Love Her Style: Barrie Benson

A Southern lady that isn't afraid to use color! 


Ready for Fall

I can't wait to wear layers! I was in my third trimester this time last year, so I shopped my closet to see what still works. This cableknit sweater from Zara inspired a quick DIY project.
I cut one of my old maternity sweaters down the back and sewed grosgrain ribbon to either side:
Stacking Horn Bracelets and Cuffs by my sister-in-law Katherine Gainey:
A chunky cable knit sweater (like this one from Gap-comes in 8 colors) with white jeans...
Layered with necklaces and booties.
Love a pop of red!
My favorite 5 jacket to throw on with yoga pants and a gray t-shirt.
A swingy shift dress with T strap heels...
Like this one from Zara. I'd layer it with scarves and cardigans and then wear it with espadrilles next spring.
Lots of great prints for girls too!



"When we are authentic, when we keep our spaces simple, simply beautiful living takes place."
-Alexandra Stoddard


Boots No.7

My skin changes so much with each pregnancy, that I can't justify spending $$$ testing out different moisturizers and eye creams! I finally found a line I love by Boots, the UK based pharmacy, and I get it at Target or Amazon when it's out of stock. I really like the Protect & Perfect Intense Serum, the Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream, and the Eye Cream. I just ordered the Lash Serum, which supposedly works just as good as RevitaLash for a whole lot less! xo


The Many Uses of a Fouta Towel!

When we were in Jackson Hole this summer, I picked up a fouta towel on our way to Jenny Lake as a last minute picnic blanket. Aspens Market is a really great deli/butcher/grocer in Wilson that also stocks brands like Rifle Paper CoCake Vintage, and Baggu. It's a good thing I don't shop there regularly :) I wasn't very prepared for our hike, so I ended up using my fouta towel as a nursing cover on the boat across the lake, knotted it as a sling for Lela, and then as a scarf! Multitasking at its finest! 
We went to the Matisse exhibit in San Antonio and I nursed my way through it too. I've never been able to maneuver nursing covers gracefully, but the fouta towel is big enough for you and baby to stay covered without causing a scene. The dimensions are 34"x68" so it makes a nice throw for the sofa too! Here's a few websites that carry them:  Scents & Feel, Turkish T Fouta Lifestyle, and I've found them on sale via Gilt and One Kings Lane. I also use this one backed in terry cloth from Serena & Lily. The best part is that they dry so much faster than regular bath towels!! 


So Long, Summer!

This was my first summer with three, so there wasn't much time for blogging :) Hope everyone has a happy Labor Day and a much-needed 3 day weekend!!! 

Also, I created a new tumblr, with my personal, blog, and shop photos all in one place. Click HERE if you'd like!


$5 Flower Arrangements

I needed some last minute, inexpensive teacher gifts last week, so I put together these flower arrangements and they only cost about $5 each! I got 6 bags of flowers and berries (choose 3 for $10) and had enough left over to keep one for our house! I used glass jars (this is our favorite green hot sauce!) for the vases and I found the turquoise sea stars by the flowers. It would be so easy to spray paint the ones you find at the craft store or on the beach! 
First, I took off all the leaves on the stems except the ones right under the flowers (the vases were getting too crowded and they get too murky with all those leaves at the bottom.)I put a tiny bunch of berries on one side and filled the rest with blooms. I needed to save money, but you could also do something similar with peonies and hydrangeas if you have more to spend! I also like using the bigger spider mums, I did all white mums and the lime green berries for Mother's Day arrangements.
I tied on the sea stars and my orange gift tags with raffia, and was out the door with 5 arrangements for under $30! These would be so easy for baby shower/party/table arrangements with vintage ornaments or something fun tied onto the vases.
Last Day of Kindergarten!!!!

I started making these tags because I needed something to tie on for random gifts like these and was always making them at the last minute. They're great when you just need space for a short note or To and From. I use them all the time for birthday presents, tied to a bottle of wine, shower gifts, thank you's, ETC!! 
Right now I have 6 to choose from: Elephant, Bee, XO, Dinosaur, Heart, Merci, and zebra is coming soon! I hand stamp and emboss them and and each set of 6 comes in White, Green, Pink, Teal, Orange, and Yellow Tags with black and white twine.
(Elephant Gold-Embossed Gift Tags with Twine)
I also started doing To Do Lists with this cute vintage stamp!


Tie Dresses In The Shop!

I'm so excited to be featured on Stroller Traffic this week! It's an online mecca for moms of babies, featuring the latest and greatest products, style, and practical information. I just happened to meet one of their Dallas editors when I was setting up for my trunk show at Bee Street, so it was surreal to see my sweet Lela Maye pop up in my inbox this morning!
I shipped this 2T tie dress out a few weeks ago and loved it with jellies and a straw hat for summertime. Mine will be wearing theirs with leggings and boots when we go to Jackson Hole in a few weeks, which is why I love these dresses so much. They last year round and for years to come!!!
Right now I tie Lela's bows at the top of her shoulders, but as she gets taller I can readjust the bows and style it as a tunic in the fall. By next summer it will be a top or coverup, and then hand it down to cousins! 
There's no tags so they can dress themselves and wear it front to back. It's also easy to get on and off with the elastic in the front and back.
Anna, 12 months, wearing size 9-12 months in the Blue Flowers.
Tie dresses and skirts are for sale online (!) and are available in Liberty of London and vintage cottons. Tie dresses start at $38 and skirts start at $28. 
Mary, age 6, is wearing the 2T tie dress as a top (above) and (below) in a 5T tie dress in the pink zoo fabric.
Vintage Giraffes Skirt and Tie Dress

I'm so happy to finally be offering these dresses to babies and kids besides my own! I've been sewing and tweaking them for 5 years now and they're foolproof. Here's the first dress I sewed for Pearl out of a vintage smock I found at a thrift store in Austin:
Long time blog readers might remember this one that I made and used my Mom's Camp Fire Girl beads to embellish the front:
This one I sewed out of a white maternity top and dyed it teal with matching covered buttons:
I'm still working on the flutter sleeve dresses. I sewed this one from a J.Crew top I had, and we adjusted the buttons so she could wear it for a few years...
I absolutely love sewing with the Liberty cottons because they're so soft and the colors stay vibrant. (Machine wash cold, gentle cycle, hang to dry.) Pearl wears hers as pajamas some nights, but they look just as great wrinkled in the mornings as they do ironed for church. I made this one out of the purple flowers and added vintage trim:
Time flies!!!