5 Home Decor Items from Nordstrom

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Nordstrom actually has some amazing home finds! I was browsing their new arrivals the other day and got sucked in…so much beautiful accent furniture and decor! I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite pieces below:

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1) This brass/bamboo-like table is certainly at the top of my wish list. I actually found a similar, smaller piece at the Georgetown Flea a few weeks ago, but I’m still lusting over this one. It would work well in a living room, or you could grab two and use them as chic bedside tables. Plus, at under $150, it’s quite affordable (especially compared to similar styles).

2) This little container is super affordable and would look great on a dresser. Use it to store bracelets/watches or even hair supplies!

3) Our apartment actually came with the cutest doormat from Target, but if we didn’t have one, I’d be all about this pineapple option (which is not only adorable but super appropriate, since pineapples = hospitality!).

4) Fall means cozy throw blankets are practically a requirement, and while this one is a bit of a splurge, it’s super cute.

5) I personally own this pillow and can attest to how great it is! Right now, it’s on our living room couch, but in my last apartment, it added the perfect extra pop of blue and white to my bedroom.

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DC Neighborhood Prints

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When I was at Heather‘s apartment a few weeks ago for our Houzz shoot (will share the article when it’s up; I can’t wait!), I noticed she had the most adorable DC-themed prints hanging in her bathroom. She told me they’re from Cherry Blossom Creative, and seriously, I’ve been noticing them everywhere ever since! I popped in to Urban Dwell in Adams Morgan for the first time a few days after I was at Heather’s and noticed they sell them there, and they even sell mini greeting card-sized versions of the prints (which I don’t see on the website).

Can’t make it to Urban Dwell? (Side note: I don’t know what took me so long to get there…it’s the store of my dreams!). You can order the traditional sized prints online, and I even learned that ACE Hardware carries the card sizes (they actually had some pretty on point DC-themed cards when I popped in the other day, haha). I learned that Cherry Blossom Creative also has a DC store, but it sounds like they’re closed at the moment for renovations and should open up soon.

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I can’t decide which print to get…Dupont or Georgetown or maybe both? I love that so many different neighborhoods are available…these would make fantastic housewarming gifts!

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One Cane Chair, Three Ways

I’ve been doing lots of online decor/furniture shopping (and just some browsing!) while setting up everything in the new place, and I’ve found tons of adorable pieces that I want to share here. I came across this cane chair on Amazon the other week and think it’s absolutely gorgeous and so classic (not to mention an awesome price!).  I already have some cane pieces in my room, otherwise I would’ve added it to my cart immediately (who am I kidding; it’ll probably still be on my wish list for awhile!). I’ve put together a few different bedroom themes that honestly all appeal to me in different ways–and all of them incorporate the chair, just to show how versatile it can be. Honestly, I think my personal style is kind of a mix of all of these looks!

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Shop the boho look: Lamps, gold tray, sleep mask, rug 

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Shop the preppy look: Traylamp, candle holders, jar, candle

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Shop the glamorous look: Painting, wall decor, jeweled jar, pillow

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Decorating a Loft

The room I’m living in has all sorts of funky architectural elements, which I absolutely love, but they make it necessary to get a little creative when decorating! I’ve been obsessed (even more than usual) with Pinterest lately, and I’ve found lots of awesome inspiration when it comes to decorating loft/attic rooms. I think in my room I plan to do kind of an “old fashioned glam” look, with darker furniture along with gold accents, like the vintage trunk I found on Craigslist and this mirror that I ended up scoring from Ballard Designs (it was 20% off and shipping was free–still pricy, but a great deal!). I had always thought I would prefer the silver, but Danielle‘s picture (below) inspired me to choose gold. I think having golds mixed in will really help brighten up the space, as I’m a bit worried about getting enough sunlight (I have skylights and then doors across the room, but with the addition of the wall, those will be blocked off).

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As a refresher: here is what my room looks like without anything in it (and there’s another side that isn’t pictured, plus the wall with a door and window have since been built, so this is really just a rough idea).

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I’m planning to put my bed against the big white wall shown, and then there is a little nook where I can keep my dresser (my campaign baby probably won’t be able to make it up the stairs, so she’ll have to stay in the living room–thankfully Carrie is a fan of her, too!).

On the other side of the room, I’m planning on setting up a desk/vanity area and I’m not sure what else yet. I love to move pieces around from time to time, but it’ll be harder in this space! I’m hoping when I go over there again on Friday I’ll have a better sense of where I’d like things to go.

However, I’m absolutely loving how all of these fellow loft-dwellers arranged their spaces, so I had to share them here:

So many books!
So many books!

 

Maybe not a loft but gorgeous nonetheless. Love that gold mirror :)
Maybe not a loft but gorgeous nonetheless. Love that gold mirror :)

 

Again, maybe not a loft, but kind of the vibe I'm going for...industrial glam.
Again, maybe not a loft, but kind of the vibe I’m going for…industrial glam.

 

All of the white in this space is so modern and calming (ooh, Gossip Girl)
All of the white in this space is so modern and calming (ooh, Gossip Girl)

 

If Carrie Bradshaw lived in an attic...!
If Carrie Bradshaw lived in an attic…!

Want to see what else is inspiring me decor-wise? Follow me on Pinterest here! Also, I was browsing the other day and came across this quote from Emmy Rossum, which truly says it best (I seriously freaked out in the best way when I saw it., because it truly captures the vibe I’m going for in my new room, haha. I’ve even asked my mom if I could borrow some fun family photographs, and she’s going to lend me one of her mother dressed up for a wedding when she was a little kid over 80 years ago–love it!). How beautiful is Emmy’s place?

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From Weekend to Work

When I’m shopping for “fun things” (going out, parties, weekend trips, etc.) these days, I try to pick clothing that I can also wear to work. I definitely have my fair share of cute sleeveless tops that are reserved for weekends only, but practicality usually wins when I’m picking out clothes (though don’t get me wrong, I do love a good cold shoulder top!).

I was going to a college friend’s party a few weekends ago and was kind of bored with my existing shirt options, plus, I was long overdue for a trip to Mustard Seed. Off I went, and I left with two great pieces that were only $14 each! One was this scalloped top from J.Crew, shown below (it’s always been insanely popular among bloggers, so I don’t know what took me so long to try it). I absolutely love how it looks on. I think the reason I was holding back is because sometimes tops like this can be a little loose on me, as I’m fairly small-chested. Note: I ended up sizing down to a 0 (normally I would probably wear a 2-4 in their tops, depending on the style), paired it with a strapless bra, and it fit great. Not too tight, not too baggy…I love it and may have to stock up on more! These tops seem to frequently go on sale, so now that I know which size to order, I’m good to go. I’m not seeing the exact scalloped style online at the moment, but here’s a similar option. The best part? You could totally wear one to work under a blazer.
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Of course, there are times when going out means showing a little more skin and just having more fun with prints, cuts, and colors than you do during the normal work week, and that makes sense! Why dress like you’re headed to the office when it’s your day off? However, it’s always helpful to have a few options in your closet that can work all week long, such as these picks:
Ok, I'm kind of in love with the sleeves on this J.Crew Factory option!
Ok, I’m kind of in love with the sleeves on this J.Crew Factory option!
Clearly ruffles are already a theme in this post. The black is so versatile!
Clearly ruffles are already a theme in this post. The black is so versatile!
The leopard lover in me is swooning over this!
The leopard lover in me is swooning over this option!

 

While I personally don't like how I look wearing peplum, this top is definitely a cute one. The best part? It's made from sweatshirt material...so if you'd rather be in bed than at the bar, you can have the best of both worlds. It's perfect for casual Fridays, too!
While I personally don’t like how I look wearing peplum, this top is definitely a cute one. The best part? It’s made from sweatshirt material…so if you’d rather be in bed than at the bar, you can have the best of both worlds. It’s perfect for casual Fridays, too!

 

I honestly love this shirt in all of its colors (gingham!) but the red is perfect for fall events.
I honestly love this shirt in all of its colors (gingham!) but the red is perfect for fall events.
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Window Shopping: Nordstrom

Note: Always check the sale section of Nordstrom.com, even if it isn’t technically an #NSale. There are so many cute fall pieces that are discounted a ton and would be so adorable for the season. Bonus–everything here is under $50! Here are some of my recent finds:

This is so perfect...I can't Could a sweatshirt BE any cuter??
This is so perfect…I can’t Could a sweatshirt BE any cuter??

 

I love how something so cozy looking makes such a big statement at the same time. I haven't really tried bell sleeves but am loving how they look here.
I love how something so cozy looking makes such a big statement at the same time. I haven’t really tried bell sleeves but am loving how they look here.

 

I love this in either color. The blue is sold out in my size, but I like the white as well...but still, the blue, omg.
I love this in either color. The blue is sold out in my size, but I like the white as well…but still, the blue, omg.

 

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One more cute and cozy option...perfect for fall activities!
One more cute and cozy option…perfect for fall activities!

Come back tomorrow for a post about weekend wear that works well for your 9-5, too! But seriously…I’m kind of loving all of the above for fall. Nordstrom is really on the mark this season when it comes to snuggly clothes that also look stylish!

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We Found an Apartment!

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I can finally say it on here…I found an apartment! I’ll be moving to Dupont with Carrie (we met via Instagram in May, nbd…I messaged her and Shannon to get coffee, and the rest was history) and we’re so, so excited to decorate our place and more importantly, be roommates!

We found our apartment on Craigslist (of course!) and are in love with it. It’s a cool two-story unit in an old brownstone, and it has a ton of character. Carrie is living in an awesome room downstairs with huge closets and a fireplace, and I’m living upstairs in a lofted area with skylights, a fun vintage-y mirror, and a little lounge area that leads to our outdoor space! I’ll post some before pictures here and can’t wait to show you the after (it’ll take time, though!).

We definitely had our share of horror stories when apartment hunting (blog post for another day…) and really feel lucky that we finally have a place to call our own. I know Carrie will be an amazing person to live with (we feel like we’ve known each other for years, not for three months!)…not to mention, she’s a talented chef and will definitely be a good influence in that department! 😉

So without further ado, here are a few “before” photos of our place:

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A few purchases we’re excited about:

-A large, gold vintage mirror for our living room fireplace (I found one on eBay for a great price, and I can’t wait for it to arrive! I was definitely inspired by Alaina’s setup).

-Two chairs for the little round nook in our living room + a gold side table from Craigslist

-An 8 by 10 jute rug from West Elm that we scored for $50 on Craigslist (it retails for $400, so it was a steal!)

-A gold trunk that I’m planning to keep in my room (I’m a little worried about my furniture making its way up to the loft, especially with the spiral staircase, but the movers said they could handle it…). It’s pictured below, and I love that it has little feet you can attach.

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Have any decor ideas for us? Send ’em my way! I’m planning on going with dark wood and more of a vintage-y feel in my bedroom, and Carrie has plans to incorporate blue, white, and gold in hers. We’re excited to each have our own little nook and bathroom but still spend time together in our common space (which will be filled with books!). Stay tuned for more apartment posts coming your way! Oh, and if you have any questions about finding a space in DC…just ask! We’ve been through it all at this point!

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5 Accent Walls I Love

As much as I love a good gallery wall, I think it’s sometimes fun to pick a nice accent piece and let it tell its own story. When decorating my apartment for my Apartment Therapy shoot in June, I decided to order a colorful piece from Furbish Studio (shown above–it’s sold out on Furbish’s site now, though), and I love the dimension it added to that little nook. I had originally wanted to place it in a white frame (and it’s in one now), but the frame I wanted didn’t arrive in time for the shoot. I like how the black frame looks with my bar cart, but I’ve moved the print to a new space now (#typical) and it looks better in a white frame where it is now.

Since I’m now considering how I’d like to decorate my future place, I rounded up a few pins and would love to get your input on looks that you like best! I can be so indecisive and love to move stuff around over and over again, but I also don’t want to nail a million holes in the wall. 😉

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Image 1: Funny story–this is actually Shannon’s apartment (I LOVE all of her design work!) and I had pinned this image because I absolutely loved the white mirror and how it looked over her bar cart. I had been searching and searching for a similar one when Shannon announced on IG that she was selling the mirror. You can guess who messaged her right away! I picked it up a few days later and it’s now hanging in the bar cart area. It’s a great mirror and the huge size makes it great for #ootd pics (if we’re being honest!).

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Image 2: I’ve almost always done gallery walls over my couches, but this large abstract piece is making me want to go simple. This is actually another home that Shannon designed in DC, and I love the elegant, simple look. Who wouldn’t want to come back to this living space after a long day in the office?!

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Image 3: I love a good witty piece of artwork, and this black and white photo looks amazing over this couple’s bar cart. I’ve been trying to incorporate more photography into my home and this show-stopping piece is a great find!

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Image 4: For a preppier look, see above! This Slim Aarons photograph definitely makes a statement (I’ve gotten a few of his prints recently and love them), and I really like the simplicity of this look–gallery walls are my jam, but there’s nothing wrong with highlighting one really good piece.

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Image 5: Last but not least….This abstract face piece is amazing and kind of reminds me of my Furbish print. I love how it’s so dramatic and truly makes you stop and stare!

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New Bedroom Inspo

Hands down, the best part of moving (at least in my opinion) is redecorating. That certainly doesn’t mean you need to start entirely from scratch, because it’s definitely easy to style pieces of furniture in totally different ways and get a whole new look without having to toss/sell things and re-order brand new pieces. When I move later this fall, I’d like to mix and match furniture/decor I already own with some fun new items in order to get a brand new look.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love how my room in my current apartment (pictured above) turned out and will be sad to leave this setup, but I’m feeling like going for something that’s a little more bohemian and funky versus classic and preppy. I’ve been drawn to colorful oriental-looking rugs, gold sconces, and…for the first time in my life…dark wooden furniture.

Below is some inspo (thanks to Pinterest, of course!) for my new space. I realize that many of these looks are all basically variations of the same thing…don’t laugh at me!

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And a few products that are on my wish list (one of which I’ve already ordered, oops!):

So I ordered this after seeing it on Alaina's and Jackie's Insta stories and can't wait for it to arrive!
So I ordered this after seeing it on Alaina’s and Jackie’s Insta stories and can’t wait for it to arrive!
I'm realllly liking these gold sconces for either side of my bed. They're currently on sale at Urban Outfitters and are such a great shape and size.
I’m realllly liking these gold sconces for either side of my bed. They’re currently on sale at Urban Outfitters and are such a great shape and size.
Love, want, need this mirror and will probably be ordering when I settle on a place (and if Ballard has a coupon or two!).
Love, want, need this mirror and will probably be ordering when I settle on a place (and if Ballard has a coupon or two!).

I also scored a brown, vintage-looking dresser (like the ones shown in the Pinterest images above) on Craigslist a few weeks ago and love it! I’m considering painting it white but that may make it look a little more shabby chic, and while that’s definitely a fun style, it isn’t really what I’m going for here. Another great find was a boho-looking rug that I purchased during a “sample sale” that Rugs USA was having online. It’s about 5 by 8 and was only $44! That isn’t a typo–similar looking rugs from sites like Lulu and Georgia (which I absolutely love) go for about 10 times that much, so I was happy for mine to arrive and have debuted it in my current room for the moment. Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks/months! First step is to actually find an apartment 😉

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6 Closet Staples I Can’t Live Without

Welcome back to reality, all! Hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend. Mine was full of relaxing (lots of naps), work at my part-time job, packing for my upcoming move (more on that once I actually have deets about where I’ll be living, ha–but I’m staying in DC, just changing neighborhoods!), seeing a few friends, scheduling some blog posts, writing a freelance piece, and enjoying a free birthday spin class (whew!). Last week was insanely busy at work, so it was nice to not have a ton of solid plans and just hang out (especially since Saturday was extremely rainy in DC). Who’s snagged their first PSL of the season? I heard rumors going around on Friday that some stores began offering them, but it seemed like that caused some major controversy, and I didn’t grab mine until Tuesday!

Hint: These black pants are EVERYWHERE in this post ;)
Hint: These black pants are EVERYWHERE in this post ;)

Spending a week in Paris and living off of a limited wardrobe made me realize how much I appreciate certain items in my closet that can be styled in multiple ways. I’ve mentioned before that I actually get kind of overwhelmed by a huge wardrobe so I like to keep mine kind of paired down (andddd this is why I’m thankful for friends whose closets could basically be mini boutiques…every time I’m at Shelby’s I end up borrowing a top or two to switch things up!). But traveling obviously forces you to really pair down, and it helped me rediscover my favorites.

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For starters, I’m obsessed with this one pair of black skinny pants from LOFT. The style is “Zoe skinny,” but I don’t think LOFT sells them anymore. I bought my first pair in 2014 and they lasted until summer 2016 (they were starting to get super faded but I don’t think I actually tossed them until there was a tear…THAT’s how much I loved them–they were truly perfect for work and weekends alike!). After trying LOFT’s Marissa pant and returning it, I ended up ordering a Zoe pair from Poshmark last fall and haven’t looked back! I wore them multiple times in Paris (not super original or fashiony, but hey, they’re so versatile that I just couldn’t say no!). I’m wearing them in the picture above as well as in the one below.

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Next up is my large Longchamp tote. I don’t often use it for travel because I don’t love carrying a shoulder bag when I’m hauling around my laptop (my shoulders are pretty messed up as it is!). I do sometimes use it as a work bag (does anyone else change up their work tote from time to time? I need variety!) and always used one of these as my “backpack” in college. On my most recent trip, I folded this bag up in my suitcase and used it for day-to-day outings in Paris–it was perfect because it could hold a sweater or raincoat in addition to the usual (wallet, sunglasses, glasses, maps, etc). BUT then two days before I left, one of the straps randomly fell off in a museum! It was so sudden that I just kind of laughed and ended up holding the bag weirdly for the rest of the day. I’ve had this baby since the summer before my junior year of college and it’s held up quite well (love that dark Longchamps really hide any stains!), so that was a surprise! Thank goodness for Insta friends who have messaged me and said that the store will likely fix it for free!

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When it comes to jean jackets, I definitely don’t cut back (I definitely have 2-3 in my closet at any given moment!). I love how they look with any type of outfit and they just look good on everyone, simple as that! I wore mine a ton this most recent trip and get lots of use out of it in my daily life in DC, too.

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Note my Lilly lunchbox in the background!

I also believe in the importance of a good, versatile scarf. I have two Murfee scarfs and really don’t give them the love they deserve! They often sit unused in my closet until I find myself wearing a non-patterned shirt or dress (which is a rarity, let’s be real) and then I realize that they’re the perfect addition and become obsessed (only to forget about them for another month or two). However, whenever I wear these I feel so much more put together and let’s face it, peppy, due to Lilly’s fun prints. Scarves can really transform an outfit in general and while I personally have like…30 (blame it on my study abroad days, when I purchased them nonstop!), one or two great ones are definitely important staples. Wear them as shawls at a wedding, dress them up for work meetings, you name it.

I’ll never be that person with a million different pairs of sunglasses, because once I’ve found a flattering pair of sunnies that I like, I’ll wear ’em forever and ever! I still need to get a new pair of Raybans, but anything tortoiseshell is good in my book in the meantime. I snagged these (pictured throughout this post) on Amazon of all places (for under $10, can you believe it?). I lived in them in Paris and know they’ll be a fun accessory in the months to come! If you’re also looking to go the cheap route, LOFT has great sunglasses that often go on sale and are very flattering. They always have tons of different styles in stock, from aviators to big, funky frames, so definitely look there!

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Last but not least? A multi-purpose crossbody. I snagged this brown leather crossbody a few months ago (but don’t have a ton of pics with it yet, hence the dressing room selfie…). However, I absolutely love it because it’s 1) suuuuper roomy and 2) can work for both night and day. I spot a lot of crossbody bags that are cute and functional but are either black or have a chain-link strap, which to me says “night time.” I like this one because it’s super practical for a day of errands but also doubles as a carry-all after dark. I’ve gone through many different crossbodies over the years and this one is definitely a favorite! The best part? I snagged it from Mustard Seed for under $15! Only downside? Since it’s pretty sturdy, it doesn’t fold down flat and therefore takes up a ton of room in a suitcase, which is why I didn’t bring it to Paris.

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