25 February 2013

Range of a Home & ASOS Giveaway Winner

Thank to all you lovely ladies who entered my giveaway for $50 to spend at ASOS! I have selected a winner at random at the lucky gal is ...

Shanna S.

Congrats, Shanna! You will be contacted via e-mail from the folks at ASOS. Thanks again!

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purple + green

My honey and I have been gently considering the possible idea of potentially moving lately. So of course at the mere almost-whisper of "new home" my eyes come aglow with the notion of Potential. Though there is nothing wrong with the place we're at right now - and we're actually pretty content, save for a yard for the pup - my brain can't help but to start mentally salivating at the idea of a maybe-almost new place.

Because, yes, I am totally one of those nosy-ass people who wants to know what your place looks like. I want to see what wall colors you've chosen, how you decorate your living spaces, how neat your closet is, what kind of beverages you've got in your frig. And though I've not got a single decorative bone in my body, I have enough of a big mouth to make a comment about something I do (or don't) like in someone else's space.

purple + green  purple + green

So I can't help but to love looking at new homes. And trying to imagine myself in some new spaces - can I "survive" in the big wide open with a log cabin, am I cool enough for ultra-modern loft living, can I keep up with the repairs needed for a genuine Victorian.

Of course there's also the Wish List. The few minutes of "throw reality and money out the window" while you jot down everything you would want in a new house. My recently upgraded mental list consists of: walk-in (and I mean it) master closet, room enough for two home offices and a guest bedroom, generous fenced-in yard for pup, stainless steel appliances, crown molding throughout, central heat and air, two car garage at least, wrap-around porch, French doors from the dining room, country enough for wide open spaces, but not too in-the-country, if you know what I mean.

What are some of your can't-live-withouts when it comes to finding a new place? What are some of your biggest considerations?

purple + green

 purple + green

Coat: BR outlet (worn here - sim, sim, deal)
Top: J.Crew jackie pullover (worn here - same cardi, v-neck, sim)
Skirt: J.Crew jardin (worn here - sim, mini, pencil)
Earrings: Amrita Singh (sim, sim, sim)
Bracelets: C.Wonder pave initial (sim, enamel) & Asos spike & stone (sim silver)
Shoes: J.Crew paulina (worn here - sim, sim)

83 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I love this outfit! The green and purple looks so pretty together. I'm regretting not getting the jardin skirt last year now! So pretty.

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  2. Patrick and I are planning on buying a home this year and so I can COMPLETELY relate! I can't wait! Except the actual moving part. Yuck. Great green and blue today Lisa!

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  3. Gorgeous outfit, Lisa! Purple and green compliment each other so well :)

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  4. How exciting! I love our home now - we bought it five years ago and it's been the perfect "starter home" for our little family, but a yard for our pup is definitely on the wishlist for our next space.

    Love this look, too!

    xo
    See Mo Go.

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  5. Oh man, if I have one complaint about our current home it is the lack of master bedroom closet space. Next house, FULL AMAZING walk in closet. I bet I could keep my room 90% cleaner if I had some dang space to put the stuff in... and there is NO plans for a "next" house... but here's to wishful thinking! :)

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    1. I definitely got spoiled when I moved out of NYC, because suddenly all these newer more suburban places have these huge closets and tons of storage! I'd be at a loss if we moved to a bigger city or got an older home - first world problems, right!

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  6. I love the green sweater. Right now we have a house, but I'd love to move into a condo so I don't have to do yard work.

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  7. so we may be jackie twins? ;)

    i've been looking at houses too, but alas DH isn't ready to move out to the suburbs yet. it will definitely need to have some sort of yard. and a dishwasher. i miss a dishwasher..

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  8. LOVE the color combo on your outfit today. Your shoes are awesome, really TDF. The trench adds just enough neutral and you look so chic! Ahh the new home bug has bitten. Well have fun with it. Y'all know your limits and will you use good judgement. I totally get what you mean about more room is needed for the fur baby. When we did have a house and dog, our yard really was not big enough for him and I always felt bad about it.

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    1. I always feel kind of bad when my pup wants to go out onto our balcony to lay down and sun herself - I can't help thinking how much more content she'd be with a yard!

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  9. I also love looking at new homes and imagining myself into them. It's not likely to happen as we bought our home near the top of the real estate market bubble and while we're not "underwater," we're certainly way under the value we bought the home for, darn it. So it will be a while before we're able to upgrade into a new place. Doesn't stop me from watching HGTV every so often to watch other people shop for new homes. :)

    You look great in this outfit - love it!

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    1. I've got some relatives in a sim situation - they're fine and never had any problems making payments on their home, but they aren't going anywhere for a while!

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  10. i love this outfit - the colours together are brilliant!

    we got an older home when we bought our house, and it never occurred to me how much i need storage space whether closets, or shelves in a kitchen. that's one key element that an older and wiser me would look for in any home.

    xox P

    phiphi's blog

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    1. I grew up in NY, and literally it was not until I was an adult that I realized that there was such a thing as a "brand new house." I just assumed all houses were used - haha, random!

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  11. hi Lisa! I am really enjoying your blog/site. You make me feel right at home. And ...speaking of home. We wanted a three car garage. Didn't get it. We wanted an 'on-suite' bathroom. Didn't get it. But the rest of this home is soooo what we wanted. Good luck in your hunting. Be reasonable and practical and WORD OF CAUTION: Don't fall in love with your new home. You'll end up pushing yourself into something you should NOT get. Make sense? Just be pleasantly pleased and work around the rest of the wants.

    I love your outfit today. I do. I saw "Brooke at What 2 Wear" and she said to wear a blazer over the shoulders. Yes, I am going to do that soon. In fact I could have done that today.

    :D

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    1. Totally get it - looking at homes online, it is so easy to fall in love with places that are totally move-in ready and have every single thing I've ever wanted - and that are sooooooooo out of my price range. Not going there!

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  12. Well I'm moving in July 10 hours away to start school and finding a place to live from far away is wrecking me. I am taking our two dogs with me, so what I really want is like a little 2 bedroom house with a fenced in yard where I can study in piece and have it be girly without being PINKPURPLEFRILLYSTUFF. That, and AC are like my wish list things. I really don't want to live in an apartment :(

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    1. One cool thing about having your own place is being able to do with it whatever you want. Too bad when I lived alone I realize that I couldn't decorate worth a darn, haha!

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  13. What a shame you have been hiding those legs BB. They are so pretty. I adore this outfit. Would like it myself (very much actually), including the earrings AND the shoes.
    As far as houses are concerned... we rented a house with 4 floors and only used 2. So we decided to buy a small house with a ground floor and 1 upstairs (I live in Holland, small country, lots of people, so houses are expensive). We said we don't want a big house based on both our salaries as you never know what life will throw at you. And we are still glad we made that choice.
    We did however spash out in decorating the house. If you want a peak (...) go to my blog and search for "colourful livingroom" and "garden".
    Greetje

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    1. I agree with you that bigger isn't always better when it comes to a home. It's just more to clean! ;o)

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    2. Don't get me wrong... I love bigger and I would love to own a bigger house. Just not at those costs. Economy is going down and lots of people get into trouble. We don't. And also... because we have little overhead, I have more money to spend on clothes and shoes. Just not enought room to hang them haha.

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  14. Beautiful - I have to ask... do you have your garments tailored ? All of your JCrew pieces look like they were made for you !
    Oh and home wise, I have to "click" with the place, needs to be in the city LOCATION is a must and space. Need space :)

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    1. Aw, thanks! Actually I am a cheap-o and usually will only get things hemmed, but not really do any other kind of tailoring. I appreciate that JC has a wide variety of sizing though, so I can find something that suits me well.

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  15. Considering my husband and I live in a shoebox of an apartment, we don't really seem to have many can't-live-withouts! ;) The only thing would be public transport, we could *not* live too far away from a tube (i.e. metro) or bus stop since we don't have a car. We do look forward to having a place with a big kitchen someday!

    I do like this outfit a lot by the way! Such a fun colour combination, nice and bright to liven up the grey winter months! :)

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    1. I take the train to the airport and it is so much easier than driving considering we live in the city. It was great living in NYC - didn't need a car for anything.

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  16. Can we talk about those SHOES?! Fabulous!!

    Good luck with the house-hunting. Do you guys own now & looking for something new? Or are you renting & are looking to rent another (or buy for the first time)? Just curious. We've been renting the same 2 bed/2 bath apartment for years so I haven't thought about what I'd really want in a space in AGES.

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    1. There are so many good and bad things about renting and owning - especially with the economy as it is now, it's kind of a toss-up on what's better!

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    2. IF (big if) we moved, we'd look to buy ... I think. ;o)

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  17. Love your color combo here! Unexpected yet fabulous! Your shoes tie everything together.

    Katie
    Style Diary

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  18. I absolutely love blue and green together, looks perfect! Best of luck with the house hunt...it is always fun to look at how people decorate, like you said :)

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    1. Yeah, I wish I could afford to have someone decorate for me!

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  19. I adore this color combination! It's so cute!

    Also, I am going to be looking for an apartment soon and oh my gosh I am going crazy with all of the potential decor I could do. I cannot wait to have a house.

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  20. What a beautiful colorful outfit! Love the combination of purple and green! Good luck with the house hunt!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  21. Ooh, it's a sure sign of adulthood, the excitement at home ownership. Congrats if you do! A walk-in closet sounds divine...my entire condo is about the size of a walk-in closet. Not that I'm complaining though...I wouldn't trade the location for the world.

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    1. We don't have a yard now, and though it's great not to have worry about yardwork, I wish my pup had her own yard to run around in!

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  22. This skirt is adorable, the blue is so lovely!!

    xo, Courtney
    shabbyloveschic

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  23. Love your green top and purple skirt! What a great color combination :)

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  24. aww love your shoes! the colors in your shoes really tie your outfit together! so cute!

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  25. lisa, you look gorgeous! i am loving that skirt and top! the colors look fabulous together. the shoes just top it off. oh you have champagne wishes & caviar dreams just like me. everything you listed is possible! go for it, if that's what you want. you just may surprise yourself. good luck to both of you in making a possible move.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams" - my parents used to be huge fans of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." I remember falling asleep to Robin Leach's booming aristocratic voice!

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  26. Such an adorable look! I love the skirt! So fun and girly! And the color combo is completely perfect!

    xo, Kenya

    www.kenyaldesigns.com

    Kenya L Fashion Blog

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  27. I love the whole outfit -- really a fan of that shade of blue!

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  28. those earrings are money! i love them!

    in terms of real estate wish list, besides the obvious (location, location, location), i'd really love vaulted ceilings, like 12 ft or above. my dream is to leave in a paris apartment with beautiful old moldings and high ceilings. sigh... a girl can dream.

    modern.girl

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    1. We're lucky enough to have pretty tall ceilings in the place we've got right now - I think 12 or 14' - and it is a pain to change light bulbs, etc. Regular step ladders just won't do!

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  29. SO exciting:)!! I love house hunting! WHen I look at a home it has to have character and charm:)! Love this look Lisa! Always so chic and well put together!

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  30. Oh man- we waited too long and now there's no hope of ever leaving our apartment (it's literally crumbling around us). After 12 years it's certainly cheap, but we've also accumulated so much stuff! That being said, I would love a real person's closet. And a grown-ups home!

    Great details in this outft- amazing how much impact a little earring and floral shoe can have against the colour field!

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    1. Oh I know - I have so much more stuff now. It would be such a pain to move!

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  31. I need to get me some of those spike bracelets :)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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    1. One note about the real spikey bracelets - I have poked myself more times than I'd like to admit though, hehe!

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  32. I love the color blocking and those shoes rock!

    Moving is always exciting...but packing is not ;)

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    1. I hear ya - shoot, I hate having to pack for a weekend trip!

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  33. lovely outfit!!
    xx
    http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

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  34. Moving is definitely always exciting because of the "potential" :) LOVE the purple and green together - that skirt is fabulous!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  35. These jewel tones are so beautiful on you - love this color combo! I actually think I'll be moving in the next year... I am actually more scared than anything! I love my place and moving is such a pain.. but super fun to think of the potential :)

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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    1. We've got so much more stuff now that we're in our current place. While I like thinking about the "idea of moving" - the reality of moving is such a pain in the butt!

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  36. What lovely outfit~ I love the purple skirt! And that you complimented it with a green top! That's one of my fav. color combinations, but I find difficult to accomplish. JOb well done!

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr

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  37. oh, and your shoes. Those are some awesome shoes

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr

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  38. Yesterday I commented on the pending home purchase. Today I want to exclaim, "hand over the shoes and no body gets hurt!" Those are AMAZING! I did notice them yesterday but today I had to return and say "WOWZERS!"

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  39. Absolutely adore the skirt! And ooh, just reading "maybe considering potentially moving" made me go all starry-eyed with the possibilities. Totally feel ya.

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    1. Sitting here watching "House Hunters" on HGTV right now, haha.

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  40. I love your jewelry choices with this outfit. The shoes are of course fantastic. Love it.

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  41. I would love to move right now! But living in Los Angeles, unless you have a million dollars it's kind of hard to find a nice place. We are living in a one bedroom apt right now so I'm kind of running out of space! Oh well...
    Love the color combo and those earrings are beautiful!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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    1. My sis lives in NYC and has a big city-size closet - so she's out of space. But it has made her extremely organized and she's got an incredibly well-edited closet - I need some of that!

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  42. I love you outfit from head to toe! I absolutely looooove Jcrew. I especially like your shoes and how it adds a little something extra to your already cute outfit :-)

    ~Jane B.

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  43. Love the blue and green together! This look is so classic, you look like you stepped out of a J. Crew catalogue!

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  44. I love you in skirts Lisa! This purple skirt is perfect and I love how you paired it with green. I'm with you on the new house thing too! While I love where I live, I know we need to move and I can't wait to have a home of my own :)

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  45. So happy I won!!!! yay!!! And this color combo is KILLER!!! One of my favorites! You nailed it, lady!! My must have in a home is a BIG closet!! ;)

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  46. We just bought a house a couple months ago and I had to have a huge closet! That was definitely a big priority! and I love this color combo on you!

    xo,
    Angela

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    1. Oh I'd love to be able to have all my clothes in one closet - though that may freak me out seeing all the clothes I have all together!

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  47. Your dream home sounds pretty dreamy. A real actual walk in closet that can hold all my stuff WITH room to grow would be idea. And a garage. I'm so sick of having to dig my car out of the snow. High ceilings, wood floors, and maybe a claw foot bathtub. Enough cabinet space in the kitchen for my mug collection (it rivals my shoe collection).

    Good luck with the house hunt and the maybe possible new home.

    Chic on the Cheap

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  48. WOW!! I must of missed this outfit Lisa, but it looks AMAZING!! The color combination is just perfect on you!!

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  49. Right now the height of luxury for me would be a dishwasher and a washer and dryer is completely beyond me;). I love the colors and everything you've got going on...cause you do have it going on!

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  50. totally digging the pumps!

    moving, in a very abstract sense, is always fantastic; i love imagining designing a new space. then i think about boxing my belongings, and the charade is shattered! so much work!

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  51. Best of luck with the potential "moving", lol....I totally love this color combo - green and purple goes really well together!!! and yes, i've always wanted a walk in closet! Hope you get that off your wish list;)

    Have a fab weekend dear!

    Cinz
    http://cinzee.wordpress.com

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  52. Your skirt is my favorite color and the whole ensemble is gorgeous. As far as cruising other's homes? Try the Zillow or the Trulia app. I'm not planning to move, but I love looking for ideas in all the staged homes.

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  53. I am actually looking for a place now too, but I just started, so I am still working on my wish list :)
    Love the shoes by the way, so cute!!

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  54. I love this color combination. Beautiful!

    Confession time: I totally want to know what other people's places look like too. I like when people leave their blinds open at night-I don't care what they're doing- I just want to see what their couch looks like! Or their artwork, or kitchen decor, or...I'm really not a peeping Tom, I swear. ;)

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