January 20, 2017

by Jamie Sanford on January 20, 2017

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What a contrast to a message of hope, and togetherness, and progress that it has been an honor to support.

Let it be known that I do not consent to this.

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This is another short post about a feature I don’t like about a website. I really hope to find good things to talk about soon!

I have recently been rearranging some things in my home and it became necessary to shop for a small desk to be utilized as a vanity. Naturally, I head over to IKEA’s website to look at options, because I know that they will have at least a few for me to look at and compare.

When I get into the searching, I realize that I should pin a few of the ones I like, because I don’t know exactly how wide I want this item to be.

This one looks like an option. I click the “Pin it” button so that I can put it on my Home board on Pinterest.

This is weird. Why isn’t it showing me the product photo? It also isn’t offering me a chance to pin any of the secondary images for this product. I add it anyway, hoping that it will suddenly work when actually pinned.

Not so much. I pinned 3 desks to my Home board just to make sure that this was happening, and it did, every time.

IKEA is WAY TOO BIG to have an error of this magnitude on their website. I am frankly stunned that I am finding this issue.

Even more stunned when I see IKEA’s significant presence on Pinterest:

That’s a lot of followers, and they have a lot of content. I am stunned at this discovery.

Here’s hoping that someone at IKEA will see me tweet about this and reply.

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Another short one!

I think you only need to read back a few posts on this blog to see that I’m a regular Sephora customer. For the most part, I think that their online shopping experience is great, and am happy to keep shopping Sephora.com.

However, something I had noticed in the past re-surfaced for me this week, and it is ridiculous.

316 results! I need to see them all. Luckily, there’s an option for “view all” in the dropdown.

This is so unnecessary. Why give me an unfortunate red error-y message when you could instead just offer the option to “view 300″ instead of “view all,” when you don’t actually mean that you can view all?

Sephora.com is generally wonderful, so this is super disappointing. I also can only dream of the team they have working on this website, so hopefully they can add a fix for this to their list of to-dos for 2017.

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17 Goals for 2017

by Jamie Sanford on January 1, 2017

Thanks to Sarah Conley of Style It for inspiring this post last year with her own goals for 2016. She is wonderful and you should check out her blog right now.

I don’t think I have ever been someone who is ready to jump into anything on January 1. I get that it is a new year and the chance to be different, but mostly, I find myself in recovery mode from the events of December for at least the first 2 weeks of January. It is certainly not the time to make sweeping changes that require lots of concentrated effort.

1. Save more money. Who doesn’t want to do this? Seriously though, we would like to buy a house at some point, so more saving is going to be better for unexpected expenses.

2. Buy fewer duplicate beauty products. I have gone a bit overboard with product experimentation and it is time to dial that back. I have a ton of beauty stuff and I need to use more of it and then reassess. Of course I will refill products like foundation and my trusty Mario Badescu Facial Spray, but I have a ton of stuff to use up before I buy anything else.

Related: I really need to go through all of the makeup and see what needs to be tossed.

3. Eat more home-cooked food. I freely admit that this puts more pressure on my husband than me, since he does 99% of the cooking in our household. The New York Times told me that cooking at home will help avoid a ton of calories that go into prepared foods that we don’t even notice while consuming said foods.

4. More reading, less HGTV. Or TV in general. There isn’t much to this – I have lots of things around to read and don’t actually do projects or things featured on HGTV, so I should stop wasting time with this.

Related: Maybe I need to create a schedule of when I can watch TV and when I have to do something else. That sounds scary and rigid, but I need something to get away from the default of watching crap TV.

5. Consistent blogging. I did a much better job with posting regular in December 2016 than in past Decembers, but I would like to be more consistently consistent.

6. More photography. I do like taking photos with my DSLR, the Sony Alpha a550, but since I got a Sony NEX-6, I’ve been using it as my main camera. It’s smaller and easier to carry around in my bag, and takes wonderful images. I would also like to learn more about photography in general. We have lots of books in our home about the subject, so I should probably read them – see #4.

7. More activity. I don’t want to say “work out more,” so I’m going with more activity. My workout schedule has been nonexistent recently so I need to get back on it. I touched into Bad Witch Workout and it was amazing and painful, so I think revisiting their offerings will be in the cards.

8. Work with a career coach. I have recently updated my about page again which always makes me think about the bigger picture. I think some help to define better goals and get what I want out of my working life will be well worth it. Recommendations are welcome!

9. Add more variety in my accessories. I was sorting through my closet recently and re-discovered some handbags I had completely forgotten about. This, in combination with the collection of rings and necklaces I have that don’t get worn enough. I know I’m not the only person who is overwhelmed by a few hooks covered in necklaces in the morning and reaches for my favorites, which are always the easiest to access. I need to make an effort to wear all of the things I have – because I like them all!

10. Develop a solid plan to review my closet contents. I have done versions of this in the past year or two, putting a divider on a bar to separate things I have worn from things I have not, but there has to be a better way, a more consistent way. I also need to be more aggressive about getting rid of things that I don’t wear and don’t have space for in my home.

11. See a doctor. I haven’t had a regular checkup in over 10 years. (I have kept up well with specialists, just not a primary care physician.) Mostly out of fear of judgment and also finding out something unfortunate! Other than having regular colds now and then, I am lucky to be a healthy person. I am hoping that I can get Will to go with me, since he doesn’t have a doctor and also needs a checkup. Team work makes the dream work?

12. De-clutter wherever possible. I recently read a series of articles on cleaning out a kitchen, and learning about how surprised the author was about just how many spoons, bowls, etc that they had lurking in the cabinets makes me really really worried about our kitchen and how much is hiding in there. I have a large collection of Cher Blanc that I began purchasing after I received a sample from Noritake. (It is a stunning pattern, by the way.) In addition to figuring out what to get rid of in our own home, I’m hoping that we can sort through the contents of our storage unit as well, to see if anything there can be donated or tossed.

Related: I have been threatening to write a post on storage unit organization for a while, and I will add it to my blog schedule for Q1.

13. Make a bigger effort to learn a new language. A long while back, Will and I were going through Spanish lessons on DuoLingo every day. We then fell off the wagon. With or without him, I need to get back on it and learn something beyond “el gato come pan.”

14. Make progress in my ancestry research. Anyone who has undertaken anything about their ancestry will understand that it is way too easy to fall down the rabbit hole and wind up learning about your 8th great-grandmother, when you should have been focused on something else. Getting sidetracked is so easy in these pursuits. I need to develop a better plan to go through people in my direct line, one by one, and then finding a point where I am satisfied with what I have and then have time to dive into things a bit deeper. In addition, I need to get the box of family items back out of the storage unit and start scanning more images and trying to identify who is in them.

Related: I need to figure out a way to collect more stories and content from my family member that are still around. My good friend David came up with a great plan for this and I need to implement it for my own purposes.

15. Explore my immediate surroundings. We have a lot of travel lined up for different events in 2017, and so I would like to try and take better advantage of weekends and see more things in New York and New Jersey that we haven’t checked out before. There is so much to do and see.

16. More fun with real mail. I love getting real mail, which is another reason to love December. I have been receiving Happy Mail packages for a while, and I’ve been using my cards well, but not well enough. More mail in 2017!

17. More gratitude! Being present in gratitude is something I have continued to work on – I have trained myself to redirect my thinking when I start to go down the path of wishing I had this or that, instead trying to remind myself of how lucky I am to have so many great things in my world.

Let me know your 2017 goals in the comments or on Twitter.

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2016 Instagram Roundup

by Jamie Sanford on December 30, 2016

As always, I can’t believe it’s time for year-in-review posts!

Let’s go over the best in my Instagram for the year.

Estate sailing was in full effect early in the year. It’s a good way to keep busy on grey winter Saturdays.

It snowed, a lot.

Another estate sale, this time with handpainted garbage cans.

Estate sailing with the boys. Not sure how I would survive without my partners-in-crime.

More estate sale decay.

We had this amazing visitor at my office.

We spent a lot of time in the park system of Bergen County. It was colder this day than we planned for.

You know things are changing when part of the party consists of trying to make the babies smile in unison.

The beginning of warmer weather means more opportunities for Flatiron Building photos.

We located some more of my ancestors in local cemeteries!

We escaped the room!

I planned another random adventure, this time to Penn’s Cave in Pennsylvania.

I made my first flower crown and we went to the NYC pride parade.

We went on a ferry boat in Lake Ontario to a wonderful wedding!

I got to wear one of my favorite dresses EVER.

I visited my friend Wadee’ah and watched her make cake for her custom cake company, Terry’s Heaven-Lee Bakery.

We went to Florida for Nan’s 90th birthday. One day, Will and I invaded her house and we made Pistachio-Rose Clouds, which are super delicious.

Nan’s birthday party definitely had a theme. Mom had been talking about it for 2 years.

We stayed at a house with this view in early August, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

We caught some lightning outside of our window. I think this is the best lightning photo I have ever taken! The Sony NEX-6 has served me well.

We took a few trips to the Met, one in particular to see Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

Still regretting not buying what we called the Chewbacca painting at one of the oddest estate sales that we’d ever been to.

When the light looks like this, you have to take a photo.

I was already obsessed with the Snapchat bee filter, so I had to try it again once I decided to go with turquoise hair.

Will accompanied me to the Martha Stewart Weddings Bridal Market party, where he then indulged me by trying all of the photobooths.

Here’s our family photo at the pumpkin patch/apple farm.

Halloween look number 1 was a complete success. I took an existing headband with battery-powered skulls and turned it into a gothy flower crown.

I fully embraced any and all 90s style throwbacks that I could.

Cooler weather and changing leaves put us back on track for long walks in the woods and on trails.

We went to Las Vegas with 28 other people and renewed our wedding vows for our 10th anniversary.

The Bellagio fountains have the same level of picture-worthiness as the Flatiron Building.

I created a number of travel detritus still-life photos. They are one of my favorite ways to create memories of our trips that are really fun to look back on.

Still trying to be a little bit of a photographer, and then being surprised and mildly annoyed when my subject turns on me and then I accidentally make a photo that is WAY better than what I intentioned. It feels like cheating.

I surprised Will with a trip to New Orleans for our birthday weekend!

Here is Will in the Napoleon House, our new favorite bar.

We got to spend a few minutes with Jason after a dinner at Sylvain, a new favorite in New Orleans. I’m going to collaborate on a New Orleans guide with William in Q1.

Back home and back to estate sailing. We ended up in a top 5 weirdest house, with an OBGYN’s office in the basement. Brian’s face says it all.

It was exciting to be home for Christmas and to be able to have Christmas Eve with Brian and David, who just recently got engaged! I love nothing more than adventuring with these 3 men, and spending a quiet Christmas Eve with them was the best. We ate some delicious Honeybaked Ham and extravagant side dishes, played Bucket of Doom, and exchanged gifts. It was relaxed and amazing.

I think that is all for the recap. I am wishing you all the best for 2017.

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