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Coffee Talk 01.13.19

Wow, you guys sure do come out of the woodwork for a room reveal post! I’m totally overwhelmed by all of the comments yesterday.

I tried to get all the questions answered, but I didn’t have time to reply to the rest. Besides, all of my thank yous would have gotten pretty redundant, but please know I read each and every one, and I appreciate all of your support!

Our weekend so far has involved a lot of cleaning out and organizing. I think I mentioned in my email on Friday that I was going to be working on our basement storage area.

My friend Darla of Heartwork Organizing came over on Friday with one of her team members, and the three us worked non-stop for about 4 hours and turned our disaster of a storage area into a work of art! A very functional, organized work of art, that is!

You can see her post all about it on her blog. She used the process she created (detailed in her Sort and Succeed book) to whip the space into shape.

I’ve been working with Darla for years because I’m one of those people who a) needs to be forced to set the time aside to tackle a big organizing project and b) doesn’t intuitively know how to organize.

If someone shows me a system, I can keep up with it, but I don’t see other options or ways to rearrange things so they are functional and make the most sense. Darla has an uncanny ability to see how things can work best, and she also works with her clients to figure out how they operate and then come up with a system that makes sense for them.

She has also worked with me in this house on my kitchen and laundry room, and my laundry room reveal is coming soon!

At some point, I might also share my version of our basement organizing project, but I have so many other rooms I am excited to show you, I’ll let you read her post for the professional organizer’s version.

Also, if you want to know how her mind works and her process for organizing every space she works on, grab a copy of her book. Even though she’s worked with me on many projects over the years, I found the book interesting to read, and it helps me as I tackle small areas on my own from time to time. There’s a Kindle version and a paperback version.

Darla and I worked on the area in the basement that houses everything that belongs to the kids and me and the household decor, luggage, mentos, etc. What we did not tackle is my husband’s area because he wasn’t here, and we don’t know what most of his stuff is. We did consolidate it a bit, and set up a table for him to use to go through his things at his leisure. We also left all of the trash, recycling, and donations in the middle of the room to be taken out.

Darla would have helped me bring it all up and put it in my car (in fact, for an additional charge, she will even take it all to the respective destinations) but I knew Paul was planning to spend Saturday working on getting rid of stuff, so we just left it for him.

So yesterday, Paul and David got all the trash/recycling/donations out of the house, and Paul worked on organizing his area. He made great headway, and while it doesn’t look like Darla’s beautifully color-coordinated and labeled masterpiece, he did get his stuff organized so he can find what he needs when he needs it, and he was able to clear out a large portion of the garage (another gathering ground for things we don’t need or don’t know what to do with.)

While he worked on that, I took down the artificial tree and got the living room put back together, and then I vacuumed all the main areas of the house. It feels so much better now! There is something so satisfying about a freshly vacuumed house, is there not!?! It’s the one household task I don’t really mind all that much. I do have a cleaning person who comes every other week, which is awesome and totally saves my sanity, but of course we need to keep up with things in between her visits.

Anyway! It wasn’t an exciting day, but we sure did get a lot accomplished. I rewarded myself with a glass of Cabernet and a few episodes of Victoria.

By the way, if you’re into the show, there is a companion book to it that explains a lot more than the show, and also helps you know what parts are legit from history and her dairies, and which parts of the story are fictional. It’s very interesting!

Finally, because I can’t write a Coffee Talk without discussing the weather, I should let you know that we woke up to a fresh coating of snow this morning. It’s been so brown and drab around here, I’ve been waiting quite impatiently for some snow to brighten it up, and we finally got some. It’s only about an inch, but I’ll take it! We were all hoping the major snow you all got in Virginia was going to come our way, but I guess we just got a corner of the storm.

2018 was such a weird year for weather, and I was hoping 2019 would be a little more typical, but it’s not looking very promising. Here in the Philly area, we don’t always get a lot of snow, but more often than not we get one or two big storms each winter. I’m afraid they will both come in March this year, but that wouldn’t be totally irregular either. One never knows!

Speaking of March, I’ve been debating whether or not I want to do a spring style series this year. We always do March because that’s when the spring clothes are starting to populate the stores, and a lot of you in the southern states are starting to get spring weather.

Unfortunately, here in Philly, March can be one of the coldest months of the year. Shooting spring looks in 20 degree weather is positively painful. Plus it’s an ugly backdrop. Unless I take a trip and shoot a bunch of looks down south, I’m not sure I want to do the series this year. I would still share some spring clothes, but I wouldn’t be committed to 27 spring outfits if the weather isn’t conducive.

What do you all think? Do you really look forward to these style series? People always suggest I find some indoor spots to shoot, but it’s not that easy. I mean, there’s always my house, but I don’t really want them all to be in the same spot. Of course, you all probably don’t care.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about this since last March because it was so brutal. I’m willing to put my big-girl pants on and do it, and I don’t want to leave Cyndi high and dry, but I wanted to see what you guys think before I decide.

And on that note, I’m going to sign off and get myself ready for church! We didn’t get enough snow to inhibit driving, so everything is on time. Have a great Sunday, and go Eagles!!! 💚🦅💚🦅💚

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95 thoughts on “Coffee Talk 01.13.19

  1. I love the spring style series that you do, but I live in the Chicago area which is still pretty cold and miserable in March.  I think a great idea would be to find a way to wear lighter colors in March while still keeping the outfits warm….then do the spring style series in April.  🙂  Thanks for all you do!

  2. I love the idea of the spring outfit posts but I live a couple hours west of you so I’m pretty much in the same boat weather wise. I remember loving the posts last year but saying to myself ‘it’s too cold’. I’m not very good at holding on to ideas for a month or more before the weather is conducive to wearing what you’re showing us, and sometimes, we never really get spring but just jump right into summer so I don’t get to wear the cute clothes I bought in spring anyway! All that to say – I enjoy the posts very much but would understand if you change the way you post this year! BTW – you are correct – none of us care about the background being the same! Pintrest might – but I sure don’t! My favorite posts are often dressing room try ons and they’re not even pretty backdrops 🙂

  3. I am a relatively new follower and very much enjoyed the fall series with Cyndi. I was looking forward to your spring series, but being cold natured, understand not wanting to freeze.  Along with many others, I do not care where the photos are taken and enjoy the ones in your house or dressing room just as much as the others.  Will continue to follow daily regardless of what you decide.  Thank you for sharing with us daily.

  4. I enjoy each season series, but I don’t think it’s not necessary that you do one for spring. I can’t imagine the nightmare of trying to shoot in March in our area. Maybe more try-on sessions in dressing rooms? I love those. You make me feel better about the whole process. And I’d love to see bridge outfits. For March and April when it’s still cold but we’re all tired of wearing black? Thank you for sharing pics of your organized shelves. They’re inspiring.

  5. I really do enjoy the backdrops of your photos. They frame the clothes in fun, creative ways and elevate your blog. I appreciate all the extra effort you put in to create beautiful pictures! And, if we’re voting, I’d rather an April series since we still have snow in March. Actually, we still have snow in April, too, but at least we’ve started thinking about spring by then.

  6. I think that if you’re not feeling a spring series, you should do something else that you are excited about.  What about a spring capsule wardrobe?  Or even 5 items styled 5 different ways?  Good luck!

  7. I love your spring series with Cyndi, but totally get where you are coming from! Could you do one in April instead of March? I am also ok if you take a break from it and just style whatever suits your fancy! Thanks again for all you do for us and looking forward to 2019!

  8. Please do the series! I look forward to it every season and I love that you do it early on each season. I use your outfits as inspiration to fill the holes in my wardrobe for each season and I like to buy early so I can get the most wear out of each piece.

    I don’t care where you shoot the photos though… Selfies in front of your mirror are fine with me!

  9. For what it’s worth, for me personally I prefer the try on sesh photos you take in front of the mirror. Those are more true to real life for me. They give me a better idea of how the clothes might or might not work for me. The whole photo shoot and staged photos at various locations seem more like a magazine ad and less genuine to me. Just sayin 🙂
    I enjoy your blog and appreciate you ”keepin it real” 🙂

  10. I think people are not as concerned about the setting as they are about the clothes you are previewing- my two cents- that being said, its a perk to see new settings but not  part of what I am looking for when  choosing what to wear- thanks

  11. I wouldn’t mind you not doing 27 outfits for spring. Of all the seasons Spring outfits are the least worn. It doesn’t even warm up until April. And by May I am ready to move on to summer, you can always add a sweater or jacket if needed. I did notice a big difference in the pictures that Allison shot of your home even more than your outfits. I love your style and appreciate all the work you do so I will be following no matter what you decide. Your travel post have been helpful too.

  12. I love the spring style series. I think that’s what hooked me on your blog as I had never followed a fashion blog before. Whatever you do, I’m pretty much a follower now.

    1. We’re on for spring fashion. 🙂 I wrote this post last week, and the outcry was intense, haha! Even if I take some pix indoors or mirror selfies, we will make it happen. 🙂

  13. When you mentioned the Victoria book the other day I ordered it and have enjoyed reading it and looking at the pictures. Thank you for highlighting it! I have all of the books like this one that went along with Downton Abbey. I was a little upset that I wasn’t aware that this book was out there. 

  14. Love the fashions series with you and Cyndi. Please do Spring if it’s not too hard on you. Don’t think any of us care about where you shoot the pictures. Your house is fine. Great coffee talk. Can’t believe the resources you have for help.  The organized bins looked great. 

  15. It’s all about the clothes/outfits for me. The pretty scenery and backgrounds, they’re very nice, and I can appreciate your efforts in trying to make nice pics for your growing blog, but not why I subscribe. I, too, would be happy with bedroom or fitting room selfie pics. Thank you!!

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