Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Le Stripe

I think the this little stripey dress is just about the best $10 I've spent in a long time.  On sale at Old Navy right now, it seems more well made than their regular stuff  and a heavier weight fabric perfect for this suddenly chilly summer which will ease into fall I'm sure.  I also snagged a basic black bikini for $8.

Aside from this I think I'll take a little spending hiatus.
I've been stocking up with all the summer sales, and I should be set for a long time

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sur la Table

Currently we're in the process of making a table!!!
The boards are all picked out, and it's just waiting to make a trip to the planer to trim it down to size.

I've been trolling pinterest for finishing inspiration for our maple boards.

We went with maple due to cost (much cheaper than black walnut, and while I know it's all the rage due to the rich dark tones, I don't love the contrast between the heart wood and outer I'm learning more than I ever wanted to about trees, and wood) but we're planning on staining it a bit darker (similar to the pic on the right)

We may even attempt some of these fancy butterfly joints, so stay tuned.

On the traditional list of anniversary presents the 5th year is wood, so this is our big anniversary present to ourselves, 5 years have flown! Hopefully we'll have this sweet table for another 55 years.

More pics of the process to come!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Have A Seat

Last weekend we picked up the wood for our new live edge table and once that giant project is crossed off our list (more on that to come) I think it will be time to upgrade the dining room chairs.

We've been using the same mint green fiberglass stacking chairs that we found at a church rummage sale for years...and I love them, but I think a show stopper table calls for some sophisticated yet understated chairs.

While I love the top two designs they need to be CHEAP since the table is where the bulk of the budget is going. I'm trolling craigslist for bentwoods or any wood chairs with interesting lines really that could be sprayed black.

Wish me luck!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fire Pit Upgrade

I've been pricing out atomic fireplaces on craigslist all day and of course Pinterest has no shortage of inspiration.  Currently we have a fire dish, and meh...I never loved it but it got the job done (kind of). Since Chicago can be windy at times, I think ditching the dish in favor of something that has a back and sides will be a huge improvement.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

H&M For Your Feets

I feel like I need to take back all those nasty things I've said about H&M for footwear: ugly, cheaply made and always man made materials
*well those little crisscross slides are man made materials, but they are so cute I'm willing to look the other way.
But I'm pleasantly surprised that H&M has been sneaking some higher quality leather/suede shoes into their repertoire, and the good news is...they're all on sale.
I just received the heel cut out boots, and they are awesome.

*This is not a paid post...if H&M wanted to throw some money and shoes my way I'd gladly take it, but then I'd let you know

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Indian Inspired Flats

I'm crazy for the above embellished Indian inspired black flats. I feel like in every other pic of Olivia Palermo she's sporting these unidentified shoes. It's turned into a slight obsession, I've even trolled outfitID looking for info. Yikes I've got to stop... it's highly likely that they are a bazillion dollars, or custom, or from some tiny market in Morocco. But I can't get them out of my head. want want want

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Speaking of Kaftans

This is probably the perfect Kaftan right here. HA
There's even a video of it on the site.

Totally out of my price range, but I love the print on the sheer fabric and POM-POMs + tassels YESSSS, I'm dying.

Wear it as a super chic beach cover up, or with leggings, OR if you just stitch up the sides a bit you could rock it as a dress.

I'm keeping my eyes peeled for fabric, and trims to hopefully do my own DIY version for this summer.