Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Favorite Finds

A few of my favorite finds from around the internet over the past few weeks. Enjoy!

As the warm weather is (hopefully) soon approaching, I have been drawn to low key nautical inspired styled like this cute look from Steffy's Pros and Cons and this one from Kate and Stripes.  Also note Steffy's adorable new haircut, and Kate's blog is one of my new favorite reads!
This rainbow sangria from Gimme Some Oven is genius, and has me dreaming of summer porches!

Wishing these adorable shorts I ordered from Oasap actually fit me, I have so many ideas on how to style them for this in between weather!

This article on 20 of the world's most amazing hotels pretty much blew my mind.  HELLO, WANDERLUST!

I've been looking for a cute hat with a fun print for summer, and this one from Volcom and this one from Forever21 are on the forefront of my wish list.  Is anyone else loving anything to do with pineapples or is just me?

I rarely wear rings, but if I did, I would surely want to wear one from Nafsika on Etsy.  These stacking rings with the twig shaped band and gemstone are stunning!

This eye opening article on 16 children and their bedrooms from around the world is definitely worth a read.  And if you don't feel like reading, that's okay too, because its actually mostly pictures.

Last but not least, if you follow me on pinterest, you have probably been seeing a lot of action on my home inspiration boards, as R and I are moving in June and we are both a bit design-crazed!  This kitchen featured on Fresh Home is one of my current favorites!

Have a wonderful weekend and a very happy Easter if you celebrate!
xo Hannah

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What You See

I think it is pretty amusing that, through the selection and editing process, people get to choose exactly what kind of images, and thus "image",  they share with the world.  Whether it a flattering filter on instagram or a profile picture on facebook with good lightning and a slimming angle, people now more than ever get to fine tune the face they would like to present (on the internet).  Though it may seem very second nature and insignificant nowadays, I think its important to remember that it is actually quite a powerful tool that we hold in our hands!
     Sometimes I am guilty of wanting to throw out a whole entire batch of photos because of extraneous circumstances, such as wind or lighting, that I think has ruined a shoot for the blog.  So was the case with this batch of photos taken on an extremely windy day the other weekend.  But then I decided it would be interesting if I shared the few images that I thought were normal and "blog-worthy", along with a few that would not normally make the cut, in order to reiterate how imperfect we all are no matter what shiny photo finish we put forward!

Anyway, here are a few of the photos from this shoot that I would typically deem salvageable to use on the blog like normal.  Here's what you see:

Oooh what a pretty vintage dress! That scenery! I wish I had a mountain road or an old barn to stand in front of to take my outfit photos! I wonder if that hat is new?


But here is what you don't see:

THE DAMN WIND! It is flipping my collar up in at least 3/4 of the set of photos and driving me nuts.  Not to mention making me flash every passerby.
Probably yelling at R. WHY didn't you tell me my collar was up around the back of my head in the first 20 shots?!
A poor attempt at a fake smile.  Or maybe I've just soiled myself.  Hard to tell.

Outfit Details:
Dress - Vintage
Sunnies - c/o American Apparel
Hat - Target
Boots - Sam & Libby via DSW

And here, my friends, is honestly what half of every outfit shoot actually looks like, especially if the weather is not cooperating. The ones that I (and most of you!) would probably never choose to share.  If I know I am going to be taking outfit photos, I usually bring a pair of nicer (read: more uncomfortable) shoes than the ones I am actually wearing in real life.  I often put on lipstick right before taking photos.  I edit out all of the photos that I think were shot at unflattering angles.  And if rushed for time and lacking posting material on weekends, I sometimes put together outfits for the SOLE PURPOSE of taking photos for the blog, which seems pretty ridiculous.

Anyway, I have been feeling a bit lackluster about posting lately, and I think it was partially stemming from the fact that sometimes all of the above things seem a bit daft and difficult to fit into every day life. Can any of you relate?

 I am not going to make these outtakes a normal or every day thing, and will probably continue to only choose what I think are the BEST photos to use on the blog , but for today, I thought I would attempt a bit of honesty and humor along with an outfit.  Hope you guys are having an awesome week!
xo Hannah

Monday, April 14, 2014

DIY Rustic Spring Wreath

Hello!
     I don't even know if this can be called a DIY because its so simple and self explanatory, but today I am going to show you how I took a Christmas wreath I had laying around and turned it into a Rustic Spring Wreath.


This is what the wreath looked like before.  It was a basic evergreen wreath with a few pinecones and red berries. 





The supplies needed are:


  • Basic Green Wreath
  • Faux Flowers
  • Scissors
  • Tape (Floral or electric)

I then cut individual flowers and went around attaching them sporadically throughout the wreath.  I originally was using green floral tape to wrap the base of the stems, but the tape wasn't sticking very well so I switched to black electric tape (which looks ugly from the back, but is completely invisible from the front).



And this is how it came out after! I stayed with a pink and red color scheme to play off of the red berried that were already present on the wreath.


Now my little sewing nook behind my desk is ready for spring!  Have you been doing and spring cleaning or projects around the house lately?
xo Hannah

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Casual Caramel

Hi guys! Oh look, its me wearing a normal person outfit.  I always think if I'm not wearing a bunch of colors or coordinating accessories that it will be boring for people to see, but I am trying to embrace more simplicity.


Outfit Details
Jacket - J Crew (thrifted)
Chambray Blouse - Eddie Bauer (thrifted)
Jeans - TJ Maxx
Boots - Blowfish Shoes
Sunnies - c/o Oasap

I thrifted this J Crew leather jacket a few weeks ago and think it will be perfect for this warmer weather we have been having.  I paired it with my new sunnies from Oasap and my blowfish booties (which I love, but are not the best for tromping over uneven grass)... Anyway, lots to get done today so I'm keeping in short!  Have a great day!
xo Hannah

Monday, April 7, 2014

Brick Victorian

Well, its not even 1pm on Monday and I am already feeling exhausted by this week.  That said, there are some really exciting things on the near horizon, so I have that to keep me going! If you follow along instagram, you'll know that R and I have been looking at houses to rent for the beginning of this summer, which is always both stressful and exciting.  I think we have decided on one though so I will keep you updated.  And unfortunately, no, its not this brick victorian mansion in the middle of a farm field pictured behind me in these photos, but its still pretty cute!

Outfit Details:
Vintage Striped Dress - for sale in the shop here!
Vintage Maroon Booties - for sale in the shop here!
White Tights - Target
Sunnies & Headband - gifts from Mom

For those of you who take outfit photos, you'll know how exciting it can be coming across a new photo location!  After bringing my sweet foster kitties back to the shelter last week, I pulled over with my tripod on a little dirt pullover on a winding back road when I spied this awesome house in the distance.  Though these colors are probably better suited for fall, I am a firm believer in wearing whatever damn colors you like whenever you so please.  I think its more that the house in the background definitely gives off a beautiful but spooky vibe that is usually associated with the month of October.
    Anyway, keep your fingers crossed for us on our new place, and I hope you guys are all getting the beautiful spring weather that is expected for us here in Colorado this week!
xo Hannah

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Stylish Surprise (or 2!)

Happy Saturday!
   For the first time ever, I actually caught the Stylish Surprise promotion that Modcloth does every once in awhile!  For those of you who are unaware of what this is, basically you pay $10 and they send you a surprise item of clothing in your size.  And while I rarely buy items new these days, I couldn't resist the element of surprise and ordered two!

I received these two super fun dresses, both of which fit perfectly. The first one has a graphic highway sign print by the brand Retrolicious and I am in love with it!  The second dress by Minuet is a bit more fancy and girly than my typical style, but I actually ended up really liking it as well.  I think it will be great for a fun date night out or a summer wedding!
    Have any of you ordered a Stylish Surprise from Modcloth or and sort of grab bag item from any other company in the past?  I would love to hear about it!
xo Hannah

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bloggers IRL

This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to meet one of my long time blogger buddies IRL! Kristian of Never Fully Dressed (Without a Style) sent me an email saying that she may be in Boulder and that we should meet up.  Since I have never actually met another blogger in real life, I was more than thrilled.  Its so nice being able to talk to someone who actually understands the ins and outs of blogging and to get to know this super sweet gal a bit better!


Outfit Details
Dress - J Crew (via Buffalo Exchange)
Brown Hat - Eddie Bauer (Men's Section!)
Sunglasses - Gift from Mom
Plaid Bow Flats - Urban Outfitters

I have to admit, I should have probably planned the whole outfit thing a bit better, but when I got her call saying that she had just arrived in town, I was actually just getting back from a hike.  So I threw on a comfy chambray dress, tried to hide my dirty hair with a hat, and called it a day!  Kristian was wearing the cutest rose print floral skirt and it was so fun to get to watch another blogger do outfit photos too - let's just say she's the queen of twirling and cute poses! Her husband Amos kindly took our photos for us and did an amazing job with his fancy camera, and Kristian's friend was there to cheer us on and give moral support!  Of course during the shoot, a random neighborhood cat decided to wander up to say hello as well.
   Anyway, a huge thanks to Amos for taking these for us and to Kristian for reaching out while you were in town - it was SO nice to meet you both!  Make sure to checkout Kristian's blog and say hi!
xo Hannah