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Lessons in Home Ownership (So Far)

Well, we’re about one month into home ownership, and already the word to describe it is “adventure.” We knew when buying a home that was built in 1965 we would probably discover quirks and unexpected things, and so far, that has definitely been true. I thought I’d give a little life update today about what’s been going on and why I’ve been a little MIA on the blog this week.

Easy Summer Outfit Idea // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog
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Lessons in Home Ownership (So Far)

And before I get into exactly what’s going on, let me say this: I am beyond grateful that we 1. found a home we love, and 2. are able to financially afford it and be able to make all of it work regardless of what happens. I can’t imagine what it would be like if we were strapped for cash, and that’s why I think it’s really important to have a long hard look at your finances before you decide to move forward with buying a house, no matter where you are at in the process. It sucks to give up on a dream of a magical house that’s outside of your budget, but at the same time, I’m glad we ended up buying in a slightly lower price point than we initially thought. It’s made all of what I’m going to tell you about that much less stressful. ;)

And if you like the outfit in this post, from when I was blissfully ignorant to home ownership, you can shop it here:

Jacket: Levi’s Trucker Jacket // Dress: Long Linen Tank Dress c/o J.Jill // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Apfel Tassel Mules {these exact ones are on mega sale, but also come in floral print or a loafer version} c/o Shopbop // Necklace: Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace c/o Divalani Style Boutique // Bag: Moda Luxe Nola Crossbody via Stitch Fix // Scarf: Compassion Fund Paisley Skinny Scarf c/o J.Jill // Hat: c/o J.Jill {similar under $50, similar under $20}

Expect the unexpected

As mentioned, a 50+-year-old home is going to have some issues. We knew that, but since we had a pre-inspection, we thought we knew what most of those issues would be. Turned out, not so much. We had hired someone to refinish all the hardwoods that had been under carpet for a long time, and when the carpets were pulled up, it was discovered that our sliding door had been leaking onto the floor and subfloor for quite some time. Yay!

Stripes and Whites Summer Outfit // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog Things never go quite as planned

As you can imagine, our plan to have our hardwoods completely refinished before moving in was thus foiled. We decided to have all of the bedrooms and hallway refinished since there wasn’t anything wrong with that flooring (it turned out gorgeous by the way!) and resume the living room project once the problem (the sliding glass doors) had been replaced. But, since things don’t go as planned, it turned out that finding a company that is willing to replace the screen door AND do minor repair work if there is wood frame damage is not the easiest… So, I’ve spent about a month going back and forth with several companies on estimates, measurements, and trying to get this job actually going. Sigh.

How to Wear a Striped Maxi Dress // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog When it rains, it pours

Okay, so sure the above some is semi-stressful since managing to be home multiple days during hte week for appointments, making phone calls, and emailing back and forth with companies is not really my favorite thing ever. Plus, I work full time and do try to blog a couple days a week (key word here is try!).

BUT nothing could prepare me for what happened last night. I had the biggest scare of my Dog Mama life. I got home last night from work, and Dave had been working from home with the dog in his office. I let the dog out, got a snack, and was sitting on the bed. I realized, after a little while, that Rigby had left the room and so I called out to him. Typically, I hear him come back (slowly, because, Shiba) but this time I didn’t hear him. I thought it was a bit odd, but sometimes he ignores me and I figured he was laying down somewhere.

A few more minutes passed and I thought I’d investigate. Never know, right? Well. I couldn’t imagine that the EVIL SLIDING GLASS DOORS FROM HELL would be wide open! Dave, who was cleaning the bathroom at this time, couldn’t hear me screaming because he had headphones on, so I had to run back down the hall to him. I then went running out the sliding doors screaming my head off like a crazy person for Rigby. Dave came running after me, who then spotted the dog in the street.

No, he wasn’t run over by a car. (My biggest fear, really.)

He was just sitting there. In the middle of the street. Flanked by two neighbors on either side. When he saw me? He continued to sit there. Like a Shiba. Looking like he didn’t have a care in the world. UGH.

So moral of the story? If you want to meet your neighbors, just leave your sliding doors open, let your dog escape, and then he’ll lure them out for you.

Oh, and double check to make sure your sliding glass doors are closed after someone comes to measure them. SIGH.


J Jill Striped Maxi Dress // Summer Outfit Idea // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog Be financially prepared

You know when people tell you that owning a home always costs more than you expect? Yeah, listen to those people. (And if you didn’t before, now you know.) Sure, we knew we were going to have to spend much more on the house other than the down payment, closing costs, and all of the basic things like changing locks. But, you can never imagine how much some of the weirdest things cost. Like did you know unclogging a toilet is over $100 and replacing a water valve costs about $700? I sure didn’t. So that was a fun, unexpected bill.

Also, did you know to never ever put egg shells down a disposal? I mean, I knew this, but someone who lived here previously didn’t so now our disposal is constantly spitting them up. We may not have to replace it, but we’ll pay in egg shell clean up.

Jeffrey Campbell Tasseled Mules for Summer Outfit // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog

Did I mention how much I love home ownership?

I mean, I do, it’s just, it’s only been a month, and your girl is tired.

Are you a homeowner? Or have a rental nightmare? Please commiserate with me in the comments. Thank you in advance. ;)

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My Night Time Routine with Olay

You know what my favorite thing to do after a long, busy day is? Taking off my makeup! There’s something so refreshing about taking a load off, lathering up, and getting every last but if makeup off my skin. It’s funny how much one simple part of my night time routine can put me in a different, more relaxed mindset!

How to Use Olay Daily Facial Cleansing Cloths // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Olay. Thanks for supporting the brands who support this blog! All opinions are my own. :)

My Night Time Routine with Olay

When it comes to unwinding after a long day, I don’t always maintain the exact same schedule, but I do try to stick to a general routine. It helps me feel like I’m more in control of my schedule, and especially during stressful times, this gives me the structure and normalcy that I crave. For me, it means sticking to the basics and planning for the next day ahead. I thought it would be fun to share what my average nightly routine looks like with you today!

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What to Pack for a Spring Holiday

Pretty sure that Memorial Day Weekend snuck up on me. How it already the end of May?! For me, it traditionally marks the end of spring and the start of summer here in the Pacific Northwest. And as soon as the temperatures bumped up a few notches here, the first thing I wanted to do was go shopping for all the summer things! Give me all the cute hats, swimsuits, cover-ups, and sunglasses. Add a dash of sunscreen, a cute beach bag, and a good book to read, and I’m set.

What to Pack for Memorial Day Vacation // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fred Meyer. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that support this blog! All opinions are my own. :)

Fortunately, Fred Meyer has all the essentials that I was looking for. They’re kind of my go-to place for anything; they’ve got groceries, clothing, housewares… pretty much everything you need to keep your life running smoothly. It’s kind of perfect to have a one-stop shop, especially when you’ve got a bit holiday weekend coming up and you kind of forgot about it. ;)

With that said, today I’ll be sharing some of my essentials that I found while shopping with a holiday trip in mind! But really, these would be perfect whether you’re planning a staycation or are flying 1,000 miles away!

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We Bought a House!

Happy Tuesday! I’m so excited to share the news that we finally bought a house! This is a long time coming, and we are so thrilled to finally be done with the buying process. (And yes, now the real work begins!)

Seattle 1965 Mid-century Modern Home // Hello Rigby Seattle Home Blog As much as I initially enjoyed house shopping, the Seattle Real Estate Market is not for the faint of heart. We had our hearts broken over the first house that we fell in love with, lost out on a house that was truly for the best, and walked away from one without making an offer that needed a whole lot of help and felt like a money pit. Third times the charm as we got the third house we made an offer on, and we couldn’t be happier!

It’s a 1965 Mid-century Modern home. It was owned by the same family since it was built and lovingly cared for all those years. With that said, we have a lot of renovation work to do to both finish the house (we have almost 1,000 square feet of unfinished basement!) and to modernize parts of it that we aren’t so crazy about. Overall, however, we will be renovating it to its 60s glory and maintaining as much of the aesthetic of that era as possible.

With all that said, my life is going to be changing a bit. My weekends and evenings may have more house projects in them than they did previously. Is that going to affect my blog? I’m not sure yet.

That’s where I need your help – are you interested in seeing home content? Are house projects of interest to you? Would you prefer room tours or projects? I’d love to share, but only if it proves interesting or useful to you. After all, you’ve kept me coming back to this space and motivated to keep on keeping on, and I want to be sure I’m giving you what you want!

I’ve inserted an anonymous poll below, and I’d love your honest feedback.

(If you can’t see the poll, you can also take it here!)

Thanks for all of your support and bearing with my wacko blogging schedule over the past year or so while we sold our condo and were in search of our first house! You guys are the best. 💗

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5 Step No Makeup Makeup with Clarins

The struggle is real when it comes to making your lashes look voluminous without falsies. I’ll try any trick in the book because if I’m honest, I still haven’t mastered the false lash application. I’ve loved the no makeup makeup look lately, and fuller looking lashes can make all the difference. But really, who has time for that in the morning when you’re getting ready for work?! Not this girl.

Clarins 3-Dot Liner Natural Makeup Tutorial + Review // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Clarins. All opinions shared in this post are my own!

I’m excited to partner today with Clarins to share their new 3-Dot Liner. It’s both perfect for making the lashline appear fuller and for those who may not be the best at wielding an eyeliner pen just yet. Lately, I’ve loved a no makeup makeup look, with a dash of a glow of course! I think it’s perfect for this time of year when the weather is getting nicer, and the temperatures are getting warmer. I’ve been trying to fit more into my mornings, which means less time for creating a makeup look and more time for other things. Because of that, I wanted to make this no makeup makeup tutorial as simple as possible. You can get this look in just five easy steps (and probably 5 minutes or less, too!).

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