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Ten Dollar Tune Up

Wednesday, March 27, 2019




Hi Guys,


I'm back with another DIY Project. As I talked about previously in my last DIY post, I have the itch to redo my entire apartment, but don't have the extra money to change everything right now-- so I am trying to update the pieces I have.

When I moved into my apartment I was extremely grateful to have a very large walk-in closet ( it's my favorite room in my apartment) because of this, I knew I didn't need a large dresser so I decided to just buy a cheap one from Target. However, I got really tired of looking at how boring it was, and while I like white furniture it just felt flat against my white walls.

  When I was working at my previous job we had these really beautiful gold and acrylic pulls on our drawers and I thought how great gold pulls would look on my white drawers. I did some research and settled on these  ten dollar drawer pulls from Amazon.
Install was super easy- Just needed the right size bit for the power drill and a measuring tape to make sure the pulls were evenly spaced on the drawers.




Here is the before- the top drawer has the pencil markings where I started to measure





Here is the After




I am so impressed on how this 10 dollar project really changed the way my dresser looked. I think the gold accents made it look much more expensive and trendy-- like ones you would find at Pottery Barn or here!

Lesson Learned: A small change can have a big impact, now I'm wondering what else I can change!

Lots of Love,

Rachel



Savvy Amazon Finds

Friday, March 22, 2019



So excited to post my first of many amazing Amazon finds!
I've ordered so many things from Amazon, but clothes are a new venture for me. So I am here to share the successes and the fails!
First thing I wanted to talk about is this amazing Ruched Body Con Short Sleeve dress.
This is a dupe of the Leith dress available at Nordstrom. I have come close to buying the Leith dress several times but I am so happy I waited. This dress is so comfortable and flattering. The ruching covers any middle section worries and the short-sleeve length makes it perfect for Spring. The best part is that is only $21! I ordered it in this heathered light blue but it comes in all the best neutrals and in a tank version. 

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Next is this short sleeve maxi thats been all over Instagram. I had to style this dress a couple different ways to really like it. I think it would be more flattering on someone with more curves. I should have ordered it in an XS however, the material is so comfortable and it's the perfect dress for traveling or for something easy to throw on. I especially like it with a denim jacket and some slip on sneaks. I ordered it in this olive green, but it comes in a million colors! 

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Links Below!

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Let me know if you purchase either of these dresses and how they turn out for you. Also, if you have purchased clothing from Amazon and love it, I would love for you to comment the links below!





The Best Workout if You Hate Working Out.

Monday, March 18, 2019




Y'all,

This app deserves to be talked about weekly, but because it means so much to me I am going to make it one of my first blog posts.  As a dancer, I was lucky enough to have fitness incorporated in my schooling and hobbies, and I never felt the need to workout unless I was cross training or healing from an injury. That being said- I DESPISE going to the gym, but I do love the feeling of getting a good workout in. The endorphins, the soreness, the boob sweat, I actually enjoy feeling like I pushed my body to its limit and hopefully that means it is getting stronger. However, I hate going to a gym where I feel like there is so much judgement-- or honestly that I can't workout in peace without getting eyeballed. I have tried group fitness classes like pure barre- however I didn't really feel like I was getting stronger, I felt like I was agitating my hips ( personal opinion, I know people who LOVE it and it works for them). I also tried BBG and while I love the short high intensity workouts, sometimes my joints would be screaming at me and I ended up having to modify the movements.

I basically stopped working out and my body reflected this. In college I danced a minimum of 8 hours a day and when I graduated I was still pretty active for the first couple years- cut to about 3 months ago where I was teaching dance here and there but really felt sluggish. I also felt  that I was loosing strength and definition in my body. One of my favorite bloggers posted about this app called Obé (pronounced like obey- stands for Our Body Electric) and I decided to check it out. You get your first week for free and then there is generally a coupon code for 30% off your first month-It's only about $30 a month so I decided why the heck not!
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After 3 workouts I was hooked. The workouts are 28 minutes long and so diverse- Sculpt, Strength, HIT, Power, Dance, Sweat, Yoga, Stretch, etc... I love the fact that you can schedule classes in the app- so it has the accountability of a group workout class. During the scheduled classes ,the instructors are live and doing it with you and even call out your name which creates a great since of togetherness and encourages you to push through the burn.  They also have an amazing and supportive Facebook group where the whole #Obéfam talks about their workouts and accomplishments. My schedule is wonky so luckily they have classes on replay which is like "on- demand" so I can do them at home anytime.  I do mostly all my classes on replay and I alternate classes during the week so I can focus on different parts of my body. My favorites are the Strength and Sculpt classes.

You really don't need anything for the workout except a screen to play the video and a mat, but if you want to #levelup you generally use 3-5 pound weights and a resistance band, they also use ankle weights, but I haven't felt the need to buy any of those yet.

I think what I love most is that they are fast and effective. Let me tell you, you feel the burn... The instructors are inspiring but not annoying (if you know.. you know) and there is so much diversity in the classes. One of my favorite things to do on a Friday night is to stream a restorative yoga class, which is basically a class to get your mind and body re-centered and balanced. I dim the lights, light a candle and make it some much needed "me" time after a long week.

I've been doing Obé for about a month and a half and I can already tell a difference- I can do like 12 real push-ups y'all! This is a big deal for me as I used to be #teamgirlpushupsforlife. I have really bad upper body strength and I have been focusing on strengthening this, as well as, getting my booty ready for summer, cause I feel like all these bathing suits are cheeky these days. ( Anyone else notice this?)

I hope you will check out Obé in the Appstore or online and share your thoughts with me if you try it. I am always looking for accountability partners and if you need someone to push you to work out-- I am here for you!

Happy Sweating!



Revamping a Piece of Family History

Friday, March 15, 2019



Hello #SavvySquad

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far. I am really excited to share this project because it's something I have been working on finishing for over 2 years.

When I moved into my first apartment I had to start from zero to furnish. Luckily, I had a couple friends give me some pieces and while I was going through a shed at my childhood home I noticed a really worn trunk. I asked my mom whose it was and she told me it was hers passed down from her grandfather. Now, this thing was nothing pretty to look at, but I thought it would be really cool to repaint, and because it was a trunk it would double as storage.



My mother told me it was mine to take and do with as I pleased so I decided to spray paint it all white. This was my first step and I had envisioned more for the trunk, but didn't have time. It basically just sat as an all white trunk- turned coffee table for about a year and a half.

This winter I was feeling the need to revamp my whole apartment as I had gotten really bored with like... everything..but I didn't have the budget to refurnish, so I decided to start little projects- and I remembered my trunk.


I knew I wanted to paint the facets gold and put legs on it from the beginning, but I hadn't taken the time to do so. I researched the paint that would be best for the metal fixtures and found this Gilding Paint at Michael's.

The Brass color was perfect and I spent a weekend painting all of the little facets, and decided I needed to put legs on the trunk to make it more functioning coffee table.

I went back and fourth trying to decide if I wanted to do acrylic or wood legs. I decided the acrylic was to "trendy" and the wood legs could be painted if I wanted to change the color.

I found these really cool round legs on amazon and decided the round shape juxtaposed with the square trunk would really make it look eclectic.

I painted the legs with the same paint as the facets and TADA-my trunk was brand new and totally transformed.



I am so happy with how it turned out and it's so special that it was my great grandfathers. The history makes it more of a conversation piece then just a dang coffee table. Also, I put all my extra blankets in the trunk and it's great storage!

Do you have a piece of family  furniture that you've revamped? I'd love to see!




Welcome to Savvy & A Side Part

Thursday, March 14, 2019




Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my new little blog Savvy & A Side Part  my name is Rachel.  I previously blogged in high school and really loved the creative outlet it gave me, however I have changed my style and outlook since then so it was time to re-brand and up my blogging game. Of course you are reading this and probably thinking..."woohoo another twenty something chick typing away on her computer thinking what she has to say is important"  Well I have lots to say about this, but mostly, I want to be different. I don't want to be that perfectly filtered influence/blogger who has everything put together and posts the same things 20 other people do. I want to show you a glimpse into my life as I try to figure it all out. I'm a self made woman, I don't have a huge salary nor do I have the help of those that do. Things I  buy/make/etc. are things I feel are worth investing in or doing- when I don't have much time or money to do so- and I hope that will have an impact.

Now, as far as my name sake, I wanted something with alliteration (I'm weird like that) and I wanted something that reflected my future blog content..also I have a side part... So Savvy & A Side Part was born.

Here's what I plan to highlight:

1. Fashion- I am a shopaholic.. on a budget, but I do believe in investing in good pieces that last a long time- but usually, I wait for those to go on sale. I hope to post about good sales and fab finds. Join my #SavvySquad

2. DIY- I am a lady who loves a power-drill and some spray paint. Also I think restoring/building something is so much more rewarding that just purchasing it in the store.

3. Beauty- I'm no makeup expert but I do have crazy dark circles I try to cover and I love a good self tanner. Join me as I try to find great products that actually make a difference.

4. Life- The most ambiguous category. Lets journey together as I reminisce on all aspects- Relationships, Careers, Life Advice etc... Who knows.. I'm just winging this.


I hope you will enjoy reading and tagging along on my journey!

-Lots of Love,
Rachel





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