SCS Home Wish List 01.

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October will mark my three-year anniversary of living in my current apartment. To celebrate this momentous occasion, I’ve decided to finally decorate my living room (gasp)! But in all seriousness, my roommate and I are upgrading our living room. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years now, but I couldn’t afford it until recently. I’m excited to finally be able to dedicate some time and money to making that space feel like home.

We’ve already made some strides: there’s a new bookshelf in the living room, we got rid of my well-worn loveseat from college and replaced it with a normal-sized couch, and we’ve tossed the standing coat rack and replaced it with a hanging rack on the wall (much more space efficient).

I’ve really been bitten by the decor bug and for the last couple weeks I’ve spent many hours on the web browsing for home inspiration and decor. I’ve already placed an Ikea order and a Target order, which will hopefully arrive later this week. If the furniture does arrive this weekend, my plan is to try and put it all together (at home assembly, here I come!). I’ll try to take before and after pictures too so that I can show you guys the transformation.

Once we have the bigger pieces set up, it will be all about the details. I have my eye on a few pretty pieces- shop them below!

01. Moss-knit Blanket 02. Copper Task Lamp 03. Chindi Colorblock Pillow 04. Velvet Cushion Cover 05. Metallic Triangle Pillow 06. Glass Tea Light Holder 07. Ceramic Geo Vase 08. Copper Faceted Lamp 09. Magical Thinking Feather Planter

Stars and Stripes

fourth of july clothing, stars and stripes, fourth of july outfits, fourth of july 2014, fourth of july apparel, what to wear on fourth of july, 4th of july Who’s excited for the Fourth of July next week? I’m still trying to figure out my plans, but as long as they involve a BBQ/potluck of some sort, I’ll be good. I’m most excited about having an extra day off work- I need a break! I love dressing to theme for any holiday, so today I thought it would be fun to pull together some patriotic pieces. You can go full red, white and blue with your outfit, or you could keep it subtle with just an Americana accessory. The best part? Most of these items are under $50 and everything is under $60!

Tell me: What do you have planned for the Fourth?

(starting at the top: Striped Ponte Dress, Straw Boater, Stars Print Midriff Shirt, Brass Star Earrings, Stripe Leather Pouch [30% off with code HISUMMER], Stars & Stripes Scarf, Classic Stripe Tee, Simple Tote in Flag Stripe, Star Muscle Tank, Vintage Cotton Tee in Stars [30% off with code HISUMMER], Americana Slip-On Sneaker, Pleated Stripe Short, Sailor Sweater in Stripe, Striped Sequin Dress, Pleated Star Chambray Skirt, American Flag Phone CaseAmericana Earring Set)

Get the Look- Chelsea Boots

Get the Look- Chelsea Boots

Get the Look- Chelsea Boots

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This is not the first time you’ve heard me say it- the streets of New York are downright mean to shoes. I’ve given up on the idea of wearing any shoe with a substantial heel regularly, which means that I need to stock my closet with a couple pairs of chic, flat shoes that will get me through fall and winter. I’ve been leaning towards purchasing a pair of chelsea boots because I think it’s a style that I can wear with anything. Want some proof? Take a look at the inspiration looks that I pulled below!

Chelsea Boots Collage 1 Chelsea Boots Collage 2

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Tell me: Do you have a pair of chelsea boots? Which one above is your favorite? 

Gift Guide: $20 and Under


For the francophile: Paris in Color // Paris vs. New York // Violette Glass Plate

For the home: Gingerbread Cookie Mix // Salt & Pepper Shakers // Rolling Pin // Flower Pins // Memo Mug

For the nail polish junkie: Julep Sugar Plum Set // Deborah Lippmann Cleopatra in New York

For the animal lover: Giraffe Necklace // Shark Convertible Gloves

For her iPhone: Hearts iPhone case // Floral iPhone case // Dotted iPhone case

For the stationery lover: All-Occasion Notecard Set // Personal Library Kit // Typewriter Stamp Set

If you want to see all of my gift picks so far, check out my other gift guides and my dedicated Pinterest board (which includes some picks not featured on the blog)!