what i wore

welcome to “what i wore” at the pleated poppy!  share with me your fashion posts and we can inspire each other!  i started this originally as motivation to get out of my daily uniform of jammies or sweats, but now i am encouraged and held accountable to put a few extra minutes aside for myself and try new things.  i’d love for you to join me!


top – golden tote //  jeans – gap //  sandals – glittered by me //  leather cuff – stacy lynn


hat – zappos //  tank – target //  sweatshirt – golden tote //  converse – off broadway shoes //  necklace – lisa leonard designs


hat – zappos //  tank – zoe clothing company //  jeans – local shop //  converse – off broadway shoes //  necklace – lisa leonard designs


shirt – forever 21 //  cardigan – old navy //  ponte pants – stitch fix //  boots – off broadway shoes //  earrings – nickel & suede //  glasses – david kind //  bracelet – lisa leonard designs


sweater – all saints  (old) //  shirt – forever 21 //  jeans – forever 21 //  boots – piper lime //  glasses – david kind //  bracelet – lisa leonard designs

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living room updates


after talking through being stumped in my decorating decisions last week, i have slowly started to work out my kinks.  and i am finally feeling like i see the direction i want to head.


don’t mind the mess – i don’t!  for years i have had this yellow dresser in our living room, either here under the windows, or behind the couch where the piano is.  its a great piece, an awesome color (french pale gold by behr), and worked so well for our family for storing toys and art supplies.  but for now, i am removing most of the vibrant colors from our living room and letting the room be quiet for a bit, and maybe slowly add things back in.  well, this dresser is anything but quiet.


i decided to pull the orange locker cabinet from gracie’s room (this picture was when it was silas’ room).  i bought it several years ago at a garage sale (its an ikea piece).  it was red, but i sprayed it orange.


i had a couple super helpful “helpers” tape off the base of the cabinet.  i really wanted a nice glossy white finish.  from past experience, i knew that it was hard to get a smooth finish with a brush or roller, so i planned to spray paint it.  but i also am really picky about the final product when using a spray can.   i hate seeing spray lines.  after several coats using krylon color master in white gloss, and sanding in between, i was still getting an inconsistent finish.  i went to get one more can hoping it would do the trick (i think i used 5 or 6 cans total), and i accidentally got the wrong kind.  i finished off with krylon fusion in gloss and while the finish wasn’t nearly as glossy, it was much smoother and more consistent – yay!


i was too impatient to wait a couple days for the paint to fully cure so rather than spray painting the base gold (i would’ve had to tape off the newly painted white), i hand painted the base with some gold i had on hand.  it took several coats (maybe 4 or 5) but it dried so quickly that i could paint the next coat as soon as i finished the first one.


this little bit of a modern touch is just what i wanted!


i’ve had the chair next to the cabinet for several years (an old iron patio chair).  its not the most comfortable, but it provides an additional seating option and i think its cute.


 the euro size pillows had brown velvet covers on it that had faded pretty badly from when i moved the chair to the porch for a short time.  a friend suggested i try dying the covers black, and most likely they would turn out a dark grey.


so for $4 for a pack of rit dye and 45 minutes of my time, i transformed this chair!  the cushions turned a deep greyish brown and i’m pretty happy with it!


a couple small transformations done over a weekend for pretty big impact and very little cost!