Beach, Please

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Summer may be nowhere in sight, but that doesn’t mean that winter days have to be completely dreary.¬†I’ve spotted such adorable beach-themed home decor lately, and the fun prints and bright colors are sure to brighten up the most blah winter days. I purchased the beachy print pictured here from TJ Maxx because it reminded me of Gray Malin’s work (with a much more manageable price tag!). It’s currently hanging in my living room, but at the rate I move things around, who knows where it will end up next ūüėČ

Happy shopping!

Beach print//Anchor plaque//Flamingo tote//Striped tote//Nautical sheets//Beaches book

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On My Reading List

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It often feels like my reading list is never-ending (although I did make a good dent in it over the holidays!).¬†Above¬†are a few books I hope to dive into in 2017, spanning a mix of genres. Have you read any of them? Some of these have been on my list for far too long, and I’ve just been waiting for the right time to start…oops!

Also, since a few people have asked me where I like to buy books on the cheap, I’m going to make a plug for Thrift Books. I’ve already gotten a few friends hooked on this site, and it’s definitely worth exploring. They have great deals where you can rack up points and ultimately receive a discount after spending $50. Also, anytime you order $10 worth of books, shipping is free! Don’t forget to sign up for their emails in order to receive further promo codes (they hand them out frequently). Happy book shopping!

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Bye Florida//Nordstrom Sale is BACK

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Whew! It seems like just yesterday that the internet was freaking out about Nordstrom’s half yearly sale, and now it’s back again! It also seems like just yesterday that I left for vacation in Florida…I’m flying back today and am ready to head back to work after a relaxing week with family. I’m also excited for NYE and returning to friends in the city. It’s the little things!

Anyway. What’s great about Nordstrom is that so many of their items are classic and suitable for everyday use. As much fun as it is to stock up on seasonal gear, I get the most use out of year-round items like crossbody bags, flats, and cardigans. Nordstrom has some great options in all of these areas, and I’m excited to share my finds with you all:

Blush is so in right now, and this crossbody looks both roomy and stylish. Plus, it’s under $20.

I would scoop up these ballet flats in both colors (if I needed them, which I don’t!), because they’re such a staple.

Who can say no to a cute gold, polka dotted mug for $3?

I’ve, like me, you’ve been wanting to re-try the choker trend for awhile, this option won’t cost you much.

This earring set is so Kate Spade!

Go simple with a classic clutch.

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Pinning Away

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Weird fact. Whenever I get super into a certain home trend, I start browsing images on Pinterest to see how other people have incorporated said trend into their homes. I pin the images I like for inspiration and then like to style my own item based on these examples.

If you take a look at my latest pins (I added a pin widget down below and played around with the blog design a bit overall, woo!), you may be able to get an idea of a trend I’m lusting over at the moment….But let’s be real, I’ve loved this look for ages and am so excited to be working with a talented local designer who is refurbishing a piece for me! The past few weeks have involved a furniture pickup in Virginia, discussions about spray paint, and photo updates via text…but I am thrilled to see the final product in a few days. Promise I’ll post about it as soon as she’s done and the two of us have lifted said piece into my second floor walkup apartment (kind of dreading that step, but I’ve been told it should work out ok!).

Sorry for the vagueness, but I’ll be back (hopefully in a few days) with deets…most of all I’m excited that I snagged a piece I love at an affordable price and found an awesome person to work with on the refurbishing process. Stay tuned!

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Winter Items That Don’t Say “Holidays”

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Ok, I hate to say it, but the holiday season is winding down. Sad face. However, we still have several months of winter upon us (depending on where you live, this may or may not be a cause for tears).

The good news is that there are plenty of post-holiday sales going on right now, and even though many “Christmas-y” items are discounted, there are many winter-themed products on sale that you can still use into January and February. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite picks below, and while they may be slightly more fun to use while getting into the Christmas spirit, they’re bound to make dreary winter days suck a bit less.

Nest candle//Pillow//Plate//Scarf//Cheers print

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Nordstrom Rack Sale: Under $10

Nordstrom Rack has some great items for sale right now–and the prices can’t be beat! I’ve compiled some great finds from Marc Jacobs, Herschel, and more. Below is a roundup of items under $10…but don’t delay, as some products have limited quantities in stock! Whether you’re looking to spruce up¬†your apartment or stock up on warm weather accessories,¬†I guarantee something will catch your eye…

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Shaken Not Stirred sign//Toast Clink Sip tray//Cocktail Lounge tray//Mittens//Koozies//Marc Jacobs earrings//Beach Please phone case//Herschel iPad case//Leopard wrap

 

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How to stay active on vacation

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I’ve been on vacation in Florida this week, and while taking time off from work has allowed me to catch up on sleep, shows, and books, it’s also allowed me to catch up on working out! Being in a warm climate (and in a condo complex with a small exercise room) has made it super easy to incorporate a quick workout into my daily routine. I’ve honestly been better about working out here than I have been during the normal work week back home, and truthfully that’s because I’m often distracted by errands, plans with friends, things in my apartment, etc! Anyone else in the same boat? I’m sure some of you are like me and don’t want to leave the house again upon arriving home from work (and it’s even harder to get back outside when it’s cold!).

Below are a few ways I’ve managed to stay active during my trip, and while they’re not necessarily the most innovative (no crazy indoor exercise routines/DVDs here!), they’ve worked for me:

1. Take advantage of what’s in front of you. For me, that means going to the free, small exercise room located less than a minute from our condo. I’m generally the only person using the equipment, and I like to alternate between the elliptical and the bike. I can be kind of weird about ellipticals (I really didn’t like the ones in my grad school campus gym), but the ones here are both simple and sufficient!

2. Go for freebies. You know that great feeling when you can take a trendy¬†exercise class for free because you’re a new customer? Aim to do the same when you travel! When I was in Florida this past summer, I attended an awesome spin class on the house and had a blast. Google fitness studios near your travel destination and see what types of deals they offer.

3. Treat yourself. Ok, this is obviously contradictory to my last point, but vacation is supposed to be fun, so why not make your exercise routine extra fun while you’re traveling? Maybe you’re a SoulCycle fanatic but there isn’t a studio in your hometown. Take advantage of what’s offered in your new city¬†and treat yourself to a class that’s an old favorite, or check out that yoga studio that’s been all over Instagram while you have the chance!

4. Kill two birds with one stone. I love exploring the local college campus near our condo (I did study higher education, after all!), and my dad and I decided to take a walk over there the other day. Our “quick loop” turned into an hour-long walk and was a great form of exercise but also was fun and touristy.

Any tips you’d add to this list?

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The latest in books

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Whew! I honestly could’t have been worse about reading this past fall. I blame it on starting a new job and moving to a new apartment, which in turn meant getting used to a new routine, a new schedule (probably the biggest change), and a new neighborhood. But that excuse can only go so far…how did I fall off the reading bandwagon so badly?!

Anyway, now that I’ve been on vacation, I’ve had the chance to read a ton, and I couldn’t be happier. Seriously, I packed 6 books for 6 days. Plus I’ve already been to the library down here and picked up two more. Reading marathon challenge accepted.

Without further ado, here are a few books I’ve read lately and either liked or loved:

Younger, by Pamela Redmond Satran: I can’t get enough of the TV show younger (I’ve talked about it before here), so when I learned that it was actually based on a book (1. Yes you read that correctly and 2. Why was this some big secret?!) I picked that baby up right away. I loved the similarities between the book and the show (there were many) but the book obviously condenses everything into a short storyline and doesn’t have the same ~plot twists~ that the show does. However, if you’re a big fan of the show like I am (or even if you’re just looking for a fun, light read without having seen the show), I’d definitely pick this one up!

Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty: Ugh, I wanted to like this one more than I did. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a Liane Moriarty book, so of course I still breezed through it in days, but I guess I wanted more to happen (the big “mystery” was something that would definitely frighten me in real life but it didn’t deserve so much build up in my opinion). The book focuses on several different families who all regret something that happened on the night of a neighborhood barbecue, and the storyline switches between past and present. Funnily enough, I had actually started this one as an audio book while on a long bus ride, but I didn’t think I’d have the patience to listen to all 17 hours of the recording and decided to just pick up the actual book instead. Not in love with this one but Moriarty definitely still rocks…which leads me to my next read…

What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty: Loved this one and all of its twists and turns. Also, since when are Australia and America so similar? This book could’ve easily taken place in any town in the U.S. I started it right after I finished Truly Madly Guilty, and then read 200 more pages on the plane, and boom. It flew by and was a funny read about a woman who loses 10 years of memories in an accident and is struggling to piece her life back together.

One True Loves, by Taylor Jenkins Reid: My favorite read of late. I finished it in a day and told all of my friends to pick up copies (so far one did, woo!). This was a very raw and emotional story about a woman who believes her husband to be dead, gets engaged to someone else, and then learns that her husband is alive after all and must choose between the two men. Although the premise may sound a little cheesy, Reid did a wonderful job of capturing mixed emotions and–I’ll admit it–left me in tears at points!

The Balance Project, by Susie Orman Schnall: Every 20-something should read this interesting (fictional) take on life, love, work, and, well, balance.¬†The book follows Lucy, an assistant¬†whose own life is suffering as she attempts to make everything seamless for her boss, the queen of having it all. Eventually Lucy must choose between her own interests and her boss’s and struggles to do so, all while trying to maintain her struggling personal life.

Other books I enjoyed earlier this fall: Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley and First Comes Love by Emily Giffin.

What have you read lately? I’m about to start another light read, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert (seems like a good winter break read, right?).

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