What I’m Loving Now: Distressed Jeans

| Bliss

If you follow me on instagram you know how often distressed jeans have popped up in my recent pics. To dress them up I pair them with sky high pumps and fun jewelry, to dress them down it’s a white t-shirt and sneakers.


Headed to a Mom’s Night In


Hanging out with the boys


Country style…they’re overalls ya’ll!

Finding good distressed jeans is the key since some styles take it to the extreme look like they’ve been dragged behind a train rather than just being “well loved”. I typically look for a darker wash with some fading on the legs and holes in “normal” places (like the knee).

Here are some of my picks (the ones from Charlotte Russe are the ones I’m wearing in the second pic):

Destroyed Jeans

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Back to School Preschool Style

| Baby, Fashion & Beauty, Mommy Life

School started back here a few weeks ago but my boys don’t start until next Tuesday, which means we’ve been enjoying having the playgrounds all to ourselves.

Heading back to school was always one of my favorite things when I was younger, probably because it meant fresh school supplies and a shopping trip for new clothes with my grandma. I still love a box of fresh crayons…so much potential.

Evan is attending preschool three days a week this year, which meant (yea!) I got to shop for school supplies. And they were the fun ones like cute lunch boxes and crayons and brightly colored scissors. I’m sure there will come a point when this is less exciting, like when both boys have a 2 page list that includes things like “protractor” and “college lined loose leaf paper” and they carry the same backpack every year. Until then, I’m enjoying reliving those early school days…which is the point to having kids right?? To live vicariously thru them and have an excuse to watch Disney movies and visit splash parks. :)

I realize in a few short years Evan will be picking out his own clothes. This is what he was wearing this morning…


He told me he’s a “cowboy”

These are a few Back-to-school looks I put together for him when he’s not a cowboy. Since cute clothes for boys are harder to come by than things for girls I thought I’d share some of my favorites:

Preschool Back to School

Preschool Back to School


I love these Old Navy Jeans since they actually fit my skinny babies – I think we own them in every size now. E has the high-tops and he loves them (he calls them “puffy” shoes). Since the laces are elastic he can put them on himself, which is a big help.

Back in Black

Back in Black


I love grey jeans right now and luckily the same skinny ones are available from Old Navy. My boys both love a hat and I can’t wait till it gets cool enough for them to start wearing adorable knit ones. I love that elephant backpack because it’s kid friendly in a really subtle way.

 All American Boy

All American Boy

Blue jeans and white tees are my personal staples so I love classic American style…plus tiny Chucks are adorable.

Preschool Gym Day

Preschool Gym Day

Most of the time my boys are in comfy clothes at home – so fun graphic tees and sweats that E deemed “cool pants” are a must. I adore those Plae shoes with the interchangeable straps but unfortunately they don’t yet come in a small enough size for my boys’ tiny toes.

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Guilded Upcycled Trunk

| Bliss, Decor, DIYs

I have been waiting sooo long to do this post…and I don’t mean like a few weeks long or since my accident long…I mean like a year. I’m probably the slowest DIYer on the planet…but I refuse to put deadlines on anything other than client work or you know, feeding my kids, so I plod along as I find the time. Looking back for my before pictures I realized I started this project around September of last year so I’m happy to finally have it completed. Upcycled Trunk This trunk belonged to my father’s parents. When they passed away we packed up some of their things in a couple of trunks for me to have. I ended up taking this one to school with me. So it definitely has some sentimental value.

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At some point in my college career I decided it would super cool if I decoupaged photographs on the lid. Ahem.

2013-09-03 16.31.02 The lid was pretty badly dented because sometimes I’d use it as seating. Whoops. Then it spend the rest of it’s life in our basement housing old art supplies.

Anyway, when I started my original office makeover I pinned this image:


We had a couch in the office that was about 9000 lbs and I figured I’d slipcover it and use the trunk as a small coffee table so the couch wouldn’t look so out of place.

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I choose some wooden feet from Home Depot and screwed the plates into a couple of pieces of wood I placed inside the bottom (since the sides were pretty thin). I spray painted them gold to match before I attached them.

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I sprayed the bottom of the trunk black since I just wanted to cover the green and I didn’t want to waste my precious gold (my precious…). :)

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Then we moved and it sat around for a long time till I finally decided to finish spraypainting it. I had my father in law cut a board to match the top so if someone did sit on it they wouldn’t fall through. I added some foam and upholdsterd it with some white duck cloth left over from my pillow case and watercolor projects.


I added the faux nailhead (Dollar Store pushpins) to give it a more finished look. I made a few throw pillows using the same techniques I did here and here.



So glad it’s no longer an eyesore. I think my grandmother would think it is just fabulous.


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