Bohemian Chic

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Today I wanted to share one of my favorite outfits ever! You know the question that is like “describe your style in 3 words” ? I always have a hard time with those questions! I always think “three words! That’s it?! How am I supposed to do that?” I apparently have a very diverse style. It really depends on my mood. Sometimes I am a super classy gal, sometimes I am in a “free spirit, bohemian” mood. And sometimes I am in a prairie chic, or a vintage mood. Rule of thumb for me is, If I love something, I will wear it. That is kind of my thing right now. I LOVE the BOHO look and I always make my family laugh because I wear lots of bracelets. What can I say? You only live once and Bangles and bracelets make me happy!

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I just love how this outfit turned out! I wore a pair of jeans and one of my tunic tops because the boho fringe top is a little short for my standards when paired with jeans. My hair had been braided overnight and was wavy, so I just recurled a few of the pieces around my face and put in my feather and bead clip in! I then, put on a lot of bracelets. (I won’t tell you that I am only wearing about 1/4 of my stash of bangles and bracelets Smile)

 

Outfit Details:

~ Fringe Top ~ Cato’s $gift

~ Striped Tunic Tank ~ $2 handmedown.

~Jeans ~ Old Navy $7 on clearance

~ Bracelets ~ Thrifted 1.99, gomodestly.com, Walmart, $3.88 Handmade, and flea market $2

~ Necklace/watch ~ $5 from antique market

~ Earrings ~ Made by me from Hobby Lobby $3

~ Feather Extension clip ~ $1 from Five Below

~Cami ~ Forever 21

 

How would you describe your style in 3 words? Could you?

Do you like the Bohemian look?

 

By His Grace,

Victoria

Summer Cucumber Salad Recipe #1 Vinegar and Oil

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 I wanted to share this recipe with you all! We have been having a TON of cucumbers from our garden. And when I say a TON, I mean it! We have been picking 80-90 cucumbers every other day! We have been eating them, pickling them, and giving them away to as many people as would take them! LOL! Our extended family are pretty tired of them too! This is our al time fave recipe for cukes! My little siblings literally drink the dressing! So Let’s get started!

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

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  ~ EVOO, (extra virgin olive oil) 1/4 cup

~ Apple Cider Vinegar ( we particularly like Bragg’s) 1/2 cup

~ Sea Salt ( we use Redmond’s real salt) 2 tsp. or to taste

~ Black Pepper 1 tsp. or to taste

~ 12-15 pickle cucumbers, or, 2 greenhouse cukes

~ 1/2 an Onion.

 

~1~

Thinly slice the cucumbers and the onions and place in a large bowl for mixing.

~2~

Dump the rest of the ingredients on top and stir! It really is that simple!

~3~

Taste. This is really important. After tasting you can adjust the amount of oil or vinegar depending on whether it needs more acidity or oil. You can also add more salt if you need it.

 

I hope you like this cucumber and vinegar salad. Our family loves it!

 

Do you have any favorite recipes for cucumbers?

Would you try this recipe?

 

By His Grace,

Victoria

DIY Blouse to Tunic

 

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I saw this blouse at a garage sale for $2 and really loved the adorable pink floral print. It looked kind of big, but I figured I could alter it to make if fit. But after trying in it still looked just bleh! So I decided to do something a little more drastic!

 

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I cut of the sleeves, leaving the seam intact so that it would still look finished. I then took a strip of white fabric from an old sheet and made it into a ruffle. I hemmed it, then gathered it along the hem of the shirt.

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It still felt like it was lacking something, so I added some leftover lace from another project around the bottom. I also added some ties in the back because it still looked a little too large. I didn’t want it to look like a maternity top! LOL!

 

Here is the finished look! I am so happy with the way it turned out!

 

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This was such a fun, see how it goes project! I really enjoyed it and thankfully the outcome is something I will wear over and over again!

 

Do you like this DIY?

Do you think you might try it?

 

By His Grace,

Victoria

Partner Post: Book Review

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Today my Partner Post with Julia’s Journal is a book review of one of our favorite books. At Home In Mitford by Jan Karon.

 

This book really is a pleasure to read. A little slice of small town Americana. We meet a middle-aged Priest at an Episcopalian Church. The book chronicles his life as the Shepherd of his church and of the eccentric people who make up the little, picturesque town of Mitford. Emma, who is a lovable, but opinioned and outspoken woman who dies her hair red for summer (she also loves Little Debbies).  Uncle Billy who always has a joke to share, and His wife Rose, a woman with a troubled past. Miss Sadie, an old tiny woman who has the sweetest heart, loves her vicar, and only cooks frozen food. And Dooley, the incorrigible ward of Father Tim. This book is just packed with characters but they don’t get muddy and they all have their own separate personalities! I say bravo for a job well done with characterization!

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This book really is a treat. The romance in it is so pure and wholesome. Father Tim meets Cynthia, his new neighbor, a children’s book writer and illustrator. They pop through the hedge on many occasions, wearing down a pathway. Father Tim’s dog Barnabas and Cynthia’s cat Violet, don’t see each other as friends the way their masters do. I just really love this book. It really makes you want to go and live in Mitford! It is full of such pleasurable pastimes and great laughs. A few tears and even several “on the edge of your seat” moments make this book a true delight to read! Christian Fiction at it’s finest! I would greatly recommend that you purchase a copy! It is a book I truly treasure on my list of favorites!

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Have you read “At Home in Mitford?

If so. . .What did you think of it?

If not, Would you?

 

Check out Julia’s review of At Home in Mitford Here!

By His Grace,

Victoria

Elfin Fairy Princess Dress

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 I found this dress on a rack at a local thrift store and scored it for $2. (SWOON!) I haven’t gotten a chance to wear it until recently. it needed a little bit of altering in the waist as it was slightly too large. Also, for some reason I didn’t really like it at first. I put it on to go to my nieces princess themed party. I felt like a princess myself! I kept swirling in front of the mirror and outside in the grass! I figured out how the ties on the side of the waist go and it just added that much more prettiness to it! I felt like a fairy princess!

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When I got home from the party, I put on my floral crown I had made for Senior pics last year. (happy sigh) I want to be in a fairy tale now! My little sis went outside to take pictures for me and she did a beautiful job. The willows under which the pictures were taken added the perfect ambience. I love it!

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The tie detail on the waist.

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 The cherry on top was that I found the same dress on pinterest and followed the link. It was originally over $25! SCORE! here is the pic I saw! Isn’t that the coolest!

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                                           Picture credit goes to fullchic.com

 

Outfit Details:

~ Dress ~ Thrifted $2 same here

~ Flower Crown ~ Made by me supplies cost $5

~ Cami ~ Forever 21 $1.90

 

What do you think of this dress? Have you ever found an article of clothing that made you feel beautiful and special?

 

By His Grace,

Victoria

Photography Cred goes to Isabella Photography

DIY Notebook to Journal Tutorial

Hello Lovelies! Back with another Partner Post with Julia from Julia’s Journal! It is the DIY category! SO FUN!

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Today I decided to do a Composition Notebook to Fabulous Journal tutorial! These are soooooo easy and look fabulous when done. There is something so inspiring about a pretty notebook. It just MAKES you want to write in it! Not to mention they are very inexpensive. Journals can cost quite a bit. I have written a journal and stories since I could write, I am always kind of surprised by how much they are. I mean they are just lined paper and a pretty cover right? I’m a bit on the cheep side. Take it from a girl who just purchased her first expensive journal this year from Barnes and Nobles. It is a beautiful Leather beauty but I couldn’t have done it if someone hadn’t gifted me with a giftcard there. I digress. Let’s get to it!

 

 ~Supplies~

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~ 2 sheets of 12×12” paper. You can use 8.5×11” too.

~ 2 pieces of Cardstock. Black or white. I had black today. Smile

~ 1 Composition Book

~ Glue Sticks (at least 2)

~ 4 Binder Clips or Clothespins (both work great! But if you are using clothes pins, I like to use twice as many.)

~ Paper cutter (you can use scissors for this the cuter just makes it easier)

~ Scissors

 

And that’s it! Let’s Create!

 

 

 ~ Instructions ~

  Start off by cutting your paper to 12×9” (you can also use a 8.5×11”)

 

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Next, glue your paper tight against the black binding of the composition notebook centering it as best as you can eyeballing it.

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Rub it really well!!!!!! You don’t want the sides coming up.

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Do this to both sides! Make sure you put lots of glue right next to the binding. That is the most important part.

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Now open it up. This is what is should look like.

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Fold the corners in nice and tight. Glue them down.

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I use a pen to score the sides against the notebook. This allows it to fold nice and neat with no mistakes.

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Like so!

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Now, glue that flap down nice and tight. Don’t be afraid of wasting the glue. The more the merrier!

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Do this to the tops of the notebook as well. Scoring, Folding, and Gluing. Now is when you use the clips. It holds the paper down so that it gets a chance to dry.

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Do this to both sides. TA DA! Looking good!

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Now for the Cardstock. Cut the first sheet directly in half.

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Apply glue liberally!

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Center if over the paper on the inside. The pretty paper will create a pretty frame around the the cardstock. Make it as even as possible. Do this to both sides.

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Take your second sheet of cardstock and measure it against the notebook length wise. Mark where to cut. Cut along the line you marked.

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Cut two strips 1.5 to 2” wide.

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You are going to glue these against the sides of the notebook paper. Front and back.

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EEK! YOU ARE DONE! GORGEOUS!

 

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Super pretty and chic. Write away lovelies!

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* Tips and Tricks *

~ Use lots of glue! Don’t do it sparingly. As you can see from the above picture it started to peel because I didn’t use enough glue. Repeat. LOTS OF GLUE

~ Keep your notebook closed for a while when you are done to give it a chance to dry properly. I sometimes even clip it closed.

~ Make sure you admire your work! Smile

 

What do you think? Is this something you would try? If you do, I would love to hear from you in the comment’s section or by email. rufflesandgrace@gmail.com I would love to see pictures!

 

Check out Julia’s DIY post here! She is so creative and I can’t wait to see what she made!

 

By His Grace,

Victoria

Vintage Finds!

Hello Lovelies!

My little sister put on this outfit and asked me to do her hair! Her ensemble turned out quite gorgeous!

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 I found this vintage dress at an Antique Market. I always tread lightly around vintage clothes because they tend to be expensive and I don’t want to get my heart strings wrapped around a vintage piece if it is out of my price range. I didn’t see a price so I asked the woman how much they were. she told me $5 a piece or if I get more than one to make her an offer. I about swooned but hid it under a façade of professionalism. “ok, thank you I said” while I jumped up and down inside my head. I picked out three lovely dresses, not really caring if they fit me or not, my little sisters are smaller and I knew one of them would love them. I got all three for $10! Major Vintage Find I must say! #score

 

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When Lil’ Sis asked me to do her hair I did it in a full messy bun on top of her head. It looked a little fly away so I went to my scarf rack and immediately spied this beauty! The peacock blue matched perfectly! And the perky bow is so adorable!

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The embroidery on this piece is so pretty! With burgundy, mustard and Olive flowers and stems! With the fall like colors, I can easily see her wearing this in the fall with a cardigan and tights and boots.

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The dress has a bit of an issue. the cut of the bodice is kind of funny and the gores did not come out quite right. So she had to wear something over it. She pulled my new sleeveless light chambray top out of the closet and loved how it worked. The tie in the front makes the outfit look even more vintage in my opinion. And I love the lace back! Swoon!

 

Overall, she was super happy with her outfit, and the whole thing cost less than $10! Can’t beat that my friends!

 

Outfit Overview:

Dress: Vintage find $3.33

 Tied Blouse: $2

Vintage Scarf: $5

Flip-Flops: hand me down

 

What do you love about this dress? Have you ever found an UNBELIEVABLE steal while shopping?