February 27, 2013

diy / painted pots

Hi everyone! 
As part of my February nesting goals, I joined in on a Pinterest Challenge with Sherry from Young House Love and in an effort to add a little life to my apartment, I used this pin from awhile back as inspiration:

And painted my own terra cotta pot. My method was so simple…I just free hand painted a pot from Home Depot with acrylic paint (you could certainly use painter’s tape to create a straight line to follow) and transplanted succulents in once the paint dried!

More February projects tomorrow!

February 25, 2013


wear / cable knit

wear / fall neutrals

While I am a huge fan of color as a general rule, I’ve been loving cozy neutrals like this lately. Perfect examples include me purchasing these at Uniqlo last weekend in NYC:

{Uniqlo / I bought it in black but want the grey too!}

{Uniqlo / I got this ivory color and dark grey}
And today I’m wearing camel pants and a white button down. What about everyone else? Color or neutrals?

February 22, 2013

wear / outfit inspiration


I love this layering! I think I’ll give it a go tonight.

February 20, 2013

listen / ellie goulding

Oh my goodness, I CAN’T STOP listening to “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding. I love how upbeat it is. I’ve literally listened to this 6 or 7 times today at work.

travel / shopping in nyc

If you follow me on Instagram (@awinkasmile), then you may have seen my pictures from my trip to NYC last weekend. I did some shopping at two of my favorites, Joe Fresh and Uniqlo, and Joe Fresh in particular had lots of happy color for spring and it really made me excited for spring!

The colors were a bit more vibrant in person.

I wanted all of these button downs and flats!!!
I also peeked in Zara and spotted this beautiful beaded skirt:

What’s inspiring you recently?

February 14, 2013

celebrate / valentine's day

Happy Valentine’s Day!! I am so sorry for the silence. My phone was stolen on Saturday and it’s just been a crazy week trying to straighten that out. I hope everyone had a love-ly day!

February 6, 2013

decorate / my apartment bookshelf

I’ve been on a book buying spree (especially coffee table books) over the last couple months and I’m in the process of styling this bookshelf. I currently have some shelves in my bedroom with most of my novels but my bigger books and Martha Stewart Weddings magazines have been shelved in the living room. (Side note: I need to paint this bookshelf. Maybe white with robin’s egg blue in the back?) Without further ado, I would like to share my recent book additions top to bottom:
What coffee table books (or any books) do you recommend?