almost there



I'm on the mend but still not in 'getting dressed and putting on makeup' mode yet, so here's another pajama picture! I actually lost my balance when I was taking the photo, but somehow it ended up looking like I was standing that way on purpose, lol!

Also, this is my lazy braids hair. I do this a lot around the house -- it's pretty much milkmaid braids, except that once I get them criss-crossed on top of my head I just secure them with big pink claw clips instead of inconspicuous bobby pins. I usually do this right after I wash my hair, too... I'll just blow dry my bangs and clip the rest up in loose braids so it can air dry!

ps. Lilly suggested in the comments on my last post that I should do pajama outfit photos to go with my slumber party sunday posts (which I promise are going to be coming back really soon!) and I LOVE that idea! I'm definitely doing it! :D

sick day.



Wednesday night I got hit with some sort of bug and I've been feeling absolutely miserable ever since :( Hypatia has a head cold too, the poor thing, so we've both been laying in bed under the covers sniffling and sneezing. Her vet & my doctor basically prescribed the same medicine -- antibiotics, hot broth (low sodium for Hypatia) and lots of rest. I've also been breezing through Lost on netflix, but it's been creeping into my dreams a lot, which is freaking me out a bit. Recurring dreams about being stuck on an island where people are trying to kill you doesn't exactly help with a peaceful night's rest lol.

Anyway. I'm never sure what to post here when I'm sick... I'm obviously not dolled up for normal outfit photos and I'm usually way too exhausted to come up with anything else that requires the least bit of energy. But I still want to keep blogging... so I thought, why not take outfit photos in my pajamas? It's probably silly, but it's easy and I do have some pretty cool pjs, if I do say so myself!

Hopefully I'll feel better soon but if not expect to see some more of my amazing flannel pajama collection this week ;p

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Not many photos this week, but the few I did take are pretty much all Hypatia :) Her new favorite cozy spot is burrowed under my pillow (and yup, I'm using a t-shirt as a pillowcase... it's laundry week, what can I say?) She's been such a happy little ball of energy since she was shaved! I swear she's a short haired cat trapped in a maine coon's body.

ps. I have an interview up on The Clothes Horse today!! Rebecca asked me to plan my dream party, and I envisioned a slumber party in an Irish castle, with some of my all time favorite people -- fictional, animated, and real -- as guests! You can read it here. Thank you so much, Rebecca! :)

My top 5 storage solutions for small spaces

My entire living space is 11 feet by 11 feet. With careful planning, I've managed to include a queen size bed and an 8' long table! My room functions as a bedroom, office and studio and believe it or not I have plenty of floorspace to dance around or play with my cats ;)

I've lived in this snug little room for 19 years of my life, and along the way I've come up with a lot of storage solutions that make the most of my tiny abode! Here are my top 5 favorites!



1. Empty purses are perfect for storage! I keep all of my bags on a coat rack behind my door, but rather than leave them empty, I fill them up with craft supplies! My mini photo scanner is in the purple handbag, my wood burning kit is in the green shoulder bag and I keep sketchbooks in the gingham satchel! It seems like every bag is the absolute perfect size for holding something that didn't fit anywhere else in my room :)




2. Clothing as decor! I've mentioned this before, but using clothing as decoration is ideal if you're low on closet space like I am! I have my dresses hanging on my wall next to my bed, and I keep all of my lacy tops hanging from my curtain rod. They look gorgeous in the daytime when the sunbeams shine through them!



3. Bed risers!! One of the best things I ever purchased, EVER. Thanks to these little miracle workers, my entire record collection fits under my bed. I also keep my sewing machine under there, too, along with lots of under-the-bed boxes stacked up as high as they can possibly go. Push the things you hardly ever use all the way to the back, and keep the stuff you use on a regular basis at the front. It's easy to just throw things under the bed willy nilly, but with the bed risers you get so much extra space that it just makes sense to organize it and utilize every inch! I got mine at IKEA but I think they're sold at pretty much every home supply store.



4. Measure every nook and cranny in your room! Before you shop for furniture, measure every extra bit of space that you have. I have 9" of wall space between my bed and my closet -- that seems way too small to serve any purpose, right? Wrong! IKEA had an 8" wide bookcase that was perfect for storing my books and dvds! Measuring also came in handy when I purchased my laptop stand, Ludvig (I wrote more about this in my room tour here!)




5. Walls aren't just for hanging artwork! As much as you can get off the floor onto the walls, do it! I have my record player (it's a vertical turntable, available here) & my television mounted on the wall. I also have a big storage unit from Michaels that I use for displaying knick knacks and housing craft supplies. You'd be surprised how much table room and floorspace you have to spare once you start using your walls!

ps. Solanah has some fantastic organization tips on her blog today, too! :)

wishlist wednesday



I love this 1970's crewel embroidery from etsy... I almost bought something similar at a thrift store a couple months ago but when I got up to the register they only took cash, and I only had my debit card :(



1. this dress reminds me of a pretty ballet costume. I want to wear it with my old pointe shoes and twirl around the house. 2. I'm obsessed with finding the perfect plaid dress right now and if this beauty wasn't kind of pricey ($99) it would definitely fit the bill!



Shoes this platformey and awesome are almost always made out of leather (I'm looking at you, Jeffrey Campbell) so I was pretty excited to see these are vegan! I love the graphic woodgrain on the heel, too!



I desperately want this pillowcase set! It's called the "lunar than expected" set, how cute is that?!



Sunshine & Carousels is having a 30% off sale (coupon here!) I already snatched up a hot pink velvet bow headband but this one is catching my eye too!



1. Doesn't this dress look like something out of a movie?! I picture Sophia Loren wearing it with a giant black feather boa in Arabesque. 2. I check the Dorothy Perkins website religiously, and every so often there's a dress that just totally hits it out of the ballpark -- this is such a dress. I think it's going to look amazing with my hair (yup, I ordered it already!) ps. I got 15% off with the coupon INTDP15.



My dad had to go to old navy today to return some shirts he got for Christmas, and BOY am I glad that I tagged along! I think I have cat print radar or something, because I wasn't even really looking for myself, this shirt just attracted me like a moth to a flame. Oddly it was $28 in the store (not on sale) but it's $35 online?



This is another case of "intended for my wishlist but ended up in my closet" ... I bookmark things all week to put in my wishlist wednesday posts, and if I'm having a particularly retail therapy kind of week, at least some of the items are bound to end up in my shopping cart! This pretty dress was on sale for $35, so can you blame me? (When I placed my order I also picked up something for another giveaway that I'm *really* excited about!)



I'm in love with this sweatshirt but I'm pretty sure I can DIY it with a plain old sweatshirt and fabric paint. In high school I saw a photo in a magazine of Kate Moss wearing a sweatshirt with a mini skirt, and I thought it was so incredibly chic. I've been smitten with that style ever since, but I don't think I ever replicate it myself. Perhaps I finally will after I make this? :)

something or other



dress - asos
sweater - old navy
shoes - c/o blowfish
hairbow - honeybean

I may or may not have spent 20 minutes trying to think of a title for this post and just gave up... Anyway, I've had this dress for almost six months but it has a weird open back flap that made me a little confused on how to actually wear it. Then I saw this outfit on pinterest (which I think includes the exact same dress) and I realized I could just wear a normal sweater overtop! duh! I don't know why I never thought to do this myself to winter-ize summer dresses, but it's brilliant!

ps. I have a guest post on Bubby + Bean today if you want to check it out :)

pss. I made a new fancy little paypal form for my sponsorship page, so if anyone wants to test it out that would be pretty nifty ;)

Style Idol - Elizabeth Taylor


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black and grey



dress - h&m
cardigan & belt - old navy
tights - target
shoes - c/o blowfish

I'm not quite sure why, but I think this is one of my favorite outfits ever. I just felt so great wearing it! I completely forgot that I even had this dress until I cleaned out my closet -- I hadn't even worn it before! But it fits so perfectly, and it has a neat little zipper detail on the bodice that makes it more than just a plain LBD.

Speaking of cleaning out my closet, I've picked some dresses that I just never wear or don't really like anymore, and I'll probably put them in my shop-my-closet page sometime either at the end of this week or early next week if anyone is interested :) They're all freshly washed and ready for new homes, I just have to find the time and muster the energy to photograph & measure all of them.

The Melody Lingers On // Eisley



one last song by eisley // image via sintwister

it's giveaway time again! [closed]



I was at H&M again last week and I guess it's just second nature now for me to pick up some giveaway goodies each time I go! I bought myself everything in the picture, and then another set to giveaway! It includes a blue faux leather shoulder bag and matching wallet/phone case, super cute tan 30's style sunglasses, a pack of colorful nail polish, colorful heavy duty bobby pins and a set of earrings that includes (oh my gosh!) unicorn studs! eep! One winner will receive everything in the photo.

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the awkward call for sponsors



It's that time of the month again! I'm now accepting sponsors for February, so if you're interested you can find my rates, traffic, stats, etc. on my sponsorship page here. Ads start at $10 and you can get 10% off if you pay before Jan. 25.

By the by, I lowered my rates for February for the extra large, large and medium ads. I read a blogger help thingy in December about how to properly formulate your rates based on your subscriber count and traffic, so I adjusted my rates accordingly... but it just didn't feel right. I know that I can't charge like $5 because that wouldn't be fair to other bloggers, but I don't feel comfortable charging a lot either, so I think I found a happy medium with my new prices. Fair but also affordable :)

Ok, well now that that awkwardness is all out of the way, here's a picture of my little Hypatia without any fur:


The picture is actually from a year or so ago, but she was shaved again yesterday so she looks just like this again. She's just been so rambunctious she hasn't sat still long enough for me to take a nice picture! My brother said it looks like somebody screwed a cat's head onto a rat's body, but I think she looks adorable! More importantly though, she's a happy camper now, and that's all that matters :)

ps. My hair is still pink, that photo up there was taken before I dyed it :)

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1. new cat print shirt from asos
2. new personalized drawings in my shop
3. at Beauty & the Beast 3D!
4. having fun painting my nails :)
5. hand-drawn art deco fonts in my shop
6. trying on a fun headband at h&m

song as old as rhyme



dress/cardigan - h&m
shoes - c/o blowfish

This is what I ended up wearing to see Beauty and the Beast last week -- much warmer than the outfit I originally picked out, but still a little yellow tribute to Belle's gown ;)

I'm switching up my blog schedule a little next week. Not too many huge changes, but I felt like I needed to shift things around since I've had this same schedule for about a year now and it was getting a bit stale. Most of my current features are sticking around, just changing format or moving to a different day, and I have some new ones as well! I'm really excited about it! :)

ps. I posted some cute valentine's day freebies yesterday if you missed it.

vintage valentine freebies



Last year we found a huge bundle of valentines from the 1950's in the basement! They're just so incredibly adorable (especially the kitty cat ones!) they deserve to be shared, not stored away where nobody can see them! I scanned them & uploaded them as-is to flickr a while back, but this week I decided to clean them up and make them into .png files with transparent backgrounds in case anyone would like to use them for blog-related things. You can download all 20 valentines here! Feel free to use them on your blog or print them out and give them to loved ones next month!

ps. I also have flapper doodle valentines in my shop here! ;)