Leslyn's Lovely Life: June 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

It's OK.

Before I get to this awesome link up, I just wanted to throw something out there.... I'm not sure if I'm quite ready to invest in sponsoring significantly larger blogs (simply because I want more time to grow my blog). However, I would love to do a button swap! If you're interested in doing this with me, please comment below OR email me (leslynjacks@gmail.com).

NOW that we have that out of the way, let's get to the link up! This is my first time to join these ladies, and I couldn't be more excited.

Its Ok Thursdays

IT'S OK...

- to be so exhausted that you could literally cry at the drop of a hat
- to wait until the day before you leave the country to start packing
- to cry every time you watch olympic medal winning performances/races on youtube. And I mean EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
- to never want to write a paper ever again, even though that's what the next few years of your life will consist of
- to watch every Nora Ephron movie that you own to mourn her passing
- to say "check" when you accomplish something on your to-do list (hello Monica Geller)
- to eat Ben & Jerry's ice cream for lunch. Because you can.
- to instagram excessively on certain days, and then go several days without it.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

30x30 2

Hello, my sweet readers!

I'm linking up with Lauren and Kate again! The challenge is 30 with 30- You create 30 different outfits with 30 items out of your closet. Are YOU up for the challenge?

Oh, and for whatever silly reason, blogger won't let me edit the awkward spacing at the bottom of this post. Lame. I know.

Here are my 3 outfits this week:

Denim Shirt: J Crew Outlet;  Lace shirt: Banana Republic; Shorts: The Limited

Shoes: My 100000 year old Converse Hi-Tops; Necklace: I can't remember where it's from... It was a gift.

Jacket: Coldwater Creek; Tank: Hanes; Skirt: Express

Shoes: Sperry; Necklace: The Limited

Shirt: The Limited; Shorts: Windsor

Shoes: Chinese Laundry; Earrings: Express

Be sure to link up with those lovely ladies! Hope you have a great Tuesday! :)

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Thursday, June 21, 2012


So it's not very often that I see something, gasp, and think to myself "I HAVE TO HAVE THIS". Okay, maybe it happens more often than I would like to think. Anyways, I have officially had a moment.

Look at those boots. Holy smokes they're perfect. This is how I found them.

The Bachelorette Season 8 Episode 6

Yup. Emily from The Bachelorette wore them. I saw them on the show, freaked out, and went on a crazy search to find out who makes them.... and I found out that they are made by Frye, and they're called the Carson Lug boot. The only problem is that they cost $398!!! Y'all, I'm on the verge of going on another major closet purge so I can get these (unless I find something similar). 

What item(s) are you drooling over?

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A new challenge

After much hesitation (and doubting myself), I decided to try a new challenge. It's hosted by two wonderful sisters (Kate and Lauren), and it's called 30x30


Basically, you choose 30 items out of your closet (this includes jewelry and shoes), and you attempt to make 30 outfits out of them! It's a great way to look very closely at what you already have, and try to make your closet as versatile as possible. Needless to say, I am EXTREMELY excited about this project.

Sorry about the tacky iPhone pictures, by the way. That's all I could do for now. ;)

I just bought the dress from Loft (hello, teacher discount) last week. 

The accessories: Belt: Target; Shoes: Old Navy; Earrings: Express

Another way to wear the same dress....

Accessories: Jacket: Coldwater Creek; Shoes: Chinese Laundry; Belt: came with a shirt from The Limited; Necklace: The Limited

And here's a completely different look with some new items.
Shirt: Victoria's Secret; Tank: Old Navy; Shorts: The Limited

Shoes: Sperry; Earrings: inPink

I would love it if you'd join the fun! :) 

Happy Tuesday!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

The beginning of the home tour

Happy Monday, everybody!

As my faithful readers know, the hubs and I just moved a few weeks ago. We downsized quite a bit and moved into an apartment. We were a bit concerned that all of our stuff wasn't going to fit. But somehow, it did.

This so not my nature, but I saved my closet for last. For those of you who have seen my closet, it is MY space that must be organized. However, it became the junk closet until last Thursday. Here's the proof.

It's shameful, really. And so unlike me. I don't know how I functioned for 2 weeks.

My first step was to throw all of the non hanging items onto the bed. That way, I could just look at the clothes.

Then, I looked at what was in my closet. I had some items that I have been keeping since high school, I had items that didn't fit me, that weren't seasonal, etc. So I bit the bullet, and took over half of the items out of my closet. Y'all, it wasn't easy. Thankfully, we have SO MANY CLOSETS in our new apartment. Those clothes are hanging in there for now. If I don't reach for those clothes this summer, I'm getting rid of them. I promise.

Then, I sorted through ALL of the other stuff. Art supplies, scarves, shoes, purses, belts, etc. I had to purchase a few things to make my closet more "pretty". Here's the (almost) finished product! 

As you can see, dresses/maxi skirts are on the right, I have a bench for when I put my shoes on, sleeveless tops and my skirts are on top, short sleeved tops and scarves on the bottom.

My art supplies are in the container on the left, writing utensils in the middle container, and belts are in the basket. It's perfect. 

I put the shoes that I most often wear in this organizer. It keeps my shoes off the floor! 

The hubs gave me this jewelry tree a few years ago. I wanted to put it in my closet, so I bought this pretty tray from target (oh, and the AWESOME journal is from there too). Here's the journal cover:

Inspiring, isn't it? :)

I found these little thingies (don't know what they're called) in my desk drawer at work. My husband explained to me that teachers would put chalk in each little hook, and it would help them draw a music staff! Well obviously, I thought they would be better as jewelry hangers. 

Okay so first of all, I had to crop this picture a little bit because I accidentally had my camera on the automatic setting. I kid you not, as I was adjusting my camera, the nifty hat hanger (that is its' purpose) came crashing down. So I am going to have to come up with a better hanging method. Anyhow, here's the story behind it: one of my best friend's grandparents recently sold their home, which had a big barn in the back. My friend's family took a TON of wood home that they could use for projects, and they let me have a piece! I wanted to make it a little more trendy, so attempted to paint chevron stripes on there. It wasn't perfect by any means, but it worked. Also, I collected some cool knobs over time, and I finally got to use them! 

The only things that I still have to do are:
1. Find a way to hang up the hat hanger (any suggestions would be appreciated)
2. Find a good way to store my purses on the top shelf of my closet (again, suggestions, please!)

IHeart Organizing
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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Ah, Sunday Social

Hello my darlings!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We got to celebrate father's day with DJ's dad, which was so much fun. But it made me miss my daddy a lot. So here's my favorite picture of us.

Isn't he handsome?!?!! He looks like James Bond. :) He is the most incredible daddy in the world, and I couldn't love him any more than I do! 

Now that we're past the mushiness, let's move on to Sunday Social! 

1. Favorite movie of all time? When Harry Met Sally. Duh.

2. Favorite movie quote? (this is a paraphrase)

"If you'd like, we could take a walk and then you could kiss me on the veranda!"
"Oh, lips would be fine."

3. Best movie to watch for a girls night in? Anything based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. 

4. Best breakup movie? The Break Up. That was easy. 

5. Favorite celeb eye candy? 

6. Which movie star's closet would you want to raid? Blake Lively.

Have a wonderful Sunday evening! 

Sunday Social
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ah, It's Wednesday

Hello, my sweet friends!

I'm so sorry I've been MIA this week- I've been in Houston, house sitting for some wonderful friends! But I'm baaaaaack :)

Here are the wonderful things I found on Pinterest this week! Make sure you link up with Michelle too!

Cute save the date
How stunning is this engagement picture? Although I'm already married, I think this is precious. Also, I've been looking for a dress EVERYWHERE just like hers, and haven't been able to find one in stores anywhere. I'ts depressing.

Doesn't this look so comfortable?! If I ever get this skinny, I will TOTALLY wear leggings as pants.

Hmm.... maybe this could be a future Nail Files entry... ;)

cute outfit
Pippa is perfect.

Cutest Valentine's baby picture idea EVER!
I keep on saying that I don't want babies for 5 years..... But then I see pictures like this, and it makes me reconsider (3-4 years).

$3 DIY Pallet Bookshelf
A pallet book case... for only $3. SERIOUSLY?!?!

Use ANY canvas, apply stickers, decal, etc., and spray paint. Remove Decals; hang white lights behind it....this is awesome!
Use any canvas, apply stickers (or a decal), and spray paint. Remove decals, hang white lights behind it. How cool is this project?!

these sinks.
A bathroom to die for.

Haha this is perfect. :)

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