Apartment Dreaming | Kitchen Inspiration

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Most of you know that in a few short months I will be moving back down south to attend graduate school. This Baylor Bear is adding the Oklahoma State Cowboys to her list of mascots, and in the past few weeks I've added some gorgeous Anthro goodies to my kitchen collection. I currently live with four other gals who graciously provided everything for our house, so my dishes are either already at home (thanks Mom!) or neatly wrapped in bags in my bedroom. In the fall, I will move in to a shiny new 1-bedroom apartment! I fell in love with the space and location (even though it was only stud walls at the time...) my first visit to OSU. Lately I've been daydreaming about spiffying up the place once I get there, and here is where my mind has wandered.

If I am correct, the counters, cabinets, and appliances will be dark, unlike the rest of the apartment which will be mostly white (woohoo!). Two of my greatest concerns are (1) storage and (2) wall decor. We cannot nail anything into the wall, so everything has to have a temporary fix. Command strips and I are about to become best buds. I love the collage of white plates because I think it both brightens the space and will be easy to pop up on the walls.

The dishes at the top are the Sissinghurst collection from Anthropologie and I am absolutely in love with them! They were an early birthday present from Mom and Dad (well timed since I won't see them till July) and I've paired them with the Fleur de Lys collection for a mixed-and-matched set. The latte bowls are an Anthro staple and over the year I have gathered quite the collection. I hope to have them displayed somewhere in the space. 

As far as storage goes, I'm hoping the cabinets cover most of the bases, but I get the feeling they will serve double duty as my pantry also. I love the look of open shelving and (if there is enough space) I would be more than happy to display my favorite pieces on the steel shelving units pictured above. Now if a Kitchen Aid Mixer just happened to appear, I wouldn't complain ;)

I also picked up a few odds & ends at Goodwill this weekend (I found a merchandise card in my purse and an Anthropologie canister tucked away! What luck?!). I really need to put the purchasing on pause until I get home. Otherwise my tiny car is going to POP on the way back to Texas.

Is there anything you think this girl is missing? Or any advice to give this gal preparing for another cross country move? I'll take 'em all!

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Anthropologie on a Dime | Denim & Draw Strings

Monday, April 21, 2014

If you haven't heard me rave about the discount I get at Anthropologie it's for one of two reasons: the first, you caught me on a humble day where I didn't want to rub it in, or second, you caught me on an off day because I'm really obsessed and blessed with it. They take care of us at Anthro and this discount is the only way I can afford to shop there. Before I got the job I was a sale room hunting pro and ventures into the sweetly scented wonderland were a rare treat (the closest one to Baylor was two hours away). It has been so fun updating my style and my wardrobe since last July and I am already mourning the day I had over my discount card this summer. There isn't an Anthro near OSU. I checked.

But even though I have a discount and love the ensembles our personal stylists/display gals put together, I also love finding those looks on the cheap elsewhere. This weekend I purchased two items that instantly kicked my wardrobe up ten notches and checked two Anthro items off my wish list; this was accomplished for a fraction of the price at Loft and Old Navy.

#1: The Army Vest
These guys are in this season and have been for a while. I tried on the one on the left because I loved its shape on the hanger and the model, but it positively swallowed me no matter what size I chose, or it made me look like an army canteen. My friend Whitney has it and ROCKS it, but it just wasn't working for me. Old Navy was having a great 30% off everything sale for the weekend, and I popped in to replace my favorite jeans (the Rockets I've worn day in and day out were, well, too worn to wear any more...). I picked up the vest on my way to the fitting room, intentionally a size or two smaller than what I usually wear, and fell in love as soon as I put it on. It gave me just enough of a waist with the draw string but didn't flare out or widen my hips the wrong way. It was $100 cheaper than the Anthro version, more flattering, and on sale. Even with my discount I couldn't get it for these pretty pennies. Once I got it home, I put it over 85% of the shirts I own and it is a game changer! You'll see me in it at least four days a week next month ;) 

 #2: Cropped, Dark Washed Denim
Now I am a big fan of the Old Navy Rockets and they were my go-to for most of college. The different denim washes and lengths fit my style and my body type really well, even if they were low rise (...not my favorite trend). Anthropologie has high quality jeans but they have an equally high price point. I have not purchased them because I was hoping to get in better shape before making the investment. But when my favorite pair of Rockets bit the dust, I knew I needed to find a pair to wear to work and that would stand up to the ware and tear of working with kids all week long. I popped into Loft during their 40% off your entire purchase promotion (sic 'em steal of a deal!) and picked up a pair of the Curvy Skinny Ankles. Hello gorgeous! They have a zipper detailing on the ankle and sit between a typical skinny and capri lengthwise, but I can still tuck them into my ankle boots just fine. We used to carry Pilcro's with the zip ankle but those zipped out of stores in a hurry! Talk about popular. The curvy skinnies have a higher waist (PTL!) and stretch just right. These puppies were $120 cheaper than the Anthro Citizens I'd been eyeing and then even more on sale with the promotion. I'm curious about the stretch and wash cycle, but we'll give it a week before the verdict is out.  Nevertheless, getting the look for a few crisp dollars is fine in my book. 

Both Old Navy and Loft have sales regularly. They're worth the obnoxious e-mail alerts for that reason. I try to stay away from the mall unless I have certain items in mind (which of course is impossible because I work at a mall...) and it's typically not too long before said items go on sale or promotion. Patience is a virtue. Items go on sale at Anthro frequently as well, but once they go they're gone. I'm a big fan of finding similar items elsewhere, but shhhh! Don't tell my boss ;)

Anyone else have favorite spots to knock off name brands or styles? I'd love to know! And I'd love to know if you try the above! We can be twinsies; I don't mind one bit.  

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He is Risen

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Glory, glory, hallelujah! Today as we celebrate, I hope that you are full of joy! Jesus paid the price for our sins and conquered death so that we may join Him in Heaven. He made a way for us to draw near to him each day, tearing the veil and rebuilding the temple. He is our Creator, Savior, and Friend. I pray blessings over you and your families today, my dears. Rest and reflect on all He has done for us.

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Three Things on Thursday

Thursday, April 17, 2014

This lovely little series is back! I forgot how much I loved sharing with you my weekly finds or obsessions. These three come from my most recent scouring of Etsy. The gold sequined camera strap is gorgeous! There are various color options, but I thought the gray and white stripes were really interesting. I've also been wanting to either buy or make a fringe tassel for ages, so I'm hoping one ends up in my next apartment. Lastly the make up stand is one of the coolest gadgets I've ever stumbled upon! It would certainly clean up my vanity and provide a great place to store and charge my iPad. The company makes desks with built in chargers, too, and those are just crazy cool! What do you think? Anything catch your eye? Or is there anything you want to see in Three Things?I'm up for a challenge!

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100 Happy Days (Part I)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When I first heard about the 100 Happy Days project I could not jump on that bandwagon fast enough! I love a good challenge but am terrible at following them through to the end (anyone remember the struggle bus I was on during the #blogeverydayinFEB circus?). For a while I kept a gratefulness journal, inspired by Ann Voskamp's 1,000 gifts, but it got lost in the move. It's been on my to-do list to pick it up again, and when I found the #100happydays tag I thought, where is a better place to count my blessings than Instagram? I'm on it all the time anyways. And so, I happily joined in! Yesterday was day 25 so I am one quarter of the way through. Woohoo! And I haven't missed a day! 

#100happydays Part I:
1. My Simplified Planner and Katie Daisy journal.
2. Restless by Jennie Allen on the way to Dallas.
3. Going to dance class with my mom and dad. They're so good!
4. Touring and interviewing at Oklahoma State. Grad school here I come!
5. Anthropologie. Need I say more?
6. A lovely lunch date with Victoria from Happily Ever Strader.
7. Watching talented friends in Baylor Theatre's The Learned Ladies.
8. My beautiful grand-little Devin makes beautiful music.
9. Quality time with my old roommates and dear friends in Waco.
10. More time to read at home; Beth Moore is amazing.
11. My new ESV journaling Bible. Love, love, love!
12. The cherry blossoms are in bloom on my street.
13. Reflecting on my life vision and sorting through Lara Casey's PowerSheets.
14. Trying out a new makeup routine by Benefit. I kept the Sugarlicious set.
15. Seeing Noah with a good friends sent me back to the beginning.
16. Our God Comes by my church's worship team wrecks my world in the best way!
17. An impromptu bonfire on the beach was exactly what my Monday needed.
18. I'm loving the new YouVersion Bible app update. You have to check it out.
19. A sweet phone date with Micah brightens my day every time.
20. More Anthropologie. I really can't get enough.
21. Sometimes going through tumblr beneath twinkle lights does the trick.
22. Spoken For by Alyssa Joy Bethke and Robin Jones Gunn is finally out!
23. Post-church picnic at Gasworks Park.
24. Easter egg dying party with my roommates. I'm so bad at it...
25. Chocolate gelato is the way to my heart.

It's not too late to sign up for the #100happydays challenge! Today could be your Day 1! My 100 days comes to a close on June 30, and I move back to Texas 3 short days later. Coincidence? I think not. It's time to make my remaining months in Seattle the best yet! Choosing joy changes everything. I'm hoping this challenge lasts far beyond the end of June. Anyone with me?

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