Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What I love Wednesday...Amazon

I have a serious obsession with - I wish I was kidding but I am not. I think its perhaps the greatest website ever second only to maybe I became obsessed with Amazon while in college when I realized I could buy textbooks (new and used!) for much cheaper than what they sold at the bookstore. This led to some serious scheming on my part, which I wont divulge. 

As Amazon grew, so did the selection online. Amazon has essentially turned into an online Costco- but with way chicer goods. I have bought nearly everything possible from Amazon- for example my most recent 10 items-

  1. Trademark Games Full Size Premium Bocce Set with Easy Carry (for the Hamptons)
  2. Fred Cool Shooters Shot Glass Mold
  3. JET Flatback Crystal Rhinestones 144 SWAROVSKI 20ss (for a craft project I am super excited to share with y'all!)
  4. Domicilium Decoratus 
  5. Fulcrum 30010-301 LED Battery-Operated Stick-On Tap Light, 3 Pack
  6. Bling Crystal White Bow Pearl Case Cover for Iphone 4 & 4s Made w/ Swarovski Elements
  7. Jewel Setter for Rhinestones
  8. Tully's Coffee French Roast, 24-Count K-Cup for Keurig Brewers
  9. 2 of KIND Minis Variety Pack, 12-Count
  10. Charmin Ultra Soft, Toilet Paper Mega Rolls, 6-Count (dont judge- the Duane Reade on the corner simply does not provide TP that satisfies the "softness" test.
By far my most favorite purchase of this recent list is #6- my new iphone case. I had been living on the wild side aka case-less for quite some time and had not even considered purchasing a case, but when I stumbled upon this artwork I knew it had to be mine. While the reactions have been mixed- one friend said "I thought you were kidding" and another said "thats the ugliest thing I have ever seen" some friends are so smitten they have one coming their way.  I dont really care what they think though, its just another testament to how wonderful is. 

I bet you are jealous...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Furnished Friday...Headboards

Creating bedroom spaces is probably my favorite in the design process- while it is probably the least challenging, I find that you can be the most creative in terms of patterns in the bedroom since a headboard for example is a lot easier to reupholster than a sofa. 

While my european mom insists that the bedroom is not a place to socialize and therefore pays little attention to the decor in the bedroom, I take a totally opposite stance. 

Due to the fact that we spend a third of our lives in bed (or at least we should, 8 hours a day of beauty sleep really should be a requirement) there is no reason to skimp. My bed is my sanctuary and although I may spend most of the time in my bedroom sleeping, I really do believe that being surrounded by beautiful things makes my dreams that much more euphoric. 

I am a total advocate for statement headboards. Rather than perceiving a headboard as furniture, I believe it to be a piece of art and therefore essential to a beautiful bedroom. 

I am dying to use #1 in a master bedroom- when I live in a home where there is room for King Sized Bed. #2 is perfect for a girls room.  #3 I want in a guest bedroom. #4 I have currently in my NYC apartment, and #5 I want two of in twin size to place in a guest bedroom. 


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

1 |  Double Finger Shovel Ring
2 | Cuff Shovel Ring
3| Large Logo Tag Necklace

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

What I love Wednesday...BlogLovin

So finals are already starting to get the best of me- I have no idea how anyone manages to survive studying for the bar (8 weeks plus of straight studying followed by a gruesome 2-3 day exam- YIKES!), I have been studying for 10 days straight now, and am thoroughly exhausted. I needed a mental break so figured an update on the blog was overdue.

This post isn't incredibly creative BUT it is something I recently discovered and TOTALLY love. I am pretty sure I have mentioned this before but I am 100% OCD. While it may sound like a hindrance its actually a blessing- I am always organized, color coded, and neatly packed away. As part of my OCD personality, I am attracted to ANYTHING that improves my efficiency in organization-aka the Container Store. Along with Shopbop and Neimans,  it is one of my favorite places to shop.

Anyway, recently I discovered Bloglovin - essentially it compiles your blog roll on one easy site making it easier than ever to see the updates on my favorite blogs- pictures and all! For those of you who have been using Google Reader to achieve this task, Bloglovin is an absolute must for you- its way prettier!

As you can see in the image above- the right hand column lets you categorize your blogs- as you can see I have a few that still need to be categorized, but that will have to wait until after finals .

Check out BlogLovin and be sure to add the Brunette edit to your Bloglovin roll- I have even made it easy to do- with a Bloglovin button on my home page!


Friday, May 4, 2012

Furnished Friday...My new entertainment center

Happy Friday lovely readers!

While most of you will be out celebrating Cinco de Derby...I for one will not be partaking in any festivities...

As I may have mentioned before- while I am an aspiring interior designer (currently in design school) I am also a law student (at the age of 25 I still aim to please my parents :)....Since law school finals are upon me, starting Monday (yuck- I have 4 this semester, Real Estate Tax, Gift & Estate Tax, Corporations, and Professional Responsibility) my blogging may be seriously lacking. But starting May 18th, I promise that there will be new posts daily-it's my summer resolution. 

So the last two Friday's posts have been highlighting furniture styles I love (mirrored + lucite) and I have featured items that I have even incorporated into my own home (by home I mean 600 square foot NYC apartment). Following with the theme, I am about to reveal an entertainment center commissioned for my teeny apartment. It took months of waiting until it finally arrived, but I am beyond pleased!

I still have to style the top of the cabinet, but just have not had the chance... 

Photo taken on my camera- clearly, photography is not my forte. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What I love Wednesday | She Reigns

I 100% have an addiction to clothes. Its been like this for as long as I can remember. So when I discovered online shopping - (I blame my venture to Vanderbilt for this, there was not a single Neimans or Nordstorm in site, so a girl had to improvise) I instantly found hours of my day disappearing as I spent glued to my screen trying to absorb all the clothes available online. 

It naturally follows that, since I spend so many hours reading blogs, shopping online, trying to find the "perfect" item,  once in a while I stumble upon something really fabulous that has not hit the mainstream yet- which is exactly how I discovered SheReigns - a line of by far the CUTEST rainwear out there. 

Now most of us probably associate Burberry as the iconic maker of the trench and other rainwear, but has anyone else been as disappointed with their rainwear as much as I have? To put it simply-  while I adore nearly ALL Burberry wintercoats, they just have not impressed me with their raincoats. Which is why I could not be happier to have found She Reigns. 

I had the pleasure of meeting the two lovely founders and designers of She Reigns this past Sunday. While in the process of ordering my own coat, the Jenica style, Jenica (the daughter-in-law of the mother-in-law/ daughter-in-law dynamic duo (although they look like they could be sisters) and I got into a conversation about New York City and it turned out that the two of them were going to be in my city for a brief few days. We settled on meeting at Friend of the Farmer and somehow spent nearly 3 hours over 1 drink- we had a lot in common! 

The duo is just as darling as their fashionable rainwear -see below for the current styles available (and more to come soon!)....