Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sweet Parrish Place Style {Vol. 8}

Hey all! Welcome to my weekly style post! Every week, I take pictures of my outfits and join other bloggers around blog land who do the same. These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion. I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways. I wear the clothes I own forever, but I usually don’t wear any item in the exact same way more than once or twice.  As a middle school counselor, I am always looking for inspiration, and ways to be stylish, professional, age appropriate, and modest, and I hope to provide that same inspiration to other women and mothers in similar professions or lifestyles.
This was probably my favorite outfit of the week.  I have owned this cream coat for several years, but I don’t wear it that often, even though I love it.  It is such a light color that I hate to get it dirty.  I just think it is really sharp looking, so I thought I would show it to you. 

polka dots
Coat- Gap (old) similar



And here is the outfit without the coat.  The polka dot sweater was a Christmas gift last year.  You can see this sweater styled in a different way here

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Necklace- Loft Outlet this Fall



This dress was purchased off of the clearance rack at Gap several years ago.  I didn’t wear it for a long time, and almost got rid of it a few times, but I guess it has made a comeback in my wardrobe – I like it again.  You can see some other ways I styled the leopard cardigan here and here.  

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Cardigan- Loft (old) here is this years version
Scarf similar




I bought this plaid skirt at Banana Republic a while back, and I still wear it every winter.  Of course, the denim shirt is a staple in my wardrobe that you have seen many times before.  The brown cardigan is another fave!  And of course, the booties I bought in the fall- still in love with them!  You can see them styled differently here, here, and here.  But they have made an appearance many more times than that!

plaid and denim

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cardigan similar
booties 40% off right now!




This was casual Friday.

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Black Puffer Vest (this year’s Version)
Cream Sweater- old
Clogs- American Eagle (old) similar, similar
leopard belt similar

puffer vest and leopard



I went to Goodwill last week, and one of the things I purchased was this faux fur line Gap denim jacket for $4.  Isn’t this #Cheers T-shirt cute for Christmas?  It’s currently on sale for $8!  I just realized I wore the same black jeans twice this week, gasp!

fur lined denim and #Cheers Tshirt
Denim jacket- thrifted

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That about sums it up for what I have been wearing lately!  Thanks for stopping by for my Sweet Parrish Place Style post today!  If you would like to stalk my other outfit and fashion posts, click here!  I also have a Pinterest Board where I post all of my daily outfits.  I also frequently post on Instagram!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Entry and Banister

Christmas Banister Graphic

Welcome to our home this Christmas!  I love to create a welcoming entry, especially at Christmas time.  And our home present special challenges in the entry, because it is a split level home.  If you are a regular around here, I have mentioned many times how I have struggled with creating an inviting entry because of the split level.  I have tried to make the most of this space.  And I love the way it looks this Christmas, so take off your shoes, and come on in!  I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum, and just let you enjoy the pictures.  This is the wreath that has hung on our front door for quite a few years now.  I think next year it will be time for something new.  But I do love the Deer wreath hanger!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Our 2014 Christmas Shopping Guide




Will someone please tell me how it is all of the sudden less than two weeks away from Christmas?  So, who is reading this that can safely say you have already finished your Christmas shopping?  If that is you, give yourself a big pat on the back!  As for me, I still have a ways to go.  We have made a dent in our shopping list, but we still have several things to buy.  We have done quite a bit of our shopping so far this year online, but we are going to spend most of the day shopping tomorrow, and will hopefully get it all finished.  Then we can breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the rest of the Holiday season.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Polished Casual Christmas Mantle

polished casual mantle
Did you catch my big DIY Airstone Fireplace Reveal last week?  If not, you may want to check it out before you read this post.  Today, I wanted to show you some up close and personal details of our mantle all decorated for Christmas.  In the picture below, you can see the final mantle when I was all finished tweaking it.  Some of the pictures in this post are without the lights and the chalkboard art printable.  I thought the mantle was complete, but after a couple of days, I decided to add just a little more to it, and I am in love with the end result!  It is my favorite mantle I have ever done for Christmas.  I call my design style eclectic, modern, polished casual (read more about that here), and this Christmas I am calling my décor Polished Casual Christmas.  There are lots of pictures below, so let’s get this party started! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sweet Parrish Place Style {Vol. 7}

Hey all! Welcome to my weekly style post! Every week, I take pictures of my outfits and join other bloggers around blog land who do the same. These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion. I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways. I wear the clothes I own forever, but I usually don’t wear any item in the exact same way more than once or twice.  As a middle school counselor, I am always looking for inspiration, and ways to be stylish, professional, age appropriate, and modest, and I hope to provide that same inspiration to other women and mothers in similar professions. 

This denim shirt dress was on my must have fall fashion list.  You can see how I wore it early in the fall here.  What do you think of the tights?  This is the first time I have worn them, and I felt a little risqué.  But I received compliments on them from the girl students at my school! 

denim shirtdress, zebra tights, tall boots
Shirtdress- Gap (sold out) similar, similar
Brown cardigan (old) similar 
zebra tights- similar
black boots- similar, similar

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Our Polished Casual Christmas Tree

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For the past two years, we went to the Christmas Tree Farm and bought a live tree for Christmas.  Probably the most fun part of doing that was the actual act of taking the whole family and spending the day looking for the perfect tree, cutting it down, taking lots of cute pictures, etc.  But for LC and I, that is basically where the fun ended.  To be honest, we just didn’t dig the real tree that much.  Shocking, I know!  It was really hard to get it upright and stable – it actually fell down last year and several ornaments broke.  And after it fell, we had a really hard time getting it to stand back up.  I think we actually had to go out and buy a new stand.  After it is stable, of course you have to water it once or twice a day.  The branches are really prickly and difficult to work with, plus the heavy ornaments I have would not stay on the tree. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tips for Giving Your Rental Property an Overhaul

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Do any of you reading this own a rental property?  It is a great way to supplement your yearly income.  And if you've made a considerable investment in a rental property you should take great pride in offering your tenants a comfortable, attractive place to live. That being said, you've decided it's time for a makeover. If you want to get a greater return on your property, you have to put something in it. You'll find that it's easier to attract tenants and keep them when you devote your energy to making their living space as inviting as possible. Take some simple tips to make your property the envy of all others.