Lamp Shade Makeover

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A few weeks ago, I found these two old lamps at a thrift store and thought they would be perfect for a makeover. Most of the lamp makeovers I have seen on Pinterest with these kind of lamps, consist of spray painting the base some bright color. However, I didn’t want to paint the base since I actually like the gold look.

For the fabric, I wanted a modern print in black & white. At first I was thinking just stripes and maybe if I could find a fabric with all three colors–black, white, and gold that would be great. I went to JoAnn’s Fabric first but I didn’t see anything that I liked. They did have some black fabric with small white polka dots but I just didn’t like it that much. At Hobby Lobby,  I ended up finding tons of gorgeous modern prints. Ultimately, I ended up with this fabric since it was pretty close to what I was looking for. The fabric was $5.60 a yard, so I bought three yards. I ended up with some extra fabric which I will save for another project.

I found a tutorial online for how to recover a lamp shade which looked pretty easy. However, I had a hard time cutting the fabric to fit the lamp shade. That is until I found this super helpful video that shows you how to draft a pattern for a lamp shade.

Overall, this lamp shade makeover was not too difficult. I could see myself doing it again. It beats paying lots of $$$ for a lamp! While I was at Hobby Lobby, I saw this simple yet classy gold lamp that I really liked …$119 vs. my lamp makeover $13 ($5 for lamp + $8 for fabric).

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April Is Here!

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April is my little Audrey’s birthday month (and also my mothers), so I have a fondness for this month. This year she wants to have a LaLa Loopsy party, so I better get on that. I also have a tiny trip coming up to California.

What are you looking forward to the most this month?

 

 

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Petite Fashion Week Dallas 2014

Last week, I told you a little about Petite Fashion Week. Today, I have some very exciting news for the petite fashionistas in the DFW. Petite Fashion Week is hosting a networking event on March 14th in the Dallas area!

Here is the official flyer for the Petite Fashion Week Networking Event for Dallas-Fort Worth :

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Sheez Petite will be showcasing a few pieces from their petite-focused online boutique. So come network, win prizes, and make news friends!

Petites in Dallas are you Petite & Proud? Get your free tickets for the event on Eventbrite by clicking here—> FREE TICKETS!

Make sure to check out the prize sponsors: Sheez Petite & Advanced Dental Center.

Are you petite and in London? Then get your UK tickets here—>PFW-London

More information to come on the Petite Fashion Week Networking Event in Miami.

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Do Something New: Lunch for One?

Happy Day!

I bet you are wondering how I did on my “Do Something New” goals for this week. Do you remember what they were?

Try a new healthy recipe

Nope, didn’t get to do this. But…I did try this new healthy muffin…the Karmaffin! It’s gluten-free, no additives or preservatives, it has tons of fresh fruits and veggies. You should really try them out as they are pretty tasty. I got the Orange Cinnamon with Mango muffin at Whole Foods. So this brings me to my next goal….

Have an Almond Milk with Fruit Smoothie or Oatmeal for Breakfast

I failed at this one too, but I had the healthy muffins! So sure I didn’t have a smoothie but I had a healthy breakfast nonetheless, sort of ,because on some days I had coffee with it. It was so cold this week, that a cold smoothie just did not sound good.

Drink 2 of the large Smart bottles of water a day (or that amount in water).

Ok, so to be honest, I didn’t do it every single day. However, I probably did it every other day? I think..

So as you can see, I didn’t do all that great on the goals I set last Friday. That doesn’t mean you can’t do new things spontaneously. I did do something “new” that was out of my comfort zone this week. I had lunch all by myself at a fancy restaurant.

Now, I’ve had lunch by myself before but at places like Chipotle and Chick fil A. This week, I ended up doing lunch all by lonesome because I was looking at venues for the Petite Fashion Week meetup for the Dallas-area. I had been wanting to check out this new place called Mexican Sugar. I had heard of it and as I looked at the reviews on Yelp, I thought this might work. So I took myself out to lunch, which I was kind of nervous about. Of course, I had all those loser thoughts in my head, “what if they think I have no friends.” The hostess didn’t seem to think anything of it when I told her it was just me. And I think that made me feel even more comfortable and I was fine by the time we got to the table.

If you are ever in the Dallas area, or if you live in Dallas, you just simply must try Mexican Sugar at the Shops of Legacy in Plano. The place is very impressive. They call the style, “sultry Mexican comfort.” It’s really really nice and they have a Tequila bar! They use local ingredients and make their cocktails in small batches since their juices are freshly squeezed. Yum, I am getting hungry just thinking about it! I had their spicy chicken habanero tacos and they were delicious! You could tell the tortillas were homemade or at least they tasted like they were. I have to go back for drinks soon, since I was not able to enjoy one that day. The place didn’t end up working out for my meetup because Mexican Sugar  is so popular and the only time they could reserve the tables was too early.

My yummy lunch at Mexican Sugar (I love the glass they served my soft drink in…so fancy)

So for next week, I think my goals will be the same, because I did so horrible on them. I need to continue to improve. Hopefully, I have better results this coming week, because being healthy is important!

Have a great weekend!!

dosomethingDid you do something new this week? Or do you have “new” plans for next week? Then link up with LifeChangesii for Do Something New!

Petite Fashion Week 2014 {Petite & Proud}

Did you know such a thing as “Petite Fashion Week” even existed? I certainly did not until recently….

Petite Fashion Week was founded by  Debonita from Elegantly Fashionable and the first Petite Fashion Week event was held in Oct. 2013. It is the first event of its kind, bringing together petite women & the Petite Fashion industry in the UK. This year Petite Fashion Week will take place on March 13 & 14th. The first day will consist of both UK & US bloggers raising awareness online through posts related to petite fashion. If you are a petite blogger interested in doing a guest post for Petite Fashion Week let me know and I can give you more details. On the 14th of March there will be a networking event(s) for petites!

If you are 5’3″ or under and live in the UK, then you should attend the Petite Fashion Week Networking event in London (March 14th). It will be a fun-filled evening complete with complimentary nail service, a chance to win prizes and one lucky winner will even win a pair of petite designer shoes by The Petite Shoe. Make sure to register through Eventbrite for this free event: Petite Fashion Week 2014 (UK)–Eventbrite

Here are some photos from 2013’s Petite Fashion Week Networking event in London

If you are in the US, then stay tuned for information on the events happening in both Dallas & Miami on March 14th. Yours truly is coordinating a Petite Fashion Week meetup for petites in the Dallas area. The Miami event will be coordinated by Eshne. If you are interested in either of these US events please let us know!

Make sure to check out Petite Fashion Week: PFW Facebook Page & on Twitter

Are you a petite-friendly retailer that would like the opportunity to showcase your product at either of the US events? E-mail bonjourchica@ymail.com to learn how you can showcase/provide prizes (be a sponsor) for this one-of-a kind event supporting both the Petite Fashion industry & petite women.

Do Something New

It’s finally Friday! Viernes Feliz! It’s linkup day with LifeChangesii for Do Something New.

Here is what I did new last week…

One of the things I enjoy doing, once in a while, is trying new recipes. Last week, I saw a recipe on my twitter feed that caught my eye. It was @maggieunz ‘s recipe for fishless ceviche. I don’t eat fish, so I have never been able to eat ceviche even though it looks yummy. Maggie’s recipe is super easy, but most importantly it’s delicious! It’s basically pico with cauliflower. It was so addicting, I couldn’t stop eating it! I don’t even know if I have ever eaten cauliflower before. I am so glad I tried this new recipe because now I can eat “ceviche.” Make sure to check out In Mama Maggie’s Kitchen for the recipe, because you do have to let the cauliflower soak in the lime before eating and she gives you all the instructions for a great tasting fishless ceviche.

cevichevegLast weekend, I also went to my very first basketball game! I know can you believe it. I just have never really been into basketball. A few weeks ago, we got free tickets for a basketball game and so we decided to go. It was to see the Texas Legends (NBA Development League) play. And I have to tell you, I really really enjoyed the game! I’ve been to baseball games before where all I did was chat with whoever I went with and didn’t even pay attention to the game. But this basketball game was exciting and I wouldn’t mind going again. So now I just need someone to give me free tickets to see the Mavericks play.

This coming week, I guess starting today, these are my “Do Something New” goals:

  • Try another healthy recipe
  • Have an almond milk with fruit smoothie or oatmeal for breakfast… instead of coffee
  • Drink 2 of the big Smart bottles of water a day (or that amount of water a day).

We will see if I can do this. The one I am worried about is the breakfast one, as I have a hard time getting up on cold days and I really feel like I need something warm like coffee….

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Do you have any new goals for next week? Then linkup with LifeChangesii  for Do Something New.

Throwback Thursday {NYC 2007}

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Today, I wanted to share with you this photo of myself from Feb. 2007. My husband and I traveled to NYC to celebrate his birthday that year. It was super cold! I remember stopping at H&M and buying another smaller jacket to wear underneath because I was freezing. We kept running into Starbucks for coffee and to stay warm.

We stayed at a really cheap hotel near Bryant Park. I think it was the Americana Inn. The rooms were tiny, but we were out all day that it didn’t really matter.

I loved just walking down the streets watching New Yorkers go about their day. I remember thinking as I was walking past Bryant Park, that the people in NYC were so fashionable. Later, on my flight back, I realized it was fashion week. That explained why I had seen all these super fashionable people around Bryant Park. I remember Britney Spears was also in NYC  (this was when she was a bit unstable) and she had been spotted at a Rite Aid.

During this trip we did  a lot of touristy things. We had dinner (hubby’s birthday) at Carmine’s, visited the top of the Rock, went down to Little Italy & Chinatown, and of course enjoyed a hot dog. This is not something you see every day living in Dallas, hot dog carts lining the streets. Although, when I was a student at the University of North Texas, we did have one or two hot dog stands on campus. Which was great because I could grab a pretty cheap lunch in between classes. Plus, they had a variety to choose from. I wonder if they still have them.

All this reminiscing makes me want to go back to NYC (and to UNT). I was able to go back last year to celebrate my 30th birthday (thankfully it was in the summer=warmer weather), which I told you about in a previous post. I really want to go back this year with girlfriends. I think NYC would make for a fun girl’s trip!

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Shoe Organization Hack {Media Cabinet Redo}

A few months ago, we came upon this old media cabinet the neighbors were getting rid of. We picked it up with nothing much in mind. My husband painted it and we kind of forgot about it. That is until this weekend.

Like most girls, I have more shoes than I think I do. When I see a shoe sale, I never think, “oh I already have too many.” Instead I think “I must have them!” But unfortunately, I seemed to have run out of room for them in my closet and slowly I was just leaving them in the bedroom on the floor. Needless to say, it was starting to look kind of messy.

I looked around on Pinterest for some creative ways to organize my shoes, when ding ding the bell went off. I remembered the old media cabinet and wondered if that would work. And here you have it:

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Media Cabinet Redo: Shoe Organizer

Media Cabinet Redo: Shoe Organizer

The top section has some of my flats and a few of my kitten heels, while the bottom has my high-heels. For now, the media cabinet works perfectly as a shoe organizer. I might leave it like this or use the top section to hold jewelry or makeup. I could also use the top section for clutches instead of my shoes. Ah the possibilities!

Now, I need to seriously go through the shoes in the closet and throw out the old ones I never wear to make room for…..new ones?!

So what do you think?

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Petite Fashionista à la Mode: Brittany

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Northern VA • Blogger at LifeChangesii • Height: 5’0″

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“I love being petite.”

Inside My Closet: Work


I am an elementary school teacher and this is a typical outfit that I would wear to work. I think it’s professional enough to wear to parent-teacher conferences, as well as casual enough to wear on the weekends. The scarf is from Kohls Department store. I love wearing infinity scarves because I find they are not too big on my frame. This scarf is my favorite because you can mix and match the pants or the shirt to create completely different looks.

The cardigan(s) is from the Gap. I do not have to shop in the petite section for shirts, so this was found in their clearance section for $9.99. A steal!

My shoes (6 1/2) are from Zara. I am very particular about my shoes. I never wear shoes with heels, pointed, thick soles, or shoes that I think make my feet look too long. These nude flats are perfect. In my opinion, petite women should stick with dainty classic shoes.

And I saved the best for last-PANTS. I have the hardest time finding pants…especially…drum roll please…dress pants. No surprise, right? These pants (4/6) are actually from Target (Mossimo Skinny Fit). My Target does not have a petite section. I can always find these in the Juniors area. I have these pants in a variety of colors. They fit my waist and leg length perfectly. If I ever find a pair that are too long, I tuck them under. I have seen some petite women who cuff their pants. I think this shortens the leg even more and makes you look stubby. Tucking them under gives you a clean straight look. And in my opinion, it can even add one teeny tiny inch to your legs.

Where I Like to Shop

I shop at the Gap, J.Crew, and Target. I have never been to a tailor and I have never purchased petite pants. I find that I can never go wrong with finding ankle pants at these three places. I did have the opportunity to try on a pair of petite pants from Gap that were purchased online & returned to the store, they did not fit my waist or thighs. The length was not the best either. Try shopping at Gap & J. Crew and ask for ankle pants. My tip for shopping at Target would be finding the Skinny Fit or Regular Fit pants and skip the Bootcut.

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Petite Fashionistas à la Mode is a series to show the world (& the fashion industry) women come in more than one size. If you are petite (5’4″ and under) then consider participating by sending an e-mail to bonjourchica@ymail.com

More Than a Pretty Face {Audrey}

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I’ve mentioned before what a huge fan I am of Audrey Hepburn. So much that I even named my daughter, Audrey. Most of my friends are well aware of this, as well. I was recently surprised by how so many (people in general) are unaware of what a great person she truly was. She was more than just a pretty face.

One of my sorority sisters from college, just last weekend told me how she had just learned all about Audrey by watching a recent PBS special. My sorority sister was one of those who thought I only liked Audrey Hepburn because she was pretty. I can’t remember how old I was when I first watched Roman Holiday (maybe a preteen), but soon after I started reading book after book on her. I really came to admire her and to the realization that there’s very few or any like her nowadays. Yes she was pretty and stylish, and you can be a fan of her style alone….but I want to remember & admire her for all that she was.

After my daughter was born, I bought her a book on Audrey Hepburn. She’s only three now, but someday she’ll learn all about the inspirational woman she shares a name with. Plus, she also shares her middle name with her grand-mère, who she adores. Audrey Chantal.

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My sorority sister now has a deeper understanding of Audrey Hepburn & why I am such a fan. So if the only thing you know about Audrey Hepburn is Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I recommend you watch this documentary:

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