New Collection from CB2

You guys, CB2 has some new stuff out. And it's modern meets glam meets minimal meets just plain GOOD. It's also a pretty fair balance of masculine and feminine style, which is something I notice now that I'm thinking about my future shared space with J. I've compiled a few of my favorites to get you started, but you should really go take a peek for yourself:

Currently Craving: Fall Accessories

The air is finally a bit cooler in Texas, and I've been able to pull out my sweaters and start layering a little. While I don't need many new fall or winter pieces (notice I used the word "need"), a fun way to give my wardrobe a fresh & versatile look for less is by adding a few new accessories for fall! And of course, my favorite store's online inventory offers up SO many adorable options. Here are a few of the fall accessories I'm currently craving from TJ Maxx:

cc_fall accessoriesblack bootie | brown bootie | necklace | men's brown watch men's black watch | tan satchel | teal satchel

 

Currently Craving: Travel

The longer I spend away from J and the closer it gets to his visit, the more I find myself daydreaming about our travel plans. We both grew up travelling, both around the country and abroad, and we plan to continue that together. While we do have to be apart for the next few years, we're planning on weekend visits and getaways to help bridge the distance. Here are just a few of the things I'm craving for travelling, along with a couple must-haves!

Travel1. Corkboard map Such a cute way to document your travels

2. Snake print flats A neutral print like this adds some interest, and can be worn with anything

3. Pink sweater A pop of a bright solid color is easy to wear without being boring, and sweaters are great for chilly flights and unexpected weather

4. Chain strap watch Simple (and cheap!), and perfect for catching flights, showtimes, and dinner reservations

5. Camera bag Looks and works like a handbag, but with a secured section for your camera! Much better than lugging around a traditional camera bag, or tossing your camera into your purse to get scratched and tossed around

6. Hidden arch supports You never know how long those airport lines will be, or when impromptu sightseeing could strike; be prepared!

7. Facial wipes These are a favorite of mine on a regular basis, and are a definite must when travelling

8. Passport holder Your passport is the most important thing when travelling abroad, why not make it stylish while keeping it protected?

Catch up on my other Currently Craving posts here! Where are you dying to go? xo

Spend vs. Score: Living Room

One of the best parts of life after college so far has been the experience of living alone and on my own, something I think everyone should do at least once in their life. And one fun upside to being the sole occupant: you're in charge! I have loved being able to start putting into action my vision for my home, but let me tell you, it can get expensive. If you've got the cash to get exactly what you want without the effort, more power to you. But for the rest of us who are on a budget, we've got two options: settle for something that doesn't match your vision, or my personal favorite, a combination of research & DIY. And lucky for you, I've done a little DIY and a whole lotta research, so sit back and enjoy the living room edition of Spend vs. Score! SpendSaveSome of this is already sitting in my apartment, some of it is yet to come, and some of it needs a little work, but this is my vision for my living room. I can't wait to share photos when it's complete! Now on to the important part: cost.

Total price of the SPEND living room: $6,506 Total price of the SCORE living room: $959

That's more than an 85% savings! Now let's break it down.

First up, the couch. I had my heart set on a grey sectional with an end lounge, but most sectionals go for upwards of $2000! I loved this sectional from West Elm, and had pretty much determined that I was either going to have to splurge on it or settle for a lesser sofa. Then, lo and behold, I got a flyer in the mail about a furniture sale at World Market (which I love but have never really looked at their furniture). One trip to the store, one borrowed truck, one awesome aunt, and two kind strangers later, this beauty was sitting in my living room! SPEND couch: West Elm, $2,498 SCORE couch: World Market, $525 (plus no additional shipping charge, which would have been another $150!)

I bought my armchair a little over a year ago, and I am still in love with it. I got an amazing deal on it at TJ Maxx (clearance, what whaaat), and it survived a year in a college apartment and is still holding up. SPEND chair: Pottery Barn, $999 SCORE chair: TJ Maxx, $100

I wanted a really colorful chest to set my TV on, but again, everything was so expensive! Even Target didn't have anything below $150. After scouring Craigslist for weeks, I found someone who was selling two dressers (the one above plus a larger, taller one) for $120. Both dressers, paint, supplies, and new hardware ended up being a little under $150. Two for the price of one Target piece, plus these are real wood and have my own stamp on them. Priceless. SPEND chest: Anthropologie, $998 SCORE chest: Craigslist DIY, $75

I don't currently have a dining room table, so all meals and other activities are currently taking place on the sofa. One item that makes this much, much easier (and less messy): a laptop table. No more leaning over the coffee table or sitting with a plate in your lap, this little sucker pulls right up to you. LOVE it. SPEND laptop table: One King's Lane, $139 SCORE laptop table: Ikea, $25

One downside to apartment living-- the inherent lack of lighting. I don't know why, but most apartments seem to lack overhead lighting in the living spaces. Bedroom, check. Bathroom, check. Kitchen, check. Living room, sorry Charlie. There is a fun solution to this problem, though: lots of lamps! I want one good floor lamp for the living room so I can finally say goodbye to my trusty Target lamp (which has lasted 4+ years, but is a little warped from the cross-country move). SPEND floor lamp: Z Gallerie, $229 SCORE floor lamp: Ikea, $60

Now the decor--

A large mirror to open up the space SPEND large mirror: Restoration Hardware, $595 SCORE large mirror: thrifted, $25

A port mirror to add some texture SPEND rope mirror: Anthropologie, $248 SCORE rope mirror: Target, $14 (on clearance)

Artwork makes it interesting! SPEND artwork: Z Gallerie, $800 SCORE artwork: Limezinnias Design, $45 each (for 12"x12" size)

Until next time! XO

Retail Therapy

So after a particularly busy and stressful week (and it was only Thursday!) I decided a lunchtime-vacay was necessary. I needed to escape and clear my head, so I went to the absolute best place for that: Target. I love to grab a soda and soft pretzel from the cafe and wander around the store, and I almost never leave empty handed. Yesterday was no exception! I couldn't believe my luck when I turned the corner and found TWO AISLES full of clearanced homegoods. I'm pretty sure I audibly squealed with joy. There were some great finds, all at prices that made my jaw drop.

Here's what I had in my Target haul:

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Nate Berkus port mirror (no longer sold online) | Threshold frame | Perfect Night soy-blend candle (similar shown) | Nate Berkus crosshatch lamp | Threshold embroidered pillow

Next time I go I definitely need to check out their fall clothing lines! My go-to fashionista (Lexi of Basically Bubbly) loves to get lost in Target as much as I do and found some awesome pieces for fall.

PS- if you want a really great price, go in person to check out the Target stores in your local area. Clearance prices online are never as low as in the store. Good luck and happy hunting!