Friday, January 16, 2015

Home Goods Haul

Happy Friday!!

Today I’m sharing photos from my recent TJ Maxx Home Goods haul! (I guess that's what happens when B goes on a work trip and my credit card rolls over.) Shopping at Home Goods can take some digging since it’s like the Forever 21 of housewares and decorative items but sometimes you can uncover treasures! Lately I’ve been inspired to help our house get to a more comfortable and cute state. It’s about time considering we’ve been living in the same house for almost four years, but I somehow always think of it as our new house. Probably because most spaces are minimal (barren). I think that’s part of our aesthetic though, more of a minimalistic/modern/lack of color kind of home. Some people probably find that style to be cold but it’s my fave :P.

I would link my items but I don’t think that’s how Home Goods rolls. Each store is pretty unique too in terms of stock, but that’s what makes it fun. Also, I went photo crazy so the last three items are not from Home Goods :D


{ plastic container for makeup! }


{ Vase - iridescent in real life }


{ mini globe }


{ this guy didn't have a matching pair but I'm gonna need to keep my eyes out }


{ I am obsessed with this lamp and it was kind of the inspiration behind it all }


{ faux sheepskin ruggy rug }


{ these tulips have my heart }


{ My mom gave me this terrarium, so pretty, from the Mission Viejo mall }



{ a little Canadian treat from B }

Happy Weekend !!

XOXO,
A

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Boots ! etc.

I love a good bargain and I've been on the hunt for over-the-knee boots. I felt like most of the ones I've seen are black suede and maybe I’m just partial to shiny black leather but the suede wasn't doing it for me. One day I’ll venture into the world of brown but for now it’s black all day every day! I struggled to find a pair that I liked besides my fave Stuart Weitzman boots ($635.. ::rolls eyes::). AND THEN I found the Franco Sarto boots on Nordi’s Rack. They are on sale at $59!!!!! Normally $179, talk about an insane steal. How could I not buy them and they hug my calves in all the right places. I’m obsessed and I almost went to bed with them on like when I was five. I hope to do an ootd post with them soon but for now, check out the similarities:


(Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boot, as seen here)


(Franco Sarto Motor Boot, as seen here)

PS - Quick note on Christmas, I hope yours was great! I've eaten enough for three people and I'm not pregnant with twins but really quick I wanted to share B's gift to me. We always pick out each other's gifts, which we decided was super unromantic, so this year he surprised me and the man did good. I've been wanting a wallet for a little while and he found the perfect one at Burberry. Keeping with the black theme of the day, check it out:


(Here is the link)



(love!)

Happy New Year! 

XOXO,
A



Friday, December 5, 2014

O A H U

Yay!! I finished with school! Happy to be back to my abandoned blog. I almost forgot how to maneuver around this thing. ;)

I’m excited to be back because I have so many ideas for posts and maybe even videos!!! I realized my favorite blogs have video tutorials and vlogs and I want to venture into the world of YouTube but I worry that my videos will be boring. But oh well since a lot of the videos I like are kinda boring but I them anyway.

Also, I never intended for this to become a travel log but that’s what I did most recently so oh well here goes again. We went to Hawaii around Thanksgiving and it was the best! It was one of those “OK I’ll just stay here forever & drink out of coconuts & be a beached whale & put flowers in my hair & eat pineapple for 3 meals a day” kind of trips. I was a first timer renting a car and my dream of driving a white car was shattered once again when the two men in front of me snatched them. White is apparently very popular for Alamo drivers in Oahu. I ended up with a black bug that I tentatively named “Herbie” but then scratched that due to the Lindsay Lohan reference and was on my way. Let’s back up. The week prior was a whirlwind of rough work days and 2 finals for school. For a week straight I wasn’t sleeping too good and then I hobbled onto a plane filled with kids. I then drank wine and watched two $8 movies in a row so as you can imagine I was feeling super, as in not super, by the time we landed. I was a lone wolf traveler since B had been there for a week already for work.

So Herbie black bug and I made our way out of the rental car place and were greeted by the red light jungle that is driving in Oahu and it took 30+ minutes just to exit the airport. That was an interesting topper to my crazy week but once I settled into the condo I was good to go! Actually, you know how it’s an adjustment to go from craziness to relaxation mode? The next day I spent the whole morning organizing every inch of my stuff, like bathing suits go here, hair ties go there, in like a weird OCD manner. I think it took a full 24 hours of doing nothing to unwind. From there on out it was beaches, hikes, shopping and good food! Here’s a few of my favorite pics:


[ the most beautiful sunsets right outside our place ]


 [ Makapua'a Lighthouse Trail, south end of Oahu ]


[ this thing was huge! ]


[ me day one, trying to relax ]


[ the view from the other side of the trail, also known as GorgLand, USA ]


[ totally. ]


[ windayy ]



[ on the way out ;( ]



XOXO,
A



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Weekend Getaway

It's been too long!  I started taking HR classes in January and between that and work I feel like I have very little time to myself so it's hard but I'm trucking along!  I'm on track to finish classes in December '14, woo woo.  There will be a celebration on that day - OKAY.  Anywhoo, Brian and I did find time to escape this past weekend to Monterey, one of my fave places ever.  We stayed at the Sprindrift Inn, which is largely why this is a favorite place of mine.  It is right on the water so it's worth it to pitch in a little extra for the ocean view room - it is Gorg.  All rooms have a fireplace and the bed and pillows are amazing - overall it's so romantic I can't say enough good things.  One night we were wondering where to eat and Brian goes up to the front desk and is all like "Where is the best fish 'n chips around here?" They recommended a little fish market called Sea Harvest which was around the corner from our hotel - we didn't have to use our car once all weekend, so nice.  He of course ordered the fish n chips and I got the crab cakes - so fresh and good...I wish it wasn't 350 miles away from home.  I have a special place in my heart for aquariums, and the one in Monterey is so fun.  Obviously sea otters are the big draw and amazingly we saw more sea otters from our hotel room than we did at the aquarium.  They are heart melters but I just read an article and the author described them as "the douchebags of the sea" - apparently they are not as cute and cuddly as they appear.

I feel as though my blog is turning into a travel log of mine so I will get back to the fashion soon!  Enjoy the pics. xxo


[ Oh, hi! ]


[ The way there - we battled a little rain in LA but otherwise it was perfect, cloudy and misty and NO cars on the road ]



[ A fan favorite - everyone was taking pics of this guy, the Sunfish ]


[ The view from our room ]


[ The jellies at the aquarium are amazing ]


[ Not to be confused with an alien spaceship ]
[ Brian took some amazing videos of these jellies, seen on IG: @hiddennotice ]


[ P.S. - A helpful addition to my blog - B got me a computer for an early birthday present.  Shock and awe!  He did good, to say the least. ]


Friday, November 22, 2013

Vegz

So Vegz - I had so much fun on this trip with my mom, aunt and sis.  We hit Chippendale's the buffets, Blackjack tables, slot machines (obviously), the pool, spa, and barely stepped outside for non-recycled air.  I think my personal fave was accidentally pushing the "max bet" button on the video poker and losing $100 on one hand.  Swoops.

I ♥ The Mirage

drinky drinks

The weather was perf... in November, who knew?

Faves.

$4.80 - jackpot!!


Have the best weekend ever.  I will be doing nothing since I'm still recovering... :P

XOXO

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

la la land

So I have two fun trips to give an update on - I will start with LA since that one was first.  We went to the Nine Inch Nails concert for B's birthday and I surprised him with a stay at the Ritz Carlton!  He was shocked and so were the parking attendants when I pulled up in my 2004 Jetta, LOL.  They were all very friendly once they realized we were actually staying there and offered us champagne at the front desk.  They also upgraded us to a suite for no particular reason and we had the most amazing view, including but not limited to, the "Hollywood" sign, the Staples Center, lots of freeways, and a smoggy sunset.  My photos do not do it justice.  Also -  I discovered I am not so much a fan of NIN but the concert was still fun.


Bathtub IN the shower!

TV IN the mirror!

Our view - we could see the peeps heading into the venue

Interesting lightshow at the concert


Pretty entryway into the room


Excuse the Tarjay dressing room - my dress for the evening - $30 !


Coming soon - photos of my super duper fun girls trip to Vegas.  Have a good week!!!!
XO

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Celeb Picks

I love how Singer22.com posts pics of famous peeps wearing items from their website.  Why is it that a piece of clothing becomes that much cooler and more desirable once a fashion forward lady celeb has worn it??  I'm marinating on that but meanwhile here are some fun looks.  

(The item that can be purchased on Singer22 is listed below each pic.)


[ Donna Mizani Passion Dress as seen on Joanna Krupa ]


[ Frame Denim Skinny Jean as seen on Doutzen Kroes ]


[ LnA Ribbed Tank as seen on Megan Fox ]


[ Ragdoll Cropped Tee as seen on Rosie Huntington-Whitely ]


[ Rails flannel as seen on Lea Michelle ]


[ Superga sneakers as seen on Allesandra Ambrosio ]

Have a great week - I hope it's a speedy one!  Brian and I are going to LA for a concert on Friday and I'm way excited about it!


XOXO,
A