August 29, 2014

Friday Favorites.

Happy almost long weekend, friends! I am so glad that it's Friday. My parents are coming to visit us for the first time since we've moved, and I'm excited to show them our new place and to play tour guide in the city! Here's what I'm loving this week.
friday favorites
1. I love this cobalt blue iPhone case from J Crew. It's already on sale, and you can save an extra 40% with code WEEKEND. Great deal!
2. Since posting about finding a beauty vanity the other day, I've been on the hunt for the perfect table. I love, love this white and gold beauty from One Kings Lane.
3. EVERYTHING at Old Navy is 50% for the holiday weekend, and I'm going to order this Holy Chic tee. (PS- it's only $6!)
4. I must have a thing for cobalt blue this week, because these babies are speaking to me. (PSS- they're also on sale!)
5. I love this patterned jute rug from Anthropologie. (PSSS- it's an extra 20% off, too!)
You may have noticed a theme with this week's picks...they're all on sale! And who doesn't love things on sale? It's one of my favorite parts of a holiday weekend. ;) Here's a round up of the best sales I could find!
Anthropologie | take an extra 20% off sale items (price reflected in cart)

Asos | up to 75% off dresses, plus an extra 10% off with code SAVE10

Nordstrom | Save up to 40% off on clearance items

Old Navy | Entire store up to 50% off (in-store and online)

ShopBop | Up to 70% off select items, plus free shipping
J Crew | Extra 40% off sale items with code WEEKEND

GAP | Everything up to 40%

Lulu and Georgia | 25% off sitewide with code LABORDAY25

Kendra Scott | 15% off everything plus free shipping

Furbish Studio | 15% off everything with code ENDOFSUMMER

C. Wonder | 30% off all full-priced items

Zhush | 20% off everything with code LABORDAY2014

Have a great long weekend!
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August 27, 2014

The ingredients to a beautiful vanity.

Let's talk vanities. Do you have a designated space for getting pretty? I didn't until we moved into our apartment. I know that sounds counterintuitive...moving from a large house to a small one bedroom and finally having room for a vanity area? It's true. Our bedroom is narrow but long, and it has the perfect little spot behind the door for a small vanity table. I've been working on our bedroom makeover, and am currently busy creating a space that is 100% mine, with its sole purpose to make me feel pretty. Here are a few spaces that I'm taking inspiration from...

You know, setting up a vanity space is not significantly different than setting up a work space. Both areas need a clean, roomy surface, lighting, storage and organization, and comfy seating. Switch that monitor out for a mirror, and you're good to go! I like my vanity area and my work area to be completely different. For work spaces, I prefer moody, colorful, and stimulating surroundings. For my vanity, however, I prefer light, bright, calming, and feminine. Here are a few pieces that you need to give your own vanity space that very feel!
Vanity Essentials
1. Lighting. Every vanity area needs to be well lit. You don't want to apply makeup in a tiny dark corner and then walk out into the sunlight wearing clown face, do you? Didn't think so. The Ikea Ranarp is a budget friendly task lamp that gets the job done.
2. Words of affirmation/ encouragement. I chose a print that says "Keep it Simple" from Parima Studio. I think it's a phrase that every woman needs to hear when getting ready. Keep it simple. Don't try too hard. Be yourself. 
3. Easy storage. I know that I need to corral my jewelry and small items in little bowls or else Fritters will push them around on the floor, usually at the very moment that I've fallen asleep (he totally knows what he's doing). I love this gilded bowl from Canvas Home.
4. A large mirror. I say large because it can do so many amazing things for your vanity area, no matter what the size! Large mirrors mimic windows and bounce light around the room, they allow you to really see your full reflection, and the larger ones really balance out the size of the desk below. I'm a fan of mounting my mirror on the wall as opposed to leaning it (which I think looks equally as good), so I can have all the counter space that I need. This round mirror is absolutely perfect.
5. Pretty accessories. I'm a firm believer that the prettier the accessories, the better you feel when using them. These brushes are pricey, but they are beautiful. And if you've ever used a well-made makeup brush, you probably know that they're worth their weight in gold.
6. Clear storage. The acrylic tray is the must have of any good vanity. They are great for storing necklaces, laying out makeup, corralling all small items, or even stacking (and you can see what's inside!).
7. Yummy candle. I love lighting a candle when I have the time to get ready. I have three of these candles. I'm obsessed.
8. Beautiful and comfy seating. I know that I shared this bench with you last week, but I love it. It's the perfect way to add a splash of color and pattern to an otherwise neutral area.
9. Brush storage. There is no reason that the tools that you use shouldn't be out on display! All you have to do is find a pretty vessel like this julep cup, and throw your brushes in. Easy to get to, and beautiful!
10. A vanity or desk with drawers. I prefer for my vanity table to be white, so it's easy to clean (and to see if it's clean). I love the parson's desk from West Elm because it's big without being cumbersome, and there are drawers for storage. And if you love beauty products as much as I do, drawers are a must!
So what do you think? Tell me about what you have on your vanity table!
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August 25, 2014

Have you checked out JC Penney lately?! (PS- you should)

This weekend, Nick and I went to JC Penney. He was looking for a few work shirts, and we have had great luck with clothes/ accessories at JCP in the past. We often joke about how they give stuff away and we hope that they never ever go out of business, and this trip was no different! I knew that they had home items, and have especially like the "Happy Chic" line that they carry by Jonathan Adler. What I wasn't expecting this trip, however, was how cheap it was going to be. They were having a huge sale, and I had to read a few price tags several times before my brain could process the number that was listed. I stumbled into the lighting department in a clearance-induced daze, and saw red stickers as far as the eye could see. I made myself a pile of boxes before hysterically running around the store to find Nick to show him my stash. He saw the excited look on my face and said, "Oh no...what did you find." Period. No question mark. That was it. He knew what that look meant. 

What he didn't expect, however, was to be as surprised as I was. I found dozens of these Jonathan Adler lamps for (are you ready for this?)......


Jonathan Adler Bubble Lamp, $86.99 ($8.97 in store)

Can you believe that price? It's still listed for $86.99 online, but there were dozens of them for $8.97 in the store. I bought two. We got a few other things, and as soon as I got home, I began searching for bargains online. There are so many good things! Here's what I found that I love.

MarthaLighting Faceted Urn Table Lamp. $31.25. A pair of these would look so chic on a console!

Studio Small Sphere Accent Lamp, $24. I saw this in the store and thought it was so cool. 

These are no longer listed online, but they are part of Jonathan Adler's Happy Chic collection and were marked down to $12.97. I thought it would be so cute in a nursery!

Crescent Heights Bookcase by Jonathan Adler, $555 (marked down from $1860). I've been in love with this piece for a long time. It's slight Asian-inspired details give it a Chinoiserie feel, and it's massive. It has a gorgeous lacquered finish, and comes in four different colors. A definite statement piece!

18" Trellis Decorative Pillow, $18. It doesn't look like it in the picture, but it's embroidered, and comes with the insert! Available in three different colors.

Watercolor Ombre Decorative Pillow, $16. (also comes in aqua). I'm thinking about ordering a pair of these for my new living room chairs...

Gold Foil Double Rocks Glasses, $20.49 (set of four). How gorgeous would these look on your bar?

Gold Foil Wine Glasses, $20.49 (set of four)

Jonathan Adler Elizabeth Napkins, $9.99 (set of two). If you're crafty, you could turn these into some chic pillows.

Jonathan Adler Chloe Bamboo Inspired Vase, $14.99. So chic with an orchid inside.

Wanna hear some even better news? All purchases are an extra 15% off. Isn't that crazy? It's basically stealing. So, if you're near a JCP, go and check it out in person just in case you can find some $8.47 lamps for yourself. Or, stay home and order all of this stuff online for like $17. Your choice.

Oh, and this isn't a JCP sponsored post. It's just a really, really good sale and I'm a really, really bad enabler. ;)
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