Lusting Over…

Guys, I am LOVING everything shown in the collage below and while I want it all, that just isn’t realistic 😉 If you’re in the market for some new home items, pick up one of these babies (I mean, how perfect is the pink lamp?). Why do I always find the cutest stuff when I just don’t need it? Happy shopping!

Lusting Over…

Lamp//Succulent//Basket//Stool//Print

 

Copy Cat: Lauren Nelson’s Bedroom

I absolutely love Lauren Nelson’s style and was super, super excited when she revealed her new UES bedroom. It’s preppy and nautical and simple and just came together so well that I had to share it with you all! I’ve included some bits and pieces in this post, but click here to see the full tour on Lauren’s blog.

You all know how much I like finding adorable pieces for a bargain, so I decided to “recreate” Lauren’s look using a few decorative items I found online…

Copy Cat: Lauren Nelson’s Bedroom

If you like the above look, try this…

Copy Cat: Lauren Nelson’s Bedroom

This Target mirror is absolutely adorable and is much, MUCH cheaper than designer versions! I’m absolutely loving Lauren’s pick from Serena and Lily, though!

Copy Cat: Lauren Nelson’s Bedroom

If you like the above look, try this…

Copy Cat: Lauren Nelson’s Bedroom

Lauren’s Wishbone chair is pretty affordable (and is on Amazon!), but if you’re interested in a slightly cheaper option, I like (and own!) this one.

Copy Cat: Lauren Nelson’s Bedroom

Get the geometric pillow look with this and this option, below:

Copy Cat: Lauren Nelson’s Bedroom

Copy Cat: Lauren Nelson’s Bedroom

Don’t you absolutely love her space?! All of the blue and white is so calming, and I love how clutter-free her room is without looking boring!

 

TRIED & TRUE

TRIED & TRUE

If you could name three or four of your favorite items of clothing, what would they be? For me, if I’ve had something for several years and still want wear it all the time, I know it’s a hit.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved anything patterned, so tops with any sort of print basically dominate my closet (Francesca’s is one of my favorite place to look for printed shirts, btw). But would I call these pieces classics? Nah. They experience too much wear and tear, and certain patterns go in and out of style reaaaal quick. Anyone remember the chevron craze of 2012? I basically owned everything in that pattern–pillows, storage boxes, tops…you name it!

One item that I’ve absolutely loved for the past four-plus years is my green J.Crew field jacket (and I also recently purchased the navy version on Poshmark–it’s equally adorable!). I ordered this jacket when I was a senior in college, and it’s held up amazingly throughout the years. It’s great for fall and spring alike (especially with this chilly May we’ve been having) and looks classic, preppy, and put-together. I know literally everyone and their mother owns this jacket, but it’s for good reason!

Another favorite purchase would have to be my Hunter boots. I started wearing fun patterned rainboots in high school and discovered Hunters in college. I’m not sure how “in” they are anymore, but most people I know are still wearing them. What’s great is that they’re both cute and functional, which, when it comes to shoes, can be somewhat rare.

At the risk of being overly basic, I’m also going to have to pay tribute to my navy Longchamp tote. I’ve loved Longchamps for the past 10-plus years and purchased a large bag in Navy before my junior year in college. I rotate my work bag a ton to switch things up, but I’m currently using the Longchamp and loving it. It holds a ton and is waterproof, which is key for commuting. It’s also trendy without being flashy and I don’t think Longchamps are done yet–I still see plenty of them everywhere!

Runners up? A good pair of skinny jeans will take you far, as will a good pair of running shoes. I loved my black Tory Burch flats for years but finally had to “retire” them after they became too torn up. I live in riding boots in the fall and winter, and they’re honestly perfect for work, a night at the bar, a football game, etc. Thankfully I am well stocked in that department–I just scored a new pair on major sale!

What are your faves?

MEMORIAL DAY SALES

Popping in again with a few Memorial Day sales you can’t miss! You’ve certainly heard of the usual suspects (J.Crew, Lulu & Georgia, etc) by now, but here are some smaller companies with AMAZING weekend discounts…act fast!

MEMORIAL DAY SALES

JAYES STUDIO (50 percent off all sale items): I ordered two of these caddies in different patterns–one is for my desk at work, and one is for my vanity  at home. With the extra 50 percent off discount, each only cost $8 (plus shipping)–talk about a deal! I also love this bamboo tray (but I definitely have enough trays at the moment, haha). However, at $28 PLUS an additional 50 percent off, it definitely is a score!

MEMORIAL DAY SALES

JOANN (lots of great coupons + $1.99 shipping on all orders): I have these palm leaf hand towels and love them. They’d look super cute in the kitchen or hanging on a bar cart.

MEMORIAL DAY SALES

SOCIETY 6 (20 percent off + free shipping): Society6 frequently offers deals, but this is a good one! I order most of my wall art from them, and I’ve never had a bad experience! The print shown above is one of my current favorites, #swoon.

MEMORIAL DAY SALES

PBTEEN (various discounts + free shipping): Now could be the time to scoop up this perfect pillow or anything else from the adorable Emily + Meritt collection!

MEMORIAL DAY SALES

KIRKLANDS (additional 25 percent off until 1 pm): Move quickly, y’all! I love this tray (again, don’t need!), and have purchased several of my table lamps from the site.

City-Themed Prints: DC Edition

When I lived in New York, I remember one of my friends asking if I thought it was tacky to have NYC-themed decor hanging up in her apartment. I mean, the city was right outside her front door…did it make sense to also have a New York-themed poster? However, there are tons of tasteful ways to incorporate hometown-themed decor into your apartment without looking like a permanent tourist! 😉  I personally own several DC-themed prints and wanted to share a roundup of a few of my faves! Oh, and number 5 is only $5!

City-Themed Prints: DC Edition

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Happy decorating, DC friends!

The Best Places to Shop for Bar Cart Decor

 

The Best Places to Shop for Bar Cart Decor

Guys, I have way too much fun changing up my bar cart and decorating it with fun new items. I love stumbling upon something that I know will add the perfect amount of sass and color. (Also, as a side note, I never actually am on top of my game enough to have lemons and limes sitting out on the cart…this was just for a shoot! But they did make a good addition to the cocktails I made later that night!).

Some of my favorite places to pick up bar cart decor are…surprise…TJ Maxx and HomeGoods. Both stores have the cutest drinkware (the cups on my cart are from Homegoods and have fun sayings like, “Make Mine a Double” and “Bottoms Up.” They’re adorable, but the best part is that they were only $3.99 or so, so if they break or scratch, it isn’t the end of the world.

Anthropologie also has cute accessories, like the wire basket and Staffordshire dog cup pictured here. The Scalamandre napkins are actually from a little store in my neighborhood called A Mano, and I love the classic pattern (and the pop of color they add).

Additionally, the following stores also have great bar cart accessories…

–Furbish

–Lulu and Georgia

–Waiting on Martha

–West Elm

–Francesca’s

…what else would you add to this list?

 

Ginger Jar Goodness

Ginger Jar Goodness

Like many other bloggers, I can’t get enough of ginger jars. They’re timeless, add a fun pop of blue and white to any room, and in general are a preppy favorite. While the actual jars can be pretty expensive (though I have seen them at HomeGoods and the like for cheap before), there are tons of other products that incorporate the design and I just can’t get enough! Shop my picks:

1. I’m borderline obsessed with trays, but I mean, how perfect is this one? I also love and have this adorable one (both are super affordable, too!).

2. Hobby Lobby is killin’ it with these prints. And they’re on sale for $6 right now, so it’s kind of a no brainer…

3. The Aestate has the cutest prints and this just happens to be one of them!

4. Another stylish find from Hobby Lobby.

5. This tote. I can’t. It’s too good.

And one more, not pictured…

I may or may not own this shower curtain, which I snagged at TJ Maxx for $15!

South Moon Under Finds

South Moon Under Finds

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.

An Easy DIY for Summer

An Easy DIY for Summer

If you’ve been reading for awhile, you may remember my obsession with this hat last summer. While in Florida last week, I decided to make my own! I was wandering around Walmart when I remembered their amazing craft supplies section (they have tons of great fabrics, ribbons, and more). I was able to score some pom pom ribbon, black sequins, and a glue gun for about $12 total, and I then went to the women’s section to grab a plain straw hat for $3.

I had previously read Audrey’s tutorial (her hats turned out wonderfully!) but opted for an even simpler approach. After plugging in the glue gun (warning: the glue can get pretty hot and I definitely touched it too many times while applying the sequins!) I began applying the pom pom ribbon to the hat. I chose black because it went well with the black sequins, but Walmart also had pink, teal, and some other colors. I was considering skipping the sequin lettering all together and just adding some colorful pom poms to a plain hat (still would’ve been cute and festive!), but I decided I wanted a little more of a challenge.

An Easy DIY for Summer

In Audrey’s tutorial, she used permanent marker to write out her phrases before applying glue and sequins, but I couldn’t find a marker and decided to wing it. Oh, and as for the sequins: the only sequined ribbon I could find at Walmart was a thicker style, so I actually ended up cutting the ribbon down the middle to get thinner strips. This took a bit more time (and made a bit more of a mess), but it was an easy way to improvise. The letters still turned out thicker than I would have liked, but I don’t mind having a hat that’s a bit different from all the rest. After cutting the sequined ribbon in half, I glued on one letter at a time (I used the glue gun to draw the shape of a particular letter and then immediately stuck on the ribbon). At first, I started forming the letters on my own, but I eventually Google-imaged a similar hat to see how other people had done the cursive lettering. Looking at a completed project definitely made the process a lot easier.

An Easy DIY for Summer

After what felt like no time at all (15 or 20 minutes max!), I had a brand new sunhat to wear to the beach! While I don’t think it looks like it’s professional quality, I still think it makes for a fun, simple DIY project that requires minimal spending and will last for summers to come! You can get really creative with the phrasing, but I just stuck with the classic “out of office” saying…let me know if you have any other phrase suggestions, though, because I’d love to make another one at some point!

An Easy DIY for Summer

 

National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry blossoms have been on such a weird schedule this year! They were blooming at the end of February and then got all frozen during the storm…I’d been hoping to see them since I’ve been away during this time for several years, but we’ll see. I’ve heard the best days to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival are later this week or this weekend…I’ll be out of town, but if anyone can makes, report back and take lots of pictures for me!

When I was googling the festival, I spent some time browsing its website and saw that they’re selling the cutest merchandise. Anyone who knows me knows that love a good piece of wall art, and what’s better than a fun DC-themed print? I ordered this one, and at $12, it’s super affordable and also a great size (18 by 24). Now I just need to figure out where to put it when it arrives! The colors are super springy and make me happy.

I also love these fun mugs (I don’t need another mug…I don’t need another mug) and cute shot glasses! They’d be a cute hostess gift or a perfect collector’s item if you’re in to that.

Fingers crossed that I can see the blossoms in person soon! We had a cherry tree in our front yard when I was growing up, and it was beautiful (although I’ll admit that the blossoms got stuck on our shoes and ended up all over the house when the tree was in bloom!).

Image by Hado Photo