T-Shirt Refashioned: Lace-y T-Shirt

I’ve been wanting a lace-y top for some time now. About a month ago we headed to the fabric section of our local big box store and picked up a yard of beautiful black lace fabric and a couple of plain t-shirts. I didn’t have a clue as to what I was going to do with my new stuff. I had a few things pinned on my Pinterest board(s) but I wasn’t quite sold on one exact style. This is what I ended up with:

Monkey & Squish | T-Shirt Refashioned: Lace-y T-shirt
I’ve had my sewing machines for about five years now, but I’ve only used it a handful of times. Majority of the things I’ve sewn has been dress-up clothes for Monk. In the end I do like how it turned out. I wished my thread was a bit darker so my stitches wouldn’t be so noticeable, but I do like that it’s still a t-shirt with a bit of fancy detail. I didn’t take any photos while I was doing this project because to be honest I expected this project to be a complete flop. Anyhow, I can’t wait to wear my new t-shirt out and about.

Have you re-fashioned anything lately? Are you a fan of lace?

Thanks so much for visiting my little blog!
-XOXO Lysa


Dreaming of Spring

Dreaming of Spring

Valentines Outfit 2014

Valentines Outfit 2014

Brooch Necklace

It has been a many months since I’ve picked up my pliers and crafted any jewelry.
This Friday of course is Valentines Day, and I wanted a statement piece to wear with my planned outfit. We’re heading out to the Thinkery in Austin for a fun family day. Here in Harker Heights, it’s really laid back. You don’t see many people wearing statement pieces. I wore my crystal bow necklace yesterday when we took the kids to the park and felt a bit out-of-place with that much sparkle. In Austin, however you can get away with lots of things I wouldn’t normally wear, for example this necklace that I made earlier.

Brooch Necklace | Vintage Glass Beads | Vintage Rhinestone Brooch
That brooch was given to me by a dear friend a few years ago. I have loved it since the day it arrived in the mail. I’ve been wanting to do something with it, I hated seeing it sit on my shelf collecting dust. I used vintage jet black glass beads and of course that beautiful vintage rhinestone brooch. I believe the brooch is made out of acrylic rhinestone, even then it’s still a pretty heavy piece. I love using vintage beads! When I was still making stuff for my etsy shop, majority of the components I used were vintage glass beads & vintage glass rhinestone. Anyhow, here is what the necklace used to look like.

Pink Chrysanthemum Necklace | Vintage Glass Beads, Pink Resin Chrysanthemum
I liked it but after trying it on several times, I felt it needed more beads, but all I had were the ten used in the necklace. I decided to re-work it to incorporate the brooch. I took off the chrysanthemum, added a jumpring to the center of the beads and then added the brooch.

Brooch Necklace (Back) | Vintage Glass Beads | Vintage Brooch
I don’t remember if the pin that secured the brooch to your garment was already broken, or if I took it off. Anyhow, I secured the jumpring to the back of the pin via the clasp that held the pin closed using a “S” type hook that I made from an eyepin. I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. I feel the beads add just a bit of sparkle without taking the attention away from the beautiful brooch.

Brooch Necklace (Worn) | Vintage Glass Beads | Vintage Rhinestone Brooch
This is a link to my favorite vintage jewelry supplier:
Bumbershoot Supplies
Now go and create something fabulous!

What are your thoughts? Too much sparkle?
Have a wonderful day, and thank you for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

New Stash

My polka dot box arrived! I can’t wait to wear all the stuff I picked up. My FAVORITE find are these Steve Madden heels. These are my first pair of heels in over a decade. I’ve been wearing them all over the house today to try to break them in, but it seems the heels are breaking me instead. They’re only two-inch heels but they are seriously doing some damage on my feet. They were just too cute to pass up though!

New Stash from ThredUP | Steve Madden Heels
While I was busy checking out my new items, both my kiddos were busy playing with their new toy (the box that all my stuff was shipped in).

Monkey and Squish playing with the box.
I love all my new stuff from ThredUp. Once again I’m very happy with my purchase.
I’ll do a more detailed post of my items, when I get around to wearing + photographing them.
Do you have any recommendations of how I can break my heels in faster without killing myself in the process?

Thanks for stopping by!

Hearts and a Bow

Hearts and a Bow
I was having a BLAH kind of day so I threw on my comfy heart sweater. The sparkles from my crystal bow necklace and the hearts on my sweater cheered me up a bit.

Thanks for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

Polka Dot Box

Yesterday I ordered 12 items from ThredUp.
My biggest purchase yet from there and I can’t wait until my Polka Dot Box arrives.
Below are some of my favorite pieces, all from various sizes that are available for grabs.
All opinions expressed are all my own.  Use this link to receive $10 off your first purchase.

Lilly Style | sequin top | chambray | blazer | skinny jeans

Above is my outfit inspiration, I love the layers and especially the sparkles.
Below are my picks in size XXS:
Michael Kors Sequin Tank $13.49 | Moda International Blouse $6.99
BCBG Max Azria Blazer $44.49 | American Eagle Jeans $11.49

Michael Kors Sequin Tank | XXS | $13.49Moda International | XXS | $6.99BCBG Max Azria Blazer | Size XXS | $44.49American Eagle Jeans |Size XXS | $11.49


Plum Cardigan | White Blouse | Mustard Riding Skirt
Above is my outfit inspiration, I love the mustard and plum combination.
Below are my picks in size XS:
Chaps Henley $15.49 | Merona Cardigan $6.49 | J. Crew Skirt $11.99

Chaps Henley | Size XS | $15.49Merona Cardigan Plum | Size XS | $6.49J. Crew Skirt | Size XS | $11.99


Ruffles + Blazer

Above is my outfit inspiration, I love the  ruffles paired with a blazer and jeans.
Below are my picks in size S:
Calvin Klein Ruffle Top $9.49 | DKNY Jeans Blazer $21.99
Edun Jeans $26.99 | Banana Republic Factory Belt $8.49

Calvin Klein Ruffle Top | Size S | $9.49DKNY Jeans Blazer | Size S | $21.99Edun Jeans | Size 27 Waist | $26.99Banana Republic Factory Belt | Size S | $8.49


sundress |cardigan | belt

Above is my outfit inspiration, I love how she transitioned a summer dress for the fall.
Below is my pick in size M:
Max Studio Cocktail Dress $17.49 | Ann Taylor Factory Cardigan $4.99 | New York & Co. Belt $11.49

Max Studio Cocktail Dress | Size M | $17.49Ann Taylor Cardigan | Size M | $4.99New York & Co. Belt | Size M | $11.49


Stripe Cardigan | Pleated Lace Skirt | Skinny Belt

Above is my outfit inspiration, I love the cardigan with the pleated skirt.
Below are my picks in size L:
Bcb Generation Dress $11.99 | Vertigo Paris Cardigan $19.49 | Ralph Lauren Belt $18.49

Bcb Generation Pleated Dress | Size L | $11.99Vertigo Paris Cardigan | Size L | $19.49Ralph Lauren Belt | Size L | $18.49


Textured Layers

Above is my outfit inspiration, I love the different textures.
Below are my picks in size XL:
Banana Republic Shirt $15.49 | American Eagle Sweater $15.49
Pendleton Wool Skirt $11.99 | Chinese Laundry Belt $20.99
Banana Republic Shirt | Size XL | $15.49American Eagle Sweater | Size XL | $15.49Pendleton Wool Skirt | Size XL | $11.99Chinese Laundry Belt | Size XL | $20.99

I hope you enjoyed my picks.
All photos are linked back to original source, as best as I could find.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa


Layered Button Down Shirt + Statement Necklace

If you have been following my Style Board on Pinterest, you would know that I’m madly crushing on the layered button down shirts with statement necklace look. I never thought I would be one to love the big chunky statement necklaces, but lately I can’t stop thinking about them! It seems everywhere I look, someone is rocking one and looking ohhh so good in it. I picked up a multi-strand pearl and a rhinestone piece a little while back and can’t wait to try out the look for myself.
Current favorites:

Classy Girls Wear Pearls | Layered Chambray + Statement Necklace

Classic With a Twist | Button Down + Navy Sweater + Statement Necklace
Fall Fashion | Layered Button Down + Statement Necklace
Feeling Good Style | Layered Plaid Shirt + Statement Necklace
Cute Winter Outfit | Layered Button Down + Layered Statement NecklacesWhat do you think? Are you a fan of the statement necklaces?
What are your current favorite looks?

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-XOXO Lysa

Array of Colors

Array of Color Fashion Ring | Rainbow Fashion Ring
Can I just say that this ring is my absolute favorite ring right now?
I mean look at it!!! It’s ENORMOUS!
It definitely makes a statement.

Array of Color Fashion Ring |  Rainbow Fashion Ring
My nails are painted in “Get Juiced” by Sally Hansen.
It’s my favorite shade of coral pink.
Also it’s very durable, even after days of washing dishes it still stays put very nicely.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

“Snow” Day in Central Texas

We finally got some snow, well icy snow. It’s not the nice flaky stuff you find up north. It started snowing last night and we did go out there for a few minutes but it was just too cold. By the time we got outside again mid-morning everything was iced over, but we enjoyed playing in it nonetheless. There wasn’t much snow on the ground. We managed to scrounge up some that accumulated on the chairs outside to make this little miniature icy snow man.

Miniature Icy Snow Man
Here’s what I wore today to frolic around outside.
I layered my floral dress with a striped sweater, tights and a denim jacket and of course my Hunter Boots. My jacket + tights are from Target. I picked up my dress (She’s Cool) and sweater (Abercrombie & Fitch) from ThredUp. If you’re unfamiliar with the site, it’s an online consignment store. I’ve ordered from them about four times and have been very happy with all my purchases. They sell pre-owned, new and used clothes for women, juniors and children. I LOVE thrift shopping and ThredUp has an amazing selection.  If you purchase using this link you will receive $10 towards your first purchase.

Striped Sweater | Floral Dress | Polka Dot Denim Jacket | Navy Tights | Brick Red Hunter Boots | Winter Fashion
Baelynne (Monkey) and I jumping in the snow.

Winter Fashion | Jumping in the snow.
Dana tossing Myles (Squish) in the air.

Myles (Squish) & Daddy
Our little family had a great time and hopefully we’ll have a few more snow days before spring arrives.
I hope you are staying warm and cozy during this crazy weather.
Thanks for stopping by.
-XOXO Lysa

Rainy Day Glam

Making a Splash

Hunter Rain Boots | Plaid Dress | Cable Knit Cardigan | Polka Dot Denim JacketMy rainy day outfit.
I love this dress, it’s plaid with bits of crochet trim.
I layered it with an ivory zip up cardigan and over that I wore my favorite polka dot denim jacket.
Paired with a pair of tights and my Hunter rain boots.
I was warm and cozy while we were out running errands today.
Rainy Day Outfit | Denim Jacket | Cable Knit Cardigan | Plaid Dress | Hunter Rain BootsDaily Prompt: Style Icon
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-XOXO Lysa

Rainy Days

Leam/Liem Family

Left to right:
Circa 1986
Mommy, Me, Grandma, Aunt July and Grandpa on the far right.

A few days ago I came across one of my favorite childhood photos. Look at my gorgeous mother and grandmother. I just love their outfits! That’s me right in front, wearing the red sweater, pants and rain boots. I’m eagerly awaiting for my new rain boots to arrive in the mail. I love them already and I haven’t even seen them yet!

Rainy Days

Original Tall Gloss Rain Boots in Brick

I picked up this “Brick” colored pair from  Hunter.
I can’t wait to rock them around town.
Here are some inspirational pics:

Hunter Rain Boots | Floral Dress
Hunter Rain Boots | Floral Dress
Hunter Rain Boots | Vintage Floral Dress
Red Hunter Rain Boots
Hunter Rain Boots
Hunter Rain Boots
Hunter BootsHunter Rain BootsHunter Boots
What will you wear with your rain boots?
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Country Girl

Country Girl

Polka Dots and Stripes

Polka Dots and Stripes