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Transitioning to Fall

Summer: Forever21 shorts / Tinley Road chevron necklace / Old Navy tami (tank + cami) / Guess flip flops / Fall layers: Old Navy cardigan / Forever21 layered necklace / Forever21 striped knit tights / Steve Madden oxfords

One of my favorite things about fall is the layers that go along with it. As it slowly gets cooler, we pile on more and more pieces to stay warm–which means we really get to experiment with what’s inside our closets.

The look I put together here is the perfect example of what I mean. It’s a mish mash (which, I’ll have you know, is a seriously technical term) of some of the most versatile pieces you could own.

If you’re trying to save some money, there’s no reason to run out and buy a whole new wardrobe for fall. Instead, shop your closet and add fall colors and textures to your summer faves. Think chunky knits and jewel tones mixed with some of summer’s bright colors. Cobalt is one of the best transitional colors. It goes as well with summer’s carefree tropical palette as it does with fall’s deeper jewel tones.

I am seriously cheap and trying to get on a tight budget, so I will most definitely be using this little tip in the coming weeks. In fact, if I invest in anything this fall it will probably just be a pair of oxfords. I’m kind of obsessed.

How do you transition to cooler temperatures? Are there any pieces that are on your must-have list this fall?

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The Easiest Headband DIY Ever!

If you can manage to ignore the dumb look on my face and the awkward pose (hey, I was singing and dancing in between taking self photos to keep my little bean happy. This is as good as it gets!), you’re going to love this super easy DIY. In fact, it’s so easy, it hardly qualifies as a DIY.

I’ve mentioned how much I like buns. And I’ve mentioned how I need to accessorize a bit more to escape the rut I’m finding myself in. This super quick, super easy (and super cheap!) headband combines all of my favorite things.

All you need is some tulle (you can buy 25 yards of it for less than three dollars on Amazon!). The piece that I used was roughly 26″ long by 8″ wide. Wrap the tulle around the back of your head and tie a knot in front as if you’re about to tie your shoes. Make sure it’s snug so that you’re not tugging at it all day! Once you’re happy with how secure it is, knot it again. You can either leave the ends out for a bow-like look that’s fun and whimsical or you can tuck them under (like I did here).

Cute. Easy. Inexpensive. Just how I like it!

What do you think?

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Cheap, Easy Organization

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an organizational post–and you can tell if you take a peek inside my house. I always think summer will be when I get myself together. You know: clean out the basement, organize the closets, get rid of kids toys that never get played with. But this seldom happens. Who wants to stay inside when we can be at the pool or running around in the sunshine? Who wants to do manual labor when you’re sweating just sitting on the couch? Not this girl!

Still, I need to find some way to wrangle the mess that is my house. Since I’m both cheap and always looking for ways to be eco-friendly, I love the idea of organizational pieces that can easily be made from things I already own (or things that would only cost me a few dollars).

So off to Pinterest I go…

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Summer Party Inspiration

It’s been awhile since I shared any Bijou stuff over here–mostly because it’s been awhile since we’ve done a shoot. We’re in the midst of planning our fall issue though, so that will change soon!

My pal and partner in crime Jackie recently posted some shots from our rustic vintage inspiration shoot (you should totally check out her blog, by the way. Lots and lots of pretty photos!). When I saw these photos again, it struck me that it was not only good inspiration for a laid back backyard wedding, but for any kind of laid back backyard celebration.

It’s perfect for a breezy summer evening filled with talking,  laughing, and eating under the stars. The best part? You can put something like this together without spending much money at all.

We collected a bunch of mismatched dishes and crocheted pieces. We happened to have a lot of this stuff on hand, but they’re inexpensive and easy to find in thrift shops, Goodwill, and Salvation Army stores.

We love the tablecloth because it adds a bit of sophistication that would otherwise be lacking. It really elevates the look so it doesn’t just look like any old picnic, don’t you think?

For a centerpiece, we used an old mirror to sort of contain things and added old family photos, pretty bottles and an old tin to hold flowers. The possibilities are really endless. Candles, a pretty pitcher, floating flowers. There are so many pretty options!

Rustic/Vintage for Bijou Issue I: Styled by Jackie Pfeffer and Jen Garry / Photos by Jackie Pfeffer

For the food, we set up a wooden saw horse with another crocheted cloth laid over it. We added bright flowers, a stack of dishes and some pretty upcycled bottles. These used to hold Yuengling, but once they were cleaned they seemed perfect to sip refreshing summery spritzers from.Revisiting these photos makes me want to call up some friends and plan a little backyard barbeque!

What are your must-haves for a summertime party?

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One Dress, Three Parties

While I’d love to use holiday parties as an excuse to shop, who has the money to buy a new outfit for every occasion? Not this girl! Instead, choose a versatile dress that you can make fancy or casual and use it all season long.

Check out the outfits I built around this red ModCloth dress:

One Dress, 3 Parties: Office Editiondress: ModCloth; earrings: Marc by Marc Jacobs; necklace: Betsey Johnson
cardigan: Zara; bag: Cole Haan; shoes: SoYouShoes; tights: Wolford

One Dress Three Parties: Secret Santa Editiondress: ModCloth; scarf: Simply Vera Vera Wang; pants: American Eagle
cardigan: Mango; bracelet: Juicy Couture; shoes: TOMS

One Dress Three Parties: New Year's Eve Editiondress: ModCloth; earrings: Kate Spade; necklace: Coast; jacket: ModCloth
tights: Commando; clutch: Lulu Townsend; nail polish: OPI; shoes: Bakers

They couldn’t be more different, right? If you pair one of your favorite staples with different combinations of accessories, no one will be the wiser!

Do you plan on using the same dress for different parties this holiday season?

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Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Halloween is less than a week away and while I’m not dressing up this year, I’ve got costumes on the brain.

More specifically: quick, easy costumes that you can throw together with help from some pieces you might already have in your wardrobe.

Ruche had some really cute ideas of how you can use some of this fall’s biggest trends to create cute costumes (that don’t look like you squeezed into them with the help of some Crisco):

Super cute, no? All you have to do is add a couple of fun props or accessories and you’re good to go.

Of course I had to hunt around for my own idea:

Cowgirl Costume
Old Navy plaid top, $25 :: Quiksilver boyfriend jeans, $62 :: Forever21 boots, $33
Cowboy hat, $50 :: Oasis belt, $35

If you’re looking for more ideas, the Queen of Halloween, Martha Stewart, has plenty on her website. I’m especially fond of this Medusa look, since all you really need are some dollar store toy snakes and a sheet you can tie around yourself like a toga!

Another really simple look is a cat,  like Denni from Chicmuse did in a recent post about Givenchy’s panther bag.

HelloGiggles did a post last week about some fun DIY Halloween costumes that don’t require the word “naughty” in front of their descriptions.

And if you’re on the hunt for something your bite-sized trick or treaters can hold their haul in, consider the FEED Trick-or-Treat Bag to Benefit UNICEF. For every bag sold, a donation will be made to UNICEF to provide a year’s worth of micronutrient powder to a child in the developing world.

What are you dressing up as this year?

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All That Glitters

Confession: I like things that sparkle.

Like my daughters, my eyes light up at the sight of something shiny as if it’s Christmas morning and the mother load of gifts are sitting within reach.

It doesn’t matter if it’s glitter, sequins, or gemstones. If it’s sparkly, I’m a fan.

It may be super girly and a little bit predictable, but I’m not about to apologize.

And what’s the ultimate sparkly accessory? Why a cocktail ring, of course.

But not all of us can afford gorgeous dazzlers like the one above. Instead, I found eleven pretty cocktail rings that cost under $100 (one for each finger, plus one for good luck!).

1 The Broken Plate, $25 :: 2 Kim D’Angelo, $92 :: 3 Thirty Six Ten, $84 :: 4 Forever 21, $5.80 :: 5 Emitations, $65 :: 6 Kate Bissett, $14.99 :: 7 Blu Bijoux, $24
Emitations, $74.25 :: 9 Forever21, $5.80 :: 10 PJ Clarke, $39
11 Camlo Designs, $98

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Vintage Luggage as Home Decor

I’ve been thinking about storage solutions a lot lately– specifically a solution to hide Samantha’s ever-growing pyramid of toys. While Barbie legs and My Little Ponies peeking out of every corner of the house might be somewhat expected when you have two girls, I’d love it if my living room didn’t look like a volcano erupted in it, spewing pink lava as far as the eye can see.

So like I said. I’ve been trying to think of creative (inexpensive) ways to store her mess that doesn’t involve buying more plastic bins. My hunt has led me to the wonderful world of vintage trunks and suitcases.

via Country Living

It’s perfect! Cheap, eco-friendly, and interesting–which is always a winning combo in my book. Better yet, they’re the perfect size to hold dolls and tea sets while keeping them all together and out of sight.

Plus, she and my nephew love to pretend they’re going on trips whenever he comes over to play (usually Africa by boat or train but sometimes they take a plane to California). When they inevitably dump all the toys on the floor, they can use the suitcases as toys too (I’ll just have to bribe them with chocolate to make sure all the toys end up back in the suitcases in the end).

Suitcases also happen to be a perfect big girl storage solution. I love the idea of stacking them to make a bedside table like in the photo below.

via Elements of Style

It’s a great place to store extra blankets (lord knows I have a never-ending supply of those!) or off-season clothes–just make sure you don’t put something you use a lot in the bottom. That would make this look go from cute to unbearably annoying in no time.

via Design*Sponge

I think my favorite idea is the one above from Design*Sponge. They give an insanely easy DIY tutorial on turning a vintage suitcase into a table. How cool is that? It makes for a great conversation piece with lots of charm and it lets you stash your junk out of site. I love it!

Here are some vintage pieces that I found on Etsy…

1 via The Vintage Treehouse :: 2 via Simply Chic Treasures :: 3 via This Other Thing
4 via California Senora :: 5 via The House of Oliver :: 6 via West on Cole

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Get the Look: Heidi Klum

via Le Rouge Stylo and Britney Waldron

Since I’m eagerly anticipating the start of Project Runway this week, I’ve got Heidi on the brain. So I thought it’d only be fitting to feature her here.

Generally when you think of Heidi Klum, you probably think of the mini-dress rocking Victoria’s Secret model. But she also happens to be a mom with killer street style.

I thought I’d feature her laid back, real girl style here with an outfit that will work whether or not you’ve got amazing legs and abs that any of us would kill for (after having four babies, mind you!).

via Elle cz

Whoever thought jeans and an over-sized t-shirt could look so pulled together? Heidi proves that your wardrobe staples don’t have to be frumpy. With a little styling, they’re straight up chic.

So, let’s see how we can piece together her look…

Hanes relaxed fit women’s v-neck t-shirt, 2 for $16
Amy’s Pish Posh filigree earrings, $18
ALDO gladiator sandals, $39.98 (on sale!)
Levi’s 535 denim jeggings, $34.98 (on sale!)

Pretty simple (and cheap!). This look totally proves that accessories can make or break an outfit. You really can dress up just about anything!

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One Look, Two Budgets: Summer Chic

I’m still obsessing over stripes in a big way. They’re simple and classic and absolutely perfect for summer.

Today I bring you a look that would work for a party, brunch or even at work!

You can mix and match these pieces depending on what you are willing to splurge on and what you don’t find as important without sacrificing style at all…

Luxe Look

Oscar de la Renta dress, $580.49 (on sale from $1290)
Dior “Bagatelle” sunglasses, $345
Dooney & Bourke satchel, $168
Michael Kors “Juniper” espadrille, $140

Steal

Spense dress, $59
Chinese Laundry sunglasses, $29.90
Chaps satchel (via eBay), $28.95
SM “Skylar” wedge, $49.95

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