Tartan Plaid on Denim Midi

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

how to style a denim midi skirt via Kristina J blog
Joe Fresh denim skirt (similar and another) |  Target blouse (similar) + watch |  Old Navy jacket + bag |  Sperry Shoes (lots on eBay) |  HM shades

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Funny how you can't deny your faves no matter the season. I'm gone over red tartan plaid.  This traditionally festive weave is something I use in my outfits and designs over and over...and I continue to celebrate even in the middle of summer. Honestly, put a line-up of prints in front of me and I'll swing for tartan every time. Call me boring consistent. HA. 

LOVE THAT | Etsy Art for Gallery Walls

Sunday, July 20, 2014

love that
whimsical gallery art from Etsy
If you saw my Instagram post about my corner gallery wall, then you know I'm head-over-heels flipped about the beautiful and whimsical art offered by the artists on Etsy. I've rounded up eleven of my favorite prints for you to check out. Of course, I'll have eleven new ones next week, but you can be sure they will be sourced from these Etsy sellers

wall art from Etsy via Kristina J blog

1.  Love Carries All by rococcoLA
2.  Hello deer print by  BillyandScarlet
3.  Custom name girl by littlelunareef
4.  Umbrella girl by illustrationsbyaimee
5.  Waiting for Fall print by poppopportraits 
6.  Love you More elissahudson

what to hang on your walls via Kristina J blog
7.  Coral Flowers by lunareef
8.  Red Poppies by lunareef
9.  Yellow bicycle print by tuesdaymourning
10. You are wonderful print by BillyandScarlet
11. Fox art by BillyandScarlet

I also love any of the Scripture prints by printablewisdom. I have a version of the Bible verse that says she is clothed with strength and dignity in Makenzie's room gallery. My print is from long ago but there are hundreds on Etsy.  Other art I use in my home is hand-worked pieces. My kids and I love to pass the time on long trips by doing embroidery. The best character patterns I've found are in a book titled Little Stitches Embroidery Designs by Aneela Hoey (this book is full of modern and whimsical embroidery patterns if that's your thing...it's definitely mine). This patiserrie scene was super fun to complete and this chickadee scene is whimsical embroidery at it's best.

So which ones are your favorites?

The Refashion Challenge

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Every summer, there's a whole list of pieces I want to buy but just can't justify purchasing at the price point offered. I also have six baskets of old, previously loved items from my closet that are either damaged, stained or clothes that might be perfectly fine but I'm just plain tired of wearing and styling as they are (moment of honesty there). Rather than give them to a second-hand store, this month, I've decided to challenge myself to create and refashion the items below into pieces that resemble the summer clothes I'd love to have in my closet. 

summer refashion challenge collage
I'm limiting myself to the color palette of these clothes and will allow myself only four yards of extra fabric to create clothes from my inspiration board. In the end, I may not have an exact replica, but at least I'll have been more financially responsible with my resources and hopefully end up with some new, functional clothes for summer without spending a fortune. Let the Refashion Challenge begin!

diy inspiration 

Inspiration List        
1. Boden Arianna dress
2. Boden Easy t-shirt dress
3. GAP Denim fit and flare dress
4. Anthro Stripe Edit Maxi
5. Boden Flowershow dress
6. Anthropologie Elodie dress
7. Dorothy Perkins Mela Stripe dress

What sort of piece are you hankering for this summer?

Stripes and Spots

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

modest summer outfit via Kristina J blog
Boden blouse  |  Corilynn skirt |  Tommy Hilfiger Ramona flats |  Old Navy bag |  Watch (borrowed from Studhubs)

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how to dress modest for summer via Kristina J blog

navy and pink combo via Kristina J blog

relaxing  in the front yard sitting in my newly built Adirondack chair
listening  to the giggles of my little kiddos  
reading  The Hobbit because it's been 22 years since I read it for the first time
sleeping  in late every morning
hating  my lack of focus
wondering  why summer has to go by so quickly
sewing  lots of home decor pieces like drapes and bench cushions
eating  fresh blueberries with flax seed and yogurt from Orange Leaf
watching  season 4 of Downton Abbey and loving the pig scene 
wearing  lots of maxi skirts because 1) they're breezy and 2) they hide so much

American Flag

Friday, July 4, 2014

midi skirt styled for summer via Kristina J blog
Kristina J. Marquette blouse (complete collection here) |  Corilynn skirt |  Target flats (see the tutorial)  
  Old Navy bag  |  HM shades | Watch (borrowed from Studhubs)

how to style navy and red via Kristina J blog
red white and blue outfit via Kristina J blog

You know that time I said I'm always afraid of putting together a July 4th outfit that literally looks like an American flag?  Yep. I went there. And the surprising thing is, it's not so bad. Not sure why I didn't go for it before. Just don't expect me to look like a Christmas tree. Not doin' it. Then again...my gramma always did say 'Never say never'.  HA.  Happy 4th of July!

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3 Festive Outfits for 4th of July

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

festive outfits for July via Kristina j blog
1.  Boden fitted dress
2.  Red dress
3.  Superdry crop tee
4.  Gap light blue jean jacket 
5.  Dorothy Perkins mid calf denim skirt 
6.  Seychelles braided wedge sandal 
7.  Sole Society white wedge sandals 
8.  FOSSIL navy blue tote bag
9.  Sperry Top Sider preppy jewelry 
10. Madewell evening shawl 
11. J Crew cotton baseball cap 
12. Navy blue hair accessory

I've always loved the July 4th holiday.  It's just the climax of everything SUMMER...the barbecues, the fireworks and of course, my favorite color, navy.   It's fun dressing for the holiday, but it's so challenging to be festive without looking like an actual, you know, American flag.  So I pulled some options I together using pieces similar to what I already own. May you be inspired, mah dears!

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Monday, June 30, 2014

modest Jcrew summer outfit via Kristina J blog
J.Crew Pastiche skirt  |  Land's End blouse |  FOSSIL Monica pumps |  Old Navy bag |  LOFT shades | Target watch

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