Fashion

My Style: Statement Necklace

04/25/2016

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J.Crew T-Shirt & Skirt (similar)| Jeffrey Campbell Bootiesgifted Happiness Boutique Necklace

It’s been a year since my last outfit post. Getting back in front of the camera was hard…as you can tell with my facial expression in the photo above…but I digress. I haven’t worn a statement necklace in the longest time but recently spotted a few gems on Geri Hirsch, the lifestyle blogger behind Because I’m Addicted and LEAF TV, and was very into it. So when perusing Happiness Boutique, I found many pieces that I could see myself wearing and fell in love with this bib-style statement necklace. I’ve said it before and I will say it again – a statement necklace can take the most basic and casual of outfits and turn it up a notch.

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Life

5 Can’t-Miss Classic Rom-Coms

04/21/2016

THE BRUNETTE ONE 5 can't miss rom coms

A few weeks ago I was a on a return flight home from Panama City, Panama (did I mention I went on vacation?….whoops!), I found myself watching When Harry Met Sally. It got me thinking of what a classic, romantic comedy it was and what other movies could even begin to compare to it. The movie was written in 1989 and Nora Ephron’s take on relationships seemingly hold true in today’s world. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when Sally’s friend pulls out her Rolodex of single men. We should be very thankful for the contacts function on our cell phones. I digress, but bottom line, the movie industry just doesn’t make ’em like they used to. I’ve rounded up my favorite feel good rom-coms by two of the best writers/directors, Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers.

  1. When Harry Met Sally – “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
  2. You’ve Got Mail – “The odd thing about this form of communication is that you’re more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.”
  3. Father of the Bride – “I used to think a wedding was a simple affair. Boy and girl meet, they fall in love, he buys a ring, she buys a dress, they say I do. I was wrong. That’s getting married. A wedding is an entirely different proposition. I know. I’ve just been through one. Not my own, my daughter’s. Annie Banks Mackenzie. That’s her married name: Mackenzie. You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. An adorable little girl who looks up to you and adores you in a way you could never have imagined. I remember how her little hand used to fit inside mine. Then comes the day when she wants to get her ears pierced, and wants you to drop her off a block before the movie theater. From that moment on you’re in a constant panic. You worry about her meeting the wrong kind of guy, the kind of guy who only wants one thing, and you know exactly what that one thing is, because it’s the same thing you wanted when you were their age. Then, you stop worrying about her meeting the wrong guy, and you worry about her meeting the right guy. That’s the greatest fear of all, because, then you lose her. It was just six months ago that that happened here. Just six months ago, that the storm broke.”
  4. The Holiday – “Say a man and a woman both need something to sleep in and both go to the same men’s pajama department. The man says to the salesman, “I just need bottoms,” and the woman says, “I just need a top.” They look at each other and that’s the ‘meet cute.'” 
  5. It’s Complicated – “And I like that you stopped getting bikini waxes. You’ve gone native. I was into it!”

What are your go-to romantic comedies? Let me know in the comments below!

Decor

Master Bedroom Inspiration

04/20/2016

If you were to ask my immediate family about my desire to decorate, they would tell you that I should take a moment to breathe and just live in our house as it is. I, however, believe in turning your house into a home. It may not happen over night, but you shouldn’t have to settle for the space (or at the very least, the builder-grade paint choices).

Looking back, we definitely settled for our master bedroom in our townhouse. It was a very large room that we painted right when we moved in, and that was it. I never hung anything up on the walls, never truly made it a place of refuge. You spend so much time in your bedroom that you should want to make it a place that you can truly check out of the world around you. Whether you are into a romantic vibe, bohemian feel, or even Mid-Century inspired, take the time to make it a space you love instead of just a place you crash every time after a long day of work.

The Before:

The current state of our master bedroom could closely resemble any ‘ol room. You are greeted with a furniture bedroom set we got when I bought my first place many years ago. Just out of frame, there are piles of clothes (both clean & dirty), a few dirty dishes, dog toys, and shoes.

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The Updates:

Over the past few months I’ve had increasing back problems that I’ve attributed partly to the position I sleep in matched with a softer mattress. I have found myself sleeping in my guest bedroom from time to time because the Tuft & Needle mattress we use in that space is more firm than our current mattress.

So the first update on our list was a new mattress, and if we were going to get a new mattress, we wanted to upgrade from a queen to a king. With a new size mattress, that means we also need to pick out or DIY a new headboard.

The second update on the list addresses our need for new nightstands. Lola, who seems to be the culprit of a lot of ‘things we need to fix’ in our bedroom, used to knock over glasses of water off our nightstands. I’d try to mop up the excess when I noticed it, but over time, it’s warped the top of one. It’s time we upgrade to something more “waterproof.” We’ve also tried our hardest to only bring glasses/cups up that have lids to prevent any further spillage.

The third update, which will set the tone of the room, is paint. Once again, I will be painting over the lovely Tavern Taupe walls. As much as the trim and door color bothers me on the first floor, I’m much more flexible with it in the bedroom because with larger scale pieces it’s easier to mask. One wall holds two of the three doors in the space (bathroom and closet), and I’m just going to try own that vanilla cream paint color.

The fourth update will be the accessories. I’m envisioning white linens, new lamps, and adding curtains to the space. We are keeping our existing dressers that came with the set which are an ebony stain.

The Inspiration:

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I was initially leaning towards more of a warm white shade (something along the lines of Eider White) to make dark upholstered headboard really stand out; however, I was scrolling through Laurel and Wolf’s blog and found this post about decorating with black accents. I was immediately drawn to the bold color, which was completely different then my initial vision I had drawn up in my head.

My husband was into it. I’ve mentioned previously, he is color blind so dark colors stick out to him more than any shade of white or light gray. If he had it his way, the entire house would be Hale Navy, not just our half bath. The color I’m leaning towards is Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams, the color on the left is Martha Stewart’s Zinc.

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I was perusing the Laurel and Wolf Pinterest boards and came across a few images that had my design brain reeling. Chriselle Lim’s glamorous and modern living room encapsulates many elements I want to bring into our space: tufted upholstery, faux fur, mirrored accents. While the vibrant painting brings color to the space, I like the idea of keeping our bedroom cozy with minimal pops of color. I’m all about texture and love the idea of a a DIY faux fur accent, whether it be with a small reading chair or a bench.

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The overall vibe will be dark, moody, and romantic. White linens, texture, and simple accessories to style the room. I gathered more inspiration here: tufted headboards, nightstands, and dark painted walls.

The Concept:

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When trying to determine the theme or ‘feel’ of our master bedroom, I keep thinking back to the guest bedroom makeover I did. I gravitate to that space because of the bold wall color, bright white linens, and the statement DIY headboard. I could spend all day in that room. Instead of trying to force a bedroom refresh that simply wasn’t our style, and as much as I love the mid-century/rustic/industrial vibe for our first floor, it just isn’t our style for the bedroom space, and that’s okay. I’m keeping our bedroom refresh in-line with what makes my heart flutter, cozy white linens, a bold wall color, and a dramatic headboard.

If you have a hard time coming up with inspiration or need a designer’s help creating a concept board for a room in your home, make sure to check out Laurel & Wolf, an online interior design company!

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