Decor

art prints

August 13, 2016

A few days ago I shared this post where I shared some photos of our new apartment. You can clearly see from those photos that we are in serious need of some art on our walls! I’ve gathered a few (affordable) art prints that I’m loving and considering for our new apartment.
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1/ by Shannon Kristen via Minted
2/ by Compose rose Photography via Minted
3/ by Trine Struwe via Leif
4/ via Leif
5/ by David Ehrenstrahle via My Guide To
6/ by Clare Elsaesser via Etsy
7/ by Tina Crespo via Urban Outfitters
8/ by MB Captured via Society6
9/ by Wendy Laurel via Eventide Collective
10/ by Eva Jorsensen via Sycamore Street Press
11/ by Kristina Sostarko via Inaluxe

Which one is your favorite??

xox, e

 

fashion

To Choker or Not to Choker?

August 11, 2016

How do you feel about the choker-trend? I can’t decide if I love it or if it’s too 90s for me. Did you rock one of those plastic, elastic chokers in the 90s? I was all about those in elementary school.

Lately I’ve been seeing chokers all over the place. I’m surprised by how chic I think they look. Here’s some inspiration:

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I love this one, but $78 for a trendy choker? No thanks.

Here are some other options from Asos that are a bit more affordable:
Double strand leather-look for $8
Similar to the Free People choker but for $35
Pack of 3 velvet chokers for $16

So what are your thoughts? Would you wear it?

xox, e

 

Decor

Minneapolis Apartment

August 10, 2016

Hello from Minneapolis! We’ve been here for just about a week now and we’ve been busy exploring our new ‘hood. We’re in the North Loop by so many great coffee shops and restaurants.. like The Bachelor Farmer and Parlour. We’re also just two blocks from the Mississippi River (who else had no idea that the Mississippi River was in Minnesota?!) so we’ve been biking along the trails and enjoying the water.

We love our apartment and it’s now officially box-free. We still need to hang most things on the wall, but I thought I’d share a few photos of the apartment with you, and an inspiration board I put together of how I hope our apartment looks and feels once it’s complete.

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This is our main living space. It’s pretty spacious and our entire apartment has concrete floors throughout, which I really like. All the walls are painted white, which I’m also really into. Normally I would crave a bit more color, but right now I’m loving the simplicity that’s happening in our apartment. It feels really clean and minimal. I’m hoping to get more hung on the walls (note the few things on the floor in the corner) but besides that (and maybe adding a few more plants #obvi) I think this room is pretty much done.

This is what the other side of the room looks like..living roomLike I said, the walls need to be decorated!

Here’s a peek at our bedroom..
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It’s quite a bit smaller than the bedroom that we had in Chicago, but I actually really like the size. It feels cozy and I think we’ll be better at keeping it tidy since it’s pretty small. So far, we’ve made the bed every morning! #progressIMG_3172

This is just a quick snap of my dresser. In Chicago, this baby was COVERED in pictures, makeup, jewelry, etc. Luckily our apartment now has a bathroom with a lot of storage space, so I’m keeping my makeup and jewelry off my dresser table. I love how simple my dresser is now. With just my mirror (that was thrifted and I painted gold), fresh wild flowers that I picked at the Minneapolis farmer’s market, my favorite photo of my sister and me, and a ceramic bowl I made last year holding my everyday jewelry. I love how minimal it is. The less clutter, the better.

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There’s a lot of cabinet space, which I love! We need to add a few more barstool chairs (how do you feel about having mismatched chairs? I think I’m into the idea..) There’s a lot of birchwood going on here, so I like the idea of adding more color (or more white, really) to change it up. I’m open to ideas if you have ’em!!IMG_3194

I love the hood over our oven.

Here’s the view out our living room window.. I love how large the windows are in the space

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And finally, here’s the mood board I put together for some home decor inspo:Apartment Moodboard

The three words that I want to describe our apartment are:
Minimal
Cozy
Warm

I hope you like seeing the beginning stages of our apartment! I will definitely share more once we’ve added more!

xoxo, e

Life / Uncategorized

5 Books To Read This Summer

June 28, 2016

There are so many good books that have come out recently, it’s almost overwhelming and I always seem to make a reading list that is far too long for the amount that I actually read. I have the best of intentions when making my reading lists, but then I’m disappointed in myself when a year goes by and I’ve only crossed a few books of the list. So, this year, I’m setting appropriate expectations for myself. There are five books that I’m dying to read right now (two of which I’ve already started). And I know that I’ll be able to cross these babies off well before Labor Day. Here’s what I’ll be reading this summer:
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Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It
This year marks the ten year anniversary of the phenomenal book Eat Pray Love. Eat Pray Love is one of my all-time favorites, so I knew I had to pick up this gem in honor of the ten year anniversary. The book is comprised of true stories of people that were inspired to change their lives because of Elizabeth Gilbert’s incredible memoir. I just picked this book up and I’m already enjoying it so much.

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This book has been getting so much hype, I keep seeing reviews everywhere for it. Most of them raving. The story is about a teenager who is drawn to a cult in the 1960s, inspired by Charles Manson. I hear it’s gritty and dark, but also that it’s so good.

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Let It Out
If you read my latest post, you know that I’ve been journaling daily for the past few weeks. It’s been such a help for the busy, anxiety-inducing changes that are happening in my life. Around the time I started journaling, I randomly came across Katie Dalebout’s Podcast. I don’t know exactly why I started listening, or how I found it, but I think it was fate. Katie just wrote a book all about journaling and its benefits. I picked it up last week and I’ve been loving it so far.

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The Nest
Who doesn’t love a story about a dysfunctional family? This book tells the story of the Plumb family. The eldest brother blows the collective inheritance, resulting in the four siblings actually having to communicate with one another after years of not speaking. If you need a book that contains a character you can root for, this might not be for you. But otherwise I hear it’s a page turner.

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One True Loves
Sometimes you just need a good love story. This one is similar to the plot of Cast Away, but the Tom Hanks character comes home right before the love of his life marries another man. I think this one will be a bit cheesy, but a perfect guilty pleasure summer read.

What is on your reading list this summer? I always love to hear what other people are reading! Leave a comment and let me know.

xo, erica

Life

hey, hello. how are you?

June 23, 2016

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Woah. It’s been awhile. How the heck are you? I have been bussssy with a capital B. And I know it’s maybe uncouth to talk about how busy you are, but just let me be that annoying friend for a sec, okay?

Work blew up and a week-long trip to New York was at the center of it all. Shorty after work blew up, life did the same. We’re in the beginning stages of putting together the pieces for our move to Minneapolis. Which I don’t think I’ve mentioned on the blog before. So, SURPRISE! We’re moving! All the emotions are happening over here. Overwhelming excitement for a new adventure but also fear for the unknown. As of right now we don’t know where we’ll be living and I have no idea what I’ll be doing for work. Luckily Sam and I are going to Minnesota this weekend to look at places (I think we have seven apartment tours on Saturday.. holy moly). It’ll feel so nice to cross “find a place to live so you aren’t homeless” off the to-do list.

So, yeah, things are a-changin’ over here. But it’s all good and I hope it doesn’t come across like I’m complaining. Because seriously, how lucky am I to go on an adventure with the person I love most in a fun, new city ? The answer is so lucky.

Along with all these changes unfortunately (for me) comes anxiety. You’d think that I’d have this whole moving thing under control by now, considering I’ve moved to a new city about five times in the past ten years, starting with moving from Vermont to Park City at 16. But even though after that initial move, all the moves I’ve made have been my choice, it doesn’t get any easier. And I’m starting to think that maybe subconsciously I get so anxious about these big changes because I had such a terrible time with the first move and I fear that I’ll have the same experience all over again. Even though I know that’s not possible. The mind, man.. sometimes it’s so hard to control it.

For the past month or so, my anxiety has looked like a lot of different things. It’s looked like extreme sensitivity. It’s looked like wanting to spend a lot of time alone. It’s looked like grinding my teeth so much that I wake up to a jaw that is so stiff and achey.

But something has changed over the past week and it’s kind of so crazy simple that I need to talk about it.

So before the whole “work blew up” bit, back in like March, I was in a really great routine of meditating and journaling. I would wake up about 30 minutes earlier than I normally would every morning and meditate for 15 minutes and write in my journal. Usually jotting down what I’m grateful for and the goals I have for the day. Before bed, I would do the same. I had this routine for about six weeks and I felt so great. My head was clear. My relationship with Sam was better. My relationship with myself was better (eye-roll, I know. But it’s true).

But then, along came the shit storm that was May and June and away went all those good practices. I felt like I had no time to do those healthy things for myself.

But then about a week ago, I decided to get back into my healthy routine. I’ve been meditating and journaling daily and I truly believe that because I take 30 minutes to do these two simple things every day, my mood and headspace is incredibly better. I’m calmer, more understanding, less antsy. And although I am still in the thick of making these huge decisions and life-changes, I feel good. Which is definitely not how I would have described my mood a month ago. And although I may still be busy (aren’t we all) I’m now able to handle it much more gracefully.

It’s wild that when we’re in the midst of so much anxiety we stop doing the simple things that can calm our minds and help us navigate through the change and uncertainty.

So, yeah, that’s basically what’s been going on. I’m hoping that I can update more on here and keep you posted on the move. It feels good to blog, and making the time for things that fill me up is so important. I hope you’re taking the time too! You’re never too busy to do what’s best for your mental health.

xo, erica

main photo via: http://shannonkirsten.blogspot.com/

Decor

5 Home Goods Stores You May Not Know About

May 4, 2016

I think homewares is my favorite thing to shop for, even more than clothing. There’s something so nice about adding a new item to your home. It’s something that you will see and/or use every single day. You can make a space completely your own by adding a few extra goodies.
It’s great.
I have spent a good amount of time online “window” shopping for home goods and over my tenure I’ve compiled a list of go-to places for inspiration. These 5 stores are a bit more under the radar, so I thought I’d share them with you and show you a few of my favorite things that they sell.

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Where are some of your favorite shops for home goods? I always love to know!

xox, E