Staying Stylish in Suburbia


Monday, November 3, 2014

I have big news!!! Superb in the Burbs, although my first blog baby, has come to a close. I have totally re-branded and re-designed my website. The new address,, includes my lifestyle blog along with a lovely new shop for my artwork and paintings. Yay!!!!

After today this site will no longer be updated or active.

Your support throughout this journey has meant the world to me! You can keep up with the new site and my artwork by "liking" on Facebook  or signing up for my mailing list. xoxo

Corny Fun in the Pumpkin Patch

Friday, October 17, 2014

We finally got around to picking out a few pumpkins this week. It was a beautiful fall day and after all the rain we've been getting it was nice to get outside together. 

The girls especially enjoyed the sandbox filled with corn. 

Note to self, maybe not such a great idea to wear ripped jeans in a sandbox full of corn. It's days later and we're still finding little kernels all around our house. All in the name of fun though. 

The best part of the trip for me was this swing and picking up fresh pressed apple cider and pumpkin butter from the farm. Oh so tasty!

DIY- Making Headbands in Protest of Pink!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

As a mom of two girls, I get really sick of the over saturation of pink in every product and piece of clothing. A little bit of pink never hurt anyone, but must it be smeared all over everything deemed girl-appropriate? Boring! For that reason, I tend to lean away from dressing my girls in pinks on top of pinks on top of pinks. I don't dress that way, so why should they be limited one color? 

Unfortunately, if you have a little girl (especially a baby without long hair) people look for the pink to clue them in on gender. Everywhere we go people take one look at Mazzy and assume that she is a boy. They go up to Esmae and ask her, "Is that your baby brother?" To which she responds, "That's my baby sister, silly!" Three-year-olds are always brilliant at pointing out people's short-sightedness. It feels awkward for me to correct someone like that though, and I usually let it slide. Still, it irks me. 

So the other day when I was headed to the craft store and a man in the parking lot smiled at Mazzy and said, "He looks like a baseball player," I had, had enough. First of all the man (although well-meaning) would have never given that compliment if he had known she was a girl. That alone is annoying enough. I played baseball as little girl and I had a great arm. But I digress.

I didn't say anything to him but I did decide to buy the materials to make Mazzy a few fall inspired headbands while I was at the craft store. My thought was that putting something in her hair would help clue people in without submitting to the pink. Plus, I thought it would be a fun project.

These headbands were so easy to make. All you need are paper or felt flowers from the craft store, elastic bands in the colors of your choice, and a glue gun.

Measure the length of band that will be a comfortable but snug fit. Cut it and then glue the two ends together. Next, attach the flowers with glue as well. It helps to lay it out first to get an idea of how it will look.

Here are a few examples of the final result. The only way I could get her to sit still enough for these photos was to take them while she was eating. I love how they turned out though, and I never get a boy comment when she wears them out and about. Mission accomplished! 

DIY Gold-Dipped Side Table Before and After

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I've been meaning to do this post for a while now. It's one of those projects that I wish I had better side by side before and after pictures for. If you scroll down through the photos though, you'll definitely see the dramatic difference. 

Okay, so here's the back story. I had my eyes peeled for a pair of side tables that we could use in our family room. I spotted these two ugly ducklings during a drop-off at the thrift store. They were actually in the Goodwill parking lot, and hadn't even been priced yet. I asked them how much I could get for the pair and they told me forty dollars. I didn't want to pay that much, especially since I could see they were going to take a lot of work. I pointed out all the flaws, yellow, nasty discoloration and all, and told them I would pay 20 for the both. They agreed. 

Even though they were nasty and dirty and yellowed with age, I could see the diamond in the rough. The shape and size was perfect for our space, and so I went to work fixing them up...

The first thing I had to do was sand them both down completely. This meant going over them once with a rough paper to get all the old paint off and then afterwards with a finer grit to get them smooth again. 

Next, came the priming and painting with one coat of primer and two coats of white paint each.

I knew that I wanted to do a gold dipped leg on these tables so the next thing I did was measure the same amount on each leg and tape it off with painter's tape.

I then covered the rest of the table in paper. You could also use newspaper for this part. 

Next, I spray-painted the legs with gold spray-paint I bought at Michael's. 

Finally, I removed the painter's tape before painting both tables in a clear coat for protection. And...

Ta-da!!! Two beautiful custom-made gold-dipped side tables for twenty bucks, plus paint so maybe thirty bucks total. 

I love how they fit into into our house both functionally and aesthetically. Score!!!

Lifestyle Shoot with Four Wishes Photography

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I'm not sure what it is about me, but I tend to make friends with family photographers. Not that I'm complaining. As far as friends go, they're a good bunch to have around. I have a deep love for photography and anything that captures these fleeting moments with my family. 

When my friend Sandi Farrell from Four Wishes Photography offered to do a family photo shoot with us, I jumped at the opportunity. Before our session, Sandi let me know that her work leans towards something called "Lifestyle Photography." The definition for this style of photo documentation varies but Wickapedia explains it as, "...a style of portrait/people photography which aims to capture and document real-life events, situations, or milestones in an artistic manner." In other words, it is the art of the everyday.

I love that idea. First of all, instead of placing us in a more posed setting, we were able to be in the comfort of our home, which was great for the kids and much more relaxing for us as well. Not to mention, the years go by so quickly. The little daily rituals and routines we have as a family today will be gone tomorrow. So why not capture some of those smaller, precious moments to keep forever? 

Sandi came over one Saturday afternoon and followed us around as we played in the yard, read with the girls, got Mazzy up from her nap, ate lunch etc... It was a fairly typical Saturday in the Briggs household, and now we have it to look back upon in the years to come. 

If you are in the NOVA area I highly recommend, Four Wishes Photography. Sandi is easy to work with and a talented photographer with a wonderful eye. You can check out her website and portfolio in link above. 

Here are a few favorites from our shoot...