January is definitely one of my favorite months of the year (right behind October, of course). I just love the dreary weather, layers, football post-season and that it’s completely acceptable to stay under warm blankets on a day off. Here’s what’s inspiring me this month…
One change I’m definitely hoping to make in 2015 is to keep a journal. While it’s nice to revisit my older blog posts or scroll through my Instagram feed, keeping a written account of goals, thoughts and daydreams is definitely something worth doing. After making a visit to Betty Lou, I returned to work with two journals in tow: My Life: An Autobiographical Journal and Carpe Diem Journal. These neat little journals are full of fun questions and different prompts and lists to keep those creative juices flowing. I don’t think I’ll have any problems keeping this New Year Change!
Here are a few creative journals that are definitely worth checking out…
It’s hard to believe that 2015 is almost here. What happened?! I’m excited that Mark finally has a New Years Eve off from work and the band—honestly I have no idea what we’re going to end up doing!
If we end up going somewhere nice to celebrate, I have no idea what I’m going to wear. Thankfully the nice folks at Rent the Runway have some great options for NYE. I love the idea of just renting an amazing dress without breaking the bank… I mean it will be after Christmas and all.
And I like to keep my makeup routine pretty simple for nights out—as long as I have a good lipstick, that’s all that matters. A good red lipstick is pretty much a given for NYE. I was shocked at how much I loved CoverGirl’s new Colorlicious lipstick… I’m used to red lipsticks really drying out my lips, but these are infused with shea butter so they keep your lips moisturized. They also come in 36 shades, so you’re guaranteed to find your perfect color. (Walmart.com will only list 9 available shades, but all 36 shades will be available in your local Walmart store so I recommend going in stores for a larger selection.)
And if you’re wanting to score your own NYE look, I’m giving away a $50 Rent The Runway gift card and a Covergirl Colorlicious lipstick of your choice! What the what?
To enter the giveaway, comment below with your favorite NYE memory. For extra entries, follow me on Pinterest and Instagram and comment below telling me that you did.
A winner will be randomly selected and announced Friday, December 20. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. The winner will be contacted by email, so be sure to provide a valid email address and keep an eye on your inbox!
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You can put a fresh coat of paint on something or install new light fixtures all over the place, but you just can’t beat natural light. My first apartment had one window. One. It’s no surprise that I never spent any time there. Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about purchasing my first home, and while I’m totally cool with a fixer-upper, it’s gotta have tons of natural light. And hardwood flooring. Here are a few photos that I’m currently obsessing over…
Lately I’ve been dreaming about another trip to Marfa. I’ve been pretty busy with the store and the blog, so it’s nice to unplug every once and a while and spend some quality time with Mark (and Birdie!). I still think about the night skies and bright cactus flowers out there. (+)
My apologies for not being too active around here. Truthfully, I’ve been a bit busy juggling jobs and spending time at home with our new dog! Meet Birdie…
I rescued this little lady from the Dallas Animal Shelter on October 24 and our lives haven’t been the same since. I grew up with tons of dogs and it always bothered me that I haven’t lived with once since graduating high school, but I think we had to get our jobs/living situations in order before making such a big decision. She’s definitely our little couch potato/partner in crime. So now if you’ll excuse me, I have to Scotch Guard all of my clothes and check my bedsheets for any misplaced bones.
This fall/winter, I’m especially loving moody florals, pale pinks and celestial-inspired pieces. Now that we’re starting to pull together some ideas for the new bedroom, I’m loving darker colors and soft textures to really make this room a relaxing place.
At first, I was a little overwhelmed with the look that I wanted for the room… it’s pretty hard to know where to start! I know what I like, but when it comes to a tasteful execution, it can be tricky. Instead of bookmarking a ton of stuff and wondering where to put it all, I decided to start with an accent piece first and then style around that. Our furniture in the bedroom is pretty minimal, so I decided on an accent chair. I found an awesome selection on Chairish and decided on this jewel-toned beauty. To expand on the metallic accents and shape, I wanted to balance it out with some soft florals and basics with an industrial edge. Here’s what I came up with so far…
I love applying my makeup in our bedroom—the lighting is great. I love this hand mirror because it’s so different than other hand mirrors that I’ve seen. I know Mark wouldn’t be opposed to having this hand mirror on our dresser.
I’ve already taken some simple steps to change the vibes in our bedroom, but adding some rose quartz has been the best choice so far. I love that it represents love and friendship, and it also adds some great texture to our bedside tables. continue reading →
Instead of staying true to my day off ritual of vegging out on the couch with Netflix all day, I’ve started compiling a to-listen list of new (to me) tunes. I usually stick to nostalgic music that I’ve loved for years, but hearing a new song here and there on my favorite station lately has really inspired me to open my ears a bit more. Here’s what I’ve been especially loving lately…
Alvvays’ self-titled album sounds nostalgic and gritty. These songs break my heart, but don’t leave me feeling depressed—it’s a feeling that I know all too well, but doesn’t hurt to revisit. Favorite verse? “Honey, take me by the hand, and we can sign some papers / Forget the invitations, floral arrangements, and breadmakers…”
Karen O’s Crush Songs reminds me of all of the times I blasted the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ albums in my car, and had a moment with the track “Modern Romance”. It’s quiet, quick and lo-fi. Favorite verse? “Let me go on the / Show, I can cough / I can choke / On this kind of smoke…”
I’ve always had a soft spot for Real Estate since I heard Days. If you’re looking for a good album to zone out and work to, this is definitely it. It’s so smooth and pleasant! Favorite verse? “Just over the horizon / That’s where I always think you’ll be / It’s always so surprising / To find you right there next to me…”
I died when I heard that Jenny Lewis released a new album, and I died again when I heard it. I’ve been hearing her single “Just One Of The Guys” everywhere! And as catchy as that song is, really listening to the lyrics gives me that same heartache that I experienced with Rilo Kiley and her work with the Watson Twins. Favorite verse? “There’s only one difference between you and me / When I look at myself, all I can see / I’m just another lady without a baby…”