Cafe Kitchen and a little DIY

Monday, August 22, 2011

I am a coffee lover! I have at least one cup a day (usually more). Due to this love/addiction of java, I decided to decorate my kitchen in a "cafe" theme. I have  a tiny kitchen, thank you Los Angeles, but I still wanted to give it some personality.  It all started out with a thrifted dining table that needed to be recovered. Follow me long my journey (it's a pretty short one)....

These are the ugly chairs the way I bought them (there are four) The whole dining room set w/the table was $40.00

I started the process by removing the seat bottoms. It was really easy, I just flipped the chairs over and unscrewed the tops with my electric drill

After I took the tops off I roughly measured (I do mean roughly) the fabric then I started stapling away. I am sure there is a much more accurate way to reupholster.. but I was not in the mood for measuring and patience :D

After I was done attaching the fabric I screwed the tops back on and VOILA!!  Not too bad for a first timer! 

I forgot to mention, I bought the fabric in the Garment District for $8/yard. I bought two yards, but I didn't even come close to using all of it! The fabric is called "picasso" which I loved, but my husband actually picked it out!

This is my little dining room! I feel like my reupholstered chairs really helped me achieve that cafe effect I was going for! Some day I will stain the wood, but not any time soon :D

To add to my cafe theme, I grabbed some canvases from Big Lots (they're really cheap there $3-7). I painted a few with various coffee mugs and sayings..

I found this little gem at Costco for $6!!! It's a really comfy foam mat and makes washing the dishes a little more enjoyable.

I found that amazing coffee shaped trivet at the goodwill for $2. I was soooo excited when I found it, it matches perfectly!

My last little detail (for now) are these cute coffee hand towels. My In-laws got them for me from Wal-Mart and they fit my theme :)

I Hope you enjoyed my little Kitchen!! Thank You for stopping by, I'd love to hear what your kitchen theme is?

flora flora

Friday, August 12, 2011

Happy Friday Everyone! I don't know how you choose to spend your Friday nights, but I am doing laundry and blogging myself... p-a-r-t-y animal :D Today, I just wanted to show off a few new items the Goodwill has blessed me with. I almost hate it when I find amazing stuff at the thrift store because it just makes me want to go back so much more frequently. I have been to the thrift store pretty much everyday this week (multiple locations). I am beginning to relate to those old ladies on hoarders.... but the stuff I find is so awesome! I hope you enjoy my fun summer look, fall is just around the corner :) This totaled to $80.26 (damn those $40 jeans :D)

Brand: Top Shop
Purchase Price: $3.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: $56.00

Brand: Seven For All Mankind
Purchase Price: $40.00
Purchased From: Plato’s Closet (Chicago, IL 2008)
** I’ve since cut them off J**
    Suggested Retail: $160.00 (when they were new)

[White Ring]
Brand: H&M
Purchase Price: Birthday gift
Purchased From: H&M
Suggested Retail: $6.00

[Pink Ring]
Brand: Charlotte Russe
Purchase Price: $4.00
Purchased From: Charlotte Russe
Suggested Retail: $4.00

Brand: Unknown
Purchase Price: (Red Stripe) $1.99
                            (Red Enamel) $5.99
                                  (Gold) $4.00/bundle)
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)

Brand: Unknown   
Purchase Price: $5.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
Suggested Retail: Unknown
Brand: Glaze
Purchase Price: $14.30
Purchased From: Go Jane
Suggested Retail: $14.30



Trend Forecasting

Monday, August 8, 2011

In case I haven't mentioned this a million times, I studied Fashion Marketing in College. I took over 20 different Fashion related courses: Importing/Exporting, Inventory, Public Relations, Entrepreneurship, Product Development, Textiles, etc.. You get my point. When I started college I was hell bent on being a buyer, Big Surprise! Doesn't every little girl dream of having a job where you shop for clothes all day long? It is a great dream, but it has zero to do with being a buyer. A buyer's job really just focuses on units & mathematics.... not as fun as I had imagined. Then, I discovered topic I was really interested in- Trend Forecasting. My forecasting class was a blast! I was able to analyze  past trends and predict future trends. Surprisingly, trend forecasting isn't as difficult as one would think, that is as long as you know your formulas. Trends are cyclical and as we all know they always come back around.  I'm sorry if I appear to "teacherly" but I wanted to share with you one of the coolest things I learned in my forecasting class. Below I have post a picture of the color cycles that happen in Fashion. They have it down to really a science...

Right now we are in the "high-chroma" phase, which is why we see all these Cobalt Blues, Cherry Reds and Fushias.   I thought this was a really cool concept and I always keep it in mind when planning for my future purchases :)

I was so excited about sharing my trend forecasting experience with you, it made me want to give it a shot again. I know I'm not predicting 2 years out like the professionals do, but I work with what I have :D

Below is "my" interpretation of the Fall 2011 trends (some are already happening)...

COLOR!! I love fall colors in general, but I love that some of the brights are carrying over seasons!

Silhouettes are kinda all over the place. From sleek tuxedo Jackets & skinny jeans to over sized sweaters and maxi skirts.... it all goes this season!

Prints are still clearly present, only they're getting bigger! (oops, I forgot the text for "over-sized plaid")

There are a lot of fun textures for fall, I personally love the chunky knits!

bohemian rapture

Monday, August 1, 2011

I found this Maxi at my favorite store last week and I have been dying to take photos in it! My husband has been out of town, so I finally have a photographer :) I have a couple engagements coming up this Fall and I thought this would be perfect for any of them! Normally I am not a big snakeskin pattern kinda gal, but I think H&M did a classy job with this one! My whole outfit rang in around $30.00!!

Brand: H&M
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: £24.99 (which is around $40.00)

Brand: H&M
Purchase Price: $4.00
Purchased From: H&M

Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $10.00
Purchased From: A rodeo in Central California, how fortuitous!
Suggested Retail: A lot more than ten bucks J
* It’s a giant chunk of rock, it’s pretty heavy, and pretty awesome*

Brand: Nine West
Purchase Price: $7.50
Purchased From: Goodwill (Los Angeles, CA)
    Suggested Retail: $89.00