Thursday, March 28, 2013

Door Decor

Living in rentals always means that you can't really decorate your place the way you want to. No painted walls, only a certain number of nail holes, the restrictions go on and on.....BUT alas, while on pinterest I found this great solution! Washi tape saves the day again. I love the detailing on these beautiful double doors! 

Would you decorate with washi tape? Or is it a little too weird?

photo via plentyofcolour

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Weekend in Short - Spring Break

Spring Break was simply amazing. It was so nice to just hang out at home and relax - plus it was lovely sleeping in my own bed! While we were home I took care of all my appointments, including hair cuts, fittings, and of course an eye appointment! (Remember how I was looking for glasses? I actually found a new pair!) When we returned to the cities, we stopped for brunch at my favorite little diner, Bad Waitress, and had the most amazing stuffed berry french toast....mmmm. 

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Fondness: Lookmatic

I'm in the market for new glasses and want a good inexpensive pair. I originally looked at Warby Parker and fell in love with this pair, but my prescription is so strong that they can't even fill it! So I went over to Lookmatic where you can try on frames virtually and I found a few pairs I like. 

But I need your help! I can't decide what pair I like best, so help me find the perfect pair by telling me which ones you like!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The New Mona Lisa Smile?

I love this! I saw it the other day while perusing Pinterest. These days it seems like every social media platform is filled with 'selfies' with those duck-lips kissing faces - all of which I could do with out. But when I saw this recreation of the Mona Lisa with a modern take on a self portrait! 

Five Amazing Aerial Views

At first, this photo looks like a geometric graphic print, but after a second look you realize it's not just a's a Dutch Tulip Field! Aerial views are pretty amazing, they give you a totally different perspective of something that you think you know pretty well. Below are some of my favorite photos, including the lawn under the Eiffel Tower, a parking lot, NYC, and the Alps!

images via :: tulips / eiffel tower / parking / nyc / alps 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Fondness: Galaxy Nails

Quite a while back I saw these gorgeous nails on A Cup of Jo - needless to say I fell in love. Unfortunately I have a disgusting tendency of biting my nails when I'm nervous, so they get pretty worn down. Luckily pretty nails keeps me from nervous chewing, and I've been a huge fan of these galaxy nails! They're super easy to create, just start with a layer of navy blue, then once dry add little smudgy layers of similar teals, blues and silvers with metallic finishes. Super pretty! 

image via cup of jo

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Date Night Dress - Fanciful Florals

Spring is so close, which gets me giddy for sundresses and floral frocks. A perfect little floral number is great for an afternoon date or a patio brunch with your girlfriends - and this dress is super versatile, I can picture quite a few places I could wear this {Easter, a friend's wedding shower, brunch dates}. It's feminine, flirty, and would look great with a skinny belt. 

What do you think? Too 'grandma's couch' or is it just right?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Do You Make Goals?

Every new year brings resolutions and 'goals' - but like the rest of the world I just make them to make myself feel good about being optimistic, and five days later I've already fallen off the wagon and eaten an entire carton of cookies. But what about 'life goals'?

Plenty of little kids have big dreams and goals for when they're adults, plenty of people make bucket lists - we all make little goals everyday : buy all healthy food at the market, make the bed, drink more water...and the list goes on and on. Life goals are different though - they're something to aspire to, to look forward to, they are things we can hope and dream about in the darkest of times. So I re-visited my own goals and asked Sarah and my mom about theirs.

I said that I want to be a successful freelance interior designer, learn to play the steel drums, ballroom dance, become a good sewer {I'd love to be able to design and construct my own clothing}. 

Sarah: Sarah said that she wants to be a water colorist {or at least paint on a regular basis}, have a 'fun' article published in an internationally known magazine, become a 'seasoned' baker - or in her words "make really different and interesting stuff". 

Kathy: My lovely mother, a first grade teacher said she wants to retire with benefits {that's a lofty one these days ;)}, learn to paint, start a blog, and become a mentor for kids. 

What are some of your goals?

photo via hemingwaycool

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Weekend In Short - Color Amidst the Grey

This weekend was grey, cold, and wet; but amongst the dreary weather, I managed to find quite a few ways to brighten up my time. Sarah and I frequent the Weisman Art Museum {on campus} a lot - new exhibits just opened so we had to go see them. I fell in love with the painting above, it's made up of small vertical lines! We also went to Ikea's BYOF {bring your own friend} event, trudged through the rain and slush, and found some amazing decor for our future apartment. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Fondness: Ikea

I've always admired Danish design, it has a simplicity and playfulness unlike any other style. Ikea just happens to make it super accessible for everyone - even broke college students like myself. This weekend Ikea is having their BYOF (bring your own friend) event - with sales, special events, free food, and just a day dedicated to styling your life. 

Sarah and I are making a day of shopping and finding some home inspiration at Ikea tomorrow, I've got my eye on a few goodies. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Would You Share A Bedroom As An Adult?

I've been busy searching for houses to rent for next year with Sarah and our room-mate, but we've noticed a lot of them are 2 bedrooms which leads to the question 'do we really want to share a bedroom?'. 

Sarah and I shared a bedroom until we were six years old, and just recently shared a dorm room last year, but after having the privacy and independence of our own rooms for most of our lives and especially this year we're debating how going back to such a seemingly childish set up would go. But being on a college budget can make it difficult to find a good home that's safe, in good shape, and has every quality you're looking for. 

The New York Times recently wrote an article about siblings rooming together in New York. Sarah and I have gotten the question a lot, "You live with your twin?"....our answer..."of course!". Sharing an apartment, even bedroom, is easy when it's with a family member. You're routines are similar, in sync, and it's easier to get over disagreements. 

Would you share a bedroom as an adult? Or is it just plain weird to share such a private space?

images via lonnymag

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mini Wooden Speakers

I love being able to listen to music wherever I am, but I hate the sound quality when you play music out of your iPhone speakers. This mini wooden speaker however is small, portable, and is a stylish alternative to the other speakers out there. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

10 Reasons To Love Bar Carts

For a long time I always thought of bar carts being in homes of elegant and sophisticated people, with amazingly curated collections of liquors; but as I start to seriously look at more permanent living conditions I find more reasons to love bar carts. 

1. Most bar carts are on wheels, which means they can be moved quickly, easily, and quietly. 

2. They're not just for booze, use it for storage. My grandmother uses hers to keep her cleaning supplies organized. 

3. They make great book shelves! Style a few of your favorite books and magazines to have on hand. 

4. In need of a nightstand, side table, or small shelving unit? Check! A bar cart adds character, variety, and makes for a super transitional table. 

5. They're great for kids! WHAT?! you say? A bar cart for kids? How dare thee? Well yes, a bar cart filled with booze isn't the best idea, but if it's filled with toys, books, and stuffed animals this wheeled contraption is great for busy kids on the go. 

6. The best TV stand ever. Period. If you like to be able to enjoy your media in multiple rooms use this as a media cart - prop a small to medium sized TV on the top with all its gadgets, devices, and wires below - bada bing bada boom, roll that puppy right on over to your sofa. 

7. Are you a Do-It-Yourselfer? A crafter? An artist? A designer? I find that I have a lot of stuff that I require when I work on projects, and it's hard to find a way to transport it to different rooms. Having a bar cart is an easy way to pile everything up, organize, and transfer from rooms. 

8. Perfect for entertaining. Need some extra space for snacks, drinks, or a present table? Use this little guy. Once you're done using it you can quickly store it away. 

9. Extra work space and storage in the kitchen. A lot of small apartments and homes don't have a lot of kitchen storage space. If you have a pantry, remove some of the bottom shelves and hide the bar cart in there. When you need it for extra work space just pull it out. 

10. They make great conversation pieces. No matter what you use it for, bar carts always have a lot of character. You can find a lot of amazing ones at thrift shops, garage sales, and more. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday Fondness - Coffee Date

When Sarah and I were in high school we had a standing coffee date everyday after school. It was a time to catch up on homework, gossip, and relax - now that our schedules are different we try to make coffee dates once in a while to just chit-chat and sip on mochas. We have a new favorite coffee shop and I'm taking Alex there this weekend. 

What do you think about coffee dates? I think they're perfect for casual first dates and are a staple for you and your girlfriends. 

image via sundayinbed