Winter Blues

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We took a recent trip to Florida and although the winter blues holds a whole different meaning back at home this time of year, I found myself wearing plenty of this color while away.  With warmer temps and the ocean not far away, blue always seemed like the perfect go-to.  I like to mix shades of the same hue and incorporate a combination of textures when piling on lots of the same shade and this outfit was no exception.  White ripped denim is a staple all-year-round for me, including the winter, and is always the perfect base.  And this pair would be way too hard for me to give up.  They are super comfortable and go with absolutely everything I own.  This lace top is one of my favorite blouses that can easily be dressed up or down and I was able to snag it over the summer at T.J. Maxx for a ridiculously low price.  In fact, each piece here is under $100, and each of them have been worn into the ground.  It’s such an easy street style for everyday.

winter blues 2{J.O.A. lace top via T.J. MAXX, on sale now / J.CREW always chambray shirt / TOPSHOP moto leigh distressed skinny jeans, sold out, similar HERE / REBECCA MINKOFF via NORDSTROM RACK mini quilted affair bag / CONVERSE chuck taylor all-star}

xo gina

Gray + Yellow

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Gray and yellow are two of my favorites colors separately and one of my favorite color combinations together.  The wardrobe staple and easy neutral has been a fixture this season and a pop of yellow is always a cheerful companion, even just as a background.  We traveled recently to the sunshine state and had a bit colder first week there due to a record-breaking snow storm up north.  But it was the perfect excuse to get lots of use out of this new extra-long, chunky sweater cardigan.

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I have always been pretty sneaker-obsessed, but even more so now that sneakers have gained a whole lot of popularity of late.  And this pair by Nike is so comfortable and goes just as well with jeans as my workout gear.  Combine with an extra-soft white tee and you have the easiest go-to outfit for those days that go back and forth between warm and cool.  Which means you will probably see me in some variation of this all early spring.

gray and yellow 3{BB DAKOTA via WAKEFIELD & YORK open cardigan / LNA via WAKEFIELD & YORK v-neck tee / BLANK DENIM distressed skinny jeans (under $100!) / NIKE via FLEET FEET SPORTS MONTCLAIR zoom pegasus 32 shoes}

xo gina

Winter Out West

winter out west 21 The winter season always seems to fly by faster for us than the rest of the year with all of the holidays and visits to family members and parties.  And this winter has seemed to go quicker than most with all of the traveling we’ve been doing lately.  We spent a good deal of the winter out west with my in-law’s and were able to take a few road trips, exploring pretty little corners of New Mexico and the mountain towns that help to make up the land of enchantment.  Here are some of my favorite snapshots from our time out there. winter out west 3 El Paso art. winter out west 4 Road trip essentials. winter out west 6 winter out west 8 winter out west 5 The land of enchantment. winter out west 10 Heading into the Ruidoso mountains. winter out west 1 Las Cruces, NM. winter out west 2 Blue skies. winter out west 25 Desert walks. winter out west 26 winter out west 24 It was a good Christmas. winter out west 22 Patio vibes. winter out west 27 Texas sunsets are always on point. winter out west 18 Welcome to Tularosa, NM. winter out west 17 Tularosa. winter out west 19 A perfect marriage in my book. winter out west 23 Sunsets and snowfall. winter out west 16 winter out west 15 The littlest’s first snow tubing adventure. winter out west 12 Mommy and daddy hit the slopes, Ski Apache, NM. winter out west 14 Heading back down the mountain. winter out west 13 Head in the clouds. winter out west 28 Hope everyone is having a good winter! xo gina

Quick Bathroom Update

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The other day on a whim, completely bored with my kids’ bathroom, I decided it needed a little makeover that would give it the refresh it was lacking.

Since it was such an impulse thought, two things: 1.) I ran into the few chains of stores that are all in the same shopping center to make the trip super efficient and the closest shelf to what I had in mind ran for $59 a piece.  2.)  Not overly thrilled with the price since I needed two of them and the fact that they weren’t exactly what I pictured anyway, I headed to my local Home Depot and in my haste, didn’t think ahead of time about posting this here, therefore, there are no before photos and there are no in-the-making photos.  Just some really happy photos of very inexpensive and easy-to-achieve results.

So, here are the supplies and measurements and instructions, including the price for materials, which brought my total spending for two shelves to $34!

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Supplies:

  • Minwax Wood Finish Stain in Special Walnut, available at Home Depot
  • 1 6ft board of wood, cut into (2) 23-inch pieces (odd size, but it fit the space in our bathroom perfectly!)
  • total of 4 brackets (I chose this scroll design by Rubbermaid in bronze, not available online, in-store only, but Home Depot had so many other different styles to choose from, too)
  • the brackets purchased came with the necessary screws, but in case yours don’t, you would need 4 screws per bracket or 16 screws total
  • drill
  • pencil

Price:

  • $3 per wooden board / $6 for a total of two boards
  • $7 per iron scroll bracket / $14 for the brackets for each shelf / $28 for the set of four brackets needed for the two complete shelves
  • stain leftover that I already had on-hand
  • $17 total per shelf / $34 total for the set of two shelves

Instructions:

  1. Sand the corners and edges of your two pieces of cut wood.
  2. Stain each board evenly and let dry for 24 hours.
  3. After deciding what side you want facing up and down, place the boards against a flush portion of the wall.  I spaced my brackets 3 inches from the outside of the board.  With the brackets on my newly stained wood and the other half sitting flush against the wall I made the appropriate pencil marks needed to ensure each bracket was bolted perfectly in place.
  4. After centering the shelves evenly between the mirror and my shower I put soft pencil lines to help guide me when it was time to screw my shelf to the wall.
  5. I worked with my husband in placing the brackets on the wall.  Once you have the two brackets completely screwed into your stained shelf, place them up against the wall with a level on top.  If you plan on putting anything on the shelves your going to need a relatively level surface.  With my husband holding the shelves completely level and in place, I marked the holes in the brackets to leave pencil marks on my wall where I would put the final screws and secure the shelf in it’s final resting place.

Added Bonuses/Tips:

  • Hold a small garbage can underneath the drill when you use the tool to screw the brackets into the wall.  This way you catch the bits of debris before they hit your floor and create a mess.
  • Not only did this update and refresh the look of this bathroom, but a pop of green in the faux plant helped liven up the space.
  • It gave the room a central focus away from the bath toys that take up my girls’ tub and made the room feel more polished.
  • With added room, I was able to store things like a few extra wash cloths and some rolls of toilet paper, so those things are now more easily accessible and more space is freed up in the cabinet space below the sink.

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Happy scheming, crafting and building!  And organizing!

xo gina