Furnishing on a Budget

Hi friends!

We have a guest today sharing her tips for Furnishing on a Budget! Let’s welcome Jennifer!

How to Restore and Recycle Old Furniture

Furnishing your home on a budget can be very tricky, especially if you are just starting out and have nothing. Getting everything that you need can easily add up to several thousand dollars before you know it. Not everyone has this kind of money, but there is no reason that you should not have great furniture just because you don’t have a few thousand dollars to spare.

Furniture can be very expensive to buy new so it is a good idea to look around for used furniture. There are many places that you can look for furniture including garage sales, online or print ads, and even asking friends if they have anything that they may want to sell. While this is a great way to find used furniture, if you are not careful you could end up with something that will not last very long.

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It can be a bit tricky to get furniture that will go with everything else in your house when you are buying used, however there are a few things that you can do to help with that problem. The best thing that you can do is to try and purchase as much as you can from one seller. This is not only give you matching pieces, but also could be a better deal if they will offer a discount for buying more. If this is not a possibility then try to get colors that are common or that will go well with other colors.

Two of the main problems with used furniture are stains and broken parts. Stains may not be a huge issue because sometimes they can be cleaned but that is not always the case so be careful. On the other hand broken parts on used furniture are not easily fixed. A common issue with couches and chairs are broken springs. To avoid buying something with bad springs that will not last long, make sure that you lift the cushions and test out the springs.

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When you are on a very limited budget and need everything than it is a good idea to start with the most important items first. Tables and chairs are something that can wait because you will need somewhere to sit first. When you do start shopping for tables and chairs, remember that with just a little bit of work a table that is all scratched can be beautiful again and a little bit of wood glue can work miracles. Even someone who is not all that handy can resurface a table or fix a broken leg with limited tools and experience.

No matter what you decide to purchase used it is always a good idea to shop around as much as possible. There will always be that item that you really have to have but for everything else it is usually best to look for the best deals. This can be a bit of a problem though, if it’s a really good deal it may not be there when you go back so don’t let a good deal slip through your fingers!

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About the Author: Jennifer Parker has a passion for all things DIY, home decor, and interior design. She is the owner and writer of Handyman for the Home and also writes for Floor and Decor. Jennifer’s work can be found on her Google Plus profile and various interior design and remodeling blogs around the web.

How many of my friends love buying old furniture? I know I do! I have used pallets to make wall decor and shelves and I LOVE looking on Craigslist for old, cheap furniture I can remake into something beautiful. Thanks for your thoughts and tips, Jennifer!

Food-a-licious Friday: Mock Huckleberry Pies

Hello there friends and Happy Friday!

I am so excited to share the yummy Mock Huckleberry Pies my sister in law made for my (other) sister in law’s baby shower! With a “Tom and Huck” theme to honor my sister’s first son (whose name will be Huckleberry), this was the perfect dessert t make for the shower.

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Ingredients:

5 pts of fresh blueberries

1/2 c butter (1/4 cup reserved)

3 pts of blackberries

2 tsp lemon juice

1 c sugar

2 pkg. Pillsburry pie crust

Topping: 1/2 C flour, 1/2 C instant oats, 1/4 C butter, 1/4 C brown sugar

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Instructions:

In a small sauce pan heat 1/4 cup of butter and lemon juice until melted. Add the blackberries and cook until blackberries are completely broken down into a sauce. Remove from the heat and let it cool for 10-15 minutes. Mean while, mix the topping ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry mixture until it is a course crumbly meal texture.

Use a knife to trace the mini pie plate at its largest side and spray the inside of it to make sure it doesn’t stick. Place the crust inside the pie plate and repeat. Depending upon the size of your mini pie plates you should be able to get 10-12 mini pies.

Once your blackberry sauce is cool, mix it and the sugar in a large bowl. Add the blueberries and toss gently. Be sure the blueberries get well coated in the sauce. (Huckleberries are larger than blue berries, a bit tarter and have a larger seed. The blackberries are adding the sweet and tart to create a Huckleberry like taste.) Sprinkle the top of the pies with the crumb topping and dot with any left over butter. Bake at 350* for 30-40 minutes. They should be bubbly when they are done.

Once cooled, they can be topped with vanilla ice cream for an al a mode pie!

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Personally, my favorite pie top is a crumbly one…and anything is better with ice cream, let’s be honest.

Thanks so much to my sister in law, Arlena, for sharing this yummy Mock Huckleberry Pie recipe with us! Let us know if you try it.

Happy Labor Day weekend friends!

About the Guest AuthorArlena is a military wife and mom of four who has a passion for cooking, baking, canning, and teaching all things culinary. Arlena contributes to To Entertain and owns Children’s Culinary Institute

Tot School Tuesday: Playing with Shapes

Hello and welcome to another Tot School Tuesday where See Vanessa Craft and Mine for the Making team up to bring you activities, teaching tips, crafts, games that are all geared towards your tots and preschoolers.

I hope you all had a beautiful Easter weekend! I know we sure did.

Today I have invited one of my Instagram friends over to share some of her AWESOME teaching ideas with us! Please welcome my sweet friends, Suzie…

Hi, my name is Suzie and I am a Home Educating Mum of three young children. I have just started blogging at Suzie’s Home Education Ideas where I share the play-based learning activities that we do at home. I am most honored to be guest posting here today and thank you Kara for inviting me to share my ideas on Tot School Tuesday.

I thought I would share with you all one of our favourite home-made resources that we called Shape Mats, and three activities we use with these shape mats to learn about and play with shapes. We made our shape mats from recycling an old anti-static mat. These anti-static mats have a lot of grip and are great to jump on so I cut out different shapes making them varied in size.

The first learning game we play is called “Jump on the shape Mummy says”. We start by spreading our shapes all over the floor and Mummy (that’s me!) calls out the name of a shape and you have find that shape and jump on it as fast as you can. We practice taking-turns at who calls out the shape names and who does the jumping. The great thing about this game is that all my children are involved and they are all learning about shape recognition, how to take turns as well as building gross motor skills as they play.

During this activity, we also work on our vocabulary development by using different action words (verbs, for my older child) to move onto the next shape. Sometimes we like to hop onto the shape, or slide, wiggle, dance, crawl, tip-toe, sneak or squirm. These action words can really get the giggles happening!

The second activity we like to do with our shape mats is to sort them. My children will take one of each shape (usually the biggest one), lay them in a line and sort the rest of the shapes by placing them in the right pile. In this activity, they are learning about early mathematical concept of matching as they visually discriminate which shapes match and which ones don’t then place them in the right pile. This activity builds on shape recognition as well as fine motor development as they move the shapes around. They are also learning about cooperation as they work together.

Our third learning activity focuses on the early mathematical concept of comparing and ordering according to size. By having different size shapes, we are able used the language ‘big, bigger and biggest’ (or small, medium, large) to compare the shapes and place them in order. This activity also helps my younger children understand perceptual constancy as they see that the shape is still a circle whether it is big or small.  

One thing I love about children is that they have an amazing imagination that can be seen through dramatic play. My daughter loves to take our shape mats and pretend that she is making pizza. Even though there is no focused learning concept here, my daughter is still learning about shapes while she plays. Never underestimate the value of play!

 

There are many more different play-based activities you can do with shape mats like these that promote learning through play. Other ideas could be making patterns with these shape mats or going on a shape hunt after all the mats have been hidden around the place. What other ideas could you use to promote play and learning with these shape mats?

I hope this post has inspired you to make your own shape mats and to encourage your children to learn through play.

Thank you Suzie! Isn’t she awesome?? Be sure to visit her blog and follow her on Instagram for more fun-based educational ideas.

Now it’s time to head over to See Vanessa Craft for more Tot School Ideas…

Then be sure to link up your Tot School ideas below! Any kid-friendly activity, craft, game, or teaching tip applies…

Choose Joy

Hi there!
My sweet friend, Emmy, is here to share about something that is very near and dear to my heart…infertility and adoption. Please take a moment to read her inspiring story. 
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I’m Emmy, I’m 35, and I’m infertile.
Wait, let me back up.  I’m Emmy.  Kara has been so sweet to allow me to invade her space for the day.  I own Much Ado About You {where I used to sell printed day planners, and now I just sell printables}, I occasionally blog {Confesstions of a Paper Freak}, and I incessantly Instagram {@itsjustemmy}.  I am married to my high school sweetheart and as of this year we have been together for more than half our lives.
Almost 11 years ago I got pregnant for the first time.  Nathan and I were so excited, and immediately started planning that child’s future.  We were thinking of names… wondering if it would be a boy or a girl… hoping its due date of December 26th would not mean we were going to have a Christmas baby.
But just a few days later I started bleeding heavily, and knew in an instant that that baby was gone. 
We had only just begun trying to get pregnant, but I had so many friends experiencing infertility and I begged God to spare us from that roller coaster.
Our doctor told us that since we were so early in the pregnancy I would not need a D & C, and that technically I could get pregnant as soon as my next cycle.
Which I did.
That pregnancy was such a relief, and I vividly remember thanking God that I was never going to have to walk that long and painful road of infertility.
A year after Beau was born we decided to start trying for a second baby.  We wanted four, so we thought we’d better get going!
God had different plans for our family. 
The next six years were spent going from one doctor’s appointment to the next… from one surgery to the next… all in an effort to figure out why my young and seemingly healthy body was not working.
I have Endometriosis, a condition that basically destroys your body from the inside out.  During my final surgery my doctor made the painful decision to remove both of my non-functioning fallopian tubes, hoping it would increase the chance of my third and final IVF {invitro-fertilization} treatment being successful. 
The next month we had our final IVF procedure.  It failed.  We were done.
We were physically {well mostly me on that one}, emotionally, and financially spent.  The chance of a natural pregnancy was eliminated with the removal of my tubes.  I was officially STERILE.  It is still strange to say those words.  I am a woman that cannot do what I was created to do… bear children.  That is a very strange reality to be faced with.
I spent seven dark years in the thick of my infertility {I say “my” infertility because the issues were mine… with another woman my husband could have had more children… more salt in the wounds}.  For some of those years Nathan and I were not on the same page.  He didn’t understand my desperation for a child when I already was a mom.  Those years I struggled with a deep loneliness that I had never known.  It is so hard to explain what infertility feels like to someone that has never experienced it, but the bottom line is… IT SUCKS.
However, God also used those seven years to challenge my character and bring me to a place of total trust and reliance on His plan for my life.  I came to a point where I had to say, “God, I love you and I trust you, and I know that {while very different from mine} Your plan is the best plan for my life.  So even if I never have another baby I will praise you and be thankful for whatever it is that you call me to do.”
And I really was at peace.  Without tubes I no longer had to live in two week cycles, wondering if each late period was the one.  I had an incredible eight year old that was the joy of my life, a loving, supportive husband, a thriving business… life was good.
Now since I have already babbled on for quite some time {and probably lost most of you} I will leave this next part of the story short and sweet {if you would like to read the whole story, you can find it here}.  Through miraculous circumstances, in March of 2011 we brought home the most beautiful baby girl that looks nothing like us. 
And in the instant that I met her I understood every no that God had placed in my path. 
If you are in a season of not understanding the circumstances of your life, please be encouraged that someday you may understand and even appreciate the painful path that you are walking. 
Since experiencing infertility and adoption I have a heart for encouraging hurting women.  Several months ago I felt a calling on my life to do something to help other women that are experiencing similar trials, and the Choose Joy event was born. 
Choose Joy is a one-day conference in Southern California for women and couples that are experiencing infertility and/or desire to grow their families through adoption.  I have somehow convinced several other women from all over the country to come and be a part of this event.  We have speakers on topics such as “God’s Heart for the Hurting; Waiting Hurts, Waiting Perfects”, “Having a Heart of Hope: Overcoming the Hurt of Infertility”, “The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly of International Adoption”, and much, much more.  My desire is for this to be a day of connection and community, and for women to open their minds to the plan that God has for their family.     
The event will include a luncheon and a dessert, and at the end we will be raffling off a cash prize to help someone grow their family.
Tickets are on sale for $30 through the 25th of January.  {After that the price goes up to $40, so don’t delay!}  Please visit the website for all the details on the location and schedule, bios on each speaker, and to register for the event. 
If you aren’t experiencing infertility, statistics say that someone you know is.  Please pass this website on to your friends or family that could use some support. 
Thanks for reading my story.
XOXO,
Emmy

Feminine Fall Fashion Flair {guest post}

Happy Monday, friends! 
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today we have a special guest sharing some fall fashion tips with us…
Just when you feel that you are getting the hang of the summer styles, it’s time for fall. Fall fashions are coming in with a vengeance, and if you want to get a jump on the most exciting red carpet looks, now’s the time to get started! Frankly, I am looking forward to this fall.  The easy-breezy look of the summer can still translate itself into the colder weather too.

Keep an Eye on Your Assets

Whereas the maxi dress and the maxi skirt are universally flattering, the length of the midi skirt is essential to accentuate your features. Consider your height carefully when choosing a midi. If you are shorter in stature, choose a midi skirt that ends at or just above the knee to give your legs length. Ideally, the hemline should hit mid-shin on someone of average height, drawing attention to the point where your leg begins to thin. Although length is the key for this look, don’t give up on the perfect midi if it is too long! A quick and inexpensive trip to a local tailor can make this piece the newest star in your closet!

The Midi Offers Possibilities

Midi skirts are a blank canvas for bold color and prints. The combined effect of the modest length and a soft, feminine slit in the front encourages some playfulness with color, texture, and patterns. Pair a midi skirt in a daring pattern of deep blues and purples with a neutral top, strappy heels, and some chunky jewelry for a dinner out. Make a lasting impression at a job interview with a muted autumnal brown midi topped with a shirt and blazer and finished with tasteful pearls or a simple vintage necklace. Choose a fuller or pleated midi teamed with a simple silk blouse or a fitted cardigan set and a pair of pumps for a powerful look for the office. Take a sleek black midi out for the evening by dressing it up: monochromatic black top with simple silver hoops and pops of crimson on the lips, on a tiny clutch, and on a pair of stiletto heels.

By working from the ground up with your wardrobe you are going to look your best this fall. Figure out what pair of
shoesyou would like to wear, then let the rest flow from there!

With a critical eye to length and a flair for color and detail, the midi skirt is a pragmatic and versatile element for your fall wardrobe.


-Anya
Anya Sarre is one of Hollywood’s most influential trendsetters. A nationally recognized celebrity stylist, Sarre is known for her impeccable eye and ability to tie any look together with the perfect accessory. Named “Best Television Fashion Stylist” for her appearances on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and countless other media outlets, Sarre is the goto fashion expert for Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.

Bedroom Door Wreath {tutorial} with vixenMade

Can you believe it’s the last day of June already?! Where did this month go?

I’m so excited to have my bloggy friend, Victoria, here to share a fun tutorial with us today!

Hey everyone!!

I am so pumped to be here today!  Kara is such a doll and I love her blog so I was ecstatic when she asked me to be a guest.

Anyways, so I’m Victoria.  Or the ‘vixen’ of vixenMade.

I’m a bit crazy when it comes to crafting.  I love doing it and love it even more when my kids love what I make them.  With three kids at home, it makes it a challenge to create, but I manage to find time and probably stay up a little too late doing so.

Well, today I’m sharing a wreath I made recently.  I made it for my daughter’s bedroom door.  I love how it’s  used with the fabrics in her room and it kind of personalizes her space a little more.  Plus.  She loved it!

Here’s how easy it is to make one.

Get some heavier cardboard to cut out a wreath form from.

I traced a clock for the outer circle and a lid for the inner one.  Just find something in a circle shape that’s the size you want.

Carefully, cut out your wreath form with a utility knife.

Now cut out another one.

Tape the two shapes together with packaging tape.  That should make your form thick and sturdy enough to use.

Now get together your fabric scraps.  I used a bunch of fabrics leftover from my daughter’s bedroom and anything else in the colors for her room.

Cut slits in a 10″ or 11″ wide piece of fabric.

Then tear away!  It’s actually kinda fun!

Once you’ve got all you think you need you can get to work.

Just tie them on with a double knot alternating your fabrics.

Until you reach the end.  Now sit back and admire.

I love the color combo!

If you want you can add a little cluster of fabric rosettes of your choice.  I actually used an old rosette cluster I made from my daughter’s old ‘bubblegum headband‘.  She accidentally broke the headband, but I decided to save this piece.  Came in handy for this!

Hot glue it onto your wreath and you can hang that prettiness up!

Girly and sweet, perfect for her bedroom door.

I used a length of tulle ribbon to hang mine.

I wasn’t sure about the bedroom door wreath thing, but now I love it.  I almost want one for mine, too!

Thanks again for having me, Kara!  Hope you all enjoyed the tutorial.

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LOVE the idea of a bedroom wreath! I’m working on my daughter’s room right now and I can see making one of these in my near future. Thanks for sharing with us, Victoria! If you haven’t been over to vixenMade, it’s a MUST!

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Food-a-licious Friday {85} Best Banana Pudding

It’s Friday!!!!

And I have one of my favorite bloggy friends over today to share the perfect recipe for you to try out over the weekend. Take it away Michele!

Hello fellow foodies!

I’m Michele, and I create at The Scrap Shoppe.

I’m excited to share this recipe for the

Best Banana Pudding 

with you today!

To me, the best part of banana pudding is… the pudding!

This recipe gives you the fluffiest pudding ever.

Its almost a mousse!

Ingredients

4 to 6 bananas, sliced

vanilla wafers

2 cups milk

2 boxes instant vanilla pudding

1 cup sour cream

1 large Cool Whip

Directions

With a mixer, combine milk, pudding, sour cream, and 2/3 of Cool Whip until fluffy.

In a dish, layer vanilla wafers, bananas, then pudding mixture. Repeat. Top with remaining Cool Whip.

Easy peasy and SO good!

But don’t take my word for it. Give the recipe a try!

YUMTASTIC! Doesn’t that look delish? Definitely a must try.

Be sure to stop by The Scrap Shoppe to visit Michele. She has a fabulous blog that you are sure to adore as much as I do.

Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow!

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Food-a-licious Friday {79} Oreo Pudding Poke Cake

Hi there Mine for the Making readers! I’m Kristyn from Lil’ Luna! I blog about all sorts of things but especially love crafts and recipes. Come on over and say hi!
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Today I will be sharing an awesome AND easy recipe!
I had seen the idea on Pinterest from The Country Cook and knew I had to try it myself.
I made mine with Red Oreos with Valentines in mind, but you can do it with any kind of Oreo.
Here is how you can make it as well.
OREO PUDDING POKE CAKE
Oreo Pudding Poke Cake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Kristyn {Lil’ Luna) via The Country Cook
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 12
A super yummy and easy oreo pudding cake that everyone will love.
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (oil, water, and eggs)
  • 2 boxes of Oreo Pudding
  • 4 cups milk
  • Crushed oreos (use Red for Valentines day)
Instructions
  1. Make cake as directed using a 9×13 pan.
  2. While cake is still semi-warm, poke holes into your cake. I used the end of highlighter.
  3. Make pudding as directed on box and pour over cake.
  4. Sprinkle crushed oreos on top.
This cake was so simple and tasty. Everyone loved it.
I’ve had people ask where to get the Red Oreos, and they are a seasonal item. I found mine discounted at Target in January. I’ve also seen Pink and Yellow Oreos which would be fun to change out for parties and holidays!
Be sure to come on over to Lil’ Luna for more recipes and ideas! Would love to have you!
ENJOY!
XO - Kristyn
Thanks so much for sharing, Kristyn! This looks DELICIOUS!
You can also visit Kristyn here…

Monogrammed Wall Art {tutorial}

It’s the weekend!! 
Are you working on fun projects this weekend? Spring cleaning? I’m going to attempt a little of both : )
Today I am very excited to introduce you to my sweet bloggy friend, Aimee! She has a great DIY decor project to share with us today!
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Hi Kara’s friends, I am TICKLED / HONORED / OVERJOYED to be hanging out here today! I love reading Kara’s posts about food, DIY, and just her lovely little personality that shines through her writing. Today I am sharing my FAVORITE post EVER in the year I have been blogging. Yep, 1 year ago we started our little blog FancyLittleThings.com – a place for women to feel loved, empowered, creative, to relax, enjoy, have fun. We recently re-branded to include 9 AMAZING authors, 11 topics and to showcase our writing, our projects, our passions, our enjoyments with our awesome readers. Will you join us? Stop by and CHECK. US. OUT.

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I like nothing more than making a personalized gift for a friend, a birthday, a shower or just because… so a few years ago there was a lovely little gift buying guide in Real Simple {my fave magazine} showcasing a monogrammed wall art piece from Jack and Lulu for $50. I knew immediately this would not be a splurge item but perhaps a project someday!
Thanks to the comments on my last April post this was the week that I made my very own MONOGRAMMED WALL ART!!!
Don’t you just love it? A touch of traditional sophistication with modern letters for my sweet boy Jack James Steckowski — {he calls himself Jack James Ski… but I guess we still have time to convince him that there’s 10 letters in his last name}.
So, here’s your little list of materials:

-Picture frame with matting board

{the frames I used for this project once held Jack’s newborn pictures when he had a nursery – we switched to bolder colors and didn’t need these tan matted frames anymore – purchased at Target for CHEAP}

-Scrap book paper, Wrapping Paper, Wall Paper – whatever you’ve got!

-Scissors, Tape

-Monogrammed letters made on your computer

    Step 1: Open a word document and add the monograms or initials you’d like on your frame. I chose the traditional format with { first initial | last initial | middle initial }. I made the center letter a few points larger. Bold your letters, highlight and scroll through fonts until you find one you love.
    Step 2: Print and cut out the letters. I couldn’t get very close on some of the edges of my letters so I used a black marker to fill in the spots.
    Step 3: Cut your background paper to size and secure to the backside of the matting board with tape or roll adhesive.
    Step 4: Add a bit of roll adhesive, tape or glue to the backside of the letters and place in desired location on the colored paper.
    Step 5: Put the frame back together with the glass, mat & backing… and then you’re all done!
    Here’s the pair of them together — of course I had to make one for Abigail Marie!
    Thanks for hanging out today with me!! For welcoming me to your Kara’s sweet blog. I love reading your comments that you’re planning to work on my tutorial or that you love how it turned out… your words of encouragement have given me some MAJOR excitement each time I post a new project.

    You can find me at FancyLittleThings.com, at my little graphic & WordPress.org website design shop at byAimee.com or…
    Facebook
    Pinterest

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    LOVE this Aimee! Such a great gift to give. Perfect for weddings, anniversaries, even baby nurseries!! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us today, Aimee.
    MFTM friends, be sure to stop by Aimee’s cyber places!!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you next week!

    Five Spring Must Haves {fashion}

    Hi there Mine for the Making readers, I am Bethany.  If you want to follow me or read more of what I have to say, just hop over to this blog.  Kara has been so kind to allow me the lovely opportunity to be a guest writer.  I am not as crafty as she, but I do follow fashion!

    Five Spring Must Haves!

    Spring’s warmer weather is ushering in a whole new wave of colors and prints! With the sun shining bright, new trends like exotic handbags, bold colors, and stand-out silhouettes are rising faster than the temperature. But which trend strikes your fancy? I’m going to share five fashions you must try this spring. No matter if your style is retro, chic, or sporty, each tip can be tweaked to fit your taste!

    Handbag Must Haves

    One: Neon Colors

    People may think the ‘80s have struck again – and they’re right that some styles are making a comeback. Thankfully, there’s less Aqua Net and layered socks this time around. Get your funk on because these reappearing neon colors are hot this spring. With the ability to take a muted, neutral outfit to an eye-popping, guy-noticing ensemble, these psychedelic colors are on the scene and making quite a splash.

    Two: Colorblocking

    Wanting a dynamic, confident look? Just wear loud and proud color combinations, known as colorblocking. Yes, a person must be brave to try this out, but it’s easy! This fashionable look that is burning up the runway and becoming this spring’s craze is easily perfected by strategically wearing two or more blocks of solid bold and bright colors in one outfit. Make sure the colors complement one another. Get bold, get confident, fall in love with color, and do not be afraid to pair things together!

    Three: Tribal and Aztec

    Ready to look like you’re embarking on an exotic adventure? Slip into the current craze of tribal and Aztec patterns. These bold prints are cruising down all the runways, and they’re just what you need to get a turn-the-head glance. Tribal print handbags and scarves are perfect statement pieces for spring.

    Four: High/Low Skirts

    These asymmetrical skirts are perfect for adding subtle flare to any spring outfit. This short-in-the-front and long-in-the-back style comes in many variations, from mini to maxi, patterned, and relaxed. Giving off a playful vibe, these high/low skirts are a nice change from the dominating fitted pencil skirt.

    Five: Colored Pants

    Colored pants are everywhere, and you should be wearing them too! Easy to find and even easier to pull off, these trendy pants are available in most any color: yellow, purple, teal, and fuchsia. You can also find colored pants in every cut like skinny, relaxed, cropped, and full length. True, they’re not a classic look, and in a couple years you may be sending them off to Goodwill, but if you crave bright colors in your wardrobe, this is a good way to get them. Whatever your color choice, you cannot go wrong.

    Which trend will you try this spring?

    Bethany loves to see beauty in all things from a fantastic fashion find or a good book.  She is always on the lookout for current trends and enjoys writing about them.  
    Visit her here.


    Linking up!