I always thought life after college would be easier but it seems that finding a job is even more difficult than I thought it would be. I will be spending the next few days focusing on updating my resume, writing cover letters and filling out applications. In order to be as thorough as possible, I am going to take a little break from the blog so I have one less thing on my plate. I have been so unbelieving stressed and overwhelmed by my job search and know I won’t be able to dedicate as much time and effort into writing posts as I want to be. I will be back soon!
In my current rental, the living room is probably my favorite room. It has high ceilings, two windows, huge, white built ins and a beautiful fireplace with a mantel/mirror. I really didn’t feel that it needed too much to add character so I’ve mostly just been on the hunt for pretty accessories to dress it up and make it feel like mine. Sometimes it’s hard to keep a room looking nice when you have a cat and a dog so I always am aware of whether or not their hair will stand out on certain items, colors, surfaces, etc. Here are some of my favorite images to refer to when I am shopping for or decorating my living room.
My favorite thing about this image is the use of color in this mostly white and airy space. I am a huge sucker for floral patterns and chevron, which both appear in this living room. If I could find this exact blue couch, I would be happy.
Here’s another mostly white, bright living room with a delicious blue couch. The pops of gold also make me really happy.
This room just looks so liveable. It appears more real than some others you come across on Pinterest and I love that. The couch reminds me of the one I currently have so that’s a plus. I’m really into printing and hanging family photos so I love how they have three large portraits as their focal point rather than some abstract art.
This pastel room is probably my favorite. I love the all white walls, light couch, mint coffee table and striped rug. The gallery ledge is also pretty cool. I can’t help but think how my dog and cat hair would be especially visible on all these light surfaces so that’s something to think about. But seriously, where can I get that coffee table?
I’m sure C wouldn’t be too impressed by a pink room, though I’m sure that even with a white or light grey wall, you would get the same feeing in the room. I love the worn wood coffee table and patterned pillows.
If I had it my way, I would furnish and decorate my living room with the following items:
Everett Coffee Table, $259.99
Threshold Gold Stripe Lamp Shade, $24.99
Grey & White Chevron Throw, $299.99
Wood Block “B”, $28
World Map Poster, $24
Factory Side Table, $49
Floral Lace Mirror, $248
Sand Kendall Sofa, $699.99
I am so very grateful that we did receive the snow in central Ohio that was predicted. Though I am very discouraged by the small amount of snow we received, it doesn’t make the roads scary and doesn’t threaten to trap my car. This cold weather makes spring seem oh so far away but I know it is coming. I am completely ready to wear flowy pieces, such as this J. Crew pleated maxi skirt. As I’ve mentioned before, I love pastels and can’t wait to wear them with sandals and the sun on my face. I’ve seen lots of pictures on Pinterest of outfits featuring maxi skirts and cannot wait to wear mine when the weather warms up. While all the college kiddies are getting ready to or already enjoying their spring breaks, I have my honeymoon to look forward to in three months and I’m already mentally packing for it and you can bet this outfit will show up in my suitcase.
1. J. Crew Keeper Chambray Shirt, $68
2. J. Crew Factory Pleated Maxiskirt, $84.50
3. J. Crew Factory Open-Weave Ribbon Fedora, $29.50
4. Stella & Dot On the Mark, $59
6. La Mer Rose Wrap Watch, $93
7. Gap Skinny Braided Belt, $24.95
8. Asos FORMULA Woven Sandals, $33.87
Well, I decided to cancel my Ipsy bag and to keep my BirchBox. I think I’ve received higher quality samples from BirchBox and like how easy it is to purchase full size products of my samples. I am pretty fond of this month’s box and have/will use all the samples I received.
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara, I tried this mascara once and it went on without clumping. It probably won’t replace my favorite mascara but it’s fun to try an all-natural makeup product
Agave Healing Oil Treatment, I have super dry ends and oily roots so I love that this product is lightweight, moisturizing and protects. I haven’t tried it yet but plan on using it tomorrow. It will really have to impress if I am to purchase a full size version of it for $28-$40
COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face, I hate foundation so I always use a tinted moisturizer. I like always having some SPF protection and LOVE that this product has 30 SPF. It went on well without being greasy and the shade was perfect for my skin tone but I swear there is almost no product in the tube
DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew, This was a fun thing for me to receive because I know I would never buy it for myself. I like the idea of a moisturizing product that I can apply periodically throughout the day over my makeup. It dried quickly and made my face so smooth. This is a great product for the dry, winter months
Harvey Prince Hello, I didn’t think I would ever want a fragrance sample but I actually really like this one. It reminds me of my favorite American Eagle scent Live and is the perfect size to just toss into my purse
My wedding date is drawing nearer and nearer and I’m definitely feeling a shift towards focusing on the details more. I also cannot believe I have to start thinking about registering and showers! Here are some of my favorite pins that I found this month, wedding related and not:
1. Zucchini Parmesan Crips, Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables. You can’t go wrong by thinly slicing it and adding some panko and parmesan
2. How to Style Your Coffee Table, I am really into interior decorating and spend time trying to make my home look nice but when it comes to styling bookshelves and coffee tables, I’m at a complete loss
3. Garden Wedding Centerpiece, I think the flowers in this centerpiece are beautiful and very appropriate for my wedding theme. I also think it’s a very creative way to present the flowers
4. Kitchen Themed Bridal Shower Stand Mixer Decor, I love, love, love my stand mixer and think this is a super cute way to incorporate kitchen appliances/accessories for a kitchen themed shower/party
5. Leighann Says Naked 3 Palette Tutorial, This girl actually made my laugh out loud a couple times while I watched this tutorial and I really liked the way the look turned out
Usually, I think wedding favors are rather silly. You usually receive something that you just throw away, which is sad because collectively they can actually cost a pretty penny. When I think of a favor I would like to receive as a wedding guest, I think of something edible. I think an edible wedding favor is a fun way to incorporate your wedding theme, the season, your favorites foods and cute packaging. I’m getting married on a farm during the summer so when I saw these options, I knew I had to consider them. It will probably be a little while longer before I finally make a decision but these favor ideas are definitely pointing me in the right direction.
This jam favor is adorable. I love the cute packaging and think it’s a fun, summer-appropriate favor. It could even be part of your wedding guests breakfast the next morning. I am a huge fan of Clearbrook Farms Michigan Black Cherry Preserves so this would be a perfect way for me to share it with my guests.
This is probably my favorite favor idea. I love that it provides the option to make your own biscuits (or other pastries) and include a seasonal fruit. I love biscuits and strawberries and think the little basket is adorable. I also think to save money and time you could ditch the biscuit and include a recipe instead.
This is similar to the jam option as it is another favor in a cute jar with cute packaging. I like the idea of honey because it goes really well with my venue, especially since they do harvest their own honey. Also, who doesn’t like honey?
I hate to say it but I actually don’t like macarons. Even though I don’t like the taste, I think they are one of the cutest little snacks. I also think they fit with my vintage theme and make for a more sophisticated, exciting favor. I could also always substitute them for a different snack, such as a delicious chocolate chip cookie.
I’m still dreaming of springtime and it’s reflected in this month’s wants. I’m also noticing a trend with maxi dresses. I only have two and I just don’t think that’s enough. I’ll be making two trips out to the beach this summer so I definitely need to stock up on hats because, honestly, I’m super pale and do not do well in the sun. I also love the summery colors in the rose iPhone case and Tarte eye & cheek palette. None of these things are too unattainable and I hope to pick up the shoes and dress soon.
2. H&M Straw Hat, $9.95
3. Afternoon Waltz Tiered Maxi Dress, $52.99
4. Luminous Dots Pillow, currently unavailable
5. New Balance 420 in Tan Sneakers, $70
6. Botanical Rose iPhone 5c Case, $36