Friday, July 29, 2011

The Pinterest Challenge

I have a deep and unwavering love for Pinterest. We've grown very close over the past couple of months, spending all that time together everyday. So when I saw this post over on Young House Love, I knew I had to join in.

To participate, just finish a project you have pinned on one of your boards. Everyone will reconvene at YHL on Tuesday to share the finished product (no matter how it turns out).

I'm so there. Now, what should I make?

Framed chalkboards? I have been meaning to make my to-do list more visible...

I'm pretty sure a crayon monogram is "supposed" to be for kids, but whatever. I like it anyway.

Revamping a t-shirt could be fun, but it all depends on what kind of mood the sewing machine is in. Would this work with Liquid Stitch?

Tackling another furniture project immediately after the bookshelf that took me a week to paint might be, uh, adventurous, but I love, LOVE this. And think of how affordably it could be done! We already have tables!

Are you going to join the challenge? Have you made anything you saw on Pinterest yet? Should I throw caution to the wind and try the ruler table?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Web Gem: Ann Taylor wants to make your wedding dress.

I got another email from Ann Taylor the other day, telling me they have new wedding and special occasion dresses. The promo pictures they sent were bright and fun, and I was all, "Hey! They upped their game!"

Sort of. I'll give them this: at least it's the right length (unlike this one). She looks very pretty, but does she look like she's getting married? And no, I'm not saying that every bride needs to follow the cookie cutter getup of a poofy dress and a tiara, but just because this dress is white doesn't mean it should be a wedding dress.

It looks like she's going to a ritzy cocktail party, not her own wedding. So while we wait for Ann T. to work this one out, let's look at the stuff she got right:

Charming! I'll take one in every color. $215.

Texture and rhinestones can be a lot of look, but this bangle makes it work. (Signs you've been watching too many Project Runway marathons? You start to talk like Tim Gunn.) $48.

Finally, a silver peep toe. Just because. $158.

So what do you think? Still kind of underwhelmed by Ann's idea of a wedding dress? I dig the rest of it, at least. Do you?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight: July

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Favor Creative is a great resource for eco-friendly party gifts. Their mini herb boxes would be cute not just for weddings, but for anniversary parties or family reunions, too.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

DIY: Mission Accomplished.

Guess what I finished over the weekend?

Just one coat of the same white Dutch Boy no VOC paint that I've used for a zillion other things, including the bathroom ceiling and a ceramic t-rex.

To jog your memory, here's where the journey took us:

And the after shot one more time:

It's my first piece of white furniture and I like it a lot! Hubsey is completely enamored, and is already asking when we can get white dressers for OUR room.  Hoo boy...

What are you working on lately? Are you a white furniture fan? How much of it do you have in your house? I don't want to go overboard.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Miscellaneous: Wedding Anniversary #2

Two years ago today, this happened:

It was pretty awesome.

We celebrated by going to dinner on Saturday and exchanging our gifts early because neither one of us wanted to wait until today. Hubsey got me/us ballroom dancing lessons (yay!), and I found him a lovely passport cover with a compass motif from--wait for it--Coach Men's. Am I just behind the times, or is this a new thing? Either way, GREAT stuff in there. I might do a whole post about it...

Anywho, now we have two years under our collective belt. Two years of watching Netflix, eating spicy food, and shopping at Banana Republic with the cutest guy I know. Not too shabby.

Fabulous photos taken by Peter Hoffman. Seriously, check him out.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Pinterest! #2

Not only is it Friday, but it's the end of a LONG heat wave for us in the Midwest. We're also eating leftover ribs for breakfast, so it's just one of those days.

I think it's time to relax and look at some Pinterest faves:

You can see more of my pins here. And if anybody is on their wait list, I still haven't used all of my invitations (perhaps more keep showing up? I don't know). Let me know if you need one.

What are some of your favorite pins? Do you find yourself pinning one category more than anything else? Who do you enjoy following?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

30 for 30: Great Grey

Well, it was bound to happen at some point. I wore grey three days in a row. (Though I only have pictures of two, because there was an incident with salad dressing and now there's a stain.)

tank: Banana
jeans: F21
shoes: DSW
necklace: gift from Gandma

The perfect outfit. Easy, comfortable, and I don't have to shave my legs.

Updated! One more wash did the trick. See, I should've just waited one more day for the pictures.

shirt: Loft
jeans: F21
shoes: Kohl's
necklace: I made it.

And this was how I combated a scorcher of a weekend:

I endorse this color combination.

shirt: Target
shorts: Gap Outlet
shoes: Target
necklace: I made it

This look is dedicated to my mom, whose favorite* color combination is grey and khaki.

I only have a couple of outfits left to show you! Doing a 30 for 30 Challenge is always a good exercise in finding out what I don't really need in my closet, and finally, on my third go-around, I can say that everything in my 30 is a keeper.

Have you done the Challenge before? Perhaps something similar? Were you shocked to realize you didn't wear a certain item?


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gift Guide: Wedding Anniversary 2011

Our second wedding anniversary is Monday, and I still don't have a gift for the Hubs. But it's not for lack of trying! After buying a watch didn't work out (again), I asked Hubsey what I should get him instead. At first he said I didn't have to buy him anything, but then he spouted this gem:

"Well, I don't really want anything right now. You could just give me money."

Give you MONEY? Like a grandmother on your birthday?


So now I have to start from scratch. Perhaps one of these will work:

Orange is his favorite color, and he really could use some bookends. Maybe I could get them with our wedding date instead of those numbers? $18.

A bit of a splurge at $130, but a magnetic knife block is one of his criteria for a dream kitchen. I bet we'd have room above the stove...

And it wouldn't be a post from me without any wall art. "You Are The Rock To My Roll" print, $10.99.

I have the hardest time with our anniversary because I feel like the gift should be a little more meaningful. What did you get your significant other for your most recent anniversary? Is he/she hard to shop for? Did you get something totally sweet in return?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

On the Cheap: Color My World

I don't know if I've suffered a head injury or what, but lately I'm all about color.

This mini-dress/long tunic caught my eye yesterday. It's jersey, which means it would be comfortable, and it's on sale for $25. (Plus, that lace collar is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen.)

Also adorable is this embroidered necklace, featuring a letter of your choice in one of 13 colors. $32.

Let's ignore the fact that I need more art like I need a rash on my face, because I found this great print of ferns. It's big, it's bright, and it would look great in our bedroom. (Stop it, Paige! No artwork!) $20.

What are you pining over lately? Thinking a cute summer dress is just what your wardrobe needs? Perhaps you're trying to talk yourself out of ANOTHER thing to put on the wall, even though it's awesome?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cherished Collections: A Blog Tour

This marks the second time recently that a blog party has gotten my butt in gear. First was the Parade of Homes, which made me hurry up and finish my office, and now there's a little something a fellow blogger, Casey, put together that made me sort my jewelry stash.

Shocking that a jewelry-maker would collect jewelry! In fact, I needed to dial it down a little--my magpie tendencies just take over when I see a good sparkle. So now things are organized, streamlined, and a few favorites are ready for show and tell.

And keeping with the theme of the blog, I'll tell you about the good deals I got along the way.

First up, what I call my Hogwarts ring:

Hubsey got this for me for our first wedding anniversary, and no, it's not HP memorabilia. It's an old promise/engagement ring from...

1871! Several things sold me on it. One, I've never seen anything like it. Two, it's hard to find an engraving that old in such good shape. Three, it's 140 years old! How often do you see that?

Next, my wedding jewelry--that I acquired for a grand total of $3.

The crystal brooch was found in a bin of junk at an antique store. I'm positive it was mislabeled, but I still got it for the aforementioned $3. Which means my wedding earrings were f-r-e-e! They were a gift from my mom, who has a matching pair.

Here's something I learned recently: white sapphires look a lot like diamonds. Not quite as sparkly, but still gorgeous AND easier on the ol' pocketbook. This ring was only $65.

Finally, a recent purchase during our trip to San Fran.

NOOOO! I wore it for two days and knocked one of the pearls out. So if anybody knows where I can buy one teeny tiny pearl (and not a bag of 6,000), that would be great.

So there you have it, a few favorites from my jewelry hoard collection. To see more showcases of fabulous things, be sure to check out Casey's daily round-up happening the rest of this week.

Do you collect anything? Anybody else have a soft spot for vintage jewelry? Does anyone know where I can get a teeny tiny pearl without buying the entire factory?