Friday, April 19, 2019

GROUNDBREAKING: Florals for Spring

Friends!! Winter is finally over (or is winter coming?)(V timely Game of Thrones reference).  This is our first outfit post in close to a year.  Winter was brutal and we just couldn't talk each other into freezing nor is it easy to feel stylish when its that cold.  Anyway, fashion is such a big part of our lives and we are so happy to make this a regular thing again.  

Heather suggested we do some floral outfits to kick off the spring and our return to the fashion blogging world.  It felt so good getting back into the swing of things, giggling, twirling and collaborating on outfit ideas that we are determined to make this a regular thing again.  

Heather and I have both been rather strict with our funds this year.  We both have serious goals of tackling debt and planning for the future which feels really good.  This means less shopping in stores and more shopping in our closets.  I feel like I'm embracing this in a way I never have before.  When you are constantly bringing in new pieces, it feels hard to mesh your wardrobe together. You get excited to wear the new piece, but its hard to realize all the potential outfits because you have so many pieces. This top for example, I've worn it a few times but only with mom jeans. It was hard for me to see the potential of the other outfits it could help create. Now as I'm looking at this outfit, I could picture the shirt with some black skinny jeans and a denim vest.  

I think I was just overwhelmed and that dampened by creativity in this outlet of my life.  In the past couple of months, I've donated approximately 15 garbage sized bags to Goodwill and I still have so many things. There still isn't much wiggle room anywhere though. I do have things organized better and everything now has its spot; but there isn't much room for new things.  My mom always said you should get rid of something old when you bring something new in and damnit, I think she might be right. 

I feel like I'm way more apt to mix and match now which is helping create some super cute outfits and I'm feeling less bored with my wardrobe overall.  Sure, there are still times when I think "Ohhhh if I only had this top or those shoes, this outfit would be perfect" but would it? Honestly, IDK but I'm feeling a lot more saner have less to choose from. 

I honestly feel like it might be a precursor to start a "only buy used clothes for 6 months or however long" challenge.  I'm so intrigued when other people do this challenge. I think it is definitely something I'm going to try in the future since I thrift pretty often anyway and I reallllly enjoy rocking a vintage piece. 

Outfit Details

Bodysuit {Forever 21} / Pants {Forever 21} / Sandals {American Eagle}
All from last season.

Jen and I always seem to be on similar wavelengths and this is no exception. I've donated my heart out over the past year, but still my closet seemed to be filled to the brim. Not only was it overflowing, but I also was basically wearing the exact same like 10 things. There was no creativity and getting dressed didn't bring me joy like it used to, which was a real bummer. 

I've gained about 15-20 pounds over the past year and part of my lack of clothing creativity was things didn't fit anymore. So last Friday I decided I was done. I took literally every single piece of clothing I owned and piled it on my bed, Marie Kondo style. Then I tried each thing on. If it didn't fit, it went in a pile to the side to be packed away. I'm giving it until August 1st and if it still doesn't fit at that point, it's being donated. I'm not actively trying to lose weight, but I do love all the items I'm keeping so I want to make sure they need to be gone for good before I donate them. I struggle with binge eating and healing my eating habits could mean I lose weight, but it also could mean I don't. And I'm fine either way. 

This process means my closet holds about 1/3 of what it did before, but now I know every single thing fits me and I feel good in it. It's incredibly freeing. I had no idea the weight those clothes in my closet had on my mental health. I'm working hard to stop attaching my worth to how much I weigh and what I look like at any size. My body is my body and it does not determine how worthy of love, success, and affection I am. Easier said than done, but clearing out the physical reminders that I'm not a certain size has helped make that head space easier to occupy. 

I'm incredibly thankful for Jen and her support. She's always there to remind me I'm cute and valuable just as I am. She also took these photos of me which reminded me how much I love clothes and looking cute. I've been living in leggings, but probably more accurately, I've been hiding in leggings. I'm excited to get dressed again and cannot wait to be creative with my best friend to take outfit photos I feel good in. 

Outfit Details 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

April Small Goals

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling incredibly motivated lately. Not having to wear a coat every day & being able to have the windows open at home feels so nice. This weekend I've gotten up every day and tackled quite a few things on my home to do list. It's felt so good to knock things off my list that I've had on there for awhile. Everything feels so much easier lately, so full of possibility. I tried to be intentional with my small goals this month, using my 101 in 1,001 list for guidance. I'm looking forward to crossing even more off my list things month!  

Jen's March Small Goals
1.  Finish closet purge. Done! I'm so proud of this goal. My closet has never been a pillar of organization before and it is such a great feeling be able to find what I'm looking for without challenge.
2.  Paint the floor in my closet.  Yes! This was pretty easy since I had most everything pulled out for the purge.
3.  Goodwill Donation.  Man, this was a crazy busy weekend for me, but I managed to get #1-#3 done in the same weekend. I'm still in shock at how easy goodwill drop offs are.
4.  Prep, Prep, Prep.  I've been slowly working on this goal. Trying to mash a couple of patterns and techniques together to make some pretty amazing zipper pouches uses vintage fabrics and supplies. I didn't get as much done as I was hoping, but my finished stack is growing and we are getting closer to a debut. I'm also feeling really good about this creative process. 
5. Kitty Love.  I feel really good about this goal too. My cats have loved the extra pampering and attention. The only downfall is I think Lily loves being brushed too much? She is developing a bald spot on her back but she demand meows at me every night when I come home from her ottoman throne in the attic haven. 

5/5 goals completed two months in a row - what a streak!

April Small Goals
1.  Stain quilt display shelf.  I found this really cool quilt display shelf at the Goodwill Outlet recently. It could use a little love. I'm going to sand it down and stain it a dark wood color.
2.  Take 2 Morning Walks per week.  Like everyone else, I have spring fever.  
3.  Paint the vanity in the downstairs bathroom.  I feel like I'm on a roll redecorating/remodeling and I do not want to lose steam. My goal is to get the vanity, mirror and matching light fixture painted.  I also plan on painting the walls and doors but I want to knock the vanity out for sure this month.
4.  Clean out cabinets above fridge.  You know, those cabinets that are super hard to get to that just seem to harbor your silliest of junk.  I'm planning on purging the bulk and then I'll need to decide what should live there.
5.  Finish painting the stairs.   At the end of March, I started tackling my stair project. I have ripped the carpet out and have put one coat of paint on the walls and the stair risers.  I need to put a second coat on the walls and risers and then I need to paint the treads (tops) of the stairs gray to match the floor upstairs. 

Heather's March Small Goals
1. Sell books at Half Price Books I did this one right at the end of the month, but it feels good to finally get it done! 
2. Donate home stuff to Goodwill I got this one done super early. Jen and I donated stuff together and it was so easy. Why did I wait so long to do this?! 
3. Implement "radical self care" This one kind of fell off my radar, but I have made a lot of strides with my self care this month. I'm going to work on refining what radical self care would look like for me. 
4. Cook 3 new things I got this one done just in time. I cooked this Alison Roman stew, a broccoli quinoa bake for lunches, & this lentil marinara spaghetti
5. Drink 48 oz. of water each day Done! I am surprised I actually did this one. I struggled with this at the beginning of the month, but then I realized I could drink 4 cans of La Croix and hit this goal easily every day. I know it's not the most cost effective, but it works for me so I'm going to keep this one going. 

4/5 goals completed! A pretty solid March if you ask me.
April Small Goals
1.  Start Couch to 5K I want to get started with Couch to 5K again. I really liked the sense of accomplishment I got from it last time I did it.  
2. Buy a book cart I want to buy a cart from Ikea to keep books on (specifically library books). I was inspired by this blog post
3. Meal plan for dinners We usually decide what we are having for dinner the day of and it's not always the most efficient. I want to try planning dinners for a week in advance and buying everything we need during our big shopping trip on the weekend. 
4. Sew a robe I have this jersey fabric I bought years ago that I hate going to waste. I was trying to find some easy sewing projects for jersey fabric and a light robe came up. I've been wanting a lighter robe for the warmer months so I'm really excited to see how this comes out. 
5. Spending Freeze Some unexpected expenses came up so I would like to use April for a spending freeze. No spending on books, clothes, anything non essential. I am working on a list to make sure I have a really detailed plan on what is covered and what is not. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Heather's 101 in 1,001

Maybe it's the weather, but I'm on this big personal development/goal setting kick. I recently stumbled across a blog about the 101 in 1,001 goals and then went down a rabbit hole reading multiple blogs about them. I was easily convinced that I wanted to give it a shot for myself. The idea is to list 101 goals you would like to complete in 1,001 days (about 2.75 years). It gives you a longer timeline to work on the goals and hopefully accomplish more of them than you normally would. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to put on mine. I wanted to add goals that I have always wanted to accomplish and I wanted to think through what I wanted my life to look like 1,001 days from now. I think I've found a good mix of large and small goals, plus things that will help me stretch and grow.

I do have a few guidelines to help me stay on track:

  • I will check in every 3 months to post progress to hold myself accountable. This will include completed goals and in progress goals.
  • I can evaluate goals and change them if needed. This would take place during my 3 month check in. 
I am really excited to get started and see what I can accomplish by the end of 2021. Here's a list of my goals. I'll also keep this post updated as I accomplish things. 

101 in 1,001 Goals 

Start April 1, 2019
End December 27, 2021
  1. Host a wine party 
  2. Read all books I currently own (As of April 1, 2019) 
  3. Buy only second hand clothes for 6 months 
  4. Print photo books 
  5. Organize photos on my phone 
  6. Run a half marathon 
  7. Travel to Europe 
  8. Travel to 5 new places in the US 
  9. Take one family vacation a year 
  10. Send Christmas cards 
  11. Improve my credit score by 150 points 
  12. Complete the Tarot for the Wild Soul course 
  13. Create a morning routine 
  14. Write a book 
  15. Go to the eye doctor 
  16. Go the the dentist every 6 months 
  17. Buy a new couch 
  18. Buy a book cart (completed May 2019) 
  19. Create a bar cart 
  20. Move to a new house 
  21. Have a picnic in Forest Park 
  22. Go to the drive in 
  23. No eating out for lunch for 1 month 
  24. Complete a Yoga by Adrienne challenge 
  25. Climb a rock wall 
  26. Go to drag brunch 
  27. Send one letter a month 
  28. Watch 5 series in my Netflix queue 
  29. Go wine tasting 
  30. Go to a hockey game 
  31. Go ice skating 
  32. Go on a solo trip 
  33. See a musical at The Fox 
  34. See a show at the Muny 
  35. Go to 5 concerts 
  36. Get a facial at Lark Skin Co. 
  37. Go on an overnight hike 
  38. Print and hang wedding / engagement / honeymoon photos 
  39. Throw a surprise party 
  40. Do a GBBO baking challenge 
  41. Get started with investing 
  42. Go kayaking 
  43. Go vegan for one month 
  44. Stay at a haunted hotel 
  45. Make a will 
  46. Get a Thai massage 
  47. Complete a 100 day project 
  48. Watch every season of SNL 
  49. Get promoted 
  50. Do a 10x10 clothing challenge 
  51. Bike on the Katy Trail 
  52. Work from a coffee shop once a month 
  53. Yearly HAM reunions 
  54. Sell my wedding dress 
  55. Submit a post to Pass/Fail 
  56. Make my own bath bombs 
  57. Get a diffuser for essential oils 
  58. Pay off Jarrett’s student loans 
  59. Have $500 in personal savings 
  60. Make my own candles
  61. Redesign the blog  
  62. Buy a new bed (frame + mattress) 
  63. Go on a sisters only trip 
  64. Try a dance class 
  65. Buy a Nooworks jumpsuit (completed April 2019) 
  66. Buy an Outdoor Voices/Girlfriend Collective workout set (completed May 2019) 
  67. Go back to Mexico 
  68. Go on a ghost tour 
  69. Make my own iced lattes at home 
  70. Go to an aquarium 
  71. Go to Harry Potter theme park 
  72. Visit the botanical gardens 
  73. Try 5 new breweries 
  74. Go on a Christmas lights tour 
  75. Get a new Christmas tree 
  76. Drink lemon water in the morning for 1 month 
  77. Complete the Kon Mari decluttering method 
  78. Take Jake on morning walks before work for one month 
  79. Sell used books at Half Price books every 3 months 
  80. Get an Apple Watch 
  81. Complete Couch to 5K 
  82. Get a robot vacuum 
  83. Buy some indoor plants (real or fake) 
  84. Knit or crochet a blanket 
  85. Knit a sweater 
  86. Use the yarn I have to make scarves/hats to donate 
  87. Sew 5 different clothing items 
  88. Buy wool dryer balls 
  89. Meal plan a week at a time for one month 
  90. Buy a bike 
  91. No screen time after 7pm for one month 
  92. Rewatch 5 shows I love 
  93. Blog outfit photos twice a month 
  94. Write an article for work 
  95. Get a tattoo 
  96. Cook every recipe in a cookbook 
  97. Try 10 new restaurants in STL 
  98. Stick to a strict budget for one month 
  99. Meet up with one friend every month 
  100. Keep a gratitude journal
  101. Read 10 classic books 

Monday, April 1, 2019

April Book Club

Hey book lovers! Spring has officially sprung and I'm more than ready for some sunshine reading. This month I suggested we read Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I actually preordered this book & it was released at the beginning of March. TJR is one of my favorite authors, someone whose books I automatically buy. I knew I wanted to read this soon and also knew Jen would be interested so our April book club pick was born. I'm so excited to get started on it & see if it lives up to the hype. I've heard it's like an episode of Behind the Music and I cannot wait to dive in. So let's get to it! 

What's it about? 
Everyone knows DAISY JONES & THE SIX, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ’n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.