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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bad habits & a DIY - Guest Post By Shanda Neighbors

This weekend did not go as planned. Me thinks I may have over scheduled yet again. For the purpose of this post we'll just called that bad habit #1. I wanted to turn the soil in the vegetable garden, and address the weeds there. I also wanted to expand the garden 
area. That was the priority.

Instead, I worked on this dresser. Enter bad habit #2: the unwillingness to adapt focus to ever changing circumstances, and environments. Also known as inflexibility. What is started must be finished, so I finished the other dresser, the sister to this.

From that:

To this:

If you look in the mirror you can see its previously finished mate. Yes, our bedroom looks a hot mess! Now you know why I'm doing all of this DIY stuff. I'm hoping I'll have pics of my bedroom redo on the cheap, in a few weeks. Maybe I'll even be brave enough to share them. Anyhow, somewhere in the middle of the dresser redo, I decided the project wasn't living up to expectation. Bad habit #3: unrealistic expectations. I hate when the projected outcome is not the reality. For a number of reasons this dresser is the poster child. I decided, it's time I make my peace with disappointment. Besides, I like it better as it is now, than it was, so I'm gonna keep the dresser as is...for now.  I can't promise I won't cave and fix it later. :)


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Thought Of The Day

Hope you are enjoying your day.  If you are not, remember to believe in God first and the person he created you to be....have faith and BE BRAVE!

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Messy Bun Hairstyle - A Gorgeous Haute Mess!!

Buns are all the rage right now, especially the messy bun....and there are so many good reasons why. 

The bun hairstyle is appropriate for almost any environment from casual dates to a more formal occasion like a wedding or black tie affair.  The bun is also no stranger to the spot light as it has been around for a very long time and has ALWAYS been a very chic and loved style by both celebrities and designers.  The Hollywood elites like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn have made the bun a style that will forever be known for sophistication, classic elegance and style.  

Runways shows often show many variations of the bun.The modernized bun is messy, edgy, romantic and fresh!   It is also friendly to women with various hair types. Not to mention, you can create so many variations of this style!    

 Once you experiment with the bun and learn how to create it, the sky is the limit.  You can add braids, accessories, bangs, texture, fullness, change the texture and position of the bun and so much more. The bun hairstyle is so very versatile.  Below you’ll find lots of inspiration and a tutorial for styling your hair into an ultra-chic messy bun.  Now go and rock it!

Old Hollywood Bun Styles 

Modernized Bun Styles 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

You Versus You? - Guest Post by Shanda Neighbors

What motivates you?  No, I mean what really motivates you? I've been asking myself this question in an effort to make sure my actions are pure. I hate the idea of doing, or not doing anything based on something or someone else. To me, that's control, and I'm not in habit of handing control of my decisions over to others. Go ahead, call me a control freak. I'm OK with the label.
I'm not saying that I don't appreciate good advice, or sound counsel. I do. I just try not to live in the bondage of another person's expectation, or action. I'm free. The hallmark of freedom is a pure choice. It doesn't have to be the right choice, just an honest one. For the most part I have been able to practice this. I try to choose the things I HONESTLY want, not what others want for me, or what others are doing. My motivation comes from me. I'm not trying to be like anyone else, and I'm not in competition with anyone but me. It's me
verses me. That's the way it should be....or so I thought.

I just read a verse in the Bible 
"but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." 2 Corinthians 10:12.
That verse shifted my focus back to the fact that it's not always "me versus me." There is a MUCH standard higher than my own. God's. Turns out He and I are often divorced in our views. When it comes right down to it, I can never do what He does, or did, but I'm supposed to be more like Him. That means that my actions though performed by me, should look more like Him/His. Not easy, considering He said things like "love your enemies, and do good to them that hate you." Lots of things come to mind when I think of an enemy, but I assure you "love" isn't high on the list! I've got a long way to go before 
I can get excited about doing "good to those who hate me."

Anyhow, all that to say that I'm trying ever so hard to take a backseat in my life, to get out of my way and over myself. I still conform to my "you versus you" mantra in certain areas where it naturally applies like finances, fitness,etc. It' not an all together bad idea, and I truly don't need to impress or satisfy anyone outside of myself. I'm just trying to keep in mind that there is more to this equation than me. While it may feel good, and even right to say, "I'm going to do the best I can" if I'm honest I'll say, "God do the best YOU can with me." It's a surrender to a standard higher than my own, which also happens to be the "best" for me.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Eureka! - Wall Art For The Fashionista

So this week, I had a light bulb moment.  I suddenly had an idea to create some timeless fashion prints.  I did my best to infuse my own personality and originality but I wanted them to be classic and able to be mixed and matched with other wall art so I kept it clean and simple.  Let me tell you, this was so much fun!  Hope you like them.  They are all available at


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A little "Cray Cray " In my Life

Let me just say how happy I am that fashion has lost it's ever lovin mind!  And there is only one word for it.  Fabulous!  It is about time! The neon wearin, acid wash color explosion with shoulder pads is here!  Again.   It is taking me back to the 80's and I love it.  As someone who grew up during this era this is so nostalgic and a well needed breath of fresh air. 

           How long this will last, who knows?.....but am enjoying every minute it! 


Friday, June 5, 2015

One Craft A Day Keeps Boredom Away

Hello lovelies!

I"ve been working on some new prints for my etsy shop.  I love these two if I must say so myself.  What do you think?