The Only Piece I Really Cared About

We made it. We are here in San Jose and enjoying the beauty of California. While I'm positive we will only be in this location for a year or so, I think it's safe to say that California will be our permanent home. My husband is from Sacramento so his family is only about 2 hours from us. This will basically be our first time living in the same state as family, I only wish mine were here too!

We picked up my mom in Utah on the drive here from Denver and then she stayed a few days to help out with the chaos of unpacking etc. The house we moved into was built in the 1920's so needless to say... it is old, small and struggles with storage capabilities. I've found myself pretty frustrated with trying to find a place for everything. We spent our last month in Denver selling all of our stuff and donating a lot. We made sure to only come here with the things that we absolutely love, and unfortunately the size of this house makes me feel like we didn't get rid of anything!

I am continuing to organize, unpack and clean each day. As far as being inspired and having ideas for projects, my mind is always full. It's just the time that I'm trying to juggle. We finished our campaign dresser before we got here, it was a huge job. It deserves a post and a half! Sadly (and I mean VERY SADLY), it has a HUGE ding in the front on one of the drawers. And it didn't even happen until after it was moved into this house, in the room and place where I wanted it. My blood boils when I think about who did it and how they did (and yes I know exactly how it happened). I don't regret finishing it prior to the move, it was so much work and I'm so happy we don't have to worry about it here. We will have to just do some touch ups.


There's Crap Everywhere

I feel like my life is in a big jumble right now. Boxes are everywhere, piles of who even knows just spread out all over every bedroom... moving is chaotic. A week from today I'm crossing my fingers that we'll be in our house with a lot less crap. Someone said to me that moving 3 times is equal to having a fire. I'm working hard to make that true, I feel like all I do is fill bags for donating. Which is good, it really is good. I just want to be done! This blog is a little unorganized as well, I've been contemplating making the switch to Squarespace so I'm still trying to get to know their platform and just familiarize myself with how things work (who knew I should have majored in graphic design!) I'm hoping to really get down to business here in a few weeks. Looking forward to a simpler and more organized life. Follow me on my instagram for moving updates, I'll be back to this blog next week!


Project Updates

Hello! We've been hard at work with 3 different projects lately. My hands are dried out from paint thinner and mineral spirits and covered in paint. Not very pretty. I finally decided on a color for the campaign dresser and we are nearly done with Trudy's play kitchen. My 'to do list' is looking quite different so I'll have to do an update on that.

The quote above is something I've had on my mind since the new year. I've really been trying to buy less and spend my money wiser. We are moving in a week to the bay area (dream!), so we've been purging and selling practically all of our furniture. Not all of it, just keeping only the best. It is crazy though, how much of it we are totally okay with getting rid of. Any time I go through our stuff (whether it's a closet or pantry or garage), I'm shocked at how little of it we actually use or even love. Grant and I love to collect cool things from antique or thrift shops etc. and while it's fun.... we kind of sort of start to gather quite the garage full of projects, most of which we never get to. Anywho, it's always nice to get a fresh start somewhere. I want to have a suuuuper organized house with only things we love. Amen.


Scentsa at Sephora

I've been wanting to do this post for a long time now (seems like that is always the case!). I never wrote the post because I took pictures inside the store and then erased them because they just didn't really show up that well. Unfortunately the ones I found online really aren't any better but hopefully you can at least see what it looks like.

A few years ago, I was browsing through my Albuquerque Sephora. I decided to check out their "Scentsa" or better known as a "fragrance finder". In case you are unfamiliar with it, this magical machine is a touch screen that starts with the option to search fragrance types or fragrance notes. I wanted to look up a few different perfumes that I have, to see if I could find any commonalities between them.

When clicking on a certain perfumes, Scentsa tells you anything and everything you've ever wanted to know about it, as well as similar perfumes or perfumes with the same notes (which is perfect if your 'go to' perfume has been discontinued). In a matter of like... 3 minutes (extremely user friendly), I found that Jasmine is in every single perfume that I own. When it gave me recommendations for perfumes that I might like, I found one that is absolutely amazing and has been on my wish list ever since. I also learned that I'm drawn to fresh, floral and sometimes citrus scents. Never sweet or spicy.

I will always be a huge fan of learning more about what makes us all different from each other. I love to learn about things that I like or better, things that I didn't even know I liked! Next time you're near a Sephora, I highly recommend checking Scentsa out.

Check out my post on the difference in fragrance strengths as well as my favorite Sephora purchase to date!


DIY Table Runner Pillow

A few months ago I was browsing through TJ Maxx. I noticed a piece of gold fabric on the bottom shelf in the clearance section and picked it up. It was a beautiful Tahari table runner (!). I turned the price tag over expecting to see a high price when I was pleasantly surprised with a red tag that read $6.00. I'm not a huge fan of table runners but I knew instantly I'd be able to figure something out, it was just too pretty to pass up.


Outdoor Furniture I Actually Like

I often browse online for outdoor furniture collections. I like to imagine what I would pick for my own future backyard one day. I never really have much luck, nothing ever seems to really peak my interest or suit my style. So many styles have materials that are too thick and bulky or too thin and dainty.
This weekend I was in Crate & Barrel and stopped in my tracks at this gorgeous chair. I don't really feel like the pictures online do it any justice. The chair is constructed beautifully and the patterns are a perfect marriage. The black and white rattan weave is so pretty and fresh.

These chairs are incredibly easy to clean since the rattan is synthetic. It's soft and smooth and quite a comfortable chair. The rattan legs are poles with spots that resemble burn marks and clearly appear like an animal print. Like I said... just beautiful.
Whether I end up owning these chairs or not, It's gives me hope in outdoor collections. :)


The Search For the Perfect Tee

I've talked before about the importance of having a good t-shirt (or a couple). I'm still on the hunt for one with the perfect fit and here are a few of my requirements:

Not too thin/sheer. I don't want to have to worry about my shirt being see through. This is maybe the biggest problem I'm finding. Designers know that we are wanting that slouchy (but not too slouchy) and flattering look (fitted in the right spots) and unfortunately I think a thinner fabric helps achieve that look. However I need a fabric that is thicker and just a higher quality all around. I'm open to any neckline. Actually I take that back, crew necks might be too stuffy for the relaxed look I want, I love u-neck, v-neck or scoop.

I'm a t-shirt and jeans kind of gal. I like getting dressed up, I really really do. But while I'm at home doing chores or out running errands... I just want to be comfortable without looking frumpy.

Going just by looks, here are a few I've found around the web.

One: Madewell
Two: Halogen
Three: Old Navy
Four: Cheap Monday
Five: Everlane
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