Dorm & Apartment Essentials

In case you missed it, last week I rounded up some fun back-to-school supplies and must-haves. And honestly, even if you're not going back to school, there are some great desk supplies in there for my fellow girl bosses. 

I'll always remember how fun it was to shop for and put together my first dorm room. You can see it here, but no judgement allowed ;) My roommate and I worked so hard on that purple room. Then I had even more fun getting things for the apartments and houses I lived in, because there was more room to decorate and it felt more like a home. Today I'm sharing a few things I would put in my dorm or apartment if I could go back! 

DETAILSround storage ottoman / storage baskets / wood lamp base / milk glass and gold lamp base / gray duvet cover / striped duvet cover / cozy throw / banana leaf pillow / navy velvet pillow / floral pillow / sheepskin rug / tacos doormat / gold desk lamp / metallic tray / mint keurig / pineapple pen holder / nate berkus file folders / desk tufted chair / goals notebook / gold wall organization kit  / clover mirrors /

In a small space, storage and organization is key, so baskets, ottomans with hidden storage and trays for catch-all items are super important. Typically dorms and or first apartments are also very basic. My dorm room was a tiny, tiny little box with a sink, mirror and closet. It was nice and clean, but so boring! So we did anything we could to brighten things up and add some color, pattern, and texture. If I could go back, I'd do it completely differently now, but at the time I remember loving what we did. 

My biggest advice is to make the space feel homey and warm; a place you want to retreat to every day. You can do this by getting a cozy duvet, textured pillows, a nice throw blanket, some lighting that offers warmth to the space, a coffee maker (or a tea kettle in my case!), and adding lots of personal touches. 

If you're heading back to college or moving into a new small apartment, I hope these items help get your wheels turning! 


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Save vs. Splurge

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! On Saturday we cleaned our apartment (needed it so bad!), took Lincoln to the dog park, where he met another Lincoln doggy, and then we went on a date to mini golf. It was such a fun day! Sunday was spent at church, getting our pup a new collar since he grew out of the current one, going to our nephew's birthday party, the dog park again, then catching up on work before the work week starts again.

You might know that I love a good price on clothing and home decor (sales always get me!), so I thought it'd be fun to hunt down similar items at different price points. Save vs. Splurge is back today with some great items- a simple and sweet t-shirt, distressed denim, and some beautiful finds for the home, too. There are definitely places to invest and go for the more pricey item -- for me, that's good denim! -- and I'm not saying it's bad to shop more expensive stores or anything, it's just also cool to see that you can get similar looks for less. Hope you like it!

twist tie t-shirt: save / splurge * The cheaper version actually got better reviews!
distressed denim: save / splurge
leather tote: save / splurge * Great for back to school or a work bag
marble coffee table: save / splurge 
marble cookbook stand: save / splurge * The "save" version is on my wish list!
moroccan pouf: save / splurge
I can't believe the price difference on the leather bag and the poufs!

Are you like me, and love hunting down good deals?! You should see me when I see a red sale sign or husband always reminds me "you're still spending money if you buy something on sale." And I usually reply "well, less money than I would have!" ;)

Happy Monday!
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Friday Finds

Hi friends! Thank you SO much for your kind feedback and messages about the kitchen client reveal I showed you on Wednesday. It means the world to me when you leave a comment or email me with sweet words. 
Well, it's Friday and I'm sharing some favorite finds with you today, all of which are on sale!
1. Anthropologie: 30% off sale items!

2. LOFT: 60% off sale styles (no code)

+ 50% off select styles with code SUMMER50

3. Aerie is having a sweatshirts & leggings sale. I love this hoodie! These leggings are really fun, too.

4. Pottery Barn: 20% off one regularly priced item, including furniture. Code: SAVE20

5. World Market: All living room furniture is on sale!
Hope you all enjoy your weekend! Praying for some sunshine here, as it's been quite gray and rainy this week.
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Back To School Essentials

About a week ago I started see my mommy friends posting on Instagram and Facebook about the first day of school. I was in shock! How could it be school time yet?! It seems like summer just got started. 

Growing up in my house we always did some back-to-school shopping, which helped me get more keen of the idea of school actually starting. I've never been a school person, so incentives were always good ;) My mom would let us pick out a first day of school outfit, along with some new supplies or must-haves for the new season ahead. When I was in college, I did this for myself as well! So I thought I'd round up some favorite items I would be getting myself if I was heading back to school. 

marble water bottle / mint water bottle / floral planner (august through december 2018) / planner (17 month also) / choose joy pencil pouch / colorful pens / kate spade pencil pouch / leather tote bag / stripe reversible bag / lip gloss / lip stick / tocca lotion / donut key chain / leather key chain  / cultivate what matters stickers for planner

My stand out items:

- My favorite lipgloss on the planet. I always have this with me. It's a little minty, goes on pretty clear but is so moisturizing! Nothing is worse than dry lips with no good lipgloss in sight! ;)
- The floral Kate Spade planner. I have been loyal to KS planners over the last few years because of their lines, boxes you get to check off, etc. I love this floral print!!

- The colorful pens for your planner. After my month of no spending, I'm going to invest in these pens and try using one color per category or activity so my planner is more organized (I'm like Monica from friends, guys.)

- You might think this is crazy, but I haven't owned or used a back pack since middle school. Even come high school, I used a tote bag! To this day, when I camp out in coffee shops for the day, my leather tote is my best friend. This one caught my eye cause of the wallet pouch inside!

- Ever since my husband has had a S'well water bottle, he's drank so much more water (and hasn't lost the bottle-- winning!) It keeps your drink cold for 24 hours or hot for 12, so I'd definitely be getting myself one of those if I were heading back to school. I drink water ALL DAY LONG and always prefer cold water (with a lemon)!

What's on your back to school list? Next week I'll round up some back to school items for your dorm or apartment!


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