Thursday, January 31, 2013

The No Shopping, Shopping Challenge.

 At the beginning of the year, I made a promise to my husband, and mostly to myself, that for the next 365 days I will not purchase another piece of clothing (shoes included.) I know what you are thinking, why the hell would one do that? On paper it does seem a little drastic. Well, embracing my "less in more" motto, I finally decided to put my money where my mouth is. I'm always preaching to friends, and justifying purchases, with the whole "only buy timeless / high quality/ investment pieces" and someday you will get to a point where you will have a complete wardrobe that will only need minimal updates. The truth is, that I have reached that point. Someday was January 1, 2013.

 I began to notice, at the end of last year, that I was purchasing duplicates of things because they were "timeless and perfect" but in reality how many timeless and perfect things does one need? If there are only 7 days in the week, and you aren't a celebrity (which I only am in my head ;)) then there are only so many things that one can wear in a month. A few weeks back, I did a complete closet clean out, and with my shopping free year in mind, I actually GOT RID of quite a bit of clothing. I know it sounds counter intuitive, but for me, I find, that I really wear the same few things and I will always chose something that I "love" over something that I just liked. I realized that i'd rather someone else get use out of some of my things, than for them to sit there, unworn, looking kind of sad. Yes, sometimes I treat my clothes like they have feelings ;). This is easier for me, because I have a sister in graduate school, who lives around the corner, so I actually get to see some of my things that I am still emotionally attached to, out in the world, rather than in the back of my closet. 

Now, I know what you are thinking, does this mean a year without fashion posts? Absolutely NOT! In fact, I think this means there will just be more! Because I am not buying, I find myself looking at things more than ever, and right now my favorite thing to do when I find something I love is to put it in my online cart, think about what I have that is close to it, taking hints from the styling, and then DELETING the whole cart. I swear, every time I get just as excited as if I had bought said item, and I feel like I'm actually making money back. (Yeah, my husband thinks I'm nuts too but you should  try it!)

That being said, I have to tell you all how much I am loving the Liberty prints at J. Crew right now! If I  didn't have self control, I swear I would be snatching up a few of these in a second! So so perfect for spring, I would pair them with harder pieces, like distressed skinny or boyfriend jeans, or a great army green fatigue (again, a must have for spring) and with a motorcycle or clog type boot. Feminine yet cool at the same time! 

Here are a few of my favorites! I'm relying on you all to hold me to my pledge, so please do all the shopping for me ;)









365 days? I can TOTALLY do this!


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It All Started With A Sofa...

 You all know that story If You Give Mouse a Cookie? Well, for the past 24 hours, I have started my own novel... If You Give a Woman a Navy Velvet Sofa.

Basically, the quote came back on the sofa and it was way LESS than I expected. My husband "sort of" likes the idea, which means it is totally going to happen.

OH MY GOD!


Then, I saw this picture over at EOS yesterday, and fell madly in love with that pillow.


Minutes later I found these fabrics at a deep discount.
















One will be used to make a pillow just like the one on the Greenwich sofa (die) and the other will be used to recover the seats on our kitchen chairs.

I'm not sure which is which at this point.

THEN, I got to thinking. We are going to have this banging living room, but the kitchen, which is open and visible from every angle of our living room, is still so boring. B.O.R.I.N.G.

THEN IT HIT ME.

All we need is a tile back splash. 

SO EASY and fairly inexpensive, and it will make me love my kitchen WAY better than the white kitchen of my dreams (for this house anyway.)

My all knowing father turned me on to Ann Sacks tile, and boom, bang, bam I have fallen in love with this.




Now, our kitchen is going to have that LA(esq) eclectic vibe that I always have dreamed of, AND it's actually super functional.

Done and Done.

SO, the only problem was that there was so much crap on our counter that I could hardly see the area to tile, let alone to even think about measuring. 

Well, one 3 hour nap from Gray later... problem solved! (hence the lack of posting yesterday) and I kid you not, I was able to convince my sister that we were moving our kitchen was so bare!


Now that is what I call a clean counter! (I wish I had a before and after picture, but believe me when I tell you that there was so much clutter above and below, you wouldn't believe this is the same space!)

Add in the recently purchased Hicks pendants over the bar, and I could barely sleep last night with the excitement of how great our home is going to look. (I'm not kidding.)

Best part? None of this is really that expensive, and we are just reusing a lot of what we already have, AND the tile is just going to increase the value of our home enough to cover the cost!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Home decor is like crack. I WANT MORE!

Whew. Must switch to decaf ;)

Will post pictures of progress!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Wardrobe Lust: Mara Hoffman.

 The other day, while dreaming of Summer, I stumbled upon this bikini work of art, by Mara Hoffman


How is it that I have never heard of this designer before????

 Every piece I found was more beautiful than the last, and although I need a new Summer dress, like a hole in the head, I just had to share this amaziness with all of you!


Stop it.


Stop it right now!


 Bananas.


BANANAS!!!!!


Too cool.


 I can't.


 I really can't.


Be still my heart. 


Nothing can beat the bathing suit above...


... but these are gorgeous nonetheless!


And, this bag is going to haunt me all Summer long.

Mara Hoffman: serious wardrobe lust.

Only 144 days until Summer. GAH!


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Weekend Links.


Brrrrrrrrrrr it's still freezing where we live, and to make matters worse, my hubby is on call this weekend. That means it's just the boys and I All.Weekend.Long and with almost no time outside, we are already driving each other nuts. Is it Monday yet? I hope you all have something better than us planned, and that you have some warm sun where ever you are. Here are a few links from around the web, for those of you, like me, who could use a little mental break right about now! Happy Saturday!

The boys and I have been rocking Bob Marley all week, while dreaming of Summers in Costa Rica. This song is still my favorite. Don't you already feel warmer?

What would you wear to an interview with Anna Wintour? I'd probably do what #1 did, but in all actuality I'd cancel the day before because I was too scared. #keepthetagson

I've recently come to terms with mixing metals, and just ordered these pendants that I've been dreaming about for a year. How great will these look with a navy velvet sofa? ;)

Go forth and submit your photos! Can you even imagine being chosen? I can guarantee you that even at my finest, I could be out styled in a minute! Damn, some people are so chic!

My girlfriend and I were talking about this the other night, and this is my new goal in life. (Remember in high school when being bitchy was considered "cool?" What a waste of energy!)

Speaking of cold, how long until we can wear bare legs again? Summer, I miss you. P.S. Isabel Marant, I love you.

The LM and I have been reading a few pages of this, every night for the past week and we were both sobbing at the end. Tonight, we are starting all over again. I can guarantee you, tears will again be shed.

I'm absolutely going to surprise the boys with this for breakfast onValentine's Day!

Question? Do we think Gray is cool enough for this cut, this Summer? I'd like to say yes, but I think this may be better suited for the LM. I have to say I love it!

My soul belongs to Apple, but this commercial has my heart. 

My most favorite purchase of last year. These pants have literally changed my entire wardrobe, and I hope you don't think I'm gross when I tell you I wear them at least 6 times a week. (With regular washings, of course :)) They are absolutely worth the investment!

What a chair!

I've been trying to make this all week, but Whole Foods is having a roccoli rabe shortage (go figure.) I'm absolutely attempting again tomorrow, it looks so yummy!

(Photo via Pinterest, I wish I could source it, given how amazing it is, but alas I could only trace to a broken link)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Photo Bomb!

 Is there anything in this world, that is funnier than a good photo bomb? I can just imagine, seeing the look on someones face, when they get their newly developed picture, and see that some creeper (aka David Hasselhof) made his way into the frame. Here are some of the greatest photo bombs in history, borrowed from the huffington post








Now, I would like to submit my own photo bomb for consideration. This summer, at a party for my best friend's son, I saw my moment, as a family picture was being taken, and instantly jumped in front of the lens. When she showed it to me last night, I almost died, and then realized that I had stumbled upon one of the greatest profile pics of all time.

Behold, the YM photo bomb. 


 If only I had been behind the camera... can you imagine the look on her face when she got the print?

I'm pretty sure this is why God invented digital cameras. 

Go forth my friends, and bomb away!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Velvet Crush.

 If you read my blog regularly, then you know that I dream in navy. I swear to you that I am not joking when I say this. There isn't one thing that I have ever seen in my entire life, that I haven't said, "this would look so much better if it was in navy." I may have an addiction. For reals.

That being said, here are my thoughts on my sofa. We have a super traditional, microfiber, bland, everyone has one sectional sofa. Well, there is a reason everyone has one. It's comfortable, stain resistant, resilient, and it can easily be cleaned. Meaning, if you have kids, this is your joint. The problem is that I hate our sofa. I have always hated it. Not the size/ shape, but rather the color. I mean, there is only so much that one can do with tan/ dirt/ beige/ blah. So, for the past few years I have been hounding my husband for another. Given that we have young kids, this isn't going to happen for a long time, and really what's the point of spending $$$$ for something that is just going to get jumped on, spilled on, god knows what else on. I get it. I had moved on.

Then I had a dream... and since I dream in navy (told you) I thought that we "may" save some dough, and fulfill my wildest fantasies if we just recovered our sofa in... wait for it... NAVY VELVET.

 Yes! Yes! Yes!

Don't you think this is such a good idea? The only thing is, of course, the price. I'm waiting on an estimate which if it's too high, then there really is no point, AND my girlfriend told me that velvet spots like a mo fo, so I'd have to get some sort of poly blend... but if it all worked out, how FREAKING awesome would it be to have a navy velvet sectional. Seriously, who am I? Jim Morrison?

After seeing these pictures this is all I want for the next 20 birthdays and Christmases.











Can you even imagine? 

Please let the quote be little, please let the quote be little...

... to be continued.




Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Who Knew.

 Who knew...


... that HBO's Girls was so DAMN GOOD? Okay, I think everyone in the world did, but I swear my sister and I tried to watch the pilot no less than three times, and each time we ended up turning it off somewhere around minute 15, asking "is there something we are missing here?" Then, on Friday, my husband and I tried it again and we loved it. Actually, I loved it, and he didn't hate it, and now it's Tuesday, and tonight we are already at the end of season 1. It's that good! The only problem is that my teeth now hurt, from cringing so much in each and every episode. Sometimes the scenes are so awkward, I'm actually thinking I will die before it's over, but at the same time I can't stop myself from laughing. Yes, people, that is the magic of Girls. If you have yet to give it a whirl, you just have to try to sit through the first few episodes. If only because it will make you feel so great about your life, and so happy that you are out of your early 20's. If you are still in that stage in your life, you have my prayers, I promise you soon it will end, and you may actually look back and find some humor in those years. Or not. Either way, you will be thrilled that you made it though!

Who knew...

... that you are supposed to massage Kale, if you aren't steaming/ baking/ sauteing/ grilling it. I did not, and therefore could not understand how people could actually enjoy eating it raw. A few weeks back my girlfriend mentioned that you are supposed to massage it first, with a little bit of olive oil, and not only does it remove the bitterness, but it also completely changes the texture. Completely. Since then, I swear we have had kale with every meal. I tried out this salad last week, and it was awesome. Now I actually prefer it over regular lettuce, and since I found you can buy it bagged at Whole Foods (meaning no stemming/ chopping) this is now my go to for lunch every day. 

Who knew...

... that those little tabs on the side of the juice box are for pulling up BEFORE you put the straw in. It allows for more room in the container, thus preventing the inevitable, stick straw in, watch apple juice explode everywhere, say expletive, apologize to son for saying expletive, clean up the sticky juice from every crevasse imaginable scenario that has played out in our home for the last 5 years. Okay, seriously, did you all know that? Shouldn't it say it somewhere on the carton. Maybe this is such common knowledge that it doesn't need to be said? Whatever. I clearly missed that section in my birthing class, and now that I know how to open the damn thing, my kids may have a chance of getting some juice again. 

Who knew...

... That you can get fabric covered headboards at Ballard Designs, that look almost identical to the ones that Serena and Lily make? I did not, and now I am psyched! Once Gray is in a big kids bed, I would like to do something like this in the LM's room, and I had my heart set on twin navy headboards, with nail heads. My only hesitation was making such an investment in furniture pieces that the boys would likely grow out of in just a few years (Dad is almost 6'4' and those boys are growing like beanstalks.) Now that I know I can get them at a fraction of the cost, I am totally going for it! 

Did you all know this? Anything you've recently discovered? Am I the only one living in a hole? A hole called motherhood with little two kids!


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