Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Writing Tip Wednesday: Should of vs. Should Have

pretty gold stationery
You know what they say: Grammarliness is next to godliness. What? No one says that? Okay, fine, but good grammar is still important. Lately, I've noticed one grammar mistake creeping into texts, emails and Instagram captions: the use of could of/would of/should of. This is a problem like how often I wear yoga pants instead of real pants is a problem--it's happening more than the world probably needs.

In conversation, it sounds like we're saying coulda or could of (e.g., I could of eaten another slice of pizza), but what we're really hearing is a contraction of could and have (i.e., I could've eaten another slice of pizza). So while we might say coulda, woulda, shoulda, it should always be written out could have, would have, should have or could've, would've, should've.

Happy contracting!

(Photo by Sugar Paper)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


portland poetree
I've seen small trees, big trees, red trees and green trees, but this is the first time I've ever seen a poetree. Portland, you're awesome.

(Thanks, Sophie!)

Monday, May 26, 2014

My Favorite Wedges Are on Sale!

best shoes for wide feet
Good news—the Bandolino wedges I often rave about are on sale in emerald green for just $20! So, if you've ever been curious about trying them, these are a steal. I love wearing mine with rolled up boyfriend jeans (as seen here), but they're equally cute dressed up (my friend PJ snagged a pair to wear to Going Lovely client dinners). They're so versatile, and even though they don't come in wide widths, they're perfect for wide feet.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Lace + Camo Pants

camo pants outfit
girl camo
what to wear with camo pants
Alan had his doubts about camouflage pants (they remind him of his friends in the '90s), but this pair by Sanctuary has become a closet staple. They're laid-back enough to throw on with a t-shirt and sandals but also look edgy worn with a lace top and sleek wedges. I love that the pattern is a bit faded, too.

Do you take your partner's sartorial opinion into account when you get dressed? I like to, but I know that Alan doesn't always see my vision for an outfit until I actually wear it—and then he changes his mind (or so he says, ha!)

Outfit details: Similar pants here and hereDolce Vita lace top, Bandolino wedges (see my review of these here).

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Writing Tip Wednesday: Spelling Matters

writing tips
To me, finding a spelling mistake in something I've written is like finding a piece of spinach that's been stuck in my teeth the entire day. It's just not a good look. Using correct spelling makes your writing look polished, which increases your credibility and doesn't distract people from the point you're trying to make. Here are six common spelling mistakes that, together, we can stop from happening and make the world a better place. (My biggest pet peeve is the first one!)

1. Stationery vs. stationary
If you're a business owner that sells paper goods, it's time to face the music on this one, folks. Because the stone cold truth is if you're a stationery shop marketing your "stationary goods," I go to bed every night crying. Crying for you and for all those disappointed people who come to your shop excited that you've managed to bottle the state of stillness, only to find letterpress invitations instead. Stationary is used to describe something that's not moving (like a stationary bike), while stationery means writing materials. A little trick to help you remember the difference is that stationery is spelled with an e for envelope.

2. Loose vs. lose
Fact: Every time this spelling mistake is made, an angel does not get its wings. Use loose to describe something that's coming free (like a loose tooth or a loose end) and use lose when you've lost something (e.g. lose a bet). You can never loose your mind, but you can have a few loose screws.

3. Its vs. it's vs. its'
Its is the possessive form of it (e.g. the macaroni got its groove back), while it's is the abbreviation for it is (e.g., it's a great night for mac and cheese). Its' is like a Yeti – they both don't exist and scare me when I think about them late at night.

4. Peak vs. pique vs. peek
Peak means the highest point or a mountain top (e.g., at the peak of her career or the mountain peak), pique means to excite (e.g., the news piqued her interest) and peek means a glimpse (e.g., sneak peek).

5. Compliment vs. complement
Remember complementary angles in math class? That's how I remember the difference between these two words. Compliment is a flattering remark or good wishes (e.g., compliments of the chef or my boss complimented my new hair cut), while complement means something that goes well with something else (e.g. wine is a great complement to pizza or those shoes really complement that dress). Grammar Girl's trick to remember the difference is to "tell yourself 'I like to give compliments.' Put the emphasis on the 'I' when you say or think it. The 'I' can remind you that the type of flattering compliment is spelled with an 'i.'"

Many of these are examples of homophones, words that sound alike but have different meanings, so it's easy to see why they get mixed up. I find them fascinating! (grammar nerd)

What other homophones trip you up? Also, are there any other writing tips you'd find helpful? I'd love to hear in the comments.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness Really Do Happen!

eggfree ice cream sandwiches
The other night, a group of girlfriends and I were hanging out when someone had the brilliant idea that we should go out for ice cream. A gaggle of us descended upon the ice cream shop and were taking forever deciding what to order, when a guy came in a few minutes after us. We let him go first, and he was in and out. Ten ice cream orders later, the cashier surprised us when she said the guy we let go first had already paid for us. How sweet is that?

It reminded me that even small acts of kindness can be really encouraging (who knows what kind of day someone is having -- your random act of kindness could be just the thing to turn it around!) It's like when you're at the store buying one thing and the person in front of you in the checkout line lets you go first. It's such a simple gesture that makes me so happy!

(Photo via The Cake Blog)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Gold Glitter Sandals

gold glitter wedge
My stylish friend Alyssa has a pair of shoes that remind me of these J.crew glitter sandals. I asked her where she got them, and she let me in on her secret: They're from the little girls' section at Target! Now, whenever I'm out shopping, I make sure to check out the girls' department for unexpected finds. The other day, I found these sandals at Old Navy for just $12. I'm planning to wear them with this coral dresses from J.Crew to my friend Sue's wedding next month (I'm a bridesmaid :)!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Wedding Invitations

We're so excited to have our friend Andrew designing the invitations and paper goods for our big day. For the invites, he sent us three initial concepts to choose from. I couldn't decide between two of the designs so we're combining elements from both. I can't wait to share the finished product! Here's one of the concept drafts we didn't end up picking, but it's just too cute to live exclusively in my inbox. So far, helping design the invites has been one of my favorite parts of wedding planning!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

First Day of Work Outfit

H&M work outfit
My sister Sophie starts her new marketing internship at McAfee today (if you buy a computer with McAfee already pre-loaded, you can think of her :) We've been texting about important first-day details, like what her team will be like, who she'll eat lunch with and, of course, what to wear. Bay Area companies are pretty casual, but Sophie said people were a bit more dressed up when she interviewed. The outfit above from H&M was my top vote. It's the perfect mix of dressy and fun. Speaking of H&M, I never seem to find anything there, but this skirt reminds me of more expensive ones I've seen at Anthropologie. (In fact, after she sent this, I checked my local store, but they were all sold out.)

Don't you just love the excitement of first days? 
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