I recently bought this purple shamrock plant, an oxalis, to put in the living room. I hope it does ok (the succulents, by the way, are still doing fine!). I read that oxalis have resting periods where they will drop all their leaves and appear “dead”, but they are actually “resting” and will produce more sprouts after a few months. Good to know.
I mentioned that January is the one time of year when I’m motivated to spruce up our apartment and we finally got our light fixtures for the living room. I bought this Restoration Hardware task lamp when it was $100 off during their lighting sale a few weeks ago. It replaces a lamp with a large 20″ drum shade that didn’t fit our living room anymore once we squeezed the piano in along the same wall. It’s a relief to have the big lamp gone and a smaller one in it’s place, which is at a much better scale for the space. We sold the old lamp too and found a new home for it which makes me happy.
As for the living room ceiling, I bought this simple 3 globe satellite fixture from School House Electric. We haven’t installed it yet, but I’m really excited to finally change the light fixture the apartment came with. I’ve been wanting to do that for 8 years. These 2 small changes really make a huge difference in the living room, much like when we switched out the curtains last year.
Onto more frivolous things, I love these Marc Jacobs demi wedge sandals (I know…MJ again) in rose gold (the yellow is pretty too). It’s nowhere near sandal weather, but I’m already looking forward to warmer temperatures and wearing sandals again. Maybe that’s just the doldrums of winter talking.
In the meantime, I have been wearing this sweatshirt-style pullover from OAK a lot. It was a Black Friday purchase at half off and probably the best thing I bought for the winter because it’s really cozy and warm.
Remember this Uzi feathers kimono top that I was coveting last month? (I knew it would sell out!). I did find it under the Christmas tree thanks to Mark, but sadly it did not fit. Hmmm…one size fits all…really does not fit all. Too bad. The print is gorgeous, but back it went.
One purchase that did end up well are the Hudson Horrigan boots that I’ve written about a few times. I snatched them up when Madewell was having a sitewide 30% off sale and they are the best! Piperlime is having a sale on these boots (slightly different colors than the all black boots I bought, but at the same sale price). I love that it has a little heel and they are so comfortable. It looks great with dresses too. I have been so into ankle boots lately that I haven’t worn any knee boots at all in the last 2 years. Anyone else make the switch?
For the girls, I have these Vans suede sneakers bookmarked in red. What a vibrant color combo. For years I thought their feet grew so slow because we were able to get 2 years of wear out of most shoes, but Mia must be catching up because she has been outgrowing her sneakers really fast, so I’ve been on a sneaker hunt.
If you’re interested in a winter coat recommendation for the kids, I recommend this J Crew long puffer, which is on 30% sale right now. Ok, so the colors in stock are a little bright, but these coats, which are available every year, are one of the best coats I’ve found for the girls, especially when they’re marked down. I bought Mia’s charcoal gray coat in the same style a few years ago on one of these year end 30% off sales and she is finally wearing it this year. We’ll get another year out of it and if it holds up (and it looks like it will), we’ll pass it down to C. The great thing about having 2 girls is that we’ve been able to pass down clothes and get as much as 5 years worth of wear out of most items.
Looks like the NE is headed for a cold spell this week. Hope you stay warm. My friends totally laughed when I told them about these faux fur lined knit leggings I was wearing the last time the temps hit the 20s. It sounds hideous and bulky, I know, but they’re not (they’re exactly like these, but lined with fuax fur, not fleece). You can only wear them if it’s really cold outside because they are almost too warm, but man, are they nice when it’s freezing outside. I think they are a Korean or Asian thing because my mom got them for me at a Korean department store in Queens. While most of my friends cracked jokes about my faux fur lined leggings, my friend Sally, who moved to Korea a year ago knew exactly what I was talking about!