Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Affordable Apartment Decor













I received sooo many questions regarding my home decor! I was so glad y'all like that post because it was so fun for me to share. I loved redecorating our living room in our new place. Decorating can get super expensive, so I wanted to share how we kept it affordable and still so cute at the same time. 

The living room is the only part of the apartment we changed completely. We kept our same bedroom furniture and just added a few touches to give it a simple change. Same with the guest room. We also didn't have a formal dining room in our last apartment, where in this one we do. But we are still saving up for the dining table that we want, so we are using our tiny IKEA table from the last apartment. But it works for now! Decorating and buying for a house is something that you can't do at one time, it's a work in progress, and will eventually all come together. 

We decided to change up our living room completely because everything that we were using in our last apartment was a hand me down from the couch to the TV stand! With us getting married this year, we figured it was time for us to make this new place "ours", which is why we decided to make our first adult purchase - a couch! Who knew they were so expensive! We spent a lot of time searching different places, but finally found the one we really liked at Ashley Homestore. It was actually on sale for $750, so it was a great deal. After taxes and delivery - it was still under $950. We wanted a more modern look, which is why we choose the grey and white, and the decor to go with it. We also knew that we wanted a white TV stand, but couldn't find one we liked that wasn't super expensive, so we went to IKEA and actually designed this ourselves. I had no idea you could do that at IKEA until we started talking with one of the employees who helped us with the process. It literally only took us like 30 minutes! Now putting it together was a different story, haha! I'm not good at that kind of stuff so my sister and Patrick's dad spent a couple of hours putting it all together, but it was totally worth it! 

We went went white, black and grey with a pop of blush as our color scheme! We both agreed that we liked that the best since it wasn't super girly or super manly, and it was a good balance for both of us. I found the blush painting at At Home and sent Patrick a picture expecting him say no to the pink, but I was SO surprised when he liked it and let me add it! That small pop of color just gives a little extra something, without making it too girly. 
Okay so I've linked everything from the living room below: 

Rug - Homegoods / Similar - Wayfair  & Target
Coffee Table - Wayfair
TV Stand - Ikea
Throw pillows - Homegoods / Similar - Target 
Blush blankets - AtHome / Similar - Target
Grey Poufs - AtHome
Black Tray on table - AtHome
Mirror - Kirklands 

Also, some of this was on sale when we purchased it so ALWAYS look for coupons or discount codes. 




Now on to the our bedroom & bathroom! I am OBSESSED :) like I mentioned before, we kept most of the furniture from our old apartment and the same comforter, lamps, etc. The only thing I really added to this room was the mirror, the furry chair & the picture above our bed! The picture is my favorite part of the room! 

Picture - Smallwood Home
Comforter - Target
Pillows - Homegoods about 3 years ago / Similar - Target 
Lamps - Homegoods
Mirror - Kirklands
Furry chair - Homegoods: found mine for $40 / Similar - Amazon
Headboard - Kirklands: found mine on sale a couple years ago for $60 / Similar - Wayfair
Bathroom Rug - Bed Bath & Beyond & another one here








Last is the patio area. We have a much bigger patio in this place, so we decided to make it somewhere that we actually wanted to hang out! We will be using this a lot in the spring/summer, so to make it more cozy we added the lights to give it some ambiance! Just adding the lights made such a difference and they aren't super expensive. The table and chairs was something that we had in our last apartment, which they still have at IKEA. The rug just brings the space together, and makes it look a lot nicer! The two chairs aren't enough so we want to add a small couch but again, saving up for that! 

Rug- AtHome
Lights- Bed Bath & Beyond
Outdoor Furniture- Ikea






I hope you all enjoyed this post and it gave you some inspiration for your own home/apartment! Once we finish the dining room, I'll share that :) 





Monday, February 4, 2019

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas











Happy February! I've got a lot of exciting things happening this month that I am super excited about! It's my birthday month, my bridal shower, and of course Valentine's Day! Since Valentine's is only ten days away I thought I'd share a couple affordable gift ideas. All the things I've rounded up would be perfect for your boo or your galentine! I tried to make shopping easy for your by linking everything in yellow! 


FOR HER:

Initial Necklace from Amazon: These are super cute and so on trend right now! 

Yeti Coffee Mug: I have this and I LOVE it! Literally keeps your coffee hot for so long. 

Sheila Fajl Hoop Earrings: Can't go wrong with a good hoop earring and I totally recommend these!  

Adidas - these or these: Every girl needs a good pair of tennis shoes to wear with casual outfits or for working out! 

Her Favorite Perfume: This is different for everyone but I've linked my favorite in case you need an idea! 

Gift Card to Starbucks or Dunkin: Because who doesn't love coffee!

FOR HIM:

Tommy John Underwear or Stance Underwear: this may seem strange but they are the softest underwear ever! They are about $30-$32 per pair, but Patrick swears they are worth it. 

Yeti Coffee Mug: I'm telling ya, this mug is perfect for anyone! 

Joggers: Every guy loves a good pair of joggers.

His Favorite Cologne: Again, this is different for everyone but I've linked the one Patrick wears!

Electric Razor: This is something he needs but probably doesn't want to spend the money on!  A good razor really makes a difference. 

If you were in need of some ideas, I hoped this helped!

Now on to the outfit - thought I'd go for pink this year instead of red and you can't go wrong with adding a pop of cheetah with this belt! Its so on trend this year, and i'm totally hear for it! This sweater is so cozy and on sale for $22 from my favorite place, Old Navy! It's perfect for Valentine's but also comes in 6 different colors!

I have been wanting the Good Night Macaroon boots for awhile and finally got them as a Christmas present. They seriously are all the rave you hear about them, so comfy & you don't have to worry about them sliding down! They are definitely  a splurge but worth it because they will last forever! They are currently 40% off making them under $100 so grab them while ya can for that price!  

Thanks for stopping by! 



Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Our Engagement/Save the Date Pictures





































I am so excited to be sharing our engagement session/Save the Date pictures with y’all! Once all my guests have received their Save the Dates, I’ll share the exact one we picked! I am extremely happy with the way they turned out! I tried to pick my favorites pictures for y'all which was so hard because I love them all. I also wanted to share a little bit about our outfit choices to help any of my engaged girls out there that have engagement shoots coming up.

I would suggest doing a more formal look and a casual look! We did both and I am so happy we did because you get two different styles of pictures. For the more formal outfit, I personally love the look of a long flowy dress! I think it adds that romantic look you are looking for in an engagement session.  I picked this light pink LuLu dress. I was going back and forth between nudes and pink but fell in love with this dress. I think the color was perfect for our background. As for colors choices, I’ve seen a little bit of everything from bright red, navy blue to neutral tones. I would suggest going with whatever color looks best on you! For Patrick’s outfit or your man’s outfit – a suit looks so classy especially beside a long dress. I would say try to stay in the neutral colors for him, so it compliments your outfit well. 

Casual outfits are easier because its typically something you already have in your closet. Since our pictures were taken in the fall, I picked a white sweater (again going with the neutral tones) and Patrick wore a dressier t-shirt. He picked garnet because it paired well with my outfit and the season! Then we both just wore jeans and boots. Super simple and they turned out great! My exact boots are linked here and are on sale for only $22. Funny story about Patrick's shirt. he bought it the day before our pictures and didn't realize it had a HOLE right on the shoulder. If you look closely, you can see it, haha! All we could was laugh about it because that was the only shirt he brought. 




If you have an engagement session coming up, I hope the tips below will help you pick you are your boo thangs outfit!

  • Choose your outfits ahead of time so you aren’t scrambling to find pieces the day of.
  • Make sure your outfits work for the season and location of photos.
  • Don’t go crazy on accessories or wear very bright color outfits– you want you and your fiancé to be the main focal point. Because that’s really what these pictures are all about!
  • Be mindful of the color schemes between you and him
  • Let your location help you pick your outfit
  • Bring props that are meaningful to you. Or even your pet.
  • If you can splurge – get your hair and makeup done. I decided just to get my hair done at Dry Bar for $40 and did my makeup myself!
  • Don’t wear clothing with logos.
  • Have fun and enjoy the moment because you will have these photos to cherish forever.

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