Friday, May 27, 2016

Shopping File: Memorial Day Weekend Sales

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Today I'm adding some amazing Memorial Day Weekend Sales you seriously don't want to miss! Below I have highlighted my faves with personal picks for each but find the rest of them right this way :)

. J.Crew: 30% off your purchase with code WEEKEND. Top 3: this, this and these.
. Banana Republic: 40% off your purchase with code BRTAKE40. Top 3: these, this and these.
. Anthropologie: 30% off all sale! Top 3: This, these, and this.
. Furbish: 20% off with code ALLTHETHINGS. Top 3: This, this and this.
. Old Navy: 50% off selected items. Top 3: These, this and these.
. Sole Society: 50% off selected items. Top 3: These, these and these.
. Waiting on Martha: Up to 30% off your order. Top 3: This, this and these.
. Loeffler Randall: 30% off select items. Faves: this, these and these.
. Nordstrom: Half yearly Sale. This event is amazing so don't miss it! Tons of really good brands heavily discounted! Top 3: these, these, and this. I should also point out that even though you're probably not going to wear these right now, once Fall comes you'll thank yourself for getting them, seriously the best!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Decor & Interiors File: How to Create a Gallery Wall

As I mentioned last week, this week I want to share some tips and tricks when choosing to create a gallery wall. I hope you find this post helpful!

The first step in creating a gallery wall is identifying the color palette you want to follow. Even though you don't necessarily need to commit to a specific color story, if there's a common element throughout the composition it will tie it all together and look cohesive. That element can be a color (or combination of two or more), a shape, or a specific theme such as nature, travel or architecture to name a few. I think that the most important thing to consider is that the art represents your style and taste, that it feels "you".

Once you have chosen the theme, which could also be inspired by pieces you already own, you can start looking for art. Some favourite places to find great art are Etsy (some favourite shops are this, this and this), Minted, Furbish (they usually have great artist pop-ups), West Elm, and then local shops and flea markets for vintage finds that add a unique character.

Determine the style of your gallery wall. Are you looking for a symmetrical and classic layout or is it a free-flowing layout what you are after? If you're going with a free-flowing style (like I did), consider having art in different sizes to add more dynamism and interest. It's always good to start with one big piece and work your way around it.

Make sure you measure your wall and once you start selecting art and narrowing down some choices make a mock-up to make sure they will fit in your space.

Once you have chosen the art then it's time to choose the frames. For a clean and classic look go with one style of frames, and for a more eclectic look try different finishes and sizes. I like to do a mockup of the layout with the frames to have a clear idea of how it will look. I do this on photoshop with photos of frames I find on the web or with photos of the actual art I'm ordering (in the case you're ordering online of course). If you have some existing art, then just snap a photo and play with that.

Try a different layouts to have a feel of the final result and go with the one you like the best and feels more you.  There are different ways to visualize and plan the layout: a. Use craft paper to recreate the sizes of all your pieces and tape them on the wall. b. If you have a big area on the floor, just lay it all down and play with it. c. Do a mockup on photoshop like I did. These are the ones I came up with once I had all the art, and as you can see, I ended up using the layout on the bottom left. 

When is time to hang the frames, start with the biggest one and make your way from there. I started with the building print because it was the biggest and the one in the center. If you need some guidance on how to hang a gallery wall correctly read this post (I found it to be very helpful!).

Make sure you have all the tools necessary (hammer,  drill, nails, pencil, level, ruler). I like to place the frame on the wall, make sure it's straight (did you know your phone has a level?) and outline the top two corners, then I measure where the hook is and make a mark on the wall for the nail. I hang one frame and repeat the process for each.

And that's it! Any tips I didn't cover and you'd like to share?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Shopping File: The Best of Sales

There are so many great sales going on right now that if you're looking for Summer additions to your closet this is the time to shop. Madewell is offering extra 30% off all sale styles (use code THISCLOSE) but keep in mind that it ends tomorrow, and in my experience things always sell out super fast.  Shopbop is having one of their biggest sales of the season and the savings are insanely good, so it's worth checking out. Some faves: this top, these, this dress, this, and these. Lastly, Nordstrom is having a designer clearance with up to 40% discount. You can see more of my personal picks and faves here ;)

1. Banana Republic Short-Sleeve Striped Romper: Just spotted this last week, what a cute little number!
2. Madewell x Biltmore® Panama Hat: Your best Summer accessory.
3. Madewell The Boardwalk Lace-Up Sandal: The type of sandals you'll wear non-stop.
4. Madewell Playlist Sunglasses: Super affordable, on sale, with extra 30% off!
5. J.Crew Braided Halter Bikini Top and Bottom: Because every girl needs a classic black bikini or one-piece in her beach drawer, am I right?
6. H&M Lace Dress: How gorgeous is this dress?
7. The Beach People Tulum Round Towel: Big and unique.
8. Yosi Samra Reese Slides: Perfect for the beach/pool.
9. Kate Spade New York Penelope Saddle Bag: If you're looking for a white bag for Summer, this one looks great and it's on sale. And, do I have to mention that tassel detail?
10. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Medium Satchel: The most beautiful shade of blush, don't you think?
11. J.Crew Embroidered Scarf: Wrap it around your neck or your waist!
12. Waiting on Martha Patio Party Coasters: How fun?!
13. Madewell Packable Straw Hat: Nothing like being able to take your favorite hat with you on vacation without getting it ruined.
14. J.Crew Striped Top: Striped perfection!
15. WAYF Lace Trim Babydoll Dress: The lwd (little white dress) is a Summer classic, and this beauty is on sale for $60.
16. Diane von Furstenberg Daroka Lace Up Sandals: Beautiful espadrilles in a color that won't overpower the rest of your look.
17. Clare V. Nubuck Flat Clutch: Perfect for date nights and social events.
18. Farrow Eugenia Dress: With those super thin stripes, isn't this dress perfection?
19. 3.1 Phillip Lim Martini Ankle Lace Flat Sandals: Amazing sandals for sale, isn't the color combo amazing? They come in all-black too, in case you're interested ;)
20. Madewell The Boardwalk Slide Sandal: I bought a pair like these from J.Crew last year and they became so practical! They are lightweight, easy to pack and don't get dirty easily.
21. Alexander Wang Rian in Optic White: Super cool mix of textures.
22. Free People Blue Bonnet Shorts: Cutest shorts!
23. Waiting on Martha Let's Party! Scallop Plates: For all your Summer parties and get togethers.
24. Mackage Mini Flyn Leather Shoulder/Crossbody Tote: How great is this tote?
25. Objects without meaning Twist Twist Two Piece: When a small detail brings up a notch the simplest of all pieces.
26. Madewell Beachlife Blanket: Use it for picnics or take it to the beach.
27. 3.1 Phillip Lim Martini Lace Up Flats: Another great pair from Phillip Lim that's on sale.
28. Madewell Crystalline Zip Pouch: I love clear pouches, especially for beach essentials.
29. ATP Atelier Dina Sandal: Love how understated yet elegant this is.