Wardrobe Purge

How often do you pop on to someone's blog and expect them to talk about wanting fewer items of clothing?

Oh, never, you say? Well today's the day I'm shaking things up.

I have too much junk in my closet. I'm sick of feeling like I have nothing to wear, struggling to put together outfits that are comfortable and flattering, and tired of feeling like I need to spend more money to have things to wear.

I've read about the capsule wardrobe and while I don't think it's for me (I really do love to shop), there are some aspects of it that really spoke to me. I like the idea of being able to see exactly what you have because it's not all crammed in there, of knowing that everything you have is a piece you love, and easily being able to get dressed in the morning.

So. Ready for some poorly lit, high quality iPhone snaps?


I took everything out of my closet. Everything.


I only put back the things I loved, that fit me, and that flattered me.

Also, duplicates had to go. How many black maxi dresses do you need? One, not seven. Same goes for rompers. There were three hanging next to each other and only two had been worn regularly, so the other one had to go.

I was ruthless, items with sentimental value went. Oh I bought that for my honeymoon but still haven't worn it? Probably won't, into the bag. Six blazers and dress slacks? I'm a stay at home mom, one of each is enough for the occasional funeral. Get what I'm saying?


I had just done a big purge a couple months ago so I had less to work with, but I still managed to get rid of 50 more items, leaving me with 68 total. I think I've taken my wardrobe down to 1/4 of its original size and love it.

This allowed me to see what I felt like I had for holes in my wardrobe (I really don't have a everyday jacket, so I ordered this one - on sale!), and helped me really identify my style. I love skinny leg pants with flowy, loose tops. I got rid of so many oxfords, fitted tees, and other things I never wore.

It was so annoying to get rid of Zara and J Crew pieces after spending good money on them, but never wearing them, so I'm determined to only buy things I love from now on or that fill a hole in my wardrobe, like the jacket. Just think - all those $20 shirts I never wore, could have been a gorgeous $100 item I loved but felt I couldn't afford, since I'd blown it on 5 cheaper tops I didn't really like. I feel dumber the longer I type, so maybe I should stop.

The bottom line is that the past few days of getting dressed have been a breeze. I'm not dying to jump back into sweatpants the second we get back from errands or a playdate because I like what I have on. To that end, I thought it could be fun to share with you five pieces I'm especially loving and can't wait to wear this Fall.


amazing vest | old J crew sweater - similar here | black dolman sleeve sweater | same amazing vest in different color | aztec sweater from TJ Maxx

If it survived the purge, you know they're good.


The elbow patches on the old J Crew sweater are just my favorite - what is it about patches?!


The much coveted herringbone J Crew vest has been restocked at Factory and it's awesome. Same goes for the green one I picked up last year. I wore it constantly so I knew the herringbone would get tons of wear.

The dolman sleeve sweater from Old Navy (on sale currently) is a great staple and I like the shorter sleeves for the Fall heat in Texas.


So there you have it - another riveting post about life issues - wardrobe purging.

I was initially a little scared I'd be left with nothing to wear, but I was already feeling that way, so I'm glad I took the plunge. How about you?

Family Photos

While we were in Maine in August, I recruited my favorite photographer to take some family photos for my parents' 50th birthdays. I also wanted some for myself. I know, selfish.

She never, ever disappoints and I always, always have a stroke when I see them for the first time. 

Want to see?





One of my favorite things about these sessions is that Danielle never tries to pose Olivia. She knows as well as I do that that would be an exercise in futility. She lets her run around and just captures the chaos in the nicest possible way. She be gifted.




She also knows how much I love detail shots and got tons of close ups of little feet, ponytails, and crinkly eyed smiles. I won't share those because you've been such troopers and I don't want to punish you further.




Basically, I love them and have already uploaded some to the Walgreens website so I can pick them up, crazy lady style.

Tomorrow we're talking about clothes. Get excited.

Weekend Photos

There was actually a minute when I sat down to write this that I thought "nah, nothing interesting happened, I'll write about something else". Then I remembered that bringing you all the banal details of our lives is what I do, so weekend photos it is!

In an unexpected twist, Houston dropped down into the 60s and 70s this weekend. I know it won't last and that this week will be back up in the 90s, but I don't care. Two cool days is enough to get me through. We celebrated with sweatpants. Obviously.


Blatant photo re-use comes to you courtesy of my Instagram

We also needed matching nails.



We stayed in bed a lot. A lot.


And watched a few (dozen) Disney movies. The phrase "Liv, that's too close" is coming out of my mouth just as often as "don't eat that" and "keep your diaper on, please" lately. 

We managed to pull ourselves (by that I mean myself) together enough to make it out for dinner with a friend on Saturday night.


When we go out, it's usually to City Centre (in case you're ever in the area) and I got lobster enchiladas which were amazing, despite sounding slightly strange.


We wrapped up Sunday with crepes, many many stickers, and another movie. It was just how I'd want our weekends to be every week, minus the black eye Olivia is sporting after falling into the bed frame when she tripped over her own shadow. Ryan says it's character building, I'm tempted to just start strapping pillows to her face.

Hope you had a great one!

Fall Polish Favorites

Oh hey there! If you clicked over here this morning with hopes of some deep, significant, and relevant content today....you're in luck. I'm talking about nail polish. 

I said in last week's video (aka your daily dose of awkward) that I was ready to move on to darker nail colors and I wasn't lying. Meet the ladies.




The temperature in Texas may not be cooperating with it's 90 something degree stubbornness, but I'm going to layer on many many coats of Fall polishes until I get my Fall fix. These four are my favorites and cover all the basic categories: a dark, a red, a pink, and a neutral.


The navy is the perfect dark without looking too harsh against my skin and the red has a little bit of shimmer with some burgundy tones that are absolutely perfect for Fall. As a big fan of pink and neutral nails, the pink is a safe go to, but with a touch of mauve to keep it from feeling Summery. Then there's gray. I do love gray. This is a good opaque one.

I also like to use these as a base and topcoat. The CND vinylux is the best top coat I've found so far in terms of no chipping.


I haven't decorated for Fall yet, but I've moved my seasonal polishes to the front of the display. Priorities.



So now that we've covered the serious stuff, I have to know. What's your favorite Fall polish? Or beauty product for that matter. Give me the goods, you know I'm always looking for something new to try.

And as a p.s. I'm writing this remembering that it's September 11th. I'll always remember being in my Freshman English class hearing the news over the intercom and I'll always spend this day thinking of those who lost friends and family members and hugging my loved ones a little tighter.


The Kid Corner

If you're not new around these parts, you know I have a serious relationship with organizing. It makes me feel good, makes me feel like I'm in control when life gets a little cray cray, and I've been doing lots of it lately. 

p.s. did you see the trunk organizer I posted to Instagram? That thing is amazing.

Thinking it might be fun to share some organizational updates now and then, I snapped a few photos of some of Olivia's little corners in our house to talk about today.

Kids stuff tends to start to creep into every room and every corner of our house it seems. Does that happen to you? Sometimes I find myself just wanting to contain it somehow and keep it a little more organized so there are parts of our house that still belong to the adults and don't look like a tornado blew through.

Look familiar?


One of my favorite ways we've done that is her corner of the kitchen counter.


One corner is designated for all her things. Snacks, diapers, sunscreen, wipes, Tylenol, etc. If it's for her, it's probably in that corner. Since we spend 90% of our day downstairs, this system works best for us when it comes to diaper changes, etc.

I like keeping most of her snacks out on the counter because it helps me keep inventory (since Ryan tends to pilfer fruit snacks) and I can just hoist her up to choose what she'd like. I'm thinking about moving it next to the refrigerator since she's been standing in front of it saying "peeeeeese" "PEEEESE" when she wants blueberries or yogurt, so it might be a littler more conveniently located if it was there. I digress.

These little silicone baking cups are my new favorite. They're perfect for little snacks like blueberries, cheerios, whatever and she thinks they're the bomb (do people say that anymore?).

Another space recently organized (during a stressful afternoon when all toys had been deemed inadequate) is her cubbies.


We used to just toss random stuff in each cube, push it in, and call it a day. What started as a way to entertain her ("put allll the puzzles in this box") turned into an organizational jackpot for me, especially when I found these little cube labels from Target.

I struggle with having enough (what is enough, really?) structure during the day sometimes, so we've started using this as a chance to add some in. Every night we put all the stuffed animals in one cube, toys in another, etc. and that clean up time wraps up our day.


If this has seemed incredibly tedious to you, my sincere apologies. If it spoke to you, because you too have a thing for labels, designated cubes and corners, then we're soul sisters.

Thanks for all the love on Olivia's bathroom makeover yesterday - I'm excited to have some more fun giveaways lined up soon!

Bathroom Makeover and a Giveaway

I've been wanting to redo Olivia's bathroom since the day we looked at our house.  Our house is almost 20 years old and while it has lots of potential, none of the previous owners had updated the kitchen or bathrooms, so we've put those on our list to tackle. I figure in a few years we'll have gotten around to most of the things on our list, but I finally tackled Olivia's bathroom this week.

It's carpeted. Yep, carpeted. Why? I ask myself daily, but we're tiling that next month and the rest of the bathroom got a facelift thanks to some inspiration from Sara and her Etsy shop Trendy Cuts.

Sara asked if I'd be interested in a silhouette of Olivia (which, duh) and sent me this gorgeous print.


I just about died when I saw it. In fact, I love it so much I've asked Sara if I can order a couple more to give my grandparents for Christmas - I feel like these are awesome gifts! 

Olivia's toddler room will be navy and raspberry, so I thought I'd go with navy and white for her bathroom, starting with this silhouette. 

I thought I'd share some photos of how her bathroom turned out and then Sara's giving you all a chance to enter to win a custom silhouette of your very own! She's also offering 10% off your entire purchase through her shop  with the code WILLOW. Isn't she the nicest?

The before:


We took down the huge, builder's grade mirror and freshened up the paint. Then I grabbed some of the navy and white striped decals from Target and went to town.

After:











The decals were surprisingly kind of easy to apply. 


I said kind of. 

I figured it out after a couple tries, but the great thing about these is you can literally peel and stick them a dozen times until you get it right.

Now for the giveaway :

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Frames: IKEA
Accessories Organizer: Homegoods
Wire Basket: Target
Decals: Target
Stool: IKEA
Drawer Pulls: Homegoods
Mirrors: TJ Maxx
 
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