Thursday, March 12, 2015

A new fave

This is my new uniform top. I’ve seen it advertised under many different names: henley, tunic, popover, whichever, I’m in love.  It’s basically a rayon, collarless shirt. 

FaveTops

I have all 4 of these pictured.  The first one is Old Navy, the other three are Loft.  (The last one is not really the same style but I added it anyway, Ikat in a top, uh yes please)

The versatility of it has been making it really easy to get dressed.  It works for the office and weekends as well as with skinnies, slacks even a skirt.  E-Z  I tell ya.

It’s comfy and feminine without being stuffy.  (Just like me)

Tuck it in or leave it out.  (I mostly leave it out). 

Roll the sleeves.  Wear them long.  (A girl needs options, but I’m a roller)

Dress it up.  Or rock with flats.  (I’m in a flats phase of life and I’m ok with that).

Add a scarf or necklace.  (I’ve tried both, cuteness)

And most importantly, always, always, wait for the sale.  Old Navy and Loft are notorious for sales, I get different discounts via email every.other.day.  I’ve seen a few at Target too but they haven’t gone on sale just yet. 

I’m always a little behind on the style curve, but if you’re anything like me, you’re just trying to stay out of the mom jeans and you will love this top, trust me.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

So many works in progress

snow cone machine

My snow cone table is coming to a close.  Yesterday, our area hit 40+ degrees and one good sunny day pretty much melted it all.  Today called for rain, so I’m pretty sure my slushy lemonade nights have come to a close.  Good thing warmer weather comes with that, heeeeey!

Kitchen Counter

This(!) has been the kitchen counter for far too long.  Coupons, magazines, catalogs, circulars and mail - all waiting to be sorted & purged.  Tonight, hopefully

Just after Valentines Day, the folks at LG came and pronounced our washer dead.  After weather delays the replacement was successfully installed yesterday.  So this week, no trip to the laundromat, although, I have to admit it was a good learning experience for my children. 

Real quick, Pottery Barn is a catalog fave.  I have borrowed their books at the library multiple times.  I was pleasantly surprised when I found their books on Amazon today for .01 (plus $4 s&h), .01!!  Yes, they are used, but these are sturdy hardback books for a penny.  I know physical media is on a decline but if you like to finger through pages check it out, they are great for inspiration.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Todo’s

Yesterday, I looked over my ToDos for January and too many were moved into February.  The even bigger problem is there are only has 4 days left this month. 

I was aiming to get one room per month purged, cleansed, organized and somewhat decorated.  Of course, some rooms will require a bit more time & money but this month I haven’t made any headway at all, hangs head in shame.  Honestly, I haven’t really done much but pin.  Somehow, I do manage to squeeze that in.  The one good thing about pinning, if you pay attention you might notice a pattern.

cme1

cme2

cme3

cme4 

cme5

onetwothreefourfive

Apparently, I like neutrals.  This does not really come as a big surprise to me as this is very similar to my wardrobe.  Boring right?  Trust me, I know.  It’s just, I prefer my color in small doses, i.e accessories. 

So, I mentioned before about the chevron curtains from Westelm.  But lately they have been grating me, (you have to imagine me saying that with my eyes fluttering and dragging out the word graaaaating, like that, haha).  The olive walls mixed with the oakyness of my bedroom furniture and it is just not my style.  So today, I’ve been rethinking the entire room.  Trying to figure out how to make it more ME but also making the best of what we have. 

And the days are numbered on those curtains.  

 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Social Media for the win!

HONY

photo from Humans of NY

I love this story, Ms. Lopez is a rock star!

The story starts with Vidal and it’s been building momentum every sinceThis is using social media for the win, please share.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Movie: American Sniper

It’s awards season, what what!  Except, I don’t watch the awards, haha..  Too many commercials, too many speeches, just not my thang.  However, I do yahoo the gowns and award winners the morning after, the quick and dirty, that’s how I roll. 

This year, American Sniper is getting a lot of buzz and while, I normally do not see war movies, with all the hype, I had a growing interest to see American Sniper.  So I did.

American Sniper stars 

Bradley, I forgive you for The Hangover 2 cause you really shine in this role.  You all don’t know this but I walked out on the Hangover 2, it was that bad.

Ok back to American Sniper, I won’t say anything about the storyline because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who plans on seeing it in the theatre. Just a quick note about my experience.  I went in blindly, with only having seen the trailers, and I think that’s the way to go, with an open mind.  Bradley Cooper does a phenomenal job as Chris Kyle, his performance reminds me of Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles, very convincing.  I was so drawn in by Cooper’s portrayal of Kyle that the character started to feel familiar to me.  Needless to say, I really enjoyed the film.

So far this year, my movie choices have been heavy, my next flick has to be lighter, a comedy perhaps?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

It’s IKEA Kallax for us

According to Apartment Therapy, it’s the World’s Most Popular bookcase.

It all started while looking through the IKEA 2015 catalog.  I’ve always liked how they design some of their products with clean sides.  The flat sides allow you to use multiples of the same item and you will see that pattern repeated throughout the catalog and store displays. 

So, I started looking on Pinterest.com for Billy multiples and hacks.

more lower billys cropped

lower billys

tall billys

Sidenote: how cute is that dang chair!

tall open billys

I liked them short.  I liked them tall.  IKEA Billys, I liked them all!

I started to consider the floor to ceiling option, especially with the closed bottom halves, but then I realized those top shelves would require dusting.  And I know me and I know I don’t need any deterrents to keep me from dusting.  So the tall options, were out. 

While looking at hacks, I started to run across images of the Expedit (now Kallax).

6ct expedit

5ct Expedit

4ct Expedit

And I really liked the flexibility of the Kallax. 

After I taped out the two options in our living room, what became the deciding factor was the size.  The Billy’s didn’t offer much in overall size for the room and I really wanted the most bang for the buck.  For me, the Kallax offered some chunk on the cheap.  And with the built-in chunkiness, there was less need for IKEA hacking.  Sort of a fix it and forget it, option.  Sold.

We had about 4-6 inches of snow Friday night into Saturday morning, the Hubbs got out there early, cleared the way and we were off to IKEA.  The Kallax’s are in the building, yall!

Photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 2015

A room a month, that’s what I’m shooting for in 2015.  I’m not talking top to bottom perfection, at this point I’m hopeful for clean, welcoming & guest friendly.  And what better than the first room you see when you walk in the door. 

Front Room

Yep, there she is circa June 2012.

Nov2014

Front Window

And again, in November 2014.  Not quite finished, but better.

On Sunday, I realized I was framing the room around a $20 Goodwill find, the TV cabinet. While I love the wood in the room, I’m just not married to it, at all.  With that cabinet out of the equation, I have nothing but opportunity.  So with the divorce papers still wet, I taped out two bookshelf options. 

K v B

Good ol’ IKEA Billy (yellow) vs IKEA Kallax (blue).  Kallax is the old Expedit, it’s been redesigned a pinch. 

Our wall is about 10 feet long so we can fit three of each design and still leave about a foot on each side.  I spent some time putzin around on Pinterest looking over IKEA hacks and figured for the low startup cost, combined with possible resale value (if i hate it), it was worth a shot.

I will be back soon with all my favorite Billy and Kallax Ikea Hacks.  But for now, we are leaning towards…. can you guess?