1. Nate and I are about to tackle a big(ish) home renovation project. We're adding cabinets and a built in countertop/workspace to our laundry room. We're also painting stripes in the purple grey color below.
Inspiration from here. I couldn't get away with the pink stripes, but I'm pretty psyched about purple! A big Ikea trip is in our immediate future.
2. We're thinking our next project will involve new flooring. For a variety of reasons, we've decided to stay in our condo for at least a couple years yet. Currently THREE of the eight condos in our unit are for sale, so clearly this would be a bad time to try to sell anyways! Flooring feels like a BIG decision. Do we just replace our carpet? Personally I would love to rip out all the tile and carpet from our first floor and add faux wood laminate throughout, but I'm not sure it would be worth it when we resell.
3. Speaking of big decisions...our dishwasher has been sucking lately. Things are looking worse coming out than when we put them in. It makes me start lusting after new appliances...but again, not sure that it would pay.
4. We really need groceries in this house. Its pretty sad right now. I'm making a big shopping trip tomorrow.
5. I bought a new deodorant and I really like it. It's natural, aluminum free and it smells fantastic. It's Tom's of Maine in the apricot scent. Love.
This is very heavy considering what I usually post about, but I saw it a few times on Facebook and think it's a very worthwhile read. This has happened to many, and it is not okay. It spans age, race, education levels, gender and socioeconomic status. Educate the women and girls (and men and boys) in your life.
Tomorrow is the kick off of my second 30 for 30 challenge. I really enjoyed this the first time around, so I'm excited to kick off a challenge with fall themed clothes.
Here's what I'm doing, in case you're unfamiliar:
1. Choosing 30 items from my closet
2. Wearing only those items for the next 30 days (exceptions: camis, undergarments, gym clothes, winter coats and accessories)
3. Abstaining from shopping for the duration of the challenge
4. Learning how "work with what I've got" and also discovering what pieces would be worthwhile to add to my closet
For more info, check out the brains behind the operation here.
1. I am not a fashion blogger, so you should have low expectations :)
2. There is no cute way to photograph large piles of clothing, so I just threw everything on the bed and took snap shots, sorry!
3. Hopefully I'll do better with taking photos this time, but no promises
4. Hannah is taking photos of hubs and I for our Christmas cards in early November, I may or may not wear something else for the photos. We'll see.
Let's start with the shoes..
black boots - Diba
tan boots - Madden Girl
camel flats - Lands End
black flats - Dr. Scholls
metallic loafers - BC
grey pumps - Madden Girl
Both pairs of boots are newer, so I'm excited to log some miles in them. I wear flats a lot, but I don't often wear those camel colored ones - I just haven't "broke them in" yet. The grey pumps are really cute, I just need to man up and wear heels to work!
Three pairs of neutral pants:
black cigarette pants - Gap
dark grey trousers - Gap
khakis - American Eagle
grey t-shirt - Old Navy**
white blouse - Maurices
ivory blouse - Pac Sun
I've had both of these blouse for a really long time, and I don't often wear them. Someone once told me the white one looked like a pirates shirt, but I am determined to prove them wrong. I've had the Pac Sun one for years (I don't remember the last time I shopped there) and want to find new ways to wear it.
**As I was going through these later on, I realized the grey shirt had a hole. I subbed a white crewneck shirt instead.
black scoop neck tank - three dots
ivory cable knit sweater - Gap
white button up - Gap
cowlneck - Kensie
The white button up I purchased after my last challenge..I didn't have one, and thought it would be a smart buy. You may notice that I included a lot more neutrals this time around. During my last challenge I had way too many skirts and pants and not enough neutral tops. Lesson learned.
red tee - Victoria's Secret
dark green tee - Gap
thin wine colored sweater - Gap
I heart this sweater, it's new. The other two are just basics.
floral, pleated skirt: Anthopologie
brown pleated skirt: Gap
Black skirt: Target
dark trouser boot cut from a local boutique
skinny jeans from Express
Last time I only included one pair of jeans, but I can wear jeans to the office on Fridays so I thought two pair was a better fit for me.
paisley print - Rampage
maroon cotton - Old Navy
black v neck - Target
I'm hoping to jazz the black and maroon ones up a bit as I've had them forever. Colored tights, perhaps? I've had the paisley print one for a long time too..I'm hoping I find a good way to wear it to work.
Okay...so I know I told you I had all these great things coming up...but I'm not going to talk about them today.
Instead, I'm going to vent my frustrations with the blogging world, because I'm mildly irritated with it as of late.
On occasion, I "clean out" my Google reader subscriptions. During these cleaning sessions I unsubscribe from blogs that have crossed over into "giveaway-advertisement-product reviews-must get more followers" land. You see, I like blogs that post content, about their lives or area of expertise. A few giveaways, sure. A few ads, why not? But once you lose the content...I'm out. Sadly, a few blogs I really, really enjoyed have ventured into that land, so I left. My theory is this: what I'm reading should be enjoyable, entertaining or somehow beneficial. If it's not? I have no obligation to stay. Sounds harsh, but I'm bein' honest.
Today though, I have two new gripes to add to that list of blogger annoyances.
The first should go without saying, but I've seen so many who've had to deal with it and I was just given a taste too, so I'll reiterate: Give credit where credit is due. I'm not going to say anything else about that.**
And now for Klout. I want to tread somewhat lightly on this one because many of my twitter friends are ALL about Klout lately. This is also more about twitter than blogs, but...
... I hate it. Seriously. It is bogging down my twitter feed like WHOA. I miss seeing actual tweets from friends about their lives and everyday content! Now it's +K this and +K that. Gahhh. Please stop. I hate having to scroll down past 98 tweets giving K+'s to people. I just don't understand the allure. Do you really need a website to tell you how influential you are? Why does being influential about something matter? Are the perks really that cool? Am I totally missing something?
**disclaimer: I know I am guilty of this blogger no-no (especially in my early blogging days when I didn't know what I was doing). But believe me, I have never intentionally used something (that someone else gave me) to my own benefit (without so much as a link back or a "thank you").
Like so many others, I started a 101 in 1001 list back in 2009.
At the time, I was in college, living with roommates, and crazy about my boyfriend.
Now I'm working a full time job, married and we own our home.
Big difference, right?
For that reason, I have edited my list a handful of times. I'm sure this counts as cheating, but whatever. In my opinion, when I read that list, I should feel motivated and want to do those things. Over time, I lost that motivation as my goals, priorities and interests changed.
On that note, I revamped it again.
I separated everything into "done" and "remaining"...just because it was getting tough to read. I also removed the categories I had originally. And as always, there are some new goals, and some that have been removed.