5 Things I'm Loving Right Now (+ A Life Update)

I could start this post with an apology for being absent over the past year, or the details of what went on, but I don’t really want to dwell on all that. I’ll just say that working at a job that’s a bad fit, one that sucks all of your creative energy and constantly causes you stress and anxiety, is not a way to live your life (or at least for me). It took me a while to realize this; I felt very much like a failure and harbored guilt of misguiding my own life. Now that I’m on the other side of it, I know that it’s all apart of my journey and has made me even stronger and more confident (but it’s hard to see that when you’re in the middle of it, ya know?).

With that all behind me, I’ve been back in the kitchen. It’s been recipe testing a few things that are almost there. Plus, I’m pricing out cameras so I can bring you new delicious and beautiful recipes (I’m pretty stoked about this one 📷).

But even with everything in order, it’s still been hard for me to bounce back into blogging. I feel like I’ve lost some of the spark that this blog once had, and I’m at a loss for how to get that back. But I wanted to touch base regardless and let you know that I’m figuring it out. Because we’re friends and you deserve that. And because I want to hold myself accountable for actually showing up and creating something that I’m proud of, something that reflects what I’m into at this moment.

So that’s where I’m at this Monday. Tea in hand, snugged up under the heated blanket on my couch. I thought I would start all this with something easy, something fun. Here’s a few things I’ve been loving lately.

Reading: So, adding “reading” to a list of favorite things probably sounds bizarre but I haven’t been able to focus on reading an entire book in years (and unfortunately, that not even an exaggeration). Since kicking off 2019 with more free time, I’ve been making it a prioritize to read. So far, I’ve finished Abbi Jacobson’s I Might Regret This, This Will Only Hurt A Little by Busy Phillips, My Friend Dahmer, and I’m currently working on An Edited Life by Anna Newton (who’s maybe my fav beauty/lifestyle blogger). Hopefully more book recs to come!

New jeans: After searching and searching for the perfect dupes for Everlane jeans, I finally broke down and purchased a pair of the Kick Crop Jeans when they were on sale and I’m never looking back. They’re the perfect shape for me, feel high-quality enough but still comfortable. I have 2 pairs of them and it’s hard for me to not wear them every single day. Definitely worth the money and I get a ton of compliments when I wear them.

Thrifting: Thrifting is something I have always gone through stages of, and for the past few months or so I’ve been loving it. Living in a major city, most thrift stores here are pretty picked through or overpriced, so my girlfriend and I usually make a day out of driving to the suburbs, hitting some thrift stores and other stores that are annoyingly busy to visit in the city (Trader Joe’s) and it’s become something I look forward to immensely. Plus, as someone who loves a little bit of retail therapy, it’s helping me not burn all my money on clothes.

New bras! I recently purchased a slew of the same bras (which really shows you how much I love them) from Aerie of all places. Now, to purchase these in person in Philly you need to hit the American Eagle in Center City, which if you’re anything like me makes you feel incredibly old and is a store definitely run by children. BUT these Chill Cotton Bralettes are exactly what I was looking for. Simple, decent support and a great price for the quality.

Being Home: I’m currently having a love affair with being home. I’ve been staying in on the weekend, cleaning and purging our home, and just feeling incredibly content with spending my nights melting into the couch. We’ve been cooking a lot and (I think) getting better at it! Painting our downstairs was one of the best decisions we’ve made and when the light streams in, I just look around and can’t help but feel happy and content. We still have more work to do, more plants to buy, we need a new bed and mattress, but all in all this house feels like home and I’m into it big time.

Wishing you an easy Monday!

Around Here

There's been a bit of a shift in my mood lately. I love summer, but this summer was rough. The details are fuzzy and complicated and a new season feels like a fresh start. I feel myself feeling like myself again. I'm lighthearted and excited. My house is coming along and no longer 800 degrees at all times (insert celebration emoji). I made things. I have a lot going on and plans are being made and I feel like I'm back celebrating the little things again. Get to stay home and drink a glass of wine on my sofa? Amazing. Leaving work a little early for happy hour plans? Fantastic. A date night? Even better. There's always ups and downs, but right now, it feels like the ups are outnumbering the downs in a big way. Thank goodness.

Glass feels half-full. <3

DIY: Reupholstered Vanity Stool

You know those projects that you buy all the supplies for and then let them sit around for months until you actually get around to doing them? That's what this project was. This little vanity stool has been upholstered with this zebra fabric for years now. And though this was the first time I had reupholstered anything, it didn't quite fit the style I was going for in my bedroom anymore. I bought this floral fabric from Joann's and then proceeded to let it sit around until one Saturday morning when I couldn't take it anymore and it needed to happen right then and there. That's just how my brain works, I guess.

Reupholstering something like this vanity stool, or these bar stools, is really fairly simple. Here's how it goes.

For this projects, you'll need whatever you are covering, fabric, a staple gun, and maybe a flat-head screwdriver.

First, I removed that paper I had stapled to the bottom of the cushion. Then lay out your fabric, place the cushion upside down on top of it and cut the amount you'll need. You want the fabric to be about 2-2 1/2 inches larger than the seat. Place the cushion in the center.

Start by wrapping the fabric up over the bottom of the cushion and staple in place. Be sure that the seat is in the center before you place that first staple.

Once that first staple is in, work your way around the seat pulling the fabric tight and trying to keep it as smooth as possible. 

The trick (I don't know if "trick" is really the right word, but oh well) is to pull the fabric and see where it wants to lay. Mine usually ends up in the fan-like pattern you can see below. But the goal is to get the top and sides to be as smooth as possible. You honestly don't really care too much what the bottom looks like. Work your way around the cushion and stapling the fabric in place. If you mess up, just remove the staple with your flathead screwdriver and do that section again.

It's not completely perfect, but perfection doesn't matter to me that much. It's for my own home and to be honest, not-perfect-floral-print is so much better than faux-zebra-print-fur. That's how I look at it.

Once you get all the way around, cut the extra fabric off to neaten things up. Reattach the cushion to the base and you are good to go.

It's such a tiny element to my bedroom, but to me it makes such a difference. My bedroom is a mixmatch of furniture and nothing really matches. Someday I'm going to sand down that vanity completely and paint the whole thing charcoal gray and replace the hardware. I've also been saying that for about 8 years... But, at least I have a cuter vanity stool in the meantime.

Around Here in July

Just a little update of my apartment. Things still need to be hung on the walls. I'm still on the hunt for a few key pieces of art and some more decorative things to fill up space, but I'm trying not to rush the process. Honestly, I'm in love with this little home. It's quirky. It has huge windows and old floors. The kitchen is super kitchy, but I'm kind of in love. Overall, so happy I found this little gem. Can't wait to make some memories here.

September Around Here

Just a couple snapshots from around our home recently. September has been good to us thus far and I'm starting to come around to this Fall thing. The change of seasons has been pretty good for my attitude and creative energy. I've got some fun DIYs and recipes right around the corner that are perfect for chilly Fall nights. As much as I love summer, Fall is a pretty close second.

This weekend, Tim and I are planning a little camping extravganza, and I'm mighty excited! I'm sure I've have some photos to share.

PS: Has anyone ordered Printic before? We had a little housewarming gathering and a friend took a bunch of photos and surprised me with a stack of photos. I was very impressed with the quality, and it was kind of the cutest present ever. Can't wait to figure out a little project to display them!