Touches of Gold 

TGIF you guys, TGIF.


Another week called for another movie date + sushi with my boo (the movie theaters are seriously bumpin’ with good movies right now, Sully had me on the edge of my seat the entire time!) Since we grabbed some dinner too, I decided to dress it up a bit and keep up with my handsome better-half! 

Shirt: T.J. Maxx (for $10! Similar HERE, HERE.) Pants: White House Black Market (got on clearance for $19.99, similar HERE, HERE.) Shoes: Just Fab (sold out, similar HERE, HERE.) Cross-body bag: Francesca’s (gifted last year, similar HERE, HERE, and HERE) Sunglasses: T.J. Maxx (Tahari brand.) Necklaces: Forever 21, Dress Up. Earrings: Altar’d State (clearance buy, similar HERE.) 

To me, dressing an outfit up or down is all about accessories! This outfit could have been far more casual had I left out the jewelry, the bag with gold accents and the wedges, and opted for a more minimalistic look. I aimed to create some layers that tied together well, so I went with accessories that were gold/had gold touches, which tied in well with my zippers at the ankles of my white skinnies! I know I have a silver engagement ring, but I still love gold and don’t mind wearing other metals with my ring! 

What do y’all think about mixing metals? Yay or nay?

Konnor with a K

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Project House to Home: DIY Hutch Refinish

Happy weekend friends!

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After purchasing and working on this hutch slowlyyyy (like months slowly,) I am pleased to share that I have finally finished this deceptively difficult piece of furniture and am so happy with the results! Aside from the fact that it is actually huge and was incredibly difficult to paint, let alone sand and prime (note all of the tiny little nooks and crannies,) I also had to do it whenever I had the time and energy to go over to Derick’s house and work on it for a few hours at a time until it was done! Needless to say, it was a labor of love, but I learned so much from taking on this piece and can’t wait to apply it to future pieces I refinish. Refurbishing furniture is such a great way to furnish a home on a budget, and not to mention there is so much pride that comes with looking at a piece you’ve done and knowing you made it that way! I wanted to share to help anyone who may not know where to start, like myself originally, but wants to get a little crafty!

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Total project cost: roughly $130

I found this hutch on a local craigslist that was originally listed for $100, which I negotiated down to $75, and then the rest of the costs were just from materials! A great thing about refinishing is that if you take care of your materials such as brushes, rollers, etc…you can use many of them again at future times to avoid additional costs on other projects again!

I couldn’t find the original Pinterest DIY that I used to do this, but I deviated from a few of the steps suggested anyhow so I’ll just share what I did.

Materials:

  • Piece of furniture (duh)
  • Hand sander (I use this one with a fine grit paper)
  • Piece of sand paper or sanding block for more detailed areas of pieces
  • Primer (I used this one)
  • Paint: I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra Stain Blocking Paint and Primer in One in “Rustic Taupe.” I used a Semi-Gloss finish, but you can choose a different finish depending on your desired look! I knew that the glossier the paint, the easier it should be to clean, and since I wanted a little shine that is what I picked!
  • Polyurethane (I used this wipe on poly)
  • Standard paint brush of your choosing
  • Foam roller (I used this one)
  • Paint tray
  • Tack cloth (VERY IMPORTANT!)
  • Optional:
    • Spray paint for fixtures (I used a Rust-oleum matte black spray paint and did a few coats on the existing fixtures!)
    • Wood filler (if your piece has any cracks, chipped areas, etc. that you’d like to fill, this is a quick and easy way to do it!)
    • Spackle knife
    • Paint can spout lid (LIFE SAVER)

The how-to: I’ll try to keep this brief haha!

  • Thoroughly clean your entire piece before you start your project (I used Murphy’s Oil to give it a good cleaning!)img_6493img_6489
  • Once your piece is clean, remove all of the doors/drawers. Use the wood filler if needed, and sand using the sanding tool of your choice until there is no sheen to the piece (it does not need to be sanded down to bare wood!)img_6495
  • After sanding, use tack-cloth to get all the sanding dust off of your piece, and clean again and wipe dry after if necessary.
  • Next comes the priming! For the best results, use your paint brush and get all of the corners/nooks first, and then roll the larger areas with your foam roller.
  • After you’ve done one full coat and let it dry, you can begin painting! With each coat, make sure to check the surface once it has dried to ensure that no dust/dirt/hair has settled on it, as this will not give you an even finish. Do it in the same way you primed, getting all of the corners and such first and then rolling the large areas. I did two coats for my piece after letting the first coat dry, and for my second coats, I didn’t redo all of the corners, I mostly just touched up certain areas that I coated with a paint brush and then just rerolled the large areas!
  • Lastly, wipe on some poly with an old t-shirt or lint-free cloth to give a nice protective coat to the piece and a nice sheen, then let dry, place the drawers/doors back in their place (I decided to not incorporate the door because I thought keeping that area open would make for a great bar display!), and enjoy your finished product! :) image-6image-8image-7image-5image-4image-1

Overall, despite this being a really difficult project, I’ve felt so happy that I tackled something like this! And now that I’m slightly obsessed, I have about 8 other pieces of furniture lined up to refinish, so I’d better get to it! I will continue to share how we are slowly turning what will be our house into a home before and after marriage, feel free to follow along if you feel so inclined.🙂

Much love,

Konnor with a K

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The Getting Dressed Project

Hello friends!

Hope everyone had a wonderful labor day weekend, and a good start to their week! I’m definitely in that fog that only a long weekend leaves you in, so I figured I’d just stay blissfully ignorant of my obligations for just a few minutes more and relive a little bit of my weekend!image (4)Last night, Derick and I caught a movie together to soak up the last bit of the long weekend (If you like thrillers, Don’t Breathe was SO GOOD.) The reason I titled my post as The Getting Dressed Project is because, believe it or not, I actually do not put much thought into what I wear a majority of the time. I know, like many of my fellow women, I have fallen into the habit of throwing on a pair of yoga pants or some comfy workout clothes and running out the door. Not to say that that is a bad thing, but I find I never really feel put together or my best when I do that. This project of sorts is to (hopefully) hold me accountable to my goal and help me to dress more intentionally. A movie date is a perfect example of that because I definitely would have gone in yoga pants and an old high school sweatshirt on a normal day😉.

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(Shirt: Old Hand me down from the sister🙂 Denim: Dress Up, sold out, Similar HERE, HERE. Flats: DSW. Tote: Gifted from Altar’d State, similar HERE.)

I love these flats, so comfy and cute, I got them from the DSW clearance room for $25! Definitely hit your local DSW clearance room if you haven’t before, I got 4 pairs of brand name boots/booties for under $100 last fall and they had nothing wrong with them whatsoever! Also, as a point of functionality, a tote like this is perfect for sneaking snacks into the movie theater😉.

Love,

Konnor with a K

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Another Go

Hey friends!

Hopefully the whole “just like riding a bike” saying applies to the blogging world too? Despite it being a couple years since I’ve touched my blog, I found myself renewing my domain name every year as it was about to expire, in the hopes that I would pick it up again when I felt the time was right and I’d be able to share my creative passion in a consistent way that made me happy! But, as I’m sure many of you can relate, I started to doubt myself and my abilities. I picked apart old posts I’d written, looked at styles I’d worn that had gone out of fashion (ignoring the fact that that happens to everyone,) criticized misspells and word choices, and slowly but surely, the confidence in myself that prompted me to start blogging started to waiver. What if I have just been embarrassing myself? What if no one finds this helpful? Or interesting? Or uplifting?

What if?  

As all of these questions popped in and out of my head while debating whether or not to start up blogging again, I had several people, unprompted and all within the same couple weeks, bring up my blogging and how they wished I would start back again. That not only encouraged me that I was reaching at least a handful of people in a positive way, but made me realize that I missed it so much and needed to do this for my own happiness as well. I’ve always loved blogging as a creative outlet, and while time constraints due to being busy made me stop, my own insecurity and doubts kept me from coming back. So, in this beautiful season in my life, six short months from marrying the love of my life and happy as ever, I figured that I have so much to share that could potentially help others as well as document this time for myself and family (present and future members) to look back on.

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With that in mind, part of what I love to share in hopes of helping my fellow ladies is style! Those who know me know I love finding a good deal, and I don’t believe that you have to spend a fortune to feel confident and beautiful in what you are wearing.

photo (1)photo (2)photo (5)photo (3)photoDress: Dress Up (Sold Out, similar one HERE), Booties: Altar’d State (Sold Out, similar HERE, HERE), Necklace: Dress Up, Bracelet Stack: Pink Elephant Designs (Etsy shop HERE), Earrings: Altar’d State (Similar HERE), Ring: My handsome man😉.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I love the pockets on this dress and couldn’t keep my hands out of them! I grabbed it at a Dress Up sale for $19, and although it is not available anymore, they are constantly getting new arrivals and having sales like that all. the. time. So, I highly suggest you follow any of their social media pages to figure out when they have sales so that you can snag some of their adorable clothes at a good price! I also got the booties at the Altar’d State Semi-Annual Sale for something like $15? It is usually a very pricey store, but if you know the right time to go, you get some great pieces for great prices!

If you made it this far, thank you so much for reading! And if you are doubting pursuing a passion of yours, do it! There is no time like the present, and if it makes you happy, that is all that matters.

Much love,

Konnor with a K

P.S. MAJOR photo creds to the man behind the camera, my wonderful fiance, he is a huge source of encouragement and not to mention a great photographer!

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Let’s Talk, Let’s Talk: 12 Things I Believe to be Good for the Soul

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Today I thought I would share a few things that just lift my spirits and make me genuinely happy. There’s certain things that I think are just truly and honestly good for a persons soul, not only their body but their soul! There are certain fleeting moments where we experience deep feelings of joy, contentment and peace that we realize are not just emotions, but our soul telling us, “You were made for this and much more!” It isn’t easy feeling that way in our crazy, hectic, day to day life. We know we’re happiest and the best version of ourselves when we slow down and do the things that may not necessarily be “productive” or “useful,” and yet we somehow can’t slow ourselves down to do them enough. So, 12 (ok, maybe 13) things that I believe to my soul good.

1. Driving with the windows down and the music up.

2. Holding a puppy (or any small animal for that matter.)

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My dog just had puppies a few months ago, and to come home to a snuggly, cute-as-can-be litter of puppieswas sometimes just what I needed.

3. Enjoying a meal with zero thought of or care for calories.

While it is important to eat right and be healthy, good food was not put on this earth to never be enjoyed. Indulge in your favorite foods every now and then, no matter how deep fried and smothered it is!

4. Spending time and talking with people who share in what you believe.

Often times, we can find ourselves feeling a bit alone and crazy because it seems like we may stand for or believe in something that no one else does. There is always someone. Find that someone and set aside time to hang out and support each other when you can, it is so helpful in the long haul.
 

5. Watching the sun rise/set.

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One of my favorite things in this world to do.

6. Taking time away from any form of technology. br />
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The week I spent in Jamaica without my phone was one of the happiest, most peaceful and content weeks of my life.

7. Having Christmas lights in your room all year round.

Hey, it’s creates a nice ambiance!

8. Laying in your bed after a long day and saying a prayer of thanks for how comfy and warm it is.

9. Staying up till obscene hours of the night (or possibly morning) talking with friends despite having work the next day.

At the end of the day, you’re probably gonna be exhausted anyways, why not be exhausted for a good reason?

10. Prayer.

11. Sending and receiving snail mail.

I cannot tell you how happy I get when I receive mail, actual mail! I remember how I ran to the mailbox like every day when I was snail mailing one of my best friends, it makes you appreciate talking with them all the more and gets you excited to check the mail!

12. Giant, comfy, snuggle-y sweaters.

13. (For girls:) No makeup days!

I’ll talk more about 13 in another post, but until then have a great Monday everybody, start the week off right! What are some things that make you genuinely happy? Do them🙂.
Love,
Konnor with a K

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Overalls + Ankle Boots

Friendssss!
I hope y’all have had a great couple of weeks and that going back to school has been/will be smooth for you! I’m about to start my freshman year of college. EEEKKKKKKKKKKK! When did this happen?! It feels like just yesterday that college was forever away and now it’s staring me right in the face! Talk about nerve-wracking. If you get a chance please say a couple prayers for my extremely busy, nannying-packed, wedding-filled, college-going year that lies ahead of me, it would be greatly appreciated😉.
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{Outfit Deets: Overalls- Francesca’s, Lace Top- H&M, Ankle Boots- DSW, Sunglasses- T.J. Maxx, Rings- James Avery, Athens Street Vendor}
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Anywho, this outfit wasn’t super inspired or anything, I kinda just saw the overalls and the ankle boots and though, “hey, somehow I’m going to make these go together.” Welllll, I’ll let you be the one to decide your take, but I kinda liked it🙂.
P.S. The pockets on these overalls are AWESOME!! I can actually fit my phone and some other little doo dads in them! To all my ladies out there, you know fitting a phone in the pockets of our pants is a total struggle.
Love,
Konnor with a K

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Palazzo Pants + Aztec Prints

Dudes, I love that pants that feel like pajamas are actually a stylish thing. Seriously, I could get used to this considering it’s a struggle to get out a t-shirt and running shorts most days!

IMG_2262IMG_2265IMG_2261{Outfit Deets: Top- Charlotte Russe, Palazzo Pants- Von Maur, Tank- F21, Shoes- DSW, Purse (below) – (Mom’s haha) Kohls, Necklace- (my sister KK’s) Entourage, Earrings- F21, Ring: American Threads}

IMG_2264 IMG_2267 IMG_2269 IMG_2268 IMG_2263We were in the mall on a mission to find Klaire her bridesmaid dress off the rack, and we went into the fancy department store Von Maur. Let me just tell you, I’ve been making fun of that store for FOREVER. I literally had watched a couple speed away in their white, two door convertible Lexus in their nice tennis outfits, laughing haughtily at me and my sister as we ran over a cone in her Suzuki. From then on it was always pronouncing “Vohnnn Mauuu” in an overly dignified accent and making fun of its fanciness. “Can you believe they have a person playing live piano in there? How unnecessary is that?!” “Sorry I don’t want your overly expensive clothing, NO THANKS!” But this fateful day, that all changed. As we walked through the trendy boutique-y section of the store I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw these pants on a mannequin.

“Yo, hold up, I need to figure out where those pants are!”

I desperately searched until I found only two pairs left hidden in the racks. I was afraid to look at the tag to be honest, I mean what could I expect from a store like Vohnnn Mauuuuu other than outrageous and out of reach. Through one eye I read $32.00 and almost let out a whoop! After further exploration of the store as well, I came to realize I may have judged a book by its cover. You’re not to bad Von Maur😉.

Love,

Konnor with a K

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