Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pink Scarf & Teal PS1

While I don't have a problem investing in beautiful, well-made items that will stand the test of time, I always prefer to buy something for a great deal. Everything I'm wearing in this post represents that philosophy.

After lusting after leather leggings on all of my favorite bloggers last fall and winter, I put them on the top of my "want" list this season. The high price tag was something I couldn't swallow, but after trying on a few pair of the much less expensive, "leather-like" options, I knew I wouldn't be satisfied until I had the real thing. Luckily, I spotted this JBrand pair on my #1 favorite place to shop (and biggest shopping secret weapon): TheRealReal. TRR is a designer consignment shop where I have found so many great pieces, often in pristine condition with the tags still on! You truly can't beat it.

This teal PS1 was another RealReal find. While it was more of an investment than anything else I'm wearing, I saved up for what I considered a "major" handbag for years before making this purchase. To me, it feels like the perfect bag for a girl in her twenties: the color is bright, the leather is relaxed, and the whole bag feels young, yet sophisticated. Plus, the lack of designer logos gives the bag a subtlety that makes me feel like I belong to a secret society of fashion gals and blog lovers.

While a $15 scarf is just the right price for something that may only be in style for a season or two, I plan on wearing the leather leggings & PS1 until I physically can't any longer. Mixing closet building blocks with less expensive accessories (and a manicure!) is my favorite way to get dressed in the morning.

Top: James Perse via TJ Maxx | Scarf: J.Crew | Leather Leggings: JBrand via TheRealReal | Shoes: J. Crew | Bag: Proenza Schouler PS1 (really love the orchid color) | Watch: Michael Kors | Nail Polish: Essie Sand Tropez


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

House Update: Bed Nook

This was the bed situation when I first moved in:

I piled it high with all of my throw pillows for the picture (which I finally ordered during my last days at my first job). During the first few months of living here, we painted the walls blue (Benjamin Moore Serenity), replaced the windows that were painted shut, installed 10' linen drapery panels (my biggest DIY to date), and added a lone side table (which we found on the side of the road). The next picture shows some of that progress:

The lovely, leaning Ikea lamp was driving me crazy. Jesse always managed to fall asleep with the light on, and I was constantly crawling over him, half-asleep, to turn it off. I knew we needed lamps on both sides of the bed, but it was a challenge to find two nightstands that were big enough for table lamps in such a narrow nook. You can tell I've been thinking about this for awhile, but I finally pulled the trigger on a great pair of sconces.

I couldn't be happier with them. My original plan was to install them on the brick, but decided to go easy on myself and drill into the drywall instead.

After focusing all of my time, energy, and extra money on house projects during the first of the year, I really burned myself out and decided to take some time off from thinking about it. That changed last month when I had a dream about rearranging our room, and now I'm off and running again. I recently splurged on some new bedding during the Restoration Hardware bedding sale last month, but I'm still waiting for everything to arrive. Will post pictures soon.

The last two items on the list:
Matching nightstands (even though I do love our free one...)
An upholstered headboard (inspiration to come! I'm thinking of DIY-ing, but we'll see)

Thanks for reading!

Sweet dreams,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Aspen Bound

Almost exactly a year ago, I learned to ski for the first time while I was in Beaver Creek for a wedding. It was a lovely trip - we stayed with my best friend & her boyfriend - but I ended up messing up my knee during our final day there and missing the wedding. Womp womp. I had surgery and went through 8 months of physical therapy, and am proud to say I'm going skiing again this week. Bring on the mountains, puffy jackets, cozy fires, hot chocolate, cuddling, ski lodges and board games. I hope you have a great one!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Design Crush: Black Walls

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine | ten | eleven | twelve | thirteen | fourteen

Dark walls, brass accents, lots of art, pops of white and one bold color = perfection in my book. I'm hoping that my bathroom ends up looking at least 1/4 as chic as all of these spaces. Paint goes up today - wish me luck!