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!

 

FROZEN ROSE

FROZEN ROSE

Last summer, frozen rosé, or frosé, became a big trend in cities like New York and DC (Brixton on U Street makes an awesome version, if you’re local and itching to try it!).

Over Memorial Day Weekend, I had plans to catch up with a friend on Sunday night and decided to make my own frosé to celebrate! I was thinking about pouring rosé into an ice cube tray and then mixing it in a blender, but after consulting Grace’s recipe, I decided to follow that instead. Rather than using all of the ingredients she lists, I chose to blend strawberries with a small amount of water and pour that into the gallon-sized bag that I’d filled with rosé. I popped the mixture into the freezer for about 6 hours, poured it into glasses, and garnished with a strawberry. While I had been worried that the mixture would be too frozen and would need to be thawed a bit before serving, the consistency was totally fine (thought it wasn’t as smoothie-like as Grace’s appears to have been).

FROZEN ROSE

So if you’re looking for a fun drink to make for your next gathering or just want to try something new with that bottle of rosé you have lying around, I’d recommend this recipe (if you can even call it that–it’s so simple) 100 percent! If you make your own frosé, let me know how it turns out (my guess is I’ll make this again and again, but maybe with different bottles/flavors of wine–it’s perfect for summer!).

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.

JAZZ UP YOUR LLBEAN TOTE

JAZZ UP YOUR LLBEAN TOTE

Happy Memorial Day, y’all! Where has 2017 gone? Not complaining, though, because this time of year means that it’s only a few weeks until summer hours kick in at work…can’t wait to have a little bit of extra time in the afternoon every day!

As many of you know, LLBean’s canvas totes are a true summer staple. I’ve had several over the years, and they’ve all held up extremely well. They’re perfect for a pool or beach day, travel, work or school…seriously everything!

I knew I wanted to get a new tote for summer, but rather than opting for a traditional monogram, I decided to jazz up my bag a bit with a fun phrase. In the spirit of all things travel, I chose to have “bon voyage” added to my classic navy and white tote…and I absolutely LOVE it!

I’ve already gotten a lot of compliments so far, and I love that my tote is unique–although if you were to go ahead and copy me or choose your own phrase, I wouldn’t be too mad 😉 Keep in mind that the first letter of the second word cannot be capitalized, though, so select your phrase accordingly!

Other cute phrases could be: Hit the road, Off we go, Out of office, Life’s a beach…let me know if you think of any others!

A FEW DESIGN FINDS

Happy Saturday! If you plan on making some home purchases this weekend, here are a few of my faves…scoop ’em up while the deals last!

A FEW DESIGN FINDS

Get the classic wishbone chair look for only $50 with this replica.

A FEW DESIGN FINDS

Nordstrom’s half yearly sale is HERE and brings with it tons of great home finds, like these preppy pillow shams.

A FEW DESIGN FINDS

This cute towel is another Nordstrom find and screams summer!

A FEW DESIGN FINDS

Take advantage of Waiting on Martha’s Memorial Day Weekend sale and scoop up a cheeky item or two, like this champagne bottle candle.

A FEW DESIGN FINDS

Target is always having holiday weekend sales and this stylish bookshelf is a great buy!

A New Friday Series…FRIDAY FEELS

A New Friday Series…FRIDAY FEELS

TGIF, ladies and gentlemen! I’m going to do my best to maintain a new Friday series sharing my favorites from the week! Here are a few things I’m loving lately…

On my playlist: Loveeee this remix.

On my nightstand: I’ve been a BAD reader lately (blame it on Kimmy Schmidt coming back). But I’m hoping to crush a book or two over the long weekend!

On my mind: I was devastated to hear about the attacks in Manchester on Monday night. Thinking of all of those who lost loved ones and are living in fear due to this terrible event.

On my wish list: Um, this J.Crew top is absolutely perfect. And so are these shorts.

On the agenda: Drinks with a new friend tonight, going out with another friend this weekend (we decided to purchase these “passports” which allow you to buy 2-for-1 drinks at a number of DC bars…SUCH a good deal if you ask me! They have ’em in several cities; see if yours is on there.). Plus sleeping in, workouts, reading, blogging…long weekends are for catching up on life, if you ask me!

Happy MDW, friends!

DESK ESSENTIALS

DESK ESSENTIALS

For as much as I love decorating, I wouldn’t say my desk area is too exciting (though I’ve actually seen some super cute cubicles/office spaces on Instagram!). However, I try to make sure it’s always stocked with the essentials (plus one or two fun things, just because!).

I always find it interesting to see what other people keep in their work bag or on their desk, and most of the time I see something mentioned that may seem completely obvious but totally slipped my mind. So…if you’re nosy like me or are starting a new job and don’t know what to bring, this is for you!

The most important thing on here? In my opinion, it would have to be the water bottle. I did a really bad job of drinking enough water during the day while at my first job out of college, and I ended up getting sick a lot because of it! I was constantly busy, had little time to get up and refill a bottle (and inevitably run to the bathroom) and did a terrible job at drinking enough during the day. It’s still something I struggle with (water is just so blah to me!), but I’ve done a much better job and am always so much happier when I don’t have a headache at the end of the day!

I’m also big on being well-prepared when it comes to things like bandaids, Advil, lip balm, etc. Everyone in my current office is big on brushing teeth all the time, and I always keep a travel-sized toothbrush on hand in my bag! It’s honestly perfect for when we have dinner events and I just need to freshen up a bit. Snacks are also key for stations like this when you can’t go home before an event starts but just cannot make it from noon to 6 pm without becoming absolutely hangry (anyone else get this way?). Protein bars are also perfect for mornings when breakfast just isn’t happening at home.

You can always find me with a notebook (and a planner for that matter…I write everything down by hand!), and you just can’t go wrong with a cute business card holder and pouch (seriously, how perfect is this brand?! Reminds me of Kate Spade!).

Anything you’d add?

 

Easy Ways to Redecorate

Easy Ways to Redecorate

I keep hearing about other bloggers who have the decorating bug, and I’ll be the first to tell you that I am the same way. As much fun as it would be to start over with a blank slate every now and then, it just isn’t feasible! I’ve found that when I have the urge to redecorate, there are still plenty of ways to do so without spending a ton of time or money. Here are a few of my tips…

1) Swap out your art. I have a huge gallery wall above my couch, and this makes it super easy to mix things up from time to time. No need to buy new frames–just toss a new print if you’re looking to change a room’s theme or color scheme. Prints can be super affordable if you download them yourself or repurpose greeting cards, wallpaper samples, and the like. Redecorating has never been so easy!

2) Move your furniture around. This Instagram quote is entirely applicable to my life. I move things around wayyyy too frequently but always end up loving what I do. Yes, it can be hard to move/lift heavy items by myself, especially when living in a small apartment, but I’ve become quite skilled 😉 The key is to remove heavy items or even take out drawers when possible and to be careful so as not to scratch or dent a piece of furniture while lifting it (or sliding it, as is the case for me sometimes) across the room.

3) Add a new accessory. Small items like lamps and area rugs can really pack a punch without costing too much or taking up too much room. If you love chinoiserie, look for a ginger jar-like lamp, or if you’re trying to create a modern living area, opt for one of these (or you can mix styles like I did above!). You’ll be surprised at how much something small like this can transform a room! Or maybe a new comforter or a set of throw pillows will give your bedroom a completely new look.

4) Clean, clean, clean. Maybe you don’t really need to redecorate at all! Tossing/selling/organizing unwanted or bulky items can really change a room or apartment for the better. I recently re-organized my shoes in my front closet and it’s so much cleaner in there. And here I thought I needed some fancy storage system! I also bought an under-bed bag from HomeGoods that has been a game changer (anyone else store stuff under there?!). Cleaning and organizing is definitely not a “once a year” or even “once a season” activity, though. I’m constantly evaluating whether I still need things or if it’s time to take them down to the consignment shop or donation area at my office.

5) If you really want an entirely new look…Maybe moving around a few pieces of furniture just won’t cut it for you! If you simply want to start the decorating process from scratch, anyone will tell you that Pinterest is an incredible resource when it comes to identifying your style, and I completely agree. I also personally enjoy matching my style to the place in which I’m living, but that’s just something that I find fun! When looking at older buildings in Georgetown, I was definitely drawn to the “rustic glam” look. However, if I were to live in a high rise, I may opt for more modern furniture and decor. This obviously isn’t necessary, but you might be surprised how your living environment informs your decorating choices!

Shopping Ban Recap

Shopping Ban Recap

If you read this post a few weeks back, you’ll remember I outlined my April shopping ban. Although I didn’t do a great job, I still think it’s necessary to recap the month and be transparent about what went down…

For the first week of the month, I was going through a stressful time, and while shopping is often a great distraction (hello, retail therapy!), I just didn’t miss it! Maybe it was because I had a lot of other stuff going on, but popping into stores or shopping online just didn’t appeal to me. “This is going to be so easy,” I thought. I also was trying to save up as much extra money as possible for my Seattle trip, and I’m glad I did, because I was able to enjoy myself while I was there without worrying too much about all the dinners out, $ spent on wine tastings and Uber rides, and the like. When I came back from Seattle, I still hadn’t bought anything (except for a little souvenir map, but I don’t know if that even really counts) and was feeling good.

The second half of the month was a different story. I realized how hard it is to go cold turkey and have a lot of respect for people who are able to do so! I still wanted to purchase a few things but tried to switch my focus to shopping and spending more mindfully. Rather than buying lots of little items because they were on sale, why not focus on saving for a larger, more special purchase? I still don’t think I mastered the art of mindful shopping completely (I mean, J.Crew was having an awesome sale and how could I say no to flannel shirts for roughly $5 PLUS free shipping?!), but I think it’s an ok outlook to have.

Am I disappointed in myself for not making it through the whole month? Yes. Am I happy that I managed to follow the ban for a chunk of time? Sure. Do I think it’s possible to go without shopping for a month? Yes, but it requires willpower (more willpower than I possess, for sure). Would I try this again? Yeah, why not. People start and stop diets all the time, because it can take awhile to get into the swing of things. Depriving oneself completely isn’t always the best method. Everything in moderation can be a much better approach. But the key is to actually practice moderation. While those J.Crew shirts were a steal, I didn’t actually need them, but the price point made it hard to say no.

Have you done a ban like this? Any tips are much appreciated should I try (and hopefully succeed at) this again in the future.

Georgetown Flea

Georgetown Flea

One of the things I love about living where I do is being able to walk on over to the Georgetown Flea every Sunday! I love thrifting and flea markets, so having one only a few blocks away has been a treat. It runs from about 8 am to 4 pm (great for early risers as well as the after brunch crowd) and has a huge selection of classic, quirky, and just plain weird items. If you live in the DC area and haven’t been, here are some tips before you go!

1) Bring cash. In this day and age, it seems like practically everywhere you go takes cards, but that isn’t true here (at least at the stalls I’ve visited). Cash comes in handy, but if you don’t have any in your wallet, you can run across the street to Safeway (they have an ATM by the checkout area) and come right back down to keep scouring the flea. Honestly, taking out cash is a good way to curtail excessive spending, so it isn’t the worst setup in the world!

2) Ask about prices. If you don’t ask, you won’t know! Items aren’t always clearly labeled, and sometimes I’m shocked at how expensive things run, while other times I can’t believe that such adorable pieces are actually pretty cheap! The first time I visited the Flea I was appalled at how much some of the stuff cost (and even recently I fell in love with a gorgeous painting that ended up being $180…not your typical flea market price!). However, I’ve also scored a classic looking gold bamboo mirror for about $25 and found other cute items for less than $10, such as the vintage-looking French piece in the gold frame, shown above. Bargaining doesn’t hurt either.

3) Get to know the vendors. You don’t have to get to know them personally, haha. But having a sense of who is there each week can be helpful if you’re looking for something specific. For example, Julia of Modernest Home has the best selection of midcentury and chinoiserie furniture and accessories and also refinishes items. If you’re not looking for anything in particular, it’s still a lot of fun to browse, but keep in mind that generally the same people have stands from week to week, so if you’re looking for a ton of variety, you may want to check out several different fleas per month.