SETTLING IN- TOWNHOUSE UPDATE

When I was 8 I would rearrange my closet-sized bedroom, while my mom was on the phone or otherwise occupied.  I moved my dresser into the closet, pushed the twin-sized bed up against the wall and hung up a mirror to make the room appear larger.  I remember her hearing me on several occasions, coming upstairs and opening the door to find me with my back up against the dresser in mid-shove.  She was never angry, but I remember her telling me when I was older I could decorate my house however I wanted…AND NOW I CAN–MUAHAHAHAH.  (Thanks for being patient with me, mom.) ((She reads this blog, so I’m sure she’s laughing right now.))

Here’s an update on what our townhouse looks like now.  You can see what it looked like when I first moved in about two months ago and my last update here.  

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The side table is my grandmother’s repurposed sewing machine table.  When we first moved in, we were using it as a tiny dining table. 

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My Vatican music box given to me by Koledon.  If you turn it on the windows glow red.  I don’t usually turn it on.

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Beautiful wedding card from my dear friend, Whitney.

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We’re planning on filling this wall with long shelves filled with books and pictures.  So far, we have one picture and  and the TV mounted.  Realllllllllllly looking forward to hiding those cables. -__-

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Any suggestions for organizing shoes better?

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Planning on putting more family photos by the staircase.

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I put these shelves up, with a little help from Sangbin, in preparation for our larger shelving project in the living room.

UP-CYCLED WEDDNG DRESS

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Two weeks ago I got married in my mother’s wedding dress!  You can see the different stages the dress went through here and here.

I’ve included a few other pictures from the wedding to share!

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MY STYLE

The end of high school,  I went through a “style cleansing’ which I cite to friends, probably too often, as the beginning of my personal style.

I donated almost all my clothes, cut my hair off, and wore minimal to no makeup.

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This is one of the only self portraits I have from my “short hair” days.  I was still am very obsessed with turtle necks.  

That summer, I went to France and felt comfortable experimenting with my look because I was an unknown.  It was incredibly liberating.

I took note of the clothing the men and women wore in France–I remember one woman in Paris who wore a white blouse, blue blazer, shorts, heels and her hair in a pony tail with bangs (and inspired this look).  As soon as I got back to the United States, I spent every week in Goodwill cultivating pieces for my ever evolving closet.

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This is a self portrait I took during the summer before college.  I set up a studio in my parent’s front room and had friends stop by so I could take their portraits.  

After some awkward “growing out” stages of my hair, I began college and continued evolving my closet and created this blog!

See my awkward first posts here.

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Particularly, I was really into wearing large Goodwill shirts with shorts and tights.  I really loved the freedom of searching for interesting, inexpensive, shirts whenever I wanted.

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Then, I had the amazing opportunity of traveling to New York City for a Teen Vogue photo shoot.  See more here.

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 I’ve been heavily influenced by my peers and now Barbra Streisand and Kate Middleton.

Since coming to graduate school, my style has shifted again.I notice that some of the styles I still gravitate to today were originally discovered during my summer in France.  I spoke to a friend about this subject and she also could identify the age when she began to develop her own style without influence of her sisters.

Today, I look for pieces that are higher quality (and actually fit) than the Goodwill clothes I wore previously.  I really love how dignified and beautiful Kate Middleton looks, but I also love the 1960s Barbra Streisand style.

What age did you discover your style?  What happened at that age that allowed this?

 

 

OHIO MOVE PART 2

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Last weekend we moved the rest of my things to Ohio in a cargo van and a Honda CR-V.  Here’s a photo of SB carefully shoving the last bit of my stuff into the back of the van.  I’d like to say that the loading and unloading part of the trip was an equal effort, but I played more of the supervisor role. ;)

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So much stuff.  :O

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Our front door + a goodwill wreath!  I’m looking for a door mat, but I can’t seem to find the right one.

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Here’s what the living room looks like as of now.  We really don’t have any furniture and what we do have, doesn’t match!  Our first purchase will probably be a kitchen table and then hopefully a couch.

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Currently, we’re using my grandmother’s sewing table and a pair of plastic folding chairs in the dining room.  It works fairly well for the two of us right now, although I wouldn’t mind a pair of more comfortable chairs.  Also, the pedal under the table does making sitting a little cumbersome.

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Our first dinner consisted of tomato basil olive oil pasta and seasoned pork with an apple salad and ginger ale and gin to drink.

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For breakfast we had french toast and apples with peanut butter!

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For lunch we had honey BBQ boneless wings and celery and ranch.

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Grocery bags!

 

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The master bedroom.

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Master bathroom.

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My vanity.  Eventually, I want to acrylic makeup holders.  I don’t like how much space everything currently takes up.

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My closet is off of the bathroom.

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The guest bedroom.  AKA my old bedroom.

Here’s what the room looked like at my last apartment:

And the house before that:

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Guest bathroom.

 

The apartment is still a work-in-progress. I’m looking forward to visiting vintage stores and estate sales for furniture.  Stay tuned. :)