bold prints, grown up pastels, chic pink – hellooo spring!

Around this time every year I find myself going a little stir crazy and craving a tropical vacation. I can almost feel the warm inviting breeze on my face through swaying palm trees.

Since I can do little more than daydream, why not name a few of my favorite trends I can’t wait to wear come spring?

  • vivid global prints and patterns
  • feminine traces of lace
  • gold accessories
  • refreshing pastels
  • slouchy knit pants
  • a new take on pinks
  • peekaboo sheer tops 
  • kimonos

{inspiration}

Tiled Silk Shift via Anthropologie

Tiled Silk Shift via Anthropologie

Waverly Cocoon Tunic via Anthropologie

Waverly Cocoon Tunic via Anthropologie

Mindaro Crops via Anthropologie

Mindaro Crops via Anthropologie

via Glamour

via Glamour

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

I love the refreshing feel that these trends offer and are right on par with the season. Excited to add a few staples to refresh my wintery wardrobe.

Here are a few of my pocketbook friendly picks from Target, Zara, and Forever 21, based on the above trends:

knit pants

Target [under $20]

Xhilaration Junior Printed Soft Pant

Xhilaration Junior Printed Soft Pant

Mossimo Easy Knit Pant

Mossimo Easy Knit Pant

Xhilaration Junior Printed Palazzo Pant

Xhilaration Junior Printed Palazzo Pant

pretty in pink & florals

Zara [under $70]

zara floral zara pink

prints, patterns & pink

Forever 21 [under $40]

desert rose kimonoeclectic beauty maxi

vintage dropwaistlace pink

It’s like a breath of fresh air isn’t it? Just a few added spring staples can easily infuse life into a tired winter wardrobe. Harem or slouchy pants topped with chunky knit sweaters. A lace or floral top can peek through a layered kimono, boyfriend jeans and simple skinny heels.

What’s your most anticipated spring trend?

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Franco Sarto flats [$39.99]

I was in search of the perfect transitional flats and stumbled upon these beauties on my most recent trip to Marshalls. Not only are they price savvy but also super comfortable and versatile.

Franco Sarto flats [$39.99]

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Not too bad of a price for real leather. Also the perfect alternative to the Tory Burch Mackenna Strip Wedge I’ve been digging at [$325]:

I styled mine with appropriate Seahawks attire to show my support #12thman, GAP floral skinnies, Target flannel button-up, and some geometric, bold rings for a feminine sporty look with a bit of edge.

LOVE that you can dress these up or down. Wear them with a pair of skinnies, cropped pants, harem pants, shift dress, pencil skirt – these are definitely THE little black dress of shoes. I’m obsessed! I might just have to pick up the red suede ones too in time for Valentine’s Day. These come pretty close to the magic slipper in my book.

condo progress take two – media center

The condo is a continual work in progress. You can view the first installment of our condo here, you certainly don’t want to miss out on the hospital green walls and cobalt blue pendant lights.

But…as with everything, you have to celebrate the little victories. Our most recent addition is our media center.

Although we vowed to choose quality over quantity, desperation got the best of us and we caved – or rather our pocketbook did. After the Hubbs vowed to never ever assemble another piece of IKEA furniture, he wound up spending last Saturday flipping through the pictorial illustrations of the odd little IKEA men instruction book. You all know what I’m talking about.

It gets me every time.

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We opted out of saving up for a West Elm/CB2/Crate and Barrel media center, and chose the higher rode – instant gratification in the form of IKEA BESTA TV storage combination. I can’t find the exact product online (perhaps because there’s like a zillion possible combinations) but here’s a couple of examples:

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besta-tv-storage-combination__0183463_PE334494_S4We ended up purchasing the 2 cabinet system option, 2 doors, glass top, and 6 modern chrome legs, for a grand total of [$140]. With that price, it’s really hard to beat.

The white gloss finish and modern chrome legs tie in the modern lines of the couch while balancing our rustic, industrial table and traditional nailhead linen chairs.

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Along the way I found this lovely beauty at Crate and Barrel – Willa Raven side chair originally [$149] but purchased the floor model for just [$49]. It’s seen better days, but with a few minor scuffs the hubbs says it has added “character.” #soomature

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I actually quite like the black, country style in contrast to the mod glossy white cabinet. I plan to do a little DIY dip dye style and paint the lower half of the legs gold, and add a sheepskin rug for texture and cozy appeal, like this:

DIY dip dyed table chasing shiny objects

DIY dip dyed table chasing shiny objects

sheepskin draped chair via the little room of style

sheepskin draped chair via the little room of style

As for our media center, I love a good IKEA hack and am thinking of adding either overlays or leather pulls for a custom finish. Here is my amazing inspo:

via my overlays

via my overlays

via sugar & cloth

via sugar & cloth

Oh the possibilities.

Now that I have the bones of my media cove carved out, I can’t wait to finish it. Just a few DIY projects, some artwork, a garden stool or accent table and I’m good to go. I might even purchase another system to create added vertical storage and some height.

DIY media center projects to follow!

minimalist jewelry

I have never been one for jewelry. Correction – I choose to spend my money on clothes over accessories. I love jewelry – yes, what girl doesn’t, but buying it is another story. Even though accessories really make the outfit, I can’t help but buy shirts/blouses/jeans over the fun stuff – necklaces, rings, bangles, etc.

When I do wear jewelry I tend to default to my go-to pieces:

  • mom’s jade necklace & bangle
  • auntie’s antique gold flaked necklace
  • Tiffany pearl earrings from the hubbs
  • Express metallic bangles
  • DIY Chan Luu inspired wrap bracelets
  • assortment of chunky mixed metal rings
  • Skagen gold men’s watch

minimalist jewelryminimalist jewelrychunky metal ringschunky metal ringsbold geometric ringsmixed metal banglesminimalist jewelrychunky metal ringsAre you sensing a theme here? Metallics, gold, vintage. Call me boring, I know, I need to branch out but I always end up choosing my minimalist jewelry. I think it provides the perfect accent to all outfits because of the versatility. And I love mixed metals; you really can’t go wrong.

Lately I’ve been eyeing all the minimalist jewelry Trending on Pinterest. Check out these beauts –

stacking dots ring in brass via Leif

stacking dots ring in brass via Leif

via a house in the hills

via a house in the hills

willow infinity ring via Bauble Bar

willow infinity ring via Bauble Bar

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

And my favorite look – plenty of stacked gold. I die.

stacked gold via uncovet

stacked gold via uncovet

If you’re digging the trend and share the same affinity for minimalist jewelry pieces – checkout the curated handmade jewelry at Moorea Seal. Not only are they local (support Seattle!) – but they’re a bunch of do-gooders too – 7% of all proceeds from their store benefit five non-profit categories. How cool is that? You can shop and do good all at the same time.

Target preppy button-ups [$6.88]

On the way to girls night I promised myself to make a beeline straight for the wine aisle at Target. I headed into the store with good intentions, but was immediately greeted with none other than big red clearance signs, what’s a girl to do? An innocent perusing trip commenced.

Thankfully my impromptu shopping trip hardly put a dent in my pocketbook Two button-ups at just [$6.88] each – one flannel with a sequins collar and one blue cotton polka dot. And to think I was going to buy it at full price for $22.99 a piece – good things come to those who wait 🙂

Target preppy button-ups [$6.88] Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe blue polka dot button-up is the perfect transition piece from winter to spring. I couldn’t help but buy the wintery flannel button-up too, after all it is (sigh) still winter even with the stint of Seattle sun.

I styled my flannel with my metallic ballet flats and favorite Anthropologie mustard skinnies that I found for just [$39.95] which you can read about here. Toss on a navy blazer or jean jacket and I’m all set to go!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI escaped spending just under $30 (including wine for girls night), which in Target terms I define as a smashing success. I’m sure all you fellow Target lovers can relate.

On a sidenote – have you seen the fabulous Instagram @targetdoesitagain and @targetgoesclearance? My girlfriend introduced me and I am hooked. If you are as in love with Target as I am they are worth following!

soapstone board [$10]

I literally love a good find. I thrive off of it. Specifically when the quality far surpasses the price.

My favorite not so secret store, where 9 times out of ten I can count on stylish, affordable home decor pieces – can you guess? Marshalls. Sure, sometimes it’s hit and miss, other times the shelves house cheesy decor, but with a little patience and some digging, look at what you can uncover.

On my most recent shopping trip, which was originally for a housewarming gift, I of course found an item I could not live without.

Meet my soapstone board.

Original price [$45]. I paid [$10]. Totally worth it.

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  • meats and cheese platter
  • fruits and veggies board
  • sushi
  • chocolate
  • wine and bottle holder

Other than the obvious, it’s also versatile for a home decor piece. Use it as a tray to showcase your jewelry, display your favorite glassware, use it in a vignette grouped with other frames or art pieces.

Can you tell I absolutely love this soapstone board?

Best of all (besides the price) it’s such a pretty marbled gray with green crystal like accents. The perfect thing to hide my ugly laminate kitchen countertops.

personal shopping – it’s all in the details

I had the chance to go on a personal shopping adventure with a good friend to help pick out a few accents for her modern apartment.

She already has amazing taste and great style sense (think feminine A-line dresses, chiffon draped blouses, classic skinnies, oodles of statement necklaces…basically an understated Anthropologie).

On our shopping adventure I introduced her to one of my favorites – the Issaquah Gilman Gallery. Here you can find trinkets and treasures galore, most of which are modestly priced depending on the vendor. I firmly believe in creating a home that incorporates a mix of styles to create a sense of cohesion and the feeling that a space is collected rather than decorated. Every space needs a vintage piece – whether it’s a gilded frame, English bone china tea cup, or grandma’s hand me down serving platter.

Just a few collaboratively chosen antique picks and < $100 later (not too shabby!), we found the right accents to add a vintage feminine vibe to her mod apartment. (Not pictured – hanging, glass pendant light).

gold mirror trio [$15]

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1920’s window panel [$39] a total steal.window

gilded French frame [$10] – this frame originally had a French etoile print, but I recommended nixing it and using the empty frame to showcase a cool monogram.frameDon’t you just love antique stores? It’s all about the treasure hunt. You never know what unexpected trinkets you will stumble upon.