January 26, 2013


This weekend I will be spending most of my time packing and getting ready for the big move into my new apartment. I will also be working on a few fun posts I have coming up, including an apartment wish list, valentines day gift ideas, and a post on all the many ways I have been selling clothes online to make a little extra money. Oh, I will also be telling you all about a little 2013 resolution I made to do one thing every month I have never done before. 

Okay, lots to do, got to run! Have a nice weekend!


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January 25, 2013

IKEA Hacks

Have you all heard about IKEA hacks? I had seen it here and there on Pinterest, then when I saw Caitlin's post about them, I was immediately intrigued and knew I had to dig deeper into this phenomenon. 

IKEA hacking is a two step process:
Step 1: Buy an inexpensive piece of furniture
Step 2: Make it ten times cuter with paint and/or new hardware

Here are a few that I have found and loved:

Caitlin transformed the $49.99 Harry Chair with a simple sharpie pen:


Ana transformed the $70 VITTSJO Shelving Unit with a little gold spray paint:


Here is the $34.99 RAST 3 Drawer Chest completely transformed with pink paint, campaign style drawer pulls, and some brass flat corners:


Lastly, Amanda bought the $139 MALM Dresser in White and added a glass top. She then purchased Greek Key Fet overlays from O'verlays, spray painted them gold, and stuck them to the front:


Aren't these unbelievable? I am visiting IKEA this weekend and and have few ideas in mind. Stay tuned! In the meantime, head over to IKEA Hackers for more ideas.


PS: I am a part of a REALLY big giveaway on Aunie's blog. Go enter to win some fab prizes!

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January 22, 2013

New Apartment

I took this photo of while strolling through Annapolis last summer. Starting next weekend, this will be my new backyard!

Last week, I received the news that that I got the apartment I wanted in downtown Annapolis (insert loud and obnoxious squeal here) and will be moving in February 1!

After touring the apartment, I knew it was the one. It is in a great location and is absolutely gorgeous - ten foot ceilings, tall windows, hardwood floors, and even a fireplace in the living room. I am over the moon with excitement and I can. not. wait. to style the apartment. I have a few DIY projects lined up, including one or two IKEA Hacks, and cannot wait to share this exciting journey with you!

Here's to new beginnings!


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January 21, 2013

Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox Cleanse

I have always wanted to try a juice cleanse, whether it be one you buy online or one you make in your home. A few weeks ago, I posted a link that gives you directions on how to make a BluePrintCleanse at home. I recently discovered the Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox Cleanse and it looks so simple and easy:
I currently do not own a juicer, however, I have heard wonderful things about the Breville Fountain Crush Slow Juicer. Dr. Oz's cleanse will be great because you make each drink by blending the ingredients in a blender. I am seriously considering giving this a try! If I do, I will of course blog about the whole thing.

How do you feel about juice cleanses? Have you ever tried one?

*PS: I have exciting news to share with you all tomorrow. BIG life changes happening over here for this girl!!


January 18, 2013


 Yesterday, word on the street was that Annapolis was supposed to get around 5 inches of show.
I went to Trader Joes and bought some fun snacks and hot cocoa, gathered up my US Weekly's from the past few weeks that I haven't found the time to read yet, and prepared myself to settle in for a quiet and relaxing snow day. How much snow did we get? None. Bummer! Well, I am ready when you are mother nature. I'll be eating my fun snacks and sipping on hot cocoa in the meantime.

:: BaubleBar is celebrating it's 2 year anniversary! Check out their gorgeous anniversary collection. I am loving this Pave Links Bracelet.
::Have you seen Meg Biram's new t-shirt line, Manifesto? Love the concept of having a new word every month.
:: If you read one thing this weekend - please have it be, "this is definitely NOT the end of courtship" written by Taylor Davies

January 17, 2013

On My Bookshelf: Grace: A Memoir

From the moment I saw Grace Coddington in, "The September Issue," I was immediately intrigued. Here is a woman, who knows the ins and outs of the fashion industry, and who works for, and with, Anna Wintour every single day. After watching the documentary, I was left with the impression that she was real and, dare I say, down to earth, two things that can be very difficult to find 

I became giddy with anticipation when I heard Grace was writing a memoir. When the book was released last November, I immediately threw my kindle aside and ordered myself the real, hardcover book (shocking!). In the days of kindles, nooks, and iPads, a splurge on a hardcover book does not happen everyday. But for this memoir, for the original photos and illustrations found inside, and for Grace, the little splurge was totally worth it. 

Click here to buy one for yourself.


January 16, 2013

WWD On Paper

On January 7 & 8, FiftyThree online sketched as the WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit took place in NYC (genius idea, right?) and compiled them on a site called, WWD On Paper. Over 250 apparel and retail presidents and CEOs attend this summit which includes over 20 speakers covering topics from leadership, partnerships, and influence to the ever-changing future of fashion.

- WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit at the Plaza Hotel, NYC

 - Andrew Rosen, Founder & CEO of Theory
- Marc Jacobs, Designer, Marc Jacobs International & Artistic Director, Louis Vuitton

 - Millard Drexler, Chairman & CEO, J. Crew Group

- Ron Johnson, CEO, J.C. Penny Company Inc., on lessons learned from his late friend, Steve Jobs

- The WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit closed with a lively conversation between Karl Lagerfeld and WWD Executive Editor Bridget Foley on his long and evolving career as a designer, photographer, and film-director; his distinct and artistic style; and how he never archives his work.

 - Karl Lagerfled in conversation with WWD Executive Editor Bridget Foley

I love this. Also included are a number of images about consumer relationships as well as fashion trends and growth in Asia, very interesting!


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January 15, 2013

Warm Water with Lemon in the Morning

I read once that you should wait to check your email until you have been at work for at least an hour. Well, I have a bad horrible habit of checking my email shortly after my alarm goes off. I know it is a bad way to begin the morning but I just. can't. help. it.

I also read once that beginning your day with a warm mug of water and the juice of half a lemon has numerous health benefits:

1. Stimulates and detoxifies the liver
2. Boosts your immune system
3. Balances pH
4. Helps with weight loss
5. Aids digestion and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract
6. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic
7. Clears skin
8. Hydrates the lymph system
9. Reduces stress
10. Energizes you naturally

I have been drinking a warm mug of water with lemon in the morning for the past week and I love it. It took me a day or two to get used to drinking warm lemon water first thing and now, I find I look forward to it and almost crave it. I also find that it gives me a few minutes of quiet time before my busy day begins. And at this point, I will take all the quiet time I can get!


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January 12, 2013


How is 2013 going for you so far? Staying on top of your new year's resolutions? I feel like I am still off to a great start and have even added a very healthy addition to my morning routine (more on that next week). 

Here are three DIYs that are top on my list of things to try:

DIY hair treatments - I really want to try this color boosting one for brunettes!


January 10, 2013

2013 Goal: Use More Natural Beauty Products

My third and final goal for 2013 is to use more natural beauty products. What do I mean by natural? I mean products without parabens, sulfates, synthetic materials, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, formaldehyde, triclosan, DPD, the list goes on and on.

Last year I read, No More Dirty Looks by Siobhan O'Connor and Alexandra Spunt, and became MUCH more aware of the chemicals in the products I was using on my skin and in my hair. It is unbelievable how many untested chemicals are floating around in the products we put ourselves in contact with everyday (hair care included!).

I often go back to the book, No Dirty Looks, to reread sections and refresh my memory. After reading the book on my Kindle I actually bought it a second time in the paperback version so I flip through it easier (nerd alert!). Another resource I use often is the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database where you can search through over 78,000 products to see how your favorite ones score in terms of safety.

After becoming more educated about the vast amount of untested chemicals I was putting myself in contact with everyday, I began to make small changes in my daily routine and was incredibly happy with the results. This year, my goal is to do more. After a little more experimenting, I am planning to dedicate a entire post or series comparing my former daily routine to my new, natural and organic routine. Here are some green products I would love to try this year:

1. Harmonic Pureluxe Shampoo // 2. Harmonic Pureluxe Conditioner // 3. josie maran argan lip gloss // 4. W3LL People Narcissist Stick Foundation // 5. Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm // 6. butter london 3 free in cranberry // 7. S.W. Basics Cleanser // 8. kahina Brightening Serum // 9. Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara // 10. alima pure luminous shimmer eyeshadow // 11. WEN Cleansing Conditioner // 12. rms living luminizer // 13. Dr. Bronner's Organic Lavender Shave Gel // 14. amala Rejuvenating Eye Cream // 15. Josie Maran Argan Oil // 16. Acrue Day Cream // 17. Marie Veronique Organic Anti-Aging Mist // 18. Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Organic Lip Balm // 19. Jason Soothing Aloe Vera Body Wash // 20. Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion // 21. Origins Totally Pure Deodorant // 22. Christopher Drummond Eyeliner // 23. Olivella Cleansing Tissues & Makeup Removing Towelettes // 24. 100% Pure Juicy Pink Grapefruit Lipgloss // 25. organic avenue* Love Beauty Cleanse with Tata Harper Skin Treatment

Do you have any green beauty products you swear by? Do tell!


January 8, 2013

Pantone 2013: Emerald

Is anyone else excited that the Pantone Color of the Year is Emerald? My birthstone is Emerald and I have always loved it and I think it is one of those colors that looks good on just about everyone. What do you think? Will you be working emerald into your wardrobe anytime soon? If so, be sure to read Refinery 29's guide to wearing emerald green and check out these emerald green picks from Glam.


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January 5, 2013


How to fund the life of your dreams from The Everygirl
+ Great blogging advice from Grace of Stripes & Sequins
+ I love. This.
+ Rent the Runway is holding it's first DC pop-up showroom at LivingSocial's 918 F Street next weekend!! Click here to reserve your spot.

Have a good first weekend of 2013!



January 4, 2013

2013 Goal: Exercise More

I know, the exercise goal is a little cliché. I am not making a resolution that I will go to the gym everyday, I know that won't happen! I am making a goal to just go to the gym more this year. Whether if it is just for a short run or a 30 minute elliptical session, every little bit helps! 

Here are a few things I found that I think would be perfect for exercising more:

Helpful Apps:
MapMyRun: Find running maps and map your route
Yoga STRETCH: Create custom yoga sessions or use preloaded ones
Fitocracy: Social network that empowers and motivates you to reach your goals
Nike+ Running: Record your distance, pace, and time and sync to NikePlus.com
GymPactMake a Pact of how many days you'll work out, set the Stakes of how much you'll pay if you don't, and check-in via GPS at the gym

January 3, 2013

2013 Goal: Eat Healthier

I am a big fan of new year's resolutions. I feel like the new year is a wonderful opportunity to start fresh, however, I try not to set unrealistic expectations or resolutions for myself, only to perhaps not meet them and end up feeling disappointed in myself. Instead, I like to set little goals for myself at the beginning of the year. Since I have a blog this January, you all get to experience the fun journey where I take you through and explain each one of my goals for 2013. Ready?

My number one goal in 2013 is to eat healthier. Now, this probably isn't what you think. I do not eat fast food (in the words of Taylor Swift, "like ever") and I like healthy things like vegetables, quinoa and tofu. What I mean by eat healthier is eat well-balanced, regular meals. I often start my day off with a bowl of oatmeal or quinoa only to bring a granola bar and a banana for lunch. This leaves me feeling tired, grumpy, and well, starving come 5:00.

I am also embarrassed to say that I only know how to cook a handful of things, some of which are baked potatoes, scrambled eggs, and baked chicken. I am certain I could figure it out if I tried however, I went from living off of lean cuisines in college (gross) to moving home with my Dad who cooks dinner multiple times a week. I will hopefully be moving into a little one bedroom apartment in downtown Annapolis in the next few weeks (!!) so in an attempt to live off of something more than scrambled eggs and baked potatoes, I have included learning how to cook healthy meals in my "eat healthier" goal. 

That being said, I have found a handful of items that will help me eat healthier in 2013 and will help you if you would like to eat healthier as well! Here they are:
1. Vert VRT350 Juicer // 2. Zoku Quick Pop Maker // 3. Blender Bottle Two Pack // 4. Herb Savor // 5. Taylor Stainless Food Scale // 6. Chef'n Juicer Citrus Juicer and Reamer // 7. Deni 9.5 Quart Programmable Food Steamer // 8. Joseph Joseph Steamer Basket // 9. Chrome Brita Pitcher // 10. Cuisinart CSB-76 Immersion Hand Blender // 11. Martha Stewart Collection Salad To Go Storage Container // 12. yonanas // 13. Crock-Pot Programmable 6 Quart Slow Cooker // 14. Cuisinart Food Chopper // 15. Martha Stewart Collection Two-Section Lunch Cube // 16. Misto Oil Mister // 17. Takeya Iced Tea Maker, Flash Chill Tea Maker and Chilling Pitcher

I've also included a few apps I think are helpful:

Fooducate: Grades your groceries, explains what's inside each product, & offers healthier alternatives
HarvestMark Food Traceability: Trace fresh food back to the farm to learn where, when, & how it was grown
Whole Foods Market Recipes: Search Whole Foods Market Recipes featuring natural & organic foods
Cooking Light Recipes: Features more than 300 Cooking Light Recipes
HealthyOut: Finds dishes at local restaurants that match your diet and nutrition preferences


January 1, 2013


Happy New Year!!



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