Get the Look: Classy and Classic

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Happpppy weekend! Did you catch the home tour I posted about on Thursday? This apartment is seriously the cutest thing ever, and I was inspired by several of the pieces featured. I’m all about finding home decor for less and decided to see if I could recreate the home’s classic look using pieces from one of my favorite stores…TJ Maxx, of course! Honestly, don’t knock TJ Maxx until you’ve tried it. I have friends who refuse to set foot in there but know others who swear by everything from their coffee mugs to their workout gear. In my experience, TJ Maxx is a great resource if you’re looking for home items that don’t break the bank, and their website makes it super easy (too easy, haha) to stock up on adorable decor without leaving the house! I am so, so pumped for TJX’s newest home store to open later this year…there better be one in or near DC!

Here are some of my favorites for those looking to create a calm, classic look at home.

Ginger jars: Option one and option two are both affordable and classic. Ginger jars will never go out of style, but they can certainly be costly! These are both great picks if you want to save some $.

Table lamps: Anyone who appreciates a good neutral will love these table lamps–and the price can’t be beat! Shades alone can be surprisingly costly, and two lamps for $6o is really a steal.

Storage basket: I have a similar basket that I use to store extra books (because let’s be real, my shelves are overflowing). Baskets are also a great method if you need to store throw blankets and extra pillows.

Candlesticks: Add some Hollywood Regency flair with these palm tree candlesticks. The gold adds a nice pop! Here’s a taller option.

Vase: Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about using ginger jars as vases, but this understated option would make a great addition to your living room (not to mention a nice hostess gift!).

Throw pillow: This white pillow would go with a bunch of room styles and looks super soft!

What are you up to today? I have a work event for part of the day and then am hoping to relax and watch the latest Kimmy Schmidt season…can’t believe they’re on Season 3 already! Here’s to a relaxing weekend and more warm weather.

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‘Grammin Through Georgetown

Some of my favorite spots in Georgetown happen to be the most Instaworthy, which means that if you’re addicted to updating your feed (who isn’t?!) there are some cute, photogenic spots to check out next time you’re in this part of town. (I promise the actual places are pretty cool, too!).

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If you like ice cream…Thomas Sweet is a Georgetown staple! Stop by for a blend-in (add your favorite candy), frozen yogurt (there are so many good flavors), or a traditional cone. My parents fell in love with Thomas Sweet’s Princeton location when they were students there, so we’ve been coming to the Georgetown one for awhile. It’s dangerously close to my apartment and actually seems pretty busy at all times, even after work! It’s never too crowded, though, it just clearly is popular, and for good reason! Stop by on a date or with out of town friends or even by yourself…why not?

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Only a few blocks away is Dolcezza which has AMAZING gelato. There are a few locations around DC, but this is the only one I’ve tried. The upstairs part is great for studying or quiet conversation, but there are also a few tables downstairs and a bench outside. If you’re not in the mood for gelato (who are you?!), the iced vanilla latte is also the bomb. Way better than Starbucks in my opinion!

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Avocado toast is basically an Instagrammer’s dream…and South Block has a delicious version. Stop by after SoulCycle (it’s right next door) for a healthy post-workout treat. They also sell a great almond butter and banana toast and lots of good smoothies.

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Lady Camellia, an adorable little tea place, requires reservations, but it’s worth the wait! The cute cups and saucers make the whole experience even sweeter, and their baked goods are delish.

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If you need a little inspiration, stop by Violet Boutique and snap a photo of this motivational quote. It’s sure to brighten up your feed (to be completely honest, I didn’t pay attention to the actual products being sold here…I was just in it for the ‘gram!).

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Street art is everywhere in DC, but this beautiful mural on Wisconsin and P cannot be missed!

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The DC cookies at Dean and Deluca may be a bit pricy, but they’re just too adorable that I had to try one.

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The Georgetown Flea is full of fun, unique finds every Sunday, and Saturdays bring the farmers market (so glad that farmers market season is upon us!).

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Last but not least…who can say no to a Laduree trip? The macarons are beautiful, the atmosphere is chic and relaxing, and there is just so much color and happiness overall that it’s basically an Instagrammer’s dream.

Anything you’d add to this list?

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A Home Tour I LOVE

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Busy week! Just wanted to pop in quickly to share a home tour I found the other day and absolutely love. I appreciate how this home is minimalist without being too boring. It has personality, looks grown up, and is definitely timeless with touches of blue and white and of course, a Chinese chippendale chair. Funkier elements, like the cowhide rug, make the home a bit more modern and eclectic, but not too much so. Basically, it’s perfect! It almost makes me want to move back into a studio just because the space flows so perfectly without looking crowded or cramped!

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I love the artwork above the dresser and the fun, girly elements like the necklaces and perfume bottles. Everything is organized and in its place while still looking artsy and decorative. Fresh flowers are always a must in my book, and these are gorgeous, too!

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What are your thoughts on this adorable abode? Click here for the full tour!

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Oh, Hey There!

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Long time, no blog! I’m back to share a few things I’ve been loving lately and a few exciting adventures I have planned:

Loving Lately:

DC Things: I’ve been making an effort to try to do more of the things that have been on my DC list for ages. I don’t know what’s been stopping me from trying out that cute coffee shop or wandering into a store I’ve been itching to see. Last weekend was pretty much wide open for me, so I decided to check out Laduree (of course!), Little Red Fox (an adorable coffee shop), BToo (which sells the amazing waffle donut shown above), and Salt and Sundry (a cute store that sells home goods). It’s probably a good thing I didn’t find these places before, because they’re all equally amazing and tempting!

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Spinning: I’ve still been spinning a ton lately, but I tried a new studio that’s much more convenient for me and managed to snag a Groupon deal that, when combined with another promo, allowed me to purchase 3 classes for $36! That’s basically the price of one SoulCycle, so I was thrilled!

Reading: I’ve read several good books so far this month (seriously can’t wait to write my May roundup, because I’m excited to share all of my recent reads with you), but I also ordered two new books that I can’t wait to start. One is about the complexity of female friendships and is SO applicable to life as a 20-something, and the other book is also nonfiction and profiles the paths that various women take following their college graduation. Can anyone tell I was a sociology major?!

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Looking Forward To: 

The Cape: My college friends are spread out all across the country (literally from Boston to Alaska and everywhere in between), but this July, six of us (basically the whole East Coast crew) are meeting up in Cape Cod where we’ll be renting a house for three days! I am so, so excited to see everyone and have a relaxing weekend together. We’ve had a blast going to weddings together this spring, but our time together has always flown by wayyyy too quickly and we decided that a little summer trip was just what the doctor ordered! I’ve only been to the Cape once before, the summer before I started college, so I’m excited to re-discover the area. Thank goodness one of my coworkers has spent years on the Cape and was able to help us choose an Airbnb in a great location and provide us with a long list of restaurants, shops, and more!

Eric Church: I LOVE country music, but somehow I’ve never been to a country concert! I’ve been trying to focus more on taking advantage of experiences rather than purchasing things, and when I saw Eric Church was coming to DC, I texted a fellow country-obsessed friend and we made plans to go next Friday! Look for us there in our cowboy boots 😉

Writing for Houzz: After my apartment was featured on Houzz awhile back, I was invited to become a freelance writer for the website and I am SO excited! Peeking into people’s houses + writing about them + meeting fellow DC residents with adorable spaces is basically my dream! I have my first interview/shoot with someone this weekend and I can’t wait to write up the piece (and finally see one of the adorable spaces I’ve been stalking on Instagram for some time now!).

I’ve also started watching Girlboss on Netflix and am not sure what I think…entertaining, but not addicting, at least in my opinion. Also, the actress playing Sophia sometimes looks a little bit like Rory Gilmore to me! I can’t wait for Kimmy Schmidt to return to Netflix next week, though. Coincidentally, I requested next Friday off from work, so you can bet I’ll be binge watching all day…

Writing posts like these makes me realize how many exciting things are on the horizon, and even though things have been far from perfect lately (because life is always throwing us for a curve, amirite?), having something to look forward to always makes a dreary week a little bit better. What have you been loving or looking forward to lately?

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Gifts for the “Cool Mom” in Your Life

Because she isn’t a regular mom…haha, sorry, had to. But with Mean Girls musical tickets now on sale, I’m getting obsessed with the movie all over again. Who’s coming with me?! I’m itching to buy my tickets now before the affordable seats sell out! (I mean, this in itself would make a great gift for a Mean Girls loving mom).

Anyway. Shopping for Mother’s Day gifts is always hard because my mom’s birthday is May 4 (today! Happy birthday, Mom!). Same deal with my dad, because his birthday is in June, right before Father’s Day. So I never know what to give for which occasion. But these are some of my favorite finds that I think any modern mama will love. Shop away below!

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April Books

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The Singles Game, by Lauren Weisberger: I started this one over the summer, couldn’t get into it, and cracked it open again on my plane ride home from Seattle. It was honestly the perfect lighthearted travel book and was engaging enough this time around that I finished it AND Big Law and still had some time to kill! It chronicles the ups and downs of a tennis star in her early 20s as she navigates tournaments and relationships. It was funny because when I started reading the book this summer, I had been interviewing a former tennis player named Charlotte (who also went by Charlie) as part of a work project, just like the main character.

The Admissions, by Meg Mitchell Moore: Honestly this book threw me for a loop, but in a good way. It follows a family whose oldest daughter is in the process of applying to Harvard, her dream school. But other issues arise throughout as her parents’ pasts are brought to light. While I predicted one outcome, the other left me surprised (and not in the way I’d expected based on a few clues carefully distributed throughout the book). I won’t spoil the ending, but this is a must read–definitely my favorite of the bunch!
So Close, by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus: I feel so-so about this one, which tells the story of a young woman from rural Florida who is thrust into the political scene. I got into it at the beginning and then wasn’t loving all of the twists and turns and didn’t feel super connected to Amanda, the main character. However, I liked that Amanda was a bit different from the usual 20-something protagonist and really has to fend for herself throughout the book.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P, by Adelle Waldman: I love reading about love and relationships from a man’s perspective, and this book certainly did just that (although the author is female). This book came highly recommended from friends and was a quick, enjoyable read (I started AND finished it on a lazy Sunday!). A good alternative to the usual female-dominated books about dating.
You’ll Grow Out of It, by Jessie Klein: If you like the funny girl autobiographies that have become popular in recent years (think: Tina Fey, Lena Dunham, etc) you’ll enjoy this book. I had never heard of Jessie Klein before but was throughly entertained by her writing. It makes me want to write my own little piece like this one day, haha.
The Twilight Wife, by A.J. Banner: This was another great thriller and I tore through it in one evening! It examines the life of a 34-year-old who has lost a chunk of her memory in an accident and is trying to piece together the past. But can she trust her husband as he tries to help her remember her previous life? A quick, intriguing read!
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On My Reading Wishlist

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I was browsing Amazon the other day and decided writing down must-reads on a piece of paper because there were just so many books that caught my eye! Sure, my bookshelf is practically overflowing with books I’ve already read and ones I’ve been meaning to pick up for months, but there’s honestly just not enough time to ever feel “caught up!” While I certainly don’t need to order any more books (and am probably better off waiting for some of these to go on sale), here are a few that have sparked my interest lately…let me know if you’ve read any of ’em.

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea

The Perfect Stranger

All The Lives I Want

Swing Time

Commonwealth

A Man Called Ove 

Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire)

Sugar

The Bookshop on the Corner 

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