Millennial Pink Living Room

Although I don’t have a pink living space (yet) I love the way you can really freshen up a space with the all-the-rage shade in a very adult like way. The soft shades of pink have been on the interior decorating market for some time so it’s definitely a trend that’s going to stick around for awhile. When done right, it can act as a neutral or even the pop of color your neutral space needs!

Millennial pink works so well with a cozy, bohemian style. In this mock up I’ve paired a pink slipper chair (super affordable) with a neutral couch and different patterns and materials to give the small space concept some depth and interest while not crowding. If you’re afraid to add in pink via your furniture, try adding in some decorative pieces like the globe, vases, or throw pillows.

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Chair | Sofa | Rug |Coffee Table | Accent Table |

Floor Lamp | Mirror | Globe | Fig Tree | Mongolian Pillow | Rectangle Pillow

 

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Master Bedroom Reveal

Going from a 700 sq ft apartment to a 2100 sq ft row home was a big difference. When we were moving in and transferring boxes from room to room, I literally could not find J anywhere in the house. I called down, no answer. I walked downstairs, no J in sight. We laughed that we passed each other without even noticing! Much different than what we were used to with our one bedroom, one living space apartment! But with the increase of space means more rooms to furnish, which can get a little bit overwhelming, and expensive!

I decided to focus on the  furnishing the living room, dining room, back sun room on the main floor and our Master and Guest Bedroom upstairs. The basement, additional bedroom rooms (which is acting as my closet), and office are on the backburner for now.

All the interior doors in our house are painted black- which I love!!- and the majority of the walls are Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray (SW 7029). We still loved our bedroom furniture so we brought that with to use, and moved in a floor length mirror that we previously had in our apartment hallway. We changed up the bedding, replaced the ceiling fan, bought two new matching nightstands, a rug that would still showcase the original hardwoods, and added some pictures from our Italian honeymoon above our headboard to give our Master a fresh new feel. I’m sure I’ll be tweaking it here and there, re-styling the nightstands, etc. but I am super happy with the outcome! See the progress below!

Staged Master while on the market:

 

My Master Bedroom Design:

 

The finished Master Bedroom:

I bought three of these wall hooks/knobs from CB2. I have two next to my dresser to hang purses that are in my current rotation, and J has one next to his closet to hang up any shirts, belts, etc. It’s a great way to keep things off the floor, avoiding things from piling up!  (These are the small size)

We’re attempting to keep things simple and not over crowd our night stands and dresser tops. A leather catchall is a great way to keep collar stays, pocket squares, and loose change tidy! I’ve also been much better at my night skincare routine now that I’ve been keeping my creams and oils on my night stand. I’ve been loving this Vitamin E oil. Already seeing a difference in my skin!

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Fall Shopping List

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I totally should not be shopping for clothes right now after doing a major furniture purchasing spree, but I just can’t help myself when it comes to big seasonal changes like Fall. The rich colors, thicker fabrics, and opportunity to layer has me all sorts of excited. I’ve tried to buy strategic pieces 1. Because it’ll help keep my bank account at a whimper instead all out screaming at me and 2. I don’t have the closet space anymore so I need to purchase items that are classics and able to be mixed and matched.
After many seasons of watching this J.Crew camel blazer, I finally pulled the trigger. I’m excited to style throughout the different seasons but especially for this Fall. I’m thinking jeans and white tee for the weekends and paired with these forest green pants & a blouse for work! I’ve been loving the newsboy cap trend right now. There are some super cute & affordable ones out there right now (like this ASOS one!) and if you’re unsure of the look, you can always give your baseball cap an upgrade with this cool one!
P.S. This scarf is under $10 & comes in three different patterns!

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Save vs Splurge – Chandelier Edition

 

While our almost 100 year old row home is in great condition, and it’s evident the previous owners really took care of it, there was one major thing that they did that completely bugs the heck out of me. (Even more so than the dated kitchen appliances!) They bought fans and light fixtures that are completely the wrong size – either entirely too big for the rooms, hanging down too low, or just plain ugly. I don’t know if it was what was on sale or if their taste is really that different than what mine is, but I knew switching out light fixtures and fans were a top priority!

Since we just recently settled on and purchased a dining table, my search for a chandelier and wall sconces are in full force! (I can’t wait to get rid of the fan they put over the dining table. Talk about cold food!) Here’s the first “Save vs Splurge” post rounding up some really pretty chandeliers & pendants to hang over your dining table! It’s amazing that if you want a certain look for a certain price, it’s out there! Or if you want to splurge because you know it’ll just make the room – go for it! Either way, pick the one that you love because lighting really makes or breaks a room!

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Home Sweet Home

If you’ve watched my instagram stories recently you might have noticed I’ve driven by a certain house a couple of times. Although it’s been a quick 30 days, some days it has felt like years waiting to finally announce that… J & I bought a house!

It was a looong journey. Starting in February, we toured over 60 houses, spent many weekends popping into Open Houses, and made FOUR offers. (Almost 5 but we pulled out the last second.) The D.C. Market is CRAZY! We got really good knowing which days and times to check for new listings, got to explore different areas of the city, and figured out just how much of a “project” we were looking to take on. Some of the houses were eye sores but in a great location, others we wouldn’t have to lift a finger, but we’d be far away from the action. After losing out on some of the homes, I was sad. And angry. But looking back now, I’m so happy we lost those other offers. They were great homes, and I hope that good people are making them into a home, but man am I glad that we were available for this one. This was meant to be our house and I knew it the minute I found it on Redfin. (No joke.)

I cannot wait to share my decorating ideas, before & after pictures, and homeowner adventures with you all through C’s Collection. I’m excited to embrace the original details and charm this house, learn how to be a little handier, and maybe even try out my green thumb. I have a feeling it’s going to be a really fun journey ahead!

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Mezquiri

I always thought that Daiquiris were the frozen syrupy drinks that make your head feel like it’s going to pop off when you wake up the next morning. Quickly I would skip over the Daiquiri on the menu while out sipping at cocktail bars deeming the Daiquiri ‘not worthy’ of being served at cocktail bars… until a couple weeks ago. I don’t know if it was because cold weather was lingering just a little too long & I had found myself wishing for a tropical drink or what, but J and I went to Church & State, a cocktail bar in the H Street Corridor that serves “All American” cocktails with homemade syrups and mixes.Thanks to their Daiquiri, I’m now singing a different tune.

Also, the Daiquiri also might be the simplest cocktail out there to mix up so all you “I’m not a mixologist” drinkers out there, you too can whip this up and impress your friends. Serve it with some tacos or if you’re feeling really sassy, swap out the traditional base, Aged Rum, with the smoky cousin of tequila- mezcal! I can’t wait to play around more with this recipe now that warm weather has made it’s arrival!

Here’s the recipe I came up with for the birth of the Mezquiri…

The Mezquiri | makes one cocktail

2 ounces Mezcal (I prefer Vida)
1 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1 lime wheel, for garnish

1) In a cocktail shaker, combine the mezcal, lime juice and simple syrup.
2) Fill the shaker with ice; cap and shake for 15 seconds.
3) Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with the lime wheel. Serve immediately.

C’s Note: If you’re taking my recommendation and serving with tacos, try this recipe for Green Chile & Tomatillo Chicken tacos! You can garnish with cotija cheese & some thin jalapeno slices. Cheers!

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Girls Night In

Girls Night In

TGIF!! J has been traveling a little the last couple of weeks and as much as I miss him, I have to admit, sometimes it’s nice to have a night to yourself to put on your face mask with no judgement, slip into something more comfortable than work clothes, and light your favorite candle before settling into a night of trashy tv with a {large} glass of wine! And in case you didn’t know, it is Rosé season so to celebrate why don’t you just pour yourself two big glasses! 😉 (I love this Rosé & this Sparkling Rosé! Both are under $15)

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite girls night in things… A cute little PJ set (love this one too), Diptyque candles, lip scrubs that you’ll want to eat, and Sephora’s eye and face masks. I plan to this Pearl eye mask this weekend so I’ll report back what I think about it!

What are your favorite things to do on your night in?

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Wedding Video

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Today marks 5 months since we tied the knot! Honestly it feels like it was just yesterday! …And then there’s some days it feels like we’ve been married for so much longer! We’re probably definitely still in the honeymoon phase. I still getting confused on what last name to use, we have a “date night” every 5th of the month, and I think married life is the best!

While honeymooning in Italy we couldn’t stop recalling fun stories and events that happened on our wedding day. At the very end of our honeymoon we got a sneak peek of some wedding photos. It was the best way to keep the newlywed excitement high. When we returned home I was anxiously awaiting our completed wedding video and the rest of our photos. When our video arrived in my inbox a couple weeks later I couldn’t stop watching it! I’ve never played something on repeat so much!

It’s so fun watching and reliving our wedding day festivities. Seeing all of our family and friends together having a great time and everyone’s dance moves makes me laugh. The wedding day flies by so fast, but the video takes me back to having the best feeling in the world! I still can feel the giddiness of walking down that aisle! I hope you all enjoy watching our wedding video and in case you missed it, you can view some of our wedding photos here!


Photography, Voyage Photography @rachelsimon | Videography, D.P. Weddings |Venue, Historic Rockland Manor | Bride’s Dress, Enzoani via Love Couture Bridal | Brides’s Shoes, Jimmy Choo | Catering, Country Lane Catering |Band, The Bachelor Boys | Rentals, Capital Classic Rentals | Bridesmaid Dresses, J.Crew, Dessy, Show Me Your Mumu, Jenny Yoo, Asos, Joanna August | Hair, Flow Blow Dry & Beauty Bar | Groom & Groomsmen Suit, Tommy Hilfiger | Groom Vest, John Varvatos | Groom & Groomsmen Tie, The Tie Bar

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London Bits ‘n Bobs

Churchill Arms London
© London News Pictures. 26/07/2013 . London, UK. Gerry O’Brien, landlord of the Churchill Arms on Kensington Church road, West London, waters the flowers on his pub on a summers day. Gerry, who has been the landlord of the CHurchill Arms for 30 years, spends 2 weeks every year planting the flowers which are watered twice a day.

{via / Photo credit : Ben Cawthra/LNP}

In just over a month we will be off to explore London! I’ve recently been watching The Crown on Netflix to get me in the right state of mind and it has me itching to hop over the pond now! (If you haven’t seen The Crown, I highly recommend it!) We have our flights & hotel booked but nothing else other than a few super touristy things on our list to do! We’re staying in Soho at Hazlitts which I can’t wait to see in person. From the look of it [& reviews] I have high expectations of it being a super charming, quintessential London boutique hotel! We’ve tossed around the idea of heading out of the city after a few days of exploring to Cotswold or Bath but haven’t decided on that quite yet…

If you’ve been to London, from London, live in London, or just have some London Bits ‘n Bobs to share, we’d love (love!) to hear them!

  1. What are the “can’t miss” spots?
  2. Favorite restaurants and/or pubs?
  3. Is high tea worth the price tag?
  4. Do you have any day-trip recommendations?
  5. And most importantly….What should I buy from Harrods?! 😉

 

I’ve done a bit of shopping for the trip too… Here’s a few things I’ve picked up to pack…

 

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Finesse

I  have always been about the high low mix. My wardrobe, accessories, and beauty products including my choice of Shampoo and Conditioners. I’m pretty lucky that I have fairly easy hair to manage since it isn’t super dry, it isn’t thin or crazy curly. I have medium length, medium to heavy weight, wavy hair. If I let my hair air dry then it’s wavy. If I blow dry it, it will stay straight. If I curl it, it holds curls pretty darn well. BUT, it’s important to me that I’m treating my hair just as well as I’m treating my skin, because hair is one of those things that if you neglect it long enough, it will rebel!

Back in the October 2016 Allure issue, Kendall Jenner shared that she uses Finesse and got the tip from Kim Kardashian who had been using Finesse for years! Now, I’m no big Kardashian superfan but you can’t deny that those girls have their beauty routine nailed down. Beautiful makeup, flawless looking skin, and always shiny locks. I couldn’t believe it… millionaires who would have NO problem shoving out $50 a bottle were opting for a Shampoo and Conditioner that were under five bucks. Since Finesse was definitely working for them, I had to see if Finesse was going to work on my hair too. So I opted to try out the Finesse ® Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner to help combat the harsh winter’s impact. Just three to five washes later I could see a difference! My hair felt lighter, softer, and my split ends weren’t showing up as fast! When I was blowdrying my hair I had less frizz and flyaways, not to mention the price was making my wallet (and husband) happy! I’m sure I’ll continue to “try” new Shampoos and Conditioners out throughout my life, but in the meantime I’m loving that I’ve found my new go-to! (Plus, Finesse is showing up in significantly more stores this year — including over 3,400 Walmart stores, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and more priced around $1.99 – $3.99!) So morale of the story is… give Finesse ® Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner a shot! Your hair will thank you!

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