Category - Blog

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Warby Parker, take two #warbyhometryon
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The one big home decor secret everyone knows but me
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Cute, quick, and easy fall decor project
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Tall tables in the living room
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When you share a name and url with a hooker
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My first spin with Warby Parker
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How we do Door County, Wisconsin
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#TBT My first Halloween window
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The map-topped side table
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Paper bag robot

Warby Parker, take two #warbyhometryon

A few weeks back I went for my first round of trying on glasses from Warby Parker. The glasses themselves were cute, but I don’t think I’ve picked good options for my face. So let’s just chalk that last one up to a learning experience.

I’m liking the second round much better. What do you guys think? Which pair?

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The one big home decor secret everyone knows but me

I had such an epiphany the other day. I thought I was being completely brilliant. Why not pack all of the extra cluttery home decor stuff and then use it as your own little shop so you can cycle things in and out of your home to freshen things up?

Well I’m such a freaking genius, apparently everybody already does this.

Why don’t people tell me these things??!

I’ve always tried to put my holiday stuff out alongside all my normal every day decor stuff. I dread decorating for the holidays because it just makes everything look overwhelming.

Who’s in the club where they share all this information secretly and don’t tell the rest of the women these things? Stuff like this is the reason I drink.

So yeah, there. That’s my big break through for housekeeping. Pack stuff up the crap you don’t want to see and pull it back out when you do.

Mind blown.

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Cute, quick, and easy fall decor project

Yesterday Will and I took a little trip over to Michael’s just to see what they had. They have these pretty cloches on sale for 60% off. I believe it ended up being about $7.

I don’t get really fussy with my holiday decor but I do like to have some seasonal touches around the house so I like the idea of a cloche because it provides an opportunity for my kids and I to go find some things in nature which represent that season. For example, today Will and I went and found a bunch of colorful leaves. It was fun. We had talks about the leaves, the different shapes, all of the different colors we found, we did some squirrel watching…It made for a really nice walk. For winter we might look for holly leaves or vintage ornaments. At Easter we might blow some eggs out, dye them, and fill it with those.

Do you do anything like this in your home?

Tall tables in the living room

Been flip-flopping for years about whether or not to bring a taller table into our living room instead of the typical low coffee table. I like that they’re a bit more utilitarian and that we could pull our chairs around and play games or whatever. I had an antique drum table in storage that I was going to put in my booth at Jackson Square, but I had Dave bring it in last night just to test it out and see how it looks. What do you think?IMG_9965.JPG

On a related note, I love vintage silver bowls and trays. I grab them whenever I see them for a good price. They make great catchalls for things like remote controls and mail. I don’t even bother polishing them because I think the patina looks pretty.

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When you share a name and url with a hooker

I’ve had a bit of an identity problem for several years now. I’m in the user experience (web) design field and maintain a portfolio of work at alanawaters.com.

We found out a few years back that there is a call girl in Atlanta who goes by my name and uses the URL alana-waters.com. (not linked, nsfw)

I know I sound like I’m complaining, but really it’s been a fairly amusing situation. My email address is nearly identical to hers, save for the world’s most crucial hyphen. On occasion I get her email which is almost cause for celebration. Typically I forward it to my husband and we laugh. We learn a LOT.

A LOT.

Like super-wide -eyed-jaw-dropped-open learn a lot.

Today was semi-amusing in that a recruiter sent an invitation for a job interview.

To her.

Reflecting back on some of the common terms used in my industry I’m wondering how she may have interpreted the invitation.

“User experience professional wanted to manage large team.”

O_o

Explaining to him why I had not received his meeting invitation and who it actually went to instead made for a lot of professional hypersensitive tiptoeing, that’s for sure!

I wonder if she’ll show up to the meeting. Sure hope she doesn’t blow it.

My first spin with Warby Parker

I have not had a new set of glasses in three years. So I recently decided to try Warby Parker, because some gals that I used to work with love it.

I can definitely tell you that there were only one or two pair from this batch that I liked but I’ll try some more in another batch.

The best thing about Warby Parker is they’re kind of like Toms in that it’s a one for one program. So if you buy a pair glasses then they donate a pair of glasses to someone in need. For no charge they’ll send you up to five frames that you pick from their website. You try them on, decide what you like, then you send them a copy of your prescription and they’ll send your glasses to your home. Most are around $99, which is a really good deal.

That said, what do you guys think?

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How we do Door County, Wisconsin

We’ve been heading up to Door County, Wisconsin (have you ever been up there?) with our very dear friends Chrisa & Tom and their kids for a couple years now. Among a few of our traditions are:

– A drive infused with cheesy 70’s radio tunes
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– The Epharaim arrival cocktail (my job)
– Homemade potato chips from the Piggly Wiggly
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– Co-mingling of the dogs (we’re determined to make them all great friends)
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– A trip to the clearance section at Wilkins and Olander (in Egg Harbor)
– The requisite Renards cheese stop in Sturgeon Bay

Do you have good friends you travel with? Are there fun things you always do together?

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The guest cottage. We love having such a pretty place to visit.

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Another longstanding tradition…The road trip nap.

#TBT My first Halloween window

A little bit sad, a little bit proud of the good effort, I was just thinking about my first Halloween shop window. I loved doing the window displays at my old shop.

#TBT Shop Window Display Halloween

The map-topped side table

This past weekend I had my booth set up at Nellie’s Barn Sale in Roscoe, Illinois. And while I was there I saw this vendor (Pork Belly Vintage) who had all sorts of cute pieces, very reasonably-priced. One of her end tables featured a decoupaged Chicago-area aviation map.

Well, two of my brothers are in the aviation industry, my father is a pilot and work for the FAA, and my grandfather was a pilot from before it was even licensed. This just had to come home with me!

I felt like this would add a special bit of whimsy to our home, so I loaded it in the truck. These are the types of things I really enjoy finding, functional pieces which bring a story into our home.

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Paper bag robot

Will is always cooking up some kind of costume. Today we’re getting crafty with paper bags. This brings back tons of memories for me because I remember my brothers and I cutting eyeholes and coloring faces on paper bags and running around being all sorts of characters. I’m sure we’re not the only ones who did this, right?
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Grocery bags also make great snail costumes.

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