wishlist wednesday | august 28

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Happy Wednesday!


1. If you don't read and religiously follow fashion blog Man Repeller, you are wrong. Twenty-something Leandra Medine, founder of the website and one of my biggest style icons, is releasing a book based on her engaging and hilarious take on fashion - Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls. I've got my copy on pre-order already.
2. I am SERIOUSLY OBSESSED with all of Madewell's new fall arrivals - like, it is a problem. I'm loving the whole aesthetic to this season's offering, and this Merino V-neck Sweater in Varsity Stripe has that tomboy, classic feel that they're known for.
3. Basically, I love anything that is heart-shaped, so this Heart Shaped Cutting Board would be perfect for everyday cooking or food presentation when entertaining.
4. The color and texture of this Fringed Scarf from Nordstrom is perfect for the upcoming crisp fall days (read: tailgating season).
5. Back to School time always makes me want to buy school supplies, and these pink striped pencil storage bins from Target (aka school supplies) could be easily disguised in my office as grown up office supplies... right?

Cheers,
Ellie

gallery walls | part one

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


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Gallery walls are something that can fit well into any home; they're a great way to fill a large, awkward space above your bed, couch, or desk. They're also a way to show a collection of your favorite prints, photographs, or other personal mementos.  I currently have a gallery wall in my bedroom that I originally put up 2 years ago, and I was laying in bed the other day and realized that a lot of it doesn't really reflect my current personal style or taste. Luckily, that's another good thing about gallery walls - you can switch up any or all of it whenever you want! Here are a few of my favorite gallery walls - these are the ones that get it right (because there are definitely some out there that get it wrong). Check back later this week for some ideas on frames, prints, and proper placement.

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Cheers,
Ellie

wishlist wednesday | august 21

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

happy wednesday, y'all.


1. Honestly - say what you will about John Mayer and his personal decisions - but I love his music, and his latest album, Paradise Valley, does not disappoint. I really feel like he's come into his own with this album and I really don't think you'll regret purchasing his latest effort.
2. The September issue of Vogue is always a classic and not to be missed, especially with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence on the cover.
3. This Got a Hair Thing bangle from three jane ny is funny and cute at the same time. It looks just like a "hair thing" you would wear on your wrist and hand over to a friend in need - how cute is that?
4. I really can't get over Loeffler Randall's entire fall line, but their Quinnie Pointed Toe Flat is just to die for.
5. Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City's Creative Heart, available at Anthropologie, could not make for a better coffee table book or a temporary escape to the city of love.

Cheers,
Ellie

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Apparently I've been living under a rock for the past few weeks because I was not aware until today of the new 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection launching this September 15th. I've always lusted after the classic 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel, but sadly I don't have $900 to spend on a purse at this point in my life. Ha. Luckily for me, Target is coming out with a pretty dang good and affordable version - not to mention tons of other gorgeous pieces - that you and I will be able to purchase at our local Target store in about a month. So #thankful for this latest Target designer collaboration. Here are a few of the pieces that I'm most excited about:


Cheers,
Ellie

wishlist wednesday | august 14

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

hey y'all - wishlist wednesday is back after my aformentioned hiatus.


1. The sleek look of this all-black Michael Kors watch is so pretty and timeless (ha) - it would go with everything.
2. Every single time I walk into Anthropologie I end up standing in a cloud (weird?) of this Colette Tocca Eau de Parfum. I just love this scent and I'm not sure why I don't bite the bullet and buy it since it's relatively inexpensive for a good perfume. It also comes in a great mini version that would be great for travel.
3. Sugar Paper can do no wrong in my book, and their black Polka Dot Journal would look just lovely sitting on my desk.
4. I'm really obsessed with all of the prints from paperchat's etsy shop, but I really like this one featuring Jack Donaghy's perpetual line from 30 Rock.
5. I can't get over how darling this Vintage Straffordshire Dog from Jayson Home is. I love him.
 
Cheers,
Ellie

NYC trip - July 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013

Ok sooooooo I suppose know I haven't posted anything on the blog in (over) a month now. But in my defense, I've been busy. I know, I know - that's what everyone says, but really - I have! If you don't believe me, then see for yourself. For four (of my absent) days in July, I was lucky enough to spend some work/play time in that concrete jungle where dreams are made of, NYC. Check it.

So first thing I did after arriving in NYC was take a little stroll through Central Park. You'll recognize this iconic walkway from several movie scenes, including one from Friends With Benefits (see above). I would say it was a delightful walk but that would be a lie because I felt like I was walking on the surface of the sun. Word to the wise - don't visit NYC during the third week of July.

 Second stop: THE MET! I have been wanting to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for so long and I finally got the chance.

 We walked through the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit, which was quite interesting and engaging. There were amazing pieces from designers like Burberry, Balmain, and Givenchy, and several of them seriously took my breath away. Great exhibit.

 The second exhibit visited was Living In Style: Five Centuries of Interior Design from the Collection of Drawings and Prints, which I was very excited about for obvious reasons. My friend Meg (above) however, was about as interested in this as I am in math and science. Thanks to her for humoring me through this exhibit.

The gallery was full of original drawings of furniture, wall elevations, and other decorative objects. It was so interesting to see what pieces designers have been producing for centuries, and it really went to show that interior design can truly be an art form.

 We then made our way up to the rooftop garden/bar area, and it was well worth it. If you ever find yourself at the Met, you must make time to come up here. Fantastic views of the city.


 We also made sure to stop by this room which was housing Egyptian sculptures and artifacts, mainly because it's home to a scene in my all time favorite movie, When Harry Met Sally. Obviously.

 For dinner that night I went with some friends to Cookshop in Chelsea, which I would highly recommend - the duck was amaze
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 Standing outside of Penn Station, I couldn't resist taking a pic of this giant moving billboard advertising Orange is the New Black. If you have Netflix, run to your television right this second and start this addicting series.

 On Sunday, some friends and I made our way to a magical place known as the Boardy Barn in the Hamptons and had a little Sunday Funday. It's only open in the summer, only on Sundays, and only from 3-8pm. It's amazing. And you know those songs that come on at parties and you can't not sing along? Those are the only songs they play.

 Monday night after work, I was very proud of myself for making it from Midtown to SoHo all on my own on the subway. Really not that big of a feat for a regular New Yorker, but it was for this Oklahoma girl. I walked through the streets and swooned over all of the gorgeous designer storefronts - especially this lovely Chloe window.

 Then I stumbled across my heaven, aka a two-story Madewell.

 My friend Shae came and met me at the Warby Parker showroom where we proceeded to try on every pair of frames they offer. This place is amazing, and a must see if you're in the area.

I may or may not have seen a post on Mindy Kaling's instagram a week prior to arriving about this restaurant, Peel's, and decided to eat here based solely on her recommendation.  

This was seriously a restaurant after my own heart. Their aesthetic is just adorable.


Tried the cheese curds, they're amaze.

On the way home, Shae and I had to take separate subways, and he took this pic of me from across the platform. I then proceeded to take the train a stop to far, get on a different train in an attempt to go back a stop where I came from, and then give up and walk 10 blocks home in the rain. #fail

No trip to NY is complete without a stop at Shake Shack - this one being in Madison Square Park which was absolutely charming.

I made a visit to ABC Carpet & Home for the first time ever, and holy shnikes it was freaking ah-mazing. I could have spent all day in there. Or just staring at their gorgeous window displays.


So that's a little recap of some of the fun things I got to do. I *promise* to not let another month go by without posting. Plus, it's almost Fall, aka the best season, and what could inspire some blog posts more than that?

Cheers,
Ellie
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