Springing Into Spring

I’ve officially started planning for spring decor – THANK GOODNESS! I always hate the way my home looks after the winter holidays.  Everything looks so bare and dark, so I always get so excited to brighten things up with pastels and spring decor.

Here are a few preview pictures of how everything is coming along.  I’ve unfortunately been sick for the past few days so yes, sadly I have been individually been painting plastic Easter eggs to give them a pastel, matte natural finish.  I find that even when I am sick I still need to keep busy, I know it’s not good but it’s me…..

Stay tuned for some more updates this week!  I am really excited about a fun Spring DIY I am doing that is  saving me a boat load of green WOO HOO!

Vintage Scale With Robin Eggs Spring Mason Jars

 

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Jell-O Shots

Ok, ok, so I am not in college anymore, and haven’t been for quite some time, but the greatest thing about being in your mid-twenties is being young enough to still act semi-stupid while having a substantial income to go to house parties of friends (or boyfriend’s) who actually own houses.  Therefore, I still make Jell-O shots.

When I was in college living in a house with a bunch of girls I used to make Jell-O shots all the time and they tasted like a jiggly form of rubbing alcohol.  Probably because A.) I was most likely using Dubra or some form of cheap vodka B.) I had no clue what I was doing because I was probably intoxicated while making them. Or C.) We just didn’t care.

As an official adult now, I decided to spruce things up a bit, tone down the alcohol measurements and actually make fun shots that taste good.

Here’s what I did below:

Enjoy and drink responsibly!!!!

Cotton Candy Jell-O Shots

Cotton Candy Jell-O Shot

  • 3oz Berry Blue Jell-O
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1/4 Cup Cold Water
  • 3/4 Cup Pinnacle Cotton Candy Vodka
  • Optional: Place one Gummy Bear in each cup

Orange Cream Jell-O Shot  

Orange Creamsicle Jell-O Shot

  • 3oz Orange Flavored Jell-O
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 4oz Whipped Cream Vodka
  • 2oz Triple Sec
  • 1/4 Cup Cold Water

Banana Strawberry Smoothie Jell-O Shot

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Jell-O Shot

  • 3oz Strawberry Banana Flavored Jell-O
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 3/4 Cup Whipped Cream Vodka
  • 1/4 Cup Cold Water

Laundry Room Sign

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!  It has been a gorgeous weekend here in Connecticut, I am currently sitting with all the windows open, a coffee and waiting to meet my friends for the Toby Keith concert tonight!

Yesterday my mom and I took advantage of tax free week here.  I did some serious damage shopping for my upcoming Mexico trip, as well as some pretty awesome fall clothes, but perhaps my best find came from Homegoods.  I saw this sign for $12.99 and knew it would be a perfect fit for my laundry room.

The clothes pins fit in with my laundry room and since the room is right off of my kitchen, the chalkboard fit in with the theme of that.

When I got it home I knew it would be perfect to hang missing socks that some how got lost in the laundry until the mate showed up.  I then couldn’t help but write “Clean, single and looking for a mate” on the chalkboard part.  Oh the irony of my own life. hahaImageImage

Little Black Dress Bridal Shower

Ok, so this post is WAYYY overdue considering the shower was in MARCH, but without further adieu, here are some pictures of the Little Black Dress Bridal Shower I helped plan for my best friend.

As I said, the theme of the shower was “Little Black Dress”  Yes, there was a dress code and everyone did have to wear their favorite LBD.  We tried to carry the theme throughout the shower through decorations and favors. The candy/dessert bar was by far the focal point of the shower.  The cupcakes were from “Taste and See” located in Milford CT – http://tasteandseegourmet.com/  I HIGHLY recommend this cupcake shop if you are in the Connecticut area.  The women who work there are so sweet (no pun intended) and they are very reasonably priced.   Aside for accommodating my vision and making beautiful cupcakes, they are also DELICIOUS! Here are a few pictures of the dessert bar:

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I wish I hung this banner from the dessert table but we thought it would look nice for when the guest walked in to read “From Miss to Mrs.” This banner matched the invites I made (which you can find here.) 

Of course every shower has to come equipped with games.  The first game we played was the toilet paper bride game.  Each table received 4-5 rolls of toilet paper and were asked to pick one person from the table to create a wedding dress on them out of the toilet paper.  Each of the tables got super creative with their designs; some made bouquets, head pieces, bows and even a train.  We set a timer for 20 minutes and at the end we called each one of the “brides” to the front for Jessica to vote on her favorite. The winner, along with the table, received small gifts to take home!DSC_0308 - Version 2 DSC_0311 - Version 2DSC_0327 - Version 2 DSC_0342 - Version 2

Another game that we played was Bridal Bingo.  I designed the bingo cards to match again both the invites and the banner.  We placed a bingo card at each setting and asked each guest to fill in the blank squares with items they think Jessica may open as gifts.  As Jessica opened the gifts and called out what she received, people would cross out the item on the card.  The first 5 people who filled the card yelled BINGO and again won some door prizes.

We also had a door prize from the raffle ticket that the guest brought in from their invitations.  On the invitation, was a removable black Velcro dress.  The guest wrote their name on the back and brought in the raffle ticket.  Jessica picked out 5 winners from the raffle to win the door prize.  What was the door prize?? Little Black Dress Wine of course!!

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Jessica really wanted a glamour, sparkle shower.  We got the black sequin table runners fairly priced in NYC’s fashion district.  It was a fun train ride into the city with a visit to M&J Trimming.  If you are a bride and you are looking for any garments, head pieces, belts, basically any accessories GO TO M&J TRIMMING.  Walking into the store was like walking into heaven and everything was inexpensive – GO GO GO http://www.mjtrim.com/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=MJTrimming&utm_term=MJ%20Trimming

 Here are a few pictures of the centerpieces:
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For favors we of course had the candy/dessert bar, but also included Jessica nail polish.  Each of the nail polish colors were picked specifically because of the name “Jessica” of course – but also the colors reflected wedding colors. “I Do” and “Wedding Gown”
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The night was truly wonderful and we had so much fun at the not-so-traditional shower.  The night even ended up with a little bridal party fun 🙂 Here are a few other fun pictures from the night:

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Photos Courtesy of Stacy DeMonte (1,2,3,11,14) and Brittney Dishian (5,6,13,15,17,19_.  Please contact me at thefancystanton@hotmail.com for inquiries.

DIY Mardi Gras Statement Necklace

Instagram.  My boredom past time is slowly becoming my go-to in social media. Recently I came across a picture posted by the style blogger of Atlantic Pacific.  I honestly love everything outfit or accessory that this girl puts together (huge fan) but one of her latest pictures was a necklace from Fenton Fallon picture below:

Fenton Fallon Necklace

 

How AWESOME is that!? A great, colorful summer piece.  After looking through the Fenton Fallon website I fell in LOVE with everything.  It wasn’t until a few weeks later when I was visiting my parent’s house that this gem caught my eye:

Yes, it’s true, my parents went to Mardi Gras – they are pretty cool, and NO I didn’t ask them how they got the beads and frankly, I have no intention on asking either.

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Anyways, when seeing this I immediately thought of the wonderful beautiful Fenton Fallon necklace and thought – “HEY, I can make that!”  So that is precisely what I did. Here’s how.

DIY Mardi Gras Bead Braided Necklace

First, I took an array of all different color necklaces.

I then cut the necklaces to form long strands tying the top together with a piece of small ribbon.

I then taped the top of he strands to the table and spilt the beads up into three equal sections. The next step is to begin braiding the three strands together.

Once the braid came close to the end of the strands I then tied it together using the small ribbon again.

Lastly, I tied a thicker ribbon to each end of the braid so I could tie the necklace together around my neck.

And there you have it! – Simple quick and FREE!!!

Now We Have Everything – A Nursery Sign

Out of all the projects I have done, this one has got to be one of my absolute favorites.  Recently I was tasked with this:

“I need something for a baby shower, something to decorate a nursery, but different than The Mother’s Love sign you made” (THANKS LAUREN!!!) – That’s when my wheels started turning.  The first thing I went to do is look through Pinterest at Baby Nurserys.  That is what I came across this gem:

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I LOVED the way it looked, very classy and simple.  The only thing is, how can I turn this into something for a baby?  That is when the quote “First we had each other, then we had you, now we have everything” popped into my head.  If I removed one of the picture frames and just had three, I could write a part of the saying under each of the frames!

 

  • Frame 1 – First we had each other – This would be a picture of just the parents of the baby
  • Frame 2 – Then we had you – Picture of JUST the baby
  • Frame 3 – Now  we have everything – Family Picture

DONE AND DONE – LOVE IT

This item is currently not for sale on my Etsy shop because it is rather large to ship, but if you are interested, please email me at thefancystanton@hotmail.com and I can see what I can do 🙂

Or – if you choose to make your own, here’s what I did:

First I took three pieces of wood that were 6 inches wide and 36 inches long. I attached all three together by using Gorilla wood glue and brackets in the back.

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I then added studs at the end of each piece of wood to give it more of a rustic feel. I also added nails to the middle piece of wood to hang the picture frames on.

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Once the board was set and the nails were in place, I used Minwax® Wood Finish™ in Dark Walnut to stain the wood.  I used a sponge brush as well as an old cloth to do the staining (don’t forget to wear work gloves to keep your fingers from staining!!)

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I cut the letters using the Cricut Machine and attached them using Matte Modge Podge.  The frames I got were from IKEA and at a really good price!

And there you have it – the finished product came out wonderful.  It took some time, but I was very happy with the result in the end.

Now We Have Everything Sign

BIG thanks to my Dad with helping on this one, this further proves that the only guy a girl can depend on, is her Daddy.

Stay Fancy

-Jess

Preview Of My Shabby Chic Beginning

Well, I have officially moved in to my new place.  It’s crazy how you don’t realize how much stuff you have until you move. Mine mostly consisting of clothes, clothes, more clothes, shoes and a TON of tag sale/flea market junk.  A HUGE thank you to my family and friends for putting up carrying my junk and for the help with painting.  I owe you all xo

I still have a LONG way to go in terms of decorating, but here are a few sneak preview shots of my romantic not-so French country cottage.  It’s more like a condo close to i95 and the Post Road, but hey, a girl can dream.

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I can’t wait to share the finished rooms with you!

Stay Fancy!

Jess

A Shabby Chic New Beginning

So lots of updates have been going on lately.  I kind of fell off the track of blogging for some personal reasons, but I am back in full swing.  This past week I officially turned 26.  And although 25 was a good year, it was also a year of many, many difficult challenges.  25 got off to a really tough start for me around this time last year, some personal issues, but I made it through in great support of my family and friends.  At 25 I thought I had it all figured out, the perfect boyfriend, the perfect condo, and the perfect job, but sometimes life throws you some curve balls you learn to take the good with the bad.

Sometimes what seems to be perfect really isn’t, and my biggest fear in life is settling for something because people around you are doing it.  I’ve learned that your age is just a number and even though I would spend many nights in drinking wine to my face watching sappy movies, there really isn’t a reason to be that way.  My wonderful job, with honestly still the most amazing people I have ever known, moved to New York from Connecticut the same week my boyfriend and I broke up.  I had to move out of my beautiful condo the same week I had to pack my desk to move to New York.  The commute was rough, the move was tough and all the added stress was making my blood sugar levels go out of control.

Luckily, my wonderful grandparents live in Westport with a full in-law apartment.  I am beyond the luckiest girl to be able to still have both my grandparents with me.  Living there was a big change from my condo and most of the time felt like an Italian sitcom show.  My grandparent’s have been married for almost 61 years and fought just like that.  Most of the arguments were based off of who can hear better (no joke).  Living there I was able to jot down a few of my favorite lines they would say, and I swear I am going to write a book about it – or at least a blog post haha

I loved living with them, but honestly, at 25 you just want to be on your own.  Being there I was able to save save save, get a new, great job about .3 miles down the road, and really get my life into place.  I became happy again and “healed” there.  So, the day after I turned 26 I looked at a place to be on my own and within the next few days but a down payment on a perfect apartment!

It will be bittersweet to leave and I will sure miss having my grandma as my little personal assistant, but I am over the top excited to have my own place and OF COURSE decorate!!

Since I am obsessed with tag sales and flea markets I really want to keep that vintage feel, but the absolute best part about living on your own and being single is, I can decorate any way I want!!! Bring on the girly stupid sh*t.

For the living room I am thinking very neutral with grey, whites and tans while the bedroom is going to be all “romantic shabby chic french cottage” — very vintage, feminine, pink, flowers and teal.

Below are some inspirations that I have been looking at, and if you follow me on Pinterest, I apologize for pinning WAY too much of basically the same thing.

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What do you think?  AHH I cannot wait to put this all together!

Stay Fancy!

-Jess

The Secret to GOOD Homemade Iced Coffee: A Pinterest Success Story

The official start of summer is finally here – beach days, sun dresses, late nights, vacations, summer love and of course that switch over to ice coffee.  I for one am OBSESSED with coffee, it’s bad, this I know, but I literally cannot start my day without one and by the time 3 o’clock rolls around I turn into witchy women.

I typically get Starbucks (Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte) or Dunkin, and most of the time avoid making iced coffee at home due to the diluted sad attempt of a flavor.  Howeverrrrr… I came across this pin and thought wow, so smart and so simple  – so I tried it.

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I have the Keurig at home, so I just ran one cup twice through the machine and that was enough coffee to fill the tray.  Once frozen, I just put the ice cubes in a cup and poured another hot coffee over with a little splenda and a little milk – it was perfect!!!  Not diluted at all!  Looks like I will be taking advantage of this little trick all summer!

p.s – My Mom found the mason jar lid, 2 for $1.29 at Christmas Tree Shop – What a steal!!! I LOVE them and take my mason jars with lids EVERYWHERE!!!

3 Steps To Fixing Broken Make-Up: A Pinterest Success Story

AHH – First week at my new job and it has been GREAT! The people are great, the work is great and the commute – AMAZING. (ONE MINUTE, NO JOKE) As opposed to my 2 hour New York City commute.

With all my new spare single girl time I have found an addiction to the gym, the beach, crafting, blogging and eating frozen yogurt, alone, but hey whatever.

Since I have all this spare time to blog I decided I will post a weekly “Pinterest Success Story”. Recently I came across a blog with all Pinterest Fails – it was Hilarious, so I will share my favorite pictures of fail stories too, and possibly add some of my own fail stories. I am secretly convinced that all the Susie Homemaker perfect women out there are just perfect via social media – aint nobody got time for half the sh*t they do.

My success stories will be easy, I promise like this below – IT REALLY WORKS!!! I dropped my bronzer the other day and I was PISSED!!! I remember seeing this on Pinterest and thought I would give it a shot. I added about a cap full of rubbing alcohol and mashed up the pieces to form a liquid with a spoon. I simply let it dry over night and my make up with good as new – AMAZING!!  I put together a few pictures I took along the way as an example for you.  Sorry they are kind of crappy – they were taken with my iPhone.

Do you have any other fun make up tricks?

3 Steps To Fix Your Broken MakeupOh and as promised – the weekly Pinterest Fail = awesome.

Stay Fancy,
-Jess