Treat Yo Self Day: Yes Please.

I’m feeling under the weather and like I could use one of these days, fo sho:

Parks and Rec always makes me smile without fail, especially Aziz Ansari. Anyone else want to have a “Treat yo self” date with me? I could really use some fragrances and fine leather goods, asap (or just a cute sweatshirt from H&M and a burrito from Chipotle….).

Haven’t we all had days where we just want to feel like a cashmere, velvet candy cane?

Currently Reading: French Milk

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French Milk is an autobiographical graphic novel by Lucy Knisley, who travelled to Paris with her mother for their 22nd and 50th birthdays. For more than a month, the humorous memoir follows Lucy around as her and her mother explore France—taking photographs, eating pastries and drinking French Milk. The story blends real life photos by Lucy with her drawn depictions of their days together, as a travel diary of sorts. For those of you who might not have ever read graphic novels before, I would definitely recommend browsing Amazon or Half.com (where books are often sold for less than ten cents) for a starter book. Persepolis, Maus and Epileptic are just some of my favorites, but if you’re less of a bookworm and more into movies, there are often wonderful film adaptations of graphic novels released as well, such as Persepolis or Ghost World.

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Lucy’s portrayal of life as an art student visiting back home with her quirky parents reminded me of the graphic memoir I started inklings of in college (see a snippet below). Once wedding photography season passes, I’d like to begin concentrating on starting the graphic memoir back up. For these frames below, I used home videos as a reference to capture my dad’s dialogue word-for-word (yes, he lovingly called me “little shit” as a pet name, we’re special like that), so I think I may have some home video-watching in my future.

Our family is probably a bit of a rare case, because we have almost every occasion from my youth on video. Ballet recitals, birthdays, holidays, sledding adventures, talent shows—they’re all captured on camera, so when referencing moments from my child and adult life, I have a lot of materials and images to pull from. My brother, who is 9 years older than me, also has loads of blackmail-worthy home videos including: my dad stalking him and his date on prom night, his questionable mustache/hair phases (I’m guilty of a mustache and pseudo-mullet as well, no worries big brother), modeling in an 80s fashion show with me at the mall…the list goes on and on.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to getting back into graphic novel gear and re-exploring some of the funnier, slightly disturbing moments from my youth and beyond. French Milk was just the kick in the arse I needed to get inspired to mesh family anecdotes with real-life photos and illustrations.

What are some of your favorite graphic novels? I think Blankets by Craig Thompson is next on my list!

Before & After: Rocking Chair Revamp

Remember that rocking chair I thrifted last week? Here it is in a lovely shade of avocado! I had every intention of painting it a sunshiny orange-yellow when I went to Lowe’s, but when I saw this color I couldn’t resist. It’s really similar to the shade we painted our critter/computer room, which I’ll have to give you a better look at soon since we’ve added a drawing table to the space.

I think the chair would look cute with a grey and white, striped cushion to match the nearby IKEA rug, but for now we just have our bunny pillow resting on it.

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When I was browsing my old “pins” on Pinterest recently, I noticed I had favorited a photo of an avocado-colored rocking chair a while ago. It must have had a subconscious influence on my decision to select this paint color, but I had no recollection of it when I was spray painting the chair this past weekend. Also, my friend Mandy recommended “grellow” in a comment, which I believe this would be classified as! I thought I was being random by choosing this color, but I guess not!

For you fellow Pinterest lovers, have you noticed the site influencing your lifestyle in any way? The site definitely inspires me on a weekly basis (like this photo, which motivated me to paint the chalkboard door in our kitchen). Oh, and in case you were wondering, I just threw in a mopey Betty White photo because I feel like there’s been a lack of Miss BW in posts as of late! She’s happier than she looks, I promise!

Currently Coveting: Emily Henderson’s Eclectic Style

I have developed a bit of a blog crush on Emily Henderson, who is from last season of HGTV’s Design Star. I had never watched Design Star up until this week, when I realized last season was available to watch on Hulu. Insert my new obsession. I’ll admit I kind of half-watched it while working, but I paid enough attention to pick up on some great ideas. It’s pretty much like Project Runway but with stylists and designers for the home, and it’s perfect for learning new DIY tips to bring to your own makeover projects.

I am crushing on this card catalogue Emily Henderson found at a flea market and made her own by adding pin-legs and topping with a mirror. Totally simple and definitely do-able, so I’ll continue to scope Craigslist every day for a (reasonably priced) card catalog. Once the weather becomes a little less sweltering, I will bring my search to flea markets and cross my fingers I find something, because I think the older sense of character would go well in our 1940s home. I really love mixing vintage finds with bright, modern pieces…and tiny drawers basically make me go bananas. Where do you find your design inspiration for your home?

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Have a fun weekend everyone, hopefully I’ll have more before and after house photos to share once Monday rolls around!

Roundup: Currently Obsessed

Starting this May, I will be sharing my monthly current obsessions with all of you. This will be my way of documenting things that make my heart skip a beat, but are too random for my Tumblr, which is mostly devoted to cute photos of animals if we’re being honest.

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Pete and I just went through the entire Parks and Recreation series in a little over a week (thanks to Netflix) and we can’t get enough of it. For some reason I dismissed the show as being too similar to The Office when I saw the original pilot, so I never took interest in it. A few weeks ago we decided to watch it to see what all of the fuss was about, and it just so happened that we stumbled upon one of the funniest moments of the entire series to date. Tom Haverford, played by Aziz Ansari is explaining slang words for some of his favorite foods. The clip has led to the development of this website, which has been making me giggle uncontrollably all month so far.

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So I’m not particularly sure of the logistics of hanging a hammock indoors, but ever since I saw this lounger on Anthropologie’s website, I’ve been smitten. It would look especially lovely in our soon-to-be home’s sunroom with the faded blue floors. I’m crossing my fingers that they have this sucker in-store so I can take advantage of my 15% birthday month discount.

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I’ve been scouring Craigslist on a daily basis trying to find a card catalog to fix up and call my own. How gorgeous is the card catalog remodel above by the duo at Dream Book Design? My inner librarian wants a place to store her Post-Its and paperclips like you wouldn’t believe.

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Remember those geographical classroom maps in elementary school that would always fly up because the teacher couldn’t properly pull it down, even after all those years of practice? I totally want one. I may or may not search Ebay every day for the perfect school map in my price range. I wish I could say the rabbit chart above was affordable, but it is well over $100, so I shall keep looking for something equally as charming under $50.

What are some of your current obsessions?