Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Etsy Love

Etsy is always a great source of surprises for me. Everytime I go on the site I continue to find scores of unique items from crafty shops all around the globe. Some of my recent favorites are below...I am however curious, do you have a favorite Etsy seller you would share or do you want them all to yourself?

Remember when I shared this post on dolled up dinnerware? Well my love for a quirky table setting is still going strong. I am totally smitten with this cheeky set of animal plates tastefully done in a simple black and white pattern and gold rim. The coordinating tea cup & saucer is so beyond awesome, I am almost at a loss of words. I need to throw an adult tea party immediately with the whole collection



First up, how amazing are these summer sandals? I adore the bright colors & pattern of the "friendship bracelet" style...plus tassels are everywhere this season. Extra bonus - this maker let's you pick out the color of the tassel & they are only $75!


When I couldn't find what I was looking for in furniture, I turned to Etsy to see what clever folk out there were creating in their talented workshops. Since our new apartment will have a mid-century modern design element to it, my husband and I were pretty smitten with STOR New York incredible craftsmanship. We are thinking the below desk for my man & this white one for me. 


"You. you may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one"... Anyone else love to jot down creative ideas on paper as soon as you get them so you don't forget them? I think this notepad is perfect for just that or the endless lists I live by because my memory is mush. 


I am really into faceted objects lately so when I cam across these bright bowls, I was instantly in love. I want one in every single color...perfect for ice cream as described but I think I would use all around the house for collecting keys at the door or even to hold baubles on the nightstand. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Gift Closet

While shopping in Boston's hip South End neighborhood one day, one of my dear friends mom mentioned an idea of a gift closet in a home where you could keep a few trinkets on hand to gift to friends and family as small special occasions took place. Don't get me wrong, I love to shop for a gift that is perfect for each individual recipient but I thought this was a genius idea for small gestures and was so excited to put together a little round up of some ideas I had. All the items below are under $25 and suit all different tiny celebrations in life or just a simple sign of kindness to someone who may need a pick me up. To make the gift a bit more personal to the receiver just add a thoughtful card {my favorite part of a gift} and some chic gift wrap {which is always excellent to have on hand as well}.

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one - Is there anything that smells better then fresh basil on a home cooked meal? I absolutely love it in everything from cocktails to savory dishes and beyond. This seed kit {also available in mint & rosemary} is such a great gift for the home chef or gardener. It also perfectly pairs with this petite vintage planter or these colorful mini vases that are $8!

two - Candles are always a great go to gift for new homes or just because your thinking of them. I love giving them with a cute pack of matches {this scent is my favorite & always burning in our home}.

three - Bringing flowers to a party just from the market also brings work to the recipient. Add an affordable vase that only needs a few buds to make a great gift. Also love this trio of a similar style.

four - The packaging along on this gift is reason to give to someone a little bit of luxury for $20.

five - A new home gift can be something small & budget friendly. These adorable mason jar salt & pepper shakers are under $10. I also love the mini oil & vinegar set too, crazy for $3! 

six - Newly engaged gal? This pretty pink dish is a great place to store her new sparkler when she isn't wearing it. Also available in a square shape.

seven - A set of coasters tied in simple ribbon are always nice to bring when someone is hosting you for dinner and we all know it goes great with wine! A wine tote and or trivet also is a great option.

eight - Terrariums are my kinda plant, low maintenance & look great. These work in so many rooms to an outdoor deck for a little living decor. 

nine - Someone have a new home or new car? How about a chic key chain to hang those new keys on!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Moving On Over

Today my husband and I sign a lease for a new apartment and we couldn't be more excited. While we love our little Beacon Hill neighborhood, it is time for more space which meant searching other sections of our beloved Boston. Ultimately we decided to have something similar to our temporary apartment in NYC in a full service building located in the Back Bay area. While we lose the quaint charm of the hill we gain so many luxuries which include large floor to ceiling windows, our own closets and so much more square footage to just name a few. Since I have never ever decorated a home before, I am ready to flex my interior decorating skills and make our urban apartment a warm welcoming home. First up is the kitchen redecorating. After a little shopping yesterday afternoon, we have agreed on the changes and look below that fits the modern space but keeps it simple for our little dining nook.

Before

Everything will be painted white for a bright clean aesthetic as well as some new wood floors that have a wider plank and a gray oak finish. Art will be removed to keep the space open and uncluttered.



Fiddle leaf plant will be finding it's home in the right corner for a pop of color. 


Our desired look

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cash Or Credit - Lady in White

The other day I tried on the most gorgeous white midi dress that had a pleated skirt and fitted top. I felt like a million dollars in it {which is a serious rarity lately}. Then I looked at the price tag and I wanted to cry at how expensive it was. While I do believe in a splurge here and there, I couldn't justify another big purchase. It did however inspire me to create a cash or credit with similar styles. I am totally obsessed with this lady like look with it's soft color palette and sophisticated style. A trench will get some serious wear here in New England but if you want to take on a more trendy color like a baby blue then I would definitely choose to save on it. A little white dress is a wardrobe staple and my nude pumps might be the most worn item come Spring so that definitely was worth a splurge for me. Check out the two looks below at the two very different price points. Happy Shopping!

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cash - trench // dress {similar} // belt // studs // clutch // shoes
credit -  trench // dress // studs // clutch // shoes {similar}

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Flat Out

While it may not yet feel like spring here in Boston the calendar says otherwise, which means I am retiring all my boots {possibly even burning my snow ones}. I literally have exhausted the boots and sweater look this winter and refuse to wear them again.  I am determined to challenge mother nature and walk out the door in Spring fashions even if it means I am freezing. My first spring style adjustment is the change of footwear. I am all about flats for walking comfortably around the city and have my eyes on a few pairs below to help amp up my wardrobe as the snow melts. Hurry up Spring, we need you BAD in this city!

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shop the above & more stylish flats below


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Snack Time - Mini Egg & Cheese Sandwiches



There are a few things I know to be true...anything form of food made miniature is awesome and pretty much everything served in a mason jar is totally adorable. While I do have some seriously cute ideas for the latter I thought today I would tackle my favorite meal of the day - breakfast. Clarification, I absolutely loathe an early morning and just prefer my breakfast foods later in the day. So whether you are hosting a brunch, simply watching your portions or just want a cute breakfast snack, my mini egg & cheese bagel sandwich fits the bill. Added bonus -  the mini bagel will satisfy your bagel cravings without the guilt of a carbohydrate belly bomb.  


Ingredients 

one fried egg {don't skimp on the butter, its how you get it to not stick & those delicious crunchy edges}
slice of your favorite cheese {I kept it real & used American}
mini bagels {toast with butter}
2 slices of bacon {I cut my slices in half & cook in oven till crispy, it helps keep it flat & sandwich size}

I'll spare the instructions as it's pretty self explanatory but seriously, how cute is this little guy?  Totally a fun way to serve a petite version of this breakfast staple, perfect to make when you host a brunch at your home where you can serve with other mini's like mini mimosas, waffles, donuts and so on...enjoy!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Fab Favors - Hangover Kits


Over the weekend we celebrated my best friends bachelorette up in Portland, ME. It was so fun to have all my college girls together for twenty fours of complete debauchery.  We did a few fun games, painted champagne glasses, then went to dinner in an old church followed by a night out of dancing that has left me severely sore from all my sweet dance moves ; ). When we woke this morning to say we were all hurting would be a severe understatement. Thankfully my hangover kits came in handy for the morning after. All the details to make your own are below.



Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Cold Shoulder

This weekend I have my best friends bachelorette party in Portland, ME. I am so excited to get my college girls together and have a night out on the town. I didn't know what to pack since it's still arctic like here in New England so I plan on bringing along a few options depending on how much snow we get tomorrow. I am however loving the cold shoulder look which features just that. A bare shoulder top that shows off just a bit of your arm in a very chic bohemian way. A few of my favorites are below. Have a great weekend everyone!



Cusp has a good selection of this style and a great promotion going on where you spend $350, you get a cute cross body bag oh and $50 off your order of $500 with code CUSPNM


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shop all the looks below

Stop Collaborate & Listen - West Elm x Lulu Frost


West Elm has dominated the collaboration game time and time again, remember - Kate Spade Saturday, Feed & Baggu to just name a few. Well they are at it again with quite possibly two of my favorite brands joining forces to create truly beautiful pieces for your home. West Elm x Lulu Frost has combined modern, clean lined jewelry displays and boxes with gorgeous jewelry like closures, pulls and design that boasts the truly unique signature style of Lulu Frost. To say I am obsessed with the end result is a strong understatement. I absolutely adore the deco design of the entire line and plan on picking it all up to have in a future home where I have space to properly display my favorite jewelry. Take a look for yourself at the stunning sets below. Which is your favorite?






What goes better then those beautiful bauble displays besides some new jewelry? A few of my Lulu Frost favorites to adorn yourself with - some are even on major sale right now at J.Crew with code SPRINGSALE

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

For The Love Of The Weekend Getaway - Austin Edition


We are back and rested after a very fun weekend away in Austin, Texas. My husband was a panel speaker at the prestigious Raptor House where he spoke about technology and the internet as well as the spectrum crisis which he has devoted his career to solving. It was so informative yet really fun to combine creative types along with finance people to get interesting conversations going. I mean where else do you get music, technology, film and culture all in one event? The best part was how laid back it was. I didn't feel an ounce of pretentious behavior amongst all these big players in their respective fields which just set the mood for a relaxed networking environment. I also was surprised how much was relevant to me and this little blog here.  I got so much out of listening to the variety of guest speakers over the course of the two day event as well enjoyed private concerts with Elle King, Melanie Fiona, Big Sean and Nick Jonas.  Between discussions we ventured out to explore the city a bit where I snapped up a few photos. Thank you to my friends for all their recommendations, we definitely enjoyed every delicious bite of food in Austin's incredible restaurant/food truck scene!

The beautiful Hotel St. Cecilia & the sweet ride {seriously want} that was out front. 



Stage at Raptor House. 



Some vintage shopping at Uncommon Objects.




Got our country gear fix at Allen's Boots


Delicious lunch at the Austin Motel, Snack Bar where mimosas are served in a chemistry beaker, yes please. 




Carnitas tacos at Torchy's. It really as a damn good taco!


The most decadent donuts at Gourdough's


Want more of where to eat, sleep and stay in Austin? I found these three city guides - Domaine HomeCamille Styles & The Every Girl super helpful and after seeing them in person, they are pretty spot on for the best of the best the city has to offer! 
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