Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dressing with Southern Class (& a little bit of sass!)



1. Pearls go with everything. A nice, quality set of pearls is basic piece in every southern wardrobe. Pearls can be worn everywhere from work or a wedding to a baby shower, church, or picnic. Pearls never go out of style and can be passed down through generations. Pair your necklace or earrings with a dress or jeans. You'll look and feel fabulous with them on.
Sterling Silver and White A-Quality Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace (7.5-8mm), 18"



2. Monogram it.
If you liked it, then you should've put a monogram on it! Southern ladies like to add a monogram to shirts, workout shorts, handbags, and sheets. You can even add a monogram to your wall! I love this timeless monogram necklace.
Sterling Silver Fancy Monogram Necklace (18 Inches)

3. Timeless pieces mixed with modern and trendy accessories. The basis of any great southern wardrobe are timeless pieces that you can mix and match. Find ways to bring colorful, modern, and trendy patterns into your wardrobe with accessories!


4. Fun with classic lines. Think Lilly Pulitzer fabrics . Think Seersucker suit. We do like to have fun with a playful pattern! Southern gents have been known to wear shorts in all sorts of tongue-in-cheek patterns. The important thing to remember is that pieces should always have classic, modest lines. Have fun, but command respect!
Lilly Pulitzer Women's Janice Shift

5. Modest and tasteful.
Let's face it. Modern jeans that make your figure look fantastic while standing up, don't always step up to the job while you are sitting down or bending over. The same can be said for semi-sheer to sheer tops or tops with lower cut necklines. A southern lady leaves certain areas to the imagination. I personally own several of these tank tops and wear one almost every day. They help cover areas that jeans and tops can leave exposed. As an added bonus, these tanks make all of your curves feel fantastic. (i.e. Not jiggly!)
Sugar Lips Seamless Rib Tank Top, Black, One-Size

6. Dress for the occasion.
Knowing exactly what to wear for each occasion can leave you feeling panicked and unsure of yourself. Black tie, white tie. Formal, business casual. Company picnic, baseball game. It's important to know what is appropriate and how to make a good impression at all times. Check out this fantastic guide:
A Guide to Elegance: For Every Woman Who Wants to Be Well and Properly Dressed on All Occasions

7. Always support your team, your sorority, and your school.
Southerners are known to support their colleges, sororities, and fraternities for life! A SEC football game is an opportunity for every southerner to bring out the preppiest of fashions in their school colors. I personally love this shirt. Because, well, it *is* home...til the day I die, y'all!
Homeland Tees Women's Georgia Home State T-Shirt

Keep it classy, y'all!
XOXO,
Abby

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Furniture Disaster. Personal Disaster?


We recently found some furniture that we decided to refinish (stain) and keep, rather than sell. I prefer to paint furniture. I have done my share of sanding, but to me painting is second nature. I know exactly how the paint will behave and turn out. The paint and I have an agreement that way. We understand each other. ;) Okay, the paint doesn't understand me at all, but I understand the paint.

Anyway, there's a dresser and a desk. They are made of solid, heavy wood. Quality furniture made by Stanley. I.e. Boy proof. Perfect for our boy, soon to be a teenager. Only they weren't in perfect condition.

Here's a piece of knowledge that I want to share with you. Because when I was a green antiquarian and finder of vintage things, I wish someone had shared it with me. Look at the knobs. Count the knobs. Are they all there? Why...do you ask? Because hardware.is.expensive. Let's just say that we spent more on the hardware than on the furniture.

This picture does not express how frigid it was this day.
So Ken spent hours. HOURS. sanding the furniture. And then he spent hours. HOURS. asking me if I ordered the knobs. And the furniture sat for hours. WEEKS. in the garage because I didn't want to stain it in the cold, and why bother to order knobs if I'm not ready to stain it? That's how we operate. If you look closely you will see the logic.

So halfway through Jackson's (our son) room remodel, I decide that it is time (finally) to restain the dresser and desk. And I stain it. And it's horrible. And I'm sad about that. Because I'll have to resand it and start again.

I'm kind of like that furniture. God has worked on me and worked on me. HOURS. WEEKS. My LIFETIME. And I'm so far from perfect. I've had moments in my life where I've been horrible. I've made serious mistakes. But God will keep working on me and start again. No matter how many times my mistakes and imperfections stain me, He will forgive me and let me start again.

Why would I bother to blog about a project that isn't done, and so far isn't going well? Because I want you to know that I am not perfect, and I have been forgiven. You do not have to be perfect to receive God's forgiveness and grace. If you are a Christ follower and you are working earnestly at an image of perfection, either on social media or in real life, ask yourself this, "Can I serve God better by sharing what He has saved me from or giving a false sense of perfection to the world?"

"Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:1,2

XOXO,

Abby

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Before & After: Painted Wood Hutch

I'm so thankful for Spring. It really makes a big difference in my motivation. When it starts to really get cold again this fall, I'm going to give myself permission to forget about painting furniture until spring comes again. No expectations for myself to work in the cold, blah weather means no guilt for not accomplishing anything.

I've had this hutch in my garage. (We keep our cars in the driveway and our furniture in the garage. Don't y'all?) I hadn't planned on what I was going to do with it, but I got a burst of energy and motivation this week to just get it done.

Seriously. Ugly, right?
I think what I disliked about this the most is that there was no visual interest in the wood. I'm not against wood furniture, but this one was just like a big blog of orange-y stained wood. And the doors. Tragic. This isn't a giant piece. I've been lifting and lugging it around all by my petite flower of a self. (I really hope you read that with sarcasm.) But it is a piece of furniture that will be extremely useful to someone. Not me, though. No room in the inn.

Much better. Much, much better.
Now there is some visual interest. I left the surfaces unpainted that would get the most use. You can see a similarly dramatic difference in a before and after picture of me in makeup. #redhead

I've put some of my jadeite and jars on it so you can visualize what it would look like in use.

Hope you love it!
XOXO,
Abby