10/19/14

I N S T A L I F E

lately...
"neccessities"
our lola
local mexican
#tbt leopard flats and crop pants
re-reading 'the godfather' by mario puzo
#ootd rust and wine and raspberry
homemade fly traps
keeping fashion blogging real

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10/17/14

F I V E T H I N G S

five things i am loving lately...
THESE simple but gorgeous stud earrings in my newest style obsession... gold.
i must be feeling nostalgic this week because i cannot stop thinking about my nana's house and its beautiful crystal doorknobs throughout.  so classy!
THIS inspiring little accessories list from new-to-me blog, UN-FANCY.  t-shirt, skinny jeans, moto jacket... check!
THESE gorgeous lace-up brogues.  beacause, shoes.  amiright?
THIS video game i treated myself to.  a get those chores done incentive.

what has your heart going pitter-pat this week?  anything you just cannot stop thinking about?

joined up with HIGH FIVE FOR FRIDAY at lauren elizabeth

10/14/14

S H O O F LI E S, D O N 'T B O T H E R ME

the flies!  ohmigosh, the flies!  it's that time of year again - the time when the heaters come on in the apartment and the flies return from wherever they go during the summer months. but this year, this year they are horrible.  they have taken over our home!  they are not only annoying they are also unhygienic and embarrassing.  (i clean my house, i swear i do.)
i took to the internet for causes and solutions and all the information was pretty much a variation of THIS SITE.  some items i already had in the house allowed me to craft these simple fly catchers (good thing we had tacos for dinner last night and i hadn't taken the recycling out yet).  glass jars, paper cones and honey water.  if they work i will take the time to give the glass jars a proper clean and remove the labels and glue.  not exactly sexy home decor but slightly more attractive than an obvious olive jar.

tasks i plan to work on this week are...
check all plants to make sure soil is "clean" of bugs and roots are still healthy
clear the linen cupboard, vacuum inside and wash all linen before putting away
same with all clothing drawers and closet
annnnnd, same again with kitchen cupboards and drawers
wipe down all baseboards with disinfectant cleaner and check for holes
clean all drains to make sure no water is left standing in the u-bend (good old baking soda, salt, vinegar and boiling water should do the trick)

i always feel that writing lists makes me more accountable towards completion.  it's my thing.

other than that i am at a loss.  i figure, worst case scenario i will have some clean and orderly cupboards and closets and maybe find some items for donation.  as for getting rid of the flies... help!  any tips would be happily accepted in the comments.

10/13/14

WISH LIST: B I R T H D A Y E D I T I O N

it's my birthday!!!  well ...in eight weeks time.  but when brian asked if i had anything special in mind giftwise i took the opportunity to put together a little wish list of items i have been coveting.  special treats i would love to be spoiled with.

clockwise from left:
.::.a collection of agatha christie novels.  miss marple, poirot, tommy & tuppence.. i enjoy them all and there are so many i have not read. plus, the beautiful often art deco style covers are a bonus.::.
.::.GLERUPS FELT SHOES.  so cozy!  and i love the rubber sole for safety.::.
.::.a CROSLEY briefcase style record player.  blow the dust off those albums!.::.
.::.a donation to the wonderfully amazing and brave organization which works so hard for all the world's animals .::. WORLD WILDLIFE FUND.::.
.::.you know i love me some j.crew so i am really excited about their newest unisex scents NO.57 & NO.31.  the packaging is just gorgeous.::.

and, plus, also, of course it should go without saying - vanilla cake with thick white icing.  it's a birthday!!!

photo credits NOVELSCENT

10/10/14

F I V E T H I N G S

i am not usually one to pay attention to the *many* "inspirational" quotes scrolling through my facebook newsfeed but this one caught my eye and warmed my heart for a moment.  i am not sure who to credit the original to but the photo was sourced HERE.  if you know, please let me know so i can properly credit.
THESE navajo print sport socks.  what a great way to add something special to an old comfy standard.  perfectly paired with sweats.  and if they happen to peek out the top of your moto boots?  still cute!
source
this amazing new-to-me moisturizer.  lightweight, non-greasy, smooth under make-up and it somehow manages to smell like both cedar and limes at the same time.  i am in love.
THIS UK online mag publication.  always inspiring with beautiful photos and fab little articles.
source
and lastly, i am loving that new episodes of PHIL SPENCER'S 'secret agent' are being aired on the bbc.  i love all of phil's real estate-y programs but 'secret agent' is one that i have not seen all of yet.  i have been binge watching all week while i have my breakfast.  i just adore the smooth way phil is able to tell his clients "your home is a tip" without getting a slap.  so suave, that phil!