Thrifted Style

I’m always amazed when I manage to style an area with completely thrifted items; It reminds me why I love to thrift so much, and that you don’t have to spend $$$ to have a stylish home. I managed to buy everything shown (plants excluded) for under $30.00 so I thought I would do a haul of sorts, and along the way share a bit more design tips as well as some thrifting tips (check out my previous How to Thrift like a Pro Post) for more thrifting tips.

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My first step before going into a thrift store is to think of what I’m shopping for, whether it be a broad category like, home decor, kitchenware or furniture. This trip I was looking for pottery, for this Blog post/ Instagram post (shameless plug, but if you would be so kind as to follow me here @lifeinmauve). I didn’t have a specific color way in mind,  but as soon as I got to browsing I was drawn to blues and teals (surprise, surprise). It all started coming to life, once I found this awesome painting (only $2.70) I knew I had my color palette and I continued to play off of it.

Once I got home and it was time to style, I decided to group everything together rather then sprinkling pieces here and there, because placing everything together would tell a stronger story. The White bookshelf, allowed the colors to pop and also kept thing light and somewhat modern.

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The top shelf really sets the over all tone, all the colors are represented and the painting makes it all pop. I Typically I would never place the largest  items on the on a top shelf, since it can be too heavy on the eye. However since there is only three items it balances out with the rest of the unit and the low profile of the bowl paired with the clear glass lantern keep it from over powering the rest of the shelf.

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I knew going into this that I wanted to add in a lot’s of plants to  liven everything up, and introduce a third color as well as texture. Using plants on every shelf creates repetition, which in my opinion is key to successful styling.  I like to pair items in a set of three, making sure I place the larger or taller items at the edge. Stacking books in different ways gives the area movement and height.

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My second shelf I kept a bit simpler, lining up a few books to fill the shelf but facing them away to create a more uniform look. I placed my plant on the opposite side to further add movement, and threw in a small tray to ground this cluster. Again my largest item is at the end and creating  a waterfall or gradual steps to carry the eye through-out the shelf.

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On my last shelf I started by placing my plant on the opposite side of the previous one, to complete my pattern. I created two clusters but made switched things up by displaying the teal cups in a straight line and the pitcher and mug in a small triangle.  I used a book to ground the three cups and give some needed height  and hung a frame to create a solid background. I recommend using pictures/art with-in the same color story to create a cohesive look.

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Just a few final pointers, try breaking up sets like the teal cups I placed one at the top and three down below to create a strong sense of  repetition and carry the eye throughout the shelf. . Stick to two or three color families and introduce varies shades of that color.

Overall these all work together because essentially it’s all pottery and every piece has the same feel, weight, and similar finish grouping them together in a small area creates a bigger impact.

I hope this post inspire you to check out your local thrift store, I’d love to hear of your latest decor finds.

As always thanks for stopping by,

xoxo Nayeli

 

South Western, Boho Vibes

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I’m going to apologize ahead of time, as I think this might be a rambley post and maybe a little all over the place. But I promise to make it a quick one, I just wanted to share a few exciting finds with you all so you can all RUN to Target and get in on all the sale action. Seriously, Target has some crazy sales going on, so naturally I went ham!

The second part of the post is to share how glad I am that I decided to start Life in Mauve. Its provided a creative outlet that I felt was missing, ever since leaving my career in Visual Merchandising and deciding to become a full time stay at home mom. Once I became a little more comfortable and maybe even got the hang of this whole mom thing, (ha!) I found myself missing running around all day styling product. While at home I mostly style with vintage, one of a kind pieces. I also want to start doing posts like this, were I pull products together just to show inspiration. Of course along the way, I’ll start sharing my styling process.

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The first thing I gravitated towards were these woven wall hangings, I fell in love with the texture and scale of the this piece. I had originally thought I would pair it along side of a neutral fringe wall hanging, but once they were side by side it was too much texture and not enough contrast. So I decided to use a kitchen towel, and hang it at an angle to make it look more interesting. The dark forest green color of the towel, layered behind the light fringe makes everything pop, and brings the green from the plants upward grounding the entire look.

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Once my art pieces were hung, I decided to make green my color statement by using a mostly green product, layering in different textures and shapes from the plants kept things visually interesting. I used brown as an accent color to bring a little warmth to the overall look. Like this glass lantern, the leather strap not only adds a different texture but the glass itself helps lighten the area. The varying heights of the plants draw the eye back up to the wall art as well as start a cascade allowing each item to shine on it’s own.

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On the opposite side I brought in this copper plant stand, which added height and the copper also made this look feel a bit more modern. To balance out both sides I mirrored the opposite side with another cacti, creating visual repetition helps make the look stronger and is pleasing to the eye.

All of the products used are still available at Target, and are all one sale. In the comments below, let me know if this is a series you would like me to continue.

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Let’s Talk Bras

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Gilligan & O’ Malley for Target

I feel like I have spent a majority of my adult life in the search of the perfect bra. Over the years I have tried several brands, styles, and have gone back and forth between padded and unlined. My search for a great fitting bra that also makes me feel sexy and confidant, has become even more of a challenge since becoming a new mom (a breast-feeding mom at that). It seem like nursing bras are all made to look like weird training bras. and give you uniboob (come on bra companies us moms  want cute and dainty bras too). Well, I have really exciting news! So exciting that I’m snapping pictures of my unmentionables, and sharing them all over social media… I found two really great bras, and I just have to share this discovery. Although it’s not an actual nursing bra, nursing is very do-able even better they can be found at Target ( can they do nothing wrong?) and it’s only $16.99! I have two styles that I’m obsessed with, like committed relationship obsessed.

To start I’m a 36D and have a lot of needs, I look for lift, support, flexibility (As a mom I’m constantly moving and can’t have anything jumping ship, you know what I mean) I also need it to be comfortable, durable and let’s not forget it needs to be cute. I know, it’s a lot of requirements but well-fitting under garments are VERY important, there nothing worse than having to constantly readjust. Style wise I go back and forth between wires and no wire, however I try to avoid padded bras I prefer a unlined bra (opposed to 20-year-old me, who loved an overly padded bra).

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Gilligan & O’Malley Unlined Lace Bra
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Buff Beigie, $16.99

I have two styles to share both from Gilligan & O’ Malley range from Target, but this one is by far my favorite I own a few different colors, and here is why I love it sooo much. It’s a fully unlined, wire lace bra (that’s a mouth full)  that has a slight stretch. Making it very comfortable to wear through-out the entire day or even sleep in. It comes in a wide range of sizes, even for us gals with larger breasts (size range 32B-40DD), the cups cut across at a slight angle giving the breast a very flattering shape. The built-in wire stops at the perfect point, high enough that it holds everything in from the sides, but low enough that you don’t have an annoying wire digging in at your side. Although this is not an actual nursing bra, I find the stretch and shape make nursing very do-able.

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Gilligan &’ Malley Unlined Lace Bra

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Ebony $16.99

The second color I own is this black number, which is just plain feminine and sexy no other way to put it. It’s completely outlined in lovely scalloped lace trim, which gives it a uber feminine feel. It works well under slightly sheer t-shirts, or t-shirts that have a deeper v ( lets face it showing your bra, is totally a fashion trend) the lace slightly peeking out looks really chic. A wider band hugs and smooths everything out making it undetectable under thinner fabrics. I can’t say enough good things about this one, I recently introduced my sister to it and she is just as obsessed as I am.

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Gilligan & O’Malley Floral Lace Bralette
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Crystal Pink $16.99

The next style is a true bralette that can be worn racer back or not, it comes in sizes XS-XL and is offered in 4 soft neutral shades. There is a delicate 1″ band of lace that  wraps around the entire bottom and curves in at the center front cinching me in. I don’t get as much support as a traditional bra but it still does a good job holding everything in place. The majority of  bralettes that I have tried are geared towards women with smaller breast, so I appreciate a brand that offers larger sizes that are  true to size and that are cute!

Share down below any of your favorite brands and styles ALSO Target has a 20% off sale until 04/29/2017! Talk to you all soon.

Drybar review

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Buttercup retail $195.00

Ok, I have a confession to make I recently splurged big time, on a new blow dryer…I gave into the charming yellow paired with promises of flirty bouncy hair, cool beach girl waves, or for those extra sassy days, hair so high it can practically knock on heavens door. I bought Buttercup, and I have to say she is my new best friend!

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Good Hair for all Kit (QVC) $179.95 (Drybar.com) $199.00

While the price is steep at $195.00 for Buttercup alone (that’s her name) I softened the blow by going with the “Good Hair for All” kit. Which offered a few of their best selling products and a wonderful introduction to the brand. The kit includes a full sized Southern Belle volumizing mousse, a Full sized Triple Sec 3-in-1 spray, two Hold Me hair clips and two concentrator nozzles for only $199.00! let’s just say I was sold. I purchased mine through QVC  they had the best deal offering free shipping, $5 off for new customers and I even opted for flexpay which really made it a softer blow on my pocket book (P.S QVC currently dropped the Kit price to $179.95). There is also a Baby Buttercup, which claims to have the same power as the regular one and kits start at $135.00 (kits available at Sephora, Drybar.com) 

So you maybe asking yourself what makes Buttercup so special well here is my full review. I have medium length hair and used to spend 25-30 mins drying my hair, I now fully dry my entire head in under ten mins (as a busy mom that alone is worth the price). Buttercup has Ion technology that helps seal the cuticle, and leaves your locks smooth, shiny and frizz free. She’s also a very quiet gal, even though she is packing an ultra-powerful 1875-watt motor (Professional grade), I can dry my hair with-out disturbing nap time. She has two heat settings (I usually set mine on high) and a cool shot which is supposed to help set your style in place if you are are doing your own blow-out. My only con is that she is that the barrel can get uncomfortably hot, which means I can only use the handle ( I find I have more control when doing my own blow-out if I hold the barrel).

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Hold Me hair clips set of four $16.00, Half Pint round brush $36.00, Lemon Drop $16.00

Since buying my kit I’ve also added a few tools, which surprise I also love! I bought an additional set of the Hold Me hair clips, (includes 4) they are flexible towards the center and have the right amount of teeth to hold your section securely. I find that the flexibility prevents kinks on already styled  hair, and are easy to release with one hand.

My next addition is Half Pint (round brush) which is  ULTRA light and it’s bristles offer a nice tight grip on the hair. The ceramic barrel heats up as you dry which speeds up the drying process lastly the handle has a rubber coating to ensure a slip free grip.

I also purchased Lemon Drop, this is by far my most used tool aside from Buttercup of course. It’s a great detangling brush, it’s bristles are very flexible so the don’t rip the hair out yet strong enough to get through the toughest of tangles. I also love it to distribute styling product.

Tip: since these tools are also pricey I buy mine at Ulta I use the $3.50 off coupon (coupon only works on tools) or use any accumulated points.

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The Chaser $29.00, Southern Belle $26.00, Hot Toddy $30.00, Triple Sec 3-in-1 $26.00

I’m also a fan of the Drybars’ styling products they work really well, feel luxurious and have the yummiest sweet scent ( my boyfriend is a big fan as well) that lingers in the hair throughout the entire day.

The Chaser is a great finishing cream, I use it on dry hair for days I’m rocking a piecey undone look or beach waves. After my hair is curled I take a small amount work it in-between my fingers and run my fingers throughout small sections twisting as I go.

Southern Belle is my second favorite product, It’s a light weight mousse that gives my hair a ton of volume. I use a decent sized dolp and work it throughout my entire head while the hair is still damp concentrating on the roots for extra lift. I then blowdry it in, I’m left with the perfect amount of texture and volume. Southern Belle also protects the hair from breakage, making it a must in my styling arsenal.

Hot Toddy is my favorite of the bunch, it’s an amazing heat protectant and aside from Buttercup number one must have. It’s luxurious cream that wraps around the hair with out weighing it down. I apply a small dime size to wet hair and work it from roots to end it the first thing I use when applying heat to my hair. 

Triple Sec is good but probably my least favorite, it claims to be a 3-in-1 however I find its really only a good texturizer and it’s overly sweet scent is a little much. I use it as a last step and spray it upward into my locks adding a decent  amount of texture ( I love texture). I don’t see myself repurchasing this product.

I also buy my styling product from Ulta, I like to use any points I’ve racked up and save a few extra bucks.