Two New Home Tours

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Happy, happy Monday! This weekend went a little differently than planned because early on Saturday morning I learned that Reese Witherspoon had postponed her DC book tour due to illness, gah! It’s now going to be in late October and I’m hoping I’ll still be able to make it, because it falls in the middle of a crazy weekend with work events. However, Katie, Monica, Laura, and I still grabbed dinner on Saturday night, which was a blast! I love that blogging has connected me with so many amazing, fun people–we all live within a few blocks of each other in Dupont, too!

I also crammed in a bunch of (very overdue) workouts because for whatever reason, my ClassPass was offering 2 credit Flywheel classes (they’re normally 9-12 credits!). Flywheel isn’t my favorite studio, but I always feel like I get such a great (if not super challenging) workout when I go, so I went on Saturday and Sunday and will be back tonight!

I’m heading up to NYC tomorrow for a quick work trip and am excited to be back in the city for the first time since June! Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll really get to see anyone since my visit will be so brief (roughly 24 hours), so I’ll need to schedule a weekend trip for sometime in the near future…I’ve been bad about going to NYC as often I used to when I lived in Philly and it was just a quick two hour trip.

As for today’s post–I highlighted these quickly on Instagram last week, but I wanted to share the full links here–two different home tours went up last week, and I’m so excited and thrilled to have been featured in on the Washingtonian’s website and in Apartment Therapy again! Being featured in publications like these is an absolute dream come true for someone who has been rearranging her room on the daily since the age of 8 (seriously, when I was in elementary school, my parents had to limit my furniture moving to weekends, because my room got too chaotic on school nights!), and being able to share them here is even better! I don’t think I ever would have gotten the courage to submit photos to various outlets if it wasn’t for blogging and the support I’ve received on here and via Instagram, so thank you times a million for always cheering me on. ūüôā

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Three Sale Items You Can’t Miss

One of the best parts about being between summer and fall (in addition to the slightly cooler weather!) is all of the great end of season sales. I’ve found some seriously great deals while doing some browsing–and ordering–over the past couple of days!

Tuckernuck scarf: I first talked about my love for this scarf when I snagged it at Tuckernuck’s summer sale in August, and I’ve worn it several times over the past¬†month. I was actually sitting at work yesterday¬†wearing the one I purchased (which is orange and blue) and wishing that I’d stocked up on more colors during the sale. Well, what do ya know? The pink version, which is super popular as well, is currently on sale for only $16! Of course I snagged one for myself as well as for my mom to give to her for Christmas–she doesn’t normally¬†read here, so we’re good! It’s such an amazing price point (even before the sale), super stylish, and a great gift for any age–stock up, and your friends will be thrilled when the holidays roll around!

J.Crew Factory Field Jacket: I have raved about my love for this jacket many times–I purchased the regular J.Crew version back in 2013 and wore it to the ground in the years since. So when I saw the Factory version (which looks about the same) on sale for only $30 a few weeks ago, thanks to an amazing Labor Day sale, I had to snatch it up. Still looking for that versatile lightweight coat? You’ll thank me later! (Also, this white pom pom blazer is sadly sold out, but I purchased it a few weeks ago for about $22 and am in love, so I just wanted to share–will have to get a pic of me wearing it up here soon!).

42 Pressed Candles: It’s no secret that I love candles. High end, low end, you name it, I’ll try all of them! I recently ordered this Otherland candle after falling in love with the scent during my shoot at Elizabeth’s a few weeks ago, and I can’t wait for it to arrive! However, I’ve also been a longtime fan of 42 pressed candles (mostly for their adorable packing, not gonna lie!), and they’re having a great sale on select ones right now–I have both the DC and Paris ones, which are great! The only thing to watch for is their shipping, which is pretty steep!

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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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Lately Around Here…

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How was everyone’s Memorial Day Weekend? I’m feeling relaxed and ready to take on this short week after a couple of workout classes, some fun brunches (at The Fainting Goat and Martin’s Tavern), a much needed night out on U Street, and lots of reading time–I made my way through three and a half books–so May’s reading roundup will be a good one.

What’s been happening around here?

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Last week, I grabbed frozen ros√©¬†(or fros√©)¬†with my friend Olivia, and it did not disappoint. I’ve found that sometimes ros√© has a weird consistency (when I made it myself this time last year, it was definitely refreshing but a little too icey and not as sweet as it could be), but we stopped at Black Jack on 14th Street and found the BEST fros√© we’ve ever had. The pictures don’t even do it justice–not only was it super pretty, it was exactly the right consistency (almost Slurpee-like) and dangerously fruity (again, almost like a Slurpee). If you find yourself in the area during happy hour this summer, definitely stop in. At $8, it really can’t be beat, but I’d totally pay the non-happy hour price of $12 for one of these!

On an unrelated note, I wanted to highlight a new page on the blog where I talk about the copyediting services I’m offering.¬†I explain my journalism background in further detail on there, but if you’re looking for an extra set of eyes as you take on blog/freelance work, I’m your girl!

And one last thing…I’m such a die hard spin class girl, but I finally took a pilates class for seriously the first time in years and loved it. I went to a little studio in my neighborhood and had a blast trying something new. I always worry that the class will seem too “slow” for me, but it definitely flew by and I’ll hopefully be able to go back there soon! I really love the energizing atmosphere of spin classes and wasn’t sure if I would feel the same way about pilates, but it was an upbeat, challenging workout for sure.

What did you do this past weekend?

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Apolis Market Bags

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I posted on Instagram the other day about the famous Apolis market bags which are 100 percent functional but also a favorite among design-lovers. The odds are that you’ve spotted these bags before–they’ve been popular for a few years, and Revolve in DC carries them. When browsing there the other day, the salesperson told me that one store in each city sells that city’s themed bags, which is interesting. However, they’re also available online…and that’s where I’m letting you in on a little secret.

While I was lusting over the Washington, DC, bag and knew it would make a fun decorative item (not to mention a totally practical grocery bag, especially since I try to use reusable ones whenever possible), the $68 price tag had me feeling a little iffy (it’s essential just a straw market tote, after all). I decided to think about it, and later in the afternoon I did a quick search for the bags online, hoping to score a coupon code. However, I was shocked when I saw that Nordstrom was selling them for $38, and right then I decided to place an order.

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Upon further inspection, it looked like the $38 bags were slightly different cosmetically than those being sold for $68, but they’re still completely authentic and look very similar to the pricier version. Given that I won’t be using the bag everyday (I intend to keep it on display rather than lugging it with me to Trader Joe’s, haha), the cheaper version was perfect for my needs. I’ve since learned that the $38 bags are vegan while the more expensive ones are leather, if that influences your decision at all.

I’ll definitely take some photos of my tote when it arrives, but in the meantime, I’m loving the different ways people have used/styled theirs (how cute would they be for bridesmaids/groomsmen? Bookmarking¬†that idea for the future!). There are tons of different phrases and designs available on the Apolis site, if you’re curious.

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A Few Things I’m Loving

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Happy Thursday! Who else is looking forward to a three-day weekend? My mom and I are thinking about possibly doing a day trip or something along those lines, destination TBD. I can’t believe it’s already mid-February, it feels like the month just started!

Short post today with a¬†few random-ish things I’ve been loving lately:

Hart of Dixie. I mentioned this last Friday, but the obsession is still real. Before I started watching,¬†I had been picturing it to be a Southern Grey’s Anatomy or something, but the medical component of the show is super minimal (making it a little more boring at times but it’s also kind of nice to not have to watch people being sliced in half every minute–I always joke that it took me two seasons of Grey’s to be able to eat while watching, haha). I’m also iffy on whether I love Rachel Bilson or not (I never watched the OC or anything, so I can’t really compare her in this show to any of her other roles), but I’m entertained for now (cheesy shows are addicting for a reason, right?).

This pillow. I found it on sale at Target the other week when I really needed a pick me up and it was just so soft that I couldn’t say no! It’s funny, though, because I keep walking into Target and browsing the home section and just not wanting to leave with anything (which is good for my wallet!). I love all of the new items but also kind of feel like I’d have to redecorate my entire room/apartment to make them work, if that makes sense. I don’t know.

Baking. Ok, by baking I really mean making, like, no-bake cookies because I have no talent in the kitchen whatsoever. However, I’ve been bookmarking a few recipes on Pinterest (mostly involving PB and chocolate) and made these over the weekend. I brought the extras in to work earlier this week and they were a hit (plus they’re SO easy to whip up).

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Hat walls. The other day I posted an Insta story asking what I should do on the wall above my desk, and while I got several great suggestions, my favorite was to do a hat wall! I love how the one above looks (and am also a fan of the one at the top of this post) and am hoping to recreate something similar if I can pull it off!

Half-Baked Harvest. Who else has been following Olympic gold medalist Red Gerard? Pretty incredible! If you didn’t know, Red’s sister Tiegan is a pretty famous food blogger/’grammer, and her recipes look amazing. Go follow her if you don’t already (pretty sure I was living under a rock until I read about her last week while stalking their family, haha. Talk about an accomplished group of siblings). Also, can I move into her barn?!

This apartment tour. I think Lauren and I could easily be BFFs…sorry, all, moving to NYC to watch SATC marathons in her cute living space. I don’t think I could ever personally deal with the lofted bed situation, though…walking up the spiral stairs to my room every day is complicated enough!

Oh, and¬†one more thing, but because I’m nosy…this list shows how much people spend on engagement rings in each state.

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Home Products I’m Loving, January Edition

I’m going to try to be better about consolidating some of my favorite products into monthly-ish posts, partly because it’ll make it easier for you guys to shop them, but also because it’ll be¬†a fun way to look back and remember what I liked most throughout the year. Here are a few of my current faves!

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I was browsing pillow covers on Amazon the other day and was super excited to find these ginger jar designs at a super affordable price! Honestly, Krista was the first person who came to mind upon discovering these. If you follow her, you’ll know she’s also ginger jar obsessed and does plenty of Amazon order unboxings, so these seemed right up her alley! I’m debating ordering a set but can’t decide which pattern I like best–I think it’s between this and this.

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I’m also a fan of Zara Home and had to scroll through their sale section the other day. The stool above is on sale for less than $40 and would look great with a number of different pieces of decor–I could see it paired with midcentury items or with white bamboo!

Screen Shot 2018-01-29 at 9.08.34 PMI’ve been looking for a fun portrait-y print for my bedroom and was having a hard time finding one before I decided to scoop up this one the other day. Speaking of which, the website sounded familiar to me (I actually found it when reading an Everygirl article) but I had never really checked it out…talk about an amazing selection of prints! I’ll definitely be adding it to my browsing rotation along with Society6¬†(which is always having sales–if you’re about to place an order and there isn’t a promo, just wait a couple of days and there will be!) and Minted, which are two of my longtime favorites.

What’s been on your wish list this month?

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Little Luxuries You Can’t Miss

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I’ve been in a redecorating mood lately (let’s be real, though, am I ever not?!). The good news for you is that I’ve scoured the internet for some great deals that you won’t want to miss. Below are a few of my faves.

In the market for a Diptyque candle? Save yourself $10 by signing up for C.O. Bigelow’s emails. Then, order one of the designer candles off their site (their shipping is super fast, too) and pat yourself on the back for the $ you saved (because let’s be real, these babies don’t go on sale, so $10 off is still a huge victory).

If you need to switch out your accessories, H&M Home is the perfect place to grab some new items…how adorable is this jute basket, and who can say no to a cute sleep mask or a classy little handheld mirror?

I was browsing the home section at Target the other day and didn’t leave with anything (#willpower), but a quick trip online has me wanting, like, everything…but especially this little rug. Ordering it for my bathroom, ASAP!

As if we need proof that Amazon Prime has everything we could ever want/need…this little ginger jar comes in at under $20 and has two-day shipping! I’m also lusting over these Homesick candles…I’ve heard great things!

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Insta Story Roundup

Happy 2018, guys! My guess is everyone is heading back to work today or tomorrow after a nice long weekend. While I did have to work three days last week, having two four-day weekends in a row was a super nice way to reset and get prepped for the new year.

I wanted to share with you some of the products that I’ve mentioned on my Insta stories lately. I don’t always remember to post about them on the blog, but I thought it would be fun to share a few things I’m loving lately.

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First up is this new lamp that I ordered via Amazon Prime. I came across this one while browsing Target.com and fell in love with it but decided to look for something a bit cheaper, since I’m constantly arranging and rearranging and have way too many lamps as it is–however, the Target option is definitely a steal if you’re not a lamp hoarder like me ;). When I spotted this gem for under $20, I knew it had to be mine! While it didn’t come with an Edison bulb like I thought it would (I should’ve read more closely!), I was able to grab one at my local hardware store to complete the look. I’ve done a lot of furniture rearranging in my bedroom lately (these wood tables, which I’m now using as a nightstand, had actually been in my bathroom!) and am hoping I’ll be able to chill and let things stay put for awhile, since I have a tendency to change up my space, like, multiple times per month (any other interior design fanatics can likely relate!).

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In my sitting area is a new wooden table that I found at a Goodwill for only $7.99! I love that it has a little drawer that is kind of camouflaged but can hold a decent amount (I’m using it to¬†store my magazines!). I haven’t always been as drawn to the midcentury modern style, but I thought this would be a fun way to try it out. On the same Goodwill trip, I came across the little clay bowls pictured here, and while I wasn’t sure if they were supposed to be mugs, candle holders, or something else, I knew I wanted to scoop them up. They remind me of something that would be sold at Salt & Sundry or another trendy shop. I popped some tea lights inside and have loved sitting on the couch reading while being surrounded by candlelight.

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This picture isn’t the best quality, but I ordered a wallpaper sample from a shop on Etsy with the intention of framing it, and it shipped super quickly. The swatch that I picked out here (they sent me three) looks a little wrinkled, oops. However, if you’re in need of some new wall decor and don’t want to commit to a pricy print, wallpaper is an easy way to bring a pop of color into your space. I purchased the sample for 99 cents INCLUDING shipping–talk about a steal!

Have you scored any exciting decor finds lately?

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Gift Guide: The City Girl

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This is the first of four gift guides I’ve put together so far. I’ll try to space them out every few days, so check back for more in the coming weeks. Note: I really enjoy making these, so I hope they’ll be somewhat helpful to people! I’ve really just focused on gifts for women because I personally find moms/sisters/friends the easiest to shop for while male relatives/boyfriends can be a bit more difficult. However, maybe that’s just because I often find gifts for the women in my life while browsing in stores or on websites that I visit on a regular basis, so it doesn’t feel like extra “effort,” so to speak. I was telling a friend recently that I kind of stockpile gifts for her throughout the year (I do the same for my sister) because so many things I come across just call her name. It’s always super nice to feel prepared for that person’s birthday/housewarming party/etc well in advance!

When making these gift guides, I decided to pull items exclusively from four of my favorite stores: Waiting on Martha, Lulu and Georgia, Nordstrom, and TJ Maxx.com. I made myself stick with one item from each for each of my four gift guides, which was a good exercise in self control ūüėČ (but actually, I could browse those sites for hours).

Ok, enough rambling! Here’s what I picked for category one, “the city girl”:

1) Cocktail kit (Waiting on Martha)

2) Travel mug (Lulu and Georgia)

3) Fake plant (TJ Maxx)

4) City book (Nordstrom)

Not feeling any of the above? Here are a few other (more creative) items I’d recommend for the city girl in your life:

-An Uber gift card. If you’re anything like me (ok, actually I don’t think ANYONE takes Ubers as frequently¬†as I do, because I often rely on them for my commute!), you’ll get a TON of use out of these. Uber is basically everywhere now, but living in a big city, it can be so nice to just call an Uber at the end of the day instead of hopping on the metro for an hour. I’d honestly rather get a gift card for an Uber than for something else “unnecessary,” like a manicure.

-A theater/concert ticket. I’m still just a littttleee bitter about the fact that my family didn’t get our act together early enough to go see Mean Girls the musical (it’s in DC!), but cities offer so many shows that play/musical/concert tickets are never a bad idea! Book of Mormon has also been in town, and summer brings tons¬†of the country concerts!

-A cute reusable tote filled with “city essentials.” In DC and Maryland, plastic bags are 5 cents a piece due to tax regulations, so I try to keep a reusable bag with me at all times because why spend money on that (not to mention it’s a much greener solution). Pick up a fun tote (I own and love¬†this one because it folds up and you barely notice it’s in your purse) and fill it with a little umbrella for emergencies, Rx or Luna bars, hand sanitizer, and the like. Germ-free commutes and a solution in case she gets super hangry? Check!

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