Instagram Roundup / Coffee Talk

I got an email this week from a lovely reader, telling me she misses my Coffee Talk posts. I’m guessing if she misses them, others are probably missing them too. I was assuming that my Instagram Roundups were replacing the Coffee Talk posts since I share a lot of my life and goings-on in them, but they are full of shopping links so maybe it doesn’t feel quite as much like sitting down with me over a cup of coffee.

Although, if you DID sit down with me over a cup of coffee, I would whip out my phone every 5 seconds to show you something on Instagram or where I got my newest pair of shoes. So maybe it’s not so different. Heh.

I also share a bit about my everyday happenings in my daily emails, but I realize not everyone is signed up for those. If you’re not, and you’d like to get emails each day with a little about what’s up with me and a link to my most recent post, you can sign up for those here.

Meanwhile, grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat.

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Right now my life is pretty much monopolized with getting my bedroom makeover finished. I stink at decorating, but I know what I like and what I don’t like, and I know what’s tacky and what’s not. Ha! So basically I am very fussy and want to get it right, but I have no talent for putting things together. I like so many different styles, I get overwhelmed with all the choices and how to make them work together.

I expect that is how some of you feel about fashion.

I used to work with a decorator when I did home improvement projects, but she moved away last year. I’ve been going back and forth with her via texts and emails, and that’s helpful, but it’s just not the same. She used to go shopping with me and help me pick stuff out and then come back to my house and set it up for me. I LOVED THAT!!

I probably make it sound like I have money to burn, but she became my friend and didn’t charge me nearly what she was worth. In fact, I’m sure she saved us money in the long run because before I found her, we would paint a room three times, trying to find the right color. When I finally found her, even my frugal husband agreed that she was worth it. That was 15 years ago, and she helped me off and on over the years. I really miss her.

I finally made some decisions this week. After spending hours in Home Goods one afternoon a couple weeks ago, I found the perfect curtains. I need to have them hemmed, but I hung them for now because I couldn’t seem to move forward on the lamps and wall art because I couldn’t visualize how it was all going to come together.

This week I went to Pier1 Imports and found this adorable wall hanging for over our bed. I knew the second I saw it that it was exactly what I want for that spot. I like how it adds texture to the room without adding color. I also picked up lamps for our bedside tables. I swear, it’s a good thing I’m on a clothing shopping hiatus because I’m more than making up for the money I’m saving there, shopping for our bedroom.

Here’s how it’s coming together so far. I posted this on Instagram this week.

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I plan to replace the lumbar pillow on the bed. I want something a little dressier, and I feel like it’s too grey, now that I have my lamps chosen and the lampshade is more of a mushroom color. I’m going to take that lampshade with me to Pier1 and pick up something there. I’m looking at this and this online. I really love this but I think I want the lumbar style. I also want to get Euro shams to help fill out the head of the bed. That’s what my decorator friend is suggesting, and I think it will look nice.

I also still need wall art for over my husband’s dresser, and there is a whole bare wall between our closet and our bedroom door — I have no clue what’s going there. Maybe another bookcase since some of my husband’s books are still sitting on the floor. Ha! But it’s coming together.

Someone commented on my Instagram that I need some pops of color in the room. Originally we were going to work some blues into the mix, but I think I’m going to keep it all neutral. I like the variety of textures, and the neutral backdrop is perfect for my outfit photos. It’s all about the outfit photos, dontchaknow!!!

Speaking of outfit photos, I posted this to Instagram yesterday.

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Yes, we got our snow!!! I put on my white jeans and navy turtleneck with my Sorel boots for snow pictures. The pink hat is my running hat. I need a cute beanie, I guess. And of course I wouldn’t wear a wool peacoat for long in the snow, but it looked cute with my outfit. (See above: It’s all about the outfit pictures.)

We have well over 2 feet of snow. It started around 8pm Friday night and didn’t end till about 8pm last night. We tried to get down to my neighbors’ for socializing last night, but I couldn’t get over the snowbank to cross the street. My husband got through it, but the snow was up to his waist. I turned around and went back inside and watched House Hunters. I know, that’s pretty pathetic, but I really wasn’t feeling sociable anyway. Sorry, neighbors!

Before I came in, I snapped this selfie. I figured I might as well document the experience.


That red scarf, by the way, is so luxe. I love it. I ordered it on a sale before Christmas, and it’s the perfect classic scarf. I just wish I’d ordered it in raspberry so it would match my winter capsule better. It comes in 8 colors.

The coat I’m wearing is my Andrew Marc Gayle down coat. It was sent to me for a product review, and it’s pricey, but it is 40% off right now, which brings it into a somewhat more reasonable price range at $359. I wore it on Thursday and Friday to go to lunch and run errands, and it is so super warm, I can’t even believe it. It’s so much warmer than my regular down parka. Plus it’s stunning. My other down coat is almost black, and I’m enjoying this light silvery grey for a change.

I’m posting these totally out of order, but I snapped this picture on my run the other day.

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I’ve been lax with my running, and it felt so good to get back out there. It’s just been so stinkin’ cold, and I don’t have proper cold weather running gear. I thought I did, and what I have is fine when it’s in the 20s and 30s, but when it dips into the teens AND there’s the wind chill factor to contend with, I just don’t have the right gear. I guess I need to invest, but I have been investing into a lot of areas of my life lately, so this one might have to wait.

I’m always inspired when I see fitness bloggers posting workout pictures, so we took a few on Friday.

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I was hoping I’d look as cute as @paleOMG, but I just look like an old lady. Oh well, at least I’ll be a fit old lady! I’ve been working out for over three years, and I’m pretty proud of how far I’ve come. It’s a great supplement to running, and I want to be sure to keep up my bone density as I age.

So, to wrap up this epistle, here’s a picture my husband took of my daughter and her friend playing in the snow yesterday. They had so much fun.

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And we totally staged the picture at the top of this post. I wanted a new “coffee talk” picture, so I took advantage of my husband being home during the day, and we took this one yesterday. He was standing on a chair and everything, just like that Instagram Husband video.

I swear, the things we do for my blog!

Church was canceled for today, so we’re hunkered down for another snow day inside. I’m about to fire up another House Hunters Renovation Collection. I’m so addicted to that show! We buy them by the season on Amazon. The only problem is, now I’m jonesing to make over my kitchen. My poor husband . . .

Have a great day, and stay warm!!