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    Essentials

    Romwe top, Levi's, and sneakers

    TOP: Romwe | SHORTS: Levi’s | SHOES: Target | EARRINGS: Kate Spade | SUNNIES: Target | NECKLACE: DIY
    BRACELET: Charlotte Russe (similar)

     A go-to outfit, that is what I would classify this one as. My essentials, if you will. A good pair of distressed shorts, aviators, a comfy top, and versatile jewelry are all included. Throw in some aqua sneakers and I’m set. I’m a sucker for anything blue, more specifically aqua or teal but that should come as no surprise. A pair of pretty blue earrings and sneaks go with the majority of my clothing. Heck, 4 out of the 5 pairs of the sneakers I own have blue in them if not all over them. You might be asking now if blue is my favorite, why would I classify this top as my go-to? Well my dear, because army green goes oh so well with blue. 

    I wear t-shirts often because they are so comfy and easy to throw on, and because I’m lazy. The peplum added to this top makes it so much more than just a tee though and I love that. I’ve probably over-worn it since I got it but for good reason. It’s versatile, like any good essential piece should be.

    You can also see this top in my winter lookbook video. The cold days are gone for now, but this top will stay as one of my essentials. I still am dying to go see snow this winter though, don’t think I’ve given up on that one just yet!

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    DIY Wood & Copper Coffee Table

    DIY Wood & Copper Coffee Table by Jenny Bess at Sweet Teal

    It’s been about two years since we’ve owned a coffee table. Two years before I finally got around to making a coffee table. I don’t know why it’s so hard to decide on one but it seems to be one of the most difficult pieces of furniture. Do I want an ottoman, do I want a chest, do I want a modern piece? Taking a trip to Home Depot with Willie is exactly what I needed to do. We decided on wood and copper. Originally, I wanted galvanized pipes instead of copper because it would match our dining chairs but it was a lot more expensive than the copper. So I figured if I wanted, I could paint the copper. I haven’t painted it yet because I think the copper looks good in our living room, but maybe sometime in the future it will get a new look. So here is how to build a wood and copper coffee table, you can get everything you need from Home Depot. Plus, there is NO CUTTING needed for the wood! There is, however, a bit of cutting involved for the copper but it’s super easy to do, trust me! Read more…

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    Beanie & A Trench

    Beanie, Shein jacket, and DIY OTK boots

    TRENCH COAT: (c/o) Shein | DRESS: Victoria’s Secret (similar) | BEANIE: Target | BOOTS: DIY (coming soon!)

    Remember what I said about weather not getting below 60/70 degrees in Florida for more than like 3 days? Well that was a lie. We get possibly two weeks altogether, give or take and this day was a cold one. In the HIGH 50s is when I pull out a beanie and my little Florida ears need to be covered. In addition to the beanie, I wore this baby blue trench coat I received from Shein and I must say that I love it. It’s cute to just throw on and complete an outfit. It’s light so I could wear it in the spring/fall too. I’ve been told I look like a hairdresser/doctor in it because of the color and style but I totally don’t care. I like it and that’s all that matters. Wear whatcha want and rock it.

    P.S. You can see this dress/coat combo in action in my winter lookbook video. I was wearing my boots from Boohoo in that but they don’t actually stay up on bare legs like my DIY ones do. I’ll let you in on my trick for that, don’t worry. The tutorial is coming soon plus it’s a video, which makes it even better. Stay tuned. Read more…

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    Winter Lookbook

    Winter, something we don’t get to experience in Florida. That didn’t stop me from filming a winter lookbook though. Even though we don’t get snow or even weather under 60/70 degrees (we did get two days in the 40s recently!) I still wanted to share a few of my go-to simple winter outfits. I love being cozy, wearing holiday colors (read: green) and dressing up for parties.

    I wanted this video to be a little different from the usual “lookbook” video. So I filmed it actually doing different winter/holiday activities like baking cookies, drinking hot cocoa, and decorating my Christmas tree (which is now thrown out). Maybe I should have uploaded this sooner but better late than never.

    I also wanted to note that I have no idea why the video vibrates in some parts, it didn’t do that until after I exported from iMovie. Weird. Oh well. Hope you enjoy it!

    O U T F I T  1
    Jacket | Dress (Victoria’s Secret PINK) | Boots (similar) | Earrings

    O U T F I T  2
    Sweater (Forever 21) | Jeans (similar)

    O U T F I T  3
    Turtleneck | Skirt (Old) | Necklace (get a free month with my code “SWEETTEALBLOGXOXO”)

    O U T F I T  4
    Top | Leggings | Jacket (GUESS)

    O U T F I T  5
    Dress | Belt | Jacket | Shoes (similar) | Purse | Earrings

    DIY, Life & Home

    6 Best DIYs Of 2016

    It’s 2017, where did the time go? I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging and social media during the holidays and it’s been so nice to just be in the moment and enjoy time with family and friends. Everyone should take a little break every once in a while to refresh. Before I get back into the swing of things (I have a ton of killer content planned for this year), I wanted to do a little roundup of 6 of my best/favorite projects of 2016. Being that it is still the first week of 2017, I thought this post would be more fitting than just jumping into a new DIY or outfit post. These six are the projects I am most proud of. Furniture really became something I love to make and I am so happy that I was able to make what I did in 2016. There will be more furniture made in 2017 since I feel they are the most useful DIYs. But without further ado, here are my best six DIYs of the past year in order of created:

    1) 10 Minute Teepee

    The easiest and quickest DIY on this list. I love how simple this one was to make and how useful it has been. It’s the ultimate dog bed and my pups still use it to this day, it’s just in our bedroom now.

    2) Rope Dog Leash

    The leash I made in this video is still my go-to leash whenever I take my boys out. This leash is so sturdy it’s ridiculous. I sold these on my Etsy shop in the past so I’ve made a good amount of them. They might sound difficult to make at first but after making a few, it becomes like second nature.

    3) Dining Table with the wood stain video tutorial

    This is probably my favorite DIY to this day. Willie really helped with this one, making sure it was level and not wobbly. I absolutely love the way it turned out. I’m amazed every time I look at it and think, “wow, we made that”. Whenever I make something, I try to keep that wow factor in mind. I want to be wowed by everything I make.

    4) Flower Wall

    This one was another easy one. So easy, I don’t know why I didn’t think to make it before. It’s since fallen randomly on Willie and I throughout the night, scaring the crap out of us since it was behind our bed. I could have fixed it and glued the flowers back together but I recently made a new “headboard” for the holidays out of ornaments and I’m loving that more.

    5) Marble Entryway Table

    Ah, the project I am proudest of. This is the first wood project I did all by myself. Ok, well my little brother helped me hold the pieces of wood together to assemble it and Willie may have helped at the very end by giving his two sense. BUT, it was mainly me and I am damn proud of it.

    6) Scallop Purse

    The first purse I’ve made with a lining. Using no plans or patterns, I’m sort of surprised it turned out as well as it did. Making things up as you go is how you get your best work sometimes. 

       2016 was a good year and I am so lucky to have been able to do so many fun things. I turned 21, we moved into a nicer apartment, and life has been good. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for me. I’m moving on to bigger and better DIY projects, and some simple ones for you new DIY-ers don’t worry! I’m also making more videos to put on my YouTube channel. This year will be great, I can already tell. Happy New Year.

    What were some of your favorite projects you made this year?

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    Blue Velvet

    Blue velvet and black outfit by Jenny Bess at Sweet Teal

    JACKET: Tj Maxx | TANK: Forever 21 | MESH TOP: Boohoo | LEGGINGS: ASOS | SHOES: Old (similar)
    NECKLACE: DIY

    Layers are so much fun to experiment with. You can mix and match to create the perfect outfit. I love how the mesh mixes with the velvet in this outfit. Although I chose to wear a black crop tank under the long sleeve mesh, you could easily wear a lace bralette instead. I’m also swooning over the trim on the mesh top, it’s the perfect hint of lace. This cute outfit is perfect for going out at night and being comfortable in.

    However, going from day to night calls for a bit of a refresh. The perfect product for that is the Evian Brumisateur Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray. Use it on your face, or use it on your hair to help with frizz, it has many benefits. What I think is cool about this spray is that it can help remove sweat, ocean salt, and pool chlorine from the skin. I hate feeling that junk on my skin and when I can’t take a shower right away, this spray lends a helping hand. It not only refreshes but it also helps moisturize and tone. It certainly does help revive your skin after a long, exhausting day. Evian is giving away a few of these facial sprays, a Mia 2 Sonic, and more goodies here. Be sure to enter!

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