Breakfast in Chicago

Hey friendship,

If there’s one thing you should know about me, I love a good breakfast.  I love a good brunch. I love a good breakfast for dinner. I’m a breakfast person.  So whilst in Chicago I tried out a couple of places I want to share with you.

We were in town in Chicago for a wedding.  Spent 3 days there, so we had 3 days of breakfasts.

Stan’s Doughnuts

Day one – Not the world’s most appetizing looking doughnut I’m sure, but 10/10 would recommend.  The frosting hit the side of the bag on my way to my table and it got all sweaty looking :/ Whenever I’m out of town, I always want to have a doughnut from a local store and this was the one everyone recommended.  On the left we have a normal sprinkled chocolate doughnut, and on the right we have a dreamsicle doughnut – a classic and a specialty.  Both impressed.  The dreamsicle really did taste like the popsicle.  I got two doughnuts because that’s the amount I usually get at any other place, but trust me, these are huge.  You’ll probably be fine and able to get away with only one and be full still. I couldn’t finish both.

 

Quick side note –

My favorite animal is a moose.  They have this mural of a moose blowing a bubble with bubblegum in the Wabash Arts Corridor. I had this dream where I stood in front of it also blowing a bubble.  It didn’t work out which is why it’s not fabulously documented here.  But if you’re ever in Chicago, I think you should give it a shot and pull it off so I can live through you vicariously.  I snapped this on my way to Stan’s.

Back to the breakfast.

Kitty O’Sheas

This restaurant was inside our hotel at the Hilton.  It was kind of a last ditch effort that ended up really surprising me. Typically restaurants that are attached to hotels are so-so.  I ordered the S’mores French Toast – and oh boy.  I can’t even tell you how delicious it was. It looks like it would be sweetness overkill and it was the perfect amount.  Not over powering sweetness, but just the right amount.  I finished the whole thing and if I ever find myself in Chicago, even if I wasn’t staying at the Hilton, I’d find my way back here.

 

Yolk

You’ll need to excuse the picture quality and set up, I’m still figuring this thing out.  But yolk is a trendy little restaurant. We had about a 30 minute wait on a Sunday, which I think it typical of a breakfast place at prime breakfast time. I ordered a bacon waffle.  It had little bacon bits in it.  I’m not sure why more restaurants haven’t thought of it. It’s really the best of both worlds. I’m a big judge of eggs.  I feel like a lot of restaurants cook their scrambled eggs really lazily. These get a pass for me though.  Don’t worry – they didn’t put that much pepper on it, I’m the pepper culprit.

 

There you have it.  My 3 day breakfast journey in Chicago.  It’s a large city, with lots of places to eat.  These happen to all be walking distance from my hotel.  Is there anywhere you like to breakfast in Chicago?

All the love and regards,

Taylor

Building a Summer Garden with No Experience

Hey friendship,

Over the past weekend, I officially started my summer garden.  I’m in zone 5. Typically in Zone 5, you need to plant after the last freeze, which is after May 15 (most of the time, you can’t always predict crazy midwest weather), but everything I read said hold off till after Memorial day.  It’s been steady 100’s where I’m at so I thought it was time to get it started.

Here’s an important disclaimer –

I am not a gardener.  But in spirit of this blog and trying new things, I wanted to try this out. I suffer from a non-unique problem that when I plant things, I expect them to look amazing right away.  They don’t.  Therefore, I do not at this time have an amazing before and after.  I want to make an update to this blog later on in the future and show you if things went well or totally wrong.  So consider this your inside scoop from a mediocre, rule-breaking gardener with no talent, but loads of misplaced confidence and ambition.

Pre-apologize to anyone who thought this was a self-help blog based on the title.  I meant I had personally had no experience. Nonetheless, here it goes.

 

I have a retaining wall, that’s… well, just ugly.  We have overgrown grass, random junk in the yard, and weeds every which way. Here’s a shot of what I was working with.

You see here we have lots of random wood, cinder block, a random rusty firepit.  Oh, and a dog fight over a stick going on.  In case you were wondering who ended up winning…

My girl Zoey came out on top.

 

Sorry for getting off track.  Back to Project Summer Garden.

We ended up digging all the grass out above the retaining wall.  And by grass, I mean clover.  So much clover there. We put a cover of weed blocker over the dug out grass since there is such a weed problem.  I didn’t want a ton of weeds popping up after so much time was spent digging them out.  Then, we had some extra patio pavers from a project from last summer to line the garden.  This was the hardest part because that pile of untouched pavers had so many spiders.  And not the little kind.  The big kind, that are weird colors like mustard and off-white.  Are we sure those are non-mutant spiders? I threw the pavers across the yard to shake the spiders off (mediocre gardener tip).

After lining the garden with spider-free pavers, a layer of brown mulch was laid down.  It took us about 7 bags for this small area.

Then I cut open the weed blocker where I wanted plants with a box cutter (mediocre gardener tip).  Hindsight – I wish I dug and planted the plants before laying the mulch.  I’d recommend that, then you don’t have a bunch of excess dirt over your freshly laid mulch. Then we had some random rocks to throw in to give it that classy, adult, “I know what I’m doing” look.

The end result was as followed:

What did I plant?

The million dollar question.  What did this little no knowledge gardener gave a shot her first round of real gardening?  Well, I’ll tell you.

  • Raven Grass Erianthus
  • Prairie Dropseed Sporobolus Native Prairie Grass (2)
  • Green Leaf Pink (8) – these are those cheap flowers at every store ever
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Lavender (from a seed pack)

I’m confident there’s someone who knows what they are doing and they are literally gagging at my list.

How did I pick?  I went into the store and thought “wow, that’s pretty and grows tall so you won’t see my grass from the patio if we don’t feel like cutting it.”  Minus, the vegetables. Our neighbor had extra vegetables and offered them so I took them because I have trouble saying no and they can see into our yard so I had to plant them.

 

That’s it, there you have it, my summer garden.  I’ll keep you posted maybe mid-summer and god willing, maybe I’ll have a nice picture worth showing.  Or maybe an awful one,  but it’ll still be a learning experience.  Do you have a summer garden you’re working on?  I’d love to hear about it.

All the love and regards,

Taylor

How to feel better about your small bathroom

Hey friendship,

We are plagued by a problem I think many suffer from – a small bathroom.  We’ve been in our house for almost three years, and I’ve always hated that part of the house.  It’s the only bathroom we have, so when we have guests, they also use it and it’s something I could never feel good about showing other people.

I decided to take the matter into my own hands and make my small bathroom something I feel good about. The before and after isn’t some amazing transformation, but there are small things you can do, to make your bathroom somewhere you want to be.

 

Before

 

After

Moderate Priced Items to Upgrade Your Space

To start out, in the before – I hated hated hated our vanity. You can’t tell from the picture in the before, but there was chalky residue in the sink, that no bleach could take care of.  Green stains on the copper faucet no amount of scrubbing could ever get rid of.  Also, the faux drawers on the top of the vanity, were not functional, and the space under the sink was just old and a basket filled with no organization lived under there full of shampoos, random cleansers, band aids, and other various bathroom blah. In a small bathroom, everything needs to have a functional purpose.

We bought a new vanity straight off Amazon (you can find here).  This was the most expensive item, but it helped with the storage place of the and gave the bathroom as a whole a modern vibe.  With the vanity, we had to replace the back splash because the height was different and we picked a brick pattern which brought the whole look together.

We added a fresh coat of paint – a dull tan to a modern blue-grey – “shaved ice”.  This really helped brighten up the space to create a more welcoming, warm area.

Lastly, to complete the fashionable look – we traded in the bracket shelves for floating shelves. (We also got another one of the lights working, 2/3 isn’t a bad upgrade).

I feel like all these items tied together really helped create our small space into somewhere that isn’t disappointing to spend time in.

The real secret to small bathrooms

Baskets on Baskets on Baskets

Not sure if you caught on, but baskets and storage space is so incredibly important to a small bathroom.  We have no closets for towels, so we have a wire basket holds 3 towels, and we stack the extra  towels outside it.  Three seemed to be the magic number that did not make the towels appear smushed. We also have another shelf of baskets that hold the every day large items, like lotion, mouthwash, etc.  Then we have a smaller basket for the small things in life, like washcloths and medicine.

In the new bathroom, you’ll see a basket on top of the toilet.  All the things in there used to clutter our counter space: contacts, contact solution, glasses case, lotion.  We literally used those items everyday and it made sense to be out on the counter, but then it always made our counter looked cluttered.  Utilizing this extra space creates a more organized looked. We just have one rule for that basket, no stacking. If you stack, you’ll just start throwing just anything in there.  Keep it to the essentials.

The basket love doesn’t stop there. I think it’s important to group your items in a way that makes sense to you so you always know where the things you want live. Below you’ll see, we can even use baskets to organize the drawers in the vanity space as well.

 

These are just some small changes we made to our bathroom to make it feel a little more like home.  The nice thing about a small bathroom, if you ever want to tile it – it is a lot cheaper than a big bathroom 🙂 That may be on the list one day, but for now, these small changes make me feel better about my small bathroom, and hopefully you got something out of it too.

Is there any tricks you have for small bathroom organization?  I’d love to know your secrets!

 

All the love and regards,

Taylor

Hiking Camelback Moutain

Hey friendship!

Back in January, we took a lovely trip to Phoenix, Arizona and hiked the famous Camelback Mountain.  Here’s some things I wish I knew beforehand.

I’m from Nebraska, which is also known as the great plains.  When people ask if I want to go on a hike, it’s usually only a slight incline with some trees around.  That gives you a little background of my skill level, but if I can do it, you certainly can as well.  If you are a beginner like me, I would recommend Cholla Trail. It’s half walking, half climbing – while it’s counterpart Echo Canyon is all climb.  Overall, the climb took us about 3 hours to complete going up and then down. I took my jacket, because it was a cool day, but once we were hiking, I wish I left it back in the car.

Parking

You can’t really park near the trail at all.  The mountain is actually in a neighborhood.  Your best shot is to park outside of the gated community where everyone is parallel parking.  You can’t really be that mad about the walk to the trail because you are about to walk a whole bunch, and that’s kind of the whole point, right? 🙂

Going up

The first half of the trail is mostly walking a dirt path.  The scenery is absolutely stunning.  The mountain is smack-dab in the middle of the city, so you can see what feels like everything as you walk up.  I work in a cubical all day, so I don’t get out much activity wise. I asked Jordan if we were almost to the top because I was exhausted, and he showed me the marker map (which is really nice, it shows you the elevation, and how far you are) and we weren’t even an 8th of the way to the top!  That was embarrassing.

You’re about midway when it all starts turning into rock and it becomes less of a hike, and more of a climb.  When we reached that point, I wish we brought our water a different way.  I would have really liked a hydration pack, one of those backpacks that are basically a water fountain.  However, I would have even settled for a normal backpack with more water bottles.  We both brought  one-liter water bottles and they were basically gone before we got to the top.  I can’t stress hydration enough.  To make it worse, we didn’t want to litter, so we are trying to carry these water bottles and keep our balance.

The amazing thing while you’re on this climb is you look to your right and left, and it feels like it’s just one misstep away from a terrible death rolling down a steep incline into a cactus, but at the same time it’s so liberating. There’s people of all ages making this climb.  There’s also locals that are literally running down and up like it’s not like there’s just one rock that could totally throw off their run.

The top

It took us 3 hours to complete the whole mountain, but we did spend a large amount of time at the top. You can literally see the whole entire city, with the mountains in the distance.  It really is a beautiful thing.  As I climbed up, I kept thinking “that’s where the top is!” and I was wrong every time.  So my advice to you is, when you’re at the top, you will 100% know that’s the top. Don’t be fooled by imitation mountain tops.

Going down

You would think going down would be easier, but that’s really not the case.  The phrase “it’s all downhill from here” didn’t really apply to the rock part of the hike.  It took longer going down than going up.  You had to be more careful not to slip, so you had to go slower. Once we got past the rock part, and it was just trail, it was nice, calm walk. It really felt like the right way to end it.

 

All in all, I would do the hike again in a heartbeat.  It was the right amount of challenging. Mostly I would bring more water. We went in January, so it wasn’t as hot as it would be in the summer months.

Have you ever hiked Camelback mountain? How was it? What’s the most difficult hike you’ve ever been on?  I’d love to hear if you’d like to share!

All the love and regards,

Taylor

How to Throw a Successful Murder Mystery Dinner Party

For some reason there is something truly appealing about a murder mystery dinner. You get an excuse to host a fancy dinner party, while having the entertainment for the night completely taken care of.  This is a summary of how we ended up hosting a murder mystery dinner party. No worries, there are no spoilers, just tips and tricks to help you pull off a great murder mystery dinner party that you and your guests will make unique, unforgettable memories at.

Buy a Kit

I would 100% recommend buying a kit. I looked into arranging it all yourself or free murder mystery kits and didn’t find anything I found worthwhile. I stumbled upon this website because they had a groupon that was cheap enough I was willing to take the chance, Night of Mystery.

There are several websites that offer kits for murder mystery dinners.  This one stood out to me because not only does a murder occur before the party (most kits take care of this scenario) another murder will take place at the party.  I had a really good experience with Night of Mystery.  They have a lot of different party scenarios you can choose from.  We did the murder of a millionaire because we wanted to go for more of a fancy party dinner theme so everyone had an excuse to dress up.  They give a really comprehensive guide to how to set up the party.  Feel free to share in the comments if you’ve ever used another site for a kit or this one.

How it works

The kit can be daunting so I’d like to give brief summary of the sequence of events we went through for our night using Night of Mystery.  As your guests arrive, they are already in character, mingling.  After everyone arrives you hand them their first envelope with their objectives during dinner.  It can range from “say this sketchy thing to someone else” to “if anyone asks you this question, be adamant about this.” After dinner, you’ll pass out a second envelope. Up until this point – the murderer had no idea they were the murderer until this envelope reveals it to them and the victim had no idea either.  The victim dies and round 2 of objectives starts.  It has a wrap up that someone reads to reveal the murderer and you get to end with fun contests like “Best Dressed” or “Best Actor”, etc.  That’s a very abbreviate version of the night and the kit would obviously had more details.

Party Prep

We ended up having 13 guests (plus Jordan and I makes 15).  A really big deal is that everyone needs to be in attendance.  The party is for a range of guests, we picked the 10 – 15 guest package.  The packet the company provides you outlines which five characters are unneeded if you have a smaller guest range.  We put our friends that tend to be the flakiest in those positions so if they did indeed flake, it didn’t affect the party.  We picked a date for the party that was a month and a half out and asked each guest if they were available.  We only had to change the date once doing this method and everyone ended up being able to attend.  After we established a date, I sent out an e-vite (I really wanted to do a physical invitation, but an e-vite is a cheaper option) with their character’s backstory.

The kit suggests what type of things each character should wear and gives a little background on who that character is.

The Dinner

We decided if we were going to have a fancy dinner party – we were going to go all out.  I created an inspo board on Pinterest under “Dinner Party” which will be recipes and such for the things I describe next in this section

Table Set up

We hit up party city and went crazy.  We didn’t have enough nice dishes for everyone, so we decided to buy the premium plastic plates.  It looks fancy but doesn’t hit your pocket book as hard.  We bought little paper placemats and plastic silverware that looks like real silverware.  For drinkware, we bought plastic wine glasses and clear plastic cups for the fancier alcoholic drinks.  This route, you have a real fancy looking dinner table, but no dishes afterwards for this part.  For decoration, we had some tablecloths left over from our wedding and put those over our ping pong table (which served as the dinner table). We bought candles, candle holders, and vases at the dollar store, and then went to our local grocery store and bought 6 roses to fill the vases.  All those things together created an elegant dinner environment for a relatively low price.  Below we have an example of some of the dinnerware we used that night.

 

Appetizer

I love a good jello shot.  We made champagne jello shots to class it up. For food, we created a nice cheese board with various cheeses and cracks, along with fruit.  We had a guest bring a veggie tray and we provided a nice charger plate to arrange it.

Main Dish

We had Chicken Alfredo as the main course. It took 4 pounds of chicken for the amount of people.  We made the alfredo sauce from scratch.  It was more work, but ended up being worth it because it was a big hit.  We had two salads for the guests to choose from and a couple french baguettes with butter.

 Dessert

We served chocolate parfait in nice little containers we got from the party store.  I wish we got the smallest containers because the pudding really ends up being heavy as you eat it and many didn’t finish theirs.

Drinks

In spirit of the theme, we asked guests to bring bottles of wine.  Then we provided all the ingredients for martinis, gin and tonics, and manhattans available.

 

Ambiance

We wanted to play classical and/or jazz music in the background, but neither one of us really are well versed in that type of music.  We came up with the idea to find instrument covers of popular songs in that style to play during the dinner to give it a classy, modern touch.  Some of our guests had a good time trying to figure out what song was playing. Below is the Spotify playlist we ended up playing during the party.

Tips and Tricks

One thing you have to do is stuff envelopes with everyone’s objectives.  This can create problems since you probably want to play along, you can’t know any of the details about anyone else.  I printed off all the biographies and objectives and had my mom stuff everyone’s envelopes for the party.  That worked extremely well.  I didn’t get anything spoiled for me beforehand.

A big worry I had was people being their character – I wasn’t sure if people would play along like I wanted them to in order to have a great night.  However, you’ll notice people feed off of each other.  So as long as you resolve to stay in character, everyone plays along.  Hopefully you have some guests in attendance that are good at playing characters because that really is the glue that holds the whole thing together.

Another fun thing, my sister brought her Polaroid camera and we took some photos with a vintage twist in honor of the night.

 

We had a blast.  We had this party before I came up with the idea to start this blog, but this was a good night for me and I wanted to share it.  There are not as many pictures as I would like, but as I document my shindigs going forward, there definitely will be more to share.

If you’ve ever had a murder mystery dinner, I’d love to hear about it. Please share!

 

All the love and regards,

Taylor

Bucketlist

Hey friends,

The concept of bucket lists is something I have struggled with for a long time.  I feel like there’s this layer of admission of mortality that I find hard to address.  No one thinks of themselves that way, they just apply it to other people.  It almost seems like something that gets brought up on the brink of certain death or as you approach old age.  However, I found myself writing a list of things I wanted to do and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was in fact a bucket list.  The world is so big and beautiful and there’s so many things to see, experience, and enjoy.  I like to travel and I have a long list of places I want to see with my own eyes to see it is real.  Then there’s experiences I know can happen in a myriad of places.  So I decided to put a documented list out into this world.  I figure as I go on and get to strike things out as I go, that I will write an accompanying blog post to see if it was all chalked up to what it seemed like it would be in my head.  Without further ado:

 

My bucket list

  • Hot air balloon
  • Zip line  [Puerto Rico]
  • Catch a chicken
  • Messy twister
  • Go zorbing
  • Eiffel Tower [Paris]
  • Love Lock Bridge [Paris]
  • Pyramids [Egypt]
  • Seeing a moose in the wild
  • Giraffe Manor [Kenya]
  • Flamingo Beach [Aruba]
  • Pig Beach [Bahamas]
  • Swim with Nurse Sharks [Compass Cay]
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Whale Watching
  • Dead Sea [Israel]
  • OUE Skyspace LA [Los Angeles]
  • Greece
  • Pink Sand Beach
  • SNL taping
  • Northern Lights
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Antarctica Cruise
  • Stone Hedge
  • Lavender Fields [Provence, France]
  • Sunflower Fields [Lawrence, KS]
  • See Beyonce
  • Live off my blog

 

What’s on your bucket list?  I’m always looking to grow this one and hear about what other people are looking forward to.

All the love and regards, 

Taylor

DIY Wine Cabinet

Hey there folks!

These past two weekends my husband helped me make one of my pins on Pinterest come true. He helped me make a wine cabinet!  We have a lot of fancy tools because he does carpentry for a living, which I’ll go over, but I’ll also put in alternative ways to achieve these things without all the fancy stuff if you happen to be more of a hobbyist.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 8ft 1×12 cedar boards
  • nail gun
  • chop saw/skill saw
  • wood glue
  • sander + sand paper

 

Plane and Cut the Wood

First things first, we got cedar boards.  We actually came across old cedar boards that used to be telephone polls.  They were really old and rough so we had to plane them before we could use them.  Buying these directly from the store you could skip this step entirely, but the planing process was really cool. On the right side, you can see what the wood looked like before, and on the left side you can see what the wood looks like after.

After the wood was planed correctly, it was cut to size. We made the sides 48 inches in length, and the top/bottom 24 inches in length to make the box.
The shelves were cut later on.

 

Miter and Biscuit

To give it a more regal look, we wanted to use as little nail gun punctures as possible. We mitered the sides to create a slanted look when the edges of the box meet at a 45 degree angle (picture 1). We used a biscuit joiner to create holes (picture 2) and put biscuits in the holes with wood glue to hold it together (picture 3).  Then using clamps to hold it all together, we let the glue dry (picture 4).  We used a couple of nails for parts that look like they needed a little help.

The alternative is to keep the ends of your sides straight, and use a nail gun to pin the wood together to form the box.  You’ll have nail holes, but they will be unnoticeable for the most part.

Adding the Back

We put two pieces of wood on the back with a nail gun.  Nail gun holes in the back aren’t as big of a deal since no one really looks at the back.  We measured it out so the two back pieces do not quite touch.  The end effect of this ends up looking really cool.

 

Adding the Shelves

Start by adding the bottom shelf.  It works if you center the shelf at the bottom and cut the edges of the shelf at a 45 degree angle using a chop saw (you can use a skill saw at this point, but it won’t be as easy as using a skill saw).
Then piece by piece, center the shelf on the board below it, cutting the edge touching the side at a 45 degree angle. Make sure you put wood glue every place wood is touching wood.  Then use a nail gun to further cement the shelf’s place in the cabinet.

Sanding and Staining

To make a smooth cabinet, sand it with 150 grit, and then use 220 grit.  Then pick a stain that matches your house the best.  We went with a weathered gray.  I love gray. I wish my whole house was gray.

I will say – I wish we finished sanding and staining before we put the shelves in.  It would have made our lives a little easier getting the corners.

Now you got yourself a wine cabinet!

 

 

All the love and regards,

Taylor

Baseball Cap Storage

My husband loves his snapbacks.

I hate them for one specific reason. Try and try as I might to organize them, tell him to put them up a certain way, and make them look nice/stack them on each other, somehow they always end up in our mudroom looking like this on top of our shoe shelf –

Granted, it’s a little obvious by the picture there are other things poorly organized, but I think the little stuff like Kleenex boxes and dog leashes would be easier to straighten up if not trapped under a mudslide of hats.  It took me awhile to figure out what to do, but eventually like all great things, I found a good solution on Pinterest and gave it a go.

We bought a small, thin curtain rod from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  Then we were on the hunt for shower curtain rings that had clips on them.  We could not really find a price point we liked at Bed, Bath, and Beyond which lead us to my favorite favorite store, Target. The end product of nicely hanging hats ended up like this, hanging above our coat rack –

The clips make it incredibly easy to remove and hang up hats.  Typically when some hats get to the bottom of that mudslide pile before, they didn’t get as much love.  Now all the choices are promptly in front of his face.

This was all done for under $15 and only took under 10 minutes to hang up.

This helps me on the quest to organize my life and I would recommend it to any one needing a little organization in the hat area.

 

All the love and regards,

Taylor

Taylor tries Warby Parker

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty helpless without glasses.  I typically wear contacts, but I have a pair of glasses I wear a couple times a week. I feel like to some degree, glasses are trendy, so it’s nice to bust them out every once in awhile.

I have had the glasses I own for about 4 years now.

For the most part they are cute. They get the job done.  The prescription is old, but still usable, but sometimes it is time for a change.  Getting glasses from your eye doctor can be so pricey, so I decided to look into alternative solutions.

My little sister told me about Warby Parker so I decided to give it a shot.  It’s a website where you can fill out a quiz for what type of glasses you are looking for, and it will bring up glasses that you may like.  I felt the quiz was pretty spot on.  Then, you can select up to 5 frames to try on. They’ll send you your frame selections, you get to try them on in your home, and send them back when you’re done. Best part – it’s free.  If you found your match, you can actually purchase the frame with your prescription in it, for what is low cost considering how much getting eyeglasses from your eye doctor costs.

This is my review of the 5 frames I tried on.

 LOUISE – Elderflower Crystal

On the website, this one appears like it will come out to be more of a pink color, considering the other option for this one is clear. However, when I was wearing it, it looked pretty clear to me. I liked it, but my little sister has clear glasses and enough people already think we look exactly alike. We cannot confuse the masses.

 LAUREL – Tea Rose Fade

This pair happened to be my second favorite. I think the color fade on this pair of glasses is so unique.  The reason it’s only second place, is they look pretty similar to my current glasses, and part of the reason to get new glasses is for people to notice them, right? 🙂

 ANDERS – River Stone Fade

This pair happened to be my least favorite, just because the frames are little too thick for my taste.  Also, I feel like a very important feature of glasses, if they are your dominant pair, is for it to be versatile with different outfits and I felt like these ones would stick out in a lot of my outfit choices just because there’s so many colors going on.  If they were a secondary pair, I think it might make more sense for someone.

 EUGENE – Rosewood Crystal

I actually liked this pair a lot.  The only thing that held me back about them is they are so giant.  They almost seem too giant for my face. Also, they hide my eyebrows, which I spend a lot of time making those look good and I’d like the world to see.

 HUDSON – Warm Gold

Saving the best for last!  These were my absolute favorite.  I was trying to stick to the $95 glasses only, and these were my “splurge” glasses, so I was really hoping not to like them.  The picture does not do it justice.  The gold is very reflective.  You also must learn now, I love gold. Gold everything. These just felt classy the moment I put them on.  I could see a few outfits where it might not work, but I think overall, these are a nice neutral pair, but with a flare.

Overall, I am happy with my experience with Warby Parker thus far.  I still need to return the box with all the glasses.  I plan on making a purchase and I would recommend it to someone who was glasses hunting.  It was a fun change up to the normal glasses shopping.

 

All the love and regards,

Taylor

P.S. My husband Jordan wants some “photo cred” for the above pictures for having to be an Instagram husband

Turning 25

Hello there,

 

I have come to a point in my life where I realize there are lots of things I want to do that I have not done yet.  Twenty-five feels a bit of a milestone that I should do something with.

I pin things on Pinterest all the time, make plans but never follow through.  This year is different.

I’m going to commit to doing a project or having an experience, and documenting it here.

Right now this is just a personal project, but I have hopes it’ll turn into something more.

 

All the love and regards,

Taylor