Monday, February 18, 2013

A new week, a new chapter; and some indoor inspiration!

     It has been horribly windy the past few days, so I decided to experiment with outfit photos indoors.  This is my colorful little apartment, I enjoy having inspiring surroundings, especially during weather like this when I find it hard to stay outside for more than a few minutes!  It is the first apartment I have ever had to really call my own so I had a blast decorating it, and my husband is amazing because he basically gives me carte blanche. We have been here for about a year and a half,  and are not sure if we will be signing the lease again this September, but I've had a great time making memories here and will always cherish it as our first home (even with all of it's flaws). You know, those things like being off a major road, aloof neighbors, surprise exterminations, and having to move huge furniture up three flights of steps, but hey, that's apartment living!  Apartments will always come with their share of sacrifices, but I love the idea of being able to pick things up and take them to a new place if I choose, and it is also nice to have someone fix things for you when they break, haha (and pay for them, too.)   

This photo is like a"one of these is not like the other" kind of picture! I moved my favorite pink picture frame into the second photo because I thought it would look cute there :)  I have this slight obsession with victorian/baroque styled frames in bright colors, and Marshall's always seems to have a new color one every time I am there, (I have a blue and mint one as well)!  I am also a huge art lover (never could have guessed, right?)  When we moved in all I saw was "white" everywhere.  I quickly got my own paintings up on the wall (the strawberry painting is one of them) and then filled the rest of the walls with old and new pieces that we got along the way.  I find art so inspiring and it adds the greatest warmth and personality to a room.

I was definitely feeling bright colors this day.  I love blue and green together so I pulled out my Urban Outfitters neon green lace dress (such a fun spin on a classic cut) and paired it with bright blue leggings and purple leg warmers to keep my legs warm during our errands for the day.  The scarf pulled it all together and the vintage orange jacket makes a fun layer underneath a heavier coat (or when sneaking out to the deck!)


This is the new scrapbook that I started yesterday.  I really enjoy blogging but I also felt like I needed more tangible art and writing in my life, a way to record memories that was touchable and feelable- enter my K& Company "SMASH" scrapbook.  They come in different themes (I accidently grabbed the baby themed one first and had to return it, oopsey!) and come with this awesome two ended pen/glue stick.  They are chock full of fun decorated pages and tidbits for you to paste your photos, collages, or recipes on to, as well as tons of pages for writings, lists, and doodles.  This was just what I needed to get the creative juices flowing. It's really a fun way to write and record daily life or special moments!  I highly recommend one of these if you are looking for a fun scrapbook that comes with the materials you need to get started.



Mmmm and yummy breakfast.  Another thing that is great to photograph indoors.  I hope to be getting more interesting recipes up here soon, a while back I did a post on Buckwheat pancakes, but I was just starting out so I am not sure it really hit the radar.  I loooove cooking and have really come to enjoy it as a fun outlet and a great way to find new and exciting healthy recipes that nourish the body and soul.  Lately I've been getting more into spices and seasonings like curry, cumin, lemon pepper, turmeric, and garlic.  It's amazing what a difference seasonings can make!  The above plate consists of a sweet potato hash with spinach and kale, seasonings and spices (garlic, cumin, lemon pepper, a pinch of salt) and grape tomatoes with a side of mango, blackberries and strawberries.  It was a great way to start a Monday!  So, here is to another week and a new chapter!  This week I am looking to keep adding to my scrapbook, start using my Holga camera again, enjoy the simple things in life and emphasize kindness to those around me, and get outside for walks more (weather permitting). 

I hope you all are having a lovely start to your week! xo

52 comments:

  1. What a cute colorful look! I'm so glad I've found another blogger who loves colors as much as I do haha. I love the way you paired the different textures and patterns--just perfect!
    The food looks amazing too (:

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    1. Aw thank you Lily, and me too!! I really enjoy what you do with color, it's always inspiring to look at your outfits :)

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  2. I love your style! So colorful and fun. And that food looks delish!
    {Em♥teatreevintage.blogspot.com}

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    1. Thank you Em! Your blog is super inspiring, I love those tips you had on there the other day!

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  3. Your blog is so bright and colourful! ♥

    You have brightened up my day. I love the scrapbook you're making, I really need to try this.


    Abigail ♥
    www.deardaffodils.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That is super sweet Abigail, thanks so much!

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  4. Oh my goodness, how adorable are you?! You're so colorful and cute and quirky and have this lovely, happy aura about you. I just adore it so much. I'm glad that you found me, 'cause I'm definitely gonna be checking back on you. Whether or not you re-lease your apartment, at least you got such good use out of it and made some lovely memories. A first home fer sure! <3

    Your breakfast also looks amazing.

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    1. Thank you Ali :) You have great style, girl! Thanks for checking out my page, too!

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  5. I love that outfit! It's so colorful! It's like wearing a fruit salad! I mean that in a good way! And the lace dress is adorable!

    http://heidiswanderings.blogspot.com/

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    1. hehe I like the comparison to fruit salad, I love fruit and I also love wearing fruit prints so I'll totally take it! :)

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  6. Another great oufit! The dress/belt combo looks really cute. Where are the floral bracelets from?? I LOVE them!! Your strawberry painting is really good! It's so much fun to scrapbook. I used to make collages all the time, I really enjoyed doing that. I should probably try to get into it again, sometime.

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    1. Thank you Bristol! I was looking all over for your blog again but I couldn't find the link, do you mind leaving it here somewhere as a comment? And the bracelet is from a place called Saks Thrift Avenue (so clever, right?) that's located in Bellefonte here in Delaware. And thanks for the comments on my art :) I love painting strawberries and other fruits.

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    2. You're welcome. No problem- the link is: http://colourmebristol.blogspot.com/
      Haha that is a cute name. It's great to have an artistic side!

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  7. I LOVE your coat and I LOVE your dress! So pretty! Especially thr coat is so so so lovely. I want it ;)
    Your breakfast looks really good and I like it how you give yourself small goals for the week! This is good :)
    And I really like to cook too. When I was back in Germany I posted quite a lot of recipes on my blog but since I am in the US I somehow got lazy with the cooking. But I will come back to it :)

    xx

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    1. Aw Larissa, thank you so much! I know, I am really lucky that I got that coat. It was actually for sale in the shop where I work and I begged the owner to let me buy it, lol! Can't wait to see more posts of yours on food, too :)

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  8. You look like a rainbow in this outfit! And, yes, that IS a compliment. ;) I love all of your colors and that you're brave enough to wear all of them together!

    Also, I LOVE your strawberry painting. Strawberries are my favorite! I love how you've added so much personality to a boring apartment (since all of them are, right?).

    And since you're talking spices, my newest favorite is paprika.

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    1. Thanks so much! Ooooo Paprika is yummy, and so versatile! :)

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  9. you look really cute! very uplifting and colorful! i love your apartment. those ice cream cone lights are AWESOME.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  10. Oh my Alyssa - this is probably my most favorite outfit of yours yet! Every last piece is so pretty and the color palette & pattern combo are out of this world :-) I love how your personal style is so apparent in your apartment as well. I almost purchased those same owl prints! And of course I LOVE the strawberry one and ice cream cone light as well. And goodness, does your sweet potato hash look and sounds de-lish!

    Cheers to another lovely week darling! xo Marisa

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    1. Marisa, you are incredibly too kind :) I am very flattered that you like it so much, since you are super uber stylish ;) haha, don't you love those owl prints?!?! They were like...too perfect to pass up. Hope you have had a fabulous week and that you enjoy a wonderful weekend as well!! xo

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  11. Soo.. you look super cute as always. This apartment reminds me of the decorating I would do. My house is currently a mish mosh of things that I love. Everything's so bright and cheery but really what did I expect?
    I'm also SUPER obsessed with those frames.. my kitties have killed two of them already. ARG. I need to look out for some more.

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    1. Thanks so much Pati, and glad you can relate to my obsession :D

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  12. Every time I click over to your blog it is filled with so much bright and inspiring color! Love this bright green version of the traditional lacey dress, and your coat is amazing! That strawberry print is too cute, I love your apartments happy aesthetic :)
    xo Hannah

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    1. Thanks Hannah :0) I find that it makes me smile just being surrounded by bright happy things :)

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  13. Such a cute outfit! And I must say I am loving those owl paintings on your wall! They are absolutely wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Amanda! Daniel and I got them from Pier 1, they were a great deal too, so we got like 6 of them! haha

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  14. You are so cute, and so is your apartment :). I love this dress, I saw a similar one but didn't think I could pull off the color. You definitely do and you give me so much inspiration to wear more color ♥

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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    1. Thanks Ashley!!! And you know you could totally pull anything off girl, you are super adorable :) xo

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  15. love all the color!!

    xx fameliquorlove.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Danielle! I will have to visit your blog! :D

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  16. My oh my, I bet you just light up a room when you walk in! This green dress is so vibrant and I love the scarf with touches of yellow paired with it. The art on the walls is glorious too-I would love to put some art on my walls soon, they're so bare right now! Also, can you use your artistic talent to make fabrics because I would LOVE that strawberry print on a cute little frock!

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    1. That is just the sweetest compliment, Katie! Thanks so much :) And I love dressing in colors that are close together on the color wheel (green, blue, purple, red, orange, yellow) so this was a lot of fun for me :) Oh- and funny story- the strawberry print is actually inspired by a dress I have in the same fabric! I love the fabric so much that I decided to do a painting of it! haha

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  17. Your place looks so warm and inviting and your night stand is PERFECTION. And that dress? Yes, please! I think that shade of green is really hard to pull off, but you have completely nailed it. And yum to your breakfast. Breakfast is the best meal, ever.

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    1. Thank you :) And breakfast is totally the best, a great reason to get myself out of bed early :D

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  18. I can't believe how gorgeous that coat is - so pretty!

    Have a fantastic day,
    -Kati

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  19. Love all the colors1 Your coat is so cute!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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    1. Wooohooo yay for color! I will have to check out your site too, Airin :)

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  21. You are SO cute! ah! :) And you made that strawberry print?! A girl after my own heart...

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  22. nice photos, I like your blog it's so colorful :))

    http://charmeusee.blogspot.com/

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  23. thx, I followed you back too ;))

    http://charmeusee.blogspot.com/

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  24. I love your style so much! You would instantly cheer me up if I ran into you on the street :) Your apartment looks really fun too. Such a cute outfit!

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  25. Great Blog!

    Would you like to follow each other on GFC?

    Vivianista.com

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  26. Your like is so colorful :D! Love the green dress!

    let me know if you're interested following each other with me :)

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  27. Hattitude Style Blog
    wow stumbled upon your blog through pinterest. you are adorable! can't wait to see what else you put together. your colours are so fresh! love it all! and your apartment is SO cute.

    talk soon wild child
    -Hattie
    Hattitude Style Blog

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