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

Monday, January 16, 2017

Office - Before & After









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Happy Monday and Martin Luther King Day!  I know I promised this post last week, but honestly time got away from me :).  Did you all have a nice holiday?  I hope so.  For the first time, my family and I spent the morning in our own house!  It was wonderful.  When we lived in Philadelphia we always had our own Christmas there and then were here in Pittsburgh, at my sister's house, for Christmas morning.   

My Christmas present to my husband was his office.  Since we moved he hasn't really had a space of his own.  His wood shop is not organized or moved into.  Most of his tools are still in Philadelphia and the space is freezing!  We're still figuring out the best way to heat it.  So since getting the shop finished is still a big task to be completed, I tackled the office.  There were several challenges and one I'm still working on.  One window has developed a fog and therefore needs to be replaced.  The other is that the room is not heated.  There are two doors to the office, one from our kitchen and one from our family room.  So it does get heat from these places, but can still get pretty chilly (especially when the temperature only reaches 10!).  Eventually the plan is to lay heated floors and tile.  

The room is a beautiful space with views of the trees in our backyard.  It was previously a 3 season room so the brick adds a great design element.  I wanted the office to be industrial chic, fit for a guy, but still blend well with the rest of our house.  To pull the look together, I used a gorgeous and super soft oriental rug pulling in cream and gray.  It also warms up the room!

During our move, we gave away my husband's desk which was a very large bankers desk.  The new desk is an old door from our basement.  The basement door to the garage was not to code, we removed it and put in a metal door.  Once we removed the old door we realized it was a very nice solid door.  It sat in our garage for months as I planned out his office surprise.  Since the door had a hole in it for the knob, it's a perfect desk top to pull computer, lamp and other cords through to the outlet!  I just needed a glass top to make the door level.  I worked with a local store called Don's Glass - they are amazing!  They were wonderful and got it done quickly, just before Christmas.  For the legs I used galvanized pipes and spray painted them black.  I've worked with these pipes before in making a garment rack for my office.  I will tell you I had a heck of a time getting the right height and width.  I even double checked everything!  

The shelf is an old ladder bought at an amazing salvage store called Salvaged Pittsburgh.  I had originally thought I would put it in our dining room, but I think the perfect home is here is my hubby's office.  The shelves are wood bought from Lowes and they cut it to fit right in the store :)  They are painted with Annie Sloan, Pure White, paint with dark wax.

It took me weeks to secretly get everything ready.  I had all the pipes hidden in the garage.  The rug was in the dining room along with the ladder.  We didn't go into that room often because it was a mess.  The day of the surprise I was like a crazy person trying to get everything ready.  But I had SO much fun.  A dear friend came over to help me carry the desk upstairs and the glass which was so scary!  Because of the hole that was made for the cords, the glass was extremely fragile.  But we got everything in successfully and the husband was surprised :)  Success!

I'll be sharing more before and afters of our house in the coming weeks.  You can always see more on Instagram and Snapchat (@simplylulustyle)!

Thanks for stopping by!
xo Lulu

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Garnet Hill Holiday





Garnet Hill pajamas (on sale) c/o   ||  Garnet Hill slippers (great gift under $100) c/o  ||  Helen Ficalora necklace c/o  ||  Anthropolgie mug


Today I'm so excited to be sharing some of the comfiest pajamas and coziest slippers I have ever worn.  Since moving into our "fixer upper", it's older and a bit draftier (follow on Instagram and Snapchat, simplylulustyle for details and reveals)!  These flannel pjs keep me extra warm on the cold nights we've been having.  The slippers are divine :).  The bottoms are a nice rubber sole so I can dash out to the mailbox without having to change!

I have always loved Garnet Hill.  They have beautiful clothing for women, men and kids, and amazing house items.  Their cashmere is some of the softest I've ever bought.  I love this sweater cape and cowl neck sweater.  They would be fabulous with some skinny jeans and boots for winter!  You can find gifts for women here, gifts for me here, gifts for the home aaaand some great holiday sale items!

I'm so sorry for not getting the winner of the Beautycounter gift out to you sooner!  You can see who won HERE!  Thank you all so much for entering.  You all should definitely check out their products.

Also, there is still time to enter the Helen Ficalora silver snowflake necklace.  Enter it HERE.

Have a wonderful day.  Thanks for stopping by!

xo Lulu
 
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