Saturday, January 24, 2015

New Year, New You.

Can you believe that the first month of 2015 is almost over? Time flies, and with each passing day, our resolutions get forgotten. This year, I picked a few that are more realistic. Even though we're only one month in, I'm off to a good start. What are your resolutions? Here are mine:

1. Eating in more. Even though it might seem silly, this is at the tippy top of my list. I eat out way too often, and when I’m not out, I’m ordering in. Seriously, I’m ashamed when I see how many Seamless charges are on my bank account…it’s embarrassing. Bobby is a great cook, but I have never really tried, past sandwiches, eggs, and the occasional taco night. This year, I’m going to start cooking. Nothing crazy - I’m not going to aim for Top Chef or anything, just simple things to keep me from caving in and saying, “I’ll just order something." The goal is to limit eating out and see how much money I can save by doing so. This also meant I had to delete my Seamless app. Farewell, my darling!

2. Finishing my Invisalign treatment. (For those of you who missed my last posts (read those posts here), I'm currently receiving complimentary Invisalign® treatment in exchange for sharing my experience). I’m more than halfway through my Invisalign treatment, and as long as I consistently wear my clear aligners (and diligently press the attachments when I put them on), I’ll be done in about six months. Even though I’ve gotten used to wearing them, I can’t wait to be done — because that means my teeth will be straight! I’ve enjoyed sharing my journey with you, and especially love hearing about your own experiences. If you are interested in Invisalign clear aligner treatment, you can request more info, here.

3. Make more plans…and keep them. I can’t count the number of times I’ve made plans without setting them in stone, only for no one to follow through. “Let’s plan a trip!” or “Let’s get together next week!” usually falls through the cracks, unless someone takes the initiative to set concrete plans. I was catching up with a friend, the other day, when we realized we hadn’t seen each other in months…and we live in the same city. We talk all the time, but I’ve always been so weird about making the first move. I always worry that I’ll be bothering them. Last year, my friends and I made plans to go to Paris. It seemed like idle chatter, until someone stepped up and set a date, found flights, and got the ball rolling. Next thing you know, we were on our way to Paris. Whether just catching up with a friend over coffee or finally planning that girls’ trip with Kim and Claudia, I’m going to be more proactive.

Friday, January 23, 2015

DIY Striped Suitcase Tutorial

Much of my decor is thrifted, upcycled, and DIYed, and that ended up carrying over to the studio I share with Helena. Decorating the space has been a lengthy labor of love; we've been adding pieces as we find them, making everything more of a treasure hunt than a black and white checklist. I'll be sharing more about our decor (both at the studio and in my home), because it's something I enjoy so much, and it doesn't have to break the bank. See that glittery gold arrow marquee? I found it, battered and dusty, at an antique shop in North Carolina for $10. We cleaned it up, spray painted it gold, finished it with glitter, broadened the pre-existing holes and inserted lights. And that little stripedsuitcase? I'll show you exactly how I spruced it up. Follow the steps below for this simple DIY project.

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Materials needed: old suitcase, painter's tape, choice of paints.

1. Start with an bare suitcase (this is vinyl).

2. Use the Scotch Blue painter's tape to cover any edges you don't want painted. I ran my nail along the edges of the tape, to make sure it was all secured.

3. Paint the whole area white (two coats). I used paint with primer already in it, to skip the step of priming it. I used these Glidden paint samples at Home Depot for all of the colors, and left one white. You can have any colors mixed on the spot, and it's more than enough!

4.After it's completely dry, lay out more of the painter's tape in any desired pattern. I went with simple, diagonal stripes. Again, secure the edges for the cleanest lines!

5. Paint the empty spaces the colors of your choice.

6. Pull up the tape to reveal clean lines, and you're done. Use it as a photo prop, cute storage solution (I have some stacked on top of my trunk, to hold seasonal accessories), or whatever you like!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winter Wear: Neutral Coats

(photos by Claudia)

Outfit Details:
Topshop hat (always, because they're the warmest hats, ever) - not online anymore, but might still be in stores
Trina Turk "Nancy" coat (majorly on sale)
Zara romper
old Sperry Top Sider boots

During the winter, I usually settle into a routine of basing my outfits around whatever coat I want to wear - which is why I have a lot of coats. They take up a lot of space in my closet, but keep my wardrobe a little more interesting. After all, I have no intention of taking off any outer layers when it's that cold, so I might as well make the coats the main event. This led me to collecting a lot of statement outerwear (a few examples here, here, and here), but I finally started introducing some neutrals.