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Calendar Quest: 2014 Edition

calendarWe were a good part of the way through January when I realized I didn’t have a calendar to my name for 2014. As someone who relishes planning maybe a little too much, this was quite disturbing. Despite relying heavily on Outlook at work and my smart phone for up-to-the-minute reminders and the answer to “what day is it, anyway?” I still need that grid of printed paper to scribble appointments, deadlines and birthdays on with a favorite pen.

So thus I set out to find the perfect planner and calendar for the new year. I settled on a 5″ x 8″ Blue Sky brand agenda because it was lightweight, wire bound, small enough to slip into a purse and had both monthly and weekly calendar views. For a wall calendar, I found an illustrated Barbie calendar at Paper Source that, despite not being much of a Barbie girl, I couldn’t say no to. The illustrations are just so pretty.

plannerIn my quest for the necessary planning devices, I stumbled across a genius idea from Midwest design blogger Jensie. Crafters rejoice: it involves washi tape. For multi-day engagements, use the tape of your choice to mark across calendar grids. For the ultra-organized, you can even color code by using different tapes. You could do this just as well with a highlighter, but what’s the fun/craftiness in that?  At least this way you have an excuse to go out and buy some new rolls of the adorable, multipurpose tape that’s sweeping the craft world right now. An added bonus I found is that if an appointment changes, you can carefully peel up the washi tape and reapply it to the new date. This technique is a fun and easy way to take the monotony out of scheduling. Even dull events appear like something to look forward to when they’re dressed up like this. If you have a suggestion for how to organize your calendars, I’d love to hear about it!

Blacklist Vintage Closing Sale

vintage hats from blacklist vintageIt’s sad to see a good store close, and Blacklist Vintage is no exception. For six years, Vanessa has provided Uptown Minneapolis with one of the best-curated vintage collections in town. She is closing down the bricks-and-mortar store in order to travel and focus on selling exclusively online.

Blacklist Vintage moves online

The silver lining of the store closing is my favorite four-letter word: SALE. Blacklist will be clearing out its inventory beginning January 25th and continuing for a month. Vanessa created an event page so her fans can keep updated on the liquidation.

vintage scarvesYou’ll be able to score finds like the scarves and hats pictured here, among the rest of Blacklist’s collections which include treasures from every era. Everything from 1920s gowns, vintage records, fab furs, 60s aprons, and more, they’ve got you covered. The discounts promise to get steeper as the weeks go by, so you’ll want to check back for the latest updates. After the store closes, you’ll still be able to find Blacklist Vintage online on Etsy.

Shopping Finds

Some of the really adorable pieces I wrote the descriptions for are on sale now over at Parc Boutique. These were a few of the most unique products I worked on this past season. I miiiight be biased because I spent so much time with these figuring out the unique features and story of each piece, but I think they would make a great addition to any wardrobe olive branch blouse champagne dressred white blouse

Winter=Warmth & Style

Winter has always been the bane of my inner fashionista. There is really only so much you can do to dress up when it’s below zero and the only thing between you and certain death is a puffy down parka.

Then, once in a while, a piece of clothing comes along that reminds you that you can be warm and look great. Thankfully, this season I found several fashion items that restored my faith in winter style.

The first is a leather jacket. While I’m not blessed to live in a climate where a cute, tailored jacket can be my only jacket, I did get this amazing Anthropologie jacket for Christmas (my friends and coworkers can vouch that I’ve been eyeing this jacket since August). In winter, it’s the perfect indoor jacket that’s short enough to wear with skirts or jeans to keep warm at my desk or inside a restaurant.

The second is a cashmere skirt. Wrapping your legs in the same kitteny softness as a luxury sweater is unbeatable when it comes to winter comfort. Why let your arms have all the fun of sweaters?

My ears get so cold when the windchill drops, but luckily knitted headbands that are cute and warm are very easy to find this winter. I found a cute one at Target, but they’re also readily available on Etsy.

I put the whole outfit together for a photo shoot at my local dog park, where I usually am every weekend anyway.

dog park photo shoot

dog park photo shoot

Winter style

winter style

winter style

Winter style

Jacket: Anthropologie

Skirt: Aqua

Headband: Target (similar)

Ring: Simonson’s

Necklace: LC Lauren Conrad

Boots: White Mountain (similar)

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