May Flowers

Haley the intern here!

You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. But it’s almost June and it seems like it hasn’t stopped raining! Bring on the flowers already. To celebrate a couple of delightfully sunny days, I’m going to walk you through a really simple DIY painted flower vase!

I’m getting married next month, and I’m trying to DIY as much as I possibly can for the wedding – both to be thrifty and personalize it. But mostly to be thrifty, who are we kidding? This idea was found on Pinterest so my Maid of Honor and I decided to give it a try!

All you need are clear vases, paint, and a great deal of patience. I got my glass vases from Goodwill and the Dollar Tree. They come in a bunch of different shapes and sizes. I’ve made two mass-purchases from the same Goodwill and they always seem to restock pretty quickly.

The paint was an easy find. I stopped by Walmart and picked up some of their Apple Barrel multi-surface paints. I got them in Wild Grape, Outrageous Orange, Lemon, Honeysuckle Pink and Bimini Blue.


Make sure you get the multi-surface when trying to use the paint on glass. If you don’t, it won’t stick. Which is kinda the point.

Start by emptying some of the paint into a clear vase and then patting the outside of the vase to help lead the paint around the inside. You will get very frustrated – trust me. But keep it up. The paint will cover more than you think it will. I got two vases out of each paint bottle.

Once the interior is coated, flip the vase upside down on a sheet of foil. Leave it like that for a few hours so any extra paint can trail to the top. When you walk away to let the paint do its thing, keep pets away. Not that the paint is toxic, but my kitten decided to test the waters and check it out. I spent my evening scrubbing some little Bimini Blue paw prints off of the furniture.

Remember to flip the vases over after you leave them to drain a bit. If you don’t, they won’t dry. It takes about two days total for them to finish completely, which is a pretty long time.

But once they’re done, they’re so cute!

… And now I only have about 15 more to go. Happy DIY-ing!


xoxo — Haley



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Last Sunday, the VCU Departments of Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising presented their annual fashion extravaganza, and I was lucky enough to have a runway seat! I felt just like Kimye at the Paris Chanel show! The gorgeously choreographed show featured the work of the graduating class, and boy are they a talented group of emerging young designers.

As you  might expect, the show was a mix of over-the-top, in your dreams only outfits, and imminently wearable designs.

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In a sea of black and gray, the fashion crowd’s go-to, the colorful designs shone!


I loved the detail that went into all of the work – so labor intensive but so important to the overall look!

Senior Shelby Rider at work hand beading her entry, and the stunning finished design!

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Another beautiful detail on this blouse!

As Patricia Brown, chairperson of the Fashion Design and Merchandising says:

“We at VCU have a fashion department with so many advantages: a campus in the middle of a thriving, diverse and creative city; a top-ranked school of the arts within a vibrant university; a fashion department with the more business-like merchandising program and the design program housed together in one building. Not many schools can boast all that.”





She’s 96 years young! Here she is – surrounded by four generations of strong willed women:



She’s a great cook – in the old fashioned Southern way – and still does all meal prep for my Dad and herself. One of my favorite things she makes is her lemon chess pie. It’s the perfect combo of sweet and tart.



Here’s her recipe:

Don’t CHEAT! Use real butter!

Fashion Friday

The days have been so rainy in RVA, so here’s a little dash on sunshine in the form of mustard yellow!


It’s a color people shy away from pretty often because nobody seems to think they look good in it. Fashionista NOW says the shade compliments darker skin tones and extremely pale skin tones the most – it can wash out your complexion, so definitely try it on before you purchase. That goes without saying!

Like most anything, if it’s done right it can totally be done.


Since you know I love color so much, it’s the perfect shade to just throw on to ‘spice’ up an outfit. It’s an absolute fashion statement! I scoured the shop for some mustard yellow before realizing we don’t have many options in this shade, surprisingly enough. What I did find was a win. Check out this purse:


Give yourself a pop of color and be your own little burst of sunshine!