• Style Crazed: Moving Box Fashion

    #MeandD just completed our third move in over four years together . . . and even though one would figure that people like us, who move this frequently, would be pros by now, well, let’s just say that I must have mentally blocked out the pain or something, because as you probably already know [and I’ve quickly rediscovered] MOVING SUCKS!!! Monumentally sucks. Like you’re having a dang sneezing fit and cannot find a single tissue . . . OR you’re like me a few days ago, hangry and on your third day with no breakfast smoothie and wondering where the hell your freakishly-awesome Vitamix mixer is at . . . yeah-yeah, I know! #firstworldproblems.

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    Trust me. I keep trying to remind myself that a task takes as long as it takes, but oy vey! I am REALLY struggling here. I mean I wholeheartedly believe that moving brings out the worst in people and us “Type-A/O.C.D.”-ers notoriously don’t fair well with messy chaos. We LOOOVE order. We HAAATE moving. So I guess in all actuality I shouldn’t be surprised in the least that I am feeling the way I’m feeling = stressed, tired, and a tidbit like I’m living on CrAzY sauce! However, even in my current temperament, I AM still managing to wear a smile.

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    Because #1. coffee is amazing.

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    And #2. I’m definitely head-over-heels in LOVE with the house we purchased one week ago today. Not-to-mention, the added #3 bonus of [hopefully] never having to move again in this lifetime :) that’s right, folks! The Pilants are putting down some roots. HUZZAH!

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    But all joking aside, I know “there’s a time for everything” and realize that there’s a natural disorder that comes with changing zip codes. So even though I don’t like it, I’m going to try to embrace it and ultimately [sigh] try to cut myself a little slack . . . and I’m starting with my wardrobe!

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    Yep, when it comes to the ole moving hustle-bustle, comfort can be your absolute best friend. THUS, you should really try to use the things that bring you the most said comfort. For example, I love the taste of coffee but am not an avid drinker of it. I’m more of a tea girl. However, since I’m feeling pretty exhausted at the moment and can’t really be lying down on the job “Operation: Move,” it’s quickly become my go-to drink – putting a much-needed zinger in my step. And that’s also why this past week has had me living in my favorite kind of lounge pants = SUNDRY’s skinny sweatpants.

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    Coffee Mug: Vintage / Glasses: Kate Spade New York / Sweatshirt: Chaser / Sweatpants: Sundry / Shoes: Vans

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    Seriously. In the words of Tina Turner, [they’re] simply the best! Just imagine taking the softest sweater you own and making it into yoga pants. That’s exactly what it’s like to wear Sundry’s skinny sweatpants and that’s why I basically have the multiple pairs I do. Besides being SO soft, they conform very nicely to your body and don’t lose their shape at all, which is such a win-win in my book. They’re the perfect addition to any working woman’s lounge day wardrobe :)

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    “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” — Jane Austen

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    And ultimately will be my saving grace during this most difficult time ;) haha! See y’all on the other side of these moving boxes . . .

  • We’re Home Owners!

    Today is a VERY BIG day for #MeandD!

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    That’s right = as of 6:00 p.m. tonight, we will have officially closed escrow on our first home purchase together!

    SURPRISE!

    To say we are excited, well, THAT would be a total cliché ;) but then again . . . you know what?

    WE ARE SO [enter lots of adjectives here] EXCITED!

    In fact, Bekins Moving Company already packed up our two-story rental this morning and will be moving us into our new “Home Sweet Home” by tomorrow afternoon.

    HOW STUPENDOUS IS THAT?!

    All of the saving and the not buying and putting our travel plans on hold [even our honeymoon] over the past year has totally been worth it, because we now have a place to call our very own AND I get to share it with the best guy out there :)

    “Home is where the heart is.” — Pliny the Elder

    I can’t wait to share with you how we decorate this place. MUAH! Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend.

  • Before & After: Allison’s Rocking Chair

    There are many reasons why I love being an upholstery artist = working with my hands, utilizing my creative brain, pushing my trade to new standards . . . the list could definitely go on ;) however, my absolute favorite is using my talents as a gift, ESPECIALLY when it’s for people dear to my heart.

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    Shortly after my girlfriend, Allison Andrews, announced that she was expecting her first child in January of 2016, I quickly offered up my services to her and her husband, Elliot, as a baby shower gift. This is the rocking chair I reupholstered for them; a family heirloom with the right amount of character but in need of a little updating. I opted for new cushion foam and recovered both it and the inside seat in a light pink fabric chosen by the mother. I then elected to pair it with a vintage print I had on hand for the welting. The thought behind this addition is to pay homage to its vintage while ALSO giving it that extra piece of pizzazz my work is usually known for.

    “Life doesn’t get more real than having a newborn at home.” — Eric Church

    What do YOU think of this rocking chair‘s transformation? It’s been a little over two months since I delivered it back to its rightful home, but I’m still pretty stoked with the results :) PLUS, I’m glad I finished it when I did, because their daughter, Bentley [who’s original due date was today] decided to come on New Year’s Eve instead. How cool is that?!

  • Sweet 20-Sixteen

    2016 has hit the ground running.

    We’re officially one week into the New Year.

    I have spent the past seven days meditating over what I really want the next 365 days to look like . . . or I guess I should say the next 358 ;) either way, I now know what I desire in myself for [what some are calling] “Sweet 16,” so here are my six 2016 to-do’s:

    – Complete the 52 Lists Project.
    – Be a better bathroom mate to my husband.
    – Put things back where they belong.
    – Routinely make plans and execute them daily to help achieve my life goals.
    – Shop less but create more.
    – Realize a task takes as long as it takes.

    I really took the time this year to decide on what I wished to accomplish. The first is ultimately a gift to myself. I read about this book by Moorea Seal in the latest issue of Real Simple magazine and just had to have it to help further my personal relationship with myself [thank you, Amazon.com!] I mean at the end of the day each of us needs to be our own best friend and frankly I’m pretty mean to “Jenna” at times.

    The second I wage might sound a bit weird because I am what I would call a “neat” person or someone who has a bit of O.C.D, but as my husband has quickly discovered, it can be a bit selective at times and I’m honestly not a great person to share a bathroom with [literally hair everywhere] when getting ready, I almost always come through a little like a twister and leave the place in cosmetic shambles :/ and although D keeps a very good head about it, it isn’t fair to him and needs to be resolved A.S.A.P.  which leads into my third of just simply putting things away in general after I’m done with them. Take my upholstery studio for example, I work and work and then just leave things strung all about at the end of the day = making the next day unmotivating and a bit painful in getting things started. So, yes, I am an avid cleaner and top-notch organizer but more tidiness from this nerdy girl is must.

    The rest of my goals are deeply seeded in my artistry or my need to be creative. Us, artistic types have great imaginations and are equally as good at procrastination. The putting-off of tasks then also makes us the worst judges and juries to ourselves. I need to be a better planner. I need to be a better executor. I need to be patient. I need to be kind. I need to see the good in what I already have and the greatness that lies ahead.

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    Glasses: Dior / Pearls: Vintage / Sweater: J.Crew / Jeans: G-Star RAW / Pumps: Kate Spade New York

    “Energy creates energy. It is by spending myself that I become rich.” — Sarah Bernhardt

    What are your 2016 resolutions, goals, and/or to-do’s?

  • Last-Minute Gift Idea!

    Wowzers! I can hardly believe that today marks one week until Christmas. Where the heck did all the time go? Today, even though I am very busy working to wrap-up some upholstery gigs before the year’s end, I thought I would take a quick moment to share with you a last-minute gift idea I had this morning. SINCE we are now living in such a technically-addicted age and most of us women sure do love our smart phones, here’s a device I simply cannot leave my home without = a backup battery bank!

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    Kate Spade New York Backup Battery Bank – Gold/Cream Paintery Check ($40)

    Anyone that knows me KNOWS that I am pure spaz for all things Kate Spade New York. Well, NOW AT&T is carrying these adorably awesome Kate Spade New York Backup Battery Banks and I am over the moon for them :) not only because they are stylish and cute, BUT also because they are such a needed accessory for us social media lovers. Like most backup batteries, it conveniently charges your device wherever you are, but this particular “bank” can charge your smartphone up to 3 times before needing to be recharged . . . not to mention, I haven’t really seen many of these on the market that are as chic nor go as seamlessly with all my other Kate Spade New York phone covers and handbags. I mean I am a lady who loves to coordinate after all ;)

    “Every gift which is given, even though is be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.” — Pindar

    So, I hope this quick blog post brings some ease to your “I still don’t know what to get so-and-so for Christmas?!” mind. We ALL have phones and we ALL use them a tad bit too much. Let’s face it those darn batteries are still not up to par! That’s why this makes such a great gift :) and even if you aren’t a Kate Spade New York obsessed gal like myself, AT&T has a great selection of other cell phone accessories. I am MORE than sure you can find something for that someone still on your list. Have a wonderful Friday, y’all, and happy last-minute gift buying!