I first want to preface this with the fact that for the past 4 weeks of quarantine I haven’t bought a single thing for myself outside of essential groceries. I was trapped somewhere between wanting to support the economy and feeling scared to spend an extra dollar. It felt frivolous and out of touch to be shopping when the city was collapsing around me and the small business where I work was struggling to stay afloat. But yesterday I suddenly had a craving for the frivolous. Something to look forward to and imagine myself wearing outside of the confines of my apartment at some point in the future. Something to celebrate the spring weather that’s slowly making its way to New York.
And so I put together this round-up and I just might treat myself to one or two of the items from the list. That’s what feels right for me today. But let me just say – if you’re not in that same place, please feel free to skip this post. Maybe instead you’d like this post on Financial Planning During a Pandemic or my latest Steele Maiden Book Club round-up. I say – find what works for you right now.. and ignore the rest.
There are few things that soften the blow of summer’s impending end to me.. but fall footwear is one of them. This past weekend I felt the first of fall’s cool air creep in and promptly did what any rational New York woman would do.. I went shoe shopping. The picture above shows the two perfect pairs I snagged and the rest I’ll just be dreaming about from now until when fall truly shows up. I’m not rushing it though.
Is it just me or is the selection of bags available in the world right now especially good? I’ve been making such a point of being really careful with how I shop so far this year – only buying things when I know that they’re filling a gap in my existing wardrobe or can be worn a handful of ways – but a fun summer bag definitely meets those qualifications. Even with a simple cotton dress or jeans and a tee, any one of these bags would completely make the outfit. My favorites are this seventies-style wooden bead bag, this fun gingham fabric bag, this colorfulvintage clutch and this seersucker lined straw tote (which I just got in and it’s even better in person). It’s going to take quite a bit of self control to not scoop of an armful of these babies.
I didn’t plan on doing a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale post this year (I think it’s honestly fairly easy to find what stores are having sales and I really don’t want to encourage people buying a ton of things they don’t even need..) – but that being said I’m really in the market for things to keep furnishing the new apartment this year and there are some awesome home-related sales that I wanted to mention in case you’re looking to do the same thing. With 25% off my favorite source for rugs and 40% off one of my secret go-to spots for furniture, I thought it was worth posting about. Hope this helps you score a great discount on something you actually really need and will use/love this year.
I’ve been eyeing one of these mirrors for the bedroom for over a year now and 30% off is definitely the best price I’m going to get. I also love Anthro for stocking up on candles and vases and really special holiday decor.
This is my favorite source for beautiful, good quality rugs that don’t break the bank. I have this great faux cowhide rug that I love from them and am on the hunt for a pretty pattern for the living room. They’ve also got a really fun selection of wallpaper (this is a contender for the statement wall I want to do behind our bed).
WEST ELM: Buy more, save more sale up to 30% off with code SAVEMORE
This is a great time to grab bedding (like their belgian linen), lighting (this one is in our entryway) or big ticket furniture (this leather armchair has been on my apartment wish-list for easily like 4 years).
World Market has been a secret source of mine for super affordable furniture now for years. Our old dining room table came from there and my current desk chair (still available in this pink color that would be so pretty in a nursery or as a fun accent) and both held up really well for the price. I love their selection of couches, end tables and headboards if you are looking for a good IKEA alternative.
TARGET: Up to 40% off home + extra 15% off furniture & rugs with code TURKEY
Target is another great design resource if you’re on a budget – they’ve got things that honestly look just like West Elm for a fraction of the price. My favorite floor lamp is from there and I can never resist their home decor.
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I’m so excited to share with you my 2nd annual ‘Complete Guide to the Holidays’ – featuring style tips for every occasion (from office holiday parties to Christmas morning), gift guides (there’s something for your tricky to buy for brother in law and your work wife), home decor ideas + my tips on best spots to visit in NYC this time of year. I’ll be adding new content to the guide each Monday for the next month so that you can continue to check back in and use this as your holiday handbook. Enjoy!