Saturday, March 17, 2012

5 Favorite Posts From 2012

This Friday I put together some outfits! Yay! I thought I would try and encourage people to step out of their comfort zone. :) Tell me what you like/don't like! Or if you'd be brave and try them!







So we have officially lived in our house for 2 years now. TIME FLIES. Especially when it comes to redecorating/redoing/remodeling your home. One moment you have all these thoughts and ideas flowing through your head and you're eager to get started on every project that you can. In the next moment, two years have flown by and you realize that you've accomplished nothing. Well, not nothing, but not a whole lot. 
When we first moved in I was so eager to decorate our house. I wanted to dive right in. That can be a problem, especially for me. My tastes and styles are changing from day to day. You wouldn't believe how many times I've moved stuff around, put holes in the wall and wished I hadn't, painted rooms that I hated 2 months later. When you have a space that you want to redecorate you should think it out. Imagine what you want the space to be like. Don't expect it to be complete over night, definitely not if you're on a budget. It's ok to slowly add things to a space.
Anyway, when we moved in our bedroom was the last thing on my mind. I figured no one sees it as often(or at all) as they do the other rooms so why should I worry about it? Well two years later, was sick of seeing it. You spend a lot of time in your bedroom, it should be a place for you to enjoy and relax. So it was time for me to be able to enjoy my room. It's still not complete, but I'll show you the start of it. It would be months before I could show you, if we waited until it was 100% ready. I will slowly add the finishing touches as time goes by and money comes in.
Here it is BEFORE:

As you can see, it was just bland and unattractive. I left the bed a mess for dramatic effect. I despised this wall color(it's from the previous owners). I'm not sure why, everyone else thought it was nice. I guess it just wasn't me. The furniture was mine from my parents and my mom gave me the painting. 
Here's another view. The people before also did a terrible job painting, you can see all their streaks.

Ok so first things first, when we moved in my dad painted all the trim in our house white. He did it all except for our bedroom. Booo. So I had to start by painting the trim white. Tedious. Then I primed the walls for the best overall color. Also tedious. :) {Notice the awful fan}

I chose to have a focal wall, so I painted that wall purple and the others gray.

Next was to get rid of that {awful fan} and to replace it with this bad boy...

Next, we built and attached our bed. Kory and I loved doing this project together. It really got our creative juices flowing. We were so proud of ourselves. This was our first DIY project together. I like the end result...a LOT.

Here's the AFTER{thus far}

                              I'm pretty happy with the way it's turning  out. We decided to keep our dresser, it's nice and roomy, it's in great shape and there's just not really a good reason for getting rid of it. One of my favorite things is our wedding canvas from Jana, it works so well in this room. I got the awesome Chevron curtains from Tuftlovefabric on Etsy. The Chevron pillows came from Etsy as well, Festive Home Decor was the seller. The sweet typewriter-table nights stands I got at Good JuJu. I'll have a post talking about those and how I redid them. I may or may not do a post on the bed, we'll see. 
To finish it I still would like to get a cute decorative sofa like the one shown here, to go on the wall opposite of the dresser. And I'd like to do a frame collage above the dresser and somehow incorporate my DIY art project and my Tego project. Maybe a nice rug or an ottoman to go at the end of the bed?Then I'll be happy. 
Hope you like it so far!

A peplum is a flared ruffle that is attached at the waist. 
(Just FYI)
Whether it be on a dress, a skirt or a top, peplums are a fun way to ad a feminine touch. Peplums are super flattering on all body types. They can be the absolute focal point of an outfit or they can be more subtle, which I prefer.

Celebrities are definitely following the trend(most of these are from 2011, sorry)...

A fun top and some runway peplums...

I found all of these for less than $60 each! Love it!

These are all a little bit more intense and they're in the $150 price range...

This leopard peplum top would be fun with these coral pants paired with some gold jewelry and black heels!

Thank you to Ashley and Carly for motivating me to finish this post! I started it in December and never got around to finishing it! So ta-da! :)

I had a request to update everyone on where I am with my 2012 resolutions, or goals as I like to call them.  Which is a great idea, because so often people set goals and then they just become an afterthought. I was already planning to revisit my goals at some point, so why not now with the added push from this request? I'll admit, I couldn't honestly rehearse mine for you without going back to look at them. Here were my 2012 resolutions:

1. To start putting clothes away, immediately after washing and folding them. (ugh, I hate putting clothes away)
2. To use less toilet paper. (sadly, I tend to wrap half the roll around my hand)
3. To be better at planning out meals for us to eat at home. (we eat out way too much)
4. To plan meals that are healthier for the both of us.
5. To spend less money on clothes, or any material things for that matter.
6. To run or do some sort of work out 4 days a week. (again, these are goals...)
7. To keep up with my blogging. (it takes a lot, but I enjoy it so much that it can't really be called work)
8. To be a better person than I was the day before. 
9. To inspire...
10. To watch less television. (this one shouldn't be hard)
11. To ride a horse for the first time. (I want this so bad)
12. To get in shape for Costa Rica in February. (ohhhh yeaaahhh)
13. To try and go to church every Sunday. (not just once or twice a month)
14. To finish a DIY dining room table project. (I'll share pics when it's done)
15. To walk Tego every other day.(I have to be realistic)

Now, here's where I stand with my resolutions...
1. If you follow me on twitter, you probably saw this picture;
This really isn't even the half of it. Not exaggerating, I think I had 13 some odd loads of laundry to do when we got back from our honeymoon. Kind of embarrassing. I'm not quite sure how I got so behind, but boy did I! With that being said, I have not had a chance to NOT put my clothes away immediately after washing and folding them. I actually have one more load waiting to go in the wash, as I type this. Once that load is done, it's folding time. Boo. So tonight I WILL put all of my clothes away after folding them! Which means I haven't failed at resolution #1 yet! Woo! :)

2. I have been really awesome at #2. I've cut waaaay back on my t.p. usage. Every now and then I'll catch myself with it wrapped around my hand a few times. When that happens, I unroll it, tear and save the rest for next time. Weird I know, but it's true.

3. As you all know, we planned out every single meal for the month of January. We also only made one trip to the grocery store during the month of January. We spent about $140 on everything that we would need for every meal that month. We were completely successful for the month of January. February is another story. With us leaving for our honeymoon on the 9th, we were busy planning and packing and really just getting prepared for our trip during that first week. Then we were gone for a week. We've been back for about a week now. When we first got home we definitely binged! We wanted nothing but everything that is American and awful for you! We had pizza, go chicken go, 54th street, bbq, the works. The last few nights we've gotten back on track and have eaten lunch and dinner at home. March needs a menu-quick.

4. We've been on spinach salads the last few days. We bought a family-size pack of chicken at Sam's last night and a bag of pretzels. We've been doing pretty well on this one.

5. You know what, since we've been married(a little over 3 months now), I have really cut back on my shopping. It breaks my heart, but it's what's good for us. Suddenly when it's 2 and not just 1, certain things take priority over others. 

6. Meh. I wish I could tell you that I've ran 4 out of 7 days since January. I haven't. I haven't worked out since mid January. It's pathetic.

7. I have clearly kept up with my blogging. :)

8. This is the kind of resolution that I think becomes an afterthought. I barely remember adding this to my list. I have not tried to be a better person from day to day. But at the same time I don't feel like I've failed at this. I'm in such good spirits all of the time that I think it shows and people can appreciate it. I may not wake up and say to myself, "I'm going to be better today, than yesterday," but I think I have still been better in some way from day to day.

9. Well I don't know for sure if I have inspired anyone, but I hope so...

10. I've watched less tele. Not  dramatically less, but less. We've been so busy and out of town that we haven't really had much time for it.

11. I wanted to wait to share this, but what the heck! I got to ride a horse for the first time ever in Costa Rica! Yay yay yay! :-D

12. Eh, I sort of did this. I ate well. I drank lots and lots of water. All of my suits still fit, does that count?!

13. Major fail. I think we've been 3 times since January? I have excuses, but I won't use them. I have not done well at this one.

14. HA. This project has at least moved from our garage to our basement. I won't call this one a fail because I have given myself until my 25th birthday, to finish it.

15. Oh man. I think I'm going to go walk her right now to make myself feel better. The dog park counts right? It has to. That's her favorite thing to do. We do take her to the dog park. When it's miserably cold I refuse to walk her because I'm a sissy when it comes to cold weather. Once spring hits it'll be on!

Phew! I set a lot of goals. What was I thinking?! There is obviously room for improvement, but all in all I'm doing pretty good. I'm proud of myself. After revisiting this list, I think I will continue to push myself to pursue my goals! What were your goals? Are you still keeping up with yours? This year is not over so it's not too late to keep getting better, don't fret! Maybe revisit yours and see where you can improve?

Ok, so I was reading a post from a blog that I follow and it just really struck me and I have to post along with her. To sum it up, her blog is awesome so she has lots of followers and gets TONS of comments on a regular basis. SOME of those comments however, can be very hurtful. Sometimes when she posts pics of herself she gets comments that point out what they think are her flaws. So uncool. I think it's safe to say that we've all been made fun of at some point bysomeone. My freshman year of high school, a boy made a comment to me about how I had fang teeth(it was a lot meaner than it's sounding now). I was so embarrassed. I mean of course I didn't let him know that, that's just not my style. I think I came back at him with something like , "Yeah, well, you suck at basketball," lame I know. ha. I don't think it would have ever bothered me at any other point in my life, but freshman year? That's such a crucial time for a young lady. Although it doesn't bother me anymore, It has stuck with me. I don't know why, but I'll never forget it. Does that boy remember saying something so cruel? Nope, I bet he doesn't, because no one remembers the sting of a comment like that, except for the person who received it. Remember that. Think about what you say, because our comments and opinions can really stick with a person for the rest of their life...
I contemplated actually sharing this or not. I didn't want to seem "weak" for letting people know that it bothered me(even if it was 9 years ago(9, wow really??)). BUT we all have flaws, we're not perfect. We're not weak for letting it hurt our feelings, we're strong for moving on and making our flaws our best attributes! I love myself, we all should, it's important to love YOU.

The point of the picture is that the blog I follow has challenged her readers to post a self-portrait and info of themselves! So there's my pic and here's my info:

Obsessing over...
What am I not obsessing over?? Am I allowed to put more than one thing? Eh, it's my blog, here turbans(I'm wearing one in my pic), traveling to Costa Rica and finishing our bedroom project!

Working on...
A Tego photo and DIY project. Hopefully Tego complies. She can be a tricky little booger.

Thinking about...
All the love I have for my husband. I feel like I learn something new about him and myself every day. He keeps me happy, I'm a lucky gal.

Our HONEYMOON. Costa Rica, chello!! A private beach, adult cocktails, capuchins, sea turtles, zip-lines, alone time with my babe, massages...shall I go on??

Listening to...
Bell Biv DeVoe Radio on Pandora. Don't judge, it makes me smile. Someone was listening to this station at a get together a couple of weeks ago and I haven't stopped listening to it since! So far I've gotten Michael's PYT, old school TLC, Prince and Heavy D. It doesn't get much better than that! :)

Hmm...I had a left over fajita for breakfast and for lunch I had 2 cake batter cookies that my mother-in-law brought with her. #Operationcostarica(my plan to get fit for our honeymoon) has somewhat been put off??

I was leaving for our trip tomorrow and staying for longer...I feel like my wish should be more substantial, but I'm pretty content.

What's your favorite thing about yourself? Do you have a favorite self-portrait?
I'd love to know what you love about yourself!

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