Style it Saturday: September 25, 2021

Welcome back to Style it Saturday, where I share a recap of outfits from the week before. Fall officially began this past week, so today I have a few more fall inspired outfits to share with you. As always, to find these exact pieces you can click on any photo to be taken to the commissionable links on my LTK.

First up is this sharp look for work. By now you know that I love classic pieces that you can add to your wardrobe and will last for years. Everything pictured here falls into that category! This is a look that keeps up that polished, sophisticated style for the office.

Another look for this office! You may recognize both this skirt and the denim shirt, since I have shared each of them before separately. I wanted to show you how amazing they look TOGETHER! Ralph Lauren tops tend to run small, so I recommend that you order up one size. (I just exchanged my small for a medium, which I hope to show you soon!) Be sure to follow the link to this outfit, because I have also added some shoes and accessories that would go perfectly with it.

Here is a look that is definitely more casual than the two above. This vintage fit sweatshirt is SO GOOD that I ordered myself a second one. Layer a denim shirt underneath, add some distressed black denim, a cute hat, and comfy shoes…you’re ready to take on lunch, errands, or ball games. This sweatshirt comes in multiple colors, and I’ve also linked several hat options.

This week I am only sharing four outfits, so below is the last one. This one comes with a style tip! If you find a dress that is “mini” and you’re not comfortable with the length…see if you can order it in a “tall” version! That may solve the length problem for you!

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Style it Saturday – September 18, 2021

Welcome Back to Style it Saturday, where I share a round up of outfits from the week before. With the first official day of fall quickly approaching, I am sharing more outfits for cooler weather. As always, you can click any photo or highlighted caption to find my commissionable links for these exact pieces. Never miss an outfit by following me on LiketoKnow.it.

The first outfit I want to share with you is this cute dress. The tailored seaming on the top, along with the flouncy skirt on the bottom makes this flattering for women of all shapes. I’m layering it with a jean jacket and finishing it off with these fun boots and a hat.

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

This next outfit can take you from the office and then out to dinner. Although it’s hard to see in this picture, there is a vertical seam on the front of the jean, which elongates the legs. The sheer sleeves with the ruffle are a detail that you won’t want to miss. And don’t miss the intertwined snake on the purse.

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

This next look is pretty much my fall go-to look. Jeans + button up + crewneck sweater. Add in a classic loafer and you’ve got an outfit that truly never goes out of style.

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

Here’s an outfit perfect for the pumpkin patch or apple picking! Shackets (shirt + jacket) are very on trend this year, and this one is more my style than others that I’ve seen. Since it is a solid denim material, you can wear it with more outfit combinations than a plaid one. (Which would also be cute, btw.) This fanny pack holds your phone, keys, and wallet – which frees up your hands to hold all of the pumpkins, apples, and PSLs.

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

Have an office holiday party or wedding coming up? This outfit is the one! This jewel-toned dress is flattering on all skin tones!

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

Here are the fall accessories I’m using! Sometimes all a basic outfit needs in order to be elevated is the perfect accessory.

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

Who knew that Amazon had high quality purses at amazing prices?! Am I the last person to get this secret memo? Some of these are hand-made and leather…what???

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

Finally, is anyone else LOVING the Yellowstone TV series? Ken and I love watching it together. Here are a few pieces inspired by the show!

You can find my commissionable links for these exact pieces by either clicking the photo above or HERE.

Have a great week! See you next time for another installment of Style it Saturday!

Abby

Style it Saturday – September 11, 2021

Welcome back to Style it Saturdays, where I share some outfits from the week before! This week I am sharing some fun fall favorites!

If you’ve been following along, then you know that I love to add classic basics that are easily used in multiple looks. Choosing classic pieces made with quality materials means they can be worn for years to come. Sometimes this means investing a little bit more, but over time you’ll end up saving money instead of replacing lower quality clothing. Check out these looks below! (As always, you can find these exact pieces by clicking the photos with my commissionable links.)

This tan blazer, denim shirt, and black pants are pieces that will never go out of style. What I love about this denim shirt is that it has been tailored to be flattering – not a boxy, square shirt that doesn’t look feminine!

You can find these exact pieces by clicking the photo or HERE.

The boots below have amazing reviews! They are called a “combat boot”, but the chestnut leather color definitely takes them up a notch. They will look amazing with both dresses and jeans alike!

You can find these exact pieces by clicking the photo above or HERE.

Fall is the perfect time to introduce some richer jewel tones to your wardrobe. The reason I love the pieces below is that they can transition you from summer to fall. They each also work well with layering for those days that start and end chilly, but leave you warm in the middle.

You can find these exact pieces by clicking the photo above or HERE.

Are you guys loving the Yellowstone TV series as much as we are?! This outfit I put together below was inspired by the show. Jean dresses are HUGE this season, and I absolutely love this Wrangler one. It is the same quality jean material as ones that are twice the price, and it is tailored in a much more flattering shape than the spendier ones.

You can find these exact pieces by clicking the photo above or HERE.

If you are looking some affordable pieces to pick up this fall, this outfit below is for you. I love the unique hemline of the skirt! And the blazer + shirt are perfect colors for fall.

You can find these exact pieces by clicking the photo above or HERE.

These basics below are perfect examples of pieces you can add to your wardrobe this fall, and then mix and match them for dozens of outfits!

Click the photo above or HERE to find these exact pieces.

That’s all for this week! I hope your fall gets off to a great start.

Abby

College Care Packages

By now, most of the college freshmen have been moved into their dorms. Moms and Dads are at home adjusting to the absence of their offspring, and students are settling into life with their new roommates. It’s the perfect time to send a little care package to let them know they’re missed and loved.

I have a little “formula” I like to use any time I would send our son a care package from home. Below is the formula I like to use. Feel free to click on any of the pictures or highlighted words to find these exact things on Amazon! (See more info below about shipping!)

I like to put one thing from each of the following categories every time I send a box (or have it shipped directly) to our college student.

  • Something to have fun with!
  • Something to eat!
  • Something they might need to use!

Something to have fun with!

This category doesn’t have to be complicated. I like to send card games like Uno, Cards Against Humanity, or Exploding Kittens. A very popular game with college students is Catan. Other fun things that are a big hit are a simple Frisbee or something like Spike Ball. These fun things will also pull double duty when college students are trying to meet new people in their dorms or common areas. Game nights are also friendly on a college student’s budget.

Click the photo above to find links for these exact items.

If games aren’t your college student’s thing, try sending something fun for their room like a little succulent plant, fun lights, or a new journal.

Click the photo above to find links for these exact products.

Tip: Just remember, whatever you send from this category will have to be moved out at the end of the year. Don’t go overboard with big items!

Something to eat!

Even with the best meal plan or campus cafeteria, college students are going to want something to munch on in their dorm rooms. Our son’s favorite snacks to receive were these chips and dip kits, popcorners chips, nuts, small packs of candy, Pringles, and gum.

Other ideas for this category could be tea bags, hot chocolate, microwave popcorn, fruit snacks, oatmeal cups, etc.

Click the photo above to find links for these exact items.

Something they might need to use!

It may feel like you just dropped them off at college with everything but the kitchen sink, but over the next few months they’ll start to need a few things. Some things we ended up sending were: Febreze plug ins (those rooms start to stink), Downy wrinkle releaser (the small bottles are easier to send), room spray, Tide laundry pods, new toothbrushes, deodorant, toiletries, and essential oils to diffuse. We also ended up sending a small hand held vacuum that they could use for their car or room.

Find these things linked HERE.

Shipping your care packages:

Shipping care packages can get really expensive. I recommend doing one of two things: either ship directly from Amazon and don’t pay any shipping at all, or use the flat-rate boxes from the post office.

Most colleges offer free mailboxes to students that live on campus. However, I have found that most colleges will also require that students come in person to set up their box and receive a key. I have also known other colleges that receive packages in their mail center and email students when they have something to pick up. (If your student lives off-campus, just use their regular mailing address.)

The cheapest and easiest thing to do is to ship directly from Amazon. This might mean that your purchases don’t all arrive in the same box or on the same day. Just give your student a heads up that you sent a care package and XX number of packages are coming.

Package themes

If you are trying to come up with more ideas than the ones above, try picking a care package theme. Holidays (Halloween, Valentines) are easy to find things for. If you want to give them a “game night” send a text that you’re sending everything they need to have a game night with friends, and then send a few card games, chips and popcorn, candy, and soda.

This can be a hard time for students and parents. Sending a care package is a great way to reach out to them when you may be feeling disconnected. I hope these ideas help you! Let me know in the comments if you have more ideas to share with everyone.

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Rich, Saturated Bedroom Design Plan

Hi, there! Today I am sharing a recent bedroom design plan. This design is good for someone that likes to periodically change out their bedding and décor accessories. Let me share why below:

You can find each of these commissionable links by clicking the photo.

In this bedroom design plan I used neutral furniture and window treatments. These furniture pieces are the foundation of a backdrop that allows someone to change out colorful bedding and accessories without having to completely overhaul their room. If you are the type of person that likes to switch things up, I recommend investing in quality, timeless furniture pieces while finding budget friendly bedding and accessories.

To Recap: 1. Keep your furniture and window treatments neutral and timeless. 2. Opt to spend more on furniture and window treatments since you will be using them longest. 3. Choose budget friendly items for things that you might want to switch out seasonally or periodically.

As always, you can find these exact pieces on my LikeTOknow.it page. You can click HERE or click on the picture above to find the commissionable links. Tip: The artwork pieces shown are one-of-a-kind original paintings. If you wish to purchase them, don’t delay!

Guest Room Essentials

Today I am sharing some things that you may want to consider having available for guests when they visit your home. These items show thoughtfulness for your guests’ needs and comforts to make their stay with you enjoyable.

This post includes commissionable links to my LiketoKnow.it to make finding these exact items easier for you. You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

The first group of items I’ve included are ones that help your guests keep their belongings neat and organized so that everything is accessible and nothing gets lost.

  1. A luggage rack. This one that I am featuring has a place for a suitcase on top and a shelf beneath for either a smaller bag or shoes.
You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

2. A robe hook. Placing this hook on the wall near the door will allow guests to hang their robe, a towel, a purse, or a set of keys. The hook keeps items off of the floor and easily reached as guests come or go from the room.

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

3. A valet tray with jewelry space. This valet tray gives your guests a designated spot to place their wallet, keys, or jewelry at the end of the day. No more digging in the bottom of their suitcase; here is a spot for their smaller items.

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

4. These baskets (the ones linked come as a set of two) can be used in a couple of different ways. First, you could leave them empty to let your guests have a place to store things. Alternatively, you could anticipate items that your guests might need like extra washcloths, slippers, magazines, books, reading glasses, etc.

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

The next group of items are for your guests’ convenience.

5. A wireless charger that can accommodate all phone and device types. One of the most forgotten items while traveling are chargers for devices. Your guests will appreciate that you have one available, even if it just means that they can leave their own in their suitcase to avoid forgetting it in your home.

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

6. Providing your guests with your home WiFi password will be greatly appreciated. Posting it on this cute sign means that they don’t have to even bother to ask for it. This lets them know they’re welcome to use it!

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

7. Providing an alarm clock is a nice convenience for guests. This one is especially helpful because guests are able set two separate alarms times, dim the brightness, and more!

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

8. A sound machine can make your guests more comfortable while sleeping away from home. Often nighttime noises are different than guests are used to, and providing white noise can help them sleep. Perhaps the guest bedroom is next to a common bathroom; this sound machine can block unwanted noises outside of the room.

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

9. Even if the ambient temperature of the guest room is comfortable, guests sometimes prefer to sleep with a fan for many reasons. Providing your guests with a fan will show great consideration for their comfort!

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

A few more things you may want to consider for your guests’ stay are:

10. Bedside lamps allow your guests to have light without getting out of bed to turn on or off overhead lighting. A small bedside lamp provides convenient lighting at night or early in the morning. As an added feature, these particular lamps have USB outlets should additional devices need charging. (Set of two linked HERE.)

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

11. The next best thing to having an actual iron in the room is to provide your guests with a travel sized bottle of wrinkle releaser. If you haven’t tried this yet on your own clothes, it’s highly recommended. Wrinkle release spray allows clothes to be smoothed straight in just a few seconds.

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

12. Another commonly forgotten item for guests would be toiletries. These travel sized bottles of bathroom necessities are often appreciated when shampoo and soap have been accidentally left at home.

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

13. This container labeled toiletries is nice to keep the travel sized items in. It let’s your guests know that these items are intended for them to help themselves to if they need them.

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

14. A full length mirror in the room allows your guests to get ready, check their clothing before leaving the room, and fix their hair or makeup. In addition, a mirror will provide light to the room since guest spaces are often smaller ones.

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

15. A waste basket gives your guests a designated space to place trash. It keeps trash off of the floor and out of their suitcases.

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

16. Sheets may perhaps be the most important thing to consider for your guests. Most of their time in the guest room will be spent sleeping. Quality sheets make a lasting impression, give your guests a good night’s sleep, and will often last for decades.

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

You may want to also consider:

17. Small bottles of water. A smaller 8 oz size bottle of purified water will provide an adequate amount of drinking water without leaving a lot of wasted unfinished water bottles. Leave enough water bottles for guests to have one per day. (Be sure to let them know that you’re happy to provide more if they need them!) The baskets shown above are a perfect container for holding water bottles for your guests.

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

18. Some guests enjoy using an essential oil diffuser. This one may be appreciated by your friends and family.

You can click on any picture in this post to find the exact item pictured.

Even if you are only able to add a few of these touches the next time you have guests, your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness for their comfort and convenience. If you have items that you would add to this list, join the conversation in the comments to let me know what they are!

Until next time,

Abby | Belle Antiquarian

Design Plans – Getting Started and Art

Happy Friday! Today I am sharing a few of the design boards that I worked on this week. Sometimes people will tell me they don’t know where to start when decorating a space. It can be especially challenging if you are working with a blank slate and no existing pieces. If you feel stuck, I recommend focusing on picking just one piece of furniture. Once you do that, you can build the other selections around it. For each of the designs below, I started with a statement piece of furniture a desk, a bed, etc. For most of the designs below, I started with a statement piece arm chair. As always, you can click on any picture to find the sources and commissionable links for the items pictured.

First, I wanted to share this home office space below. These pieces are budget-friendly, all from Target. With so many students and people working from home, being organized is super important. Check out these storage solutions.

Click any picture to find commissionable links for the items in that picture.

Next, I’m sharing a bedroom design plan with an English equestrian vibe. Here you can see the bed in green, but it comes in many colors. On top of that, it’s very affordable. I also love this bedding. You will find buffalo check patterns used in designs ranging from modern to country. When you pick a versatile pattern like this one, it makes it easy to switch things out should your design taste or needs change in the future.

Click any picture to find commissionable links for the items in that picture.

Below you will find several design boards with arm chairs that I worked on this week!

Click any picture to find commissionable links for the items in that picture.

Just like in the design plan above, I often link pieces of original or antique artwork from online auctions. You may find that they are gone or sold out if you click on them. The reason that I like to link original artwork is that it makes your space feel more personal and “collected.” No one else in the world will have that piece of art, unless you are buying a print. If the painting pictured has sold, try searching for artwork you like by subject. In this case, “white horse oil painting.”

Click any picture to find commissionable links for the items in that picture.

In the design board above I used the chair as a starting point for a country design. In this design I have used 3 kinds of art: a reproduction print, an original oil painting, and a mass produced new piece. They all work together nicely. This is an option to do if you don’t have a big budget for artwork.

Click any picture to find commissionable links for the items in that picture.

Above is another room option if you are working with a smaller budget. This chair above is highly rated, and the pattern shown is currently on clearance. While the fabric of the chair is a traditional plaid, the frame of the chair is most definitely contemporary. This design could’ve gone in either direction, but in this case I went towards contemporary. You can use your imagination to see how the chair inspired this artwork choice.

The room above features an English cottage style. There is an intentional mix of fabrics in English cottage designs. You can see the block print pillows, which has recently made a huge surge in popularity. You can see a curated collection of these block print pillows, in various price points, later today on my LIKEtoKnow.it.

I hope these design boards are inspirational for you. If you are looking for sources for any of the items pictured, you can click on the picture to find my commissionable links.

Style it Saturdays, May 8, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Style it Saturdays, where I share outfits from the week before! This week I am sharing some office outfits, date night outfits, and outfits perfect to wear as a guest to a wedding. As always, to find and shop for any of the pieces pictured, simply click on any photo to find my commissionable links for those items. Enjoy!

I really love the dress below. Not only is the color beautiful, but it can be dressed up or down depending on what you pair it with. I would definitely wear this to a wedding, but I would also wear it to a casual day out.

Click any photo to find the commissionable links for the outfit pictured.

This look below is definitely a little more casual than the last one. The dress is light and airy, perfect for a hot summer day. The jacket is relaxed and oversized, so size up or down depending on your personal preference. I’ve also included one of my all-time favorite perfumes and my favorite dry shampoo.

Click any photo to find the commissionable links for the outfit pictured.

I love the crisp, bold contrast of the outfit below. The black against the white is perfectly pulled together by this unique bag. I would wear this to dinner with my husband or out to brunch with friends.

Click any photo to find the commissionable links for the outfit pictured.

Here’s another one-shoulder look that is perfect for warm weather. This top is fun and classy with the jungle print and striped neckline.

Click any photo to find the commissionable links for the outfit pictured.

I love this dress below to wear to a wedding or event. You could add a blazer and wear it to the office, too. It’s a classic combination of French blue and black. It’s a piece that can stay in your wardrobe forever. I love how the pleats in the clutch compliment the dress.

Click any photo to find the commissionable links for the outfit pictured.

Here’s another blue dress below. This color is definitely on-trend this year! I love the cut on this one. It can add curves if you need some, but it is also flattering if you have curves already. For this look I’ve gone with a neutral shoe and bag. The block heel on the shoes are very comfortable if you will be spending a lot of time on your feet.

Click any photo to find the commissionable links for the outfit pictured.

For the last look this week I am sharing some of my favorite workout pieces. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I have RAVED about these leggings for a long time. They were discontinued at one point, but they are back and in multiple colors. I have four pairs in black, and I just added this pink pair below. Ladies, you need these. The top of the leggings don’t roll down. The pockets are perfect to hold your phone. I wear these every day! The running shoes are the only brand that my family wears. They provide the perfect amount of support and room in the toe box of the shoe. Some of us have wide feet and others have narrow feet – these shoes work for all of us!

Click any photo to find the commissionable links for the outfit pictured.

Until next time…have a great weekend!

Abby

Style it Saturdays, April 24, 2021

It’s time for another edition of Style it Saturdays, where I share a round-up of outfits from the week before. Just a reminder that you can find commissionable links for any of the outfits featured by clicking on the photos.

The Kentucky Derby is on May 1st, and it’s always a fun occasion to dress up and wear a hat. Here are a few outfit ideas for Derby Day!

Click any image to find the commissionable links for the outfit featured.

It’s almost summer! Here are a few bathing suit ensembles for you. Bathing suits don’t stay in stores very long, so don’t wait too long before you grab one.

I’ve shown this dress before, but I just wanted to show what it looked like on. There are functional buttons and pockets. It’s the perfect traveling dress because it can be styled multiple ways. Roll it up correctly, and you can pull it right out of your suitcase ready to go!

Click any image to find the commissionable links for the outfit featured.

I wanted to show this dress below, because there are multiple ways to style it if you remove the belt that comes with it. Using one of the other belts shown makes it look a little more polished and expensive than it actually is.

Click any image to find the commissionable links for the outfit featured.

Here are a few other outfits below from this week! Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments! Never miss a new outfit by following me on LIKETOKNOW.it.

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Click any image to find the commissionable links for the outfit featured.
Click any image to find the commissionable links for the outfit featured.

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so here’s a gift guide with some unique ideas.

Sometimes it is really hard to think of something thoughtful, yet special, to give the moms in your life. Here are a few Mother’s Day gift ideas for you. You can click any of the photos in this post for commissionable links to the gift ideas pictured.

Below is a floral or botanical press that includes all of the tools and materials she’ll need to preserve special flowers and plants.

Click any picture to find the commissionable link for that gift idea.

Next up is a neat electric tea kettle. Preparing hot drinks is a snap with this one! We happen to think it’s pretty, too!

Click any picture to find the commissionable link for that gift idea.

This cute little on-the-go getaway kit includes a brush compact, toothbrush, floss, ear plugs, sleep mask, hair ties, bobby pins and emery boards. 

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Here’s a set of two cast iron rabbit bookends to hold mom’s favorite books. This might be my favorite gift featured today!

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This foldable trunk organizer is perfect for the on-the-go mom. Whether she uses it for her grocery pick ups or keeping things from rolling around the trunk, it gets the job done.

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Save the bees! What about a print of a vintage bee image? This print comes unframed, but no need for a custom frame…it is a standard 11 x 14 size that you can find a frame for anywhere. (Try this one.)

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Moms can dress up birthday cards, Christmas cards, or invitations with a wax sealing kit. Everything she’ll need to get started is included.

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Here are some special bracelets just for mom! Buy one, a mother/daughter set, or a stacking set. We personally love the stacking set that says, “home is where mom is!” Click the caption on each picture for a commissionable link to purchase.

Is mom a wine lover? Then she’ll love this vintners standing wine opener!

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This vitruvi white stone essential oil diffuser is perfect for Mother’s Day. It’s beautiful and well made – just like mom likes.

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Not only is this a beautiful vase, it is perfect as a piece of decorative artwork. Mom will love it!

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We love this beach bag/beach hat combo! Perfect for the mom headed to travel to the beach or pool.

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We hope these ideas were helpful! Happy Mother’s Day!