3 Upcoming Books I’d Love to Read

One of the things I love about browsing for books on Amazon is that there are always tons of new titles being recommended to me…although sometimes it can get a little out of hand when I see how many amazing books there are coming out and think about how many are still sitting on my shelf at home unread! However, I’m making sure to bookmark these titles for the coming weeks/months, because I just don’t want to miss them. Start adding these to your Amazon/library wish list! (I’ll admit that these are pretty rom com-ish, so if that’s not your thing, feel free to skip this post!).

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The Proposal, by Jasmine Guillory: This book is by the author of The Wedding Date, which I read a couple of months ago and loved. It’s always the best when you discover a new, up-and-coming author and then find out that they’re releasing another book that’s already gotten great reviews. This one looks like a hilarious rom-com type of story that will make a great quick, relaxing read.

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Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren: Who can resist a book about a guy and girl friend pair who ultimately fall for one another (at least it seems like this will be the case)? This book looks like another cute one by an author I’ve never heard of (which is always fun), and while the plot is somewhat stereotypical, it’s still a book I’d love to pick up.

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Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty: I’ve read many of Liane Moriarty’s books, and while I’ve liked some more than others, I’m always excited to see what the hype is about each time a new one is released. (Btw, who else can’t wait for season 2 of Big Little Lies?!). I love a good mystery with lots of interesting characters in the mix, so I’m excited to see what’s in store this time.

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2 Years of Blogging

Yesterday marked my second year of blogging, which is so insane (you can laugh at my first, completely random post here)! I started reading blogs religiously the summer after my freshman year of college, and I love keeping tabs on people who were some of my favorites way back in 2010 and have continued to grow their sites so much. I feel like I’m constantly reflecting on the blogging world and in honor of this little “anniversary,” I wanted to share a few thoughts with you all on different blogging-related topics…

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One of my first “blog photos!”

Logistics: Writing is by far my favorite part of blogging, but there’s so much “behind the scenes” maintenance that is involved with keeping a blog up and running, too (creating drafts/shooting photos or hiring a photographer/paying for internet hosting/designing a site/everything like that!). Are there times I don’t feel like writing a post? Of course. But do I feel like I’m moving at a pace that’s too fast or not manageable for my lifestyle? No! I’m coming up on two years writing this blog and have loved (almost) every second. I obviously have less to worry about in most senses since I’m not monetizing my blog. If I ever become a super popular blogger (ha) maybe it would then be worth it, but I don’t post about a ton of online products on here, and trying to make money (and then deal with taxes, disclosures, etc) seems like too much of a hassle at the moment. (Although being able to turn a hobby that I already enjoy into an extra source of income would be awesome, don’t get me wrong!). However, I really started this blog as a passion project–it’s something that genuinely makes me happy, the same way some of my friends like rock climbing or cooking. If it turns into something profitable, that would be wonderful. But I love it enough that I don’t really care if it doesn’t. One of the most common pieces of advice I’ve heard from more accomplished bloggers is that you can’t go into blogging/Instagramming without genuinely enjoying it. Starting a site or an account just to make money isn’t the way to go. Even if that isn’t someone’s intention, the whole notion of becoming an “influencer” (paid or not) seems to run deep. I’ve seen other people start blogs and just move too quickly, and I think it can lead to burnout and frustration. I’m glad that I don’t care too much about the “algorithm” on Instagram and things like that!

Community: The blogging community is AMAZING. Maybe it’s just DC–where I’ve met most of my blogging friends–though everyone on Instagram is so friendly, too! I’ve gone to a few blogger happy hours in DC and have always had a blast–the room has always been filled with people of different ages, races, shapes, sizes, styles, interests, you name it, which I think is especially important because bloggers can easily be put into a little box and stereotyped unfairly. Additionally, the blogging Instagram community has been so friendly–and I don’t just mean in terms of likes/comments–people send the sweetest messages, compliments, and advice. I’m lucky to have connected with a few women IRL, too, which has been especially fun. If you know me, you know I love meeting new people and that most of my DC friends are people I’ve met in the strangest of ways, so it’s been exciting to connect with more people via the internet.

Highlights: I would really say the highlight of blogging has been connecting with so many fun readers, whether they’re a fellow blogger or just someone who’s a fan of design. The positive comments/emails/DMs/whatever from readers are always the best part of blogging. It means a lot to know people are reading and engaging with the things I’m sharing, and I love finding like-minded individuals who are eager to share their own design finds or ask for advice.

Goals: I would love to keep this site up and running for the next…who knows how long! Maybe a couple of years, maybe 10…who knows! A goal of mine would be to continue to “build my brand” a bit more and gain a little more exposure. I see a lot of other DC bloggers with similarly-sized followings getting invited to events and to do cool things  seemingly every week when that’s rarely something that happens for me. And that’s ok–honestly, I feel like I’ve been to enough amazing press events during my two years working in magazines to last a lifetime (it’s funny, because the more senior editors would always pawn these types of things off on their assistants–not because they felt bad, but because they genuinely didn’t feel like they had time to go–and I was always like, “you’re telling me I can just go get a blowout/attend a press preview at Dylan’s Candy bar/try out new makeup? Hell yes I’m free tonight!”). However, it can be a bit disheartening when I feel like I put in a lot of work and don’t really get “recognized” for it in the way that a lot of my fellow blogger friends do. But then this is where the whole issue of hobby versus business comes back to mind…since this blog is my hobby, it shouldn’t really matter if I’m going to press events or not, right? But to have a blog in general is kind of to have a small business, and you want your business to grow and be recognized…it’s a weird situation and I’m not sure how I feel about it, entirely.

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Summer Staples on Sale

It’s only halfway through the summer (how is it almost mid-July?!), but tons of staples that you can still wear this season are hugely discounted at the moment! I was browsing Jack Rogers sandals the other day and found several cute pairs that are priced below $60 right now–be sure to scoop them up before they go out of stock!

If you’re looking for a pair of the classic sandals, several colors here are discounted.

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I ordered this pair of wedges for only $44 (marked down from $148!)–I’ve been a big fan of them lately, and I like how they reflect the signature Jack Rogers style but look a little bit different and dressier for nighttime events.

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I was also browsing Anthropologie and came across this adorable straw bag for only $40–the price can’t be beat.

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I’m also a big fan of this blue style from Saks Off 5th, it’s majorly discounted!

These polka dot slides look comfortable for this blister-prone gal and are marked down from $195 to $35.

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Friday Links

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Happy Friday! It was so nice to get away for a few days for my good friend Melissa’s wedding (we’ve known each other since we were one!) and a little trip to Florida. Since the wedding was in Pinehurst, NC, (which was absolutely gorgeous), it broke up the ride a bit, but man, I’ve spent a LOT of time in cars lately!

I know so many bloggers share their favorite links of the weeks on Fridays or Saturdays, and posting my own may become a bit redundant, but there are times (like this past week on vacation, when I had a lot more downtime than usual) where I just find so many good things that I want to share with you all. So while these link posts may not become super frequent (we’ll see!), I hope they’re a fun way for me to share some of my current obsessions and must reads.

With that said…

My room is live on Apartment Therapy! (I had already drafted yesterday’s post before I found out; I was super surprised but thrilled to see it go up!).

The chic IKEA chair you didn’t know you needed.

ICYMI: What Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment would probably look like today.

A DIY anyone can do with an old trunk. I’d paint mine gold!

The new-to-me Instagram account that I’m loving.

The headline here says it all! The Bold Type: If Sutton Is Your Favorite Character, Here Are 5 Other Things You Should Watch.” 

Younger fans: The ghostwriter of Marriage Vacation is…

This palm leaf dress I recently ordered is under $16 (and you’ll never guess where it’s from!).

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Our Houzz Tour is LIVE + FAQ

As you probably have seen on Instagram by now, the Houzz tour for my (not so) new apartment is LIVE! Carrie and I participated in this shoot back in January, and while a lot of our (ok, my…) decor has changed, a lot is still the same (aka Carrie’s room and our downstairs!). What can I say…I love rearranging from time to time, so my room is always slightly in flux!

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I also thought I’d take this time to answer a few frequently asked questions about our place–many of which I’ve discussed on the blog over the past year (but I know answers tend to get lost in the shuffle!).

Q: How did you find your apartment?
A: Believe it or not, we found it on Craigslist! Carrie and I had visited tons of different rowhouse apartments, mostly in the Eastern Market area, but were having trouble finding something that fell within our price range, was convenient to public transportation, was located in a safe neighborhood, and most of all, felt like home! This place was truly a gem of a find in that it checked all of those boxes and more. I have a detailed post about DC apartment hunting where I talk about our whole process and include several tips if you’re starting your own search. I also shared some “before” pictures of our place in this post.

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Q: What’s the building like? 
A: It’s old and small in population–but charming! Our building used to be one person’s house (my room in the attic was probably the maid’s quarters). There are about 8 different units now, most of which are studios or one-bedrooms. Everyone is roughly our age, but we’re the only roommate pair living in the building, so it’s definitely less of a “social” atmosphere than many of the buildings that cater to 20- and 30-somethings downtown. We live up two long flights of stairs (which don’t bother me too much, but my friends who live in elevator buildings definitely notice when they come over!) and are on the top floor of the building along with one other unit. We’re fortunate enough to have a roof deck that is only accessible from our unit, which makes for the perfect private spring/summer entertaining spot. One downside is that there is only one washer and one dryer for everyone to share–they’re located in the basement–but we were willing to forgo having one in-unit when we saw how much else our place had to offer.

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Q: How did you handle the move with the spiral staircase?
A: Omg, it was a nightmare–not really physically, because I hired movers, but logistically and financially. Basically, I had started contacting moving companies to give them a heads up about my October 1 move-in date before Carrie and I even knew where we’d be living. I didn’t want that date to fill up and knew that even if we didn’t find a place by then, I needed to still get everything out of my Georgetown apartment and take it to my parents’ house (thank goodness Carrie and I were both local–it took a lot of pressure off having to find a place by October 1, since we knew we could always live at home for a bit). Once our apartment application was approved, I called the moving place back to let them know that the logistics would be a be more difficult than I’d anticipated–the room I was moving into was located up a flight of narrow wrought-iron spiral stairs! Luckily, the moving company was confident that they were up for the task–and they did a great job. Everything that I wanted to go upstairs made it up safely thanks to three movers and their teamwork/hoisting skills. The only real issue I’ve encountered was when I purchased an awesome mid century modern dresser in April and needed to get it up there (I usually can lift other items by myself or with Carrie’s help, but this was ridiculously heavy, even with the drawers removed!). It was nearly impossible to find a Task Rabbit/service who would hoist just one piece of furniture (as opposed to a whole move’s worth), though I found one eventually and they were in and out within 15 minutes!

Since I did hire movers and knew that the upstairs move-in process would be lengthy and expensive, I tried to carry up as many boxes as possible the day before our official move-in date (our landlord gave us the keys early) because I figured the more things I could carry myself, the less costly the next day would end up. However, going up and down two big flights of stairs was definitely a workout–but it was also a great way to begin unloading things bit by bit.

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I’ve been loving sharing a little tour of our space with the internet, and everyone’s nice comments on the feature have made it even more fun. Without further ado, enjoy the piece!

 

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Carry On Bags Under $50

I love a good travel bag. But I also love finding one that’s affordable, can double as possibly a gym/shopping bag, and is easy to use as a carry-on without having to squish it under the seat toooooo much. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites of the moment, including one that I recently ordered myself–this Everlane number! I’m excited to have a backpack option, since I walk to work every day (sometimes with my work laptop) and don’t want to wear my shoulders out too much! We’ll see what this one is like when it arrives–the only problem with using a backpack as a work bag is that I sometimes feel too casual bringing it to meetings–you know what I mean? However, I’ve heard excellent things about Everlane and have been meaning to test the brand out for ages, so I’m psyched for this piece to arrive!

A few other bags I’m loving:

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This monogrammed tote looks way pricier than $35! I love the classic black with the gold lettering, but you can choose among several different color options. Etsy has some great options!

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Speaking of Etsy, how fun is this seersucker bag for only $20?!

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Francesca’s is killin’ it with their bags lately. This weekender is a great price while still being spacious.

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Zara has so many adorable bags for summer, and this one is only $20!

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Target does it again with a preppy striped weekender.

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Umm, I kind of LOVE this leopard option.

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A Few Recent Purchases

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I always love when other bloggers share their recent purchases–I’ve discovered so many fun new brands by reading other blogs, and I love taking a peek into other people’s shopping carts. I’ve been trying to curtail my shopping big time, but I still picked up a few things:

  • This travel tote. I had only first heard about the Lo and Sons brand just a few weeks ago, but everyone I’ve talked to since discovering it has had RAVE reviews. Since I love a good weekender bag (and this one was on sale for $84), I figured I would see what the fuss was all about. Unfortunately it arrived the afternoon after I left for a five day trip, but I’ll definitely be using it for other travel later this summer and will report back with a full review after that! I picked the gray and am hoping it doesn’t get too dirty.
  • This print. I purchased my first Vintage Barbie and Ken print a couple of years ago (pictured above) and had been wanting another one for awhile but just couldn’t decide which to get (this one was a runner-up)! However, this one was calling my name a few weeks ago (you know I love anything that’s a little bit sassy/ironic) and I had to place an order. Since framing can be so expensive, I searched for an affordable white 13 by 19 frame–which is a less common size as it is–and really lucked out when I found this one on Target.com for only $14.99 plus shipping. Talk about a score!
  • This round straw bag. I had first noticed this bag on Kate’s blog and thought it would be way more expensive than it actually was (it’s $17.90; I would have guessed $170!). However, when I first discovered it, it was already sold out on Forever21.com. I checked back on it every now and then, and the other day, I noticed it was back up and for sale. I’m excited to use it this summer, and it looks pretty roomy!
  • Water shoes. Ok, this isn’t really a “fun” purchase, but I picked a pair of these up on Amazon Prime because I recently bought a Groupon for a Splash Cycle class! A friend had told me about Splash Cycle last summer–it’s basically SoulCycle in a pool–and it sounded like so much fun. I’m not sure when I’ll take my class (the voucher is good through the end of August), but I’m going to try to save the credit for a really hot Saturday or Sunday when I want to get a workout in but just can’t fathom going to the gym. (I’ll definitely do a post after I try the class). I read online that the studio does provide water shoes, and while I’m not normally too much of a germaphobe with those kinds of things, I figured I would order a $7 pair just to 1) feel a bit cleaner and 2) have on hand for the future. If only real spin shoes were so affordable; I hate paying those rental fees every time I take a spin class!
  • These hair ties. I ordered these on Prime when I purchased the water shoes (side note: I actually chose not to renew my Prime membership in May after three years, because I wanted to cut out some unnecessary/impulse spending–and we all know Prime can be a huge trap because it makes it so easy to order things on a whim!). However, I did take advantage of a one-week free trial in June, though I proudly only placed this one order. I’ve been wearing hair ties like these for several months, but I think this is the “original” brand and I wanted to try them out. Sure, they’re a bit bulky to wear on your wrist, but the whole no-crease thing is definitely a plus.

What have you snagged lately?

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June Reads

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This month got off to a fast start reading-wise, but things kind of slowed down halfway through. I have my 16-hour round trip train ride to Boston to thank for allowing me to finish several of these! I’m heading to Florida for a few days to spend some time with family for the 4th and have packed a TON of books–I always read a lot down there and am bringing a mix of beach reads and thrillers. July should be a good recap, for sure!

Here’s what I read in June:

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work at the White House, by Alyssa Mastromonaco: This was a great book to read relatively soon after finishing Katy Tur’s Unbelievable a few months ago (you can read my review about it here). This comedic memoir tells the story of Alyssa’s experience working for Barack Obama and is punctuated by her own stories of embarrassment and self-discovery. I always love reading about how people slightly older than I am got started in their field and finished the book feeling inspired by Alyssa and totally missing Barry O. Definitely read it if you love a good liberal political memoir but also have a sense of humor (there are lots of weird stories about not being able to find bathrooms, and the like!).

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng: Ok, I wasn’t sure if I would like this book or not, but I’m SO glad that I read it. I’d been on the waitlist at the library for months, finally got a copy, and decided to crack it open on a long train ride home from Boston (funnily enough, the girl next to me was sitting there reading it too, and we ended up talking about it for a bit!). While we both had been a little worried that the book would be “boring,” I was honestly so enthralled the entire time. The book tells the story of the Richardson family, living in Shaker Heights, Ohio (which is right near where my mom spent her middle school years!), as well as their tenants, Mia Warren and her teenage daughter, Pearl. After a local family brings an abandoned baby into their home, the town is divided on whether she should be returned to her birth mother or raised in her new family–and Mia is personally connected to the issue in more ways than one. Meanwhile, the teenage children of the book are making their own decisions about what family means to them and how they wish to shape their lives. Without giving too much away, the book prompts the reader to consider how they define family and the complicated decisions we each make as a result of our own familial bonds. The book was a thought-provoking read without pinpointing a “right” or a “wrong” side, and it really encouraged the reader to consider his or her own values and moral obligations. I could see it being read and discussed in a college class (#sociologymajor) across many disciplines and keep thinking about the many issues it raised.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson: This is another book I had been meaning to read for ages. It’s a quick self help read that I think raises tons of relevant issues. When should we care about things, and when should we just move on? There was one quote I really liked (I took a picture of the page, because I had to return the book to the library!). It said, “We should pick our battles carefully, while simultaneously attempting to empathize a bit with the so-called enemy….We should prioritize values of being honest, fostering transparency, and welcoming doubt over the values of being right feeling good, and getting revenge.”

When Life Gives You Lululemons, by Lauren Weisberger: Hear me out, but I remember reading The Devil Wears Prada WAY back when during the summer after my freshman year of high school (I know, I feel old!) and just not loving the writing–I did love the movie, though, and reference it all the time. I was super excited for Lauren Weisberger’s new book to come out (which I hadn’t realized was technically about Andy Sachs’ friend and coworker, Emily) and was even more thrilled when Simon and Schuster included it in a little summer reading package that they sent to me at the end of last month. As soon as I started the book, I was hooked, and I genuinely looked forward to reading it each day because I found it so amusing (and terrifying!). The book follows Miranda’s former assistant Emily (in her new life doing publicity for stars), her friend Miriam, who has quit her high-powered law firm job to raise her children in Greenwich, and Miriam’s friend Karolina, the wife of a senator, who lives in Bethesda and finds herself in trouble when she’s presumed to be driving under the influence. The book celebrates female friendship, the struggles women face, and brings to light the crazy, complicated lives of Greenwich’s elite (you’ll laugh and shudder). Highly recommend it for the beach this summer!

Limelight, by Amy Poeppel: This was another book that I’d been curious about but went into a bit skeptical because I didn’t like the author’s previous work. I thought I’d love Small Admissions, which everyone had been raving about last year (I especially thought I’d enjoy it working at a private K-12 school!), and just could NOT get into it at all. I did keep the book, though, so maybe I’ll give it another chance. However, Limelight totally captured my attention–I loved it! I snagged a copy at my favorite used bookstore in NYC, and the woman working at the register told me that she had just finished the book and loved it. The story follows Allison Brinkley and her husband, teenage daughters, and elementary school-aged son, who have just relocated from Dallas to NYC. Unfamiliar with the city, Allison struggles to find a job and her bearings, but one day ends up with an unexpected gig, serving as the PA for a teen popstar. You can guess that undoubtably tons of ups and downs follow, and all the while, Allison is trying to balance her own family life with basically raising someone else’s kid. I found the book funny and engaging and would totally recommend it for the beach or summer travel.

When Katie Met Cassidy, by Camille Perri: I had loved Camille Perri’s first book, The Assistants, and was excited to read more from her. This book tells the story of Katie, a newly single, traditional girl from Kentucky who is working as a lawyer in New York City, when one day in the office she meets a lesbian woman named Cassidy…and has all kinds of questions. Despite their differences, the two women form a bond which leads to more, shocking Katie and changing her outlook about herself and her relationships. I thought this was a very sweet read that broke the mold but also raised important questions and issues.

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Something Old, Something New

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Wedding season is in full swing, but the “something old, something new” in this post title actually refers to…you guessed it…furniture styling. As you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I scored an awesome pair of cane chairs off of Craigslist this past Sunday for only $15 each! It was a dream come true (even though I had to travel pretty far out to the Virginia suburbs to grab them–though I took the metro one way and then Ubered back with them, though, so it wasn’t too pricy of an excursion). Side note: the seller had originally listed all five chairs for $75 total, and while it was a huge steal, I just realllllyyy don’t have the room for all of them. I emailed her asking if she was willing to break up the set (though keep in mind that some people are sticklers about not doing this), and luckily, she was, which made it super easy for me to head to her place and grab two (I also lucked out because not all of the chairs were in great condition, so I was able to pick out the least flawed ones).

While I was excited about the chairs, I did worry that they were maybe a little too old-looking/grandma-ish for a 26 year old. I knew I could style them and make them look fun, but I wasn’t (and still am not) exactly sure how. I’ve tried placing my fun leopard print pillow on one and a faux fur throw on the other (which is cute, but also necessary, as the seat on that chair is pretty torn up). After browsing Pinterest and crowd-sourcing on Instagram, I’ve decided that while gold/white/black spray painted cane chairs look cool, the original wood finish is pretty special and worth keeping.  (Sorry for the weird lighting in these photos–one was taken during a super sunny afternoon, and one was in the morning before work, when it’s also very bright in this spot!).

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So how can I create a fairly modern setup with all of this wooden furniture? It’s all in the styling. I placed the chairs next to the cane love seat I have, which is obviously also old-looking, but the lucite tables next to them add a more young, modern look. After all, I’ll only be in my twenties and living on my own/with a roommate for a limited period of time, so I don’t want to create a look that’s too “grown up” or stuffy just yet!

I think my gallery wall also helps offset the stuffy vibe–it’s filled with fun prints (some older-looking, and some more modern) that are colorful and whimsical. The gold lamp from Target is 100 percent young and modern-looking while also being functional. Plus, greenery is always key in making a room look more fresh and alive, literally! Plants are so easy to use as decor–just place one in an empty space and there’s no need to splurge on a side table.

I also think a purely modern piece–like a fun moroccan pouf or Eames chair replica–does a great job of taking a space from granny to millennial. Mixing and matching vintage pieces with finds like these will go a long way!

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What I’ve Learned from Traveling with Friends

*I actually drafted this post about a week ago and then saw this Vogue article in the Girls Night In newsletter last Friday–it touches on a lot of the same topics and may be helpful, so I thought I’d include it here! 

I feel super fortunate that my group of college girlfriends has made such an effort to travel together over the years. We all live in different parts of the country and have different work/school schedules, but we try to do a couple of trips every year so that we can all see each other in some combination!

We’ve been lucky that we’re all pretty agreeable and mostly interested in doing the same things, which makes it easy to plan in advance. However, having dealt with different situations and traveled to a few different places, we’ve had to make decisions as a group that were either no-brainers or slightly stressful! As a result, here are a few things to think about before going on a trip with friends…

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What will you do if someone backs out of the trip last minute? We’ve decided that going forward, it’s best to figure out a “policy” in advance so that there are no misunderstandings should someone’s plans change. Will they eat their cost, will the remainder of the group cover for them, or will you try to book new accommodations that work better for a smaller group? These types of situations can get awkward really quickly if there’s no rule in place, and people have different preferences as to how they’d like to handle cancellations, so it’s best to work something out within your group before these types of issues emerge. Things happen, and being a good friend is more important than fussing about money, but everyone is in different life situations and what one person sees as fair or right may not seem that way across the board.

Is planning ahead welcomed or annoying? Usually, when I travel with my family, we basically make zero plans or reservations, we just go into the trip with a list of activities/must-sees and then decide what makes the most sense to do each day once we get there. However, when my friends and I were getting ready to go to Savannah, I had done lots of online research and collected recs from locals, so I knew of a few restaurants I wanted to try while we were there and also knew that making reservations in advance would be key. Thankfully, my friends saw this as super helpful–many of them were extremely busy leading up to the trip and had zero time to think about logistics–but I’m sure it could also come across as controlling depending on the group. For us, though, it ended up working out really well! We had some structure to our days but also had enough flexibility to schedule other things as we learned about them (like our awesome pedal pub ride), and we got to take advantage of trying some delicious places and go on a cool ghost tour thanks to doing a little legwork beforehand.

How can you compromise? Maybe you’re itching to try a certain restaurant but other people don’t want to pay $30+ for an entree when you’re going out to eat several nights in a row. Look at brunch or lunch menus; they’re often cheaper and you can still get the same experience without paying a price that not everyone is thrilled about. When you’re with a group, you’re always going to want to have several options, just because not everyone is always going to share the same opinion, no matter how close you are!

Can you coordinate your schedules? Traveling to and from the airport and checking in/out of an Airbnb is that much easier when there’s at least one other person with you. Of course, sometimes people need to arrive or leave at times that may not be as ideal for the rest of the group, but comparing flights beforehand will ensure that there’s no confusion–or frustration over a high Uber fee–the day of!

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