Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bring on the New Year-My Modani Living Room

It's the last day of 2014!  How did the year go so fast?  I hope all had amazing holidays and I hope this last one is no exception!
I've been away from the blog-o-sphere far too long lately, but there have been major changes in my life and the focus on family and a new job have been first and foremost.  However, I love blogging and have missed it, so along with a healthier diet and hitting the gym more often, (yeah right,) I resolve to get back to it!  (I'm pretty certain blogging will be the easiest of any of these!)

So let's get on with it!

Susan Miller of says that as a virgo, my main focus for the next 3 years will be my home.  I LOVE my home!  And decorating it!  (I don't always talk about it, but home decor is probably my first love, yes, even over clothes!)  I would rearrange the furniture every six months if it didn't require the hubby to rewire all the electronics!

Modani has the best collection of modern sofas and home furnishings and I'm obsessed!  (I'll take one of each please!)  I could furnish my entire home with just this place!  

My Modani Living Room

         My Modani Living Room by joyce-k featuring a cow hide rug 

This would be my ideal living room, clean and modern, all of these pieces would fit in perfectly into my open concept living/dining room...Let's start with the sofa, shall we?

  I have wanted a white sofa for years but the fact that I had pets made it very impractical.  Well, I'm down to just one fur baby now and he is perhaps the messiest of all of them.  But since the Bristol 3 Seater Sofa is leatherette, clean up would be so much easier!  (And it's current price of $990 makes it that much more accessible!)  The Gabriela "Home" Pillow ($30) is jute and I love the natural texture of it against the smooth sofa.

The Zebra Print Cow Hide Rug is the perfect amount of pattern yet comes off as neutral.  I could put this in any room in my home!  ($540)

The Kemi Lounge Chairs ($490 each) along with 2 New Tuco White Floor Lamps ($340 each) sitting opposite the sofa would really open up the space heading into my dining room, making for great flow between the two.  And I love how luxe one big lamp per chair feels!

So instead of coffee and side tables (which I always seem to be bruised from,) I'm opting for 2 Tedo Stools ($160 each) which keep the space open and add more seating but are practical as side tables as gotta put your drink on something!

I know it's a whole lot of neutral, but I have plenty of colorful art that would be the perfect pop to this set!

Happy and Safe New Year to everyone!  Now I'm off to beg the hubby for new furniture...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Welcome November and Shoes

October was a month of soul searching, stress and deep, meaningful thoughts for me, but I've made it through, no worse for the wear.
I took a lot of internal moments, wondering what my passions and goals in life are, and I'm not sure if I've figured any of that out, but I've made some moves, stepping out of my comfort zones, ready for my next phase in life...sheesh!  Why does living have to be so hard sometimes?

Oh yeah, and I did a lot of hunting and gathering...of shoes!

You know how it say "That's it!  No more!"  And then, as if by magic, you come across 3 pairs at amazing prices, blowing your whole "no more" thing.  Destiny?  Perhaps...

Jeffery Campbell, hair on hide spots and velcro.  Yeah, like I need to say anything else...but I will anyway.  Possibly one of my more comfortable heels. And goes with everything.

Dolce Vita booties in army green.  Yes, a necessity.  Served up with scratch and large bruise.

Miss Albright brown leather boots.  These were probably the most gluttonous of all since I have another pair of brown boots, but these are different, they have bows!  
Lame Excuse Alert
I didn't need them but I just couldn't walk away from them since they were on super sale and couldn't let anyone else have them.

You gonna back me up on this one?


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I Wish I Could Have Stayed-Weekend Beach Trip

I had the opportunity for an end of summer beach trip this past weekend and it was divine!

I was a little worried because there was a good chance of rain all weekend due to a hurricane in Mexico, but lucky for me, sunny all day long!

The only downside was that the gulf beach was really full of seaweed and I was having weird issues with it floating around and touching me.  Yeah, I'm that person.  But since it was post Labor Day, we had a pool to ourselves, so no complaints and nothing to do but lay in the sun.  (Ignore the ghetto toe nails-I had no time to get a pedi before we left!)

Tiny shark tooth ring, my weekend souvenir.

And now I'm having a hard time getting back to life.  


Thursday, August 14, 2014

I Can't Wait To Wear These - Braeburn Boots

Not so glamorous truth: It's my vacation and I've been sick since my first day off.  Summer cold, sinus infection, allergies, I've been hit by it all and I'm down for the count.  My poor nose is so sore and red!  It wasn't like I had anything planned, but I did have a few ideas for my time off and I've ended up spending a good portion of it in bed.

But on the other hand, I did get to dream about these...

And they came in today!  They are the Braeburn Ankle Boot from Free People.  I can't wait to wear them, but I need a nap first...


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Trying It Out - Deep V Neck Dress

Well, shoot!
I rarely go without a well padded bra, but if I had known that a lack of chest could equal rocking the plunging deep V, I would have done it much much sooner!

 I have had a love hate relationship with this thrifted ABS dress.  
After altering the heck out of it, I've tried to wear it to work, layering a camisole underneath to make the V more appropriate, but it was just somehow off. 
Then during a closet clean out, I tried it on once again, without a cami, without a bra, and realized that this was the look I envisioned when I first bought it!  (Which makes it not a work dress!)  I wore it to lunch with the hubby.
Yup, sort of inappropriate.  There maybe few, but there has to be some perks to having a small chest....


Sunday, July 27, 2014

More Closet Classics

Fashiony people will always have a list of items that they claim are must haves or classics and basics that every gal should have in her closet-a trench, the LBD, the ubiquitous white button down etc.

This look epitomizes closet classics for me...

A Breton style top and leather skirt-is there anything more classic than the 2 of these?  And black and white never goes out of style does it?

My skirt is actually half leather, half fabric, which is great because it is slightly more breathable in the hot Texas weather than all leather would be.

And I can't tell you how much I love these Reiss platforms!  I will wear them until they fall off my feet!  They are so very comfortable!  (I will probably wear them far into autumn when it's really not acceptable to be wearing open toe shoes!)

What are you're closet classics?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Taking Care of Business

Hooray!  I have the day off!
I have many things planned, and in between getting a pedicure and going out to lunch, I have many unglamorous items on my list that really need to get checked off, like unclogging the downstairs toilet and washing the bugs off my car.  Both gross, both necessary.  Of course the sense of accomplishment is hard to beat but spending a day at the pool would be hard to beat too.

In other news, I bought a pair of shorts.

Not something that has happened in a very long time!  I have a few pairs that were pants that I have altered and they never make it to the blog.  I just prefer dresses and skirts, I think they are much more flattering on me than shorts.

On my first day of testing my new shorts out, it was pointed out by a loved one how disturbingly white my legs happen to be, which I had previously pointed out, (tanorexic I am not,) and they lovingly suggested that I try Loreal's Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Towelettes...

I had given up on self tanners more than a few years ago.  I find the lotions to much of a hassle- too streaky if you're not careful, and don't get too much on the knees, elbows, ankles, etc.  Most look orange instead of a golden glow and don't even get me started on the smell!  But yes, my legs looked sickly and I decided to give the towelettes a try.

The picture above shows my legs about 2 hours after application, they have started to get a little bit of color, more golden than orange, which I like.  By the end of the day, I really had a nice glow going on and I liked it even more.  The application of the towelette is so much easier than lotion.  That being said, I came out a little streaky, missed some spots, but to be perfectly honest, I am one of those people who tend to rush through something like this-Yes, user error.  I will be using it again and this time will be more careful and be sure I color in the spot that I missed.

The downside for me was (and it always is,) the smell.  Perhaps I am more sensitive, but it ends up being all I can smell for the rest of the day.
I bought mine at Walgreen's for about $13.50 USD, but I'm seeing them for less when I google them.

Ok, gonna get down to this list now...toilet, here I come.
What are you doing today?