Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring Plumes

 Around this time last year, I was on the hunt for the perfect denim dress. I did end up purchasing this dress, which I featured in that post, but for some reason I haven't worn it until now. I don't know why, since the fit is great and it's a blank slate for just about anything. Case in point, this peacock patterned cardi and brown accessories!
 Holding Horses Seamed Denim Dress : Anthropologie
Sandals : Payless

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Happily Overwhelmed

Things are picking up, as they always do in the Spring. The next few months are always busy for us with Anniversaries, Richard's Birthday, Mother's Day, etc..... In addition to those "givens", I have travel for work, more home projects (painting and lighting), my own crafty projects, planning a baby shower, end of school year events, kids checkups......... Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed. Do you ever feel paralyzed when you are overwhelmed? Like you don't even know where to start so you just don't do anything at all? I am a Type A Virgo. I like plans. I like to manage the calendar. So when unexpected things get thrown my way, I get really frustrated! And unfortunately, it seems to be getting worse as I get older. I guess it's because as we evolve as a family, we get more and more set in our ways and our routines. Don't get me wrong, as the title of this post implies these are all good things! But, just, a lot.
With life being so busy, comfortable basics are a must! I got this striped t-shirt dress on clearance at Meijer last year for $7. It could easily pass as a LuLaRoe Carly! I realized that I have 4 different black and white striped dresses. And I love each one for different reasons. They are so versatile! I paired the black and white with earthy neutrals = olive green and brown. Somehow, it works. I didn't feel like washing my hair this day, but realized that was a mistake so I just pinned it up.
Dress - Meijer
Hei Hei Jacket - Anthropologie (buy/sell/trade board)
Braided Belt - off another striped dress
dv Jameson booties - Target
Jessica Simpson sunglasses - TJ Maxx
Peacock Feather Earrings - Lucky Brand

Monday, April 3, 2017

Entryway Table

The last few months have been a bit rough.... a department wide pay cut for Jon's job....... a co-worker of his (same age) suddenly having a heart attack and passing away...... wind damage to our roof...... a seemingly never ending Winter..... and other random disappointments. Here we are - middle age, in the thick of it, raising kids, working our butts off. It was time for a "date day". Since we don't have any family around us, and we only have a few sitters right now, quite often we will take a day off of work to spend time together while the boys are at school. It's like a grown up version of playing hooky and it feels so exciting!
On this particular Friday a few weeks ago, we decided to make a table for our front foyer. When we first moved in, I thought we would have a table in this area (although the one I had in mind was round and would tuck into the corner). We went a different direction though, and in this post you can see we had my Grandpa's baby buggy and a bench that Jon's Grandparents made. Now, over two years later, I was itching to make a change. I had a very specific look in mind - long and narrow, fairly tall, with space underneath for more display options. We set out to The Antique Mercantile to get some inspiration.
We found a hunk of decorative metal ceiling tile that looked to be the right size, and Jon suggested we use it as the table top. I thought he would just use some pallet wood we already had, but we also found an old door which was bead board and painted white (and perfectly chippy). He said we could cut it up for what we needed.
So we basically made the table top so the tin piece would have a few inches border all the way around. We laid out the front and sides so the "seams" of the bead board made a nice lip all the way around. Not to mention, perfect placement of the hinges we took off. We decided to make the legs out of pipes, so we made a list of the pieces we would need before heading off to Menards. 
I have to admit, as we were building it I started to have second thoughts about putting the tin piece on. I loved the chippy white paint so much and knew I wanted what I put on the table to "pop". I worried the tin would make it too "busy". But, after we brought it in the house and I started experimenting with the decor, I did in fact like the tin. It was easy to nail down at the last minute.
It took another day of on and off fussing with different arrangements. I knew I wanted to incorporate a mirror, some greenery, and some type of word (in this case, Welcome). This was all stuff I had around the house already - either being used somewhere else or stored in the basement. Having so much on hand is both a good and bad thing. It's great because you can always "shop" your own stash for what you need and it usually always works out. It's bad though because I start to doubt myself. Sometimes I feel like I have too many collections. For instance, I collect globes, bird cages, wheeled animals (seen here and here), suitcases, etc.... I like to find a way to display collections together in groupings. But sometimes, it doesn't work out and you have to split things up or it looks like you are trying too hard. I can get overwhelmed and wonder why I have all this "stuff".

So, left to right, here goes: old medicine cabinet door I got for $5 at an estate sale, birdcage filled with books perched upon a wood slab and grapevine, mossy bird, decorative metal corvel, lock off of the door we cut up, metal welcome sign, tattered book with a bread pan on top of it filled with a plant / bottle / jar, metal dispenser my Dad picked up off the side of the road.

Love these details and patina!

We created a junction to better support my peacock crate (also from The Antique Mercantile) that you can see in the pictures above. The crate houses some burlap and a peacock statue. I kind of wanted it to hold pillows, but Jon thinks he has a say in things I guess. We so enjoyed our day together and working together on this project. I've said it before and I'll say it again - it is so, so important to take time to "recharge" yourself. Not only on your own, but with your significant other and family.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Velvet Crush

 Being a 90's girl, I am in my heyday with all of the trends coming back in recent years. Chokers, block heels, slip dresses (over tees), and....... VELVET! I have always loved velvet, but as we all know it can be a difficult fabric to care for. It starts to show wear marks in places like armpits or where you might be sitting on it, and stains are hard to get out. So when I found this turtleneck, where only the front was velvet, I was thrilled! Crushed velvet even! The arms and back are even different knits. Oh, and the title of this post not only describes this top but it's also the name of a 90's band - one of the many I saw as a grunge-era concert goer!
 Juicy Brand Turtleneck - Kohl's
High Rise Flares - Target
Mossimo "Jessica" Boots - Target
Needlepoint Necklace - Jill's Addiction (second hand shop in Marshall, MI)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Monochrome Sharkbite

 I never really thought much about dressing in completely one color and even if I did, it would have been black. This past Fall/Winter, I added these sweaters to my closet and while looking for links to share (sorry, both sold out) I saw that this type of hem is called "sharkbite". You can see the sides are longer then the front and back, and they come down to a point.
 Of course I have worn both of these sweaters with blue jeans or black jeans, and now I know I can pair them with these similar shaded pants. The one color palette provides a blank slate for accessories - my go to is always a fun necklace!
 Left / Wine Details:
Fashion Avenue Sweater - Meijer
Hi Rise Jeggings - American Eagle
Sunglasses - Zulily
"Maris" Booties - Sole Society
Necklace - Plunder Designs
Right / Olive:
Head to toe Target.... almost!
Mossimo Sharkbite Turtleneck Sweater
Abnoba Layer Necklace - Anthropologie

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Trending Denim

I got an email a few weeks ago from Old Navy entitled "The ONE Denim Trend for 2017". It seems my love of the crop flare (first posted about here) is now everywhere! And I could not be more delighted. Since that first pair last Summer, I have bought a few more, so I thought I would share what I've tried and loved which you should be seeing me wear in upcoming posts.
The top two pairs are from Target. I got a dark and light wash, as I tend to do when I find jeans I love.
And..... I wanted to get a few black pairs for work. On the left is the Pilcro Superscript Stepper Ultra High-Rise Jeans from Anthropologie. I found these after Christmas when sale items were an extra 40% off. I was not keen on the raw hi-lo hem though for the office, so I had them hemmed at a local tailor. Already having a finished hem though, are the pair on the right. The Lauren Conrad Kick Crop Bootcut Jeans from Kohl's.
These are just a few options of the many that are out there, at any price point. When searching retail sites, the key words you are going to want to use many vary. They can be referred to as crop flare, kick crop, ankle crop, ankle flare, kick flare, you get my drift..... Some are not as extreme of a flare as others. I've noticed that many of them do have a raw hem, but you can always have that fixed like I did if that is not the look you are going for. Or, if you have an existing pair of flare jeans, you could just chop them off to achieve the same look! I've had a hard time wearing booties with mine. I love how it looks on other, but it just feels frumpy to me. Could very well be the shape of my legs and ankles. I do so LOVE though strappy heels with them! And, I've worn them with ballet flats too.
So there you have it. I've added another staple style to my jean wardrobe. I'll either be in skinny/jeggings, traditional flares, or these crop flares! ALWAYS high rise! You can see some of my other denim advice here.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Got Your Back

Rock & Republic Hi Rise Jeggings - Kohl's
 Last year, I fell in love with the versatility of a green utility jacket. It sure does go with almost anything, and provides the most perfect light layer. But you know me.... sure, I have my basic olive jacket but I've always gotta add some personality to the mix! I recently picked this one up once it hit sale plus an extra 40% off! I highly recommend it. The flowy buttondown is one I picked up last year but never featured on the blog yet.
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

Friday, February 24, 2017

Spring Tease

 Who would have thought that you could have bare legs in February in Michigan!?!?! I guess it's no different than a few Novembers ago when I was wearing short sleeves and sandals on the blog! We've had gorgeous weather all week and we always seem to get these Spring teases, only to be snapped back to reality and feeling bummed about it! At any rate, the temps as well as the increase in daylight hours, have been a good jump start on more regular blogging.
 Minor detail: I didn't shave my legs. Trust me, I don't have my life THAT put together! Thankfully, I don't have overly dark hairy legs. I am sporting another LuLaRoe dress (the Carly style) and you've probably guessed I have it because it is a peacock print. I now have a peacock printed dress in almost all their styles..... this Carly, this Julia, the Amelia I just posted about, and this Ana. The only one missing is a Nicole and trust me, I have one in mind I am trying to find!
Also wearing: jean jacket from TJ Maxx, necklace from Francesca's, and booties from Sole Society.
Have I ever mentioned that the head designer for LuLaRoe used to design for Anthropologie (and other major retailers)? No wonder why I am so drawn to this brand!

Thursday, February 23, 2017


When I first got this dress, I was convinced it was navy blue. In fact, the first few times I wore it, I wore it with navy tights. Finally, I looked at the lining and realized it was in fact black. This was a lucky surprise find at The Loft over New Years Weekend. My parents were in town and Mom and I got to sneak away for a bit. I rarely do "mall" shopping anymore so I feel out of tune with what stores are offering. But The Loft often gives me a pleasant surprise when I do get to visit. This dress was on sale with an extra 60% off sale items, so it was a steal! Being that I own so many peacock prints, it is always excited to come across one that is different. They named the print "snowbird" so it would be easy for it to slip past any "peacock" searches I sometimes do.
"Snowbird" Dress - The Loft
Anthropologie Tassel Necklace - TJ Maxx
Tights - Target
Massini Booties - Meijer