operation cardigan complete is my fave

February 28, 2011

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I told Ryan his whole finishing law school and taking the bar thing pales in comparison to the fact that I wore a different cardigan for 28 days straight. I mean come on, that takes work.

I always thought it was a little ridiculous when celebrities (or maybe just Lauren Conrad) said that they took photos of themselves before they went out because they didn’t trust mirrors. I don’t think that’s so silly anymore. I learned a lot from looking at the photos everyday, mostly what really works and what doesn’t. I felt a bit like I was on the Devil Wears Prada and I was Meryl Streep telling Anne Hatheway that she has no style. Except I was both of them.

Here’s what I learned:
– I dress super boring.
– Accessorizing always helps, unless it’s a hemp necklace with a peace sign.
– I need a better full length mirror.
– I may be the sole reason the Old Navy near me stays open.
– Be careful with horizontal stripes. The wider the stripe and further apart they are, the more dangerous.
– When in doubt, belt it.
– Dressing for your shape is the #1 rule.

The next steps in the great closet overhaul of 2011:
– Keep. Toss. Donate.
– Be more aware of what works and what doesn’t on my shape. Three quarter sleeves and scoop necks are my best friends. Crew necks and cap sleeves are not.
– Dress up more. Don’t save the best items for the rare occasions. It’s like never using the nice silverware.
– Shop with the mentality of a French woman.
– Play with opposites: “When women look at other women who are stylish, what they always notice is the play of opposites: It’s the trenchcoat over the sequined shift. What’s so appealing is dressing like you didn’t stress over it.” – Michael Kors

the king’s speech is my fave

February 25, 2011

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We went and saw The King’s Speech yesterday afternoon because we could (weekday afternoon matinees are the best). I was struck by the visuals of the entire movie. I especially loved Lionel’s office with the massive fireplace and the wall with years of paint and wallpaper showing through. It looked like pretty marble paper.
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I also liked the use of paper decorations during one of his speeches.

I should mention that it just wasn’t visually appealing, the entire movie is well worth a viewing for the story is very well told. And there is a little scene that will satisfy the Pride and Prejudice fans out there.

getting my husband back is my fave

February 24, 2011

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Ryan was greeted with this wall of balloons when he returned home from finishing the bar yesterday. It was my way of saying, “Good job honey. You’ve spent the last 3 1/2 years earning a JD and a masters while working at the same time. You’ve been studying for eight hours a day for the last two months – then you took a grueling two day test all so you can support our family. No big deal. Can you do the dishes? ” Thanks champ – you did it!

a handcrafted party book is my fave

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This prettiest of handmade books dedicated to the party tugs at my heartstrings. Stripes, confetti, mini envelopes – simply perfect.

Book created by Lucie Everett spotted on Design is Mine

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February 23, 2011

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My fave word in Italian also looks like the cutest restaurant in existence spotted on A Happy Day

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Danni and Nick got married, it was awesome, they had a picnic reception that looks like something worthy of a dream sequence spotted on Oh Hello Friend

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Liz, you need to own every single one of these bow clutches spotted on The Ritzy Bee

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Genius confetti storage and toss spotted on Snippet and Ink

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I wish I scored awesome floral paintings from the thrift store (all I ever come across is framed motivational prints) spotted on An Apple a Day

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Both Anna and Helena spotlighted me on their blogs this week so do me a solid (do people say that?) and check it out. Thanks ladies!


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