Friday, September 27, 2013

DIY: Embroidery Thread Organizer

Today I have a fun little DIY for you guys! I first saw this post by Gloria, and knew I had to do it for myself! I have so much embroidery thread laying around and this was such a cute way to organize it all!

cut out a rectangle on card stock // cut cute little ears
make 1 slit at top left and 2 on the bottom // decorate!

Let me know if you plan on trying it out or send me a link if you do! I tried to think of some other animals to do but I had a brain fart. I still think they're super cute. :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Outfit: First Times

You might remember ModCloth having that huge sale a few weeks ago. It's when I found this Bettie Page top. I normally steer clear of anything pink, but something drew me to this and I had to get it!

outfit details
top: Bettie Page for ModCloth
dress: thrifted
shoes: Urban Outfitters

Corey took these pictures for me before we headed out to see one of our good friends for his birthday! He's redoing his garage right now to make it a workshop/hangout spot, so I'd been trying to think of something useful to get him. Then, as I was falling asleep for a nap that afternoon, it occured that I should get him a pegboard to hang tools on! We got a really good deal on supplies at Home Depot and he loved the present. Yay!

Hope y'all are having a great week! 

Monday, September 23, 2013


I recently discovered Humans of New York, and it's become a daily ritual. The caption to this picture reads, "The toughest part of the job is witnessing the personal tragedies of the people we're trying to help. [...] We got to the scene of a car accident one time. The father had rolled his car over two embankments, with his wife and two kids in the car. The wife and one of the children had been crushed to death. I'll never forget the father clawing at that car, trying to get them out."

Next time I go to Charleston, I'm making sure to pick up the Butterball bath bomb at Lush.

I'm smitten with this cheery dress!

Oana Befort is currently one of my favorite artists. I love this card

This handmade ceramic mug is too cute.

What are you crushin' on lately? 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Outfit: Cold Front

Last weekend, we had a cold front from Canada sweep in, which was exciting for me! Like every other *%#^ing person out there, I LOVE FALL. I do not like pumpkin spice lattes, however. PSL don't kill me. Anyway, cold front. I finally got to wear my favorite button up that only cost me 50 cents.

I love this button up, but I do plan on investing in a quality chambray piece in the near future. It's really comfortable, but I must admit it does look pretty cheap! I can't actually button it up. :) Oh, and I should mention that this is my first time ever pairing brown and black, so I hope I did it right. If you follow this blog, you might notice I hardly wear brown, so I've been trying to incorporate it more. This bag is my new favorite!

outfit details
bag: thrifted
button-up: thrifted
top: TJ Maxx
pants: TJ Maxx
boots: Target

I hope you all are having a great week! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Soda City Market

This past Saturday, I finally got a chance to revisit the Soda City Market! I've been working every Saturday for almost two months, so I was excited to finally get out there again. Corey thought he had drill, so I was going to go alone, but he called me and said he didn't have it anymore and came to meet me there.

Before the pictures mislead you, I'll just explain what really went down. Grizzly is very well behaved and has awesome manners, but in public his training kinda disappears.  He doesn't listen, he pulls on the leash CONSTANTLY, and wants to sniff everyone that walks by. I'm trying to scope out these cool lamps made from vintage thermoses and take a picture, while he's pulling on his leash and the creator is describing his process.

We walk away from the scene and Grizzly meets a German Shepherd. They don't like each other all that much so we reroute our path and turn around. I'm dodging jelly samples but take a few minutes to seriously contemplate trying a Dahli Palmer (pictured above). He makes eye contact and I end up walking away. We finally make it to the end, and I'm snapping one last picture when an elderly man asks if we would like to be better gardeners. Well, duh!

He proceeded to describe his magazine, page by page. Ten minutes in, I fake a phone call and come back saying we have to go. Five minutes after that, Mr. Duck Man (I'm not being mean, he actually called himself that) is telling us how he fed a stray cat fried flounder at Lizard's Thicket that morning. I'm still thinking to myself about how he was eating fried flounder at eight in the morning. Ew. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Outfit: By the Tracks

Driving around downtown Columbia, you're lucky not to get stopped by a passing train. The other day, we saw one coming and went down a random back road to try and get around it. We stumbled upon this building with graffiti all over the roof, and I thought it'd be neat to take pictures there! 

It was so hot up on the roof! I could feel the heat coming through the soles of my shoes, and I kept telling Corey to just take a ton of pictures and we'd look at them later! I'm pretty sure I'm looking down in all of these pictures to make sure my feet aren't on fire. That hot, y'all.

outfit details
tank: borrowed from a friend
skirt: Target
boots: Forever 21

For some reason, every time I tried to upload these pictures, the saturation would drain out and make all of the photos look super dull. This skirt is actually a bright teal. I know I keep saying I'm going to do better on this blog, but truthfully, there is a lot going on behind the scenes. I'll fill ya in as soon as I can. ;)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Outfit: Hangin'

Since moving to Columbia, I've been scoping out new places to take outfit pictures. I've also been googling how to pose in pictures and general tips for taking better portraits! This was my first attempt, and although I still feel a little weird, I can definitely tell a difference in the quality of the pictures.

outfit details
necklace: vintage pendant, handmade
top: eBay
skirt: American Apparel
shoes: Journey's

I took these pictures at The Hangers, which is a group of houses, lofts, and studios built around old airplane hangars near Owens Field. The area is right beside our city's sustainable garden, City Roots, and it seemed like a great place to take pictures! The lofts are incredible, with high ceilings and modern appliances. They are built with a focus on design and full of bright colors. I wish we could have gone inside!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Life Lately

I know that bloggers get a lot of shit for sugarcoating and beating around the bush with their life problems. I'll admit it gets annoying to see people saying, "I've had SO much going on and I can't wait to tell you/not tell you." and, "Life really sucks so please send me good thoughts but I'm not going to tell you what's going on. Ever." But we all know that feeling. Where you want condolence from others but you don't feel comfortable opening up to the world, or even 25 readers.

I have a pretty damn good life. I have friends I love and have known since high school, and new friends I can't wait to get closer to. I have a stress-free job with my amazingly supportive sister. I have the means to get by on a daily basis. But there is always this feeling that I should be doing something more. Something amazing that will open my eyes and change my perspective on life. This feeling deep down that I was meant to do something incredible with my life.

I'm not an alcoholic by any means, but I love to drink and have fun with people. I feel like alcohol hinders the creative and optimistic outlook I've always prided myself on having. I waste too much time drinking beer and watching TV. I want to lead an exciting and fulfilling life that doesn't revolve around Breaking Bad on Sunday nights. (but I am really sad that it's almost over!)

I love the life in the pups pictured above. When I take care of them, I see the progress Jax (on the left) has made since I've been coming to play every week. He still has a lot to work on, but he's really come a long way. I want to feel like that! I want to be better... A better person for myself. A better wife and friend. I want to be adventurous. I want to do new things.

I want to say that I am trying the hardest I can to live a positive and meaningful life.