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  • Katie's New Sleep Muse

    This is Katie. 

    Welcome to our new home! The past two months have been craaaazzyyyy. Getting to know my son Wyatt (still not used to saying that!), the holidays, and moving, have been exhausting but SO FUN. Moving pretty much always sucks. So try moving, spreading out that process over 2 months (due to renovations), a new tiny human, dad going back to work, and no sleep. The only silver lining to moving is the opportunity to find new and exciting pieces for the home! Not just new purchases (although those are fun too), but rediscovering the same things I've loved for years. It’s so refreshing to find ways to repurpose and rearranged pieces I’ve loved for years. The exciting new pieces to this puzzle? Our mattress.

    *Enter Viscosoft's Muse Mattress*

    As any new (or let’s face it, ANY AT ALL) mother knows, sleep is very very…very…very important for all parties involved: dad, mom, dog, child… everyone in our lives who deal with us when we DON’T get good sleep. Having a great mattress definitely helps… a lot. But seriously, when did mattress buying become something you needed a PHD in??? I feel so clueless when it comes to innerspring vs. foam vs. waterbed anyone? vs. gel vs. hybrid vs. packed dirt?? How am I supposed to know what will give me Sleeping Beauty status snoozes, and what will ultimately be the end of my back? Are the stakes even that high?? Help.

    *Enter Sleep Personality Quiz*

    One of the reasons I loved my experience with Viscosoft is the sleep personality quiz they offer to help you find the right mattress. You answer a bunch of questions you DO know the answer to, then they take care of the rest. Then they send you a magical cloud in a box that turns you into Sleeping Beauty. In the midst of all the chaos and transition of living in between two homes right now (sleeping at one house one night, and the other the next), it is such a relief to have something in the new house that already feels like home.

    Wy's top reasons he loves his new mattress are …1. layers and layers of memory foam for undisturbed sleep 2. cool-wire technology for comfy cuddles, and 3. watching the bed unfold right out of the box! MAAAAAGIC. Oh, and also the price...cuz you know…...

    ...mama ain't raise'n no fool. 

  • Stamped Christmas Wrapping Paper

    This is Elise.

    Not to continue on the pink theme, but we are...so...

    Pink Christmas Edition! Potato stamping is nothing new, but is it CHEAP, EASY, and GORGEOUS. It's one of those DIYs that's just so great. It's easy, it works like it's supposed to, and it doesn't look stupid. At least not THAT stupid. But I'll let you be the judge of that. 

    Step one: Concoct a lovely shade of pink.

    Step two: Carve out your tree (literally just a triangle) and coat the top. It works better to paint the stamp rather than dipping it in the paint. More even. 

    Step three: Stamp away! 

    Step 4: Let the paint dry completely then draw trunks on the trees!

    Once it's all dry, get out your wrapping kit and to town. 

  • Pink Three Ways

    This is Elise.

    Let's talk about pink for a minute. SORRY TO BE SO CLICHE GEEEZZZZ. But, we're really going to get into it here. I've heard a lot of names for shades of pink thrown around in 2016 (hence forth to be known as the Pink Year) so let's define our terms. Today we're sticking with mostly (according to this chart I found on a reliable interwebz site called Google) with salmon, coral, peach, and rosewood - with maybe crepe? Second dress down is a little hard to pin point. SO YOU TELL ME! 

    Add lots of rich orangey-browns and nudes and we're off to the races. 

    All photos by Kate; make sure to check out her blog for HER take on pink 3 ways!

     

    Salmon Banana Republic slip dress, vintage jacket, Madewell earrings, peach Lou & Grey tee (similar here). 

    Flamingo Madewell sunglasses, crepe thrifted dress, um... rouge COS socks, thrifted boots. 

    Flamingo Madewell sunglasses, lemonade thrifted turtleneck tank (worn underneath), rosewood Forever21 sweater (similar here), thrifted jeans, rose H&M flats, handmade earrings (DIY coming soon...). 

  • Pickwick Vintage Show

    This is Katie and Elise. 

    Oh, guys. We found the mecca of all things vintage; it's called the Pickwick Vintage Show. It’s one thing to find a cute lil’ vintage store with some 60’s shifts, 80’s heals, and a handful of turquoise, but it’s a whole other animal finding an entire convention center chalk full of beaded gowns from the 20’s, abstract Comme des Garçons blouses from the 80’s, and real Japanese denim jackets from the 70’s. It was the real deal. Yes, the prices were also “real”, however, these are items you don’t stumble upon even once a year, so it’s well worth shelling out a few extra bucks. And there were plenty of items that weren’t investment-piece-prices too! But if you’re looking for something to really spice up your wardrobe - this place is it. 

    I (Katie) came away with a quilted jacket for hubs, a navy cotton jacket, some tiny adorable mittens (for Wyatt) and a new silk scarf. 

    I (Elise) scored a weird Japanese “SPORTS” jacket. Lol. 

    Kate joined us too and found this DOPE Navajo pillow covering for only $10! That might have been the steal of the day. 

    The people watching here was next level. Major shout-out to the over 50’s. There were some seriously stylish ladies here!

    Katie in scarf heaven. 

  • Elise's Home: Fall Decor

    This is Elise.

    I struggle with fall, you know? Fall is hot in California, but everyone is over summer, so I feel like I need to acknowledge the season in some way (other than wearing sweaters, because no). I'm not a huge fan of fall decor in general (too many yellows and oranges), and my husband won't let me turn our apartment into a haunted mansion (not sure why), so what choice do I have??? 

    In my mind the answer was wheat stalks for some reason. Aparently these are harder to come by in bulk than you might think, then OH WAIT HERE COMES GOODWILL. Found a dank 80's clay vase with like 50 stalks of wheat in it and got it all for $1.99. Donated the vase back to Goodwill, and divied up the bunch into like 5 different arrangements. The Dollar Store provided me with cattails and red berries, then I painted lil' faces on lil' white pumpkins from the dollar section at Target and BOOM. I'm set. 

    But oh wait, I forgot about this pile of red and white fall leaves I made for some reason, HM, I guess I'll use little sticky dots and Anthro-out my mirror. Ok, all done. 

    Albus isn't impressed by fall either. But the groomer did give him a seasonal bandana so that helps the apartment look more autumnal. Really taking one for the team there, buddy.