Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Closet Takes a Small but Important Step

So this is a little embarrassing, but my closet has basically been a disaster zone for the past couple of months.  In our current place I have a walk-in closet for the first time in my life, and when I moved in I thought I was never going to fill it.  Umm, yeah right.  It's basically crammed to capacity.  I still haven't managed to get a dresser (ummmmm, whoops) so everything is in there, all of my clothes and all of my accessories.

Yeah, aaaaand with just one shelf in there, it turned into a bit of a shitshow.  You can barely make out that there's a basket on the shelf, which was my attempt at organizing my purse collection.  Yeah, that worked for all of five minutes.  And then I had all of my exercise clothes and pajamas and jeans and whatnot on the shelf, which turned into an unstable huge pile that would periodically fall on me.  Not. Fun.

So what did I do?  Sent IKEA to the rescue, of course!  I originally thought I would add another shelf and use the supports as dividers, as Pinterest has shown me many a time.  Then I saw this baby, which is supposed to be a bookcase, but when turned on its side makes a bunch of little cubbies.  Perfect for organizing my bags and shoes!  Plus, since it's not that high above the shelf below, I'm forced to keep those stacks neat and organized so that things actually fit there.

So, it's getting better.  Since taking these photos I sent three bags of clothing off to my sister so it's a little less crowded in there.  Next steps include actually getting a dresser (it's only been what, 14 months?) and figuring out something to do with my four thousand other pairs of shoes.  Dream steps include getting matching hangers (ha!) and converting the boy's office into a closet so that I don't actually have to mess with this space anymore ;)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

White & Lavender

Sweater - Loft / Shirt - Gap / Jeans and Necklace (similar) - Old Navy / Shoes - Sole Society / Watch - Michael Kors

I haven't been wearing a ton of color the past couple of months, which is really weird for me.  I'm usually the girl who's all about color all the time.  Maybe I was suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or something, because as soon as it hit 70 this weekend (70!!) I had to break out some color.  These pieces are really lightweight, which makes them perfect for Spring layering.  Oh, and yes, I did break out the snakeskin heels again.  What can I say, it's love.  

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Monday, April 21, 2014

This weekend...

This weekend I...

...Dragged the boy to Nellcote for a little date night, and had some freaking amazing squid ink lobster pasta.
...Headed to my aunt's house in the suburbs to celebrate Easter and spent a glorious afternoon out in her backyard in the sun.
...Went to Nordstrom just to look at some bridal lingerie, and ended up trapped in a dressing room for an hour while one of the salespeople brought me a million bras and, oddly, helped me put them on.  Maybe that's normal and I've just never shopped for bras at Nordstrom before?
...Had a little lady's night out in Edison Park that included a few margaritas and lots of giggling.
...Spent what seemed like hours in my closet every day this weekend trying to get dressed.  I've been steadily getting rid of things I don't wear anymore or no longer fit, and that included a lot of my spring-y dresses and skirts.  Looks like I need to go shopping!
...Finally saw Wolf on Wallstreet, and (almost) managed to stay awake through the whole three hours, which, let me tell you, is quite a feat.  I dozed off for the one key scene in the middle of the movie that everyone has been talking about, so had to go back and re-watch it the next morning.

I hope you had a great weekend!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Currently Crushing

Happy Friday everyone!! If you have today off, I'm very jealous of you.  I used to get Good Friday off, but now instead we get "Founder's Day," or the Friday before Labor Day.  I'm sad about it now, but I'm guessing I'll be pretty pleased come August.

Today I'm sharing a couple of things I'm currently crushing on.  I didn't mean to make this a "it's Friday so I'm posting about five things" post, but you know, things happen.

1. It's finally almost sandal season, and I am ready!  If a pretty pair or two (like these from Banana Republic) make their way into my closet, I won't be mad.
2. Old Navy's graphic tees are making me so happy right now.  They aren't all available online, but there are some pretty Paris themed tees in the stores that I need to get my hands on.
3. I mentioned that my sister and I were blasting some musicals last weekend, and one that was on repeat was Dogfight.  It may be a terrible premise (Marines each try to bring the ugliest girl to a party, hence, a Dogfight), but it's actually a really good show.
4. I'm not sure where I saw the link to Anna With Love's shop, but I am freaking obsessed with her Paris prints.  If my house was a little more dainty and feminine, I would probably fill the whole thing with them.    
5.  I said on Instagram that I'm slightly creeped out by the name of this color ("chubby cheeks") but I've been wearing it on my nails (and now my toes) for three weeks straight (and will probably keep wearing it until it's time to bring out my fall colors).

I hope you have a great weekend!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Casual Basics

Tee - Target / Jeans - Gap / Shoes - Sole Society / Bag - F21 (old, similar) / Bracelet - BaubleBar (similar)

I got a new pair of shoes in the mail (yes, I really was wearing footie pajamas when they arrived) and maybe built an outfit around them last weekend.  Sometimes shoes first is the way to go. 

Something about this outfit makes me feel cooler than I actually am.  It's a laid back but still put together vibe that I so rarely manage to achieve.  Of course, I tripped in front of lots of people walking home from dinner, so that took me down a notch.  Just an average day in the life.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY Moroccan Tile Coasters

So I have something slightly embarrassing to admit.  I moved in with Jeff over a year ago, but we never managed to get coasters.  We just have cups all over the house resting on scraps of paper.  Super classy, I know.  So when I saw this DIY from Darby Smart (and saw that it had the word "Morocco" in the name) I had to go for it.

The kit came with coasters, spray paint, and some cute stencils.  I maybe didn't read the instructions all the way so my spray paint smeared in a couple of places, but I still think they're pretty.

And now I have coasters in my house!  Kristina for the win :)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Natalie Merchant on the Brain

Tee - JCrew / Jacket (old, similar) and Pants - Old Navy / Flats - Madewell (on super sale!) / Necklace (old) and Bracelet (similar) - Baublebar

Every time I wear this shirt (last seen here), I end up with These Are Days by Natalie Merchant stuck in my head for the entire day.  It was on an album my mom listened to when she cleaned when we were little so I always think of it as mom music, along with Carol King's "Tapestry" and the Miss Saigon soundtrack.  Well, Miss Saigon she really just played around the holidays, so for years I thought it was Christmas music.  Really weird, sad Christmas music.

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