Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Crop Top Dilemma + Olive Parachute Pants

American Apparel Crop Top, H&M Blazer, Parachute Pants, Cole Haan Purse Style Fashion
The crop top trend has forced me to address the question of whether I, as a 28 year old woman, should be showing my belly button. Clearly, you see what side of the argument I'm leaning towards. 

Growing up, I had the debilitating combo of self awareness and insecurity that many teenage girls do. I was the kid that sported turtle necks and made sure my shorts were appropriate by straightening my arms to my side and measuring. The idea of showing my abs made me sweat. You better believe when all of my 8th grade friends were running to Claire's to get belly button piercings, I was NOT participating in that movement. 

In adulthood, I've learned a lot about self love and being comfortable in my own skin. I no longer measure the appropriateness of my shorts (or the size of my waist). Although, I do still love me a good turtleneck (come on, those chunky knits are damn sexy). And as silly as it may seem, wearing a crop top, and being photographed in one, feels like a small personal win that symbolizes good and positive things.

*Oh, and let's just gawk for a moment over my parents' adorable newfie Lulu in the background of my first shot. That little nose = love.

Crop Top: AMERICAN APPAREL, Pants: AMERICAN EAGLE, Blazer: H&M, Sandals: STEVE MADDEN, Necklace + Earrings: H&M, Purse: COLE HAAN (a few seasons ago)

American Apparel Crop Top, H&M Blazer, Parachute Pants, Cole Haan Purse Style Fashion
American Apparel Crop Top, H&M Blazer, Parachute Pants, Cole Haan Purse Style FashionAmerican Apparel Crop Top, H&M Blazer, Parachute Pants, Cole Haan Purse Style Fashion
American Apparel Crop Top, H&M Blazer, Parachute Pants, Cole Haan Purse Style Fashion

Thursday, August 14, 2014

6 Modern Eclectic Ways To Think Outside The Frame

Kilim Rug Low Pile Wall Decor
I'm always on the hunt for new ways to incorporate natural elements into our home and onto our walls. I love framed art, but too much of one thing takes away from the beauty and intentionality of that item. Varying the types of items you hang allows each piece to stand out and hold court on its own. Here are the six modern eclectic wall decor items I'm digging lately.

Above: Kilim rugs combine beautiful rich colors with geometric patterns and always add eclectic character to a space. Since they're low pile, they look lovely on walls. 
Straw Hats as Wall Decor Driftwood
Above: This space is so artful, unique and functional with its display of straw hats. Using a bleached piece of driftwood, as seen in the styling above, created a beautiful bending shape and I love the driftwood peeking through the hats. Washi Tape Wall Decor DIY
I love washi tape for many reasons, and uses, but wall decor is one of my favorite. The options for creativity are endless and temporary, making it the perfect option for apartments or dorms. This example of black crosses is modern yet playful and a fun idea for a child's playroom. 

See the rest of the list after the jump!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Camel Blazer + Geometric Beaded Clutch

There's the slightest bit of chill in the air and I'm getting anxious about summer ending. Come on Mother Nature, give me a few more months! Instead of living in complete denial, I'm trying to get psyched thinking about my favorite autumn things- pumpkins, foliage and the fall wardrobe. Oh man, do I LOVE fall clothing. Blazers, tights, and boots are my jam. So in comes this camel blazer. Cognac brown (which I cannot get enough of) is all over the place this season. This particular little number is light and airy enough to pair with denim shorts or a leather skirt with tights when the air chills. And let's talk about the purse. I want to display it as art somewhere in my house, it's that cool.

SHOP THIS OUTFIT: Blazer: H&M, Clutch: ANTHROPOLOGIE, Tank Top: PLEIONE, Denim Shorts: H&M, Sandals: COLE HAAN

Camel H&M Blazer with Geometric Anthropologie Clutch Style Look
Camel H&M Blazer with Geometric Anthropologie Clutch Style Look

Thursday, August 07, 2014

DIY Breakfast Nook Reveal - Before + After

DIY Breakfast Nook Corner Bench Seat Desert Modern Geometric Art

When we first moved into our house, dark wood paneling was EVERYWHERE. It completely overwhelmed our small rooms and created a cavernous vibe. We knew the breakfast nook, a room right off our kitchen, was a space we would spend a lot of time and both craved light-filled minimalism.

We spent a few weeks debating the concept of painting real wood paneling. Were we ruining perfectly good wood? Should we just live with it? Can we take down the wood and use it somewhere else in the house? We came to the conclusion that the most important thing was us loving our space. And we love white walls. So we painted them white. And afterwards, we realized how much we love not only white walls, but white paneled walls. The texture is so cool and adds a dynamic visual. We loved them so much that we recreated a faux paneled look in our upstairs hallway.

DIY Breakfast Nook White Desert Modern Wood Paneling
DIY Breakfast Nook White Desert Modern Wood Paneling Leather Brass Handle Pulls

Here are the before shots of the breakfast nook. If you can believe it, these photos are actually much more light-filled and exposed than the room was in reality. If I were to put up a true representation, it would look like I shot this space at night.


DIY Breakfast Nook White Desert Modern Wood Paneling Leather Brass Handle Pulls Check out the full breakfast nook reveal after the jump!

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Breakfast Yogurt with Olive Oil, Blueberries, Banana + Chia Seeds

Breakfast yogurt blueberries bananas olive oil nuts healthy vegan clean eating

Do you love breakfast as much as I do? When I have buckwheat groats soaking overnight, or a particularly yummy and fresh granola waiting for me in the morning, I get excited just going to bed knowing I get to wake up to a delicious breakfast. That's how much I love it! I've been really digging full-fat yogurt lately, and Noosa's plain yoghurt is ridiculously good. I've been dressing it up with some healthy add-in's like fruit, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and a sprinkle of sea salt to really take it over the edge. Try this tomorrow for breakfast and I promise you won't be disappointed, or hungry until lunch!

Breakfast yogurt blueberries bananas olive oil nuts healthy vegan clean eating
See the recipe after the jump!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

FAVORITE SPACES: MID-ATLANTIC MERCANTILE


I finally made it to Mid-Atlantic Mercantile in Lawrenceville this week and boy, was I impressed. Emily, the owner and creative visionary behind the shop, is the sweetest person you'll ever meet. She has curated the most inspiring retail space with a thoughtful and carefully crafted aesthetic that matches the high-quality  characteristics found in the items she carries. I could have spent hours perusing the racks, noticing beautiful small details (let's talk about those tote bags!!) and chatting away with Emily. I walked away with a gorgeous dress that I can't wait to feature here on the blog and would have purchased more if I hadn't been so smitten with the scenery.

If you're in, or near, the Pittsburgh area this weekend, you should clear your calendar and make your way to Butler Street. The Lawrenceville summer sidewalk sale is going on from now through Sunday and there are so many treasures to be found!


Check out more of the shop and my finds after the jump!