Spring Shopping – What’s In My Bag?

Just when I think spring is here, we get cooler, wetter weather coming in!  But I will be prepared with cute outfits on hand when warmer weather comes back! #priorities
spring shopping guide

I am a big fan of online window shopping – most often I fill my cart then never buy anything!  I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite recent finds, some I have bought, and some still waiting in my cart.

white t-shirt

I love a white t-shirt!  In fact, I love them so much that I have several.  But, being as they are white, they get stained or dingy pretty quickly.  I just bought both of these shirts and really like them.  Being smaller chested, I like a shirt with a v-neck or scoop – it adds a little more interest than a crewneck shirt for me.  I also always buy my shirts with a looser fit because #softmombelly.  The scoop neck shirt is slightly more fitted, and will be perfect under overalls, jumpers and strappy dresses for added modesty.

spring dress

I saw this dress recently in Target and ordered it online to get my size.  I have an extra small – I suggest sizing down for the best fit.  This dress is super cute without the shirt, but I also love it with.

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Who says spring attire needs to be all pastels?  Not me!  I love a little black in my wardrobe and think this dress is adorable!  I love the apron front and the asymmetrical buttons down the side.  Here is another one that is super similar (but limited in sizes).

spring pants

I think these joggers can go from cozy on the couch to casual dressy – pair them with flats and that v-neck shirt up there.  I love the olive color!  I normally head for neutrals, but this olive really works as a neutral.  Top with a long line cardigan for cooler spring days.

long line cardigan

Speaking of a longline cardigan, this one looks perfect to me!  Kind of an oatmeal color, not too thick, not too thin… just right!

I love the cut of this tank, with a slight a-line shape – super flattering!

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I have this shirt and the neckline is so pretty (this picture doesn’t do it justice) – not quite a boatneck, but wider than a normal scoop neck.  The fabric is really thin, so a camisole is a must for me.  I chose a strappy racerback one because I like the way the straps looks peeking out at the neckline.

I love the color and the shape of this shirt!  The bare back is so pretty – reminds me of a ballerina!

These flats are super fun with the metallic silver and low cut sides.  These would be great with a dress and even with the olive joggers.

I have been searching for a good pair of black flats for awhile, and I love ankle straps!  These laces are so fun!  I have these shoes now and am deciding on which size to keep (I’m in between sizes).

I think you already know my love for these shoes!  I was looking at a much more expensive version of these, but am really happy with these ones from Target!  I will say they are not as high of quality as New Balance, but the price makes them totally worth it!

spring booties

I am so unsure of what I like when it comes to booties!  I really want something fun, but I am kind of scared to go with anything that isn’t super plain or safe.  Which of these styles do you like best? I think the perforations and ankle strap makes these look more appropriate for spring, and I’m hoping one of these would also look great with a dress. Options 1 / 2 or here in a different color / 3

What items are on your spring wish list?  I already have a few of these and am contemplating a few more…

spring shopping guide

Did you come here hoping to link up with “What I Wore”?  No problem – here you go!

Do you wanna join me for “what i wore“?  Yay!  Just follow the rules:

1. Link to your specific blog post, not your blog’s main page. Ex: http://thepleatedpoppy.com/2011/09/what-i-wore-wednesday-fall-inspiration/ not http://thepleatedpoppy.com/blog/.

2. Please only link outfit related posts. Your craft project may be adorable, or that may be a great giveaway, but this linky is for outfit related posts only – thank you!  ps – I WILL delete the super random posts that have nothing to do with outfits

3. Please please please link back here to me so all this wiw stuff makes sense to your readers. and its just nice to do ;)

4. Check out as many links as possible! I am constantly inspired by so many outfits each week! And you will definitely find some new blogs that you’ve never stumbled upon before – so fun!

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updating an old dresser

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One of my more popular posts from years ago was when I painted a sweet vintage dresser from white to mustard yellow.  French Pale Gold by Behr, to be exact.  It was a total statement piece, and generally stood in our entryway, so it was a bright sunny welcome to everyone!  I love that dresser.  It was one of the very first pieces I got garage sale-ing when we first got married.  It was a dark cream color and I painted it white, because I was deep into the shabby chic thing (those over-used words now make me cringe), and I painted everything white.  Then chipped off some of the paint, of course.

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The dresser has bounced from house to house and room to room.   Once we moved to our current house, it was a chance for me to figure out what my design aesthetic really was.  It had been changing over time, and my previous house hadn’t really been reflecting that for awhile.  In this new house, it’s been a time of slowly discovering what I love for my home.  And French Pale Gold was not it anymore.

Give me all the woods, creams, whites (am I going shabby chic again?!), black, grey (nope, definitely not shabby chic), and then pile loads of texture on top of that.  Yes, thats more of the direction I’m heading.  So that meant I either was going to repaint the dresser AGAIN, or strip it.  So I stripped it!  I had no idea the condition or quality of the wood underneath, whether the top would be melamine or veneer or solid wood.  But I knew if it was really bad, a couple coats of white paint would cover a multitude of sins.

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My dad helped, of course.  He always helps.  I rarely start a project unless he’s visiting (my parents live with us about a week out of every month), so naturally, I waited for his help and expertise.  I knew he had stripped furniture in the past, so I was relying on his experience.  It totally paid off!  He suggested using a citrus based stripper called Citristrip from Home Depot.  (Definitely get the 1/2 gallon size rather than the quart because it takes a couple applications.)  The stuff was amazing!  The paint bubbled up and after testing a couple spots and waiting longer, it came off really easily.  We used flat scrapers and for the indented areas and curves, we used a wire bristle disc on a drill.  After the majority of the paint was off, we sanded it down and cleaned it off.

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There is still a little bit of paint pocketed deep in some spots, but I am totally ok with that.  I love a little imperfection.

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And that is all!  I really should give at least the top a clear coat to protect it, but I really love the way the wood looks now, but as soon as it is wet (like it would be with a clear coat, it had a strong reddish/pinkish tint, which I didn’t love.  So I’m keeping it raw.  In the picture below, you can see how i=different the woods are between the drawers and the trim, but I actually really love t!

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The next dilemma was what to do about the handles.  We lived with blue tape handles for about 6 months, which got a little annoying immediately.  The previous handles were original to the piece and super ornate and dated.  I really wanted to find a mix of all the styles I love: Warm woods, vintage shape, and modern handles.  The problem was that there are 9 drawers, and 3 different handle sizes.  After lots of searching, I realized I’d have to come up with my own solution because I couldn’t find coordinating handles to fit the various opening sizes I had.

The center 3 drawers just needed knobs – easy fix.  I found these great brass knobs on a trip to Target (where I find everything I never knew I needed!).

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Then I had to devise some pulls that could vary in size, depending on the hole spacing on each of the drawers.  I have seen some leather handles lately that I love, so I decided to try to make them on my own.  I ordered a long strip of 1″ wide leather.  It came raw, which means it was undyed, so I experiemented with some old shoe polishes I had on hand.  The dye soaked in quickly and was such a quick project.  I rubbed on the polish, buffed it in, and haven’t had any issues with the color coming off at all.  I had enough leather to experiment with the length a little, and made a size that was just big enough to comfortable fit my hand in without sticking out too far.  I have a leather punch leftover from my old business, and it comes in handy pretty often.  If you don’t happen to have one, you can always use a hammer and thick nail to punch holes in leather.

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Then I went to Home Depot and found some screws long enough to fit through the leather and the drawer, with just a tiny bit left to screw on a nut on the inside of the drawer.  I found brass screws that looked great, although I was really hoping to find some with a cool hex shape – no luck.

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The total cost of the whole project, stripping and adding hardware, was maybe $55 (the Citristrip isn’t cheap, but worth it).  Not too bad!