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What I Wore- Embroidered Tunic and Dark Denim

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embroidered tunic, dark straight denim and wedge sandals

embroidered tunic, dark straight denim and wedge sandals

embroidered tunic, dark straight denim and wedge sandals

Well, I'm that girl this morning that somehow downloaded a bunch of virus-like pop up garbage last night and so my computer is now painful to work on. What will be even more painful is telling my husband about it. I tend to magically break all electronics and he gets stuck with fixing them. Add this one to the list this morning Soren.

Hope your day is starting better than mine!

// Outfit Details //
Top- TJ Maxx
Pants- Lucky Brand
Shoes- DSW
Clutch- Thrifted

Summer Beauty - Beach Waves for Short Hair Tutorial

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Beach waves for short hair tutorial- easy Summer beauty style #walgreensbeauty #shop

With short hair, sometimes the most you have to play with is the texture when it comes to trying new hair styles. I love wearing my hair straight and in curly waves, but lately I've been looking for a more summer beauty alternative. I decided to give beach waves a try using some Garnier beach and surf products from Walgreens. 

Beach waves for short hair tutorial- easy Summer beauty style #walgreensbeauty #shop

The products I used for this tutorial are Garnier Fructis Hairspray, Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Beach Chic, and Garnier Fructis Surf Hair. You'll also need a spray bottle and about 15-20 bobby pins. I grabbed all of these at Walgreens along with a few other new products to try, including a nude Revlon Colorstay polish in Checkmate and Revlon Color Moisture Stain in London Posh.

Beach waves for short hair tutorial- easy Summer beauty style #walgreensbeauty #shop

I've got a video tutorial for you today. I hope this helps you see the whole process and repeat it as well!


Here is an up close photo of the twists as they dried.

Beach waves for short hair tutorial- easy Summer beauty style #walgreensbeauty #shop
And the finished result!

Beach waves for short hair tutorial- easy Summer beauty style #walgreensbeauty #shop

Beach waves for short hair tutorial- easy Summer beauty style #walgreensbeauty #shop

I'll be honest when I say this wasn't my easiest tutorial to create. It takes practice and it will turn out a little different every time. In the video I mentioned a few fixes if it doesn't turn out just right so be sure to try those variations as well.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments! Enjoy!

The DIY That Started It All + a Giveaway

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Real leather belt for toddlers- ONE little BELT

Real leather belt for toddlers- ONE little BELT

Real leather belt for toddlers- ONE little BELT
Shirt - GAP, Shorts - GAP, Shoes - GAP, Belt - ONE little BELT

When we were first married and living in Seattle in 2009, it was a rough time of life. What should have been our first great adventure out of college - starting Soren's career - was actually not at all what we expected. We were living far away from all of our family in a dark and gloomy place, and we were not getting along. I was depressed and couldn't find a job that related to my major. Soren did not enjoy his job, and neither of us was very happy. It was inexplicably hard on us both. 

Well, eventually I ended up taking a job at GAP Kids, and that job was a sanity saver for me. Our first son Easton was also born. Easton really saved Soren and I both. We loved being parents and that Easton was really our first common interest. Our second common interest came close behind him. 

Because I worked at GAP Kids, I had stocked baby Easton up on tiny jeans, cute onesies, and shoes. When he was about six weeks old, we were getting ready for a church party, and I dressed him in little 0-3 month denim for the first time. It was adorable, but when my husband saw him, his first question was, "Where's his belt?" His little baby jeans had belt loops, and his was onesie tucked in to his pants, which made his waistband look awfully empty. Soren, being the DIY guy that he is, grabbed a brown leather skinny belt from my closet and took some scissors and a drill to it. In just a few minutes, we had our first little belt. And holy cow was it cute! We left for the party and no one, including us, could get over how cute it was to see such a tiny baby in a belt. 



That unexpected little project set in motion the idea for ONE little BELT. I pushed Soren a little bit to go to the leather store in downtown Seattle with me to see if we could learn how to make more tiny belts. That first trip led to countless more trips to the leather store and many, many evenings cutting leather on our apartment kitchen linoleum and pounding rivets on the wet cement of our front porch. We learned a lot in those first few years, and honestly starting that Etsy shop is where all of this began. I started this blog because of OLB, and we wouldn't have Nickel & Suede either without those first lessons in leather. We eventually left Seattle to live near my family here in Kansas City and things have only improved since then.

ONE little BELT was our first venture into being entrepreneurs, and it is still going strong. We still love hand making belts for babies and toddlers. Now that we are self-employed, I can't wait to grow this business and really make it THE place to find the highest quality and best looking baby, toddler, and children's leather belts.
With back-to-school starting and family photos just around the corner, I have a great giveaway for you today. You can win a $60 credit to ONE little BELT! And not only that - I have a coupon for you as well. Use code FIRSTBELT to get 15% off your order and grab a few belts for school uniforms, back-to-school clothes, an upcoming wedding, baby gifts, or just to hold up your toddler's pants.

Enter the giveaway below. Giveaway ends 7/28. Domestic and international entries are welcome. Good luck!

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Sunday Style - Quick

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Cargo vest, striped midi skirt and wedges


Cargo vest, striped midi skirt and wedges

Cargo vest, striped midi skirt and wedges

Cargo vest, striped midi skirt and wedges

Just a quick post today. I was asked to start teaching the three year olds' class at church, and my lesson prep is calling. I'm so glad to be teaching Kesler's class because three is such a fun age. There is a very wide range of personalities in the class, and I think I'll learn a thing or two from them all.

One thing I've been thinking about lately is how quick kids are to adapt, to forgive, and to be happy. Sometimes I feel like I get stuck feeling bummed out, sad, mad, or annoyed. When Soren and I were first married and we would get in a fight, I would stay mad for hours or even days. I didn't even know myself how to get out of my anger.  But since having kids, I'm amazed at how quickly their attitudes can change. Their worst day can change to the best day ever within minutes. They forgive so easily and are so much quicker to love than I am. It's amazing what little ones can teach us if we pay attention.

What have the kids in your life taught you lately?


// Outfit Details //
Shirt -Target
Vest - DIY here
Skirt - Thrifted
Shoes - Thrifted (Target)
Cuff, Earrings - Nickel & Suede




Fall Is Coming - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

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You know I'm a big thrifter and clearance shopper, but when it comes to wardrobe staples, I like quality (at a discount of course!). I'm sure you know the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is happening right now, but today is the first day it is open to non-card holders (that's me!). I found quite a few favorites that are either just the right look, just the right price, or both. This sale is the perfect time to buy items that will get you mileage now and in the fall. I scooped up this must have for fall, and I also have my eye on this and this. You can see the rest of my picks below.






















Have you shopped the sale? What do you have your eye on?


The Good and the Bad

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White boho blouse, gray jeans, cognac accessories

White boho blouse, gray jeans, cognac accessories

White boho blouse, gray jeans, cognac accessories

White boho blouse, gray jeans, cognac accessories

Well - good news and bad new friends. The good news is that we are celebrating Knox's birthday tonight. I've got a VERY simple puppy-themed party in the works and I'm excited to have family over to celebrate! (And when I say in the works, I mean I'll start working on it today.)

The bad news is that he is now 13 1/2 months old. Yes - he turned one last month. #momoftheyear

In my defense June was THE CRAZIEST month of my life. I know he doesn't know the difference in days, which is part of why we waited, but I can't help but feel a tiny bit guilty.  He's the third kid, so doesn't he get the short end of the stick all the time anyway? Yes, yes he usually does.

I'm sure part of that guilt comes from knowing that with all of the craziness in starting our business, I have been less engaged as a mom. I've had a lot more on my plate and have been working from home more. It has been hard on everyone. I can say it's been somewhat of a necessity, but it's not something that I plan on continuing. What I do know is that we are still figuring out our new normal as a family, so I can give myself grace in that. I'm trying to correct as I go and focus on the most important things. And what is important about Knox's birthday party? Well, that at least he has one. Check. That he feels loved. Check. And that we spend quality time as a family celebrating him. Check. I think I can handle those requirements and by all accounts the birthday party will be a success.

Now I better get to planning....

// Outfit Details //
Shirt - Thrifted (Target)
Jeans - Thrifed and DIY cut off (GAP)
Shoes - Old Navy
Bag - Thrifted
Earrings - Nickel & Suede
Bracelets - Misc.



Black and White Hallway Photo Gallery - Tutorial

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Black and white hallway photo gallery tutorial- this easy and inexpensive project can add a lot of character to an empty wall!


I feel like it's been forever since I posted a real home DIY project - probably since before Knox was born. And I knew that would happen, which is why I did so many while I was pregnant, but now that Knox is older and Soren is working from home, we've been knocking a few projects off the list. Today I'm sharing one of my favorite parts of my home: my black and white hallway gallery wall.

Black and white hallway photo gallery tutorial- this easy and inexpensive project can add a lot of character to an empty wall!

Black and white hallway photo gallery tutorial- this easy and inexpensive project can add a lot of character to an empty wall!

Black and white hallway photo gallery tutorial- this easy and inexpensive project can add a lot of character to an empty wall!

To be honest, I saw a similar gallery wall on Pinterest years a few years ago and loved it so much I wanted to recreate it. (Sorry, I can't find the original source!) We made it our own a bit and it really was a simple project except for the hanging - this one was somewhat of a nightmare for my husband to hang (aren't they all though?).

To recreate this project, you will need to gather many, many different sized frames. I purchased most of mine from the thrift store, but you can buy them new as well. Next, lay them all out so that there is a straight horizontal line through the middle of the two rows and move the frames around until you like the balance. I liked the somewhat symmetrical up and down negative space above the below the gallery, but it took a lot of adjusting the frames to find the right balance. You can buy frames in black from the start or spray paint all of the frames black. Because I thrifted my frames, I used whatever black spray paint I had on hand to paint them.

I then had prints made in black and white - mostly of candid shots of our family - and inserted them into each frame. To hang, Soren started with the bottom row. He used a long ruler and a level to hang the top of each frame in the same horizontal line. He then used the straight line created by the bottom level to hang the top. The bottom of each frame on the top row also needed to form a horizontal line. It was pretty tricky and involved many measurements and some eyeballing, but he did a great job!

I really love how this project has added character to our home. The line down the middle of the rows and the monochromatic colors really fills the space in an unexpected way! I wish it photographed better (the lighting is difficult at all times of day), but I think you can get a pretty good idea of the look. Let me know if you have questions in the comments. I hope this inspires you with an easy, relatively inexpensive idea for a new gallery wall in your home!