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Thursday, May 25, 2017

What If I Was Given $10,000?

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I love a good what if question, I pretty much live by what if questions, most of my project came from that very question because it is a part of creating and using your imagination. So when I received the question: What if I was given $10,000 loan? I couldn't resist sharing what I would do. I totally wish this was happening to me right now and it wasn't even a question because right now, I am currently searching for a place for me and my family and having that amount of money could do wonders for me! Don't worry I am popping all the unnecessary items that I truly desire and removing the items from my shopping cart.

All jokes aside, I am truly frugal when it comes to money. Unlike most young people my age, I see the value in every dime, nickel, quarter and dollar. As I journey and grow, I have thought about a personal loan, once or twice, at least since I truly want to buy a home someday. If I was granted that money I would put the money towards the home renovations/or home furniture because I already know that my future home would be older and in deep need of a Shanice touch.

The money would really be going towards making the home feel like a home. I may have bought a shell aka foundation but all the personal touches to me make the home a home. There are some many personalities from our family members and lives. There is no home alike and that is what I love. The designer bug in me would set aside a budget for each part of the home. There are six of us, two families in one home and in my dreams aka hopefully, this happens, that mean two homes in one.

Let's dive into my dreams for a second and let me introduce you to my family's upper half of the house for my siblings and my mom.


A kitchen with plenty of storage, living room with a big couch, double sink bathroom, and own laundry room. The bedrooms, large bed for my mom, storage for my little sister to hold all her crafting things, private bedroom for my little brother and a bunk bed for the sisters to share. 
Space for all!


Take a walk with me and come downstairs to my house! Since I want my own place but not too far from helping my family, a basement apartment seems to be the perfect compromise. I love a stone feature and a brightly lit space. Island have been a love of mine in kitchens and this table plus island feature are totally up my alley. My own bathroom would be a dream and an office/ craft studio would be fantastic even if it's smaller than my imagination.


A simply comfortable bed and a tad bit larger closet than the one that I currently have would be great. Most importantly a bedroom for my son that has all the bells and whistles to keep that bedroom as organized as possible and a big boy bed for my growing boy.


I am not showing you all my dreams in one shot but enjoy the sample taste of it. If you want the whole entire full dinner course, you will have to check them out on my Pinterest page because I never stop dreaming. Now that I have shared what I would do, it is your turn. I ask you this, what would you do if you were given $10,000 loan for anything in your home? Share below!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

LIVE LOVE LIFE LATELY

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Can you believe that summer is almost here? I can't! I am not even ready for this to be happening. I remember when I couldn't wait for it to be here and now that it is within arm's reach I am completely backing out lol. There is so much going on that I am in a tailspin, looking for a new place, designing huge blog changes and have four classes to do gifts for the last day of school this year. Ahhh! But knowing me I always make it through and will look back at this stressful moment with a great big smile.





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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DIY Marble Breakfast Tray

DIY Marble Breakfast Tray | City of Creative Dreams

Are you going crazy for marble? I am! I wanted a cute tray for me and my son when we have breakfast in bed or when we have a movie night at home. I saw these wooden trays over at Micheals Craft Store and wasn't sure if I was going to buy it until I realize there are two sizes. Perfect! The larger one for me and the smaller one for my son. But what was I going to do with it? Did I want the whole thing to look marble or did I want to just paint it white and call it a day? It took a while to decide and finally, it hit me. You already saw a sneak peak of what is looked like in my Ultimate Guide to Breakfast in bed and now you get to see how I created it.

Here is what it looked like before. 

Since I wasn't going for a raw look in my tray, I thought why not do a little marble and a little stain.


I choose a dark walnut. This is the first time that I am using this type of stain and this brand claims to be fast drying and drip free which is perfect for this small project. I actually do love this concept of having a drip free stain. I bought it at Michaels Craft Store and it really works nicely.


I used a cloth and wiped the stain on the handles of the tray a couple of times until the handles were the dark color I was hoping for. It did not take too long to dry, I gave it about five minutes but it really didn't need that long. 




For the side of the tray, I went with a simple white acrylic paint. I wanted the stain handles to really pop and the white paint does just that!


Once everything dries, it is time for the marble. I bought the marble adhesive from Dollarama however you can get it anywhere from the hardware stores to Amazon. 


Peel the back of the marble paper. 


It is the last and most simple thing to do last yet it makes it all the worth wild because of how great it turns out. Simply use a hard flat surface and angle it against the paper to get the air bubbles out.




There are a few finishing touches you can choose to do such as adding a clear gloss to the stain and painted areas. I have not done that personally, but maybe further down I will.


All done! Bon Appetit! 


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Monday, May 22, 2017

5 Fashion Trends That Can Help You Find Your Individuality

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People choose to express themselves in many different ways, and fashion is definitely one of them. However, it can be hard to find your own style and individuality with so many different trends out there. Just remember that all trends have taken inspiration from somewhere so don’t be afraid to take inspiration from others as you form your unique style. Here are some trends that can help you find your style in what you wear.

Loosening the Pants
Pants have long been tailored to slim the body and hug it in ways that flatter curves. However, that skinny look is finally starting to move out of the limelight. Designers are starting to return to a relaxed silhouette. This look does not mean that the pants are not tailored at all. Instead, they are made to flatter the body, just not with ultra-tight fits. This style pulls from the lounging fit of athletic wear, but it is done with much more class and style.

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Belting Coats
The belted coat of the 1970s has once more become popular among designers. This style is no longer popular and restricted to just trench coats. Shorter coats and sports coats are starting to reflect this style once more. It adds a layer of sophistication to an outfit that harkens back to older years with a timeless elegance that can hardly be beaten. This style also goes against the popularity of oversized coats that originally came about in the 1950s. They slim the body and accent curves in the right places to flatter a silhouette gracefully.

5 Fashion Trends That Can Help You Find Your Individuality | City of Creative Dreams
Cover those Eyes
Wearing sunnies is a great way to express your individuality. There are many styles to pick from, and they are made to frame and flatter the face's natural shape. Some traditional types of sunglasses that remain continually popular are the round, vintage sunglasses and oversized aviator sunglasses. These shapes serve to be the most popular in today's fashion, and they can easily accessorize any wardrobe.

Vivacious Shades of Red
One of the most common colors that showed up on European runways this season was red. It represents so many things, from passion to aggression. It also makes for a standout color that can hardly be missed anywhere else. Red is being found in all kinds of clothing articles, from fiery pops in shirts to darker shades in coats and pants. It is also common now to combine shades of red together instead of leaving one shade to stand alone or to accent it with other colors. For example, a dark cherry shade might be the backdrop for a bright red paisley print. This color will also serve to brighten up any neutral wardrobe that is full of black, gray, and navy tones.

5 Fashion Trends That Can Help You Find Your Individuality | City of Creative Dreams
Splicing Together Types of Shoes
Once more, the trend of sportswear has made a comeback from its hay day in 2015. However, it has not become popular in all articles of clothing. Relaxed-fit pants might harken back to this style, but shoes have taken it to a whole new level. Hybrid shoes are becoming ever so popular. A hybrid shoe is one that functions both as a dress shoe and has athletic overtones. Running sneakers have long been known as business casual fare, but these new shoes are taking the cake and becoming more than just business casual. They are extremely comfortable to wear and make any outfit pop with class and style. These shoes are also a great way to add some color to an otherwise dreary outfit pallet.

Conclusion
European fashion is leading the way in 2017 with some of the best, on-trend styles. These styles pull from historical favorites and make statements that can hardly be beaten anywhere else. They make people stand out from the crowd with class and elegance that another fashion season has not yet been able to compare.

Guest post courtesy of Mia Morales.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Party #90


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Welcome to The Beautifully Creative Inspired Link Party - this is a weekly party where bloggers and readers can be inspired by creative, informational and fun posts from tons of blogs around the web. You will find yummy recipes, awesome creative projects and more. It is also a great way to meet and mingle with bloggers you find here. Best of all, the posts you share at this link party will be shown on different blogs each month! Can you say “Show me the Traffic!”

We are so glad to have everyone (new visitors and returning party goers) joining us this week. This wouldn't be a party without you. Let's dive into this party and see what you have been up too! 

Guess what! This spot right here could be yours. You now have the chance to guest host for the month. No long commitment, share your blog with others and an easy peasy party. Send a email to cityofcreativedreams@hotmail.com if your interested.


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