Home Love

So I have been going through my Pinterest recently and have discovered that I'm really really into blue grey couches. I'm planning on my future house/apartment having a grey/blue couch and I would love to pair it with a birch wood, black accent, and a peach-y or yellow-ish color! I guess it helps with the fact that all my furniture is already birch wood. ;)

I just love how one of these couches could be paired with anything - patterns (triangles now being my favorite), solids, florals, etc. I feel that having a blue grey couch brings a lot of air and freshness into a room which is one of my necessities for my dream home, that and a home-y/modern look!

What do you prefer for your home?

Couches via Pinterest found here & here


Shopping: #1 Rule of Thumb

Image and graphic by Aly Marie

Hello! I have been waiting and waiting and I finally have time to post about my crazaaayyy leggings!

Two weekends ago I went shopping and went crazy picking out a bunch of patterned leggings and couldn't figure out which ones to purchase... so I bought all of them. Heh. Granted, they were only $10 each but yeah, I'm probably not the best person to go shopping with mostly because I feel guilty about buying new things so I will push you into buying new things with me whether you want to or not!

Anyways, I'm the most indecisive person you will ever meet. I guarantee it. I can debate about a single item for an hour and walk around with it forever before I decide I just don't want it. So when I go shopping I always follow my #1 Shopping Rule of Thumb: If you're debating about purchasing an item for way too long, and can't really decide if you want it or not, you're not in love with it and you probably don't really want or need it. You're probably just talking yourself into buying it because you just want to buy something - so don't get it. If you, however, absolutely MUST have a certain item and would be super super sad if you left the store without it, then go ahead! Have at it!

This has helped me countless times while shopping and debating on whether or not I really want to purchase an item. I hope this rule of thumb helps you as well!

xo, Aly


It is what it is

Graphic by Aly Marie

Some of you who know me know I have been through a lot in the past few years. I have been through things that I would not wish on my worst enemy, such as the passing of my lovely mother and going through the motions with my sister of selling our childhood house.

I never let on that my troubles bothered me so much; trying to be strong, but these things have made me numb - not just physically but mentally - which I have let put a pause on my life: present and future. This may all seem super heavy and daunting; I have bottled many of these things up but I have decided to write about my troubles, an eye opener to myself, and hopefully to all of you.

You see, last month I had a huge medical scare that would have turned my life upside down, sideways, and twisted everybody's life around me in knots. If tests came back positive, I would have had to pack up my life in California, move home (not that that's a bad thing... I love my home), and put my dreams on hold. I wasn't scared for myself, I was scared for my family, feeling guilty they would have to go through such a horrible thing. All this seems terrible but these are the things I would have had to consider had things took a turn for the worse... but they didn't.

After I got the good news that my tests came back negative I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. After having such a scare, I came to realize that my life could have been cut short. Now that may be pushing it but in my eyes I was frightened. I was frightened that I hadn't finished all the Harry Potter books (don't judge me), frightened that I hadn't traveled or been outside the U.S., frightened that I haven't achieved my dream job yet, frightened that I wasn't doing what I loved, frightened that I was living in a dazed cloud-like state that made my mind numb and I was just living life as a potato. But then I remember a phrase my mom said to me when she found out she was sick:

"It is what it is"

You can't stop things that have happened, you can't go back and turn things around, there is nothing you did wrong though... it is what it is and there's nothing you can do about it. So live your life. Travel, get that dream job... what's stopping you? Laziness? What happens if you get that scare that I did and it doesn't turn out so happy? Have you finished those Harry Potter books? Have you created everything you wanted to create? Have you touched other's lives like you wanted?

Nothing is stopping you from doing these things except yourself... nothing.

So get out there and do it... do everything.

xoxo Aly


Formulary 55


Good evening!
Just a quick little update on the blog featuring a random find on Etsy - FormularyFiftyFive.

Honestly, I believe I'm quite the odd one. I love bar soap, but I don't use it. Now don't get me wrong I DO use body wash... I just have these urges to purchase every single bar soap out there with nifty packaging! I'm a sucker for black and white as well as lined artwork - and this shop has both!

Can you use bar soap for decorative purposes? Why not, right?... right? Heh.

xoxo Aly


Hello, hello~

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Well, after a long... well, really long hiatus I am back to my blog! Hopefully now that I have a steady job I can keep up with my updates and hobbies that I love and love to share with all of you.

I am updating today (well, tonight) to feature one of my absolute favorite clothing lines, 45Seven by Lee HaNa. I don't think any of you really know this about me because I haven't really blogged about it a lot but I am really into South Korean culture... especially South Korean fashion. The items featured above are my current favorite items from the shop. I just purchased the heels (featured on yesstyle.com because 45Seven unfortunately does not ship to the US). This is usually the case for all Korean clothing sites. Sad, because I love the style so much! Flip through the site... I promise you won't be disappointed!

Anyways, hope you are all doing well! Can't wait to hear from those of you I have been in contact with via my blog. Please stop by and leave a comment!

xoxo, Aly