So, I went a really long time between haircuts and my hair was looking really bad. I mean bad. Like, ratty, shapeless, limp, tangled bad. I think I went a year without getting a cut. I should not do that. Anyway, my friend Jen, who is also my brother's girlfriend, and awesome, cut it for me yesterday and it looks WAY better now. This is about my favorite haircut ever.
Here we are before the cut, looking sad because my hair is SO ugly.
And here is the amazing transformation.
Seriously. My hair never looks that good. Mainly because I don't know how to do anything. Anything at all. But I've resolved to practice a couple things. 1. Making big wavy curls like Jen did on me. 2. Putting my hair up in a messy bun. Jen has gotten me into the spirit of making an effort on my hair. I even bought hairspray, which I probably haven't owned since high school.
Jen is also doing Paola's wedding day hair and make-up, so she went with me and Jen did a trial run on her.
Here she is, doing pretty wedding hair on Paola.
There was also a make-up consultation.
And practice make-up.
We had so much fun! Thanks so much, Jen! You rock!
And thanks, Nick, for the amazing pork chops and potato salad!
Yesterday was an awesome mail day, because I got this! My bff is getting married this summer and the bridesmaids get to wear it. It's the beribboned dress from BHLDN and it's so adorable in person. It even has pockets! I can't wait!
I don't quite look like the model and it needs to be pressed, but I'm totally in love with it.
And seriously? I ordered it on Thursday morning and received it Monday. So fast!
If you haven't checked out BHLDN yet, it's worth a peek. It's Anthropologie's wedding shop and it's pretty much pure eye candy.
I'm not sure if you know this, but I'm kind of a perfectionist when it comes to order. That's not to say that my house never gets messy, because it definitely does. It just means that I cannot stop reorganizing things that have already been organized. There's always a slightly better way.
The walk-in clothes closet was one of the first spaces I tackled when I moved into this place, but there were a few things that had been bugging me and I think I've fixed them.
The books I had stacked up on that shelf seemed too precariously perched. My place is an old converted carriage house. I don't think any of the wall are perfectly straight. The book stacks were too tippy. And also a little too untidy-looking. Isn't this so much better?
Sock monkey is up there, too. When I moved, I got rid of a lot of stuff from the attic. (toys, schoolwork, etc.) But I told myself that the stuff I decided to keep had to be out where I could see it. There had to be a reason for keeping it. I think he looks dapper up there. Now he makes me smile every day, which is a very good reason.
The books up on the high shelf are partially screened now by some framed wallpaper samples and a couple more favorite old stuffed animals.
I've added even more baskets. The one on the left is for running shoes, hiking shoes, etc. You know, shoes that aren't pretty. The one on the right is for my ironing pile. I swear by baskets.
There are a few things that need to be handy in the closet but aren't nice to look at - tape roller, deodorant, body lotion, static guard. I gathered them up in a basket, too. It looks nicer that way. I might be crazy. This is only a closet.
That little hand held music box is another thing I couldn't bear to part with when I moved. It plays a tune from Swan Lake. I put it out on this bureau and now I actually pick it up and play it once a week or so. I've always thought the melody was haunting and beautiful, even when I was really little.
The leaf dish from Salvo ended up on this dresser, holding a couple of old brooches that were my Memere's. And all my purses, belts, and hats are in baskets, now.
The only thing I still have planned for the closet is a new curtain. I just have to make it, then swap out the old one.
Is it sad that the main reason I'm so excited for summer vacation is so I can do even more organizing and home projects? I think it might be a little sad.
So, I got this ridiculous fake bokeh app for my iPhone and I used it to doctor up this picture. Sweet, huh? As you can see, it does hearts.
I came up with this outfit on Friday as I was getting ready to go visit Kelley and Claire. It's one of those outfits that I put on and wonder if it's a wtf outfit. I started wondering about wtf outfits after finding an anonymous note in my classroom a while back. My policy is if I find it on the floor of my classroom, I can read it. Anyway, in skimming it, I came across the sentence "wtf is Ms. Wade wearing?" which kind of cracked me up. You have to have a thick skin when you deal with teenagers, so I wasn't particularly upset. More like curious. Because I totally wear some questionable things. I try to be creative but sometimes it just comes out weird. So mainly, I was dying to know which particular outfit it was. Kids.
So this is a royal blue shirt, a yellow and white striped cardigan, that mint green belt from Salvo, and my gold Toms. I need to find a better way to photograph outfits if I plan on sharing them. Kelley thought it was cute. H couldn't have cared less one way or the other. He doesn't really care about clothes. So the jury is sort of out on it. Maybe I should try wearing it to school.
Just wanted to share some fantastic pictures of my mom and dad in the 70s. I can't get enough of the clothes. I'm so fascinated by the things people wore at different times.
How's that for a party dress? I'd totally wear it! These pictures delight me to no end. My mom has always been stylish, and I love her 70s looks. But if you knew my dad, you'd know that he's a very conservative dresser. He steers clear of bold styles and bright colors. So seeing the things he wore in the 70s cracks me up. And the hair!
Here they are with my Nana (who was very stylish herself) and my Papa (who was an even more conservative dresser than my dad is now). They were in a wedding party, though I'm not sure whose. My mom would know.
And another wedding party picture. How's that for a wedding color scheme. Brides-to-be, take note! I think this one is a little later - maybe closer to the 80s. You can tell from the hair. I love all the details in this one, right down to the cars in the background. Incidentally, I wore that dress (without the cape) one year in college for Halloween - I was Miss Universe.
I hate strawberry-banana flavored yogurt. It's always been my least favorite flavor. The "fruit" on the bottom is this slightly brownish glop. But yogurt with strawberries and banana (and almonds) is a completely different story. So delicious. I like to slice the strawberries first, then add a dash of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of sugar and let them sit in it for about a half hour first. I know. Vinegar on berries sounds weird. It brings out their sweetness - I promise! And the yogurt has to be Greek, preferably Fage Total 0%.
I need a good breakfast because I'm planning a thrift shop excursion today. I'm excited. I haven't done that in ages. I'm hitting the North Providence Salvation Army and if there's nothing good there I might head to the Pitman St. Salvation Army on the east side of Providence. I haven't been to that one since college, but I remember it as a glorious heaven of thrift goodness. It's gigantic, has an entire room just for furniture, and is in an old factory, which gives it the proper atmosphere for thrifting. Mainly I'm looking for old clothing items that can be altered or re-worked. I want to practice. But I'll also have an eye out for small pieces of furniture that might look cool if I paint them a bright color. And who knows what other goodies I'll find.
Yesterday I spring-cleaned the bejesus out of my house because I wanted the rest of the week free for fun and projects. And catching up on blog posts, which have been scarce lately. So I'll be back tomorrow, hopefully with some thrift store finds to share.
There's a fashion blog I read called Kendi Everyday, written by a girl from Texas with cute, quirky style. She's pretty daring in the way she puts outfits together - lots of combinations that would never occur to me. It's a fun blog to read, and she did a series a while back on putting together a working closet. Basically that means a closet that works for you and she goes through the process stepwise with a lot of good tips. You should check it out, actually, if you're into that sort of thing. Anyway, the idea of a working closet was in the back of my mind when I got my hands on this awesome walk-in a few weeks ago. I've been tweaking things here and there for a couple weeks now, trying to organize things in the most convenient possible way, and it's almost done (I think). One of my little projects for the weekend was to hang some pretty Anthropologie hooks for my jewelry.
Well, actually H did it for me, but I told him where to hang them. I like things to be pretty, even if it's just the inside of a closet. The bird is my favorite. Put a bird on it! I know, I know. Whatever. I like them. Having the necklaces right there where I can see them helps me remember what I have, for one thing. And the hooks keep them untangled and easy to access.
I decided to hang this old frame here, too. I can't remember where I got those fabric flowers. I've had them forever and I really like them.
I'm also pretty fond of this old postcard. I found it ages ago in an antique store. I think it's funny.
I plan to add magazine clippings and switch them up once in a while. Because sometimes I need to be reminded to make an effort, for crying out loud. Especially in the winter.
The other little thing I did in here was polish my mom's silver platter. Have you ever polished silver? What a messy and disgusting job. But it looks much better now. It holds my perfume and my Nana's old prayer book.
I got this little rug at Urban Outfitters a while ago and it's a good size for the closet. Also, having a little stool in here is great for putting on and taking off shoes.
So, here's what I do. In the evening, I choose all the pieces of my outfit and hang them all together near the mirror. I also lay out underwear, jewelry, and shoes. That way, I can just go right into the closet in the morning and get dressed from head to toe without even having to think about it. It's nerdy, but it's also a real time saver. I can sleep later that way.
Only four more school days until vacation - then I'm going to go to town on this place! I can't wait.
I'm still very tired, and I still have so much to do to fix up the house. Today, I got a shower curtain and a couple new bath towels. So I should be just about done with the bathroom, except now I'm not sure I like the shower curtain I just bought. It's plain ivory, with some ruffles stitched onto it. I'll try it for a while to see if I get used to it.
As I start to get things in presentable order, I'll try to take some pictures of little bits of my house to post. My February vacation is in two weeks and my main focus for the entire vacation is to finish settling in. I'm pretty excited to have a big chunk of time to devote to it. Hopefully, I'll get the blogging back on track, too. There just hasn't been much of interest to report lately. I do have some fun projects brewing in the back of my mind, though. For now, here are a couple recent shoe pictures.
As it turns out, all I needed to do to get faster WiFi was angle the computer in a different way. It's been working well all day today, so fingers crossed that's all I need to do.
Look who's getting settled in...
They've adjusted nicely to their new habitat. It's bigger than their old one, and it has more windows. They seem pretty happy.
I'm making good progress on getting stuff unpacked and settled. This week school's been out for two days - another snow storm. This winter is insane. I'm pretty sure I'll still be teaching in July. But the crazy weather has actually worked in my favor in the packing, moving, and unpacking department. One of my first fun projects in the new place has been to tackle the walk-in closet. It's kind of sad how excited I am about the closet. It's big enough for me to maybe call it a dressing room. Well, not quite that big, but pretty big. I put two dressers in it.
I snapped a quick (blurry) picture at the tail end of moving day to serve as a before picture.
And here it is today...
Obviously, natural light makes most things look better. I love the window, though I'll probably have to keep the blinds closed most of the time to prevent sun damage to the fabric.
I love how it's coming along. I'm sure I'll tweak things a little bit as time goes by.
The dresser under the window is for pants. On top of it, I put some pretty jewelry boxes and a fashion picture book.
As the closet arrangement was coming together, I made the decision to make it into my library, too. Bookcase placement is difficult in this place because it has baseboard heaters. But the closet has shelves that run the entire length of it.
So it's become a sort of shrine to two longstanding loves of my life - fashion and books. Sigh.
I'm a little weird about the things I choose to keep and display. Things take on a totemic quality for me sometimes. Some of the items on this dresser: a silver tray from my mom and dad's wedding registry, a Wedgwood Peter Rabbit dish I was given as a child (holding pins), a box set of Judy Blume books I got as a gift when I was around 10, vintage books.
A hanging organizer for sweaters, my dresses, part of my non-fiction collection, totes for purses and belts.
I'm still trying to figure out what to do with my necklaces. I want some kind of rack or display for them in that space, but don't know quite what it will be yet. For now, they're on a coat hanger.
Flats go on the rack, and boots go on the floor. And I've still got plenty of hanging space.
I'm pretty happy with the way it came together. I've got a few other ideas for the space, but it's definitely workable now. I can find all my stuff! And since I had to go on a mad hunt for my underwear on the first day in the new place, I have a renewed appreciation for knowing where things are.
Now I'm excited to tackle more projects! Here's to another productive snow day.