Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Moving Tips

My life has recently centered around making plans (moving plans, workshop plans, our next living situation and decorating ideas, plans to travel to CA for my brother's wedding, and wedding plans of our own!) It's a little exhausting, and I'm really excited for the days when we get to breath out a big sigh of relief. But since I am going through moving right now, I thought I would give you my best moving tips. Please add to them in the comments-- I'm all ears!

1. Start Early! 

I knew what a stressful process moving was (I've done it quite a bit!) so I knew I needed to start really early in order to stay calm ;) About 3 weeks before moving out, I started cleaning out all my closets and decluttering. That brings me to my next point!

2. Declutter & Perge!

There's nothing I love more than decluttering; possibly to a fault. My fiance has to remind me not to be wasteful. For some reason I love going through my closet at the end of each season and giving away clothes I haven't worn that year. I find great joy in throwing away papers and things that are of no use anymore, and going through a closet only to have a few items return. Going through all my clothes, closets, drawers, and cupboards was the best thing I did prior to packing.

3. Be as Organized as Possible.

In order to make the UNpacking less chaotic, I made sure to label my boxes really clearly. I was also conscience of only putting things that grouped well together in one box. So all kitchen stuff went in their own boxes, while all bathroom stuff went in another box. I labeled the outside with the room it will go in, then even wrote a few of the things in the box under that. Since I have 3 weeks before I get to move into the new place, this will be really helpful!

4. Remind Yourself this is a Process.

Something I did not do well last time I moved (the big move from CA to MI) was thinking that everything needed to be done and perfectly decorated ASAP. This time around, I'm going to remember that it's a process, and give grace to myself and my fiance in the moving process. I want to take a lot of time to thoughtfully think of where art and our decor should go, and also think intentionally about what new pieces we will need. This is going to be our first place together once we're husband and wife, so I want it to reflect McCann's style as well. Should be interesting fun ;) This does not have to be done overnight. In fact, it shouldn't be!

If you're interested, this post talks about my slow decorating process and journey.

What moving tips have you learned through the years?!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Goodbye, First Apartment!

It's been bittersweet over here the past few weeks, as I mentioned on Friday that I moved out of my apartment. It's been the only thing that has been "mine" during my two years in Michigan. While I still consider "home" in California, this was my home away from home. The first place I decorated all on my own, the first place I hosted guests, the place we spent many nights watching movies, having deep conversations, laughing, crying. I will always remember this apartment as the place I lived when I fell in love with my future husband! 

With moving out comes a lot of packing, discarding junk, and getting organized. It's been a long few weeks!! So, what's next?! 

For the next few weeks I'll be living with McCann's mom, then I will move into our beautiful new apartment in mid-May! I can't WAIT to show you. I'll live in the apartment until we get married in September, then McCann will move in :) I've been told by him that I'll need to make the new place a little less feminine...we'll see about that ;) Just kidding! I have a few ways to work with what I already have to turn it into a bit more masculine of a look. Stay tuned!

As a way to say goodbye to me current place, I'm posting some of my favorite pictures of it from my Style Me Pretty home feature! 

Beautiful photos by Ashley Slater Photography 

DETAILS | Curtains (LOVE!) / Headboard / Bedding / Nightstand / Dresser & Mirror: thrifted /Accent Floral Pillows / Curtain Tie Back / Beautiful Morning print / Floral print / Goodnight Wire Sculpture /  Rug / Lamp / Towels / Bath Mat / Floral Painting / Shower Curtain / Wire Rack / Bar Cart: World Market | I Choose Joy print: Parris Chic Boutique | Bookshelf: 55 Downing Street | Cake Plate:Anthropologie | Chalkboard: World Market | Chandelier: World Market | Coffee Table: Lulu & Georgia | Couch: Pottery Barn | Couch Pillows: Custom by Michaela Noelle Designs | Desk: Vintage | Dining Chairs: 55 Downing Street | Dining Room Buffet: Bluedoor Antiques | Dining Table: Custom  | EAT Letters: Anthropologie | Gallery Wall Art: Minted | Gold Curtains: Crate & Barrel | Gold Pouf: Lulu & Georgia | Gold Tray: World Market | Metal Plaques: Pottery Barn (similar) | Tea Time Print: Lily & Val | Wood Sign: House of Belonging

So long first apartment-- you've been good to me! Can't wait for the next adventure.



Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Finds: 20% off Jeans + More Spring Faves

This Friday is a crazy one. You see, today I'm moving out of my apartment that I've lived in for two years here in Michigan. Who knew you could acquire so much stuff in just two years?! I've been throwing out junk, organizing, and packing for almost 3 weeks now. I can't wait to move into my new apartment in a few weeks, but for now I'm living with my future mother-in-law (the new lease didn't quite line up, so that's why there's a bit of a gap in the timing!) The move couldn't have come at a worse time, as I leave on Sunday for Bloom Bash Florida, but it all got done nonetheless.

Anyways, on to our Friday Finds!

1. Anthropologie: 25% additional off sale + 20% off full price jeans. A good pair of jeans is the best investment, in my opinion. I've had a few pairs of jeans since my first year of college and they're still going strong! Here are my favorite styles:

Don't forget to check out tops under $50 on the sale rack, because you also get the additional 25% off!

2. LOFT: 40% off on spring arrivals! This is one of my very favorite places to shop. Cute, simple and affordable! I love all their basic tees and tanks. I also just bought this black romper (in a XS petite) and I ADORE it!

That's all for this week :) Happy Weekend!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Favorite Mother's Day Cards

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I'm a huge gift lover-- whether giving or receiving, I absolutely LOVE picking out cards and gifts. Are you familiar with the 5 Love Languages? If so, you'll realize mine is "gifts" ;) My mom always loved me really well in this area. When I was younger and would go to camp, she would pack my bag full of notes, cards and little gifts I got to open throughout my week away (I hated camp! ha!) My first year of college, she had all my friends and family write me a card and wrap a small gift for me to open each day for the first few MONTHS of school. It was such a blessing!

Because of this, I always have the best time picking out Mother's Day cards (and the actual present, too!) I rounded up a few of the prettiest cards I could find. Chalkboard backgrounds, lots of florals, rose gold calligraphy-- there's something for everyone. Most of these cards I think are beautiful enough to frame! Don't forget to check my Mother's Day Gift Ideas right here.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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