Our Journey to Buying an Apartment in NYC

Striped Top (another version here) / White Skinny Jeans / Gold Cuffs (c/o) / Satin Lip Pencil

Tomorrow will mark six years since I moved from Arizona to New York (James came five months after me so that he could wrap up grad school). So it’s pretty fitting / crazy / unbelievable that we’re celebrating by moving into an apartment that WE BOUGHT.


Weekend Notes: 01.17.15

Pale Pink Gallery Wall

It’s a cold one today and I’m not going to lie, my fingers are slightly frozen from taking a walk outside this morning.  So let’s keep this short and sweet, shall we?  I’m taking it easy this week, getting my workout on and maybe partaking in a brunch or two (that’s well-balanced, right?).  Hope you’re staying warm and here’s what’s on my radar this week:

Forbes rounded up a list of 30 people under 30 who are changing the way we shop.  Spoiler alert: they’re all brilliant.

LOFT is having a major sale this weekend.  Take 40% off full-price (including new arrivals!) and 60% off sale items. I’m obsessed with this tomato red top and this polka dot blouse.  New year, new outfits.  Yes please!

By the way, I said yes to the dress this weekend!  I can’t show you what it looks like, but I can share the dress I plan on wearing to our rehearsal dinner.  There’s also plenty of more wedding insp. over on my Pinterest boards.

And speaking of wedding plans, I think we’ve decided on where we’re going for our honeymoon: here and here.

I need need need to recreate Shelby’s blush and black outfit!  It’s so good!

Still obsessing over bucket bags and I want to add another to my collection for spring.  There are plenty of options, depending if you want to save, spend or splurge.

Favorite post of the week?  Five things I learned while traveling in Europe.

This year, I’m committed to investing in quality wardrobe staples.  I’m starting with the ever-timeless black pointed pump, but the real question is: leather or suede?

I found a zen in the form of a DIY terrarium with Bare Minerals earlier this week.  I learned more about their newest product line, Complexion Rescue.  It’s part BB cream/CC cream/tinted moisturizer and 100% heaven for the skin.

You know I usually wear the same pair of sunglasses in black and in tortoise over and over, but I finally found another pair worth adding to the rotation.

I might be hopping on the Go Pro bandwagon and pulling the trigger on this camera.  I want something I can carry around on upcoming adventures or in my bag around the city.  If you have one of your own, I would love to hear your thoughts!

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my vendetta with vintage.

I’ve been to LA more times than I can recall, but I’ve never been there with this particular objective: try a stab at vintage shopping. I’ve always wanted to boast, “Oh this little thing? It’s vintage.” Okay, not really, but there is an untapped world of used goods out there – a treasure trove aged with history and waiting to be discovered.

So on Sunday morning, after already losing an hour of sleep thanks to Daylight Savings Time (also a first experience grumble, grumble), I woke up and hustled over to the Melrose Trading Post for their weekly flea market.

The amount of junk commingled amongst the treasure was dizzying. But that might’ve been attributed to the nutritious breakfast I had thanks to the hotel’s 3-minute waffle iron. Anyway, I dove right in and immediately found an adorable scarf with bold colors and a fun pattern for $2. I thought it was a good indication that it was going to be a successful first venture into vintage.

Unfortunately, I soon became overwhelmed and reverted into indecision mode. There was so much stuff just bursting out of boxes. Talk about overstimulation. So instead of continuing the hunt, I ended up taking in the sights, sounds, and smells. That in itself was a great experience.

After I checked out all the flea market vendors, I headed over to Jet Rag Vintage. My research (if you know me, you know I do my homework before I travel!) indicated that every Sunday, Jet Rag has a yard sale where every piece is $1. I wasn’t even close to ready for the absolutely mayhem about to be witnessed.

If there’s anything that I’ve learned from my miserable Black Friday experiences at an outlet, I should’ve known that cheap goods equals chaos. Again, I stood aside, preferring to watch people digging through piles, hoarding heaps of clothes in corners, and even snatching pieces out of each other’s hands. I’ll pass, thank you.

Inside the store, I had a more pleasant experience as everything hung on racks and was sorted by type of clothing and period of time. By this point, I was exhausted and just browsed the racks for the sights.

I walked away with only the scarf that I purchased at the beginning of the day, but I did learn a few things from this experience:

  1. The early shopper snags the best goods.
  2. Come with a mission and have an idea of what you’re looking for; otherwise, you’ll easily lose yourself in all the junk.
  3. If you’re looking into vintage clothes, have your sewing kit ready. Many items don’t have size labels and are in need of some re-shaping.

I haven’t decided whether vintage is for me quite yet. It was definitely an adventure, but also incredibly exhausting. And while it’s a lot easier to browse the racks of Forever 21 and H&M, I do plan on giving it another go. Next time, it’ll be vintage with a vengeance.