Currently Loving, April 2018

Hello and happy (almost) Friday! Did you have a chance to read last week’s post yet kicking off my new home series? If not, you should check it out. And now, time to return to the world of fashion…

 

I’ve been all about accessorizing recently, and I’m 99% certain that this is due to the fact that I’m pregnant and not really clothes shopping right now (for obvious reasons). So, today I am sharing some of my favorites found from browsing online this past week. There are so many fun spring options out there!

 

 

A crossbody that’s actually a decent size for storage!

 

 

How fun is this, from Hunter’s new line for Target?

 

Couldn’t resist the florals..

 

Totally impractical (how many places would you actually wear these?) but that’s part of the fun

 

 

And then, totally practical (and on my wish list!). I’ve heard a lot about Birkenstocks and think they’re a great staple sandal.

 

For: beach waves without the beach.

 

One of the top-rated Beautycounter products, so it must be great!

 

 

 

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At Home, Part One

Is it just me or has it been a really long week? The continued cold weather combined with a crazy week at work have worn. me. out. and I am ready for some warm weather and a nap. Hopefully it feels more like spring wherever you are because it certainly isn’t here yet in Ohio!

 

Today I am excited to kick of a brand new series on this blog: a home series! That’s right, the series will actually not be focused on fashion & style, as the vast majority of all of my other posts have been, but it will instead be focused on home decor and, at least initially, house projects. There are two main reasons as to why I’m introducing this series:

 

  1. Since purchasing our home late last summer, house projects have consumed a LOT of our time and I’ve also learned some things along the way and would like to share them.
  2. Maybe it’s just because I’m now a homeowner, but I’ve found that I really enjoy reading about other bloggers’ house projects and seeing photos of where they live. And I thought, maybe you do too?

 

So, here we are, starting our series with one of my first projects in our house: painting the fireplace. One important thing to know about our house is that, while it’s not a fixer upper, it is (hoping to make that a past tense verb) very outdated. As in, drab colored walls and ugly old stained wood trim e v e r y w h e r e.  Bit by bit, we are covering it up, and this fireplace was one of the first things to get a makeover!

BEFORE: Featuring the ugly stained wood, beige tile, and a brass surround. All of that needed to go.

 

AFTER: Black and white and black – clean and modern but still cozy.

 

TRIM: This took the longest to paint but was also the most straightforward. I used a coat of primer and several coats of a gloss finish black paint. I say several coats because I made two mistakes: one, I forgot to put the primer on first and just started painting the actual wood – and then wondered why all the paint seemed to just fall off. Whoops. The second mistake I made was that I bought cheap paint. I thought I would only need one little can so I bought a cheap one and then found out why it was cheap – the paint went on thinly, even with primer underneath, and had a tendency to drip. Needless to say not only did the trim take awhile to paint because of this, but it also doesn’t look as good as it could have. Thankfully, the dark color makes it hard to see the flaws.

 

SURROUND:

This portion took the most prep work but was the fastest to actually paint since I used a spray can. I used this high heat paint after thoroughly covering everything around the surround in newspaper and taping it down. It took a couple of coats for me to totally cover the brass but other than that it was very easy!

 

TILE:

I was most nervous about painting tile and it actually adhering – but I used this paint, and not only was it so easy to paint, it hasn’t chipped at all after one winter of use! The paint (technically it’s a primer) went on so smoothly that I was able to get away with minimal taping, but it did take three coats to achieve the nice white color. I’m happy with it not only because it hasn’t chipped, but because it’s also easy to wipe off – when we’ve gotten ash or wood chunks on the tile from one of the many fires we built this past year, they’ve wiped off easily and not taken any paint with them.

 

Here’s to many more fires in front of our “new” fireplace!

 

 

Living Simply II

It’s time for my monthly (bimonthly?) update on my new year’s resolution to embrace a simpler way of living, at least simple by my own standards. Here’s a snapshot of what it’s looked like recently:

  1. Picking flowers from my own yard (a first!!) instead of buying the same ones at the grocery store.

2. Wearing a new-to-me (maternity) shirt that I purchased for $2.

3. Deciding that yes, I am going to purchase a straw tote or purse for myself (there’s a gap in my warm weather purse assortment), but taking my time to really think through which style I would enjoy the most. 

4. Streamlining my closet by taking out most of my winter clothing and replacing it with only my warmer weather clothing that fits right now. There are bare spots, but it’s temporary (and it makes it easy to pick out what to wear!)

Spring 2018 Trend Guide

Normally I wouldn’t wait until April to publish my spring trend guide, but it looks like my procrastination is easily forgiven this year since we technically haven’t had a spring yet (at least not in the Midwest where I live). The high for tomorrow is 39, so you get the picture… Anyways, on to spring!

 

I would summarize this year’s trends as minimalist. By that, I mean two things: First, that each trend in and of itself is not overly flashy or a showstopper (other than perhaps statement earrings). Second, that most of these trends are best worn by themselves, paired with other, more classic clothing (example: clear heels with a classic sheath dress, or high waisted jeans with a button down). Don’t forget about two of the hottest trends for spring this year- straw totes and sneakers, which I  covered here and here.

 

HIGH WAISTED JEANS & FRAYED HEMS

 

FLORALS

 

STATEMENT EARRINGS

 

 

STRIPES (in all places)

 

 

CLEAR HEELS

 

 

MENSWEAR

 

SHADES, SHADES, SHADES