Friday, January 27, 2012

so clutch.

I'm in the market for an alternative to my gigantic weekday bag. It's overly stuffed, gets in the way and very quickly becomes a black hole of makeup, receipts and loose change -- not exactly ideal for a night on the town. So, I'm obsessing over these chic and cheerful options that will no doubt add something special to any outfit, all the while forcing you to cut the clutter and enjoy the party. Love! 

What are your weekend plans? For the first time since the big move, I have a fairly low-key weekend ahead and I'm looking forward to crossing things off the apartment to-do list, enjoying the unseasonably warm Chicago weather and teaching myself how to use the public transit system {!}. Here's to a little relaxation and plenty of fun. Cheers!

{images via: one, two, three}

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

blank canvas

Have you ever moved across the country? It's not easy, logistically speaking, and I'm feeling the pain as I settle into my new space in Chicago with  nothing more than a few boxes of clothes. All the furniture, decor and pretty little accessories from apartments past got left behind in an effort to ship as little as possible. And while the shoppers at Goodwill were likely having a heyday, I was pathetically mourning a loss and envisioning all the work to be done to set up my new home. 
But now, as I sit at my computer excitedly browsing for online inspiration, I'm having a new vision -- an adorable little apartment filled with brand new stuff, including patterned chairs, bold lighting and monogrammed touches throughout.
So as we welcome 2012, I can successfully use the cliched 'out with the old, in with the new' philosophy and embrace my blank canvas. Perhaps I'll even venture out to the local Goodwill and see if I can benefit from someone else's cross-country move!

{images: Urban Outfitters Ziggy Chair, Anthropologie Rhododendron Chandelier & Oversized Zinc Letters}