Living Alone

Well y’all, I’m officially two weeks into living alone and I’ve got to say it’s just as delightful as I imagined. Going from a place where I had more square footage (and closet space!) than I knew what to do with to a 530 sq. ft apartment was a bit of a challenge, but I’ve figured out how to make every inch work for me and I've found it's wonderful to have a haven all my own to retreat to at the end of the day.

I loved this article from a while back on The Everygirl about Lessons Learned While Living Alone, so I thought I'd pull together a few of my experiences thus far...
  • I never used to listen to music around the house…podcasts while getting ready or cooking, yes, but music while working, no. Since living by myself, however, it’s just a little bit too quiet unless there’s some music on in the background. Though it can’t be anything I know the words too, because we know I’m easily distracted.
  • The fridge! OMG, it’s so clean and sparse. Somehow, even just living with one other person, the fridge was always jam packed. It’s that constant cycle of forgetting what’s yours and buying more over and over again. Now I know exactly what I have and what I need to pick up.
  • Not having to share a bathroom with anyone is the best thing ever. I also upgraded from a 1950’s bathroom to a beautiful gray bathroom with an amazing shower, so that doesn’t hurt.
  • Let’s be honest, even in my apartment that I shared with a roommate, the common room d├ęcor was all mine. However, it’s been so fun to decorate a place where I feel like it’s truly an expression of me and not something that I’m forcing on someone else as well.
  • I feel bad that Hamp is truly alone if I'm not home...but don't worry, I do not plan on getting another cat. Yet.
  • This has more to do with my new neighborhood then living alone, though we'll include it because a lot of my friends have said living alone has made them much more intentionally social. I've always maintained a packed schedule, but it is so much easier now that I can walk everywhere. Goodbye spending an ungodly amount of money on uber every month.
This weekend I'm going to try to take good pictures of the new place for a house tour...the lighting is not great for photos in the morning or the evening, but I think I should be good to go with midday light, so stay tuned!


More Nordstrom Sale Picks

So I totally agree with what Laura wrote here. The hype a lot of bloggers have created over everything you MUST buy during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is absurd. There's no need to break your bank account for the wedges that will complete every Instagram post (though I do really want these) or the makeup palette that will totally change your look. I'll pick up something if it strikes my fancy (specifically these pretty candles I buy every year), but am I going to drop hundreds of dollars? No.

That being said, wonder what's catching my eye? Here are a few other favorites that I'm contemplating.

I not only love the simplicity of fresh's branding, but their products are amazing. This set includes the luscious Rose Face Mask and the gentle Soy Cleanser. Absolutely worth picking up. After the month of rain we had back in the spring, I understand the value of having weather resistant footwear options. Who doesn't love a classic pair of Hunters? And these high top sneakers...I'm still wondering if I'm hip enough to pull them off. I think I just need to go with yes.


Nordstrom Sale Picks

Given that I just moved last week, I've got finishing touches for the home on my mind. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is currently going on and there are quite a few items I'd love to add as I work on styling my living room and kitchen. I already have a bunch of prints going on, so I don't see any reason not to keep the fun going with a leopard rug under my Parsons desk and lucite ghost chair—it'll make for great blog inspiration, right?! Of course, you can never have too many scented candles around the house, and Voluspa makes the loveliest little candle tins to tuck around every corner.

For those of us without Nordstrom cards, access to the Anniversary sale starts tomorrow, and I'll have my beauty and style picks coming at you just in time for some weekend shopping. Stay tuned for this classic watch, these sneakers that are all over the place this season, the essential leggings, and the prettiest perfumes.


Sundress or sleeves?

Sometimes I wonder if my sundress days are behind me (they're not), and on those days I'll reach for something like the dress below. With sleeves and a wrap silhouette, it's inherently more mature than a fun shift dress, but it still has the color and pattern that I gravitate to always. 

Lilly Pulitzer Dress {similar here and here} - Tan Sandals {similar here and here}
Gold Hoops - Gold Bracelet- Sunglasses {similar here} - Clutch

I love that paired with neutral accessories, this look can go from day to evening. Whether you're headed to a bridal shower, a Saturday brunch, or a weeknight happy hour, you're covered.


Save, don't Splurge

I was recently introduced to a website called thredUP, where you can buy and sell your gently used clothing. For my first order, I found a lululemon workout tank and a Kate Spade top for under $50—together and shipped. Both were in like new condition and were items that I absolutely would have purchased full price. While scrolling through thredUP this evening, I came across all of these gorgeous dresses—Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, Lilly Pulitzer—some new with tags, and all for far below retail. 

I'll have an outfit post coming up this week featuring the Kate Spade top I purchased from thredUP, but in the meantime, take a look for yourself and use this link and code WOW40 for 40% off your first purchase from thredUP!

I'm back!

It's been over two weeks since I've posted, but I'm back! I'm all moved in to my new place and can finally get my schedule back to normal. I set my internet up this afternoon, so I promise I'll have a new blog post up tomorrow featuring a colorful summer look.

Plus, here's a sneak peek at my new apartment. I am the kind of person who must get everything in place the minute I move in, and I was 95% there the first day. After hanging a few more things today and organizing that messy bookcase you see above, I'm 100% there. Stay tuned for plenty of decorating features!