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  • Albert Einstein once said...

    "The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library" - Albert Einstein.

    This is Katie.

    And this is The Last Bookstore (located in downtown LA. It's a crazy cool place, go check it out). Ok, not a library, but close enough. In a world that is increasingly bookless, I still just love books. It's sounds funny, but it's probably more nostalgic than anything else. There's something so honest about reading a book and not the screen of your iPhone. Everyone knows your business. You can't hide behind your cool lil' phone case.

    There's also no multitasking with reading. Just you and those pretty white pages. We're going to take a page out of the book of books and enjoy what's right before us. Happy Friday!

  • Wall Make-over Part 1

    This is Elise.

    Confession: this is kind of an older project, but Katie is about to embark on a similar paint-journey, so we're going to cover the topic now. Here we witness the transformative power of paint. Not that you didn't already know that, but that's what so great about painting - it always feels new.

    As I mentioned, Katie is doing something similar to her kitchen, so we'll obviously draw this theme out as long as we can...which is two posts. So here we go!

    I used an über light blue so that it wouldn't be über obvious, but instead be über subtle and beautifül. Use tape to make sure you have (almost) perfect (passable) lines. I also made the point on the arrow/triangle/thing a little higher than center so that it would look more centered after we moved the couch back into position on that wall.

    Tada!

    Taking off the tape was a thrill. As you can see. 

  • Sparkle is Scary

    This is Elise.

    If I could describe my style in movies it would be Indiana Jones meets Breathless meets The Great Gatsby. I wish. I've always wanted to be more Gatsby but I'm so scared of wearing sparkle. I secretly love sparkle, but it's hard to find sparkly items that aren't too tacky or over-the-top.

    Goodwill for the win. I found this little number and it spoke to me on a level sparkle had never spoken before. A voice sweet and subtle, ringing clearly to me from in between a fall leaf appliqué sweater and a suspicious-smelling cardigan. 

    Sparkle and I are now on speaking terms. And it's great. I challenge you to break into that one thing you love, but are scared to try! 

  • Elise's Rules for Thrifting

    This is Katie.

    You may or may not know this, but Elise has the magic touch when it comes to thrift store shopping. Everyone hates her (myself included) for the amazing things she finds for so cheap. She recently shared with me her strategy for thrift shopping. Maybe the thrift gods are looking out for her, or maybe her strategy actually works.

    This is Elise.

    Listen up.

    1. The most important rule for thrift store shopping is that you look at everything. EVERYTHING. If you want to score, you have to give yourself time to really look through every section. Clothes, house wares, shoes, accessories, even the men's clothes. You might just find something awesome.

    2. Don't go with a list in mind. Be open to whatever you might find!

    3. Picture the items you pull outside of the thrift store context. Even if it looks weird, you pulled it out for some reason, so think about if you saw it hanging on a rack at your favorite store. Would you like it then? Picture the item as part of your own closet and not the closet it came from. It's all about context.

    4. TRY IT ON. Don't pull something out, then put it back because you THINK it won't fit. You might be surprised.

    5. Be open to altering items. Cutting off sleeves, or shortening a dress might make all the difference. Besides, if it's only $3, there's not much risk involved.

    6. If you find something with the coolest fabric or pattern, but it's way too big, or small, or ugly, always, always, always remember: you can turn it into a pillow (Katie's rule. More on that later. Dress I found-cut it short-she turned the rest into a pillow. WIN. WIN).

    7. Have a great ol' time.