Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Space Between

The Space Between

I wasn't sure which blog to put this on, but the above image was sort of a creative endeavor to make, so here it goes. 

I realize the song "The Space Between" is about a tumultuous relationship, but I've never viewed the lyric above that way. It's really more how I view getting through life together with Ryan and all my other family and friends. There are seasons of tears and seasons of laughter in between, and the seasons of laughter and sunshine sustain us in times of sadness.

Henry didn't take a nap today, and was extremely upset by bedtime. Broken people that we are, Ryan and I survived the tantrum by working together. It is still emotionally draining, but Henry is now asleep, which is what he desperately needed. I've been feeling lately like I need that laughter that keeps me coming back. The times of sadness and frustration sometimes feel like they have stripped me of everything that makes me me. I count down the minutes until Henry is asleep, but as soon as he's asleep, there is not enough left of myself to enjoy "me time." Well, in the name of "faking it until you make it," here's my "me time" project from last night, which is an actual creative endeavor:

It will go with cognac, taupe, brown, black and the animal print is a little more subtle. I essentially used the same pattern as here with a few tweaks - namely that I omitted the yoke and just cut it all as one piece.

Some of the aforementioned laughter, to hold us over:

"I think that in 50 years when we go out for our anniversary, we will still be talking about Harry Potter." ~Ryan

"I'm okay with that." ~Valerie

Say you'll remember me, standing in a nice dress, staring a the sun set, babe, red lips and rosy cheeks.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thrifty Thursday

So I had blocked off the entire day to get the car to the shop and then go stand in line for 5 hours at the DMV... however it turns out the DMV took about 5 minutes! So, I did some thrift shopping. I figured I haven't updated this blog in a while... might as well use it to talk about thrifting (both for clothes and other stuff).

Today's Finds

Marisa Baratelli Silk Dress $10
It looks like these dresses are quite expensive new. Used ones are going for $50-$130 on eBay. I will probably wear it for an extra special date night, and then maybe sell it or re-donate it. 

Banana Republic $6

I LOVE this dress... could be worn for school/work with a cami underneath and a blazer on top, or by itself for a date night. Banana Republic dresses run about $130 new, so I was pretty happy with this score!
Sonoma Life + Style print henley $4

It's not often I find knit tops at thrift stores. They are usually too worn. One of my favorite things about buying second hand is that you are seeing the garment as it will be: laundered, probably not freshly ironed. It is a great way to build a low maintenance wardrobe.
Chico's flowy tunic $7
This was a little higher than I am sometimes willing to pay... but I have been looking for this exact item to the point I was willing to buy it new... so $7 it is!
American Living paisley button down $4

This blouse has navy, a denim-y color, as well as coral and white, so it will go with a TON of my wardrobe. 
CHAUS striped blouse $2
Can be dressed up or down. 
Unknown brand $3

I actually found this last top last week while shopping with my mom.

Books for the little

Henry LOVES Dora, and is learning quite a bit of spanish lately. The Egg book is a Lift-the-Flap book, which was amazingly in good condition.

Looking at a Lift-the-Flap book with Gangie

My Tips for Thrifting:

1. Be picky - make sure it fits, make sure it is in good condition, and make sure it will go with several things you already have/be able to be worn several times/ways. If you aren't picky when you thrift, you will outgrow your closet really fast. I once heard that every item you purchase costs the money you pay for it, the space you store it in, and the hassle of discarding it once you are through with it. Factoring those concepts into your cost helps you be picky!

2. Have a color scheme. Mine, loosely speaking, is coral, navy, and mint, with turquoise accessories. My main neutrals are black, denim, and cognac. I don't stick to it religiously, but it helps when looking through an overwhelming selection at a thrift store. I glance over the rack for my colors, and go from there. 

3. Look for non-knit items, such as a polyester crepe. The colors remain vibrant, the launder well, and don't wrinkle. 

4. Look at more than just clothes. I've had great luck finding children's books at thrift stores. You need to closely inspect each page to make sure it is in acceptable condition. I haven't had a lot of luck with children's clothing - it tends to be worn out, and not that much cheaper than buying new on clearance. 

5. Pay it forward - Once you are done with an item, re-donate it for someone else to love!

Outfit ideas with today's finds

Thrifty Thursday Ideas