Office Space

 

You would think after over 2 months of having to wake up early and be out the door by 6:20 at the latest, waking up early would become routine. Definitately not the case for me. I just want to bury myself under the covers and sleep the day away especially since it has been cold,dark and snowy outside . After months about posting about wanting to have a desk, I finally bought one since I will be working from home . Right now I pretty much have my ideal desk layout, however once I’m working remotely, I will be gifted with dual monitors and a clunky phone which will probably take up all of the space on my desk so I am enjoying the space while I can. Garrett bought himself a new desk too since his was starting to break and also to  justify the $100 delivery fee since we live no where near Ikea.

Garrett took the day off to accept delivery and assembled both desks by himself. To be honest, I was a little worried on what the quality would be like for the desk, but I’m pleasantly surprised at how solid it feels. I wish cabinet door had a back to it instead of being open and the desk has a smooth, but rough texture that attracts Annabell’s fur, but therwise I am happy with how it looks. It has a decent amount of storage space for all my office supplies and more and just fits against the wall between the window and Garrett’s closet.

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My new white quilted chair
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I added a faux fur throw from target to give it a fun trendy look

Get The look

  • Desk- I was going between a few different desks from Ikea. I knew I wanted it to be white, compact, and a fairly minimal design. I am happy with the choice that I went with.
  • Chair-I ended up with an armless chair since I figured it would be easier to sit upright and push my chair under the desk. I found my chair at TJ Maxx, but this chair from Bed,Bath,& Beyond is identical, if not the same chair.
  • Faux Fur Throw- While I love the look of these faux fur chairs from PB Teen (1 2)it’s a little outside of my budget. A great way to get this look is a faux fur throw. I ended up picking up this one from Target and I couldn’t be happier with it. If your feeling crafy, there are some DIY videos and articles on how to make your own as well.
  • Desk Accessories-I ended up getting lucky and finding a pen cup, small organizer tray,and a tape dispenser by Poppin at Marshalls. Another great option for fun desk accessories is Ban.do which has everything from pens, tape, and a bunch of cute notebooks and planners .
  • Pens-While I love a good ol’ Bic pen, I am loving pens in bright fun prints like these Lily Pullitzer ones from Papyrus or these ones by Sugar Paper at Target
  • Air Plant-My sister gifted me with an air plant from Prismatic Gardens for Christmas and I love it. It adds a small touch of green and is super easy maintenance. I love this one This plant mister  from Urban Outfitters is just as pretty as it is functional and use it for my airplant and other plants around the apartment.
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While I prefer a minimal space, Garrett is going for a Mega Man & Sonic theme.

After complaining about wanting a new desk for over a year, he finally got his dream desk, or close enough to it. He ended up ordering a stand to hold his monitors to give it a more clean look and is happy to not have his tower on the floor( much to Annabell’s dismay). His is more of a work station and dwarfs my simple desk in comparison. Next on his list is to buy upgraded computer parts and build a new one.

I will hopefully have an updated apartment post soon. We just bought new curtains for the living room and finally have a sofa cover since the sofa has some scratch marks and tears on it(thanks to Annabell). Since I will be working from home and going back to a later schedule I should be back to posting regularly again or at least aiming for one post a week.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Music Monday

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these. Aside from my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist, I feel like I’ve been stuck on repeat so to speak when it comes to what I have been listening to and recently have been listening to something that’s not Bon Iver, Passion Pit-Manners, or Band of Horses.  

Here is what I have been listening to lately

  • Lykke Li
  • Phantogram
  • SilverSun Pickups
  • Rage Against the Machine 
  • Tegan and Sara
  • Grizzly Bear
  • The Sounds 

 

What have you been listening to lately? Hope everyone is having a great start to the week! 

5 Favorite Things

5 Favorite Things

 

Here are 5 things I am currently obsessing over

  1. Sub_Urban Riot-Well known for their Kale t-shirt and sweatshirt spotted on countless celebs , most notably Queen Bey. I love their line of fun graphic tees and sweatshirts. My favorite is this sweatshirt and this t-shirt
  2. Shoptiques-I’ve definitely killed some time browsing this website.You can shop by boutiques in cities or by categories . It’s a great way to discover new boutiques in your city (or far away) and find some new favorite brands.
    1. Entro-A new brand I discovered while browsing the site. It has a Free People, boho feel to it, but at a more affordable price range.
    2. Vintalier-Simple basics, graphic tees and simple statement necklaces.
    3. LuLu’s Boutique– If everything could magically appear in my closet I would be a very happy girl. Lots of comfy sweaters, basic tees, and one of my favorite candle brands.
    4. The Afternoon-Filled with lots of fun,quirky, and unique home decor items. I am in love with the robot salt&pepper shakers.
    5. Turquoise Cactus-A great mix of cute tops and dresses for under $50
  3. Chunky knit blanket– I just want to cocoon myself in this blanket and hibernate until spring. It comes in multipl colors and sizes. Though Ohhio is the go to brand , you can probably find cheaper ones on Etsy or Amazon.
  4. Succulent Candles-Two of my favorite things combined into one and I don’t have to worry about over or under watering. Each scent is a different succulent type and it’s available in 3 sizes, however availabilty is currently limited.
  5. Cost Plus World Market-Part of the Bed, Bath, and Beyond family and a one stop shop kind of website and store.  They sell furniture, decor, food, and gift items. I would say the furniture pricing is more than Target’s Threshold line, but less than West Elm and is a similar style. If we had one nearby Garrett would have to drag me out of there.
Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

Fall Fashion-1 Year later

I can’t believe it’s been a year (and a few days)since starting my blog! It has certainly been a new learning experience for me.  While I knew in my mind blogging would be time consuming, it’s a lot more work than I anticipated at times. While I’m still not where I want to be with my blog or career wise ,I’ve learned the important thing is to continue to work hard, even if it is at a slower pace than what you initially intended. Right now my goals are to continue to work on posting more frequently, work on posting even better content, and continue to grow.Thanks to everyone that reads my posts and follows me both on the blog and on social media.I’m excited to how the blog and myself will be in another year.
Since my first blog post on CoutureGourmand was my Fall Fashion Picks I figured it’s only fitting to have my one year post be my picks for Fall 2016.
Sweater Weather

Sweaters

  1. Madewell Cableknit Sweater– To me, this is the quintessential fall sweater. For extra warmth add a turtleneck or button up underneath.
  2. Anthropologie Miaou Turtleneck– If there was ever a perfect sweater for me, this would be it. It’s cream colored, a boxy fit turtleneck, and  most importantly, has a cat on it.
  3. Kimchi Blue Lace Trim Sweater– I have a sweater that is similar to this I bought a few years ago from Urban Outfitters. It is probably my favorite sweater in my closet. I love the hunter color with the contrasting cream lace detail.
  4. Silence + Noise Hooded Cardigan– I love the brown color block version of this. If theres was a perfect sweater to throw on a tee with leggings and have binge watch shows on Netflix, this is it.
  5. Vince Cashmere Funnel Neck Sweater– If I had to pick one sweater to buy, this would be it. I love the neckline of the sweater and no one does cashmere sweaters quite like Vince.

Tops & Bottoms

Tops

  1. Target Tie-Neck Blouse– Since chokers and bandanas were a big trend this summer,it makes sense that the tie-neck blouse would be on trend for fall. I love this in pink.
  2. Urban Outfitters Bodysuit– The bodysuit is another trend that is still going strong. Perfect for wearing with a high waisted jean or skirt and not having to worry about constantly making sure your shirt is tucked in just right.
  3. Loft Striped Lantern Sleeve Blouse– The striped shirt in a grown up and work friendy form. If you find bell sleeves to be a little overwhelming , lantern sleeves give you the same dramatic look while being tapered at the wrist.
  4. H&M Crinkled Flounce Blouse– It seems like the trends for tops are about a dramatic sleeve and this is no exception. The sheer and flouncy sleeves and the neckline of this blouce gives this a fluttery and romantic look.

Bottoms

  1. Joe’s Jeans Ex-Lover Crop Straight Leg Boyfriend Jeans– One of the biggest trends for denim is two-toned denim. The loose fit of these jeans make these perfect for the weekends with a cozy sweater and loafers.
  2. J Brand High-rise Skinny– Another huge denim trend is the raw or uneven hem. While J-Brand makes some of the best skinny jeans, you can get the look for less by cutting up some skinny jeans you have in your closet. This jean is the pefect partner for a great ankle bootie.
  3. Free People Maxi Skirt– While the print may not be for everyone, this skirt screams fall/winter. The rich jewel tones, it’s velvet, and has a button front. I love the look of cropped sweaters paired with maxi skirts and boots.
  4. Madewell Shirttail Skirt– A plaid skirt that is more street style than school girl. This skirt would look great with a tucked in oxford or a cropped sweater. If you want something versitle, this is a great pick.
Outerwear

Outerwear

  • J.Crew Excursion Vest-This vest is a classic staple and offered in a variety of colors. Go for the Han Solo look and pair this with a long sleeve shirt, leggings, and tall boots.
  • Chambray Puffer Vest– I am obsessed with Chambray and this vest from Anthropologie is no exception. This is a great alternative to a denim jacket and is just as versitile.This would look great over a cableknit sweater and some black jeans.
  • Levi’s Sherpa Trucker Jacket-While I do own a red buffalo plaid jacket already, I’m currently trying to figure out how to make more room in my closet to add this jacket (and wondering if Garrett will notice the difference between the two jackets). While I This is an oversized fit of Levi’s trucker jacket and has a sherpa collar
  • Zara Coat-The oversized style is still going strong. The fit makes it easy to slip over bulky sweaters. Go for the tomboy chic look and wear with plaid shirt or sweatshirt, some rolled vintage levis and sneakers.

Dress

Dresses

  • Forever 21 Slip Dress– One of the big trends for fall is the slip dress. Wear with a simple tee layered underneath or a cozy sweater on top for extra warmth. Add some combat boots for a grungier look.
  • Free People Last Minute Pullover Dress– A sweatshirt in dress form! I love the ruffled hem of the skirt that gives it just the right feminine touch and it has pockets! I love the fig version.
  • Banana Republic Ruffle Cuff Dress-This is a great every occasion dress. Perfect for work, date night, or drinks at the local bar. I love the overall minimal look with the small ruffle detail on the cuffs.
  • Target Sleeveless Turtleneck-Sleeveless turtlnecks seemed to be a big trend this summer and it’s still going strong into fall when you pair it over a long sleeve shirt. The midi length dress and the side slits makes it perfect for wearing a tall boots or an ankle strap flat.
  • American Eagle Maxi Dress– While the dress is sleeveless, one of my favorite things about colder weather is being able to layer. This dress can easily be layered over a  long sleeve shirt or turtleneck underneath to stay on trend or with a cropped pullover or long cardigan.
Accessories
Accessories
  1. Loefeller Randall bucket bag– The minimal look of the bag makes this great for dressing up or down and I love it has a clasp closure  instead of a drawstring that most bucket bags tend to have.
  1. Baublebar Axelia Choker– Chokers are still trending pretty strong. I love this one from Baublebar. Though it has multi-layers, the chain is thin so it gives it a delicate look instead of bold or edgy and the tassle detail keeps it fun.
  2. Argento Vivo Needle Ring-The perfect balance between delicate and edgy. This would be great on it’s own or stacked with other rings. It also has a similar look to Cartier’s Juste un Clou ring at a wallet friendly price.
  3. Loefeller Randall bucket bag– The minimal look of the bag makes this great for dressing up or down and I love it has a clasp closure  instead of a drawstring that most bucket bags tend to have.
  4. Free People Bloom Scarf– I love the look of mixing stripes and florals so naturally I am in love with this scarf! I love the blurred floral print and this looks super fuzzy and warm.
  5. Beanie with pompom-Having a drawer full of winter hats that I can barely close hasn’t stopped me from searching for a new one to buy this season. Right now I am loving knit hats with (faux) fur pom pom on top to keep your head warm and stylish.

 

Shoes

Shoes

  • Old Navy Chelsea Boot– I’ve been wanting a pair of Chelsea boots and finally caved since there was a coupon code. I love that while the boots are simple, they definitely add a bit of edge to even the most basic outfit. I’m thinking of picking up this version
  • Steve Madden Shariniv– Velvet seems to be the fabric of choice especially when it comes to footwear. I love the peerk-a-boo slits on the side and the navy version is a great alternative to black.
  • Sam Edelman Loafer-I’ve been looking for some new mocassins or loafers to replace my worn out ones and these caught my eye.I love the red color and these are a great dupe to Gucci loafers .
  • Steve Madden Laaura Loafer-Speaking of Gucci shoes, one of the hottest footwear trends I keep seeing on my Instagram feed are these Gucci mules and Steven Madden offers a more affordable option. I  can certainly see the appeal of these shoes. Like the loafes above, it gives a casual polished look and the fact that it’s backless makes it easy to slip on and head out the door.
  • Michael Kors Sabrina Flat– I’m a ballet flat shoe kind of girl. I love these ones by Michael Kors. The chain detail around the heel adds a touch of edge to an otherwise feminine shoe.I love the contrast of the nude/black version with the gold chain or the sleek monochromatic look of the all black flat.

What are some of your favorite fall fashion items you have picked up?