Archive for March, 2010

we are beautiful, we are doomed

Monday, March 29th, 2010

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I’ve been thinking about a new bed lately.  While the comforter make a huge difference, I really think the headboard makes the greatest statement.  It actually defines the bed and carves out it’s place in the room.  So right now, my bed is super lame.  Just  platform bed, nothing terrible exciting (it IS yellow, though), but I’d really like something like this (saw it on Living etc, wonderful ideas there!).

I love the contrast of the funky material against the very neutral, antique-y look.  This would be a fantastic place to sleep…hopefully I can come up with something similar in the near future.

Ideas, anyone?

Wear:

I don’t wear nearly enough navy.  I’m not sure why that is, but I hope to step it up soon.  So maybe this shirt from ASOS would do the trick?  The ruffles give it an innocent vibe, while pairing it with black leggings makes it seem more sophisticated…I think I would wear this to work.  Or on a date?!

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Okay, this indie-pop group from Wales looks like they would be incredibly fun to hang with.  Not to mention the fact that they make music I really want to dance to.  We could hang out. And dance!

*image via myspace

los campesinos! – we are beautiful, we are doomed

I taught myself the only way to vaguely get along in love
Is to like the other slightly less than you get in return
I keep feeling like I’m being undercut

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blue skies are calling

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

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I have been slowly decorating my apartment as my budget will allow.  This basically means I have a big empty wall.  Or a couple of them.  The nakedness of one of the walls in particular (behind my big brown couch, not mustard), is driving me crazy.

So I have some thoughts.  Normally I would be totally against putting inspirational words on my wall, but something about this particular set of words from WilliamDohman’s etsy shop struck me.  It might say “chill out, jessica, seriously” to me as I walk in the door.  I like that. And I really like this shade of blue.

But I also want to start buying and framing awesome prints.  Then I can someday have a fantastic photo wall.  This one from Three Sheets 2 the Wind is currently on my radar. It doesn’t hurt that it is perfectly coordinated with the colors of my living room.  But I actually would like to own everything on their entire website.  The bedding in the specialty section is particularly lovely too…I guess there is just something about flowers  and trees and simple colors that just makes me incredibly happy.

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I like themes. So sticking w/ the blue one…I would like to have this wallet from Rabbit and the Duck. Totally cute.Listen:

I love listening to Noah and the Whale while I’m working on long, focus-required documents at work.  His voice is so incredibly soothing (and you can hear his lovely lovely British accent ever so subtly…:):):) ), it simply puts me at ease and helps me finish what I’m doing instead of getting distracted by facebook or twitter.  

Even more mellow than their song I linked to below is “the first days of spring”…which is obviously quite fitting this time of year. Give it a listen.  At first it’s pretty slow and seemingly unexciting, but let it sink in for a minute or so and you’ll hear the spectacularness.

*image via myspace

Noah and the Whale – Blue Skies

I’ll do anything
To be happy
Oh cause blue skies are calling
But I know that it’s hard

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one for the dreamers

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

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Please join me in loving this vibrant, comfy, clean living room featured on decor8 by Jan Skácelík. With another yellow couch…surprise, surprise, I guess :)  Since I have been renting for quite a few years now, and have generally been forced to adhere to the basic boring white color palette on my walls, I love getting ideas to spice up the white.  The color choices are bold, but because of all the whiteness, they are not overpowering or overwhelming.

Wear:

Usually when I go out, I toss my id, some cash/credit card, lipgloss, a and a piece of gum in my pocket.  As a general rule, I skip the purse because if it’s not big enough to sling over my shoulder, there is a good chance that it might not make it home.  I’m not sure if this is an issue other girls are plagued with, but for me, just to be on the safe side, I don’t carry tiny purses for a night on the town.  Which is why I personally think the trend towards pockets in dresses is absolutely a fabulous thing.

This handmade dress from Lirola’s etsy shop is right up my alley.  And not just when I’m heading out, but even for work or a Saturday afternoon at the zoo (I’m so looking forward to warmer days ahead, so perhaps that’s why I’m focusing on dresses).

I’m also loving it because it has one of my other favorite recent trends…ruffly collars.  In this case, the ruffles add the perfect feminine touch to an otherwise basic dress.

But just in case you’re not digging the ruffles, here is a pleated version.  Which I also love, and would love to own!

Listen:

I do love a good Swedish band, and the sister duo First Aid Kit has a great indie sound with wonderful, folky harmonies.

*image via myspace

First Aid Kit- You’re Not Coming Home Tonight

The ship is sailing
I’ll meet you on the other side
The future’s unclear
But hopefully it will be fine

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it doesn’t have to be beautiful

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

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When I made my most recent move, I decided to skip the roommate thing.  I’ve always lived with other people, but for the first time in my life, I wanted to try it out on my own. Plus I’d had some pretty interesting results from my roommate search.  One of the problems with moving in by yourself for the first time is you actually have to own stuff.  Which I had none of.  So the day I moved in, my living room was equipped a chair.  That’s pretty much it.  One chair.

So I dove into the couch search.  One chair wasn’t quite cutting it for guests.  I should tell you, I did end with something affordable, sensible and versatile, but what this is what I really wanted. It’s from Anthropologie.  I will most likely never be able to afford it…but a girl can dream, right?

Wear:

Mustard is, quite possibly, the most kick-ass color that ever existed.  Which is why in addition to wanting it spread about my living space, I like to wear it.  Not so much the food, but the color.

This dress from Mod Cloth is absolutely lovely.  Though I would disappear into the couch.

But just in case you’re not ready to completely immerse yourself in mustard this spring, this belt from j crew would be the perfect compromise.

Or these delicous peep-toes from Mod Cloth:

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Since mustard is such a cheery color, it deserves a poppy, upbeat song.  Enter Slow Club. I can’t seem to get enough of this duo’s folky and quirky sound.

*photo via myspace

Slow Club – It Doesn’t Have to Be Beautiful

‘Cause I’m always thinking, thinking about where you are
Who you’re with and if your mind is far
From what we do when we’re alone
Love is to much for me and now the wall needs to grow

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move on quickly if you want to

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

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This light airy living room featured in Apartment Therapy is just perfect for reminding me that spring is coming, even though it doesn’t quite feel like it outside yet.  I’m really into bright, white rooms with pops of bright blues & greens.  Adding bold flower patterned throw pillows is really just the icing on top for me..

Wear:

Right now, I come to you from a coffee shop in South City wearing a sweatshirt and jeans, but I would really like to be wearing this dress from Red Dress Shoppe.  Perhaps when the weather is a bit less gloomy…

Listen:

Did I mention that it’s raining outside? And quite cold…and a touch muddy.  Less than ideal.  This song, though, seems really fitting.  A bit sad, but fitting for the day.

*image via myspace

jay jay pistolet – hooked up on us


And I really miss playing songs for you
I would guage your reactions, let your favourites through

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