Current favorite pieces + Pin-spiration

spring fashion wardrobe_pink gray jackets dresses shoes

Garment rack made by Nick using plumbing pipes (DIY tutorial for similar),
Top rack (my reviews): Boohoo wrap, J.Crew coat, Burberry trench, floral dress, WHBM trench,
H&M jacket, ElizaJ dress, DVF dress, KS coat, SS hat

A while back, Nick wanted to reclaim his portion (note “portion,” never “half” muahaha) of the closet thus treated me to this homemade garment rack. The assembly is straightforward, but for the less handy, it’s definitely more of a several-hours project vs. “30 minutes” like some DIY tutorials claim! Staining the wood and spray-painting the pipes added extra time, but was well worth it in the end. I use this rack to rotate in favorite pieces or color schemes that I’m feeling at the moment.

pink gray spring accesories_pumps sandals shoes and handbags

Middle shelf: Chanel bag, Prada Cuir tote, Saint Laurent bag, Dune sandals
Bottom: SW boots, Sole Society heels, Valentino pumps, M.Gemi peep-toes, Manolo pumps,
Steve Madden sandals, M.Gemi pumps, Ivanka Trump flats, AT tote

I wasn’t much of a Pinterest user before, but now browse frequently for useful ideas on recipes, makeup, home decor, STORAGE (a nightmare in our home), and where to travel. Follow my Pinterest account for my daily favorite ideas, and I’ll be blogging some every so often too. Here’s a few of my boards & pins I’m loving:

closet organization clothing handbag purse hooks

Left: clear panel drawers with dividers so you can easily see what’s inside
Right: bookshelf for storing bags with vertical-facing hooks to hang totes (nifty!)

 How to Store it All: Living in a small city condo, storage is something we just never have enough of. This is my favorite board – love browsing for closet inspiration and tips & tricks on how to put everything away tidily and most importantly, functionally.

how to style midi skirt when you are petite

Left: nifty & informative graphic on how to style a midi skirt when petite. I try to demonstrate most of these tips in outfit posts but it’s always helpful to see this way!
Right: in love with how elegant but simple this pairing is. Copying for sure!

Style Inspo: favorite looks and pairings ideas from around the web. Olivia Pope is whom I want to dress like “when I grow up,” so I was swooning over her clothing rack from an interview with the character’s costume buyer. I showed Nick the pin for inspiration and he goes, “huh, isn’t this a picture of your clothing rack.” I looked over at my own rack (first picture in this post) and suppose I can see how he’d be confused…I just need a few more trench coats and long gloves ; )

spring hairstyles lipstick and nail polish colors

Left: loose braided bun look for shoulder-length hair
Top right: prettiest gel nail polishes  Bottom right: Revlon lip balm swatches

Hair & Beauty: From new nail polish to lip colors to try (I always like finding swatches on others online before buying), as well as hairstyle ideas and homemade beauty masks.

diy projects nursery bedroom nightsta d

Left: Ikea nightstand makeover tutorial, Right: DIY floral wall ornament

Do it myself: projects & tutorials across all sorts of categories. Love a good Ikea hack!

recipes to try chinese beef broccoli crockpot

shrimp scampi “zoodles” (I need a spiralizer, stat!), crockpot beef & broccoli

Nom nom: Nick and I both love to cook, and it’s been a fun challenge trying to cook healthier this year. One of my guilty pleasures was beef with broccoli from Chinese takeout joints, but it is so much yummier and healthier homemade (restaurant versions are usually super greasy!) that I can never go back. This crockpot version is just as easy as the recipe promises, and freezes well for quick weeknight dinners. I throw in lots of extra garlic and quickly blanch my broccoli instead of microwaving, since I like it crisp against the melt-in-your-mouth tender beef.

 

28 thoughts on “Current favorite pieces + Pin-spiration

  • Amadea Kristani March 18, 2016 at 11:44 am

    This post is very inspiring and helpful!!!!
    I always love your posts!

    Love,
    Amadea
    heyamadea.com

  • Katherine March 18, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I'd love to know how you store your SW lowlands? Are you using a boot shaper and if yes, which one? Thanks Jean!

  • Ella Pretty Blog March 18, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    What a gorgeous clothing rack. Nick did good! I just bought a spiralizer over the weekend – so I can't wait to try the shrimp recipe. I put off getting a spiralizer (saw it at Target first) because it's a uni-tasker…but I'm scared of using a mandolin for zoodles (too risky!). I already follow you on Pinterest – but love this feature on some of your favourite pins <3

  • Thuy | Dress Up, Chow Down March 18, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    I like the infographic on how to wear a midi skirt when you're petite. I can relate!

    http://www.dressupchowdown.com

  • Keri H March 18, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Wow, that clothing rack is everything I ever dreamed of <3 SO obsessed with nudes right now

    Enclothed Cognition/Bloglovin

  • angelina March 18, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I'm pretty addicted to Pinterest too! I love that there's something there for everyone, and it's so organized too (I love neat things haha). I use it a lot for art inspiration and ideas on what to wear (:

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

  • Caroline March 18, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    What would we do without Pinterest? haha. I love the garment rack and how it has shelves!

  • Esraa Bassiouny March 19, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Great picture. I love pinterest to find inspiration both for my personal life and for my blog.
    http://dressmecasual.blogspot.com.eg/

  • Furiously Chic March 19, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Yep, Pinterest is always the best for inspiration!
    I use it a lot for fashion. 😉

    Laura
    http://furiouslychic.blogspot.ch/

  • Anonymous March 19, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Love your blog! I also like to use Pinterest for inspiration, so great 😀

    http://www.belle.is/maria_osk/
    https://www.facebook.com/mariaoskblog

  • Anonymous March 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Jean! I saw on your snapchat that you know Caila! How do you know her? 🙂

  • Deasy Noel March 20, 2016 at 1:03 am

    That garment rack is to die for! And it's so sweet that Nick made that for you! I love it and I wish my fiance is handy enough to do something like that ^_^

    http://www.deasynoel.com

  • Jennie Lee March 20, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Great style! I've been checking every day for the boohoo wrap to get restocked in smaller sizes :p Love your style, Jean!

  • pippi hepburn March 20, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I love that rack. So much more fun than the premade ones. Yes, space is so needed for us all in the northeast USA! Thank you!
    http://www.pippihepburn.etsy.com

  • Živilė Dap March 20, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Love the colors that are in this post! I feel inspired and I feel Spring 🙂

    Jill

    http://jilldap.blogspot.ca

  • Yana Kasekamp March 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I love your clothing rack!
    Love your blog. 🙂

    http://www.lifeofardor.com

  • Vera March 20, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I LOVE your garment rack. Love!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

  • Mlle Coconath March 20, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Amazing post! Love your wardrobe!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

  • Laura Manley March 21, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I looked at the DIY tutorial for the garment rack, and I like the colors of yours better. What spray paints and wood stain did you use?

  • Emily Kate Farina March 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Love the garment rack! My boyfriend has made us a desk, shelves and wine racks with reclaimed wood and pipes/railroad ties so this is right up his alley. I may have to send him the pictures as a hint for what he can give me for my birthday…love the inspiration images too!

    http://www.fizzandfade.com/

  • Devon March 21, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    So I realize you can't vet everything you post, but the girl in the camel coat? She has a quote from Anwar al-Awlaki on her Instagram.

  • Jenn March 22, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Such an amazing clothing rack! It would have been fun to see a video of the process!

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  • julycheee March 22, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    The colour palette on your garment rack is gorgeous!

  • Marina Summers March 23, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Awesome post! Lots of inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.marinasummers.com

  • Atlas Musings March 26, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Those neutrals are to die for!

    xo
    http://www.atlasmusings.com

  • Unknown May 13, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    what color is your ivanka trump flats? is it old rose?

  • Sarah Joo May 13, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    what color is your ivanka trump flats? is it old rose?

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