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