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denim is my go-to and my closet is filled with all different types, cropped, wide leg, boyfriend, skinny, you name it. i would say that there is an abundance of skinny jeans out there which are great and have a rightful place in your closet but sometimes it’s nice to mix it up. skinny jeans work well with oversized sweaters, or longer coats but they don’t, because of how form fitted they are, always work as well with shorter items, like a cropped sweater or just a simple t-shirt tucked in. i rounded up a few denim options that aren’t skinny jeans but are also not completely oversized bell bottoms. there is a lot of middle ground with denim and i think these are are all fun and versatile options for any closet. – joanie
– ASOS Pencil denim with split hem ($43) – split hem denim has been making the rounds in fashion, it’s slightly undone and relaxed without the tattered look of frayed denim. i like the mid-rise of this jean.
– Zara mini flare ($50) – an edgier more trendy denim option at an affordable price.
– Cropped wide leg jeans ($268) – baggy but fitted through the hips and butt so it still gives you a little shape.
Levi patchwork denim ($198) – i’ve been on the hunt for a pair of patchwork denim that feels a little 70’s but with a modern silhouette. i think these fit the bill nicely!
Madewell Overalls ($100) – i totally understand that overalls are very trendy but i also think they deserve a chance. i like them best in black as it feels more sophisticated and paired with a feminine blouse underneath. you’ll be amazed how many times you reach for your overalls!
Levi wedgie fit ($158) – i own these jeans, i love these jeans and wear them all of the time. they are the closest you’re going to get to vintage levi’s without digging trying on 100 vintage pairs. these are great with shorter, cropped items as the fit is high.
Re/Done Cuffed ($275) – i really like the large cuff paired with a super simple flat shoe. they have an ease through the leg that makes them very flattering.
Bliss and Mischief denim ($368) – can’t get enough of the ultra light wash with the pale pink patches. i don’t think i’m cool enough to pull these off but i know one of you out there is.
3×1 Fringe jeans ($265) – the fringe isn’t for everyone but i really dig these. i like how simple the cut of the pant is paired with the punch of fringe at the bottom. a simple tee is all you’d need with these.
here are a few inspiration pictures to get you inspired!
image sources 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
happy valentine’s day! let’s all celebrate by making breakfast in bed for ourselves or someone we love! i’m not exactly sure what makes breakfast in bed feel like such a luxury but it certainly feels like one. since childhood it has been something that i look forward to. there are seven children in my family and we’d each get waffles in bed on our birthday. all of my siblings and parents would come in together singing happy birthday carrying a plate with a homemade waffle the size of my head and it felt exciting, every time.
the waffle recipe i use now is one i adapted from allrecipes.com and it’s the perfect amount of crunch on the outside with soft in the center. the trick is beating the egg whites on their own before adding the yolk. for this post we decided to make them chocolate by adding cocoa powder but that’s an addition that you can easily leave out. also, this recipe only requires one bowl making it a very practical recipe to whip together in the early morning hours. we hope you enjoy your day celebrating all of the love in your life and all of the love you give to others! – joanie
serves 8 (the batter keeps for one week in an air tight container in the refrigerator, mix well before using)
• 2 eggs
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 3/4 cups milk
• 1/2 cup coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 tablespoon white sugar
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 tablespoons cacao powder (optional)
• topping options: strawberries, whipped cream, pomegranate seeds, maple syrup…
• separate your eggs and beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. then beat in the egg yolks. add all of the other ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
• heat your waffle iron to medium/high heat, add batter and cook until browned on the outside (don’t undercook as they’ll get soggy!)
• serve hot with coffee and toppings!
styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis
want a more open look to your kitchen? open-faced kitchens add extra storage with a sleek look. it’s like a kitchen with your own gallery: open shelves with beautiful bowls on them, ceramics storing your best utensils, shelves with your favorite cookbooks sitting atop. it’s handy to have everything at an arms reach, but keeping it looking good is where it all comes together. a few tips: 1) only shelve what you love, 2) don’t clutter—keep open space between items, 3) keep heavier items on bottom shelves, and 4) keep a consistent color theme. here are some of my favorite ways to style kitchen shelves and a few essentials to go on them. happy decorating! – erika
what do you think of this open look? let us know in the comments!
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morgan georgie and carrie kiefer from ampersand studio made these fun desktops for us this week. the patterns and colors on these are making our desktops happy! you can also shop these patterns as gift wrap and more in her shop here. click through below to download the desktops!
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