Home Sweet Home

home-8 home-9 home-10 home-15 home-17 home-27 home-28 home-30 home-32home-12home-14home-13home-20home-18home-28home-5home-6home-1home-22home-4homehome-21home-23home-24home-26home-3home-2I’ve been meaning to post photos of my batchelorette pad for some time now but I kept putting if off because there were certain things that I hadn’t completed yet (i.e. I’m still using a folding chair as my desk chair).  However, I just got orders to move up to Great Lakes, IL (kill me) so I figured it was now or never.  I’ve had fun collecting things for my home over the past few years and it’s a great mix of vintage pieces and new items from Homegoods, T.J. Maxx and other similar stores. I’ve tried to buy things that will transition easily once the hubs and I move in together because I don’t want to subject him to too much frilliness. But now I don’t have to worry about that for at least another year…

I have mixed feelings about this move to Chicago.  Part of me is frustrated and sad because it means another year of living apart from Neil (and this time with way less visits) but the other part of me is excited for a new adventure. I’ve never been to that part of the country and I’ve heard many good things about Chicago.  I just have to look at this as a good experience and a time to grow as an independent woman. It will be hard to be so far from my husband but I’m not worried about the distance because we’ve already survived over two years  in a long distance relationship.

A new city, a new adventure, and a new batchelorette pad to decorate…See you soon CHICago!



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mixedmixed-2mixed-3mixed-1mixed-5mixed-6Top: Vintage (Similar cheaper, steeper) | Skirt: Express (old, Similar here and here) | Pumps: Target (splurge-worthy) | Clutch: T.J. Maxx

This week I teamed up with Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels and Erin from The Fashion Canvas to each style an outfit with mixed prints! I have to admit that when I heard this week’s theme I was a little intimidated…sure, I’ve worn mixed prints before (floral and stripes, polka dots and plaid) but that’s just it…I thought I had already paired together everything in my closet.  I didn’t want to go out and buy something new so I forced myself to rummage through my closet and put together an outfit using only the items I already own.  Normally I wouldn’t have thought to pair leopard with nautical ropes (?) but since they have similar colors in their print, I decided to go for it.  Is it a home-run? In my opinion, no. But it broke me out of my rut and forced me to look at my clothing differently.  Too often I’m tempted to go out and buy something new because I’m convinced it’s the missing puzzle piece to several great outfits. But I challenge you to “shop your own closet” and pair things together that you normally wouldn’t…you might just be surprised with what you come up with!

Link up your own outfit by adding your photo to the link below!


Getting the Boot

aa-2a-3a-4a-5Sweater: LOFT (Similar cheaper, steeper) | Shorts: Target (on sale) | Booties: Dillards (Similar cheapersteeper)  | Bag: Target (Similar cheaper, steeper) | Sunnies: Cole Haan (via T.J. Maxx) | Watch: Kate Spade

Although Fall hasn’t quite made an appearance in the south yet, I figure if I start to dress like it has, Mother Nature will take the hint. Fellow Floridians, join me in this movement and let’s bring [seasonal] change to our stubborn state!

Anyways, this season I have a few things on my wish list.  The first thing I’ll probably buy is this Free People hat followed by a brown leather jacket. I’ve been looking all over the place for one in my price range and I finally found it! It’s so gorgeous and I can’t wait to wear it this weekend on my quick trip to Chicago (house hunting!).  Here’s a few others that I love: 1/2/3.  Enjoy your weekend!