links and things

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Happy Friday lovelies! With a closet finally tidied up, this weekend I plan on tackling some books. To be honest, this might be more difficult than sorting through clothes, as I simply adore pages and pages bound in beautiful covers. Wish you all a wonderful weekend! Keep reading for more links and things.

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9 new paint colors from my favorite paint company.

Loving these beautiful ways to organize your home.

Naked cakelets! So adorable, I could just eat them up!

Stumbled upon a Notting Hill Townhouse charmer.

Watched this eye opening documentary.

J.Crew Spring 2016

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The J. Crew Style Guide arrived in the mail a few days ago and judging the catalog by its cover I knew I was in trouble. The new collection is nothing short of sparkle, stripes and sunglasses. Yes, sunnies as they just launched their very first sunglasses collection. I’m eyeing the Ryan pair in black, pictured above. It seems to me that classic J.Crew is back and I’m more excited than ever! Head on over to J.Crew to see more new arrivals.

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happy february

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Just as I was starting to fully dive into January, February has to roll right on in and shake things up. Needless to say this past month has been pretty jam packed, leaving me with very little time to hop on here to blog. But that’s about to change as I’ve spent some quality time in my datebook over the weekend planning my heart away! Looking forward to this new month and wishing you all a wonderful start. 
•Side note: If you’re in need of a new datebook, Graphic Image is having their winter sale!!! I decided to go extra girly this year and ordered light pink! 

links and things

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{stairway to my favorite hotel}

Any fun plans for the weekend? If the weather permits, we will be trying to catch one more glimpse of this installation before it ends and mainly keeping indoors since we roamed about the city last weekend. Today it’s all about finishing up my closet cleanup and grabbing a few makeup essentials. Hope you have a great weekend and be safe out there! Keep reading for my links and things…

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{table views while waiting for breakfast tacos}

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{penny tile always makes me smile}

You had me at porcelain print.

My kind of Valentine’s Day party… A crafting one of course.

Stumbled upon an adorable collection of city maps.

I have a feeling this is going to be my new favorite blog.

Beer and cookies… The new milk and cookies. (R is going to love this!)

simple granola

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I’ve been experimenting lately with my go-to homemade granola recipe into making it a bit more simple using less ingredients. After a couple of go arounds, I’ve shortened the ingredient list and even managed to make it slightly healthier by substituting extra virgin olive oil in place of butter. From my morning yogurt to afternoon snacks, I’ve been keeping a jar of this granola on hand at all times.

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simple granola 

ingredients 

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup organic maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Add all ingredients in a medium bowl and toss to combine.
  3. Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes, until light gold, about 30 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temp for up to three weeks.

5 tips for cleaning out and organizing your closet

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Anyone else cleaning and organizing their closet? I’ve spent the past couple of days knee deep in clothes and accessories. Needless to say it’s still an ongoing process of sorting and organizing. I wanted to take a moment to share my 5 tips that have helped me in and will hopefully help you along the way.

  1. clear it out. Take everything out of your closet. Bags, belts, hats, shoes… I mean everything.
  2. sort. Make three piles of what to keep, donate and discard. If you’re having trouble deciding on whether to keep or donate, try it on and ask yourself “Would you buy it today?”.
  3. organize by category. Arrange pieces by item… dresses, skirts pants, blouses. Then arrange by style and length.
  4. color code it. Anyone remember ROYGBIV? I like to start on the opposite end of the color spectrum with black, violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red and end with white.
  5. let it go. I know it’s tough letting go, but don’t hold on to things just to hold on to it. Be honest with yourself, after all clean home or closet, clear mind.

As always I’d love for you to share some of your tips and tricks… Leave a comment below!