Sunday, April 12, 2015

An Eclectic Blouse - 2 Ways







Happy Monday!

When I saw this blouse at the consignment store, I snagged it right away. It had so much character; I wear it all the time. Dressed up and dressed down. It is one of my spring favorites!

This week I wanted to share a thought that's stuck with me for a little while now. I heard an acquaintance say that it is her firm belief that everyone has their own answers to their own dilemmas. Often, they don't need opinions, they just need help finding their gut solutions (and a good listening ear). Ultimately, I think we all know deep down what's best for us and our situations. 

I tend to be a chronic advice-seeker. I ask my husband, my girlfriends, my sister, my sister-in-laws, my mom, my mother-in-law, and google what they would do. I have this bad late-night google habit, typing in the most ridiculously personal things (like when to stop having children... Google doesn't know, BTW). After becoming a mom, I realized, "Wait-I spent all that time seeking advice, and here I am back at my original answer anyway." It was a common pattern. I kind of had a breakthrough about trusting my own instincts.

I am still honing that skill. I do value other's opinions, but I am always trying to be a faster decision-maker, and not waste time searching for an answer I already have.

How about you? Are you confident in your instincts, or do you seek lots of advice?



Have a great week!


Blouse // Thrifted
Jeans // Gap
Skirt // Thrifted
Flats // Target
Boots // Thrifted







Thursday, April 9, 2015

The "Blooms on Black" Trend




A few days ago, I shared my spring blouse that I dubbed my "blooms on black" piece. I borrowed the phrase from an Instagram hashtag started by designer Justina Blakeney for her simple, but stunning, photos of... you guessed it... flowers on a black background.

https://instagram.com/justinablakeney/

(Visit here to see how low-tech Justina's setup is)

So simple, but breathtaking, no? The drama. The depth. The mood. The contrast.





As I talked about briefly in my previous post, it's an idea that's caught on big. Have you noticed this concept in clothes, accessories, art, and crafts?

Here are some of my favorite interpretations:

The House That Lars Built



















Do you own anything with "blooms on black" this season?




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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Black Floral Blouse










Happy Tuesday everyone,

I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend! We had a fun Easter, with some very excited littles. My son even declared that he had the BEST egg hunt ever. I'm sure he'll feel the same next year ;).

I bought this black floral blouse for spring. Even though black is not a traditional spring color, black florals are everywhere, and printed on every product. Have you noticed? My favorite trends are always the ones where designers take a classic element (florals) and approach it in a fresh way.  

I'm planning a post for later this week with more examples of this trend I call "Blooms on Black," after this Instagram hashtag series. 

See you then!

Blouse // Target
Jeans // Gap
Ankle Boots // Target
Purse // Target (old)







Saturday, April 4, 2015

Because He Lives - An Easter Video Clip

In the spirit of Easter, I wanted to share this beautiful video about what Christ's life and resurrection means for us. Hope you enjoy it, and that you have a great holiday weekend!







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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Living Room Corner Updates




I wanted to share some little updates I've made to our piano corner of the living room. We've had a lot of color in our home, which I love, but I'm ready for change. As I've said before, I'm trying to lighten and soften our rooms. I can't just revamp the whole house, but I'm making bite-sized tweaks, a little bit at a time, and this little corner is the latest change.

Here's what it looked like before:


And here it is now.



I thought the piano needed a larger-scale piece of art, and I wanted to incorporate something more modern. Our home is pretty traditional, but I like that eclectic, cleaner feel. I got a large canvas, and painted something abstract and soft.


I used simple accessories we already had, but bought a new Ikea lamp. I think it just makes the whole corner.

*Sidenote: my parents had mixed metal accents in their home (nickel or chrome combined with brass). I always thought that style would never make its way into my home, but here I am with a combined metal lamp that I completely love. The acorn doesn't fall far... ;)


I originally bought this zazzle.com map for my daughter's room, and put it in a large, gold thrifted frame (as seen here). It just got too fancy for me, so I swapped it into another thrifted frame. The gold frame may make an appearance somewhere else.


I drew the lower picture for my husband. It is the building we were married in, and he wanted it prominently displayed on this particular wall. Hence, the grouping. The wreath was another thrift store find from back here


I fought all my pattern-loving instincts, and sewed a little neutral pillow that's all about texture. I think it looks right at home.



You may have noticed this photo-bombing striped rug. I shopped the house, and brought it down from our boy's room. It wasn't really working in there anyway, and I LOVE it in the living room. I'm working on some pillows to match, and will have another post in the future showing those corner updates. I found the rug on Ebay, and it was an unopened, new (as far as I can tell) Potterybarn piece.


I hope you've enjoyed this peek into our piano corner, and that maybe it's inspired you to create something, shop the house, or go thrifting for your own updates. Or visit Ikea. Or buy awesome, new stuff, if that's your style ;). 

Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Recap and Roundup: March 2015



Happy almost-Easter everyone!

Here's what March looked like around T-shirt & Jeans:

My last winter outfit (which, as a Minnesotan, I'm sure I'll be wearing it a few more weeks)

My Spring Capsule Wardrobe, and a few outfits from it here, here, and here.

Spring color trends in everyday life.

Why I now love white walls.

iPhone photography tips for beginners.

Some beautiful cake inspiration (edible flowers are involved).

Wintery snapshots.


Some of my favorite links around the web this month were style quizzes. I started with one recommendation from French Country Cottage, and couldn't get enough. Here are some fun ones to help define your style:

The above recommended "Stylescope Quiz" from Home Goods

"What's Your Decor Style?" from Domaine Home 

"What's Your Decorating Style?" from Houzz

"A Visual Quiz" from Stylish Home

"What's Your Seaside Personality?" from Coastal Living

And so many more... !


I was mostly "Bohemian"- in some form. How about you?


Have a great week.

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