Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Dana Leigh Apparel & The Back to School Blues

B & W pattern Dress
I really just think this dress is fabulous, and I probably need it...

The end of August is upon us, and with it the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. If you are like me... you may be experiencing a bit of the back to school blues. I am, in fact, sighing as I write this post now, a large pile of new school books by my side. I have good news though! What often comes hand in hand with the start of school? Back to school shopping. :) If that doesn't make a girl smile then I do not know what will. And if you have to go back, might as well hit campus in style. Dana-Leigh Apparel (link below) has so graciously offered my friends, family, and readers a nifty 20% off code good until September 18th. Woohoo! You should now be double excited as they offer tons of cute clothes. They even have an adorable assortment of clothes for the littlies. You just have to check them out, and if you feel a strong desire to purchase something make sure to use the code below and get 20% off. Now the only thing left to do is decide what to get first...

Use the code "SCHOOLBLUES" to get your 20% off!!!

Ruffle DressPink Gem Tank
For our little loves.

Arrow to Me TopAnimal Print Legging


Friday, June 13, 2014


I plan on spilling the beans about all of the lovely vendors that helped make my wedding a success, but first a little back story on me and the love of my life...

We met one sunny November day when he knocked on my door as one of my new home teachers. I love it when he tells me about that day, and how he fell in love with me the moment he met me. However, he did not ask me out on a date. When it came down to it, I had to do what a girl must at times and took matters into my own hands. During an auction to raise funds for a family in need, I placed the winning bid on his date. Hand holding included. As it turns out, it is quite easy to win an auction when you are determined. ;) 

We ended up having our first kiss before we even actually went on that first date, but we were inseparable soon after. Seems like the rest was history, and now we are happily married! I'll have to include our first kiss and engagement stories on posts about some of our other great vendors.

Spotlight: AA Professional Photography

Our amazing wedding photographer was Alvaro Aguayo. I stumbled upon his booth at a Bridal Expo held at the lovely La Caille. If you had asked me to make a list of what was important for me to have for my wedding a good photographer definitely would have been near the top. I loved the photos that Al and his wife had brought for the show, and as a bonus he spoke Spanish like my hubby's family. 

He is a such a happy person, and makes having your photos taken fun! He even had my husband smiling and saying," that was fun!" Not to mention that he offers some great packages, and pricing that won't break the bank.

Al took our engagements, bridal, and wedding photos. We even had an "after the wedding bridal session"!

AA Professional Photography 

Above is the link for his website. If you look carefully you may see a pic or two of me floating around... And below is his Facebook page if you are interested in seeing more photos. :)

AA Professional Photography - Facebook 

Just a few of the many many wonderful pictures! I couldn't choose which ones to post so I grabbed some of the photos off of his Facebook page. :)


Thursday, May 8, 2014


Welcome... to So Simply Alexus. 

My goal after getting married last September was to finally start a blog. I practically spent 7 months brainstorming just how to start, mostly with no luck. I've come to the conclusion that the best thing to do will be to just simply dive right on in and get 'er done!

DIY: Sheet Metal Menu Board

  • Frame 
  • Spray Paint
  • Tin Snips
  • Sheet Metal
  • Vinyl
  • Optional: Silhouette (to cut the vinyl)
If you frequent Pinterest as I do... often... then you may have seen different versions of the super cute, and useful, menu board. As I was now married, and the woman of the house, I just new that I had to have one to help me organize the chaos that is dinner planning. Below are a few of the ideas that I was crushing on before deciding on a plan of action.

I also drew inspiration from the many sheet metal projects. Sheet metal amazingness.

So, without further ado!

I began by using some leftover Rustoleum Satin Black spray paint that my mother gifted to me to paint a tall cheap frame that I purchased for almost nothing at a local thrift store. A couple coats and it was good to go! Next I borrowed a nifty pair of tin snips to cut my sheet metal to fit the frame- it was only about an inch off on the width, and an inch or two lengthwise. Be careful as the metal can be very sharp. You may want to use gloves. Once fitted in the frame, I used my niffty Silhouette SD to cut out the sheet of vinyl I picked up for less than $1 at the craft store. Letters carefully placed and presto! I had finished. I love the way it looks in my little kitchen. All together the project was very easy. The hardest part for me was trying to space my letters and get them looking fairly straight.

One of the perks to using sheet metal is that it is magnetic, and you can write on it with an expo marker. I left it as is to match another sheet metal board I have hanging in the kitchen, but it would be very easy to cover with scrapbook paper or fabric. If you choose to do so you would want to go the magnet route to switch out each weeks meals.

Note to self: Work on photography skills

I also whipped together a last minute version with items I had on hand for a holiday activity. It's simply a frame, scrapbook paper, and an expo marker to write on the glass with.