I spent this past weekend/week in Boston with one of my favorite people in world Katie, and her boyfriend Jake. She has always had AMAZING interior style but she has really outdone herself in her current apartment. A lot of her finds are from antique stores around the country, which is a skill in and of its own. Their home is a perfectly gender neutral, not too girly and not too masculine so they both love it equally.
Here are a few tips from Katie about decorating your home when moving in with your boyfriend.
1. Take your time– Especially when it comes to the big decisions. Moving in with your significant other is a huge life step. When I say our apartment was practically empty for two months after we moved in (other than a bed and a couch) I’m being dead serious! It was important to me that my boyfriend Jake and I enjoyed the process together and found items that we’d both like for a long time. Lucky for me, he loves design and kept me great company while planning and shopping. Aside from the financial investment in big furniture pieces, I wanted to be sure we were achieving an aesthetic that made us both feel at home. In retrospect, I wouldn’t have traded a mostly empty apartment for the world and I’m incredibly glad we chose to take it slow.
Few things floating around my mind for the upcoming month:
Take in more news- read, listen, watch…whatever be more informed.
With that, listen to more inspiring podcasts and really take them in.
I know this ups my crazy girl status but now that I am semi-working in the bridal industry my love of weddings is skyrocketing. My Pinterest boards are looking like I have a rock on my finger…I indeed do NOT! Growing up my Mimi always said no blue tableware because you should not have plates that have a color that no food is. Sorry, Mimi, I cannot get enough of blue and white china right now!
Used the rest of a gift card on a Charlotte Tilbury lip liner in pillow talk; her best selling lip color in a form I have never used before. Liners always seemed old lady but the more stalking I did the more I learned that when I admired peoples lip colors they were filling their lips with lip liner, not a lipstick….will report back!
Cannot believe the year is over, adios 2017. Looking back on the year was hard because it feels like so much happen and time FLEW. Someone on Thanksgiving said to me “oh so you have almost been back in Houston for a year” and I argued him because there was no way it was true. Well, it is.
Highlights from the year include:
Gaining a new appreciation for interior design thanks to my Nashville Roommate Trevor
Falling in love with photography and learning how to actually use a real camera- and edit those said photos
Leaving Nashville and moving to Houston….so bittersweet even typing it
Losing a job in Houston…not a highlight
Learning what having my own insurance entails (shit let me tell you shit)…not a highlight
Last non-highlight, navigating unemployment…possibly more on that soon
So, all in all, I am incredibly excited that 2017 is over. Not to say there were not more real highlights but in this movement, the negatives are kind of outweighing the positives of 2017. Do you set goals? I never do because I tend to get excited about things, dive head first and go too deep too quickly and then halt. This time around I want to focus more on positive thinking, taking in the quotes, really listening to the podcasts and stop half ass take in this information and inspiration.
Do you make resolutions? If not what else do you do to reflect?
It finally somewhat feels like Fall here in Houston with a little help from Thanksgiving!
My brother’s friend was wearing these velvet pants from J.Crew that I need to go try on asap. They were sooo stinking cute on her!!! Pretty sure they are still on mega sale as well so snag them right away.
I hope you all had an amazing holiday, do you want more gift guides?!
Wow where to begin with my friend and “Nashville mama” Cathy Williamson, or The Middle Page Blog. Let’s start from the beginning, I met Cathy in Nashville when after following eachother on Instagram she emailed me asking to get lunch! Of course I said yes, she is a stunning, fashionable lady! It didn’t even take getting our food before Cathy was telling me about people she wanted to set me up with (friends, boys and contacts), making me feel amazing and deciding we were going to be pals forever. We are both very open, sassy people, so becoming close didn’t take long. The one thing that Cathy is that I am not, and why I value her so much, is steadfastly kind, loving and generous. She manages to give so much to the people new and old in her life and it’s increibly admirable and inspiring.
Ladies, I highly reccomend finding a friend/mama if you live in a different city than yours. Of course not to replace or compete with but compliment and be there in person when you need a hug.
and duh…go follow her now! Also, I don’t know how we don’t have more photos together, Cath next time we’re together…lots of pics!!
Honestly, this month hasn’t been off to the best start. But I have been catching myself being a serious negative nancy and not hard on myself but kinda mean/down on myself for no reason. Now that I am writing that down I am going to try and make an effort to stop it.
Do you ever find when you meet new people you learn about yourself? Or when someone asks how you are and you could easily go into a spiral of self-doubt but you have a semi out of body experience and think ‘ew don’t be like that to that person, change your attitude!!’?
Now to the viiiibessss….
1 . The new limited edition Nars Highlighter is seriously beautiful, who is getting it?
2 . Everything I having been pinning seems to be outfits with blazers…so I think I know what is on the top of my shopping list!
3 . The only lip product I have wearing recently..it’s so smooth and light.
4 . Time to bring back out my favorite fall shoe…loafers on loafers! These babies in white are so pretty!
I have also been doodling up a storm, a new to me iphone you 🙂