Fall 2016 Mood

fall 2016 fashion, fall 2016 trends, fall 2016 capsule wardrobe, fall outfit ideas 2016, fall outfits 2016 fall 2016 fashion, fall 2016 trends, fall 2016 capsule wardrobe, fall outfit ideas 2016, fall outfits 2016

When the seasons change, I always have the urge to clear out and revitalize my wardrobe. Now that fall has officially arrived, I’m welcoming the cooler temperatures and decreased humidity with open arms.

By the end of summer, I was pretty tired of my wardrobe. I get this feeling from time to time and I find that by just adding or rediscovering 1-2 things, I can squash the cravings back down. As I was catching up on my Feedly subscriptions a few weeks ago, I was really inspired by the mood boards that Rebecca and Ashlyn created. I also revisited the fall capsule wardrobe series that I did a couple years ago and remembered what a positive process that was.

All of this has led me to decide to put together an unofficial fall capsule wardrobe this season. I’m using the capsule wardrobe process as a guide. I really thought about which pieces I wore most frequently the last time I tried this experiment, as well as things I wanted to improve upon the next time around. Right now, I have a few items on my shopping list (either new items or replacement items), so I may write another post showing what I purchase. Last time, I wore my fall capsule wardrobe clothes from September through about March, so I’m hoping to create a really solid collection of pieces that I love that will carry me through fall and winter.

The images above are ones that inspire me and capture some element of the mood/style I’m going for this fall. As you can see, there are lots of chunky sweaters, because I think there’s nothing better than a cozy sweater when the air is crisp. I love the look of oversized sweaters paired with miniskirts and I’ve decided that thanks to my smaller frame, shorter skirts are the most flattering length on me (not too mini though!) and are what I feel most comfortable in.

It’s time to bring out the fall colors, like burgundy (my favorite color to wear in the fall). I tend to stick to the same colors every year, so I’d like to mix in a couple new colors that I don’t typically wear in the cooler months. Colors that are unexpected, or at least unexpected for me. Also, I love a simple, classic outfit that makes you look and feel effortlessly polished, so I’d like to invest in a few quality, versatile basics.

I think I buy a new pair of black boots every season or two. I’m definitely not abandoning my ankle boots, but it would be nice to have another of boots that rise above the ankle for those days when you need a bit more coverage. To finish off the outfits, I’d like a couple new coats/jackets. I’m thinking a bomber jacket for a more casual look (Although, am I cool enough to pull off a bomber jacket? The fact that I’m asking this probably means that the answer is no). And I think it’s finally time to upgrade my Target trench. I’m definitely not at Burberry levels yet, but I think I could afford a trench that looks and fits better than the one I currently have.

One thing I’ve been trying to do lately is to mentally rate my outfit every day. I think, “Did I feel good in this outfit, or was I uncomfortable all day? Did I feel polished or sloppy?” Naturally, I want to wear clothes that make me feel and look good all day, every day, so I’m trying to really hone in on the pieces that have become the real MVPs in my closet.

Now the hunt begins for the items on my list! Have you started shopping for fall, or bought anything great lately?

(images | burgundy skirt | fall view | suede skirts | quote | gray sweater | burgundy lips | floral bomber | basics | back to school | silk shirt | skirts and books | studded skirt | LA fall | the blues | leather jacket | mustard yellow | block heel | sweater weather)

SCS Home: Work in Progress

living room ideas, living room furniture, nyc apartment decor, nyc apartment decorating ideas, decorating your first apartment, living room

I figured it was time for an update on the home front. The apartment is slowly, but surely, coming along. I’ve already started to make some changes, but first I thought I better show you guys what I’m working with.

I kind of decided to tackle the living room first. I’m not sure if it was a 100% conscious decision, but I like having people come over and I want to have an inviting space to host them in. Before, I’d rarely hang out in the living room, but now it’s where I spend most of my time when I’m at home.

living room ideas, living room furniture, nyc apartment decor, nyc apartment decorating ideas, decorating your first apartment, ikea couch, ikea karlstad, isunda gray living room ideas, living room furniture, nyc apartment decor, nyc apartment decorating ideas, ikea karlstad couch isunda gray

THE COUCH

One of the first major purchases I made for the new apartment was the Karlstad Sofa from Ikea. I actually bought mine used from a site called AptDeco because I figured it would be a bit cheaper and because they don’t make this particular sofa cover (Isunda Gray) anymore.

I already knew that it’s a pretty comfortable couch because we had the bigger, three-seat version of this sofa in my old apartment. I also knew that I wanted a light/medium gray couch for the new place. Once I settled on a style, it was just a matter of stalking Craigslist and other furniture sites until it turned up. They used to make a sofa bed version of this same couch and I would have liked to purchase that, but it was even harder to find (I only found one listing while I was looking, but it was in NJ).

I think it’s a great size for this space and I love the texture of the sofa cover. Unfortunately, so does my cat, but I knew that was a risk I was taking when I bought this couch. Even though I try to discourage him, he’s scratched up the sofa arms a bit. It’s not too terrible though and I think I can fix it so that you wouldn’t notice that much.

living room ideas, living room furniture, nyc apartment decor, nyc apartment decorating ideas, decorating your first apartment

THE RUG

This rug was carried over from the last apartment. It was a rug that I chose when my last roommate moved in and we started to decorate the old apartment together. As I mentioned in this post about choosing a rug, I still like this rug, but what I really wanted was a lighter-colored rug. I know a different rug will totally transform this space because right now I feel that the current rug doesn’t quite fit. I received the new rug weeks ago, but I haven’t put it out because I don’t have a kitchen table yet.

You’re probably thinking, “Huh? What does that have to do with anything?” Hear me out. I pretty much only eat in the living room, while sitting on my sofa. Now that I have this lighter rug, I think that all eating near the rug should cease, because something is bound to spill/drop on the rug without me tempting fate. I have space in my kitchen for a small table and chairs and I’d like to start eating all of my meals there. But until I purchase that kitchen table, I think I should hold off on the new rug (as much as I really want to see what it looks like in person!).

living room ideas, living room furniture, nyc apartment decor, nyc apartment decorating ideas, decorating your first apartment, ikea rug, ikea ferle rug

THE COFFEE TABLE

I have wanted the CB2 peekaboo acrylic coffee table for years. If you’re a frequent Pinterest user or reader of blogs, I’m sure you’ve seen it all over the place, but I think there’s a good reason for its popularity. It’s such a good small apartment coffee table (and let’s face it, most NYC apartments are small. Very small. Tiny.). The table is a decent size, but since it’s transparent, it appears to take up very little space. It’s like a blank canvas and I think it blends seamlessly with a lot of different decor styles.

I knew which table I wanted, but I did not want to pay full price for it. After a few months of Craigslist searching (there were multiple listings, but they all sold really quickly!), I found it in great condition for half-off. I’m so happy to have it in my apartment, although it needs a good cleaning and proper styling. For now, I’ve just placed a few pretty books on top, along with a decorative lantern from Anthropologie that I couldn’t resist.

living room ideas, living room furniture, nyc apartment decor, nyc apartment decorating ideas, decorating your first apartment, shelfie, rainbow shelves, rainbow bookshelf

I think that’s about all that I wanted to discuss in this post. I finally, finally put up my gallery wall over Labor Day weekend and I freakin’ love it. So much. Like a lot. I am so happy with each of the pieces that I chose and I can’t wait to show it to you guys. I also have a snazzy new end table next to my couch that I’ll be talking about in an upcoming post.

living room ideas, living room furniture, nyc apartment decor, nyc apartment decorating ideas, decorating your first apartment, gallery wall, living room

Unsurprisingly, after a flurry of moving and decorating these past few months, my finances are quite low, so I need to hold off on additional purchases for a while. The next big items that are on my list are a kitchen table and chairs and an armchair for the living room. I also want to put up a few more pieces of art on the walls. I was thinking of blowing up one of my own pictures and hanging it above the TV, but it could get pretty expensive (although it will probably still be a lot more affordable than buying a large piece of original artwork). I’d need the photo to be pretty large and I think places like Walgreen’s and Staples only go up to 20″ x 36.” I’m not sure though- I need to do some more research and also see if I can find a decently priced frame.

living room ideas, living room furniture, nyc apartment decor, nyc apartment decorating ideas, decorating your first apartment

If you know any home sites for affordable furniture and decor, do share them in the comments below! Have you made any updates to your home recently?

Little White Dress

little white dress summer, white dresses for women, summer dress 2016, summer dress white

No, your eyes do not deceive you. This is a new outfit post from yours truly! Since summer is winding down (I think of Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer), I thought I better post this little white dress before the leaves do actually start to change color.

little white dress summer, white dresses for women, summer dress 2016, summer dress white little white dress summer, white dresses for women, summer dress 2016, summer dress white

Here’s the story of this dress: A few months ago, I was planning to attend a wedding and had nothing to wear. Of course, since I’m a procrastinator, I waited until the last minute to find something, which meant a lot of frantic shopping the week of the wedding. A few days before I was due to hop on a plane, I popped into TJ Maxx hoping that they would have something that I liked and could wear to the wedding. I did end up finding a dress, but while I was looking for that dress, this one caught my eye. I figured I’d take it into the dressing room and try it on, even though I knew I couldn’t wear it to the wedding. Of course it fit perfectly and I loved it. So I walked away from TJ Maxx with two dresses that day- the dress I wore to the wedding and this one!

little white dress summer, white dresses for women, summer dress 2016, summer dress white

These pictures were taken during my family’s trip to Seattle in July. I know Seattle is generally a rainy city, but we had nothing but blue skies while we were there (it only rained for part of one day). The Seattle weather was a real champ during our visit and it made me very happy that I’d packed several summer dresses to wear.

little white dress summer, white dresses for women, summer dress 2016, summer dress white

I have so many pictures (and some video footage too) to share from our family vacation, I don’t even know where to start! I’m thinking about dividing it up by day (so a recap of day 1 of our trip, then day 2, etc.), or I could do separate posts for the different spots that we visited (such as Pike Place Market and the Space Needle), or I could do one massive post/guide of sorts for Seattle and another for Vancouver (this option would take me forevah, evah, but maybe it makes the most sense?). Ahh, too many choices! Let me know in the comments below how you guys would prefer it!

little white dress summer, white dresses for women, summer dress 2016, summer dress white

Outfit Details: H&M jacket, TJ Maxx dress (see another little white dress look on me), Converse sneakers c/o Kicks USA, Rose gold square aviator sunglasses c/o Aeropostale, Fossil Erin Satchel | photos- my mom and brother

My Best Friend’s Wedding

karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding

I’ve been looking forward to this wedding for years. When my best friend got engaged in 2013, I was so excited for her and her fiancee. We’d been talking about the wedding for so long, it was almost hard to believe that the time was finally here. The last stop on my whirlwind vacation last month was San Diego, where I attended the best wedding I’ve ever been to.

karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding

As the day approached, I could barely contain my excitement. I took the train from LA to San Diego (which featured a lovely stretch along the coast) a few days early so that I could spend time with her and help with any last-minute preparations. As she showed me all that she’d planned for the wedding, I could see how much love and care she’d put into every detail.

karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding

Erica and Carlos were married in a gorgeous church in downtown San Diego, with soaring ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows. When they talked about why they loved each other and said their vows in Spanish, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room.

karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding

After the ceremony, we had a bit of a break before the cocktail hour, so the bridesmaids and groomsmen headed to the venue to help set up a little bit. I loved the venue, which had a beautiful outdoor area with a koi pond, as well as indoor seating. Soon after, the guests started to arrive, and from then on it was one big party!

karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding

My family has been friends with Erica’s family for years now, so my parents and sister were also invited to the wedding, and it was so fun to have them there. I was also able to spend time with some of her wonderful family and friends (who I met when Erica and I traveled to Spain together in 2009) who flew all the way to California for the wedding. To top it off, several of my oldest and best friends from high school were there, so it was wonderful to see them and have a mini reunion. Basically, the room was full of so many of my favorite people in the whole world. I felt really lucky to be there to celebrate the union of this beautiful couple.

karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding karl strauss san diego, karl strauss wedding pictures,  san diego wedding pictures, erica munro and carlos mendoza, best friend's wedding

There was much dancing (Erica and Carlos actually met in a dance class- is that way too cute, or what?!), singing, and general merriment. After so much preparation and anticipation, the time disappeared in the blink of an eye. I had the best time and I wish I had a time turner so we could go back and do it all over again!