Halloween House Tour 2014

7 Oct

Halloween…Oh, how I love thee.

Here is a tour of my haunted home for 2014, I hope you enjoy it and get some inspiration to haunt your home!

For more ideas from my previous haunts, click here and here!

xoxoHalloweenxoxo

stylishpiggy

I Had A Moment.

29 Sep

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I have a tween daughter therefore I know who One Direction is, I sing their songs when they come on the radio, I have periodically bought their merchandise and really never gave them too much thought otherwise.

I was recently listening to the local radio and heard them announce a contest for front row seats to an upcoming 1D concert. Well, that sounds like a hoot! I start calling in trying to win.

Finally after days of calling, I am the 10 tenth caller and win the 5 Seconds of Summer and One Direction albums and qualify for the drawing for the tickets. Cool!

The drawing came and went and we didn’t win, but it was fun trying. My daughter is not a die- hard 1D fan, but she loves concerts and music and I thought “well, I will just buy tickets to the concert anyway”! So I did.

The concert was upon us and we were pretty much late because traffic was a major problem. As soon and we pulled up and got out the car, we could hear the music start playing. The arena was outdoors and the weather was too perfect to almost be real. This is fantastic, I say to myself.

We dashed through the parking lot and into the arena and frantically started searching for our seats.

What I found most interesting about the concert was the enormous amount of PURE energy. It almost overwhelmed you. It wasn’t like a cheesy, OMG, crying kinda thing. It was just simple fandom at its best and could only be described as “sweet”.

1D performed like this was their first concert and I have never seen a band more appreciative and thankful for their fans and I felt that they genuinely wanted to put on a good show and interact with their audience as much as possible.

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My daughter who is pretty much cool and reserved most of the time, was beside herself and let go like I’ve never seen before. Awwww…

The crowd watching provided me with almost as much entertainment as 1D. Looking out into the faces of these girls and seeing a sea of phone lights waving back and forth was down right ethereal, I tell ya.

What the heck just happened here! I just had a dang moment….and in life, my friend, those are worth their weight in gold.

So to all you people who hate boy bands and think they are cliche and feel like you are obliged to bust on them, I am telling you that you could possibly be missing out on something. It was a true experience and made me feel young again and I thank them kindly.

I am pretty sure, I am a One Directioner now {lol, whatever that means}.

These boys put on a great show, they provide girls with a great deal of happiness and fill them with energy and a feeling that they are ALIVE.

You can’t beat that with a stick.

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

Autumn Upcycle: Painted Upholstery!

22 Aug

 Distressed 6 Dollar Estate Chair With Good Bones
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Acrylic Paint {Vermilion Orange} & Textile Medium & Foam Brush From Hobby Lobbyphoto-960

What I did:

Gave the chair a quick wipe down with a little warm soapy water and let dry

 Mixed 2 parts paint to 1 part textile medium {the medium will help the paint adhere to the fabric and keep it from getting stiff as a brick}

I started with a small section and sprayed it with a water bottle to get the fabric slightly wet,  you want the paint to soak into the fabric.

I used long broad strokes and worked fairly quick. Depending on the type of fabric you have, it can be a little tricky to keep the paint even looking. Try not to freak out if it gets splotchy, just keep painting and smoothing it out.

I painted and painted and then painted some more…I ended up putting two coats on to achieve the desired color.

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I think I’m in love. Its not perfect, but pretty good for a first attempt. I love the character that the rips and tears give this chair and the color is to die for. I also REALLY like saying the word “Vermilion”. If you say it with a sinister accent, its sound very eee-vil and mysterious.

You wouldn’t want to have an entire living room of painted furniture, but for an accent piece, its fantastical!

The cushion part is still fairly soft,  it has a little bit of a leathery feel and look and slightly rough texture to it, but you can sit in it without feeling like the paint is cracking or that it will rub off onto your bootie.

 There are tons of tutorials and various methods online for painting upholstery, just pick one and go for it!

Happy Fall

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

Icky Dessert

5 Jul

July 4th, good times, family and food.

Well, some good food…and some not so good.

Yesterday, I was laying in bed watching the Today show and making a list of food that I wanted to cook up for the day. I wanted something “different”.  Oh good here comes the food segment, wowee… Campfire bread pudding with hot dogs buns! How absolutely festive, just like banana’s fosters but with hot dog buns!

Fast forward to 10 o’clock at night which is the time that we actually got around to dessert. I don’t care if I am eatin’ this at midnight, I’m makin’ it. That may have been the alcohol talkin’ by the way. By this time the fire had long gone out and I decided I was going to make it in the oven, which the recipes says will work just fine.

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 I can’t wait! I can’t wait. I can’t wait!!

I put it in the oven and went in the bedroom to soak up some TV. I say to my husband, don’t let me go to sleep with that stuff in the oven.

30 mins later, I am suddenly awakened by my husband shouting, You got that stuff in the oven!! I jump out of bed and run to oven, smells delish! Lets do this!

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 As I was dishing it out, I noticed that it looked rather INTER-esting. It has a super weird and totally unapplealing  consistency, like syrupy mushy scrambledy eggs mixed with banana and bread lumps that were soft on the bottom and hard as rocks on the top. I think I saw it moving.

 Should we consume this?

 I handed the plate to my husband without prior warning and we both cleaned our plates. The taste was actually pretty good, don’t think about it just eat it.

When I got out of bed to take the plates back to the kitchen, my husband turned to me in all seriousness and said, “I hope this doesn’t kill me”. I say, “Yep, that was just icky”.

I’m happy to say that we made it through unharmed, but the thought of the pudding has scarred me for life.

Next July 4th I will be skipping the bread pudding and substituting plain ‘ole boring and predictably good and normal watermelon.

Hope you had a great 4th!

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

A New Friend Named Epsom Salt

16 May

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Two days ago, I fell down the stairs.

The next morning I was basically completely crippled, as I believe I injured just about every muscle in my entire body.

For those of you who don’t know me. I move fast. In fact, I hear people say that all the time.

As a result of my speediness, I get hurt ALOT, I am the only person in the world who can drop their dinner fork off their plate and get it embedded an inch deep into the top of my foot. True story.

So the fact that I almost get a leg chopped off or some type of cut on a daily basis has made me develop a pretty high pain tolerance, but this stair deal was really causing me some discomfort.

While rehashing the gory details of my epic fall to my wise Mother in Law, she suggested Epsom Salts. Well, zipp-pa-dee-doo-da, I just happen to have some of that.

I emptied the entire contents of the salt package in the tub and slinked in. I soaked until I could soak no more.

To my surprise, I got up out of the tub, without one shriek of pain. It’s a miracle…a miracle that lasted about an hour. The salts eventually wore off and I got stiff again.

According to the internet, the salt works by releasing magnesium, which is absorbed through your skin and acts as a pain reliever and reduces inflammation, very scientific stuff here, folks.

Today, I went out and invested in a butt load of epsom salt and I am pretty excited about it.

Anyway, in case you fall down the stairs any time soon or throw your back out moving a sofa for a friend, whatever, I just wanted you to know about the salts.

Epsom salts…yeah, we hang out.

 

xoxo

stylishpiggy

Lost and Found Smells… Le Couvent Des Minimes Honey and Shea!

1 May

Two years ago, I wrote a blog post about a hand soap that I had a serious obsession with, San Diego Soap Companies, Honey and Blackberry soap.

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I kept a big stash of it in my house at all times, until “D-day” arrived. Discontinued!! Are you freaking kidding me!

I swear I have been combing Ebay on a daily basis since that time to try and find ANY and ALL remaining bottles of this stuff left on the planet earth. I have yet to find any, by the way.

I thought all hope was lost and I would frequently go around smelling every product that had the word “Honey” in it, hoping to catch even a glimpse of anything that smelled remotely close to my beloved soap.

Let me tell, my perseverance finally paid off my friends…

Allow me to introduce you to Le Couvent Des Minimes Nourishing Hand Cream Honey & Shea

This French hand cream is almost an EXACT smell match for my soap.

 

300Its hard to describe smells but it has a “very distinct” slightly sweet but not overpowering smell of real honey. Its not super greasy and makes your hands feel super smoothified. The only thing I don’t like about this cream is that I look like a weirdo when I wear it, cause I keep sniffing my hands. Oh well, why be normal.

For those of you who had been asking me if I knew where to get the Honey and Blackberry soap, try this and see if it jogs the ‘ole memory.  You can buy it at Ulta and online. Its a little on the pricey side for a small tube,  but your nose will thank you.

Honey= Happy

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

 

I’m A Million Dollar Mermaid, Ya’ll!

15 Apr

Feast your eyes upon my latest vintage treasure, this is a vintage Cole of California Gold Lame Swimsuit!

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 It was designed by Fred Cole as a promotional item for the movie Million Dollar Mermaid, featuring Esther Williams in the 1950s.

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I had been drooling over it since I first saw it and was searching high and low to get my hands on one. I finally found this exact one on Ebay in PERFECT and Brand New condition.

O-M-G!!!  {happy dance,happy dance}

If you happen to see a Million Dollar Mermaid bombshell vintage beauty, lounging at the beach this Summer, yeah, that would be little ‘ole me.

Here are some links to some similar vintage suits, if you wanna be a mermaid too!

Etsy Gold Vintage Suits

Ebay Gold Lame Suit

xoxo

~stylishpiggy

 

Industrial Chic Lighting, On The Cheap!

26 Feb

Six months ago, I purchased the Allen + Roth light fixtures below from Lowes for my island area.

Not such a groovy idea.

I tell you, there ain’t enough windex in the universe to keep these lights, {consisting mostly of just a big ass clear glass globe}, dust free. There should have been a disclaimer on the box, “lights will only remain clear for 2.5 seconds or until dust settles”.

Why no, my light globes aren’t frosted, that’s 10,000 particles of dust clinging to them. Now we can draw pictures in the dust with our fingers. That’s super attractive.

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After replacing the perfectly good lights that I had with the dust bowls, my husband declared that I was stuck with them.

Dang, now I’m gonna have to wait until the next major present receiving Holiday to even suggest new lighting and even then, I have to play my cards just right.

Well, some time has passed and I had been eyeballing these industrial orb lights that I originally saw in the Ballard Designs catalog and also on Etsy.

Inspiration:

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So I’m at TJMaxx the other day, browsing for things I didn’t need when I spotted 2 mid-sized metal orbs that you are supposed to use as table decor. Hello new light orbs. I scooped them up for the delightful price of $20.00.

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Left side the dust bowl                                            Right side cool metal orb

All I had to do was take off the existing globe and wire the metal orb to the existing base.

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 Cool new lights and no more dust bunnies. Yay. I’m happy now.

 I also had been wanting to do a Ghost Lamp shade since I first saw them.  A ghost shade is a vintage lamp shade without the fabric.

Inspiration:

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I picked up two vintage shades at the antique mall for 12 bucks. They were already shabby chic’ed for me, but you can pick up any shade at the thrift, a yard sale or estate sale and just take the fabric off and Tada…ghost shade! Sounds spooky, I like it.

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This is how they look in my room. Gives a cool little industrial vibe to this girly sitting area.

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If you can think it, you can do it on the cheap. Well, sometimes…LOL

Happy Wednesday~

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

2014: Interesting Already!

16 Feb

2014, we are two months in and you are interesting already~

I turned 40 and it feels just like 39…except for a couple of new gray hairs.

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I got a mini pony, his name is Tater. Every morning, when he sees me coming out of the house, he gallops across the pasture to say “Hi” and also to find out if I have a carrot in my pocket. He is a noble steed.

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I finally got a vintage sofa. It has pink and white stripes and carved roses. What else do I need to say.

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I made candy glass for a Frozen birthday cake for my daughter without a candy thermometer and it turned out PERFECT and I didn’t burn off any skin with the 300 degree sugar. Will never be able to repeat that victory.

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I  also made a Rodarte celestial hair clip, now I can pretend to be a supermodel! You can buy an original for $600.00 or make one for $10.00. Your choice.

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 Small and large stars, a hair clip or comb, gold wire, and some gold spray paint. There are some videos and tutorials out there, just Google DIY Rodarte Clip, but I kinda just winged it when I did mine.

Spray paint your stars , cut long pieces of wire, alternate wrapping the wire around large and small stars,attach to hair clip or comb in whatever way looks good to you. Easy peezy and super chic!
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Got some awesome gold Art Craft cat eyeglasses from the 50s. Just need to have my prescrip put in them and I will be able to see T.V. again.

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We just had a freakish ice storm, followed by days of power loss and then we had an earthquake. Which one of you slapped a curse on S.C. {fess up now and we’ll go easy on ya}. I almost burnt my house down trying to cook in my fireplace. I don’t like pioneering.

Besides my normal mama and wife duties, I’ve also been standing out in the freezing cold at Estate Sales treasure hunting for my Etsy shop. Fun Stuff. 

Things I’ve recently purchased:

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Bacon tee from Old Navy, bracelet from Dillards, fancy shirt from one of those stores at the mall that you never bothered to know the name of ???? and some root concealer from Sephora, you did see that I turned 40, this stuff works, sister.

Latest food addiction:

Candied bacon, I think I had a dream about it. Good thing I have associated guilt with my bacon consumption or I’d be a real porker. {haha} Yes, I went there.

I have yet to start the healthy eating phase of 2014.

Its gonna be a good year.

How’s it going for you?

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

Two Cents Tuesday: Michael Kors Handbags

14 Jan

It was all over, I sat on the floor surrounded by a sea of open boxes and a blanket of torn wrapping paper, admiring my Christmas stash, when my husband suddenly appears around the corner holding a very large gold box, “we forgot one”, he said.

Say what! Get out of town….. the Michael Kors name could plainly be seen, wow-wasn’t expecting that. We just recently got a Michael Kors store at our mall and it was quite the talk of the town.

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I open up the box which contained a felt bag with a very large brown Hamilton bag in it. Impressive and beautiful.

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I am usually not the kind of girl who buys expensive bags, they are a “nice to have, but don’t need” in my book.

After the sticker shock wears off, I get super jazzed about my new bag.

A couple of days after Christmas, I load up the bag and we were off to mall.

The first thing I noticed about the bag was that after the paper was taken out, it was not keeping its nice shape and was dipping down in the middle. Hmmmm…is that supposed to happen?

While at the mall, I was using the shoulder strap, when you use the shoulder strap, the hand straps kinda fold down to the sides which resulted in it constantly poking me in my rib bone. Owee.

Gosh, I am not usually this picky about stuff, but I think when something is pricey, you tend to expect more out of it.

We walked around the mall for about an hour and I finally had to just stop and take this stinkin’ lead weight off my shoulder. I think there might have been an indention. Good lord, this bag is heavy!

Does this thing come with a warning?? I must have missed the fine print.

{ warning: carrying this bag may result in shoulder injury, rib breakage and general discomfort }

Who is this Michael Kors guy anyway, I googled him. He looks nice enough, but he did try to assault me with his purse. Ole Mikee might need to consider throwing in a coupon for free Orthopedic services with purchase from now on out.

I really wanted to love this purse, but sadly with it’s price tag, I just didn’t. The bag is now living back in the Micheals Kors store and waiting for its next victim. Beware~

Hey, it’s just my two cents.

xoxo

-stylishpiggy

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