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Friday Favorites #399

Friday, January 20, 2017

Love love loooove this striped top! It looks like the kind of thing you can pair with just about anything and still feel a little dressed up.
(via: Modcloth
I almost bought these shoes the other day but stopped myself because I couldn't decide if I would wear them constantly or not at all. I've been trying to day dream up different outfits I could pair with them. Black and white striped dresses would definitely look great!
(via: Amazon)
Earlier in the week I found this candle at Marshalls. When I walked into the candle aisle I could smell coffee immediately. I eventually found the candle producing the smell and happily purchased it for $7.99 (maybe $8.99? Point being it was under ten!) It's literally one of the best candles I have EVER smelled. I went online to grab a few more only to find that they're a lot more expensive. If you live near a Marshalls (and like the smell of coffee) go track down this candle RIGHT NOW. Or just purchase it online, it's honestly worth the price.
(photo by me, candle by Makers of Wax Goods)
 I know I've featured Zak Foster's quilts before but whenever I'm browsing their photos always catch my eye!
 (via: Zak Foster)
This embroidered notebook is the bee's knees!
This shelf is kind of the best.
I'm in the process of searching for things for the bulletin board (...which I still have yet to purchase) in my new office and this patch seems pretty perfect!
 (via: Cat Coven)
Since I've been drinking so much coffee and tea lately (something I did none of a few years ago) I've been looking into those really dorky mugs that change when you pour a hot beverage in them. I kind of feel like I should have a collection of them. This climate change mug is pretty cool. 
(via: Amazon
Exactly the sugar I want to put in my tea! So darn cute! (They also offer colorful sugar skulls if that more your thing!)
 (via: Dem Bones)
Love this print.
(via: Snoogs & Wilde)
Modcloth is having a huge sale right now! Up to 70% off!
 (via: Modcloth)
 Yes, please! I would gladly add this head to my collection.
 (via: Sergeant Sailor)

Link love...
▴ Five pairs of ridiculously cute dog socks (that are also super cheap and somehow still have great reviews!)
▴ This cactus swim suit is adorable!
▴ I kind of have a color crush, like everything I've been attracted to and end up purchasing is this color. Baby pink. Who am I?! I don't even know but I do know that I found a baby pink saucepan and I need it.
▴ Total heart eyes for this backpack.
▴These coasters that can be made into a cactus when not in use are so clever!

Happy Friday!!

Ps. For more fun finds check out my Everyday Favorites!  

what i wore

what I wore : owl get the hang of it

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

what I wore, polka dot skirt,
punky colours, jerome russell
green hair, cleveland, fashion blog, what I wore
cleveland fashion blog, green hair, polka dot skirt
blue banana, green hair, cleveland fashion blog
dachshund, flats

glasses - Louise via Warby Parker
sweater - Elsa Jumper c/o Blue Banana (also on Amazon with more sizes!)
skirt -  Modcloth (similar)

My blogging schedule since moving has been... erratic, to say the least. December was kind of a mess for me. I was so anxious to move that I had a hard time concentrating on anything. I constantly felt behind in my work, and was so looking forward to getting the move over with. I somehow thought that once I moved things would just fall into place but I'm definitely still struggling to establish routine here. Owl get the hang of it soon though, don't you worry! I finally got my office mostly in order last night, that should definitely help.

Jeff and I were both nervous about moving in together. I mean, we've been dating for nearly three years now but we're both people who truly treasure our alone time. As much as I felt like it was a little lonely living by myself at times, I was worried about having to share my space again. Our new apartment is honestly the perfect space for us though. It's not huge but the way it's laid out makes it perfect for just squirreling yourself away and chilling. The fact that we each get our own office is a godsend! It's also ridiculously soundproof too. His office isn't that far away from mine, and I know he listens to his music really loud but I can't hear a thing! Anyway the point of that was that even though I had planned to squirrel away in my office and work my tail off, I've been having a hard time pulling myself away from settling in, and making this place ours. Also, cuddling! Cuddling takes up a lot of my time now that the four creatures I like to cuddle live in the same house.

I am really happy these days. I couldn't have even dreamed of it being this much fun to finally share a space with Jeff.  I'm trying really hard to get back into a routine where I spent a good chunk of my day typing out words for you to read but sometimes it's just more fun to sit on the couch, watch American Pickers, and try not to happy cry about the fact my pets are finally becoming real friends. I sure hope your 2017 is off to as equally wonderful start.

project 365

Project 365 : days 4-11

Monday, January 16, 2017

4 : 365 This was the first little corner of the new apartment to be put together and I still can't get over how pretty it looks. That medical model was easily one of my best purchases ever. Love him something fierce.

5 : 365 Snow pup!

6 : 365 You guys, I really reeeally love my Kindle. I've had it just around a month and already finished five books. It feels great. Hallucinations was excellent!

7 : 365 Squid, up until meeting Jeff, liked a grand total of one person (me, obviously!) Look at her now though! I'm obsessed with how cute these two look when they look out the window together. It's just so sweet.

8 : 365 Favorite thing about living with Jeff so far? Cooking together.

9 : 365 A few of my favorite things. Squid, the trash hog, and my favorite plant!

10 : 365 I bought some fancy pants grow light bulbs (these ones, if you're curious!) to see if they'd help my plants out a bit since they'll no longer get to spend the summer outside. It hasn't been long enough to tell whether or not they're doing anything but I've got my fingers crossed. At the very least, they light everything up nicely for photographs.

11 : 365 All the prettiest stuff of my desk!

So! After a year hiatus from Project 365 I decided to start it up again in 2017 with the hopes it would get me in the habit of picking up my camera more. While I completely forgot to do that the first three days of 2017*, I'm extremely happy with how the project is going so far. I've been taking so many more photos, documenting this exciting new chapter in my life, and posting on instagram so much more (You do follow me over there, correct?!) I know that last part sounds kind of silly but I guess you could consider that one of my unwritten goals for the year - be more active on instagram. Not taking many photos last year coupled with the fact I'd overthink it meant my account was kind of ignored. I missed it. This year is definitely off to a better start.

It's not too late to start your own project 365 if you're thinking about it. I wrote a post back in 2014 about why you should - read it here and start today! ;)

 *That's not to say I didn't take photos those first three day, I just didn't take anything with my "real" camera, and the photos I did take aren't up to my blog photo standards. Moving and the chaos of settling in seems like a pretty excuse to me though. I'm not upset!

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