Monday, November 23, 2015

Moving Day...

See here for my post about decorating a room for Caroline.
Well I have made GREAT progress!

The movers came last week to move her furniture upstairs....
was not sure her armoire was going to make it to the third floor,
but the movers were awesome and figured a way to make it work!

I am going for an "updated classic" look,
and since toile is pretty classic and conservative,
I wanted to add a fun print to the mix to add a little bit of a trendy feel.
My mom and I found this green and ivory geometric print that matches perfectly!
The plan is to find a bench for the end of her bed and cover it in that print.
This is a very accurate picture of the colors...
the photos I took of her room don't show how pretty and bright the shade of green is.

I'm also looking for a small upholstered club chair I can slipcover in an ivory twill (shown above),
and I'm going have it piped in the green and ivory geometric print.

Also added these glass lamps with a silver finish for a more updated look.
Gotta LOVE HomeGoods

So here is where we were two weeks ago...

And here is where we were at the end of moving day.....

I've decided it's unrealistic to try and have this painted before Christmas.
It will take me at least a month to find the right shade of green!
Clearly, there is still work to be done....
accessorize and hang pictures, but I'm on track to get it done within the month.

I'll post her finished room in the New Year!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Little Kitchen Bling

Lol it's been a year now since my kitchen renovation 
and I still have not blogged about it.
My excuse it that I can't get very good pictures of it.
I will use Teddy's camera to do it one of these days.

I was just commenting to my mother that I don't love how I have accessorized my new kitchen.
I do not want a "beachy" feeling kitchen,
but the kitchen is done in "beachy" colors.
The cupboards are white, but not a bright stark white 
and the walls are a light blue that would remind you of a beach house.
You will see what I mean when I eventually post about it.

Here are a few things I am hoping to add to my kitchen add a little more bling to it:

Can't have the tea kettle without the canister set...

I'm also looking for a foot bath to put on the island....
the natural choice is a blue and white porcelain one similar to this one
I have some blue and white porcelain cache pots in my kitchen right now,
however I don't feel like they look very good on the counter.
 You would imagine that blue and white porcelain goes with everything.
I'm moving out the blue and white and looking for something else.

Here's a foot bath that I think might look better...
Sadly, this is out of stock.
So I'll keep looking....I think a pink and green foot bath would blend better with my color scheme.
I'm planning to keep seasonal flowers potted in it.
Or silk ones....let's be realistic here.

These things happen to be on my Christmas list.....
Hopefully they will find their way to my kitchen!
What do you accessorize your kitchen with?

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Stitch Fix Review

Has anyone heard of the clever online fashion service called Stitch Fix?
I just found out about it from my fabulous supervisor at work,
(her name is also Christine)
and had to try it out!

Basically, Stitch Fix sends you a box of five items every so many weeks
based on a style profile that you create when you sign up.
They hand select items just for you based on your preferences,
and you can select from tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, and accessories.
I did not want to get shoes or handbags.

They send you the box,
you try it on,
send back what you don't like,
and keep what you do like!

I was super excited to try this out,
especially because I gravitate towards the SAME brands and the SAME styles
almost all of the time.
I thought it might be a good idea if I stepped outside my comfort zone...
a little.

Stitch Fix has a Pintrest board,
so I checked them out to see if they would have the kinds of things I might like.
I came across this outfit on their "Preppy" board
and thought Stitch Fix could definitely work for me!
Clearly my style....classic and timeless.

So my box came today!
 Impressed with the packaging.....
 And here are my five selections....
 Two tops and a sweater....
 This is an A-symmertical zip knit jacket...
 And this is a knit black dress with a scoop back.

Tried to be positive so I tried the things on.
Not photo-worthy.
To be honest, I hated all of it.
First, I did not like the colors of anything they sent.
Well, ok a little black dress is a must have, but not this one.
I also did not like the fabrics.
I did not feel like any of the items were even close to what I put in my profile.
Disappointed would be an understatement.

I did like how they send a style card with your box....
 Very handy and a great tool to use if you are keeping what's in your box.
It reminds me of the fashion boards you can make on Polyvore and share.

Just because I did not have a good experience does not mean that Stitch Fix is a bad thing.
If you are a lot less picky than I am,
and your style is more trendy and less preppy,
then I think this would be something really fun to try.
Christine (supervisor) has had great luck with it and she is very stylish...and picky like me.

Once you get your box, you log into your account online and "check out" 
and you have the opportunity to tell your "stylist" why you are returning an item.
This helps them to get a better idea of what to send in your next box.
Sadly, I am returning all of my items in the pre-paid label that comes with your box.

My overall review of Stitch Fix is that it's a fun concept that will work for many people.
If you are pretty set in your style and you have go-to brands that you don't really deviate from,
then it may not be for you.

I'm going to give it a whirl one more time and then decide if I want to keep it going.
Let me know if you've tried it....

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