Friday, August 30, 2013

Target Wins Again!

I can't resist a cute pair of boots for fall and winter. I had such an aha! shopping trip that I had to share it with whatever readers are still out there!

Observe the below:

The first pair of boots I bought are XOXO brand (on the left). They're super cute, but they're not the most comfortable boots. I know, I know, why did I buy them? Because they're super cute! And it was a moment of weakness. Anyway, this purchase from Famous Footwear was a bit disappointing. Not only were they uncomfortable, they were extremely loud when I walked. Clomp clomp. They also set me back almost $70. Not cool.

Then, a week later I was on a Target mission (a mission to not walk past the shoe or clothing section, which I obviously failed at) and discovered almost the exact same shoes! Only these were $35! And they only had one pair left! And it was in my size! This must be too good to be true, right? Wrong! They fit perfectly!

I win! And the trip to return the XOXO boots is tomorrow.


Have a great Labor Day weekend!



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

To Return

I'm back! For a minute.

Since taking a break from Cup of Tea (my last post was in March believe it or not!) I've regained some of my sanity. I go back and forth between feeling okay with sharing online and then all of a sudden it doesn't feel right posting my photos to the world.

I'm here to say that I've been considering the return to the blog world, with some changes. First, I want to redesign my layout and second, I want to simplify. We'll see what that means.

Have a great 4th of July holiday weekend!


Julia

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hugging the Fridge

Happy Sunday! Today I'm mixing it up and bringing you a good old outfit post! Yesterday I attended a semi-casual spring luncheon at my friend's church. As you can see by the patches of snow behind me, it's still kinda blah looking in Michigan. My fingers are crossed that real spring weather is on the way.

I snatched this tunic from my sister's bag of giveaway clothes. So she'll probably laugh when she sees this post. It's cute and it was free!

necklace: c/o RedEnvelope // tunic: Charlotte Russe
pants: NY&Company // shoes: Mix No. 6 

I was recently given the opportunity to pick out a jewelry item from RedEnvelope to share with you! What a neat site. I'd heard of it before but never really took the time to poke around to see what they had. What the variety of gifts! I ended up choosing the Artisan Sentiments Necklace and have since been wearing it a lot. I'm very pleased with my selection!

In house news... yesterday I had my new refrigerator delivered! And I had my new range delivered this past Tuesday! I'm so geeked. I feel like I just got a new toy for Christmas and want to set it on my nightstand so I can look at it while I fall asleep. Seriously. I think I'm going to go hug it now. I'm so weird. Will share pictures soon!

Hope you're all doing well! Sidenote: did you hear that Google Reader is going away? I've started moving all of my blog subscriptions over to Bloglovin' so make sure to move yours too! :)


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Restoring The Closet Door {part two}

Remember my post from last month when I found an exact match door for my house? Well, if not, here's the recap. My house was built in 1942 and it still has all of its original interior doors except for one. And the door that was put in it's place is just horrible, because it's fake wood, it's the wrong color, and it just doesn't match the design of the house (don't get me wrong, the white door below is a classic look, but it's not the right design for my house, a 40s bungalow). I was super lucky to find an exact match of my original doors in the correct size! It was painted white, but I had it stripped.

Below we have the funky fake wood white door.  This has to go.

And here is the freshly stripped door that I found to match my originals!


It seriously looks like a brand new door!  You wouldn't guess it is actually 71 years old.

Now the next step is to stain it to match my originals. I still can't get over the fact that I found an exact match. How many times can I say "exact match" in one post?

In other news, I am currently in the middle of a big winter storm! It's sleeting/icing/raining/snowing outside right now. Good thing I'm all tucked in wearing yoga pants, now to pour that glass of wine...

And finally, a few bloggy things to tell you about! First, Cup of Tea is finally using PassionFruit Ads! I don't know why I was putting this off for so long because it was really easy to set up. Stop by my Sponsor page to have a look! You know you want to... :)

And finally finally, I am offering my Cup of Tea readers 20% off your purchase at eShakti! Remember this post from last summer? Well now you lovely readers can buy your favorite eShakti piece and love it forever like I love mine. From now through March 10th use code CPFTESTYLE and shop to your heart's desire! They offer a huge variety of sizes and customizing, so take a look!



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Surrounded by Creativity and a Pine Cone

In my last post I shared some photos taken by the students in the photography class that my friend Lauren teaches. Well here are more! These were taken by the beginner students at Paint Creek Center for the Arts. Only one outfit this time, but it was just as fun!

all photos by students, slight editing by me

polka dot blouse: Charlotte Russe // jeans: American Eagle // shoes: Target

I love being a part of creativity. I strive to surround myself with it every day. It was fun to watch the students learn as they photographed...which angles were most flattering (And which angles were not! Those photos are not being posted!), composition and how to direct the model. Paint Creek Center for the Arts is lucky to have Lauren as a teacher there because she does a fabulous job!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Being a Guest Model

A couple weeks ago I helped my friend Lauren out by being a model for the photography classes that she's teaching at Paint Creek Center for the Arts. So much fun! The students were great too. Here are a couple shots the students took:

all photos taken by Lauren's students, slight editing done by me

rose shirt: Forever 21 // brown shorts: LC Lauren Conrad // 
peach pants: LC Lauren Conrad // purple blouse: Charlotte Russe // 
white sweater: Delia's

Later in the week I'll share a few more from the other class I modeled for.  Happy Sunday!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me!


Happy 24th birthday to me! I know, I know...it's kind of odd to be wishing myself happy birthday on here, but really, I LOVE my birthday! I don't care if that sounds juvenile to some. Today I'm taking the day off work and am going down to The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory in Detroit! I can't wait to see the room of cacti! Haha.



Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sneak Peek

This past Tuesday I modeled for a photography class that my friend Lauren of Lauren Mac Design was teaching.  The student photographers were awesome and easy to work with!  I can't wait to share more photos when they're ready, but until then here is a sneak peek at the photo shoot!


The student photographer for this photo was Casie Bock.  She did such a great job!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

{DIY} Pop-Up Valentine

Here's my promised 2013 DIY Valentine post! I got this idea off of Pinterest (where everyone seems to get their ideas these days...).  Whether you make this for a romantic interest, for your best girlfriend, or for you mom, a cute card always pleases.  And don't forget to make it unique!  Use this shell-of-an-idea and add your own creative touch to it... (glitter anyone?)


What you'll need:
  • This template (print it out on 8.5 x 11 inch paper)
  • Bristol paper, or some other kind of heavy paper
  • Cutting board
  • Metal cork-back ruler
  • Pencil
  • X-Acto knife
  • Colored tissue paper (not pictured)
  • Glue stick (not pictured)

1. Trace the template design onto your bristol paper.  I used my storm door as my very own lightbox to make this process easier.

2. Cut out all of the solid lines.  Do not cut the dotted lines.  Those are where you will fold.

3. Pop your card out!  Fold where your dotted lines were.

4. Add some pizazz! Cut out another rectangle from your bristol paper, and glue on a piece of colored tissue paper (or colored construction paper of some sort).

5. Finish it up.  Glue your pop-up card to the red tissue paper rectangle to create a backdrop.  Decorate and give to someone you <3!

Need more ideas?  Check out my 2012 DIY Valentine for additional inspiration!

Will you be hand-making your valentines this year? 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Vintage Valentine Inspiration

It's February! Let's talk Valentine's Day.  I say it every year, but in my opinion, Valentine's Day is not a "Hallmark Holiday" (Sweetest Day is though).  In fact, people have been exchanging valentines since the 1840s! What's not to like about receiving a valentine? Later in the week I'll share a simple DIY Valentine post, but until then, get inspired with these fun vintage valentines!

valentine images via pinterest 

Do you have any grand plans for your valentines?  Share in the comments!

 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Zen-Like Approach

Even though it may be boring to my readers, I'm really enjoying my new outlook on blogging. I've taken a more zen-like approach to it, and I'm way less stressed. I've been enjoying using Cup of Tea as a platform to share my house progress, because it's something that is fun for me and really is what consumes my time and thoughts these days. I might not be getting the volume of comments I did before, but unlike before, I think I'm just fine with that.  Is anyone still reading? I don't know, but I do know that I'm still writing!

Since Cup of Tea has been transitioning into more of a lifestyle blog than a strictly fashion blog, I'm curious to know your suggestions on other lifestyle (particularly design-conscious) blogs to read! My current obsession is Design*Sponge.  Every day I indulge in its inspirational charm that spans the world of design and I love it all. It's like dessert at the end of the day!

Back to my house, here are some small Instagramified updates!

Bathroom sink has finally been installed! Never thought I'd be so excited about such things, but isn't is just lovely?! Yes, yes it is.

New doorbell. I couldn't just get a normal doorbell could I?  No, I like my new gecko friend.

Happy almost Friday :)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Restoring The Closet Door {part one}

One of the things I love about my new house is all of the original 1942 doors. They're one panel, dark stained, with crystal door knobs (that use skeleton keys!) and they have the coolest detailing. I almost have a complete set. However, one of the bedroom closet doors has been replaced with a fake-wood six panel door in white. Ugh. So I took the search for great design into my own hands and ventured down to the Architectural Salvage Warehouse in Detroit on a quest for a replacement door.



And I found one! Hidden in with a huge collection of old doors, windows, and other materials was an almost-match.  So close of a match that if I didn't point out what was different you might never notice.
Update: With closer inspection, it IS an exact match. Even better!


Obviously it's been painted white, but the plan is to get it stripped down and re-stained. What's also cool is that I already have a matching crystal doorknob to put on it. Once completed, no one will ever know the difference.
Update: With closer inspection, it IS an exact match. Even better!

What a neat place to go! The people working there were super helpful and friendly. From their website:  
"The Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit (ASWD), a nonprofit salvage and resale organization, was started in response to the tremendous amount of waste being generated in the demolition of houses in Detroit and its suburbs. In 2004, over 2,600 housing units were demolished in Detroit and over 4,000 were demolished across Southeast Michigan... ASWD decided on a mission to save what we could of our historic regional materials, to salvage perfectly good architectural materials and put them in the hands of those who can use them and to create jobs and training for those interested in learning the skills of deconstruction. Our earnings are to go to historic preservation projects that we initiate and in grants to other historic preservation organizations that we partner with in projects."

I can't wait to show off the finished product!

Happy Sunday!