Over the weekend I did a little shopping. I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of person who buys a bunch of stuff at a time and then doesn’t shop again for a little while. Two reasons…
I’m an all-or-nothing type of person. It’s not like I never buy one piece of clothing if I see something I like, but I usually don’t want to shop until I’m really feeling like my closet needs an upgrade. And at that point I usually need a handful of stuff.
I really don’t like shopping. To be specific, I don’t like shopping for shoes and clothes. I find it exhausting and emotional. However, I love shopping for the home. Never a problem.
Well, my closet needed an upgrade so I went shopping. I left Lamont alone to write and headed out. I bought stuff that can be worn together and also mixes well with some of the stuff I already own. That’s typically how I shop, it’s easy and it’s how I like to dress most days. Meaning, I wear a lot of the same thing with slight variations.
My favorite purchase was from Oliver Peoples… I finally found a pair of specs I love. Thanks to my parents, because it was a birthday gift. I should get them at the end of this week or beginning of next and I can’t wait!
I bought two pairs of jeans from The Gap, one gray and one black. They are way more comfortable than jeans are supposed to be. I also bought a pair of boots, since I didn’t have a basic boot with a heel. At only 5’2″ I need a heel sometimes. Now, as much as I love my purchases from The Gap, I just keep hearing Ryan Gosling in my head, from the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love….
“Be better than The Gap.”
I also bought a bunch of basics from H&M, like some more pants, tops and this long black tank. I got a couple pieces from Forever 21, including this super comfy cardigan. Lastly, that marble necklace from A Merry Mishap will go with EVERYTHING. I keep my accessories to a minimum, so I like to find one piece I stick to for a while and then move on.
I’m proud to say, this is the first time I’ve gone shopping when I wasn’t totally happy with the way I looked. I usually only shop when I’m thinner, which as you can imagine sucks if I put on any weight. Since I’m someone who has a pattern of gaining and losing weight, it would make sense to have some basic pieces in a couple sizes. I’m still not 100% sure if this qualifies as accepting or settling, but I’m giving it a shot and seeing where it takes me.
Is this an interior designer thing, or do you all see a home you love from the outside and then mentally design the interior just for the heck of it? Either way, I’m ok with the fact that I do this. A lot.
Although I’m a modern girl living in a Scandinavian-style apartment, I love a great townhouse with a classic interior. Schoolhouse Electric is a great resource (see links below) when you want a more traditional look with modern undertones.
In fact, I’ve just decided right now, one day I’ll have both, a modern apartment and a more transitional-style home.
I finally got my new sconces up in the bedroom and now I just want to work, sleep and eat in there. I’m not really surprised, but it’s truly amazing what a huge difference a little sconce can make.
I had the same lighting concept up before these, but they were the KVART spotlights from Ikea. They were basically placeholders until I found the lights I really wanted.
These cool sconces are from the Etsy shop of Jessie Lynn. These won’t be the last light fixtures I purchase from her. Not only does she have beautiful designs, but she provides awesome customer service. For example, as a new customer she sent me a box of six Edison bulbs instead of the two I paid for.
*Unfortunately she’s a little backed up so she’s not taking any new orders, but make sure you sign in to be notified when her shop re-opens!
One of the most beautiful things about succulents is their variety. They come in all shades of green, pink, purple and tons of sizes. Bonus, they’re not too hard to keep alive. Although, sadly they still seems to be a challenge for me.
Could this be the modern style home with the best view ever? Yup. Could I live there? Nope. For starters the architect and engineer I would need to hire to ensure my safety would be way too expensive and paying for anyone slightly unqualified would no doubt lead to a larger savings but inevitable death.
All that said, I can’t help but stop and stare at this amazing architecture. It really puts to shame all those uber-expensive homes along PCH in Newport, crammed right next to each other, fighting for coastal space. This home fights with no one, it’s the king of all coastal architecture.
Although I couldn’t live here (budget aside), it does help me realize that what I really envy is the privacy.
After living in about 13 different apartments throughout Los Angeles over the last couple decades, I just want my own space. Especially now that I have a dog. I did get quite lucky with my current apartment and found one in a small complex that doesn’t share any walls with neighbors. There’s still no private outdoor space, which I’m really craving lately.
One day, I’ll have my own modern architecture and outdoor space…