Nail Art? Sure, we can call it that.

9:30PM, me to husband: “In case you were wondering, I’m having a nail art disaster over here.”

Oh man. There are reasons that the most adventurous nail art I’ve tried is ombre nails (painting each nail a different variation of the same color).

1. I generally steer towards the quiet and the classic. My most favorite nail colors are tomato red and a true fuchsia. I typically admire fancy nail art from the safety of my pinterest home screen.

2. I’m too lazy to attempt fancy nail art. Once that polish is on, it’s not coming off until it’s peeled halfway off my nail by the end of the week.

Enter the glorious Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Oh Emily, you make me feel so empowered, like I’m just a regular girl with effortless ombre hair, a closet full of j.crew, and of course the coolest, most subtle nail art on the block. C&C posted this polish tutorial recently and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. “Wow!”, I thought. “It’s so easy that the video doesn’t even have broken down instructions! I MUST be able to do this on my own!”.

I should have known better.

I chose three colors I already had on hand in various shades of pink. “Totally office appropriate” and “This is going to be sooo cute and soo easy!”, I’m thinking.

The goods:

Every thing was going pretty well in the beginning. I had my two base coats of pale pink on and I started the sponge on my medium pink. The medium pink ended up being too light so I mixed the darkest and medium pink together on the sponge. Things were still OK at this point, not the best, but I thought I was making headway towards a good first nail art attempt.

Then came the dreaded stage three, and it all went down from here.

Step 3 involves painting a thin strip of your darkest shade at the top of your nail (french mani style) and then you’re supposed to be done. Nails are supposed to be perfect.

I looked jacked up. Cuticle bed to tippy top of the nail. So then, in an attempt to blend the polishes together I took my sponge and started blotting.

Bad idea.

The sponge started pulling up random bits of polish, and well, you’ll see.


The right hand turned out a little better since I had learned from my left hand mistakes.

I’m too lazy to remove the polish on the left hand, so it will have to stay for now. Please someone else try this and either fail miserably with me, or do a really awesome job and tell me how I managed to mess up a completely fool-proof method of nail art!


Here we go again…

Those of you who know me (which I’m assuming all 5 of my blog readers do) know of my recent love affair/unhealthy obsession with the Missoni for Target capsule collection. It was intense – We’re talking daily Target stalking, website stalking, even a Facebook trading group! While it was strangely satisfying to finally score some elusive pieces (rolling suitcase!-aaahhh!), it was also somewhat of a relief (for both my wallet, and my husband) when Missoni was said and done.

Enter: The September Issues…which I finally had a chance to sit down and start reading this weekend. I believe it was about 11:00 on Saturday night when this happened:

ZOMG! How could I forget? Maybe it’s because the Jason Wu and Summer “The Shops” were borderline mediocre? I got to googling as fast as my little hands would let me, and oh my, what happiness. When it comes to home decor, this one is a home run folks.

You must, must, must check out the lookbooks! (ps – HOW did I not know about “A Bullseye View”? – are you as giddy as I am to have stumbled upon this??)

Lookbooks! After you’ve browsed through that eye candy, let’s look at my Fave Five that are on my shopping list for September 9th!

1. There’s gonna be a mad rush for this one, I’ll make sure to wear my elbow pads!

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The Patch Candelabra $39.99

2. I collected all of the Liberty of London ceramic canisters, and this one will be a perfectly adorable addition. Imagine the possibilities! Dog treats, coffee, office supplies, pocket patz holder…

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PATCH NYC Deer Canister $29.99

3. Man, oh man. That road trip print is after my heart. I’m going to need to snag everything from this collection that comes in that print! Typically, the gift wares/stationary items don’t seem to go as quickly at my local Target so hopefully they’ll be enough of these by the time I make it over to the stationary aisle!

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The Curiosity Shoppe Kitchen Tea Towel Set $10.00

4. Critter Lamps, YES. I couldn’t find a photo of the brass fox lamp (which is the one I’m really lusting after), but if you scroll back up you can see it in the Fall ad. Here’s the official Lookbook shot of the woodpecker lamp. Again, these are going to go super fast I’m sure.

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PATCH NYC Figural Lamp $49.99

5. Rounding out my favorite are these throws in the most delicious Fall colors. Remember the Missoni throws? I do, but only in my dreams, since they were gone in a millisecond never to be seen again.

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PATCH NYC Throw $34.99

So there you have it. Have you made your list yet? Are you starting to train on your treadmill like that awesome red jumpsuit crazy lady from the Target Black Friday commercials? I-CAN’T-WAIT.

Ps – this next little snippet comes with a medical warning. You are clicking at your own risk. I’m pretty sure I almost passed out when I was breezing through it this morning, and then I squeeled…literally. Here you go lovers:

“A modern woman is not just a woman who buys expensive stuff, a modern woman is someone who buys intelligently.” Watch the videos!!! They are beyond.

Decisions, Decisions.

Disclaimer: I am not a good picture taker.

Silver Lining: I’m trying to improve! 🙂

Now that we got that out-of-the-way, I can give you something to ponder with me! I have been searching and searching for a glass front cabinet for our living room for about 6 months now, but what I’ve found on CraigsList and out thrifting has been out of my budget. Enter a lucky find at Goodwill last week for 45 bones!

That’s a pretty hefty piece of furniture for 45 bucks right? Now I would like you to take a moment to imagine me trying to fit this in a Jeep Wrangler, and then trying to unload it by myself when I got home. Hint: it involved batting eyelashes and some construction men pouring concrete at our neighbor’s house.

One of the most happy accidents is how well this piece matches with another goodwill find we have in the living room that we made over two years ago: (poor lighting alert)

See the similar lines?

I’m still deciding how to spruce her up. Maybe my first chalk paint project? I’m thinking she could look nice in a warm white with the cabinet interior stained a rich mahogany. We’ll see.

The fun part is deciding what treasures she’ll hold.

I’m dying to start a vintage Pyrex collection…

Or maybe I’ll start a Jadeite collection like Ms Martha?

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Maybe Santa will decide for me and bring me a super fun vintage find for Christmas! 😉 Any collections you love or wish you could start??

Pendleton Perfection

Oh Pendleton, let me count the ways you make my heart pitter-patter.

It’s no secret that Southwestern and Native American styles are continuing to explode in the market, finally making their way to home decor. As evidenced by the bible’s Fall look book. I obviously was way ahead of this trend by marrying a native 😉 (Hi Husband!). There’s something so comforting about those gorgeous southwestern colors and the tradition of those Native American patterns isn’t there? Let’s have a swoonfest over one of America’s most famous purveyors of style, Pendleton.

Here’s my Fave Five:

1. The Heroic Chief Cardigan and Pillow and Backpack.

Heroic Chief Cardigan  Heroic Chief PillowHeroic Chief Backpack

Did you just gasp out loud? I did, and then I had visions of sitting outside on a crisp Fall day wrapped in my chief cardigan, sipping a pumpkin spice latte. (in my visions I do all sorts of fancy, movie-esque things – don’t you?)

2. I’m going to give you a second to sit down…because if not this will certainly make you weak in the knees – fair warning. It’s the Lindsey Thornburg Trench Cloak.

Lindsey Thornburg Buell #2 Trench Cloak

I don’t know who this Lindsey is, but girl has got it goin’ on. Just ignore the price tag on that bad boy and imagine how ridiculously chic you would be actually owning something called a “trench cloak”. I like to imagine how amazing I would look outside at a football game, hair perfectly styled, all the ladies wondering how I came across such a fabulous cloak. Reality check – my outings involve sweatpants and target. 😉

3. One day I will have a bambino, and she will have gorgeous Native American skin like Kevin and I will fawn over her while we sit in her nursery with these adorable stitched pieces framed on the wall.

Framed Stitched Artwork - Tepee Framed Stitched Artwork - Deer Framed Stitched Artwork - Donkey

My favorite is the teepee. What about you?

4. There’s a whole series of these art pieces, but I think this one is my favorite.

Trophy Deer Artwork

5. And then there’s the bags. SWOON CITY. I mean, you could spend hours trying to pick a favorite, but here are my tops:

Leather Tote Posse Bag Handbag

That was fun wasn’t it?? Now if you want to get in some serious trouble and accidentally blow through a couple of hours go and search “Pendleton” on etsy-vintage. Love!

Goodwill Hunting

I have a recently acquired problem that involves now working from home, my days now typically start with a cup of coffee and a “oh, I guess I could make a quick run over to Goodwill”. This is a problem people, mainly because once you start going to Goodwill on an almost daily basis the lines between a really cool find and a piece of junk start to rapidly blur. I think I had a pretty good haul yesterday though.

I’m a lover of personal photographs, it’s a trait I got from my momma, so much so that I basically wallpaper every room in vacation, wedding, puppy, etc. pictures so I’m trying to sprinkle some art throughout the house as well.

On my trip this week I scored these two adorable farm oil paintings for 10 bucks a pop. Not too bad. Something I’m learning about myself – I like farm art, barns, animals, you name it. I’m thinking it would look really cool to pickle the frames on the wood – maybe these would go well in the Dining Room or Master bedroom? Thoughts?

Then there’s this little gem. I’m pretty sure this is one of those finds that borders on the line of being creeptastic, but I’m kind of in to it. Plus, I talked them down from the marked price of $30, to $20.

Tip: Goodwill usually does a markdown on every item that’s been in the store over 30 days, and this one was dated just at the one month mark so I asked the manager for a discount, and it worked!

I somehow think with a whitewashed frame this could look really sweet in a girl’s nursery, but we’ll see where it ends up.

Happy Goodwill Hunting!

Let’s take a walk.

It’s ridiculously gorgeous outside today, I mean really, like beyond. Why it is this perfect and not sweltering like a typical August day only Mother Nature knows, but I figured I need to take advantage of it.

So I did something unheard of this morning, I took the Soph for a walk – sans cell phone. Usually I’m walking along while simultaneously pinning – facebooking – instagramming but not today. And boy it’s a good thing I left that thing on the kitchen counter, or else I wouldn’t have taken a moment to look around and really absorb the beauty of today.

This is how excited Sophie gets when you say the “W” word around here, then she runs around in circles. It’s basically just like what I do when I hear RPatz is going to be on Kimmel.

Here’s some of the gorgeousness we soaked in this morning. Also note, acrobatic squirrel.

And here’s a sneak peek in to what we’re working on around the house this week. It’s no big thang, but a mini update that will hopefully be a nice little spruce up.