Friday, June 28, 2013

What I Bought - June 2013

1. Mossimo Cardigan from Target - $6.99 (clearance)
2. Gap Cardigan (the prettiest neon pink) - $10.99 (sale) - similar
3. Gap Striped Mix Sweatshirt - $32.99 (sale) - this is the coolest mix of sweatshirt front and woven button down on the cuffs and back and it's so cozy.  I actually saw it one week, tried it on and liked it but left without buying it.  I found myself constantly thinking about it and the next week I went back and snagged it.  They have a dress version which looks like pjs or loungewear - not as cute for sure.
4.  Target boys oatmeal heather tee - $6 (not shown)

Total spent out of pocket = $56.97

Go forth and shop responsibly!
I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Pinterest, before Pinterest

As much as I'm devoted to Pinterest (and boy am I.  I'm currently at over 10,600 pins?!?!), and as much as I love the ability to access inspirational images/directions/recipes anytime, anywhere, I still love ripping inspirational images out of magazines.  I find some sort of weird comfort in their physical presence.  There's nothing like touching those pages and just taking the images in #oldschool.  I've been collecting magazine tears for years (since 1987 to be exact) when I started stashing them away.  I ended up with huge stacks of papers in complete disarray.  I could never find what I needed and the pages were getting ripped and damaged.  So about 15 years ago I decided to go through them, purge, group and organize and create my "Inspiration Notebooks".  This post is just a quick walk-through of how I update them and stay on top of the endless stream of paper - it can get overwhelming.

1.  I stash all tear sheets into a clear zip top folder, until it's full.

2. When it's full, I pull the stack out and the sorting begins according to the categories of the notebooks I have.

3.  I have pre-made file folders with the categories. I file the stacks of images accordingly.  If time is tight, I'll stop here until later.

4.  Now comes the fun (and time consuming) part, putting the full page images in sheet protectors.

Making sure to trim any down and make sure they "flow" nicely.

5.  The remaining will be images that need to be cut out and pasted in separately.  In the tear sheet below, I really just wanted the image of the room and nothing else.

6.  Flip through the book and find a page where there's enough empty space for it to fit. I just use plain white  copy paper to tape it to.

7.  Use a little tape on the back to put it on  the page.

8.  That's it!  Now you have more goodies to look at when in need of inspiration (or are away from Pinterest - ha)!

Do you still save magazine tears for inspiration?  How do you preserve them for reference?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Wishlist - Books, Cookbooks!

I'm not generally a person who buys cookbooks, I rely heavily on magazines (thank you Real Simple!) and now Pinterest to find new things to make.  But lately, I've been bored, I want to try some new dishes, mix things up a bit!  I hopped over to Amazon to check out some cookbooks.  Here are the ones that I'm most interested in.  Do any of you have any of these? If so, what do you think of them?  Am I missing any other good ones out there?  Let me know!

It's All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow - Look, she drives me nuts too guys, but her recipes (that I've tried) have been delish!  Keep it coming Gwynnie!
Yogalosophy by Mandy Ingber
This Is A Cookbook by Eli and Max Sussman
What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davies
True Food by Andrew Weil
It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig
And who doesn't need a good cookbook stand to make life easier - I like this one from The Container Store - $29.99 

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My Take - J.Crew Spring 2013

I just love this look from J.Crew's Spring 2013 presentation, it's casual yet totally chic!
Here are the details of my two takes on this look:
1. J.Crew summerweight linen sweater (looks to be the exact one shown in the photo) - $69.50
7.  LOFT striped jacket - $69.50

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

My Resort 2014 Picks!

I've been happily going through all the Resort 2014 shows and pinning my favorite looks on my Resort 2014 Pinterest board.  Head over and check out all the beauties!  

Also make sure you check out my Pinterest boards from previous seasons:

Runway images via

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My Take - Tory Burch Spring 2013

I really love this mix of the tie-dye-ish pattern on the shorts and the tailored striped jacket!  Here are a couple of interpretations.

9. J.Crew Chino - $22

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