MANDI’S MOST WANTED: Summer Shopping

vintage inspired summer clothes

I’m so excited to shop for summer clothes this year! In the past I’ve dreaded this season that most gals welcome with their bare, open arms. As sad as this is (and as much as I HATE to admit this), I didn’t like baring my body more than I had to. But this year, I’ve been committed to getting fit and have already lost 20 pounds. What?! My time in the weight room has given me an extra dose of confidence, too.

Because of the weight loss, shopping for new clothes is actually a necessity for me this summer, as most of what I own is becoming increasingly big. A problem I’m not really used to, but will gladly accept! It’s been pretty difficult narrowing down all of my favorites to an affordable list that will work for most occasions, and while I plan to buy some basic black and white tops and bottoms, I want to have a little fun too. Here are my favorite Summer finds that I think will be a lot of fun to wear once these Ohio days grow warmer.

  1. Denim color block romper
  2. Orange jumpsuit
  3. Cateye sunglasses
  4. Pink pleated dress
  5. Stiff brimmed straw hat
  6. Grey striped jumpsuit
  7. Wide brimmed straw hat
  8. Orange flower hair clips
  9. Gingham strappy top
  10. High waisted wide leg jeans
  11. White body suit
  12. High waisted mom jean shorts
  13. Pierced leather sandals
  14. White Birkenstocks
  15. Round sunglasses

Bedroom Makeover

small bedroom makeover

At long last, our bedroom is finally in order! It only took us three years of living in this house to touch this room. Yikes! I can’t believe we slept in that green room for so long! But, despite my best intentions, time has been marching on. And regrettably, in my haste to get things going for our little bedroom makeover, I didn’t take before pictures! Who am I? Sorry! But try to imagine just a room with green walls and clothes all over the place. A sad, lumpy bed in the middle of the little room under the window. Hodge podge. Nothing nice. You can sort of glimpse the order of things in the two pictures below that I did manage to take. It was so bad in here, I guess I just didn’t want to document any of it!

But here we are, on the other side of things. I installed a handy closet system to make up for our lack of closet space. I also designed and built new nightstands to flank the bed that my parents passed down to us. The bed was handmade by my dad, so I couldn’t say no! Besides, we had been sleeping on a plain metal bed frame before their gift. So it was very welcome.

You can check out my posts about the closet system and nightstands at A Beautiful Mess, as linked below:

Creating an Open Closet System
DIY Parsons Nightstand

open closet system

vintage dresser vanity

I’m quite sentimental, which explains the random notes from loved ones that I keep taped up around the house. This one (above) from my dad is on my dresser mirror. Also, behold the stack of hats which need to be put away into their boxes. Or else sold off to the highest bidder. I have way too many hats for my own good! But like I said, I’m a sentimental gal. I can’t bear to give them up, and besides— Lucy loves playing with them! It would’ve been my dream to have such hats for playing dress-up as a child. So I keep them around for her sake. (So I tell myself!)

small bedroom makeover

open closet system

small bedroom makeover

The view from the hallway is much nicer these days! Before, you would be likely to spy a pile of clothes that had no home, or boxes of things we’ve cleaned up from the rest of the house and decided to dump into our room…. because, well, why not? It was a wreck anyway. Bad, bad habits, I tell ya!

perfume bottles

When I first got into antiquing (as a middle schooler!) I started a collection of vintage perfume bottles and vanity accessories. These days I’ve donated or sold off most of my collection, but I have kept a few things which I keep on my dresser with other usual suspects, like my glasses and perfume of choice (Burburry).

We’re enjoying feeling more settled now that our bedroom has finally become a pretty and calm space. And in case you are interested in some of the decorations we’ve used, I linked ’em up below. Thanks for looking!

Sources:
-Art: Debbie Carlos x Scout & Catalogue
-Lights: Urban Outfitters
-Rug: Amazon
-Radio: Vermont Country Store
-Bedding: Target
-Pillow: West Elm (no longer available)
-Bed: Handmade by my dad (proud daughter!)

small bedroom makeover

Easy Frothy Vanilla Chai Latte

simple vanilla chai latte recipe

My favorite thing about being a barista was having the power to make delicious drinks whenever I wanted them. (It’s the early morning shifts I could’ve done without…) At work I could create an amazing chai latte without super sugary syrups, and with a perfectly steeped bag of full leaf tea. Well, that was years ago, but I’ve finally perfected a quick and easy chai tea latte at home! I don’t even need any syrups or fancy machines.

If you’d like to make your own delicious chai tea latte, you have to check this out. It’s my very favorite (and did I mention easy) way to make a vanilla chai latte at home! So frothy, so flavorful, and so, so yum!

Make a delicious frothy chai latte with no expensive tools

W H A T   Y O U   N E E D :

how to make a tea latte at home

S T E P   O N E :   Boil water and begin steeping your tea. Leave some room at the top of your mug for the cream and foam that you’ll add later.

Make a delicious frothy chai latte with no expensive tools

S T E P   T W O :   Pour about 2 ounces of International Delight French Vanilla creamer into a little frothing pitcher or mug. You don’t need a special pitcher, I just happen to have one.

how to make a frothy latte with no expensive tools

S T E P   T H R E E :   Use a frothing wand to create a nice meringue-like foam from the creamer.

S T E P   F O U R :   Using a spoon to hold back the foam at the top of the pitcher, pour your desired amount of cream into your steeped tea.

Make a delicious frothy chai latte with no expensive tools

S T E P   F I V E :   After stirring the cream into your tea, scoop out some foam to top off the latte.

fresh nutmeg latte topping

S T E P   S I X :   Grate fresh nutmeg to top off the latte. It’s a delicious touch that really adds a gourmet flair to the entire drinking experience.

simple vanilla chai latte recipe

simple vanilla chai latte recipe

You might also like to add fresh cinnamon to the top of your chai tea latte, but the nutmeg is exactly what I would use back in my barista days. But we didn’t have fresh nutmeg, so this is even better! I really love the vanilla flavor mixed with the chai tea, and the International Delight creamer adds the perfect rich flavor without having to steam milk and add syrup separately. I can let the hot water and frothing wand to the hard work for me!

This same technique would be perfect to make a London fog as well, which is a latte that uses earl grey tea with vanilla flavoring. Just steep your earl grey tea as usual and add the frothed International Delight cream to the top. So easy, and so delicious!

simple vanilla chai latte recipe

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

WHAT WE WORE | Rainy Day Brigade

Vintage Mother/Daughter Fashion Blogger

Taking outfit pictures with an infant and toddler in tow can be super challenging, but apparently not challenging enough for us, because yesterday we decided to attempt them outside in the rain with fifteen minutes before we had to meet people for a lunch date! Whew! Makes me out of breath just thinking about it. But as my motto for 2016 goes, done is better than perfect. So here we are! 

Lately I’ve noticed a shift in my wardrobe to include mostly neutrals. I’m not sure if it’s a result of subconsciously wanting everything in my life to match, or perhaps a more conscious decision to make getting dressed in the morning much easier. If everything already matches, you can’t go wrong, eh? And I can still live vicariously through Lucy’s wild colored tights that I’m really going to miss on her squishy little legs come summertime. Summer is coming, still, right? But first, let’s break out the umbrellas and embrace the arrival of Spring!

O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

Lucy’s Outfit Details: dress from @pennysclosetxo on Instagram / tights: Country Kids / shoes: Zimmerman shoes / umbrella

My outfit Details: jumper: ASOS / blouse: ASOS / boots: Clarks / umbrella: Target

Vintage Mother/Daughter Fashion Blogger

Vintage Mother/Daughter Fashion Blogger

Vintage Mother/Daughter Fashion Blogger

Vintage Mother/Daughter Fashion Blogger

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