Friday Things

Happy Friday, friends! I’m more than happy to put an end to this chaotic week…moving always means so many logistics and things that are out of your control. This weekend will consist of staining a dresser (a tutorial to come, perhaps!), assembling more furniture, organizing, and the like. Probably with some wine + champs throughout to make the process better. I don’t actually hate moving… minus the heavy furniture part. It’s fun to have a blank slate and do some serious reorganization. What are you up to this weekend? It’s supposed to be a gorgeous one here in DC– hope it’s the same wherever you are!

Of note…

- Can we talk about the perfect Buzzfeed quiz? The West Wing is one of my favorite shows, and this is one of the few quizzes that I think yielded accurate results…

- Judge away, but I’m pretty excited about this new Domino’s concoction. It’s two of my favorite things, chicken nuggets + pizza, combined into one, but not in a way that sounds terribly disgusting (I may be in the minority here). Thoughts?

- Supal sent me this article that looks back on the evolution of preppy attire stemming from collegiate women at the end of the 19th century, specifically from the Seven Sisters (made up of a group of American colleges). If only I could track some of these outfits down…but I’ll settle for the book that the article is based on.

- Your daily smile…I promise you won’t be sorry (two words: babies + lemons).

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Things I Love Thursday

Things-I-Love-Thursday

A few things I’m loving this week…and you’re in the mood/position to blow too much $$ (or just want to invest in some nice pieces that don’t normally go on sale, like jeans), the Shopbop sale goes till midnight PST tonight and is absolutely worth checking out. 25% off the site with no minimum purchase, with very few exclusions. It’s the perfect time to stock up on basics or splurge on something you’ve been eyeing for awhile!

Don’t these things make you want to leave this moody weather behind and go somewhere tropical (speaking mostly about the bag)? I’m incredibly jealous of all of you who are escaping whatever it is Mother Nature is trying to do here in DC. I don’t usually say this, but cold weather, I’m over you!

IN THIS POST:

ONE: J.Crew Pouch / TWO: Lilly Pulitzer Belt / THREE: Maya Brenner Necklace / FOUR: Kate Spade Watch / FIVE: Dooney & Bourke Watercolor Leisure ShopperSIX: Clare Vivier Clutch SEVEN: Soludos Espadrilles

MAHI GOLD

Mahi-Gold

The other day, I came across MAHI GOLD, a new-to-me brand that makes impeccably preppy, beachy attire for men, women, and kids. Growing up in Texas and living in DC means that light, breathable dresses are high on my checklist for warmer weather. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a nice fitted, dry clean-only garment, but with humidity that’s through the roof, machine washable dresses are far more practical (and economical. Dry cleaning, why do you cost so much?).

How cute are these dresses? There are so many fun prints and cuts that even if you’re picky, you’re bound to find one that you love. And the price tag? Nearly all the dresses are under $100. Everything is made in America and contains the perfect amount of nautical flair. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these! I love the cut on this one. What’s your favorite?

Custom Design DV by Dolce Vita Sandals

Custom-Sandals

Finding a good pair of summer sandals can be hard, and I’m sure many of you are in the market for a pair or two. I’m really intrigued by these “custom” DV by Dolce Vita sandals from Nordstrom. You can pick from a few colors and basically customize your own sandal… how cool is that? There are so many combinations so you can find what works best for you. I have a pair of DV by Dolce Vita booties and they’re incredibly comfortable, so I can’t recommend the brand more highly. Best of all, these sandals are under $70 and look like they’ll survive some tough wear. Talk about ideal! What’s your favorite color combo?

Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

This past weekend was the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which is a pretty big deal in the nation’s capital. On Saturday, the boyfriend and I braved the tourists and ventured through the parade route to the Tidal Basin. He snapped these photos and they really capture the essence of the cherry blossoms: absolute beauty + huge crowds. Photos can’t do the blossoms justice…they’re incredibly delicate and truly beautiful. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the whole event: in short, the Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the mayor of Tokyo to Washington and honors the relationship between Japan and the United States. “Peak bloom” was late last week, and the blossoms only last about 7-10 days. Hence the excitement, crowds, and abundance of photos you might have seen on social media.

I’m so thankful to have seen the blossoms twice so far (two years ago during my “semester abroad” in DC was the first time) and can’t wait for many more to come. How pretty are they? Not to mention that the weather was gorgeous and it’s pouring rain today…spring has officially sprung!

Decorating on a Budget

Decor under $100

It’s the classic twentysomething dilemma… how to do things on a budget, but still do them well. I take a lot of pride in shopping the sales, patiently waiting for the best deal, scouring the internet to save a few bucks, etc. (sidenote: have you tried out Ebates? I first thought it was a scam, but it is most definitely not, and it’s free $$. Seriously. My link to join, here.) So when it comes to decorating my new apartment, I’m all about doing it on a budget.

Although I still have a lot to learn about saving money + smart spending, my philosophy has always been “less is more.” Buy fewer, classic, high-quality pieces that will last and if you’re going for a trend, take the cheaper route since you’re much more likely to scrap it soon. This applies for clothes + accessories… decor is another story. I’m constantly torn between wanting to invest in something that I know will last, but being at a stage in my life where moving – at least to another apartment – may happen frequently, it might not be worth investing in some things no matter how much I love them.

So, in the spirit of my move this week, here are 10 decor-related finds under $100 that will hopefully inspire you if you’re moving or redecorating in the near future. In fact, they’re all under $75… completely unintentionally. Which isn’t a bad thing at all. Hoping to make some of these mine!

IN THIS POST:

Design Darling Shanghai Lotus Candle ($24C. Wonder Wicker Cheese Knives ($24) Society Social Striped Turkish Blanket ($36) Design Darling Tortoiseshell Glasses, Highball ($48 for set of 4) Waiting on Martha “Pace Yourself” Cocktail Napkin Set ($36) West Elm Tray ($34) Inslee March Calendar Girl 2014 ($25) Target Threshold Woven Diamond Pattern Pillow ($20) Lulu & Georgia Bookends ($60) / Target Threshold X-Base Ottoman ($60) (also available in pink)

 

Friday Things

Happy happy Friday! I finally don’t feel ridiculous talking about spring, especially since this week is peak cherry blossom season here in DC. I’m planning to go check them out tomorrow, so follow along on Instagram if you live far away and want to live vicariously! Other than that, a nice dinner with Danielle + her mom, some much needed relaxation after last weekend, and some apartment-related things are on the agenda. Whatever you’re up to, I hope it’s a great one!

Of note…

- Growing up in a household where very little meat was cooked and served, grilled cheese + tomato soup became one of my favorite meals. Some things never change, and I’m beyond excited that a Grilled Cheese Bar has come to DC! I’m giddy just talking about it…details here!

- With lots of people traveling during the spring and summer and airlines charging absurd amounts of $$$ for even the shortest flights, this article on how to get the best deal is pretty informative.

- My obsession with the British royal family is no secret, and this photo doesn’t require any context… Jackie + Kate? I die.

- Probably the cutest thing on the internet this week: a little French bulldog who is just not tired and doesn’t want to go to sleep. $10 bucks if you can get through it without squealing.

- I am a huge proponent of handwritten notes and “thank yous,” so this brought a smile to my face.

- Tipping. Everyone has their own thoughts on the matter (perhaps that’s a discussion for another day), but what makes it challenging is that there is just no “right” answer and there is probably so much you don’t know. That’s why I liked this article…it’s relevant for everyone and covers all scenarios.

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Things I Love Thursday

Things I Love Thursday

Is it bad that even though it’s April, I still can’t fully believe that there are multiple 70+ degree days in the coming week? Thanks, weather, for making me have trust issues. But since I’m stalking weather.com and things are looking up, I would love it if these springy/summery pieces to hop into my wardrobe. Plus, they’re all under $100 (well, the bikini top + bottom is $102 but you never have to wait too long for J.Crew sale!) I think it’s finally safe to say it…Happy Spring!

IN THIS POST:

ONE: Tuckernuck Packable Bow Sunhat / TWO: Halogen Linen Blend Scarf THREE: ModCloth Shorline Soiree Dress in Navy FOUR: Juliet & Company Forget Knot Earrings FIVE: J.Crew Twisted Vine Underwire Top and J.Crew Twisted Vine Underwire Bikini SIX: Kayu Sayan Clutch SEVEN: J.Crew Factory Printed Linen-Cotton Mini Eight: Bauble Bar Tortoise Bud Collar

I’m Loving: Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly-Pulitzer

If you ask me to name a company I admire, 99% of the time my answer is going to be either Nordstrom or Lilly Pulitzer. Not only does Lilly have a fantastic backstory (I want this book!), but the overall aesthetic, culture, and message of the name epitomizes grace + class. Fun, bright, preppy colors? Sign me up, please!

One of the things I love most about Lilly is the way they’ve cultivated their brand. Their customers are the most loyal fans I’ve ever seen and keep coming back year after year…myself included. I mean, have you heard about how shoppers crash their website during their semi-annual sales?

It was only a couple of years ago that I got my first Lilly dress, but it started a love affair that I know will last forever. I can’t help but scour the website on the reg, and these are some of my current favorite dresses. Some solids, lots of prints, and a whole lotta consistency. Perfect in my book! And between the other apparel and vast array of accessories, trust me when I say there’s something for everyone (ok well not everyone, but you get my drift).

IN THIS POST:

Top: Janice Shift DressLexington Dress McCallum Fitted Tie Back Dress
Bottom: Meredith Scoop Neck Dress / Adeline Ruffle Dress / Airy Shift Dress

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Gray Malin Photography

Gray Malin

Gray Malin

Gray Malin

Gray Malin

Gray Malin

When it comes to art in my own living space, I’m usually partial to more traditional pieces vs. modern pieces. There are a few exceptions, one of which is Gray Malin’s photography. My love for his work has grown so much over time and I’m eager to incorporate a piece (or two) into my future home. Each collection is incredibly unique and consists of images from cool locations around the world. Some of my favorites include Prada Marfa, the Up and Away series, the Far Far Away series, Á La Plage, and Antarctica.

Although some of the prints are quite pricey, they do occasionally appear on One Kings Lane and I’ve seen special promos on Instagram (such a good account to follow!) that make things way more affordable. And with yesterday’s new site reveal, I’m even more smitten. Gray’s images are available on phone cases, as wallpapers, and even as surfboards. How cute is this iPhone case?! Excuse me while I go lust after everything!

All images via Gray Malin Photography