Orange You Glad

orange-you-glad-6orange-you-glad-4orange-you-glad-1orange-you-glad-3orange-you-glad-5orange-you-glad-2Top: Old Navy (similar) // Jeans: Nordstrom // Belt: J.Crew (old) // Purse: Therapy // Shoes: Nine West // Necklace: Julie Vos // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelets: Kate Spade, J.Crew, Julie VosForever 21

We took these pictures a few weeks ago, when there was still a chill to the air and the dirt path behind our house was still mostly dirt and naked trees. I wanted to wear something bright and cheerful in hopes of bringing about warmer weather—and I think it worked! Since these photos were taken, spring has officially sprung.

Cardinals are building their nests in the flowering trees in our backyard, peonies are growing (and falling over from the weight of their beautiful blossoms) along the sidewalks and the Midwestern humidity appears to be here to stay. Now I just have to remember: next winter, when I’m sick of the cold and longing for warm weather, all I have to do is wear orange.

All American

turquoise-and-chambray-1turquoise-and-chambray-2turquoise-and-chambray-3turquoise-and-chambray-5turquoise-and-chambray-6turquoise-and-chambray-4Sunglasses: Alexander  McQueen // Top: old (similar) // Skirt: Forever 21 // Shoes: J.Crew Factory // Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: Steve Madden (similar) // Earrings: Julie Vos // Bracelets: Julie Vos & DIYed

It’s almost Memorial Day, which means three things in my book: taking time to remember those who have died in service to our country, the unofficial start to the summer and a three-day weekend! We plan on spending Sunday making a trip to Des Moines to see our local AAA baseball team play a day game, so hopefully the warm weather holds.

Then maybe, if the Iowa Cubs win and the game is over early enough, I can convince Max to let me pop into the J.Crew store in town. You never know what you’ll find on the sale rack…

DIY Painted Bar Tray


I’ve had my eye on a pretty gold-and-glass bar cart for awhile now, but I haven’t had the chance to pull the trigger. So until I can make that beauty my own, I decided to improvise by topping a trusty wooden end table with a painted acrylic tray. Voilà, a festive bar cart is born!

For this project, you’ll need the following:
• acrylic paint
clear tray
• paint brush
• tracing paper and pencil

1. Start by flipping your tray over and giving it a good wipe-down so the paint adheres nicely.

2. Draw whatever design you’d like to paint—I used the Big and Little Dipper—onto a piece of tracing paper, then tape the paper to the top of the tray the way you’d like the design to appear.

3. Flip the tray back over and start painting! Remember to begin with the paint you want to show on the “top” since we are painting on the bottom.

*If you are using the same tray as I did, there’s no need to seal the paint, because the little raised feet will keep it from getting scratched.