Chasing Davies

February 21, 2018

Favorite Wears: Transitioning into Spring


Whether it's warm or not, I'm starting to incorporate spring pieces into my outfits. I just can't with winter anymore.... This sweet, subtle floral skirt pairs perfectly with stripes (as seen here) and those winter sweaters that are still needed (and now on sale!), and it'll last me through all the seasons.  I also love using shoes to add a pop of color, which also helps me get into a more spring-like state of mind.

I got this skirt as part of my Dia & Co box, which I have come every other month from a stylist, and send back what doesn't work (free shipping/returns). It's like any other stylist box out there right now (all the rage, and I see why!), but with sizes 14+ so put together with my size and body type in mind. I can send specific requests and inspiration on, and it's fun to get things that surprise me for new brands I would not have found myself, some exclusive to them.

Similar pieces to my look:

 I love getting to spend extra time with Liam. He's getting so big and old so fast. His school is closed at different times than Nora's is, so we get extra time to do things that he likes. And I love that he likes to go to coffee shops with me. ;) I'm guessing it's for the donuts. The kid loves going out to breakfast - it's his favorite meal.  Monarch Coffee is a bright spot, and I loved getting this little booth to eat and sip together.

My earrings are by Nickel & Suede

Photos by the talented Elizabeth of Elizabeth Ladean Photography.  
She shoots portraits, engagements/weddings and lifestyle sessions all around Kansas City.  You can follow here on Facebook here and on Instagram here to see more of her work!

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February 17, 2018

Sweet Baby Sprinkle


One of my dear friends, Bre, is having her second baby girl any day now!  Last month we gathered and my current favorite brunch/lunch spot, American Slang Modern Brasserie, to celebrate!  You can see my last visit for more pics on the bright space here.  I love hosting a brunch or lunch at a pretty space for any kind of get together, but especially celebrations, like showers/sprinkles. It's a nice way to celebrate without all the stress that comes with hosting at my own home.  We kept it simple so that we could enjoy this time together with the girls chatting and eating. 

My friend Tiff (who has a vegetarian blog here), and co-planner, brought these beautiful flowers from the Little Flower Shop that added the perfect decor to the table for the occasion - and we kept the decoration at that since the space was also already so bright and pretty.  I love all the gifts she got - when it's your second, especially the second of the same gender, you get things that are just fun and sweet, vs items you need!  One of the gifts she got is this book, the Daring Book for Girls, which is now on my list for Nora.

If you haven't checked out American Slang yet, you definitely should! It's a great new spot!  Here are some pics from the day:

{this coat is SO cozy (similar option here) - wearing here, too.  and these flats add a fun pop!}

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February 15, 2018

The Home Edit: Double Bathroom Renovation Plans (& Pain Points)


We have been talking (and talking, and talking) about remodeling two (of our three) bathrooms since the moment we moved in (9 years ago). We prioritized other things first, and had some other unplanned projects pop up, but this year - this is the year - we were ready to start. After tons of planning (inspiration, product selects and contractor research), I started making call after call - some emails and online forms, too - to local contractors and renovators, which I thought would be the quick part of the process. It isn't.

Not quick at all. In fact, I'm still in that phase.  We've had some visits to review our project with some contractors, but after some bids that were way to high (not just a matter of budget, but a matter of what feels right to pay for what we want) or some low, but lacked proper insurance - we are getting close on a solution of mixed vendors, homing in on what exactly what we need. Overall, it's really a painful process, but I hope we're getting closer to start (and now I want to go to become an apprentice to learn how to tile!).

But in the meantime, I'm tightening our plans for the bathrooms, and pulling product selects and dreaming of when this will all be over (and soon on to the next project... KITCHEN).  I'm sharing some of those plans below, and our inspiration above. We are actually remodeling each bathroom pretty similarly - same floor, tile, vanity counter tops and bath/shower backboards.  There are also no structural changes - just a pull in plug.

Bathroom #1
Our only full bathroom in our home, located in our upstairs hall and heavily used by the kids, a little bit by me, and guests! It's still pretty small (for a full bathroom) at about 5'11" wide and 8'6" deep and we're keeping it a one-sink bath to allow for the counter space.

This bathroom is currently covered in pink tile. Tile that is falling off the wall, so we have one section of the wall in the bath space that is covered in plastic - real classy. ;) 

We would ideally like to get a new vanity - however, our bathroom is so narrow, that nothing out there exists. So we'll either have to custom make something, or refurbish the current one (which is what we're leaning towards).  And, we'll likely move up and frame the current mirror to look like the one in the above plans.

Bathroom #2
Our "master" 3/4 bathroom (just a shower, no bath) in our bedroom with a single sink and small at about 7'11" wide by 3'10" deep.

This bathroom is tiny. It's the one located in our "master" bedroom, so heavily used by my husband and myself.  Keeping with the same black and white theme of the other bathroom, we plan to do a bit more work on our shower, that will involve cutting out some of the wall. :)  Right now, the shower if very enclosed and we want to replace some wall with glass to open it up.

We will be refacing this current vanity in this bathroom, too, as it's made for this small space. But the mirror we will replace with a round one.  Another fun thing about this bathroom is that we'll be replacing the traditional door with a barn door so we can avoid opening the door into the already small and confined space!

Shop both bathroom products, hardware and pieces here:

I will share before pics of the bathroom once we are in demo progress soon!  Until then, any tips, design advice or suggestions - I will gladly take them!

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