Friday, January 9, 2015

An eShakti Floral Dream

It's not very often that I do product reviews or sponsored posts on the ol' blog--in fact, it's only happened maybe twice since I started blogging a couple years ago. I want this space to stay authentic and truly be a reflection of who I am, so I decided early on to only partner with individuals and companies I believe in and that I would be genuinely excited to work with. When eShakti contacted me recently about reviewing a custom garmet, I readily said yes--I had spent hours browsing their collections and actually already had a dress in mind that I was considering buying. To say it was great timing would be an understatement.

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I chose a velvet dress in a gorgeous floral print and customized the sleeves, neckline, and length. I selected a pre-established size, rather than customizing measurements; if you're considering ordering, I would suggest customizing your measurements as well, as the sizes run a little big in my experience. The dress arrived in just a couple weeks and it looked and felt well-made and expensive. I wouldn't hesitate to order from eShakti again. Right now they're having a 50% off clearance sale, so it's the perfect time to take a peek!

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Dress: c/o eShakti // Cardigan, socks: Forever 21 // Tights: Target //Boots: Charlotte Russe // Necklace: Urban Outfitters

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*I was provided a dress for review from eShakti. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

hi again + favorite songs of 2014

It's always so weirdly difficult coming back to this blog after I've been away for awhile, and I'm not sure exactly why. So here I am, on day 16 of a 17 day holiday, just beginning to write down a few lines. It's not that I haven't missed it; I guess it's maybe a little embarrassing to have slacked so much. You know, like when you haven't called your grandma in a few weeks and you feel bad about it, so you end up avoiding it altogether. No? Just me. Okay then.

Whatever.

Aren't you happy I'm back to bringing the awkwardness to the internets?

As a little apology for being away so long, here's a playlist of my favorite songs of 2014 (minus one "Blank Space" by TSwift because she yanked all her songs from Spotify....). Enjoy!




Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall Chill Out

IMG_5700 I've been in a total fall mood lately; believe it or not, I haven't even put up my Christmas decorations yet, which I'm pretty sure is some kind of record for me. I worked on lots of school projects on Friday, and I needed a good soundtrack, so I whipped up this Spotify playlist. I thought I would share it with you in case you need some good relaxing fall tunes too! Enjoy!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Autumn Uniform

Call me a basic white girl if you want, but I love all things fall, and I apologize to nobody for this. I mean, seriously: cooler weather, gorgeous trees, cozy layers, and my birthday?! What's not to love about that? The temps and the trees were perfect last weekend, so I sweet-talked my mister into snapping some pictures in what I have officially dubbed my "autumn uniform." There may have been a bit of bribery with Elle's that happened, too, but who's counting, right?


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Striped shirt, plaid shirt, sweater, jeans: Forever 21 // Boots: Charlotte Russe // Necklace: Moorea Seal // Hindu-inspired ring: Nomad // Gemstone ring, midi ring: Francesca's 


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Project Life: Week 44

Well, I'm behind on Project Life again, which I'm guessing surprises roughly zero people at this point. But you know what? I've stuck with it, despite life happening, getting behind and having to catch up a million times, and I'm pretty darn proud of that. Last week, I printed out all my photos and stuck them in pages in the album. Sunday I sat down to catch up, worked diligently for an hour and a half without getting up, and finished......one week.

Ugh. I know.

Things just weren't clicking for me, probably a result of being out of practice and the nagging voice in the back of my head that kept listing all the other things I should be doing. I also started from the most recent week with the intention of working backward, rather than my usual catch-up method of starting where I left off and working forward, so that may have had something to do with it. Either way, I'm hoping I get my inspiration back quickly. Left side: 44L Right side: 44R

Friday, October 31, 2014

October in Instagram

October has been a busy, busy month. I can't believe it's already over; months aren't supposed to fly by so quickly. Here are a few snapshots from the past few weeks.

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1. Finally sweet-talked the mister into taking me out for Mexican food. // 2. I've been all about the chai this fall. // 3. Running cockroach experiments. Thankfully, I finally figured out what to do with that creepy little thing when I'm done with it--my tattoo artist is taking him off my hands because she thinks he'd be a cool pet! To each his own, man. // 4. A rare moment of free time.
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1. I've been spending a lot of Fridays at coffee shops, and I'm roughly 150% more productive there than at home. Kingdom coffee has been my go-to spot. //2. I've been trying to get better about documenting our home, even if I never do anything with the pictures. I think I've been so bad about it because I'm just unhappy with a lot of aspects of our space, but it was our first home together, and I know I will always want to remember it regardless. // 3. My record player finally died for good (it WAS about 60 years old, ya know), so Tyler bought me a new one for my birthday! //4. Spent the better part of a day with Haley, and she snapped this photo of us. I love spending time with that gal!
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1. Had chai and deep conversations with Layne down on Commercial St. She has such incredible insight and perspective on life; I always feel better for the time I spend with her. // 2. Spent my birthday dinner at Aviary (for like....the third year in a row?). Yum. // 3. I never get any studying done. // 4. Added some more books to my shelves courtesy of the library book sale!
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1. Tried my hand at pattern mixing....and also tried a dirty chai from the Mudhouse. I was pretty happy with both of them. // 2. Few things make me happier than brunch at Aunt Martha's. // 3. Fall is popping up (finally!) here in the Ozarks. // 4. Snagged this amazing vintage cape from Danavee's booth at Relics (please disregard the look of utter derpy-ness on my face).
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1. Kitty snuggles. // 2. Just being a doof in my fall uniform. // 3. Snagged some Flourish Leather bracelets at the Ozark Craft Fair! //4. Treated myself to a little shopping. Also, I'm obsessed with this dress.

Hope you all have had a wonderful October! Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Eleanor

I never planned on having three cats. I just need to get that out there. I feel like I've got the crazy cat lady neon sign flashing sometimes, so in introducing our newest (and last!) baby, I have to stress the fact that this was never in my original plan. I also have to stress that to my husband, because he was not the happiest about it. Oopsie.

Hear me out, though.

Tyler works with a lady who fosters cats through an agency, and over the summer she posted this photo of a kitten named Eleanor:

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I know. I KNOW. What a little fluffy mess, right? Some *expletive* idiot threw her away--literally. She was found in a trash can (WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!), and thankfully rescued. I remember seeing her over the summer and thinking that she was adorable, what had happened to her was so beyond awful, and surely she would be snatched up in a heartbeat. I mean, who could resist that story and that face?

Fast forward a couple months later, and I'm scrolling through Facebook, minding my own business, when I see a picture of a fluffy white cat on my feed--there she was, still not adopted. I cried--literal tears. I know that sounds super cheesy and overdramatic or whatever, but I just couldn't accept the fact that she was unwanted, from the beginning of her tiny life and still. It was too much. I talked to Marci, who was fostering her, and she said that she can be skittish and "picky" with people. To be honest, I couldn't blame her for that; if I was tossed in a trash can to die, I'd probably be pretty picky about the people I trusted too. So I went to meet her, picked her up, and.....she started purring. She snuggled up under my chin, purred, and purred some more.

So I called Tyler.
We brought her home for a trial that night.
She never left.

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