Affordable Mid Century Modern


I don’t know if you’ve checked out Target’s home section lately, but they have so many ah-mazing home items, especially mid-century modern items. We’ve decided to save money and stay in our sweet little shoebox apartment for now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t share my wish list from Target right? Especially when it’s so affordable. So take a look and buy something for your place so I can live vicariously through you, will you?
  1. This white rocking chair would work as a living room accent piece and then as a dining chair with a big group.
  2. This side table is so well priced that it’s almost two for the price of one. 
  3. This cheery yellow chair could actually work in our current living room so I might have to make the argument to Ian as to why we need a yellow chair in our lives!
  4. The navy blue velvet of this bench make it classic with a trendy twist. I’m starting to see the velvet trend carry over into home decor and I’m not sure how I feel about a velvet couch, but a bench I could do.
  5. This console table has so much storage and I love how some of it’s hidden for things like cords and chargers that you don’t want everyone to see, while the rest is perfect for displaying coffee table books or favorite objects.
  6. This white dining table has become ubiquitous in blogger home tours, but I do still love it. I’d actually rather use it as a spacious desk in the home office I don’t have (ha!). 
  7. Speaking of dining chairs, this set of stacking chairs are my favorites.

This post is not sponsored by Target.

Top Image (not from Target)

Blue Monday


Did you know that today, in addition to being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is known as Blue Monday? The third Monday in January is rumored to be the gloomiest day of the year because of the time of year and other factors. 

I'm someone who has to constantly work to not let anxiety, which is always with me, bubbling below the surface, and depression, waiting to cloud my days when I least expect it, rule my days. So far this year I've felt better than I have in the past six months, which makes it easier to do the things that I know from experience help me stay positive - going for a run, working on a project, reading a book. I'm going to try to continue to stay on the up and up.

So if you are succumbing to being blue today consider this post a little virtual hug from me to you and this quote which I've always loved: "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always."


Current Inspiration


I don’t know if it’s because it’s the beginning of the New Year, but I’ve been doing a lot of pinning lately. I typically pin to pass some time during my commute or on a Saturday morning with my coffee (cliché blogger, anyone?) but lately I have been pinning more and actually looking ta my boards to find new ways to wear what I have in my closet or think about small ways to improve our apartment. Here are a few things I’ve been pinning lately, in case you care to see. 
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Have you noticed the monogrammed denim trend popping up? Inspired by this pin, I’m thinking of personalizing a denim jacket on Madewell. For more denim inspiration, visit my WEAR: Denim Days board

Our bedroom furniture is all hand-me-downs and I’ve been thinking of ways to freshen (and lighten) it up since it’s dark wood. I pinned this bedroom and love everything from the navy piping on the bedding to the bamboo bedside table. For more bedroom inspiration, visit my DECOR: Bedrooms board

I have been seeing shearling everywhere and love this leather + shearling coat. This IRO one is to die (and has the price tag to match) but I also love this affordable camel one from BB Dakota. See more current wishlist items on my WEAR: Closet Cravings board.

This image makes me miss London and my family there! See more cityscapes and dreamy images on my THE CITY board.
I was slow to embrace the highlighter trend, but I love my Glossier luminizer and this image is making me want to kick it up a notch. I’m pinning more beauty looks on my BEAUTY: Makeup + Nails board.

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Cropped, I'm Sure


I've been seeing cropped, flared denim all over fashion blogs this fall and wondered if I could pull of the trend. When the J. Crew pair I'd been eying went on major sale (I scored them for $37) I knew I had to pull the trigger. Even then, it took me some courage to wear them. Since height is not in my favor, I paired them with these heeled Sam Edelman booties. I know the leggy J. Crew models can wear them with flat Oxfords, but I tried that and it made me look like I have cankles (which I thankfully do not). The height made the overall look slimmer and paired with a favorite striped sweater I felt like I was stepping just right outside of my comfort zone.

Here are a few other cropped pairs from J. Crew, Frame, and M.i.h.

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Well hello, 2017. I think everyone was ready to say goodbye to 2016 and start a new year. I'm not one for making major resolutions, but I do love the fresh slate feeling of the new year. Cheers to you and yours.