May 25, 2017

..Easy "Going Out" Dress

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The deets: Free People dress; Madewell heels (similar under $35); Rebecca Minkoff bag (similar under $20); Baublebar earrings; Knox Thomas Designs bracelets. You can find all the patio details here.

Here you can see a not so rare photo of me in my natural habitat - at home with a glass of rose in hand. I had my family in town last weekend and we had drinks on the patio before heading out to Circa for dinner. We spent the morning walking all over DC in the heat and I just didn't feel like fussing so I threw some dry shampoo in my hair and this easy Free People dress. We ate, we laughed, we cocktailed.
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May 23, 2017

..How I Transformed My Apartment's Outdoor Space for Under $500

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So it only took me 1.5 years and a nudge from one of my bests but I finally got my act together and decided to make use of my huge terrace area. As a renter, this kind of space is unheard of. Normally you get a "balcony" that has about as much use as a wet match in the dark if you know what I mean. Our last one wasn't even wide enough for one chair let alone a whole table so this is a REAL luxury, especially in Arlington, VA. We also like to let Alba, our pup, roam around while we eat dinner out there. It's a game changer. ANYWAY, the point of this post is to share how I did the entire thing for under $500 without having to sacrifice style. Those "all in one" sets that fall in the price range I was looking for just weren't what I had envisioned so I decided to take it seriously and get a plan going. I talked recently on how I do not like to invest a lot in apartment pieces because they are so tailored to a space you might move from in this post. My same top five rules apply here. I got it in my head I wouldn't go a cent over $500 and I stuck to it. You may think that isn't that cheap but considering one single chair can run you over half that cost I think I have achieved something special here. I basically added a extremely usable and practical additional room to our apartment! We already had the plates, utensils, napkin rings, and glasses from our wedding registry but everything else is new.

Table: $79
Rug: $60
4 Chairs: $165 ($41 each)
Leaf napkins: $25
String lights: $35
Tree: $50
Light holders: $19
Basket: $35
Planter: $15
Grand total: $485
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May 17, 2017

..The Coziest White Cotten Dress

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The deets: Moon River dress; Loeffler Randall scallop heels (similar under $70, under $35); Old Navy crossbody (sold out but this one is similar); Karen Walker sunnies (similar under $11); Baublebar necklace.

I wore this little white dress on the most gorgeous sunny Mother's Day last weekend. We had a very delicious lunch at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and afterward Mike and I finished up some last minute work on our terrace area (I will be sharing details on the blog soon). The dress was perfect for the over-indulgent afternoon since it's nice and billowy in the food baby region. I have some family coming to visit from out of town this weekend so I'm taking off Friday to play tourist in my own city, I may be breaking it out again for that since it's so comfortable!

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May 15, 2017

..A Target Dress for a DC Wedding

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I had a very "DC" wedding to attend last weekend, it was held at a really chic art gallery right next to one of our favorite bars and we never even knew it was there. We headed into Church Key for a pre ceremony drink then walked over to Fathom Gallery where they had a gorgeous rooftop wedding and reception. I wasn't planning on wearing this dress but the day was much colder then originally anticipated and my only appropriate jacket was a leather one so I bacially changed my whole look around that. I had picked up this dress impulsively at Target (like most things I buy from there, duh) and it seemed like the perfect time to wear it.

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May 8, 2017

..5 Tips for Decorating on a Budget

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I, like many of you, am not yet a homeowner. I looove my modern open sun-filled apartment but investing thousands of dollars into a space that I keep changing every couple of years (I have moved three times since turning 25) doesn't make sense. I am a SERIOUS bargain huntress when it comes to home decor for this reason and also because frankly home shit is HELLA expensive and I ain't about that $4,500 for a bookshelf life. Here are some of my tippy tip tips.

1. Do your research. The rug pictured above is selling at Target ($309) for nearly double what is sells for here at Overstock ($165) and it is the exact same thing and size! I usually find a style I like and then do a google image search for it (Catfish style) and see where else it pops up!

2. DIY (if you can). It really doesn't take a whole lot of talent to replicate some of your favorite pieces out there. I painted the two unframed ones above with some $1 acrylic paints and Michael's canvases. I duped a beautiful Megan Carn painting. The original was going to set me back $800 so I settled for my less amazing but still fun version.

3. Craigslist is your friend. This seems obvious to me but I got my coffee table above on there for $40 from someone who lived a few blocks over from me!

4. I make a rule that I don't pay over $100 for anything unless I absolutely have to (couch, rug, etc). Seems a little crazy but when you are fixated on finding something with that goal in mind it changes things. I found my bar cart when it was on sale for $87 dollars at Joss & Main. Even the target ones were selling for over $100 then so it made me really search my butt off!

5. Nail down exactly what you are looking for instead of perusing every option. For example I had endless options for a desk chair. I could get tufted, rolling, arms, no arms, and thousands of different fabrics. I figured out I actually wanted a ghost chair and went from there. These things can go for upwards of $400 (shown here)! I used my first and fourth rules and researched the heck out of them until I found one for under $100 there is one that looks pretty much identical to that $400 one for $69 here. It really helps to know what you are looking for.

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