Sunday, November 24, 2013

looks i love: gray couches

wow, what a crazy past few weeks it's been! between starting a new job and moving into a new place, there's been a lot of change (for the better!) going on around here. today, we took most of our big furniture to the new house, and i'm so excited about all of its charm and potential. i'm really looking forward to doing a few good DIY projects and making it a home over the next couple of months. right now, i'm mostly dreaming about how i want the living room to look because not only is it the first room you see when you walk in, but it's also where we spend most of our time. i snagged a gray couch (more on that later) a couple months ago, and my head has been swimming with ideas of what to pair it with ever since. black and white? neon? mod? rustic? I can't decide! here's a few of the looks i'm loving, though:

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Monday, November 18, 2013

looks i love: crimson

Fall is in full swing, and lately I've been crushing on these crimson, wide-brimmed hats. You can throw one on for effortless style or pair it with red lipstick for a bold statement. Check out the lovely ladies below for some inspiration, and snag your own here or here

images via eat.sleep.wear., Pinterest and tumblr 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Double Take: Sam Edelman Aster Smoking Slippers

I have been crushing on these Sam Edelman Aster leopard print, horsehair smoking slippers for a loooonnnnnggggg time now (P.S. Santa: they just went on sale!), but, unfortunately, the $120 price tag has always deterred me from buying them. I happened to pop into fab'rik over the weekend though, and I literally did a double take when I spotted these great look-alikes out of the corner of my eye. Not only did they have that fabulous gold cap toe, but they were only $26 too! I was so excited that I had to spread the word. If you don't have a fab'rik near you, these flats are online, as well.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Weekend Edition: Quick Trip to Richmond

This past weekend, Justin and I took a quick trip up to my hometown (Richmond, VA). And somehow, we managed to cram all of our favorite people and things into just two days! We kicked things off with a show at The National, one of my favorite venues. Built in 1923, the building used to hold vaudeville shows, movies and live theater before being converted into a concert venue. Definitely take in a show there if you're ever in the area. It's intimate, and a lot of big acts will stop to play special shows there.

The next morning, we got up bright and early to grab coffee with our friend Janine at Lamplighter. I took this picture when we left, but the line was out the door for a solid hour while we were there. The cold weather didn't stop anyone from sitting outside either, and it seems like people are just crazy about their drinks.

The coffee was amazing, the sandwiches looked insane and the crowd was very Richmond. It seems like a great spot to hang out, people watch or just spend a few hours reading.

When we left, we spotted a cool rack of sweaters across the street, so we decided to go there next to check it out. Turns out the place was Addison Handmade & Vintage, a really cool little thrift store.

Janine snagged a giant leather bag for only $40, and there were a ton of flannels, dresses and boots. This place is already on my list of stores to hit on Shop Local Saturday when I go back home at Thanksgiving.

After finding a new spot, we decided to hit up a few old favorites. First up: Deep Groove. 

This is Justin's favorite record store. The selection is unbeatable, with a great mix of old and new, and the guys that run the place are always really nice. (They even gave us free donuts on Record Store Day while we waited in line outside!)

After that, we made a beeline to Carytown Burgers & Fries. Call me nostalgic, but this is hands down my favorite place to grab a burger...And lemme tell ya, I've eaten a lot of burgers in my day. Deciding between the fries and the onion rings is nearly impossible, so I recommend trading with others at your table. I went for a burger I'd never tried before: the bacon cheddar melt with grilled mushrooms and onions. 

That night, we headed to our friend Josh's loft for a wine and cheese party. He had the coolest hosting trick too! He put Planet Earth on mute and had a playlist going in the background. It was hilarious to see the music occasionally sync up with the animals like a super epic music video.

After we filled our bellies with lots and lots of brie, we headed out to Havana '59, which I had never been to before. It was so fun! There were these crazy fake palm trees inside, and you really can't beat $6 mojitos. 

They even give you these fun post cards with your check!

Thanks to everyone who made time to see us; we had so much fun. I can't wait to be back soon!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sweater Weather

It's that time of year again: sweater weather! Time to break out your party cardis, grandpa sweaters and crazy knits :) I decided to celebrate the season with a walk to the new Kilwins shop downtown for a caramel apple, which was so good. One of the benefits of living in the south is that since it's still pretty warm, you can actually get away with leggings and not freeze. This sweater is one of my personal favorites that I thrifted from the Williamsburg Goodwill while I was in college. (Seriously, the Goodwill right down the street from W&M is one of the best I've ever been to! Between the outlet malls, college students and abundance of older folks in the area, I never left empty handed; and I even found one of my favorite J.Crew chambray shirts there for $7.) If you know of any good thrift stores in Greenville I should check out, please let me know!

hat: Target / sunglasses: free (similar) / sweater: Goodwill / leggings: Betsey Johnson (similar) / boots: Urban Outfitters

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Funemployment: Paris Mountain State Park

I have a few days off, and I've been using the time to get stuff done that I normally don't have time for. (Like clipping recipes out of all the Real Simple issues I've accumulated, cleaning the house and catching up on blogs.) Today was so beautiful though, Bandit and I decided to go outside and enjoy the warm weather while it lasted, so we took a quick field trip to Paris Mountain State Park. It was only 15 minutes from my house, but it felt like a world away with all the autumn leaves, tiny baby pine cones and the lake. It was beautiful! If you know of any other good hiking spots near Greenville, I'd love to hear them!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Note to Self: Emily McDowell Edition

a friendly reminder

My friend Sarah sent me this the other day, and we had a good giggle. I love this little print. I feel like we all should have one hanging above our desks. Sometimes, it's just so easy to fall down a Pinterest or Instagram rabbit hole and become envious of others, instead of appreciating what we have in the moment. Thanks Emily McDowell for this great creation!