Master Bedroom Before/After

It’s been quite some time since I gave the world a peek at our renovated 1940s home. To refresh your memory, I began in our cute little main bathroom that, like our kitchen, was a total gut job. Now we are moving on to a room that required some serious cosmetic upgrades: our bedroom.

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The first things to go were that sad, Eeyore looking ceiling fan and the purple paint with Princess trim in our closet (we think the last family used it as a nursery). Our bedroom was my big project and I had to be so, so patient with it because Joel and I didn’t live together when he moved in.  I couldn’t just throw in feminine touches all willy nilly. After I painted all of the walls, ceiling, and trim plain old white, I had to suspend my dreams of the potential this master bedroom had, and let Joel have his brown sheets and mix matched side tables.

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One day, 1 year later, I snapped and brought home paint samples. For those of you who asked how I got Joel to agree to light purple walls, I gave him only two options: pale lilac or pale lavender and he chose the one he liked best (Sweet Bianca by Bher). After I painted, a lot of other things started falling into place. A cool light fixture to fill the hole that the ceiling fan had left. A new bed, rug, ladder bookshelf. At my bridal shower we got our new matching bedside tables, lamps, and Frida Khalo pillows (thanks, Sheila!). Joel put in the window trim the week before our wedding. What an improvement!

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I love our bedroom so much! It’s where I would hide and nap when I didn’t want to help with other home renovations. It’s where the 1,466 candles led me with Joel waiting to propose. It’s where all of our friends would drunkenly gather during our wedding week. It’s where I found my missing brother-in-law, just hanging out reading a Wes Anderson book at our wedding after party. It’s where we get to sleep every night. It’s HOME!

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One of the other questions Joel and I both get asked a lot these days is whether or not we let our kittens sleep with us, to which I have only one answer: “No, I am the only animal allowed in the bedroom…” It’s funny because we’re newlyweds. Another question is do I regret getting all white bedding? Only about every 28 days… Okay, I’ll stop being gross now.

This room is  Mid Century Modern on a budget. We saved a lot of money by purchasing almost everything from Wayfair, Amazon, and Target. The geometric rug was a big splurge from West Elm, but it’s the only one. Most of the art and knick knacks are vintage finds! We love this cozy space (especially when it’s clean enough to photograph)!

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Couples Costumes 101

The first time Joel and I ever attempted to do a couples costume for Halloween was a total joke. We, very last minute, decided to go as Blake and Adam from Workaholics (The idea was that I would curl and tease my hair and wear Joel’s short sleeve button down and Joel would take off his glasses and squint a lot). It just so happened that this was the same night that Joel wanted me to meet his parents. I was too busy trying to impress Ron and Sheila with my list of top ten favorite books to give our costumes much thought and we ended up scrapping the whole thing.

Oh how times have changed! This year marks the third year in a row that Joel and I will have, successfully, pulled off a great couples costume. These days, we give ourselves plenty of time to come up with a good idea and then execute it. We totally killed it as Han and Leia in 2014 and again as Katy Perry and Left Shark last year.

We narrowed it down, and realized that there are 4 categories of couples costumes and each year we’ll pick from a different one. Here are some examples:

  • Topical Costumes- No, not tropical costumes, nobody around here is going as a palm tree. Topical meaning whatever is popular in the media right now. Katy Perry/Shark were pretty topical because we took the idea from that year’s Super Bowl halftime show. In 2013, my sister in law went as a giant wrecking ball and her husband was Miley Cyrus- so good! I can see a lot of this year’s topical costumes centering around the election. Booooooring! Here’s a better idea: Ben and Lauren from The Bachelor. It was easy for us because  we already kind of look like them.

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  • Classic/Iconic Costumes- Can you get more classic than Princess Leia and Han?! What about Holly Golightly and Cat? Princess Buttercup and Westley? Popeye and Olive Oyl? Forrest Gump and Jenny? Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro?! A bearded Castaway and his beloved Wilson Volleyball? This is my favorite category to chose from.
  • Inanimate Object Costumes- Salt and Pepper, Spaghetti and Cheese, Lumberjack and Block of Wood, Builder and Sexy Piece of Drywall, Lamp and Light Bulb, the list goes on and on. Look around your kitchen and pick something!
  • Inside Joke Costumes- this is the winning category for us this year. Our costumes are not everyone’s cup of tea, but those of you who will get it will laugh! Stay tuned.

We are hosting our third annual Halloween party with our best blogger friends/neighbors, Nick and Sarah. We have The Simpsons Tree House of Horror episodes playing on mute with a sweet Halloween playlist (wereworlf bar mitvah, monstermash, etc.), a cool photo booth backdrop made by yours truly, and all the pizza and alcohol you can imagine. It’s always a good time!

Leather + Lace

I won’t lie to you, the title of this post sounds like it could be the name of an adult video store, but I was actually thinking of the Stevie Nicks song when I named it:

“Give to me your leather; Take from me my lace” (I wonder what the song is about. Wink wink, nudge nudge….)

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There’s something so endearing about the combination of these two textiles. Leather and lace make me think of both a good gal gone bad and a rebellious girl with a heart of gold. The juxtaposition of something sweet (lace) and something savory (ha,  because leather, get it?) almost always amounts to a big fat fashion w-i-n. Hey, if you didn’t notice, I KNOW BIG WORDS!

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For the most part, I spend my weekdays wearing yoga pants and minimal makeup, which is why I always feel the need to over primp and over dress on weekends. Joel and I get a lot out of our photo shoots together: I get a self esteem boost, and he gets to practice his portrait photography on the prettiest (only) girl in the whole damn forest.

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Lace Maxi/ Annie Gogglyn (sold out), Faux Leather Jacket/ Similar, Shoes/Kate Spade

The Perfect Score

Ever notice how the music in a movie can make or break the whole thing? I guess that’s the whole reason why there is an Oscar category for Best Score. The score is important! I, personally, like to listen to music in my car or when I’m going to bed and imagine different scenarios for the song I’m jammin’. With a year long engagement, I had plenty of time to pick the perfect songs for the special moments of our wedding.

Looking back at our year of wedding planning, the part that I remember best and most fondly is putting together a playlist. I would get home from Ohio on Friday evenings, we’d pour beers and get a pizza, and listen to songs. The more beers we drank, the more we danced around the living room. We’ve been to so many weddings where the music doesn’t flow right, so the dance floor is mostly empty. We wanted to micro manage our DJ by picking all of the songs he would play, not just the special ones.

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ceremony start/entrance song: Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys (Funny thing is I had originally wanted God Only Knows but changed my mind when it was the intro song to Big Love- HBO’s show about polygamy).

ceremony exit song: You Shook Me All Night Long by ACDC (Played right when we were pronounced man and wifey.

cocktail hour/dinnertime had an eclectic mix of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Mutemath, Iggy Azalea, Ingrid Michaelson and more.

our first dance song: Leaving On A Jet Plane by Peter, Paul and Mary  (A good choice considering we had spent half of our time together in a long distance relationship! I was driving home from Target when it came on in my car and I cried so hard listening to it and knew it was perfect!)

dance with dad: Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver (One of our favorite songs ever! It was between this or something by the Doobie Brothers.)

cake cutting: Somebody To Love by Queen (Something to love: cake)

bouquet toss: Single Ladies by Beyonce  Bad Girls by MIA (Because I wanted to be original. Also, I threw my bouquet at my best friend and she almost threw it right back to me.)

The rest of the dance music had  a mix of songs by Taylor Swift, Drake, Bruno Mars, Chicago, and other bands who make you wanna shake ya tail feather (Nelly?). Though we asked for no line dancing, The Wobble was played and I now have a funny video of a bunch of people doing a line dance they don’t know.

The last two songs that were played were Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and Come Sail Away by Styx. At the end of the last song, Joel and I stood in the middle of the dance floor where he lifted me up and slowly twirled me around like a ballerina. It may sound cheesy, but I had the best view of all the smiling faces of our friends and family and I was so happy and so grateful for everyone who made our night so perfect.

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DJ Kevin of Black Well Soundz

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I can’t wait to put on our wedding clothes, drink beer and eat pizza, while we listen to our wedding playlist again. Sounds like the perfect Friday night. Score!

Cats!

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July 2015-October 2016, a year and 3 months- the longest I’ve ever been catless. I was born into cat ownership and have literally. always. had. cats. My family has always had pets. My home growing up was not only filled with, like, a million children running around, but there were always animals too (we had a pet pigeon once). At one point in time, the cat to kid ration was 1:1, which says a lot because there were 6 of us.

My sister and I recently attempted to compile a list of names of all of the cats we had growing up, and got somewhere in the high twenties (that list is cats only, Pierre Pigsby the pig, Samson the Great Dane, and Mr. Weasel the ferret are on another list entirely). Impressive, no? From Freckles, whom my parents had had since before us kids were born who met her fate by the jaws of some very bad runaway dogs when I was 4; to Brosnan, Martin, and Nunny who were named after Priests from our church and the word “nun”, respectively; to Little Kitty who once ran through rat poison and costs thousands of dollars worth of Kitty Kidney Dialysis to save (he is now almost 20 and miraculously still alive)- we had a lot of cats and we loved them all so much (all except Poncho- he was a dick).

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The fact that I haven’t had kitties of my own for a little while led me to owning cats on things. Cat sweater? I’ve got 2! Cat shirts and dresses? Yup. Cat tea towels? In the kitchen, dummy! Cat vases? Throughout our house, sir! Joel’s favorite shirt is one with a cat reading a book printed on it. What can we say? We really like cats.

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After commuting to and from Ohio every week, planning and having a wedding, going on a honeymoon, and having a bunch of house guests in between, our lives together as a married couple have finally had a chance to calm down. A couple weeks ago, we pounced on the opportunity and adopted two kittens from the local Animal Rescue League.

Enter Peter Nincompoop and Sweet Dee (she’s not giving you the stink eye, that’s just how her face is):

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We couldn’t be more in love with our kittens! I love hearing the pitter patter of little paws as I sip my coffee in the morning! These little guys warmed up to us immediately and love to snuggle with Joel and I as we watch The Wire. They have such goofy personalities: she likes to bite us and he likes to attack our toes. Bringing home these babies was a pawsitively good idea.

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Cat Sweater/ShopAtBananas, Leggings/old AF, Boots/Kate Spade, Necklace & Glasses/No14

It’s Fall, Y’all.

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Fall has always been my favorite season and October has always been my favorite month of the year. The air is crisp, the leaves are starting to change, and people are starting to use their fireplaces so the air outside has that subtle smoky smell- I LOVE IT.

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As much as I love this season, there are some Fall things I can do without. Yes, I’ll carve or paint a pumpkin, visit an apple orchard, and attempt a corn maze this year; but I will not be wearing solely dumb dull “Fall colors” on my body. Here’s the thing: just because it’s no longer Spring/Summer doesn’t mean you have to give up on wearing bright colors. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to trade in your Kelly Greens for Olive, Neon Yellows for Mustards, or Pinks for Maroons. Just because the leaves are wearing orange doesn’t mean you have to! Ew, burnt orange? I may be from Texas, but I’d never

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How good are these pink Lucite heeled booties? My sweet husband says that they are just a little bit “hooker-y”, but I don’t see it. I call this wrap my “Drake Sweater” because when I wear it I always think “I’ve got my eye on you, you’re everything that I need…”

As you can probably tell, I’m already enjoying my Fall wardrobe. I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOURS, DUMMIES.

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Wrap/SheIn, White Tee/Annie Gogglyn, Jeans/AE, Pink Booties/ASOS, Sunglasses/F21

Woman Of The Hour Vol 1

I was recently interviewed for a local “blogger of the week” thing, and there is one question in particular that’s been sticking with me: “Where do you see your blog in 5 years?” Now, I don’t know where we’ll be living or how much weight I will have gained/lost or if I’ll still even have an obsession with egg rolls by then, but I do have a clear idea of where the ole blog-a-roo is headed.

Contrary to popular belief, I’m not a narcissist. Well, I’m not as narcissistic as I come off on the Internet. I would love it if I could take my blog from That’s What Sarah Said: all about ME, ME, ME to That’s What SHE Said: A Blog By Women For Women, or something like that. I know so many interesting women and have heard amazing hilarious, heartwarming, and sometimes tragic stories from all of them and this could potentially be a place for them to share. But, baby steps…

I dipped my toes in the water last winter when I interviewed my now sister-in-law, Laura. LG is a brilliant, funny, beautiful, and  talented individual and I enjoyed asking her goofy questions and getting to do a photo shoot with her! And now, with the same gusto, I bring you my first installment of Woman of the Hour; an interview/conversation with the most outgoing lady I have ever met, my cousin/bff, Christina.

I’ve known Christinka my whole life. I’ve seen her grow from the sweet, nerdy girl in elementary school to the never-shy, always happy, still-just-as-sweet, gorgeous, purple-haired adult. Christina is a very talented hair dresser, wife, and mother of two. She is typically the wildest person in the room if there’s music on. She will do the jump splits. You have been warned!

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 Describe your style in 1-5 words. Classic/trendy/bold/colorful

Who is your #1 style icon? Does it have to be someone who is alive? I always love looking to Marilyn. More current- Kate Moss

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What is your best feature? (smile? hair? boobs? idk) my hair and my legs (not the hair on my legs). I may be short but I was blessed with some nice strutters

What song would you want to play when you walk into a room that would make you feel like a badass? Me too- Meghan Trainor

What beauty product can you not live without? Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced and my beauty blender!

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Are you currently binge watching anything, Netflix or otherwise? Just started Orphan Black! Thanks to Amy Pummel for getting me hooked

What is your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had? I have a few- my little Indian with my macaroni necklace, our village people costumes WITH the mustaches, my diy Christmas present costume, or sunny-side-up (no picture) ((all white jumpsuit with the butt cut out wearing yellow shorts under so when I bent over, I looked sunny-side-up))

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If you and Brandon (your husband) could go anywhere in the world with or without your kiddos, where would you want to go? New Zealand during their summer. We both love to relax during vacations so we would for sure hit up the beaches, check out the glow worm caves and I would have to have a meet and greet with a koala though

What’s your favorite part about being a mom? Post-bedtime? Just kidding. I love seeing how much they learn and how they express themselves in their own ways. They have huge hearts and it’s rewarding seeing that play out.

What is your most embarrassing moment? Hard to say because I am KNOWN  for busting my ass everywhere I go and peeing my pants. I don’t think I have ever played a game of hide-and-go-seek without peeing myself a little bit. And I don’t think I’ve ever been dancing without falling or hurting myself in some way. Peeing has always been an issue, even before having children.

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What is your drink of choice? Vodka water. Or a whole bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon to myself.

 Give me an example of your biggest fashion win and your biggest fashion mistake. 

Win- my most IG likes was on my pink tulle skirt with my ballet flats. I just want to dance when I wear it! Also- the new flowy  floral dress/tunic from bless your heart. I had an older man tell me I made him feel young again because it reminded him of the 70s with the belled sleeves- thanks, man!

Mistake– trying to completely match a whole outfit. It’s too much! Worst was the cow print platforms, vest, and cowboy hat. Hey! 1990 Madonna called, she wants her cow print hat back.

What are your favorite and least favorite current fashion trends?

Favorite- chokers. Haha “my necklace that attracts boys” no, I’m not sure why but I’ve always loved chokers even when they were not in style. I love that high waist jeans are in. Never thought I would but after becoming a mom, they have saved my life!

Least favorite- Gaucho pants, turtlenecks- mainly because they make me look like a turtle and itch. I love that they look great on everyone else! Crocs, socks with sandals/opened heels, baggy pants on guys

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Best advice you could give someone. Don’t worry about a thing. Every little thing is gonna be alright!

There you have it. A little insight to a very complicated girl. Be sure to follow Christina on Instagram for great pops of color and cute AF kid pics!