Thursday, December 1, 2011

OOTD: Wrapped in Ruffles

Hello and happy Thursday! A few weeks ago I ordered Anthro's Stacked Strap Heels but they just didn't work out for me. So when I saw these finally hit sale on Tuesday I quickly ordered them. Crossing my fingers that I love them.

I scored this cardi on a super deal last year (love when I get a 2nd cut at Anthro!) and it's proven to be a really good buy for me. I love all of the ruffles and that it's super comfortable.

Anthropologie Recital Cardigan, similar here
Citizens of Humantiy Avedon Skinny Leg Jeans
Jessica Simpson Angie Boots, similar here
Anthropologie Necklace, similar here

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shabby Apple Winner...

And the winner is...

Lucky #15 is Elle from Elle Sees!

Elle, you have won the beautiful Andes Skirt from Shabby Apple! I just sent you an email and you have 3 days to claim your prize. Congratulations!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

OOTD: Calligraphy Skirt

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a very fruitful Black Friday! I of course was the very 1st one in line at Anthropologie on Black Friday and scored some awesome deals. I got the skirt and top you see below plus a few other goodies. I love that Anthro participated in BF this year and hope that it becomes a yearly occurrence. :) Did any of you get any lovelies from Anthro??

Anthropologie Bojagi Pullover, similar here
Anthropologie Snakebite Belt, similar here
Forever 21 Tights, similar here
Nine West Heels, similar here
And don't forget to enter my Shabby Apple giveaway for a cute pencil skirt. Hurry, you have until the end of today!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

OOTD: Red & Lace

Happy Wednesday! Another sale at Anthropologie and this is tempting me. But when I know that their Black Friday sale is right around the corner I don't want to pay full sale price for it, know what I mean?!?

I love lace. It's so girly, lovely and pretty much timeless if you ask me. Add a bow at the waist and it's perfection. So when this skirt hit sale at Anthropologie last year I had to have it.

Anthropologie Breezy Ride Cardigan, similar here
Anthropologie Scalinata Top, similar here
Anthropologie Openwork Vines Skirt, similar here
Anthropologie Tights, similar here
Miz Mooz Solis Boots

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

OOTD: Mosaic Flower

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I heart Diane von Furstenberg. Her dresses are so classic and so flattering. I picked this one up at Nordstrom Rack a few years ago and I'm still in love with the print. Throw on some cute purple shoes and I'm ready to go! Here's what I wore to church two Sundays ago (I'm a little behind on my posts)...

Diane von Furstenberg Megan Mosaic Flower dress, I LOVE this one
Anthropologie Tights, similar here
Kate Spade Kelley Pumps, similar here
And don't forget to enter my Shabby Apple giveaway for a cute pencil skirt!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Shabby Apple Giveaway!

**The giveaway is now CLOSED**

The sweet folks at Shabby Apple contacted me and asked me if I'd like to host a giveaway and of course I said yes please!

Shabby Apple is an online boutique that offers vintage-inspired women's clothing including dresses, skirts, accessories and even swimwear. I'm really loving a lot of their clothes right now especially the Peru Dress and Cusco Pencil Skirt. But my favorite is the Andes Skirt (isn't the print adorable?!), which one lucky reader will win!

To Enter:

1 - You must "like" Shabby Apple on Facebook and leave a comment with your email address letting me know that you have.

2 - You can get one extra entry by following Breakfast at Gigi's via Google Friend Connect and leave a comment letting me know.

That's it! Easy Peasy!

***This contest is open to United States residents only***

The giveaway ends Monday, November 28th at 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be chosen by They'll be notified by email and will need to respond within 3 days with their name, address, and skirt size. I will email that info to Shabby Apple and then they'll send you your skirt.

A huge thanks to Shabby Apple for this giveaway and good luck everyone!

**The giveaway is now CLOSED**

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Decor

Since we're one week away from Thanksgiving I wanted to share how I changed up my decor (you can see my Halloween decor here). Below, my console table has a 'Thankful Tree' (I got the idea from Pinterest). The tree was made from tree branches I found outside, some scrap paper and a mason jar I already owned. Totally free and easy project to do!
My mantel got changed up just a bit with some acorns and leaves in the jar and a cute little 'Give Thanks' sign...
As for my entertainment center, I kept my pumpkins and just removed the spiders and added leaves to make it look more harvesty. My spell-check doesn't like that last word but I'm going with it!
And those white pumpkins you see above used to look like this (I got them for $0.99 each a few years back)....
I wanted a more neutral look so I taped off the stems, spray painted them white and then sanded them down a bit so they look more rustic. Here's a closer look at one of them...
So that's it. I can't wait for Thanksgiving, I love any excuse to eat to my heart's content. :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Another Painted Rug Reveal

First things first, how about today's sale at Anthropologie?!? I was kind of surprised to see a sale with the big Black Friday event coming up. I ordered these but I've never tried them on so we'll see how they work out when they get here.

Soooo, I'm done with my second painted rug (you can see my first one here). Here's the before and after shots for you...


This rug was so much easier - it took me about 2 1/2 hours to finish it. This project was free for me since I used leftover paint from another project, I already owned the rug, and I used an old cardboard box to make my stencil! I love the bright color that it adds to my kitchen. If any of you are thinking of painting a rug I would highly recommend it; it's such a great way to add a custom accent color to any space in your home.

And if any of you have any questions please feel free to ask, I learned a lot from my mistakes on both rugs I painted. :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

OOTD: Plum Crazy

I wasn't sure I could get on board with the colored jeans trend but when I saw these plum AG Jeans I changed my mind. I'm in love with the color and they are so comfortable too! And I'm pleasantly surprised that they go with so much in my closet.

Anthropologie Bianka Blouse, similar here
Anthropologie Bow-tied Beauty Boots, similar here for $39!
Anthropologie Necklace, similar here

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Painting Another Rug

Well, I'm at it again. I just loved how the first rug turned out so I decided to do another one. This one is a lot smaller so it will be so much easier and hopefully won't take too long. I'll be sure to post pics of the finished product soon. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

OOTD: Black,White & Floral

I was a happy girl when I read the big news on Roxy's blog that Anthropologie is going to be participating in Black Friday this year. Yipppeeee!!! I can't wait and you can bet I'll be there right at 6 AM when the doors open.

This look is one of my all time faves from the Anthro catalog so I decided to re-create it again (see it on me here). I mixed it up a little and paired boots with it this time. So here's what I wore to church on Sunday...

Anthropologie Ambrosial Cardigan, similar here
Anthropologie Chocolate Chip Dress, similar here
Anthropologie Cake Decoration Belt, similar here
Miz Mooz Solis Boots
Forever 21 Tights, similar here
And anyone get anything from the sale today?? I was tempted by this but I think I'm gonna hold out until Black Friday. Have a great Tuesday everyone. :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Anjolee Diamond Stud Earrings

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by to review their collection of diamond stud earrings. First let me say that Anjolee is a great company with excellent customer service. They offer a 30-day money back return policy on all of their products, which is so important when you're ordering online. Each diamond purchase also comes with a certificate of authenticity so you know you're getting what you paid for.

If you're picky like me you can also go online to and customize any piece by color, carat weight, diamond quality, and price. So you can get exactly what you want! And they have free shipping. I don't know about you but I hate paying for shipping so this is key when I'm shopping online.

I believe that every woman needs to own a pair of diamond stud earrings and with the holidays coming up it would be the perfect gift! Here are my top three picks from Anjolee's beautiful selection of diamond studs...

{so classic}

{so unique}

{so much sparkle}
The last stud earrings are my favorite. Since the center stone is surrounded by diamonds they will be so sparkly!

So if you're in the market for diamond jewelry I would recommend buying from Even though diamonds are a huge purchase, you'll feel safe and secure with their 30-day money back guarantee.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

OOTD: Elodie Lily

Happy sale day at Anthropologie! Did any of you get anything? I was kind of tempted by these but in the end I decided not to get them. I'm still holding out for a bunch of other stuff to hit sale. Stay strong! Anyway, it's been awhile since I last wore this cardi so I decided to wear it to church this past Sunday....

Anthropologie Elodie Lily Cardigan, similar here
Anthropologie Rising Vapors Dress, similar here
Anthropologie Rensselaer T-Straps, similar here
Forever 21 Tights, similar here

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
little ladybug

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Painted Rug Reveal and Tutorial

It's finally done folks. After many late nights and many sore muscles I'm really happy with how it turned out. We all love a good before and after shot so here you go...



Now I know there are a lot of tutorials out there but I'll just go ahead and show you how I did mine. First I made my own stencil. I know I could have purchased one but I'm cheap so I decided to make my own. Most stencils I saw were going for around $50+ and I made mine for about $12. That and I couldn't find exactly what I wanted, which was this Moroccan tile pattern...


1. I got the thickest poster board I could find at Michael's craft store. It was seriously thick but I knew that it had to hold up to the paint and not fall apart.

2. Find the pattern you want and print it. I used the Moroccan tile pattern above and blew it up in Photoshop. Since my overall pattern was larger than a piece of paper I had to select areas to print and then piece and tape them together.

3. Cut out the pattern and trace it onto your poster board. Since I just needed the white part to make the stencil, I cut that out and traced it onto my poster board.

4. Cut out the pattern using an exacto knife. This part was difficult and took me awhile since the poster board was so thick. I had to cut every single cut at least 3-4 times to make it through the poster board.

And man did "my fingers hurt", I felt like the elderly lady from Happy Gilmore!


First off, you can't paint just any old rug. You need something that is a natural fiber and I think sisal works best (please don't try to paint over a carpet rug, it won't work!). I got my rug from Pottery Barn a few years ago but it looks like they still sell it here. I also know that IKEA sells some pretty cheap sisal rugs called Egeby. And FYI my rug is 5' x 8'

1. Paint your rug. I wanted the rug to be gray with the white stencil so I first painted it three coats with the grey paint (I used Behr Anonymous and I used almost a gallon of paint). I used a water based semi-gloss paint since it would be easy to clean and would hold up to the foot traffic.

2. Now for the fun part. Line up your stencil and start painting with the white paint (I used Behr Ultra Pure White and I used less than a quart). Be sure to get it as straight as you can, you don't want a crooked pattern! I used one of those small edge rollers and just rolled over the stencil. I found that by not pressing too hard was the way to go, otherwise it just bled everywhere and didn't give me a smooth edge. Keep in mind that this just gave me a rough outline of the pattern.

3. Once I had my entire rug stenciled with the rough outline I had to go back and "fill in" the stencil with the white paint. I basically had to hand paint it with a small craft brush. Even though this was very time consuming it was the only way to get the results that I wanted.

4. Then I went back and cleaned up the edges again with the grey paint. I had a lot of spots where the white paint bled too far into the grey that I had to touch up. Again, time consuming but the result was well worth the effort. And anyone who knows me knows that I'm a huge perfectionist so I kind of enjoy doing tedious tasks like this! :)

5. Lastly, I sprayed a coat of clear gloss protective finish over the entire rug. I wanted to give it some sort of a protective coat.

So that's it! Again, it took a lot of time but I'm so pleased with how it turned out! Would I do it again? Absolutely! In fact, I have a smaller 3' x 5' rug from IKEA that I want to paint for my kitchen!

Total cost was $125. The rug was $80 (which I bought 4+ years ago) and the paint and supplies were about $45. A steal if you ask me! Total time this project took was about 18 hours, don't attempt this project unless you are super patient and willing to put in the time and effort!

And here's some final shots of how the rug looks in my space...