Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Living Room Reveal


Happy Tuesday blog fam! Since July I've been working on furnishing my first home, and I am so happy to share with you my living room with you today. With living in Utah to Arizona to Texas to Pennsylvania we have lived like college students, and our apartments reflected that lifestyle. 

Since I have never done anything close to interior design the thought of decorating my living room without help of a professional seemed like foreign territory. I can style a shoot from start to finish, but when it comes to real spaces my brain freezes up. 

My first task was to decide on the color scheme of the room, and if it wasn't for my husband there would be pink everywhere. Since a baby pink couch wouldn't resonate with my doctor of a husband I decided on a more gender neutral color scheme of grey, blues, and golds. After I battled myself with the color scheme I did what any other girl would do for inspiration. Head to Pinterest. From Pinterest I created boards of inspiration, and from that I started searching for the perfect pieces for the room. 

Bookcase: Wayfair (also here)
Top Shelf - Circle Sculpture: Homegoods
Second Shelf - Jar: Homegoods (very similar here and here) / Books: Lauren Conrad Beauty, Todd's Midwestern Dental School Book, and thrifted blue book / Frame: Homegoods 
Third Shelf - Flowers: Michaels / Vase: Thrifted at a local shop / Tray: TJ Max (similar here
Fourth Shelf - Marble Box: Homegoods (similar here, and here) / Vase: Homegoods (similar here, here, here) / Books: Living in Style Rachel Zoe , Bodyvoyage thrifted, and Surgical Approaches to the Facial Skeleton
Since my living room has vaulted ceilings I wanted to find pieces that could hold the space of this airy room. I saw this bookcase on Wayfair, and it screamed modern-glam. Saw it. Loved it. Bought it. 

When it came to decorating the bookshelf I made sure it was representative of both Todd and I. All the objects have the girly glamor that screamed Jessica while maintaining Todd's voice with books on surgery and medicine.

White Minky Blanket: SheSewClassy c/o / Blanket Basket: Target
Since I am all about snuggling on the couch no room is complete with blankets. I got the softest blanket in from an Easy shop called SheSewClassy, and it has become my number one snuggler for movie nights. 

TV Stand: DIY post here / TV Stand handles: Hook and Knob c/o / Art: Minted here and here c/o / Vase Stand: DIY per Todd / Vase: Thrifted
When I started ordering in things for the room one of my pieces that came in was the two art pieces from Minted. Todd and I knew we wanted two pieces to frame our DIY tv stand, and we scoured the Minted site for the perfect match. We saw these two gorgeous art pieces that had a mixture of blue, and gold that matched our room perfectly. The different shades of blue in the art tied in multiple pieces from the room. The best part of Minted is that they frame, and matte the art for you making life so much easier. If you have never tried minted I HIGHLY recommend them. 

Curtain Rod: Target / Curtains: Bed Bath and Beyond (comes in multiple colors - mine is in slate)
Side Table: Facebook Market place for $5! / Lamp: Hobby Lobby from my office (post here) / Chair: Wayfair / Blanket: TJ Maxx / Pillow: TelunaLife c/o
When it comes to my personal style I absolutely love mixing together patterns, and that can be seen all throughout my living room. I am a big advocate that no room/outfit is complete without a little animal print, and this pillow from TelunaLife was the perfect addition for my navy accent chair. 

Bowl: Homegoods (similar here, here, herehere, and here)
Frames: Target / Couch: Ashley Home Furniture / Rug: Wayfair / Coffee Table: Wayfair / Prism: Homegoods (similar here)
While I was unsure at first of the design of the room, one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted a gallery wall of my favorite pictures of Todd and I. I was super picking on finding frames for the gallery wall, and it took me a couple months to find the perfect ones for the right price. The winners ended up coming from Target, and they ended up working out perfectly! 

Furry Home Pillows: GHomePillows c/o / Sequin Pillow: Anekdesigns c/o / Fawn Pillow: ThePillowCoverStore c/o
One of the debates Todd and I had was on the throw pillows. If Todd could have his way he would only have two pillows on the couch. Since men don't really have a choice in the design process ;) I had quite a pillow addiction. To me the pillows add texture, color, and are a beautiful layering element. The first pillow I got in were the blue/grey furry ones from GHomePillows, and quickly became the favorite sleeping pillows for Django and Renly. Next I got in these gorgeous Fawn pillows from ThePillowCoverStore, and act as a neutral design. Finally I added more spice with two single accent pillows. The gold sequin pillow from anekdesigns was an obvious choice since gold is pretty dominate in the room. The sequins give that added texture and dimension. The final pillow was this gorgeous animal print one from PillowTimeGirls.

Leopard Pillow: PillowTimeGirls c/o
Florals: Robert Lawrence Designs c/o / Coasters: NYCN Designs c/o / Tray: Target / Candle: Homegoods
One of the final touches I added to the room was adding some decor to the top of the coffee table. I love love love having fresh flowers in the house, but lets be real, with having faux flowers you'll save yourself weekly trips to the market. I got in this gorgeous floral piece from a fellow texan Robert Lawrence Designs. 

With having a glass coffee table I quickly learned that coasters are a MUST to prevent me from cleaning condensation off my table everyday. I got in these gorgeous gold and marble coasters in from NYCN designs, and they aren't only beautiful but functional as well. 

Chandelier: Hudson Valley Lighting c/o
Definitely saving the best for last. The first thing that I got for the room was the GORGEOUS chandelier in from Hudson Valley Lighting. When the truck came to my house to unload my chandelier I was beyond giddy with joy. You know you are adulting hard when waiting for a chandelier is the most exciting part of your week. When the electricians came to put up the chandelier I was ecstatic to say "bye Felicia" to the previous fan light. #ripfan

 The hardest part about finding a light for the room was going on the Hudson Valley Lighting site, and deciding the best chandelier when they are all gorgeous! It honestly has become such a key piece in the room, and made me realize how important lighting is when it comes to designing a room. 

Friday, August 31, 2018

90s Fashion With Ebay


Bodysuit: Free People / Skirt: Free People (also here, here, here, and here) / Hat: Free People / Boots: Ivanka Trump / Bag: Yoome / Lips: Lipsense - 1x Praline Rose 1x Goddess 1x Praline Rose with Rose Gloss
Since it's #fbf let us take a trip down memory lane to a time where Clueless was the best movie EVER,  "As If" was a saying, and plaid skirts were a closet staple of the 90s. 

I love everything 90s because it reminds me of my childhood, and this season is going to be filled with fashionable pieces from the 90s with a modern twist. I am personally excited for all the plaid, logo tees, Levi jeans, and buckled boots. 

Recently I went onto Ebay to find some 90s pieces for the fall, and they had so many pieces to choose from. Recently I've been wanting a plaid mini to pair with some OTK boots, and found this Free People one that was a fraction of the original price! Since we just bought a house I am on a strict budget, and Ebay has become my recent go-to place to find killer deals on the latest trends. My next purchase from Ebay is going to be a Levi's cut off skirt that will be perfect to pair with an oversized logo tee. 

What's your favorite trend from the 90s?

This post is in collaboration with eBay. All opinions and selections are my own!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wellness Wednesday: Paleo Friendly Coconut Banana Cookies


Hi blog fam! It's been a whole week since I've blogged, and quite frankly it was nice to take a social media break. Don't worry.... this girl is back on the blog! #missedyall . 

Since it's been raining straight for 30 days (thanks Pennsylvania *** hints of sarcasm) I've been doing lots of cooking in my kitchen to pass the time. I love trying out new recipes that I find on Pinterest, and modify them to fit my palette. Recently I came across this paleo friendly cookie recipe, and decided to give it a try. I added my own spin on it of course, and came up with something I think you'll love.

What I love about this recipe is that it's super easy to make, and has almost a "banana muffin" taste. One thing I wish I did to sweeten up this recipe more was to add some chocolate chips into it because this GIRL-HAS-GOT-TO-LIVE. 

If you ever try any of my recipes I would love to hear what you thought of it in the comments. Happy Wednesday y'all! PS big shout out to my bday girl AE in Texas. AE was my first friend in Texas, and I owe so much to her because of all the kindness and love she showed me. Miss you AE, and wish I could have celebrated with you. 


Coconut Banana Cookies

Ingredients 

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut ( if you want a sweeter cookie go for the sweetened version)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbs of coconut cream
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup almonds
  • Optional: 2 tbs of almond butter
  • Optional: 1 tbs of ave or honey
  • Optional: 3 tbs chocolate chips
  • Optional: extra coconut to act as a topping

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a food processor combine bananas, shredded coconut, almonds, coconut cream, and vanilla extract. If using almond butter and agave add in as well. Blend until mixture is creamy.
  3. After the mixture is creamy blend in the egg white.
  4. If using chocolate chips stir them into the mixture. 
  5. Take some parchment paper, and place on a baking sheet. 
  6. Place spoonfuls of the batter on the sheet, and shape them into circles.
  7. Optional to add coconut to act as a topping. 
  8. Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  9. Take out of the oven, and let them cool for 10 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wellness Wednesday: Low Calorie Greek Yogurt Bark


I'm not going to lie I'm still not feeling 100% from my week long sickness, but I managed to make myself productive to type up this blog post. As I've been lying in my bed I've been doing tons of social media scrolling, and came across a version of this recipe that immediately made me salivate. I eat really healthy, but when it comes to dessert I'm doomed. I love love love me some ice cream, and I am always looking for healthy/low calorie alternatives that will satisfy my sweet tooth. 

Since I'm still going dairy free I wasn't able to partake in the devouring of this greek yogurt bark, but my husband said it was delicious! I decided to choose strawberries and blueberries since they were on sale at my local grocery store, but you can honestly add any fruit! To sweeten up this dessert a little more I added drizzles of agave, and low fat graham cracker crumbles. #nomnomnom. This recipe is honestly so easy to prepare, and is the perfect "little something" to indulge in without feeling guilty.  


Greek Yogurt Bark Recipe

Ingredients

  • Sliced strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • 32 oz Chobani vanilla greek yogurt
  • Agave or honey
  • Low fat graham crackers crumbled
  • Parchment paper

Directions

  1. Clean and cut your fruit.
  2. In a pan place parchment paper, and spread yogurt over the paper. 
  3. Place fruit and graham cracker crumbles into the yogurt, and pressing gently so that it freezes into the yogurt. 
  4. Drizzle agave over the yogurt mixture. 
  5. Freeze for at least 4 hours, and then break the bark once fully frozen.
  6. Last but not least, eat, and enjoy!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Summa Yella

Dress: Shein (only $20, and comes in 2 other colors!) c/o / Bag: Amazon / Shoes: Free People / Sunnies: Quay / Necklaces: Baublebar c/o + Alixandra Collections c/o / Lips: NARS - Orgasim
Hi blog fam......

Yes I am still alive! I must apologize for a week long absences, but I've been sick in bed all week. When I get sick I cannot function, and unfortunately my blog suffers. Good news is I'm feeling better, and well! Wanted to stop by to share this outfit I wore a couple weeks ago. With summer coming to a close I'm sad to say bye to all my maxi's. Even though I haven't been a huge fan of living in Pennsylvania something tells me that I'm going to love fall here. Almost time to whip out the booties!
 

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