Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Yellow Dress


Anytime I find myself wearing a piece of clothing the same way over and over again, I hop on Pinterest to see how I can switch up the style. I've had both this yellow dress in my closet and this photo of Lauren Conrad pinned for a few years and never thought to put the two together. Naturally, I'm drawn to big, chunky statement necklaces when accessorizing a simple dress but I loved how Lauren kept it simple with a dainty necklace and nude shoes.  I do dainty about once a year so this butterfly necklace from my childhood (which both my sisters claim belongs to them) was a nice change and perfect for a Sunday afternoon outing. We stopped by my old neighborhood to see the new art mural in Westhill and it served as the perfect backdrop for a colorful dress.




The Details: 
Dress | Thrifted | $4
Shoes | Thrifted | $2
Denim Jacket | Thrifted | $5
Purse | Coach Outlet many years ago
Sunglasses | Marc's | $1

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Our Wedding



Now that the dust has settled a bit and I feel like I can come up for air, I wanted to share a few snippets from our wedding with the hopes that it may help others as they plan their big day.


Akron Citi Center Florist replicated my dream bouquet at an extremely affordable cost. I simply showed him a picture of what I had in mind and he designed the most beautiful, vibrant bouquet.


Jabbour's in Stow performed magic on my dress. I made the bold move of ordering my dress online and foolishly didn't anticipate so many alterations. Jabbour's made me feel at ease every single step of the way and after all was said and done, they practically made me a new dress.



We opted to skip a traditional wedding cake and went for small center piece cakes instead. My husband's cousin Rayna and her daughter Erica tirelessly worked to bake the most perfect cakes for us. Each cake had its own flavor and design, which added to the vibrant color scheme.  We're all hoping she opens a bakery soon - I'll be sure to share her information if she does. We borrowed mismatched cake stands from practically every friend, family member, and co-worker we know and I thrifted the rest from Goodwill.


I did a lot of research on "unplugged weddings" because we both felt strongly about not having a play-by-play of our day documented on social media. There were a lot of helpful resources on Pinterest that helped to inspire our own lighthearted rhyme encouraging our guests to keep the posting to a minimum. Our signs read: "Oh snap! We're so glad to be hosting, but we'd appreciate if you could refrain from posting. All of your pictures we'd love to see, but for now we'd like to keep it social media free!" 



Finally, we wouldn't be able to share any of these photos without the talents of Cindy Nichols Photography who made posing for photos in humid weather feel like a breeze.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Turning a Spare Room Into a Dressing Room or Walk-In Closet Part II

When I moved into my apartment two years ago, I recruited my friend to help me turn my den into a walk-in closet / dressing room and shared it on the blog. Since then, that post has been the most read post in the history of Dina's Days with hundreds of repins on Pinterest - thank you! Because of that, I thought it was only natural to share Part II. One of my priorities while house hunting with my husband was to be able to replicate this project in our new home.  Honestly, I was so spoiled with the first dressing room, I couldn't imagine not having one again. Luckily for me, one of the rooms in our new house is too small to be a spare bedroom and we didn't really feel the need to turn it into an office, so dressing room it is.


A smaller space meant a lot of improvising. I had to cut back on the number of clothing racks and really get rid of things I wasn't wearing. Although I miss the hardwood floors in my old dressing room, I'm absolutely loving all the natural light in this new room. Plus, a smaller room means it doesn't get as messy. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post for a list of the products I used to create a dressing room.

Clothing Racks & Hangers
First, I upgraded clothing racks since Part I and  bought the two rod racks.  The white ones were very flimsy and didn't work well for a lot of clothes. I combined shirts on the same rack where they used to be on two separate ones. I also combined skirts and jeans on the same rack to save space. I'm still using the velvet hangers and discovered you can get two for $1 at the Dollar Tree. My rule is: I can't have more clothing than hangers. If I buy something and it doesn't have a velvet hanger, I have to get rid of something else. I haven't had to replace velvet hangers in two years!

I still like to organize items by style first, then color. So for example: all sleeveless tops go together, organized by color. As opposed to everything sorted by color regardless of style. It looks more cohesive this way.

If you're going to go the DIY way and not building racks and shelving units, I recommend lining up the racks against the wall, creating a boutique-like setting. It frees up a lot of space.




Accessories
The new room is way too small to have a piece of furniture in the center so I got rid of a lot of accessories that were housed in different areas and created an accessory wall. What you see is what you get! No more jewelry in boxes that I forgot about. I was so tired of having too many necklaces hanging from the same hook so I utilized the bust form by pinning necklaces all over. It's actually working out well so far! The clutches are still in the desk cubby although I highly recommend investing in a bigger and more functional cubby. I got rid of the DIY brown ring tray and dumped all my rings on my mirror perfume tray. I think this is prettier!

Bulky statement necklaces hung on wall with thumb tacks. You could even use fancy drawer hardware to hang accessories 

Craigslist bust form using pins to hang necklaces

thrifted ring tray

Shoes
I'm loving my thrifted utility shoe racks. I was so happy when they fit perfectly in the new space. I added big and bulky clutches behind the shoes both for functionality and for decor. I think the colorful shoe rack is my favorite thing about the new dressing room; it's the first thing you see when you walk in and who doesn't love color!




Sweaters, Blazers & Belts
I stored sweaters and blazers in other closets throughout the house and will bring them out in the winter. I used the velvet scarf hangers for belts and hung them in a closet.




Decor
The room is so small I felt like adding anything to the walls would just look cluttered so I kept it really simple by hanging two of my sheet music hangings, seen here. I also like to use the clothes as decoration by hanging a vintage piece of clothing on my door and swapping it out every few months for a new look. Here, I used my orange 1960s thrifted vintage dress for a burst of color.





I hope this helps you as you plan to transform a room into a dressing room. It has helped me cut down on spending by utilizing everything that I already own. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section. Thanks for taking a tour of my thrifted closet!

What I used:

  • Whitmor Adjustable 2-Rod Garment Rack
  • Black velvet hangers (buy in bulk on Amazon or 2 for $1 at Dollar Tree)
  • Thrifted utility rack for shoes, spray painted white $5 each
  • Thrifted lamp ($1)
  • Craigslist bust form ($35)
  • Thrifted ladder from Givits ($1 I painted it)
  • RE desk cubbies from Target ($10 each)
  • Thrifted belt racks for necklaces ($1-$2 each)
  • Velvet scarf hangers from 5 Below ($2 each)
  • Thrifted mirror tray $2
  • Thrifted white cubby from Givits ($5)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Thrift Finds: $11 Haul



I always try to find what I need at the thrift store before I head to a regular retail store, and I just love when I'm able to cross things off my thrift wish list. I stopped into the Goodwill on State Road after work one day just to sort of unwind from the workweek. I really wasn't in the mood to spend any money so I set a limit of $10. Every single thing I bought was something on my to-buy list:

$2.80 Throw Pillow: Why are throw pillows so expensive? You easily need 2-4 to spruce up a space and they start at $15 a piece. That's just insane. So I always look at the thrift store first. To clean, I spray with Lysol and then wash in scalding hot water. It's even easier when the cover zips right off.

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$2 Vintage Peter Pan Collar Shirt: Goodwill on State was bursting with vintage clothing that day. I couldn't resist this Peter Pan collar shirt.

$2 candle: Inspired by Pinterest, I'm in the process of filling our fireplace with white candles. This is an expensive project if you try to do it by shopping at a regular retail store so I've set a limit of $2 max per candle and always look for white ones when I'm out thrifting.

$1 plush slippers: These hotel-like slippers were brand new and feel like I'm walking on a cloud! No more barefeet on the hardwood floors. To clean shoes or slippers, throw them in the washer if you can. spray with Lysol, or wipe with a Clorox wipe.

$4 computer chair (not pictured): Furniture was half off that day so I snagged a computer chair for our office.

Total $11.80, only $1.80 over budget!

Want to become a better thrifter? Come to our next Thrift Night Out class at Goodwill on Waterloo Rd. Details here.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Beauty Box: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

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Anastasia's tag line should be: Eyebrows on Fleek. My sister introduced me to the Dipbrow pomade at our beauty workshop and I've used it every single day since. I was a little intimidated at first because I have had horrible experiences filling in my eyebrows so I was hesitant to spend $18 on this. Nora assured me that it was incredibly easy to use. She was right, a little goes a long way with this product and you're not really drawing your brows in, simply filling them in and enhancing them. My eyebrows refuse to grow in any type of orderly fashion so this is perfect for me. I bought the pomade in chocolate to match my brows as well as the angled Anastasia brow brush #12. Don't let the $18 price tag scare you, the brush is fantastic and I recommend it over a generic brand. Simply brush your eyebrows with the bristle side and fill in brows with a tiny amount of pomade using the brush side. Gently remove excess pomade with a cotton ball or Q-tip.

Finished product: eyebrows on fleek.