Over the past few weeks I let you in on my not so little secret that I am NOT a high rolla. My husband and I both work part-time so you can only imagine that our budget gets pretty tight [but we totally manage]. I don’t want you to think I’m super rich, and can throw my money wherever and however I want to. I think that’s an important fact in a blogger’s life because often times I suggest things that I like. The truth is, sometimes they are out of my own personal budget. I’m trying to keep it real here at bedsidesign and so today I am letting you in on one of my own personal projects. You see, I mentioned Thursday that I am not a fashion expert. Don’t get me wrong, I love clothes but often the cost of them makes building a wardrobe feel like daunting task or unattainable goal. Today I’m here to say, it can happen on a budget! [Imagine me doing a little dance and waving my hands in the air like I just don’t care!]
I wrote out a list of classic items that I need to fill up my closet and are versatile. I work from the list every time I go shopping and it helps me stay focused. Behold the 12 key items to building a Christie Jones-esque wardrobe…the best part is no item is over $50 and hopefully you like some of them too:
The top 12 items on the list: A snazzy blazer. A killer party dress. A classic chambray shirt. Standard v-neck tee. A fancy button-down. Comfy cords. Sexy black jeans. Dark-wash skinnies. A pretty belt. Oversized boyfriend watch – this baby is only $16.99! Let’s face it, I live in Syracuse…glittens are a must [mittens + gloves]. Black loafers with a tiny heel – I love being short and I’m not really into wearing heels all the time. Numbers three – four, and six – eight are crossed off my list – hooray! Now I’m just working on building in the rest of the pieces…slowly but surely. What are your wardrobe must-haves? Do you work on a budget?
Don’t forget to check the pinterest board when you can repin your favorite items!
UPDATE: I mentioned in a comment that the black loafers would look awesome with ban.do shoe clips. Well Erin from artsocial included them in her black & white IN LOVE roundup and you have GOT to check them out.
Also, I peaked into a local thrift store today looking for a credenza. I did not find one but I did find a $7 black blazer with white trim….booyah! Crossing #1 off the list.
Happy Friday! Does anyone else feel like this week has draggggged on? I’m pretty thrilled that it is the end of the week!
Today’s roundup was inspired by an ongoing conversation that I’ve been having with Ian and some of my friends. I think it is comical that we live in an age where technology is so advanced and yet people still crave simplicity. Take a look at today’s niche markets? Most are hand-made, traits and skills we learned from our parents or grandparents generations. Making axes, working with letterpress, we should be passed wanting these things by now and yet we cherish them, seek them out, want to hold on to what once was. I read in an architecture magazine last month that “wood items are on the rise”… People are craving trees to make their houses and furniture. It blows my mind how something like lumber can be coveted and seen as “trendy”. So, in honor of wood being the “it” material let’s look at some real (and not so real) wood grain patterned prints and spaces!
I can’t lie, I am loving all of these things. From the monogrammed Jones [how fitting?] wood grain towels to a snazzy pair of sunglasses wood patterns are here to stay. I plan on continuing the conversation about longing for simplicity and valuing hand-made products. Do you relate with this? On a sidenote, I have to share with you one of Ian’s awesome finds: Those Who Make. They produce videos all about artisan, hand-made trades and skills. The videos are extremely interest and look – they have a wood Pinterest board!
Sticking with my latest obsession – confetti and when I spotted that adorable Sloan Crew Neck Sweater I knew today had to be about polka dots. I love how they can look retro, feminine and sleek all at the same time.
How cute is that room with the Castle polka-dotted sheets? I’ve been in love with Castle for a while and Erin from artsocial also seems to love them too! I also [sadly] need to state that when I found this envelope coin purse it was marked down to $4, now it is no longer available but…I had to include it. I love how timeless polka dots are – they are always stylish! What do you think about polka dots?
Ian and I love orange. When Pantone announced the 2012 color of the year as “Tangerine Tango” I was thrilled. Since it is already September [crazyyyy] I started to worry that the vibrant oranges were going to fade away when 2013 starts. I was thrilled to see the colors introduced in the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2013. My favorite is Nectarine – a softer orange that reminds me of a creamsicle. Since I follow Pantone on twitter I found out about a super fun contest which inspired today’s roundup. I love when things can double for fun + blogging – that’s what it should be all about! You can read the rules and think about entering! The contest ends on September 27, at 12 pm PT.
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View this pinterest board.
What color is your favorite out of the Pantone Spring 2013 colors? Let me know and maybe I’ll feature it for a future Color Emphasis.
Now that summer is coming to a close it is time to amp up the color and go with richer, more vibrant tones. I love deep teal in all areas of life. From cosmetics to home decor this color packs a punch and does not disappoint. Pair it with colors that have cool under tones or neutrals for a super chic look.
I am all about metallics lately and naturally copper needed to be featured. I love when copper is paired with a sharp white and black room for maximum contrast. Or specifically when it is used in a kitchen…love it!
I’m usually savoring every last second of summer but I found myself getting excited for autumn. Central New York is a gorgeous place in the fall. I’ve never seen the leaves so vivid, felt the air so crisp, and invigorating. I am looking forward to the change of season and with that mustard is on my mind. I think this is one of my favorite fall hues.
What color do you want to see emphasized? Send your suggestions to bedsidesign [at] gmail [dot] com or leave a comment!
I know the title sounds confusing – gingham and modern? How could that be? I truly think these items look current, modern and gone are the yester-years of your grandmother’s gingham. Let’s bring this awesome pattern into 2012.
Check out more Prints + Patterns + Spaces.
I love a good ikat print. Ikat for those of you who may not know is created using a resist dyeing technique that uses binded fabric [similar to tie-dyeing]. Ikat is often translated “to bind”. Ikat prints are popping up everywhere and they can add a global feel to your home. Here are my 7 favorite ikat prints.
What do you think about the ikat craze?