Friday, August 22, 2014

On My Radar

When I recapped the first part of my week a couple of days ago, I felt like it had been a full week. The weekend seemed so far away... and now, sheesh! I blinked and it's Friday.

Another highlight of the week? Garrett and I played hooky one afternoon and went to Hoboken. Can you believe that I've never been? It's seriously so easy to hop over there. Someone is putting together our family tree and needed family members to take DNA tests to confirm a couple of things about where we come from. The inner nerd in me absolutely jumped at the opportunity (it's called 23andMe). You can't take it in NYC or mail it from NYC... so to New Jersey we went. Honestly, it's gorgeous over there. A huge park right on the water and you can see all of Manhattan's skyline. Easy enough to get to when I need a little break from all the city craziness!

(Side note: Playing hooky during the day is great... until you're at your desk at 2am having to play catch up...)

Now, onto my radar!

You should definitely watch the video on the NY Times website because it's incredible what this artist duo does. Ryan and Travor Oakes creates concave drawings. The canvas is stretched like a sphere and then they do the drawings on the inside. When they were children, they were fascinated about visual perceptions and how they change. I'm not sure what's more interesting, the way the final artwork looks or how they are able to draw it. The invented a device to stabilize their heads while they draw! (Seriously, watch the video... it's too cool.)

One of my friends alerted me to this gorgeous apartment on Design Sponge. I was personally really nervous to share my apartment because I see incredible apartments like this and feel, I don't know, inadequate?! I mean, how absolutely incredible is Taylor's space? She's truly made a home out of her little space. And that light, oh, that light. 

After my college experience, I'd rather not go through another deck ever again. However, this one is pretty ridiculous... and awesome at the same time. It's totally over the top (and has over 1,200 slides...), but if you take the time to zip through it, it can actually be kind of motivating. I liked how it was broken down into different sections and had tangible "takeaways."

I feel like I'm always falling in love with J. Crew's new arrivals. Don't blame me, blame J. Crew for releasing them every month. Sheesh... this collection had a few really great staples. Ah!!! Scroll through to see my top picks.

FIVE // The Knick on Cinemax

Need a new show to watch? Try The Knick. The first episode is available on Youtube. Garrett and I watched it together. It's a little... bloody, but good! Need to figure out how to watch the rest of the series now...

What's been on your radar this week?

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Instagram: @Carly

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I'm now @carly! Very excited about having my actual name as the handle. However, don't read too much into it. It might have been one of the most impulsive things I've done in my blog's history. But the opportunity was there... and I couldn't not take it. 

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Phone case is Minnie & Emma!

As big as I am on planning an executing a proper game plan, I also know that there are times when you have to throw the plans into the wind and just go with the flow. Hopefully... this is one of those times. Pretty exciting day. (Even though I was riding an insane adrenaline high making the switch and felt like I was going to throw up the whole time, ha.)

If you saw it and were worried that it meant my blogging days were over or some huge life change was around the corner... nope. Still the same old me, just a new Instagram name.

Shakespeare said it best: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

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Apartment Refresh with Target

My apartment is finally getting into order! Using inspiration and guidance from my Havenly designer, I found some ways to spruce up my space. I am not quite committed to spending a ton of money on furniture since my apartment has weird dimensions and I won't be here super long term.

But the space was really lacking for a while. Target let me pick out a few things as part of their back to school campaign. I can't really even begin to tell you how much time I took going through the entire site. You can honestly furnish a whole house and have every room look perfect and different! I chose a couple of core pieces and a few things to just zhoosh a bit. 

When I first moved into my apartment two (omg) years ago, my mom and I went to Target first thing to get the things that I needed: cookware, sheets, cleaning supplies, everything for my bathroom, office supplies... really all the essentials. We took a cab back and had to get a van to fit everything!!! I love that I'm incorporating even more things from Target now!

The bookcase was a no-brainer. (It also comes in different sizes!) My other bookcase was maxed out on space and I ended up moving it into my bedroom. I love the uniform size of each shelf and the height between them... perfect for stacking and layering. 

I also got this floor lamp. I needed another lamp in my living room as there are no windows (yay NYC), but the location of this little guy is still to be determined. I've actually been moving it around every few days to figure out where it looks best. Regardless of where it ends up.. I'm seriously obsessed with it.

I also picked out two new pillows and a blanket that feels how I imagine a fluffy cloud would. My air conditioning unit blasts onto my couch and there's nothing better than snuggling with Teddy and a book. Extra pillows are also perfect for lounging on the floor. (Seating real estate is at an all-time high in my tiny living room.) Teddy loves the pillows too. He hangs out under the couch a lot and likes it when they're on the ground in a blockade making it nice and dark.

Okay. These little bins are my life right now. Teddy gets so many toys sent to him... aka he's the luckiest dog ever. I don't have room in drawers to hide them so for a while, my floor was littered with toys. I hated it. Now I keep all of them in these little bins by my bed. (Fun fact: I seriously reach down and give him new toys every 20 minutes when I want to sleep a bit more before getting out of bed...) It's funny how something as small as having a place to store his toys has made me happier.

Just a few small updates and I feel like I moved into a whole new apartment. 

A big thanks to Target for letting me refresh my apartment! If you're decorating a small space (dorm room, apartment, shared bedroom), Target is the best!!! Definitely check out their college section if you want to make your dorm feel super homey.


PS Another huge thanks to Garrett for putting together the bookcase and taking it upon himself to hang every picture frame that has been sitting on my floor for two years.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Odds and Ends

I honestly thought it was Thursday all day on Tuesday. Sadly mistaken when I looked at my calendar and realized that I had only been at it a day and a half for the week. To be honest, I love these kinds of weeks though. The hustle and bustle can definitely be amazing, reminds me why I live in the city!

I renewed my lease for another year and I recently celebrated my second year anniversary of moving here, but I don't think the city will be a "forever" home for me. I thought for sure when I moved here it would be... but who knows. I kind of like the fact that I can kind of go wherever! That doesn't mean that I'm not beyond grateful for the things I can experience here... in fact, I feel like it makes me more appreciative because I don't know how many more falls or winters or springs or summers I'll have.

And this city really is pretty magical. As annoying, frustrating, and disgusting it can be, it's the magic that really makes it special. (The people, the opportunities, the hustle and the bustle.)

Some of the things I've been up to this week:

I mean, this face. Teddy's almost one and I can't believe it. He's growing up so fast and developing a funnier and funnier personality every day. He was super cute as a puppy, but I have to say... it's a lot more enjoyable to have a trained dog! (And he now sleeps until 7, which is so nice on the weekends.)

A Saturday morning treat: breakfast by myself. Maison Kayser is just down the street from my apartment and it's the best atmosphere, especially if you get there before the brunch crowd. Definitely the best way to kick off the weekend.

Amy and I hadn't seen each other in ages so we planned a fun little adventure on Sunday. An old-fashioned soda fountain shop opened up in the West Village called Hamilton's. It's incredibly cute. Perfect spot for (coffee) milkshakes and French fries and lots of catching up.

^^ Definition of magic in the city.

Wearing: Blazer // Dress (old J. Crew) // Monogrammed Crossbody (c/o) // Ballet Flats

Major highlight on Monday? Going to a screening of If I Stay. Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, and Gayle Forman (the author!) were all there. I read the book in preparation and really loved it; the movie did not disappoint. Warning: bring tissues.

A fun video interview and quick photo session (think sequins and leopard!) on Tuesday morning with Can't wait to share!

... and then one of my life dreams came true. I went to the Martha Stewart office. I wish my mom had been with me because I think she would have died. It is everything. An entire room of props...  any and everything you can think of times 39829. Plus, it was just an incredible office space. I couldn't believe how many employees there were and everyone's desk was exactly what you'd imagine for Martha Stewart employees. I was there for a photoshoot for the Martha Stewart line of pet products for Petsmart. It was like walking into a snow globe with puppies!!!!!!! Too much fun.

And then I wrapped up the day with oysters and drinks with Katie from Three Jane. I featured her amazing map necklaces on my blog a long time ago, but we had never officially met. She's so sweet and we really enjoyed Grand Banks– an oyster bar on a sail boat. So perfect. 

Phew! See what I mean about thinking it was Thursday?! How has your week been going?

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rag and Bone Cricket Sweater

My dream sweater. After seeing Ashley Benson wear this Rag & Bone sweater on the cover of Cosmo, I've been absolutely lusting after it. It's even better in person if you can believe it. The perfect weight to wear during a cool evening and the perfect drape for a casual, chic look. (Casual, chic might just be my new personal style motto.)

I know I've mentioned this before, but Nordstrom is definitely one of my favorite places to stock up on staples because they have all my favorite brands and designers. My mom and I always hit up Nordstrom when I'm home (and I always run into amazing blog readers there!)... and the online experience is just as great. Free shipping, free returns, and it's crazy fast.

Hello, perfect length. How adorable would the sweater be with leggings for study dates and coffee shop hopping?

I've seen it paired with skirts online before, but I think the jeans is a no-fuss option. Light wash during the summer and a darker wash when the seasons change.

One last thing about these shoes. These shoes. I had pink converse when I was younger and thought I was so cool. Pretty sure they just made my feet look giant and clownish. These Converse sneeks are the perfect combination of the classic shoe with feminine details. After three wears, they were completely broken in. PS They're priced amazingly and currently Nordstrom has a special price when you purchase two pairs.

Ray-Ban Aviators // Monogram Necklace (similar) // Cable Bracelet // Nail Polish

Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!
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