i'm on this huge home makeover kick, thanks to what will hopefully be my new cozy apartment. and, while aprons and potholders don't necessarily scream home makeover, they do say something along the lines of i can't wait to finally be in a comfy place that i can finally make feel like my own.
i'm so excited i can barely get to sleep at night (it explains why i'm up at 2 on a 'school' night).
i'll finally feel like a grown-up! this will be my first post-grad move. now, i kind of feel like a dorm-dweller. not because my place is small or horrible. just because i never took the time to do anything with it and eventually became uninspired by it.
now i'm just bursting with ideas!
kimono kitchen apron
by caroline duke on Monday, April 02, 2007
so remember that fabulous rain i mentioned earlier in the week? well it's rained one night and that's it. but this is ok, because these boots are on their way. and once they arrive, it will rain nonstop for weeks, i'm pretty sure. lucky me... spring's my favorite (i say this at the start of every season).
by caroline duke on Friday, March 23, 2007
so i've discovered a brand new addiction that could kill any time i have for blogging from now on: polyvore.
i'm not normally so matchy-matchy (as above) and am more likely to carry a random green bag with the outfit than a yellow clutch, but it made such a nice statement.
in case i don't update you enough on what wonderful ensembles i'm putting together, you can check in here. or, on the off chance you don't care one bit what i'm up to (how weird?), you can work on your own. see, it's a win-win for everyone.
thank you, jianing for the tip. i love what you've done! back in the early days of internet, i'd attempt something similar via my aol dial-up connection and ms paint (photoshop wha?). i'd usually get quite frustrated and end up signing off abrubtly, asking myself why someone didn't just make a fun and easy paperdoll game to ease my suffering. i knew you'd come along, jianing, to save my day.
i love nearly everything at williams-sonoma. but this is the one thing (or set of things) that – without fail – stops me in my tracks and commands my attention.
that cool, hard metal. those sexy, heavy lids. i've never seen cast iron so hot.
my intense materialust usually forces me out of the store, leaving me sulking and damning myself for not just being a few hundred dollars richer.
but, a girl can dream. even about expensive pots and pans.
ask me how much i really, truly cook? quite rarely. no, really... like three or four real, complete meals a year.
ask me how much i could possibly need thousands of dollars worth of cookware? i don't. i have three, maybe four, mismatched pieces, and the most action they ever see is warming milk for hot chocolate or... well, that's it.
but ask me how much i covet le creuset pieces? endlessly.
i wasn't much of a baker when i craved my kitchenaid stand mixer those years ago. now it's my favorite part of the kitchen, and baking's about the only thing i like to do in there. so who's to say this one, small investment wouldn't make a world of difference in my domestic habits?
[p.s. i'm also a big fan of – surprise – the dijon, but i can't see that being a practical part of my kitchen. sadly, the green would be.]
le creuset 12-piece cookware set
ha, seriously, this yellow thing is never going to go away. i just keep finding more and more things i love.
so, umbrellas... it's supposed to rain all week, and i am beyond excited. lightning and thunder and tornadoes, oh my! i love me some springtime in okc.
urban outfitters, $18
by caroline duke on Monday, March 19, 2007
this is so cute and makes me wish i had some cute kid to throw it into their easter basket.
speaking of which, when the hell is easter? everytime i walk into target, i get the impression that it's just minutes away and i freak out momentarily.
anyway. these are pretty cute, no?
mahar drygoods, $30
[p.s. sorry about any crazy or erratic posting behavior. my neighbor's wifi disappeared, and i'm now forced to rely on a tiny and unreliable signal from a fraternity house a couple blocks away. and even then, i can only get it when i'm upstairs and in bed. so please forgive, and we'll keep our fingers crossed that neighbor gets his signal up and running. or maybe it's a sign from above that it's really most definitely time to move?]
by caroline duke on Friday, March 16, 2007
i'm much more a fan of a graphic or oversized tote than i am a 'traditional' purse-like bag (by the way, for some reason, i'm not big on the word purse.)
i got this the other day as a gift, and i think it's so fantastically fun. my favorite part is what i perceive to be the phabulously phallic background (but it could be just me and that mind of mine).
we are industry, $12
by caroline duke on Thursday, March 15, 2007
we're going to play a little game called what caroline wanted a year ago.
it seemed like a good idea when i revisited this post from last year. i thought 'wow, these are still quite pretty.' i clicked, and oh my god they were on sale for $20 (regularly $68)! ...
and sold out. so i missed that opportunity, but that's ok.
i just wanted to put these pretty panties back in the minds of everyone. i am truly sorry, though, that they're all gone.
i'm going to try to intersperse some what was i wanting back then kind of posts in with the new ones. it seems i found some unbelievably great things, and i'm not having that kind of luck these days.
unattainable pretty panties from figleaves.com.
p.s. i'm looking for some fun sewing crafty blogs for inspiration. please share!
by caroline duke on Sunday, March 11, 2007
aight. i had a few 'i suck at sewing, therefore i suck at life' moments this evening, but, after a long bath spent contemplating my perceived suckiness, i decided to take another stab at a caroline renewal.
i try to do so every few months but it never really goes as planned.
so i am officially kickstarting caroline renewal, part one, of '07 (to coincide with the upcoming start of spring, you see).
i'll spare you the details but it essentially entails getting my shit together (this means some thorough reorganization of home, finances and life, really).
so, along that vein, i bring you this handy little book in which to keep track of all your usernames and passwords (i personally find all that a bitch to remember).
pepperpot internet journal
see jane work, $8.95
by caroline duke on Friday, March 09, 2007
the new album from air was released this week, and you know my thoughts on europop, especially of the french variety.
i haven't yet heard the entire album, but i expect it to be – as they say in france – triphoptastique.
check it (and others) out at the site (which i'll add is quite nice).
by caroline duke on Thursday, March 08, 2007