Friday, May 13, 2016

off the shoulder

ROMPER: Tobi || JACKET: Tobi || SHOES: Steve Madden || NECKLACE: Mirina Collections

Spring is always such a fun time to play around with sundresses and rompers, so I was so excited to mix the off the shoulder trend with a classic spring romper. I was so surprised at how soft this romper was, how easily it stayed on, and how versatile it is. I kept it simple with a basic denim jacket (one of my new favorite staples) and threw on a dramatic necklace to add a pop to the otherwise simple look.

Have a great weekend!


Monday, May 9, 2016

white for spring

DRESS: Tobi || BRACELETS: Baublebar || BAG: H&M || SHOES: Steve Madden || EARRINGS: Kendra Scott

Every spring I always find myself in need of a nice white dress. Whether it's for a wedding festivity or just a nice dinner, you can never go wrong with a LWD. When I found this one, I knew it would make the perfect dress for graduation parties, church, or dinner with friends. I love the fun texture of the dress and the mesh detail adds just enough of a surprise without being too revealing. I kept it simple with gold bangles and added a splash of color through my heels and earrings. 

Have a great week!


Thank you to Tobi for partnering with me for this post. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

outfit inspiration: bargain


Happy Monday, y'all! This is probably my favorite "outfit inspiration" collage from The Retail Vault. These collages can be found under the "bargain" category, which means that all of these items are a bargain in one way or another! Make sure and check out TRV to see the rest of the inspiration collages and get a little bit of Monday morning shopping in:)

Let me know which outfit is your favorite in the comments below!


[ previous inspiration collages: here, here, here ]

Thursday, April 7, 2016

behind the scenes: room tour + giveaway

Today's post is definitely a little different than normal! One of the most exciting things to me about moving was getting to decorate a new room. I had grown so tired of my old one and couldn't wait to do something totally different. I knew I wanted to go with a bright, subtle bohemian theme, so I started looking for the perfect headboard to center everything around. When I found this one from One Kings Lane, I knew it was a perfect fit! I kept my old bedding, this simple white duvet from H&M, and added in a touch more color and some more prints through the pillows [here, here & here]. And of course, any Texas girl is going to need to finish it off with an animal head!

The most important thing for me with this new room was a bar cart. I needed some kind of station where I could keep my keys, purse, and perfume to grab on the way out. I got this exact bar cart for a great deal at Dot & Bo and love the way it turned out. The second shelf is perfect for holding a blanket and I know I can transition the cart to use a million other ways in the future!

I've never really had a good desk set up, so I wanted to make sure I had that now. When it came to the desk itself, I wanted something affordable and simple. I found this one from Ikea and it's been perfect! To juxtapose the style of the desk, I paired it with this acrylic chair, also from Ikea. Looking back, I probably would have made the bulletin board differently, but it works! I found a frame from Goodwill that I spray painted copper, and then attached a piece of cork board that I painted with chalkboard paint behind the frame. This way, I can pin pictures, flyers, or other important notes, but also write down quotes, dates, etc. 

The essentials for a good desk are notebooks, planners, and a computer. I always hated how boring my silver computer looked against the gray desk, so I was thrilled when CaseApp reached out to me about designing my own custom computer skin. I had my eye on another skin that was marble with gold detailing, so I knew I could design one myself that was exactly the way I wanted it. I found an image of marble via Google and uploaded it to Adobe Illustrator. You obviously could use any other program, but Illustrator was just the easiest for me to use. Then I added gold corners and a box in the middle and found a fun font that I could write my initials with. It worked out perfectly that I have 4 initials, but you could do anything instead! I have been so pleased with the quality of the skin. It applied so easily, looks great, and adds the perfect amount of texture to the top of your computer to keep it from slipping when you're holding it. CaseApp was generous enough to provide me with a coupon code for all of you & a giveaway! If you want to design your own custom computer skin (for Mac or PC), choose from one of the designs they already have, or get a phone case, you can use the coupon code: "CHARLTONLEE20" to receive 20% off your purchase from now until next Thursday. Also check out Instagram [here] to enter into the giveaway to win a free case of your own!

I have way too many necklaces, so jewelry organization is essential. I made these boards myself and love how easy they work for displaying but also storing my jewelry. I just got a basic board from Home Depot and had them cut it into three equal pieces. Using paint from the craft section at Walmart, I painted them this pretty blue color to match the rest of my room. Then I found small gold hooks from Home Depot and screwed them in where I wanted things to lay and hung the necklaces! For my earrings, I used two hooks with a wooden dowel in between, and then just hang them over the dowel.

Let me know what you think about posts like this in the comments below!