Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tacos & Tequila Fiesta Decor

Bringing some fiesta fun to the blog today! This upcoming Sunday will be exactly 1 year of being Mrs. Warden, and it's absolutely crazy how fast that went by. Geez! To celebrate, my mom and I threw a small last minute backyard fiesta! Due to work schedules, we had to do it a week early. Last Monday, I was trying to come up with a fun theme and a "Juan" year anniversary came to mind, so I went with a Tacos & Tequila Fiesta and I just kind of rolled with the theme. Kind of hard not to get carried away! There's still some summer left, so in case you want to squeeze in one more fiesta or two (fiestas can happen on more occasions than Cinco De Mayo - just FYI), I've put together a list of easy DIY's and ideas on throwing a fiesta!

1) Incorporate paper flowers + other paper projects because they are easy DIY's & very inexpensive. Tissue paper and crepe paper go a long way for very little, and it's a great way to fill up empty space. I made all the flowers on my backdrop with this 100-pack of tissue paper from Hobby Lobby for only $6.99. I'm sure we all learned how to make tissue paper flowers in kindergarten but in case you forgot, here you go. I took 6 colors of bright tissue paper, layered them on top of each other, folded them accordion style & stapled in the middle. You can change the look of each flower by cutting the ends into a point or rounding them out, then separate the tissue & fluff up your flower! Easy peasy! 

Here are other easy paper DIY's found via Pinterest:

2) Piñatas are a must have at a fiesta whether you make your own or you buy. I bought this burro at Hobby Lobby & ordered the #1. Love this DIY Cactus Piñata via Popcorn & Chocolate.

3) Put your own touch on any fiesta or party you throw! If you know me at all, you know any party of mine isn't right unless the color gold is incorporated somehow. I "glammed" up the fiesta a bit by taking gold spray paint to the sombreros, the piñatas & pineapples on the table. The sequin tablecloth & photo backdrop also added a lot of the gold I wanted. 

4) Bring the fiesta to your food + drinks as well! Tacos, churros, margaritas, chips & salsa, sopapillas, and nachos are all welcome at any fiesta. We had a taco bar at ours for guests to make their own! I also came across these tiny sombreros and had to have them to dress up our tequilas. Would also be great on Tabasco bottles!

5) Find the perfect fiesta dress or outfit! Here are some favorites I came across: #1#2#3 & #4

6) Most importantly, go ALL OUT with your theme & make the most of your fiesta! Makes the event more festive & fun! 

Can't forget the cake! My mom made it the cutest!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nordstrom Sale Favorites

Just sharing some of my favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I've been scoping out some items to be ready to purchase as soon as the sale goes public this Friday, July 22nd. Every year, I set an alarm for 2 a.m. to wake up and get the items that I must have before they run out. I believe it's usually based off Pacific Time, so when it's midnight on the west coast, it's 2 a.m. here. This sale is a great opportunity to get a kick start on your fall wardrobe! SO many booties & boots on sale for great prices!

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Embracing Embroidery

Top: H&M (Old but linked other ones I love below!), Shorts: Express (On sale for $20!), Shoes: Steve Madden

This week, my mind's been on everything fiesta from piñatas to churros trying to plan our last minute "juan" year anniversary fiesta. It's been such a fun theme to work with! I'm excited to share some fun DIY's with you from this party planning! 

Anyway, I've been on the hunt for an embroidered dress to wear to our fiesta and came across so many cute embroidered pieces of clothing. I actually bought this top last year but never got around to wearing it until this summer, but I wish it was still available because it was less than $20, and so comfortable for this season. I wanted to share some of the other tops I've come across that I absolutely loved because anything embroidered is perfect for the summertime & always gives a touch of fiesta!

That's it for now! Be sure to check back tomorrow because I'll be sharing some of my favorites from the Nordstrom sale going on right now. Unfortunately, I'm not a card holder so I have to wait until Friday to shop the public sale, but this sale is SO GOOD! I woke up at midnight to shop the sale as soon as it went public last year, and snagged a pair of Tory Burch riding boots for $200-300 less than original price...it's that good! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Shop your Closet: Color Palettes

Sometimes life gets so busy, and the background of your husband's shop is the best you can do, so bare with me. I feel like I'm working three different jobs right now between helping my mom at her bakery, working on my blog & doing event stationery, so it's been a little hectic lately! So hectic that I haven't even had any time to go shopping, or even take some time to shop online. As much as we'd all like to always have our closet consistently updated and full of new looks, realistically, we can't all have a bottomless wallet that allows us to do that. I've decided to throw in blog posts here and there on tips that I use to "shop my own closet." After awhile, I get so bored with my outfits & I'll just stick to a few different items & wear them out until I can't anymore. I'm always trying to downsize my closet because it gets really cluttered and my husband probably makes that comment every other week or so and even offers to help me (even though it's more so because my clothes are starting to slowly creep into his closet and drawers! oops!). I've tried to do the whole capsule wardrobe thing, but I get overwhelmed looking at my closet as a whole and start overthinking it and end up accomplishing nothing. One of the things I like to do (when I have time) is to pick a color scheme and pull out all the items that fit that. This helps me because it helps me stick to a plan and i'm essentially giving myself a "smaller closet" to focus on. I have a rack that I keep in my room and I like to use it to plan my outfits for a trip or for blog posts, or when I'm trying to find new outfits because it gives me a space to separate clothing from my closet. For this blog post, I chose to focus on the color olive. I love that color with cognac, white & black so I also pulled out a few pieces to complement it as well. Once I pull out everything in that color scheme, I try to come up with as many outfits as I can. It's actually fun for me because you're forced to work with what you have, so it gives you a challenge to try new things. You'll amaze yourself with how many new outfits you can find in your very own closet. It also helps me to learn to style certain pieces in many different ways like one of my green military jackets. I wore it with a white tee and ripped jeans all the time, and I got stuck in that rut, but doing this forces me to pair it with other items and make new outfits. You can also try to find an outfit for different categories like work, play, casual, athleisure, etc. Shopping my own closet by using color palettes also helps me to clear out clutter because it helps me see if I have too many of one thing in a certain color or too many similar items. I'm one of those people that loves olive green, blush & grey, so i'm always drawn to items of those colors and sometimes end up with too much of it. Don't even ask me how many gray t-shirts I have...

I hope this helps next time you have one of those moments when you're staring at your closet full of clothes, but "absolutely nothing to wear!"

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

La Piñita

Top: H&M (Similar here & here), Shorts: H&M (similar here & here), Sandals: Dillard's (Last year) - LOVE thesethese & these!

I think I have a problem because it takes a lot for me to come across something with pineapples on it and not buy it! As I was writing this post, I realized my car keys next to me had a pineapple keychain, a journal on the other side had a pineapple pattern & my shoes and t-shirt also did. It's getting excessive! lol 

Anyway, I wish I could find this outfit to link online. While we were in El Paso this weekend, we went by the outlets and I picked up this top & pair of shorts for a little over $30 from H&M. It made for a fun, relaxed summer outfit. Patterned shorts are a great way to change it up from the usual denim. I've linked a few other similar items to my outfit above! :) 

Also, you can now shop my Instagram posts for the exact item or similar. To do so, you'll need to download the Emoticode app, take a screenshot of any photos that have emojis like the corresponding Instagram post to this one has & upload it into the app to be taken right to what I share! 

Have a happy hump day! 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Red, White & Blue

Kimono: Express, Shorts: Old levi's, Similar here, Sandals: Steve Madden, Bodysuit: Express (I found this white one on sale in-store!)

Just wanted to post a little 4th of July outfit inspo! I found this kimono the other day at Express during their big sale, but I can no longer find it online. Bummer! I thought it was perfect for the 4th!

Anyway, we've been spending the weekend in Las Cruces, NM to watch my little brother play in a baseball tournament. Last night, we went to a nearby town called Mesilla, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I'm obsessed with the desert hacienda look and this town screamed that. We also found a restaurant called Andele's Dog House which was delicious. Even better though - they allowed your furry friends to join you...if only Tyceroni would've been here! 

Today's post is short because we've all got better things to do today than spend it in front of a computer! ;) I hope you all have been making the most out of this weekend & continue to enjoy the 4th! Wear your red, white & blue proudly! 

Friday, July 1, 2016

4th of July Sales - Favorites

Happy beginning to this 4th of July weekend friends! There's lots to enjoy and celebrate like family & friends, fireworks & most importantly, our freedom! One more thing this weekend brings along are the 4th of July sales. I LOVEEE sales - I guess who doesn't? I have listed a few of my favorite places to shop with great sales below + sharing some of my favorite items from the sales.

Dillard's - Take 30% off already marked down items! This sale has to be my absolute favorite. I love to shop their shoe department because the markdowns are too good! 

ASOS - Up to 50% off sale! Their sales range from swimwear to shoes to dresses. 

Tory Burch - 30% off sale styles. It's a great time to splurge on something a little more pricey!

6. Classic Rainboots - LOVE these for the fall! 

Other Sales: 

Express: $25 off every $100 you spend with code: 1462 & Sale clothing is up to 70% off
Lord & Taylor: $25 off $150 purchase (code: BONUS) & 25% off sale
Missguided: 25% off vacation shop (code: mermaid25)
Missy Empire: 25% off everything! (code: MORE4LESS)
J.Crew: 40% off summer styles & extra 40-60% off sales (code: COOLSTYLES)
Pottery Barn: 10% off $100, 15% off $250, 20% off $500 & 25% off $1000+

That's it for now! Make this long weekend a spectacular one!

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