Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Before & After: Sputnik Lighting in the Dining Room

Before we even found our place, I knew wherever we ended up, I wanted a sputnik chandelier.  I could never have one while renting, so it was at the top of my list.

Moving brings up a lot of unexpected expenses, especially when you are making some small changes and repairs to the place at the same time.  Sputnik chandeliers can be well into thousands of dollars, and that just wasn't going to happen.  Putting my trusty investigating skills to use, I found Lucent Lightshop via Etsy.  Lucent Light Shop is the baby of Sarah Wolfe, who is an RN by day and light shop owner the rest of the time.  Her other half is an electrician and does all the wiring on the lights - can you say dream team?!

Sarah worked with me to find the perfect chandelier for my space.  We talked sizing and length and ended up with the  most perfect chandelier for my dining room space.  (P.S. to get a sneak of the full before go here).

affordable sputnik chandelier

The before wasn't awful, and I actually got a lot of compliments on it by guests, but it wasn't my sputnik.  I couldn't let go of the sputnik dream!  We chose round bulbs, but you can get really creative with different bulb shapes.  I love that we can switch things up with the bulbs if we ever feel like we need a change.

brass chandelier
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It's hard to capture the beauty of this piece in pictures but it truly is a work of art.  When it's dark outside and we turn it on, it puts off the most magical glow.  We cannot wait to have dinner parties under it.
I knew the quality was going to be fantastic, but it really is impeccable.  I looked at a lot of "affordable options" in major retail stores and they were just cheap feeling and looking.  Looking back, I couldn't imagine settling for a retail store chandelier when I could have this beauty for a similar price point.  Plus it was near impossible to find an affordable option in brass.  While I love me some spray paint, this was a huge focal piece of the house and it needed to be perfect.
Be sure to pin this for later - (you never know when you'll need an affordable sputnik!) and check out Lucent Lightshop.

There's still much to be done to the dining room -- chair recovering, art, and the bar, so make sure you stay tuned to see how it all comes together!
A big thank you to Lucent Light Shop for working with Champagne Lifestyle to bring this post to you!  All opinions are 100% my own, as always.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Best Labor Day Sales

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Gap - 20% off purchase with code HAPPY
J.Crew - 30% off order $125+ with code 24HOURS
J.Crew Factory - 40-60% off everything
LastCall - Extra 25-75% off everything until Sept. 2
LOFT - 50% off select full-price & extra 50% off sale
Macy's - Extra 20% off with code SUPER
Old Navy - Everything up to 50% off
Saks Off 5th - Extra 40% off your entire order with code LABORDAY

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Beauty: Volumized Poof & Loose Curls Hairstyle

volumized curls using garnier texture tease spray

I love retro-style hair do's because I'm all about voluminous hair that still looks put together.  They made it happen back in the day and I'm not quite sure how, but I do know how to make it happen now-a-days!  I have a lot of long hair, but it's very fine and the weight from the length can make it fall flat against my head.  I use a teasing comb for special occasions, but it's really not good for your hair.

I recently discovered the Garnier Fructis De-constructed Texture Tease spray and it's what flat-haired girls dreams are made of.  It's basically teasing comb in a bottle, without the harshness of the comb.  You simply spray about 12 inches from the root of your hair and you get instant volume.

I'm constantly looking at old pictures of Briggite Bardot for hairspiration - as she was the queen of volumized hair.  She always managed to have big, sexy hair with a girly twist, so I think this a modernized look she would totally adapt if she were in her prime today.

  • I started by separating the top half of my hair starting from the middle of my crown.  I sprayed some of the texture tease spray, combed back any loose hairs, and pinned it with a couple of bobby pins.
  • From there, I separated my hair into 1-2 inch pieces and sprayed the texture tease spray close to the root underneath the hair. 
  • Once the whole head was sprayed with texture tease spray, I curled away from my face using a 1 1/4 inch curling iron.
  • The last step and my favorite one is to add a bow barrette.  I'm wearing a faux leather bow barrette like this one.  (it's only $2.80!)
P.S. You can also pin your favorite hairstyle using the hashtag #GARNIERSWEEPS to be entered to win a $500 gift card! View the details in the graphic below.
hairstyle using garnier fructis texture tease spray volumized loose curls with bow hair clip using garnier texture tease spray

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Garnier Fructis via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Garnier Fructis.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Red Dress

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Dress: eShakti c/o  |  Bag: Tory Burch  |  Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (old - love these leopard pumps on super sale!)

I've worked with eShakti in the past, and I loved working with them again to create this little number. eShakti is all about clothing that can be custom fit to your size, as well as custom aesthetic choices such as how long the skirt is, what type of neckline, and what type of sleeves.  I wanted this dress to be appropriate for work and play, so I picked a neckline and sleeve that would translate easily for both. 

I love a good classic red & leopard combo, and I kept it simple with neutral accessories and makeup and let the dress do the talking. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Living Room Updates

The living room is coming along a lot quicker than we anticipated.  The major new things we've added are our new sofa, drapes, and rug, and those three things have made a huge difference.

To back-track a bit, we had our walls painted before we moved in.  I wanted to do them ourselves, but the room has really tall ceilings with beams and crown molding and I didn't trust myself maneuvering around them.  We had them professionally painted using Dunn Edwards Porpoise.  I didn't realize how difficult grays are until we painted this room.  I wanted a very true gray, and chose Porpoise because it was pretty close to the very black scale.  It definitely has a blue tint, but I ended up being extremely pleased with it since I'm wanting to decorate with blue tones. 

dunn edwards porpoise nate berkus for target linen weave window panel curtains nate berkus for target curtains 

Our place came with ugly vertical blinds, and I couldn't wait to rip them out.  In our apartment we had to leave them in because we were renting (if you're in a similar situation, see how I covered ours).

I found these industrial curtain rodson Amazon and love how they let the curtain wrap around the doorframe to give complete privacy. 

The curtains are Nate Berkus for Target and are an amazing quality for the price.  I didn't want too crazy of a pattern, but also didn't want plain curtains, so I love that these give me a happy medium. 

grey velvet tufted sofa with brass legs grey velvet tufted sofa modshop tufted sofa

Our sofa is a custom piece from modshop, and we worked with them to build the sofa of our dreams. Our living room is the biggest room in the house and we wanted a huge sofa that could fit a bunch of people without being a sectional.  It's 9 feet long and really deep, and could fit four or five people really comfortably.

We had the hardest time picking out a gray fabric (again with those grays being difficult!) but modshop had a ton of different shades and fabric types so after a few days of mulling over samples we decided on the above fabric.  We requested tufting on the sides and brass legs.

Seeing your own creation & design come to life is extremely satisfying.  There is not a couch out there more perfect for us and every time we sit on it we can't help but gush over how much we love it.

rugsusa moroccan diamond shag rug moroccan diamond shag rug in grey moroccan diamond shag rug beni style

And last but not least, here is a peek of our rug from RugsUSA.  If you've followed me for awhile, you know I am a huge fan of RugsUSA and even had the same rug in a smaller size in our apartment's office.  RugsUSA was kind enough to send me the papa-bear size of our rug for the living room and we are so in love.  Although, I don't think J or myself could possibly love the rug as much as a little pup named Zoey.  She'll bury her nose in it and roll around on it for hours which is such a sight.

If you're looking for a good neutral rug, I highly recommend this one.  It's the Moroccan Diamond Shag Rug in Grey in size 8x10.  It's extremely soft and has an expensive look for the price.  Be sure to check RugsUSA often as they usually have incredible sales.

Source List:
Industrial Curtain Rods
Nate Berkus for Target Curtains
modshop Custom Sofa

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Printed Pussybow

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Top: Gracia via Hautelook (sold out - similar)  |  Trousers: Zara (old - similar navy pinstripe trousers)  |  Bag: Kate Spade - on sale!  |  Wedges: Charlotte Russe (old - love these on major sale)  |  Earrings: Tory Burch  |  Lips: Too Faced Melted Candy

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