And the One Lovely Blog Award goes to...

I can’t believe it’s nearly been 3 years since I started my blog! When I started, I had no idea what a blog was or anything about social media. My first attempt at sharing content online was posting a few photos on HGTV's Rate My Space back in 2007. And after leaving the four walls of a brick & mortar establishment three years ago doing visual merchandising, I was encouraged by many people to share more of my creativity by starting a blog. 
 
I've very much enjoyed sharing my DIY projects, thrift finds, seasonal transformations, holiday decor, tablescapes, store tours - mostly all fueled by wanting to help people create a look for less - from a simple shift to shopping thrift! I also even enjoyed sharing a few client projects I had the pleasure of doing in South Florida plus more of the online design boards and link ups I've been doing here in Arizona.  
 
Sometimes the posts have taken several hours to pull together between organizing & editing photos, including link-backs to sources when necessary (especially now using Pinterest), creating more online-design boards, documenting "how-to's" for a DIY project and writing informative content. My style has evolved over time & I'm still learning as I go. The feedback from readers has been you appreciate my time & effort - and I am grateful - Thank you.
 
For me, blogging has yes been a creative outlet but it has also been a huge learning experience. What is html? What is SEO? What are pixels? How do you resize photos? How do you add a link? How do you add tabs? Are you linked to Facebook? Did you tweet that post? What is my "voice"? What is... oh, you get the picture. That's why I was completely honored when I had recently received this One Lovely Blog Award given to me from Antoinette Plummer of Push Interiors Blog --  Many thanks to you Antoinette!
 


 
Here are rules behind acceptance of this award:

1. Include the blog award logo in my post. [√]
2. Thank the person who nominated me. [√]
3. Nominate 15 other people: Let them know I have done so, linking to their sites & back to this post. [√]
4. Reveal seven [7] things you may not know about me. [√]
 
 
Random truths be told...
  
1.  When I was a child,  I enjoyed playing with my dad's mini tools in the garage and grew up in New Jersey, pretty much as a Tom-Boy.
 
2. When I was a teen, I redecorated my room probably every six months (sound familiar?) and started my love of fashion doing window displays when I was 15.
 
3.  In my 20's I did weight training, biking, dancing and swimming. In my 30's I did biking, dancing and yoga. In my 40's... I lost my motivation and need to get it back!
 
4.  I could LIVE off home made hot buttered popcorn and Pinot Grigio. (yum!)
 
5. One of my biggest fears is getting lost or stranded at sea or in the desert (and now look where we are! lol) Other fears are being bit by a scorpion, snake, or eaten by a shark.
 
6. I love learning factoids - especially about New York. Did you know - Wall Street got its name from the wall built by the Dutch to keep the Indians out off the tip of the island of Manhatta (Island of many hills).
 
7. I would love to have a flower shop some day, filled with a mix of salvaged chippy finds, flowers, and even serve coffee & desserts.
 
 
Now, it’s my turn to pass on the One Lovely Blog Award to the 15 other Bloggers that I appreciate and admire (it was challenging to pick only 15!) Who knows, you may enjoy reading their blogs too. Be sure to check them out...
 
 
1. Chaotically Creative
 
2. Centsational Girl

3. Charisse Marie Cobert Interiors
 
4. Dabble In Chic 

5. Design Magnifique
 
6. Emily A. Clark Interiors

7. Jennifer Reynolds Interiors
 
8. HLM Interior Design
 
9. Lisa Mande Design
 
10. Pinklet and C
 
11. Sarah Elizabeth Home

12. Selma Hammer Designs
 
13. Simply Savvy
 
14 Snob Interior Design
 
15. Stacy Naquin Interiors
 
 
I have met some pretty amazing & talented people through blogging, through social media, and through olioboarding (blogged about OB here before it took off in popularity this year!!). Some people I've met along the way have been just friendly connections, like meeting Janelle for lunch or watch Valorie and her husband tango the night away. Some others I've met at art & design events or have been to work on collaborations together as I have with Kate from Dabble in Chic. And yet other more recent meetings have been to connect with new people after moving to a new area (like the thrift meet-up!). Going forward, I hope to meet even more people IRL (in real life) at future blog & design conferences, art events, or design expos plus local meet-ups. A person in particular I'd like to meet with in our "Mountain" Zone is Jane Gianarelli - we KNOW we are Fashion + Decor soul sisters!
 
Thrifting meet-up here in Arizona.

Designer meet up at the DCOTA in Florida.

Meeting online friends IRL for lunch.
 

I am so honored to have been received this One Lovely Blog award so again a big thank you goes out to my olioboarding & blogging friend Antoinette Plummer for including me in her list. This was a fun post to write about and I'm even more excited to read what everyone else writes about themselves! Thanks for stopping by and reading! I hope you enjoyed it :)









 
 
 
 
 

THRIFT FOR FALL: STILL MAD FOR PLAID!

Earlier this month I had gotten bit by the plaid bug.  I think it was from a bedroom I saw in a Pottery Barn catalog and something just clicked. Maybe it was the shades of grey in the plaid fringe throw & shams pictured in the catalog. Maybe it was the plaid pairing with a clean lined comforter. Maybe it was because Spring & Summer got so over saturated with chevrons & stripe prints. Be that as it may, something about plaid made me notice it a bit more this Fall season... and not so much in all the big box stores or specialty shops, but at Goodwill. If you're wanting to try a new pattern in your home or wardrobe, without spending a lot of money, thrifting is the way to go. Check out what I was able to find...



  
Plaid inspirations for Fall... 
Turned into spotting plaid at my local Goodwill stores...
 

FANTASTIC plaid wrap skirt! 
This would look GREAT with some rich brown leathers boots!

Add a bit of plaid to your Thanksgiving tablescape with plaid napkins...

Gotta have a Burberry plaid!

Another great plaid skirt for Fall...
And these need not only stay as skirts:  Use the material to make pillow covers...


The black & white plaids look refreshed with a shot of gold
(I didn't get the skirts, but I did get that gold belt for $2 on a Super Saturday Sale!) 

GREAT cape for fall!


I actually thrifted these Fitz & Floyd plates back in Florida for only .75 cents ea!!
GREAT to pull out for Fall! See the tablescape I made at:


Sometimes you can find prints that reference what you're looking for, 
like this scarf references hounds-tooth... which by the way, 
Homegoods did have a great hounds-tooth throw...



Great Chanel-like bouclée jacket - Perfect to pair with jeans & pearls for the fall...

Cute hounds-tooth dress 
(not for me - but still a cute find!)

Silk scarf, perfect for a pillow!

Pillow shams to layer in for Fall...

GREAT tartan plaid - but LOVED that PIN!!


Even spotted  a plaid wing-back chair for only...
(brace yourself)


Here in Arizona, Goodwill hosts 50% off  Super Saturday Sales, which means 
this number would have only been under $5!


And the plaid bug also bit Lisa at The Goodwill Gal.


I thought this was a fun idea to repurpose 
a flannel shirt with, and even better - it was only $1! 



What first started here:
quickly inspired me to be in the mood for plaid this fall...


Outside of thrift, you can even spot a few touches of plaid prints for Fall, 
like this gorgeous line from Tory Burch... 

Sequins in plaid...



LOVE the mix & colors!
Reminds me of my Milo Baughman chair, 
I thrifted in Florida, but earlier this year, I had recovered in... 
You guessed it:
PLAID!!



And guess where I found the glen plaid fabric?
At good ole Goodwill!

Read more about it at:


What have you thrifted lately? 
What are some prints or looks you're crushing on this Fall?
Last weekend, I kicked into major Fall cleaning and transformed the living room and bedroom for fall. I think monsoon season is over here in AZ, so this weekend I'll be able to tackle & set the stoop for Fall!


Thanks for stopping by!


 







Vintage Market Pop-Up Shop: September's Sweet Salvage

Sweet Salvage did it again! Another fantastic monthly installment of visual splendor! Coming across this Vintage Market Monthly Pop-Up Shop has definitely been a bright spot since moving here to Arizona. This shop merges the thrill of thrift or vintage hunting with the visual excitement retailers these days have thrown to the wayside. Sweet Salvage artfully layers dramatic vignettes, based on a monthly evolving theme, and proves "more is more" is a GOOD thing. This was my third visit and tour of this vintage pop-up market, curated by local vintage dealers, and I have not yet been disappointed. Sure, big-box retailers like ZGallerie, Pottery Barn, West Elm and Crate & Barrel execute floor moves and store sets, tweak visual presentation monthly or weekly, and may even flip the store merchandise flow (tip: it's a merchandising trick to make you believe what is old is new again), but they all play it "safe". The visual presentation at Sweet Salvage transports you another time or location, and not always just to celebrate a season or a holiday... but Fall did kick off this past weekend and touring Sweet Salvage was a wonderful way to be inspired for the new season...















This month's installment was called "Wicked Faire", a theme chosen from the engagement of their  fans on the Sweet Salvage Facebook page. This concept (IMO) totally beats out the "centralized" format of big-box stores. Why? Because it speaks to the local market. (I wish more of the big-box retailers would have select stores with these special localized shops!!) Sweet Salvage brings to life the imagination of what people want to see. This month's Wicked Faire was a combination of a vintage Halloween + Fall finds, with a bit of "steampunk style" mixed in and it just works!






















Touring big-box stores is a great way to get inspiration for color combinations or seasonal changes. Touring specialty shops in your area is a wonderful way to support your local businesses. Did I buy something during this visit? No... but I did share my photos I shot on Facebook and that helps other locals to know about this shop. I also tweeted about the shop and from the shop, which is another way to help hype up a pop-up shop.  The crowds seem to be increasing, and Sweet Salvage even introduced a Pre-View Party on Wednesday evening (no shopping, just looking) which is another way to help increase hype & traffic to a pop-up shop. Next months installment is called French Market and I'm looking forward to it. If you're in the Phoenix area, I hope to see you there!


SWEET SALVAGE LOCATION:
4648 N 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85013
602 - 279 - 2996

See the other installations in my previous posts:



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