Summer Steals to Scoop Up Now

I love when summer items go on sale before the absolute end of the season and you still have time to enjoy them before the weather gets cooler. I mentioned on Instagram the other week how I snagged some amazing pairs of Jack Rogers sandals on sale, and I’m glad that I’ll actually get a chance to wear them in the coming weeks!

I was doing some browsing the other day and noticed that a ton of other cute summer items are on majorly marked down at the moment, so I thought I’d do a big roundup here…

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Basket bag: I feel silly for taking so long to pull the trigger on one of these, but I wanted whatever I got to be cheap (except not, like, falling apart, clearly poorly made cheap, of course!) and it was hard to find something that wasn’t overpriced but also wasn’t going to break after one wear. I didn’t even want to spend more than $40 or so because I have so many other adorable straw purses that I don’t use enough. Needless to say, I was setting myself up to have a pretty limited search! Then, finally, I came across this option marked down to $25 on Amazon Prime and knew I had to scoop it up. I haven’t seen it in person yet (it’s supposed to arrive later today, woo!), but hopefully it will look just as cute as it does in the pictures.

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Jack Rogers: Speaking of Jacks, there are still tons of styles on sale! The Lord & Taylor options that I posted about on Instagram the other week are all gone, unfortunately, but other stores have their own markdowns and you can still snag some pretty good deals! I love the raffia on this pair, and there are plenty of sizes available (I hate when you find a great deal and then realize that the only sizes in stock are 5.5s!).

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Hat Attack Straw Tote: The “it” tote of summer 2018 is marked down on Shopbop, and I’d be tempted to order it if I didn’t have so many bags already! The macrame look is so fun and different–it reminds me of the vintage-y accessories in Mamma Mia 2 ūüėČ

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North Face Backpack: Not so much a seasonal find, but an amazing deal for all the students out there! I used a black North Face backpack in grad school and still bring it on long trips or even to work when I’m carrying a ton of stuff. Sometimes you just have to go with the practical option!

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Straw hat: White Elephant Designs has several straw hats with fun sayings on sale, as well as some totes and other accessories. I have their “out of office” tote, which I ordered around this time last year, and it’s GIGANTIC–perfect for a beach day or picnic!

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The Hunt for a Sconce

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A few weeks ago, I posted on Insta stories about my desire to get a sconce for next to my bed–it’s been a little design project that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile–and this past weekend, my Target sconce arrived and is now sitting pretty in my room! I had been putting off getting sconces for awhile because 1) there isn’t an outlet behind my bed; there’s only one on the left side, so I couldn’t really get a pair of two because I’d have nowhere to plug the other one in, 2) several of the styles I liked were insanely expensive, and 3) I wasn’t sure if I should just wait and see if I could purchase something that could be electrically wired to get rid of the cord issue, for both aesthetic and practical reasons. I actually asked my building’s handyman if this was something that would be possible (I wasn’t sure, because I live in a rental and updates like these are time-consuming and somewhat invasive, but our apartment does have track lighting in a couple of places that had been installed by previous tenants, so I figured it wasn’t entirely out of the question!). Our handyman said that it would likely be possible to electrically wire something, but he’d have to come by and take a look. I told him not to worry about it–I had found an awesome, modern-looking, affordable option from Target that I could hang and plug into the wall–so easy! Well, actually I relied on a cheap (thank goodness!) Task Rabbit to handle it for me, largely because I don’t own a drill and wanted to leave that part to the pros.

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The light that I purchased appears to be sold out on Target.com at the moment¬†(though this very similar option is still for sale),¬†but their stock seems to get updated fairly frequently, so check back soon and it will likely be there. I like the fun, modern look, particularly because a lot of my other bedroom decor is more vintage/old-fashioned. It looks like some of the pricier options West Elm offers (I browsed through their sconces and fell in love with several) but won’t break the bank. The lamp provides a TON of light, which has been such an upgrade for reading in bed. I definitely picked it more for aesthetic purposes than for its functionality, but it truly shines (ha) in that area, too, which has been a big bonus. You just unscrew the two lids to replace the lightbulbs, but hopefully they’ll last awhile.

I need to get a good picture of the sconce in my room sometime soon, but in the meantime, here’s some inspiration if you’re unsure what style of sconce is best for your style/living space–there really are so many fun shapes and colors that it was difficult for me to choose!

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5 Things I’ve Learned from Doing DIYs

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While I’m far from a DIY expert, I love knocking out a spray paint or sanding project in my spare time. It’s so satisfying seeing a piece of furniture go from blah to beautiful in a matter of hours. However, I’ve also started several projects that ended up being huge flops, and I know plenty of other people can relate! Here are some things I’ve learned from my DIY drama.

1) Patience is key. It may be tempting to start that spray paint project on a super hot or windy day because it’s the only free weekend you’ll have for awhile, but you’ll only end up more frustrated if you begin your work under less than ideal conditions. Check the weather (especially during the summer) to determine whether spray paint will hold or just end up all messy, and if you need to wait a few weeks, it won’t be the end of the world–you’ll thank yourself when your final product looks amazing!

2) Be realistic. I’ve done some DIY projects that I’m super proud of and others that have made me want to start crying! The end result likely won’t be as pretty as the images you see on Pinterest, so if you would feel more comfortable enlisting a friend or professional to help, do it. Even if you snag a cool vintage piece that’s seen better days for cheap and pay someone else to refinish and paint it, it will likely still be a better deal than buying a completed piece from the local antique shop.

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3)¬†Do your research. I’ve found that asking questions at the hardware store and doing some Googling can really help–it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when purchasing your materials.

4) Painting over paint isn’t always a great idea. I’ve learned the hard way that painting over an existing paint color is super difficult and doesn’t always look great, even if you sand beforehand. As noted in the point above, do your research and figure out if the project you have in mind makes sense to take on, or if it’s better to leave a painted item as is and live with it.

5) Dress accordingly. It seems like a no brainer, but there have definitely been times where I’ve figured plastic gloves would suffice and of course ended up getting spray paint all over my jeans. Wear old clothes and cover your hands; you’ll thank me later!

What DIY tips do you have? I’m more of a painter/refinisher but would love to hear what it’s like to build something from scratch…I haven’t been that ambitious thus far, but I love the look of custom pieces.

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Recent Purchases I’m Loving

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I love getting a sneak peek into other bloggers’ shopping carts, so I thought I would do a quick roundup of some of my favorite purchases as of late…let me know if you’ve tried any of these items!

Peacock chair: I had been wanting one of these for ages and finally found a great one on Craigslist. It was still fairly pricy, but it was a great deal compared to ones I’d seen elsewhere online. The best part was that the seller lived only a few blocks away, so I didn’t have to worry about fitting it into a car to bring it home (although I did look a little silly walking through Dupont carrying the chair over my shoulders–and got a few compliments on it along the way!). I’m loving how it looks in my upstairs space, and it’s super comfortable and adds a great boho touch.

Linen comforter. I’ve constantly been hearing rave reviews about linen bedding items and have used linen sheets once or twice but wanted to look for a comforter or throw blanket made from that material as well. I actually picked mine up at Marshalls of all places, but there are many similar options online. It’s perfect for folding over a plain comforter or duvet color or using on its own, and the fabric is just so comfortable and is an ideal weight for this time of year.

White noise machine. I’m lucky in the sense that I usually have no trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night, even if I’m in a new location. However, Alaina posted on IG stories about this sound machine a few months back, and I was curious and wanted to scoop it up to give it a try! I don’t use it every night, but I’ll turn it on if if it’s especially loud when I’m going to bed (which can happen frequently, as my apartment is located on a major street in an area filled with bars and restaurants) or if I’m feeling restless and want some white noise in the background. You can choose what “sound” you want it to play, but I just use the generic white noise setting each time…I don’t really know who would find the tropical sounds appealing! Obviously, there are free apps that do the same thing as this machine, but for $30, I feel it was a worthwhile purchase.

Bedside lamps. I have changed up my bedside lamp situation more times than I can count over the past few months, oops. It took me forever to find a setup that I was satisfied with aesthetically, but I think I’ve finally arrived at a winner. I spotted these gold lamps on Jess’s blog awhile back and waited a bit to order them–since my preferences change all the time, I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t going to change my mind–and thankfully they were still available and shipped out super quickly. I love the gold and the classic shape. I believe Target released a similar style at some point, but I haven’t seen it online anymore. At $50 each, they’re a great buy for really any room.

Annie Selke throw. I snagged this throw on major sale and am in love with the pattern. I really shouldn’t have bought two bedding-related items back to back¬†(#priorities)¬†but they match and work as a set! The tie-dye pattern (designed by Bunny Williams) is perfect for summer months goes with the rest of my blue and white bedroom decor.

Lululemon tote bag. This bag is also a fun tie-dye print and will be perfect for summer travel as a carry on. I have a black Lululemon bag that’s similar and holds all of my gym stuff, though this bag is slightly larger. The material is sturdy, looks super easy to clean, and the bag as a whole got great reviews, so I’m excited to test it out as I travel later this week! It’s seriously soooo spacious!

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Modern Maine Moodboard

My friend and former classmate Nikki (who I met in Spanish class my freshman year of college!) reached out¬†the other day letting me know that she and her boyfriend just bought a house in downtown Freeport, Maine! They’re looking to create a “modern Maine look” featuring “mostly neutral colors with splashes of navy and a reddish coral,” and are hoping to mix in some antiques along with newer pieces.

Of course I immediately said I was on board to scour the internet for some fun pieces to match their style. After browsing a few of my favorite sites, I immediately found tons of amazing items that I’m hoping match the vision that she has for the house.

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Among adorable home goods from .L.Bean are this nautical door knocker and striped throw pillow, as well as the fitting Freeport sign.

 

A tall plant, whether real or fake, is always necessary to add some life to a space.

A velvet navy blue bench with gold legs brings some modern glam to the space–and would look great draped with this coral patterned throw–while the coral ottoman can double as a foot rest and extra seating for guests.

A coffee table book with a Maine touch is key!

These baskets are 100 percent functional for farmers market runs but also make great decorative accents.

Fun ceramic berry baskets play up the “Maine blueberry” connection and also add a touch of order to the kitchen.

The best wall art is witty without being cheesy. This historic phrase fits well with the Maine theme.

When putting a space like this together, it’s easy to achieve a cohesive, collected look by setting out with a color scheme as Nikki did and shopping around different types of stores–the worst mistake, in my opinion, that someone can make is ordering everything from the same place. Your space will look more like a showroom than a home, and you’ll miss out on finding those special finishing touches that tie the whole place together. Adding local finds is always a great choice–Nikki mentioned that the L.L.Bean flagship store in Freeport has some great Maine art that they don’t sell elsewhere–and eye-catching artwork also helps a space reflect its owners and truly feel like home.

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Colorful Rugs Under $150

My friend Sara¬†texted me the other day looking for advice as she shopped for a rug for her entryway. She lives in an adorable studio apartment in my neighborhood and has the coolest mix of furniture and accessories–items she picked up while serving in the Peace Corps, like a set of woven African baskets, colorful artwork, and my favorite, an old-fashioned mint green diner table that she inherited from her great-grandmother.

Sara’s apartment largely is a mix of pink, mint, and brown, and she wants to find a rug that’s 1) under $150 and 2) is warm and welcoming. She has plenty of floor space to work with, but the trick is to find an affordable piece that ties the room together.

Here are a few of my favorite finds:

Turkish rugs are having a moment, and for good reason! I love the one I ordered on Etsy earlier this year and constantly swoon when I see pretty patterns in other people’s homes. The trick is finding a nice piece at the right price–Turkish rugs can go for hundreds. However, I’ve found many Etsy shops that have reasonable deals–for the real thing–and also ship items out speedily!

Sara and I liked this rug a lot, but it’s too small to meet her needs. However, the colors and pattern were just what she had in mind!

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This muted style would go well with her light pink duvet color and mint green accents.

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Similarly, this one would also look gorgeous in her space.

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Target has some great rugs that are larger and still more affordable. I particularly liked these two styles for her space.

This is technically $9 over budget, but it’s a great size and shade.

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This one is such a steal at less than $70!

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This one is such a steal at less than $70!

 

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Summer Bags on Poshmark

Lately, I’ve been all about narrowing down my collection of bags. I’ve always been more of a bag girl than anything else–although my appreciation for shoes has grown over the years (!)–and as a result, I’ve ended up with quite the mix!¬†I’ve been looking to streamline in a bit, but that doesn’t mean I can’t help you guys shop…

One of my favorite places to pick up cute summer bags is actually…(wait for it)…Poshmark! I’ve become a huge fan of wicker/straw bags over the years, and I’ve found that they always have a great selection of one-of-a-kind, vintage-looking items. Of course, there’s (generally) only one of each style, so you have to act quickly, but because people are always buying and selling items, the selection gets replenished enough.

Here are a few of my current favorites (all of which are priced under $50!):

This piece looks just like many of the popular basket bags floating around Instagram and Pinterest at the moment, and for only $39, it’s a no-brainer for warmer months!

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This Cynthia Rowley bag has a little bit of character with the front pocket but is plain on the back. It’s roomy enough for a book and water bottle, and appears to be in great condition!

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How cute is this bag with the leather detailing? (Ok, a lot of these look pretty similar…but that doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on multiple styles!).

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This wicker crossbody is perfect for nights out when you want to be hands-free. I love the shape!

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This basket purse is so fun, and the buckle closure is both cute and practical.

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…when you’re writing a post about streamlining your closet and you end up ordering this bag anyway (but for $8–and a zipper closure–how could I not?!).

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The Basket Purse + Our Roof + DIY Plans

Basket purses, while definitely not the most practical accessory, have become an obsession of mine. Sure, they’re super popular right now, but I also love how stylish and unique they are. You can truly find so many variations of the same overall style, and as someone who appreciates a good hunt, I’ve gotten a little obsessed with tracking down different styles (my collection could definitely stand to be pared down a bit!).

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The other night, I grabbed this basket purse that I snagged on Poshmark sometime last year–I’d highly recommend browsing for these kinds of bags on Poshmark, eBay, or Etsy, because you can find some great vintage styles that way!

I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on this bag and think it’s such a fun alternative to my usual crossbody or tote. They’re so laid back and summery!

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Speaking of summer, it’s officially rooftop season in DC! We’re having a small get together in a few weeks to celebrate having a little outdoor space. We’re so lucky to have a little outdoor area that’s only accessible via our unit. It’s been so relaxing to drink wine up there or catch up with each after work, and my roommate has done a great job making the space look super bright and peaceful with all of her plants (if only I, too, had a green thumb!).

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Do you have any outdoor entertaining plans? I brought a rattan bar cart back from my parents’ house the other day and am planning on spray painting it white to make it a little more crisp-looking. It’s a thrift store find that I picked up in Florida a few years back (we had driven down) and never got around to re-furbishing. It’ll be an easy little project and then we’ll have a little serving area when we entertain outside–I’ll just have to bring it inside in the evenings, as it probably shouldn’t get wet. I’ll be sure to share more on Instagram Stories when it’s complete!

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Spring Shopping Favorites

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Happy Monday! It’s back to the grind after a fun little getaway to Bermuda for a work trip last week. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to go but also that my passport was up-to-date! It expires next spring, so I need to get that taken care of…I would’ve been so disappointed if it was expired and forced me to say no to this experience!

Now that spring is finally in the air (as is tons of pollen…), I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites for the season. I’m lusting over all of these but am trying to curb my shopping a bit this month since I have a few trips coming up in June.

I’m a sucker for a good wicker bag and I spotted this one on Kate’s blog awhile back. It’s not back in stock but looks like it will be on its way later this month, so I’ve signed up for an alert. You would NEVER believe that it’s under $20!

By mow everyone probably knows about my obsession with all things cane/rattan, and these shoes do not disappoint…plus, they look pretty comfortable!

Speaking of shoes (which is funny, because I’m really not a shoe person…bags/tops are more my speed), these lemon¬†slides look PERFECT and may have to go in my shopping bag…(actually, the¬†palm leaf pattern is equally adorable, so now I’m undecided!).

I’ve been breezing through books and want to read this and this…adding to my wish list! I think Slone Crosley is hilarious and am bummed I couldn’t attend her book talk in DC in April!

Ok, I’m not getting this exact chair, because $$$$, but I want to find one like it for reading outside/inside. I sat in one in Savannah and fell in love. I’m so excited to spend more time out on our roof as the weather warms up!

What’s on your spring shopping list?

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Open House Inspiration

Does anyone else enjoy scouring real estate listings in their city? I love seeing what’s on the market in DC, although I didn’t think I’d find so much design inspiration in the process!

I’ll preface this post with a funny backstory…basically, I could’ve been a real estate agent in another life (or maybe I will be down the road, who knows!). Growing up, my dad and I went to open houses in our area almost every weekend. We both loved looking at what was out there–we’d find tons of listings and walk around various homes (sometimes just for fun, and sometimes to look at actual possibilities). We did end up moving houses when I was a sophomore in high school, but that hasn’t stopped us from still taking peeks at places in our current neighborhood when I’m home. We’d also do various drives throughout potential/dream neighborhoods. These would usually be over the summer, and we’d scope out tons of beautiful homes. It’s definitely sounds like a strange hobby as I describe it now, but we were (and still are) infatuated with real estate!

Anyway, fast forward about 15 years from when this obsession began…the other day, I was browsing Zillow and found the CUTEST apartment that I just had to share as design inspo (ok, mostly because of the pink SMEG fridge. But also, EXPOSED brick, which everyone knows by now is my weakness).

I mean…how perfect is this setup?

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Pinterest perfect rustic shelves and a pink fridge.

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The living room is nice and spacious and looks like it gets a lot of light, which is important.

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Wouldn’t this be the cutest bachelorette pad?

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Gorgeous built ins…

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I also love the bedroom. I’d change several things about it, but it has good bones, so to speak.

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I mean, wouldn’t you move in here? Also, should I make these posts a thing?!

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