Things I Love: Pretty Pastels

This past weekend I noticed that the trees were starting to bloom all over the city and I couldn’t have screamed more like a little girl. It’s official! We’re done with the dreary days of winter and moving to summer! When you live in the Midwest you’re never really sure that winter won’t come back and bite you in the ass in the middle of May, so I try not to get too excited until I see the trees turning green.

With that in mind, everything that caught my attention shopping around this week was light and colorful, like newly springing leaves. I’m in a mood to throw out all of my black and grey clothes, but I’ll hold off on that I guess. But there’s nothing better than shopping for sun dresses and open-toed shoes when you can actually start wearing them!

These sassy and sweet Protagonist Heels from Modcloth are so perfect for spring dresses, don’t you think? Damn you Modcloth and your cute shoes.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from UncommonGoods

I don’t think I’ve talked about UncommonGoods on here before, which is odd because I love suggesting it as a destination to anyone who asks me for gift giving advice. The site was actually recommended to me when I was in a bind trying to find a quick Christmas gift for someone I didn’t actually know too well. Needless to say, I found something that was perfect and have been a fan of the site every since. So, when they approached me to do a little review of their Mother’s Day Gift collection, of course I agreed!

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Loving Right Now: Kitschy Vintage Kitchen Decor

I’m still in the process of trying to make my new apartment feel like a home and it’s been so hard to focus on just one room. I want to buy everything, for every room, all at once! Anyone else understand this feeling?

Of course, I can’t do that because as much as I wish I am, I am not a millionaire. So, I’ve been doing it slowly — paycheck by painstaking paycheck and cutting corners where I can. Like the responsible human being that I am. Unfortunately, all this has allowed me to do is continue adding items to an ever growing list of “wants”. That combined with my inability to focus on one room has created an odd list and caused be to buy things on impulse – making for some very odd, half-finished rooms. To combat this insanity, I’ve decided to share it with you! Aren’t you excited? In an effort to focus, I’m just going to share my wants, my loves, my hopes, and my dreams for my new apartment room by room. Maybe that way I won’t wonder why I have an extensive plate collection for the kitchen walls but still no table for the craft room (yes, this is a real problem).

This is not a picture of my kitchen, I just wish it was. But I am stealing this idea of keeping stuff above the cabinets. 

Today, I’m starting with the kitchen! I’ve just got a tiled backsplash put in (courtesy of my very handy father), so now I’m super motivated to get at least the kitchen feeling like it’s finished. I love the idea of painting the inside of the cabinets, or at least putting contact paper up on just the back wall. BUT my kitchen color scheme is currently this kind of mint green and red combo, with a pop of yellow, so I think adding more color to the backs of the cabinets might just be too much.

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60s Chic in Warby Parker’s Palm Canyon Collection

Like all style conscious girls, I love a good pair of specs. There’s nothing worse than not feeling like putting your contacts, but having no other choice. So I make sure I have choices, lots of them. Thanks to the Internet, the perfect pair of frames doesn’t have to set you back $600 at the eye doctor. Sites like Warby Parker have made it so easy to have a collection of frames instead of one pair that you have to wear until they break (we be-speckled ladies have all been there). BUT because it’s so easy, I’m also constantly shopping new frames and the one set I haven’t been able to find is the perfect brown/neutral pair. The time has come, my friends!

Today, Warby Parker released their Palm Canyon collection – a retro-luxe assortment of frames that will pull you right into your favorite episode of Mad Men. The pallet of browns, blacks, and tans make each pair the perfect neutral addition to your collection, but I am especially in love with the Duckworth in painted desert pictured above. Sophisticated, no?  I totally believe that you need a set – a neutral pair, a solid black, a bright and bold pair, and a fun pair that makes you feel great – and this pair would complete my set!
Of course, their new Palm Canyon collection features a whole new color spectrum for some of their classic styles in both eyeglasses and sunglasses (that winter sun can be brutal)! Check out some of the updated frames:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Disclosure: I do not work for Warby Parker and I did not get any money to write this post, but they did ask me to spread the word. I agreed because I love the brand and I adore the new collection. As you guys know, I’m a total sucker for anything reminiscent of mid-century style and that retro feel. These frames pull that all together and I’m definitely going to have to try on a pair. When I get my pick, expect an outfit post!

Which new color set is your favorite?

Tuesday Inspiration: Brocade for the Holidays

Now that we’ve finished stuffing ourselves after Thanksgiving, it’s time to start hunting for that perfect holiday dress. I’m not ready to commit to anything yet, and I have a relatively small budget to work in, but there’s nothing wrong with a little window shopping is there?

In perusing the internet for ideas, I found that one of fall’s RTW 2012 trends would make the perfect holiday outfit: brocade!

There was tons of beautiful brocade outfits on the runways for the fall 2012 RTW collections. It seemed everyone had a little embellishment, but of course they were all also showing holiday pieces.  There’s something about the gorgeous woven embellishments and the gold or metallic threads that really feel like holiday glamour. Even if they do kind of remind me of a tapestry  I’d would be happy to wear any one of these pieces to dinner. My parents know me well enough to expect me to be throughly overdressed. So I did a little holiday dress hunting and found some brocade inspiration for when I actually go shopping for that perfect dress. Be warned: some of these finds are budget friendly, some are definitely not.

Have you started thinking about your holiday outfits yet?

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