urban Outfitters, $34 , Boots, LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s, $58.99, Scarf, Forever 21, $8.80, Purse, Urban Outfitters, $59}

{feather earrings, Urban Outfitters, $29, necklace, Forever 21, $7.80}

chalk it up

Who doesn’t love chalk? Takes me back to when I was a kid! I recently had a little fun with chalkboard paint. I collected glass items from around the house and purchased a few as well, and added a personalized touch with chalkboard paint! Such an easy project! I highly encourage you to give it a try as well!

{supplies}

Things you will need:

-chalkboard paint

 -paint brush

 -painters tape

-glass items {photo frames, canisters, wine carafe, plates etc.}

 -chalk

{paint, with painters tape}

{painted frames}

{painted cheese plate}

{watching paint dry... takes a few days}

{perfect for party frames, name plates, food labels and candy jars}

{personalized cheese plate}

Chalk Tips:

 -Allow paint to fully dry before using chalk. According to directions this may take up to 4 days.

 -Chalk works best on glass, not plastic.

 -Need more items to paint? Ikea, WalMart and Target have a great selection of inexpensive glass items.


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