Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DIY Animal Jewelry Dish

When I got engaged, my best friend gave me a ring holder to protect my engagement ring (I tend to misplace things). I use it everyday/night while washing my face, showering, etc, but I also like the idea of scattering more throughout the house where I typically take rings off (i.e. nightstand, kitchen, etc). Over the past year, I have gathered some little dishes antiquing, traveling and DIY'ing- the most recent a cute little elephant to add to my office for the grand cost of about $3.50.  I typically don't type with rings/bracelets on- they annoy me- so I take them off and this provides me a space in my office to store them while I'm working, blogging or online shopping (let's be real).

1. Spray paint figurine. You can pick these little animals up from stores like Michael's for about $1.00. They have so many choices- I kind of want a penguin too! He's already cute gold!

 2. Once dry, use craft glue to secure to plate/dish. I got mine from Target for $1.50. My girlfriend made one as well and used a sharpie to gold dot her dish, also super cute (tutorial for gold dots here).
 3. Secure by pressing firmly. Allow dry time.
4. Enjoy your cute new little holder!

My girlfriend's above is a little bigger so perfect for bracelets and delicate things! I love her dots!

Happy DIY'ing!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


 ::Clutch old, Forever21 (similar here), Necklace c/o Shop RiffRaff, Dress c/o Shop Bella C (similar here, here, here), Bracelets David Yurman / J.Crew, Shoes DV (similar here), Rings David Yurman / C.Wonder (here), Stella and Dot (here)::

This dress from Shop Bell C is too fun (and comfortable...and on sale), plus I know it will look adorable with booties too when the weather calms down.  I wore this to dinner and drinks with Aaron last weekend when he was off. It was so nice to have the time with him and we spent almost the whole weekend just the two of us which was a nice change from our typical busy body schedules. He started another 13 day stretch yesterday, so sadly this weekend I'm on my own again, but the ladies and I have some fall plans in mind (think apple picking, etc.). I'm looking forward to it and hoping these next few days go fast towards the weekend!

Have you started any fall planning/activity planning yet? Besides layering clothing I mean. :)

Thanks for reading- it means the world!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Buffalo Check

::Top c/o Shop RiffRaff (love this tunic here and here), Shoes Steve Madden (here), Jeans JCrew (here and here), Sunnies Bobbi Brown (here), Bag Michael Kors (old), Jewelry David Yurman, C.Wonder, c/o Le Boutique Shop, JCrew:: 

Today Im teaming up with Lacey from A Glimpse of Glitter to share some ways were styling buffalo check for this upcoming fall. Her blog is adorable and she's sweet as pie, so naturally, if you read my space, I think you will enjoy hers as well!

This top is from Shop RiffRaff and per usual with anything I get from there, Im obsessed. The weather was FINALLY slightly fall like yesterday (75 degrees), so threw this soft top on for grocery shopping and some other errands. We ate a ton this week so I needed to stock up on some good healthy food!

I've been making more of an effort lately to fix my hair. I used to do all of these fun hairstyles and recently I just started wearing it down or up...pretty boring. Here's hoping I can get some tutorials done for y'all and also keep up the motivation for myself! 
Make sure you pop over to Lacey's blog to see her adorable look, I am loving her boots!

Thanks for reading all! xoxoxo

Friday, September 12, 2014

Easy Appetizers in a Pinch

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I have found that as we get older, we tend to spend more time at home and in other people's homes. Instead of going out and staying up late every weekend night, we typically are at a friend's playing games or watching the game. Most of these nights are impromptu, leaving me standing in front of the pantry wondering what to take to munch on. 

Today, I thought I would share some quick and easy appetizers (with better ingredients) that I've made in a pinch that are not only delicious, cheap and tasty- but also easy.  I usually pick any of these items up from Walmart down the street, easy and affordable! #collectivebias

Brie Bites
  • Phyllo cups
  • Brie (without rind)
  • Toppings (i.e. honey, apple slices, fruit preserves, sliced almonds)

  1. Cut little pieces of Brie
  2. Bake in oven at 350 degrees until cheese is melted
  3. Top with toppings while warm
Spicy Cilantro Lime Popcorn
 **I also love other flavors like butter/garlic with a little sauteed garlic and basil- yum!

  1. Pop corn (so easy)
  2. Top with cilantro, red pepper, lime, etc. 
  3. Toss and Serve 
**This popcorn is also delicious alone if you're not feeling up for the extras. 

Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Jelly 
  • Goat Cheese Log
  • Red Pepper Jelly
  • Crackers or Baguette bread

(Cheese & Pepper Jelly Photos via Pinterest)
  1. Top bread or crackers with goat cheese (at room temp) and top with pepper jelly.

See what I mean? Great ingredients, flavorful and SUPER easy. These ares seriously some of my favorite go-tos and they never get old. I simply switch up the small things and they seem new each and everytime!

Have a fantastic weekend friends, thank you for reading! Aaron is off all weekend WOOT WOOT! We have no plans, but hopefully have something fun in the works! xoxox

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TopKnots & Polka Dots

 ::Jeans Madewell, Shirt J.Crew (here), Shoes Zara (similar here and here), Earrings J.Crew (here), Bag Kate Spade (similar), Necklace Kate Spade (here), Glasses RayBan (real), Ring C.Wonder (here) David Yurman, Bracelets David Yurman, Mindy Mae's Market c/o::

I wore this to casual Friday at work last week (if you follow me on Instagram @amy_cbandbp), you already know that. Usually on Friday nights, I come home, get changed and prepared for "date night,
 but last week, I was having one of those "I hate everything I own" nights and I opted to wear this simple look out with the hubs to grab some sushi. Sometimes it's nice to get dressed up and sometimes it's nice to throw your hair in a knot and go out (obviously heels are more dressy than just going, I know that). 

On another note, I think I have finally found the perfect combo for a top knot. Ill be sharing a hair tutorial soon, so keep on the lookout!

One more day until Friday, can I get a holla!?!

p.s. I have NEVER liked any skinny jeans, but these Madewell jeans are perfecto for my short frame. I think I am a Madewell believer! If you haven't checked their jeans out, you should!

Thanks for reading as always!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall Must Haves

Today I wanted to share my fall must haves list with you. I think these items, no matter the color or price, are the true essentials of fall. You don't have to shill out the big bucks, almost every item has a splurge vs. save option (which I will be sharing next week).

If you buy anything this season, make sure each of these are in your closet. Think neutral tones so you can get the max wear out of them. These items are all extremely versatile and can literally go with so many things to keep you stylish through the season!

Do you have some of these items already laying around? I need to add a bucket list and some leather leggings!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


:Top Alice and Olivia (Similar here, here), Skirt J.Crew (here and love this pleated one), Shoes Zara (Love these for fall), Clutch c/o Hobo (here), Necklace Kate Spade (here), Madewell (here)::

This J.Crew skirt is so fun. I love wearing it, twirling in it, looking at it actually. It was a little expensive, but since I know Ill be able to wear it a lot this season and even year round, I splurged a little. I wore it to a dinner date with Aaron. I felt like getting dressed up, so I did. Ever have nights like that? We stumbled upon a little gem with some live jazz, it was a perfect low key Friday night.

Thanks for reading all, tomorrow Ill be sharing my fall must haves!

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