Wednesday, May 18, 2016

a goodbye

I've been putting off writing this post, because I just wasn't sure if it's really what I wanted. I knew that I did not want to rush into the decision and later regret it. Which I was afraid would happen. There may very well be times that I do regret it, because I have so enjoyed having this space to share pieces of my life. However, after much contemplation, I have decided that this (blogging) is something that I'm ready to move on from (for now). 

Since December life has been different for my husband and I. I have tried to keep blogging part of my life, but it doesn't always fit in. I've found myself struggling to put thoughts into words, and taking photos to share became tedious instead of fun. It just doesn't feel right, right now.

I can't say what the future holds. I wouldn't be against it if my life comes back to a point where this would once again fit. For now I must let it go, and say goodbye to all of you. 

Thank you for being a part of my life, for all the love shared. I appreciate everyone who's ever read my jumbled thoughts, left a sweet comment, or sent me an email.

I still plan to keep tabs of my outfits on Go Chic or Go Home, so if you're interested you can find and converse with me there  >>
Much love, and signing off for the last time,

Friday, May 13, 2016

outfit 6 & 7

I've said I have some thoughts on other ways to wear this dress, but honestly I prefer it in it's simplest form. It's nice to have the option to knot it up with denim (done) or tuck it into a skirt (plan to do), but's just so effortless as is.

Outfit 6: 
Outfit #6 was pulled together with a statement necklace and a pair of strappy kitten heels. The necklace is a recent purchase from Anthropologie. I was hesitant about ordering it due to mixed reviews, but I'm glad I took the plunge. It arrived in tact and is beautiful.

Outfit 7:
Outfit #7 was completed with a colorful, bird print kimono, long fringe necklace, and a pair of wedges. I felt like this one had some definite boho vibes going on, and I was good with that. I've found myself more and more comfortable with wearing different styles. The more I styles I try, the easier it is.

Friday, May 6, 2016

1 dress experiment: month one thoughts

April was a tough month. Not complaining, just stating a fact. It was tough. The times I was able to get out of the house and wear my dress, I did have fun with it. I really enjoyed the concept of the experiment and the few ways I styled the dress so far. But when I look back it's almost kind of sad just how few times I got out. I only have 5 looks to show for my first month!! 

That feels ridiculous. To be fair though, the last couple of weeks I didn't leave my house at there weren't opportunities to style & wear it. I could have dressed up, taken some photos to share, and then undressed & gone throughout my day at home, but that's not I wasn't going to do that. 

A look back at the outfits worn so far...

 outfit 1

 outfit 2

 outfit 3

 outfit 4

outfit 5

The only outfit I didn't love out of these five was the first outfit. I explained in the original post that I was in a rush that day, and just didn't feel like I got it "right". The other outfits, though? LOVED. I've tried to pick a favorite, but I can't.

I'm not just sick of the dress yet, but I am craving variety! I knew this would be a challenge for me seeing how I always feel the need to wear something new or different. I still have ideas on how to shake up the look/different ways to wear the dress, and I'm excited to try those, so I'm not competently bored of it at this point. I'm not trying to act like this is easy for me either! 

I should have some new looks to share with you soon, so stay tuned if you're interested. 

check out these past posts for more info on the 1 dress experiment:


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

half bath: progress

 Okay, because this is such a small project this is going to be the only 'progress' post that I do. The next post you see on it will be the 'done' phase :)!

Shopping for this project is complete...for now. I may end up deciding to change light fixtures at a later point, but for now I can live with what's there. I will say light fixtures can drastically change the look of your space, so it would be nice to tackle that in the future. 

At this point the room is almost done. There's only a few things left to do; switch out the cabinet hinges, paint the accent wall, and paint a fresh coat of white on the window trim. I don't want to wait until that's done to share what's new in the space, hence this progress post...

a couple of bright hand towels (find here)

eyelash art print (made by me)
 *originally seen on etsy, but I decided to DIY it myself with colored pencils*

accent wall paint: Sherwin Williams 'Indulgent Peach' (middle color)

updated faucet (find here)

& updated knobs (find here) *still need to switch out the hinges!!*

An overall look at the updates thus far...

(links to the soap pump + lidded dish in the pic above can be found in my last post)

As I mentioned, I still need to switch out the cabinet hinges, paint the accent wall, and paint a fresh coat of white on the window trim. I also want to find either a wall shelf or cabinet to store wash clothes, etc. in...and I'm not sure if the wall cabinet by the sink there is staying. I'll have to see.

Hopefully I'll have an update for you in the not to distant future with the finished results!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

plans for a half bath facelift

When we first moved in to this place about a year and a half ago we started off with a little refresh to part of the bathroom(s) >>here. I explained at the time that our bathroom situation was a half bath, connected to a shower/tub room, connected to another half bath. We only gave a facelift to the shower/tub room and one of the half baths at the time, and I think we aught to get around to the second half bath now.

Per usual, let's take a look at a photo from before we moved in to get a look at what the space started out as...

We did take the same flooring from the other half bath and the shower/tub room into this room (not shown in the above photo), since they all flow into each other. We also brought the same paint color in here (again, not shown in the above photo)...and then we stopped there.

At one time I was using this half bath as a closet space....more photos of the room and an explanation on that in >>this post, but that's since changed and, as I said, we're ready to finish up this space and use it as a proper bathroom.

STEP 1- I've moved EVERYTHING but the toilet, sink vanity, mirror, and blinds out of the room & cleaned the space.

STEP 2 -  I brainstormed.... on how I want the space to function, colors, hardware finishes, what fixtures we might want to replace, etc.

STEP 3- I started adding things to a Pinterest board... Pinsterst is my best friend when it comes to home projects!!!

STEP 4 - Budget. Not fun, but necessary. We don't want to spend a lot on this project, nor are we looking to put in a lot of time and work. I just want the space to be a little freshened up.

The next step? Shopping :).

I picked up this (see below) soap pump and lidded container at my local Walmart. You can get them online though, if you're interested. Links will be under each stock photo...

They fit in perfectly with the color scheme (which I'm continuing from the other rooms). 

my color scheme: coral, aqua, and grey

I'm hoping to window-shop hardware and fixtures this weekend, as well as pick up a quart of paint to do an accent wall.

Check out and follow my Pinterest board if you'd like to keep up with my ideas for this project!!


Friday, April 22, 2016

1 dress experiment: outfits 4 & 5

Last week I shared my first 3 outfits of the experiment. This week I wasn't feeling 100%, so I only have 2 outfits for you. I think both of them turned out pretty cute; check them out to see for yourself...

Maybe I'm kind of obsessed with these sandals, as 3 of my 5 outfits so far have included them. I don't know, I just really like them. 

For outfit #4 I donned a print kimono and floppy hat; this outfit garnered several compliments. I liked the relaxed vibe of the look, and it was super comfortable to wear.  

Outfit 5 was a casual look with denim and a statement necklace. I gathered the dress up on one side and pulled it up to be a tunic length. The necklace kind stole the show....

an older photo I dug up on a close-up of the necklace...

If you liked any of the accessories in this post links to them can be found >>here (excluding the necklace which is no longer available - purchased from Banana Republic a while back)

check out these posts for more info!!:

Friday, April 15, 2016

1 dress experiment: 1 week+ in

The official start to my three month 1 dress experiment started on April 6, 2016. So I'm a little over a week in. For today I decided to do a single post with all the outfits so far. I don't know if that'll be a continuing theme, or if I'll end up doing individual outfit posts.

I would have liked to have kicked it off with the dress being worn in it's most simple state, on it's own, but I needed a casual pants outfit, so this is what happened instead...

I was running behind and this was the first time I was trying the dress knotted up...I felt it could have turned out better. I was constantly adjusting and a little uncomfortable with the overall look since I didn't have time to play around with it and get it "right". However, the very next day I had my chance at it again, with more time to mess with it before I left the house. This time I got it fixed more how I wanted, and didn't have any issues while wearing it. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of that day's outfit, so y'all will just have to use the power of imagination and make do with the outfit collage below...

above: created using Polyvore

This day I was helping some friends with a clean-up. Definitely needed denim and sneakers for that project!  I was nervous wearing the dress, hoping it wouldn't somehow get messed up on it's second outing. Everything went fine, and the dress made it out unscathed, ready for it's next adventure :) 

Which brings us to our next outfit where I was finally able to wear the dress... as a dress...

 I don't know why, but I was really happy to finally wear the dress on it's own. I suppose it goes back to me being a dress gal; even though I've been wearing denim more here lately.  I  liked adding pops of color with my scarf and bag, and love these wrap sandals. Weird, because I didn't think I was a wrap sandals type of person... until I found these. This is my favorite look so far ;).

If you liked any of the accessories in this post links to them can be found >>here!

check out these posts for more info!!: