Friday, April 10, 2015

Hotels I Want to Visit: The Library NYC

As I'm sure you all know by now, I am a huge book nerd….like embarrassingly so.  The other day as I was mindlessly searching the internet, I stumbled upon The Library Hotel which is a hotel dedicated to books that is organized by the Dewey Decimal System.  I mean, can I imagine being in a more perfect place, no. 

The hotel has an inventory of 6,000 books and each of their 10 floors is dedicated to a genre:  Social Sciences, Literature, Languages, History, Math & Science, General Knowledge, Technology, Philosophy, The Arts, and Religion. Each of their 60 rooms is stocked with at least 150 books in a specific category of that genre.

I'm ready to leave my kindle behind and just fall in love with a different book..although I don't think I would like to stay on the Math & Science floor...

Their reading room...I just love all the books. 

I just want to curl up with a book and sit right here.

 One of their suite balconies, with a not too shabby view of NYC.

Books greet you as you check-in.

They clearly take the Romance genre very seriously.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Going Natural: Deodorant

So lately I have been trying to go more natural with all my products - hair, skin, deodorant, etc.   At the barre studio I frequent, a lot of the girls there have been talking about going all-natural with their deodorant.  

I guess the antiperspirant or something is like pretty bad for you…I mean why is it that the best things in life are the ones that are the worst for you (chick-fila, chocolate chip cookies, etc.) .  Well given that I want to try to not get cancer/you know just be healthy I've been giving the all natural deodorant a thought.  

I obviously started researching all-natural deodorants and couldn't believe all the different varieties out there!  I think next time I'm at whole foods I'll be adding Dr. Hauschka Rose Deodorant to my shopping cart. 

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Wedding Dresses: Under $150

Spring is in the air and that means one thing - wedding season and officially upon on us.  If you are like me, you have about a million weddings to go and need new dresses for them - social media these days makes it very hard to wear the same dress twice.  

Since my tastes tend to not match my budget, I aim to buy dresses that look way more expensive than they cost and decided to share with you my favorite dresses under $150.  Plus if you ruin your dress on the dance floor with all those spilled won't feel nearly as bad.  

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

On Trend: Colorful Accessories

In addition to polka dots, another trend of this season is colorful shoes and accessories.  I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of obsessed with this trend especially since it makes it so easy to work with what you have.  I mean, how fab would white distressed skinny jeans (my new obsession) look with this Milly Bag and this scarf - pretty amazing.  

I'm also kind of obsessed with these Gentle Monster Sunglasses -  I have never heard of this brand before but am going to stalk them for more information, I will keep you posted on what I find.  

Are you into this trend for the spring/summer?  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What I'm Reading

                                          Chanel Bonfire // The Paris Wife // Orphan Train

So for lent I decided to give up watching tv before bed and have been trying to read more instead, which has been causing me to read lots of amazing books.  While not all of these are new releases they have all been on my list forever and being the library nerd that I am, I tend to have to wait a little to get all the new books. 

Chanel Bonfire - if you are into socialites, Chanel and just plain craziness, this book is for you.  It's about an NYC socialite, Georgann Rea's and it's written by her daughter....definitely makes you realize that truth is stranger than fiction.

The Paris Wife - if you are an Ernest Hemingway or Paris fan you need to read this.  It's about Hemingway's first marriage to Hadley and his Paris years, when Paris was truly the center of the art world. 

 Orphan Train - if you like historical fiction and great depression era this book is just amazing.  I had never heard of the Orphan Train in America before and could not put this book down - literally read it in one sitting. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Top 10 Ikea Hacks

So I don't know if I've shared this before on the blog or not but I'm a huge DIYer like...I love it and feel like I amassed entirely too much spray paint.  Being a DIYer, I especially love Ikea Hacks - my old roommate and I were always on the look out for good ones to try because sadly our taste in furniture did not match our budgets.

Since I was always on the lookout for ones to try, I have quite the collection for various hacks.  I thought it would be nice to have my favorites all in one place and decided to post my top ten.  While I have only attempted a few Ikea hacks before, they tend to be surprisingly easy and take minimal effort but make a world of difference.  I cannot wait to try these all at some point, they are all seriously amazing. 

I want an excuse to make this table, it is just plain adorable.

Ikea Hack: Mid Century Coffee Table

I really want to attempt this's serioulsy amazing.

Ikea Stool Hack

Yea I know, these stools like like they cost much more than $5.00.

No explanation needed. 

Ikea Campaign Nightstand Hack

I wish my nightstand looked like this. 

Ikea Shelving Hack

This would be adorable as a bar area too if you have limited space. 

Ikea Sofa Hack

I about a total redo of a couch everyone has. 

Ikea Mirror Hack

I keep thinking how amazing this would look on a gallery wall. 

Ikea Stool Hack

I really want to make these with gray dipped gold legs...they are just too good. 

Ikea Office Chair Hack

Can you believe that you ONLY have to spray paint the legs, I'm about ready to buy this for my office. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Walk a Mile in My Shoes

This past fall my mom and I took a trip to France, and being the last minute packer that I am, decided that the day before that I just wasn't able to wear ugly tennis shoes and just HAD to get slip-ons.  Well I ended up finding these and basically lived in them the entire trip, needless to say I was ob-sessed.  

Since I still wear my my slip-ons like it's no ones business business and am getting a little concerned about over wearing them, I took to the internet for inspiration for other cute and comfortable shoes.  I pulled together three different looks inspired by chic tennis shoes, sandals and slip-ons and I literally cannot wait to load up my closet with these. 

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