These photos are from a couple weekends ago. I went with my friends to this cool new restaurant in Hamburg, NY called The Grange. It was really awesome in there and I took some photos for design inspiration since I love how they designed it. I had a hummus plate with veggies and pita, but my friend’s burger looked a bit more appetizing.
Dave and I had a date night in the city, where we just walked around and window shopped. There is so many new places to go and see now that we’ve moved so it’s cool to start finding it all. We went to Lloyd’s Taco Factory, which was my recommendation since their food truck stops at my campus all the time and I love it, so we tried out their storefront. It was delicious and I didn’t get a picture of our burritos because we pretty much wolfed them down.
We also went to a small Fall festival in Clarence Center, which was really cute but pretty rainy so we didn’t stay too long. You know I love all the Fall stuff though so it was nice to check it out.
In the outfit photos, I’m wearing my favorite military-inspired jacket from Juicy Couture (which is literally 5 or 6 years old), a Banana Republic dress, Sam Edelman booties (my new favs), a thrifted bag, and some random accessories. Also wearing my new Fitbit, and I never thought I would be one of those people, but I’m obsessed with it. I’m not a fitness freak but I do really like walking and it’s so cool to be able to count and log all my steps. That 10,000 little celebration is really good motivation!
I also wanted to see if anyone has any post ideas or recommendations, or anything you want to see me blog about!
Last weekend my friend Maddie came back from college and we went to Becker Farms to pick apples. Since we only picked about 10 apples, it didn’t take very long, but we walked around the orchards a bit. There was a hay ride, it was sunny, it was perfect.
A few times a year I start a new playlist and I thought I’d share some of my favorite songs that I can’t stop listening to lately. Most of them aren’t new, but they’re my absolute favorites right now. Also, I have a movie recommendation for anyone with Netflix. The movie is Begin Again starring Keira Knightly, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine. It’s about a couple of musicians in NYC and is the perfect romantic drama for a movie night. Also, even my boyfriend liked it so you can force your boyfriend/guy friends to watch it too!
Autumn ’16 Playlist:
IT’S FINALLY FALL.
Even though you know I’m so excited for fall (basic girls unite) this Summer was a pretty great one! Here’s a little highlight reel of some of my favorites memories and photos from Summer. Nothing really beats Summertime, especially for students since it’s like three and a half months of no homework or lectures!! But Summer doesn’t last forever and now I’m back on the grind.
Hope you all had a wonderful Summer and are ready for a beautiful Fall!
Welcome to my apartment! Last month, my boyfriend and I moved into our new apartment. It’s close to my college and his work and is the perfect little place. We searched for a really long time to find a place (I might do a post of tips for apartment hunting) but we finally found “the one” and have been settling in.
I’ve become a little obsessed with decorating it and Pinterest has consumed my life a little bit lately. The living room is the only room yet that is pretty much completed so this is the one I’ll be sharing on here first. I’ll go through where I found each piece/ how I made it and share any tips I’ve found so far. I’m really happy with how it turned out and that I was able to get a lot of the ideas from my head to reality!
1. Gallery Wall
Gallery walls have become quite trendy in the past couple years and I really love how they look. They’re quite easy- even if they don’t look it. Sometimes picking one statement piece of art or wall decor can be daunting, but with a gallery wall anything goes. You can change one piece or the whole thing whenever you want, so I recommend this if you’re decorating your first space.
I made my gallery wall pretty much the cheapest way possible. The whole project cost me around 20 dollars! I just found some of my favorite photos or quotes from Pinterest and printed them out at my local library, which cost just a few dollars. Then I bought some cheap frames from Wal-Mart totaling about $15. I chose frames that were kind of mismatched; some of them have thin black borders, some thicker more ornate border, one circular to make a statement. I’ve found that almost anything works in a gallery wall so have fun with it. I originally thought I printed way too many pictures, then when I went to hang it on the wall realized it actually looked a little lacking. So, I took two vintage mirrors I purchased at a garage sale years back and mixed them in, and a little mirror I bought from Target. I think the mirrors added the variety it needed. I’ve seen people put chromatic animal busts, dreamcatchers, all kinds of different things on theirs and they’ve looked pretty awesome, so it’s really what you make it.
2. DIY Accessories
My friend and I made the other pillows (here is a link to the before and after). We made six decorative pillows which usually cost around $10-$30 each, for under $30.We just took thrift store pillows and covered them with fabric, it was really simple. The vintage chest is from a garage sale and cost $10. My dad found our end tables on the side of the road, and I just spray-painted their tops, which were originally bright red, white.
Our couch is from Raymour and Flanagan and was actually one of the only pieces of furniture we bought new. We took some of the pillows that came with it off and just kept a few. The gold pouf is and string lights are from Target.
I found our standing lamp in my parents’ barn at home. It had been about 20 years since anyone had used it and they let me take it. It’s a little bit rusty but after a good cleaning and new lightbulbs it’s just like new.
3. Ladder Shelf
One day I was browsing Pinterest and I came across one of the most genius DIY’s I’d ever seen- the ladder shelf. I think it looks so cool, and like you put a ton of effort into it and it’s actually incredibly easy. I just took an old ladder we had lying around (you can find them at thrift shops, garage sales) and spray painted it white. Then, my dad and I cut a few pieces of wood into four sections, each smaller than the other. Then we just screwed in a few more poles to the side of the ladder without rungs and set the wood on top. I decided not to paint the wood because I like the contrast of the natural wood and white ladder. It was really simple and a real focal point of the room. I just decorated it with different books, candles, succulents, and our favorite knick-knacks.
4. Extra Seating
In this corner we just added this little chair from Target. It’s actually a fold-up chair but I think it looks pretty cute there. We put a stool in front of it and covered it with one of my favorite blankets. My friend found the old mirror for me at a garage sale. This was important to add because our living room doesn’t have a ton of seating, so the chair and stool can be used as additional seating.
Hope you’ve liked this little tour into my humble abode, and if you have any questions leave a comment and I’ll answer as best I can!
Here are some pictures of my boyfriend Dave’s band The Moon Hunters! They gig in the Summer and they play classic rock, blues, funk and originals. I came to see his band play before we met and remember thinking “man the bass player’s cute!” and then we started dating a few weeks later! The gigs are always a fun time and this is my favorite venue because its’s really cute.
I’ve had a really busy and fun Summer but it’s coming to a close. This weekend Dave and I move into our apartment so I’ve been busy preparing for that. I’ve spent a lot much time on Pinterest and Youtube looking at apartment design ideas, and have been making a lot of things for it so I think it will look nice! After that I start my new job and then school begins so it’s going to be pretty hectic but a new chapter so I’m excited! I do have a lot of posts planned from things I’ve done over the Summer and an apartment “before and after” so stay tuned!
Check The Moon Hunters out on Youtube here!
Hi guys! It feels good to do a fashion post again. I’ve been doing a lot of thrift shopping lately and have a bunch of outfit combinations I want to show!
I finished my first year at college almost a month ago now and I’ve been really enjoying the freedom of Summer vacation. Spending time with old and new friends, my boyfriend, family and catching up on YouTube videos and Netflix has been so nice. And work of course- but you can’t have all play without a little work. Now I have more free time to spend on this blog too which will be great! Also some exciting news- I’m getting an apartment! I always planned on getting an apartment for my sophomore year but now Dave and I have finally chosen one and as long as we’re approved (fingers crossed) we should have it! Not going to lie one of my favorite parts may or may not be decorating. I am so excited to decorate and make it our own, I’ve been dreaming about decorating my own little apartment for years, I’ll just have to add a few more Star Wars items than I originally intended. :)