The Pretty Life Girls

Monday, January 26, 2015

Black and Brown

When I was in junior high, I remember keenly sitting down on the first day of school and having to participate in one of those Get-to-Know-You game situations. In this one, everyone had to go around and say their name and their pet peeve. For me, I knew what I was going to say because it was aaaaalways what I said my pet peeve was around that time: "Hello, ummmm, my name is Liz, and my pet peeve is when people wear black and brown together, OMG EW." 

Remember when that was a thing? It being like, a super fashion faux pas to wear black and brown together? For instance, a brown belt with black shoes was OH HONEY NOOOO!? But now, look at me! I have a coat that is black and brown on purpose AND I'm wearing a sweatshirt that is black and brown under it WHILST wearing boots that are black and brown. Plus, I sorta love it. These things go with all the things because they have both colors in them and they are three of the comfiest things I own. 

So look at you now, Junior High me! You've evolved! Now if only society would start to accept sweatpants as business casual the way they have embraced black and brown together then I could really make some meaningful fashion changes. 

ox. Liz

Boots: c/o Crocs
Coat: c/o SheInside
Sweatshirt: c/o SheInside (on sale NOW for $15.99!)
Jeans: F21
Scarf: F21

Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY Resurfaced Succulent Planter

Well, it's that time of year where I get the itch to bring the outside in, since we are trapped inside avoiding the horrible Cache Valley air and the cold weather. I love a little greenery in my house, and have been fixin' to add succulents to the mix for a while now. So I went looking through some old decor items I have in a bin in my garage, with the intent of repurposing something as a planter. I found this boring black think that I used to have on my coffee table, and I thought it would be perfect. Then I got to work.

What I used:
Old planter
Americana Multi-Surface paint // Michaels
Foam // Michaels
Faux succulents // Michaels
Rocks // Michaels
Hot glue

What I did:
Step 1: Paint the planter.

2. Arrange the succulents on foam.
3. Push plant arrangements into planter.

4. Hot glue rocks to cover foam.

Tada! And here is a little before and after, cuz they are my favorite:

I LOVE how it turned out. If you, like me, have been wanting to jump on the succulent train... do it! And for more crafting ideas and inspiration, visit the DecoArt Multi-Surface website.
Don’t forget to visit the DecoArt® Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration. - See more at:
Don’t forget to visit the DecoArt® Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration. - See more at:
Don’t forget to visit the DecoArt® Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration. - See more at:

Happy planting!
xo, Sam

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On Balancing

I started my first big-girl job just before Christmas, actually doing the thing I got my Master's degree in and it has been WEIRD. I've been a student and a stay-at-home mom for the last two years so this new putting-on-tights-in-the-middle-of-the-week life is pretty wild. Sometimes I sit in my tiny office without kids crawling on me and diapers to change, wearing a skirt and listening to SILENCE and I think who needs a trip to Hawaii when you have a THIS (Me. I need a trip to Hawaii. If you have one, give it to me. I only said that to paint a picture).

But then I head home and walk in the door and there are fuzzy little heads to kiss and squishy snuggles to be had and lots of talking about Spiderman to do and I realize that both places are wonderful in their way, but it's ALWAYS good to take off your tights and replace them with yoga pants. Plus, home is where the candy stash is so what I'm trying to say is it's all about balance or something. I'm trying to find it. Cute skirts and candy stashes are helping but you can go ahead send tips if you have them. Or just send that Hawaii trip. I'm pretty sure I could find some balance there but in order to ensure that my hypothesis is sound I'll need to test it first-hand. For science.

ox. Liz                                                    

Skirt: c/o SheInside (I love it SO much and it's on sale for $17.50!)
Boots: c/o AMIclubwear
Leggings: c/o We Love Colors
Classes: c/o Firmoo
Top: Kohls (similar