Spring 2020 Mini Trend Guide

Once again, I’m calling it “better late than never” as I hit “publish” on my spring 2020 mini trend guide today, and it’s already been spring for a week. However, if you live in the midwest like I do, you probably have had very little spring-like weather yet (except for today, it’s gorgeous outside!), so chances are, you haven’t even worn your new spring clothes even if you already went shopping for them! Another minor detail is that we’re all on quarantine and everything is cancelled thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, so there’s truly no point in dressing up right now. But it’s going to change someday, right?! And when that day comes, you can be prepared thanks to an online shopping spree. 😉

 

Here are the top eight trends I’m seeing for spring (and summer) this year. If I could summarize spring 2020 trends, I’d call them “Feminine Comfort.” Because that’s what these styles are all about – looking like a lady and feeling comfortable while doing it! And FYI, as always, each photo is a link if you want to shop that exact style. So take your mind off the pandemic and enjoy some contactless online shopping!

 

-Tiered Dresses/Skirts – flowing and flattering

 

 

 

-Midi Skirts – back again this year, and just as chic as ever

 

-Florals, Florals, Florals – doesn’t get more feminine than this 

 

-Paperbag Shorts – so flattering, but let’s be real, we won’t be wearing these till summer 

 

-Sweat Sets – literally all we’re wearing right now anyways!

 

 

-Lounge Pants – comfort but not overly casual 

 

-Hoop Earrings – my favorite way to wear is with a ponytail or bun to show them off

 

 

-Slides – as easy to wear as flip flops but nicer! 

Spring Style Watch: Cardigans

Well, I blinked and three weeks have passed since I published a new post. Whoops. Spring officially starts next week and I haven’t shared any spring content yet! Today I’m going to change that, starting with the biggest spring trend I’ve seen thus far that’s also perfect for all of the transitional weather between winter and spring: cardigans.

 

Mr. Rogers would be so proud of this trend, am I right? Maybe you’re a fan, or maybe you think there’s nothing cute or special about wearing a fully-buttoned cardigan (because that is how the look is supposed to be worn). Well, it all depends on how you style it! Here are a few of my favorites. Notice that none of them are crewneck – while they may be similar to Mr. Rogers’ sweaters, they are not your grandma’s sweaters.

Bought this exact one because of the gorgeous color the other week and it rang up for less than $4! Don’t ask me how.

 

Thicker and cozy but still appropriate for spring.

 

The price is crazy on this but the color is gorgeous!

 

Another lovely color!

 

Subtle and feminine.

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER: You will definitely not see me, at least not for the first part of this spring, wearing this trend! Not a good look when you’re pregnant. 😉

 

 

White Sneakers: Why I (Think I) Have Changed My Mind

Did you know that I used to not be able to stand white sneakers? They screamed ultra conservative 90s/early 2000s to me, and I kept my distance from them. Once, my mom made the poor decision of sending my dad out to buy new tennis shows for himself without her, and he bought all white sneakers. Not a single speck of color on them. It was horrifying.

Well, my opinion on my dad’s poor choice of sneakers hasn’t changed, but my opinion on women wearing them with select outfits has changed. As in, I even bought a pair for myself recently! (Nikes, of course). I will never love them when paired with dresses, as is still looking to be popular this spring, but I do love the fresh look they bring to more casual outfits, without being overly athletic. They’re just more feminine than colored sneakers and can lighten up a even an all-black tracksuit. Here are a few looks with them that I like that I’ve recently found:

 

The Outcome Of My January 2020 Creativity Challenge

Hello! First, I want to say thank you for all of the support and compliments in regards to the kitchen renovation I shared last week! We’re so happy with how it turned out and so grateful to have a beautiful and functional kitchen that we use all the time. Like I said, it was a ton of work, but still completely worth it!

Today I wanted to share the results of my Creativity Challenge that I did last month. First, I did do it – and finished it! There were a couple days throughout the month where I had to play catch up a little bit, but overall, I was able to stay on track and do at least a little something for it each day. If you remember, my challenge this year was to design one new print every other day (as opposed to every day last year), and on the “off” days, to find new inspiration. I ended this challenge with 15 new prints total.

 

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the results of this challenge. I’m so glad that I didn’t push myself to design a new print every day, because I truly believe that I would have ended up with a lot of garbage prints, like last year, unfortunately! Because I had more time to focus on each print, I ended up with more high quality prints. Out of the 15 total, I’d say that I love about 5, like about 10, and probably won’t do anything with the remaining 5. Not a waste overall, that’s for sure!

 

 

You will soon be able to see my prints added to my Spoonflower shop, but here’s a little preview of a few of my favorites!

 

Now to keep up the creativity for the rest of 2020 🙂

Our Kitchen Renovation

For today’s post, I’m thrilled to finally share our kitchen renovation! It was by far the biggest house project we have ever undertaken and WILL ever undertake. It was an enormous project, a ton of work, super disruptive, and yet still- it was totally worth it. Here are a few common questions that I’m asked and their answers – then scroll down to see all of the before, during, and after photos!

 

-How long did it take? This answer has multiple parts. The main answer would be ten weeks, because that’s how long we were without a functioning kitchen. This was the time between demo and the installation of the cabinets, sink, and countertops. At that point, we started using our new kitchen (yay!), but it was still very rough. Two months after the initial ten weeks, it started to look more finished. And eight months after we demoed, almost exactly, we passed our final inspection received our occupancy permit.

-How did you manage without a kitchen? It was hard, but not impossible! We set up a temporary “kitchen” (fridge, microwave, and table) in our living room, and for ten weeks we ate a lot of crock pot (liners are the best!) and instant pot meals, along with some grilling, and went through a lot of paper products. The worst part was washing dishes in our tiny bathroom sink!

-What exactly did you change about the kitchen in your renovation? Short answer, everything but the floors (they are already hardwood)! Long answer: new cabinets, new fixtures, new countertops, new sink, took out the wall between the kitchen and dining room and added a peninsula, added a coffee bar in the dining room, added a backsplash, added a new window facing our backyard to bring in more light, took out the soffits (more on that below!), painted everything.

-Wait, you did all of this yourselves? Almost – yes! My husband worked so, so hard on this project, both taking time off from work and putting in late nights after working a full day at his job. He also received a lot of help from his father, which we’re so grateful for! The two of them did all of the work except for the drywall and countertop installation.

-What was the hardest part of the renovation? Without a doubt, all of the structural work. You see those lovely (gag) soffits below in the old kitchen? Those had to be knocked down, and because the one on the outside wall had a supporting beam in it, my husband and FIL had to (1) pour a new concrete footer (2) install twelve new joists running the length of the ceiling and (3) put up a new supporting beam in place of the old one they’d taken out. The structural work was a TON of work, I cannot emphasize that enough! I had no idea all that had to be done until I saw how much they were doing and all of the time it took. It was insane.

-Was it expensive? Yes, you better believe it! But we did save tens of thousands of dollars by doing it ourselves.

-Do you love it? YES YES YES. I love it so much! We use it all the time and truly, it is night and day from our old kitchen. It is so much lighter, which was the #1 complaint we had about the old kitchen (it was terribly dark). It’s also so very much more open, and I love that you can see across our entire downstairs now. I love the granite countertops, farmhouse sink, new window, and coffee bar!

-Do you ever plan on undertaking a project of this magnitude again? That’s easy. NO! 🙂

BEFORE:

 

 

DURING:

 

 

AFTER:

Toddler on the loose! 😉

            

 

Seven Winter Coats That Will Spruce Up Your Wardrobe

Hello from chilly (but not all that cold currently?!) Ohio! As we still have a couple solid months of winter ahead of us, I thought it would be a good time to browse for a new winter coat. (Tip: never buy a new winter coat until after the holidays, that’s when they really go on sale!). Here are a few I’m loving right now, each one on sale: