Fashion Love Fragance

4l0b8542I’ve been blasting the news to everyone, and realized I never told my blogger babes, that this Friday, Dec 2, my good friend and fellow fashionista Beth and I will be hosting a holiday event with Saks Fifth Avenue Indianapolis!! This is a night you don’t want to miss, and I wish I could virtually take you all with me, but if you are local this is what the night will entail…..


  • Holiday styling tips, and winter trends brought to you by yours truly and miss Beth Chappo of  s e e r s u c k e r + s a d d l e s.
  • a blow out bar by G Michael salon
  • festive cocktails made by Simplicity cold pressed Juices
  • makeup touch ups by the Saks beauty team
  • swag bags for each guest
  • a fragrance sampling bar
  • multiple giveaways throughout the night




Gals, I mean it when I say Saks is going all out on this! I know we all have busy schedules this time of year, but come treat yourself to a girls night out that you won’t regret. Grab some girl friends and make a night of it, this Friday from 6:00-9:00 pm.  Oh, and you might just catch me on the news chatting more about event details friday morning over on Indy Style channel. I’m serious when I say, you will be sad to miss out on such a fun night, so let’s kick off the holiday shopping season together!! I’d love to meet a bunch of you, and talk styling and makeup tips.






Mandy’s Outfit >>> top. velvet pants. shoes. sunnies

Beth’s Outfit >>> dress. booties. sunnies. bag


Photos by: Meagan Gilbert 


A Gilded Thanksgiving

We have officially been moved into our house for 4 months now and guess what!?! I’m hosting Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!! Ok ok I’m not that stressed about it, more excited than anything. However, knowing that family members who have never seen our house are coming has motivated us to finish some projects that were hanging over our heads. Everything is looking so great and I’m thrilled that our house is becoming more and more the cozy home I envisioned! That all being said I waited till the last minute to REALLY start decorating for Thanksgiving. Here are some of the things I did that seriously took me all of one hour.

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One thing you should know about me is that I keep a decent supply of black, white, and gold spray paint on hand. I also keep a spray station set up on my screened in porch.  I am always finding things around the house or in nature to spray and use as decor. For Thanksgiving I spray painted small pumpkins, gourds, and leaves.  Add some candles, and just like that you have a beautiful tables scape all for  basically the price of spray paint (I used left over halloween decorations for pumpkins and even got some fake ones 70% off to use). I bought the pilgrim candle stick holders at Goodwill for 50 cents each and then sprayed them gold. I love the little extra they add to my table.

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Also this little “GOBBLE GOBBLE” banner was so easy thanks to The Alison Show. If you do not follow her on instagram or follow her blog you must!! She is the queen of crafting. I love each and every one of her ideas!! She just recently wrote a blog post giving ideas for last minute Thanksgiving crafts here. I totally copied her idea for this banner and even used her free printable to make my letters.  The whole things literally took me less than 30 min and I only used one sheet of glitter paper and some left over tinsel. SUPER CHEAP!!

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One more craft that Cohen and I did together was to paint pinecones. We did them very colorful with lots of gold glitter and figured these could work for Thanksgiving and Christmas. (That is the thing about gold it works for every holiday!!).  I have so much fun making crafts with Cohen. It’s a time when we can bond over a common interest. He even kept saying I bet we could sell these (love his little entrepreneur mind).

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So there you have it, our gilded Thanksgiving. I love doing crafts but anymore they have to be quick enough to do during nap time and that is just what our Thanksgiving is. I guess you could call it a three naps Thanksgiving ha!



Happy Holidays everyone!! We have so much to be thankful for. Count your blessings.



Halloween Bunting

It’s getting festive around here!! Brooks came home from work yesterday and said “gosh you’re loving Halloween this year”. My reply was simply, “I finally have a house to do this stuff in again”. So yes I am going a little over the top ( I think I’ve bought and decorated over 20 pumpkins :/) but why not right?! Maybe you like doing crafts, maybe you don’t. Either way you gotta jump on the Halloween bunting bandwagon! Follow my step by step tutorial for a very simple, inexpensive, and super cute piece of Halloween flair for your home. Image

First I went to Target and bought a Happy Halloween banner. Cheating I know, but I have yet to unpack and set up my printer. I can’t find the exact one online, but this one is pretty cute too! Mine was only $4.00 and totally does the trick. Then I headed over to Wally World and bought these plastic table covers for $.99 each. (I would of bought them from Target, but they were $2.99. Plus I needed some other things from Walmart.) After coming up with the final plan in my head I decided to use only the black one.


First lay the table cover out and keep it folded up. Simply make vertical cuts all along the folded cover and wah lah you have a fringey banner! Once I cut the vertical strips I cut all the bottoms to be different lengths for a jagged effect and also to make it easy to pull apart and have two banners. Don’t put too much thought into this. It really is the simplest thing. Remember the strips don’t have to be even!!


Now on to making pon-pom balls. I did this next job while relaxing in bed catching up on some netflix during naptime. Side note: Have you watched Orange is the New Black?? I’m totally into it, minus the weird graphic scenes. Anyways back to pon-poms. They are pretty easy once you know how to make them. Buy whatever color or texture of yarn you prefer (nicer quality yarn or wool makes for fluffier balls) and start by making long loops. Once you get your stack to the desired thickness cut it free.


Now take your yarn stack and fold it in half like so v v v


Then fold your stack once more. By making a longer stack and folding it you are just saving your self a little extra work :).


Now take the end of your yarn and wrap it around the middle of the whole bundle and make a knot. Make sure it is really tight otherwise your pon-pom won’t stay together well.


Next cut through the loops at the ends.


After I cut the loops off I go back and cut more of the yarn to shape the pon-pom.


Do this to both sides, fluff up your ball, and there you go!! You can make them all different sizes, or all more similar. The possibilities are endless with these little guys!! I added in some $.99 skeleton balls that I purchased in the dollar bin at target. And the best part about these skelly guys….


They light up!!!!!!


Then just take some string of choice ( I used some old twine that I had laying around) and fish it through the middles. This is where it’s important for your pon-poms to be tight so that they don’t move around too much, and so that they don’t fall apart on you.


And there you have it, a Halloween craft that will take you all of one netflix show to complete!! If you make one tag me on instagram @madeoverbymandy cause I’d love to see it!! I love that holidays give me an excuse to be EXTRA crafty!! This leads me to my next thought…How to celebrate Halloween as a Christian.

Just the other day Cohen asked me “mom if Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, and Thanksgiving is all about the pilgrims and giving thanks, what is Halloween?” I thought about it and then I was honest with him. I told him how Halloween can be more of an evil or scary holiday but just like we have Americanized Christmas we have Americanized Halloween. I told him we make it more about kids in cute costumes getting candy from our neighbors, but we need to remember that there are still some people that celebrate Halloween for a different reason and we need to pray for them. Ugh he caught me off guard. I always pray that in these types of situations I’ll say the right things for his little mind to comprehend. What have been your experiences? How do you bring Jesus into your Halloween celebrations? Image