SHH, I WORE THIS LAST NIGHT

6.26.2014



You know when it's Friday after work and you feel gross from bagel Friday (because you had 2 with extra cream cheese), and you're already running 20 minutes late for this party you don't feel like going to anyway? Then you jump out of the shower and tear apart your entire closet trying on everything you own because yet again you have nothing to wear… Finally you find something that doesn't make you look like a beached whale. Success!

Enter Saturday night. You already spent most of the day putting your closet back together, suddenly it's time to hit the shower and for another night out… And well, you didn't post any instagram pics last night, so no one will notice if you wear the same thing agin. Plus it already smells like bar so no reason to get anything else dirty, and you know it doesn't make you look like a beached whale.

Don't fix it if it ain't broke… Pick up the outfit from bathroom floor and run out the door. (Double-check you didn't spill guac on it last night).

WHICH DRESS WOULD I RATHER BE WEARING? | 3

6.23.2014



It's wedding/shower/party season and you can never have too many dresses in your closet. I tend to put together three or four outfits at the beginning of every Spring and wear them all summer. It makes weddings and parties a whole lot less stressful, you aren't frantically searching the internet for the right heels 2 days before an event.

I need one more dress for my rotation, so I went on a quick shopping trip the other day where I ended up coming home with three dresses. I was short on time, so I just bought the ones I liked with the intention of taking two back. I purchased each dress for such a steal I am tempted to keep all three, but they look too similar. Help me by letting me know your favorite!

365 DAYS OF TYPE | THE WORK PLAY WAY

6.20.2014



If you haven't checked out Sabrina Smelko's 365 days of type, you need to. Last year she illustrated a number for each day of the year, an incredible commitment, and each design was unique and beautiful. This year she opened up the days to the public, I jumped in for 171. Today, day 171, is the last day of spring and this cutie knows it, she is looking forward to the official start of summer with road trips galore.

You can sign up for a day here. Which number is your favorite?

SHH, I STOLE YOUR FOOD

6.19.2014



You know when you are rushing out the door and you throw your lunch together, and suddenly it's lunch time and you realize a) you aren't a rabbit and you need more than some spinach and carrots and b) you forgot to bring dressing for your lame spinach salad anyway. Then you open the Pandora's Box of the office refrigerator and everyone else's food looks so much better than yours, and there are 340587349 salad dressing bottles in the door. Even though the bottles are labeled clearly with the owner's name, it is too much work to track the person down to ask to use their dressing. Plus they won't notice anyway. Yea, that happens to me a lot more than I would like to admit. I wonder if they'd miss their leftover mac and cheese if that seemed to just disappear…

PINTEREST IN THE SKETCHBOOK | 15

6.18.2014



Let's have a little chat about Pinterest. The best/worst thing to happen to women today. Who wouldn't love a place to organize ideas, DIYs and just pretty photos. The thing is, I find myself scrolling and scrolling, pinning and pinning, comparing and comparing…

Then it's time to plan a wedding, decorate your apartment, bake an adorable 7 layer rainbow cake or just get dressed in the morning, and we expect it to be perfect like the things we pin. Well, your home is a mess and your throw pillows don't match, the wedding you spent a year planning won't look like your wedding board (like the time my sister got married and the night before I was still up chalkboarding signs while swearing at Pinterest), and the rainbow cake might be crooked.

I'll probably never purchase a dress like this or be cool enough to have a place to wear it, instead I take inspiration from the pin in the best way I know how, painting. Use your pins for what they are instead of comparing yourself to a photo that was professionally styled and photographed, it just isn't real life!!

So keep on pinning, but don't forget crooked rainbow cakes taste better anyway.

SUMMER YARD SALE IN THE SKETCHBOOK | 14

6.14.2014




Meet Mia, she is a yard sale queen who can spot a vintage designer purse from five blocks down. She'll spend hours combing through old junk to find that typewriter for $7, which will be paraded around like a trophy for the rest of the day. The other yard sale guests will stop her between every block demanding to know where she is finding all the best items. Don't get between her and a haggle, she always wins.

I may not be a yard sale queen like Mia, but there is something about a summer yard sale that makes it a favorite activity. I love the hunt for that perfect item you never knew you needed, for the low price of 25 cents of course. I hit up my first sales last week, check out my treasures here.

SHH, THOSE AREN'T MINE | 1

6.12.2014



As of this wonderfully partly sunny Seattle Thursday, I present to you my new (hopefully) weekly project. Every Thursday I will be posting a secret, oddity, something we all do but don't talk about, embarrassing thing that happened this week, or a personal view into my own little weird life.

It all started a few years ago when I was a senior in college. I always knew I was weird, who isn't, but it wasn't until one particular night that I realized other people thought so too. Amidst a makeshift dance floor in our apartment, a good friend proclaimed that she was going to miss me not being around the next year because I was "the weirdest person" she knew. (Here I had thought she was weird, but that is besides the point).

Fast-foward two years to last week… During a lunchtime run I was yet again worrying about whether or not I left my unmentionables on the office bathroom floor after I changed into running shorts. I then produced a rather long and awkward scenario in my head about how I would deny said underwear was mine. (Don't worry, they were neatly tucked into my gym bag.) So, this is me, admitting to the fact that I am a nervous wreck about misplacing my underwear in awkward places… Then it hit me, I really am one weird person, we are all just weird people just trying to blend into the world. And from that I thought there was no better way to share these funny secrets than to illustrate them, also, painted underwear is adorable.

Stay tuned next week where I admit to stealing something. Oops!

A SUIT IN THE SKETCHBOOK | 13

6.10.2014



This young man is looking rather dapper this evening.

DV IN THE SKETCHBOOK | 12

6.06.2014



Finally found a little time to watch a few things in my Netflix queue, and first up was Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel. Okay, so I am a few years late on watching this, but I must say I was instantly hooked. Diana Vreeland is witty and passionate, reminding every girl that you can make your life into anything you want. Her exaggerated air and funny stories remind us all of ourselves, slipping white lies into our stories and daily routines to see it in a more exciting way. Diana Vreeland was the master of those stories and she encouraged everyone to use their imagination and flaws to make them unstoppable. She took the world head on with an expertise that is few and far between. I could spend all day quoting her, but here are a few of my favorites. (She really does say it best)…

IN THE SKETCHBOOK | 11

6.04.2014



Every brunette needs a blonde! These two cuties were the result of a cloudy night and flipping through back issues of Harper's Bazaar. Until next time!

I'D RATHER BE WEARING J. CREW | 2

6.01.2014



We all know that J. Crew always does it right, no one can argue with that. These are my favorites from the most recent catalog. Hmmm, how will I pick?

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