Talk about perfect timing. Just when we’re about to move into my our new house, Serena & Lily is hosting a site-wide 20% off sale. Enter code GET20 at checkout. That means 20% off every. single. thing. I’ll take this, these, and two of these, please. … On that same note, I’m going to do my very best to stay extra-organized when I’m unpacking my boxes. Here, nine tips for doing just that … You know ‘em when you see ‘em. Those Instagram clichés we’re all guilty of (I know I am). … There are plenty of habits I need to give up and my daily bowl of ice cream is one of them. This article opened my eyes to the calories I’d be saving if I could eschew the ice cream for 40 days. … A perfect black heel is a must-have. If you can find one that rings in at $150, you should buy it in two colors. (The red is pretty fab.) … After reading this, I’m convinced that the new matte version of the Nars Multiple is bound to be my go-to for dewy, sun-kissed color this summer.
I’m going to be taking a brief break from the blog today and tomorrow. Why? Because I’m moving. I didn’t intend to not have posts up for today or tomorrow, but the moving process has taken quite a toll and I’m nowhere near finished. We have to be out of this place by tomorrow! Moving really is one of the most painful processes, don’t you think? I always think that I am going to be so organized about it – cleaning out every single drawer, labeling all of the boxes correctly… but then when that final day approaches, I always find myself scrambling around the house, throwing everything I can in boxes. For those of you that have recently moved, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
The good news is that this will be the last time we’ll be moving for a long, long time. The house that we have been renovating for nearly eight months is going to be finished a week from today! (Check out #projectorangedoor on Instagram to follow along!) As much I hate to pack, I actually really enjoy the unpacking part. It will be so much fun to get everything organized in the new house. It’s a whole new chapter for us. I can hardly wait.
(P.S. Don’t forget to check out Shopbop’s sale. Today is the last day! Enter code BIGEVENT14 at checkout.)
Are we all binge-watchers when it comes to TV shows? I know I am. This article spoke to me. In the past six months, I’ve binged on: Homeland, Friday Night Lights (for the second time), and Scandal. I’m currently bingeing on Breaking Bad. Can’t stop, won’t stop. … The warmer temperatures have me on the look out spring’s best and brightest. Tibi’s delicious orange ruffle dress is on my wish list … Word on the street is that the chances of a Sex and the City 3 are very likely. Could the rumors be true? … Who doesn’t love Lupita? She’s the chicest thing we’ve seen in 2014 … I saved the images of Amanda Peet’s California home years and years ago when they first appeared in Vogue years ago. It’s one of my all time favorites. … Finding the right red polish is tough. (This is my tried-and-true one.) Check out this list for the best of the best when it comes to the crimson shade.
Happy Valentine’s Day indeed. J.Crew is offering 25% off their favorites. Things like these and these included! Just enter the code HEART214 and you’re all set. … Did anyone love the show Friday Night Lights as much as I did? Take this quiz to find out which character you would be (crossing my fingers for Tammy Taylor!). … It’s official. These are the best valentine cookies I’ve ever made. … We could all use a little inspiration when it comes to making our bundled-up looks appear put-together and chic. Look no further than the streets of New York City. … Anyone else wearing their heart on their sleeve this Valentine’s Day? I wouldn’t slipping into these PJs today. … Talk about a fun spin on a Valentine’s Day party. A Mexican fiesta! Why didn’t I think of that?
Who knew I would like kale this much? Check out this recipe for a healthy and delicious meal … The J.Crew sale just keeps getting better. Score deals on sparkly jewels and adorable little flats, too … The thought of chopping my hair has crossed my mind. This list makes it a real possibility … TGIF. It’s time for a cocktail. Try something new (and yummy!) from the bar at the Chateau Marmont … I’m always looking for a good foundation. (I currently use this, but I’m always tempted to try something new.) Here’s a list of the top ten foundations you need to know … Nobody knows how to trick out a small space quite like Nick Olsen. Check out his D.I.Y. secrets.
Sarah Jessica Parker’s shoe collection (Carrie Bradshaw would be proud!) launches next month. The Coveteur gives us a little sneak peek. … Quadrille wallpaper? Matouk bedding? Plenty of color? Lindsey Coral Harper’s chic apartment has it all. … Speaking of color, Serena & Lily’s newest arrivals are out-of-this-world. My personal favorite? These placemats. … Let this essay serve as a reminder of just how important thank-you notes are. … Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest Goop gives me the lowdown on the vitamins I need to be taking. … In the spirit of a new year, why not give your inbox a fresh start, too?
This is a serious sale. Loeffler Randall is offering 60% of some of your favorite footwear (like these) and handbags, too! …Resolutions are tough. If you’re struggling to keep ‘em, read this article for some helpful tips … Who doesn’t have a love-hate relationship with carbs? According to this, they’re actually not so bad for you as long as you’ve got you’re timing right … The Polar Vortex has me craving sunny days and pool time more than ever. I’m stocking up on suits (like this reversible one!) from the newest Tory Burch swim lookbook, so I’m ready when those temperatures finally warm up … Raise your hand if you were the proud owner of an American Girl Doll. (I had Samantha. Her fur muff always made me swoon.) Turns out that they’re actually quite valuable these days. Read this to find out just how much your childhood doll is worth these days. E-bay, here I come … A new year calls for a decor refresh. This town house is just the inspiration we need.
My resolutions are the same every single year: be healthier, happier, and get more rest. Simple as that. It’s what I do to achieve those resolutions that changes from year to year. I set mini-goals that fall into each of the those three categories (taking more pictures is sure to make me happier, and swapping some TV time for reading time would work for all three categories). And I don’t make them all at once. If I make my resolutions all at once, it’s like I’m setting myself up for failure. It overwhelms me a little bit. Instead, I just set those goals throughout the year. It’s a little more manageable for me.
Yoga. That is what’s on my list right now. I’ve never done it, and according to this, yoga would help me achieve all three resolutions. (Anxiety relief? Better posture? Stronger bones? Count me in.) I’ve always been a Pilates person (I take reformer classes here and I love it), and I guess I thought you had to be one or the other: a yoga person or a Pilates person. However, that seems to not be the case after talking to several people who take part in both activities. I’ve wondered if one or the other is better for you, but this article gives pros and cons for both. My exercise routine could use a little spicing up so I’m going to see if I can add in a weekly yoga class. I’ve done a little research on the various types of yoga (there are quite a few!), and while I definitely don’t think Bikram is going to be my thing, I’m going to give Vinyasa and Ashtanga a try. Thoughts? Like I said, it’s something I’ve never done before so I would love any and all recommendations. Let’s hear ‘em!
In the meantime, I can shop for some new yoga gear (I’m obsessed with these pants and have stocked up on my these tanks). That always makes exercising a little more fun. Scroll through for some of my favorites.
I’m back! That was kind of a long break, wasn’t it? I really didn’t anticipate to take so much time off. I even toted my laptop down to Harbour Island last week thinking I would get some blog posts done there. Well, that didn’t happen. Once I arrived, I felt my time was better spent swimming in the ocean, playing endless games of Rummikub (it’s my favorite!), and drinking beachy cocktails. You understand.
We stayed at The Dunmore which is my most favorite place on the whole island. It’s a tiny little place with only 13 cottages – each of which is decorated with textiles from John Robshaw and Quadrille. It’s easily one of the most colorful places on island. There are punches of pink, coral, sunny yellow, and turquoise (the hotel’s signature color). It’s basically everything you want out of a beach house. It has this cabana-cozy feeling to it that makes you feel like you’re staying in someone’s home and not a hotel. The food was delicious and the drinks were even better.
We spent our days lounging by the pool and playing in the ocean. I alternated between my two new favorite leopard swimsuits – this one and this one – and I fell in love with Tkees sandals. They’re the perfect beach flip-flop. I managed to squeeze in a little exercise (I bought these in neon green right before I left) by partaking in morning walks with my mom and playing some tennis with my husband. We also did a little island shopping at the Sugar Mill and The Blue Rooster where I picked up this fab coverup from Juliet Dunn. I started this book and finished catching up on episodes of this (anyone else hooked on this show, too?). Sounds pretty much perfect, doesn’t it?
I have to admit that taking that break was exactly what I needed. It felt so nice to really disconnect (if you don’t count my time spent on Instagram), and I returned home feeling so relaxed and ready to tackle 2014. That also means I’m a little behind on blog posts. While I get caught up on those, here’s a little peek at what I was doing when I wasn’t blogging last week.
This is it. The last day of 2013. It’s amazing how much happens in a year. I’ve been thinking about all of the wonderful things 2013 brought me – wonderful work projects, our first home that we can call our own, amazing traveling adventures (including a honeymoon!), and, of course, lots more fun with this blog. The very best moment of 2013 though was getting to marry this man. Every thing is better with him.
Happy New Year to all. See you in 2014!