Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sweet Parrish Place Style {Vol. 16}

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Hey all! Welcome to my weekly style post!  Every week, I take pictures of my outfits and join other bloggers around blog land who do the same. These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion. I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways. I wear the clothes I own forever, but I usually don’t wear any item in the exact same way more than once or twice.  As a middle school counselor, I am always looking for inspiration, and ways to be stylish, professional, and age appropriate, and I hope to provide that same inspiration to other women and mothers in similar professions or lifestyles.  I only have two outfits to share with you today because I haven’t been to work much since What I Wore post last week.  We were off for snow days for an entire week you all!  It was nice getting to sty at home and get some things done around here, but we lost are spring break, and are now eating into summer break, so I hope our snow days are over for this year. 

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Booties similar// mustard corduroys similar

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Mustard pants, black and white polka dots with brown booties3

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  Polka Dot Sweater- H&M (last winter) // Denim Shirt

I really like this cream wool skirt that I bought at an outlet store a few years ago, but I always struggle with how to style it or what to wear it with.  I liked this combination.  Everything I am wearing in this outfit was either thrifted, or purchased at an outlet store, except for the scarf and the tights. 

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Denim jacket with fur lining- Goodwill (from Gap) // Cream shirt- J Crew Outlet // Cream skirt- Outlet // Tan boots (old)
Scarf- Atlanta boutique

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Cream skirt, , grey tights, and tan boots2

Cream skirt, denim jacket

Here are some other ways I wore some of the items pictured today. 

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Since my weekly style post is already kind of personal, I thought it would be a good time to share something personal that happened over the weekend.  My daughter and a friend were involved in a very scary car accident on the interstate on Saturday evening.  They were travelling home to watch my son play a basketball game, and she hydroplaned and lost control of the vehicle.  They came to a stop on the interstate, the airbags had deployed and they were frantic to exit the vehicle because they were afraid it was going to blow up.  Her friend fell out of the car onto the interstate (he was lying on a busy 3 lane interstate!)  Now, I don’t know if you believe in God, but I definitely do, and I know that he intervened in her life and the life of her friend on Saturday.  They were driving at around 60 MPH, and both walked away without a single scratch on them.  And miraculously, there were no other cars anywhere near them during this entire time.  I have thanked God many times since then that he spared their lives, and I know he has plan for them both.  She told me that evening that God told her it wasn’t her time to go.  I encouraged her to pray that God would speak to her in a special way and help her to figure out what he is trying to teach her, and to show her what his plan is for her life.  This is the second accident she has been in in less than 6 months and both cars were a total loss (and neither time was she involved in any activity that was risky or illegal).  I think these things happened because God is trying to teach her something, there is something he wants her to learn, and I pray that it will be revealed to her, and that she will pray about it too.  I would love to know your thoughts about this, if you have any. 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Trashtastic Tuesday- Vintage MCM Lamps

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Hey all!  Welcome to Trashtastic Tuesday! This is a little series around here where I show you something that I thrifted, sometimes I make it over, sometimes I don’t.  Or it may be something that I have owned and I am tired of, or no longer like, so I make it over.  But nevertheless, it is usually something that I paid very little money for.  I love this set of vintage mid century lamps that I am sharing with you today! 

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Now, let me preface this by saying that I do realize these lamps are not for everybody.  Some people might hate these lamps!  But when I saw these at the Habitat for Humanity Store, I was instantly in love with them.  They were the very first things I saw upon walking into the store.  I may have knocked a couple people over walked over to check the price and they were marked at $20 a piece.  I usually do not try to haggle with people at thrift stores, but for some reason I decided to ask if the price was negotiable, and much to my surprise she said that she would take $10 for them both!  That means they were $5 a piece!  I immediately told her I would take them. 

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They had very large, tall white lamp shades, but they were dented and damaged, so I asked her to remove them rather than for me to try to dispose of them myself.  So I brought them home without the lampshades.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I posted a few pictures of them, so you may have gotten a sneak peek. 

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At first, I wasn’t sure I would even keep them, but I was guessing that  I could clean them up, add lampshades and sell them for way more than I paid for them.  And if I liked them somewhere in my home, then all the better!  One of the lamps was in working order, and one was not.  The first thing I set out to do was get them as clean as possible.  I am unsure if the metal on these lamps is brass or not.  The first thing I did was to clean the glass parts of the lamps, and then I set out to shine up the metal.  I tried using ketchup, but it really had no affect on how the metal looked.  Then I tried mixing vinegar and salt mixed up into a past and applying that to the metal.  It cleaned it up nicely, but did not change the patina on the metal.  Since I don’t mind the patina, and they were all cleaned up, I decided to stop there and leave them as is. 

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Have you ever tried to rewire a lamp before?  I had not.  But I purchased a lamp kit at Home Depot and decided to give it a try.  At this point, I had not tried plugging the other lamp in, but when I did, I was pleasantly surprised that inside the green glass base was a nightlight!  The only problem with the lamp kit I bought is that it is not made for a three way switch, so that the night light would work.  So I went ahead and used the kit I had for now, just so I could get the actual lamp working, but I saved the wiring from the night light, and I know I can go back at some point and get it working too.  
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The next thing to do was to pick out some lampshades for them.  So one day last week, I headed to Target to see what I might find.  I knew I wanted something very neutral because these lamps are quite busy in and of themselves.  I started looking at lampshades, and it became clear that I was going to spend much more on the lampshades than I had on the lamps themselves.  The lowest prices on any of them was around $16.99.  I just happened to wander around the corner and look at the end caps that had items on clearance, and I noticed these lampshades on clearance for $2.25 each!  I could not believe it, and they were perfect because they were neutral.  they are kind of like a basket weave type of look, and I thought they fit the vibe of these lamps.  So I brought them home to try them out. 

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What do you think of these lampshades?  Do you think they compliment the lamps?  I would love to read your opinion in the comments below!

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As you can see, I decided to keep the lamps.  They have found a home in our downstairs family room.  If you click the link to our family room, you can see the lamps that we did have.  I think these lamps add a little vibrancy and character to the room.  This room is the room the kids hang out in when they have friends over. 

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I usually take pictures for the blog when the room has the best light of the day if possible.  But for these lamps I decided to wait until the sun was going down so that I could turn them on and you could get the full affect of what they look like turned on. 

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We already have some pops of green in the room in the gallery wall above the sofa, and a cushion on the chair, so I thought the green lamps looked great in here!

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I did some research on similar types of lamps for sale online, and the lowest price I found was $75, so I think I made out!  I love these lamps and I think they are totally trashtastic!  What do you think of them?

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Thank you for joining me today for Trashtastic Tuesday!  If you would like to check out my other Trashtastic Tuesday posts, you can click here.  Here is a quick look at a couple of my past Trashtastic Tuesday projects.
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