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 😉 (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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The Best Macaron-Themed Gifts

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Paris and macarons go hand in hand, so in honor of my trip, I rounded up the cutest macaron-themed items  I could find online! Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the actual treats (oh, and here is a list of the best places to buy them in Paris–totally bookmarking that for this week!). However, my friends have also given me tons of macaron-themed items over the years–soap, erasers, notecards, and more.

A few notes on the items I own:

I recently ordered the macaron-printed tea towel from Target (item #1 above), and it could not be more perfect for the macaron lover in your life. At only $12.99, why not scoop up a few extras for gifts? Also, I’m wondering if there’s any way to frame this towel and make it look good–let me know if you have any suggestions!

I also own the macaron print from Hobby Lobby (item #6) and it’s hanging up in my kitchen. I absolutely love the colors and it makes what’s kind of a dull room (or nook, to be honest) in my apartment a little more cheery. It would also look great mixed in with other prints as part of a gallery wall and could even work in a nursery!

While I don’t own the colorful journal shown above (item #5), I’m kind of loving it. How perfect would it be for a teacher (or student) or really anyone who enjoys taking good old-fashioned notes (raises hand). At less than $10, it’s also a great back-to-school gift or end-of-year teacher treat (bonus points if you pair it with a couple of real macarons–voila, easy gift = done!).

Happy shopping!

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South Moon Under Finds

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Just because I won’t be shopping in April doesn’t mean you can’t! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pink finds.
A Sarah Secret: Stores that are traditionally known for their clothing and accessories can sell some super cute home items. Don’t discount them! I mean, Zara and H&M have great home sections, and so does Modcloth. Next time you’re browsing for a new pair of shoes or a springy dress, don’t forget to take a peek and see what else is in store (literally!). That brings me to another clothing store that happens to have amazing decor…South Moon Under!
I love shopping at South Moon Under and this post is in no way affiliated with them; I just genuinely like all of their items! There was a South Moon Under store located pretty near me when I lived in Philly, so I’d stop in from time to time (I’d usually rush straight toward their sale section). For primarily being a clothing store, they also have some really cute accessories, home items, and desk items and they frequently have great sales and discounts. I’ve ordered from them online several times since I’ve moved to DC because I just can’t get enough of their stuff!
Here are my current favorites:
1) Lip Balm: I have this lip balm in another flavor and I use it all the time. If you’re like me and love trying new colors and scents, pick this one up (if not for the adorable container).
2) Candle: Umm, a candle with a Notorious B.I.G. quote? File under quirky items I love. I bet it smells great, too!
3) Mug: Ok, I am the last person in the world who should be buying another coffee mug, so I’ll resist the urge…I have way. too. many. Blame it on TJ Maxx and HomeGoods always having adorable, witty options. But this one is so fun and, if we’re being honest, would be all the rage on Instagram. Plus, who doesn’t want to share their love for rose?
4) Notebook: Again, my obsession with notebooks is similar to my obsession with mugs…aka I do NOT need another. But, if you do…
5) Tray: I love little jewelry trays and throwing a fun quote in the mix makes them even better!
 6) Ring Dish: This would be so cute for a newly engaged or married friend…love the pink, too!
7) Lipstick: See explanation for item #1…
8) Make Up Eraser Cloth: I’d be curious to try this, although when it comes to makeup remover, I’m usually not too picky and go for the drugstore option. Bonus points for being an eco friendly option, though!
9) Pink Candle: A candle (or 3 or 4) for every room of the house is a must! This one is super sweet and girly.
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Sunday Shopping

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What’s better than some online shopping on a lazy Sunday? It’s not as if you need an excuse, but if you do…Nordstrom’s winter sale ends TODAY, and there are tons of cute items marked down! I’ve rounded up my favorite items that are either on sale or are full price but still a good deal. Sign me up for one of each?

1) I don’t have pierced ears because I have a metal allergy (boo!) but these tassel earrings are the cutest and would make a great gift!

2) I have this print and absolutely love it. If you love all things cheeky and sassy, it’s the perfect addition to your gallery wall.

3) This bag would be perfect to use every day to carry work or school supplies, and it’s also roomy enough for travel. Nothing like a good classic!

4) Cooking becomes more fun with a preppy apron. Would be a wonderful gift for mother’s day or even for a wedding!

5) A monogrammed tray is always a fun staple. This one would be a great hostess gift.

6) Valentine’s Day may be over, but this pillow can make a statement all year long. How sweet would it be in a nursery?

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An Easy Gift Idea

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Need a gift for the funny girl in your life? I’m still super pleased with one of the Christmas presents I put together for my sister–she loved it! With Valentine’s Day coming up, this would be an adorable gift to give to your BFF (or anyone else who is the Amy Poehler to your Tina Fey!).

I had long seen this card during my (very frequent) trips to Paper Source, and I always thought it was hilarious. I love both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but my sister, an avid SNL watcher, is an even bigger fan of the duo. When it came time to think of Christmas gift ideas, I had the perfect idea–why not give her a copy of each comedian’s book and pair it with the card? Creative, personal, budget-friendly, and easy to transport = the perfect gift in my opinion!

My sister has already started reading through Tina’s book, and I’ve read both before–go check them out from the library ASAP if you haven’t read them yet!

If the funny girl in your life isn’t a huge reader, you could alternatively pair the card with a Sisters DVD (kind of kicking myself for not thinking of that idea earlier!). Or, honestly, the card itself would look adorable in a frame. I’m all about keeping cards on display, and this one would definitely be a conversation starter!

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Loving Lately, Part 2

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I had fun sharing some of my favorite things in my last “Loving Lately” post, so I’m back with round two!

1. It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Coloring Book//The title of this adult coloring book made me laugh, and at $7.99, it makes a clever gift, too!

2. White Frame//I ordered a few framed Instagram prints from Framebridge this fall and love them, but I recently realized that I could re-create the look for less buy purchasing a similar-looking frame on Amazon and popping in a photo by hand. I’m liking how this one looks, but just search “square frame” and you’ll find a ton of options.

3. Be My Guest Tray//I love the quirky look of this tray and it would look adorable on a coffee table or bar cart.

4. Essie Gel Polish//I’ve actually never had a gel manicure (!) but I’m intrigued by these new Essie bottles.

5. Small Admissions//I can’t wait to read this book (waiting for the Amazon price to go down a bit, though!) since I also work  at a private school and have worked in admissions in other settings in the past. It’s gotten great reviews, too!

 

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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It’s official…Valentine’s Day candy is already lining drugstore shelves (grab me a bag of anything cinnamon flavored or gummy, please!), and what better way to treat the leading ladies in your life than with some small gifts in honor of the holiday? Whether your friend loves Valentine’s Day or absolutely cannot wait for it to be over, my guess is one of these gifts will make her smile.

1. Kate Spade Drinkware//These blush glasses are the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, but they’re also totally acceptable to use all year long!

2. Volupsa Candle//I’m on a huge candle kick lately, and I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love receiving this as a gift!

3. Heart Trays//Here’s another gift that’s easy to split up among friends and will add a fun touch to her home.

4. Earring Set//Three pairs of earrings for $16?! Divvy up the pack and treat three friends to a little something.

5. Cozy Coloring Book//A little something to help her de-stress. I’ve been getting back into adult coloring books lately and love how this one includes recipes!

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NYC Weekend

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I’m now back from an amazing weekend in NYC and had the best time catching up with friends I met at all points of my life and eating and drinking my way through the city. Honestly, is there anything else to do on a trip besides eat? My friends and I were joking about this because there were so many restaurants and bars that we wanted to try, and it seemed like our entire schedule revolved around food. So now I’m back in DC and very full (but feeling good thanks to a SoulCycle class and a delicious salad #smallvictories). This week is a short one because of MLK day off today and Inauguration Day off on Friday…I’m pretty much planning on hibernating inside and staying within Georgetown this weekend. Tomorrow I’m planning on running over to Trader Joe’s after work to FINALLY go grocery shopping and stock up on some things that’ll last me through the weekend–throwback to the Pope’s visit to Philly when I lived there last year! I actually haven’t made it to Trader Joe’s in forever (since I get lunch at work every day, I do big grocery trips fairly infrequently and instead run into Safeway several times a week to grab items as I need them, oops).

Switching gears to NYC food…I had the chance to go to two amazing brunch spots (one old fave, one new fave) and had a blast. On Saturday, my college friends and I went to Sarabeth’s on the Upper West Side. They have several locations throughout the city, but I’ve only been to a couple. I always order the exact same thing, the farmer’s omelet, and it’s super delicious and filling. I’ll have to admit I was pretty bummed that they were out of scones when I went this time, because their scones are seriously SO good and come with the dish. However, the chocolate walnut cookie I got at Levain later in the morning made up for it 🙂

On Sunday, my grad school friends and I went down to the West Village to try Jack’s Wife Freda. I had been wanting to go there forever (mainly because of the adorable sugar packets, not gonna lie!) and everyone was equally excited about the menu once we arrived. We ended up each getting something different, but everyone’s meals (pictured above) sounded so good. I went with the avocado and smoked salmon toast and it was delish and left me feeling healthy rather than stuffed! We joked that ordering a bunch of different meals reflected our different personalities but also made for an even better Insta (trust me, we all spent a few minutes trying to get the perfect aerial shot of our food and I think my friend Ashley, who took the picture here, had the best eye!).

While being back in the city for a short time was a little chaotic, it honestly was the perfect weekend escape and made me miss living there so much. I guess I’ll have to daydream and re-watch Younger and Manhattan Love Story until I can make it back up (such good shows if you’re into the typical 20-something in NYC/SATC storyline).

 

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