September 19, 2014

FILE THIS: Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Does it feel like Fall yet where you live? I know it's a blogosphere cliche, but I am SO craving fuzzy sweaters and riding boots. I've really been into dark and luxe items for Fall...leather, grays, blacks, gold, and wearable glam. Here's what I'm loving this week!

friday favorites

1. I love this glam art deco table lamp from West Elm. The sculptured marble base is so chic!
2. Target has been KILLING IT lately, and these gold and glass candlesticks look super expensive but aren't!
3. Also, this Nate Berkus stool is perfect. It'd make a perfect little side table, too! I wish we had room in our bathroom for it.
4. I just ordered this faux leather trim tunic sweater from H&M. It's 50% off right now, and you can get free shipping with code 2288!
5. I am searching for the perfect black booties. The only requirements I have is that they have a bit of a heel and they need to be tall enough to tuck skinny jeans into! These fit the bill and are a great deal.
Are you up to anything exciting this weekend? We plan to hit up a few museums and take a long bike ride since the weather is supposed to be amazing. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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September 17, 2014

{DIY FILES| Greeting Card Art

Today I want to share with you a quick and inexpensive DIY idea that anyone can do. The best part? If you already have the frame, this project will cost you less than $5!

I bought this lovely greeting card from Target for Nick for our anniversary. I hadn't intended to frame it when I purchased it, but I was stuck by the colors and mostly by what it said. Nick and I say this all the time to each other, so it was the perfect card to give him. And when I was organizing our seemingly endless pile of mail, I was stuck with the idea to frame it.

I popped it in a spare Ikea RIBBA frame ($4.99 for those who don't have one!) that I had lying around. The card is a smiiiidge big for the mat, but I really like how crammed the words are in the frame. It makes it look more like a print!

It now sits on my desk next to my computer, reminding me of how lucky we are that we not only found each other, but also for the wonderful life that we have together. #mushy

That's the thing about greeting cards; you buy them because you like what they say in the moment, but they get tossed aside or even thrown out. But I wanted to keep this one around. And I got to thinking...this is a great way to not only utilize those old cards, but it's also a super inexpensive way to jazz up a gallery wall or add some funny words to a memo board!

So I searched Etsy for my favorites, all under five dollars. Here's what I found!

("It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." - e.e. cummings)

("Yes to love, yes to life, yes to staying in more". We all need a little Liz Lemon reality check in our life).

(I need this for my office)

(great for a child's room, no?)

So cute, right? As long as it doesn't say something like "Happy Birthday" or "Get Well Soon", there's no reason that you can't decorate with greeting cards. Inexpensive, and chic! Two of my very favorite things.

Would you do this? Are you a greeting card hoarder like I am?

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September 15, 2014

Our Weekend.

I hope that everyone had a great weekend! Is the weather just absolutely beautiful where you are, or is it still hot? We had the most gorgeous weekend, weather-wise, so we decided to make the most of it by spending the majority of our time outside.

On Friday night, we took a picnic to the National Mall. We hadn't really been out there since we moved because it's usually packed with tourists or rec leagues during the summer. But we had almost the whole place to ourselves! We ate sandwiches and watched, drank smuggled gin and tonics in coffee tumblers, and watched the sunset.

You can barely make out the Capitol building in the background, but you can tell that we had the whole space to ourselves! We will definitely be doing that again. #cheapdate

blanket (similar) | sandals | bag

The sunset was absolutely perfect and I could not stop taking pitctures of it.

And just because I love a good bokeh...

We walked by the reflecting pool in front of the Capitol, which made us want to go home and re-watch House of we did. ;)

Saturday morning was a bit rainy, but I headed to the Dulles Furniture Expo to check out a few things for a client. I didn't luck out in the furniture department, but I did snag a few things for an upcoming DIY project! I also fell in love with the colors in this original vintage poster.

Nick had an event to attend for work on Saturday, so I stayed home and lit some candles and opened the windows, did a little cleaning, took a bubble bath, and snuggled with this guy.

On Sunday, my best friend (and neighbor!) walked to our neighborhood to get mani/pedis, and we stumbled upon a huge street festival.

We decided to eat street food for lunch, because you can't pass up an opportunity to eat something fried and/or on a stick. So it didn't take much convincing on our part to wolf down a few chicken pitas and this delicious funnel cake!

We capped off the weekend with yet another gorgeous rooftop sunset. It was so pink!

So, what did you get up to this weekend? I'd love to hear! Please tell me that you have fabulous weather. I hope that Fall comes quickly and sticks around for a while!

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