Obsessions 08.25.17

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And Then We Tried Obsessions 08.25.17

It started to feel like fall this week in Cleveland and before we bust out the sweaters, Hannah has found some new laundry tips. See what else we’re loving in this week’s And Then We Tried obsessions.


Ikea Kitchen Planner

I love planning my future kitchen even though I won’t be able to afford it for 7–12 years. I have had some life-size Illustrator renderings of the floor plan set up for the past year and this week I mapped it out in Ikea’s kitchen planner.

For reference, here is my current kitchen floor plan :

And my flat floor plan:

And the Ikea view from the back deck:

I’m loving seeing the floor plan in 3D, it is really helping me understand how much space there will really be in the room. I’d love to keep an island, since it is so nice for hanging out around, but I still can’t tell if there will be enough room to open all the drawers and walk around it. The issue is that without an island, the space in the middle feels way too big. Good thing I have 7–12 years to make this decision! Let me know in the comments if you have any kitchen layout suggestions.


Cheap Amazon Espadrilles

and then we tried amazon cheap espadrilles

I bought these espadrilles on a whim from Amazon for $19 and let me tell you I’m impressed. They come in lots of colors—I have light blue—and they are Prime-able with free returns. Doesn’t get much better than that. Plus they pack down so thin and are easy to stash as an extra pair in your suitcase.


Currently Reading: Redefining Realness

janet mock redefining realness

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock has been on my list for a while now and with some upcoming travel for the weekend, I finally have the time to get started on it. Mock, as a trans activist, has been praised for offering and education in trans issues and I hope to walk away more knowledgeable than before.


Glossier’s Wowder Powder

I’m a bit of a Glossier fangirl (although I prefer brand loyalist), so when I heard about their newest offering I knew it was only a matter of time before I caved and bought it. I just bought the Wowder duo (of course I bought the duo) in Light/Medium yesterday, so I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but I’m very excited for it to arrive! Have any of you tried it out yet? Any thoughts?

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How to Take Care of Your Clothes

Michelle and I have been friends since the sixth grade and the only thing that has come close to tearing our friendship to shreds was the discovery of how very particular I am about doing my laundry. When we lived together this was our largest point of contention. I follow tag instructions, hang dry more than half of my wardrobe, and have a VERY specific sorting system.

Anyways, the suggestions in this article from T Magazine about how to take care of your clothes will be making their way into my laundry routine I think. Some of the tips are a little intense (lol to brushing your shoes before putting them away or even putting them away for that matter), but a lot of them are good to know!

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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