Things I Love Thursday

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There has been a lot less internet surfing lately, given the move and the crappy internet that we had for a couple of days (classic DC situation). I did end up picking up these wedges in the big LOFT sale earlier this week…50% off everything with free shipping, no minimum purchase! My favorite kind of sale. They’re supposed to come in today, so fingers crossed that my long search for the perfect basic wedge has come to an end.

Other than that, keeping it classic with some blue, white, and stripes. Pajamas are always a good idea, especially when they have elephants on them, and how good would that tray look in a new apartment?! And I’m always game for some more seersucker and tortoise!

IN THIS POST:

ONE: Baggu Tote / TWO: Bauble Bar Bracelet / THREE: J.Crew Tray / FOUR: J.Crew Factory Seersucker Shorts / FIVE: Three J NYC Silk Pajamas / SIX: LOFT Wedges / SEVEN: Kate Spade Dress

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Culinary Aesthetics

Culinary-Aesthetics

As much as I love particular foods for their taste and how simple they are to eat (exception: sushi), I really appreciate food that’s aesthetically pleasing. I have a “Pretty Food” board on Pinterest and am constantly impressed by how some fellow bloggers manage to present their food in such visually appealing ways. Styling the surroundings is one thing, but creating a piece of art with the food itself? Even better. Here are some of my favorites… major props to you if you can create something like this! It’s definitely something I would like to work on myself.

PS: Not sure who did the eclairs, but they were too pretty to exclude!

Images: one / two / three / four / five 

Lettermade

Lettermade-Cocktail-Napkins

Has anyone noticed just how good cocktail napkins have gotten lately? Maybe I’m oblivious because I’ve never actually owned a set, but I’ve been really impressed with some that I’ve seen recently (like the ones I posted here). When I came across Lettermade a few weeks ago, I knew I had to share. Perfect for gifting or for yourself, there are so many to choose from that it’s impossible to choose favorites. These are some at the top of my list… I figured it would be easy to pick favorites– because monogram, — but the camels and pineapples have me torn!

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decorBase

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Obviously one of the biggest but most fun challenges that comes with moving is the redecorating. It’s definitely my favorite part of the whole process, but it can be tricky to get things just right or be patient enough to wait for the perfect pieces to come along.

Being in the middle of my move, decorBase could not have come at a better time. The name rang a bell…I’d read about it in passing a few months back and heard it was in the works. Well, it debuted this week, and let me tell you…it’s incredible. There’s an interactive part where you can drag products into a virtual room and style it, to scale, just the way you want it. If you end up loving the products that you used, you can purchase them on the spot. For more information, watch this little video.

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)