Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Married Master Moodboard

Hey Toby's Tails readers! I'm Veronica and I blog over at Passion, Pink and Pearls where I blog about just that...my passion for the Lord, relationships, and interior design; my favorite color, pink; and pearls, my favorite accessory and the tidbits of wisdom I pick up in life, pearls of wisdom.
I've only recently got to know Jaime and so far I'm just loving her and her blog...plus she just got engaged! Which is awesome because married life is simply the best! Did you see her wedding dress options yesterday? Gorgeous lady!!
Today, Jaime has given me such a great honor in having the opportunity to give her a re-design of her master bedroom! Jaime's master bedroom is already one of my favorites boards I've done. If you're interested in seeing a couple other's I've done you can check out Karla's master bedroom from last week or Becca's kitchen from the week before.
And if you want a room of your own done, then fill out this form!
I'm doing concept boards for FREE for a limited time only! So hop on it now!
Okay onto Jaime's bedroom:
THIS week, I've got a sophisticated yet eclectic and more gender neutral bedroom for the fabulous Jaime over at Toby's Tails. Jaime is looking to update her bedroom, trade in the girly for the gender neutral so her man will feel more at home...which is even more important now because SHE JUST GOT ENGAGED!  How exciting, right?! He did a super sweet proposal and she got a beautiful ring!
What is your design style or vision?
I would love to see an iron bed in my bedroom. Possible white/neutral bedding with accent colors in the decor... I have an eclectic taste (not everything has to match)...

What are you overall goals for this space?
I would just love to make my room more neutral for my boyfriend and we both LOVE the iron beds. Functional and simple pretty much defines us.

Next up we have some images Jaime sent me links to that she just loved. --->
And one piece of furniture she wants to keep in the design:
I pretty much adore her furniture piece she already has so there's no reason to get rid of that beauty! 
Surfing around Jaime's blog, I came upon a post she did on her living and fell in love with one of the photographs she took ---> 
Yellow is uplifting, bright and cheery while navy is luxurious, deep and charming...the two together create a masterpiece for any room, and a romantic getaway for a bedroom. 
Jaime said she wanted a cool look with neutrals yet pops of color...I think theses pops of color will be the best to accent her room and bring a touch of femininity and masculinity into the room.
Concept Board:
The idea for Jaime's room was sophisticated, eclectic, charming and luxurious.
A charming bed frame with deep, rich yellow and navy in the accents with luxurious bed spreads and soft plushy blankets.
Jaime mentioned she could paint in her rented place but she would have re-paint when she did move so I opted to not paint. The SW color sin this case serve more as a color concept for the overall atmosphere of the room. The neutrals are in the basics and large piece of furniture while the colors are brought in through the accessories like the lamp and throw. 
I also tried to blend femininity and masculinity in the bedroom so her soon to be husband will love it as much as she does.
What do y'all think?
What would you change? 
**If you like Jaime's moodboard, go here and "like" it!**
Bed: Option 1 ($499) or Option 2 ($299) Option 3 (Search Craig's List) Option 4 (My personal favorite, featured on the board)
Tall Dresser: Option 1 (1,099.00) Option 2 (249.99)
His Nightstand: Target ($264.99)
Mirror: IKEA ($40.00)
Bench: Kirklands ($169.00)
Yellow Sheers: Khols ($23.99)
Pillows: Yellow-World Market ($22.99) Blue-World Market ($8.99)
Throw: Pier One ($29.99)
Bed Spread: Pier One ($129.99)
Nightstand Lamp: Tuesday Morning ($39.99)- His & Pier One ($39.99)-Hers
Vase: Target ($16.99)
Rug: Kirklands ($59.99)
Jaime's budget was less than $2000.00...all of the above came it at $1396! Under budget! 

***As always, my best suggestion is to search local store, local thrift store/consignment stores, garage sales, etc for furniture pieces that could be revamped or used in your space. You never know what you might find and often for a fraction of the price!***
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Monday, April 29, 2013

Wedding/Weekend Recap

Dress #1

Dress #2

Dress #3

Dress #4
This weekend I went and tried on a couple dresses. The designer, Jenny Yoo, isn't sold anywhere in Arkansas or Kansas, so I needed to try it on this weekend.
Please cast your vote on your favorite! I was liking the last two, but I'd really like to hear your thoughts. The wedding will be in a little southern chapel and will be centered around family and fun (a little less formality).
Which one will it be? Dress 1, 2, 3, or 4?
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Grow Your Blog Group Giveaway

 Are you a new blogger? Would you like to grow your blog through networking and giveaways?

Of course you do!

Lindsey, at Follow the Ruels, and I are hosting a monthly "Favorite Things Giveaway"!

For as little as $5 you could participate in our group giveaway!

We hosted our first FTG this month for a Kendra Scott Color Bar giveaway. On average our participants reported gaining 15-20 new readers, not including their social media followers.

In addition, group giveaways allow you the opportunity to meet other bloggers that you wouldn't have met or found on your own.

We are trying to keep this giveaway to 8-10 people each month, because who really wants to enter all 253 entries....not me. With it being such a small group you really get more bang for your buck by giving us three links for entries. Lindsey and I are also open to your ideas for the prizes.

If you are interested in participating and growing your blog, please fill out this form here. No one is denied, if we fill up spots before you fill out the form, you are automatically entered to participate the next month. We would love to have you!

For a limited time, those of you that register to participate can also receive half off any ad space. Interested? Email me for the code:  tobystailsblog@gmail.com.

Let Them Eat Cake
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Gotta Get My Fix On!

Have you heard of StitchFix?
If not, basically you set up your style profile and for a styling fee of $20, they pick out 5 items to mail to you based on your style profile. Typically, they send about four clothing items and possibly an accessory. Once you receive it in, you have three business days before you have to ship it back, so you can try it on, wear it around for a bit, and then ship it back if you don't like it. The good part about it is that your $20 goes towards whatever you choose to keep. Say I liked the $58 dress, I would just pay the difference, $38. If you keep all five items, you get an additional 25% off.
Check out what came in my first StitchFix!
Umm...hello my love. This top and I had a love affair to rival that of Chris and I. It's hard to tell with the editing, but the squares are actually a cream color, and I am very much a neutral color wearing fiend. Plus, the flowy nature of this top is right up my alley! I LOVED it...but the price killed me. $75?!?! No. This shirt and I lusted after each other for three days and then departed as friends.

I think they accidently sent me two bracelets because on my form it referenced the purple one and not the white one. I was honest and sent them both back anyway. I loved these, but again, the price point was shocking. The purple one was listed at $48! I found similar ones here for $24.99.
I loved this little cream razor back tank! However, it may be because I need to desperately work out my arms, but I didn't care for how it looked on me so I sent this $58 top packing.

Ok, seriously, tell me ONE person that looks good in jersey material and I will mail you some candy. I mean come on now! They actually sent me TWO jersey material items. I tried it on for the sake of trying it on, but I knew I wouldn't like it. Jersey material and I are despised enemies. The color was great, but the $48 jersey top was mailed back.

Lastly, LOVED the color of this dress! It even had pockets! Holla! But again, jersey material! Why?! The color would be great for engagement pictures but I couldn't swallow spending $58 for a dress I was going to need to buy Spanx for. Bye bye boy blue!

Have you ordered from StitchFix before? What was your experience?

I'm going to reorder another StitchFix because the more that you order and survey on, the more the stylists get to know your style and the better your fixes get. I'm really looking forward to my next one to see what cute items they've chosen for me. (I can guarantee there will be NO jersey material).

If you're interested in ordering, just click here. You can adjust your price points to get more items within your budget as well.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"Real Fashion for Real People"- eShakti Review

eShakti and I have recently collaborated to present you with a great product review of their custom clothing. 
Although you can't tell from these pictures, I ordered this dress to wear to Derby (haven't bought a hat or fastener yet). As soon as I saw it I knew I HAD to have it! Plus, if you missed it, check out what all I could wear this dress to here.
Here's a little background about eShakti and their mission:
 "We believe that all women have the right to wear affordable fashion. What began as a small website offering basic cottons and modestly embellished pieces has grown into an international company offering fashionable custom clothing. eShakti offers both design and fit customization for women size 0 through 36. This is the heart of our business."
So, as you can see, I have pictures of both Lenae and myself on the blog today. We are both wearing eShakti dresses. I had her measure me so that I could give custom measurements for my dress. Did she just say custom?! I sure did! It is only an additional $7, and get this...first time buyers get free custom sizing! So...Lenae decided to buy herself one as well.  

Doing the custom sizing allowed us "shorties" to enter our height and select where we wanted the dress to hit (i.e.-above, at, or below the knee). Honestly, I don't think I've ever had a more perfect fitting dress. In case you didn't notice, I have rather large shoulders so being able to custom fit the cap sleeves was a God-send.
Side note: sign up for their email notifications and you get $25 off. Plus, right now, for Mother's Day, they are running a special Buy 1 get $10 off, buy 2 get $25 off, and buy 3 get $40 off.
If you want a custom fitted dress, skirt, blouse, etc., at a great price, make sure you check out eShakti on their website and via Facebook and Pinterest!

Have you ever considered or actually ordered a custom fit dress? Was it from eShakti? What was your experience?
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

He Asked, I Said Yes!

Hey awesome followers!
Sorry that I've been a little M.I.A. lately, but I'm confident that I've left you in capable hands. (Allison and Beth's guest posts.)
Anyway, I went home this past weekend to help my sister get ready for her prom, and to visit the fam and boyfriend. On Friday I drove up to Fayetteville to see Chris's new apartment. After I drove three hours, I really had to use the bathroom. I walked up to his apartment, opened the door, and there were candles everywhere. The walls had pictures of us and notes, that we had written each other throughout our relationship, all over them. There was a huge bouquet of orange and white lilies, along with a rather large bottle of Arbor Mist (inside joke). The best of all, Chris was down on one knee with the most gorgeous ring I had ever seen. He asked me to marry him and told me exactly why he wanted to marry me and how he felt. I said yes and his response was "ok good, you can go pee now." Story of our lives.

It was perfect!

Basically, I had the most amazing weekend and I just wanted to share with all of you! I'm sorry that I've been M.I.A., but please mentally prepare yourself for tons of wedding planning posts!

In honor of our engagement, I'd like to offer all of my readers 50% any ad space! Just use the code "TobyForHire"!

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Monday, April 22, 2013

And The Winner Is...

Ashley P.
Congrats Ashley, you won the Campusbookrental.com $25 coupon!
Please email me to claim your prize, tobystailsblog(at)gmail(dot)com.
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Beth Bradford Design Giveaway: Update and Reveal

First of all I want to say a great big thank you to Jaime, and hello to all of the Toby's followers!

I have been designing and photographing since forever and am so glad that Jaime introduced me to the blogging world.  I am having so much fun.

Blog design has officially rolled everything I love about what I do into this amazing adventure that I get excited about every day.  From the beginning, I wanted my passions for design to help my clients creatively show off their personality.  Personally, I think humans are pretty freakin' smart.  When I get a new client, I get excited about their goals and all their awesome ideas.  I just hope to be able to take what's in their head and project it into a brand that they will love!  That is what drives me.  The excitement of my customers is better than pay, any day.

When Jaime had me redesign the Toby's Tails Blog, ideas just kept coming.  Doing a giveaway with her was such a great opportunity and I'm so glad we did it.  The winner of the giveaway received a full Custom Plus Blog Design.


Danielle over at the Short Small and in Love blog was the winner.  She told me of her love for peonies and soft colors, as well as her adorable pup.  Through all of the inspiration she gave me I created one of my favorite designs!

I hope everyone enjoys her new look!  I am going to start posting about my designs and will be featuring her design and blog this week along with a freebie, so be sure to check it out!

Happy Monday everyone,
Beth Bradford

Linking up for I Love Bloglovin', Monday Mingling, The GFC Collective.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Stress Relievers Guest Post: Allison Leighann

Hey all!
I'm Allison from allisonleighann, and I was asked to do a guest post for Jaime while she was busy this weekend. Busy-ness is something that I can definitely relate to, as finals are about to hit hard at my university, and professors are loading up on the work we have to do in preparation. So I figured, since everyone is super stressed right now, a list of things to do to calm down would be helpful.

// watch step up 3. while, yes, it is awful acting, the dancing makes me want to relive my childhood and make my mom put me in dance classes. i mean, really. i want to dance like that. in the rain. and have some extremely talented yet downtrodden attractive young man fall in love with me. that's realistic, right? plus, it's what distracting me at the moment, so i know it's good for distraction.

// take naps. because naps are always a good option. especially if it's raining outside, your paper is due in two days and you haven't started on it, and you have nothing to do for the next three hours.

// exercise! okay, so this one is actually serious. i'm not an athlete, and i'm not really even in shape, but when i'm stressed out and exhausted, i take a walk around campus or walk down to our park and back. walking even just a short distance can help me feel so much better.

// get a friend to pop your back. no lie. my roommate will step on mine every now and then, and you'll feel SO much less tense when you're done.

// read a NEW book. i read a lot, but when i'm busy, i don't take the time to get into a new book because i absolutely know that i'll get too intoxicated by it and won't do my work. but sometimes, when stress is breathing down your neck, you need to get away for awhile. and if you're a reader, a new book is always a good option. and i shamelessly recommend Looking for Alaska, Perks of Being a Wallflower, or A Great and Terrible Beauty.

// get as much sunlight as you can. i love storms just as much as the next person. i love the rain, lightning, and definitely the thunder, but if i'm in a bad mood or down about anything, i need the sun. if you've gotta study for a test or have a paper to write, why not sit outside where it's sunny and, hopefully, warm?

// embrace your sweatpants and yoga pants for the last three weeks of school. this one is pretty self explanatory.

overall, just take a deep breath and be thankful for all that you've been given. there's always someone who's worse off than you are. even if it's as small as someone who has three finals on a day that you have two. smile, give that poor person a hug, and know that you're going to get through it.

also. watch this. it'll make you smile.

have a good weekend, everyone.

 Don't forget to enter the CampusBookRentals.com giveaway.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

To Rent or To Buy...Giveaway!

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 Meet my siblings. To sum them up, they are awesome. You are all welcome to be jealous.
Anyway, this post isn't entirely about them. These two crazy kids are in/going to be in college.

 What's my point you ask? Well, I thought I'd share a money saving tip with all of my college/soon to be college readers.

When starting college, every new student should know about the perks of renting versus buying their textbooks:

-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
-etc...you can find more incentives at their website.

In addition, and they didn't have this option when I was in school, they have a new RentBack option.

RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks you own - to other students... which is awesome because it makes you 2-4x more money compared to what you'd make through buyback options! (selling your books back at the end of the semester) Isn't that awesome?!
Check out this video on how Campus Book Rentals works:
Have I convinced you yet? I know my brother already rents textbooks and my sister will be renting this year.
If these perks weren't enough to convince you, how about a giveaway for a $25 coupon code to Campus Book Rentals.
 *winner will be verified*
Don't forget to enter the Kendra Scott and Boutique Sui Numeris giveaways! 
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Nautical Days

First off, sorry for the blindingly white legs! I considered investing in the upgraded version of Picmonkey just to get the spray tanning option.

top: forever 21
shorts: american eagle
shoes: target
necklace: baublebar.com
purse: nine west c/o my sister

I absolutely love this outfit for several reasons. 1.) It may be hard to tell because I am so short, but these are high-waisted shorts and the fabric is to die for. 2.) I love navy. 3.) I love wedges. 4.) Can you really go wrong with a striped shirt? 5.) The simplicity of the outfit is accented with pops of color in the accessories. (basically, my style to a "T"--simple, basic clothes with statement, accent pieces).

What is your signature style?

Don't forget to enter the Kendra Scott and Boutique Sui Numeris giveaways!

Linking up with Style Sessions, What I Wore Wednesday, Random Wednesday, and Half Way There.
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