Decorating your Home? Shop These 10 Places

Thursday, January 30, 2020

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I am almost done decorating my apartment, and I can't wait to show you all! If you're wondering what has taken me so long, it has been a mix of constantly moving apartments and finding the right style. I used Pinterest and Apartment Therapy to give me an infinite amount of decorating ideas, and finally (after 5 years), I started to buy items. While I know the look I am going for, finding the right piece can take a long time. But, I am almost there. Until then, here's a list of my most shopped stores for decorating my apartment.

Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters: Both Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters are expensive, but they have good sales often (think 50% off). Their unique, boho pieces add unique character to any home.

Wayfair: Whenever I have an idea of what I want, but I’m unsure what it looks like, I head to Wayfair. Their filters can help you narrow down color, material type, and price.

Bed, Bath & Beyond: The perfect place to find organizers, quality linens and towels, and even simple furniture and lamps. Plus, they have 20% off coupons that never expire and free online returns.

West Elm: While West Elm gets a bad rap for the quality of their furniture, I’ve found them great for smaller d├ęcor items like planters, rugs, mirrors, and even small furniture items (like side tables and dining chairs).

Michaels: Need picture frames on the cheap? Michaels is the place to go. Plus, they’re another place that always has a sale.

Etsy: I like abstract art in rose pink shades, which is very specific, but if I can think it, Etsy has it. Even better, you can buy a digital print, and print it out at an office supply store for less than $20.

IKEA: What’s a home decorating list without Ikea? IKEA’s neutral, simple, and well-designed items can be incorporated in any decorative style.

Costco: If you have a Costco membership, you’ll be able to find a lot of home items for bargain prices; furniture, especially.

Home Goods: No Home Goods has the same thing, and while that can be frustrating, you can find very inexpensive, unique items if you’re willing to look.

World Market: Another store with plenty of sales, if your style is rustic, boho, or globally inspired, you’ll be in heaven in World Market.

Any place on the list that you love? Any place not on the list that you love? Let me know!

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New Year! New Regimen!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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Last year, I overhauled my complicated, bloated regimen and adopted a simpler regimen based on the Curly Girl Method. The goal was to decrease the amount of time it took for me to care for my hair, while still maintaining its health and length.

The first month wasn’t hard, but it wasn’t easy either. I wore wash n’ gos that month, but soon got tired of the upkeep. I went back to stretching my hair, but kept my hair in two-strand twists while making tweaks to my regimen. Eventually, I found something that worked, cutting the time I spent on my hair from five hours a week to only two. Here are my three biggest takeaways.

Hydration over Moisture: The biggest change to my regimen is that I saturate my hair twice a week. My original regimen had me washing my hair once a week and moisturizing and sealing daily, while, with my current regimen, I alternate between washing and cowashing every four days, with no moisturizing and sealing in between (unless to reset a style).

This may seem like a lot, but it’s shortened the time I spent on my hair each week. My wash days never last more than an hour, and saturating my hair with water more effectively moisturizes my hair compared to moisturizing and sealing. Not to mention, I have less shedding and tangles, my hair is shinier, and hair styles look better and last longer.

Hair Cuts are my Friend: I used to be a big critic of regular haircuts, but after a recent and 10-year overdue appointment with a hairdresser, I am changed! Back in October/ November, I went to the hairdresser for the first time in 10 years to get a much-needed haircut. Three to four inches of hair was cut off, and my hair feels and acts so much better. It absorbs more moisture, tangles less, and doesn’t frizz.

I’ll be making trips to the hairdresser for a cut twice a year. I won’t need as much hair taken off next time, but regular trims are important to get rid of damaged ends that do my hair no favors.

Less Products, Less Stress: I used to have a lot of products. I never called myself a product junkie, but I did have an overflow and surplus of products that I would use. I convinced myself they were necessary for good hair care, but all those products were expensive and took up space. I threw most of them out, and now only keep a few essentials and staples.

To see my full regimen and product list, check out My Regimen page (which, I have finally updated after over a year).

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New Year, New Decade: What I Thought My Life Would Look Like at 31

Thursday, January 2, 2020

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Happy New Year! And as the saying goes, “new year, new me!” But more than just a new year, this is a new decade. This time 10 years ago, I was on Christmas break preparing for my final semester of college. I was excited for what the future had to hold and had a lot of expectations I planned to meet. Of course, life has a way of working differently than we expect.

I Thought I Would Be Married with Kids: At 31, I am single, and honestly, I’ve never been happier. I don’t talk about my dating life on my blog (but often reference my thoughts on my Instagram page), but I’ve been in two serious relationships that I thought would lead to marriage. They, obviously, did not, but those relationships taught me so much about who I am and who I want to be with.

I’m Living in DC, Not NYC: Growing up, I had Park Avenue dreams. I would work in some glitzy high-rise, have drinks networking at a mixer, and then go back home to my beautiful apartment in downtown. It sounds romantic, but it wasn’t realistic. Ultimately, I moved to DC for graduate school and stayed. I’ll always love NYC, but for now, DC is home.

I’m Not the Librarian of Congress, but She is a Black Woman: After college, I went to graduate school to become a librarian. In fact, this blog originally started out as a hybrid between a fashion blog and my librarian career. But, somewhere between graduate school and finding a job, I realized that the library profession wasn’t for me and left it entirely. I now work in digital marketing, a career I’ve been excelling and thriving in for 8 years now.

I like Pink: Speaking of my fashion sense and growth, 10 years ago, I wasn’t fond of the color pink and I didn’t like dresses and skirts either. I can’t remember what my favorite color was back then, maybe blue or red, but either way, it’s changed a lot.

I’m Happy: I was happy in 2010, but I wasn’t happy. I felt like I wasn’t in control of my life, and I think a lot of young people feel that way. You’re finishing college, unsure what to do next, you have family and friends trying to guide you in the best way they know how (which isn’t always the best way for you), and you feel so much pressure from the outside world. But now, I feel free. Every decision I make is mine. I don’t have anyone trying to lead me, I lead myself. And while that can be scary, it’s also freeing and provides a deeper sense of contentment and happiness.

Even though my life isn’t as I expected it to be at 21, I am no less happy for all the wonderful things that have happened over the last decade, and I am excited to see what this decade holds. Happy 2020!

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