Saturday, July 5, 2014

Just a Peek...

This photo is happiness.  

I can wipe the counters down.  I can wipe crumbs into the sink, where they will travel into the garbage disposal.  There is no mold in the grout, because there is no grout involved.  Notice how there are no dishes in the sink?  It's because they are in the dishwasher.  Being washed.  BY A FLIPPING DISHWASHER.

The italics are necessary, folks.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cobwebs & Mouse Crap

Are you ready to suppress some gagging?  
Behold, shoddy (and illegal) wiring!  Behold, ugly yellow behind our old cabinets!
Behold, Darin and his mother inspecting piles of mouse feces!
 Slowly but surely, Darin and his father Ray made it all better.
Goodbye, useless partition.
Ah, much better. Farewell, pantry!
Darin and Ray replaced the awful two-toned cottage cheese ceiling with fresh drywall.  
They also re-textured the walls in the kitchen, hallway, and living room.
 I am not ashamed to tell you that I shed tears of happiness over the destruction of the tile countertops and fluorescent kitchen lights.  Obviously, more to come!  

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Kitchen Remodel: The Awful 'Before'

Back in November, I wrote a letter to the woman we've rented from for almost four years.  I expressed how much we loved living in this little house, and asked if she would be willing to sell it to us.  She immediately agreed, and after many handwritten letters later, we came to an agreement that suited both parties.  As of Wednesday, the house is officially ours!  Well, actually the bank's, but whatever... 
It feels so good to finally own the house.  Our new Ikea Lidingo kitchen is patiently waiting in the garage, paint swatches adorn the walls, and popcorn ceiling is slowly being chipped away.  We love the location, but the house itself is outdated and occasionally gross.  Our first project is the kitchen and dining room.  I decided to take the 'before' pictures without cleaning first, in the interest of keeping it real and being lazy.  
Now that you have an idea of the layout, enjoy some paint swatches!  Darin and I wanted to go for a fresh green... a calm, yet energizing green... a perfect green... a nonexistent green.
Colors from top left clockwise: Valspar Prairie Willow, Leaf Bud, Fiddlehead Fern, (the bright color that we used in our former home- used for reference only!) Leaf Bud again, (left center) Paris Mint, (right center) Limeade, (bottom left) Green Tea Latte.  Since the walls are covered in yellowy primer and textured in cellulite, no color looks great.  Also, this space gets so much varying light that it was hard to decide!  We almost got more samples, until I started washing dishes in front of our favorites, Valspar Leaf Bud and Valspar Green Tea Latte.  
(I can't WAIT to destroy the old and stained tile. Rest assured, I bleach it frequently.)
 The first photo is with no flash, and the second is with flash.  None of these photos are accurate.  From real life to my camera to your computer screen, the true color gets lost in translation. Green Tea Latte (on the right) is this gorgeous creamy greyed green with a touch of mint.  It reminds me of my favorite green nail polish, Julep's Susie.  It pulls very neutral in some lights, and quite fresh yet not overwhelming in direct light. It is a truly unique color.  I think it will look lovely with the white cabinetry, shiitake colored counters, and touches of teal and red and yellow throughout the room.  (What can I say, we love color!)

I still can't believe that I will have a dishwasher and garbage disposal soon.  After not having them for four years, they seem like unattainable luxuries.  My in-laws are spending all of June here to help us remodel.

Please flood the comments with questions and/or comments.
I need all the help I can get. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Perfect Pair

I am on the never-ending quest for perfect lip product and blush combinations.  One doesn't have to be all matchy-matchy, but when it works, it works.  I find that if my lips and cheeks have the same color undertone, I can do what I like with the eyes.  Today I paired rosy-peach blush, faintly coral lips, taupe-grey eyeshadow, and emerald eyeliner for a simple spring look.  
 Eyeshadow: TheBalm Shady Lady 2 palette
Eyeliner: Sephora Pantone Universe Emerald eyeliner (discontinued, but try this)
Lipstick: Revlon 'Lover's Coral'
Foundation: Revlon Colorstay 'Sand Beige'
I love the warmth of the blush and lipstick!  It awakens my face and makes me look like I got a full night's sleep.  It took me a few months to fall in love with this blush.  I was thrown off by the immense hype, the lack of immediate KA-POW, and the $25 price tag.  It looks beautiful with coral, red, and pink lipsticks; it is one of the most versatile blushes I own.  I slowly build the color up with an Ecotools kabuki brush.  I never thought I'd say this, but MAC blushes are steadily becoming my favorite!  What a sheep am I.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Coral, it's time.

 Cardigan, blouse, belt: Gap
Skirt: Secondhand from Twice
Necklace: American Eagle
Bracelet: ShopLately
Shoes: BC Footwear
Glasses: Warby Parker: Marshall
Lips: Buxom 'White Russian'
I am a firm believer that one can wear any color in any season.  Black nail polish in summer?  Of course.  Lilac lips in winter?  Undoubtedly.  Navy blue sweaters in spring?  Why not?  For some reason, I can't rock coral confidently when it's not warm and sunny.  Ridiculous.  In any case, get ready to see a lot of orange, peach, and corally goodness.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


 Denim Jacket, tee: Gap
Necklace: gift from local friend
Linen skirt: gift from blog friend Emily
Boots: H&M
Tights: c/o We Love Colors
Glasses: Firmoo
 You know those days that aren't warm enough for bare limbs yet aren't cold enough for wool sweaters?  Yeah.  I really wanted to wear my decidedly warm weather linen skirt, so I busted out my trusty purple tights.  Red + purple is one of my favorite color combinations; it shouldn't work, but it does.  I swear that this magical combo enabled me to run faster while I played Capture the Flag with my fifth and sixth graders.  (I always bring an extra pair of shoes so that I can take part in games.)  I was on fire!  ... I still lost and was sent to jail numerous times.  

I took pictures of my messy kitchen and dining area today so that you can see the 'before' aspect of our remodeling process.  I can't wait until this house is finally ours!

Have a lovely day~

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Literary Creature

"So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away,
and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.”  -Roald Dahl
 Necklace: ShopLately (Glint & Gleam)
Dress: Tulle
Shoes: Seychelles 'Ballad'
Blush: Estee Lauder 'Peach Nuance'
Lips: Revlon Lip Butter 'Tutti Frutti'
Our little 1,000 square feet of a house doesn't allow me to have every book at hand, so many of my friends (and enemies) reside in the attic.  I'd love to have a sun room/ library someday with built-in bookshelves.  Until then, I'm pretty satisfied to have all my favorites bunched together.  Rowena and Gabriel have a bookcase as well.  I'm not ashamed to say that I raid it often for a good read.  ("A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” -C.S. Lewis)   I tend to guard my bookcase with my life (exaggeration), as I recently caught my nephew skimming through Lolita.  Someday, kid.  Someday.  

Please tell me your 'must have forever' book.
Love to you~
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