Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It's here... end-of-summer sales

We're quickly approaching the end of summer (sniffle, sniffle... I'm preparing for withdrawal!), and while that means back to school and the end of vacation, it also means summer sales! Head on over to your local outlet mall or shopping center or do what I do and troll the internets.

Here are a few sources to definitely take a look at:

  • The Anthropologie sale section (duh), aptly named "Freshly Cut," has fantastic end-of-summer sales to check out, and there are new things added every day.
  • The J.Crew sale section is a go-to for me just because their summer selection is so great.
  • The Gap sale section has basics that will for sure carry you into fall.
  • The Banana Republic sale section has professional looks that might work with layers throughout the year.
  • The Forever 21 sale section is chaos but really fantastic. If you're feeling adventurous, take a look!
Happy shopping, and let me know in the comments if you've seen any other sales lately!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sale on Anthropologie bedding

Some of Anthropologie's bedding is on sale and I wanted to make sure to let you know!

I've become somewhat of a student of the Anthropologie sale schedule, and the best I can figure is that at the end of the month and the end of the quarter things go on sale. Right now I'm loving this ombre duvet cover that is reduced by about 60 percent. I LOVE the depth of the dye on it, and the fabric looks super comfortable but luxurious at the same time.

So head on over to the Anthropologie bedding sale section, and happy shopping!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

One Cup of Tea

I so appreciate the value of a simple ritual, and there is none more steadying than an afternoon cup of tea. I love going to the stove to boil a kettle of water, choosing my tea, waiting for it to steep, and wrapping my hands around the warm mug. The whole rhythm of it is calming, and it makes me wait and be patient, if only for an instant.

I thought I'd build a post around the style of tea. Rituals that are calming can also be beautiful, so here are a few of my favorite tea accessories.

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dining chairs like Restoration Hardware

I've written a few posts on furniture like Restoration Hardware, but I was reminded that I wanted to spotlight a few dining chairs I love that are like the classic Restoration Hardware ones. So first, of course, here are my favorites from Restoration Hardware. I recently went to the most adorable French restaurant, where we sat on a collection of these seats--french linen, unfinished wood. It was so perfect--solid chairs so that the food could really shine, and we weren't distracted by our surroundings.
If you are looking for dining chairs like Restoration Hardware's, here are a few sources I would check out first:
  • One Kings Lane has some really great pieces, and I would first take a look at their vintage and used furniture section. You could very well find some of the furniture that Restoration Hardware's designs are based on.
  • Joss & Main is a flash sale site, and they are the perfect place to go if you are looking for really well designed furniture that none of your friends will have. Since their sales only last for a few days, if you love some thing, you have to snatch it up! Low prices make this possible.
  • Cost Plus World Market has great, handcrafted wooden furniture that is gorgeous but not too pricey. They're often a nice alternative to Restoration Hardware.
  • Target is somewhere you can look. They often have big-name designers use lower-cost materials to produce furniture that looks beautiful but won't break the bank.
  • Marshalls often has furniture, so that's another good place to head if you ahve one nearby. Plus you can often negotiate a discount with Marshalls if there are slight imperfections in the furniture.
  • Home Goods has a fantastic selection of... well... home goods. They do have a big furniture section, and often have a wide selection of styles to choose from, so you might find something there.
And, if you want to look a little further, check this post on Furniture like Restoration Hardware over at storesalike.com.

Happy shopping!

Monday, July 21, 2014

What to wear: Diner en Blanc

If you have been to a "Diner in Blanc" event, I hate you a little bit. And by that I mean I am super jealous.

It's this marvelous event where you wear all white, as does everyone else. You bring your food and white chairs and a folding table, and you dine all together in style. It's simply wonderful.

The event organizers only send out information about the event a few hours before, so you have a few hours to get ready and show up where you're supposed to show up. Oh the anticipation! Oh the mystery! Plus, you only get invited if you get an invite from a past attendee or if you happen to be lucky enough to get off the wait list.

Suffice it to say, I'm still waiting for my invite (let me know if you can get me in!). But here are a few beautiful outfit choices that I would love to don if I did get an invite.

(I'll let you know if I get invited!).

Happy shopping.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday finds from Anthropologie

I don't have time for a full post today, but I thought I'd start the weekend with a list of some of my favorites from Anthropologie today--from the sale section!

Enjoy these (did I mention they're on sale) bits and bobs from my favorite retailer.

Happy shopping, and enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wedding dresses, Anthropologie style

I know I've talked about Anthropologie style for weddings before, but I wanted to again because... daaaaaaaaamn, girl. LOOK AT THESE DRESSES.

Things I love about BHLDN dresses:

1. They come in all price points. From a $60 version that would be perfect for a courthouse wedding to a multi-thousand dollar dress that would be amazing in a cathedral wedding.
2. The lines are unbelievable--the shape of the dresses would be perfect on any body type.
3. They photograph super well.
4. I can picture myself in them.
5. They are so lovely that Anthropologie doesn't have their own line and endorses the BHLDN line.

Here you go:

Enjoy wedding season... and if you get to be in a wedding dress shopping outing, don't forget BHLDN!

Happy shopping.