reminder: it’s a wonderful day

just breathesource

And it’s yet another Monday. The last one in July. I can’t believe how fast time is moving these days. Between what I have to do and what I want to do, I feel as though my mind hasn’t slowed down in months. I’m constantly starting new lists while attempting to cross off items on old ones; it can be (and has been) exhausting.

The serene image won’t really solve any problems, but it does help remind me that the world is so much bigger and more awesome than any task list I have, and I’ll get my stuff done…just probably not today.

In the meantime, remember to take some time out of the day, sit back and enjoy it.

You’d probably be expecting some calming song for the music choice, but that’s not how I roll. Bring on the happy music and have a wonderful day!

stuff steph loves: triangle inspired jewelry

stuff steph loves :: triangle jewlery

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I’ve been seeing a geometry trend in everything from jewelry to product design to furniture these days. I love the clean, simplistic feel, but the different shapes still give a little unexpected character. Here’s a little round up of some cool 3-sided gems I think would be awesome to wear.

Yay for Fridays! Any fun plans?

diy: personalize your hat

personalize your fedora :: Stuff Steph Does

I’m completely in love with this fedora craze that’s been going on lately. I’ve always loved wearing hats and now its even more trendy to fashion your noggin with cute toppers. The problem with trends, however, is that there is a good chance of seeing yourself walk down the street since there’s only so many hats to choose from. I’ve decided to lower my chances of seeing double by giving my plain, Old-Navy-purchased fedora some custom modifications.

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Project Living Room :: the chair dilemma

project living room

Project Living Room seems to be stuck in “thinking about it” mode. I’m still totally planning on doing the refresh but I’m still just figuring out what to do.

One issue is the dilemma of the chairs. As you can see, the living room has 2 large cushy chairs and one couch. B and I only sit on the couch. We rarely use the chairs. Only when people come over and it would be awkward to all pile on the couch together does someone then sit on a chair. All other times, we don’t sit on them.

But Lucy does.

She sits on both of them. They are her chairs.

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happy monday

playing in the waves

 

Happy Monday! I’m back and feeling refreshed and rejuvenated from our lovely beach trip! We got crab legs not once, but TWICE, and every day was sunny and beautiful. Can’t ask for much more than that! We didn’t get in until late last night, so my apologies for the late Monday post. Stay tuned though, I have some fun stuff planned for the upcoming week! The photo above is one of the pics from my trip. Check out my photos on instagram for some more fun highlights @stuffstephdoes.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

beach bag essentials

beach bag essentials :: stuff steph does

I think this will be the 42,876th time I’ve mentioned it, but, B and I are headed to the beach this week! Woot! Design Sponge posted this awesome diy beach bag project out of a mesh screen and since I am completely in love with it, I used it as inspiration for planning my next few days of soaking in the oceanside rays. Here’s some of my essentials for beach days:

1. A good read. I’ve started this book already and I’m sure I’ll finish it up this week. // 2. Keep a hat on to protect your hair and scalp. How adorable is this hat from Target? // 3. Sunscreen is a must! I always put stronger, oil-free stuff on my face to keep up my youthful appearance :) // 4. Need to stay hydrated when the sun is beating down on you all day. // 5. I typically keep the books away from the beach because I don’t like to get them sandy, so I read magazines down by the water. I try to keep it well rounded balancing out the modern design with a healthy dose of celebrity gossip.

Alright I suppose I should actually pack instead of blogging about it! Enjoy your Tuesday!

happy monday

downtown columbus

Happy Monday! Hope everyone’s weekend was lovely. B and I went to the food and truck and fest on Friday with some friends and then explored some of the unseen areas of Columbus. The picture above is one I took on instagram. (you can see more by following me on instagram @stuffstephdoes)

This week is going to be especially awesome because B and I only have two days of work before heading to South Carolina for some much needed beach time. I’m excited to soak in the sun (with sunscreen of course!) and catch up on some reading since I never seem to be able to read at home.

Today’s song has no theme, I just really like it, so I hope you do too!

Enjoy your week!

Blu Friday

Have you heard of the artist Blu? We were looking at his work yesterday in the office and I thought it was too cool not to share. I love old industrial parts of cities and Blu makes crazy awesome stop motion animations using the existing urban fabric. Pretty awesome. Check it out.

BIG BANG BIG BOOM – the new wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

What are you up to this weekend? Any fun plans?  Happy Friday the 13th! Make sure to stay away from black cats and all that jazz :)

project: living room refresh

project living room

A new project! Giving the living room a bit of a much needed face lift! This idea has been brewing in my head for a while now, but I was hesitant to do it because, quite frankly, I am more than a little embarrassed to show you the before picture of the room. Plus, it’s sort of a weird feeling to be posting my personal space so publicly. But then I figured, I managed to suck it up and show the horrendous weed-covered yard in Operation Front Door, and this isn’t as bad (or so I hope) and that was just the motivation I needed to get the yard cleaned up. Let’s hope that happens with this project, too. (more…)

tasty stuff :: easy summer salad

grilled chicken salad :: Stuff Steph Does

We’ve finally hit somewhat of a “cold front” with temperatures in the low 90′s (which is totally amazing compared to the scorching triple digits we had last week). When it’s this hot, it’s hard to get myself to actually cook around a hot stove and I find myself veering toward more salads and other cold dishes.

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