I know, it’s like no one lives here. Literally and figuratively. I think about this blog pretty much daily, but then I get bogged down in daily life and don’t write. I’ve written a dozen or more posts in my head since last time. Alas, no one has created the thought to text app yet, have they? C’mon brainiacs, get on that! Anyway, here’s the rest of our sweet, now former, apartment. That’s right we moved, finally, and it’s not as you think. More on that later. I’m picking up right where we left off with the…
Lamp: CB2 Ada Table Lamp
Dresser: B’s ancient dresser
Initial Plates: Gifted – West Elm (LOVE these)
Night Stands: inherited – Grandma’s vintage Lane
I fell in love with that original built-in hutch when we first viewed the apartment.
Dining Table: Aw, remember this thing? Craigslisted and repainted for less than $150 total
Dining Chairs: vintage Herman Miller fiberglass Eames and other fiberglass both via Craigslist (one of my first and most favorite CL buys)
Milk glass & sunflower casserole: thrifted & gift thrifted!
Orange Vase: wedding gift – Waterford
Bar: B’s ancient (since SOLD on craigslist!)
Vintage Liquor Dispenser: Seek Vintage
Photos: Personal travels
Swine screenprint: thrifted for 50 cents (frame via Target)
World Map: thrifted vintage atlas book covers (leftover from wedding invitation making)
My last moments in this apartment were spent mopping the 100 year old wood floors with Murphy’s oil, sniffling, teary-eyed and wistful, exactly as I expected.
So things have been pretty quiet around here. So quiet that the WordPress dashboard has changed since the last time I blogged. Lame! Lots of excuses, but it mostly boils down to: we bought a house. Insert massive screeches of excitement (tinged with anxiety)! This has been distracting me from other things in life like blogging. And laundry. And returning phone calls. While I am ecstatic to have our own space and make it our own (in progress – more soon!) I am a little sad to leave this apartment that we have called home for the past 4+ years. B and I have made a lot of memories here: first place together, planned a wedding and got married while we lived here, had a handful of fun gatherings of friends and family here, and painted a table and some wood paneling. Plus we have the most amazing landlords.
As a tribute to our first “home” together before the house, I’m featuring some our apartment, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while. To avoid photo overload, slightly, I’m breaking the tour into two posts, starting with the front (north) half of the apartment. Walk with me, talk with me.
World Map Decal: modernwallgraphics.com. I’m interested to see how this comes off the wall when we move out.
One of my favorite things about this place is all the original details the owners preserved while renovating, like that mirror and the fireplace and the door hardware.
Bird Throw Pillows: Home Goods
Coffee table: Lane; inherited
Candlesticks: Design Within Reach (gifted)
President busts: Post 27
Clock: superjumbodeluxe (gifted)
Photograph over sofa: Brad Pogatetz
Chair: inherited…and falling apart
Credenza: Craigslist (one of my top finds ever)
Globe: Post 27
Duvet: Ikea (ancient and in need of an upgrade for the new place)
State Prints: Atlas art by Brad; these were originally table signs for our wedding. I hung the states B has lived in.
Framed/Signed Neko Case tour screenprint: Kathleen Judge (gifted; especially lovely because I had actually been to a show on this poster.)
Deer candleholder: Target (which I have subsequently broken since taking this photo)
The Tivoli radio, Diana F+ camera and the Eames print coasters were all incidentally also gifted.
When B and I moved into this apartment, we signed a 6 month lease, over 4 years later, we are still here! Looking at these photos reminds me of how much we have worked with what we had rather than purchasing a lot of new furniture since the plan all along was to buy. It also reminded me how many REALLY GOOD gifts people have given us over the years. While I look forward to upgrading some of our furniture pieces, I’m excited to give these more sentimental pieces a new home!
SCP Trip #3: Austin, TX – February 22-25, 2013
So it’s been coo coo for cocoa puffs around here, but more on that later. For real. For now, back to the glorious Southwest Companion Pass journeys.
You guys, it’s been a while since I really fell for a city. But Austin sure knows how to charm a girl. Who knew Texas could have a place I’d feel at home? While I can’t say I saw the whole city in a few days, I feel like we had a decently diverse trip, including a basketball game, considering I came down with the plague about half way through. Here are some of the highlights, notes and thoughts.
First of all transportation. They have a $2 all day bus pass to get around the city. Seriously? You can’t even ride a bus here for that price.
Rainey Street – A sort of hipstery version of a grown-up frat row: old houses turned into bars, but with less douche-factor. This is a great place for a daytime bar crawl and seemed like it would be just as perfect in the evening. We stopped at Bar 96 (pictured above; yes that is a window to the bar!) and Blackheart (delicious cocktails.)
Ironworks BBQ: Amazing BBQ served in an old Ironworks complete with cafeteria trays, not too far from Rainey Street. Best BBQ I’ve ever had (full disclosure: I’m not a BBQ expert, but I mean, just look at it.)
South Congress Area – trendy shopping district with fun stores & restaurants. There’s a bunch of outdoor markets and a ton of food trucks. A lot of vintage/antique funky stores. Lots of restaurants too. Go here on a sunny morning. Get brunch, walk around, then get a drink at San Jose. Then go vintage shopping. There’s a map for it at the stores!
Enoteca Vespaio - Good brunch in the South Congress area
Hotel San Jose – boutique hotel with a charming little courtyard to have drinks in. Looks like a cute place to stay, but I bet that courtyard is loud as hell in the evening and the rooms look onto it.
Uncommon Objects – Obligatory shopping stop in SoCo. The epitome of (pricier) salvaged/antique items, cutely displayed. I went the cheap/cheesy route and bought some dominos that make the date of our wedding.
Easy Tiger - which was a bakery/bar (um, what a combo!) near the main drag right on the waterway with great outdoor seating and ping pong! Pretty sweet setup.
Antone’s - I”m pretty sure you can see live music almost anywhere in Austin and feel pretty happy about it. We happened to pick Antone’s after a brief iPhone research of who was playing that night. The Flatlanders were the headliners and they were the perfect band to see in Austin. Just the right amount of banjo, twang, and steel guitar while rocking out.
Wink – For a higher end meal, which is kind of off the beaten path. The manager and staff were SUPER friendly and it definitely wasn’t touristy. They have tasting menus, which is fun and the food was good, but admittedly not mind-blowing. The best part of the place is the wine bar next door to the restaurant (same place.) I’d recommend it for drinks, kind of a date-type spot. Their website is awful compared to the charm of the actual space.
LBJ Presidential Library on the UT campus – Proof that I don’t just eat and drink on vacation. Half of the appeal of this place for me was the 60′s style travertine building. But the exhibits about LBJ’s life and presidency during the Vietnam war were also quite interesting. Live music, basketball, AND a visit to a presidential library? Woah. Not a bad haul. Austin, I will be back.
Get out the streamers, the party hats and the most annoying noisemakers you can find. Pop the finest bottle of bubbly and try not to spill on your keyboard, ladies and gents. March 19th marked the 2 year anniversary of the first Unpatterned post. Huzzah! After rereading my first post, I have decided that so much and so little has changed in that 2 years. Here are a few stats and facts about the blog and life.
84 posts to date (an average of 3.5 posts per month)
Top 5 posts by views:
- Pre & Post Painted Dining Table The most popular post by a LANDSLIDE. To be fair, also one of the oldest. Here’s the original photo…no major changes, but I’ve definitely beefed up that bar and some of the accessories in the room! People really love their DIY. So do I. I need more of that.
- Style Dreaming: Vintage Golf Wear More golf updates planned for spring. I hope.
- Interview: Brad Pogatetz – Photography This was one of my favorites as well…still grateful to a local artist humoring a tiny blog.
- Top 10 Reasons to Drink Coffee I’m guessing people are searching for a much more scientific article when they find this!
- The Macaron Experiment We need to have a rematch! I want successful macarons.
Top 5 posts I’ve enjoyed sharing/creating (excluding those listed above):
- Unpatterned Style: Red Hot 80′s The first in the Unpatterned Style series. I loved putting this post together and cracking up as my dear friend/model and I did our thing under the L tracks on Irving Park. I miss these posts. I hope to see a revival of them in some fashion come Spring.
- Dreamer Episode 1: Half Marathon & Dreamer Episode 2: Half Marathon Complete It was so therapeutic to share my dream and finishing the half really was a huge accomplishment for me. I have hopes to complete another.
- South Beach, FL: From Patios to Jumpsuits My first real travel post. Truth be told, the travel posts are some of my favorites to share overall. Plus I loved Miami and I REALLY love that jumpsuit. Still rockin’ it in weather/occasion appropriate situations. I mean, I really have gotten a lot of mileage out that thing. Apparently I find myself in jumpsuit-worth situations often.
- Dead Composers and Other Things I Didn’t Buy in Ohio Flea markets, antique stores, thrift stores, rummages sales…shall I go on? Well they are kind of my jam. It was fun to get something out of the trip to this gem since I wasn’t able to make a purchase. Plus I was really freaking proud of the post title. Still am.
- Top 10 Reasons I Don’t Miss Cable TV Man, rereading that post makes me want to punt the cable box out the window right now! Yes, I said PUNT. I would film it while rapping about sticking it to cable and that thing would go viral on YouTube.
Things that have changed on the blog since unpatterned’s creation:
Um, almost ZERO? Still have no header. Sidebar minimally updated. When I wrote my first post, I referred to unpatterned as being in beta. Ha, well the beta testing is 2+ years in and we still look the same. In due time, my friends, in due time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, or 2 years, right?
Things that have changed personally since unpatterned’s creation:
Jobs acquired: 2. Jobs left: 2. Current jobs held: 1. I know, seems like wonky math…life unpatterned, I tell ya.
Weddings thrown: 1
ARE Exams passed: 1
Cable status: Active (or should I say “in a relationship”)
Other countries visited: 2 (Mexico and Canada, which sorry Canada, but I was too busy catching up with an old friend to put together enough material for a travel post.)
Root canals: more than jobs
Things you can expect in 2013:
More. More posts, more topics, more frequency, more development. Mo’ money mo’ problems. I kid.
So, as I said, a lot and a little. Big life changes, small life changes, blog fluctuation as it goes. Regardless of the above and the plans I have for Unpatterned in 2013 (they are bigger than the past 2 years!), I want to thank you, dear reader. Having this little space on the interwebs is so fun, therapeutic, and inspiring for me and I am so glad that I am able to share it with you.
From the deepest roots of my molars and the bottom of my heart, I thank you for reading.
SCP Trip #2: Punta Gorda, FL – January 25-27, 2013
Oh yeah, this chronicle is the real deal! One set of B’s parents spend some winter time in Florida. We decided to take take advantage of the SWA companion pass and warm weather to visit them for a weekend in January. There’s nothing like shorts and a day by the pool in the sun to cure your Midwest winter blues, at least temporarily. Plus a little grilled meat, cocktails, and ocean views help too. While I don’t have much to report on the travel guide front as we mostly spent time relaxing/being lazy and hanging out with the parents, I did buy some handmade soap from True Lyes at the nearby farmers market and it smells heavenly.
However, we did take a couple opportunities to mess around with our new camera. (A Canon EOS Rebel T3i AKA the most romantic wedding gift to each other ever. But seriously a really great buy for us…and for the blog!) Here are some of our shots from our evening walk. Sadly no manatees were spotted.
Ooh blooming bright colors
Texture and green
And the crazy full moon! I did refrain from howling and busting out some Teen Wolf basketball moves. The end to a lovely weekend with lovely in-laws. Next up on the SCP Chronicle: Austin, TX.
How do you cure your winter blues?
Don’t worry, not the kind you eat! We’re talking paste bling! I just realized that there was no January bling. Or February after I had reinstated the bling posts as monthly. Oops. So yeah, it’s March, which means that B and I have now been married 6 months. I was pretty anti blogging about the wedding for a lot of reasons, mostly because it’s personal and it’s annoying, in a nutshell. Seriously, don’t you want to temporarily delete some people from Facebook during wedding planning? I also felt it would take away some of the meaning for us and our guests if I blogged a whole bunch of planning details here. But I think it’s time to do a little sharing about some of the details that relate to unpatterned and that might be useful to a reader somewhere out there.
I found my wedding dress at a consignment shop with my mom about three months after we got engaged on my first shopping trip. I surprised my mom and myself by finding it that day and committing to it. There were no tears involved, just for the record. Once I had it, I knew that I wanted an amazing necklace to go with it. When B and I traveled through Michigan for New Year’s 2011-2012, I of course did some vintage/antique shopping. I dream of returning to Arcadian Antiques in Ann Arbor where I found this stunning sterling silver and paste necklace, dating from the 1920′s. B was working and I happened to search vintage/antique in my phone on yelp and wandered into the Nickels Arcade shops.
As soon as I saw it, I was immediately texting people photos of it on me as I was hemming and hawing over whether to buy it. I dragged B in there on our way out of town and after many approval conversations from him, my mom, and at least 3 friends and my brother, I bought the necklace. Yes, I called my brother, who has minimal to no interest in fashion or jewelry to discuss a necklace. That’s when I knew I should just get it (and that’s the level of crazy indecisiveness I experience weekly.) But, just like the dress, I never looked back and never saw anything else that I remotely would have wanted instead. Plus it was a way better souvenir from the trip than anything Michigan related. Yuck!
I’m happy to report that I have even worn the necklace multiple times since the wedding, in a dressy and casual fashion. So that is some practical bling and wedding babble I can get behind.
Bottom image courtesy of incredible wedding photographer, Luzco Photography
That’s Dreams That Punch The World, kids! And in case that confuses you, that’s what my dreams are gonna do, okay?
Someone once told me that accountability for your dreams is half the battle toward achieving them. I’m paraphrasing, but either way, I think it’s valid. And whether you call them dreams, goals, priorities, BHAG’s or just “stuff I really want to do,” it’s all about working toward something truly important to you, large or small. I realize it’s March now, but I’ve been working on putting my dreams on paper and getting the ball rolling since the new year. Besides my husband, I do have a partner in crime that I teamed up with to help each other manage our dreams. It is personal and fun and motivating all at once I’m going to take it one step further and publish my one-year dreams here for all to see. Ultimate internet accountability. I also have some other short and longer term dreams on my radar, but I’m not into over-sharing on the interwebs. Well to a degree. So here they are. Read ‘em and weep, 2013:
- Finish the ARE. The architecture registration exams. The 5-year rolling clock is ticking on me for 2014. I snapped out of my daze this year and realized that I didn’t spend 6 years in school, countless all-nighters, and all that blood sweat and tears (literally I am pretty sure a few models were covered in all of those) to NOT get my architectural license. Even if I never “use” it. Especially since I have been more than halfway there since 2009. Seriously.
- Look and feel more physically fit and less guilty about eating delicious things. I think this is part an age thing and part reality. The ol’ metabolism ain’t what it used to be. Plus as I get older, I just want to be healthier. Sure, I indulge, albeit too often, but I want to balance it. Practice moderation. Get back to running. Up my yoga. Use my gym membership to a point where I feel it’s worth the money. Fit into my skinny jeans again. Not hate myself after eating that cupcake. You get it.
- Take the semi-planned European honeymoon with B. (AKA HM2; see HM1 here.) This will happen. It just takes some dedicated planning and narrowing. The problem is, we are TOO open to places. We want to go everywhere, which makes narrowing hard. We are also trying to pick the perfect timing and I am distracted by dream 1 above. I’m putting it on my priority list so I don’t let the planning fall by the wayside (or too much on B, which I have been known to do when it comes to travel.)
See, pretty simple. Now it’s out there. It wasn’t hard to come up with a top 3. Some weeks it is harder than others to stick to the mini plan I created in order to execute them. Such as, studying on a Friday night sounded like a great idea on Tuesday. But after a busy week was done, all I wanted to do was chillax on the sofa with some takeout Thai and trashy TV. Having written down the week’s schedule though (and knowing I didn’t exactly nail it the rest of the week), plus an encouraging text from my dream friend, I got off my bum and took the iPad to the gym to study on the elliptical. BOOM! I doubled down on those dreams! I’m hoping that this post will provide the same motivation!
I’m also hoping maybe it will motivate even just one of you to think about your dreams/goals and make a plan to achieve them. Write them down! I know it sounds so squishy and soft and touchy feely, but it’s way too easy to say you want to do something, but much harder to execute when life gets in the way. And it always does. That life is a pushy little mettler!
What’s on your dream/goal list for 2013? And beyond?