Motivational Monday

I wanted to share how to say YES to yourself. Too many times we get caught up with making excuses for things we want to do but tell ourselves we are too busy or aren’t sure if something will work so we stray away from it. I know this because I’ve been there but by listening to what I need to do for me which in turn will help others is why I said yes to creating this blog.

8 years ago when I graduated college I began writing shopping tips I thought could be useful for others, a few years later I began working out so I started writing about fitness and health (as my digestive system needed to be listened to, so I ate healthier) and one year ago I needed to hear some self-love from myself so I wrote Love Letters to myself. I knew I had to say YES to myself by listening to what I knew I could provide, which was all the advice I had been writing and to put it out there for everyone to see. I hope you all can learn from the tips/advice I share and that it will inspire or change your life somehow, even if it’s just by learning to love shopping or cooking.

I also hope that everyone can listen to themselves when they hear their own voice telling them to do something more than what they’re currently doing. Once the voice is heard, write it down (this will create an idea) and then execute it. This could be as simple as writing a nice note to yourself and leaving it by the door for you to see when you leave for work and when you come home. Having positive affirmations will then help you to do more. Writing down goals and leaving them in place where you can see them every day is also a great way to keep yourself motivated and accountable for accomplishing your goals.

Happy Monday! ❤

Welcome

Welcome to Styles to Make You Smile blog! I’m Amy Beth from Syracuse, NY. Each week I will provide you with realistic lifestyle tips, advice and lessons to make your life easier. I’ll be sharing easy recipes and help you save money on food, tips on how to enjoy clothes shopping, how to focus during a workout class, manage your money AND how to save, love letters that reflect on self-love & the journey of life and on Monday’s I’ll be sharing Motivational Monday, inspiring stories to help you get through the week. I hope you enjoy this journey with me. ❤

How To Style Your Dresser Like a Jewelry Boutique

I recently decided to style my entire dresser with jewelry. I wanted to display the jewels I wear most often and keep the rest tucked away in storage containers. The best part about displaying jewelry where I can see it is that it makes getting ready in the morning a breeze, especially if I’m in a time crunch.

Follow my tips for turning your dresser into a jewelry “boutique” feel:

The first thing you’ll want to do is start with a clean and empty dresser. Next, find unique pieces around your home to display as storage for the jewelry. I used a cake stand (the stand is separated into 3 pieces, so I used two together and one by itself), 3 painted wine glasses (a friend painted them and donated them to me), a wine glass (designed with a marker during a girl’s night) and a bowl (given by a friend who bought the piece in China).  The most important thing to remember when picking display pieces is to make sure they are around the same height for balance. Since three of the wine glasses are the same height, I chose to use a two tiered cake stand and display the third small tier near the short wine glass. When displaying each piece, use all space available but don’t overcrowd. You’ll want to pick pieces you can get the most use out of and are within the same color scheme to work well with the colors of your jewelry.

Tip: Be mindful of paint colors on the walls, make sure they go with the colors of the display items/jewelry.

 

There a number of ways to display jewelry:

Mix the colors of jewelry throughout the entire dresser.

Keep all like colors together. All gold, silver and colored.

Create a fun “moment” in the middle of the dresser with either one color scheme or a rainbow. You do a rainbow color scheme starting from the left side of the dresser to the right.

To get the most use out of the display items, I displayed earrings on the outside of the wine glasses and a bracelet around the base of the cake stand.

 

Tip: If you have more jewelry that can’t fit on the dresser, change your jewelry out monthly or seasonally. You’ll need to re-coordinate the colors.

 

To get a jewelry “boutique” feel, set up the dresser as if you were going shopping each day. Display your favorite pieces where they’re noticeable-in the center of the dresser. Merchandise items that will work well together for any outfit-this way it’s a no brainer on what pieces to wear together, this is especially helpful if you’re rushed for time. If you have any interesting pieces of jewelry you’ll want to display them towards the center of the dresser or on an elevation- -Tiara (at center), gold square and silver tassel necklaces are on wine glasses. Any fine jewelry could be displayed in a jewelry box or create its own “moment” on the dresser.

Some cool items to display on your dresser are:

Christmas lights, a fabric runner with an interesting pattern or solid color, lace overlay (white or colored), fake flowers, holiday décor, books, pictures or garland to weave through display pieces and jewelry. Also, leave room on your dresser for practical items such as a coaster, lamp, tissue box, etc.

If you run out of room on your dresser try displaying items like this:

Use command hooks on the walls to display long necklaces. Put shelves on the walls and pick more unique display pieces that complement the pieces on the dresser within the same color scheme and height.

Please let me know in the comments what you think! Would you style your dresser this way?