Riding the Wave

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I’ve been slacking. I know I’ve been slacking. And I know I don’t need to make excuses, but I thought I would just drop by today to let you know that I know blog posts have been a bit intermittent around here — because of work, because of my commute, because of my priorities. And I’m ok with that. But I want to give more to this space, because it makes me truly happy.

It’s just that sometimes you need to spend your weekend being crazy with family — and sometimes after being out of your apartment from pre-7 a.m. ’till post-7 p.m., you just don’t feel like using the last 5 minutes of sunlight you have left to frantically snap outfit photos.

But I love creating recipes and showcasing my favorite trends and chronicling the decorating process in my new apartment — there just sometimes aren’t enough hours in the day. Stay tuned though, there’s lots of good stuff in the works, and I won’t be leaving you hanging as much as I have been lately. Promise.

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10 Things I’ve Learned About Commuting (So Far)


It’s only been a few months so far, and I’m sure it’ll continue to be a balancing act — but I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned about commuting, now that I’m settling into my Baltimore + DC lifestyle. Some people think I’m crazy for making it happen every morning — yes, my commute does clock in around two hours each way, door-to-door — but a job you’re passionate about paired up with a boyfriend and apartment you’re pretty darn set on are pretty good motivation to make it work. So here’s the nitty-gritty:

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Sister Golden + Framebridge | A Giveaway!


So I have two important things to share with you today. Remember last week, when I shared a few behind-the-scenes peeks at how decorating our new apartment has been going? Well today, I want to get into the nitty-gritty a little bit (hint: giveaway ahead).

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It’s All In The Details | Apartment Sneak Peeks

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It’s DEFINITELY still a work in progress, but for the first time (despite promising it with numerous past apartments), I’m actually feeling really great about the décor situation in our new apartment. It’ll be a while before we get it fully into working order (and then I’m sure I’ll keep wanting to change it), but I couldn’t resist sharing a few snippets.

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20 Columbus Day Sale Finds Under $150 (Most Under $50!)

I know, I know. I’m a bad influence. But since I’ve been trying to be really good about not shopping lately — at least not for apparel, since I’m apartment furnishing — I’ve been doing a lot of putting things in the cart and then not checking out. It’s therapeutic, I swear. But then J.Crew Factory and LOFT go and put EVERYTHING at 50% off; and Madewell puts most things at 30% off, and I’m done for.

Seriously though, everything in J.Crew Factory for 50% off. It’s really more about what you’re not getting than what you are.

Happy shopping!

(You can shop the image directly by clicking the items you like or you can peruse below.)

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Coffee Table | Bedside Table: October Reading List

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Two months in a row! I’ve been on more of a reading kick these days what with my new commute, so here’s hoping I can get back into a groove with these posts. Plus, the colder months just sort of welcome extra reading. Light a few candles, grab a comfy throw, pour a glass of wine. Ok, let’s do this.

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A Taco Tailgate with Food Should Taste Good


It’s not every day you get to watch the Ravens AND the Orioles play on the same day! Sure, the Ravens didn’t manage to crank out a win — BUT the Orioles clinched their first American League Championship Series visit in more than 15 years! And what better way to spend a day of watching my favorites than with a taco tailgate? We grabbed Brewer’s Art Birdhouse (the go-to local favorite), the fixins for my go-to mango guacamole, a few bags of Food Should Taste Good multigrain and sweet potato chips, and all the necessities for a fantastic taco assembly line. Oh, and the makings of cowboy caviar. And also sautéed ground beef with bacon (but that was the boyfriend’s territory). Just add close friends and cold beers all around. Pretty great way to spend a Sunday if you ask me. Click through for a few recipes!

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Outfit | Silky Pants and Cropped Tee


What can I say, I’ve been having a moment with statement pants lately! Plus, they kind of match the freshly fallen leaves, right? Who else is excited for the beginnings of that swap-out of wardrobes, those changes in foliage hues, that little edge in the air?

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Art Meets Apartment | Neo-Impressionism + A Dreamy Bedroom

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Six months later and I finally get back around to another Art Meets Apartment post. The timing couldn’t be more perfect though — I’m finally getting into the fun part of being in a new (larger) apartment — the details. I’ve actually already added this amazingly soft organic cotton duvet cover and a pair of these sleek geometric lamps to my bedroom, and I’m thinking these polka dot sheets need to play back up to the other set I ordered to match the duvet. Now to get into the nitty-gritty though.

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Outfit | The Sequined Pants


I kid you not, I’ve been saying I’ll buy a pair of sequined pants for New Years Eve every year for the past three years. But I kept talking myself out it. Until these pants.

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