Thursday, December 13, 2018

Boho Roses

The last time I featured this cardigan on the blog was back in 2014 when I was pregnant with Carson. It's technically a "maternity" cardigan, but I am a believer that any cardigan can be a "maternity" cardigan if you wear it open. I love it just as much as I did 4+ years ago. When I bought it, it reminded me of a much more expensive Free People sweater and even just this season I saw a similar coat at Anthropologie.
When I wore it pregnant, it was with blue jeans and a black tank. Nowadays I like to wear it with black jeans and pull out the green with the tank and booties. And a pop of pink with my necklace!
Cardigan : Motherhood Maternity
Rock & Republic Jeans, Sonoma Tank and Booties : Kohl's
Anthro Necklace via TJ Maxx
Sunglasses : Target




Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Second Chances

I recently got this cute dress at Anthropologie during an extra 40% off sale prices deal, and even though it's colors are Spring/Summer I had to wear it anyway. I wore it last week with tights and boots (see second set of pics), and had a belt on at the beginning of the day, but felt the length of the dress with tights was a bit dowdy. Maybe it's just me but when I don't like an outfit, I feel like I need to redo it fairly soon. So it got it's second chance this week. I went with bare legs, which I don't usually do in the Winter, and a cropped jean jacket helped give waist definition (and warmth). What's going to be even better is some strappy sandals in the warmer seasons!





 

ett:twa Coreyell Turtleneck Dress - Anthropologie
Lenora Dame Necklace - TJ Maxx


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Christmas Sweater

 I don't know if people would consider this a Christmas sweater, and I hope to wear it all Winter long, but it's the closest thing I have. I have long admired fair isle style sweaters, and with the addition of roses on this one it felt most like "me".
 I paired this oversized cozy beauty with black jeans and green suede booties. All of my items are old (sorry) but you could certainly search eBay or Poshmark!
 Mossimo Sweater - Target
Sunglasses - Target
Rock & Republic High Roller Jeans - Kohl's
Sonoma Booties - Kohl's




Friday, November 30, 2018

November Reads

The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas
Coming off of Halloween, I wanted to read something haunting and The Good Demon fit the bill. I didn't realize, until I was into reading it, that it could be considered Young Adult (YA). I typically don't go for YA, but I liked this one because it wasn't "drama" filled. The main character, Clare, has a demon exorcized from her and is fighting to get it back. As the story unfolds, she discovers plans in place that were bigger than she could have ever realized. It was dark and interesting without being too scary. Highly recommend!
 
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
This is one of those stories that flashes between past and present. Lina Sparrow is a lawyer who has been tasked with finding a key descendant (plaintiff) to benefit from a history making case on slavery. The art world winds itself into the story a couple of ways..... Lina's father is an artist who is opening a show based on Lina's deceased mother, and she struggles to get him to talk about the past. As she dives deeper into her case, she discovers artwork credited to a pre-war artist that might have actually been created by her slave Josephine. A very rich story which I truly enjoyed!
 
The Adults by Caroline Hulse
I was anxious to read this to get into the holiday spirit. It's the story of two ex's who, for the sake of their daughter, decide to spend the holidays together at a resort along with their now significant others. What could go wrong? This was a fun read with good character development, and I was pleased with how it ended after the climax event.
 
The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets
to be released March 5, 2019
Another selection to get into the Winter season, I could hardly put this book down! Marian moves where her job takes her. She works with rescue dogs on projects to track endangered species. The work requires long hours in remote places with very little comforts. She becomes involved with a man in the same program, and they are soon parted by different assignments. Unfortunately, Tate dies tragically and as Marian grieves she soon starts to question things about the man she loved. Is he responsible for a series of unsolved murders? Did she really know him at all? Was she his next victim? This is the perfect book to cozy up with!


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Master Bedroom Refresh

 The latest room we've finished refreshing is our master bedroom. Back in May, we got a new bedroom set and mattress which required us to move the bed from the wall with the door on it to where it is now (we upgraded from a Queen to a King). It hasn't been until this past month that we've had time to paint and redecorate. You can purchase the furniture from Macy's (Avondale Collection) or from Art Van (Meadowbrook Collection). We bought from Art Van. I took a risk on one of those "mattresses in a box" based on some recommendations and am very pleased. Ours is from Amazon and at the time I got it delivered for under $400! I think mattress prices are such a scam and after sleeping on this one for 6 months now I can honestly say I would recommend it to anyone! The other item that was updated at that time was the ceiling fan, as we moved the existing one into the spare bedroom when we did that redo. You can find our new fan at Menards. I'm glad Biscuit cooperated being in the pictures, as the bed is his favorite place to be (although, under the covers).
We had 4 can lights in the tray ceiling but they were small and didn't work very well. When we started the project this month Jon replaced those as well as added 4 more. This has made a huge difference, especially to a reader like me who can turn them off with a remote control from bed (that's the little white box on the headboard)! Yes, it does bother my OCD personality to have it there, but as I age convenience wins over perfection sometimes! Since we needed all new bedding for the new size, we decided to go all white to give the feel of a modern hotel. All of the bedding is from Kohl's - sheets by
Vera Wang, pillows by Columbia, comforter by Cuddle Duds. I had intended on using these DIY throw pillows on the bed (which is a good post to get an idea of what the bedroom looked like before), but they looked too bright to me. The bed looks boring, I know, but in all honesty I never really make it daily so additional fluff is unnecessary I guess. Keep it clean and simple! After installing the lights, we painted the ceiling white. Then painted the walls and portion of the tray ceiling (I believe the bluish grey color is "master matte" or something like that). We planned to paint the portion of the tray a lighter blue, but it didn't look right so we went over it with the same wall color. Next was painting all of the trim white and we got new blinds as the existing ones were broken and dingy. We selected a very simple white fabric honeycomb style.
On to the barn door!!! We replaced the door to our bathroom (please excuse any mess you see in there) with a barn door. We got both the track, and door, at Menards. We stained the door to match the furniture. 
With the bed moving to the other wall we were able to do this and even though we gave up wall space, we love it! It makes our bathroom feel so much more open too as the traditional door opened up and covered a good half of another opening that went into our toilet and shower as you can see in this pic.

The handle was found at Home Depot.
I made this canvas (scrapbook paper, paint, stamps, etc...) many years ago at our old house, as it matched our kitchen (hung over the eat in table). I am glad we were able to use it again in this space as it goes perfectly! Jon's closet is on the left (my walk-in is off the bathroom) and the entry door is on the right.
The decor is mementos from our travels as well as my globe obsession/collection (all thrifted). This little cubbie shelf I posted a DIY about in 2014 is still in the mix. 
The gallery above the bed (and art on other walls) was all used before, just in different configurations over the years. It was in our living room at our old house, but then was already in our bedroom when we moved and before we started the refresh. Jon made the pipe shelves to hold the alebrijes figures from our honeymoon in Mexico. Maps, pictures and masks are from Mexico, St. Lucia, and Belize. I had a hard time with some of the bright colors as I didn't think they went with the more subdued blue and deep brown, but I'm really liking how it all came together now.
As much as I hate things being is disarray and having chaos, it is so rewarding when these projects are done!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Oldie but Goodie

 I found this Anthropologie sweater at my favorite consignment store (where I buy and sell) last year. Finding pieces like this is what the thrill of secondhand shopping is all about. I love everything about this...... it's pink and green (my fav combo), it's peplum style, it's big buttons and fluttery collar. It's the Guinevere "Kirklees" Wool Sweater Coat if you want to try your own luck on secondhand websites. Everything I paired it with is old too....... Mossimo pants from Target and Sonoma booties from Kohl's.



Friday, November 16, 2018

Snowbird, Part Two

 It's been almost 2 years now since I picked up this "snowbird" print at The Loft. The dress is in this post. All of the pieces were so deeply discounted that I had no problem buying a blouse with the same print but in a different color way. I love the pinks and purples of the dress, and all the variations of teal in the blouse. The blouse also has some cute pleats in the back and a high-low hem.
 Hey Heather, is that another chenille sweater? Yep! How could I resist this gorgeous peacock color! And being chenille, it really shimmers like their infamous feathers. This one has some cute bomber jacket style pockets. I usually like to wear sleeveless tops under sweaters because I don't like the feel of bulky arms. But in this cold weather, these thin blouses can be chilly so I made an exception.
 Favorite jeans...... favorite booties........
 I decided to throw in some rhinestones with the upcoming holidays. This statement necklace from Target (old) is one of my favs!
Snowbird Blouse : Loft (old)
Mossimo High Rise Jeans : Target
Sunglasses : Target
Necklace : Target