I want that Wednesday

I am majorly crushing on this pair of nightstands and matching dresser on Craigslist. And for about an hour on Monday, it’d convinced myself I had $700 to spend on new bedroom furniture (all in all, really not that much considering something similar from West Elm runs $800 for the dresser alone). And then I looked at my bank account and realized that most definitely was not the case. Or rather, sure, I could swing this furniture, but then I’d have ZERO money left to do anything else. No new curtains, no paint, no entry way vignette—no food even—no nuthin’.

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I can’t imagine myself getting sick of MCM (that’s midcentury modern for us nerds), so my new plan is to try to rework my bedroom in a way that when I do have money to buy “new” (new to me) furniture, that it’ll fit into the room without a complete overhaul again. I’m not sure that thinking will work, but we’ll see. I feel like I’m just going around and around and around in my head… help!

(Image: Craigslist)

Best shelter mags?

Magazines

I’m obsessed with magazines. Not only do I work in industry, but I love to read just about any kind of magazine out there. Of course my favorites are the shelter pubs. (I’m still lamenting the loss of Domino! Who’s with me?) That said, I don’t subscribe to a single one of them, and I never seem to pick up the same title time after time (plus, B&N runs just don’t seem to be in the cards these days). While there’s plenty of awesome blogs and online magazines out there for inspiration, nothing satisfies like a beautiful glossy spread of a fab home. So I’m ready to pony up the $12 or whatever and get a national monthly—but which one should I get?

Leave me a comment, and let me know your favs!

Weekend Rewind: I’m a survivor, I’m not goin’ give up

I took the plunge—and I’ve emerged with all of my digits still in tact! Though it did take a few hours and a heating pad to be able to feel my toes again, it actually wasn’t as terrible as I imagined. We lucked out weather-wise: 24º, sunny, no wind. When you’re in the water, you don’t really feel anything because your adrenaline is pumping and you’re just trying not to get run over by the hundred other participants or run into a mini iceburg. The whole experience takes a mere 30 seconds or so.

But the important thing is that I didn’t chicken out. One thing marked off the bucket list! Next up: half marathon. Or skydiving. Actually the most realistic thing is hiking the Grand Canyon (flight already booked!). Stay tuned…

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(Headline commentary: Is anyone else bummed the Destiny’s Child Super Bowl reunion was just a rumor?! Just me?

UPDATE 2/3: Destiny’s Child comes through after all, but no “Survivor”? Damn.)

I must be a damn fool…

It’s official: I’m jumping into Lake Michigan on Saturday. According to the Polar Plunge waiver, I run the risk of hypothermia, loss of consciousness, heart attack, loss of digits and limbs, and/or drowning. Fun.

But it was a New Year’s resolution to live life more, so I’m going to do it. (Well, assuming I don’t die from one of the above risks because then I won’t be living at all.) And I will be helping families in need. Would you like to help the families but also be able to stay in your warm and cozy pajamas on Saturday morning? Click here to donate. Even $5 would help! You can read about the fundraising recipients here.

And if your not opposed to getting dressed, come out and support a sister. Oak Street Beach, Saturday, noon. Bring spiked hot chocolate!

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(Image: The Lakeview Polar Bear Club)

I want that Wednesday

I’ve been wracking my brain about home stuff, so I thought I could use a little break and focus on fashion for a hot minute. Speaking of hot, I ordered hot pink jeans—yes, I know it’s the dead of winter, but I had Arizona on the brain—and I’m already in love with them. The price helped: Originally $68, I got them for $29.99! Thanks, Macy.

You know what would look phenomenal paired with ’em? These navy polka dot oxfords…

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They look like something my grandma would’ve worn because she’s a classy lady, just like me. (I don’t know Mim, what do you think?) Unfortunately, I didn’t come across them until it was too late—they only have size 6 available left. Those probably would fit my grandma! Fingers crossed they restock.

(Image: gap.com)

Hibernation Begins

It was 7° degrees when I left for work today. Seven! And that doesn’t even take into consideration the windchill. That’s what’s really killer in this here Windy Center (obviously). And as luck would have it, I agreed to dog-sit this week… These are going to be some short walks, Morty!

Winter really does have a whole different vibe than the rest of the year in Chicago. The number of nights one goes out really plummets—which is good for my wallet and liver, so I’m ok with it. Besides, there’s plenty of projects to do around the apartment (again, obviously).

But to put it into perspective, I give you this awesome infographic from Liz Fosselin:

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And while this one isn’t really weather related, I’ll throw it in just for good measure. Thinking about moving to Chicago? Here’s your neighborhood guide:

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(Images: Like these? Check out Liz’s other fun visual insights into Chicago here. There’s some good ones!)

Weekend Rewind: IU vs. Northwestern

This weekend was surprisingly productive! Sure, I didn’t get as much organizing done as I’d hoped, but it never goes as quickly as you want it to. I did take five bags out to the recycling bin though. Woot!

But the real highlight of the weekend? Seeing my Hoosiers! I went up to Evanston yesterday to watch IU take on Northwestern. The crowd was probably 70 percent IU fans at Welsh-Ryan Arena—or Chicago’s Assembly Hall, as Hoosiers on the train were calling it. The team could have played a lot better, but we did come out on top, 67-59. And I got to sit in the third row!

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Tackling the List

So now that I’ve got the Home Improvement List, where do I start? Well honestly, I think before beginning any project, it’s good to have a clean slate—and that means major decluttering. Like the entire apartment…

But I’ve already gotten started! I cleaned out my storage area—mostly because the Christmas decorations were not going to fit back in there if it wasn’t better organized—and took four boxes to the thrift store. I took a quick comb through my closet, but it could use another round, in addition to my jewelry, bag and shoe collections. My pantry definitely needs a once-over (I was panicking before my holiday cocktail party, and I just starting throwing anything and everything in there!).

My biggest problem is paper clutter. I have a million half-read magazines open to some page that I has a “great” idea on it. My stationary collection has been boxed up since I moved in in August. My bills are in a banker’s box in my closet—not in folders, just thrown in along with receipts.

This is a big project. Really big. Luckily I’m rocking the mindset of less is more right now, so I’m hoping I can whip through the piles quickly and recycle, donate and throw away as much as possible. I have an exciting weekend ahead, people!

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I want that Wednesday

A writing cabin. Yep, that’s exactly what I need so I can hunker down for the winter and focus on Urban Nesting and nothing else (pssh, I don’t need a job…). Well, it’d also be pretty cool if it had space for DIY fun. And a lofted bed because then I’d feel like I was at camp. Oh, and a fireplace. Ah yes, definitely a fireplace. Mmmm…

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(Image: Stupid Tumbler, you need to credit!)

2013: The Home Improvement List

Ok, so now that I have all this new-found enthusiasm, where do I start? Well, herein comes the part that I’m actually really good at: to-do lists. My problem comes with the executing of those actions… But I’m getting ahead of myself. I shall create the list and go from there.

Now I have a few different lists pertaining to different parts of my life (“professional advancement” is a whole notebook in its own… ), but today I’ll share with you the Home Improvement List:

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  • Find and buy a new console for the TV. (I’ve owned this off-white IKEA locker since I was in high school. I actually don’t mind it, and it works in the space, but I broke the key off on the one doors so it’s a real pain to open it. I’m hoping to find a piece that complements the bar, even though that’s in a different room.)
  • Set up an entryway vignette. (When you open up the door to my apartment, all you see is this little bookshelf that’s cluttered with magazines and sketchbooks and god knows what else. It’s sad. I would love to have something with a little pizzazz. First impressions are everything, right? Wherever I can gain some storage is a plus!)
  • Paint something with chalkboard paint. (This could be anything: an entire wall, a serving platter, a cheesecloth, whatever.)

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