August 4, 2015

Tuesday Trend: Obsessing over Green

I have a dresser in the baby's room that I plan to re-do and am thinking that a rich green color will be perfect to complement the light blue walls. The nursery doesn't really have a theme per se, I'm just kind of going with colors and pieces I think work well together and want it to be a combination of soothing and fun. That being said, I am obsessing over adding green in where I can. Take a look at some of the beautiful green inspiration out there on the interwebz: 

Ah. Love this color (Behr Pine Grove) and this dresser redo by Camilla at Something is Done is stunning and currently my first choice for the dresser paint color. 
I love the richness of this color (Sherwin Williams Evergreens). I feel like it is a great blend of army green and emerald green. It is currently my 2nd choice for the dresser but is moving its way into first. I love the way the green door looks with the white house//photo from Lee at Lee's Hideaway

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I'm definitely going to be adding a throw pillow to the glider and this one would help to tie in the green dresser with the rest of the room//pillow is by Emerey on Etsy. 
Obviously, something like this has no place in my nursery or even my current house but how gorgeous is this armchair? I die//Velvet Lyre Chesterfield Armchair 

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Not house related but damn, is this not the most splendid dress? This shade of green is simply stunning. I wish I was bold enough to wear something like this on my wedding day!//I Love Wednesdays Photography // Polka Dot Bride

Ahhh! I just cannot get enough of this color! What color are you loving lately?

August 3, 2015

Monday Musings: Wish List

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Hello and happy Monday! G and I just returned from a week long jaunt to San Juan, Puerto Rico and as usual, I am struggling to get back into my day to day! Although it was sunny and beautiful in PR and is sunny and beautiful here, I can't stay away from my most favorite color or all time: gray! I really need to be looking for a dress for my upcoming baby shower and two weddings I have coming up but I saw these non-maternity items over the weekend and had to share. The bag has been on my wish list forever and while I am also in the market for a fun, stylish diaper bag I know myself well enough to know I will want a separate purse as well. 

There are just two weeks left until the new school year starts! Honestly, where does summer go? I try to be optimistic but August, to me, feels like a month of Sundays with the start of school looming just around the corner. 

July 20, 2015

Fewer, Better Things

Many of you are probably familiar with the brand Cuyana that makes gorgeous leather totes and beautiful clothing. Their company philosophy is "fewer, better things" and they strive to create products that will last a lifetime rather than a few months. This idea has been in my head for quite some time now and especially as I have been cleaning out closets and reorganizing our house in anticipation of our little one's arrival in a few months. 

Last weekend, I tackled my side of the closet and although I look at my closet every day, I was a little shocked by a.) the amount of clothing I own and b.) the amount of clothing I own that is cheaply made, doesn't fit correctly, or is simply too trendy. So out went a lot of clothes to be shipped off to Threadflip to be sold. I use their full service option in which you send your clothes in and they photograph and list them for you. It isn't the best way to do this but in all honesty, I am too lazy to photograph and list the clothing myself. 

Being pregnant and all, I am not purchasing a lot of clothes right now except those that I absolutely need to get my through this period of time. But now that I have weeded my closet and will eventually start to add pieces to it, I plan to follow the fewer, better things philosophy. Let's be real, I wear mostly t-shirts, sweaters, jeans, and leggings. I am a very casual person by nature but I think sometimes I force myself to buy clothes that are "in style" to keep up with the fashion choices of those around me. This has led to my current state: a closet full of clothes that I don't wear because they aren't comfortable or aren't "me." If you look at my Pinterest clothing board here is a sampling of what you would see:

Casual but polished and put together. This is not what my closet currently reflects and that needs to change. Too often I find myself buying a $35 dress here, a $20 shirt there and eventually that adds up and I am unable to spend more on a piece that I truly love because I've spent little bits over time instead of waiting to purchase something that may be more expensive but is nicer and will last longer. Call this a side effect of reading blogs on the regular. Almost every blog I read features some kind of sale at least 2-3 times a week (i.e. did you know that Nordstrom is having a sale right now?? LOL) and it is hard not to get caught up in purchasing something especially when it looks great on someone else and is on sale. Going forward, I am vowing to only purchase items I love, will wear for a long period, and that will last me for a long period of time. Not just something to feed my need for instant gratification. 

What do you think of the fewer, better things philosophy? 

June 29, 2015

Musings on Monday


We had a lovely weekend filled with celebrations -- a bridal shower, an engagement celebration, and a 2nd birthday party for our nephew, I didn't want it to end! But alas, here it is Monday again and it's time to hit the ground running on all of the projects that need to be completed. This might be a negative spin on things but once July 4th comes and goes, the summer is on a downward slope. I mean it's already less than 2 months until I go back to school! 

Really wishing I could hit up the pool today but I have a week left of grad school and two assignments to go, neither of which I've started and one that's due tomorrow! Procrastination at it's finest. I also have laundry that needs to be done, a dishwasher that needs to be emptied, a refrigerator that needs to be cleaned out, a grocery store run to make, and bathrooms that need to be cleaned. I'd also like to get to the gym or at least out for a long walk today. Lots to do so I'd better get started -- hope you all have a great Monday! 

June 26, 2015

Five on Friday!

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1. I've checked one thing off of our mile long to-do before baby list and purchased our nursery furniture about two weeks ago. It will be delivered next Friday, which is exciting yet scary because there is so much furniture in the guest room that needs to be moved before then. We went with the Gemma Campaign dresser and crib from Pottery Barn Kids. Scored them on sale, too! Now just keep your fingers crossed that a tennis ball cannot fit underneath either of these pieces. We have a dog whose absolute favorite activity is knocking the tennis ball underneath of furniture and then barking until we get it out and throw it to her. 

2. I swore I would no longer buy Ikea furniture but we are need of a new bed frame and given the dog's favorite activity, I'd really like one that goes all the way to the floor. Julia of Lemon Stripes  recently featured her master bedroom and she has the Ikea Brimnes bed frame and I think it looks pretty fab. Since this isn't really a need situation but rather one I'd like to tackle pre-baby, the price is a pretty big factor as well. Does anyone have any experience with Ikea bed frames? What is the deal with the slatted bed base? Is that a necessary purchase? We have a really nice mattress that currently sits on top of a box spring so not sure if this is something we would need to buy as well. 
BRIMNES Bed frame with storage IKEA The 4 large drawers give you an extra storage space under the bed.
3. In less than a month we are headed down to Puerto Rico! We had initially planned to head out to the Pacific Northwest for our vacation this summer but with a baby on the way, we decided a beach destination was a better fit for us. Further, with airline miles and hotel points, we were able to score our flights and hotel stay for free! Can't beat that :)  Anyone been to San Juan and have recommendations for us? We are definitely going into town and to the rainforest at some point but any other recs are welcomed and appreciated! 

I hope you all have a lovely Friday! I'm off to the pool with my mother-in-law and niece and nephew and then headed to pre-natal yoga- should be a good day! 

June 4, 2015

Thoughts on Thursday: Back again and big news!

Thoughts for Thursday

1. A return to blogging...and news! Right around the time I wrote my last post in March, we found out we are going to have a BABY! It's a pretty all-consuming piece of information, isn't it? It is crazy exciting and also, crazy scary. G and I are really excited and looking forward to this next chapter in our lives. Pregnancy so far has been a great experience for me. I've had no nausea, which I am thanking my lucky stars for! I have been extremely tired and still waiting on that second trimester energy to kick in but other than that (and some pretty serious food aversions) I have been feeling good. I can't lie, waking up with no hangover on a Saturday is pretty awesome as well!
 2. Baby T is a... BOY! I had a feeling that this baby was a boy but when it was confirmed last week, G and I were still like 'whaaaat'. Most of our friends have boys and my sister has two boys so we are excited to be adding to the crew! Giving birth to boys been the trend with our friends since people started getting serious about reproducing in 2013 and no joke, I know 12 people giving birth in 2015 and 7 of us (including me) are having boys! 2 of them had/are having girls and 3 are still unconfirmed, so I'll be interested to see how the proportions play out! It is seriously crazy how many people we know with boys, guess we're working on a 53 man roster! 
3. Summer break. I have 11 working days (2 of them half days) until summer break. I'm pretty sure I say this every year, but this year has been ROUGH. For reasons beyond poor student behavior and an extensive workload. I am happy to see this year end. There is so much stuff that needs to get done around our house before the baby so I am excited to have ample time to get some of those things completed. I'm pretty sure it goes without saying but I am so excited to get started on Baby T's  nursery! I think I already have the design narrowed down, can't wait to bring it to life!

That's all I've got for today, thanks for sticking around! I'll be perusing your blogs to get updates on you all as well! Happy pre-Friday! 

March 13, 2015

Five on Friday !

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Linking up with ladies again today!

I don't even have words to describe this week. I am so happy it's Friday and looking forward to the weekend to relax and recharge. But first, let's discuss our favorites of the week!

1. Favorite Tank: There are still a few more weeks until I'll be able to rock a tank top outdoors but while perusing Forever 21 last week during one of my snow days, I found the perfect tank top. I would describe my style as being very much on the casual side so I am sure I'll be wearing it a ton this summer. I got it in both gray (my weakness) and light blue. At $5.90, why not?

2. Favorite Pizza: Pizza is my love language and tied (with sushi) for my most favorite food in the world. I also love making it at home. Yes, it is time-consuming but one of my greatest joys is spending hours in the kitchen cooking-- so therapeutic for me! The Three Cheese Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Balsamic Reduction from Cooking Classy looks amazing! Can it be summer now so can peaches can be in season and I can make this pizza? 

3. Favorite Getaway: My sister, mom, and I are heading to St.Pete Beach in Florida at the end of April and I am really looking forward to it! I don't think we've ever been away just the 3 of us so I am excited for beach time, shopping, and relaxing! Anyone have any recommendations for the area? 

4. Favorite Snap: This picture of my best girl makes my heart melt. This was taken during our snow days last week after a rousing game of fetch (yes, I was throwing the ball from my bed down the hallway-- it was way too cold downstairs) and she was ready to relax! She goes from 60 to 0 in like 5 seconds. She will be running around like a maniac playing fetch and then just plop down on the bed. She cracks me up. Love her so much. 

5. Favorite Funny: I love browsing because you can always find one that is applicable! This one definitely reflects how I am feeling about Friday this morning! 

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone has a splendid weekend!