2.27.2013

So Long, Fair Well




Abe and I are in the midst of packing up our apartment! We move to a different apartment on Friday! It's going to chop 30min off my work day commute, so I get to sleep in more. I am so excited :D

In other news, I am trying to wear jeans more. Or at least, show you that I wear jeans more. See above!

This is just a quick post. I work a 12hr shift tomorrow then we pack the truck on Thursday before my evening class, then we move on early Friday and unload the truck before I return to work the weekend! Why did I ever complain there wasn't enough excitement around here, again?
~Naomi



Cardigan: H&M
Shirt: H&M with DIY pocket
Jeans: thrift

2.25.2013

The Lazy Prepster







These are my favorite jeans! I have had them forever and the rip in the knee keeps getting bigger because every time I step into them, my foot inevitably finds the hole and thinks it's a good place to exit.

I love the rolled pant cuffs I've been seeing around lately. It only accentuate my shortness mildly. Wearing heels helps with that ;)
~Naomi



Cardigan: Old Navy
Blouse: H&M
Earrings & Tank: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Deb Shops
Coat: Urban Expressions

2.23.2013

Déjà Vu

My husband and I go on walks a lot. We're like a little old couple keeping an eye on the neighborhood :P

We occasionally take a different route and walk through a golf course and park. We took the original photos back in December and I had to re-create them for shits and giggles because I was looking SO fabulous. *note the sarcasm!* (The snowy images are from earlier in the month, and the snow has since melted.)

Enjoy!


From Into The Mist



Have a great weekend!
~Naomi




2.21.2013

Ivy League







Ivy League --> Ivy legs... That was my train of thought. Now you know and are all the more wiser.

I was so excited to prance around outside the other day without a coat! It's amazing how the sun or lack of can really affect one's mood.
~Naomi



Cardigan: Old Navy with DIY applique
Dress: thrifted
Tights: B.ella
Shoes: Max Studio

2.19.2013

Book Keeper






We have a weird assortment of books. Fiction, fantasy, classics, autobiographies, reference, comic, and children's books! Abe and I have a dream to own enough books to have a library in our dream home. This is only one of our bookcases! I'd say we're making progress.

My favorite book right now? McCall's Sewing Book which I found at a thrift store for $0.75! I didn't end up making any of the ideas I posted about on Sunday, but I did sew a scrub top! It was my best one yet~
~Naomi



Sweater: Old Navy
Belt, skirt & boots: thrifted
Earrings: vintage (belonged to my grandmother)
Ottoman: Handmade by me!

2.17.2013

Wish I Could ~ Take 3

My bestie SarahJean is coming over in a few moments! As I have given up shopping for Lent, I feel like I should re-make some things I have! Here is some inspiration from my DIY Pinterest Board and maybe something I'll work on today with SJ!

Wish I could make this pretty headband out of lace and an existing headband I own!


Wish I could make a sweater into a cute button up cardigan!


Wish I could make these fun tassels out of some leather scraps I have hanging around!
  

Wish I could make bows for my elastic hair ties! I'd wear them everyday to work in my ponytails!

Do you have any plans for this lazy Sunday? 
~Naomi

2.15.2013

525,600 Minutes







It's the Season of Love! I wore this yesterday for Valentine's Day (which is also my husband's birthday!) and I was just tickled pink! Hearts on my earrings and nails, and love being celebrated everywhere. I'm a little mushy so please forgive me.

Abe and I had a romantic lunch at Waffle House for his birthday! He got a paper hat to wear, it was kinda hilarious! Then I had class, but after my class, we went to our favorite bar for drinks and shots. Ha! Haven't done shots in a while but it was fun. Love my guy!

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day as well!
~Naomi




Sweater: H&M
Dress: Francesca's
Belt & Tights: Target
Shoes: F21

2.13.2013

The Color of Love



Truth: I had my husband take these photos in our kitchen minutes before we went on a walk into Lititz. You can't tell, but the skirt reaches about mid shin and I wore this sans tights! That's right people, this was a bare-legged look. And we walked outside for an hour! That means spring is coming!

I wore this yesterday after deciding I wanted to celebrate Valentine's Day all week in colors. My nails are pink with red hearts, my scrubs for work are all pink this week, and I am geeked about my actual Vday look!

Truth: I never really cared for Valentine's Day. Abe and I have been together for a long time now, but it just wasn't something we felt the need to celebrate as a couple. Plus, Abe's birthday is Feb. 14th so I try to make the day about him as opposed to pink conversation hearts and flowers. But this year, I want chocolate! :P
~Naomi




Sweater: JCP
Belt & Skirt: thrifted

2.11.2013

My Favorite Me










I love dressing up in a retro way. I feel more womanly and just more ME. I put so much thought into my outfit from the bow on my cardigan, to the dark green gloves (which remind me of Michelle Obama), to the lipstick that matched my nails and really tied the tights in. Whenever I feel blah I'm gonna have to pull up this post. It's saying a lot, but I think it's my most favorite look yet.

This is also one of my new favorite hairstyles. See the first time I mastered it here!
~Naomi



Coat: Ellen Tracy via Marshall's
Gloves: vintage
Cardigan: Old Navy
Dress and bow pin: thrifted
Purse: F21
Shoes: Chelsea Crew via Ruche

2.09.2013

Lemon Tea Cookies w/ Raspberry Buttercream


These are awesome cookies. Seriously melt in your mouth so good, why aren't there more?! I brought them to work one night shift and they were gobbled up before you could say Lemony Snicket! Haha! The raspberry buttercream just throws them over the edge of deliciousness. I filled half the batch with raspberry and the other half with a cream cheese frosting. Both are good, but the raspberry is great :)


Lemon Tea Cookies (source)

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (if you don't have zest use 1tsp more lemon juice, they just won't be as lemony)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch (yes, you read that right)
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar

 Directions:
  1. Cream together the butter, lemon zest and juice until fluffy. In separate bowl, whisk dry ingredients and then mix into butter mixture on low speed. (I almost added a splash of milk because I was thinking the recipe was missing a wet ingredient, but don't do it. These cookies are similar to a short bread or a sable in that they don't need milk or water) (Also, do not judge cookies by the uncooked batter which tastes kind ewwy)
  2. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into an 8×1 inch log and roll in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. Cut into 1/4 inch rounds. Bake at 350 F for 12 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.


 Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

 Ingredients:
  • 1/2 can store bought buttercream frosting
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam/preserves

Directions:
  1. Whip frosting in a small bowl until fluffy, then mix in jam until combined. 
  2. Pipe onto one cooled tea cookie and gently sandwich with a second cookie. They will crumble if you use too much force.

2.07.2013

Winter's Playground









So my husband and I decided to visit Stoner Park again (see first time here). It was so windy! I feel like the wind blew all of the color from my face! haha

It was completely empty at the park. I felt like I was invading on private property, almost. Mother Nature had the slides and the swing sets all to herself. She seemed to be sharing with Old Man Winter.

Abe's been a dear and has taken my recent pictures for me so I don't have to stand outside for longer than needed to get some good snaps with my tripod and timer. The sun has been out longer at night now, spring is coming!
~Naomi



Coat: Ellen Tracy via Marshall's
Sweater: Jennifer Lopez for Kohl's
Jeans: Old Navy
Purse: vintage (gift from Jocelyn)
Boots: Avon (old)