Quick Day Date

Quick Day Date

A few weeks ago we had a quick day date to one of our favorite local happy hour spots before trying out a new self-pour brewery. The weather was that perfect happy medium of warm, but not hot or too chilly. I broke out a v-neck tank I had purchased to go under a blazer for work events and my new Steve Madden dupe embellished sandals. Instead of $80 they're only $25 - HUGE win! 

V-Neck Tank {50% off} | Shorts | Embellished Sandals {only $25} | 

When you arrive you get a card that you use at each tap, and what I loved was each time you go to the tap you get a clean glass. This germaphobe is always a fan of the little things like that. And I of course was drawn to the flavored seltzers on tap, and they also had wines on tap. 

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Worth the Wait

Worth the Wait

Pinch me please! And not because it's almost St. Patrick's Day and I was caught not wearing green. We built (ok when I say "we" it sounds like we did all the work - obviously that is so not the case. I mean we went with new construction for our home) back in 2011, and were so excited to have a brand new home and to pick everything ourselves that we were unaware of how many things needed a little more thought and attention. We were basically kids buying our first house, and were amazed at how much more house we were able to get in Florida compared to where we grew up in Connecticut. 

Fast forward to a decade later, and we have been re-doing spaces that weren't done right the first time around. Exhibit A: our master closet. We had a builders grade rack put up all the way around, and that was it. No shelving, drawers, etc... it was a terrible usage of the big space. 

If you've been following along on InstagramI've been documenting in Stories how we have been tackling a DIY master closet re-design. This is something I've wanted to do for several years, but couldn't stomach the cost of professional installation. It's seriously SO expensive, like I'm talking we could gut our kitchen for the same amount. Craziness! 

My husband mentioned a few months back that he could install it himself if we purchase closet systems from Home Depot or Lowes. I initially said absolutely not because I was afraid it couldn't be done, but I eventually warmed up to the idea and am SO glad I did! I'm already LOVING the newly transformed space. We ordered everything from Home Depot, and as the sections arrived, he worked on it here and there on the weekends or at night. 


As you can see above - the "before" photos are a cluttered mess and horrible use of the space. We had a builders grade rack going around the whole perimeter and that was it. No fun shelves or drawers, no tiered racks, etc... I even still had a plastic dresser that I used in college to move back and forth from the dorms. It was that bad...



Here's a breakdown of the closet system pieces we purchased:

ClosetMaid White Wood Closet Systems - 1 for each side wall
Corner Closet Towers - 1 for each back corner - they made it easy to connect everything
Narrow Closet System for the back wall

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the materials and easy to follow directions and installation. After measuring, make sure you're ordering closet system kits that will fit your space appropriately and utilize the existing holes in the walls after removing what's currently there to locate the studs.

Real Talk: I don't want to paint the picture that this was 100% easy. It was much easier than I had originally thought, but we still hit a few hiccups along the way. 

Hiccup #1: Even after measuring the space, and researching pieces and systems online the rods for the closet systems we picked for both sides were about 1/2 an inch too short. SO frustrating! So, we ordered some extra rods which meant we were using 3 rods instead of 2 for each level of bars to hang our clothes up on. 

Hiccup #2: Since the rods were about 1/2 an inch too short that meant the boards that would act as shelves above the bars were also too short. We decided to scrap them, and only put shelves above the bars on the back wall. Thankfully, we have more than enough storage for our needs and didn't end up needing them. 

Hiccup #3: Speaking of the shelving boards - for the back wall they were too long so we tried a hack saw which wasn't doing the job, and ended up having them professionally cut at Home Depot. Insider tip - they cut them for free since the materials were purchased through their store. 

Another big bonus is while we were moving everything out of the closet and then back in after completion we were able to really go through all of our stuff and found plenty of items to donate. I dropped off a few big bags of clothing and shoe donations throughout the re-do, and it felt great! 

I also listed a few new items on Poshmark and some of his clothes are on there too. Has anyone else noticed it's much harder to move men's clothing on Poshmark than woman's? I think I've sold one pair of his jeans, and I end up donating his clothes when they have been sitting on the site too long without anyone interested. 

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Groundbreaking Florals

Groundbreaking Florals

"Florals for spring? Groundbreaking." - One of my all time favorite quotes, but it never stopped me from getting excited about floral prints as we get ready to usher in spring with open arms. I ordered this floral maxi dress to wear to the welcome reception at a wedding we're going to later this year in Cape Cod, but couldn't resist breaking it out for date night over the weekend. I love the subtle cut outs and the ruffles at the bottom. I paired it with wedges, but it will also go nicely with flats or sandals. 

Floral Maxi Dress | Espadrilles | Camera Bag in Deep Marine | Necklace in Rose Gold | Lipstick in Twig | Baguette Ring

I watched it go in and out of stock several times before finally jumping on it, and am so glad I did. It'll be perfect for our anniversary trip this summer as well as our trip to Cape Cod in September. So, keep an eye out for your size to be re-stocked if it's not currently there. There's also a solid version of the dress if the print isn't tickling your fancy. 

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