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The Lifestyle blog of Katie Storms.: something simple, something sweet, something styled.

25 September 2010

Something Organized: Saturday Simplicity

Today is Saturday. Our south city bungalow is a beautiful mess. My charming husband is fixing up some much needed household messes, and I've been crafting like mad for the upcoming craft fair in October. I apologize for the lack of posts; I've been grading papers. And our kitchen is under renovation--that other "outlaw" purchase that I "okay-ed" in January. We're getting a dishwasher; Mother Earth will be happy.

Since the house is a mess, I've been trying to at least find some sanity. One place untouched by the spill of renovation is our bedroom. A few weekends ago I discovered a vintage printer's drawer at on of my antique malls. I paid around $20, and I just love the new way I'm displaying my jewelry. If you find one under $30, snag it. It's the best discovery. And they can go for upwards of $90 on etsy.

All last week I wore black and jeans to work--with a different signature accessory. And that brought happiness to the stack of papers.

Go treasure hunting this Saturday!

13 September 2010

Something Monday: Mix Tapes

I tried. Really, I did. I wanted to post another anything before having two Mix Tape Mondays in a row. But this weekend was super busy. And school is just a pile of paper right now.

Over the weekend, I celebrated my Birthday...I started in Kansas City for my class reunion, then I headed to Columbia on Saturday to watch my baby brother run for Mizzou, and while we were there we celebrated me at Shakespeare's Pizza (love that place).

On the way back to STL, I stopped at Artichoke Annie's Antique mall to find some super cute buttons for rings and some great vintage milk cap bottles for a Christmas project. Saturday night, we cleaned. Cleaning parties are super fun with my charming husband. And Sunday--my actual birthday--was spent at the art fair in our neighborhood--I found some great upcycled jewelry. And we enjoyed dinner at a local spot called Local Harvest. I loved it all.

And this is what I listened to.

1. Junky Star by Ryan Bingham
2. Falling Slowly from the Once Soundtrack
3. Saving All My Love by Joe Firstman
4. I and Love and You by The Avett Brothers
5. Hand Eye by The Antiques
6. American Honey by Lady Antebellum
7. Please Read the Letter by Alison Kraus and Robert Plant
8. Just Breathe by Pearl Jam

07 September 2010

Something Monday: Mixed Tape

I [heart] mixed tapes. I do, truly. I miss the days of cuing the blank tape, rushing toward the radio to hit the "play and record" buttons simultaneously, hoping to catch dj-voice-less renditions of Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now" and Reba McEntire and Linda Davis's "Does He Love You" duet. I know. You miss it too.

And as I was blog surfing just now, I discovered two fresh ideas to bring to my posts:

Mix Tapes Mondays and the super cute teddy bear headphones I hope still exist in January. I am in LOVE with these honey ones with the red bow from A Beautiful Mess.

My Mix Tape Monday
1. You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
2. You and I by Wilco
3. The Poet by Ryan Bingham
4. If I Die Young by The Band Perry
5. Whole Wide World by Reckless Eric
6. Grace Kelly by Mika
7. King of Anything by Sara Bareilles
8. Jealous Guy, American Idol Casey James's version

I do wish I was listening to these tunes on my Teddy Bear headphones (p.s.--my birthday is Sunday; maybe I will gift a pair of these honey ones to myself).

P.S. Ryan Bingham's newest album, Junky Star, just released. And I did purchase it on iTunes...but it brings no clutter to my home. Isn't he dreamy? And my charming husband--my main music source--is loving it. So it can count as a gift, right?!.

03 September 2010

Something Pink: Ballerina Cupcakes

I love cupcakes. I dream of opening my own swirly shop one day. I even picked out a name for this sweet shop. And if I lived in Savannah, I might try to find a job at the Back in the Day Bakery. They are just my style.

If you are in Savannah, stop by the Back in the Day bakery and eat a Star Brownie and a small cupcake. And adore the vintage wares in the shop--including a wall of vintage cake accessorites.

If you aren't in Savannah, like me, bake a batch of Magnolia Bakery cupcakes. Magnolia Bakery is in New York, and the line twists about a mile long daily. You'll need a pound of butter. I found the vintage ballerinas for 25-cents. And I think she's a very pretty dancer on a very pretty cupcake.