Friday, October 24, 2014

One Room Challenge | Week 3 & 4

Well hello there!  Why yes, I did indeed fail to post my week 3 of the ORC last week.  My sincerest apologies if you are following along - I had a crazy busy week last week.  Luckily this week I have quite a few updates for you!

First up I have pictures of my favorite part of the room - the reclaimed wood desk.  The desk is something we had custom made by Dendro Co. and it blew our minds.  One of the shop owners Tara was extremely helpful through the whole process and helped up put our vision to life.  We needed something sturdy and a very particular size, and really wanted the reclaimed wood look while still being practical.  The legs are made of steel pipes and the desk top is sealed with a clear matte finish, which protects from food & liquid stains and enhances the grains. 

We knew it was going to be good because everything on their site is amazing but I don't think we could have anticipated the quality.  The desk comes with a lifetime warranty but I don't think we will ever need to use it because it seems like it will last longer than lifetime.

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The next item is the art above the daybed.  I haven't decided if its too small for the wall... we are definitely going to keep it but maybe I need a couple of other pieces?  What do you guys think?

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I love the bull for so many reasons - I think it's empowering and whether you want to interpret it as charging on, or standing your ground, I think it's a good message for an office space. 

The photo is from Minted called Staredown (size 24x18) and the frame from Amazon.  To be honest the frame isn't the best quality but it was really affordable and looks good when it's hung up.  You can only tell the quality when you're holding it because it's a super lightweight plated plywood, but on the wall it looks really nice.  Let me know what you guys think about the size... I'm in a pickle. 

We purchased the Vittsjo bookshelf and I'm just working on styling it.  We really need to get an office chair and I'll be feeling much better.  Right now we are using a spare dining room chair that I've yet to get re-covered for the dining room.

Make sure you guys check out all the other people linking up here!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Classy Clown

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Dress: Shabby Apple c/o  |  Belt: Old (love this reversible mint/cognac belt)  |  Booties: Sole Society (old - similar style)  |  Clutch: Michael Kors (old - love this black leather envelope clutch under $50)

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays - I love the idea of getting to dress up as something you're not for a night.  J and I were talking about our past Halloween costumes today and I had to laugh because much to my mom's horror I picked the least girly Halloween costumes as a kid.  When I was about 10 years old I was a vampiress...complete with a long grey and black haired wig and fake blood dripping down my face, and the following year I was an alien with a glow-in the dark alien head and cape.  Not sure what the thought process was behind choosing these costumes, but the pictures are grand.

DIY costumes are my favorite since people can come up with some crazy ideas.  I partnered up with Shabby Apple to bring you guys this fun and simple DIY costume.  I think this girly clown costume is perfect for an office party or a grown-up costume party.  Because I am certainly not a fan of scary clowns (you seriously don't want to walk through a haunted maze with me), I made my clown friendly and fun. 

What are you guys being for Halloween?  Do you usually DIY or stick to buying something? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Waiting Game

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Sweater: Forever21  |  Trousers: H&M (old - similar)  |  Booties: Jean-Michel Cazabat  |  Bag: Pour La Victoire  |  Cuff: Prima Donna  |  Hat: BCBG via Saks Off 5th (not online - similar)  

I saw this short sleeved sweater on the F21 website and knew it would solve my problem to "the waiting game".  The short sleeves allow me to dress for the fall without waiting for the weather to fully cooperate (aka the waiting game).  I loved the way the model styled hers with a hat and I recently picked up this hat from Saks Off 5th and have been itching to wear it.  I never thought I was a good hat person but I think it just takes trying on a few until you find one that works for you.  I definitely suggest trying the trend out even if you don't think you can pull it off.  It ties together an outfit so well and I now want one in every color.

I hope you all have a fantastic Monday!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Uniform of Success

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Jacket: Dorothy Perkins c/o (on sale!)  |  Trousers: Dorothy Perkins c/o  |  Top: Topshop (old - similar)  |  Heels: Forever21 (old - love these blush bow heels)  |  Belt: Zara (old - love this Ted Baker version on sale)  |  Watch: Michael Kors  |  Bag: Pour La Victoire

My workwear wardrobe has been lacking a classic pantsuit.  I have plenty of crisp blouses, pencil skirts, and dresses, but did not have a single matching blazer and pair of pants.  I am sort of appalled I didn't invest in a good pantsuit earlier in my career.  I'm a firm believer that the way you dress sends a message, and I recently wore this to an important meeting.  Being young, blonde, and female certainly comes with an extra challenge in life as stereotypes work against you to send a message that you aren't serious.  A crisp, classic pantsuit certainly sends a message that you are serious, and also that you value the person or persons you are meeting enough to dress up for them.  The suit has, for better or worse, become a symbol of success.

I paired mine with a peplum top because I felt that because the pants were not super fitted, the top should be more fitted so as to not look sloppy.  I kept my accessories minimal with a sleek gold belt I got months ago from a Zara sale, and my classic gold Michael Kors watch.  I loved the simplistic, modern pattern of the pantsuit and did not want to distract from that with a bunch of accessories. 

Do you guys feel the same way about sending a message with your choice of attire?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tribal Sweater

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Bloomsbury Topper Sweater: J.Jill c/o  |  Jeans: AMI Super Skinny by NYDJ c/o  |  Fringe Booties: Jean-Michel Cazabat  |  Bag: Tory Burch  |  Necklace: Eclectic Eccentricity c/o

A sucker for a good oversized sweater, I fell in love with this tribal printed cardigan from J.Jill.  I would never think to shop at J.Jill on my own, but after looking at their fall lookbook, I realized I was missing out on some adorable cozy knits and classic pieces.  The colors in this sweater couldn't be more "fall" and it will match virtually anything you pair with it.

I paired the sweater with my new favorite NYDJ - I was desperately needing a pair of jeans in this color wash because anything darker doesn't go well with navy.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

One Room Challenge | Week 2

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Woo hoo!  It's week 2 of the One Room Challenge and I feel like we're making progress!  If you missed the first week, check it out here.

Our office functions part time as a guest bedroom, so we needed something that would be super comfortable when visitors came but also didn't take up a lot of floor space.  We decided on the IKEA Brimnes daybed because it folds out into a king size bed, has two large drawers for storage, and because it is white with clean lines, it is super crisp looking.  We actually had the queen size Brimnes in our apartment and loved the storage it gave us.

I've been kind of playing around with the nightstand - I already had that lamp and that small table, but I don't know if I want it there permanently.

I ended up getting the bjornloka duvet cover from IKEA because I want the daybed to look as couch-like as possible during the day, and this duvet offered simplicity and a modern feel. 

I was shocked to find the two throw pillows at Target.  They don't scream "Target pillows" in my opinion.  I can't find the small one linked online, so be sure to check your local target, but you can find the square one here (it was $19.99).  I'm still on the hunt for a few more throw pillows.

To Do: 
-Style Desk
-Find Office Chair
-Bookshelf Styling
-Art above daybed
-Possible drapery
-Possible Rug

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