Monday, March 10, 2014
So, I should have made an exception to my no shopping rule. I brought down all my summer clothes this weekend in an effort to "shop my closet" for our upcoming trip. I did snag two dresses on super clearance at Lilly Finch last month, but a few things fell short that I think I may need for the tropics (and summer, in general): a white cover-up (found one for 30% off with free shipping at Loft!) and then I stumbled upon these palm pants. I'm hoping these can be dressed up with a black top and then thrown own over a (light pink) bikini and worn as beach pants! I ended up not getting the blue pants in my packing post (or over half of the things mentioned for that matter-it was merely an inspiration packing list), but for less than $25, I'm pulling the trigger. I've been obsessed with the palm/banana leaf look that was everywhere last year, yet cannot be found this year in the form of an affordable frock! Thank you, F21!
I think I speak for mostly everyone when I say bring on the warmer temps!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Better late than never, yes? My apologies for the lack of posting!! I say that alot, right? I'm hoping I find a better blog groove in the next few weeks, however, I have been working incredibily hard on a new site! Anyway, here we are 3 months into the year! Woah. How are y'all doing on your new year resolutions, etc etc? If I am going to evaluate myself and be honest, I'd say I'm trying to truck along! Some things are not in my control--change of jobs, waiting on work, other people! Some set backs have really put a damper on my attitude, but I have faith that things happen for a reason. I'm trying not to feel defeated or mad. When you know you shouldn't take things personally, it is a huge triumph to brush it off. I have a hard time with doing just that. I also know that things are going to pick up and maybe I should be using this bit of downtown to really focus on good daily habits. Health wise, I've been working out 3-4 times each week, but I'm hoping that I can kick up my cardio. I'm also cutting gluten and cheese for 2 weeks to see how that affects my body. TRUST me, it is going to be SO hard! I successfully completed all but 1 of my February goals! I'm still struggling with breakfast on a daily basis. I don't usually wake up very hungry, but I have been choosing healthy snacks throughout the day. For March, I've really thought about what I want to change or what habits I'd like to really make stick and how that may happen. Financial Peace is done & we're feeling inspired to continue giving, continue budgeting, and evaluate our savings. I'm going to focus more on what we HAVE. We've really been enjoying our small group, too, so I'm glad to report how that's been a great thing. I'm really getting excited about seeing my parents soon. I had to miss my dad's big birthday celebration this past weekend and that was
depressing difficult. I also missed a dear friend's wedding shower and when all the girls facetimed me, I basically lost my marbles when I got off the phone. I miss everyone SO much. On a brighter note, the official countown is on until we're in Jamaica!!! Bring it, March!
1. Make a plan for breakfast- be it, a frittata that I can make ahead and heat up for the next few days or try something new once a week and actually make it!
2. Cut out gluten and cheese for 14 days. Reintroduce it and see how I feel. I'm not interested in being #gfree because of the bandwagon misconception that it's going to make you slimmer. I've been working out for over two months and my mid section is still bloated and just not slimming down. (seriously, wth!) Suzi (who owns the gym) insisted that I should cut these things out as a test to see if it changes anything. It likely will. If I have to break up with pasta, I will be forever sad. And probably bitter.
3. Kick up the cardio. I LOVE the barre classes that I've been going to, but I need to add in spin/pump/zumba or a jog 2 or 3 times a week!
4. NO SHOPPING! While this isn't a lent thing, I'm not shopping for clothing this month. I'm participating in the #stylememarch challenge on Instagram, hosted by Dean Street Society! My 1 exception will be a swimsuit IF the one I exchanged doesn't fit once it arrives.
5. Declutter. We have junk drawers stuffed to the brim and a guest room that tends to just collect crap. I'd like to get a move on purging and actively assessing these spaces!
6. I have a fairly time consuming project I'm working on and I need it to at least be sent off to print by next week. Totally a goal!
7. Collaborate with a friend with blogging--I'm unsure what this means quite yet, but I'd like to reach out and feature someone and viceversa.
8. With that said, STICK to my blog plan! I made one, but my heart hasn't been into making it happen. I'm not sure why not.
9. Taxes/insurance/etc! This is clearly a joint effort with Steven. We've just got to update everything and get it done.
And here's a sneek peak at my last project. We got to go to Boulder and I got to see the home that I assisted in designing!!! My job was to help my client pick out all the finishings, lighting, countertops, hardware, floors, paint, etc etc etc. She worked with the builder and a cabinet designer for all the actual design work, but I was hired to help finalize the visual aspect. I've got better photos of the space and of the bathrooms, so I'll get to share soon. It was like being in a dream. Seriously it was the most lovely kitchen I've seen. My client has amazing taste! I am so grateful for the experience.
Share your goals if you've got 'em!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I'll make a little confession: I don't really bake. Maybe like 4 times a year: Thanksgiving & Valentine's Day & Steven's birthday & Christmas. I find it to be slightly tedious, messy, and I don't even eat dessert very often, so what's the point? I also really really miss having a Trader Joe's near by. They had the best frozen treats that I would spruce up with very little effort. #domestic
Well, for Valentine's Day, I can't get my favorite TJ frozen mini molten lava cakes so I have to make my own. I, personally want lava cake for the occasion and Steven's favorite is Red Velvet. So! I found an amazing Red Velvet lava cupcake that is going to fit the bill. You can even use a boxed cake mix, add a little home made ganache, sprinkle with powdered sugar and it makes for an easy semi-homemade delight. I'm going to add chocolate covered bacon to top it off. Why? Well, have you had chocolate covered bacon? Sprinkle it with some seasalt and thank me later. Served with Blue Bell ice cream, we'll be pretty happy. If you're gonna indulge, indulge right.
I came across some other lovely desserts that you may want to attempt for your Valentine on Friday!
But, if you're out of time or if you're a non-baker, I suggest stopping by your local bakery and picking up some macaroons!
Don't forget the bubbly!
Friday, February 7, 2014
I say it all the time. "We need more pink in our house!" Just, you know, some artwork or pillows...something. It's not that Steven would mind so much, but when I chose our color scheme as a newlywed, I picked teal, orange, and lime green to avoid giving into my inner girliness. I think a small reward for holding off on anything very ladylike could result in a pink sofa one day. In searching for the perfect one, I stumbled across Lee Radziwill's Parisian apartment and I stopped dead in my tracks. I love her unbashedly feminine touch, her free-spirited personality, timless style, grace, and beauty. Upon looking into this glam abode, I also watched the video in this article, a conversation between Lee & Sofia Coppola. I mean, how cool is she? Sister to Jackie O., I find her to be a little more adventurous like myself.
"If I wasn't curious, yeah, I wouldn't want to live"
And like her, if I had those gorgeous chairs with the little Asian men, I'd carry them everywhere with me, too.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
There's nothing like a gift that keeps on giving. Enter: The Little Market. Lauren Conrad, who I have always thought was just fantastic, has started an online marketplace where you can shop for unique gifts that directly benefit the women who handmake them. These women are artisans in underdeveloped places like India, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Little Market seeks to empower these women to rise above the poverty lines so they can support their families while working in a safe environment. I love fair trade and the responsibility of this mission. My favorite picks:
Have you ever felt Alpaca? Oooh it's SO soft! I love the mittens & pom pom beanie, along with the scarf! The apron would be cute, alongside some baking utinsels for the lady in your life who loves to bake. The blockprint is handstamped. So cute & on trend right now.
Rose gold is so pretty, right? And a set of these bowls would add a global touch to your china cabinet, for sure. I think they're so pretty. Both would look lovely on the tray below.
Do you have any other Fair Trade favorites?