Loving Now // Backpacks

Backpacks have come a long way since the middle school days when we lugged around 30 lbs of textbooks in camo-printed monogrammed monstrosities. These days they’re sleek, elegant, and simply put, we want one…

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Happy Weekend!

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Hello, all! What’s everyone up to this weekend? We’ve been LOVING this weather lately. Bright & sunny with a little chill in the air — perfect for a morning jog, afternoon bike rides, or apple picking. Too many adorable options to choose from (*cough, cough* basic b*itches?? Yup). Hope you all get a chance to enjoy these next couple of days, see you on Monday!

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Copy Cat

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If you can’t tell, this season we’re kind of very into neutrals — specifically greys and blacks.  It’s just so easy to match them, and when they’re all a great texture, you can look really pulled together. This little number is especially awesome, because it involves stretchy pants and sneakers — two staples for weekend daytime wear. And because these leggings are coated, with a quick change of the shoes you have your Saturday dinner outfit all ready to go. This wool-blend coat will keep you warm from the winter chill, and the beaded-tassel necklace keeps you on trend.


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Festive Fall Gathering

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Although the temps are in the 30’s, we’re not giving up on Fall quite yet. So gather some friends and have one last festive fall gathering! *Hint, hint — Friendsgiving anyone?

The way to really make this work is to invite a couple friends and have them all bring 1 or 2 easy items like cheese, nuts, fruit, wine, etc., provide them with some cute dishes and you’re good to go! Last month Reg hosted a BYOC party — you guessed it, a “bring your own cheese party.” This was especially adorable due to the cheese labels (see here, here, and here), which help so that you don’t get confused about which kind you’re eating (it happens a lot!). Snack away while chatting, or even watching a show or movie.

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Our little gathering is brought to you by Trader Joe’s and the H&M home goods section… hah, jk — but really, we got most of the delicious treats and pretty glassware from our two favorite spots. We pooled together on some brie, a cheddar-parmesan blend (which, BTW, is heaven on the rosemary-raison crackers), cashews, sparkling cider, and some fresh fruit for a divine feast for fools.

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This turned out to be a delightful way to spend a chilly November Sunday. It isn’t Thanksgiving just yet, so we’re holding out a little longer on cute fall aesthetics.

(Christmas is still pretty damn cute though…)

1 Item, 3 Ways // Leather Jacket

 

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01.  Felt Hat // Graphic Tank // Suede Flats // Sexy Boyfriend Jeans

02. Merlot Flowy Tank // Skinnies //  Leather Booties // Crossbody Bag //

03. Long Pendant Necklace // Two-Toned Belt // Leopard Print Dress // D’orsay Sandals

 

Loving Now // Midi Skirts

Since their prime circa 1940, midis have been making a serious comeback in modern style. Ladies these days are taking this classic dainty look and giving it some sass. It’s become one of our favorite ways to feel a little dolled up, while still having an ease and cool-factor. h g l 1 b d o 2 c n eimage sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 // 13

 

 

American Fashion in Italy

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When my brother Nick was studying in Italy, he found out quickly that the Italian students wanted to dress like Americans sooooo badly — like the whole nine yards, American brands, camo/military… aka everything my brother owns. Once we arrived, we started to notice it even more when we stopped into a couple of awesome trendy 2nd hand stores which were as American as it gets. American decor (license plates, Elvis, NBA posters) Levi’s on every shelf, and American military gear like no other. Needless to say, my brother’s simple style was a hit.

JCrew Sweater, old (similar)  // Graphic Tee (His is a Florence brand, but any old graphic tee will do) // Gap Jeans // Vans Authentic High Tops // Casio Gshock Watch // Ray-Ban Sunnies 

Velvety Goodies

I’m not sure if I’ve ever been as ambitious to find a piece of furniture as I was when it came to a velvet couch. It all started innocently enough, by scanning Pinterest and getting a “hm, that’s really pretty” feeling. But before I knew it, a fire ignited and I became crazed. I was constantly on websites like Wayfair, Joss & Main, and West Elm trying to figure out a way to make it happen. As it turns out, these pieces of statement furniture aren’t exactly the easiest to get a good deal on. You either need to be willing to splurge a bit, or make thrifting your new full time job. I chose the latter.

When I first moved into my current apartment a couple years back, it came furnished with the saddest excuse for a couch you’ll ever see. Seriously. It’s possible that something died on it. I wish I could show you, but your computer may catch flame. Not only was it hideous, but it was also a sofa bed on a third-floor winding staircase, so that ten-ton puppy wasn’t going anywhere any time soon. After living with the thing for an embarrassingly long span of time, velvet-couch-fever set in.

Images like these inspired my search:

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Warning: you’re about to read my life story about the day I found my couch 

Now, rule #1 for me when thrifting for a specific piece is to not get discouraged right away if you can’t find it. These things take time, effort, and patience. You also need to be conscious of your location and timing. I live just outside of Boston and don’t have a car. So looking at items on Craigslist from a seller who isn’t walking distance and won’t deliver, probably isn’t my best bet. I knew that I had to find it at a vintage shop in my area that wouldn’t charge an outrageous amount for shipping. I also needed to act quickly. In my area, if you find something good, you sort of have to bite the bullet and go with your gut. Vintage items in Boston have a turnaround like you wouldn’t believe, so it’ll be gone in a flash.

Maybe it was just dumb luck and good timing, or maybe I’m a more gifted thrifter than I thought I was, but somehow the stars aligned and I found it. A peacock blue-green tufted velvet love-seat with not a scratch on it. It was like a magnet drew me in. My first test: comfort. I like to lounge. A LOT. I sat in it. Bingo. I could basically fall asleep right there in the store. Second test: my haggling skills. I was intimidated by this part because I don’t need to negotiate often. However, I did the math and realized the couch plus delivery would cost about $300, which was a smidge higher than I was prepared to spend. But praise those wonderful women who owned that store! Somehow my kind smile and obvious obsession with this piece talked them down to $250, including shipping!

But just when you thought you were safe…there’s still the ugly couch on my third floor. Well, I’ll have you know that I was on a roll that day, and talked my delivery men into removing that big ol’ thing for some extra $$. They [grudgingly] agreed, and swept it away to the land of gross couches. Side note: during this process, my potted plant fell on top of a mover and the soil fell down his pants…

So here she is! I took this while still in the store, sending it to my mom and Christa so they could justify my purchase for me. (They loved it)

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It has some flaws, like the fact that the seat cover isn’t removable and I’ll have no idea how to clean it if it ever gets a bad stain, (dry cleaner?) but overall I’m in love!

And that’s the story of the girl who bought a velvet couch. The end!

So if you’re as infatuated with velvet as myself, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to buy an entire couch of it, here are some affordable pieces to luxe up yourself and your house.

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Any other textures like velvet you guys are using these days? We’d love to hear about them!

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