Thursday, February 23, 2017

Transformations









Happy Thursday all!  Today I'm bringing you a special home decor post.  If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen our new house, some of the rooms that I'm renovating/decorating and recently some furniture I'm refinishing.  Since moving here I've been introduced to Annie Sloan paint.  Guys this stuff is AHmazing!  I feel like I'm a little behind in the amazingness of this paint!

I'm fortunate to live very close to a cute little shop, The Backdoor Furnishings, is one of 2 Annie Sloan paint providers in the Pittsburgh area.  And when I say cute, goodness gals, I walked into this store and was in heaven :)  The owner is so friendly and wonderfully educated in Annie Sloan paint.   Annie Sloan paint is a special paint that needs to applied in the correct way to be effective and beautiful.  At The Backdoor Furnishings they provide classes!  You can learn how to use the paint in their "Ready, Set, Paint" class.  Then you can learn amazing waxing techniques in "Waxing Doesn't have to Hurt" class.  I've taken both and found them to be very educational and gets you super excited to start your project!  To find out when her next classes are check out The Backdoor Furnishing's website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

The Backdoor not only sells Annie Sloan paint, but you can check out other eclectic finds like vintage furniture, cabinet hardware, fabrics and more.  If you live in the Pittsburgh area you must go to The Backdoor.  Ask for Laura and tell her Lulu sent you :)

Check out my transformations below.  You can always see more on my Instagram and Snapchat (simplylulustyle).

The buffet table in our eat-in-kitchen area (before).


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Foyer table (before)


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Thanks for stopping by!
xo Lulu

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Style with Andrew Marc


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1. Hudson boots  ||  2. Sam vest  ||  3. Fox fur scarves (in 4 other colors!)  ||  4. Sienna suede jacket  ||  5. Sarah coat  ||  6. Brooke trench coat  ||  7. Chelsea bootie

Today I'm bringing you an amazing designer I have fallen in love with, Andrew Marc.  For 30 years Andrew Marc has brought their A game to men and women's fashion.  Andrew Marc is everything leather, fur, down and wool outwear for your wardrobe.  Beautifully tailored pieces that exude elegance and edge for the modern man and woman.

I've picked out a few of my favorite pieces.  Some like the Sarah coat will get you through these last winter weeks in gorgeous style.  The Brooke trench and Chelsea booties are perfect transition pieces as our cold days turn a little warmer.  Isn't the Sam vest so cute?  I can just picture it with a pair of distressed skinny jeans and oxford flats.  And the Fox fur scarf in pink?  OH. My. Gosh.  What an amazing and beautiful pop of color.

What is your favorite piece?  Check out more of their collection HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!
xo Lulu

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Everyday Sparkle





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Hello Wednesday!  This week has been going so fast for me since I've been super busy.  Last week we were all fighting colds and the nuggets were home several days.  Needless to say I did not get much accomplished.  I have to say it's nice when those weeks come sometimes.  It almost feels like it's the Lord asking you to slow down and rest.

How cute is this sweater from PinkBlush?  I love how it incorporates a little sparkle in an everyday look.  The sweater is tunic length so it's perfect to tuck in a bit or wear long over leggings.  As looked through this trendy online boutique there were so many items that caught my eye.  How cute is this off the shoulder top?  I also love this color blocked striped top.  So many great looks for casual looks, dressy looks, and even maternity!

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!
xo Lulu

Monday, February 13, 2017

Declutter & Reorganize with Garnet Hill


Are you enjoying the new year?  What projects are you working on?  Have you committed to organizing your desk, your closet?  Today I'm partnering with Garnet Hill to share 3 easy steps to decluttering and organizing your closet.



1. Declutter - Pack up the old.  Many people say to pack up anything you haven't worn in a year.  I say, 5 years.  However, my rule is pack it away.  Wash the item, fold neatly and pack in a sealed plastic container.  There have been many times when I wish I hadn't gotten rid of something.  So now I keep it for a few more years.  Plus as many of you ladies know, our weight tends to go up and down (depending on the time of year, life circumstance or whatever).  So keep your items for 3-5 years and if at that point you won't wear it again, give it away or consign it!

2. Organize - REAAALLY organize.  Separate your clothes into categories - tops, , jeans, bottoms, skirts, dresses, jackets.  I am a little organizationally crazy and even organize those categories by type and color. :)

3. Stabilize - Invest in staple items.  Think blazers, skinny jeans, cashmere, chambray, booties, ballet flats.

Garnet Hill is one of my favorite places for amazing staple pieces (and they are having an amazing sale right now).  I have listed some items that can make your closet complete.  Add some trendy jewelry and accessories and you'll have a perfect closet.  A closet that you won't ever wake up and say, "I don't have anything to wear today!" :)

The Perfect Staple Tops:

- Slub Organic tee - Wear this ultra comfortable tee with leggings and ballet flats.   Or dress it up with some skinny jeans, a leather jacket and some gorgeous jewelry.

- Stripe tee - I have more than 1 striped tee in my closet and I'm not ashamed.  They are a perfect every day essential!  This tee has amazing detail with ruching at the waist and sleeves :)

- Chambray - I have a love affair with chambray.  When I'm standing in my closet with no ideas on what I want to wear - it's denim X denim.  I'm not ashamed to say I think I have 5 chambray shirts in my closet!

- Cashmere - Cashmere should be a definite staple in everyone's closet.  I've been a long time fan of Garnet Hill's cashmere.  Their sweaters are gorgeously soft and it holds up!  Check out this post with Garnet Hill's long cashmere cardigan.  It's like wrapping up in the warmest, softest blanket!

The Perfect Staple Bottoms:

- Skinny jeans - Everyone should own at least 1 pair of skinny jeans.  Gang these skinny jeans are IT!  The right amount of stretch, rise and crop!

- Utility pants - When it's not a jeans day, an every day pant for me is my utility pants.  These pants have beautiful details like the patch pockets and side vents.

The Perfect Staple Dresses:

- Leightweight terry dress - This dress is simple, slimming and comfortable.  Add a jean jacket and some wedges?  Y'all I'm ready for summer!

- Sweater dress - Again, simple takes the cake.  But I love and look for pieces that even though might be simple, have beautiful detail.  This dress had me at pockets :)  And don't get me started on the amazing wide hem.  This dress would be gorgeous with some heeled riding boots right?

The Perfect Staple Jackets:

- Denim jacket - My denim jacket is almost an everyday spring piece.  Even with dress pants, a white button down, my denim jacket is a winner.  My spring outfit is a stripe dress, easy sneaks and a denim jacket... Perfection!

- Leather jacket - Another amazing piece that can go from day to night.  This leather jacket ladies?  Pick. It. Up!  Butter soft and the color - ah the color!  This is the sort of piece I just go gaga for :)

- Spring rain coat - April showers bring May flowers right?  Be prepared in this ultra cute stripe rain jacket.  Don't be boring in the rain - bring some fun!

The Perfect Staple Shoes:

- Ballet flats - There's nothing better when your day needs to start than just slipping on a pair of ballet flats.  They are cute, they are easy - what could be better?

- Sneakers - Shopping by the beach, a backyard barbeques, sneakers are a must for the everyday gal on the go!  These are super cute and available in several colors.

- Platform wedges - Ahhh the ever so popular and wonderful wedges.  These are a perfect pair.  The color is beautiful, a perfect peep toe and ankle strap.  Think skinny jeans for a night out or a lunch date with girlfriend in a sundress.



So there you have it!  My list of staples that can give you a perfect wardrobe to last years.  See more amazing pieces at Garnet Hill and get 25% through today!

Thanks for stopping by today.
xo Lulu

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wrapped in Coziness

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garnet hill cashmere long sweater, louis vuitton neverfull bag


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Garnet Hill long cardigan c/o (some amazing pieces on sale here)  ||  J.Crew blouse (I'm loving this one!) ||  Merona denim  ||  plaid scarf  ||  black booties  ||  Julie Vos jewelry



I have fallen in love with this cardigan.  I've already worn it twice :)  It's unbelievably soft and I can wrap it around me like a warm cozy blanket!  The best part?  It has pockets!  I've been buying Garnet Hill cashmere for several years and it's amazingly soft and wears so well.  I'm really eyeing up this poncho!

Tune in next week as I work with Garnet Hill in a new years resolution to declutter & organize your closet.  I'll be talking about the best staples to purchase to freshening up your wardrobe.

I hope you're having a wonderful week friends.  Thanks for stopping by!
xo Lulu

Friday, January 27, 2017

"KISS" Valentine's Day

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I used to be a Corporate Trainer BC kids.  When we'd create a new program our moto was KISS (Keep It Simple Silly).  I've been working on doing that with my parties because who wants to spend hours preparing?  Who HAS hours to prepare for a party?  Today I'm sharing with you my tips for a KISS Valentine's Day party.

Valentine's Day often gets overlooked in our family.  With my birthday being February 16th and our wedding anniversary February 11th, Valentine's Day is somewhat muddled in the middle.  But since having kids they have been dying to have a Valentine's Day party.  A simple way to send invitations out to any party is to use Paperless Post!  Whether you want to make your own Valentine's day party invite or make your own Baby Shower invite, Paperless Post has you covered.

Paperless Post can help you create online and paper stationery, invitations and cards that reflect your personal style.  With hundreds of customizable designs it's a fun and easy way to help you create that perfect party or mark a milestone in your life.  Paperless Post launched in 2009 and to date users have sent over 85 million cards!

I just love this website!  Their cards and stationery are beautiful.  They collaborate with many amazing designers including Kate Spade and the Rifle Paper Co.

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This table scape I created was under $50 :)  I wanted something colorful and fun, fit for both kids and adults alike.  Target has some amazing pieces for Valentine's Day.  I found the cutest decorations there including the heart gift bags, red cake stands and the X & O sign.  I painted the X & O myself with this paint.  

These red napkins were a steal at HomeGoods and I used part of them for just the Valentine's Day table scape.  As a kid I used to go antiquing with my mom a lot.  A friend and I have started these outings again going antiquing and to salvage stores.  There are some quite interesting things when you go antiquing!  But I found these pale pink glasses and candy tray and thought they would be perfect for my Valentine's Day table scape.  You can also find unique items for every entertaining need on Etsy :)

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I'm so excited to host a Valentine's Day party and create my invitations through Paperless Post.  I'm thinking about this invitation.  Do you like it?  I think it goes well with my pink and red theme.  Today I'm giving away to one lucky reader 1,000 coins to Paperless Post so you can create your own invitation!  Enter through the Rafflecopter below :)


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day and weekend.

xo Lulu

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Life Lately


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chambray shirt  ||  leggings  ||  plaid wrap  ||  boots  ||  earrings  ||  necklace  ||  brooch (not shown)  ||  mug


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shirt (this one is SO cute)  ||  denim (these are amazing & under $100)  ||  sneakers (similar)  ||  hat  ||  scarf  ||  pom pom bag accessory


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sweater  ||  denim  ||  boots  ||  scarf  ||  nails

Hey all!  It's been sooo long since I shared some outfits.  We've been super busy with house projects!  I share a lot on Instagram and Snapchat (simplylulustyle) if you'd like to check it out :)

Come back tomorrow for a fun Valentine's Day post.

xo Lulu
 
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