Wednesday, 20 July 2016

We're moving! Take a look at our new place :)

Vinny and I have been trying to find a rental home with a yard for several months now, since our lease at our current apartment ends at the end of the month. We had almost lost hope when we found this cute little ADU (accessory dwelling unit, typically a smaller complete unit on a property with an existing home), right around the corner from the neighborhood we live in now (and love!).

We stopped by today and by this evening found out that we landed the place! Take a look:

The little bungalow is basically one large room with a bathroom and separate bedroom. One wall is made up of a closet (not seen, to the left of the fridge) and the kitchen. It's funny how similar the new kitchen is to our current one, abeit the new one has more counter space :)

Turning a little to the right, you can see the door on the left to the bathroom, then the closet where the washer/dryer is, then the door to the bedroom.

Another shot of the north end of the home. The wall to the right of the bedroom is the only flat wall really; all other walls are taken up by windows, doors, and kitchen!

Continuing to the right, you see the bay window which overlooks the small yard (a major selling point for us!) and the neighbor's lovely garden.

Further right you see a door to the back yard and a small closet. Just out of frame is the front window and door, then you've come 360 degrees from the first picture.

The bathroom is basic but clean (unlike so many rentals we visited!) and has a window where I plan to put plants.

The bedroom is small, but actually slightly larger than our current one, with two windows and cathedral ceilings.

The bedroom closet will be an interesting venture into shared accommodations, as currently Vinny and I each have our own closet.

The biggest selling point for this place was that it has a small outdoor space (our current apartment doesn't have have a balcony or a window that opens fully). Here's the front window with a path to the yard (front door is just to the left, out of frame). The main home on this property is on the other side of the fence, so it's pretty private.

We have  big plans for this little patio/yard situation! You can see the bay window; just left of frame is the door that I pointed out earlier that leads outside. There's a watering hose right by the door for our dirty mutt to get clean in the muddy Portland winter :)

Last but not least, we have an outdoor shed that will be perfect for all of our adventure gear. I don't talk about it very much on this blog, but Vinny and I are outdoor enthusiasts and have a lot of accompanying gear!

What do you think? I'll be back soon with ideas of how we'll use the space!

Friday, 8 July 2016

Here's what you can do.

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." -Desmond Tutu

"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." -Elie Wiesel

These quotes have been running through my mind since the shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, the most recent in a long and horrifying string of deaths at the hands of policemen.

(And before anyone tries to confuse this topic with another, I was also horrified to hear of the police deaths in Dallas; I agree with Trevor Noah, who stated, "You can be pro-cop and pro-black, which is what we should all be.")

Because I cannot be neutral on this topic, and because I am a white person who has benefited greatly from the color of my skin, I've been trying to find ways that I can help solve the problem of institutionalized racism in our country. I don't have any great answers, but I found this article to have some great suggestions of stepping-stones in the right direction.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Our living room updates

Last time we discussed our apartment, we had recently moved in and had a to-do list a mile long. Our living room looked a bit bare:

We've now been there about a year and a half and have slowly crossed items off the to-do list, resulting in a much cozier feel:

We added this rug and a couple Target ottomans, which have since lost their shape. The rug has held up surprisingly well to wear and tear. I was worried that because we have a black dog, the white stripes may look dingy immediately, but it vacuums up easily.

The white end tables got repurposed in the bedroom and we added a small wood bench under the TV. It's really too small for the space but..*shrugs*. 

We're on the hunt for a coffee table and may have one made by our friend.

We added wooden shelving, using industrial black handrail brackets  in place of regular shelving brackets. This tactic proved to be much cheaper and simpler than installing shelving brackets, and the shelves and artwork really warm up the space.

Our lease is up next month and we're on the hunt for a new place because we'd love an outdoor area for our dog. I'll be sharing some misadventures in Portland real estate soon!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

I'm back! With two new room designs

Long time no talk, friends! Almost a year has flown by since I last posted, and so much has happened in that time! I've had multiple friends get married, one just had a baby, several have moved to new states, my godson/nephew is turning one tomorrow, and last but not least I got engaged!

So, inspired by those fun life events, here are a couple designs I put together to account for friends and family's new life needs.

Campfire Nursery

This first nursery design was inspired by this adorable campfire nightlight, which got me thinking that a camping/hiking-themed nursery would be so fun and could transition to later years as well.

Cari's Living Room

Next up, my friend Cari and her husband Ryan recently moved to Vermont and bought an amazing log cabin-style home in the woods. Cari is a boho babe but loves the log cabin, rustic asthetic as well, so I put together this inspiration board for her new living room.

Hopefully I'll have time to check in more frequently, including posts on what's inspiring me during my wedding planning. Thanks for stopping by again!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Little red dress, four ways

Summer has been flying by lately, and I've been enjoying my time outdoors! I have lots more planned for the season, so time can slow on down anytime now, amiright?

Several of my plans include celebrating the nuptials of very good friends, so I spent the last couple of weeks on the hunt for a dress to wear to various wedding-related events. I finally found this little red dress at Anthropologie (which also comes in lavender; similar but shorter look for less here) and immediately concocted several ways to style it.

First up, I'm planning to wear the dress to my best friend's bachelorette party in Charleston, SC. Strappy gold heels and delicate ribboned jewelry are a must, obviously:

Charleston Bachelorette Party

Next, I'm in a wedding in Nashville. Obviously I'll be wearing a bridesmaid dress in the wedding, but she's having her rehearsal dinner at a BBQ joint so I can style the dress a little more casually:

Nashville Rehearsal Dinner BBQ

Last but not least, my boyfriend's buddy is getting married this fall at a ski resort in Vermont. Temps will be a little cooler, which gives me the opportunity to toughen the dress up a bit with a leather jacket and badass jewelry:

Vermont Ski Chalet Wedding


Then, when all the fun is over, the dress will make its way into my work wardrobe, like so:

Work dress

How would you style this dress? Is a LRD the new LBD?

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Summer 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

It's about time for a new capsule wardrobe for summer, don't you think?

Without further ado:
Summer 2015 Capsule

This is actually fairly similar to the capsule I posted for Spring 2015, but to be honest my spring capsule was sort of a disaster. I didn't end up buying many of the pieces I had intended to, so the capsule ended up being really terrible and unusable, which led to me pulling random items from storage to wear, which led to me pulling aaaaaallllll of my clothing out when I felt like I had 'nothing to wear'....which led to me still only wearing the same few pieces yet feeling uninspired by my closet. 

So, this summer, I've decided on a few things:
1) I really limited my color palette. I kept trying to force color into my capsules, but those pieces just went unworn and led to the above problems. So this time around, I focused on white, black, and denim pieces with a few patterns and pinks thrown in for when I'm feeling adventurous!
2) In order for my closet to be usable, I need to have all the pieces! Last capsule I didn't buy much because I was busy buying plane tickets for my friends' weddings (#firstworldproblems) but this time around I've decided to commit some dough to the project. 

I've pulled together most of the capsule already from my existing closet, but I still have a few notable items missing. Namely, white jeans, a white blazer, a white buttonup, and the perfect nude heels (I need to be able to rock them as a bridesmaid twice this year, but then wear them to work after).

I have these heels ordered, but I'm having the hardest time trying to find the last three pieces. I don't want to spend too much because I will, without a doubt, stain these white pieces before the year is out. Any suggestions?

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Drop-dead gorgeous jewelry alert!!

Recently I stopped by one of my favorite Portland stores, Adorn, where I came upon a new jewelry line and fell in love. They had these beautifully simplistic yet artistic silver- and gold-toned bracelets repurposed from things like old sink faucets and brass door handles.

Through the magical world of the Internet, I tracked down the source of the beauty to an artist named Kine from Kenya, who crafts his wearable art in the slums of Kibera and sells through a New York-based shop called Soko. Here's a small sampling of the gorgeousness, but please click here for his full collection!

Kine at Soko

The shop that distributes these beautiful pieces, Soko, has a really amazing mission. In their words, they were "founded on the belief that innovation can empower women, can connect markets, and can foster opportunities that change lives."

Soko works with artisans in developing countries, helping them not only to distribute their work but also training them in economic skills to succeed in their businesses. 

In addition to Kine, Soko stocks pieces from a variety of different artisans. Here's a peek at some of the others' work: 

Shop Soko

Aren't they beautiful??! I highly suggest  checking out the rest of the wares at! And for your first purchase, you can get 20% by joining their mailing list. At the top of my wishlist? This bracelet set, this single-bar ring, and this flat-topped oval ring. I'm all about the simple statement jewelry! Which are your favorites?