Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Nightstand options on a budget

Next furniture piece on the list is two nightstands. I keep toying with whether or not I want them to match or just flow, offering some different texture/style to the bedroom. I have found a few options that fit my taste.
C2B proof nightstand:
Overstock.com Nailhead Espresso end Table Trunk:

Pottery Barn Mirrored bedside Table (love this one, but might be out of the budget!):

In the bedroom...

In 2 months and 1 week I am moving into my (I should say our) new apartment with my boyfriend. I am super excited to be starting my "adult" life and I am now on the hunt for super cute pieces to buy for the place. We just bought this couch from West Elm. We had been looking for a couple months and decided to head to the store in downtown Boston to check in out, as in literally lie down on it to make sure we could see ourselves spending countless hours watching Dexter.

So we got the couch above in brown. We ended up buying two and a ottoman. One was just too small and I like to sprawl out as much as possible.Its great- the back cushions are not attached so you can change them around anyway you want- its like having a new couch every time! It's actually the size of a full twin bed- perfect for a last minute sleepover or a very comfy movie night! Oh did I forget to mention, we bought floor models?? 60% off every piece- what is better than that!?

Saving with coupon codes

I would say over the last 2 years I have done about 75% of my shopping online. The main reason is time. I hate spending my weekends (especially in the summer) stuck indoors. My weeknights are for lots of pup time and hitting the gym. So hence my high rate of online purchasing.
As I think more about shopping online I have really noticed I save more. These days with all of the deal sites, retailmenot has been my most reliable and successful one yet. Every single time I order something online I just Google the name of the store followed by coupons and take a few minutes to test a few, typically I always find one that works!
Another great way to save on online orders is to sign up for emails, they usually always have discounts every few weeks or even a first time purchase discount if you are new to the site!
Happy shopping!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

What to do with your hair in this heat!

I love summer but when it comes to having long, sometimes frizzy hair its hard to manage in the heat. Typically I just let it air dry and call it a day, but that gets boring and sometimes does not look that great so here are some easy and fun trends I have been spotting!

What to wear to an outdoor concert

I am a huge, huge music fan and this summer I have quite a few shows to attend. I always want to look cute but be able to jump around and be comfortable throughout the evening. Here are a few outfits I put together that would be perfect options for this venue....

Rah Rah Sandal
$53 - modcloth.com
More sandals »

Summer beach totes on a budget

I have been searching for the perfect beach tote for the past 2 summers now. Last year I ended up purchasing an adorable one at the J. Crew outlet for about $20. The problem is, it barely holds anything, mainly a book, lotion and a water, I have had to squeeze my towel and magazines in there every time! So its now time to purchase a new tote that can carry everything from trashy magazines to a 6 pack! :)