Hoboken Ramble


Hello! I'm Erin.
I have a husband, a yorkie, and a new house that I'm currently obsessed with decorating.
I'm awesome at shopping, eating, and copying DIY projects. I don't know what I did before Pinterest.
I no longer live in Hoboken but for now, my blog still does.
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Really liking this sweater from Zara and for only $40, I was considering ordering one. But then I noticed it’s made of acrylic. Does that mean it’s not even worth the 40 bucks?

Cause this sweater looks pretty chic and so dang comfy.

I swapped out-dated gold door handles from our basement door (above) and pantry door in the kitchen over the weekend and oh my god it has made a world of a difference. You can see just how gold the handles were (since I’ve yet to tackle the hinges) and they just clashed with pretty much everything we’ve been doing and buying. I knew it would be nice to see them go but seriously, these knobs give me all the feelings.

I have to say, it has taken 8 months to finally feel really happy in our new house. I feel like that’s weird to admit - that it took SO long to feel happy in a new house. But it’s the truth. A lot of people tout the one year mark as the time they finally felt settled in their new place, so I knew things would take time, but I slowly realized it wasn’t about feeling settled for me. It was about getting the house to a place I felt really good about. For the first few months, the house just did not feel like us (even though I knew it eventually would). I was always left with a weird feeling after giving people a tour, like I was showing off someone else’s house. Like the house I was showing off wasn’t quite good enough yet.

Eight months kind of sounds like nothing when it comes to making home improvements, but there were definitely those days that made me feel like we might not ever get there. Like all the ideas about what I hoped the house would look like might not materialize. And then just like that, you paint a wall, swap out a light, and get some new door handles and you’re feeling pretty darn good.

I just had to.

Carlton does the Carlton!

bangles.

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Ghost chairs paired with a rustic dining room table.

Chic or tacky?

Stupid United does not have tvs on their newer planes, so the last hour of my flight consisted of staring out the window and taking a lot of pictures. At least it was pretty.

I’ve been meaning to write about the shock of Young House Love taking a break from blogging and my thoughts on how the luxury of working from home and for your yourself had to outweigh traditional career paths any day, but the NY Times beat me to it. Such a great article about young bloggers, the demand of keeping up with social media, fresh content, and the possibility of turning your passion into a job and burning out.

and yet, I’ve got some new followers! A big fat hello to you if you’re new.

And apologies to everyone else. My blog will continue to keep on sucking until October 8 when my conference ends. Working round the clock till this thing is over. Last week, I needed a mental health day because I wanted to quit my job to stay at home and paint our house and raise our non existent children and this week I’m kicking ass and taking names. Life is weird. 

The sunset from our backyard last night was pretty spectacular.

It’s messing people up, this social pressure to “find your passion” and “know what it is you want to do”. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees.

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This this this this this THIS this this this THISSSSS this this THIS

This, dammit.

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Pumpkin-anything in the fall is great, but the real star of the fall season in my book is the apple and I feel it’s just not getting enough play time lately. I think it needs to come off the bench.

Apple Pie Biscuits

They are AG from about 5 years ago. I worked at Bloomingdales in the men’s denim dept for a hot minute when I first moved into Hoboken and at some promo party they were having they gave them to me. It was a pretty sweet consolation prize for attending their party that also had free booze. They probably still have them or a version like them, but they retail for like $240, which sucks. The quality is definitely there though. I will probably wear them until I am 80.

Things

  • At 5:30 am on Monday morning, my phone managed to suffer water damage and corrosion. How this happened is a mystery as I was still asleep, but my only theory is that it somehow slid into water from a sweating glass on my nightstand. Then that water jumped all up inside it and viola, phone no longer charges.
  • Going three days without a phone is both soul crushingly hard and extremely liberating at the same time. Weird.
  • I now have the iphone 5c and need a case for it. Thinking this gold one might do.
  • Apparently, I never backed anything up. Sheesh. I had 1400 photos on my phone and only the last 124 on my photo stream. So that’s all I got.
  • A sampling of the photos that were saved are above. Selfies of the extremely laid back outfit I can’t stop wearing on the weekends and my newest lipstick - it’s an obnoxious pink and I’m obsessed - the gorgeous sunflowers my friend brought over labor day weekend, Vegas about to destroy his new toy, and the BEST NEWS EVER. Zara opening in 2015 up the block from my job. 
  • I pass by the World Trade Center every morning on my way to work and for the past few years on 9/11, I’ve always gotten an eerie feeling as I walked up the block, with the fences still blocking where the towers once stood. A sense of true loss as I walk the same path so many that lost their lives did each day. The news crews were there as they have been each year, and there was the same increase in law enforcement and people, but this year the eerie feeling was not. So much new construction has taken place recently and with that construction has brought a new found sense of strength. There is much to look forward to but as always, We will never forget.

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So, so, so excited!

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I’ve been having a lot of thoughts lately on where I stand and where I’m headed when it comes to shopping and my closet as the new season approaches and I thought I’d blab on here about it so I can get it off my mind. Read on, if you dare.

I’ve always considered myself pretty trendy, and therefore a true lover of fast fashion. I was pretty certain that as I got older this would change. I was sure at some point (an all elusive magical age) I would crave more classic pieces and start investing in better quality. To some degree, this has been true, but in other ways, not. And I’m kind of surprised. I guess I’ve come to the conclusion my particular take is "not all quality, much less quantity."

Some things that are tried & true for me and some things I need to improve on below:

Wear Shit Out

As I walk to work in the mornings lately, I’ve noticed that everything is kind of in. Bold colors, Peplum, Leopard, Sandals of all kind, Military inspired, Boyfriend, Slouchy, Classic, Oversized. You name it, I see it. And it looks great! (when it’s not all worn together.) So, instead of doing my usual cleaning of the closet and tossing things I don’t think I’ll wear, I’m working on finding ways to wear that shit out. Seriously, if it still has it’s shape, no stains, tears, or pulls, then I find a way to wear it. Shopping the closet? Yeah, I think that’s it. Only, I’m trying to do it every day and not just when we’re going somewhere. I’ve realized that I spend good money* on clothes year in and year out and if it can still be warn, it should. When it’s past it’s prime - throw it out and DO NOT replace it. I’d really like to have less items in my closet and more things that I love and wear often.

Better Quality is Better, Sometimes

You may totally disagree with the items I’ve listed below and that’s totally cool, (totally) but I’ve found buying better quality of these particular items holds so true for me. These are always my splurges.

  • Coats/Jackets - the more designer brands I can afford, the better. I have never regretted purchasing a Burberry rain jacket in a classic color. Never. I have gotten my money’s worth and then some. Mackage winter coat? Still as warm and fashionable as the day I bought it 6 years ago. After last year’s disgusting winter, I’m considering adding a Canada Goose to my collection. Those things look insanely cozy.
  • Handbags - well made handbags are a thing of beauty and I’m not sure I could wear them out if I tried. Leather is usually preferred over other materials. Kate Spade, Coach and Madewell are a few of my favs.

A Mixed Bag

When it comes to shoes, jewelry, sweaters, and denim, it seems the price just does not matter. Whether they cost me $30 or $300, they stay in my closet the same amount of time. I definitely buy these items more sparingly as the years go on.

More Basics, Please

Simple white tees go with EVERYTHING and are generally inexpensive, yet I only own one. Button downs? Only have a couple. Black jeans - I don’t even own a pair! Definitely working on adding more basics to my wardrobe. One thing I have not done well over the years at all.

End of Season Needs

At the end of last spring, I found a nice, striped, sweatshirt from Gap for only $6 and just last week, I realized I only have a few short sleeved shirts for work, so I bought a cute lace shirt in navy from Target for only $9. Shopping at the beginning of a season is SO MUCH FREAKING FUN but if you wait until the end, you can get some pretty sweet deals.

Colors

Ugh, this one is tough for me. I basically want to purchase all the colors of the rainbow when I find something I like and I’m trying really hard not to do that as much anymore. Age playing a part? Probs. But navy, black, white, and gray, get much more use in the long run over mint green so wiser choices need to be made. Adulting.

Still with me? Agree or disagree?

* good money - hard earned, time away from home, doing stuff i’d rather not do, money. anything over $1