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Here is what I wore last week. We moved into our apartment this weekend, and I worked pretty insane hours last week, so I wasn’t the best about my pictures this week – forgive my tardiness. Enjoy!

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Monday
Chambray shirt – J Crew (2011)
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew (2011)
Trousers – Express
Pumps – Nine West (2010)
Necklace – Anthropologie (2012)

Tuesday
Top – Anthropologie (2012)
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew (2012)
Skirt – Anthropologie (2012)
Pumps – Target

Wednesday
Tank – Old Navy (2012)
Maxi Skirt – Zara (2012)
Wedges – Target (2012)

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Thursday
Tee – Gap (2012)
Skirt – Express (2010)
Necklace – J Crew via eBay (2012)
Wedges – Aldo (2011)

Saturday
Tank – BP via Nordstrom
Sweater – Target
Jeans – Loft (2011)
Necklace – Handmade by my Mom
Wedges – Target (2012)

The two books I read in late spring/early summer were both great books, but both were very sad/deep books, so I was looking for something a little lighter.  A friend recommended Bossypants by Tina Fey to me and I figured, why not?  I’ll give it a go.

This book was a very fast read that I pretty much only read on the commute to and from work.  The chapters, generally, are short, which makes for a great commute book and her writing is very conversational.  There were several bits or stories that made me laugh out loud…and laugh hard.  To be completely honest, this NEVER happens.  I just don’t normally think things are all that funny.  Tina Fey, however? Funny.

Probably my favorite quote from the entire book (she asked women when they first realized they were becoming a woman):

“Almost everyone first realized they were becoming a grown woman when some dude did something nasty to them…There were pretty much zero examples like ‘I first knew I was a woman when my mother and father took me out to dinner to celebrate my success on the debate team.’ It was mostly men yelling shit from cars. Are they a patrol sent out to let girls know they’ve crossed into puberty? If so, it’s working…I was walking home alone from school and I was wearing a dress. A dude drove by and yelled ‘Nice tits.’ Embarrassed and enraged, I screamed after him ‘Suck my dick!’ Sure, it didn’t make any sense, but at least I didn’t hold in my anger.”

She is definitely self deprecating through out this book, though I don’t think it’s in a serious way.  (Is she ever serious?)  Through the entire book , there is an underlying feminist theme.  She’s definitely a believer that women are just as smart and talented, if not more so, as any man and can do all the same things.  She makes a really interesting comparison between Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton.  While they were campaigning against each other, they were essentially being discounted because of their sex.  Sarah was a helpless idiot and Hillary was a bitch.  Both things were derived from the things they did and said on the campaign that were very similar to things the men of the campaign said and did, but no one ever turned it against them as being emotional or cold.  Her entire perception of Sarah Palin and the sketches they did on SNL was really interesting.

I definitely recommend this book.  Her sarcastic humor is very much like mine and, in my mind, we could be best friends.  If you’re looking for something light, you should definitely read this book.

On Sunday, the hubs and I went out to pick up some things for the new apartment.  I’m super excited about our purchases and can’t wait to get them into our new apartment.  Most all of these things were featured in the picture I posted here, but we picked up a few additional items too.  I’ll post some pictures once we get into the new apartment and get a bit settled.  Here’s a look at what we got!

Industrial Stool from West Elm
Sweep Upholstered Armchair in Performance Velvet color Lagoon from West Elm
8’2×10’6 Stockholm Rand Rug from Ikea
Vase from World Market
Stria 3-drawer Dresser from West Elm
Stria 6-drawer Dresser from West Elm

The Dressers almost became an issue at West Elm and we almost walked out without buying anything at all because they’ve marked up the price by $100 each in roughly the last week.  I had the catalog with me that I got in the mail last week, but they wouldn’t honor the lower price.  Luckily, the hubs noticed the floor model still had the lower price on it, so we told them they had to honor it or we were going to walk away with nothing.  I’m so glad they ended up over riding the computer price because I really wanted those dressers & chairs!  The stools were an impulse purchase (of the hubs, not me), but we really like them and we’re excited to have them.

More to come on the apartment decorating front, you can count on it!

This is a series I started in February documenting my daily outfits. It has been really fun trying not to repeat exact outfits and this has made me be more creative with my clothing choices.

Monday
Dress – Target (2012)
Cardigan – Express (2004)
Sandals – Target (2012)
Necklace – J Crew via eBay (2012)

Tuesday
Blouse – J Crew (2012)
No. 2 Pencil Skirt – J Crew (2012)
Necklace – J Crew via eBay (2012)
Pumps – BCBGirls via Nordstrom (2007?)

Wednesday
Maxi Dress – Old Navy (2012)
Chambray Shirt – J Crew (2011)
Wedges – Target (2012)
Necklace – Family Heirloom

Thursday
Blouse – H&M (2010)
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew
Skirt – Loft (2012)
Wedges – Aldo (2011)

Friday – I LOVE my hair do here! Inspired by a look I found on Pinterest by Hair and Makeup by Steph.
Blouse – Old Navy (2012)
Jeans – AG via Anthropologie (2012)
Wedges – Target (2012)
Necklace – J Crew via eBay (2012)

Saturday – I love the mix of patterns here
Shorts – Old Navy (2012)
Tank Top – H&M (2012)
Wedges – Target (2012)
Necklace – J Crew Outlet (2010)

Sunday
Dress – Old Navy (2012)
Belt – Target (2012)
Necklace – Handmade by my mom
Sandals – Target (2012)

The hubs and I made our move from New York to Chicago at the beginning of June.  We didn’t have enough time/notice before moving to come find a place to live when we got here, so we have been staying with his parents, which was incredibly generous of them to let us do.  We move into our new apartment (which is more than twice the size of our apartment in New York!) in just over a week and I cannot contain my excitement.  For weeks I have been imagining each room and how I want to decorate it.  We don’t need to get a lot of new things, but we’ll get a few starting with two new chairs for the livingroom.  I really wanted something that was a peacock blue, but I think a lagoon blue color may be a bit more classic.

When I described what I wanted to do in the room to the hubs he said no way.  I brushed this off and told him he just couldn’t visualize it.  He, of course, told me he visualized it just fine and that he just didn’t like it.  So, I put together this picture just to be sure we were on the same page:

Almost immediately he told me he really liked it and that we should do this.  (Hadn’t I been saying that all along?)  The room has wood floors and two walls of exposed brick.  I think this will look really great.

Most of these items we already have.  We need to pick up the rug from Ikea and we’ll get the chairs from West Elm.  The coffee table we’ll need to make.  I first saw the idea here.  We’ll pick the flat file up from Craigslist and get the wheels somewhere like Home Depot.  The only thing I need to figure out is where I can drill the holes so that I can bolt on the wheels.  I’ll have to find someone with a drill and, preferably, a driveway or yard I can use.  Pretty much everything else in this picture we already own.  I can’t wait to see it all come together!

I wanted to come up with a name that was representative of me, but a part of me that wouldn’t change.  I wanted this name to stay relevant and not be something I’d tire of.  I spent some time brain storming and some time bouncing ideas off of friends and I’m very happy with what I’ve come up with.

Where I started: my interests, but I decided these could change and may not always work.  Next, my name.  My first name means “honeybee” and my last name means “bird.”  Together, those two things don’t make a very cute name, so I started playing with derivatives of them.  Where I landed: Twigs, as in the things birds use to build nests.  Honey, as in the stuff bees produce.

Why I liked “twigs” and “honey.” Twigs are used by birds to create a place to live, where their families can be warm, comfortable and safe.  Honey is created by bees from essentially nothing. It is created with lots of time and energy. It is a product that is used in so many places and so many ways by so many people (and bears).  I really enjoy the symbolism of these two things that are so closely tied to the meanings of my names.  I feel like these things can be transformed into the outputs of a good wife and mother, both of which I hope to be during the course of my life.  I want to build the perfect nest for my family and to provide them with all the honey they’ll ever need.  Symbolically and sentimentally, these words feel like a great fit for my blog.  They make me feel all warm and fuzzy.
I know my rationale for picking my blog title isn’t as important to anyone else, but I had to share simply because I love how the title ties back to my name.

A new marriage, a new city, a new job, a new home.  These things have all been pulling at me to start a new blog.  I started my previous blog while in college and kept it through grad school, my first job, and living and establishing my life in New York.  I have changed a lot since I began that blog as have my interests and writing style.  I figured since I’m starting fresh in Chicago, I should start fresh with a new blog that can follow me through the events of my life that are to come without all of the history of my old blog.  I hope you’ll enjoy keeping up with me and my life here as well as my interests and thoughts.