we moved! (to squarespace)

Hi friends!

I recently switched platforms and moved over to squarespace.  In that transition, I lost my domain of pleatsandpearls.com and am now pleatsandpearls.squarespace.com – annoying, I know!

So if you enjoyed the fabulous and fun content from my wordpress, I’m sure you’ll love it just as much on squarespace.  And hey– on squarespace when you “like” a post, hearts come bursting out of it on the screen.  If that’s not enough reason to keep following along, I don’t know what is!

Here is my new domain:


So now that you have it, favorite it, so you don’t lose me– and follow along!  I swear I’m just as awkwardly funny (and punny) as before.

This will be my face when you all follow me over to my new home.

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 See you there!


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Currently listening | Drops of Jupiter, Train



Did everyone have a stellar Halloween?  I’m not much of a Halloween person, but I did do Halloween this year.  Kast had a party and we all went to Freakfest on State Street after.  A destroyed tube of lipstick, many jello shots, and a Teletubbie attack later, Halloween came to an end, and quite frankly– I’m glad it’s just one day a year.  But all in all, not too shabby.  But as promised,  here are a few pics from the night.







If you like the ears, check out my DIY here!  I recently revisited my old stomping grounds and took a walk around my old campus.  I went to St. Ambrose in Davenport as a freshman in college before transferring to Iowa State.  It’s a tiny private school, with a cute, small campus.  It has some pretty old buildings, so Mal and I figured it would be a great setting for a fall-friendly fashion fix.  I’m taking advantage of the numbered days that I can go sans-outerwear before winter really hits.  For our little stroll, I kept it simple in a cozy sweater, black skinny jeans, tennies, and a wrap scarf.







LOFT Basketweave Sweater | J.Crew Toothpick Jeans | Target Shimmer Scarf (similar) | Vans Classic Lo Pros | Assorted Madewell Rings

Until next time–



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my signature


Currently listening | A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying The Moon, Foster The People


Oh hey there!

Over the weekend, my sisters and I were talking about our “signature color”– AKA the color we look best in.  It’s funny, because people tend to know this about themselves, but I had absolutely no idea.  I knew the colors I look bad in: yellow, bright greens, white, pink, etc.  I also knew the colors I wore the most: grey, navy, black, and tan.  But were these colors actually the ones I looked best in? Who knows?  I think it was decided that Mal looks best in purple, Steph in Blue, and me in neutrals.  So it was pretty convenient that I happened to be wearing tan sweater as that was decided.  It’d be rather unfortunate if it was agreed upon that I look awful in neutrals– because 95% of the time, there’s nothing I’d rather wear.

So for my very neutral ensemble, I layered a long, oatmeal heather sweater over a chambray button down with boyfriend shorts and leather ankle boots.  My touches of color came from my multi-color German socks (yes– knitted by a genuine German grandmother!), burgundy satchel, and YSL lipstick.  Some may call my lack of color in my wardrobe boring, but I really wouldn’t have it any other way.  There is something very sophisticated and easy about neutrals, that is harder to attain with a lot of color.








Gap Long Sweater (similar) | AE Boyfriend Shorts (similar) | Sleeveless Chambray (similar via Old Navy) | Ray Ban Clubmasters | River Island Ankle Boots (similar via Steve Madden) | Old Navy Initial Necklace | J. Crew Factory Leather Bracelet | Lauren Conrad Flower Earrings | Assorted Madewell Rings

Until next time–



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meow: cat ears DIY

Good morning friends!  It’s Wednesday– that means Halloween is in just two days!  So if you were a procrastinator with your costume until now as I was, have no fear! I have a last minute, super easy and fast DIY for an incredibly simple costume!  After much contemplation, I decided to go as Catwoman (Anne Hathaway’s adaptation to be specific).  Essentially, I’m just wearing an extremely tight black outfit, black leather ankle boots, a cool mask I found on Etsy, and a pair of cat ears crafted by yours truly.  But enough of the chit-chat– you’re running behind, so let’s get down to it.

Cat Ears DIY


Approximately 10-15 minutes







Alright, let’s get this party started.  To start off, put the headband on to get an idea of wear you want each ear to sit.  Then, take your wire and wrap it around the headband in the first place you want the ear to hit.  I wrapped mine about 3 times to ensure it was secure. Next, determine how large you’d like the ear to be and fold it downward.


Now, start stringing the beads onto the wire.  Make sure you stop with enough wire left to wrap around the headband on the other side.


Now, wrap the wire around on the other side, securing the beads.  Repeat on the other side and you’ve got yourself the easiest (and cutest) pair of cat ears around!


That simple.  I’ll be sure to post some pictures of my Halloween ensemble this weekend.  I’m not much of a Halloween person, but I am rather excited.  And with a DIY this easy, there is no excuse for you not to have a costume!  If Catwoman isn’t your style, go as a kitten who lost its mitten– or, just a regular cat.  Easy as pie.

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autumn apple picking

Happy Sunday!

If you’re also in the Midwest, I’m sure you’ve been loving this weather lately about as much as I am.  Last Sunday was particularly exceptional.  The Packers were playing, the sun was out, and my friends were coming over.  I cooked– you heard that right– and we watched the Packers slaughter the Panthers.  I made Buffalo Chicken Dip and BBQ Chicken Calzones, which were a total hit.  If you don’t know me, I’m not much of a cook/baker– so when I make something that people seem to not hate and they completely polish it off with no leftovers, I’d call that a success!



After the game, the four of us headed to a nearby apple orchard to pick some apples.  Unfortunately, it is a little late in the season to do so and there were hardly any apples left.  So, we spent a whole lot of time walking down empty rows of apple trees, searching for the occasional apple that was left at the top.  Kast would throw a dead apple to knock down the good one, giving us the few apples we were able to pick.  Regardless, it was a fun, fall day which ended with apple pie at the orchard.








This weekend, I’m back in Iowa at my sister’s.  The weather is so gorgeous and I got to bust out my shorts again today!  This October is shaping up rather nicely.  This week, stay tuned for a new fashion fix and a Halloween inspired DIY.

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