Saturday, November 1, 2014

Chairish

I was contacted recently by Chairish, a cool vintage furniture website. I honestly hadn't heard about Chairish before our email exchange but after spending LOTS of time on the site I am thrilled to tell you about it.

Chairish is basically a place for you to buy and sell furniture and housewares. There are great vintage pieces, leftover designer deals and lots of fun things to look at. As I was looking at their site I was thinking how fun it would be to use some of these pieces in my master bedroom. I have a strong mid century modern preference that unfortunately Jason doesn't share. He is far more contemporary. So, as I was looking around, I thought I would basically design my dream bedroom. It looks a lot like this. 

All of the above pieces are available on the Chairish website. It was so fun to do this little project. I especially love the clock which is unfortunately not available anymore. Here are links to the items that are still available that I've featured.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Stitch Fix #4

I am still really loving Stitch Fix. I have dropped back to getting a fix every 6-7 weeks instead of monthly because I usually love so many things they send but choose just my very favorite so I don't spend too much each month. So, hopefully by spreading it out it will be easier to keep the things I love.

That being said, I felt like this last fix was not as stellar as the one before. I think I gave too many requests instead of just letting my stylist choose items she thinks I will love. So, here's what I got in my fix.

 This is the Akio Asymmetrical Zip Faux Leather Jacket. I absolutely love it. It is hard to tell in this picture but it is actually gray. It has quilted details on the arms and is so so comfortable. It's nice you can move around comfortably but still feel warm and cozy. I totally kept this one!
 So, next up is this sweater. I specifically asked for elbow patches. I do love the elbow patches but not much else about this one. I don't love the color, length or neck (which you totally can't see but it is a rolled cowl neck). The length is okay but seems to hit at the widest part of my hips. Plus, it was pretty expensive. I didn't keep this one. 

 Up next is this pink top. I asked for tops I can layer with fall sweaters. I was hoping for button ups with collars that would peek through. This shirt is fine but not awesome. I didn't keep it. 

 Ack! These jeans. They are trouser jeans, which I normally like but they were WAY too big. I think they were a few sizes too big in the waist. I think they would have been awesome otherwise.
 The last thing in my box was this cheetah print scarf. I think it is fine but I always feel a little funny wearing animal prints. I seem to be okay with them on belts or shoes but not soft fabrics. I'm not sure why. I changed my profile after I got this box to say I don't want animal prints. Otherwise the scarf seemed fine, but not awesome. I didn't keep it either. 
So to recap, I only kept the gray faux leather jacket. It is awesome and I have looked for ways to wear it over the last few weeks. I love it when that happens!

Oh, and one more note. I found the jacket cheaper elsewhere a few days after I got my box. I emailed them at info@stitchfix.com and they price matched. It's nice to know they value their customers enough to price match. 

If you still haven't tried Stitch Fix you should. It is a lot of fun to get a box of clothes! I haven't had a box that I didn't love at least one thing. And even when I only loved one thing it was totally worth it. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Home Tour: Colette's Room

 Our home has four bedrooms. Three of them are upstairs and one is downstairs and we use it as an office. The smallest bedroom is Colette's room. It is really small. I think it measures 8 feet by 10 feet. Although it is small it offers tons of storage and fits everything she needs. 
Before we moved in the floors in Colette's bedroom and the hallway outside the bedrooms needed refinishing. It looked as if the floors had been covered by carpet when the other bedrooms got refinished. Thankfully we had a few weeks from the time we bought the house to the time we moved in. Our flooring guys were awesome and I love the way the floors look. 
 This is a fabulous little built in storage unit. This section of her bedroom is right over the stairs and so the bottom of the cabinet is sloped upwards. It is the perfect way to hid a funny floor and add storage at the same time. The shelves were here when we moved in. 
 This amazing quilt on Colette's bed was made by her Grandma Kate. I love it. The colors and fabrics are amazing. 
This is the cutest little dresser. It is perfect for a sweet little girl. I found it on Craigslist when I was pregnant with Colette. I love the mid century lines and the white mixed with wood. I have noticed wooden influences are making their way back in to many interior design elements. I love them. 

So, that's Colette's room. I love it. It holds everything she needs and has tons of storage she hasn't even utilized yet. We didn't paint or do too much decorating because I want to wait until she is older and can choose what she wants. So, I'm sure there will be many more updates to this room as she gets older. It's perfect for now though. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Stitch Fix #3

I just got my third box from StitchFix this last week. I am so excited about this one! My second box was a little less than stellar and I somehow deleted the pictures from my phone, so we are just going to skip that one. I ended up keeping one shirt, that I will show you down below. I have read that the third fix is when they really hone in on your style and can magically get it to work. That certainly seems to be the case for me. If it wouldn't have been for a few minor details I would have kept the whole box! Here's what I got:
 This June Polka Dot Skirt by Pixley is totally my favorite thing from the box. I love pencil skirts and this one had a hint of stretch, making it easier to chase kids. This bag was also something I kept and love.

 The top I'm wearing above is the shirt I kept from my second fix. It is from 41Hawthorn. I love that it has details like petal sleeves that hit at the elbow and pockets and button details. It is longer in the front and back and shorter on the sides. Frequently these types of tops don't work for me but for some reason this one does. And the red pants were in my third fix. They are the Duboce Strait Leg Jean by Margaret M. I love them and kept them. They look awesome with boots for the fall/winter. 
 I totally swooned over this bag. It is the Clarita Messenger Bag by Emperia. I have the hardest time finding bags that have a zipper to close them in stead of just a magnet. Or, if I do find a zipper one they seem pretty heavy on their own. This one is just perfect. It has the perfect number of pockets and I love the messenger design. It is definitely a keep!
 It was already put to good use and fit everything we needed for church. TOTAL WIN!
 I desperately wanted to love this dress. It has everything I asked for and should have been great but the pleating at the hips just didn't work well. Jason even liked it except for the hip pleats. The polka dots are cute and the colors are great for fall. The length is awesome. It is the Jace Dot Print Fit & Flare Dress by 41Hawthorn. I didn't keep this one. 



 And the last thing in my box is this cute blazer by Market and Spruce. They call it the Benson 3/4 Ruched Sleeve Blazer. It fits like a glove and has the cutest striped lining. I love the length and the one button design. I don't love the outer fabric though. The color is great but the sheen on the fabric makes it seem like polyester. I really wanted to love this one too because it had so much going for it, but alas, it went back too. 
So for a recap, I kept three things from the box and was tempted by the other two. So, what would you have kept, if anything? And, if you've tried StitchFix, what are your thoughts? If you haven't tried it and want to, feel free to use my referral code, I get a kickback and I'll love you forever.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Transition to Fall Inspiration

Transition to Fall Inspiration


J Crew top
factory.jcrew.com



Mid length tulle skirt
apostolicclothing.com


Miz mooz flat
infinityshoes.com




Wrap shawl
modcloth.com



I am really looking forward to wearing more layers! I love summer weather but summer clothes just leave me a little bored. I love wearing layers and jackets and boots, so fall is really my favorite clothing season. As we're getting close to the time when we transition from summer to fall I thought I would show you a few of the things I'm looking at to make my transition more interesting. 

Home Tour: Kitchen

 Welcome to our new kitchen. I absolutely love the kitchen. It is the perfect size with plenty of storage but takes just a few minutes to clean up. Everything has a place and I feel like it is so well designed.
 When we first looked at the house I was worried the kitchen would be too small. It is compact, but I actually use that to my advantage. It is far easier to clean a small kitchen than a big one. And, I've never been someone who needs a whole gaggle of kitchen tools. I have what I need and somehow we get by without the rest.
 We bought the fridge after spending hours looking at options. We measured and measured again just to make sure it would fit. I feel like it is totally us. We love clean lines and I especially love shiny things. The bottom freezer is beautiful and the interior has ample shelves. The only down side for some people is the lack of ice maker or water dispenser. Honestly, I don't like to waste the room inside the freezer for those things, so I'm glad to go without. 

 The passthrough between the dining room and kitchen is perfect for breakfast. The kids love eating at the barstools and I don't blame them.

 I really like storing our bowls out in the open. It saves a lot of cabinet space and I never really know what to store on these display shelves since I"m not a collector of random things. Everything we have serves a purpose or it holds deep sentimental value. An item gets extra points if it is functional, beautiful and holds sentimental value. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New House

A few months ago we bought our first house. We are so incredibly excited and still can't believe it's ours. The house was built in 1948 and has an impressive steel beam structure. It's nice that because it is made of steel and brick that we will never have to worry about termites. We have loved having a nice fenced back yard and plenty of room to spread out. I'm sure I'll share projects as time goes on, but has been so fun to just relax and love our new house. 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Stitch Fix #1

I recently discovered Stitch Fix and am totally crushing on this company. I received my first fix about a week ago and was totally impressed. The premise is they have stylists that choose five clothing items for you based on information you give them about your style preferences. They ask a few simple questions and then ask you to share a link to your style board on Pinterest or if you have a blog you can share that too. This gives them a lot more information about what type of clothes you like and what your overall style is. They also have a note section where you can tell them exactly what your looking for. 

For my first fix I told them I wanted more skirts and dresses that I could wear during the week. I love skirts and dresses but have a hard time finding just the right style or fit to run around with the kids. And this is what they sent me.
 This first skirt is a black maxi skirt with a really cool detail on the front. It has a cool twisted knot and a cool drape in the front along the bottom.
 It's really hard to see but I am loving the way it fits. It feels a little sexy without being over the top and I can totally wear it while the kids and I are running around. Unfortunately I don't need more maxi skirts. Jason totally hates them and I have a few already. So I didn't keep it but I do think it was a great thing for them to send me based on the information I provided. 
Item #2 is this cute top. It has cherry blossoms on it and is really comfortable top. Jason loved this one. I am not crazy about the pattern. I decided I am only keeping things I absolutely LOVE. So this went back too.
 Item #3 is amazing and perfect in every way! This top has the fun detail I was looking for, in a brilliant color with a perfect fit. Jason and I both love this one and of the five things they sent this is the one I kept. 

 Item #4 is this delicate infinity bracelet. It was sweet and cute and simple, all the things I tend to go for. And because of that I already have quite a few dainty gold bracelets. This one went back but it was a hard decision. I think the stylist did such a good job choosing that she chose something I already basically had. So kudos to her. 


 And item #5 is this cute dress. It came with a black slip and was a great length but didn't have sleeves. This isn't normally a big deal to me because I'm happy to layer over my dresses but I felt like for the price I would rather just throw it on and not think about adding a sweater to it. Plus I felt like it wasn't quite worth the price. So it went back too. 
 Along with the five items they include pictures of sample outfits to go with the items they sent so you know how to wear them. This is really fun and I found a few ideas on this card. Plus there is a personalized note from your stylist. I was totally impressed with my first Fix and am really looking forward to the next one. 
You do pay a $20 stylist fee but if you keep anything from the fix you can apply the fee to that item. So if you keep anything the styling is free. And if you keep all five items you get 25% off everything. After you decide what you want to keep, you just put the ones you are sending back in to the bag they provide and drop it in a mailbox. They pay for shipping. 

Also, there's no commitment. You decide how often you want to receive a fix. It's perfect if you don't have a lot of time to shop without kids. And I had a lot of fun trying things on for Jason without having to drag him to the store with me. I think he would agree it was a total win/win. 

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