Affordable PJs under $30

Grab a cup of Joe. We’re talking affordable PJ’s this am. Most under $20!

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Unfortunately, by the time I could even share this blog post live, this fleece onesie was no longer available online (bc you know by the time I buy things, they’re usually on sale). But it is still available at my local Francesca’s at the time of this post for under $20 on Clearance, so check your local Francesca’s, if you have one.

Here are a couple other great, very affordable options for cozy jammies to curl up by the fire or get you inspired for Spring…

Later Gator PJ Set

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Drawstring Lounge Romper

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Gingham Plaid PJ Set

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Chevron Elephant PJ Set

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Black PJ Set

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Gluten-Free (from the box) Valentine’s Day Cupcakes and a Poem to Share with those you LUV {Happy Valentine’s Day}

Yes… I’m giving you a recipe for “from the box” cupcakes.DSC_2656My neighbor makes these delicious gluten-free cupcakes with a box mix. You’d think they were from the bakery, they taste so great! So, since I’m all about easy-peasy,  I thought I’d share for all you gluten-free peeps!

The mix:

Get the King Arthur gluten-free yellow cake mix. It looks like this:

The recipe is on the box, but my friend suggests you also add 1 tbsp. of vanilla directly to the cake batter.

She said you can either use Pillsbury frosting (Put entire contents into a bowl and whip using a hand mixer until fluffy.)

OR… here is a simple homemade frosting recipe:

1 cup butter (soft, room temperature)

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp or more of whipping cream.

Whip butter until light (until it turns light yellow). Add powdered sugar and whip for another couple minutes. Add vanilla and whipping cream. Use sprinkles and decorations as you’d like.

She also wrote this amazingly adorable little poem and hand-delivered with bags of treats for the kids. I had to share what she wrote, in case you’d like to share with those you love! (I’m not even kidding… this girl is missing her calling writing for Hallmark.)

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Here’s what she wrote:
On Valentine’s Day,
And the whole year through,
Nothing feels better,
Than having a friend like YOU!
For the times we get to laugh,
And the times we get to play,
I’m thankful for your friendship,
And there’s something I’d like to say.
So here’s a treat for YOU!
You’ve been HUGGED & KISSED by me.
Now there’s something you must do.
No need to make a copy,
No need to spread the cheer.
Only one thing you need to do today,
And I’ll make it very clear.
Just hear my words of KINDNESS.
And feel it in your heart,
Our friendship is a GIFT from GOD,
I loved you from the start!
You are awesome! You are great!
What more is there to say?
I love you very much dear friend,
Happy Valentine’s Day!

There it is. Hope you enjoy spreading some cheer to those you LUV this Valentine’s Day. Thank you Lisa for this incredibly thoughtful gift to our family. Your thoughtfulness and creativity never ceases to amaze me.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

<3, Bec

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A Modern Rustic Dining Room Edit

You may remember what my dining room looked like before. Nothing wrong with it. Just not my ideal decor. Neglected, with remnants of old items that no longer felt like me. (Sorry I don’t have a better photo. I actually forgot to take a proper “before” of how it was just before changing it, but hopefully you remember glimpses from my Instagram account.)

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Like a lot of my room edits, this one kind of happened on accident. I had painted the beige walls Sherwin Williams Extra White a couple months ago. Then I decided I wanted to sell my rustic chairs for something more modern. So, I posted the chairs on Craigslist, and next thing I knew my chairs AND table were both gone. Then someone conveniently happened to ask me to buy my living room rug, so I decided I might as well switch the dining room rug to the living room and start the dining room from scratch. This is typical around here…

(See how I layered a Zebra Hide Rug with the rug you see above in my living room here… @LuvBec Instagram)

So, after a frustrating go-round at finding the perfect dining room table, I decided to go with something I really LUV and ordered the Restoration Hardware Flatiron Table I’d had my eye on. It was on sale (which you know is my love language) and I really loved the mix of rustic and industrial. OK, sold. I’d had my eye on the Madeleine Chairs forever too, and those were ALSO on sale, so check, check. Sold. Sold.

Because you know I LUV a good deal, I headed to my local West Elm and checked out which curtains they had on sale (the ones I wanted were sold out on their website). I rummaged the sale bin and found 2 108″ panels on sale in a gorgeous color, and I headed to the register feeling like I’d just hit the jackpot. (The panels are now on sale on their website as well, so here ya go… Luster Velvet Curtain – Blue Stone. You’re welcome.)

The rug was a tough one… I fell in LUV with two, so I brought in backup and asked all of my Instagram friends for help. (Thank you to all who assisted in this decision.) I’m sure I knew which one I really wanted, but I guess I just needed the extra nudge. There was no question- she was a winner by a landslide. Between the Beaumont Panel VI06 Rug and the Trebizond SM03 Oriental Floral Reflections Rug, I had one more piece of the puzzle in place. She just coordinated with the gorgeous new curtains too perfectly.

But are you ready for it??? The cherry on the cake? The peanut butter to my jelly. She’s gorgeous… The finishing touch that brought the whole room together. I’ve been coveting a brass piece from Lucent Lightshop for far too long. This one hasn’t even been released to the public yet, but it’s shining gloriously in my new dining room. If you’re looking for the perfect unique piece for a space in your home, contact Sarah with Lucent Lightshop. She’s the sweetest and so insanely talented, and she can help you find the perfect piece for your home. So without further ado, here she is, the statement piece I can’t stop SWOONING over…

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I know… you’re speechless. I still am too.

We still want to make a few additions to the space. We want to install some wainscoting on the walls. I’ll probably add some end chairs soon, and I’m already thinking of all of the great things I want to do with my gorgeous new, larger-than-life doughbowl. But the big pieces are in place. I hope you enjoy! Thanks for sharing the journey with me and helping me decide on a rug. Stay tuned to my Instagram for more updates as they take shape…

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💗, Bec

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How to Style & Prop a Family Photo Session {And a Few of Mine from Years Past.}

Styling and propping our annual family photos has always been a favorite task of mine. Each year I look forward to doing something new and totally different from the year prior. My husband LUVS getting his photo taken  (NOT!) so he usually gives me one session a year. Therefore, it has to be epic.

Where I start:

I either start with the location or one outfit (usually mine). It’s kind of like wedding planning. You can either pick the venue, and base the style of your dress and decorations on the venue. OR you find the PERFECT dress, and it sets the tone for the entire wedding and helps you decide where you want the venue to be/the theme/etc.

If I start with the outfit, I either choose one article of clothing in my closet I LUV or go shopping for one. That one outfit usually inspires the next steps. For instance- last year, I found this long blue romper at Marshalls for $12.99. I loved it immediately and thought… “Hmm, this blue would look gorgeous with a white sand backdrop.” I then grabbed a huge tulle skirt that my daughter wore as a flower girl in a wedding the year prior and found a light denim tank from Gap Kids to wear with it. I glued a few starfish to a headband for my daughter, gave the boys some easy neutral shirts and voila… we were styled. I had a big thing with American-inspired decor that year. So I added a star beanie, a ballcap for my boy and brought a few little American flags for the kids for props. I also brought a settee from my home (purchased at Homegoods) to the beach, because pretty seating makes every photo beautiful. 🙂

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In the case of the photo shoot from the year before (2013), I chose the location, and everything else fell into place from there. I asked my photographer (and beautiful friend) Kristin LaDriere (of Kristin LaDriere Family Photography in Tampa) if she knew of any desolate fields with high grass. She found this perfect little field off the beaten path, and I knew exactly what the theme for this photo shoot was going to be. My stepdad had this cute little portable fire pit, and the field inspired a rustic, roasting marshmallows in plaid kinda theme. Plaid was super easy, because during the fall/winter season, you can find plaid EVERYwhere, at affordable prices. So I found assorted colors of plaid and added a few accessories we had, and voila! (Note: I did NOT get matching colors of plaid!) I also had a red satin dress I’d bought at H&M that year that I really wanted to photograph, so we changed for a few dressy photos as well. Again this year, I brought a little bench from my home (which we used in both the plaid photos AND the dressier ones). Remember… creative seating is always a good prop to bring. The large candy canes were on one of our Christmas trees, but I threw them in my prop bag, along with all the fixens to make s’mores. (Because if you’re going to tell your kids to roast marshmallows, you better really follow through on the s’mores!) We spontaneously decided the candy canes would make a really cute, cliche smooching picture with our faces behind a heart. Cue the applause for that Pinterest-worthy, cheesy moment…

In 2012, my daughters neutral toned tutu dress was the inspiration for our style. I found that at Marshalls as well, and I knew I wanted to base our other outfits around that! I pulled a cardigan and white jeans from my closet in the same tones, through the boys in some neutrals and navy and we were coordinated without matching too much.* (Remember this for my conclusion to this blog post). I also LUV me some red for the holidays! So I threw on some sky-high red stilettos I got at Ross with an inexpensive black lace dress from Forever21 and coordinated the rest of our outfits in like colors and style.

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2011 was our last year as a family of three. I knew I wanted a casual style this year, as I was 9 months pregnant and knew that finding an outfit I felt comfortable in could take longer than this cooking baby had left. So I grabbed my favorite maternity jeans. (My recommendation to every pregnant woman- invest in nice maternity jeans that you LUV! They can make any “I have no idea what to wear! Nothing fits me!” moment less stressful.) White tee-shirts and chucks were an obvious choice for casual family photos. In true @LuvBec fashion, I went with a white canvas and pop of color. I loved the idea of bringing in bright color to some black and white photos. So I grabbed props that screamed color- a rainbow lollipop and sidewalk chalk. They were great props to entertain my daughter, and the look was exactly what I had in mind! We even wrote my son Corbin’s name in blue chalk on the ground, which seemed like it would be a cute memory for my daughter Emie in later years. When photographing kids, try to incorporate props that the kids will actually enjoy, as it creates an activity for the pictures. Sometimes the unstaged photos are the best ones!

Conclusion- Find either one outfit you LUV and base the rest around that. OR pick a location that you LUV and decide what wardrobe will blend perfectly with that setting. Remember, the photos are about the PEOPLE, not the clothes. You want them to enhance your personalities, but not speak so loudly that you notice the clothes before the love between the people in that photo.

And most importantly- NEVER ASSUME FAMILY PHOTO STYLE MEANS YOU HAVE TO MATCH! Monochromatic style usually translates best when you will be enhancing the props and/or the location. But if both of those elements are fairly neutral, play up that style with some great bolds, mix-matched prints and fun accessories!

Happy styling y’all! (And stay tuned to @luvbec for a look at our family photos from this year, coming real soon…)

Here’s a sneak peak…

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(If you live in the Tampa Bay area, check out Kristin LaDriere Family Photography on Facebook for more information about her services. www.facebook.com/kristinlfamilyphotography)

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Who doesn’t #LUV a good, old {cheap} t-shirt?!

A simple blog post about my favorite wardrobe necessity… t-shirts. And Target has them for less than that large latte you always grab at that cute little green coffee shop in the front of the store! 😉 Currently in Florida, the highs are still in the 80’s. I’m all about an easy t-shirt with jeans or tucked into a fun skirt with booties. However you wear a tee, I’m sharing my LUV of these super affordable tees. Grab them while you’re there to grab toilet paper, cleaning supplies and necessities (haha, yea right!), or order them online with the links below. You’re welcome.

Women’s Vintage Slub V-Neck Tee – Merona

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Target Vintage Vee-Tee, Marona Brand

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As always, style on a budget, with a few splurges.

Luv, Bec

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Musical Pillows: How to Achieve Fall Style. And Beyond.

Of all the questions I receive, the most frequent pertain to my pillows. Yes… go ahead, let’s all give a collective… “You have a pillow problemmmmm!” It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard it, and I know it won’t be the last.

(If you haven’t seen this commercial before, this one was made for me.)

IMO, one of the easiest, quickest and most efficient ways to change up the look of a living space is to do a quick switch-a-roo of the pillows and throw blankets. Now to most, it probably looks like I’m buying pillows every day. But the truth is, I have several basics that I move around, and I just change the accent pillows every so often. It’s like one big, ongoing game of musical pillows.

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I have several basic white throw pillows, as white tends to be my canvas. I have a set from Homegoods, a set from Pottery Barn and I have several of the basic VIGDIS pillow covers from IKEA. (At only $6 a cover, these are great to have around.) During the spring and summer, I’m usually happiest when my space consists of mostly white. This LAPPLJUNG RUTA pillow from IKEA also likes to move around my home (it’s currently on my guest bedroom bed). One of my FAVORITE new accent pillows I’ve added to my collection is this awesome Swiss Cross Pillow by So Vintage Chic. She has amazing pillow covers, including custom covers that make amazing gifts (think custom baby shower gifts, Christmas presents, housewarming…) Check her out, and use code “LUVBEC” for 20% off your order!* You’re welcome. 😉

*{Coupon code is only active for one week from original date of this post, so act fast!}

When October struck, (OK, OK, several weeks before October. I have ZERO patience when it comes to waiting for the holidays.) I couldn’t wait to add touches of fall to my home decor. And some color.

I took out my favorite furry Homegoods pillows** (that I keep stored the rest of the year in Ziplock Space Bags). I actually bought these at Christmas time last year, but I couldn’t wait to get them out. For a week or two, my pillow situation consisted of all of my white pillows, bookended by my furry pillows. I threw a gray cable knit blanket I had in a basket onto the sofa to make the furry pillows feel more season appropriate. I was going for the “I know it is still technically spring, but I just can’t help myself” look. Did it work at all?

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{**Sidebar: Whatever the question, furry pillows are always the answer. Say “YES!” to furry pillows. They add texture and dimension, and they’re a great way to add style to an otherwise traditional sofa situation.}

Skip to a week ahead, and I was ready to take the full fall plunge. Another pillow secret of mine: Homegoods double-pillow packs. Have you ever been to Homegoods and noticed they have sets of pillows that come with 2 of the same? I LUV them! This is a great way to create a base of pillows and ensure the right symmetry. Plus, they’re always an amazing price.

Here’s my first fall edit. (Note that the yellow pillows and white ones next to them both came from Homegoods double packs. I think the packs were $29.99 each, so that’s 4 great pillow covers and inserts for only $60!)

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I took some neutral, textured pillows from the leather sofa in my front sitting room and brought them in here. (So, I basically just switched the pillows from room to room and added the yellow. Have I confused you yet, or are you still following?)

It only took me a couple weeks to decide I wanted to make another change, and I grabbed my navy Homegoods pillows from my guest bedroom. (These did not come from a double pack, but they are larger and super plush.) See how the musical pillows works?

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You can’t see it in these photos, but my awesome navy tufted bench is tucked under a table right behind my sofa. These pillows bring the space together perfectly.

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So, here it is in a nutshell… buy basic pillows in super neutral colors (that YOU love). I highly suggest the Homegoods double-pillow packs. Find a couple great accent pillows, preferably some with texture. When bored with one look, play musical pillows from room to room. Continue as the seasons change.

Hope you got some useful information here that inspires you to make a space you LUV! Visit my Instagram page for more decor and fashion inspiration @luvbec. And if you need help styling a space of your own, email me for affordable E-design inquiries at becpfeif@gmail.com. 🙂

Luv, Bec

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A Paris and London Outfit Roundup, Part 1…

So, it’s kinda crazy- it’s my first blog post! A milestone I’ve resolved to meet for some time now. If you’re new to my Instagram, my name is Rebecca (AKA “Bec” or “Becca”), and I’m a wife and mom to 2. I’m a fashion & home decor enthusiast, but I get my main thrill in finding a good deal and sharing my LUV of affordable style!

Thanks for coming by and starting this journey with me. Bare with me as I have the tech-savvy of a 2-year-old (possibly less), and figuring out this whole blogging thing is certainly proving to be a work in progress…

I figured the best way to kick this blogging journey off is with a roundup of my outfit posts from my trip last week to Paris and London (which was amazeballs, btw), along with tips for packing the perfect basics to layer and re-wear, and finally to show you that fashionable street style doesn’t have to be expensive or overthought. So here goes…

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Here’s a close-up of my easy & comfortable airplane style. I’m always comfortable in black on black, and I was able to re-wear some of these easy basics with other outfits, so the look was practical as well.

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The sweater I’m wearing is actually a BCBG sweater that is no longer available, but here is a similar JCrew Sweater, paired with my favorite Topshop Distressed Denim. These New Balance Sneakers are a new favorite of mine as well, as they go with pretty much ANYthing and coordinate with my daily black uniform (I should have been a New Yorker). The inside of the sneakers are leopard lined, so this Leopard Belt tied the outfit together perfectly and is super affordable (my love language)!

When we arrived to Paris, I threw my hair up in a quick pony and threw on some easy, comfortable layers that would transition past sunset (and into temps in the 50’s; eeek)!

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We’d been traveling for 24 hours so I wanted something comfortable and casual as we enjoyed dinner on the Champs Elysees and a little sightseeing. I’m LUVing these versatile gray distressed jeans, and they’re currently BUY ONE, GET ONE 50% OFF! For the record, I’m a huge lover of American Eagle jeans, so do yourself a favor and grab another pair for 50% off if you’re in need of more jeans (and who doesn’t always need more jeans?!) I bought my Topshop faux leather jacket last year before a trip to LA, but linked is this season’s version. This was the best purchase EVER! I bring it pretty much everywhere I travel, and the animal-lover in me loves that it’s faux. And hence, affordable. The peep toe booties were under $40 and made for easy walking. The underpinning is a super soft, side-slit gray top from Zara, and is only $15.99! (Told you I’d always help you find a deal…)

I’ll finish this post with my street-style from our first full day in Paris.

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Globe-trotting or not, I’m an American gal, and I LUV me some plaid and a baseball cap. This plaid flannel shirt is the perfect fall/winter layering piece. Wear it under a quilted vest, a polka dot sweater (or any crew neck sweater), open with a basic tank underneath or wrapped around your waist over a simple black dress. These white ripped ankle jeans are also American Eagle. (Get them 50% off if you buy them with another pair. Perhaps the gray ones I linked above. There ya go.) The fringe booties are Target last season, but linked is a similar pair that are awesome and currently on clearance for less than $25!

I’ll work on the second part to this post with my other outfits and some details of how I mixed and matched them for efficient travel style, so stay tuned. Got questions? Just ask. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from this first post. But I’m so excited to start this journey, and so thankful you’re coming along. Please let me know what you want to see me share more of! And any and all tips from you veteran bloggers are welcome… 😉

Luv, Bec

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