Friday, December 19, 2014

I'm Wearing A Cape!

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I got a cape. When I told Alan, I thought he might give me a funny look (like when I got these), but he was the most excited I've ever seen him be about one of my wardrobe decisions. And here's why: Wearing a cape is fun. Even just saying you're wearing one is fun. It's like you're Batman. (Which is, apparently, our shared secret aspiration.) They're also cozy and voluminous and look so good contrasted with a slim bottom silhouette. This one is also cute. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mini Living Room Makeover: New Pillows

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We've been using our old throw pillows for what feels like years, even though they're sad and lumpy, and I always stuff them in a closet when people come over. So, as part of our living room face lift, I was excited to get a few new ones. One reason why it took so long to replace them is because I'm picky (like, weirdly picky) about pillow patterns and fabrics. Then I saw these velvet pillow covers at Ikea in the greatest pale pink and pool blue. I worried they'd feel too nursery-like together, but I couldn't decide between them so I just got both and ended up liking how they look. I'd also been eyeing the white velvet pillow from Anthropologie, and it finally went on sale (woohoo!) And, in an officially unofficial study conducted by me this past weekend, results revealed that sitting on a couch with rainbow tassels boosts happiness. :) 

(Also from our mini living room makeover: our new rug and houseplant).

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mini Living Room Makeover

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Recently I took a look around and decided our living room could use a mini makeover. We spend a lot of time hanging out at home, so it should feel as cozy as possible, right? The living room's still a work in progress but so far, we got...

A rug. All I can say is, why didn't we get a rug sooner?! It's the best. I've always hated our carpet, but the rug brightens things up and makes the room look bigger. It just makes the space look like a space. If you're on the fence about getting one, get one! Please. You won't regret it. Ours is this Moroccan rug from Overstock (similar ones here and here).

A house plant. It's nice to have something alive and green indoors, even if it's small and as low maintenance as possible. I couldn't resist this Meg A. Myers terrarium (especially since I got a deal on it at the Renegade Craft Fair -- it has a tiny crack in one of the panes) and added a succulent and cactus. My goal is to keep them alive for at least three months, ha!

More floor space. We got rid of our coffee table, and I love the extra room we have now. After sitting at a desk all day, it feels so good to come home and stretch out at night.

Next up... throw pillows!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Three Tomboy-Inspired Fall Outfits

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I have a hard time getting dressed when it's cold out. I'm always torn between looking nice and feeling cozy. So I started keeping notes in the notes app on my phone whenever something inspires me -- a surprising color combination that works well together or the unique way the bread lady at the farmer's market wears her layers -- and created a list of outfit ideas based on what I have in my closet. It's been really handy, especially in the mornings when it feels like I have exactly three minutes to get dressed. Here are a few of the outfits I've been wearing lately that feel sensible with a feminine twist!

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Similar buffalo check shirt, J.Crew pants, sandals

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fun Baby Shower Idea

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Baby shower games can get a little old (word scramble, anyone?) so my friend Grace had the brilliant idea to turn our friend Ali's pinspiration into craft kits for her shower. Guests hung out and crafted, and Ali got new baby toys and decor to keep. It's a win-win! Here's how Grace did it:

1) Pick projects on Pinterest. These days, everyone has a Pinterest board for everything which makes it easy to discover what your friends are inspired by. Grace found Ali's Pinterest board with her nursery decor ideas and picked a few pins that would make simple craft projects.

2) Shop for supplies. Get supplies for each project at your local craft store.

3) Bag it all up. Print out each pin, tape them to the outside of handle bags and fill each bag with the supplies for the specific project.

And voila! Custom craft kits :) 

If you need a few ideas, here are the ones Grace put together which were really fun. 

Felt Ball Mobile (inspired by this pin)

You'll need:
Two wooden dowels
Felting wool in assorted colors
String or yarn 

Cross dowels and tie together in an X-shape. Make felt balls by bunching up felt and poking with the felt needle until it forms a ball. Thread felt balls onto a long piece of string and attach it to the dowels. (Or you can follow this tutorial.) 

Stacking House Blocks (inspired by this pin)

You'll need:
Wooden blocks 
Paint in various colors

Paint blocks, let dry and stack! 

Colored Bulb Lights (inspired by this pin)

You'll need:
String of bulb lights
Paint in various colors

Paint each bulb a different color and let dry.

What do you think? I thought it was such a great idea.
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