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UPHOLSTER YOUR OLD COUCH OR BUY A NEW ONE? HOW ABOUT BOTH!

A miracle happened a few months ago and I have yet to share it with you! If you are a blogger, a lover of DIY projects, or just someone like me who needs to pat myself on the back when I do something besides sit on my couch and watch Scandal or The Goodwife, you will understand the HORROR of this story. A few years ago, I was at a thrift store and I found this mid century modern couch that was exactly the shape of couch I was looking for. The only problem was that it looked like it only had one arm because it was just one piece of a sectional. Other than that it was perfect and it was only $50! I had to have it! At the time I was living with friends and had no place to put it but I was determined. I unscrewed the legs and loaded the whole couch into my tiny little Scion (man I love my car!), and drove to my mom’s house to make room in her garage…poor mom, her garage is the land of the forgotten; forgot to hobbies, forgotten college dorm furniture, forgotten childhood stuffed animals…you get the picture…lol.

So my one-armed couch sat there for years as I tried to coordinate with this upholstery guy who had done a lot of work for a friend of mine’s family. He is a lovely gentleman names Jose, who speaks very little English (he speaks Spanish) and has been working out of Azusa for years. I am embarrassed to admit this but I am not one of those people like my boyfriend who communicates easily with people from all over the world, regardless of what language they speak. I freak out internally! Every time I would talk to Jose I would think, “Oh my gosh I don’t know what you’re saying and I don’t want to look like an idiot or make you look like an idiot just because I didn’t pay attention in my high school Spanish class. Gawd I really need to learn Spanish! Ummmmmmm. No comprende? Ahhh should I even try to say it? I’ll sound like such a goober!” So I just stand there smiling so hard that my face hurts and nod my head agreeing with every word that’s being said, even if I’m being asked a question…lol. It’s so embarrassing! Needless to say, getting my couches done was a ridiculous feet, but eventually I got it together, but sadly it did take a couple years.

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So back to the HORROR of this story. After all of that, I realized the day that Jose delivered my beautiful reupholstered couches, that I FORGOT TO TAKE A BEFORE PICTURE!!!! AHHH (hands on cheeks, Home Alone style)!!! I wanted to blog about it and tell you about my upholstery experience but it’s just not the same without a before picture! All was lost! Until one day I went to the Ark Thrift store in Pasadena and saw sitting there, another piece of what looked like the sectional that I had bought at a salvation army in Covina years before. It was a miracle!!!

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So now I can at least share with you a little bit of what the original looked like. The long left side of my couch with just the one arm was covered in this fabric and is the original frame that I bought. Jose built the chase part for me. I chose a charcoal colored woven fabric that has traces of lighter greys and browns in it. Jose charged me $650 to upholster the old piece and build the new one and with the $50 I paid for it originally, the total price was just $700. The crazy thing is that I have seen couches similar to mine going for more than $3000!!! So while $700 might be a lot for a frugal gal like me, I’d say I got an AMAZING deal.

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Also it’s been a while since I gave you any updates on my living room. Click here for a refresher of what it looked like before. I know it looks different from the last time that you saw it. I threw up a bunch of our old artwork because I was tired of looking at bare walls. The good pieces were all done by David, mine are pretty wack. I am still loving my Ikea Vittsjo coffee table hack. Some of you have asked me how it’s holding up and the answer is pretty good. They could probably use a touch up paint job, but I don’t really mind the used look.  Truthfully my living room has looked like this for a while, so don’t be surprised if you get another living room update soon.

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I definitely missed you guys! Thanks so much to all of you who kept asking when my next post would be. I can’t tell you how much your support has meant to me. I am trying to get back in the swing of things…all while trying to learn Spanish….hehe… XO!

Love Cheria

Fashion

PLUS SIZE IS A FLIRTY WORD: 3 PLACES TO FIND GREAT PLUS SIZE SWIMWEAR

Over the last few years I have become somewhat obsessed with plus size fashion. To me there is nothing more beautiful than to see a woman, no matter what her size, rock her style with Confidence with a capital ‘C’.  I have been hesitant to talk about my love for full figured women and plus size fashion because I know what people might say. What gives me the right to talk about plus size fashion? I am a small girl, I always have been and I probably always will be on the smaller side, it’s in my genes. I wont pretend that I understand the struggle of being plus sized and living in a country that is obsessed with thinness, but I can take a stand, and do my part to empower women of all shapes and sizes to strive to be the best version of themselves for themselves.

Needless to say, I’ve saved the best for last for my Summer Swimwear Series. This season the fashion world seems to be finally responding to women all over the US who are embracing their bodies and are ready to show them off! Plus size swimwear is not a dirty word! It’s a flirty word! Put that t-shirt cover-up away and slip into something daring this summer!

 

 Forever 21

Thank goodness Forever 21 has started investing in their plus size section over the last couple of years. I am loving their plus size swimwear line this season! They are finally stepping outside the box and going bold.

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1. Global Girl Ikat Swimsuit  2. Bombshell Bikini 3. Goddess Cutout Swimsuit

 

Swimsuits For All

Swimsuits for all is where it’s at! Not only is there is a HUGE selection of plus size swimwear, it really is swimsuits for all! I’m a huge fan of this company and their “Sexy at Every Curve” campaign (and not just because my fave, Gabi Fresh is one of the models).  All the suits below are from their Swim Sexy line. You have to check them out, no matter what size you are! There’s something for everyone!

love cheria swimsuits for all plus size swim1. Jardin Bikini 2. Black Fringe Tankini 3. Sunrise Underwire Bikini

 

Torrid

Don’t forget to check out Torrid this season! I know these might look boring all together but really look at them individually. #2 is my absolute fave!

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1. Anchor Print Cleavage Enhancer Tankini 2. Beach House Woman Geo Print Bikini 3. Peek-A-Boo Striped Bikini

Thanks so much for sticking it out with me through this swimwear series. I’ve had a lot of fun with it and I hope you have too. Love the skin you are in this summer and be brave! XOXOX!

Love Cheria

Fashion

ONE PIECE, TWO PIECE, STRING BIKINI

“One piece, two piece, string bikini! Who do you think you are I Dream a Jeannie?” I hope you know this reference…lol Because if not, I sound like a crazy person…lol! If you need a hint the key word is Spartans, if you don’t have a clue, please forgive me…lol (lots of nervous lol’s here)!  Okay enough about that! The Summer Swimwear Series continues!  I haven’t been this excited about swimwear in years. This summer you will see tons of digital prints, vintage-inspired cuts and fun flirty one pieces.

One Piece

As you know I am a huge fan of the one piece! You will see many of these babies out and about this summer; embrace it and join the club!one-piece-swimwear-love-cheria 1. Rip Curl Alana’s Closet Bali Dancer One Piece Swimsuit 2. Monochrome halter plunge one piece 3. Caged strapless monokini 4. Mara Hoffman Swim Cosmic Fountain One Piece  

My favorite of this bunch is number four. Mara Hoffman is my hero this season! She is on a roll, and while I can’t afford any of her suits, that doesn’t stop me from drooling over them. Check out her collection here! It’s so amazing!!!

Two Piece

The vintage inspired high-waisted two piece is back again this season. Last year it hit the scene and this year it is going full force. Though I love the suits below, I have to say my personal preference is for high-waisted bottoms that come up past the belly button and hit the highest/narrowest part of the waistline. If you haven’t tried this new cut yet, you have to go try one on and see what you think!

two-piece-love-cheria-swimwear 1. River Island Neon Tennesse Bikini  2. River Island Paint Splashed Bikini 3. River Island Latoya Two Piece 4. Ginja By Baku Sands Of Sardinia Padded Balconette 

I seriously LOVE all of these for different reasons, but if I had to pick one I think I would choose number two. I just love the paint splashed look and the brass zippers, plus the cut is unique for swimwear. As an added bonus, after a day at the pool I would totally wear the top with a high waisted flowy skirt and a cute clutch for a night on the town.

String Bikini

String bikinis are actually on the outs this summer in terms of what’s trending. But for the sake of staying true to my tribute to Saturday Night Live (another hint), here are a couple of string bikini’s for you.  All in all they are pretty timeless so you can’t really go wrong. Have some fun with them! Mix and match your bottoms with different tops and you will be back on trend. string-bikini=swimwear=love-cheria1. Seafolly Corsica Multi Print Bikini  2. Chloe Mono Print Triangle Bikini Set  3. Basic Bikini 4. Chloe Triangle String Bikini Set With Scarf Print

The winner in this group is number three. With a great selection of colors and at a price of $4.80 per piece you can’t go wrong with this Forever 21 basic string bikini.

What is your favorite???? What are you going to try out this summer???? XOXOX!

Love Cheria

Fashion

SWIMWEAR: THE LITTLE BLACK ONE PIECE

Summer is just around the corner and I can’t wait! I am a California girl at heart. I love to soak up the sun, poolside with an adult beverage in hand. Today I am kicking off my “Suit up for Summer Swimwear Series”! I can’t wait to share with you some of the amazing suits that are out there this season. And don’t worry, there will be something for everyone!

Today we are starting with a basic. If you know me, you know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE one pieces. I mean I don’t wear mine as often as I’d like, because I am always trying to avoid weird tan lines, but once I have my base tan it is on! I have been into one pieces for years and I am so excited that they are finally making a comeback in a real way. There is something so sexy about a one piece! Even though you may be covering up more skin than when wearing a bikini, you leave more to be desired, or at least that’s how I see it! So today we are looking at six different styles of what I’m calling The Little Black One Piece.

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1. Although a little pricy at $137, this Lolli Ta Da Black One Piece Swimsuit is DARLING! I might have to invest! Get it here!

2. If you are going for chic this summer, look no further! Chic might cost you $145…eek…but it will be SO worth it! Get it here!

3. If you want to be twinsies with me this summer, swoop up this cheeky Beach Bombshell one piece. I got it from Forever 21 for $23. Get it here!

4. Want to be a little daring this summer? This plunge halter suit will totally do the trick and for just $35 at ASOS! Get it here!

5. This one piece is the three S’s, simple, sophisticated, and sexy and best of all you can get it from Target for $50! Get it here!

6. If you want a flirty one piece this is the way to go! It’s pricy at $156 but it looks like a good time. Get it here!

What do you think? Will you be investing in a little black one piece this summer? Stay tuned for more fun swimwear next week! Love you bunches!

Love Cheria