Obsessions: 05.19.17

We’re back from Mexico and trying to keep those vacation vibes going with our accessories and some fun new DIY ideas. See the latest And Then We Tried obsessions for the week:


HUGE Earrings

And Then We Tried Obsessions: loving statement earrings. And always loving these pets.
The statement earrings in these pics are from Madewell, but they aren’t for sale anymore. ???? The babies were too cute to not share though!

I can’t stop wearing huge earrings. They are super impractical for work since I wear over-ear headphones, but when have I ever let practicality hold me back? I’m finding it a lot easier to wear giant statement earrings if they are sculptural or fringey/textural instead of sparkly. Here are a bunch of my faves:

Garage Update:

A few weeks worth of obsessions ago, I was working on fixing the back of my garage so it would be ready to paint. This week I finished installing the new wood boards along the base of the back of the garage. Jennifer held all the boards in place, and I screwed in a ton of deck screws. Should look great (or at least fine) once it is all painted. That Bondo I slapped on a hole on the front of the garage is proving to be very hard to sand. Gonna have to bust out the Dremel. Otherwise, it will look better painted, and I just have to remind myself this is the garage and no one else cares. Wish me luck!

Garage repair with composite decking and wood boards



I can’t handle all the amazing patches being made right now. I want to buy ALL of them. These speak to me, but maybe you aren’t as bitter/angry/constantly annoyed.

and then we tried patch obsession

Ban.do Good Morning LA Patch

Sass the Patriarchy Patch

Girls to the Front Patch

Everlane Form Sandals

everlane form sandals

These form sandals from Everlane are *heart eye emoji* for days.



This Article About Child Psychopaths

One of the reasons I am so interested in true crime is the psychology behind a criminal. This article, When Your Child is a Psychopath, from The Atlantic, is SO fascinating and gives some great insight into the current school of thought behind treating “callous children.”

Circus by Sam Edelman Rosé Espadrilles

circus by sam edelman rose all day espadrilles

I mean, I wasn’t going to not buy these shoes, right? Can’t wait to sport these Circus by Sam Edelman Rosé All Day shoes while we test pink wines for an upcoming Rosé Exposé for the blog. Shout out to Robin for finding these!

This has been another week of And Then We Tried Obsessions, where we share whatever we’re obsessed with each week. Let us know what you’re obsessed with this week in the comments and if you see anything in the wild that you think we’d be obsessed with, be sure to tag us @andthenwetried or use #ATWTobsessions


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