Branching Out

Thursday, May 26, 2011

So, like I told you in my last post, I’ve been super preoccupied with a big move into my first apartment.  While my days are normally filled with scouring the web for all of the fabulous articles of clothing, jewelry, accessories etc. that I am too poor to buy so I blog about, I’ve now been doing the same but with housewares, furniture, etc.  As a close friend put it so well, I’ve been cheating.  Cheating on fashion with furniture.  And it’s true.  These days the only conversations that I deem meaningful or worth talking about revolve around my decorative ideas for my new apartment.  Seriously, it’s all I’m good for lately. 

So I thought rather than depriving you of all my thought provoking written word, I would just start writing about the most all encompassing component of my life at the moment: decorating.

My family is in the furniture/interior decorating/design business, so I’ve always been around it.  As a teenager, I remember Christmases with  my family and everyone getting excited over getting plates and knives and candle holders, and thinking dear god, someday that will be me.  New clothes will not bring the joy I feel now, and I will become old and get excited about getting spice racks.

Well folks, that day has come.  I got some super basic spice racks from Ikea and painted them a sunshiney yellow to house my eclectic mix of spices (I love cooking).  I have segued into the emerging adulthood phase of my life and pure joy and excitement is obtained by purchasing succulents from the Home Depot (or the dee-pot as we so affectionately refer to it). 

While I wish that alas, I could afford everything my little heart so desires, we all know I’m a starving shopper.  So I’m inviting you to join me for the crazy task of decorating my new apartment with lots of crazy excursions, wild extravaganzas, and ambitious do it yourself projects. 

Hoping you stay tuned for what’s to come.

Safari Style

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

 Okay.  So its been a while.  But I've been preoccupied with moving to a new apartment and am just now getting settled in.  I promise, I won't take such a long hiatus and solemnly swear to keep up with my blogging activities on a more regular basis.  That being said, I'm really into crazy African inspired prints right now, and since I've already given you some of my fave floral prints, I think I'll spread the TLC around to highlight some great safari-esque fashion that's making waves this season .

Electric Ikat Tank Dress from Madewell
 We all know I'm a sucker for anything Madewell (no pun intended).  Summer is fast approaching out here in sunshine-y LA, and there are some great printed items out there going with that whole safari/African vibe.  I love colorful prints, and this is a total mish mosh of playful patterns and complementary colors that all come together to create this unique feel.  I love this dress for summer, but can see it transcending the seasons and making an appearance in the fall with a great pair of boots and a cardigan belted over it. 

By the way, Madewell is having 30% off their sale until tomorrow with code: SALEAWAY at checkout.  The dress sadly isn't on sale, but keep checking because it will happen eventually! Dress

To finish the look, imagine pairing with these awesome brown (faux) crocodile gladiators from Piperlime for a mere $29 small ones (how awesome is that?!), and you've got yourself a trend-worthy gladiator/safari look for summer!

This weekend is a great time to shop since most stores will have great sales and promos going on for Memorial Day!  
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