Yearly Archives: 2017

Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Oct. 10th, 2017

Have you heard about this whole capsule wardrobe thing? I know, so 2014. But I’ve never been too quick on the uptake. It seems to have had a resurgence on blogs recently and I’ve found myself seeking out endless posts and hoping, through osmosis, my closet (read: style) will be transformed. While I do know that I’m a bandwagon kinda gal, I mean as I type this I’m on day three of no sugar (it’s awful and I stare at my chocolate drawer throughout the day), the capsule wardrobe feels so fresh and seems to simplify life just a little bit.

I recently donated four garbage bags of clothes and still my closet is bursting at the seams. As just two examples of things I held onto after the purge, a bowling shirt and a pair of daisy dukes are still hanging on to their spots on the rack. Let me tell you, I haven’t picked up a bowling ball in five years and my thighs don’t need that kind of sun exposure.

While I haven’t yet over analyzed the idea enough to fully commit, the links below are my current reading inspiration.

Clockwise, starting at the top:

  1. I love the Today Show’s segments on style and DIY. This quick capsule wardrobe video is no exception.
  2. A covetable wardrobe, capsule or no capsule. 
  3. For those that like a detailed step-by-step guide, this is your beacon of light. 

Ugh, looking at these links shows me the life I want to be living. Of course, as I flipped through the images I thought “How am I going to have a capsule wardrobe without a burnt orange neck handkerchief?” And promptly bought one. I’m totally getting this minimalism thing.

BWG Test and Tell: Scalloped shorts

Aug. 30th, 2017

I’ve scoured the interwebs for fashion DIY projects. Well, in reality, projects like this one kept coming up in my Pinterest feed, and I wanted to see just how hard or easy it is.

I test. I tell. You decide.

My six favorite house nooks

Aug. 17th, 2017

I’ve highlighted about my house over the life of this blog. I thought it was a fun exercise to pick six of my favorite little spots that make it feel like home to me.

This rug from Anthrologie gets so much traction, including, apparently, a casual placement of my curls. I think it jazzes up our living room in the best way possible.

I love art…and art that reminds me of my friends because it’s MADE by them is the icing on the cake. Find out how I put together my California wall in this post

This plant defied all odds. We put him, yes assign all inanimate objects a gender (much like the French, mais bien sûr!), in this spot with almost no direct sunlight. And he grew and grew…and beat all expectations. 

Magoo slept in his crib for the first time last night. I didn’t cry, I swear. But if he’s not going to sleep in a bassinet next to me, this is a pretty awesome second place. 

My bar. I spent countless hours picking out a paint color (if you look closely, you can actually see the swatches of different colors I tried on the wall). I went with the stately “Gentlemen’s Grey” and I love it.

This is why we bought the house. The epic view. We are the highest house on a hill which overlooks Boston.  We can experience all the seasons in our comfy chair. 

And those are the places in my home I’m currently obsessed with. 

Kelly’s Roundup: Styled Bar Carts by Personality Type

Aug. 15th, 2017

I want to live in the time of Mad Men when it’s socially acceptable, if not expected, to drink martinis in the middle of the day, wear torpedo bras, and live under the oppressing reign of men. Ok, maybe the time of Joan Holloway is not my golden age, but those hip bar carts conveniently located in offices were trés chic. Or the sign of alcoholism. Stick to the point, Kelly.

I love myself a bar cart and these six range in price, but not in style. Isn’t that sentence just so blog-clever-tastic?

Find your bar cart style based on your personality below. Cart 1 is top left and work your way clockwise.

Cart 1: You’re a wee bit quirky and a whole lot of fun. Known for your ginger lemonade with just a splash of vodka, that’s your kind of wild side.

Cart 2: You’re a simple girl who wants to be casual about this whole “displaying my libations” thing.  

Cart 3: A whiskey drinker who lives by the sea. Enough said. Perhaps I’ve already said too much.

Cart 4:  Price is not a limitation when considering how to house your fine, yet stylish, booze. Hell, the flowers alone cost more than most pay for their actual bar cart. Living the dream, my friend.

Cart 5: A thrift store junkie who will find booze on sale and make a theme party out of it. Taco Tequila Tuesday anyone?

Cart 6: You’re signature style? A refreshing beverage with just a splash of neurosis.

 

Seeexy pre-labor look

Aug. 1st, 2017

While I did put a lot of work into the hospital bag, packing some cute, comfortable clothes for my stay… THIS is what I wore in the hospital while waiting for labor to kick in. Compression socks, man slippers, and a warm albeit not so cute, robe.

Hospital mirror selfie, anyone?

Gotta keep it real, folks. 

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Kelly’s can’t miss, go there immediately, travel spots

Jul. 27th, 2017

I’ve been super lucky in my life to travel quite a bit. I could never pick my favorite country/destination/city, BUT what I can do is recount some of my favorite eats, epic experiences, and legit, off-the-beaten-path excursions. 

Greece
If I could go back in time to one moment it would be for the world’s best falafel. Yes, my wedding and the birth of my child certainly gave me the feels. But this falafel is HEAVEN. When I was in Athens these little (read: huge) sandwiches were heaven wrapped up in a doughy crispy pita.

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Falafella’s, Athens, Greece

Iceland
I am not a risk-seeker. By nature I am a rule follower, analytical thinker (yes yes, overly analytical to the point of craziness). Danger to me is a side ponytail situation. Seriously, side ponies are living wild, ladies. But when I got on the snow mobile on the top of a glacier I became Ms. Danger. I was full throttle, leave the group behind, carve my own path, hi-ho silver. I admit, I flipped the snowmobile on top of myself (just bruised knees and ego), but laughed the minute I got up. It was the most free I’ve ever felt. Highly recommend letting your risk flag fly high on this thing.

Yep. I’m on the moon.

Snowmobiling in Iceland

Czech Republic
I’m going to have to figure out how to make these on the blog because they are Prague’s answer to the crack epidemic. Who needs drugs when you can eat trkjlijfelwjfe (ok, it’s actually Trdlo, but this spelling reflects my pronunciation).

Ghana
Not only is this the country where I got engaged it’s also where I ate the BEST daily lunch. Pictured behind the man with the sheep. Where he put a ring on it. 

France
Ice cream is by far my favorite thing on the planet. In fact, while writing this I just ate two ice cream bars. I’m breastfeeding, I need the calories. Don’t judge me. In Paris we thought we stopped in on a little ice cream shop, but it was oh so much more. In 35 seconds she suuuuurved me up this beauty. Layers upon layers of flavors. 

I am unintentionally holding these like they are my ta-tas…

So, what are you waiting for? Go jump on that snowmobile with your dessert crack-substitute in hand, with the best Greek, African lunch in your belly, and finish your day with a little ta-ta flower ice cream.

You are welcome, America. 

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Kelly’s roundup: Favorite Ikea hacks

Jul. 25th, 2017

I’ve done countless IKEA DIY projects in my house because look what the results can yield!! Plus, I’m cheap. And kind of proud of it? Yes, I am. I’m CHEAP! Here are some amazing projects for your home with minimal dollar dollar bills required.

I’ve scoured the inter-webs and found my six faves. Pretty genius.

Clockwise starting with the top left: Spartan desk, Utility shelving, Rustic side console, Floating cabinetry, Styled bar cart, Mid-century modern nursery dresser

 

What’s in My Hospital Bag

Jul. 20th, 2017

Yes, I planned for the baby. I took birth classes, baby CPR, blah blah blah. But more importantly I spent a good deal of time planning a critical element pre-baby….the hospital bag. I’m not sure why, but I spent many hours in the dark interweb depths of pinterest looking at example hospital bags. There’s something sort of magical thinking about what you will be wearing whilst baby leaves your cozy uterus and enters the real world. I wanted to wear adorable PJs, so he could see what a stylish Mom he has…but I was warned that anything you wear those first few days will be ruined. Now, I didn’t want many more details than that, lest I decide I should not give birth after all and just keep him inside me forever. So I figured dark PJs with a print would be able to fight the good fight. And they were fine. So have faith, ladies! You can be comfy and sort of cute (though your level of caring about cuteness is about a negative 72% due to sheer exhaustion and overwhelming love). Nevertheless, I am so glad I thoroughly planned the hospital bag because when my husband asked where the deodorant, flip flops, underwear, dried mango, etc…were, I had a plan for it all!

Here’s what I brought organized by person (and it was so exciting planning for THREE people!).

1/ PJs  2/ Light weight bathrobe  3/ Heavy bathrobe  4/ Heavy duty slippers with tread (don’t wear dainty things around the hospital and I actually wore these basically everyday for the first eight weeks of his life)

5/ Maternity pants (just cause the baby’s out now, don’t think you are immediately past maternity clothes. Stretch pants are going to be your friend for awhile) 6/ Oversized sweater 7/ Nursing bra

8/ Sweats (kind of upscale sweats? Guys are so lucky they can look adorable in sweats). 9/ Hoodie 10/ Long-sleeve t-shirt (maj sale right now) 11/ Slippers

12/ His going home outfit.I love that his outfit has little pockets for his tiny baby keys and mini wallet. 13/ Back-up outfits (just in case).14/ Hats! (We live in Boston and he was born in January, so you better believe he was bundled up). 15/ Mittens. Yes, these things are tiny and the cutest accessory of all time. 16/ Socks

17/ I use these for all my travels and LOVE THEM.

And a couple things in these bags: Snacks (Trader Joe’s dried mango, TJ’s dried pineapple, Nut mix, Trail mix with chocolate); Electronics (Iphone chargers, Laptops, Digital camera)

Right when we got home. In his baggy, adorable, newborn outfit 🙂

The finished nursery

Jul. 18th, 2017

I dont know why, but decorating the nursery was one of the hardest rooms I’ve encountered. It felt like everything I picked, purchased, placed really mattered because it was going to be Magoo’s first room. In hindsight he sleeps in a bassinet next to my bed, so I should have splurged on fancy bedding and cute mom PJs since that’s what he looks at on the nightly. 

Regardless, I love the nursery. It’s where we read books, do our bedtime routine, and change the poop machine’s diapers. It is by far the most relaxing room in the house. A little baby sanctuary, if you will.

These are DIY pom pom curtains I made in this post. And you can see in all its glory the finished product from my quest for the perfect wallpaper. Wallpaper, by the way, takes 15 years to put up. 
Hanging out as we do with a fisheye lense.Ikea shelves made into floating bookshelves.
Animal art prints with target frames. These were on my must have list for the nursery.He’s so happy in his little jail!

That day we customized our closets

Jul. 13th, 2017

The topic of this post makes me feel old. But I will own it. I’m a woman in my thirties and I want a place for my manolos to rest. Ok, back pillow and over-sized cardigan, but if I had manolos, they would be oh so happy in my closet. In full transparency, I just googled how to spell manolos…that’s how far off they are from being a part of my life.

In our house we seriously lack storage space. Like, we don’t even have a hall closet! Who builds a home without somewhere to put the broom? We used the Container Store’s Elfa system (this post is not sponsored) and it was the best grown-up cash money I’ve ever spent. I can’t get over how organized things feel when your shoes have an actual place they belong.

We did four closets in total: Master bedroom, Magoo’s two closets, and the office closet. I’m covering the transition in our master and one of the nursery closets. In Magoo’s room he has two weirdly shaped closets. We affectionately titled them the hobbit closets, which the lady at the Container Store laughed (perhaps a little too hard?) at.

Hobbit closet before

I am wearing shorts here, I swear. They are just riding up a wee bit much. I’m going to blame the fourth month baby bump (not pictured) pulling them up up and away.

Magoo’s final closet! (Both are fairly similar on each side of the room)

Master bedroom closet before

This dude was the real deal. Also, our room is no longer this washed out poop color.

And the final master bedroom closet…this is not staged, I left it how it is to show you what an overstuffed, but awesomely organized closet looks like in my house 🙂

Perhaps my favorite part. Organized jewelry storage!