Saturday, February 28, 2009
I hate that I am posting a pic of this dress from behind but they don't have any pictures in this pattern from the front. This is a super and soft. This pattern is not available online anymore but they did have good variety at the store. It's $24.50 but I used my 40% coupon.
I couldn't pass this dress up it is super cute and is on sale for $20. It will be great for work. I'm not a fan of the dress by itself because there isn't much of a shape but I have two belts in my closet that would be perfect.
And these great gold flip flops. I live in flip flops in the spring and summer. I had a pair of these last summer and wore them to the ground so I needed to get another pair for this season. I can't wait for the weather to break, get a pedicure and wear my flip flops.
Friday, February 27, 2009
The guest bedroom didn't need much work...just furniture. The previous owner said they barely used this room but not us. It's like a revolving door, every other weekend we have guests staying here. So here is the before (sorry they are a little dark)...
And well unfortunately the third bedroom doesn't really have great after shot. It consists of an air mattress right now. One day it will be a nursery like it was before we moved in. So for now no pictures...until we actually do redo it.
It's $24.50 and I just can't spent that on a headband so I have been waiting for it to go on sale. It still hasn't gone on sale but I was at Old Navy last night (they have really cute clothes this season, I'll post about what I got next week) and I found a headband that was very similar to the J.Crew one. This Old Navy headband is gold and has two bands as opposed to the three with the J.Crew one. This headband was only $4.50!!! I was so excited when I found it. The rack of headbands was hidden away in a corner so it was like it was calling my name!
I got this favorite thing as a Christmas gift from my parents. The Vera Bradley weekender bag is so perfect for different things. I use it almost everyday when I got to work. I am very fortunate that the building I work in has a newly renovated locker room and gym facility. So I have been doing lunchtime workouts and this bag is perfect because it holds my work out clothes, sneakers, towel, and cosmetic bag. This bag is also great for overnight trips too. It fits just the right amount of stuff. I tend to be an over packer so if it is more than one night I use Favorite Thing #90. The dimensions are 18½” x 12½” x 8½” - 6½” handle drop – 48½” and it has a removable strap. It retails for $92 but you can get it cheaper if you buy it in a retiring color ($59).
I still really, really love Favorite Thing #20. I practically lived in this dress last spring/summer and I can't wait for the weather to break so I can pull this dress out of my Febreze hanging storage bag and wear it again.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
And the after...
Whatever house we are in our room will always have red accent colors because of the print we got as a wedding gift from my brother-in-law, Mark and sister-in-law April. It's a beautiful picture from a local artist of a couple embracing. So we painted the room a khaki color and got new bedding from Crate and Barrel. The lamps are from IKEA (I've had those since before I met my husband) and the bedroom furniture is from Room Store. The picture doesn't really do the master bedroom justice. From where I am standing to take the picture there is a large dresser with a mirror and decorative accents. And there are vaulted ceilings.
This picture is taken when the bed is behind me. This is another a great space that will come in handy when we have kids. Right now we have a tall dresser and floor lamp. There is a lot of empty space. I think we will eventually move my hidden desk upstairs so we have room in our living room for a pack-n-play, toys, etc.
The master bathroom is HUGE as well. So big that my husband and I actually share a bathroom. There is a seperate shower and tub which is nice. And then the "water closet" is a nice touch to seperate the bathroom. The before...
And after...I've always wanted a red room and this bathroom seemed like the perfect fit. We painted and changed out the faucets from brass to brushed nickel. Easy renovations.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Here's the before...
We painted the walls a sagey, gray, blue color...very calming. We added all the IKEA furniture that was in the office at our old condo. It's a simple room and a nice quiet place for him to do his work. There are french doors entering this room and also a closet. So technically since it has all that (and the window, the blinds are just drawn) it is a bedroom which will be good for resale.
I love this necklace from J.Crew and it's on sale right now. It's a fun gold necklace with a variety of sized gold balls. It is a long necklace and is great to dress up any outfit. I wear it for both work or play! And right now you can get an EXTRA 20% off since it is on sale - just enter EXTRA20 at check out!
Here is a description from J.Crew -
A long, tightly linked chain scattered with shiny brass circular beads of various sizes. 12K shiny gold-plated brass chain with scattered, various-size spherical brass beads. Toggle closure. Import. Length: 40"
I am still a huge fan of the Emily Giffin books (Favorite Thing #19). I am always lending out my copies to friends. And in exciting news last year Hilary Swank's production company bought the rights to Something Borrowed and Something Blue so hopefully the movies will be coming out soon!!!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The final room on the main level is a half bath. This room needed some work. The paint color was very dark for such a small room and the fixtures were brass...not my style. Here's the before.
And the after. We painted it a bright turquoise. Added a brushed nickel light fixture and faucet (thanks to my brother) and some pictures from Etsy of the Cherry Blossoms (wanted to give it some local art work). We still have a white over the toilet storage piece from Target that my husband has to put together. I'll post a picture once it is up.
Monday, February 23, 2009
We loved the color on the walls. It's a deep green with accented brown trim around the windows. Here are some before pictures (I loved the original owners furniture so much that I asked if we could buy it from them but they weren't interested)
And here are the after shots...
I'm still eating at Favorite Thing #17 - Harry's Tap Room. I don't get to eat there as often since I moved from Arlington to Rockville but since I work in Arlington I will go there for lunch or dinner with a friend after work. I hope they put a Harry's in the Bethesda, Rockville, Gaithersburg area.