I may have a teensy online shopping problem. I end up returning a lot of the things I buy, but it seems packages are constantly being delivered to my house. Which means I have bubble wrap and tissue paper and empty boxes everywhere.
I love the look of kraft wrapping paper, but realized the packing materials I had laying around had the same look for free. You could also do this for smaller gifts with paper bags (if you're also a Trader Joe's fan who frequently forgets reusable shopping bags, you likely have a lot of these too). I cut the packing paper to size, trying to match the creases already folded into the paper to the corners of my boxes. Then I drew on the paper using a metallic Sharpie and added some pretty string.
And done! Pretty, personalized wrapping paper, all for zero dollars.
Navy and green do not make up my typical color palette. I wear them separately but I don't think I've ever tried them together. Then a Saturday came along when I felt like actually getting dressed instead of hanging out in my pajamas until it was time to go out to dinner, and the blue and green really caught my eye.
Shirt - JCrew Factory / Sweatshirt (old) and Skirt - JCrew / Booties - Kelly & Katie (old) / Bag - Coach Factory / Bracelet - Baublebar
Aaaaand just realized I was wearing all JCrew. Oh dear. This blog thing seems to be changing me, especially since I didn't buy my first piece from JCrew until last summer.
...Volunteered all day on Saturday for Destination Imagination. My volunteer thank you bag included a light up sequined bow tie, which I immediately put in my hair and made all of my cheerleader dreams come true.
...Went to my first ever baby shower. Thankfully it did not involve smelling any diapers, and did involve eating delicious peanut butter cookies.
...Had dinner with a couple of ladies in our favorite (and only) restaurant in my parents' neighborhood, Louie's. It was a hotspot, ran into a bunch of old friends.
...Saw my sister's classroom for the first time, and was super amused by the way the desks are arranged - she has one trouble maker who has to sit by himself surrounded by the other desks.
...Tried Shrimp & Grits for the first time. Southerners, you guys know what's up.
...Worked out of my childhood bedroom on Friday, and was super amused by some of the things still in it, namely a ten year old cactus that maaaaaay be a very pretty dead plant.
...Had some delicious cupcakes my mom baked to celebrate my birthday, and got a couple of things on my list :)
Oh hey guys, I'm back with another budget post. In January I had a hard time sticking to my budget of $300, but in February I did it! Even with the major purchase of some snazzy new emergency rain boots. It helped that I've gotten totally sick of winter clothes, so even with sales I didn't really want anything.
Here's the damage for February:
Baublebar Arrow Cuff - Originally $28, on sale $10
Baublebar Double Strand Necklace - Originally $34.99, on sale $10
Black and white blouses - I just can't get enough of them apparently. There are at least five in my closet right now. They're a great staple - classic but with a little personality, and easy to dress up or down. I dressed down this particular blouse a couple of weeks ago with leggings here. It also works well with this pretty red skirt.
I wore this last week to what I thought was going to be a nice dinner out with my coworkers, which quickly dissolved to me singing "Since U Been Gone" at the top of my lungs at a karaoke bar. You know. Things happen.
I was trying to think of what I could make for my Olympic theme party last weekend, and came up with the idea of Olympic ring rice krispie treats. They didn't turn out quiiiiite like I hoped, but so few things do.
I made the recipe as usual (except I use a much higher marshmallow to cereal ratio) and then split it between several cupcake pans to make circles. You have to do this really quickly, because as it cools the marshmallow hardens, and then it's impossible to work with (I mayyyy have broken a wooden spoon on these). Then once they cooled, I popped them out of the pan. Using a clean paintbrush, I painted the edges with food color gel. A couple of my gels were old so the colors didn't come out as strong as they usually do.
Warning: Eating anything with food color gel may make your mouth look like this: