Friday Five: Pineapples!

Hello! It's finally Friday, AND a long weekend. If that's not a reason to celebrate with some Memorial Day sale shopping, then I don't know what is. If you're looking to add a few summer-inspired pieces to your closet or home, try something fruity! My favorite fruit style right now has to be pineapples, and I'm not alone. They're everywhere! Here are five pineapple-themed pieces I'm loving:

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This refreshing trend is one of my favorites for the summer, but it can also easily go childish or tacky. Here are just a couple tips for wearing or decorating with fruit:

keep the color palette chic mixing the bright, primary colors of fruit can look kindergarten-esque so try picking one, or opt for prints in "unnatural" shades (ie muted tones or black and white) stick to one fruit piece wearing head-to-toe fruit can look like a costume, and when used in decor it can look like you're setting up for a luau pick pieces that showcase only one type of fruit—like pineapples! mixing multiple fruits can look kinda jumbled and can go "baby" in a heartbeat

Try it out for yourself, and let me know what you think! xoxo

 

Currently Craving: Handbags

CC_HandbagsOne of my favorite parts about spring is cleaning out my closet to make way for last year's warm-weather clothing that's been stored away, and to see where I can add some fun new pieces. I also took some time last weekend to completely rearrange my closet into a sort of mini dressing room (I might post some photos later—it's still semi in-progress), and in doing so I noticed that my bag game has been slipping. The majority of my collection consists of blacks and browns, with one fun emerald bag thrown in. Now that spring is upon us, it's the perfect time to add some color to my wardrobe with a few light & bright handbags! Join me? Here are a few of my favorites:

1. "Mia" Satchel- T Tahari 2. "Juliana" Tote- Carlos by Carlos Santana 3. Weekender Bag- Kate Spade Saturday 4. "Stacey" Geometric Shoulder Tote- Handbag Heaven 5. Envelope Clutch- Pull&Bear 6. Floral Print Wing Tote- Handbag Republic

NOTE: Since starting my job here at Neimans, I've learned that you never use the word "purse." Never. 

 

HelloKorin Explores: Apartment Hunting

It’s been a little over a week since I moved halfway across the country, and I have used my time wisely. I’m settling into my new job, finding my way around town, and after much research and some touring, I just signed the lease on a new apartment!

Hunting for a new apartment can be both enjoyable and stressful, especially if there is a big move involved (like mine)! So, since I’ve already done the legwork, I’m going to share my notes on making your apartment search easy and successful:

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 1. Research apartments online

First, determine your area - do you want to be close to work, or live in a particular suburb or neighborhood? Search for apartments in that area (I found Google Maps to be best for this). Hint: After you’ve found several promising apartments, use the My Places feature to create your own map. You can drop pins where each apartment is located, and edit the color and icon of the pin to further organize your locations (colors to indicate price, shape to indicate quality, etc.) It really helps to visualize everything! Looking at multiple apartments in your preferred area will help you get a feel for the market and narrow down your choices.

 

2. Set a budget (and stick to it)

Determine how much you can afford to pay in rent, per month and per year. Many places require that your income be at least three times your rent payment, so keep that in mind. Also, don’t forget to factor in other monthly expenses, such as electricity, cable and internet, and food. While having an apartment you love is important, you also don’t want to be stuck at home every night because you can’t afford to go out and have fun!

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3. Figure out your must-haves

What are those things you can’t live without? For me, it’s a garbage disposal, washer and dryer connections, and a large closet.

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4. NEVER apply for an apartment online without seeing it in person

Just don’t.

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5. When touring an apartment, be thorough!

Here are some things you should always look for and ask about when being shown an apartment.

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6. DON’T apply for the first one you look at

Even if the place seems perfect, you should always have something else to compare it to. Get a feel for what’s out there! You never know what else you’ll find.

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7. Don’t settle!

Don’t take something just because you’re tired of looking. This is an important decision, and one you’ll be stuck with for some time. Make sure you’re happy with what you choose. And when you’ve found your place, celebrate!

Now on to the hard part: moving in all that stuff!