My birthday is coming up so of course I had to make a wishlist! My parents went in on a nice camera (it arrived early and I am so excited to use it in New York next week!). My sisters are the best gift givers-I don't think I have ever been disappointed with a present from them. I'll have to wait until my birthday (October 8 if you are wondering) to see what they got me.
Next week H's grandma is coming to town so I decided to take a last minute trip to New York City. I found a great deal on flights and I'll be staying with my sister (who is temporarily living on the UES). At this point I've done most of the touristy things so I'm now looking for new ideas: stores, restaurants, tell me your favorite things to see and do in New York!
You can find recaps of my previous New York trips here(Valentine's Day!) and here(Lilly Pulitzer Martha Stewart show)
So far on my list for this trip I have:
* Cloud City at the Met (thanks for the tip, Let the Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore)
* the High Line
* seeing some of my friends from my semester in Australia
* shopping at Uniqlo, Lilly Pulitzer, Jack Rogers, and Kate Spade
A few boring blog related things:
1. I finally changed to the embedded comments. I have found that this takes longer to load and makes you sign in 5 billion times (ugh) BUT it gives you the option to reply directly to comments on the blog post. This is helpful for those that do not have an email associated with their blogger ID. I can now reply to your comment within the comments. I still email replies to those of you that have an email address listed.
2. Is it helpful to have labels at the bottom of each blog post or just in the sidebar? Currently I just have labels in the right sidebar but I will add them back to each post if that is helpful. Please comment if you have an opinion on this!
I have partnered with Apartment Guide to reminisce about my first place (something I truly love to do ;) As an Apartment Guide Blog Partner, I will be sharing ideas to make your apartment feel like home. This could not have come at a better time because exactly 6 months ago this week I moved into my current apartment so moving has been on my mind. I don't really miss my last apartment at all. But I do miss my first apartment in DC. I can't really say specifically why-maybe it's fall approaching (DC in fall=beautiful!), being walking distance to the zoo (there's a new baby panda!), or the fact that I lived with my sister.
My apartment was located in the Cleveland Park neighborhood, which is in upper NW area of DC. I lived in the dorms my first two years of college. I moved off campus to my first apartment in the beginning of junior year (fall 2007). I then did my semester in Australia (spring 2008) and moved back into the apartment for all of senior year. Here is our living room:
I wanted my apartment to feel like home but I knew I would most likely be leaving DC after graduation. I didn't want to invest in expensive furniture or anything I wouldn't want to leave behind. When I left DC I drove back to California. This meant I could only take what fit in my car (!!!).
Here are my tips on how I made my apartment feel like home while on a budget (I was in college still) AND knowing I would be moving again within 2 years: 1.IKEA. Yes, it's a pain to build the furniture. But it's a bonding experience (you will have to bribe someone to help you). You can't beat Ikea's prices and options. I LOVED my Ikea pink dresser. It's too bad I couldn't fit it in my car
2. Decals! If you are renting these are a MUST to personalize your space. Add them to a wall (the flowers on the wall in the living room), furniture (see the brown flowers on the pink dresser above), anywhere! 3. Photos/picture frames and art instantly make you (and your guests) feel at home. I love the idea of having photos from trips or family portraits made into canvases. 4.Marshalls/TJ Maxx/Homegoods For home decor, dishes, cooking utensils and anything else you may need for your first place! 5. Keep things organized! I strongly believe that every little thing should have its own space-you'll feel more at home when everything you have has its own home! The Container Store has tons of storage options. Stock up on baskets and the Command hooks(essential for dorms/rentals-easy to put up and no damage when you remove). For example, all of my small bags and clutches are stored in this basket.
How have you made your space a home? What tips do you have for fellow apartment dwellers?
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With the official start of fall just days away it's time to switch over the closet! I can't wait to wear my new monogrammed driving mocs from Two Funny Girls. When Kristy emailed me to ask if I would review a pair of driving mocs I couldn't say yes fast enough!
Choose from four leather colors (light pink, chocolate brown, navy and black) and a complimenting or contrasting grosgrain ribbon and thread color. There are over 20 ribbon choices and 6 thread colors, so the combinations are endless!
Can't decide on a ribbon color? You can get extra ribbons and switch them out depending on your outfit!
I got a pair in my favorite color combination for fall: pink and brown!
It's still in the 80s here so I haven't been able to wear mine out yet. But here are some outfit ideas:
This week I am featuring Gracie Beth of Preppy Southern Princess. Gracie Beth had a self-described summer of nautical! Here are some of her nautical outfits from this summer (all items are Lilly Pulitzer):
Returned to Los Angeles after spending four years in DC for college. I spent a semester in Australia and loved life down under! I love shopping, traveling, and of course all things preppy! Now a full time nanny for Baby H.