24 April 2013

Orange & Herringbone

orange herringbone  orange herringbone 

We've got house guests coming over, so the earlier part of this week has been a bit of a mad scramble to get our house socially acceptable to be viewed by eyes other than our own. Granted we don't live like little piggies here but some general cleaning and tidying needed to be done, plus checking off some items we probably should have done a long while ago.

orange herringbone  orange herringbone

Like buying matching lamps for the living room end tables. Cleaning the covers on the couch. Getting rid of extraneous worn out throw pillows. Washing the sheets on the guest bed since our last guest (I know ...) And then since we were in a melee of household activity anyways, we went ahead and decided to clean out the fridge, organize the utility room and do all the floors. 

So in a way I am glad for guests since it makes me feel like I need to get the house into a certain standard (that I should probably be living in anyways!), but dang, I'm exhausted and our guests aren't even here yet!

Do you do anything special to prep for house guests?

orange herringbone

Top: J.Crew tippi (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Skirt: J.Crew pixilated houndstooth (worn here -  sim muted, quirky, B/W)
Necklace: J.Crew fan fringe (sim, simpler)
Bracelets: J.Crew, Asos, F21 (sim, sim, deal)
Ring: c/o INPINK (worn here - sim, sim, deal)
Bag: Pour La Victoire roma (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)
Shoes: Michael Kors hamilton (worn here - sim, sim, peep, luxe)

65 comments:

  1. Uhhh, yep I SURE do! Like whenever my mother visits, haha! I kid you not--one time my parents visited, my mother literally stepped into our entry way, looked at our TV console and said, "I can see the dust is about an inch thick!" I'm pretty sure I acted in a passive-aggressive manner that needs no explanation on here...but needless to say, every time I expect their arrival, I make sure to DUST every nook and cranny! Mothers...

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    1. I forgot to add: the very last time my mom was in town (and a few visits after that annoying "dust" incident) she walked through the house and then remarked, "Your house is so...clean?!" She was very confused. Lol.

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  2. Thank goodness for people coming over--it's about the only way our house gets actually cleaned. I mean, I'm a neat freak, so everything is always tidy and in its place, but dusting? Vacuuming? Mopping? Those are for company :)

    Taylor

    Two Wheelers

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    1. Yeah, we're kind of overdue for a good vacuuming of the master bedroom ...

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  3. I agree that I clean best when guests are coming. I miss my cleaning lady! I try and have fresh sheets on the beds in the guest rooms and I keep extra tooth brushes, just in case... Hope you can relax a bit before they come.

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  4. My MIL likes to show up unannounced which drives me NUTS because it's always when my place isn't that clean. It's always better when I have advanced notice when someone is coming over. :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    $50 Target Giveaway!

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    1. I totally agree. It kind of drives me nuts when people show up unannounced - I don't have time to tidy and feign cleanliness!

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  5. Someone needs to visit my house every week, so I can stay on top of all of this. Ha!

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  6. Lisa, this outfit is the bomb.com as always!!! I love the Fan Fringe Necklace with orange!

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  7. hahaha lisa! you two were busy! i've done the same thing. even when a repair man or somebody comes it's amazing how fast i can really clean a house. AND GOOD TOO! lol love this orange on you. great brown accessories!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  8. This sounds like something we would do !
    We have not had guests over since December so right now it's all pretty messy, I accept it.
    When having guests over I make sure to have clean towels, soap and flowers in the guests' bathroom.

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    1. Aw, that's sweet. I never do the flowers thing - maybe I need to, it's a great thoughtful touch!

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  9. Oh, i forgot to say that i love this skirt and think that the necklace makes this outfit extra special.

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  10. I adore this look! That color is stunning, and I really love the touches of turquoise you added!
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  11. You look so pretty and I love the color combo! My sister always gets a bouquet of flowers for the guest room which is a really nice touch. I usually clean and put on fresh sheets, lay out towels, etc.
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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  12. I think planning a get-together is the perfect house cleaning motivation. Gorgeous skirt and necklace!

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  13. We usually run around and dust, do the bathroom again, and swiffer. It's hard in a tiny apartment..lol. I wish we had a guest room though! And such a great outfit - these colors look so good on you!

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    1. Well our guest bedroom is also a psuedo storage room, exercise room, doggie "hey I have this bed all to myself" room ...

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  14. Every time you wear this skirt,I covet it more and more. Stop that, you! :)

    I used to clean and it was such an endless and thankless job that I broke down and did a totally bourgeois thing and hired a cleaning lady to come twice a month. Can my pocket book handle it? Barely. But do I love the smell of a freshly-cleaned house that I didn't have to work for? Absolutely!

    www.myclosetcatalogue.com

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    1. We are considering hiring a cleaning person ourselves. I've been the one pushing back on it but honestly it takes forever to get the place nice and polished and you get about 1 minute to enjoy it before you have to mess it all up again!

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  15. I love this combination and the mint necklace sets it off wonderfully!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  16. Mostly I go crazy cleaning and organizing if family is coming to visit. If it's friends I don't. LOL What does that say about me I wonder?

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  17. Yes, I CLEAN like a mad woman! Unless they are unwelcome guests who I don't want to return. Just kidding! But seriously, I do clean and organize everything and try to make their room "special." It's fun having people over. Exhausting, for sure, but definitely worth it in the end!
    FashionEdible Blog

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    1. Guests who stop by unannounced kind of drive me nuts because then that means I don't have time to tidy before they show up. I mean, it is what it is, but I need prep time to feign neatness, people!

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  18. I am exactly the way you are: glad to have guests because finally the house will look like it is supposed to. (And at the same time thinking " Oh my goodness... really... do I have to do all that work?")
    I am so jealous (in a good way)of your ability to combine styles and colours.

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    1. Forgot to say.... awesome necklace... darned good shoes. You and shoes, you do your blogname honour.

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  19. So adorable...I am still crushing on that skirt!

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  20. Gorgeous outfit! We are th same with the tidying and cleaning.... We need more house guests I think!

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    1. I guess! I think I should be living this clean all the time!

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  21. It's pretty easy to keep my apt. clean since its less than 800sq ft! But I can't imagine how hard it would be to clean a whole house!
    Love the orange with that fun necklace!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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    1. When I had my own apartment, it really was spotless most of the time - mostly because I had the bare minimums of furnishing and never had people over! ;o)

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  22. Ooh, you have the fan fringe necklace from J.Crew! Love it with the orange and the big turquoise ring. :)

    I'm not the tidiest person in the world and my condo is a bit of a mess right now, but I was just visiting my brother in Ottawa and his house is *filthy*. I always feel better about my messiness when I come home from his house. :P

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    1. I usually find JC jewelry a bit too pricey unless it's on sale with addtl % off, but they had that 30% retail promo recently and this piece was slapping me in the face, telling me to buy it! ;o)

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  23. The coral orange looks great with the jcrew fan necklace! I love the pop from the skirt and statement necklace!

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  24. Those are gorgeous electrifying colors on you! Oh and what cleanup? My home is always spotless hehe!

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  25. The skirt looks really cute on you! I tried this skirt on with the same colour sweater.

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  26. We don't get house guests alot since we don't have space for visitors...we do get people who stop by so pushing stuff around to make our space look "neat" is what I usually do hah. I love the color of your sweater, and the satchel is lovely!

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    1. Yeah, no one should look in the closet by the garage - that's where we threw everything into!

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  27. I'm not exactly a tidy person, but I always make an effort for when guests arrive...love the skirt and those pops of turquoise! =)

    - Che

    style-che.blogspot.com

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  28. I love your necklace and the print on your skirt!! Getting ready for house guests is always exhausting, but it's good at the same time!

    xo,
    Angela
    headtotoechicblog.com

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  29. Lately that's the only way I get anything done in my apartment. I'm normally a pretty tidy person, but since I've been traveling I've been kind of messy. I kind of look forward to my mad dash cleaning escapades because my place is sure to be in tip top shape. I turn into a complete clean freak and the house guests are my motivation.

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    1. I had a trade show in town a few weeks back so pretty much my home office looked like a tornado hit it. I took stuff out but had not bothered to put any of it back!

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  30. We are the same way here! This is bad but when the cleaners come - we have to clean up before they clean the house. Like you - we are not dirty but maybe just bits and pieces of things here and there.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. We haven't found a cleaner group to come in consistently yet, but I am totally the same way - before those people come to clean, I've got some major tidying to do!

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  31. i love that skirt!! that necklace is fabulous as well :)

    ~Chioma
    C's Evolution of Style

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  32. Unexpected guests always makes me crazy! I make sure I tidy up the house but oftentimes, it doesn't work lol! Well, I buy more food so the guests are well fed =)

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    1. True - if they've got drinks and snacks, that's 75% of hosting! ;o)

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  33. Wow! Fabulous orange and I think goes well with your skintone. I think I'm like you when it comes to guests.. If I host, I host 105% and at the end I was flat tired but its worth the trouble!

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

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  34. You have such a classic look! You look great!

    http://simplysassysstyle.blogspot.com

    Dawn

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  35. yes, I go on a cleaning bender. Despite having our stamp sized home professionally cleaned every 1-2 weeks it manages to get filthy fast. I feel like I'm always cleaning.
    Anyway, really liking the top with the necklace, cute contrast! I just pulled out a prepregnancy orange shirt from jcre- just one of the plain boatneck tops and my husband was all "oh woah bright shirt" ... men.

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    1. We're seriously considering finding a cleaner to come in every few weeks ourselves. We just don't keep up on it like we should.

      I recently bought a neon pink sweater that I am adoring and BF gives me the side-eye when he sees it. I guess the bright color trend hasn't hit mens fashion yet ... ;o)

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    2. I wouldn't recognize my husband if he weren't wearing grey, brown, or blue.

      Get a cleaner- you won't miss the money but you will notice the time you have back in your life to do other things way more enjoyable!

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  36. That's a lot of work! But I bet it feels good when it's done! Love the orange herringbone! It's so pretty! And the touches of turquoise work so well with it!

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  37. I'm one of those people who wants every last spot of my house looking like perfection when we have guests so usually the week leading up to people coming stresses me out to no end! However, after they arrive I love the space since it's clean and pristine! =) Enjoy your weekend! PS--Love your cute necklace with that look!
    Jenni
    www.foundinmycloset.blogspot.com

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    1. We're being so neat right now it's kind of funny. Don't want to do any actual "living in" and ruining our hard work, hehe.

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  38. I wanted that skirt and necklace so badly!! You look great! Love it all!

    Kaitlin
    www.teaandsequins.com

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  39. I'm not a big fan of deep cleaning haha good luck! you look lovely in this, the color combo is killer! That skirt is so fun I've been loving orange and pink together lately. And your necklace is so pretty! I love how its kind of a unique take on the classic bubble necklace.
    Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  40. We have guests on a monthly basis (no joke) so it seems like we are constantly cleaning for someone else, just not for us! Hope you have fun with your guests - that's the only upside to the cleaning!

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