We Moved.

Happy Monday, my lovelies! I want to thank you all so much for your well wishes on Friday in regards to the move! I'm happy to report that it went extremely well. We are all moved in and are now officially Bostonians... I guess ;) We have only lived there now for about 48 hours, but I must say I absolutely LOVE it. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite details of the apartment and its surroundings so far. Once it's completely decorated and the finishing touches are on it, I'll probably give you a full tour. For now though... just a glimpse :)
Left: Our door / Right: Our street :)
Obsessed with the new 'hood



This isn't the greatest picture, but there is very intricate detailing on the ceiling that I loooove.

Is it strange that I love that our pans hang from the ceiling? Because I really do.
Some other favorite details include having less than a 5 minute walk to the nearest cupcake shop (dangerous) and having a view of the sailboats sailing by on the Charles River from both the kitchen table and the couch. This may result in eating too many cupcakes while watching the sailboats from the couch - certainly a recipe for disaster if you know what I mean. At least I have to walk to the cupcake shop, though...right?




Friday's Fancies: Date Night

Hey, Friday, heyyy! So happy to see you again! I think at this point you probably know what Friday is indicative of. So without further ado...

The Friday's Fancies theme this week is Date Night. Seeing as though we're moving tomorrow, tonight's date night will be severely lacking in glitz, glamour, and romance, and will instead be filled with packing, cleaning, and disassembling furniture. So instead of putting together an outfit of what I actually will be wearing tonight (sweatpants and a t-shirt), I'm going to channel my inner ideal date night persona. I think you'll find it more enjoyable and more aesthetically pleasing than the former.

SO, here's what I'll be daydreaming about wearing while I'm shoving boxes into a U-Haul:

Peplum / Skirt / Earrings / Necklace / Watch / Clutch / Pumps

See? Much more glamorous than my sweatpants. I'm loving the peplum trend, and the girliness of it makes it a perfect pick for date night. Also, this color combination is one of my favorites right now. I know it's not pastels or neons, so forgive me for not being overly trendy, but I love it. And of course heart earrings are a must for date night; it is all about love after all :)

Have a date tonight and need more outfit ideas? Visit {long distance loving} and I promise you you'll find something to wear!



I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and here's to your date night being more glamorous than mine!


Romper Ready

I love rompers.  After dresses, they're my favorite summer clothing piece. This is my first Spring in Boston, so I don't really know when the warm spring weather comes into full effect and actually sticks around, but I'll be welcoming it with open arms when it does. Mostly so I can wear rompers (and dresses). If I could have all of the rompers below, I would not complain. As I mentioned on twitter a couple of days ago, I am accepting Cinco de Mayo gifts this year, so feel free to purchase any and/or all of these for me.

Top Row: 1 / 2 / 3
Bottom Row: 1 / 2 / 3
As you can see, the top row includes the more expensive options while the bottom row hosts the more affordable options. Do you think it's worth dishing out the extra money for one on the top row or would you be content with a not-so-many-pennies romper? I'm sa-wooning over the 3.1 Phillip Lim Splatter Paint one on the top left. So.. ya know.. keep that in mind when you're picking out my Cinco de Mayo gift ;)



Art-inspired Fashion: The Loopy Dress

I want to start off by saying that the Alt Summit DSLR 101 class was CRAZY good. I don't know when they're offering it again, but TAKE it if you want to get yourself off of auto mode on your camera.


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Ok, I'm definitely going out on a limb here so please bear with me, friends.

{Dress}
The Lisa Perry dress photoed above was inspired by the art on the right, Jeff Koon's "Loopy". Now I will make no bones about it - I wouldn't have that art anywhere in my house on a bet. The dress on the other hand, I haven't made a final decision on.

What do you think of it? I can't decide if I would ever wear it, but there's something about it that's very Carrie Bradshaw-esque, and that's always a plus. Can't you just see her prancing around the streets of NYC in this?

It's definitely not practical, but I think for the right event, venue, or city, it just might be fabulous. It definitely caught my eye when I first saw it. I mean, it's not everyday that you see a white fluffy dress with whipped cream and a cherry on it, right?

I'm really interested to hear what your take on this dress is. Would you wear it or is this completely out of the question for you? If you would wear it, how would you style it?




Food for Thought

I've been loving this quote lately and the message that it sends, so of course I wanted to share it with you.


That's all :) Have a great rest of your Tuesday!

 



A Photographic Journey

First of all, thank you all for your jewelry organization tips yesterday! You were super helpful, and hopefully I can now get my baubles in order :)

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If you've read my "Who Am I?" section, you've learned that I love photography.  This love was first born on a trip to Gatlinburg, TN with my grandparents. My mom had recently purchased a new camera and decided to pass along her old camera to me. I can still remember trying to masterfully compose pictures of the waterfalls and streams of the Great Smoky Mountains with this 1980-something 35 mm camera. I have no idea how those pictures actually turned out, but I do know that this is when my love affair began.

About a year and a half ago, I finally pulled the trigger and purchased my first DSLR - a Nikon D5000. It's a great camera, but I've never been properly trained on how to use it. So, tonight, I'm taking my first DSLR (online) class via AltSummit, and I am stoked! I'm like a little kid on Christmas Eve. It's ridiculous. I hope that this is the first of many classes I'll take in order to improve my skills. Just so you can join me on this photographic journey of improvement, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite DSLR pre-training shots.







So there you have it. My work pre-training. In all honesty, you're not going to see a lot of portrait shots moving forward, because well... it just doesn't fit the content of my blog. But at least this will give you some point of reference as to where I started :) I'm hoping to improve in shooting indoor shots without much natural light. It's a huge challenge for me. So here's to improvement moving forward!

If you know of any other useful courses that you would recommend, please let me know.  And if you're interested in taking the class, click here to sign up. It's only $15!







Oh, Jewelry Tree

As you may or may not know, the boy and I are moving on Saturday. The anticipation of moving into a new place eats me alive. I can't tell you how badly I want to purchase new items to decorate with. I've done really well with holding off for the most part. I have decided that my first project upon moving in will be organizing my jewelry. It was a massive disaster yesterday. I wasted many precious minutes of my life untangling necklaces, and the madness absolutely has to stop. I purchased these lovely little bowls from Anthropologie on Saturday and used them to contain my watches, bracelets, rings and earrings.  




I plan on purchasing a small table that will be designated "Morgan's Jewelry Haven". These bowls will obviously reside there. My next task is finding a way to store my necklaces in my jewelry haven space. After battling the tangling mess, some of them are hanging on the chest knobs...




This is obviously going to be short-lived. One reason being we're moving in 5 days, and the other being I have no desire to fight my necklaces in order to get into the drawers. So, I'm thinking a jewelry tree will be the answer to my prayers. Of course Anthrolpologie has a beautiful one, but guess who has two thumbs and isn't paying $100 for a jewelry tree. This girl.


Here are some more affordable options. Please try to look past some of the jewelry on the trees.


West Elm / Heart Not Included
Black Forest Decor / RedBarkDesigns
I like the trees with less branches, but in all reality, it's just not practical. My necklaces would be back in a tangled mess in no time. Which one is your favorite? Or do you have an amazing necklace organizing tactic that you'd like to share with me? If so, I would LOVE to hear!





Bon Appetit: Homemade Mac N' Cheese

I promised you all mac n' cheese, so today, I'm delivering.  For me, this has always been one of those "a little bit of this, a little bit of that" no actual measurements recipe. So, I figured out the measurements so that I could share my mac n' cheese knowledge with you guys, but keep in mind, you may want it a little more or a little less cheesy, so adjust as you see fit.


Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of elbow macaroni noodles
6 oz. Velveeta cheese
1/2 cup of milk (I use a little bit less, but that's an approximation)
1 Tbsp. butter
Salt & pepper to taste


Let's cook:
First, bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil, and pour in the macaroni noodles. Boil for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.  Drain the noodles, and then place them back in the pot OFF of the stove. Cut the Velveeta into small chunks and add.




After adding the cheese, add in the tablespoon of butter.




Next, pour in a little less than 1/2 cup of milk.  Salt & pepper to taste. Place back on the stove on medium-high heat (6-7) stirring frequently until cheese is melted.




Last, but certainly not least... ENJOY! :)




Sidenote: I always think it's better to go light on the milk and cheese, and then you can add in more at the end if you want your mac n' cheese to be cheesier, milkier, or thicker.


FYI:  As a side dish, 1 1/2 cups of macaroni would easily feed a family of 4.


If you have any questions, let me know! :)





Friday's Fancies: Picnic Primped

It's time to kick off the weekend Friday's Fancies style! The weather here in the Northeast has definitely lent itself to picnic type activities this week, so it was certainly enjoyable to dream up a picnic primped outfit. For starters, here's where I'll be picnicking...


We should all have bikes like that to go picnicking in, yeah?

And here's what I'll be wearing....
Chambray Button-Up / Tank / Shorts / Necklace / FedoraBikini / Nail Polish
I wanted to keep this look light and breezy. A picnic should be a comfortable-attire affair, but we still want to stay fashionable, of course. I tried these lace shorts on at Madewell this week, and they fit like a glove. I need them stat. My picnic is a barefoot one, but my toes will be painted a lovely shade of tangerine. I also plan on going for a swim in the nearby lake after the picnic, so I'll be prepared with a checkered bikini under my lace shorts and tank.

This is all in my dream picnic world, of course... for more picnic inspired looks, head on over to {long distance loving}!






Have a lovely weekend!


Here's To You, Bicycle

If you are the slightest bit familiar with Indiana University, then you've probably at least heard of the Little 500 (also affectionately known as the greatest college week of all time). My guess would be that if you've heard of it, you associate it with a campus full of rowdy students binge drinking for a week straight and then somehow stumbling their way to the bike race on Saturday. Or sadly not going to the event at all even though they've celebrated it for a week straight. Irony at its finest.

I'm probably biased, but my memories of this epic bike racing event are much sweeter and sober than those previously mentioned. (Although, I may or may not have celebrated that way during my first two years of college.) I could write a novel about this, but I'll keep it short and sweet. As a member of the Steering Committee for the Indiana University Student Foundation, I was fortunate enough to have a hand in planning and executing this marvelous event. These are without a doubt some of my fondest memories of college, and I made some fabulous lifelong friends in the process. Little 500 and the organization who plans it, IUSF, are very near and dear to my heart. This weekend, Little 5 takes place on IU's campus, so today I'm raising my glass to Little 5, and going all out with, you guessed it, bicycles.


Shirt / Mug / Necklace / Scarf / Print (similar) / Glasses


And here I am in all of my (hideous) suit glory with some of my fellow Steering Committee members on race day:

Yes, that is yours truly (the tall one) on the right about to shake the president's hand. I told you it was a big deal! ;)

If you want to learn more about the Little 500 races, here are some resources for you:

Indiana University Student Foundation
ESPN
The Indiana Daily Student

See ya tomorrow for Friday's Fancies :)







Summer Staple: The LWD

Let's get one thing out of the way: defining "LWD". I think we all know what an LBD is. (Little black dress, if you don't .) And I think we can all agree that it's an essential piece in any woman's wardrobe. 

This summer, there's a new sheriff in town, and she will be known as LWD: the Little White Dress.

I don't wear too much white during the winter months, because it serves as camouflage for my pasty skin. During the summer, though, white acts as a great contast for my *fakely* bronzed skin. I've been tirelessly searching for the perfect LWD addition to my wardrobe, and I think I've found "the one".

Dress

You can dress this little number up for a night out or you can dress it down and frolick around in it during the day. Allow me to explain further.


Jacket / Necklace / Sunnies / Sandals








Blazer / Necklace / Wedges

I would be much more likely to dress this down, but it's always nice to have the option of getting a little fancy with a piece. Which way would you wear it?


Also, let's coin the acronym LWD ;)




be.designs Watercolor Paintings

I had sincere plans today of teaching you how to make homemade mac n' cheese. And then I came across these watercolor paintings and my need to share them with you was far more urgent than was my need for sharing my mac n' cheese recipe. I think you can see why...


Kate Spade Clutch 
Fashion Illustration 
Essie Pink Tones
I love the softness of them, and I think they'd add just the right amount of femininity to any space.  These little pieces of heaven were found at be.designs. They offer many home decor pieces beyond the watercolor paintings, so do yourself a favor and check it out.


And I apologize for being mac n' cheese-less today, but hopefully you found these paintings as lovely as I did!  I'll get to the recipe another day :)



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