Thursday, October 21, 2010


A month or so ago I found the perfect bedside table. I have so much dark, black-brown Ikea furniture that I wanted something to contrast that. Originally, my thought was something mirrored, like this:

Of course, Todd knew me better than that and simply said "You'll hate it in a few months." And although I whined "But it's so girlie! I don't have any girlie things!" all the way down the aisle of our local Target, he was totally right. So I waited patiently for the perfect table to present itself. And then one day, I came across this lovely table. Simple, natural, wood. I pictured a few hardcover books, a simple lamp and perhaps a basket underneath to catch the wayward catalogs that pile up on the floor on my side of the bed.

So I bought one. But just one. And ever since, Todd has complained, "Where's MY nightstand?" Well he finally got his, and we picked up two of these seagrass milk crates on sale last weekend for underneath. Mine is already full of catalogs, sharpies and my slippers. Todd's is currently housing a few stray pages of scripts and a cat.

Now we're I'm just waiting for the right moment to strike on this lamp base/shade combo:

I love the way nothing is matchy-matchy (technical term), but it still feels put together. And with the duvet I got from Crate and Barrel?! Oh, jeeze. Big girl bedroom to-the-max.

all items pictured are from Target, and are available in-store

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

speaking of good jeans...

How appropriate, after my last post, that I should receive this very exciting email in my inbox...

Granted, I don't live in Columbus anymore. But it is where I hail from, and this means during my trips home (which are much more common than my trips to NYC), I'll be able to peruse the Madewell selection in person, instead of drooling over it online. *sigh* It's the little things...

Friday, October 15, 2010

she's got good jeans.

Everyone knows - men and women alike - that a well fitting pair of jeans is like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. And riding there on a unicorn.

Jeans just don't fit regular bodies the way that they fit the models in the advertisements. The best looking jeans on a model can make you feel like an elephant when you try them on. Likewise, that weirdo pair that you grab from the clearance rack on a whim could be your diamond in the rough. The thing is that you just don't know until they're on your body. Shopping for jeans is not something that should be taken lightly. I like to make sure to go on a day when I am feeling particularly pretty, and have actually made the effort to put make-up on. Nothing makes you feel more disgusting than the unflattering lighting in a fitting room, so I like to spruce myself up a little more than usual to counter balance that. My other trick is that I always wear shoes that I can kick off easily, because I know I am going to be trying on A LOT of jeans which means taking my shoes on and off about a million times.

That being said, I have found my pot-o-gold jeans. It's true. Last January, I was in New York City with some of my favorite ladies and they took me into a store I had never even heard of before called Uniqlo. Against all better judgment, (I was not on a denim mission that day, and was still hesitant towards the skinniest of jeans. Also, I was there with two of my girlfriends, whose cuteness I will never be able to compete with.) I tried on three pairs of skinny jeans. To my extreme shock, I tried on the skinniest jeans I had worn since the early 90s, and - if I do say so myself - DAMN my ass looked good! Success! And for only $30! Double success!

I have an excursion to NYC planned for the near future and already have my $30 set aside for another pair of these. With a possible stop at Madewell to pick up these high-waisted beauties on the right.

UJ - 3D Denim Tapered Skinny
Alexa Chung for Madewell - Christian Skinny Jeans

Friday, October 8, 2010

hippo, hurray!

Holy. Moly. The next time I have 400 extra dollars laying around, I am buying this little guy. I mean, look at him... he's smiling at just the thought of my feet propped up on him end of the day, or a fatso catso curled up on his back!

handcrafted leather hippo footstool

yes, capiz.

I'm not usually crazy about capiz chandeliers. That was, until I saw this beauty:

via house of turquoise

Friday, October 1, 2010

i've got a feeling.

There's nothing like a couple new pieces to make you want to look a little cuter on a Friday. Paired my new skirt and necklace (which i shared with you guys last night!) with some old stand-bys and WHAMO! I'm all dolled up to celebrate the first day of Fall. Sure. Sure. Fall technically started a week ago, but I refuse to give up Summer until October. Now it can be Fall.