A coffee table is the anchor of any living area as it brings in various colors, textures, and elements from the room. In our case, I went with a simple West Elm coffee table that looked sleek in our fairly modern apartment yet cozy. When styling the table, I didn't want to over do it since the last thing A would want is to knock over anything fragile while putting his feet up. I went for a layered look incorporating the neutrals of the room with a pop of soft blues and greens.
1. Coffee table books are probably my favorite item to decorate with. I've collected them over the years and have them everywhere. I particularly love the book on natural histories we have because it came from one of my favorite NYC museums, The Museum of Natural History.
2. Trays. Trays add a really nice layered look to any table and are so easy to find.
3. Candles. I actually never light candles because fire immensely freaks me out, but I love the cozy look and pretty packaging.
4. Decor items. I don't believe in overdoing it with decor items. A simple brass urchin, zebra, marble coasters, and fun matches were all that were needed to finish off the look.
We spent our weekend in Long Beach Island, and it was incredibly relaxing. Although it was very quiet since the season is over, there were still a decent amount of restaurants and shops open. The weather was incredible and much warmer than it had been the last week. We spent a lot of time just walking around, talking, and eating at one of my favorite brunch spots- Scojos. I barely took any pictures because I was too relaxed to move. Isn't that the best way to be?
You'd think that in one of the most fashionable cities in the world, I shop constantly (especially after yesterdays post). Wrong! I have limited closet space, and as a result, I'm actually shopping less than ever and only buying what I know I'll truly wear. I find something incredibly freeing about this element of minimalism. It makes you narrow down your style and not have a closet filled with things you don't even like. Having less closet room has also caused my online ordering to go down severely. When I did a closet clean-out, I found that the greatest majority of things I never wear were purchased online. Why? Usually, the quality or fit was different in person than online, and I didn't love it they way I thought I would. I also work in a casual office so much of my clothes can be worn to work or on weekends.
Now I'm not saying that I don't love the occasional afternoon shopping trip or buying something for a particular event, just that I've learned that I need less material items to make me happy than I once thought. I'll stick to buying my known favorites (aka striped shirts) and the occasional splurge investment pieces.
How do you feel about shopping these days? Are you at shopping high point or have you scaled back and feel like you need less? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Scatter my ashes at Bergdorf's, or Saks, or Barneys, or Neiman Marcus? How is a girl supposed to choose?! Today, I'm running through several NYC department stores and which ones you should make part of your visit.
Bloomingdales has two locations- a small store in SoHo and a flagship location in Midtown (almost on the Upper East Side). While the small store is charming and great if you live in SoHo, it doesn't come anywhere near the massive selection offered by the Midtown location. The Midtown Bloomingdales is enormous. The gallery level is home to several designer bag shops-Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo etc. The men's section is located downstairs and then there are floors for accessories, casual clothing, haute designer clothing, evening wear, shoes, children's attire, and home goods. I believe there are 7-8 huge floors total. I would highly suggest their contemporary clothing floor for the younger shopper looking for popular brands like Rag and Bone, Alice & Olivia, Rebecca Taylor and more. Their two floors dedicated to home are also a hot spot for wedding registries since they feature such a wide range of brands. Don't forget to grab a cupcake or banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery on your way out!
Barneys is uber chic. There is no other way of really putting it. Its sleek interior and exterior shows off its vast collection of designer goods beautifully. Barneys has a more city-like and modern edge to it than Bergdorf's. While they do sell many of the same products, Barneys definitely has the more urban vibe. You'll want to visit for their beauty department on the lower level, accessories floor (hello Goyard and Celine), and home goods. They also do have a contemporary floor with more reasonably priced designers. However, what really makes hearts sing is the Barneys shoe department. It is simply massive and filled with every shoe on your lust list. Don't forget to stop by Fred's upstairs for a salad and some gelato.
Bergdorfs is my favorite department store in NYC. Bergdorf's is a like a breed all of its own. First off, the architecture in both the men and women's buildings is simply stunning. It's very traditional and what you think a luxury department store would have looked like in 1910. However, it's filled to the brim with just every item you've ever lusted for. Their handbag department always has me drooling along with their massive shoe department. While their couture floors are stunning, don't forget to check out the contemporary section for the occasional sales on designers like Milly and Equipment. Their home section is the most stunning of all the department stores. It's filled with silver, classic china, exquisite candles and more. Treat yourself and of course, have some tea in one of their legendary bird cage chairs. The holidays are a particularly great time to visit since you admire all the decor and window displays.
I wouldn't mind this massive polar bear in my apartment!
Also of note,
Macy's- Enormous, but terribly organized. A good place to go for basic needs, beauty products, and home goods. Saks- A pretty store with a very nice shoe department but doesn't live up to the grandeur of Barneys and Bergdorfs. Nordstrom- Fooled you! There is no Nordstrom in NYC. Neiman Marcus- No Neiman's either! However, Bergdorf's is owned by them.
1) I killed my office cactus, Phoenix. According to the internet, it's virtually impossible to kill a cactus yet I managed to.
2) I go to SweetGreen only to see everyone's chic outfits.
3) If I do something that wasn't on my list for the day, I add it to my list so I can still get the satisfaction of crossing it off.
4) I listen to Nicki Minaj on my morning commute more than I would ever like to admit. Starships anyone?
5) I've been watching all the housewives shows for so many years that I have very strong feelings about them and get protective of my favorites.
6) My favorite romantic activity is eating. Wine and dine me, and I'm a happy camper.
7) A and my imaginary pet French bulldog Ronald has gotten way out of hand. If you hear us talk about him, you would think he really existed.
8) I love MorningStar veggie patties so much I fantasize about them.
9) I have tons of cookbooks but never use the recipes from them. Instead, I read and study them like textbooks, absorb all the tips, information, and techniques and go from there. It's so odd.
10) I don't use Pinterest. I hoard images of everything I like on my computer and treat it like a secret vault of ideas I don't want others to steal. Right, as if no one has ever seen monogrammed bedding before.