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.

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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!

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!

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.

let there be light [&] chic black trim.

In my previous condo progress post, I created a laundry list of items that still need to be done, which you can view here.

There’s still more work ahead, but i’ll refrain from boring you with the entirety. Here are the upcoming, less expensive projects that we will tackle.

Next up – baseboards and lighting.

  1. replace dining light
  2. replace track lighting
  3. paint trim and baseboards
  4. paint window ledges

{INSPIRATION}

baseboard & lighting mood board

As much as my love affair with white continues, I’ve been toying with the idea of painting my french doors black. Don’t you just love the striking contrast? So chic.

via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

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via nice*room tumblr

Now for the lighting. I have this dreadful track lighting straight from the ’90s and a cheapo rice paper lantern over the dining room table. The hubbs refers to it as the ‘dorm’ light. Dire need of help.

track and pendant lighting

track and pendant lighting

The above options in my mood board are from the Young House Love line at Shades of Light, Lamps Plus and Lighting Direct. We don’t have a huge budget and since I love a good bargain, these alternate lighting possibilities meet my criteria.

I’m leaning toward option 3 for the dining room because of the modern appeal, which will balance my rustic dining table, mid-century bench, mixed woods, and traditional nailhead chairs.

Young House Love Metal Strap Drum Pendant

Young House Love Metal Strap Drum Pendant

Still debating on the track lighting for the hall/entry and kitchen. I have a love|hate relationship with track lighting, but need plenty of light to illuminate the otherwise poorly lit area.

Lighting Direct has adequate and reasonable options that I’m considering.

1a - Nuvo Lighting k349

1a – Nuvo Lighting k349

2a - Nuvo Lighting k322

2a – Nuvo Lighting k322

3a - Globe Electric - 58528-92

3a – Globe Electric – 58528-92

How do you feel about black trim and white walls? Yay or nay on the track lighting? Would love your opinions, so go ahead and cast your votes.

Anthropologie mustard skinnies [$39.95]

I learned how to dress up before I could read. I used to wake up early with a bottle of nail polish in hand, and wait by my auntie’s bed until she awoke so she could paint my nails. Fast forward to present day and my passion for fashion continues!

I firmly believe you don’t need to spend a lot to have great style. The style files captures my bargain finds, shopping adventures, styled looks, vignettes and the likes. (side note: I don’t rarely pay full price for anything. Call me cheap, call me Asian – I just live for a good bargain!)

My first installment of the style files includes my newest bargain find from Anthropologie – mustard skinnies at just [$39.95] originally $128.00. Love the color and velour detailing down the side. The beautiful, rich mustard can be read as either a neutral or color depending on how you style them.

And best of all, the looks below are all under $100!

Anthropologie mustard skinnies [$39.95]

look 1: western meets city

  • Bella Dahl chambray [$24.95]
  • Francesca’s snakeskin, open back blouse [$12.00]
  • accents | Gap metallic belt, Skagen men’s watch, assorted bangles

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look 2: feminine with a bit of edge

  • Olivia Moon floral blouse [$34.95]
  • Pure Sugar vest [$22.95]
  • accents | Gap studded belt, handmade carnelian bracelets, Nordstrom brushed silver hoops, Forever 21 geometric rings

look 2: feminine with a bit of edgelook 2: accents

look 3: daytime drama mama – favorite look!

  • Cynthia Rowley top via Marshalls [$16.99]
  • Free Hug leopard blazer via Nordstrom Rack [$19.99]
  • accents | Forever 21 white stud cuff, Aldo chunky white ring, vintage fur collar courtesy of my amazingly stylish grams!

look 3: daytime dramalook 3: leopard and polka dotslook 3: chunky ring and furlook 3: favorite

I’m totally digging look 3. Partly because I’m rocking my gram’s fabulous fur collar straight out of the 40s, and partly because I’m channeling Macklemore. Macklemore be like heyyy girl hey.

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This is the perfect outfit to lift me out of my winter neutral mood. Hellooooo polka dots, leopard, color and fur – you never looked more fabulous together. You either love it or hate it. You decide.

What’s your favorite look on a dime? How do you put together a polished look with amazing bargain purchases?

Proof that fashion need not hollow out your pocketbook!