Friday, August 22, 2014

Style: The Printed Blouse

One my favorite ways to feel "put together" whether at work or on the weekend is a great printed blouse. This blue and white chevron print is easy to dress up or down. I got this blouse from Stitch Fix but was able to find it on Amazon for anyone interested.  

Ready for work with a blazer and jeans...

Blazer- H&M
Jeans- Zara
Booties- Coach
Bag- Free People

Heading to a barbeque on the weekend...

Shorts- Express
Sandals- Aqua
Watch- Fossil
Bracelets- Alex and Ani
Sunnies- Marc by Marc Jacobs

Some others that I love...
Forever 21
Lucky Brand

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Painted Patio

Little by little we have been getting the backyard into shape. A couple weekends ago we cleaned up and de-weeded the overgrown patio area. Here it is before and after. 

We now have a basic idea of what we want to do with the backyard in the long run but most likely a new patio area is not in the cards until next year at the earliest. We will do the backyard in stages to help spread out the cost. In the Fall we will begin planting various shrubs, flowers and trees along the fence line. As I mentioned in this post I want a more natural, organic feel to the landscaping. First up will be planting in front of the gaping hole to our neighbor's yard. Hopefully this will provide some needed privacy.
In the meantime I have been brainstorming some ideas for the current patio area. Eventually this will all be ripped out but I thought it would be fun to do some cheap updates to make this area a little more inviting. Furniture wise I have to make do with what we have. I don't want to invest any money in new pieces right now because I don't fully know the direction our eventual new patio will take. All of our current outdoor furniture is second hand. The wood picnic table was from the previous owners and the lounge chairs were a Craigslist find when we first moved in. Everything has deteriorated over the years but is usable for now.
I was inspired by this post from one of my favorite bloggers. Adding some paint and pattern could help to spruce up this otherwise drab space. Here are some other images that have inspired me to go in this direction. 

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The summer seems to be flying by so I'll have to see if I can talk Greg into this idea and then find the time to actually do it. There are a few issues I came across in my quick Google search for how-to's on painting concrete but I need to do more research.  If anything I think we may be able to do a sporadic pattern or maybe just around the edges. I have some ideas in mind of what I want to do so let's see if I can actually pull it off.