Thursday, February 26, 2015

Recap and Roundup: January & February 2015

Last month, our computer crashed, and I did not have the patience to post all these links through a smartphone. So, here is an extra hefty recap and roundup with everything from January and February. Just in case you missed something ;).

Here's what January and February looked like around T-shirt & Jeans:





A few outfits - dressing up, dressing down, bright color, big jewelry, and the start of a weekly series.



Our little girl's room reveal

Comfort food - a favorite soup and a favorite treat

Thoughts on starting fresh, love, little things, and designer creativity tips

Winter moments in color and black and white

And, of course, some Pantone color trends (here and here)


Here are my favorites from around the web: 

The habits of intuitive people (made me think).

Some beautiful eye candy

I have a thing for pretty cakes. This one is especially simplistic and unique.

A must-hear performance, even if you're not a Taylor fan (and especially if you are).


See you next month!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

{Two Ingredient} Sweetened Toasted Coconut


We have a good Liberian friend named Tati. She's like a grandmother to us, always calling to check on the kids and such. One day, she brought me a warm package full of gooey, crispy, flaky goodness. And her recipe? 2 ingredients. 

1 14 oz. bag of sweetened coconut flakes

1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk

Mix the ingredients well. Generously grease a cookie sheet and spread the mixture on it. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until the top starts to brown. 

If you want more of a fluffy macaroon, I found this similar Martha Stewart recipe. Just add egg whites, salt, and vanilla.

I am a coconut fan, and so I really enjoy this little treat. It's something different, and it always makes me think of Tati. 

Hope you enjoy it too. 




Monday, February 23, 2015

What DOES a Fashion Designer Wear?








Last weekend, my husband and I went to a "murder mystery" party (have you ever been to one?). I was assigned a character who was a young, freelance fashion designer. Aside from solving a murder, I had to figure out what exactly a fashion designer would wear. As I stood before my closet of generic casualness, I figured I'd probably need a shopping trip. Then I remembered what Tina Fey once said about designers:

"A wise friend once told me, 'Don't wear what fashion designers tell you to wear. Wear what they wear.' His point being that most designers, no matter what they throw onto the runway, favor simple, flattering pieces for themselves."
-Bossypants 

I don't have a lot of black, but I found the sleekest gray I could, something with a heel, and skinny jeans (those haven't gone out of style yet, right?). Simple, simple, simple, but felt pretty fancy for me. 

During this process, another famous quote came to mind:

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
-Steve Jobs

True words. In my experience, whether it's fashion, or art, or baking, or cleaning, or giving advice, or doing taxes, the simplest way is often the best. 

That's about as high-style as it gets around here. 

Blouse // Thrifted
Jeans // Gap
Necklace // Thrifted
Shoes // Target


(I wasn't the murderer, by the way-phew)


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Snapshots {February B&W}













Lately, I've been...

Making: Target runs.
Cooking: homemade rolls.
Reading: those random articles LinkedIn emails you.
Watching: Ever After on Netflix. And Blackish.
Listening to: our TMNTurtles (the boys) chase their enemy (Dad) around the house.
Wanting: to be on a beach.
Needing: to paint our bathroom.
Wearing: my husband's Vikings sweatshirt.
Noticing: how big my baby's suddenly getting.
Trying: to tackle everything.
Feeling: at peace.
Enjoying: Instagram.
Planning: our spring bucket list.
Wishing: my children will hold on to their innate goodness forever.
Anticipating: going to a grown-up party this weekend.


What have you been up to this month?

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Outfit of the Week | Thought of the Week


When it comes to my wardrobe, I am not a huge "black" fan. I like wearing it more when combined with other neutrals. I could do black and brown all day. 





(Brown-ish...green-ish...etc., etc.)




Also...

I'm trying something a little different, and sharing an outfit of the week with you (because who doesn't love a little style inspiration), along with a thought of the week. I added the thought because I've been making an effort to focus on 1 thing, just 1, to really try and improve on each week. I figured I may as well share it in case you, my lovely reader, could relate. And, if not, at least you have a nice sweater to look at. 

This week my focus is on patience, specifically with my children. 

"You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance." 
Franklin P. Jones

I'm generally not terrible... until we need to go somewhere. It's quite predictable. Those kiddos get distracted so easily, and brush their teeth so slowly, and just dawdle along like there's nothing but time. They don't notice me frantically grabbing coats and gloves and keys and making sure I didn't forget to thaw the chicken and flip the laundry (and finish packing lunch and send that text). It's a recipe for a big patience fail. However, the world has not yet ended when we've been a few minutes late, and all my stress and barking orders is really silly, in perspective.  

This week, I am stopping myself in those triggering moments, and reminding myself to just relax. I'd rather be a pleasant slightly-late mom than an impatient slightly-on-time one. This is just one small area of patience, but a manageable one for this week.

How about you? Do you have immense patience, or triggering points like me?

Sweater // Macy's
T-shirt // Gap
Leggings // Target
Boots // TJMaxx
Pendant // Thrifted


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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Loving Effectively



"Mom-I don't think my brother loves me, because he never wants to give me a hug."

This concerned observation was from my oldest, the child who leans into me, hugs me, grabs my hand, and cuddles every chance he gets. I remember him nestling his soft baby head into my neck for hours as we would rock and rock. His brother, however, was the baby who never settled in, but always held his head alert.

The 5 love languages, as defined by Gary Chapman, are so widely known and discussed that I hesitated even writing about them. It seems like common protocol for every couple to take the love language quiz. We did, on our first road trip as newlyweds while listening to a marriage advice book-on-tape. My love language is affection, and Scott's is acts of service, and neither of us are into gifts. Check and check. Understanding reached. He knew to hold my hand and I knew to cook his favorite dinners.

However, this is a topic that seems to evolve with time and growth and experience. For instance, we took a "Strengthening Marriage" class through church recently, and the instructor read detailed suggestions for displaying acts of service. Nitty-gritty suggestions, things like: 

Take out the garbage.
Clean the basement.
Take on a major project and tell your partner you finished it.

These were a far cry from my romantic world of holding hands in the park, or even cooking up a beloved meal. For some reason, it never occurred to me that routine household tasks made such an impact.

But I thought about it. My husband is very quick to walk in the door straight to the kitchen to finish preparing dinner. He's known to grab the grocery list, and all the children, and leave me home to exercise. He helps with this, calls on that, fixes this, tweaks that, and gets things done. It suddenly made sense why he was always eager to know what I'd crossed off the to-do list.

"Of course your brother loves you! He just shows his love in different ways." I replied, thinking about how my husband was probably the baby with his head always alert.

Love languages may not be new to you or those close to you, but they are always worth taking a second look at. Words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, receiving gifts, and physical affection take on different forms for children, or even friends. Many relationships are repaired and improved when we understand the best ways to express our love for others.

I hope you feel loved by those close to you this Valentine's, and understand how to most effectively love them. I'll be scraping the ice off my husband's car and finishing our taxes.

Happy Valentine's Day!


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