Monday, April 25, 2016

summer day necessities

I love having free hands during the spring/summer months when I'm headed out to the park or to the store, or beach! My kids are old enough that they an carry their own things and so my hands are mostly free.
A few must have things for me are sandals, chap stick and sunglasses. I have pretty sensitive eyes and can't leave the house without eye protection. I'm not a fan of squinting, those darn crows feet between my eyebrows are getting worse!

zipper wallet- edeenut 
chapstick- Burt's bees
sunglasses- Target
sandals- Saltwater

Sunday, April 24, 2016

sunday style report - Vintage style

I shaved my legs this week! Usually I don't wear short skirts or dresses to church on Sunday, but earlier this week was hot so I had been wearing shorts. I was also hot in church today, usually I'm freezing and like long dresses but this week I had a jacket in case it was chilly.
The skirt is a wool blend and has these cool pin pleat details on the front. It zips in the back and has a neat brown belt accent. It was brand new with tags on it still when I scored it from my sister's friend. They found these awesome clothes from a basement back in our college days and the clothes found were original vintage 70's most with the vintage new tags attached still.

skirt- vintage
jacket- Old Navy
shoes- Mia
earrings- Belleza Mia
bracelet- Rocksbox
Earlier this week I was headed to school meetings and also kid's doctor appointments. We've been having such beautiful days and I love wearing shirts that are not tank tops but are still cool enough with cap sleeves that don't make me sweat.
This shirt is an awesome vintage find from college. It was originally dated in the 70's and was in the same batch of clothes as the skirt above. Here are a few close up details in this post, of the shirt I love so much.

shirt- Vintage
jeans- Target
sunglasses- Target
shoes- Patagonia
earrings- Nickel and Suede size medium

Sunday, April 3, 2016

sunday style report

Today was a great Sunday. Every 6 months leaders of our church speak to us and uplift and inspire us. Instead of getting dressed up and going to church, I was at home in my jammies cuddled up on the couch with my family watching the broadcast on TV. I will spare you those photos...

Earlier this week, I did the usual school and music lesson drop off. Orthodontist apt for me and lunch with family from out of town. I started taking note of what I wear during the week to help myself feel a little more put together, productive and a little less frumpy lazy mom.  See a background here of WHY I do my Sunday Style Report.

Shirt- Target
Shoes- Patagonia
Necklace- SosoBella
Zipper Clutch- Edeenut

I love the way these jeans fit me in the thighs and bum area. They are not too tight or loose. I've started experimenting with rolling the bottoms and am liking the look. I own these shoes in a few different colors and love how comfortable they are. They are easy to slip on, and go with pretty much every outfit. The top toe and heel area is leather and the sides have this mesh that allows the shoes to breath. 

Shirt- Forever21
Knit cardigan- Old Navy

I like to have a sweater or jacket when I'm at a restaurant because they always are cold inside.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

national pencil day, my pencil collecting obsession

It's true, there is a national day for everything! National pencil day is March 30th, today. This wouldn't be as cool to me if I didn't love pencils so much, which I do. I started collecting pencils when I was in 5th grade. Kind of an odd thing to collect, I know! I got a pencil with a miniature snow globe on the the end instead of an eraser for Christmas at school. This snow globe had real water in it and a little winter scene. It was pretty cool for my 5th grade self and I was hooked. I vowed never to sharpen it and I begun keeping all sorts of cool pencils I came across.
I love writing with pencils, I love the sharp tips and the way they help with my handwriting. It's not great, it's pretty sloppy actually, but a freshly sharpened pencil sure makes me feel like my handwriting is better.

They don't make pencils the way they used to. Today, most pencils are covered in a shrink wrap kind of thing, and not painted, to add the decoration. I like the regular wood ones now to write with, but the ones I find in the Target Dollar Spot are fun to use too, just more of a pain to actually sharpen because of the plastic covering.
My very favorite pencil is a mechanical pencil. This one has been used so much that it's barely hanging together.

A few cool facts about pencils:

Each year, March 30th is National Pencil Day.  Hymen Lipman received the first patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil on this day in 1858.

The majority of pencils made in the United States are painted yellow.  It is believed that this tradition began in 1890 when the L & C Hardtmuth Company of Austria-Hungary introduced their Koh-I-Noor brand, named after the famous diamond.  This pencil was intended to be the world’s best and most expensive pencil.  Other companies then began to copy the yellow color so that their pencils would be associated with the high-quality brand.

Johnny Carson regularly played with pencils at his Tonight Show desk. These pencils were specially made with erasers at both ends to avoid on-set accidents.  

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

feeling at home in a rental: entry way rug

I'm slowly furnishing our home and decided we needed a large area rug in our entry way. The white tile was getting really dirty and I was vacuuming the dirt up all the time. I wanted a dark rug that would hide dirt because this is a main traffic are in our house. The gray rug is a perfect darkness to hide foot traffic. The white lines are higher than the gray background making the rug a bit tricky to vacuum. If you go slow with the vacuum, you are able to get the entire rug well and suck up all the particles. But it does take multiple times going over the same area.

This is after the first vacuuming. The wool really does shed a lot the first few months. It needs to be vacuumed frequently. My canister was empty to begin with and now I have to empty it before I vacuum again.

I searched on rugsUSA and found this gray trellis rug. It was on sale and shipped for free. After my first experience with purchasing an area rug from them, I was pleased to get another one from there.
This exact same rug is on sale right now for 75% off and ships free, among many other rugs on sale.

*I'm not getting paid to tell you this, I'm just passing along the info because who doesn't want to buy an area rug on sale?!