Design Books

Did you know that Overstock sold design books? You can get Domino for 20 dollars, and Jonathan Adler's books for less than 15 dollars a piece! I think I might be adding some new books at some point.

Decorating vs. Organizing

I've been thinking a lot lately about decorating and organizing. While I enjoy reading magazines like House Beautiful, I could never really see my husband and I fitting in the spaces. The husband decidedly doesn't like things too decorated. However, we both want our spaces to look pulled together, and neither of us really like clutter. Of course, as my sister points out, other people's stuff is clutter, my things aren't.

I was reading an interview with Simplified Bee, where she stated that "clutter is visually exhausting." I think especially when you live in a small space (and have a decent amount of stuff), it's important to have some sort of organization. Our closet is sorely lacking in the organizational department. We have enough space for all of our things, but the problem is trying to figure out how to use the space efficiently, but still have it look nice. Do you care more about decorating or organizing? Of course, I don't really think you can have one without the other!

Happy Friday!

It's quite a rainy Friday here in D.C. However, I'm still happy that this day is here! This weekend I'm looking forward to celebrating a friend's birthday and just spending time with the husband. After not seeing him all week, it will be nice to just relax together. I'm also thinking that I might make him some "welcome home" macaroons. I'd meant to make them earlier, but the week went by so quickly! What are you looking forward to this weekend?

Pink and Blue

The husband has made it safely over the pond and on Sunday night I found myself alone in the city for the first time in a few months. While I miss him, I've been trying to embrace all the things that I usually don't do when he's around for one reason or another. So far that's meant a whole lot of girly tv (Downton Abbey), Sephora, cleaning the apartment very thoroughly, and hopefully some exercising tonight.

By the way, don't you adore this image? The husband hates it. Ahh, compromise. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Happy Friday!

I was lucky enough to have a short week, but I'm still looking forward to the weekend. The husband is flying to London for work on Sunday night, so we will probably have a quiet weekend. I'm not going to be able to go for such a short trip, but I think I'll probably end up trying to help him pack a bit. Even though he won't have much time to sight-see, I'm excited for him, since he's never been out of the country! I've been fortunate enough to travel a bit around Europe, but I love London the best. Perhaps it has to do something with the fact that I absolutely adore British Lit, so a trip to their National Library is super thrilling (they have tons of original manuscripts, etc.). What's your dream place to visit?

Dreaming of a Bathroom Update

My husband is usually not too picky about the way our apartment looks. For instance, he let me keep my pink-polka dotted desk chair that I love. We're also slowly trying to update our college and post-grad belongings. However, one thing he will not entertain is updating our bathroom. The shower curtain that he's had since law school (and was given to him gently used) isn't going anywhere anytime soon. To take out my frustration, I thought I'd share with you what I wish we could do. I'd love to buy this shower curtain from West Elm. I think the color would match our tile perfectly, and I think the white would brighten up the space. Of course, I'd also like the matching mat, since I feel ours has seen better days (the husband insists that this isn't true...) What would you do if you could get a few updates for your space?

A New Year: Some New Notes

As I've mentioned before, I love sending notes to others. I really think it brightens the day. So when Shutterfly sent me a coupon, I couldn't resist getting a set of these. Has anybody else seen some note cards that have caught your eye? What type of letters do you like to send? Do you prefer cards to personalized stationery?

Stationery Card
View the entire collection of cards.

Umbrellas

I really could have used one of these this morning. Just saying. Hope your Tuesday is less rainy than mine!

The Real Simple Winner!

Good morning, the Real Simple winner is MCW from Saving the Best for last...(fingers crossed). A big thank you for everyone who entered. I hope that each of you realizes how much I appreciate you, even if you didn't win.

I'm wishing you all a happy MLK Day too. I hope that a few of you were lucky enough to have the day off. In related news, did you know that they are going to change one of the quotes at the MLK Memorial?


*Please note, I have no affiliation with Real Simple and they didn't sponsor this giveaway. I just thought it would be fun, since I always enjoy picking up their magazine.

Stripes and Polka Dots

Happy Friday, Everyone! It's been a busy week, and I'm really looking forward to a long weekend. This Friday, I'm dreaming of stripes and polka dots.

I love this dress from Banana Republic. I also really want a striped sweater from the Loft. I'd take either of these! Can you tell I love navy blue with kelly green and fuchsia? Wishing you all a great weekend, and I'll be announcing a winner on Monday! :)

Giveaway: Real Simple Magazine Subscription

As I mentioned last week, I feel that I've been lucky enough to win two giveaways, so I should pass it on! I wanted to give away something I thought I would enjoy, so I picked a subscription for one year to Real Simple. (If you win and already subscribe to Real Simple, you may give me an alternate address and give it away to a friend.) I hope the giveaway can still be seen as a sign of my appreciation; each follower and comment means so much to me!

So here are the rules:
1. To enter, be a follower of my blog and leave a comment telling me so.
2. One entry per person
3. The giveaway will close Sunday night at midnight and I will choose at random.
4. The winner will be announced on Monday.

Best of luck!

Weekend Recap

This weekend the husband didn't have to do work, so we were able to go exploring D.C. a little bit. We visited the memorials, and finally checked out the MLK Memorial that opened fairly recently. We also stopped by the Smithsonian. Even though I'm a reluctant sightseer, I'm always pleasantly surprised. It was a beautiful day, and we're pretty lucky to live so closely to so many interesting things (and by interesting things, I might be referring to this duck below). I got this picture at the beginning of the trip, and I knew that it was worth going out just for that.



On Sunday afternoon, we went to a Wizards game. They're having a pretty horrible season this year, but I enjoyed attending my first professional basketball game. The fact that the husband bribed me with Chipotle from close by also might have had something to do with it. See I actually look happy, even though the team got crushed and I'm not a huge fan of sports. All in all, it was a great weekend. We did enough things so we didn't feel super lazy, but we were also able to just hang out. How was your weekend?

A Turn Around Thursday

I was delighted to learn this morning that I was the lucky winner of Kendall's giveaway from A Girl in the World. I always enjoy reading her blog, so I was especially delighted. Soon this lovely calendar will be hanging up in my home. Each design is of fruit; I think it will be the perfect pick-me-up to have summer year round! This definitely turned around my Thursday! I think I will have to figure out a giveaway soon to pass on the joy. :)

Thank You Notes: A Dinosaur?

First of all, I want to thank everyone for all of their kind comments yesterday; the encouragement really means a lot! I'll keep you posted. I'm aiming for just three times a week, since I already walk two miles everyday thanks to my commute, and I think it's a reasonable goal.

So on to another topic: gratitude. With the new year, it was time to get out our thank you notes. I get a huge sense of accomplishment of writing thank you notes; I feel that it makes the giver feel appreciated. It's also a task that doesn't take that long, so it's a cheap thrill. However, the husband hates writing thank you notes, and last night I found myself dictating "suggestions" of what he could say. It reminded me of a few months ago when my sister and I were basically helping my brother and his wife script what they could write in their thank you notes from their wedding. It also reminded me that I don't receive that many thank you notes, but I'm pretty sure that it's not for lack of gratitude. I think that everyone expresses themselves differently, so while I'm not going to give up thank you notes any time soon, I wonder if they're on their way out?

New Year's Resolutions: A Healthy Life

Every year, I make some dramatic New Year's resolution to the point that it gets ridiculous (and my sister makes fun of me), but that doesn't stop me. I still looked at my husband and made an absurd statement that this year, that I'm really, REALLY going to try to exercise regularly. Now, this has been a goal of mine literally since high school. And I'm almost 28, so it's beyond sad, since most people manage to do this everyday without fanfare. However, I'm not most people. Nonetheless, I am going to give it a serious go this year, since I've been eating one two many Christmas cookies for too long. I'm also going to try to eat more fruits and veggies. It won't get too crazy though; it might just be simply adding frozen asparagus to a meal of mac and cheese. Small changes though, right?