DIY Mantel

DIY Mantel

When we moved into our house last October, I knew I had to install a mantel on our fireplace in time to decorate it for the holidays.  I built a simple box mantel from wood boards and share how to build and install it below.  Unfortunately our chimney inspector informed us it was too close to the wood burning stove.  I kept it up for the holidays, but sadly removed last January.  I annoying reinstalled it above the vents a few weeks back.  Then I decked it out for the holidays!  

Keep reading to see how to install your own box mantel.  

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Outfit Idea // Casual Holiday Look

What do you wear when you want to look cute and festive, but not too festive?  What do you wear to your girl's holiday brunch or too your kid's school Christmas play?  I think I found it!  A little black skirt (tights most likely required) paired with a tried and true sweater and some ankle boots make an easy base.  Add some sparkle, I used a clutch as the vehicle for that, top with a cute hat, and finish with some fab lipstick of course!  You're ready for your casual holiday affair.  

Leopard Coat
Glitter Clutch
Casual holiday look
Casual holiday outfit
cute holiday look
Kate Spade Glitter Clutch


Gift Guide // My Wish List

This is it!  My favorite post of the year!  My personal holiday wish list!  From table linens to a fancy belt, this list satisfies the fashion lover, the interiors lover, the DIY lover and the clean freak in me.  Since this post isn't all about me, I've also so generously rounded up the best black Friday deals in town.  Avoid the crowds and shop online.  Get your fingers going and shop shop shop!! 

Undeclared Panache Wish List

1. Cute napkin set from Minted.  Because I love to mix and match my tablescapes. 

2. I love this modern, fashionable Nixon watch with a gold trim. 

3. I am coveting the must-have fashion accessory of the moment, the completely unnecessary, but out yet totally necessary, Gucci belt

4. Chunky knit blanket to complete our bed.

5. Everyone who has an automatic vacuum raves about it, I'm ready to board this train!

6. I've become such a fan of bralettes, and this one is so very cute! 

7. The new Domino book, because, duh!

8.  Due for a new coat, and this structured wool winter coat looks cozy and expensive with the leather details. 

9.  Tiered marble serving plate, because presentation is important to me.  Plus they'd look so cute on my shelf.

10. One power tool I don't have in my collection, the multi-purpose, Dremel Tool


INTERMIX  // DATE: 11/23-12/7 // $150 off every $750 spent with code

LOFT // 40% off Sitwide // CODE: THANKS

Minted // 15% off no minimum, 20% off $150+ on holiday // DATE: 11/23-11/27 - CODE: BF2016

// 20% off $150+ on holiday, wedding, and all gifts - DATE: 11/23-11/28  - CODE: BF2017

Nordstrom // Take an extra 20% off selected sale items - DATE: 11/24- 11/28 

Shopbop // Save up to 25% // DATE: 11/22-11/28 // CODE: GOBIG16

Urban Outfitters // Buy one get one 50% Off ALL apparel // DATE: 11/23-11/25

ASOS // 30% off Sitewide and In Store  // CODE: THANKFUL30 // DATE: 11/24-11/29

And Other Stories // 50% off select items // DATE: 11/25 -11/27

Banana Republic // 50% off 5 regular-priced items Sitewide // DATE: 11/24-11/26 (online) 11/24-11/28 (in store)