Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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.
(Photo by Sugar Paper)
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
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
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 here, Dolce Vita lace top, Bandolino wedges (see my review of these here).
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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
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
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
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
Don't you just love the excitement of first days?