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Friday, February 9, 2018

AFFORDABLE FASHION | VALENTINE'S DAY DRESSES UNDER $80


HAPPY FRIDAY, EVERYONE!

CAN YOU BELIEVE VALENTINE'S DAY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER?

WHETHER YOU ARE IN A RELATIONSHIP OR NOT, WHY NOT THROW ON A FUN AND FLIRTY DRESS AND ENJOY A DAY OF LOVE FOR YOURSELF, A FRIEND, LOVED ONE OR FAMILY MEMBER.

REMEMBER, YOU CAN ALWAYS TURN IT INTO A GALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION IF YOU ARE SINGLE AND STILL GO OUT WITH FRIENDS OR ON YOUR OWN AND PERHAPS MEET SOMEONE, YOU NEVER KNOW!

I HAVE PULLED A FEW AFFORDABLE DRESSES UNDER $80, FROM CLASSIC TO A LITTLE SEXIER, TO HELP GET YOU READY FOR HEART'S Day.

WHAT ARE ARE YOUR PLANS? FEEL FREE TO SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! 
LULU'S = $58
EVEREVE = $78
LULU'S = $72
LULU'S = $70
EVEREVE = $39.99 (ON SALE NOW)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

DESTINATION DENVER | MOVING DAY + EXPLORING MY NEW NEIGHBORHOOD


HAPPY FEBRUARY, EVERYONE!

I'M BACK WITH MY 5TH INSTALLMENT FROM MY DESTINATION DENVER BLOG SERIES.

Thank you all for your patience during this transition. i so appreciate all of your support over on my instagram, where i post or am active on insta story almost daily, I LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!

iN THIS CHAPTER, I TAKE YOU ALONG WITH ME AND MY AWESOME BROTHER-IN-LAW ON MOVING DAY AND EXPLORING THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS. ENJOY!  

CHAPTER 1  |  CHAPTER 2  |  CHAPTER 3  |  CHAPTER 4


IMAGE BY: DEVON EHARDT SHELTON

LOCATION: ASPEN, CO - SUMMER 2016  |  DRESS: FOREVER 21


TAUPE BOOTS: TARGET | WORK OUT LEGGINGS: VICTORIA'S SECRET | BLACK LOUNGE TOP: FOREVER 21 | JACKET: BOOKERPHILS | TAUPE PURSE: TJ MAXX
MY COMPLEX CLEARLY KNOWS ME SINCE THEY WELCOMED ME WITH A BOTTLE VINO!
LET'S DO THIS!

SIDE NOTE: I HAD PLANNED TO WEAR MY SNEAKERS, BUT IT WAS COLD AND THESE BOOTS WEREN'T FANCY AND KEPT MY ANKLES WARM...I DON'T USUALY MOVE IN BOOTS. HA! 
BOOTS: TARGET | WORK OUT LEGGINGS: VICTORIA'S SECRET | BLACK LOUNGE TOP: FOREVER 21 | GREY 3/4 LENGTH LAYERED TOP: WALMART
We DID IT!  SELFIE WITH MY BROTHER-IN-LAW - HE IS THE GREATEST!!!
COZY CHAI TEA LATTE from Olive and Finch eatery and bakery.
"LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE"
"ALL EXPERIENCE IS AN ARCH, TO BUILD UPON." - HENRY ADAMS
view from the beautiful restoration hardware rooftop.
TAUPE BOOTS: TARGET | WORK OUT LEGGINGS: VICTORIA'S SECRET | BLACK LOUNGE TOP: FOREVER 21 | JACKET: BOOKERPHILS | TAUPE PURSE: TJ MAXX
AN INSIDE LOOK, SO COOL!
THEIR FRESH CHICKEN TACOS, SO DELISH!
I get to enjoy THESE gorgeous sunsets daily from my new place, and I doN'T' think they will ever get old to me - it's like a little piece of magic.


IMAGES OF MOI BY: JON SHELTON | ALL OTHER IMAGES BYLIESL EHARDT

LOCATION: DENVER, CO - JANUARY 6, 2018



CHAPTER 5  |  MOVING DAY - I HAVE ARRIVED


The new year had arrived, which meant that Destination Denver was just around the corner and my big move to Colorado was days away!

This move would not have been possible without my incredible brother-in-law! He offered to make the 14 hour drive to Denver from Phoenix, where my parents recently built a new home, on January 5th and move me into my place.

We did the drive in one day while listening to super fun podcasts, like Season 1 of Serial since we both really like real crime and murder investigation type shows, and I honestly had the best time!

Saturday, January 6th was the official moving day. We got the keys to my place at 8 AM, checked out my new apartment, which I hadn't officially seen since I applied online from afar, and unloaded the U-Haul, just the two of us, in 2 and half hours!

Then, we checked out a local coffee shop, that is now a favorite of mine, and walked around to check out my new neighborhood. I love that I'm within walking distance to all the fun shops, restaurants and bars!

My wonderful parents flew out that Sunday for a few days to help me get settled, and I feel so thankful that I have such a supportive family who is always there when I need them, I'm one lucky gal!

So far, I am simply LOVING Denver! Everyone has been beyond welcoming and so friendly, and I'm surrounded by an inspiring group of women, and fellow stylists, at work who have instantly become like family to me.

I am so grateful for this adventure and have been doing my best to make the most of each day of my new chapter! I will continue to keep you posted in my Destination Denver series, which will include many of my adventures, an apartment tour and so much more!

Thank you all for sticking by me through this transition and as I get settled, and I promise more fashion posts will be coming very soon! 


Friday, January 19, 2018

GET CRAFTY DIY | NEW YEAR, NEW LOOK - MY BAR CART UPGRADE + IKEA HACK


HAPPY Friday, FASHIONABLE FRIENDS!

I HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GREAT START TO 2018!  THE NEW YEAR, MY NEW HOME AND CITY HAVE INSPIRED ME TO CREATE A NEW LOOK WITH THIS SIMPLE DIY.

BACK IN 2013, SHORTLY AFTER MOVNIG BACK TO NYC, I POSTED MY IKEA HACK COFFEE AND BAR CART DIY FOR UNDER $30.  THAT POST HAS SINCE been pinned over 89K times, AND IS ONE OF MY MOST POPULAR POSTS TO DATE, WHO KNEW!

SEEING MY BAR CART POP UP ALL OVER PINTEREST, FROM THE US TO AUSTRALIA AND BEYOND, As WELL AS BEING SHARED ON BLOGS LIKE Style MotivationDIY CRAFTS MOM AND MORE, HAS BEEN A TRUE HONOR.

So, YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT SEEING others TAKE MY IDEA, MAKE THEIR OWN AND POST THE RESULTS WAS BEYOND THRILLING, I LOVE AMBER'S FROM GLAM GIRL XO!

TODAY, I'M SHOWING YOU HOW I UPGRADED, UPDATED AND UPCYCLED THE LOOK I SHARED 5 years ago to CREATE A more CHIC, MODERN & ELEGANT PIECE for $15.

I USED A grey granite MARBLE vinyl ADHESIVE THAT SEAMLESSLY ROLLED OVER MY PREVIOUS CHEVRON PRINT WITH A FULLY OPAQUE FINISH SO NONE OF THE PREVIOUS LOOK SHOWED THROUGH UNDERNEATH.  

Although IKEA NO LONGER MAKES THE bygeL CART that I USED in MY original post, they HAVE SIMILAR ONES UNDER $30 THAT WOULD WORK GREAT, LIKE THE DRAGGAN oR SUNNERSTA CARTS.

HOWEVER, If you want to splurge, the GRUNDTAL CART is a beautiful option!

I NOW have the ALCOHOL AND MIXING INGREDIENTS from the old cart in A CHIC CABINET PLACED BESIDE IT AND USE THE CART ITSELF FOR MOST OF MY BAR GLASSES AND DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES.

HOPE THIS INSPIRES YOU TO GIVE SOMETHING YOU ALREADY OWN A BIT OF A MAKEOVER OR TO CREATE A NEW PIECE WITH YOUR OWN ADDED TOUCHES.

If IT DOES, PLEASE SHARE YOURS below, i'd love to see it!  
ABOVE LAYOUT CREATED BY LIESL EHARDT using product images.
BYGEL CART FROM IKEA SHOWN ABOVE.  UNFORTUNATELY, SINCE MY ORIGINAL POST WITH IT 5 YEARS AGO, THEY NO LONGER MAKE THIS PARTICULAR ONE.

SIMILAR ONES FROM IKEA FOR UNDER $30 - DRAGGAN AND SUNNERSTA CARTS.

| BEFORE | 


MY ORIGINAL COFFEE & BAR CART THAT I HAD IN MY NEW YORK CITY APARTMENT.
SEE DETAILS FROM MY OLD CART SHOWN ABOVE HERE.

| WHAT YOU NEED |

  A PEN
  A PAIR OF SISSORS
  A BOX CUTTER OR X-ACTO KNIFE
  GREY GRANITE MARBLE VINYL ADHESIVE: AMAZON = $15
  BE SURE TO CUT THE VINYL LONGER THAN EACH SHELF SO YOU CAN WRAPE IT COMPLETELY OVER EACH SICE TO GIVE THE APPEARANCE OF A BLOCK OF MARBLE.

| AFTER | 

| STYLING DETAILS |

Bar SIGN: MARSHALLS = $12.99
GOLD CONFETTI CHAMPAGNE GLASSES: HOBBY LOBBY = $ | GOLD CONFETTI MARTINI GLASSES: HOBBY LOBBY = $ | GOLD CONFETTI TALL TUMBLERS BY ACME: THE BEHIVE (FAIRFIELD, CT) = GIFT | 500 ML GOLD ACCENTED LIGHT BULB GLASSES: amazon = $1.50 (each) | GOLD STAINLESS STEEL STRAWS BY JOYECO: AMAZON = $10.99 (4 STRAIGHT + 4 BENT)
MARTINI SHAKER: TJ MAXX = GIFT | SILVER METAL MARTINI GLASS: TJ MAXX = $2.99 |  'WINO' WINE BOTTLE SHAPED OPENER: SENSIBLE STYLE = $12 | 'CHEERS' COCKTAIL NAPKINS: RAIN LOONG NAPKIN STORE = $2.50 | WINE THEMED WINE GLASS CHARMS: SENSIBLE STYLE = $14 | GOLD STAINLESS STEEL STRAWS BY JOYECO: AMAZON = $10.99 (4 STRAIGHT + 4 BENT) | gold striped straws: AMAZON = $9.99 (PACK OF 100) | NAPKIN HOLDER: GIFT
GOLD UNICORN BOTTLE OPENER: TJ MAXX = $5.99 (same one sold at mod cloth |  GOLD DEER WINE STOPPER BY CYNTHIA ROWLEY: TJ MAXX = $9.99 (2 PACK, 1 SILVER + 1 GOLD) | GOLD CONFETTI COASTERS BY KATE SPADE: THE BEEHIVE (Fairfield, CT) = GIFT (same sold at bed bath & beyond) | GOLD DIPPED WINE BOTTLE HOLDER BY CANVAS : THE BEEHIVE (fairfield, ct) = GIFT
ALL OF THE ABOVE IMAGES BY LIESL EHARDT.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

DESTINATION DENVER | CHAPTER 4 - NEW YEAR, NEW HOME


HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

i'm kicking the new year off with another installment of my destination denver travel diary series. 

my new apartment became mine last month, but my move-in is finally happening this week, and i'm ready to get tHis par-tay started!

sharing the updates below and looking forward to sharing each step along the way with you in 2018! 

|  CHAPTER 1  |  CHAPTER 2  |  CHAPTER 3  |


IMAGE BY: DEVON EHARDT SHELTON

LOCATION: ASPEN, CO - SUMMER 2016  |  DRESS: FOREVER 21

IMAGES BY: DEVON SHELTON

LOCATION: Albuquerque, nm - december 25, 2017

boots: target | LEGGING PANTSFOREVER 21 | SWEATER: FOREVER 21 | JACKET: BOOKERPHILS | SUNGLASSES: LAUNDRY BY SHEILI SEGAL | SANTA COFFEE SLEEVE: GIFT


CHAPTER 4  |  NEW YEAR, NEW HOME


The new year is off to a fresh start on all fronts, and as January 6th, I'll be officially moved into my new home in Denver, CO.

This has been a long time coming. Yet, I believe waiting for an apartment, with the floor and finishes I wanted, to become available in the complex with which I fell in love, from afar a year ago online and then in person in October, was worth it.

Plus, it allowed me to spend the holidays with family, continue to grow my business and save money for the move.  Ultimately, giving me a finical cushion as I become acclimated and adjust to my new city and surroundings.

This Thursday, my truly awesome brother-in-law arrives to help me pack up the truck and make the 14 hour drive to Denver on Friday, and on Saturday, the move-in begins.

As much of an adjustment as it is going to be for me, I am beyond excited to decorate my new space, one of my true loves in life, and reflect my style in the layout and details to start my new chapter! Yay!

Something tells me that 2018 is going to be a fabulous year, and I can't wait to take you along on this journey with me!  I'll be doing lots of DIY Get Crafty posts and be sharing my affordable decor details with before and afters of each space, and I can't wait!

Let the adventure begin . . . 


by Liesl Ehardt