March 25, 2016

Spring Home & Fashion Tips with Kohls

Spring is here! It might or might not feel like it depending on where you live but it is here. In fact just last week we were having perfect weather, it actually felt a little more like summer to me and then we were hit with a cold front this past weekend. That's Texas for ya! Today I want to share a couple of ways you can bring some Spring into your home and share some Spring fashion tips for all your Spring events such as Graduations which are quickly approaching.

Let's start off in the kitchen. Sure flowers are an easy way to bring in some color and cheerfulness into any room but in your kitchen you can use the natural color and beauty found in fruits and veggies. I used this bread bowl from Kohls in my kitchen and purchased some artichokes to brighten things up. Even my husband noticed when we walked into the kitchen after work. 
Another way to bring in some color into your kitchen is with a fun rug! I found this chindi rug in the clearance section at my local Kohls and it knew it would go perfect in the kitchen. I love the way the peach color just pops. I'm giving away two of these on instagram so make sure to enter to win one for yourself!
Moving on to the living room. The best way to add some spring is with foliage and pillows. You can bring in color by adding some floral pillows to your couch. I actually just grabbed these from my bedroom to see how they would look in the living room and they worked perfectly! I also used this square serving tray from Kohls for our coffee table and decorated it with a thrifted vase, a faux succulent, some books, and a starburst I had lying around. The best way to decorate is to shop your home, you can move things around and often find things look good and work in almost every room in your home. You can find tons of spring decor items such as the ones I used at Kohls
Spring is definitely busier than winter when it comes to social events. There are Holidays such as Easter, Weddings, Graduations, and many more. So shopping for Spring clothing is a must but it doesn't have to be expensive or you don't have to buy a dress for every occasion.I  actually have my sister and brother in law's graduations & graduation party to attend this Spring. So here is a way you can save a bit by using the same dress for two different events. I went to my local Kohls and found a Lauren Conrad dress that is perfect to dress up or down. I plan to wear this to one of the graduations dressed down and then dress it up a bit for the party that night. 
The casual/dressed down outfit includes the dress, a simple necklace, cute flats, and a cute cross-body bag. There tends to be a lot of walking and stairs in graduations so flats are a must. 
The dressed up version includes a light blazer, heels, and a more fancier necklace. 
You can do this with almost any spring dress. I chose to use a neutral color because I can wear this year round by adding a cardigan and some tights later in the Fall. When shopping for clothes, try to think of more than one way you can use a particular clothing item. I have bought dresses for special occasions only to find them hanging in my closet unworn because they just didn't work with anything else. I've learned my lesson and now I try to find items I can wear over and over and mix and match with other pieces I already own. Kohls is a great place to find closet staples such as this dress.
How do you decorate your home for Spring?
Do you have any Spring events scheduled? Share some of your tips below...

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kohl's and Latina Bloggers Connect. The opinions and text are all mine.

March 11, 2016

Kitchen Progress

I realize I haven't really blogged about our kitchen progress. I shared our kitchen plans/picks which actually changed a bit and all of the before photos but I never actually shared the progress on the blog. I have been updating you all on instagram but I figured I would just share ALL of the photos on here as well to keep them on record. I apologize in adavance for the picture quality, I used my iphone for all of these. 

Here is what the kitchen looked like all gutted...
Omar's cousins built our custom cabinets, they came on a Friday and installed them all...

 Then we had our cabinets painted. If you are in the Austin, TX area and need a cabinet painter let us know! We highly recommend the people who painted our cabinets!
Here is a photo I shared a couple weeks ago and this will be the last one I share until the reveal...
 We are pretty much done except for the island hood vent which gave us some issues because it is too long but I'm hoping we can find a solution. Once that is installed we just have to do some paint touch ups and some caulking and we are finished! I'd love to have it done by the end of the month so I can share the reveal sometime in April. We shall see!

March 2, 2016

Our Living Room Gallery Wall

I've always wanted a gallery wall in our living room. I never got to hang on in our first home but I knew I wanted to in our new home so I began collecting Goodwill frames. Every frame (with the exception of the pocket frames) were purchased from my local Goodwill. It took me almost a year to collect them all but it was very worth it! The deer antlers were also from Goodwill but from an auction. Frames can be expensive so if you want to create a gallery wall but are on a budget, I recommend shopping your local Goodwills. My frames were all less than $3.99 each. If it has matting even better! Those are the ones I looked for as I know matting can be expensive too.

The frames I had the most fun with were these beautiful pocket frames from Details 2 Enjoy. These frames are so fun and easy to customize to your style. My style is a minimalistic style so I stained the frame, painted the Texas insert and added a Texas map to the back. I LOVE how it came out! It is my favorite frame on the gallery wall. You can pick from a variety of cut-out inserts and back slots to mix and match. To find out more about pocket frames visit their website here.
The little heart frame is also a pocket frame. I went with a gold foil on the back but my plan was to print out a photo of our first home and use it in the heart but I didn't get a chance to. I love how our gallery wall came out! I sometimes go to the living room just to stare at it.... I know I'm weird! 
You can purchase my "HOME SWEET HOME" print and other prints I've used in my home at my etsy shop here. I am working on new prints and also a couple other fun printables for your home! Stay tuned...