Yes, it's that time of year again when we search Michiana for an amazing group of ladies willing to be our models for the Little Black Dress fashion show and luncheon.
I know you have questions! Here are some FAQs:
WHAT KIND OF MODELS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? We are looking for ladies between the ages of 18-100. We ask that those who wish to be a model NOT be a high school student, be able to provide their own transportation and have an email address and a telephone number that they check daily.
I AM NOT A MODEL SIZE, IS THAT OK? That's great! We don't want real models for this show. That is what makes this fashion show so great and fun for everyone! We search for a variety of ladies from size 0-24+!
WHAT IS MY COMMITMENT IF I AM CHOSEN TO BE A MODEL? You will be asked to attend one of the open model calls in person (sorry, no exceptions to this!). This interview will take about 10- minutes. After the open calls, you will be notified if you have been chosen to be a model in this year's show. If you are chosen you will be scheduled for a fitting. The fittings will take place at the Goodwill store on Western Ave. in South Bend. The times for the fittings are typically on Tuesday / Wednesday between 10am and 3pm. The fittings are a week before the event. The fitting will take about 30 minutes.We do our best to accommodate everyone's schedule, however we ask that all models do their best to make the prearranged time for their fitting work into their calendar.
HOW ARE THE MODELS FOR THE FASHION SHOW CHOSEN? After the open calls, a committee from the Style and Image Institute will consider each lady interested in being a model. Models are chosen based on availability for the fitting and event and overall personality. Our goal is to have models that represent the largest variety possible of sizes and ages on the runway.
WHO CHOOSES THE OUTFITS FOR THE MODELS? All of the looks on the runway are completely managed and styled by the Style and Image Institute stylists, under the direction of Kathy Friend, the producer of the show and stylist. On the day of the show, the Style and Image Institute's hair and makeup team will be on hand to glam up the models and make them superstars!
Over the years I have painted more pieces of furniture than I ever dreamed I would. In fact, if you come to my house on any given day, I am sure you will find something being painted at our house. Paint is such an inexpensive way to add new life to furniture!
Just to illustrate my point, here are two pieces that I just did for our bedroom. I loved the bones of these dressers, but hated the light pine color. I painted these white, slightly distressed them, spray painted the hardware, and and then sealed them. Isn't it amazing how even a simple can of white paint can do so much for an old piece?
Today I wanted to share some ways that you can add a fresh new look on a furniture piece from Goodwill. Often when we see pieces, we can't see the true potential in them if they are dated, mismatched, or distressed. It can be challenging to look at each piece as something full of possibilities.
Here are some great ways to bring tired furniture to life, to create the optical illusion of sets of furniture, and some really great new ways I have found to experiment with new painting techniques.
Create a Set With Paint
When you visit the store you may find that you can only find one or two of an item which can be a challenge when you are looking for multiples of something, like seating. Consider painting all of the items in one color to create the illusion of a set that is both unique and whimsical. I love this set of beautiful yellow chairs that were showcased on A Beautiful Mess as a perfect example of mismatched fun brought cohesively together with one paint color.
Try Painting Upholstery
Did you know that you can even paint an upholstered chair with fabric paint? Over on Pinterest Addict you can see how Tulip Spray Paint can transform an upholstered chair. Although this project cost $35 in supplies, the cost is far less than it would be to have the chair reupholstered and you can update the arms and legs of the chair with a couple of coats of fresh & shiny paint. I absolutely love this fabulous teal chair and wish I could put it in my house!
Dip Them in Metallics
If there is one trend I am really loving it is the mix of metallics and the effect of paint dipped legs on chairs and tables. Honeybear Lane shows how she combined these two trends and refreshed a pair of tired barstools into a thing of beauty with a bright raspberry paint & beautiful gold spray paint. Those before pictures really show how much paint can bring an old or dated piece to life.
Try Stripping Your Furniture
Stripping furniture can be a time-consuming process, but worth it if you want that beautiful natural wood to pull through on a design. Liz Marie shows off a beautiful piece (you must peek at her before pictures) that she wanted to create by painting just the outline of the dresser and leaving those drawers in their natural wood state. The deep rich stain makes this a very show worthy piece!
Add an Embossed Detail
Stenciling is back and better than ever with modern and edgy designs. Embossing is a technique that I have tried with paper crafts, but never knew that you could do the same thing on a piece of furniture. As Tiny Sidekick illustrates in her embossing furniture tutorial, the trick is to keep moving that heat to help keep the paint job underneath intact.
I am so inspired by this that I can't wait to give it a try in our house!
Try A Fresh Coat of Spray Paint
Spray painting furniture can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. The nice thing about spray paint is the quick coverage you can do with it and the distressing that can be done after so that you don't have a one-dimensional finish. I experimented with spray paint and a dark stain on a side table and loved the results. With a little distressing, no one would ever guess how you painted it. Refresh Restyle shows you how to apply paint with a sprayer and then adds a little distressing to her dining chairs. The speed of this project really appeals to me!
See The Potential In EVERYTHING
Sometimes it is hard to see the potential in pieces and we give them away or pass on them when we see them in the store. This beautiful mid century modern dresser on Sunflower Hugs showcases a piece that had been kicked to the curb that she was able to make brand new again with a little paint and hardware updating. Now this looks like a piece that you purchase from the West Elm catalog with just a little elbow-grease and a vision for what to do with something no one else wanted.
I hope that this article inspires you to start hunting for new pieces for your space and that you can begin seeing the potential in things you have never noticed before!
Fashionable Fun for your Wedding, Prom or Special Event
This Saturday - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm / Admission is FREE!
123 North St. Joseph Street
South Bend, IN 46601
U93 is hosting Goodwill Glamour this Saturday at DoubleTree in South Bend from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is FREE and you can shop the Glamour Boutique for wedding gowns, prom dresses and evening wear. Local vendors will be on hand to display their services and offer a wide variety of expertise for those planning a high school prom, wedding or special event.
This year I went on a journey towards being truly serious about decluttering our home of unnecessary items. I would conservatively say that we have reduced our belongings easily by 50% and I still feel that there is more that we can do this year. Is your dream to declutter your space this year and rid yourself of clutter forever? It is a common resolution and I am living proof that this is achievable, although I will always be a work in progress.
Today I want to share with you a few resources that have helped our family on the journey towards reclaiming our home- the transformation is so worth it!
Try the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge
I attribute the 40 Bags in 40 days Challenge as the kickstart towards decrapifying (that is totally a word!) our life. Each year White House Black Shutters shares a 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge that typically runs from March to April. During this challenge, you are encouraged to gather 40 bags of stuff that you don't need over the course of 40 days.
I never dreamed that I could gather that many belongings from our home, but it started me on a journey towards realizing how much excess we really did have. Each morning I started my day with a bag and tried to clear one spot in our house to create a more organized space. I did not typically have a plan, only a desire to remove anything that I saw throughout the day that we didn't need anymore. As each bag was unloaded, it made our space a little less cluttered and a little easier to upkeep.
Utilize this list to help you begin tackling different areas in your home and download the free printable to track your progress as you unload the clutter from your home.
This is an example of a space that needed attention in our home that I worked on in the Spring. With the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge encouragement, I was able to free our shed of unnecessary clutter and transformed it into a dreamy bonus room for our family. Who would have ever thought that this cluttered and embarrassing space could have ever been an oasis right on our own property?
Perhaps there is an area in your own home like this that with a clutter unload could become a cozy space for your family? Try this easy challenge to successfully achieve that goal!
Try Project 333: Experiments in Living With Less
Feeling inspired by my journey towards living with less, I began to turn my eye to my closet. In full confession, I had a lot of clothing in my closet and not a lot of closet space to house it. I started reading about fashion capsules and thought that minimizing my wardrobe while working on selecting key pieces that worked together would be a great way to continue my journey in decluttering our home of unnecessary items.
Have you heard of a capsule wardrobe before? A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing which is designed using only interchangeable items, in order to maximize the number of outfits which can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be “key” or “staple” items in coordinating colors.
Project 333 is what I am doing right now which is a minimalist approach to fashion that incorporates a 33-piece capsule wardrobe. Participants can have 33 items in their closet that they wear for three months. You are allowed to set aside 3 items that you can weave in as long as you weave items out, keeping the item number to just 33.
Although I have found the planning of my capsules to be a little stressful, once I execute them well, I have discovered that I have plenty of options in my closet to wear and actually get more compliments than I did when I had a closet that was overflowing.
You can view my current capsule as an inspiration for creating your own. My best advice though is to really create your capsule around YOU and not a capsule that is just copying someone else's style so you feel your best!
Try the A Bag a Day Challenge
You would think that after participating in the 40 Bags in 40 Days that our home would be completely clutter free. I fully admit, I am a work in progress and that I still have a ways to go. This year I am participating in the A Bag a Day Challenge from Inspired Room which is a 12-month decluttering plan to help you reclaim your home.
I like that this challenge isn't focused on organizing, but simply on ridding the excess from your home. With a beautiful outlined plan in place and the gentle encouragement of the beauty of Melissa's stunning home, who wouldn't want to rid their homes of the clutter?
Over the snowy holiday, I got rid of six bags of clutter and four bags of trash in our home. It was so freeing to let these items go and reclaim corners in our little house. I loaded these up in the car and took them over to the Goodwill donation bin, conveniently just down our road, and knew that these items would be put to good use in their store.
I hope you will find this post encouraging and hearing feedback from family and friends about our clutter-free spaces makes me even more proud of the journey we have taken towards a life with less.
I hope these ideas inspire you to declutter your space and reclaim your home! What are some of your favorite ways to declutter? Leave your ideas in the comments below!