Camo for night

Since I have had my camo pants, I’ve been wearing them pretty casually.  T-shirts and converse have been my go-to.  But one night I decided to wear them out for dinner with friends, so I checked Pinterest for inspiration (of course, I did).

Based on Pinterest my research, I came up with these combinations:

#1 – black tee, long black cardigan, camo pants and black sandals. This combination looked and felt heavy and masculine.  It just didn’t feel good at all, so I quickly changed.

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#2 – long striped top from Anthropologie, camo pants and black wedges.  This look definitely felt way better than the first!  I think the lighter colour of the top and the wedges made it feel more feminine.  I’ve seen lots of images pairing stripes with camo, but I wasn’t convinced that I should wear it out.

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#3 – top from Anthropologie, skinny black pants from Gap and flat black sandals.  no camo. I was in a rush and needed to quickly get dressed, so I swapped the camo pants for black pants.  Safe, easy and I felt good.

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With a little more time and Pinterest research, I should be able to style and wear my camo pants for a night out.

How do you wear your camo pants out in the evening?

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Pinned & Tried

I have wanted camo pants like forever.  Well, for a few years anyway.  I’ve pinned them, followed bloggers who wear them, and tried on a few pairs, too.  But I wasn’t able to find the right pair.  Until recently.

An unexpected stop in a Gap Factory Outlet and what to my wondering eyes should appear?  Two different styles of camo pants!! It didn’t take long to figure out that the skinny boyfriend pair were the pair for me.  The other slimmer pair were a perfect match for my tall slim friend. Lucky us!

I had pinned this image just before I found my pants: f8705a77858fc3899d59835ebb37450d

It was Lindsay from The Pleated Poppy and I thought to myself, “Hey, this is one look you can totally do.” So, I did.

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I’m wearing a top from TNA, Stella & Dot necklace and Converse.  My Converse definitely need a wash, or maybe I need a new pair?  Hmm…

Either way, this was one easy and successful Pinned & Tried.

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5 Easy Steps to Remove Clutter

It’s the time of year whenever has an opinion on how to relieve yourself and your home of clutter. Check out Pinterest, blogs, even Faceook. Someone has an idea (or two or three) on organizing your life and ridding yourself of excess. I’m not alone in my quest to do this.  I have always been a fairly organized person, but since the arrival of my little ones, I never seem to have  make the time to really really organize.  That said, I have more time now since they are both in school and I had a few quick wins in the de-cluttering world that I would like to share with you.

Starting with:

1.  Chopsticks in the kitchen drawer. This picture shows 44 pairs of chopsticks.  They accumulated innocently enough over the years as we ordered in sushi and Chinese take out.  I only counted them this week when I tried to put some spoons into the drawer and realized there were a few too many.  I have kept six pairs (not sure why that amount) and the rest have been bundled up and will be donated.

2.  Hotel samples.  I love the samples of soap, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion.  I always use the soap and lotion, but rarely the hair products.

Then, I saw this great pin:

And I thought to myself, this is what I will do with all my samples. So, I did.

 But during the course of a year, we don’t have many guests and our one regular guest is bald.  So, our samples are collecting dust.  I have packaged them up and will be donating to a local women’s shelter.

3.  Plastic utensils.  

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4.  Magazines.  My sister probably started me on the love of magazines.  While I tend to usually buy Style at Home, Canadian House & Home and Chatelaine, I have never been known to turn down a complimentary issue of Oprah or Real Simple.  But my magazines were taking over my bedroom and a shelf in the family room.  I even had a few issues in the pile from December 2012! IMG_7824

I have a hard time throwing them out or recycling them, so I gave a few to some friends, dropped some at the doctor’s office and conveniently left some behind at the community centre after a hockey practice.  And then there were none – until next month.

5. T-shirts.  My kids attend bike camp, soccer camp, art camp and participate in charity runs.  And each time they do, they get a t-shirt. IMG_6219 We use some shirts for when we are doing messy crafts or have a particular colour for a theme day at school, but for the most part, we do not wear these shirts.  They are in such great shape since they are only worn for a few days, so I kept 2 for each child and donated the rest.

These were 5 easy ways to get rid of stuff now without a lot of effort. I bet you might find the same things in your home.

Go look and see if you have 44 pairs of chopsticks.  You never know…

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Simply Said…

I was playing around with some tools to create graphics and decided to print one of my favourite quotes (or is it a saying?).  When we are goofing around and laughing about something we have said or done, we often use this saying.

This first graphic is from Pinstamatic and it was pretty easy to use.

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This one was made on Pinwords.  This site is ridiculously simple and easy to use.

how you see yourself

And lastly, Quozio helped me create this:

how you see yourself quote

All three of these sites were so easy to use.  Now that I’ve found these sites, I think I’ll post a quote every week just to have some fun.  How do you see me now?

Pinned & Tried

As I type this, I’m wondering if the title should be Pinned & Tried & Failed.  Keep reading to find out why. I scooped this old steamer style trunk off my parents a couple years ago.  My Dad was given it in the early 60s and it had not been used in years.  As a result, it smelled.  Bad.  Musty.  I tried keeping holiday decorations in the trunk, but they all came out smelling bad and musty. IMG_6058 IMG_6051 So, being the true pinner that I am, I knew there had to be a pin-solution for me.  It didn’t take me long to find this : de5cdb5672e0be47e36a816a760047fd Direct from Apartment Therapy were also these helpful tips.   Some of these things I did try:

  1. airing outside in the sun
  2. baking soda – boxes of the stuff
  3. coffee grounds – more than Starbucks could imagine
  4. vinegar
  5. old newspapers (?)

I didn’t try the kitty litter, because it was just too late for me.  I was tired of trying different methods with no results and I needed to use the trunk. So, I decided to go hard core.  What is hard core you ask?  Paint.  Leftover Benjamin Moore Simply White in semi-gloss. IMG_6061 I had hesitated going this route as I would have to paint over the paper lining and it seemed harsh.  However, I soon got over my guilt and proceeded.  It wasn’t my best paint job.  I barely cut into the corners and I slapped on 3 coats as quickly as the paint would dry.   But you know what?  It worked!! This lovely old steamer trunk has the fresh true smell of paint which is much much better than the old musty smell it had been carrying around for years. So unfortunately, this is one pin that didn’t work out.  On the positive side, I now have a trunk that won’t make my holiday decorations smell and that’s a good thing! linking up with: Thrifty Decor ChickThe Happy HousieThe Jenny EvolutionThe Pin JunkieTiny SidekickSweet HauteCurly Crafty MomBonBon Rose Girls

Top 5 pins

As you know, I am a huge Pinterest fan.  So, I thought I would round out 2014 with some of the top pins from our 50 Days of No Grey Pinterest board:

  1. calm beautiful living room
    Beautiful calm living room
  2. casual outfit
    Casual easy to wear outfit
  3. Fall outfit, plaid
    Easy Fall outfit
  4. family room
    Love the light in this living and family room space
  5. hockey puck gift
    Hockey Puck gift idea

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Colour Me Happy ?

We have all heard how colour (or color for our American readers) can influence your life.  There are books, articles and many theories about the psychology of colour.  Red in the dining room, lavender or pale colours in a bedroom and yellow for energy are all supposed to help us eat, sleep and live better lives.

I found this graphic on Pinterest and unfortunately, I cannot find the original source.  If you know it, please pass it along to me.

Immediately, I looked at the meaning of the colour grey (or gray) and I wasn’t surprised by what I saw.


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The positives of grey are reliable, solid and intelligent.  The cons were gloomy, sad and conservative.  All true, dontcha think?  When we first started this blog it was because we were feeling sad and gloomy from wearing grey or gray all Fall and Winter.  Another one of my fav colours is turquoise, but I was surprised when it showed one of the negatives of the colour as envy.  Too close to green, I guess.  Tan/Beige have similar characteristics to grey, so I’ll try and stay away from those shades.   The colours of silver, gold and white only show positives, so maybe I should wear more of those?

After searching around, I saw this info graphic about the colour of your door.

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My door is black and I have a couple, but not all of the strengths of a black door owner.  Those of you with grey doors are solid, calm, cool and collected.

Sounds like it is better to have a grey door than a grey wardrobe.  At least I’m doing something right.  😉

Have fun checking your colours!

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Pinned & Tried

Today, this is the Food Edition of Pinned & Tried.  Yum!  My husband and son are really great eaters and try everything I put on the table.  My daughter, on the other hand, is a little more selective.  She likes a lot of things, but isn’t so keen to try something new.  While making dinner a couple nights ago, I needed to add some veggies  and I was tired of the usual raw carrots, cucumber and steamed broccoli, you know?

So, I remembered I had seen this recipe on Pinterest:

Southwest Bean & Corn Salad

 

I know corn and beans are not really considered veggies, but I thought it would be a great addition to our fish and since I had all of the ingredients, I decided to give it a try!

Ingredients
15 oz. can black beans
8 oz. cherry tomatoes, diced
1 cup corn (I used a can)
1 large orange bell pepper, diced
1/3 cup red onion, finely diced
3/4 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed
1 avocado

Dressing
Juice from 1 large orange
Juice from 1 1/2 limes (I didn’t have limes, so used lemon juice)
1/4 tsp. cumin, or more to taste
1/2 tsp. agave (or honey)
1/8 tsp. salt
Optional: cayenne pepper or chipotle for a kick!

Directions
Make the dressing: in a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients until agave/honey is incorporated. It should yield about 1/2 cup dressing. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the beans (rinsed and drained), tomato, corn, red onion, bell pepper, and roughly chopped cilantro.
Add the dressing and toss to combine.
Best if chilled 1 hour (can be longer) before serving.
Stir well before serving, as some of the dressing gathers at the bottom.
Top with diced avocado right before serving.

 

This was so easy and tasted so good.  I wished I had used lime in the dressing recipe as I think it would have had a better flavour, but it was still very very good and refreshing.  It’s a great summer salad and will definitely make it again.  Even my daughter ate it, so that makes it a very successful pinned & tried!

 

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My new boyfriend…

Jeans.  My new boyfriend jeans.  I love them!!

I had been admiring these jeans from a distance over the past year.  I wasn’t quite sure if they were right for me, or all wrong.  I had been pinning them from Pinterest and watching friends wear them, but I hadn’t even tried them on yet.  I was a little worried.  There is a fine line between boyfriend jeans and mom jeans and I definitely wanted to stay away from the latter.

A couple weeks ago, I went into a pop up shop that carries trendy clothes and home accessories.  They had am amazing selection of jeans, including boyfriend jeans.  This selection and the fact that I had some time to myself made me want to try them on.  I tried on a few styles and different washes and in no time at all, I had on the perfect pair!

Greige cardigan from Old Navy, basic black tee, new boyfriend jeans and black flats.
Greige cardigan from Old Navy, basic black tee, new boyfriend jeans and black flats.

 

This particular pair of jeans is the slim style of the boyfriend trend and they are made with 15% rayon which keeps them oh so soft!

If you haven’t tried the boyfriend jean yet, I suggest you do.  Maybe you will be as surprised as I was!

 

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Bedtime Tables

Now I lay me down to sleep and I look beside me.  What do I see?   A little night table with an assortment of items crowded onto it.  As I look at these items, I realize there are some that I use and some that I have not touched in a long time.

I have seen a few magazines and Pinterest sites that show how to style a bedside table.  They look beautiful with flowers, a water jug and no clutter.  Like this:

Bedside table styling from House & Home
Bedside table styling from House & Home

 

This week, the Monday Listicles wants to know what is on our night tables.  So once again, I’m sharing this list with my sister and here is what you will find beside her bed:

Sister’s Table:

  • stack of magazines
  • clock
  • lamp
  • tiny figure of Ray, a character from The Princess and The Frog (gift from youngest daughter)
  • framed photo of future hub and dog
  • dust

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My Table:

  • Books
  • Clock radio (does anyone still use these?)
  • Reading glasses
  • Lamp
  • Hand & foot cream
  • Bowl with misc small things

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According to experts, your night table should not be cluttered or have items on it that might cause you stress and disrupt your sleep.  Good Feng Shui design says that night tables bring balance and security to a room and should be in symmetry with both sides of the bed.

Well, all this good information might explain why I often have restless nights.  Maybe, I’ll clear it off and see if I sleep any better.

Sweet Dreams!