A Prepford Husband: Gift Guide for Him 2017

Somehow, I’m a better men’s shopper than women’s. Probably because my primary gift giving is for my husband who is very sure of what he likes in this world. So consider this gift guide a gift from my husband to you. Every single thing is owned and approved by him. Half of the items on this list like before, are small business items including the hat, watch band, sweater, cologne and pin.

The item I can not recommend enough and I feel like needs an actual shout out is the cologne. My husband pleaded for it a few Christmas’ ago from online. He’d never smelled it before but knew from the descriptor that he wanted it so we got it. It is the BEST. SMELLING, COLOGNE, EVER. It’s strong and works well with his unique chemistry and super long lasting. I would get into my car for a week after he drove one day and my cloth seatbelt would still smell like it. Aside from that, we love everything on this list and couldn’t recommend them enough. 2017giftguideforhim

Harding Lane Hat // Yeti Bag Cooler //Bexar (Pronounced Bear) Goods Watch Band //Arnold Steiner Sweater // Flannel Lined LLBean Boots // J. Crew Travel Pillow // Rayban Clubmasters // VT Oswald Pin // DS & Durga Cologne // LLBean Windbreaker

Holiday Gift Guide for Her 2017

Today begins a series of Holiday gift guides, the first and the easiest being for her. This is a very specific “Her” List in that its the list that I would want if I didn’t already own most (i.e. some form of all) of these things. This things are all tried and true by me except for the Away bag which I love love love because of the beautiful Gray Malin print. My favorite thing about this list is that half of the items are from small business including the oxford, the hat, the tassels and to some extent the duffel. I think we tend to think of small businesses only in terms of arts and artisan goods but they definitely extend to wearable goods as well.

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Black, Cream and Bows for the Holidays

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If you are keeping track here, then you know my husband wouldn’t let me put up the Christmas decorations early. (And by “let me” I do mean he won’t go get them out of the shed and get on a six foot ladder and hang them up for me while I’m at work). And since I can’t decorate  my house, I have no choice but to decorate myself in anticipation of Christmas and to stick it to the man (i.e. my hubby).

I know that Christmas calls for red and green, I get it. But for me, creams, blushes, and black steal the show. Add a bow? And be still my rapidly beating heart.  I have loved a bow since the dawn of time and I am so happy to see them making an appearance all over the place this holiday. And I always go with cream because it’s one of my skins favorite colors. So I’m giving you guys some of my favorite simple holiday party outfits that incorporate those colors plus a bow. From dressy holiday parties to casual evenings with family, you can always throw a bow on it and ignore the traditional Christmas colors.

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Office Christmas Party

Dress (old / similar similar/ similar) // Bow //Shoes (oldsimilar/ similar/ similar) // Purse (Similar/ similar)

 

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Christmas Day

Jacket (Wearing the mens) womens // Sweater // Skirt (old Vera Wang/ Similar/ Deal $14.99) // Socks // DIY Shoes/ Clutch (Old/ Similar)

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Turtleneck // Puffer vest (similar) // Wide leg pants (old/similar/comes in green too) // Bow

So what about you? Are you forgoing traditional Christmas for something just as festive? Do you even dress up on Christmas? (We don’t. Morning of= pajamas which I will blog about eventually)

XO Prepford Wife

Black Friday 2017 Deals

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Tassel earring // Coat // Skirt (not on the site yet but will show up here)// Tissue turtleneck // tights // Boots (old poshmark find)

I am one of those obnoxious people who shop months in advance. That thing where people say you marry your parents and become your parents is totally true. Both my mother and mother in law are usually done shopping by September and they just Dec 24th shop for traditional’s sake. (Mother in law is a New Yorker so 34th st Macy’s at midnight is an easy way to get “cheap” thrills)

Just because we over here have prepped for the Christmas-pocalyse doesn’t mean I can’t help you with Black Friday Deals. Every single thing that I’m wearing (except for this pair of tassel earrings) is 50% off right now as a part of J. Crew Factory’s Black Friday deals. And even the earrings are a fantastic deal at only $12. What a steal for a hand made (I have seen it happen for my very eyes) small shop goody. They are from The Tiny Tassel in South Carolina and would make a fabulous Christmas gift!

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My favorite things about this outfit is that it’s dressy if your family does that but also casual enough that you could toss on a cute sneaker or a riding boot and make it more relaxed if that’s what you guys do.

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Aside from the Tiny Tassel and J. Crew, here’s a list of my favs from the places I usually shop. These are mostly the biggies and I will update this in the coming days with a gift guide that includes some of my favorite small shops so you can shop small and local for #shopsmall Saturday, one of my FAVORITE shopping holidays of the year.

94AD89EC-48A6-4592-9A37-9125A9BABC88Boden: 30% off plus free shipping and returns over $49

Gap: early access 50% off entire purchase with code BLKFRIDAY

J. Crew: 40% off everything and free shipping with code THANKU

J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything starting right now with code

Kate Spade: Surprise sale 75% off and free ground shipping when you spend $100 and 30% off regular site with code GIVEJOY

Katie Kime: Site wide sale 30% off

L.L. Bean: 20% off with THANKS20 and free $10 gift card

Modcloth Website down on Black Friday

Nordstrom: Up to 40% off designer clearance

Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store: Entire Store 50% Off

Pottery Barn: Black Friday deals up to 50% off and free shipping with code FREESHIP

REI: Closed on Black Friday for #optoutside

Society Social: $300 off select items with code THANKS300, $100 off select items with code THANKS100 and $75 off with THANKS75

Toryburch 30% off $250 or more with code THANKS

Vera Bradley: 50% off select patterns and styles

wallsneedlove: 40% off with code EARLYBIRD40

West Elm: Buy More save more 15% off $100 or more, 20% off $500 or more, 25% off $100 or more and 30%off $3000 or more with code SAVEMORE

 

Weekend Getaway to Corolla, NC

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It’s like, in order to avoid letting me get a horse, my husband is being extraspecially gracious with activities that allow me to interact with horses but make it illegal to bring them home. This weekend he surprised me with a little getaway to Corolla, NC where they have wild horse. *Insert imaginary gif of me fangirling over them*

For someone who was surprised though, I sure used those hours in the car to neurotically plan our every waking moment. If you ever have the opportunity to head that way, especially if its in the winter, my brief but intense research will serve you well. If you are headed there in the summer best of luck because the tourist are ever.y.where. We tend to beach in the off season. It’s cool enough to wear the clothes that we actually like and we aren’t “sit on the beach” people. Plus, we getting the added bonus to having the town to ourselves.

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My husband chose to stay at the Sanderling resort which was a fantastic homebase for the weekend. I love a place that is thoughtful and from the smores kit included in our room to the mending kit, that I always seem to need and not have, every detail was accounted for. When we arrived they’d upgraded our room to a waterfront view which was stunning and we lucked into seeing a really gorgeous wedding ceremony play out on Saturday.

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We ended up at the Lifesaving Station, their onsite restaurant twice if we are being honest; our first night and breakfast the next morning. But you should definitely branch out and try neighboring restaurant Kimball’s which is a few short steps away.

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Both dinner and breakfast were amazing. If you are coming from a non-Southern state definitely have the chicken and waffles. Let them show you how they do it and for breakfast have anything. It all looked amazing.

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Another post to follow with out second and third day. I promise the horses deserve their own post.

XO Prepford Wife

Iconic Trench

It is finally, finally trench coat season in my neck of the woods. I pulled out my favorite J. Crew trench in it’s honor. My favorite trench is one of three J. Crew trenches in my closet and I stand behind them 3500%.

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This specific trench is no longer available but there are some other goodies available around the internet for half the price.

 

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anneklein3// Anne Klein

ralph lauren4//Ralph Lauren Plus Size

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5// Ralph Lauren Contrast Trim

 

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6// Old Navy Deal Alert: $54.50 plus 40%

Ted Baker Wedding Guest Dress

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One of my favorite family members got married yesterday and the invitation called for formal wear. I’m hesitant when an invitation says formal only because I’m not sure if everyone will interpret it the same way. To be on the safe side, I default to shorter dresses with more formal structured fabric.

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Ted Baker always hits the nail on the head and this little number is no exception. Ted Baker dresses are appropriate for every season since many of them include floral on darker backgrounds. Universally flattering with a strong fabric which allowed me to wear regular undies, instead of some kind of spanx.

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Did I mention, she also has pockets and a killer back view?! I know once upon a time pockets were arare feature but I’ve reached the point in my life where I’m not buying an A-Line dress if she doesn’t have pockets.

 

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I paired it with a simple confetti gold clutch that I’ve had for years from J. Crew which is just big enough to hold credit cards, a travel size lotion, chapstick and an iPhone of normal size (judging you iPhone 7 Plus and larger). I also paired it with these Sophia Webster x J. Crew shoes that have yet to leave my closet. This felt like the perfect chance. This exact dress is from last year and I snagged it on poshmark brand new for the low low price of $25. Go ahead take the second to gasp and revel in my good fortune. Now go find one for yourself. Here are some beautiful dresses from this season that will give you the same effect as we go into the rest of fall and winter wedding season.

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So now, you tell me. What’s been your go to for easy wedding guest looks?

XO Prepford Wife

J. Crew Factory Newish Arrivals

The first holiday roll out and J. Crew and J. Crew Factory is always my favorite. This post was not going to be a thing until I saw the  pièce de résistance; the bow coat. With at least 40% off, I know that the coat and the cream bow sweater is what is guaranteed to come home with me. Do you know how good that’s going to look up against my skin? Ugh I’m so stoked. Here are my favorite items that are currently living in my cart waiting for me to waste too many monies.

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Sweater Blazer | Merino wool turtleneck | Bow sweater (Cream/Gray) | Ruffle Front Plaid Shirt | Wool Top Coat | Bow front coat|Slim cropped printed pantWool Mini Harvest Plaid Skirt | Pleated Mini Skirt

Honorable Mentions: Plaid blanket scarf | Cape Scarf

Which pieces are your favorite piece? Anything on your mind in particular?

XO Prepfordwife

PS I may have already purchased and received that cream bow sweater.

Painting Kitchen Floor: A Saga

I wanted tile floors but I didn’t want to tile floors. Queue DIY music (or Macklemore’s Thrift Shop. Loathe as I am to give them props on anything, that song is my life all summed up).

In the interest of giving the goods up front. Here are before and afters of my kitchen.

Very Blurry Before Still Shots from A Video Before We Moved In:

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Before Painting:  Note counters already prepared with goodies to paint with

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After:

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So there’s my floors all done with my own two hands. In the interest of full fledged honesty, which I encourage round these parts, this wasn’t my first time at the rodeo. I use to participate in technical theater as a scenic charge in high school and painting floors was apparently my jam. Proof? Exhibit A: 100 lbs lighter and 10 years younger version of me coated in paint.

So when I decided to paint my floor, I had all the confidence that I could get it done and come out alive with less paint coating my clothing. I checked the internets and yes! It could be done and has been done, in exactly the floor I wanted no less, by the lovely Mysha of Remington Avenue. And praise be to God she posted a tutorial which I sort of followed. Here are the steps that I took. But definitely stop by her site to see the one that started it all and to avoid my lack of structure.

Our floors are of the laminate peel and stick variety and I knew down the road that I wanted to replace them with tile. I know my style is rather distinct so I try not to make too many of “those kinds” of specialized changes that won’t add value for when we decided to sell in the distant yet foreseeable future. So it only made sense to give those peel and stick tiles an affordable face lift and then keep real tile in my wayfair cart ‘less I messed up heavily.

Supplies

  • Foam Rollers -small to give more control and not be bigger than the stencil. Foam to avoid lint and shedding of fibers.
  • 220 grit sanding block
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Painters tape- feel free to get the delicate but pro tip: just stick it to your sweater a full times and pull off to soften the stickiness
  • Exacto knife
  • Mylar sheets or transparent poster board
  • Foam brushes
  • Paint
  • Polyacrylic sealant
  • Plastic shopping bags (you’ll see, promise)
  • Bucket
  • Degreaser
  • Kilz 1-2-3 Primer
  • Dry Swiffer or other mop with electrostatic cling

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  1. We have these beautiful bistro chairs that I snagged for a steal before we moved from a consignment shop (when has your fave ever?!). I knew I wanted the floor to be a close match to the color so I toted this picture into Lowe’s. As the human color match machine. I picked out the colors I thought were the closest and brought them home with me to look at them in different lighting. IMG_9573.jpg
  2. Gathered supplies. (including unpictured supplies)IMG_9575.jpg
  3. Emptied the floor of everything, dry swiffered, dry swiffered again, dry swiffered again. See a trend here. It’s really important to make sure that you get as much dust and particulate up from the start so it’s not caught in the floor. We have dogs which means that even though they have never been allowed in the kitchen, that I found dog hair in the cracks and crevices of the floor. Scrub floor with a degreaser. I used a bucket of hot water and blue Dawn dish detergent followed by a wash of clean water to make sure no soap was left behind. You could also probably use a cap full of bleach in a bucket of hot water. This step is really important because you need a good base to begin with. IMG_9577.jpg
  4. I taped off the floor with blue painter tape. Note that I got the thick tape. I’m not usually very careful with painting since old habits die hard butI knew I needed to protect the cabinets. Usually I skip this step (repeat: not careful) but I really wanted to get this right ‘less my husband blow a gasket.IMG_9579.jpg
  5. Rolled my table into the way so the dogs wouldn’t shake close to the kitchen boundary line (looking at you Sirius), tied up the curtains and primed the floor with the Kilz. We had a leftover can in our garage from previous projects and it has never let us down. While the primer dried I went and picked up paint. IMG_9829IMG_9830
  6. My favorite colors turned out to be Valspar Bleached Slate and Iron Frost which I got in Signature. I painted the floor and while waiting for it to dry I got started on a stencil. Top pictures are of iron frost while wet at night and the other photo is dry in daylight. It’s a very close matched me the chairs. IMG_9581.jpgIMG_9582.jpgIMG_9586.jpg7. I purchased sheets of transparent poster board from Michael’s. You can purchase Mylar Sheets on Amazon if you decide to make a stencil yourself or just purchase it like a regular person. I didn’t have the patience to extend this project to more days so I got to work. These tiles in my kitchen is 18 x 18. I’m lazy so to measure I just laid the transparency on the floor and traced it. IMG_9589.jpg
  7. Then I measured to find the halfway mark on the transparency both length and width and drew a line. IMG_9591.jpg
  8. I repeated the action by finding the half mark of the half mark and making a dashed line. This split my stencil into fourths so that I could turn one tile into four smaller tiles with the pattern I was making. IMG_9594.jpg
  9. I then used some of the extra sheet outside of the stencil to cut out a square the size of one of the smaller squares. From that I bent the square in half and drew a little curved and then cut that “little football”.IMG_9596.jpgIMG_9597.jpg
  10. I traced that it into the small squares and then labeled where to cut with an exacto knife. IMG_9600.jpg
  11. I laid the stencil onto a cutting board/mat and exacto-knifed the placed where I traced the football. IMG_9602.jpg
  12. Finished stencil. IMG_9603.jpg
  13. I started near my back and worked into the house. I taped the stencil down with the painters tape, made gentle by tapping it to my sweater.IMG_9604.jpg
  14. Rolled over stencil with a clean new foam brush brush. At this point I realized there was still residual dog hair in my kitchen so I snagged a swiffer cloth and began running it over the squares before I rolled over them. IMG_9605.jpg
  15. I scattered the pattern so that I could still walk around the kitchen. I made sure to do no two side by side so that the stencil wouldn’t overlap and smudge. IMG_9606.jpg
  16. After the initial squares dried, I went back in and started filling in the squares that I skipped.IMG_9608.jpgIMG_9609.jpg
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  18. I completed the vast majority of the kitchen and then doubled back to do the edges. because this happened on day two, the stencil was completely dry so I just taped it to the wall and rolled in the empty space. IMG_9648.jpg
  19. After the vast majority of the squares were completed, I went back and completed touch ups using the foam brushes. IMG_9820
  20. Once touch ups were complete, I rolled three coats of polycrylic sealant on, giving each coat 2 hours of dry time before touching/walking and 24 hours before the next coat (Coat +24 hours, coat+24hours, coat +24hours). I used polycrylic instead of polyurethane because the polyurethane will yellow over time. Make sure that you are dust free. Between coats I used the sanding bar to loosen any grit and scratch up the coat so the next coat would adhere well. I then wiped the grit with the microfiber towel so that the towel wouldn’t leave dust.  IMG_9652.jpgIMG_9653.jpgIMG_9658.jpg
  21. After the coat dried, I carefully removed all of the tape using the exacto knife to make sure it didn’t pull up any of the sealant. IMG_9772.jpg
  22. Once the floor was complete and had 72 hours to dry, I put in this art deco gold vent cover for only $5. #winningIMG_9773.jpgDSC_0979

 

So tada that’s that. Well sorta. I need to pull out the appliances and paint underneath but I’m giving the floor a second to rest a bit more and cure before I put them out. So that’s it. I tend to freestyle when I paint (and when I live, honestly). I always describe myself as a “measure half a time, cut three times” kind of girl which means I plan in my head and then fling headlong into a project. So something here may not be clear. Gotta question? Let me know.