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Lovely Links

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Here are some interesting, beautiful or inspiring lovely links from around the web this week as I’m hurriedly packing and trying desperately not to stress about leaving in a few days:

We love inviting people over but haven’t really had almost anyone over since we moved. I’m sure we’ll get back into the grove and have parties again once we’re a bit more settled because it feels so strange to not have them. But then I read that dinner parties a thing of the past?

The Pope chuckles meeting his tiniest fan- how adorable!

Trying to fit most of my previous apartment’s decor into the new house has been a bit of a challenge, especially when it’s already time to start decorating for the holidays. I’m trying to keep my decorations more muted and “grown up” this year so I loved these brilliant fall decor ideas without a single pumpkin in sight.

I’m leaving for Ireland Friday and packing this and this to help my skin stay fresh with all of the travel.

Every home decor blogger has mentioned this ottoman lately and it’s life changing (OK, maybe just room changing) abilities.

This FREE printable is beautiful and would be perfect to pop into a frame and give as a gift.

I’m not normally a hat person but I’ve seen everyone wearing these lately and it might be prudent to have something to cover my head out in windy Ireland.

Trying to talk myself out of buying this for our bed, especially since it’s still over 90 degrees here! But oh, the knit!

Self worth vs self esteem– which one we should actually strive for.

What awesome things have you found on the Internet lately? Make sure to check in next week and follow on Instagram and Facebook as I’ll be putting up posts and pics from beautiful Ireland!

-Katy


Mad For Plaid: Autumn 2015

It’s still above 90 degrees here in Austin but since I’m headed to Ireland in a week (I’m not even close to ready) I’m dreaming of brisk weather and falling leaves. There’s not a whole lot more autumn-y than plaid so I thought that I’d put together some of the cutest finds under $25. Even if it’s not cool enough to wear the sweaters yet, the plaid decor is enough to satisfy my craving.

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All of the decor items are from Target and they’re 10% off online with the code “FURNITURE” at check out which makes them an even better deal.

Have a great weekend!

-Katy

 

 


Footwear for Anywhere: Shoes For My Next Adventure

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I’m not sure if I’m lucky or crazy but tonight I just booked my flight for Dublin, Ireland! Now I know most logical people out there are thinking “wait, didn’t she just buy a 50 year old fixer upper LAST MONTH?” Yes, yes I did. But you see, the husband has to go out there for work and I joked that if he didn’t take me with him, he shouldn’t come home (kidding, not kidding). So we’re going, even though it doesn’t make a lot of sense. It puts some of our home projects out a little bit further out but honestly, I’m OK with it. When we were thinking about buying a house, we worried that buying one would end our adventures so while this trip isn’t necessarily convenient, it’s definitely ensuring we don’t end up spending all our extra cash on the house.

But enough about the house, let’s get back to the trip! We’re going to be there at the very beginning of October with the average temperatures being 50-60 degrees with high likelihood of some rain. So this means I’m going to need some new duds since Austin weather is quite a bit different. I’ve looked and looked for cute and comfy shoes that fit the bill and I keep coming back to the same pair, although in different colors. But look at them, can you blame me?

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TOMS Desert Wedge Booties

They’re pretty much primed to be travel shoes. A little waterproof spray and the suede should survive most rain, especially if you got them in one of the darker colors. Amazon reviews (who doesn’t live and die by them, honestly?) swear that they’re comfortable all day long despite the wedge heel. I’ve had TOMS flats before and loved how comfy they were so I’m pretty sure these will be as well. One of the best things about these though, is that I think they’ll look great with the skinny jeans I have now and the flare jeans that are SO in this season.

These booties have been out for a season or two so do any of you have them? If so, love or hate them? Also, I would LOVE to hear any recommendations you have for visiting Ireland! I’m so excited to hear anything and everything you recommend!

-Katy

 

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Dramatic Black and White

I have always loved rooms that have a black and white theme with just a hint of an accent color. Back in high school (over a decade ago :/) I loved black and white paired with red but over the past several years I’ve really fallen for rooms that combine the dramatic pair with metallics, especially gold. The red was beautiful but it can scream “look at me” when you’re wanting the black and white to really take center stage. I’ve included a couple black and white rooms that I’ve loved for awhile to show how the same theme can look very different depending on style and space.

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Black and White Dining

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While I would love to have a living or dining room become a monochromatic paradise, I’m not sure how well it would work with the flow of our new house and most of pieces I already have and love. So I’m working on creating that  black and white space in the new guest room. I’ve been looking for a few pieces to add and thought that I’d share some of my favorite finds.

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As cheesy as it may be, I love the amour pillow (it’s under $20 too!) and I’m thinking it might have to come and live at my house. Any of them that you love?

-Katy


Checking in To Say Hello!

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You guys, this week is nuts! We’re still painting like crazy (I’ll have more pictures on that later next week) and we’re trying to pack things up and get them off to the new house while working and fitting in some sleep. I’m going to try to get posts up this week, but if not, know that I’m hustling trying to keep my life together and things will be back to normal in no time.

In the meantime, how adorable is this rug? It’s on sale for less than $15 which is nuts- I’m thinking about putting it on the back doorstep where things don’t have to be as serious. Anyway, hope you’re all having a fabulous day and I’ll check in soon!


Target 10 under $20

I’m sure that you can tell that I’ve been doing a ton of online window shopping while I’m not so patiently waiting for closing date on my new house. I’m also feeling a little light in the pocket book because, well, buying a house is expensive. So while I’ve been perusing around the web, I’ve been saving links for items that I consider perfect touches that are also on sale. Target is one of my favorite places for just about everything and they did not disappoint this time. I thought I’d share some of my favorites that are all under $20.

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I’m thinking that the cream throw and the acacia bowl might have to come and live at my new house and the bulldog cookie jar needs to go to two or three friends who love their wrinkly pooches. The metallic pillows are fab as well and would absolutely go on my bed right this minute if the Mr didn’t use his veto power against them. Won’t someone take them home and love and care them like beautiful, shiny pillows deserve?

**Don’t forget to use your Target Card for free shipping- it’ll save you a trundle!


Make a Difference Monday: The Easiest Way to Donate $5

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We all want to give back but sometimes we’re limited by time, money, resources, etc. Today I want to share an easy way for you to help children in need get access to school supplies. Target (oh how I love thee!) will donate $5 to the Kids in Need Foundation for every download of a song. The best part about the song download is that it’s free. So basically, you download a song for free and Target sends $5 to children who need supplies for school. Free song, free supplies. I’m not really seeing a downside here.

So head on over here and pick up a new tune while helping out!  Happy Make a Difference Monday!

*I was not paid or perked by Target Corp for this post- I just think they’re awesome and had to share!


Mid Century Modern Finds from Target

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Every single time I search through Target’s online selection, I’m straight up impressed. I found so many awesome mid century pieces that I thought I’d put together some awesome combinations. Check them them out in greater detail by clicking on the numbers below and don’t forget to use your red card to save 5%! Don’t have one? Don’t worry, click HERE to sign up for their awesome debit card. I love seeing the amount I save on the bottom of each receipt add up throughout the year. My husband on the other hand usually looks in horror as he realizes exactly how much we’ve spent there.

So other Target lovers, what’s your favorite pieces? Weirdly enough, I kinda really want that fox lamp!

If you want to check out more Target mid century finds, check out my other post.


Mid Century Modern Combinations

Just popping in to show you some awesome mid century furniture combinations that I put together. Mid century modern is one of the biggest trends in design right now but getting all vintage pieces can add up quickly. Each one of the pieces below actually from Target(!?!) and extremely well priced.

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When I asked my husband which one he loved, he said “all of them.” My husband loves anything and everything mid century and would totally take them all, but he finally decided on #2. Which one of these is your favorite? Can you believe you can get these from Target? I love how they’re stepping up their game, don’t you?

Also, don’t forget to grab your Red Card if you want to snatch one of these babies up to save 5% and get free shipping. Don’t have have one? Get their debit card easily HERE.