Posts Tagged ‘budget finds’

Shopping for Decorative Trays

I’m always looking for ways to stay more organized, especially if it makes me (and my stuff) look nice and tidy. Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for a pretty tray to corral smaller items on places like the bathroom counter, the coffee table and even on a bedside table. I like the idea of keeping everything in a designated place whether it’s a group of hair products, displaying jewelry, stacking books or holding small odds and ends. Here are a few of my inspiration images and links to shop at the bottom:


Lucite - via Pinterest

Via Pinterest 

White Lacquer

Lacquer Tray - Gal Meets Glam

via Gal Meets Glam


Metal Tray - via Glitter Guide

Metal Tray - via Glitter Guide2via The Glitter Guide


Wood Tray - Karlie Kloss at Home


Printed Tray - Design Manifest

Colorful - Pinterestvia Pinterest

Shop  Lucite here   |   White Lacquer here and here   |   Gold Tray here and here   |   Wood here and here   |   Colorful here, here and here

Have you found any fabulous trays? Please share the links in the comments!

Kid Fashion: Valentine’s Day

It’s never too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day. The holiday is just too lovely to put off. Shopping for Emery’s clothing and accessories is as much or more fun than shopping for my own. There are so many cute things in store these days, especially for a holiday as girly and adorable as Valentine’s Day. I like to stick to styles that are simple, not-so-fussy and not the typical princess, character splattered kids fashion. I also like pieces that can mix in with other things in her wardrobe and stretch beyond just one occasion. i.e. You will probably never see me buy something like a smocked, monogram dress, those weird bell-bottom outfits for girls or a personalized shirt with embroidered hearts and Emery’s name. It’s just not my thing. These items, however, I love. I would actually wear most of them in my size. Click links below for details on each.
Kid Fashion - Valentines Day

Gingham Dress  |  Pink Striped Shirt  |  Chambray Shirt  |  Heart Glasses  | Red Heart Jeans  |   Ban.Do Hearts   |  BELIEVE Tee  |  Organic Twirl Skirt  |  Heart Scarf  |  Beach Baubles  |  Striped Heart PJs  |  Glitter Wristlet  |  Leopard Print Dress  |  Polka Dot A-Line Dress  |   |  Satin Ballet Slippers

Celeb Style: Olivia Palermo Asos Dress

Olivia Palermo is know for mixing high and low items for a polished look whether she’s casual or dressed for a red carpet. She frequently wears pieces from H&M, Zara, Topshop and Asos along with higher-end clothing in her designer wardrobe. Here she wears the perfect dress to transition from summer to fall and it costs less than $70. Get the details below on her exact dress and similar accessories.

1. Asos Skater Dress in Paisley Print $67.50   |  2. Forever21 Zig Zag Waist Belt $6.80  |  3. Westward Leaning Sunglasses $165  |  4. Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Bag $395  |  5. Mossimo Veena Snake Print Ballet Flats $21.99

Outfit: Boho Coverup/Dress

Since I snagged this printed dress at Zara a few weeks ago, it’s been on constant rotation. I love the colors and the print, which is the perfect mix of country and bohemian. It makes this piece so versatile. I’ve worn it as a swim coverup, as a casual dress with flats and now, as a slightly more dressy look with heels. It’s still about 95 degrees every day at the beach so having something light and stylish goes a long way. I can definitely see this dress stretching into fall!
Dress: Zara  |  Necklace: vintage  |  Bag: DKNY found at Marshall’s  |  Shoes: Shoedazzle  |  Bracelet: Gold Chevron from Design Avenue


You know how sometimes when you’re around something so much, that something becomes a bit forgettable over time? This is precisely how I felt about the classic blue and white china I’ve seen for years on my mother’s shelves. It just seemed a little… old (sorry, Mom!). Until, that is, I began to see it appearing on fabric in the form of chic dresses and tops. On a fresh form, it’s suddenly more appealing than ever, don’t you think? I’m certainly one to appreciate a good pattern and the combination of bright blue and clean white seems crisp and relaxed at the same time. Here are a few high and low items for fun china-inspired summer style.

1. Anthropologie Akela Swing Dress  2. F21 Essential Floral Brocade Dress   3. LA Made Heart Print Maxi Dress from Piperlime  4. Alesha Dixon of Britain’s Got Talent wearing the trend  5. Zara Layered Printed Dress  6. Milly Cobalt Blue and White top  7. F21 Essential Brocade Peplum Top  8.  DVF Oversized Cateye Sunglasses  9. Zara Silk Satin Ankle Strap Sandals   10. Just Cavalli Printed Tshirt  11. SiraMara Bracelet 152 Blue (only $8.99!!)