Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Belt it Out

 Purchased this nude and desert brown canvas belt with leather and brass accents from Goodwill for $1.38. 
I love the texture and neutral tones! 

1 canvas belt + Khaki Skirt =  3 ways!

Floral Print
I paired the belt with a khaki skirt because the tones compliment each other so well. My goal is to accent the shirt, not overwhelm it. The top is a simple pearl snap button down with delicate turquoise and desert brown floral accents that compliment the dessert brown tones in the belt.

Goodwill Fashion
Top Aeropostale $3.38
Skirt  $3.38
Belt  $1.38

Argyle Print
The 2nd top is an argyle print cashmere sweater. Similar to the floral print top, the creme, dessert brown, and nude tones in the top reflect the same tones in the belt. The argyle's diagonal lines create an interesting contrast with the horizontal lines on the belt. 

Goodwill Fashion
Top New York & Co $3.38
Skirt $3.38
Belt $1.38

Pairing the canvas belt with a striped top proposed a little more difficulty. I do not want to create a clash of lines between the belt and top. This blue button down has fine white piping that does not over power the horizontal lines in the belt. The light blue shade compliments the creme and desert brown shades in the belt. 

Goodwill Fashion
Top by Express $4.38
Skirt $3.38
Belt $1.38

Too cold for a skirt? Pair all tops and belt with skinny jeans or khaki pants. :)

All clothing items were purchased at my local Goodwill! 

3 looks for $14.90! 

Hope you enjoyed this fashion update from Java Journal!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Country Chic Christmas Gift

Check out this adorable Country Chic Christmas gift from my friend and sis Katie!

These Bell mason jars are full of goodies and treats for the last two weeks of our academic fall semester.

The first jar is filled appropriately for finals week.

Energy in a Jar

Energy bars, coffee, gum, oven roasted almonds, and more! 

The second jar is designated for after finals week when its time to relax and wind down.

Pampering in a Jar

What better way to pamper yourself than with a facial, mint lip balm, hand lotion [mine is Country Chic], and adorable fuzzy socks! 

Make it!

Mason Jar/Lid
Tissue Paper
Computer and Printer Paper
Tons of Goodies for any theme of jar!

The labels can be printed from your computer and taped in whatever fashion that meets your fancy.
Fill jar with fun and functional items.
Place tissue paper over the top opening of the jar and secure with lid.

Adorable and Affordable! 

Thanks Katie for this adorable gift! 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Peace on Earth Goodwill to Men

Deck the halls, warm up with hot cocoa, and pray for snow!
 'tis the Christmas Season

Ready or not Christmas is here! What better way to welcome the season than by setting up the tree? Every year I decorate a miniature Christmas tree for my bedroom. Naturally, it is decorated with cowgirl ornaments I have acquired over the years. The steal? I bought this little guy at Goodwill for less than $5! 
A 2 ft tree brand new averages $30  =  over $25 in savings! 

Pardon the quality of the photo - it does not do the tree justice [a new camera is on my wish list :) ].

               Dear Santa,
                       Please bring me a pair of pink paisley cowgirl boots. I've been an awfully good cowgirl.

Howdy Partner!

A must have wooden sign from the Festival of Trees

Retail isn't the best sale.

 Remember to support your local Goodwill this holiday season. You never know what you might find! 

Let's put the "Christ" in Christmas.

Have a blessed Merry Christmas!